When your last name is "Love," a romantic wedding bash is practically a requirement. Thankfully, an evening of magic was exactly what Lauren and Ricky were hoping for when they planned their March 1, 2015, wedding in Coconut Grove, Florida.
The pair first met as high school juniors, when a large group of mutual friends gathered at Lauren's family's lake house for the weekend. "We'd somehow never met at school," says Lauren. "After that weekend, we were inseparable." Nine years later, at the same lake house, Ricky took Lauren out for a boat ride and proposed in the middle of the water. Back on shore, he surprised her again with all their family and friends hiding inside waiting to celebrate.
The high school sweethearts browsed the Internet in search of a venue with some history, and found Villa Woodbine in Miami, Florida. "I fell in love with the 100-year-old oak tree in the yard," says Lauren. Keep reading to see how they made this historic property their own for the evening, photographed by Erika Delgado.
Lace and tulle came together in Lauren's full-skirted gown by Allure Bridals. "I had the biggest smile when I came out of the dressing room, I just knew," she says. She paired her gown with a lush bouquet of garden roses in blush and bright fuchsia.
Ricky wore a classic tuxedo with a twist: A gunmetal jacket.
Lauren's bridesmaids chose their own gowns in neutral hues, ranging from gray and soft pink to taupe. "It was such a romantic look," says the bride.
The ceremony took place in front of the villa's oak tree. A drape of white fabric and a rose petal aisle were all the scene needed. Instead of writing their own vows, Lauren and Ricky wrote letters to one another to read before their first look.
The happy newlyweds toasted with champagne before switching to the evening's signature cocktails: Mojitos. It is Florida, after all!
Gold napkins and chairs added an ornate feel to the tables, topped with floating candles and soft arrangements of roses and dark greenery.
Instead of a seated meal, the couple chose to serve a series of small plates that were passed throughout the night. "The highlight was definitely the chicken and waffles, served in mini cast iron skillets!" says the bride.
The three-tiered cake, decorated with blush roses, featured vanilla cake with chocolate buttercream, red velvet cake with cream cheese icing, and key lime cake with vanilla and graham cracker icing.
After cutting the cake, Lauren and Ricky snuck away to a private room inside the house to share a slice. "We spent a few minutes talking and taking it all in," she says.
Her favorite part of the day? The first look. "We were nervous all morning, so being able to see each other before the ceremony was the best decision we made."
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Villa Woodbine || Wedding Coordinator: Vanessa Oppo of Karma Goddess || Bride's Wedding Dress: Allure Bridals || Hair & Makeup: OMG! Artistry || Groom & Groomsmen's Attire: Mr. Tux || Florist: De La Flor Gardens || Ceremony Music: Carlos Abanto || Reception Music: Vision DJs || Catering: Bill Hansen Catering || Cake: Enchanting Creations || Videography: Hope Media || Photography: Erika Delgado Photography
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