June 8, 2013 | Orlando, FL
I walked in to Karin and Ethan’s wedding day with the most excited attitude. I had been talking to Karin about her preppy details forever – navy blue, coral, wildflowers and monograms – I was just in detail heaven.
Then it rained. No, seriously. I mean… RAINED. All day, heavily. And Karin and Ethan had to adapt their entire wedding to the ever-changing Florida weather. Not a single thing stayed the same, including their venue! Although they initially planned to hold their ceremony outside under the gazebo on the lake, where Ethan had proposed, everything got moved inside.
But here’s the best part… I couldn’t think of a better couple for this to happen to! The small ceremony space literally had them engulfed by family, completely immersed in love and verse, and surrounded with love. So although things didn’t work exactly according to plan, the truth is that they worked, exactly as it was supposed to. Karin and Ethan had a beautiful day and we were honored to be a part of it!
Venue: Cypress Grove Estate House
Event Planner: At Last Wedding & Event Design
Hair and Makeup: LeJune Hair & Makeup
Catering: Big City Catering
Florist: Lee Forest
Cake Artist: The Sugar Suite
DJ: Our DJ Rocks
Photo Booth: Our Photobooth Rocks
Ceremony Musician: Nancy Jones
Officiant: Brad Hobbs
Stationary: Paper White Press
Vintage Rentals: Karry Castillo with 2+Hue
Bridal Salon: Ivory & White
Bridal Designer: Ivy & Aster
Bridal Shoes: Kate Spade
Bridesmaid Gowns: J Crew
Men’s Suites: Jos A Bank
Rings: Bailey’s Fine Jewelry
Karin loves Chevron details, and they used them for everything from water bottles to table runners!
Her Phi Mu sisters celebrated the day with her and I loved that she added her sorority pins to her bouquet!
We had a brief lapse of weather to take the girls out front for formals…
But then the rain came (and thunder… and lightning). So we moved the party upstairs! Kristin Hubbard (Our DJ Rocks) was the BEST and moved a portable DJ station upstairs where she had a pre-ceremony dance party for the girls!
During their First Touch, Ethan prayed for comfort with Karin
But since all the plans were changed, Karin and Ethan decided to
turn their “First Touch” in to a First Look so we could use the breaks in weather to do formals
They prayed, and Karin cried, and they loved, and prayed some more…
And then Patricia (from LeJeune Artistry), bless her heart, came peeling back to the venue to give Karin a makeup touch-up to fix all those tears.
Oh, and apparently my hair was frizzy, so she doused me in hairspray, too. She’s kind of amazing – always going above and beyond like that!
Oh the ceremony. Take about 100 people and cram them in to your living room. Yep, that’s what we did.
Their reception remained outside under a beautiful tent with chandeliers and navy and coral everything!
Loved their guest book, where guests would sign next to their favorite bible verses.
Such a sweet way to share in the glory of their wedding for years to come during worship!
Ethan wrote this poem for Karin
Monogrammed Cornhole boards?! Yes, please!
The Sugar Suite always KILLS the cake. It makes the entire room smell like sweet cakey goodness!
Their “original” rained-out dance floor still made the perfect back drop for a private dance when the rain let up
Karin’s “toss-bouquet” was actually a bunch of individually wrapped roses,
so they broke apart when she tossed them – surprising the girls and allowing everyone to catch one!
And then they finished the night with a private dance under the gazebo where Ethan proposed to her. Perfection.