When: March 4th, 2017 | Where: Ponte Vedra Beach, FL | Theme: Chic, Outdoor, Vintage, Shabby Chic | Colors: Neutrals, Blue, Blush
String lights hanging, a tent for the reception, a custom ceremony backdrop, traces of greenery and other details makes Kaitlyn and David’s casual outdoor shabby chic wedding an event to swoon over.
Planned to perfection by Adair of Dairing Events and captured by La Bella Imagery, the couple chose to tie the knot at the lovely Nocatee Crosswater Hall with an indoor ceremony and an outdoor reception.
Outdoor Shabby Chic Wedding
“Shortly after we got engaged, they moved from Boston back to Florida. We are both from Tampa, but didn’t really feel the need to get married there. We also did not want to get married in Jacksonville where we lived. 20 minutes from our place was Ponte Vedra Beach. Neither of us had been there so it felt more like a destination place and we knew it would be perfect.
We wanted it to be casual and knew we didn’t want a yatch club or hotel. We wanted something different. We liked the look of a little white chapel but there wasn’t anything in the area, so Adair (our wedding planner) showed us Crosswater Hall. Most people have their ceremony outside at Crosswater Hall but because the inside has beautiful wooden ceilings she felt this gave off the same vibe as a chapel, and it did. So we flipped from the standard and had our ceremony inside and reception outside.
We wanted something casual and unique. After discussing our vision with Adair we decided it was vintage, industrial and chic.”
“Kaitlyn knew she wanted lace, illusion and trumpet. She found just that! For the bridesmaids, we didn’t want anything too typical. Kaitlyn’s style is casual and she loves the latest fashion trends. She loved the floral Jenny Yoo dresses and pulled colors from that for the other dresses to complete the look. She also didn’t want everyone in the same dress so there were mix-matched styles as well as different colors. Since our wedding was on the casual side we knew we didn’t want the guys in tuxes. We love the look of a blue suit, which is lighter than navy, and all the guys looked spectacular!”
“The wedding flowers were a huge surprise. We knew nothing about flowers and could not tell you anything about them. When Kaitlyn met with Adair and Bonnie form Ruby Reds Florals, she let them take them take the lead and they did not disappoint. It ended up being Kaitlyn’s favorite decorations. All Kaitlyn knew was that she didn’t want huge flower arrangements and she wanted more greenery and white/pale pink colors. Adding the boda bases really helped the flowers stand out.”
More about the Outdoor Shabby Chic Wedding
“We really wanted an open bar and wanted our reception outside and open. We wanted out guests to be comfortable and have a great time.
We splurged on decorations and details. We added chandeliers in the tent, wooden chairs, rustic farm tables, sitting area for the cocktail hour with vintage furniture, colored vintage drinking glasses and our custom backdrop for our ceremony.
We didn’t care for a big cake or huge flower arrangements. I didn’t think we would care about invitations either, but we had fun creating our own with rose gold foil and a floral geo-design with our initials.”
“We knew we didn’t want a typical wedding cake considering we LOVE all desserts, especially donuts. That’s when Adair come up with the idea of a dessert table. We had a small naked cake, various bundt cakes, key lime shooters and mini donut holes. The display made everything perfect!”
Family heirlooms or special traditions
“Before the entry of the aisle of the ceremony we had pictures of our deceased grandparents and going with the vintage theme, Kaitlyn’s mom brought an old milk bottle from her great-grandmother’s farm. It went perfect. Kaitlyn also had her grandfathers handkerchief wrapped around her bouquet.”
It was the morning of November 27, 2015, the day after Thanksgiving in Boston, which Kaitlyn thought was just a normal Friday where David was dropping her off at her workout class. When she arrived home David had decorated the apartment, leaving a bottle of champagne, telling Kaitlyn to get her nails done and get ready for a car to pick her up that evening.
A car arrived and drove Kaitlyn to the Boston Commons where she finally reunited with David, and a million other Boston residents and tourists. Knowing Kaitlyn well enough that she would be mortified to get engaged in front of millions of strangers, David took her through the entire park to look at the fall leaves (Kaitlyn’s favorite) and finally to the Omni Parker Hotel next to the Commons, where David had rented a room.
“When we walked into the room David had it decorated with edison bulb string lights, more champagne and roses. We looked out the window, which overlooked the Commons and downtown Boston and at that moment David popped the question. And if that was not enough, David had dinner reservations AND tickets to The Nutcracker planned for shortly thereafter. When we got back to our hotel room David had left a key at the front desk for Kaitlyn’s good friend Elizabeth and her husband, Felix, who surprised us with more champagne”.
Wedding Planning Advice
“Have fun and don’t stress. We also highly recommend getting a planner. People always say they are expensive, but they are well worth it. We had very little stress and enjoyed our engagement and planning because of how great Adair was.”
Photography: La Bella Imagery | Ceremony Venue: Nocatee Crosswater Hall | Reception Venue: Nocatee Crosswater Hall | Event Planning: Dairing Events | Floral: Ruby Red’s Floral and Garden | Stationery: Heather O’Brien Design | Videography: Take One Productions | Wedding Cake: Alleycakes Bakery | Rentals: Luxe Party Rentals | Entertainment: DJ Jacob Towe | Rentals: Southern Charm Vintage Rentals | Makeup: Mandy Rupp Make | Bridesmaid Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar | Wedding Dress: Anne Barge | Groom’s Attire: Joseph Abboud | Bride’s Shoes: Steve Madden | Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo