Whitney and Matt love animals, care about the environment, share a passion for music and for each other; they brought all of these elements out into their wedding day. And, luckily for us, Sarah & Ben captured it all so beautifully... just like the fairytale the couple dreamed of!
The realization of their vision started with the venue, the Sorosis Building. Whitney and Matt chose it for its functionality (they could have all the events in one place), beautiful gardens, and historic feel.
The two wanted a vintage theme for their wedding, with sweet bird details and a plum, sage and ivory color palette. Their coordinator and floral designer, 2 Sisters Events & Design, created romantic, vintage-inspired bouquets as well as centerpieces incorporating birdcages, candles and branches.
Whitney gave each of her bridesmaids a locket, holding a note about what she loved most about them.
How sweet is this vintage-inspired program display? The couple created their own programs and invites.
I loved how Whitney described one of their favorite moments to us: When I walked down the aisle it was as if neither of us could see anything else. I walked down the aisle to an instrumental version of an Iron and Wine song and Matt was crying. It was that moment that you always wait for, and it was beautiful to share that moment with everyone we love.
Matt and I wanted our wedding to be unique and since music is a huge part of our lives we chose unconventional songs for the ceremony. Each of the songs were songs that signified Matt and my relationship. Our ceremony included songs from The Weepies, Bright Eyes, Iron and Wine, and the Beatles.
The gardens, where the ceremony was held, also have a beautiful view of the lake. Afterwards, they took portraits while feeding the swans; as Whitney tells us, "It made the wedding feel like a fairytale."
Whitney and Matt, both accountants, met their very first week of college, and have been together ever since! As admitted "goof balls", they love to laugh, watch football and just be together as best friends. Whitney loves Matt's sweet, generous and compassionate nature: "He always knows how to turn a bad day into the best day you have ever had."
What Matt loves most about Whitney: "Her enormous heart for others. She is creative and kind and always knows how to make every person she meets smile."
Favors were organza bags full of birdseed, for guests to feed the swans, made by Whitney's mother. The "grazie" tag was a nod to the couple's Italian honeymoon.
The gorgeous bird themed cake, made by Pink Pig Bakery, was vegan and organic. The couple also served a vegetarian buffet during the reception, full of Mediterranean and healthy food by caterer Terrie Lobb. Says Whitney, "The food was rich, decadent, and absolutely delicious."
The couple's first dance was to "A Thousand Years" by Christina Perri. As a huge Bob Dylan fan, Whitney danced with her dad to "Make You Feel My Love" by Adele; Matt kept his choice for the mother/son dance a secret until the day, which Whitney says "was incredibly sweet to watch."
I love how Whitney summed up their day: "We loved that every piece of the wedding had something to do with the both of us. Both Matt and I really worked together to make sure our wedding was ours. We wanted to share with our guests who we are and I think we did that." It certainly looks that way to me! Congratulations, you two.
Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Sorosis Building, Lakeland | Photography: Sarah & Ben | Event & Floral Design: 2 Sisters Events & Design | Catering: Terrie Lobb Catering, Inc. | Cake: The Pink Pig Bakery | Hair Styling: Esquire Salon & Spa | Makeup: Lindsay Does Makeup | DJ: Brown Sounds | Submission: Two Bright Lights