Dayna + Ian's Eco-Friendly Wedding

DIY Weddings, Real Weddings

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:

Winter Park City  Florida wedding

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!

Wood slices DIY wedding
Winter Park City farmers market Florida DIY wedding ideas

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.

Eco Friendly wedding with lots of DIY ideas stitch embroidery hoops and wood slices

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!
Vintage garden wedding
Vintage indie wedding with diy ideas flower pots bunting flags old crates centerpieces

Vintage 3 three piece suit men's groom wedding 1970s

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.

Intimate eco friendly wedding Orlando Florida

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.



23 comments
  1. postcards and pretties

    what a chic eco-friendly wedding..love all the details especially the ladders.

  2. Kristen M.

    Oh my gosh! I saw this wedding on the photographer’s website a couple weeks ago and blogged about it then. That venue is seriously really cool. An old train station/depot…it was my runner-up in choosing my own venue (I am getting married down the street from there next summer). This is the post

    Kristen
    One Florida Bride

  3. Terra

    I love all the details! I live in Orlando so to see all these local spots in Winter Park is awesome. Oddly enough Ruelala.com is having a bride sale today with some beautiful dresses.

  4. forget.me.knot.weddings

    I love this wedding!! So many great details that all go so well together! Plus the brides dress and necklace..perfection!

  5. Lizzie

    I love the invites and her necklace! Such adorable little details!

  6. Kathy (momma-san)

    How beautiful. They make a handsome couple. We were so proud to be able to participate. Love to them both! Thank you Becka & Nate for capturing it all.

  7. Becka & Nate (Studio222 Photography)

    Thanks so much Amanda for featuring this wedding! We had so much fun shooting it! Dayna was a genius DIY stylist and everything was perfectly designed and fun all day long!

    xo,
    Becka & Nate

  8. kristy

    i LOVE the combination of the ladders and terra cotta pots, so cute and interesting while being completely un-fussy!

  9. People St. Clair

    I love the dress and her necklace just gorgeous!

  10. Ashley

    In case anyone is interested, there is a bridal sale on RueLaLa right now. :) I love that the bride got her dress on the site. There’s one right now that was originally $2,000 and is on sale for $499.

  11. Lanie

    THAT NECKLACE! You know i love it when a bride really goes for it in the fashion department….

  12. Becoming Mrs. Ford

    The paper products for this wedding were so thoughtful and pretty. Love the sweet details. :)

  13. Ellen

    Momma-San’s neighbor in Oregon – AMAZING, the details make it so personal – BEAUTIFUL BRIDE and HANDSOME GROOM
    thanks for sharing; the canning jars and clothes pins :-) nice touch
    xoxoxo

  14. serene

    totally adore your blog! will be featuring it in my blog. haha :)

  15. Shar

    What a beautiful personal wedding! Every looks absolutely perfect.

  16. kirsten

    I love everything about this wedding! So beautiful!

  17. Cheryl of Bliss! Weddings Market

    the clothespin seating chart is so cute!

  18. Julia R

    Oh, where did they get those cups? I love them!

  19. naoise

    the necklace is so unusual and complements the dress perfectly. love to see a bride doing her own thing

  20. Lewis

    I love the hanging jars. That’s such a cool idea!.

  21. jonahliza

    this wedding is soo cute! i think all the little touches of color is beautiful.

  22. domestikate

    Oh my goodness, this is gorgeous! Love all the wood and natural touches, the paper, the buttons, the bunting, their happy faces … thanks for sharing!

  23. colleen marie

    ah, love every detail, the embroidery, glass jars, photo garlands. how beautiful! thanks for the inspiration! i just got married in a really small ceremony and these ideas will help for our reception next month! the couple is adorable!

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