Whimsical Rainy Wedding at the Wyndham Hotel in Boca Raton, Florida
On May 26th, 2018, Andrew and I had the honor of documenting Elisa and Brian’s whimsical rainy wedding day in Boca Raton, Florida. Their day was not like any other wedding day we have ever captured. It was perhaps the sweetest, most joyful day we have ever had the pleasure of witnessing. Not even Subtropical Storm Alberto could dampen their joy and excitement!
The initial plan was to say “I do” on the sandy shore of their favorite beach, Red Reef Beach in Boca Raton. But when the forecast called for a very stormy weekend they decided to move the ceremony indoors to the reception location at The Wyndham Hotel Boca Raton. The whole day day was filled with nothing but smiles (Andrew & I included)! Their smiles radiated and lit up the room! So much so that if it wasn’t for the rain drops you would think it was the brightest spring day!
When Brian first saw Elisa on their wedding day, he lit up and the biggest smile graced his face! He held his hand over his mouth in awe—completely wowed by his bride. It was the sweetest moment of the entire day. Brian and Elisa were caught up in the moment that was their wedding day and you could tell nothing would ruin it. This was because their priorities weren’t found in perfect details or the perfect weather, it was already as perfect as it could because they were marrying each other.
This is true love.
THIS is why we do what we do.
The Love Story
Brian and Elisa met where all true love blooms, the oh-so-hip and ever-trendiest salad buffet, Sweet Tomatoes. Elisa was visiting South Florida from Tallahassee, where she was finishing her graduate degree. That day she was having lunch with her new coworkers, which included Brian. Neither Brian nor Elisa remember saying more than a sentence or two to one another that day. However, the following month, during Elisa’s first week on the job, Brian was scheduled to take her along for a day in the field. It was then that they really began to hit it off!
During the following months, their friendship grew as they began to spend more and more time together outside of work. They went to the beach, belted Justin Timberlake songs in the car, and stayed up until 4AM chatting on Facebook. It was obvious to the people who knew them best that they were a match. One night, Elisa mustered up the courage to invite Brian over for dinner. Brian showed up, surprising Elisa with her favorite ice cream and they sat on her patio floor using a moving box as a table.
Elisa confessed her feelings for Brian and waited for his response to which he replied, “the feeling is mutual.” The rest, as they say, is history. On their four-year dating anniversary, Brian and Elisa decided together to take a sunrise-sunset trip, visiting both coasts of Florida in one day. They began by watching the sunrise over Red Reef Beach in Boca Raton and then proceeded to head west to Marco Island. There, they spent the day kayaking through a lagoon, eating old-fashioned ice cream and racing down water slides at their hotel.
They ended the day at Naples Pier where they watched the sunset over the Gulf, attempting to spot some dolphins. Then Brian took Elisa to a private bench overlooking the water and popped the big question as the sun was setting. They celebrated back at the hotel with Broski Cider as well as some Don Perignon and chocolate covered strawberries!
Elisa & Brian, thank you so much for trusting us to document your big day! It was such a honor to witness your wedding day! You both bring out so much joy and love in each other–don’t ever let that go! In life, just like your wedding day, many thing won’t go according to plan and that’s okay.
Choosing to look past all the things that can go wrong and choosing to joyfully love one another is always the best way. In the end, we can’t control the outcome, just how we choose to react. Just like you embodied that concept on your wedding day, remember that five, twenty-five, fifty years from now. Couples like you are why we love what we do! We wish you all the best in this wonderful new season of life!
The day began getting ready at the The Wyndham Hotel Boca Raton. Right before her first look with Brian, I surprised her with a father/daughter first look as she was getting off the elevator! It was such a sweet moment! Then it was time for the first look! These two truly have the BEST smiles! One of my favorites! Then we had a little fun in the rain for about 4.5 seconds. 😉 Such a good looking bridal party! The stunning ladies The handsome men Ceremony time! Then it was time for the reception! Their first dance! Dessert time! These delightful looking cupcakes were delicious and they were VEGAN! Parlour Vegan Bakery is amazing! Then the best man gave his speech, but it got a bit side tracked halfway through… When the couple are musicians and a lot of their friends are too, I guess it’s completely natural for friends to burst into singing and dancing! 😉 They comically serenaded them with the song from Disney’s Little Mermaid, “Kiss the Girl”! It was the BEST part of the whole night!! And in the end he kissed the girl.
The creative team that brought this Whimsical Rainy Wedding together:
Venue: The Wyndham Hotel Boca Raton
Coordinator: Erin Hmielewski
Florist: Event Bliss
MC: Mike Utter
Photographers: Crystal & Andrew Bolin
Officiant: Julie Novak
Caterers: Farmer’s Table
Cupcakes: Parlour Vegan Bakery
Decorators: Event Bliss
Lighting Designers: PSAV
Invitation Designer: Minted Memories shop on Etsy
Makeup Artist: Jennette Zitani
Hair Stylist: Jennette Zitani
Dress Designer: David’s Bridal
Ring Designer: Raymond Lee Jewelers
Jewelry Designers: Floridian Ocean Jewelry
Hair Piece Designer: BHLDN
Shoe Designer: David’s Bridal
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: BHLDN
Men’s Wear: Express