This is one of those weddings that we immediately knew was so FW. From the native Floridian couple and their connection to the location, to the meaning behind every detail they chose for their day, it's absolute sunshine state perfection. And Ian Joseph Jones's photography? Well, it's a gorgeous breath of fresh garden air.
To fit their idea of a "Vintage Southern Garden" wedding, Billie and Eric decided on an outdoor ceremony and an intimate brunch reception. Billie was inspired by their first trip together, to Savannah, for many of the day's details: Julep cups, lace hankies, and a porcelain French macaron box for the rings were details that reminded me of the city. I thought a lot about the Paris Market & Brocante, one of my favorite boutiques that happens to be in Savannah - I wanted our wedding to be elegant and eclectic without being stuffy or forced, and I think that boutique embraces that idea perfectly.
Billie and Eric met during their last semester at UCF; both journalism majors, they had managed to make it entirely through school without having a class together, but were finally introduced by mutual friends. After some time spent dating long distance while Billie worked in the Keys, they eventually wound up together in Eric's hometown of Palm Beach Gardens.
Billie used rosemary in her bouquet to honor her grandmother, Rosemary, and wore her great aunt Ann's charm bracelet. She also monogrammed the inside of her gown and her bouquet wrap, while Eric wore his own on his shirt cuff.
Eric proposed on Christmas Eve, in front of the Christmas tree at a German restaurant that's very special to Billie's family. They wed 13 months later, on the 5th anniversary of their first kiss!
“Overall, the best part of our day was our ceremony. My uncle was the officiant and really put his heart and soul into every word. There was no better feeling than saying our vows in front of our family and closest friends and walking back up the aisle as husband and wife.”
The Stranahan House was an easy choice for the couple, says the bride: I am a born and bred Fort Lauderdale girl, and first visited the Stranahan House with my Girl Scout troop after we did a project on the Stranahans. Years later when Eric and I started talking about getting married, it was the first venue that came to my mind. I love how intimate the property is, even though it is in the heart of Las Olas, and it is rare to find such a historical site in South Florida. My parents gifted us a gorgeous print of the house for our engagement that now hangs in our home as a reminder of how special the house is to us!
The bride was also inspired by the lovely floral prints of Florida-based Rifle Paper Co., using them for the ceremony backdrop, table numbers, escort cards, signs, and various other paper bits.
Their first dance was to The Head and the Heart's Let's Be Still, and Billie says it was "a true miracle" that they agreed on a song given their differing tastes in music. Well, that's one decision down, and so many (hopefully) easy ones to go. Congratulations, you two!