I think most of you know by now that Morgan and I recently got married in Florida. You may even recall his proposal, back in October. We both knew that we didn’t want to spend too many months planning and stressing over wedding plans, so we opted to get married in March. We wanted to keep it small, mainly just family. We also both agreed that March in Vermont is not ideal, so we quickly decided on our favorite place in Florida – Boca Grande. I was lucky enough to live there for a year after college, and since then we’ve tried to get down there at least once a year. It seemed like a great location for our wedding.
Of course, it turns out that planning a wedding from afar isn’t very easy, but I think we achieved what we wanted — a small, casual Florida wedding. We discovered a wonderful spot for the ceremony at the Johann Fust Library. It opens to a beautiful courtyard with lovely palm trees and bougainvillea.
We arrived by golf carts (of course!)
and some of our family arrived on bikes
And we lucked out and found a wonderful woman to perform the ceremony. If you’re looking for an officiant in Southwest Florida, I highly recommend Grace.Â We found her online and only met with her once, about a week before the wedding.Â But somehow she was able to create a personalized ceremony just for us — exactly what we wanted.
Following the ceremony we enjoyed a wonderful lunch at one of my favorite restaurants, PJ’s Seagrille. We did some simple floral arrangements with fun, vibrant colors and of course my colorful polka dotted napkins!
The idea for the napkins was from this wedding. I loved the thought of incorporating my favorite fabrics and decided to do something very similar. My sister did a wonderful job creating and printing the menus for us. (For those who have asked, the tutorial for these napkins can be found here. I opted for a larger size, starting with a 18″ square of fabric.)
Afterwards we left to take advantage of all the great locations for photos, while everyone else spent some time relaxing on the beach.
We had a great time, and we are so pleased that so many of our family members were able to join us. It really made for a very special celebration!
And now that we’re back home, it’s time for some quilting! I’ve already pulled out a few things I was working on before we left, so hopefully I’ll have a new one to show soon. I had thought that I’d show you all the fabric that was waiting for me when I got home, but after seeing it, I’m afraid you might think I have a real problem!