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This week's wedding comes from sunny Orlando, Florida. I just love the unique bridesmaid dresses- those colors really pop! Of course I can get over that Meghan's a Gator Fan… but I love how they incorporated their love for college football into their wedding reception. πŸ™‚ I just love it when couple's personalize their weddings with interesting things about them! I hope you all enjoy these lovely photos as much as I did! πŸ™‚

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Meghan + Allen

MARCH 7, 2009

Orlando, Florida

Where did you get married?

Our ceremony was at the Orlando Florida LDS Temple. We had our reception at a restaurant in downtown Orlando called Citrus. We were looking for something with great food and a unique atmosphere. I had already chosen oranges and yellows as our wedding colors and knew I wanted flower arrangements with sliced fruit; so a restaurant called Citrus was a perfect fit!

What was your budget?

Our original budget was 5k. When all was said and done, we were closer to 7k. That included all the big stuff (restaurant rental fees, food, photography, hair/makeup, invites, dress, cake, flowers) straight down to all those tiny details you aren't considering when you make that original budget (out-of-town gift bags, bridesmaid gifts, ties for the groomsmen, vases, candles, etc).

What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?

Personal details were really important to us, so we had a ton. The fabric around my bouquet was a piece of lace from my mother's wedding dress and our table numbers were made using our engagement photos. Florida girls all love citrus so I wanted the vases for the flower arrangements lined with sliced fruit. But my favorite personal touch was our “guest book”. We are both huge college football fans, but for opposing teams. Rather than an average guest book, I found a seller on who hand painted a football with a Florida Gator logo on one side and an Alabama Crimson Tide logo on the other. We had a funny poem instructing guests to sign the ball (…and once and for all, prove which team is greater) and it ended up being a huge hit. Now rather than having to pull out a guest book, we have the football in a case and can read all the hillarious comments when we need a laugh.

What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

The biggest thing decision we made to cut costs was to keep the guest list intimate. We had 40 guests at our wedding and keeping it close friends and family was perfect for us. We were able to spend a bit more on dinner and the reception space because of it. We also skipped the DJ and went with a playlist on the restaurant's sound system.

What's the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you're on the other side?

#1 – Eat! I had a migraine the night before, so the morning of the wedding I was battling a lingering headache. I kept taking Excedrin while getting my hair and makeup done, but before I knew it we needed to be at the church and I had never eaten. Luckily I was fine during the ceremony, but during group photos I had to keep running back into the church to throw up. All I can say is thank goodness for airbrush makeup and strong hairspray!
#2 – Don't sweat the small stuff! At the end of the day, that's all that matters.

What was your biggest splurge?

My dress was my biggest splurge. After ordering the dress, having a custom lace bolero made, fittings and alterations….I spent well over twice what I had originally budgeted.

What was your favorite detail?

Definitely the bridesmaid dresses! All of the colorful details of the wedding day were born from those dresses. I was walking through the mall and saw it in a dress store. I called my maid of honor and within the hour we had full bridesmaid approval from my girls all over the country! All the other details fell into place after that.

What is the most memorable moment of your day?

My favorite memory was when I saw Allen for the first time on the wedding day.
The thing I will look back on and just laugh….being really sick after the ceremony and getting so upset trying not to kneel on the bathroom floor in my perfect clean white wedding dress. So my maid-of-honor pulls it off of me and tosses it out into the carpeted hallway of the church, closes the bathroom door and is back to holding my hair like it was an everyday occurence. Allen said people kept walking by like “why is there a wedding dress laying here?!”

Reception: Citrus Orlando |

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  • Dina

    WOW!!! Love this wedding! Great images and you’re right, those bridesmaid dresses are awesome!

  • danielle

    I have been looking FOREVER for ombre bridemaid dresses!! And believe it or not, in the same colors as these! If you don’t mind my asking, where oh where did she find them? Thank you so much!!

  • LOVE those bridesmaid dresses!

  • BEAUTIFUL and inspiring!

  • Colleen

    Could you please share the etsy seller that made the football?! That is an INCREDIBLE idea! My fiance and I are from Boston College and Virginia Tech and we have a battle every football season!

    Your wedding was beautiful!

  • woooo go Gators! πŸ˜‰ our colors are totally orange and blue.. and cream to soften the palette a bit. their football is an amazing idea! i too would love the etsy seller that created it. thanks for sharing these pics, Jess!

  • I second the request for the etsy seller who made the football. I am loving that idea – we are a house divided between Alabama and Virginia Tech – which means this Saturday’s kickoff game should be interesting. That was the cutest idea for a guest book I have ever heard of!

    • Colleen

      Wow! HUGE weekend in your house! My fiance is actually heading down to ATL this weekend for his bachelor party — he is SO SO excited. I hope you’re a hokie, cause that’s who I’m rooting for! πŸ™‚

  • Amy

    WOW. Those bridesmaids dresses are stunning.

  • Nicole-Lynn

    I also live in Central Florida so this was a really fun post to read for me! Beautiful wedding/details. I also recognized the shoe shot from looking at the photographer’s website a while back πŸ™‚ She does great work!

  • Elissa

    I totally chuckled at the last part. Some brides would be mortified about throwing up and having to take their dresses off (or so I assume), but this bride took it in stride. So awesome.

    I agree… those bridesmaids dresses are fabulous!

  • Hi Ladies!

    For the football, I posted an alchemy listing on and the seller replied and made it happen. It looked great and ended up being one of our favorite touches. By the end of the night, the entire thing was covered in notes. The seller’s name is smapes27.

    Here are some pics if you’d like to see her work:

  • The bridesmaids dresses are spectacular! Very eye-catching.

  • Laura

    That picture with his hands in the shape of a heart around her waist is adorable. It seems that the biggest splurge at weddings is the wedding dress. I don’t think that will be the case for us. We want a live Chicago Wedding Band at the reception. My parents had a live band at theirs and said it was worth the cost. I think it will make the energy higher and more guests will dance and have fun!

  • suzi

    I love that wedding cake! Go Gatorsss!

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