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DIY Florida wedding: Brittni + Jeff

September 8, 2009

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.

100lc_rwjeffbrittni1 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.

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

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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.

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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