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A Dreamy Winter Wedding

 

From the moment we met Kristen and Andrew, we knew that their relationship was special. So special that we asked them if we could share their story (and beautiful wedding pictures)! The couple said “I do” on January 12th at the Four Seasons in Orlando. They opted for a first look before the ceremony and Kristen looked absolutely stunning in an ivory gown with a lace bodice as she walked down the stairs. Waiting patiently, Andrew was excited and both of their reactions gave us goosebumps! The moment couldn’t be more beautifully captured. 

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The couple met two weeks into their first year of medical school at USF after making the same group of mutual friends. “I like it better when he tells the story because he says he spotted me on day one and knew he had to meet me,” Kristen said. The couple had their first non-date at a local bar after their friends bailed out on them. They ended up playing darts together all night (FYI Kristen beat Andrew by over 200 points!). 

“From that point forward I described him as the funniest guy I’d ever met and when my best friend, Danielle, repeatedly told me I had a crush on Andrew, I always denied it,” Kristen said. 

Five years and two medical degrees later, Kristen and Andrew stood beneath an arch made of two manzanita trees suspended with orchid rain as newlyweds while the same amazing friends stood by them. 

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The bridesmaids carried white and ivory bouquets accented with hints of dusty miller and silver brunia berries to complement their wedge wood blue dresses. Kristen’s bouquet was also all white and ivory blooms but with no foliage and Andrew had an elegant white orchid boutonniere. The groomsmen complimented the bridesmaids with boutonnieres made of white ranunculus and dusty miller. 

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The celebration then moved to the Four Season’s Atrium for the cocktail hour where tables were decorated with silver mercury glass and candles. Guests picked up their escort cards from a table decorated with a stunning silver manzanita tree with a base of white hydrangea and foliage and hanging orchid blooms. The couple’s goal was to evoke the slight feel of winter. “When Zoë asked us what we pictured, we told her wintery, but not Christmas and no fake snow,” the couple said. 

The reception was also winter inspired with some low table arrangements made of white and ivory blooms and hints of greenery placed in low glass vases. The rest of the table arrangements were tall and decorated with silver manzanita trees and suspended orchids to mimic the design of the escort card table. Let’s not forget the stunning cake with cascading Phalaenopsis orchids!

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“From getting ready with my girls, sitting around sipping on mimosas, to doing first looks with my two grandpas and my father, to doing a sneak peek of our reception space before all of our guests entered - the whole night was magical and peaceful and incredible beyond my wildest expectations. Plus, I got to share it with THE most amazing guy,” Kristen said. She also advises all couples to share the load of planning a wedding between the bride and groom to make it less stressful and very enjoyable.

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We truly loved working with this amazing couple to make sure that their vision came to life perfectly! Of course we had to ask them what their favorite part of the Botanica experience was and we couldn’t be any happier with their answer. Kristen said seeing the final result was their favorite part. “That's probably a cheat answer, but it's the truth! The centerpieces were to die for. The beautiful manzanita trees with flowers draping off their branches. Thick floral bouquets on the tables, candles twinkling everywhere. Gosh, it was just breathtaking! Their creativity literally blew us away and I'm so incredibly thankful to have worked with such amazingly talented people!” 

Thank you to all the vendors that worked with us on this amazing wedding!

Photographer: Anastasiia Photography | Venue/Catering: Four Seasons Orlando Resort | Planner: Rebekah Rosado | Beauty: Michele Renee The Studio

A Happily Ever After at Oxford Exchange

 

On February 2nd, 2019, Ragan and Jay said “ I do” at their beautiful Oxford Exchange wedding which was just as inspiring as their love story.  Ragan was a vision as she walked down the aisle in her white organza and lace gown and her cascading bouquet composed of peach, blush and ivory blooms, and a touch of merlot. On either side of her, a border of romantic foliage with glowing lanterns led the way to her soon-to-be husband. Ragan felt safe as she walked down the aisle. “A feeling of safety that I still can’t adequately put into words,” she said. On the other side, Jay was lost-for-words as Ragan walked towards him. “Ragan looked like a princess in her dress. She was so gorgeous and stunning that it actually left me speechless for a moment,” he said.  It was an epic moment they both had been awaiting for three long years. 

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They met at a trauma unit at a hospital (Jay was assigned as Ragan’s preceptor). Ragan felt completely overwhelmed on her first day telling her mom that she had no idea how she was going to work with Jay because they “could not have had more opposite personalities”. 

Over the next six months, a friendship grew into admiration and Ragan “gave in to his charm (and dimples)”. They grew in love, but kept their relationship private for the sake of their careers. So for the next THREE YEARS their relationship remained undisclosed to their coworkers.

“It actually helped keep us in check for people at work to not know about our relationship and forced us to leave any and all parts of our private life at the doors the second we walked into the doors of the hospital,” Ragan said.

After Jay got a job as a nurse practitioner outside of the hospital, they revealed the shocking truth about their relationship to their coworkers. “The reactions when we told them ranged from utter shock to full-on dramatic, Kim Kardashian-level crying out of happiness,” the couple said. 

Both Ragan and Jay were ecstatic and grateful after everything they had been through, from the secrecy at work, the stress of planning the wedding, to both of them finishing their graduate degrees. “We had waited so long, 3 years, for that time that we could finally declare our love for one another in front of everyone that mattered most to us,” Jay said. 

Everyone at the wedding could feel the love in the air as the couple said their vows under a copper focal structure covered with smilax greenery and illuminating Edison bulbs. It sure was a picturesque “I do” and we have the pictures to prove it!

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The bridesmaids stood by Ragan and carried compact versions of the bridal bouquet while Jay had a white ranunculus with a hint of green boutonniere. Let’s not forget about the groomsmen whose boutonnieres were made of a merlot rose and foliage.

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All the elements surrounding Ragan and Jay on February 2nd told a part of their story. The tables were covered with antique tinsel runners and floral runners of rose gold and gold bud vase containers with heavy greenery that added to the romantic vibe.

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“It truly was the most perfect night. I know we are biased, but afterwards, we just kept saying to each other, ‘That was truly the best wedding we’ve ever been to!’,” Ragan said. She advises all couples planning their wedding to “have fun every second you can because time goes so quickly and the wedding passes even more quickly.” 

Ragan and Jay are an inspiring couple proving that patience is key in love. Everyone at Botanica was thrilled to work on their wedding! “Botanica always made us feel like they were right down the road. Every meeting they offered to do via Skype or phone call if it was too difficult for us to drive to Tampa,” they said. “We cannot say enough about how easy, seamless, and fun the entire Botanica team made the planning for us; and we are forever grateful for that.”

Thank you to all the vendors that worked with us on this wedding!

Photographer: Catherine Coons Photography | Venue: Oxford Exchange | Beauty: Femme Akoi | Cake: Chocolate Pi | Table Runners: BBJ Linen