Whenever you fuse your wedding day with the talents at Our Labor of Love, it’s essentially a guarantee that you’ll have one raucous, beautiful day. This is one seriously stunning bride, one classically dapper groom, and one heck of a dance party! If these smiles are an indication of all the fun St. Augustine has to offer, I might just have to book a flight soon…
From the bride, Marie: We chose St. Augustine, Florida because my family is from nearby Jacksonville. My family would spend weekends in St. Augustine. When I grew up and moved away, I began bringing friends from Atlanta and New York there and everyone always loved it. Ryan and I had great trips there together too. It seemed like a place our loved ones would enjoy for our wedding. We chose the Cathedral Basilica because it is a church I attended as a child and because it is beautiful. We chose the Casa Monica Hotel because of the Art Deco feel of its event spaces.
What style and feel did you envision for your wedding? Vintage- We started out with a 20’s Gatsby theme but ended up with elements from the 20s-60s really. We wanted our wedding to feel like a cocktail or dinner party from those eras. We particularly focused on the parties featured in the movie “Bright Young Things.”
For our guestbook and guestbook table, we had framed maps with pictures of all the trips Ryan and I have taken together. The guestbook was a vintage atlas and a nearby sign read “Sign the atlas on the place where you traveled from or the place where you think we should travel next.” The table was near both the bar and the Smilebooth so as guests got rowdier the atlas became filled with awesome messages and drawings!
We purposefully did not have wedding “colors.” We went with black and cream, and glitter(!), elements to evoke the feel I described above. We thought pop colors would be too focal and take away from the feeling of being at a great party like those in “Bright Young Things” where the focus is on the glitzy people in attendance. In the end, the colors that popped were from the guests’ cocktail attire. Black and cream/white also worked out because we wanted to incorporate our pit bull, Mama, into the wedding, and she is, guess what, black and white. There were a ton of DIY projects involved! Friends made the invitations and my second dress and I made a lot of the paper goods used throughout the wedding. Two days before the wedding my relatives stayed up until 4am assembling the favor boxes, welcome bags, and escort Coca-Cola bottles.
Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Make a timeline so you can get projects and bookings completed well in advance. I saved very little for the weeks before my wedding so I just got to enjoy the anticipation of being married without much stress of wedding planning. And hire a wedding planner, especially for the day of. Karen of St. Augustine Weddings and Special Events was a lifesaver.
Wedding Vendors (St. Augustine, FL):
Ceremony Venue: The Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine / Reception Venue: Casa Monica Hotel / Wedding Photographer: Our Labor of Love / Wedding Planner: Karen Erwin of St. Augustine Weddings and Special Events / Wedding Flowers: Robert Capers of PRI Productions / Wedding Dress: Anne Barge / Reception Dress: Amy Wright / Hair Accessories: ban.do / Earrings: Kenneth Jay Lane / Bracelets: J. Crew and vintage / Wedding Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Maid of Honor’s Dress: Vera Wang Lavender Label / Bridesmaids: ASOS and French Connection / Groom’s Suit: J. Crew / Wedding Hair: Martha Morrison at Hawthorn / Wedding Makeup: Paulina Perez / Wedding Cakes: Arlene of Sweet Weddings / Wedding Invitations: Chanthavanh Souriyavong / Wedding Favors: Baking for Good