Aside from the darling preppy details of this Florida wedding, I really love how Karin and Ethan ended up embracing the unwanted rain on their wedding day. They had to completely change their plans, including their venue, but they made it work beautifully and the love is so apparent. / Photos by Kristen Weaver.
Says photographer Kristen Weaver, “I walked into Karin and Ethan’s wedding day with the most excited attitude. I had been talking to Karin about her preppy details forever – navy blue, coral, wildflowers and monograms – I was just in detail heaven.
Then it rained. No, seriously. I mean … RAINED. All day, heavily. And Karin and Ethan had to adapt their entire wedding to the ever-changing Florida weather. Not a single thing stayed the same, including their venue! Although they initially planned to hold their ceremony outside under the gazebo on the lake, where Ethan had proposed, everything got moved inside.
But here’s the best part … I couldn’t think of a better couple for this to happen to! The small ceremony space literally had them engulfed by family, completely immersed in love and verse, and surrounded with love. So although things didn’t work exactly according to plan, the truth is that they worked, exactly as it was supposed to. Karin and Ethan had a beautiful day and we were honored to be a part of it!”
Karin’s ‘something old’ was her grandmother’s diamond ring.
Says Karin, “I found my dress on Pinterest while looking for ideas and when I saw the dress I just loved it. I went to two bridal stores and the second one had the dress. While I liked a dress at the first store, I still had the dress in my mind. When I tried it on I just knew that it was perfect!
We choose bridesmaids and groomsmen who helped make us the people we are today. Also, people who we knew would support our marriage and be there for us as a couple. We looked around at different bridesmaid dresses but I loved the ones at J.Crew. I wanted the dresses to all be the same color but allow the bridesmaids to choose their own style.
The most memorable moment was when my husband and I decided to have a spontaneous first look. We planned on having a first touch so we could pray together without seeing each other. But when it started to rain and continued, I suddenly became overwhelmed so we decided to have a first look. It was so emotional and special that I am glad we did it that way.
We had family photos on the mantel inside the house and ended up getting married in front of them. Which was very special because there was a picture of my grandparents, who passed before our wedding.
Karin + Ethan’s Love Story
We met working at a conference for high school students while we were both in college. For five weeks, we worked alongside a team of interns and became good friends, but we lived 9 hours apart and went back to school for the fall. We stayed in touch and eventually started talking more and more. Ethan came to visit me one weekend, then we started dating. Six months later, we got engaged.
We loved our location so much that Ethan proposed there. We wanted a southern preppy style. The location was an estate house with a beautiful lake in the back yard, which is located in Cypress Grove Park. We also wanted a clean crisp look, so we went with a lot of white and had navy chevron runners on the tables with pops of coral in the flowers.”
Karin’s advice: “The week before your wedding, don’t stress! It is easier said than done, but its time to start enjoying everything and to spend less time worrying. No matter what happens, the night is you and your husbands.”
Karin and Ethan honeymooned in Jamaica for their honeymoon!
Credits: Venue: Cypress Grove Estate House / Event Planner: At Last Wedding & Event Design / Hair and Makeup: LeJune Hair & Makeup / Catering: Big City Catering / Florist: Lee Forest / Cake Artist: The Sugar Suite / DJ: Our DJ Rocks / Photo Booth: Our Photobooth Rocks / Ceremony Musician: Nancy Jones / Officiant: Brad Hobbs / Stationary: Paper White Press / Vintage Rentals: Karry Castillo with 2+Hue / Bridal Salon: Ivory & White / Bridal Designer: Ivy & Aster / Bridal Shoes: Kate Spade / Bridesmaid Gowns: J Crew / Men’s Suites: Jos A Bank / Rings: Bailey’s Fine Jewelry