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Cuban-American Fusion Wedding

DIY Weddings

Photographer Jamie of Mayfly Photography had the immense pleasure of not only watching her younger brother get married, but getting to photograph his very special day. Bride Katie and Groom Jovan spent a year collecting vintage and antique goods for their own wedding day, and have since opened their own vintage rental company, Unearthed Vintage. We love all the goodies they found, and especially their matching stitched blue hearts!


Katie & Jovan's wedding at Camp Greynolds

From the bride, Katie: We knew from the start that we didn’t want the typical “Miami” wedding. Every single one (we’ve been to) looks the same. Clean, white lines, very modern, banquet hall, limo, sweetheart table, stiff and rigid traditions, very cookie cutter. Neither Jovan nor I liked the idea of anything that is typical, so we opted for more of a laid back feel. We wanted to make sure that our guests felt comfortable, like they were at a big party, throwing most traditions out the window. At our reception we had a campfire (and s’mores!), a giant movie screen playing Casablanca, and a canoe full of beer!


Katie & Jovan's wedding at Camp Greynolds

Katie & Jovan's wedding at Camp GreynoldsKatie & Jovan's wedding at Camp Greynolds

Katie & Jovan's wedding at Camp Greynolds

The “theme” was “vintage, rustic, totally recycled, Cuban-American fusion, DIY” (I have a very hard time deciding on things, and all of those things just worked for us. The only “new” items included my dress and Jovan’s suit, everything else was purchased second hand or made (and maybe just a few things from a select few etsy sellers… we couldn’t resist)! There was technically no color scheme. I asked my bridesmaids to pick their own dresses within a range of colors that included ivory, blush, and peach.


Katie & Jovan's wedding at Camp Greynolds

Katie & Jovan's wedding at Camp GreynoldsKatie & Jovan's wedding at Camp Greynolds

Katie & Jovan's wedding at Camp Greynolds

Katie & Jovan's wedding at Camp GreynoldsKatie & Jovan's wedding at Camp Greynolds

Katie & Jovan's wedding at Camp Greynolds

DIY projects included… everything! 7 months of thrifting, antiquing, garage sale-ing, and becoming craigslist experts once we learned that the only vintage rental companies that existed were in California. We collected plateware, silverware, glassware, mason jars, antique sofas, chairs, suitcases, cameras, and anything else we could get our hands on. Our second bedroom looked like it belonged on the show “Hoarders” and it took up every second of free time, but it also inspired us to start our own vintage rental company in Miami, unearthed vintage. Other DIY projects included our ribbon backdrop for our “pre-ceremony drink table”, paper cones to hold the rainbow sprinkles that our guests’ threw at us after we said “I do”, flattening and hand stamping spoons with sayings like Love, Forever, even our favorite song lyrics: “Home is wherever I’m with you”. We also planted succulents in vintage coffee cans and cheese boxes, collected driftwood from the beach and hand painted all of our signs, rolled every napkin and tied it with twine, turned reclaimed windows into chalkboards for our seating chart and all of our menus, bought honey from a local bee farmer in mass quantity and individually jarred each of our favors, and put together each of the bridesmaids bouquets, which were all made of pinwheels, burlap, and buttons.


Katie & Jovan's wedding at Camp Greynolds

Katie & Jovan's wedding at Camp Greynolds

Katie & Jovan's wedding at Camp GreynoldsKatie & Jovan's wedding at Camp Greynolds

Katie & Jovan's wedding at Camp Greynolds

Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Use this as a time to grow even closer to your soon to be husband. We made every single decision together, did every single project together… you get the idea. I wouldn’t have changed a thing. Always listen to what your significant other has to say, it’s okay if you disagree, as long as you talk it out. And anti-wedding nights are also key! Ours usually included Netflix and a bottle of wine (wedding budget friendly date night)! And finally, trust your instincts. If a certain tradition, vendor, friend, style, etc. leaves you questioning anything, it’s for a reason. Stay true to yourselves as a couple and your wedding is sure to be perfect.


Katie & Jovan's wedding at Camp GreynoldsKatie & Jovan's wedding at Camp Greynolds

These silver spoons were stamped using a punch set, a black sharpie and a craft mallet:


Katie & Jovan's wedding at Camp Greynolds

Katie & Jovan's wedding at Camp GreynoldsKatie & Jovan's wedding at Camp Greynolds

Katie & Jovan's wedding at Camp Greynolds

From the photographer, Jamie of Mayfly Photography: It was an incredibly wonderful experience photographing my younger brother’s wedding last month. He and his now wife have been collecting antique furniture, lace linens, glass, silver and place ware for the last year or so. All with the intention of designing their wedding day and creating an inventory that can later be rented by other brides and photographers. Jovan & Katie’s wedding was the debut for their company Unearthed Vintage and it was stunning. They chose a campground in North Miami Beach along the Oleta River that houses 8 wooden cabins and a beautiful stone dining hall. Unique elements included a canoe filled with beer, a bonfire for s’mores, White Russians as welcome cocktails, jars filled with local honey, a grooms cake made up of dozens of chocolate chip cookies, pinwheel bouquets and boutonnieres, the movie Casablanca playing on a large movie screen, homemade desserts, a photo booth, matching blue satin hearts sewed on wedding dress and inside suit jacket, coffee cans and cheese boxes filled with succulents, personalized Tibetan Prayer Flags, and a special ring pillow made from our grandfather’s favorite shirt. The main wedding food consisted of American camp-style grub–mac and cheese, corn on the cob, BBQ, mashed potatoes along side some Cuban staples (fried plantains, roast pork) that celebrated the groom’s heritage.


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Wedding Music:
Bridal Party’s Processional: David Gray, “This Years Love”
Bride’s Processional: Ray LaMontagne, “Can I Stay?”
Recessional: The Wedding Band (Mumford and Sons), “She Said Yes”
First Dance: Sigur Ros, “The Nothing Song”

Wedding Vendors (Miami Beach, FL):

Wedding Venue: Camp Greynolds / Wedding Photographer: Mayfly Photography / Second Photographer: Peachy Keen Photography / Event Designer: Unearthed Vintage / Makeup: Shannon’s Powder Room / Hair: Diana@1160Hair / Wedding Caterer: Amelia & Carmen / Wedding Cake: Cloud 9 Bakery / Coffee Service: Aroma Espresso / Officiant: Groom’s Aunt / Bride’s Dress: White by Vera Wang “VW351011” / Bride’s Earrings: Groom’s Mother / Bride’s Bracelet: BHLDN / Bride’s Headband: Anthropologie / Bride’s Shoes: Steve Madden / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: ASOS, Anthropologie, ModCloth, and Zara / Bridesmaids’ Belts: Delia*s / Groomsmen’s Tie Clips: Spiffing Jewelry / Movie Screen: Twilight Features / Pinwheels: Elizabeth St. / Succulents: Costa Farms / DJ: Dave Medina, DJ Expo (dj_expo26@yahoo.com) / Wedding Invitations: Robert Cohen of On Advertising and Public Relations / Stationery Printer: Carey of Lasso’d Moon Designs

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With a full recognition that men aren’t natural shoppers, Groovy Groomsmen Gifts saw a need for one comprehensive stop to make their lives easy during this amazingly maddening stretch. Groovy Groomsmen Gifts is a comprehensive online shop where future grooms can go discover unique groomsmen gift ideas. With a focus on sourcing the best gift ideas, amazing customer service, and providing content to help guide the groom, they wanted to position a fun boutique shop that focused on ensuring cool groomsmen gift ideas. Their cache’ includes some fun practical gifts, but also some really cool out of the box ideas.

Given the importance of appreciating those guys that are the most important to you in life, Groovy Groomsmen Gifts want to ensure whatever you give them on wedding eve hits the mark, honors your posse and is something that doesn’t end up in that box in the basement.

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Modcloth

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Our Spring bridesmaid dress round-up continues, and none better than ModCloth to present our next installment. In case you’ve been living under a rock, they’re the bee’s knees of indie clothing online. Their vintage-inspired frocks and affordable picks make for a goldmine for all things wedding outfit. Unique bridesmaid dresses? Check. Bridal Shower ensemble? Check. Packing for the honeymoon, including this adorbs bathing suit? Done and done.

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Check out their real vintage finds if you’re looking for authentic vintage items and be sure to visit ModCloth stat!

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HSF always respects a couples budget, without reducing quality. We use locally grown stems and love that “just picked from the garden” whimsical touch. Let us make your wedding glow!

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Local Wedding Guide: Florida

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It’s time for another installment of our Local Wedding Guide! We’re selecting various locations to highlight the numerous resources available from our vendor guide members and their favorite pros they love to work with. We’ve tackled three states so far: North Carolina, Texas, and Massachusetts, and next up on the list is Florida. Most vendors love to travel, so fret not if you’re not in their immediate area!

St. Augustine, FL:


ben sasso st augustine florida wedding photographer

ben sasso st augustine florida wedding photographer
Above images by St. Augustine photographer Ben Sasso

What is your favorite tip for couples for being photographed on their wedding day?
Ben Sasso: Trust your photographer and have fun! If you are able to trust in the photographers talent and can have a good time, I promise you that your images will come out that much better!

Ben Sasso: I pride myself on being able to foster genuine relationships with the people I work with. Not only does this make the process more relaxing but it leads to those fun and intimate images that we all love.

Any favorite photo spots for engagement sessions or must see sightings?
Ben Sasso: St. Augustine has beautiful marshes. Those have always been my favorite. For me, nothing beats a natural set.

View featured weddings:
Florida Garden Wedding
Brunch St. Augustine Wedding



Miami, FL:


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marlon richardson miami beach florida wedding photographer
Above images by Marlon Richardson

From Marlon Richardson: Photography can help us remember things that we would have otherwise, long forgotten. I try to capture the moments that when sequenced together show your very own, unique love story.

Any favorite photo spots for engagement sessions or must see sightings?
Marlon Richardson: You can’t go wrong with Vizcaya or Amelia Earhart Park!

View featured wedding:
Miami Classic Wedding



Orlando, FL:


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Above images by Concept Photography

From Concept Photography: We are a husband and wife shooting team that travels the world in search of amazing weddings and awesome clientele. We designed our company around the simple idea that there should be a higher standard for creativity and performance in the wedding photography industry. Although we take photographing weddings very seriously, we make sure to have FUN. Life is too short to not enjoy what you do, and we have a blast!

Any favorite photo spots for engagement sessions or must see sightings?
Concept Photography: The Orlando area is great for engagement shoots because there is something for every taste. We love the architecture at Rollins College, the urban feel of the Church Street area, the canopied streets in Winter Park, and the lushness of Wekiwa Springs. We also do a lot of engagement shoots in the Disney parks.


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Above images by Jessica Charles Photography

Venues:
The Caldwell Dairy Barn (St. Augustine)
The St. Augustine Rod and Gun Club (St. Augustine)
The Oldest House (St. Augustine)
The Villa by Barton G. (Miami Beach)
The Cruz Building (Miami Beach)
Bella Collina (Monteverde)
The Grand Bohemian (Orlando)
Winter Park Farmer’s Market (Winter Park)
Leu Gardens (Orlando)
Cypress Grove Estate House (Orlando)
Paradise Cove (Orlando)


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Above images by Mandy and Me Studio

Photographers:
Ben Sasso (view portfolio), St. Augustine + will travel worldwide
Chic Shot Studio (view portfolio), Central Florida + will travel worldwide
Jonathan Connolly (view portfolio), South Florida + will travel worldwide
Marlon Richardson (view portfolio), Miami + will travel worldwide
Mandy and Me Studio (view portfolio), Sarasota + will travel worldwide
Jessica Charles Photography (view portfolio), Clearwater/Tampa + will travel worldwide
Concept Photography (view portfolio), Orlando + will travel worldwide


jonathan connolly photography south florida wedding photographer
jonathan connolly photography south florida wedding photographer

Above images by Jonathan Connolly

Florists:
The Conservatorie (view portfolio), St. Augustine

Marlon Richardson is offering a free 16×20 print for any engagement sessions booked through spring of 2012!


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