On October 5, 2013, I married the man of my dreams. We had a (very!) small ceremony at Memorial Park in our hometown of Jacksonville Florida, and it couldn’t have been more perfect!
Our style was very much vintage inspired, without feeling to costume-y. Nearly everything was DIY with a touch of vintage flair. My AMAZING bridesmaids made all of the decorations and details by hand, even our bouquets! Instead of a fancy wedding cake, I had a local pastry chef recreate my famous pink lemonade cupcakes (my husband’s all time favorite!), and instead of birdseed or rice, the guests threw rainbow sprinkles at us when we made our exit.
The main reason we chose this spot for our big day was our tree. When we first met, we went on a picnic at this very spot, and carved our names into the oak tree. As the story goes, we were having our picnic and looked over at the tree, seeing that someone had already carved “Steve” into it. We figured, “why not finish it?” So obviously it’s a very special spot for us!
When it came to planning the motif for the wedding, I knew I didn’t want anything that felt too “new” or pre-packaged. A lot of weddings seem to feel forced, like everyone is uncomfortable and putting on a play. We wanted something more authentic to who we are, so we went with a more “whatever” kind of attitude. We chose a pastel color palette, even thought it was technically fall, of mostly minty greens and aquas with a few blushy colors for pop. No one matched, and all I told my bridesmaids was “wear something mint”. They both picked out adorable short-length dresses, and I also went with a short dress. At 5’2″, finding a long gown is quite a challenge for me! Without even planning it, my bridesmaids and I were decked out in dresses and shoes all from ModCloth, an online shop that specializes in new clothes made with a vintage feel. My amazing aqua fascinator was a perfect vintage Etsy find, both of our wedding rings are vintage (mine has “June 6, 06″ engraved in it- that’s 1906!), and at the reception I carried my grandmother’s vintage beaded clutch. My hubby also looked totally mod in his suit from Topman, black and white loafers from Delicious Junction, and heart-print shirt from Coton Doux!
I couldn’t imagine a more perfect wedding, and it would have been impossible without my bridesmaids Adrienne and Michelle, my friends Jenny and Pricilla, and of course my incredible husband, Steven.
all photos by Dennis Ho.