Sarah and Joe are uncomplicated, romantic, and grounded in their style… But last-minute construction issues arose, and made things a tad complicated. The duo figured if they couldn’t have their wedding in the original venue, why not take it to the streets and have a fun-filled block party style wedding?! Planner Ashton Events tells us It ended up being the best case scenario — they were able to host their nearest & dearest in a party on the streets of the city that they love so much! Market lighting was a subtle, but oh so lovely touch to frame out the space. It was evident that they wanted their community to share in every ounce of the gathering… and that’s exactly what happened!
Bringing a color palette of rich burgundy, greens, and marigolds to the street, the whole place was decorated by lush garlands and lanterns. Sarah shares We love great music, family, friends, food, craft cocktails, and dancing so the night revolved around all of those things! Moments after saying “ I do” we had an old fashioned toast with our closest family and friends — one of the most special and vivid memories of the night. We had two live musicians- one for cocktail hour and another during the reception.
Ready to see how the whole thing came together? Let’s take a peek at the photos by Renee Nicole Photography.
Dark florals mixed with pops of cream + antique roses! How gorgeous is this bouquet by Ashton Events?
Aren’t these blush robes absolutely darling?! Definitely a good keepsake post-wedding.
Champagne for breakfast? Yes, please!
I got my dress from Reformation and then had a local seamstress add some lace and make a few changes to make it my own. She killed it! What a way to customize a dress!
Helllllllooo bridesmaids in crimson! We LOVE this bold use of color and the way it is carried through to the bouquets!
Flynn Skye made all the dresses for my ladies. They were out of stock on their website by the time we found them, but we were able to get them to custom make them for all eight girls! I also wore this dress in white for the reception.
Unfortunately these dresses aren’t available anymore, but we rounded up some of our current fave crimson dresses!
What a handsome bunch!! And the way the groom stands out with his blue suit by J. Crew. Swoon!
The welcome sign that goes back to the song lyrics S+J have sung to each other for years: “Your love is safe with me.” Guests signed the back of the wooden board, and it’s now a keepsake in their home!
Processional: Stacks by Bon Iver; Sweet Thing by Van Morrison
Recessional: Live Band
First Dance: Sweet Thing by Van Morrison, Hozier version (performed live by Kristopher James)
Joe and I fell in love to a break up song, “Skinny Love” by Bon Iver. My three ‘maids of honor re-wrote the lyrics to that song to tell our love story. It was the perfect combination of comedy and romance. It melts me and also makes me laugh out loud just thinking about.
S+J both work in the beer business, so they HAD to highlight their favorite signature drinks for their guests!
Block party wedding, for the win!
S+J share a love for specialty ice cream sandwiches and cruffins (croissant + muffins), so for dessert, that’s exactly what they brought in! Those delicious looking cruffins are courtesy of Born & Bread.
Figure out what is most important to you and let the rest go. Everyone says this but that is because it’s true. Once you’re there and marrying the person you love most in the world nothing else matters. Make sure you’ve thought of what each of you care about most instead of trying to please everyone else. Prioritize and then above all — HAVE FUN throughout the entire process!!! Remind yourself you take a deep breath and savor the sweetness of it all. What’s it all for if you don’t look back on that time in your life fondly?
“Your love will be safe with me.” The sweetest!!
Congrats, Sarah + Joe!
photography: Renee Nicole Photography // venue name: City of Lakeland, Lakeland, Florida, USA // event design: Ashton Events // planning: Ashton Events // florals: Ashton Events // wedding dress: Reformation, customized // bridesmaid dresses: Flynn Skye // makeup artist: Karlee Eldridge // groom attire: J.Crew // videography: Ricky Ringer // paper goods: Emily Vila // handmade details: Ashton Events // catering: Sam Wagner // desserts: Born & Bread // furniture rentals: A Chair Affair, Inc. // linen rentals: Kate Ryan Linens // specialty rentals: Wish Vintage // music: Kris Byerly + Dan Signor Band // officiant: Lee Lallance // lighting: Tampa Lights // ice cream sandwiches : A Cow Named Moo // bar + beverage : Tuckers Southside // plate rentals : Treasury Rentals // first look + portrait location: : 801 East Main // custom dress alternations: Olivia Gray Designs