Jen and Alex - An Autumn Aqua and Aubergine Wedding

Jen and Alex desired a wedding filled with southern simplicity, and planned to DIY many wedding details to help maximize their budget.  Their Florida roots inspired such details as the painted blue mason jars, cut log risers, collection of bud vases and lanterns, program fans, burlap table runners, and Southern-inspired menu items. They wanted a rustic Autumn feel to the day but were drawn to shades of Aqua and Aubergine (the shade of purple was in honor of the bride's Dad who passed away from Pancreatic Cancer; she was surprised with a photo locket on her bouquet so he would be walking her down the aisle.  The couple wanted to honor their family members who could not be present with them that day, while also providing a great experience for their closest friends and family who were present.  Although a thunderstorm thwarted their outdoor ceremony plans, they did not let it ruin their day because they remembered the big picture and what was really important that day which was being with all the people they love, and marrying your best friend (all brides and grooms should have this outlook!)  The Magnolia Building's vaulted ceilings, wood floors, and stone fireplace made for a stunning backdrop for both the indoor ceremony and the reception that followed.

The bride posed for photos in the historic Terrace Hotel, downtown Lakeland

The bride's bouquet contained hydrangea, roses, chrysanthemums, tulips, ranunculus, and eucalyptus

As a surprise for the bride, the bouquet was accented with a locket containing a photo of her late father

Bridesmaids wore mismatched aqua chiffon dresses

Bridesmaids carried bouquets in various shades of purple, accented with blue-hued succulents

The couple shared a first look in the beautiful Hollis Gardens before the wedding

Cut log risers and mason jars filled with flowers accented the lace motif escort cards display

Centerpieces of silver lanterns were accented by mason jars, bud vases, & mercury glass votives.

The Magnolia Building made for a gorgeous reception location

The bride and groom were sent off under an arch of sparklers

Venue:  The Magnolia Building, Lakeland

Photography:  Life Long Studios Photography

Catering:  Delectables Fine Catering

Florist:  Braun's Fine Flowers

Hair & Makeup:  Michele Renee The Studio

DJ and Lighting:  Universal Music Entertainment

Cake:  Publix

Linens:  Connie Duglin Linen Company