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After last week’s Tex Mex inspiration board, and yesterday’s accompanying color palette finds, it seems only appropriate that the inspiration we have to share with you today is also full of fiesta flair! Desiree Dawn Events and Chelsey Boatwright Photography collaborated to bring this shoot at Grandview Gardens B&B to life, and we think you’ll agree that the bright colors, soft Latin influences, and tropical elements are a fresh and sophisticated take on South Florida wedding style. Kudos also to Millie V’s, who created the gorgeous fruit and floral arrangements and bouquets for this shoot!

Desiree was kind enough to share a bit more of the inspiration behind the shoot:

Our inspiration was from all of the beautiful combinations of Spanish and Latino cultures in South Florida – a Cabo Hacienda Fiesta! South Florida is just so lush and tropical almost year round, it seems silly not to enjoy all of the bright and happy colors of the greenery and fruits – and the people! We created a “Dinner for Two” scene showcasing beautiful pottery and fresh mangos – and Tequila Sunrise cocktails. A Tequila Tasting table provided “guests” with a chance to enjoy five tequilas – salt and lime included. And a “Toss Table” gives “guests” the option of choosing petals, oats, salts, rice crispies or lavender to toss towards the bride and groom. The bouquet was made of peonies, tulips, roses and lavender, and the table decor was made of palm leaves, roses, bougainvillea, tulips and artichokes! Our bride and groom, Sara and Kevin, were gracious enough to pose for some post-wedding shots, and they were a delight!

In love with our Southern inspiration shoots? Check out these past features:
Dreamy garden romance
Sweet as honey
Seaside and salt flats

Desiree Dawn Events is a sponsor of Southern Weddings.

emily Written with love by Emily
16 Comments
  1. avatar Katherine {flower & honey} reply

    the color scheme is SO lively! loving the bouquet :) beautiful, beautiful!

  2. avatar Desiree reply

    Well, thank you, Katherine! It was a very fun shoot !

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  4. avatar Sarah reply

    this is so lovely … where is the invitation from? i LOVE it!

    • avatar Desiree reply

      Sarah: Hi there ~ Chelsey (the photographer) is actually a graphic designer and she created the invitation. I then used the invitation to make the place cards & drink flags. Glad you enjoy our work, this was such a fun shoot!

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  14. avatar Morgan reply

    Where is this dress from? It’s simply gorgeous.

  15. avatar Sara reply

    Morgan the dress is by Jorge Manuel :)

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And we’re back with more beachy goodness from Maile Lani! Bonnie + Brent’s Florida wedding feels so organic and comfortable, with details that feel festive without being fussy. The raw fabric bunting, mason jar candles and wildflowers — I love all of it! Bonnie was a DIY bride all the way, making the bunting and table runners and painting the corn hold boards, among other details. The bride’s amazing momma and granny also pitched in to make four wedding cakes for the newlyweds. This family-spun wedding was the perfect way to celebrate with the couple’s closest family and friends.

See all of the photos from Bonnie + Brent’s wedding in their Real Wedding Gallery!

What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? Of course the little details and decorations: mason jars, wild flowers, good ole’ Southern BBQ (just the way Paula Dean would make it – well-seasoned and with plenty of butter!), family heirlooms and a reception site with a huge porch! The real dose of Southern was our family and friends! Nothing says Southern like sharing a day with your closest family and friends. You know, the ones you grew up with in a small farming town. You’ve known them since you were born, they have been through everything with you, and they’d do anything for you.
Describe your wedding cake: There were four cakes and my amazing momma and granny made them! I wanted something simple and homemade, and they were just that! I can still remember walking into the house when my mom was baking them. It smelled heavenly! We had an array of options for our guests: yellow cake with chocolate icing (my favorite), Funfetti cake, carrot cake, and coconut cake.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? Too many DIY projects! I handmade the fabric bouquets, favors and place settings, arranged the flowers, hand-sewed the bunting banners, painted the corn hole boards, created my own hair piece, made the table runners and so much more. Looking back, I’m not sure how I did it!
What range did your wedding budget fall into? LESS than $10,000 and I am so proud of that! I was very grateful for my parents paying for the wedding and I wanted to make it as inexpensive for them as possible. We found ways to cut corners and were blessed by our dear family and friends who volunteered their wedding services.
What is the one thing you are most happy you splurged on? We planned on splurging with the photographer, but then Maile happened to us. Yay! So we splurged on the food. We’ve known the caterer for years and he works in my hometown a lot, so we knew the food would be divine. It was important to us to share the world of Southern food with our out-of-town guests.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? After the reception, Brent and I headed to our bridal suite while our guests were invited to continue the party at the Hotel’s poolside bar. Around midnight, we looked over our balcony to see both of our families and friends all having a good time together – and they did so well into the next morning. It was such an amazing moment because it was a visible representation of two families merging into one.

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
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  1. avatar Lydia reply

    Great wedding awesome photos:)

  2. avatar eve reply

    wow these pics surely do,look beautiful, and i guess its about time i got married!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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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
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  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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  8. avatar Brittney reply

    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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