I’ve said it before, and I will happily say it again- a garden wedding never disappoints! The natural beauty of the Davis Island Garden Club would be enough to suffice for today’s wedding, but when you combine a romantic style and whimsical details… utter gorgeousness ensues! Lucky for us, Sarah & Ben captured this lovely feté perfectly, and the bride, Meghan, is here with us today to share more about her wedding:
What (or who) helped you most in your planning process and/or on your wedding day?
We figured it would be pretty easy for the two of us to handle everything by ourselves…and we quickly realized how wrong we were. Our families were a complete lifesaver as they humored us and put up with all of our crazy ideas. My dad helped me saw wood from tress in his backyard that we used for our invitations and escort cards. My mom was the candle queen and made the regular thriftshop rounds until she had collected enough candles to create our perfect candle-light vision. My sister is a rockstar and literally helped with everything from printing to baking to ribbon-wand making. We knew what we wanted, but they helped everything become a reality.
What was the most important thing to you when deciding who to work with for your wedding?
Our wedding day was all about love and making memories. We wanted our vendors to help guide us in the right direction but ultimately let us take the reigns. We feel like we totally lucked out with our vendors. Everyone was fantastic to work with and truly had incredible skill, ranging from floral arrangement to photography, to lighting, the details were absolutely perfect.
What was your inspiration for your wedding details and/or design?
Our wedding was loosely based on A Midsummer Night’s Dream. We wanted elements of whimsy and playfulness. The twinkle lights and candles did a great job in setting the stage and the moss and wood features helped our reception feel playful and natural.
What was your favorite thing about your wedding?
We were so happy to just be married, I remember being so overwhelmed all morning getting ready, but as soon as Miles grabbed my hand, everything was perfect. My second favorite moment was definitely pulling up to our reception venue in a water taxi and finally getting to see the beautiful set-up that we had been planning and dreaming about for over a year.
What is your best piece of advice for other brides?
Go with your gut. Just because someone tells you this is “how it is done,” doesn’t mean that is the case. For example, I wanted all of our guests to enjoy dinner at one huge feasting table that wrapped under the lights and trees. This had never been done at our venue and was logistically challenging because of the tree placement and uneven ground (Most people set up tables inside.) It was important to us that everyone ate together so we stuck with our plan and with the help of our wedding coordinator found a way to make it work. I think it is these quirky details that make weddings truly memorable and personalized to the couple.
The details are all absolutely perfect! The custom signage complements the unique reception design in such a gorgeous way. Who knew that just a few signs could have such a large effect on the look and feel of a wedding?
I’d love to hear from you- are you planning on incorporating any details into your wedding that will potentially have an effect on your whole wedding design?
Vendors who made it all happen…
Photographer: Sarah & Ben // Event Planner: Winsor Event Studio // Vintage Rentals: WISH Vintage Rentals // Floral Designer: Arlene Floral Designer // Catering: catering by the family // Reception Venue: Davis Islands Garden Club // Makeup Artist: Jess Waldrop – Makeup Artists // DJ:MBC Entertainment // Lighting: Tampa Lights