Lara & Jerome met within a fairly international group of friends. Lara was known as the “American Girl” and Jerome was the “French Guy”. They first met at a fall party where Jerome spilled a drink on her and they hit it off from there. They joked about being future roommates that night and a year and a half later they were engaged on a beach at sunset where Lara said “Oui” (yes, in French).
Their wedding day was a reflection of their personalities organic, colorful, easy-going, but still refined. They got married in the conservatory so they could bring the outside in and be surround by the feeling of nature. Their décor was pops of orange, yellow and cream flowers with pale green eucalyptus leaves to keep it sophisticated. The center pieces also included curly willow branches that hung 6² orange lanterns with led lights to give a warm glow to the room at night. The cake played off the bark/organic theme. Each layer was wrapped with individual 5″ tall chocolate shavings that looked like twigs.
They also wanted to make sure they included little touches of French here and there to pay tribute to Jerome. For instance their favors were wrapped in orange boxes with yellow ribbons. Inside they had French chocolates and candied almonds surrounding a French dessert called Canneli de Bordeaux.
After dinner guests were encouraged to take Polaroid camera’s and a gold frame and take pictures. This was an interesting way of doing a Photo Booth with all the hassle of setting one up.
In the end Lara & Jerome wanted an intimate relaxed evening wedding, where it wouldn¹t matter if the weather was unpredictable. The conservatory at The Royal Park Hotel was perfect and allowed so much of the outdoors into the space during the ceremony/reception. The guest were still be able to go outside during cocktail hour to enjoy the sunset and then move inside to enjoy the stars during dinner and dancing.
[images by Aruna B. Photography]
Cool wedding eh? Not enough people tie those metal cans to their cars anymore….I think we should bring it back!
[images by John Rozier]
Here are some of the photos from that beautiful wedding video I showed earlier from Portal Films…I’m beyond loving that dress of hers!
Ceremony/Reception Site: The Ritz-Carlton Resort & Spa, Naples, FL
Photography: Cindy & Holly of Nashan Photographers
Cinematography: Andy Jackson of Portal Films
Consultant: Shannon Wilson, Table Six Productions, St. Petersburg, FL
Decor/Production: Rambunktious Productions, Sarasota, FL
Florals: Rambunktious Productions, Sarasota, FL
Gown: Vera Wang Luxe, Ever After, Miami, FL
Shoes: Yves Saint Laurent, Yves Saint Laurent Boutique, Miami, FL
Save-the-Dates: Dauphine Press, Petaluma, CA
Invitations: Ceci New York, Minted.com
[images by Nashan Photographers]
I got this beautiful wedding video from Andy at Portal Films. Later on I’ll show some photos from the wedding…they’re beautiful!
There were so many images I was drawn to when Erik sent me this wedding…the organic florals, the way his suit goes so well with that boutonniere, even the tiny carrot display! It was all very well put together…if I had to put a name on it, I would call it organically modern.
[images by Erik Ekroth]
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