Francesca & Ned ~ Orchid Island Beach Club, Florida Wedding

Once upon a time, there was a handsome Irishman, who fell in love with a free-spirited Italian woman.  So they had a magical wedding under blue Florida skies where she sang him her vows and he laughed the whole way through them and the rest, as they say, is history…

Thank you, Kat Braman for coming out to join me in photographing this beautiful wedding and creating some truly incredible imagery for Francesca and Ned!   

From the Bride & Groom ~
Wedding Date?
Our wedding date was October 23rd, 2011. We chose this date because in Florida you can’t go too close to summer, what with the heat and whole “hurricane” thing. We also liked the sound of it, 10.23 is kind of like 1-2-3 and we also got engaged on the 22nd. It was a Sunday, which wasn’t typical, but that suits us just fine. It was also 9 months from Francesca, the wife’s birthday.

We got married in Orchid Island, Fl, which is right next to Vero Beach at the Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club. Ned’s parent’s live there so it was special to him. We live in the Northeast, but never had too deep of roots there. Ned and Francesca love coming to Florida for it’s natural beauty, beaches, relaxed atmosphere and friendly people.  We looked at potentially doing it where Francesca is from, Chiavari, Italy, or where Ned’s family is from Chicago, IL, but the season wasn’t right and it would have been too much to ask of our guests.

Guest count?
We wanted to keep the wedding small so we invited about 100, and in the end had 64 guests. TO us it was perfect, we weren’t running around trying to catch up with everyone and it felt intimate and fun while still knowing a great amount of people came to celebrate our day.

What inspired you in planning the wedding?
We both are in the creative field, and love to experience new things. With that in mind we wanted to embrace the idea of travel, nature and staying unique. We did not want the traditional wedding in a church, with every formality. We wanted it to be a great party with those we love.

What were your favorite moments, traditions, surprises during the day?
Our favorite moments were many. For Ned it was seeing Francesca walk down the aisle, hearing Francesca sing her vows (which he certainly didn’t expect, seeing all our friends and family thoroughly enjoying the night, and of course, the photo booth.  For Francesca, it was seeing Ned at the alter, beaming with love and joy for her, and hearing his vows, which he partially wrote in Italian. She also loved the first dance, which Ned and Francesca choreographed together and hearing the Father, Best Man and Maid of Honor speeches.

We eschewed traditional ceremonies like the sand ceremony or candle lighting ceremony, traditional catholic church rites, but we did other ideas like having the rings blessed. We wanted to keep the ceremony, informal yet expressive and symbolic of our love.

What mood/ambiance did you want to convey to your guests at the wedding?
We wanted the mood to be upbeat and joyful. We used bright colors, blue and orange as it was a Florida wedding and wanted to convey the tone of the day. Blues and oranges were colors that were thematic throughout our relationship that kept popping up.

Any DIY elements?
There were many do it yourself elements. All of the invitations, table elements as well as the welcome gift bags and name placards were designed by Francesca.

Dress designer, shoes, accessories, bridesmaids’ dresses, groom’s attire, etc?
Francesca’s dress was designed by Italian sisters BellaSposa of Fairfield, Ct
Bridesmaids attire was from David’s Bridal and the Groom and Groomsmen were from Men’s Warehouse. The Grooms suit was Calvin Klein.
Francesca’s bridesmaids were given purses designed by Lil Studio 1154

Wedding Planner, Stationer, Floral Designer, Rentals, Music, Videographer, Photographer lighting, etc.?
We did not have a wedding planner. We used Orchid Island to help choreograph the day. Out Floral Designer was Pink Pelican, our Music was Ed Meade, our cake was by Casereccio Cakes (which was incredible!) and the Photography was by Shipra PanosianCasereccio mimicked the colors and invitations created by Francesca to a T.

Favorite Blogs or Magazines used in planning the wedding?
We used The Knot often for Wedding Planning. Paper materials for the wedding were bought at Paper Presentation

Music you walked down the aisle to, first dance, special songs?
The Song Francesca walked down to was ‘Grow til Tall’ by Jonsi. Our first dance was ‘Home’ by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zero’s. We compiled 98% of the musical playlist for our DJ, Ed Meade (who did an amazing job mixing everything). Music is very important to us and we had quite an eclectic range of selections.
Advice that you’d give to other Brides?  Advice for grooms?
Don’t overstress! Don’t over think. Keep it simple and remember why you are doing it. This should be symbolic of your entrance into marriage. Do you. Be Honest. And remember it is all for one of the most special days of your life.

Thanks goes out to?
Everyone who came to our wedding. Francesco and Serena Caviglia for helping everything come to reality. Suzanne and Joseph Joyce for an amazing rehearsal / guest dinner at there home. Shipra for an incredible job at Photography, Ed Mead of Class Act Productions for being a wonderful DJ / MC of the event. Pink Pelican Florist for amazing flower arrangements. Orchid Island Country Club for being so accommodating and for providing and executing such a flawless and picturesque venue.  All hair and make-up for the bridesmaids, mother of the bride and groom, and bride were done by Unbridaled Beauty, out of Orlando... a big huge thanks to Marcella and Jamie!  The moms looked beautiful, the bridesmaids looked like damsels out of renaissance paintings, and the bride…I never looked so stunning in my life!  And thanks to everyone else who attended to making the day so Magical.


Facebook comments:

January 13, 2012 - 9:51 pm

Mimi - Amazing photography, unique and beautiful…I love this set Shipra!

January 13, 2012 - 10:12 pm

Bunn Salarzon - That embrace after the speech. WOW.

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