Colorful Fall Nautical Wedding in Florida

Posted by Kim on Jul 17, 2012

Meghan & Jonathan

November 11

St. Augustine, Florida


Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

Only three?  All the DIY stuff was an obvious choice, we’re a little partial. Our take on northern and southern details and the things I wore were our favorites also. My groom built our cake dock to match our coastal theme, and it was so incredible. He and my dad found all the driftwood for our arch and then they built it…so special!

We assembled everything to match our coastal theme with nautical rope and our monogram. Our top favorites had to be the eight knot boutonnieres, mini faux docks that we used for the table names, and our escort cards that were a mini message in a bottle.  My aunts, sisters, dad’s girlfriend, and bridesmaids helped me do everything. Since we both lost our mothers before we were engaged, the time these ladies spent with me meant more than they will ever know.Everything was a labor of love, and it was awesome to see it all come together.

All the little things we did that were a northern and southern touch were also a favorite. Since I grew up in a real small, southern town, and my groom straight from the big apple, we wanted to express that in our style and food. Ahi tuna, spanakopita, and shrimp and grits were a few foods on our menu; we used southern mason jars instead of vases for centerpieces and our antique bottles were all from New York City.

My something borrowed, blue, and old was also a favorite. I wore my childhood best friend and matron of honor’s veil, our names and wedding date were embroidered in blue under a ruffle in my dress, and I wore our late mothers’ jewelry: my mother’s engagement ring and my mother-in-law’s bracelet,  it was very meaningful to have a piece of them with us that day. We were completely surrounded by sentimental details everywhere on our wedding day.

Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.

Um, the whole day? Gosh, being surrounded by everyone we love was a feeling impossible to put into words.  The surprise dance with my dad was priceless, but for just one moment, it was when the doors opened and we saw each other the first time. My groom was set on us not seeing each other before the wedding, not even for a first look, and I’m so glad he was. There was nothing like that door opening, looking straight down the aisle directly to him. He had the sweetest, proudest look on his face, and I had a perm-a-grin.  It was a moment we will never forget.



Photography: Steph Owens Photography | Venue: The White Room | Cake: Irma Kay Strickland | Bride’s Gown and Bridesmaid Dresses: The Bridal Shop | Floral Design: Flowers by Shirley | DJ: Charlie Roberts | Violin: Polina Carafo | Monogram and Invitation Design: Yelly Bean Designs |  Hair and Makeup: Apryle Nolan Siren Salon | Wedding Coordinator: Twisted Sisters