If you missed the first part of this wedding be sure to check it out here. And now time for their ceremony on the beach! I love that Kendrick + David asked family and friends to stand close during their vows – which they wrote! They also read personal love letters and had a dear friend of theirs officiate the wedding.
Processional: Everlasting Light – Black Keys
Recessional: All is Love – Karen O & the Kids
First Dance: I Found a Reason – Cat Power
How rad! Kendrick’s brother was in charge of ceremony music with a pink boombox – à la Say Anything!
Don't be afraid to do what you want. I was surprised by all the expectations people had of us and what we were "supposed" to do. I'm sure the meatless menu made some eyes roll, but it was important to us to do what we thought represented us best and what we thought would be most enjoyable for our guests. We also made finding decorations fun – we went to a local Mexican flea market and bought sombreros and Day of the Dead flags and candles. I also started collecting vintage postcards (the wedding was at The Postcard Inn) for a guest book of sorts, as well as bud vases and animal planters from antique shops, thrift stores and Etsy that I later painted.
Also, don't be afraid to ask for help. We had so much help from family and friends! This truly was a DIY wedding: a friend conducted the ceremony, another made all the decorations for the arch for the ceremony and brought them across the country on an airplane, David's brother held up a pink boombox (a la Say Anything) for our ceremony music, a huge group put out all the decorations (they were climbing in trees hanging Day of the Dead flags and pom poms while I was getting my hair done), another friend picked up the doughnuts, my mom found and bought all the flowers from multiple local shops (they just had to be colorful) and friends and family arranged them, two friends did my nails and makeup. I had a specific vision of what I wanted (bright colors, hints of our Mexican theme), but my team of family and friends are what made it so beautiful and stress-free for us! We are so grateful to them.
Finally, everything goes by really fast. Hire an amazing photographer or videographer because after the cake is eaten, the flowers have wilted, the dress doesn't fit, it's the photos that will help you remember such a special day.
photography: Matt + Meghan of Our Labor of Love // venue + catering: The Postcard Inn, St. Pete Beach, FL // floral design: My mom went all over St. Pete Beach and St. Pete and bought flowers from multiple florists, then she and friends and family assembled them // wedding dress: White by Vera Wang // hairpieces: Paper peonies by Flower Bazaar // shoes: Melissa (bride), Hawkings McGill (groom) // hair: London Hair & Spa // groom suit: Banana Republic // invitations + paper goods: Invitation artwork done by amazing artist Carne Griffiths, my brother Josh Brinson who is a part-time graphic designer did the design of the invites and the goodie bag wedding schedule brochures // cake: Donut Connection, St Peterburg, FL // music: DJ Dave Ochoa // Ceremony arch decor: Kathleen Warren
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