Spending time with Matt & Briana is never a disappointment. They are one of the most laid-back, welcoming, and relaxed couples I’ve ever met, and on their wedding day, their easy-going personalities set the mood for their charming Winter Park Farmers Market wedding.
Get vendor details and see what Briana has to say about the big day after the photos.
Thanks goes out to Stefani Chung for joining me and getting down on camera 2!
From the Bride:
September 17, 2011
Winter Park Farmers Market
What inspired you in planning the wedding?
We were inspired by nature. We wanted the wedding to be as eco-friendly as possible so many decisions were based on being green. Our plates, utensils, and cups all came from a company called World Centric that makes plant based products. Also, we used the potted plant instead of cut flowers and then gave many plants away to continue to grow with our guests.
Why did you pick your venue?
We frequent the Winter Park Farmers Market for fruits, veggies, and other delicious treats- so why not get married there too! Also, we love the area of Winter Park that it is in, and being a historic building gave the whole wedding more character. The train station is 129 years old this year.
We got ready at the Park Plaza Hotel right around the corner.
Dress designer, shoes, accessories, bridesmaids’ dresses, groom’s attire, etc?
Everything we wore was JCREW, the wedding dress, groom’s suit and tie and best man’s suit. There were no bridesmaid’s – so that was simple. My pearls were a gift from years ago and the antique ring I borrowed from the my mother, it was my grandmothers.
Any DIY elements?
What wasn’t DIY?! We made almost everything for the wedding other than the stationary. We potted all the plants for the ceremony and centerpieces. Anything with chalkboard paint we made, such as the table numbers, just married sign, and drink labels. My dad was a huge contributor as well. He made the wooden trellis that we were married under, which is amazing. He also made the parking sign, the wood coasters for the pots, and anything else that is wood. All the glass Mason jars we recycled from pasta sauce. In one year we ate a lot of pasta! I’m sure I am forgetting more, but making everything for the wedding was a lot of fun and stressful but I wouldn’t have had it any other way.
Music you walked down the aisle to, first dance, special songs
I walked down the aisle to an acoustic version of The Wedding March. I am not huge on tradition but that was the song I dreamed of walking down the aisle to since I was a little girl. Our first dance was Just a Kiss by Lady Antebellum. he words in the song just sang to us, haha. The father-daughter dance was to Return to Pooh Corner by Kenny Loggins. My dad and I would sing this song together as he played the guitar growing up. My job was the official page turner!
Wedding Planner, Stationer, Floral Designer, Rentals, Music, Videographer, Photographer lighting, etc.
Kristy Rapp was our wedding planner. She was amazing. We had a whole u-haul worth of DIY decorations and only 3 hours for set up! She was very organized and really understood what I wanted. The wedding would not have happened without her. Our ceremony flowers came from Altamonte Springs Florist. Terri the florist was also great. I wanted my bouquet to be different. I told her anything but perfectly round roses. She helped me decided on all the flowers and arranged them beautifully. We rented all of our linens from Kirby Rental in Orlando. They were great, let us pick up the linens Thursday and even gave up a discount for picking them up. Our Dj was Jay Edwards from Liquid Entertainment. Jay is great as well. He was not only the DJ, running the whole show, but he made sure we were taken care of the whole night. His number one objective was that we were happy. Last but not least was our photographer- Shipra. Shipra is perfect. She gets me, which I am so thankful for. I love that she knows exactly what we want from our pictures and delivers every time. I could not imagine anyone taking better photographs than her.
Menu, Drinks, Dessert, Caterer, Baker, etc.
Our food was carter by Black Bean Deli, a small Cuban restaurant in Winter Park. We had traditional Cuban food including papa rellenas, crouquettes, picadillo, havana pork, black beans, rice, salad, and maduros. The food was delicious and the leftovers were even better! Instead of traditional wedding cake, we opted for my favorite dessert, cookies! The cookies were from George’s Gourmet Cookiesin Winter Park. One dozen of those massive cookies weighs 3 pounds! They were also great as leftovers And, Matt & I brewed “Lover’s Lager” beer with the help of his uncle. Matt’s cousin created the labels using one of our engagement pictures!
Favorite Blogs or Magazines used in planning the wedding:
We used The Knot to keep a timeline of everything needed to be done. We have both only been to a handful of weddings and definitely never planned a wedding before, so it was helpful in knowing everything that needed to get done. The one website that had the most inspiration for me was Etsy. I would spend hours looking through the wedding section to get ideas. Other than that, we kind of just made it up as we went along. Thankfully it worked out perfectly!
What mood/ambiance did you want to convey to your guests at the wedding?
Fun! We wanted our wedding to be relaxed and easygoing. We told out guest to wear comfortable clothes and come ready to eat!
Advice that you’d give to other Brides? Advice for grooms?
Brides: This is cliche but so true, just enjoy the day! The day will end before you know it, like a flash, so soak up every minute of it. When is the next time your entire family will be in one room? Maybe never. So leave your stress at home and have fun!
Grooms: Be involved. My favorite part of this whole experience was sharing it with Matt. We made every decision together because it was his day too! I didn’t always like his opinions but we grew stronger in the process by using communication and compromise. The planning process was a look into married life, and I loved it!
Thanks goes out to?
Our families… this wedding could not haven’t happened without their help. From planning to set-up they were always there for us and that was the biggest help of all.