The Modern Romance of a Florida Destination Wedding

 In Brides Confess!, Destination Weddings, Real Weddings

Kama and Jamie chose a Florida destination wedding because it’s where they grew up. The couple’s inspiration centered around modern romance. Their venue the Addison was just that, romantic and simply breathtaking. Large, beautiful, banyan trees surround the courtyard area where the wedding took place. The atmosphere symbolized the intimacy they share as a couple. Kama shares with us all about her black, white, and silver Florida destination wedding day.

The Modern Romance of a Florida Destination Wedding. Romantic Outdoor Jewish Ceremony Under the Banyan Trees.

Most Sentimental Moment

The happiest part of the day was our first look! It was emotional but absolutely, without a doubt, the greatest emotions I’d ever felt!! As soon as I saw my husband to be, all of my bottled up nerves were instantly gone. I just knew from that moment it was going to be the best day ever!

Romantic Florida Destination Wedding Couples First Look.
Romantic Florida Destination Wedding Couples First Look.
Romantic Florida Destination Wedding Couples First Look.
Romantic Florida Destination Wedding Couples First Look With Their Dog.

Our Traditions

We had a Jewish wedding, married by a Rabbi under a breathtaking rose covered chuppah. Neither of us is religious by nature so made it personal with a more spiritual twist. Before our ceremony, we had the special Ketubah (Jewish marriage license) signing. It’s what makes our union official by the Rabbi under Jewish law.

Our ceremony was immediately following and it was romantic and sweet, exactly what we wanted. We read our own vows and broke the glass for good luck as everyone yelled, Mazel Tov! Before dinner started, my Dad and Uncle said the traditional blessings over the wine and challah which was extra special.

Romantic Florida Destination Wedding. Jewish Ceremony Under Banyan Trees.
Romantic Florida Destination Wedding. Jewish Ceremony Under Banyan Trees.
Romantic Florida Destination Wedding. Jewish Ceremony Under Banyan Trees.
Romantic Florida Destination Wedding. Jewish Ceremony. Bridesmaids In Black Dresses.
Romantic Florida Destination Wedding. Jewish Ceremony Under Banyan Trees.
Romantic Florida Destination Wedding. Jewish Ceremony Under Banyan Trees.

Wedding Party Attire

My stunning dress was made by Martina Liana. For my ladies, my opinion is that people look best when they feel most comfortable. I selected 8 dresses for my bridesmaids so they could choose which one they felt best in. They all had the same Hayley Paige floor length bridesmaid dresses that were chiffon material but different tops.

The flower girls’ dresses were custom made. The top of their ivory dresses was matching lace to my dress and the bottoms were chiffon, matching my bridesmaids. The groomsmen rented from The Black Tux, while Jamie wore a Calvin Klein tuxedo. The ring bearer got his tuxedo from Men’s Warehouse to match the groomsmen.

Romantic Florida Destination Wedding. Bride in Martina Liana Dress.
Romantic Florida Destination Wedding. Bride in Martina Liana Dress. Bridesmaids in Black Hayley Paige Dresses.
Romantic Florida Destination Wedding. Groom and Groomsmen in Black Tuxes.
Romantic Florida Destination Wedding. Flower Girl and Dog.
Romantic Florida Destination Wedding. Ring Bearer.

How We Personalized It

Everything was custom including our logos for the photo booth and lighting, our invitations, coasters, menus, and all the signs. I even customized the weekend schedules, welcome bags, and water bottles for the out of state guests! I even incorporated our hashtag #kamjam2018 on the flip-flops. One of my bridesmaids made me an unbelievable 8-foot flower wall. Our amazing florist set it up at The Addison for us on the wedding day.

Romantic Florida Destination Wedding. Invitations.
Romantic Florida Destination Wedding. Reserved Sign.
Romantic Florida Destination Wedding. Build Memories With Jenga.
Romantic Florida Destination Wedding. Build Memories With Jenga.
Romantic Florida Destination Wedding. Build Memories With Jenga. Flower Wall.
Romantic Florida Destination Wedding. Kama and Jamie Photo Booth Wedding Logo.
Romantic Florida Destination Wedding. Wedding Hashtag Flip Flops.

Flowers

Our beautiful centerpieces were made up of all white roses, hydrangeas, lisianthus, and matthiolas. Eleven of our tables all had white orchids submerged in water in the bottom of tall glass vases. These arrangements had hanging crystals and were set atop a mirrored base with candles surrounding. The other twelve tables had three varying height cylinder vases with submerged orchids and hanging crystals. They were simply stunning!

Romantic Florida Destination Wedding. Courtyard With White Florals.
Romantic Florida Destination Wedding. Sweetheart Table With White Florals.
Romantic Florida Destination Wedding. Silver and Black Table Setting with Menu.
Romantic Florida Destination Wedding. Centerpieces with Floating Candles and White Florals.
Romantic Florida Destination Wedding. Centerpieces with Hanging Crystals and White Florals.

Big Surprise

I brought up the idea that I wanted to do a choreographed dance for our first dance at our wedding. To my surprise, on Valentine’s Day of last year, my husband purchased our first dance lesson. After about 15 lessons, we were ready to dance!! At our wedding, all the guests were instructed to go outside under the gorgeous banyan trees and light sparklers. My husband and I came out of the closed doors and started our first dance to A Thousand Years by Christina Perri. It was such an unexpected surprise because this is so unlike my husband and me to break out in a choreographed dance.

Romantic Florida Destination Wedding. Bride and Groom Choreographed Dance.

Best Part Of The Planning Process

It’s very hard to pick a favorite part of the wedding planning process because I loved planning every last detail. I would probably have to say that the cake tasting with my fiancé was my favorite part. I was eating healthy and working out really hard throughout the entire planning process. Getting to taste all the different kinds of cakes was extremely exciting for me, as you could imagine! We chose a vanilla cake with Oreo mousse filling. It was incredible and lately, I’ve been dreaming of eating it again on our first anniversary.

Romantic Florida Destination Wedding. Cake.

Favorite Part With Friends And Family

Celebrating with our friends and family was what our day was all about. After our most romantic, outdoor ceremony and cocktail hour, we sat down for a formal dinner with our guests. Everybody had the chance to mingle and enjoy a fabulous meal before being led to our ultimate dance party.

Romantic Florida Destination Wedding. Dance Floor.
Romantic Florida Destination Wedding. Dance Floor.
Romantic Florida Destination Wedding. Dance Floor.

Photographer Jonathan Connolly Photography  |  Videographer Wild Bridge Films  |  Venue The Addison  |  Rabbi Jonathan Kaplan  |  Makeup Artist Nicole Greenhouse  |  Hair by Kristi  |  Dress  Martina Liana  |  Invitations Dan Mouradian |  Florist Dalsimer Atlas Floral  |  Cake Parlour Bakery  |  Desserts Two Fat Cookies  |  Handmade Goods Meryl Pataky  |  Harp Scott Marischen  |  Band The Headliners  |  Lighting Complete AV Solutions  |  Favors The Succulent Source  |  Molly’s Trolleys  |  Ink Letter Love  |  La Gartier Wedding Garters  |  Photo Booth Equipment

What do you think of this Florida destination wedding? Share with us in the comments.

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  • Amanda
    Reply

    My goodness what a GORGEOUS wedding. Like a fairy tale!

  • Rachel
    Reply

    It looks like it was a beautiful wedding. I like the chuppa. I am sure I spelled that wrong.

  • Christa
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    What a gorgeous wedding! The ceremony space is stunning and I love all of the thoughtful details. The flip flops are such a great touch!

  • Amanda Martin
    Reply

    Such a beautiful wedding!! I especially love the pup 🙂

  • Kelsey
    Reply

    Oh my gosh your pup is the cutest! My parents have a bulldog and he’s the best!

  • Maria
    Reply

    What a beautiful wedding!

  • vanessa
    Reply

    Wow! Such a lovely wedding. I particularly liked that flower wall, with the welcome sign next to it. Was that the entrance to the reception?

  • Leigh Suznovich
    Reply

    This is so gorgeous and I am in LOVE with that cute bulldog!!

  • Julie
    Reply

    Wow, what a beautiful location for a wedding!

  • Mallorie Owens
    Reply

    What a gorgeous wedding! Every detail is so beautiful.

  • adriana
    Reply

    Such an incredibly gorgeous wedding! Every detail is stunning!

  • Mimi
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    I absolutely love the arc! Such a stunning wedding

  • Reply

    Everything looks perfect, puppy included, adorable

  • Astrid Vinje
    Reply

    What a great venue for a wedding! I love that the couple really tapped into their Jewish heritage and traditions for their ceremony.That wedding dress is gorgeous, and I love that the bride let the bridesmaids choose their dresses.

  • Rachel
    Reply

    This looks like a beautiful wedding. It is so delicate and romantic looking.

  • Christina
    Reply

    What an absolutely stunning wedding, congratulations! Your dress is beautiful! As a current Florida resident, I also have to commend you on choosing a beautiful site for your wedding!

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