Surprisingly, Emily and Javi had no color scheme in mind for their delightful Moore’s Mill Club wedding photographed by Amanda Berube Photography. Emily wanted the colors they used to reflect fall, so there was a ton of greenery in the floral arrangements, as well as pops of oranges and reds, along with neutrals such as creme and beige.
The bride’s style is very much “rustic elegance” so she wanted all of their decorations to complement the beautiful venue. In fact, decorations were very minimal since Moore’s Mill itself is in such a stunning location. With only 90 guests, the chilly day was made cozy by the roaring fire in the stone fireplace, lots of white lights and plenty of love!
How we met:
I was visiting a mutual friend of ours in the Florida Keys for 4th of July in 2010 and she introduced us. It was crush at first site, but we didn’t start dating right away–intimidated by the 750 mile distance. We kept in touch, and decided to make it work the next time I went to the Keys in March of 2012. We did long distance for a year, then I moved to the Keys for an internship in June 2013. Javi followed me back to Alabama in August 2013 and we’ve been living together ever since!The proposal:??I got a rare 3-day weekend off from vet school in April 2014 so Javi and I decided to fly down to the keys and see our friends and his family for the first time since we moved back to Alabama. It happened to fall on the same weekend of something called the “Full Moon Party”–a monthly tradition in the keys where there is a huge party on the beach. We were at the Full Moon Party with all of our friends, when Javi pulled me aside to go for a walk together. He totally surprised me by getting down on one knee! It was great because all of our friends were in on the proposal and waiting with champagne to celebrate!
I wanted our wedding to be intimate and comfortable for everyone. That’s why we chose to do some things non-traditionally–such as having 14 Bridesmaids and 10 groomsmen! My bridesmaids chose a blue dress of their choice to wear to the wedding so that they could all represent my “something blue,” and Javi’s groomsmen simply had to wear dark suits with white shirts. This helped take away a lot of the stress of planning!
I chose Moore’s Mill Club because I loved the rustic stone open-air pavilion and the beautiful view of the 18th green. They already had stunning chandeliers hanging and the stone fireplace, and have white lights wrapped around all the trees, so I knew it was perfect already without having to add tons of money worth of decorations!
One of my favorite parts of our ceremony is that our best friend’s dad (our friend that introduced us!) got to officiate the ceremony. Scott & Kathy have been a part of our relationship from day 1 and were always rooting for us (Literally…on Day 1 they were already telling us that we were going to get married). Scott, an attorney, had been joking with us for the past 2 years that he could marry us at any time–so of course when we finally got engaged he was one of the first people we called! We all wrote the ceremony together, and chose a few different readings that meant the most to us. We aren’t that religious, but we still wanted to express all the different reasons why this marriage was so important to us. We had Native American prophecy, Chinese poetry, and Lebanese poetry all in one ceremony! The ceremony was very laid back and intimate, and all the more so because a close friend was able to officiate! My second favorite part of the ceremony has to be that it was at 4:30pm in the afternoon, just before sunset, so the light and view were absolutely stunning. Even though it was pretty cold, I was able to order about 30 colorful pashminas for all the ladies to stay warm during the outdoor ceremony!
The reception was so much fun! Originally, it was all going to be open air/outdoors, but unfortunately a cold front came through so we had to put up a tent and some walls last minute! It was still stunning though, and gave us a great excuse to use the big fireplace. We had a buffet dinner under the pavilion, and the band was under the tent on the patio. Our band (The Stephen Lee Band) was INCREDIBLE! I was so worried that I would be too busy visiting with people and wouldn’t get to dance much, but it was quite the opposite and Javi and I danced all night!
I made most of the decorations myself–including table numbers and place cards, so the reception really had a homey touch. And lastly, what was traditionally supposed to be an easy Auburn vs. Ole Miss football game, turned in to a showdown of #3 vs #4 ranked football teams in the nation, so we had to throw in a TV last minute so we could all celebrate an Auburn win together! (and yes, I went and rolled Toomer’s corner in my wedding dress after the reception!)
I really love lots of texture in flower arrangements, so I opted to use tons of greenery–lots of twigs, berries, and leaves! In fact, the bridesmaids bouquets were and groomsmen boutennier’s were only greenery and no flowers! For the groom’s boutenniere and my bouquet, I complemented the greenery with neutral petals as well as a few POPS of color, such as orange, pink, and purple, to reflect the colors of an autumn sunset. A large wreath of magnolia leaves adorned the stone fireplace, and a simple garland of white hydrangeas was arranged along the aisles during the ceremony. Cake:I consider myself a connoisseur of desserts, so I knew I needed to have an amazing cake! One of my favorite things about Javi is that he is Cuban–which means we are always eating AMAZING food. One of my favorite Cuban desserts are pastelitos, which are guava and cream cheese filled pastries. Luckily, our amazing cake baker was willing to work with us and created a guava and cream cheese filled layer of our vanilla cake as a tribute to my in-laws heritage. Another layer was a strawberries and cream flavor, and lastly there was a lemon curd layer. The icing was a simple buttercream with soft, imperfect, upward strokes and beading around the edges. Instead of a traditional grooms cake, Javi and I decided to mix it up and use our other favorite dessert–a bread pudding! Tania, our cake baker, created a whiskey caramel bread pudding that was amazing, and was perfect for a chilly fall night.
I am just a little obsessed with Etsy, so I found a great vendor who hand-pours custom mason jar candles! She sent me tons of scent samples, and we decided on 5 to offer for the wedding: Amish Sugar Cookie, Lavender Sage, Hazlenut Roast, Bananas Foster, and Vanilla Bourbon. She even designed the labels to match our wedding invitations! I also got some drink coozies made (also off of Etsy) in Auburn colors of navy and orange, with metallic writing. Lastly, since the weather was so unexpectedly chilly on our wedding day, I purchased 30 colorful pashminas that I bundled up and placed in a basket so that women could grab whatever color best suited their outfit and bundle up.
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Photographer: Amanda Berube Photography // Cake Designer: Cakes by Tania // Event Planner: Invision Events // Tuxedo and Mens Attire: JoS. A. Bank // Event Venue: Moore’s Mill Club // Floral Designer: The Flower Store // Band: The Stephen Lee Band // Dress Designer: Watters // Submitted via Two Bright Lights