Nicole Ramos and Emmanuel Zapata share a love for the band Walk The Moon, so when the couple went to their concert at the Orlando House of Blues, the groom knew it was the perfect time to pop the question. During a performance of their special song, he hopped up on a ledge and proposed to Nicole over the music. As the crowd cheered around them, Nicole said "Yes!"
The newly-engaged duo set the planning process in motion for their enchanted March 12, 2016, backyard wedding. With a fairytale feel in mind, Nicole and Emmanuel initially had some trouble finding the perfect space to exchange "I do’s." But when Nicole’s parents purchased a property in Clermont, Florida, and offered their new backyard as a venue, the bride and groom jumped at the chance to create their intimate dream wedding in a space they could visit forever. With a blank slate, they were able to create a magical wedding (with more than a few DIY projects!), all photographed by Mike Spectacle of Aisles and Ivy.
Nicole wore a lace trumpet wedding dress from Galina. At first she didn’t quite know if the gown offered everything she had envisioned, so she enlisted help from her mom’s friend, Amada, to make a sleeved lace vest to turn it into a one-of-a-kind dress. Stunning drop earrings, a gift from the groom’s mother, finished Nicole’s look.
Nicole’s two maids of honor and five bridesmaids chose their own dresses of the big day, keeping a color palette of soft pinks, champagne, and gold in mind. “Half of my girls wore long dresses and the other half wore short dresses. I thought it would add a neat dynamic to the pictures,” Nicole says.
Emmanuel wore a navy blue suit with suspenders, a bow tie, and brown shoes. His groomsmen had similar looks without the suspenders. Nicole’s aunt and mom teamed up to create the bouquets and boutonnieres, which included roses and baby’s breath.
While the trees on Nicole’s parents’ property offered the rustic feel Nicole and Emmanuel were looking for, they had to put in some elbow grease to make the space wedding-ready. They decorated the trees with twinkling lights and photos, and Nicole’s father created an altar from branches found on the property, which they embellished with flowers and lanterns.
Guests were seated in a semi-circle on either side of the aisle, which was lined with ivory roses. They witnessed the couple exchange personal vows underneath whimsical hanging trees as live musicians set the mood.
For the reception, Nicole and Emmanuel covered round tables in white linens and topped them with lanterns and mini vases carrying baby’s breath. The vases were originally found in old bins on the property, and the couple repurposed them for their big day. The sweetheart table sat in front of a large tree that the couple carved their initials into. A chandelier and lanterns hung above the table in varying heights.
For their wedding cake, the bride and groom chose decadent layers of strawberry shortcake, frosted with white and gold buttercream and topped with fresh flowers.
The dance floor was one more impressive handmade addition to the space. The groom created a playlist and the newlyweds even sang to their guests!
To brides-to-be, Nicole says, “Be fully present in every moment. It all goes by so fast, especially the day of. Don’t try and race through it!”