Dayna + Ian's Eco-Friendly Wedding
I’m loving Florida weddings! You may still remember this Orlando Art Deco wedding, I shared on the blog a few weeks ago. Well, I got another Florida gem to share with you. Shot by Becka & Nate of Studio222 Photography (who are also getting married soon!), Dayna and Ian’s wedding is really a lovefest. It is eco-friendly, has a touch of vintage, and a good dose of DIY – ingredients that when combined create a charming fête. Not only that, but Dayna is a Ruffled reader! From Dayna: I’ve been reading your blog since before we were officially engaged. So much of my inspiration came from weddings featured on your blog. Needless to say, my heart melted when I read it. So without further ado, here are the images:
From the bride, Dayna:
We knew we wanted our wedding to be three things: environmentally friendly + supportive of local and/or independent vendors + (of course) a lovefest between our closest friends and family. All the details fell into place once we found the venue, an old industrial train depot with a beautiful public park across the street. The perfect space for eating yummy food, drinking tasty beers, listening to really good tunes and otherwise celebrating with folks we cherish most in life!
Our ceremony was officiated by a dear friend who made the whole exchange incredibly personal. The significance of verbalizing our commitment to each other in front of our closest friends and family members was overwhelming. Saying our vows to each other was grounding and spiritual at the same time. The support and love (in the form of smiles, cheers and clapping) when our ceremony was done and we were announced husband and wife felt so good. I hope we hold on to the goodness of that moment for the rest of our lives. It’s a reminder of who we were, who we are together and who we will become, with our friends and families by our sides and supporting us on our journey.
Many of the decor items for our woodsy meets vintage-modern themed wedding were found via Etsy, Craig’s List and thrift stores. The decision to forgo cut flowers was both an economical and environmental choice. Instead, both my mother and mother-in-law helped pot many plants and flowers, all of which are still thriving today! Eighty-five pounds of wood rounds (hand cut by my mother’s mountain-man fiancé and shipped from Oregon) were used for center piece bases on the guest tables as well as cake stands on the dessert table. Friends contributed by gathering canning jars, cutting fabric & ribbon, gluing buttons, stamping kraft paper, baking cupcakes & pies, making pom-pom flowers from string and day-of all sorts of venue setup and breakdown. It truly was a labor of love! Our wedding would not have been possible without the generosity of our amazing friends and family, we love you guys!
One of our favorite local restaurants produced a tasty buffet of Cuban food including several kinds of meat with salad, rice and beans. The disposable plates and silverware were biodegradable. Unfortunately the disposable cups weren’t as green, but darnit they were so much fun! Ian is a big beer geek and so we actually brought our own four-tap kegorator to the reception. It was filled with two homebrews and two brews from Cigar City, a local Florida brewery.
While dating we competed to see who could gather the best mix of songs the other didn’t know but would love, trading back and forth every month. So it only seemed fitting that we’d share our favorite ‘mixtape’ with our guests as a wedding favor. In lieu of a guestbook we setup a photobooth. It was by far the most fun element of the event; our guests are still raving about it and we have some incredibly silly photos that will keep us smiling for years!
Wedding Vendors (Winter Park City, Orlando, Florida):
Hotel (getting ready + first look): Park Plaza Hotel / Wedding Venue: Winter Park Farmers Market building, the city’s old train depot / Photography: Becka & Nate of Studio222 Photography / Officiant: close mutual friend / DJ – SubSonic Event DJs / Food: Black Bean Deli/ Save the Date postcard: Photo shot by us in our backyard w flashlights, postcard prints by www.Zazzle.com / Invitation Suite: Hello!Lucky / Groom’s Suit: His father’s from the early 70′s, tailored / Bride’s Dress: Nicole Miller via RueLaLa (One size left, $350 on final sale, originally $1900. Score!) / Bride’s Necklace: Quirky Beauty on Etsy / Planner/DIY-er: Bride with support of Groom :D
Thank you Dayna and Ian for sharing your lovely wedding with us! We wish you and Ian a lifetime of happiness! Also thanks to Becka & Nate of Studio222 Photography for sharing these images.