From the moment Stephanie first reached out to me, she radiated an immensely laid back attitude toward her wedding day. After all, not much else mattered besides marrying her best friend! She wanted a simple Curtiss Mansion wedding with her closest friends and family attending. I always say my ideal clients are those that are excited to say, “I do”, and I could already feel the excitement Stephanie had. She was a huge Disney fan, which made me like her even more. She told me about all the creative ways she was going to fuse her laid back, Disney-loving self into her wedding day. At Oh My Occasions, we embrace your unique story and man, did I love all the unique elements of Stephanie and Andy’s big day.
The ladies got ready down the street from the Curtiss Mansion, at the mother of the bride’s house. The bridesmaids wore matching robes and had fun sipping champagne and taking photos.
I stopped by early in the morning to see how everyone was doing, and of course, Stephanie was the ever relaxed and excited bride. I presented her with a special gift, a limited edition Disney collection book and a card thanking her for letting me be a part of her and Andy’s happily ever after. The oh so talented Alan Phillip, and one of my favorite photographers to work with, arrived soon after to capture the rest of the morning.
Stephanie had a few heirloom and special items that she would be including in her wedding. Along with photos of her family, she also included a photo from her and Andy’s prom, and the same pose mimicked during their engagement session. (Of course, we had to replicate it later during their wedding day too!)
Since Stephanie wanted to have her ceremony in the Curtiss Mansion backyard, the grass was never an issue since she would be sporting custom Converse sneakers. Her pink satin laces matched her wedding color perfectly, and complemented her below the knee pink Team Bride socks. She had a cute silhouette Mickey and Minnie Mouse kissing added to one shoe, while the other featured an extra special “Andy”, dually dedicated to both her husband-to-be and her love of Toy Story.
The wedding invitation was created by IBA Paper Goods and incorporated the craft and ivory colors present throughout the wedding. We chose a simple blank ink print with a beautiful script and caps font combination.
Stephanie had a beautiful embroidered handkerchief made for her mother, with a sentimental note that brought her to tears.
Stephanie’s hair was loosely pulled back into a low undo and adorned with a beautiful hair piece. She slipped into her gown and instantly, this Disney princess emerged. I fell in love with Stephanie’s gown the first time she ever showed me a picture of it. It was the absolute perfect dress for her! The delicate lace design spread daintily down her back, with a pearl beaded spine. The lace cap sleeves sat just above the dipped neckline and her long train fell sweetly behind her.
The bridesmaids wore navy blue dresses of various style and carried soft paste bouquet of garden roses and dusty miller.
Andy got ready in Doral and enjoyed the beautiful day with his closest friends. He gifted his groomsmen with personalized wooden boxes filled with bottle opener, knife, lighter, and flask. The guys were hilarious and their personalities really shined through in their solo portraits.
In one of my Ask Amber segments, I talk about your wedding party being comprised of whomever you want and however many people you choose. I say you can select to have no maid of honor, two maids of honor, or even a man of honor. Stephanie chose her childhood best friend, Eric, to serve as her man of honor and even gave him a navy suit to match the bridesmaids’ color.
I swear, he was one of the most dedicated and involved wedding party members I’ve seen in my career. Here he is carrying her dress between photo locations.
Andy’s nephew, Luke, was the adorable ring bearer. Or should I say ring security? He took his job seriously (that ain’t no poker face!) and looked super cute doing so.
Stephanie and Andy opted for a first look which did not disappoint. She sweetly showed him the Andy detail on her shoe and twirled around to show him her dress.
The Curtiss Mansion wedding ceremony took place in the back yard. Guests were greeted with lemonade and sat in the white folding garden chairs just beyond the property’s wrought iron gates.
The groom’s sister, Adrienne, served as the officiant and wrote an incredibly touching ceremony. She and I had been in communication the weeks leading up to the wedding and when she had me read over the script, I instantly got chills. Not only was it the most accurate description of Stephanie and Andy, but of love, and life in general. “Love is the experience of writing your own story. It’s not one moment, not even this moment, it’s every moment including the million little ones that come in between the big ones. It’s falling asleep together, making dinner together, and coincidentally wearing crocs on the same day (which I really don’t understand). These every day moments fuse together into this one big experience we call life. And even though this experience is so incredible, words somehow fail us when we try to explain it. That’s just the way it is with love, it’s meant to be felt, not described.”
“Andy, will you keep Stephanie as your favorite person, to laugh with, to adventure with, to support her through life’s toughest moments, to be proud of her and grow old with her? Do you promise to always share your Yardhouse truffle fries and spinach dip with her and find new reasons to love her every day?”
“Stephanie, will you keep Andy as your favorite person, to laugh with, to adventure with, to support him through life’s toughest moments, to be proud of him and grow old with him, put up with him even when he plays video games for hours, and find new reasons to love him every day?”
In true Stephanie and Andy style, they practically danced down the aisle and were (clearly) ecstatic to be married.
After a week of rain, and multiple weather app downloads, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a tad worried that our outdoor wedding would be drizzled on. Now, my assistant is a firm believer in the knife-in-the-ground superstition to ward off rain on a wedding day. Sooooooo she placed them discreetly behind the building and miraculously (or not so ironically) it did not rain! Now, I accidentally may have forgotten to take those knives out at the end of the night and needed to return the following Monday to remove them. And for fear of the weather gods cursing my assistant’s next wedding, I agreed to sacrifice rain on the day of my (unconceived) first born child’s birthday. Again, the things we do as planners!
Guests were invited inside to the great room for cocktail hour. The fireplace was decorated with candles, while the tables were accented with fairy light mason jars and blush linens. The gift box was a distressed treasure box that matched the overall rustic elegant aesthetic of the wedding. The seating chart mimicked the fonts from the invitation and was placed next to the sign in table. Keeping with the theme, the guests signed tiny wooden hearts to drop into the custom mason jar shaped shadow box.
Stephanie and Andy took some more portraits around the property while I brought them some hors d’oeuvres. Once again, in a that’s-so-Stephanie fashion, food trumped photos in this candid moment. Now that’s my kinda bride.
I was obsessed with the whole “overlooking the balcony” idea as a true Disney heroine would and suggested the spot for more photos. I was not disappointed with the gorgeousness that came from it!
The wedding party explored the rest of the property together for more portraits.
Guests then gathered into the outdoor courtyard. Stephanie trusted me to fine turn the linen and chair choice. We went with a solid navy polyester linen with gold beaded chargers, ivory napkins, and gold chiavari chairs. The centerpieces were garden-like, and fitting to all the other elements of the wedding, and the Curtiss Mansion in general. Engraved wood slabs were topped with mason jars and filled with peach, blush, and ivory florals. The sweetheart table was a half moon adorned with a beautifully textured champagne fortuny linen. Rodri Studios created a delicate and full sweetheart piece that traced the edge of the table. Keeping with a rustic garden theme, he paired roses and succulents with light bark boxes.The gold Mr. and Mrs. sign was the perfect final touch.
By the time dinner rolled around, the sun was beginning to set, so the cross strung bistro lighting illuminated the courtyard perfectly. Due to the unusually chilly [read: for Floridians who consider under 70 degrees chilly] weather in late January, I actually managed to find heat lamps last minute. I’m telling you, planners can make your wildest dreams happen. Even if your dream is to have a couple heat lamps on short notice to keep grandma warm. We gotchu.
Check out Stephanie’s reaction to her reception reveal. I live for oh my occasions like this!
The wedding party danced in to the reception. Yup, even Dalton and Eric, arm in arm! Stephanie and Andy danced to A Thousand Years (I don’t care how many times I hear this song, cue the tears every single time!) Stephanie and her dad and Andy and his mom danced simultaneously to another Disney touch, You’ll Be In My Heart. from Tarzan (instantly gives me chills).
Eric and Dalton gave their toasts and shared many laughs before the guests made their rounds to the buffet.
Foregoing the non-traditional, Stephanie and Andy opted for a display of desserts instead of a wedding cake. The living room was filled with a royal round table of desserts spanning from key lime jars, brigaderio, truffles, chocolate chip cookies, tres leches bites, and more. Just next to the sweets was the always delicious Aroma Espresso cart.
The party extended back into the great room which was transformed into dancing space complete with a photo booth. Since Andy proposed to Stephanie in a photo booth, it was super important for them to have a one at their wedding. The guests had a great time trying on the masks, and using the fun props for their photos. Every single guest was on the dance floor having a blast thanks to Twilight Production!
The night wrapped with a couple shots, and a bridal getaway in one of Florian’s classic white Bentleys.
Here’s to your fairy tale beginning as a newlywed couple. Cheers to Oh My… Celaya.
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