Rustic Florida Wedding: Taylor + Michael

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After 8 years of dating and a lifetime of friendship, Taylor + Michael wanted their wedding to serve as a thank you to all of the people in their lives who helped nurture their love over the years. Michael comes from a long line of boat captains, so they have always had a love for their life spent on the sea. Kat’s family is from South Carolina and their southern heritage was important too. You can see lots of influences from both sides through the rustic Florida outdoor setting, their wedding emblem, the barbecue + bourbon, and even the sharks teeth on her headpiece!

From Taylor, “It was really important to us to make everyone feel at home, and wanted them to know how much we appreciated how each one of them has touched our lives. So there were lots of little touches to make the day feel easy and un-stuffy for our guests, as well as for us! We have heard over and over again from our guests and family how the whole day felt so “us” and we agree!”

Thanks to Kat Braman for the photos and congrats to Taylor + Michael!

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boho bride

bridesmaids

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Processional: This Year’s Love – David Gray

Recessional: Sweet Pea – Amos Lee

First Dance: Make You Feel My Love – Bob Dylan

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As for the ceremony Mike and I wanted to make sure that every word was sacred and special to us, so we wrote the script ourselves! We spent many nights sitting in front of the computer compiling this proclamation of our love and a lot of tears were shed especially while writing our dedication to our parents. We also wrote our own vows to each other. On the day of the ceremony was incredibly emotional and intimate and fun and just PERFECT. Best moment of our lives. Another special touch was my little brother Daniel and Mike’s little sister Traci singing our first dance song together. Daniel played the guitar and they both sang “Make you feel my love” by Bob Dylan. They then sang two other songs Mike and I love (“Forever Young” by Bob Dylan and “Sunshine” by G-Love), they put their own unique spin on all of them and everyone was surprised at how talented they are. It will forever be a moment we will remember.

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Beyond needing to do all of the décor ourselves for budget reasons, it was also important to make every little detail completely about Mike and I’s style. Luckily there are quite a few artists and handy people in our family! The most special and helpful of all was my mother. She literally had her hand in everything from the fabric runners hanging from the rafters, the hand painted signs, to the charm on my bouquet with the pictures of my grandparents who have passed. Her and I also handmade my armband and headpiece out of chain and hammered metal. Mikes father hand carved the cake topper and his grandfather made my foot jewelry and a beautiful wood carving for our head table. My aunt and uncle from South Carolina Hauled down 2 crates full of the most beautiful pumpkins, gourds, and ferns. I hand painted the invitations. The list goes on and on but most importantly Mike and I are so grateful for the help and talents of these special people who helped make our day so beautiful.

Be confident in what you want. There were times that we got a lot of “You're doing what?!?!” and “You're not going to have that?!?” And at times we even questioned ourselves on some uncouth and unique ideas we had. But we did it anyway, and the truth is this… The people who love you already love you. They chose to love you already knowing you’re a weirdo so be weird! Don’t wear shoes if you don’t want to. Don’t tell people where to sit if you don’t want to. Dance your face off until your sweaty and gross. You will never regret being yourself and having the things that you two enjoy on that day.

photography: Kat Braman // venue + catering: Bonnette Hunt Club Palm Beach Gardens, Florida // planning + coordination: Kasey D Weddings // flowers: Epic Arrangements // dj: DJ Charismatic // cake + cupcakes: Alaina’s Bake Shoppe // rentals: Atlas Party Rentals // invitations: handpainted by the Bride // bride’s dress: Caroline DeVillo // bridesmaids dresses: Kimichi Blue by Urban Outfitters // groom + groomsmen attire: Express // ties: Cyberoptix // ceremony tapestries: Urban Outfitters (one was also used as a photobooth backdrop) // makeup: Danielle Loeffler, Danielle_loeffler@yahoo.com // hair: Brandee Slaughter Alonzo Frank Hair Designs // pumpkins, gourds, and ferns: brought down by family from South Carolina

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Comments

  1. WOW this is such a beautiful wedding! I am in love with every detail! Really like the rustic look and the flannels on the grooms! Adorable!

  2. BEAUTIFUL WORK KAT!!!!!!

  3. Jen – I cannot thank you enough for featuring one of my favorite all time weddings on your beautiful blog. Taylor and Mike have such a special love that deserves to be celebrated. So incredibly honored to have documented this day for them and their families.

  4. Unreal! These images are just gorgeous, as is the love between this couple.

  5. such a beautiful & heartfelt wedding, and GORGEOUS work from Kat as usual!! love this whole feature.

  6. Gorgeous! Love the offbeat, rustic style of this wedding.

  7. I just have to say that this wedding was utterly beautiful! The bride and groom just looked so perfectly handsome and beautiful. And her veil, wow! I love their venue, the details and everything about this. Kat did an amazing job capturing their love. ♥

  8. such a great wedding … the photos are all soo wonderful. I love the one with the pup!!

  9. Beautiful wedding!! Gorgeous details and amazing pictures!

  10. This is Oh! So beautiful!!

  11. I just love the rustic theme, it’s so original. The hammered metal headpiece and sandals are absolutely gorgeous.

  12. I couldn’t agree more with Kat, Taylor & Mike’s wedding is one of my favorites. There was so much love and family involvement, that I feel blessed to have been a part of it. Kat captured the emotions of the day so beautifully and all the little details we had worked on. Thank you for allowing us to share it Jen xoxo

  13. Such a beautiful wedding! Where is the arm band/chains that the bride is wearing on her upper left arm from? Adorable and I’d love to wear that!

    • Hi Alyson! My mom and I made the arm band and head piece from chain and metal discs that we bought at a bead store. But Ive seen similar stuff on etsy.

  14. Truly unique beautiful wedding. A wedding in Eden.

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