Our Wedding Day

The Hills Powel Crosley Estate Wedding – © Stefanie Keeler Photography

On this day of Love (Valentine’s Day!) I figured it was the perfect time to share a little more of our story and our wedding day! Every time I look through these photos, I am overwhelmed with the feelings of the best day of our lives so far. I couldn’t have done it without the help of first and foremost, our families, and the incredible vendors that pulled off my dream vision. I am so excited to share details of the most important parts of our Big Day!

To start off, I have to shout-out all the wonderful vendors that you’ll see throughout the post!

 

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Planner – Loba Design Co.
Venue – Powel Crosley Estate
Caterer – Milan Catering
Photographer – Stefanie Keeler
Videographer – Kindred Co.
Florals – The Flower Cart Lakeland
Wedding Dress – Ti Adora Bridal / The White Magnolia
Bridal Jewelry – BHLDN
Bridesmaid Dresses – Show Me Your Mumu
Groomsmen Suits – JoS A. Bank
Groomsmen Ties – BHLDN
Stationary – Doyle Paper Co.
Cake – Publix + The Artistic Whisk
Rug Rentals – Farmhaus Co.
DJ & Sound – Island Sound
 
The Hills Powel Crosley Estate Wedding – © Stefanie Keeler Photography

Where to even begin…

If I had to summarize the planning process I’d say everything went SO smooth! I am self-proclaimed OCD organized so between Google Drive Sheets, my design background and a team of amazing vendors, I couldn’t have asked for a better experience. Of course, the worst case scenario was rain on an all outdoor wedding day. With a 80% chance of rain the week of, we DID put our contingency plan in place. Of course, the rain held off and while we didn’t have the initial set up I had planned - it was better.

If there were a few tidbits of advice I can give, it’s where to save, vs. where to splurge. This could differ for everyone based on your dream wedding vision, but here’s my take & I hope it’s helpful to some of you bride-to-be’s!

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A WEDDING PLANNER

If you don’t have room in the budget for this - MAKE ROOM before anything else. If I didn’t have Ashlyn from Loba Design Co., I don’t know what I would’ve done. Not just on day of, but as a sounding board for my insane mind throughout the planning process, the helpful I didn’t think about that advice and the communication processes that she had to go through to get all vendors on the same page - GOD BLESS. I really don’t think I need to say anything else other than get a planner. Trust me.

The Venue/Caterer

This sets the scene of your entire day and wedding experience. If you have a great venue, the details won’t matter AS much in the grand scheme of things, (although still very important), the venue depicts the mood, and hopefully your guests will be in such awe of the setting that the small things won’t be the focal point. A great caterer/venue in my opinion should be a one-stop shop if you can make it happen so they’re familiar with the venue and have all the big pieces together, i.e. tables, chairs, linens, silverware, etc. It makes planning those details SO much easier when they’re coming from one vendor. So thankful for the team at Milan Catering who made everything super seamless for us.

Invitations

The first touch point for your guests is the save the date and invites! Make these POP. These set the mood for your wedding and give guests a vibe + feeling of how they should dress and what the aesthetic is of your wedding. I used my sweet friend Doyle Paper Co. to help bring my vision to life! We wanted heavier paper, a simple map, a wax seal for SURE and to incorporate the Old Florida feel since it was at the Powel Crosley Estate.

Photographer/Videographer

This is going to be a sticker shock to families who aren’t well versed in the creative industry, but this is where the biggest piece of your budget should go after the venue & caterer! These are the memories you will have forever, so make sure to pick vendors that have your style in mind. Take a look at their past work, ask questions about what their day of’s usually look like and with my photographer, Stefanie, she also bundled our engagement shoot which was SO amazing. Now all of our important life events have the same style/aesthetic which is obviously super important to me. ;)

Statement Florals

This was a struggle for me because of course my vision was FLOWERS EVERYWHERE, but then I had to be strategic and really think through the pieces that can pack a big sticker price that are only used for a few hours. Here was my take: I splurged on the focal points with my amazing vendor, The Flower Cart: the bridal bouquets, boutonnières, and pieces that will be front & center which was ideally the florals on the arch (which we didn’t end up using because of our weather plan, but still was beautiful!).

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Day of signage and paper goods

Another big touchpoint for your guests are the stationary and signage that you have in hotels, programs, menu’s etc. This too can add up, so if you’re looking to save, I’d get creative here. Luckily, I have a design background, so I was able to create what I wanted, but if you let your invitation designer know, they’ll be able to direct on where to save when it comes to your other paper goods. I got my menus and itineraries printed at a local paper shop, and with Etsy, Creative Market and Canva, you’re able to do a LOT on your own if you have the creative eye!

As for the welcome and unplugged signage, I designed the text and had them cut as vinyl stickers at a local print shop. My MOH is also amazing at calligraphy, so she helped with our bar menu and smaller sign pieces! If you get these custom made, it is another piece that will add up in your budget.

Table Settings

This goes a little hand in hand with the flowers, but if you’re looking to cut costs, simplify your tablescape as much as possible. My planner had a stash of amazing terrariums which is what I had in mind anyway, and we were able to mix and match those with tall candle votives that acted as the center piece, and just surrounded with greenery. Again the venue made this easy for me because there was so much character indoors and that this filled the table enough and allowed everyone to see each other and talk at dinner! I also wanted to bring a Florida staple into the tables – Oranges! Since I was born in Sarasota and our family grew up in Bradenton, we were able to go to a local orange grove, Mixon Farms, and pick up a bulk order of oranges and grapefruits which added a beautiful touch to the tables!

Greenery (IN PLACE OF FLORAL ARRANGEMENTS)

As much as I wanted to have statement flowers on every table, we had a table count of 18, so that would’ve been $$$$. Instead I opted for BULK greenery that I was able to place alll over the venue. Whatever you think is a lot of greenery, I say double it because I could’ve still used more. ;) This saved in our floral budget that I was able to allocate to those other items, above!


WHEW I could babble all day long on the details that I dreamed up, but I figured I splurged on my photographer for a reason – see below for of our amazing wedding day!

The Hills Powel Crosley Estate Wedding – © Stefanie Keeler Photography
The Hills Powel Crosley Estate Wedding – © Stefanie Keeler Photography
The Hills Powel Crosley Estate Wedding – © Stefanie Keeler Photography
The Hills Powel Crosley Estate Wedding – © Stefanie Keeler Photography
The Hills Powel Crosley Estate Wedding – © Stefanie Keeler Photography
The Hills Powel Crosley Estate Wedding – © Stefanie Keeler Photography
The Hills Powel Crosley Estate Wedding – © Stefanie Keeler Photography
The Hills Powel Crosley Estate Wedding – © Stefanie Keeler Photography
The Hills Powel Crosley Estate Wedding – © Stefanie Keeler Photography
The Hills Powel Crosley Estate Wedding – © Stefanie Keeler Photography
The Hills Powel Crosley Estate Wedding – © Stefanie Keeler Photography
The Hills Powel Crosley Estate Wedding – © Stefanie Keeler Photography
The Hills Powel Crosley Estate Wedding – © Stefanie Keeler Photography
The Hills Powel Crosley Estate Wedding – © Stefanie Keeler Photography
The Hills Powel Crosley Estate Wedding – © Stefanie Keeler Photography
The Hills Powel Crosley Estate Wedding – © Stefanie Keeler Photography
The Hills Powel Crosley Estate Wedding – © Stefanie Keeler Photography
The Hills Powel Crosley Estate Wedding – © Stefanie Keeler Photography

BRIDESMAID DRESSES

The Hills Powel Crosley Estate Wedding – © Stefanie Keeler Photography
The Hills Powel Crosley Estate Wedding – © Stefanie Keeler Photography
The Hills Powel Crosley Estate Wedding – © Stefanie Keeler Photography
The Hills Powel Crosley Estate Wedding – © Stefanie Keeler Photography
The Hills Powel Crosley Estate Wedding – © Stefanie Keeler Photography

THE DETAILS

The Hills Powel Crosley Estate Wedding – © Stefanie Keeler Photography
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The Hills Powel Crosley Estate Wedding – © Stefanie Keeler Photography
The Hills Powel Crosley Estate Wedding – © Stefanie Keeler Photography
The Hills Powel Crosley Estate Wedding – © Stefanie Keeler Photography
The Hills Powel Crosley Estate Wedding – © Stefanie Keeler Photography
The Hills Powel Crosley Estate Wedding – © Stefanie Keeler Photography

DETAILS

The Hills Powel Crosley Estate Wedding – © Stefanie Keeler Photography
The Hills Powel Crosley Estate Wedding – © Stefanie Keeler Photography
The Hills Powel Crosley Estate Wedding – © Stefanie Keeler Photography
The Hills Powel Crosley Estate Wedding – © Stefanie Keeler Photography
The Hills Powel Crosley Estate Wedding – © Stefanie Keeler Photography
The Hills Powel Crosley Estate Wedding – © Stefanie Keeler Photography
The Hills Powel Crosley Estate Wedding – © Stefanie Keeler Photography
The Hills Powel Crosley Estate Wedding – © Stefanie Keeler Photography
The Hills Powel Crosley Estate Wedding – © Stefanie Keeler Photography
 

vendors


Planner – Loba Design Co.
Venue – Powel Crosley Estate
Caterer – Milan Catering
Photographer – Stefanie Keeler
Videographer – Kindred Co.
Florals – The Flower Cart Lakeland
Wedding Dress – Ti Adora Bridal / The White Magnolia
Bridal Jewelry – BHLDN
Bridesmaid Dresses – Show Me Your Mumu
Groomsmen Suits – JoS A. Bank
Groomsmen Ties – BHLDN
Stationary – Doyle Paper Co.
Cake – Publix + The Artistic Whisk
Rug Rentals – Farmhaus Co.
DJ & Sound – Island Sound
 

There are SO many photos I wanted to post but had to limit myself. Thanks for reading and feel free to drop any questions you have below!

xo,

The Hills