DIY Florida wedding: Brittni + Jeff

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Good morning, sunshines! We have a sweet and inspiring real wedding today. And as some of you figured out on Friday, the oak tree (with the little fabric banner, of course) is plenty of loveliness all on its own. But there’s clearly more and it’s all tres cute.


Brittni and Jeff were married under a 200 year old oak tree in Treaty Oak Park in Jacksonville, Florida. As Brittni says, it’s more massive than it looks and some of the branches even touch the ground. What an amazing and evocative place to hold your ceremony, no? And because the oak has created it’s on space in the park, their ceremony felt enclosed and intimate, even though they were in a public space.


Brittni ordered all of their flowers from Whole Foods (great resource btw, for those of you doin’ it yourself!) and she made all the arrangements and the bouquets herself. DANG. They turned out so well, Brittni! Plus her mom made the boutonnieres. She was going for a woodsy romance vibe, pairing rustic flowers with vintage handkerchiefs and brooches she found at thrift stores.

AND she made personalized clay pendants for each bridesmaid and herself.


Because they wanted the ceremony to really feel like them, Brittni and Jeff wrote their vows and the ceremony themselves. The only music was played by Jeff and his brother on the guitar. Jeff played the processional as his bride and her parents walked down the aisle to meet him. And Brittni’s brother played a second song for the recessional. Jeff’s brother-in-law was their officiant, making the entire thing a really close family event. It was one of their favorite parts of the whole day.




And not surprisingly, Brittni made the awesome fabric bunting that marked their ceremony space.



Jeff designed the invites and programs himself (yay DIY groom!). Then the two of them screenprinted the front cover and printed the rest of the set off the computer.







Such a inspiring, collaborative event Brittni and Jeff! Thank you so much for sharing it with us. And all y’all, don’t forget to visit Brittni at the not surprisingly amazing papernstitch!

Photography: Jeanne Ciasullo / Video: Mark Hubbard / Ceremony: Treaty Oak Park, Jacksonville, FL / Reception: Jacksonville Public Library Rooftop Atrium /  Bride’s Dress: Kristin Davis / Groom’s duds: J.Crew / Flowers: Whole Foods, arranged by Brittni / Food: D’vine Cuisine / Cakes and cupcakes: Edgewood Bakery / DOC: Danielle Bamba

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True Blind Faith on Sep 8, 2009

The tree is AMAZING-perfect spot for a ceremony! I love the bunting and log vases. Beautiful job!

Theresa on Sep 8, 2009

... and a very nice typewriter!!! ;-)

brideonashoestring on Sep 8, 2009

Aww.. What a thoughtful wedding. Love the ring holder book. Sweet!

Kazja on Sep 8, 2009

omg! what a pretty and fresh and SO creative wedding <3 i especially love the typewriter guestbook. want to have that in my wedding as well. (so i'll add that to my dream-wedding wishlist!) <3 thank you for sharing!

brittni on Sep 8, 2009

Thanks so much for posting our wedding here Jiliian. 100layers is truly one of my favorite wedding blogs, so it is quite an honor. -Brittni

Melanie on Sep 8, 2009

I love the fabric bunting, the fortune cookies and the typewriter. So basically the entire wedding. How fantastic Brittni.

Chocolate Butterbean on Sep 8, 2009

So beautiful! I love that oak tree with the light coming behind it. Makes a perfect setting!

Bridal Betty on Sep 8, 2009

What an absolutely lovely tree. How magical to be wed under it!

TH on Sep 8, 2009

So beautiful!

Ondrea on Sep 8, 2009

So classic! Absolutely beautiful!

Wedding Chicks on Sep 8, 2009

that tree is so amazing!!! and all of the details like the brooches on the bouquets, the invites and programs and especially the typewriter for guests to leave comments are so much fun and really make this wedding unique! love it!

Kristen on Sep 8, 2009

Wow, what a great wedding. Would the bride mind explaining how she had the typewriter comments setup? Did you just have your guests write on different pieces of paper? I'd love to hear how you did this;) THANKS! CONGRATS!

Amanda on Sep 8, 2009

I'm curious how a bride has time on the wedding day to do all of her own flowers? I've certainly heard of it before but never really asked. Are they doing it the day of? A few days early, and if so, how are the flowers staying fresh? I've often wondered about this...

Amanda on Sep 8, 2009

I LOVE your blog! FOund you at Divine Caroline and voted for you immediately!!! I will be back to ponder your amazing ideas and pictures!! SOOOO wonderful!!! God bless! Amanda

Amy@AQ-V on Sep 8, 2009

How fantastic to see Brittni and Jeff's super gorgeous + charming wedding featured here! Really beautiful presentation.

Amanda on Sep 8, 2009

So I just noticed you had some cookies made for the wedding... if you ever need help in MN I would LOVE to assist you!! Mostly for free (or cost of materials) cause I dont do cookies for a living for anything... just for fun. Thanks and God bless! Amanda

jen jafarzadeh on Sep 8, 2009

the typewriter, the fabric bunting (and square shaped, love!) and those woodsy bouquets — all so amazing! reminded me again how I love yellow as a wedding color, even though it didn't work for us.

rose on Sep 9, 2009

oh the typewriter guest message book is magic... what an amazing wedding. congrats brittni & jeff!

Ines on Sep 9, 2009

I love the creativity here! I saw the 'a gift for you' tags but didn't quite understand what the favours were? Thanks for sharing this beautiful wedding!

Ashley on Sep 9, 2009

The bunting is adorable! Love this wedding! Thanks for posting it!

Wedding Chic on Sep 9, 2009

You have a lovely blog, this wedding in particular looks so much fun. I love the vintage feel with the wedding bouquet.

melissa@keithpitts on Sep 9, 2009

what great details, especially the typewriter!

Amanda Katherine on Sep 9, 2009

I love every detail: the typewriter, fortune cookies, cake topper .... ahhhh so lovely

Ella on Sep 10, 2009

divine...this wedding radiates such love and contentment!

jaeve on Sep 10, 2009

omg, that tree is breathtaking! wowowowowowow! i love the typewriter idea as well. :)

Dallas on Sep 11, 2009

the typewriter idea is just genious dallas

Pretoria baby photography Photographer on Sep 12, 2009

this is sooo cute, when i get married i lso want to do everything myself. you guys rock. jenna

Laura Sangster on Sep 13, 2009

What a wonderful event! I loved the garland... and how perfect was that huge old tree?

jenn on Sep 21, 2009

would love to know some more details about the ring-bearing-book. looks like pictures of the bride and groom with the little hole cut out...maybe?!?! also, the birch vases. i saw them several years ago and have been hunting everywhere. a florist in town has them...but that won't help a DIY girl since she only uses them for weddings she does!

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Brianna on Feb 12, 2012

Love your wedding pictures/decorations. I am also intrested in having my wedding here. I was just wondering if you had to pay anything and if your allowed to decorate around or hang things off the tree? Thank you

Jennifer Yocco on Mar 7, 2012

do you know how they went about getting a permit to get married at the park?

Kelly on Apr 15, 2012

This is beautiful! Where did you do the reception?

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Chris on Aug 3, 2013

How did you have your ceremony at the tree. My daughter wants to get married there as well. Who do we contact. Was it expensive.

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Caitlyn on Apr 15, 2014

I have a question, if you did a reception where did you host it? Thanks Caitlyn

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