Dreamy Vintage-Inspired Florida Camp Wedding: Val + Lee – Part 1

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Boy do we have a treat for you lovelies today – a beyond gorgeous two part camp wedding feature from the ever-talented Elizabeth Messina! Val + Lee are all kinds of adorable + they just so happen to be the very lucky winners of Cupcake Vineyards’ “Love Deliciously Dream Wedding” contest, which took place via Pinterest last year. As the winners, they were gifted with the ultimate wedding package, which included photography by Elizabeth as well as the brilliant design + planning services of Alison Events. We’re super in love with their dreamy, laid-back day and all of the romantic + ethereal details they incorporated into their celebration! Val shares a bit more about their inspiration with us below:

Lee and I are both adventurers, we love the outdoors, love hiking, camping, canoeing, etc. Mixed with our appreciation for design and movies, we decided the inspiration for our wedding would be Wes Anderson’s film Moonrise Kingdom. The first big element to reflect our style was our venue; a remote private campground in the middle of the Ocala National Forest, with a 1930’s refurbished dining hall. We incorporated details such as a canvas tent, oil lamps, a custom made flag that said “Camp Waters”, small design elements such as stamps that also mentioned our camp, and  even vintage inspired postcards for our guests to fill in with best wishes and funny remarks for us.

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spanish moss trees

bridesmaids in robes


getting ready

getting ready

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Val wore the most ethereal gown by Chaviano Couture, which she paired with a delicate halo headpiece by Twigs & Honey. We’re madly in love with her romantic + sophisticated look!

jeweled hair piece

relaxed bouquet

And that’s a pinworthy bouquet if we ever did see one! It’s the gorgeous creation of the San Francisco based floral studio, Natalie Bowen Designs. Loving that giant king protea!

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bridesmaids in gray


rustic cermeony

rustic cermeony

rustic cermeony

So hard to pick one!!! There were two that really stayed with me.

1. At the altar, when Keith, our officiant and friend was reciting the ceremony of hands, and Lee and I held hands, my eyes started welling up. I couldn't hold the tears any longer, but had completely forgotten to bring with me my handkerchief, and as my first tear fell down my cheek, Lee took out from his pocket his handkerchief, and gave it to me. It was so tender, so impromptu, but so, so perfectly sweet.

2. At the end of the night when all our friends and family gathered at the dance floor to dance the last song with us. As Lee and I held hands and jumped up and down, it was as if time slowed down; we could see so much joy and love in the faces of all those present. It was a wonderful moment, to feel so much support and blessings from those we love.

rustic cermeony

rustic cermeony

rustic cermeony

bride and groom

bride and groom

Such a pretty, muted palette…

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wedding party

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bride and groom

champagne toast

Seriously gorgeous, right!? Be sure to check back in a bit for Part 2, where we share highlights from Val + Lee’s stunning reception!

photography: Elizabeth Messina // wedding planning: Alison Events Planning & Design // venue: Lake Doe Campground in Umatilla, Florida // catering: Green Coat Catering // florals: Natalie Bowen Designs // wedding dress: Chaviano Couture // bridal headpiece: Twigs and Honey // bridal jewelry: Free People // bridesmaids dresses: Katie of Coralie Beatrix // groom’s attire: J.Crew // dish rentals: Dishie Rentals // décor: Wish Vintage Rentals // linens: La Tavola // dj + lighting: Jacob // ceremony + cocktail music: Landon Pontius // officiant: Keith Kolakowski // cake + desserts: Michelle Calabro, Owner of Bakers Cottage Cakes // hair + makeup: Shelby George // robes: Girl with a Serious Dream // tent: Shelter-co // invitations + paper goods: Designed by Lee and Val, Owners & Founders of 48 Savvy Sailors // invitations: Letterpressed by Mama’s Sauce

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  1. This looks lovely and amazing and beauti…was that a pig we spotted?

    Looking forward to Pt 2!

    Congrats Val + Lee

  2. Beautiful photos, loved the spanish moss in the background. Always think that it adds a little extra something to a photo. Got a little laugh when I saw a pig in their photos but it was done in a very classy way.

  3. Thank you so much for the feature! Love every detail of this seeking. SO honored to be a part:)

  4. Val and Lee, you both were so beautiful on your special day. Thank you so very much for including us. It was such an honor to have the opportunity to experience the most beautiful wedding I’ve ever seen and to a witness the love you both share for each other. We love you guys!!! xoxox

  5. What a dreamy wedding! Never thought wild boar could be such a mega cute detail!
    Adore the photography!

  6. Thank you so much for the lovely feature! So lovely! Beautiful couple, and beautiful photographs! They truly capture the love and happiness of this gorgeous couple.

  7. Gorgeous wedding…even the pig got in the pics!

  8. where are those gorgeous bridesmaid robes from!!!??? Beautiful photos. congrats

  9. So beautiful wedding! love the ethereal details.

  10. Hi there!
    This wedding is absolutely gorgeous! I especially love the flower headpiece that she wore!!! It mentions on the website that it was from twigs and honey but it seems as thought there was possibly two different headpieces? One from Twigs and Honey and a floral one? If anyone has any information on where to find the floral one it would be much appreciated!!
    Thanks so much!! Emily


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