About Us

We launched Floridian Weddings in July of 2011, as a collaboration of two South Florida-based bloggers and wedding industry pros. We set out to highlight the fresh, creative and beautiful work being done by vendors in the area as well as provide inspiration and resources for area couples. After two years of bringing our readers the freshest Florida wedding inspiration we could find, we widened our focus in 2013 to everything socially Floridian - from weddings to parties, restaurants and cafes, cocktails, music, design and all. In February of 2015, we rebranded to Floridian Social.

Our goal: to bring you modern, stylish inspiration and resources for weddings, social events and everyday festivities in our sunny paradise. Our style is fresh and creative, avoiding anything outdated or expected and shying away from overdone trends and over-the-top design. Tasteful decor, unique/non-traditional venues, fun details, creative ideas and a really good story are all factors that win us over.

We feature ideas and inspiration from all across the state and share the best pros, shops and venues we can find with you... weeding out the cheese and focusing on authenticity. We hope you enjoy what we've put together, and we'd love to hear your feedback, suggestions and ideas!

the editors of Floridian Weddings

Photos by Chelsey Boatwright Photography

 

About The Editors

Laura McGlynn, managing editor, Floridian Social

Laura McGlynn

Co-Founder &
Managing Editor

Laura spent her childhood moving across the country (three times) but finally wound up in Florida to attend Wellington High School. She graduated from the University of Florida in 1999 (go Gators!) and spent the next 10 years as a software designer, creating and building applications for a wide range of clients. Starting Make Merry! in 2009 brought her to blogging and, with it, an obsession with all things wedding. An avid reader, foodie, amateur photographer and lover of travel, she lives with her husband in a funky little house by the ocean in Lake Worth.

Signature cocktail of choice: A perfectly mixed mojito.

If I could be anywhere in Florida right now, I'd be... Listening to the band, bushwacker in hand, at Lorelei in Islamorada.

My guilty pleasure: Corndogs. Really!

Always on my playlist: Something silly, fun and upbeat - like Bruno Mars, Prince or Journey.

 
Desiree Oftedal, editor, Floridian Social

Desiree Oftedal

Editor & Pro Liaison

Desiree was born and raised in Palm Bay, Florida with a few years of Texas time mixed in there. She is a proud graduate of the University of Florida where she was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta fraternity and an inaugural member of the competitive cheerleading team (go Gators!). Along with her husband, Eric, and their chocolate lab (ahem, named, Gator), Desiree lives in a cute yellow house near downtown West Palm Beach. She shares a nearby studio space with a few wedding professionals and meets clients of her wedding planning and design business, Desiree Dawn Events.

Signature cocktail of choice: Locally brewed craft beer!

If I could be anywhere in Florida right now, I'd be... Pensacola. Ever since a good friend got hitched at Palafox Pier, I've been in love with this charming place.

My guilty pleasure: Loaded french fries - cheese, bacon, scallions, bbq, you name it. The messier the better.

Always on my playlist: The Avett Brothers, Florence & the Machine, and Dolly Parton. I love music with some soul and twang.

 
Rebecca D'Amato, co-founder, Floridian Social

Rebecca D'Amato

Co-Founder &
Contributor Across-the-Pond

Becca grew up in West Virginia, graduated from Syracuse University (go Orangemen!) and moved to Washington D.C. where she met her fiancé, her "Beau". After working as a catering and events manager at two major venues and falling head over heels in love with events, she followed her heart and moved to Fort Lauderdale in 2010. In sunny South Florida she met Laura and, after a few nights (and a few glasses of wine) spent discussing a Florida weddings site, Floridian Weddings was born! Becca now lives in a little flat in London with her fiancé, Frans, and their puppy, Oliver. She writes about her life in London, planning her wedding and all things pretty and fun on her blog, Urban Flip Flops.

Signature cocktail of choice: St Germaine & Champagne.

If I could be anywhere in Florida right now, I'd be... Dinner outside at Morada Bay in Islamorada.

My guilty pleasure: Salted Caramel ANYTHING!

Always on my playlist: A little country (Carrie Underwood and some Lady Antebellum), teen pop (hello Taylor Swift!), Michael Bublé to sing to me and always lots of fun dance running music.