It’s pretty awesome to have the beautiful Tavares Pavilion right in our backyard here in Lake County. Brittany’s parents live on the lake and when it was built they decided it would be the perfect spot for their wedding. The fabulous ladies of Nicole Squared Events made sure all of their personalized details were in place and the day flowed smoothly. The entire day was the perfect representation of their long-time relationship.
The orchids in the bouquets, boutonnieres and the live orchids on the tables were in honor of Alberto’s late aunt and uncle who helped to raise him as a child, they had a greenhouse in their backyard where they kept the orchids that they raised and collected. When they were alive they used to give me an orchid every time I saw them. The orchids were also potted so that we didn’t waste any live flowers for the wedding. All of the bouquets and boutonnieres were silk, so that part of the wedding was pretty environmentally friendly. We also had cards on the table when the guests sat down explaining that we had planted a tree in honor of every guest present at the wedding (as well as those watching from heaven). This was in honor of my late grandfather who was a true environmentalist.
Escort tiles instead of cards, hand painted and lettered by me. Our tables were numbered by years that we had been dating (10, so we had tables 2007 – 2016) with corresponding photos at each table. Save the dates, invitations, rsvp cards, welcome brochures, welcome/favor reception notes and wedding programs were designed by me. Drawings in the program of bride/groom and wedding party were done by Alberto. All signs were done by myself or friends during our craft nights. All videos listed above were edited by myself or a friend. (my sister Casey and her boyfriend Scott shot and edited theirs)
We have been together for 10 years, and so I wanted the wedding to represent our past, present, and future together as well as the family who has made us who we are and been with us throughout our relationship. We also are both from tropical places, I am from South Florida and he is from Puerto Rico so we love the built-in tropical feel of the Pavilion. And with us both growing up and being on the water our whole lives, it only felt natural to get married on the water! We have a lot of friends that we have stayed close with since high school, and we are lucky enough that they have become close with our new friends and even our family and have all turned into one really close group who really lift each other up and have an amazing dynamic with each other. People kept complimenting me on how close all my friends were with our families.
We actually watched the Tavares pavilion being built (by land and by boat)! My parents live one lake over and we were there opening day and have a photo (that I now realize we should have recreated) up on the balcony of the Pavilion from that opening day. My necklace that Alberto gave me had the coordinates to the Pavilion on it and the date.
Seeing all of our favorite people all together in the same room was one of the most phenomenal feelings in the world. We felt so loved. We were blown away by all of the love in the room. People came from all over the US and Puerto Rico, and besides my parents and a couple of their neighbors, everyone came from out of town and that meant a lot to us. The maid of honor speech was a huge surprise for us both who are major Disney fans. We also both loved our first dance – no one knew what we were going to dance to but us, and we didn’t plan to sing to each other through the whole thing but naturally just sang through the whole thing.
I tried to enjoy the whole planning process, make each decision fun and start early. Make the wedding as unique to you as a couple as possible!