Amanda and Brett’s rustic March wedding was beautifully charming! The bride and groom said “I Do” at Amanda’s parents’ Winter Park home, which was transformed into a dream garden. Amanda had a fantastic vision of creating a “farmer’s market” in the backyard of her childhood home. When the utterly amazing Christy Subler of Anna Christine Events started explaining their concept and the plan for their wedding day, I don’t think I could have been more excited! Amanda wanted to spotlight natural goodness of all kinds, from earth-grown goodies to the little creatures that you find hanging around gardens, like birds, caterpillars, snails, and grasshoppers (we even had a conversation about earthworms!). All of the paper goods that we created for their wedding were loaded with botanical-style fruits and vegetables.
Anna Christine Events designed Amanda’s outdoor wonderland to be “straight from the farmers’ market” using wooden baskets, mason jars and tin pails filled with a bright assortment of flowers. The incredible florals, including bird-cage garden centerpieces bursting with lush English garden roses, succulents, and colorful flowers, and moss-covered risers were created by Flowers by Lesley. Lesley always blows us away!
We started at the very beginning with Amanda and Brett by designing their postcard-style save-the-dates with engagement photo (shot in a vegetable garden, no less!) by Sarah Bray Photography and featuring delicious-looking strawberries. Their custom pocketfold wedding invitation followed many months later, and was printed on a speckled creamy paper paired with custom moss-green lattice and featuring a folder of dark brown woodgrain-embossed paper. My favorite part of Amanda and Brett’s invitation? It’s a tie between the row of lettuces on their information panel and the mushrooms on their response postcard!
At the wedding we created a directional sign leading guests from the valet drop to the ceremony, and an aisle sign (“Love grows here”). Guests were then handed gorgeous wedding programs framed with luscious flowers, fruits, and veggies, and introducing some garden creatures–snails, crickets, and sparrows! After the ceremony, guests were directed to their tables with our seed-packet escort cards: kraft brown envelopes printed on the front with the name and artwork of a fruit, vegetable, or flower that designated their table assignment, and containing real packets of seeds inside. The artwork for this display was time-consuming and challenging, but the payoff was huge!
Mini bright blue baskets of fresh strawberries awaited guests at their seats with favor tags thanking them “berry much” for attending. The showstopper of our paper goods, I believe, was brainchild of Anna Christine Events. They asked us to create menu placemats containing Amanda and Brett’s vegan and vegetarian buffet station descriptions. Arthur’s Catering pulled out all the stops with four (yes, four) vegan/vegetarian stations: Tex-Mex, Indian, Italian, and Asian. (Hilarious aside: Amanda’s dad jokingly threatened to hire a hot dog cart to appease the meat-eaters in attendance!). And in true backyard-wedding style, Amanda, her mom, and other family members created a crazy-huge dessert display filled with 18 types of cakes, truffles, cupcakes, and cookies, with a crowning centerpiece of a vegan wedding cake by Baby Cakes. We happily created the dessert buffet tags for this amazing display, as well as a pennant banner inviting guests to visit the treats tent, and other vignette signage (Amanda’s dad had a Cigar Grotto – another spectacular personal touch).
We fell in love with absolutely every detail from Amanda and Brett’s wedding, and it was a great honor to be a part of this incredible day. We greatly enjoyed getting to know this couple! Here’s their list of truly amazing vendors:
Venue: Bride’s parents’ home, Winter Park, FL
Coordinator: Christy Subler with Anna Christine Events
Wedding Cake and desserts: Baby Cakes, bride and bride’s mother
Flowers: Flowers by Lesley
Stationery, invitations, and paper goods: Dogwood Blossom Stationery
Photographer: Sarah Bray Photography
Videographer: Key Moment Films
Tables, Chairs and Linens: A Chair Affair
Ceremony Music: Shannon Caine
DJ: Fred Robertson
Photobooth: Click! Photobooth and Specialty Photography
Bride’s Dress: Stella York, from Carolyn Allen Bridal
Hair and Makeup: Jennifer Cohen, Istudio, College Park (hair), Tabitha, M3Makeup