MyVan and Rich first met on her first day as a freshman at the University of South Florida. Rich conveniently knew where MyVan’s apartment was located, and the pair would later work together for a local housing company. When Rich graduated, he moved to New York City to persue a graduate degree, and he also pursued a long distance relationship with M!
Their Florida wedding day was preceded by an engagement in one of the South’s most glorious cities – Savannah. The gorgeous Spanish moss cascading down from the trees at their wedding venue, Innisbrook Golf and Spa Resort, reminds me of their engagement locale! The pair leaned on family, friends, and wedding vendors to help them plan their beautifully classic day filled with blush, ivory, gold, and glitter and the most lovely florals from FH Weddings & Events.
There is so much joy and golden-filled light in today’s photos from Andi Diamond Photography, and I’m so excited to share M+R’s wedding day with Y-O-U!
What (or who) helped you most in your planning process and/or on your wedding day?
It actually is hard to say who or what helped me the most because it was a combination of everything. I planned the wedding mostly without a full time planner so I used Weddingwire to look for local vendors that had great reviews. That is actually how we found Andi, our amazing photographer. Andi was one of the first vendors we found and she was a huge help throughout the whole process. Although she is not a planner, she had a great network of vendors that she’s worked with before so I know that I can trust them to make everything beautiful.We also received tips from family members, such as Rich’s sister, that have gone through the planning process before. For our wedding day, we hired a day of coordinator, Edith from E& E creations, who ended up doing a little more than just the day of. Edith really made sure that everything would be OK before the wedding and during the wedding. Even our venue’s director and coordinator really made sure every single detail was in place on or wedding day.
What was the most important thing to you when deciding who to work with for your wedding?
Although it was important for us to try and stay within budget, it was more important to us to find vendors who were experienced in the field because there was no going back and fixing our wedding day.
What was your inspiration for your wedding details and/or design?
I wanted to go for a softer, romantic look so I decided to go with the colors blush, gold and ivory. I added little bits of glitter accents in there to make it a little more “glamorous”.
What was your favorite thing about your wedding?
There were many things that I loved about our wedding but I’d have to say that it was when my two maids of honor sang a song for their speech. They made up the song based on Rich and I’s relationship and sang it to the tune of ’N Sync’s “It’s Gonna Be Me”. It was totally unexpected and one of the best moments!
What is your best piece of advice for other brides?
I think my best piece of advice for other brides is that it’s OK to ask for help and to really use your support system. There were really stressful moments in the planning process where I wanted to do everything myself but eventually realized that a wedding is big event and one person won’t pull it off.
Vendors who made it all happen…
Photographer: Andi Diamond Photography // Floral Designer: FH Weddings & Events // Event Venue: Innisbrook Golf and Spa Resort // Event Planner: E & E Creations // Musicians: Breezin’ Entertainment & Productions // Dress Store: CC’s Bridal Boutique // Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal // Makeup Artist: Femme Akoi
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