The Fourth of July is one of my all time favorite holidays because I love the pure patriotism that seems to overwhelm everyone each year. It’s the most quintessential holiday of the summer, and I’m so excited to welcome Lauren and Brock and their red, white and blue wedding to Every Last Detail! The countdown to summer 2016 is on.
One of the biggest reasons Lauren and Brock chose to tie the knot on July 4th is so they can watch fireworks every year on their anniversary- that’s a definite reason to choose a date in my book! To incorporate the holiday into their theme, the two opted for a classic red, white, and blue color palette while also weaving wooden details and lanterns into the design to create a feeling of warmth. Guests celebrated along with the bride and groom on the rooftop of The White Room, which happens to have the very best view of the annual fireworks display in St. Augustine. Lauren and Brock wanted to make guests feel at ease, and they also wanted to solely work with local wedding professionals in order to support small businesses. It’s safe to say they celebrated well, which I’m sure you will see through the moments captured by V List Member Still55 Photography!
What (or who) helped you most in your planning process and/or on your wedding day?
My family, friends and fiancé were most influential in the planning of my wedding AND the execution of each event leading up to the big day. Everyone around us wanted to help and support us which made the entire process nothing but fun. Looking back, I have nothing but amazing memories because of the support we had from family and friends around us.
What was the most important thing to you when deciding who to work with for your wedding?
I used many recommendations from friends but ideally I wanted to use someone who was local and easy to communicate with. In our historic small town, I wanted to keep the small town charm alive throughout the planning process and support local businesses. Each vendor we chose was the first vendor we met with. We were so lucky and would happily recommend each vendor to others.
What was your inspiration for your wedding details and/or design?
When we initially chose the 4th of July as our wedding date, we thought about nothing but the fireworks and the location. We immediately knew where we wanted it and couldn’t stop raving about how amazing our wedding (and future anniversaries!) would be with fireworks to celebrate! As we began moving through the process, we kept our red, white and blue theme going while tying in our town’s southern charm and our love of the south. We included drinks served in mason jars, whiskey barrels and old vintage lanterns to fill the room with warmth. We tied different natural tones (burlap, wood, etc.) into the decorations and the entire vision came together exactly the way we had imagined it.
What was your favorite thing about your wedding?
The happiness that surrounded us on our wedding day was overwhelming and by far the best part of the day. I couldn’t stop smiling and I still find myself wishing we could do it all over again! It was the best day of our life.
What is your best piece of advice for other brides?
Have fun! Let this be an enjoyable experience to remember. And… Give yourself some time to plan… It didn’t hurt that we had a year and a half to plan.