Southern chic met intimately elegant in the estate wedding of Karin and Ethan. Each and every detail was carefully chosen to reflect the love and commitment the bride and groom made to one another, highlighting the truest, most romantic purpose for the day’s festivities. The couple recited vows they wrote for one another, the bride dressed in an ethereal strapless gown with empire waist and delicate tiny dot embellishments. The wedding party complemented the bride and groom to perfection, the bridesmaids in coral gowns from J. Crew, the groomsmen in navy suits and coral ties. Preppy Southern vibes greeted guests during the reception with navy chevron accents, monogrammed corn hole bean bags, mason jars, and an Italian ice cart surprise once the party really got started. Big City Catering prepared a classic Southern dinner to remember. Tunes by Kristen with Our DJ Rocks kept the dance floor hopping, the newlyweds making unforgettable memories with each passing moment before escaping to Jamaica and white, sandy beaches. This celebration of love is brought to you by Central Florida’s wedding photographer, Kristen Weaver Photography!
Tell us how you met. Was it love at first sight, blind date, friends forever?
Ethan and I both served as interns for Student Leadership University in Orlando the summer of 2011. For five weeks, we worked together with a team of interns and became good friends. At the end of the summer, I went back to school in Birmingham and Ethan went back to school in North Carolina. As fall passed we stayed in touch, and became good friends. Ethan came to visit me at school, and we started dating long distance.
Tell us about your wedding gown and what your wedding party wore.
I knew I wanted my dress to be unique, but simple. I spent many hours searching for THE dress. Like many brides, I would sort through Pinterest and bride magazines whenever I had a free moment. Then one day I saw it, and I knew it was the one before I even tried it on. It was strapless with an empire waist made out of a light gauzy fabric that was summery and had tiny sewn dots all over. I had a gorgeous jeweled belt that tied in the back. My bridesmaids wore dresses in coral from J. Crew which I chose because they were classy with cute styles then each bridesmaid chose the style she preferred. The groom, groomsmen, and fathers work navy suits from Joseph A. Bank with white shirts and navy and coral ties.
What was the most memorable moment?
The most memorable moment was when my husband and I decided to have a spontaneous first look. We planned on having a first touch so we could pray together without having to see each other. But I became overwhelmed with all of the changes that were going to have to happen with our outside wedding when it started and continued to rain. So we decided to have a first look. It was so very special and emotional and we will remember it forever.
Now for the proposal…details!
While in Orlando, Ethan took me out to eat for our anniversary. He told me we were going to secret location prior to dinner. To my surprise we ended up at Cypress Grove Park where I had always talked about getting married. We walked around the area and the estate house and stopped at the gazebo to exchange gifts. I gave him a day at Disney World. Ethan then gave me a ring, but not an engagement ring. Ethan calls it his decoy ring. He had me convinced he wasn’t going to pop the question. But then Ethan said he had one more present- a letter. He proceeded to read it to me and at the end he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him.
Please give us an overview of the event.
Ethan and I wanted an intimate, personal wedding. We really wanted a wedding that was more about our love and commitment to each other than anything else. We tried to make all of the details personal; from writing our vows to having a poem that Ethan wrote to me displayed. We knew if we made it personable it would provide a fun and loving atmosphere for our guests.
Was there a specific theme or style?
We wanted a southern preppy style. We went with chevron details, monograms, and mason jars. We wanted a different take on southern style so we went with the clean crisp look of navy chevron runners and white and coral flowers.
Tell us about the food and desserts.
The food from Big City Catering was delicious! We continued our southern theme with a classic southern dinner. For dessert we had a great cake by The Sugar Suite, and Italian ice from Jeremiah’s. Jeremiah’s is a great local ice cream place that Ethan and I love to go to whenever we are in Orlando.
What kind of energy did your entertainment give the event?
Kristen from Our DJ Rocks brought so much energy into the reception. She was very personable and kept people on the dance floor. She was so great at reading the crowd and figuring out what to play next. The reception was so much fun and everyone had a great time dancing. She even brought music up to the bride’s suite before the ceremony for a pre-ceremony dance party!
If there was one thing you could change, what would it be?
Five months ago I would have said no rain, but as I look back, God’s plan was perfect.
Photography: Kristen Weaver Photography | Venue: Cypress Grove Estate House | Event Planning & Design: At Last Wedding + Event Design | Wedding Stylist: Weddings by 2+Hue | Hair & Makeup: LeJune Hair & Makeup Artistry | Catering: Big City Catering | Floral: Lee Forest Design | Cake: The Sugar Suite | Entertainment: Our DJ Rocks | Photobooth: Our Photo Booth Rocks | Stationery: Paperwhites | Bridal Boutique: Ivory & White | Bridesmaid Dresses: J. Crew