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Like the best Southern events, this beach wedding was the product of an entire family’s hard work. Bonnie + Brent took advantage of their surroundings and had their guests sit on quilts that were made by generations of women in Bonnie’s family. Guests sat family-to-a-quilt and watched as Bonnie, looking cool and relaxed in her Wtoo by Watters dress, meet her barefooted hubby on the shore of Hutchinson Island. I’m crazy for the slightly boho headband Bonnie made and wore and her fluffy peony bouquet by Rainbow Gardens. And see that fabric bouquet? It’s the handiwork of the bride! Don’t forget to come back for Part II, it just keeps gettin’ better! Thanks again to Maile Lani for sharing!

Describe the proposal. Brent and I went to my hometown for a festival and rodeo. After the morning parade, we went for a picnic on the river. Once there, we lay together on a dock with our dog, Shiver. Brent had the ring on Shiver’s collar and revealed it to me after sharing his feelings with me. In a high-pitched voice he asked me to marry him, and after a few moments of shock I screamed, “Yes!”
Three adjectives that describe the day are: Cozy, relaxed and touching.
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: It’s a tie between our quilts and the ceremony music. The quilts we used for seating during the ceremony were made by myself, our mothers, grandmothers and even great grandmothers – it was a way to incorporate family into the day. The ceremony music was played on acoustic guitar by a sweet friend and groomsman of ours. Years ago, when I realized Brent was “the one,” I knew I wanted to walk down the aisle to a Radiohead song that we love. I asked our friend if he would play it for us. It was a surprise for Brent and it made the moment so much more beautiful.
Tell us about finding your wedding dress: After watching way too many episodes of “Say Yes to the Dress” with my maid of honor, I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted – something simple and architectural. When we arrived at the boutique, it was the first dress I saw. I knew even before I tried it on that it was the one.
Describe your wedding flowers: As a landscape architect, this may have been the most difficult task. It sounds nerdy, but I love ALL plants! I ended up with wildflowers for the arrangements because they reminded me of the ones I used to make as a little girl.

Photographer: Maile Lani Photography // Videographer: Eric Horner Films // Planner: En Vogue Event Planning // Ceremony venue: Courtyard Marriott // Reception venue: Indian Riverside Park // Florist: Rainbow Gardens // Wedding Cake Baker: Bride’s mother and grandmother // Caterer: Gator Hammock // Paper Products: bride // Bride’s Dress: Wtoo by Watters // Bride’s Hair Accessories/Veil: bride // Bride’s Shoes: Antonio Melani // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: various // Accessories: bride

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
  1. avatar madelynne miller reply

    this is SO unique, beautiful, and personal!! i LOVE it!

  2. avatar Brittany reply

    Beautiful wedding! I love the little pajamas the bride and bridesmaids are wearing to get ready in! I wish I knew what brand they are!

  3. avatar eve reply

    hey those pics do look really great !!!

  4. avatar kaity reply

    love this! go gators!!

  5. avatar Florida on site hair and makeup artist reply

    As an onsite hair and makeup artist in Florida, I do a LOT of beach weddings, and this one is so unique with the picnic tables and blankets! I loved how natural they kept most everything. Beautiful!

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    Does anyone happen to know where those Bridemaids dresses are from with the ruffle collars? I would love to get something like that for my Bridesmaids!!

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