When it comes to weddings, most brides and families spend their time looking back - thinking about past family weddings, traditions they will follow and their dream wedding location.
That was not the case for our bride Heather Ewing, Groom Rob Cochrane and their families - along with their talented wedding coordinator; they have won the title of "wedding visionaries 2015"
After a fuss free wedding proposal topped with a breathtaking antique engagement ring this couple embarked in the next chapter of their love story - wedding planning.
The Ewing family is tight, loving and beyond welcoming; hosting the wedding for close family and intimate friends at "home" was pretty much a given... and so groundbreaking for Saturday 11/7/15 in Lithia, Florida began...the investment of a lifetime.
As with planning any special event there is always a ton of logistics to consider - this was no exception. Where on the property? Should we have it in a tent? Should we dine "al fresco" under the stars?
Reality is that in Florida the weather is an aspect in event planning that you must take seriously - VERY seriously.
So an idea was born - a vision. Adjacent to the house on their property, stood a "structure", think of an oversized wooden car port. The father of the bride brought his construction background to the table, taking matters into his own hands and literally building a dream venue pretty much from scratch... Imagine that!
A beautiful southern style barn came to fruition months later setting the tone for a "rustic glam" wedding. Think lace, antique gold hues, soft lose gorgeous florals, candlelight, airy drapes, crystal chandeliers, a floating cake, textural linens and a Chevy truck in which the bride and her father took the best photo of the day... A "selfie" of the two of them as they pulled up to the ceremony. A selfie taking tradition in the making...
The wedding ceremony site was on property as well, next to the wedding venue - on their perfectly manicured lawn with breathtaking views of lush trees. The ceremony was sweet, and non traditional, just like the bride - who preferred to keep her blush tone lace wedding gown with no bustle for the duration of the day. The recessional was fun and energetic, with the plan to have the couple drive off in the vintage Chevy Truck for a quick spin. The universe had other plans for them - the truck just would not start up again, quickly turning the moment into a great memory and photo op!
120 guests dined to a beautiful dinner buffet, accompanied by great wine pairings paying homage to the bride's love for good wine. As a matter of fact their "vows" to each other were handwritten letters to one another placed in a beautiful box accompanied by a bottle of their favorite wine. Another tradition in the making if you ask us...
Heartfelt speeches and tears of joy were no strangers to this soirée.
The dance moves were on point and could have gone until the wee hours, encouraged by a sign that hung at the bar and read "Trust me you can dance, Vodka"
There were a few bumps in the planning process, and a couple little ones on wedding day... Every process has its lessons and this one was no exception - choosing your vendors CAREFULLY is the one they have walked away with. It was clear from meeting with the bride, groom and family that there were no major regrets and they will forever be beyond grateful to everyone who made their day special.
- The biggest payoff to the Ewing's investment is the ability to relive and reminisce about the wedding day from the comfort of their new and improved man cave. Yes - you read it right - from wedding venue to man cave!
By: Claudia Gomez-Larez
The team who made it happen:
Photographer: Stephanie Smith
Florals and Event Design & Coordination: Events in Bloom/Jana
Hair and Makeup: Aquali Bridal/Michelle & Sara
DJ & Lighting: Grant Hemond/Cory Baron
Minister: Sensational Ceremonies/Rick
Caterer and Bar: Puff N Stuff
Restrooms: Imperial Restrooms
Valet: Sunshine Valet
Photo Booth: Clik me Quik
Linens: Linens by the Sea and Nuage
Chairs and Pews: A Chair Affair
Draping: Affairs in the Air