Lindsay and Yoel’s Bonnette Hunt Club Lodge wedding was a pure labor of love for both the bride and groom. Every idea they put together was conjured from their life and the loves they share as one. Their wedding was designed with “their” vibe in mind so that any one of their family and friends could walk in and know instantly it was all them.
They chose a southwestern, desert theme with lots of handmade details created by the bride and her mom. Lindsay wanted a ton of turquoise, so there’s some of it everywhere. And you must read the story about Lindsay’s beautiful dress and the blue heart sewn into it as told by the bride herself below.
All in all it was one uniquely delightful wedding. And with Jessica DeYoung Photography on hand to capture each and every moment, we’re thrilled to share it with you today!
From the Bride:
Wedding style: Our wedding was a little bit of everything- a little bit rustic, bohemian, and a whole lot of DIY. It was an eclectic mix of all the things we love.The Bonnette Banquet Lodge was the perfect setting- it laid the foundation for everything I had envisioned. We were shooting for a desert-southwest feel. We wanted our guests to arrive and know exactly whose wedding it was- we wanted everything about the day to speak our style.
The dress: My dress was handmade by my sweetest Grandmother. I had seen a picture of a dress that I fell in love with and I knew there was no way I’d be able to find it in a store. My grandma spent 4 full months making my dress. She lives in Key West so we were sending things back and forth and she was driving up every few weeks to do fittings. She did an amazing job and the dress turned out perfect. She even sewed in a blue heart from one of my dad’s old shirts, that made it even more special.
How we met: I worked at a local surf shop when I was in high school and college. Yoel being an avid surfer, came in the shop from time to time. I used to eye him when he’d come in, I thought he was a total babe. But he never really noticed me. Yoel is 15 years older than I am- so at the time the age difference was extreme. It wasn’t until 2012 that we started chatting it up via Facebook- over a picture of 99 cent avocados (both of our ultimate favorite!) We got together soon after that for a movie date and the rest is history.
The ceremony: The ceremony was outside perfectly positioned facing a beautiful backdrop of greenery. The days leading up to the wedding were stormy and rainy; so, we were prepared to move the ceremony under cover in part of the reception area. On the day of the wedding we woke up to beautiful blue skies and sunshine, Hallelujah! My bridesmaids & I rode to the wedding in my brother’s Magic School Bus- literally a school bus that runs on vegetable oil that looks like it’s straight out of Woodstock, complete with a dog named Max, a full size queen bed in the back, 2 couches, a book case, a TV, and 2 full time vagabond residents (my brother Andrew and my adopted brother Matt.) My bridesmaids and Yoel’s groomsmen walked down the aisle straight off the bus, it couldn’t have been more awesome. My mom and my brother both walked me down the aisle, even though my sweet daddy couldn’t be there it was incredible to have those two by my side. We had one of the pastors from our church preform the ceremony, he teaches a bible study we attend weekly and he is just so great. He personalized the entire thing and put so much hard work, effort, and scripture searching into it. It was so heartfelt and powerful and conveyed an amazing God given message.
Memorable moments: There were so many incredible moments that we are still replaying in our heads. Probably the most emotional part of the entire day for me was when my brother, Andrew, got on stage after our first dance and made the sweetest speech and asked me to dance with him since my dad could’t be there for the father-daughter dance. It was so unexpected and it pierced me right to the heart, I love that little (big) boy. All of the speeches from the Best Man, the Maid of Honor, and from the Mother of the Bride were so special. The whole time i kept saying to Yoel “I keep forgetting this whole thing is just for us, can you believe it??” We danced almost the entire night, we had the time of our lives.
DIY: Pretty much all of the details of our wedding were done by my mom and I. I knew that I wanted turquoise and lots of it, so it appeared on just about everything: the invitations, my shoes, my jewelry, my bridesmaids, the centerpieces, the favors, you name it. The centerpieces were a variety of potted cacti, I collected different species from all over the country and then planted them myself in terra cotta pots that were decorated with lace and turquoise. The favors were smaller succulents planted in little terra cotta pots. The desserts that comprised our beautiful dessert table were made by my mom’s coworkers, they did a fantastic job and they were delicious, homemade is so much better! My mom bought big rolls of burlap that she cut for the table runners, and she collected all kinds of unique finds from various discount stores that we turned into treasures. I arranged the beautiful bouquets with fresh flowers from our local Whole Foods. Yoel and I are full on DIYers, we love to craft and make things ourselves and I think that creativity really manifested itself in our wedding planning.
Advice: We were only engaged for 4 months and for us it was the perfect amount of time.We were both super calm during the time leading up to the wedding. All we wanted was to have fun with the ones we love surrounding us. I knew that at the end of the day I was going to be married to the man I love, and that’s all that really mattered. My advice is to enjoy it- all of it! Remember what the point is, remember who is going to be standing at the end of the aisle waiting for you. People get so caught up in the details! No one is going to remember what your centerpieces looked like, but what they will remember is the love and the joy and the genuine happiness surrounding the day.
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