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  • Writer's pictureRachel Griffin, owner & lead wedding planner

Intimate Wedding at Home

Ana & Brian planned their intimate wedding at home from out town. That didn't stop them from being intentional and involved in each element of their day. It was such a wonderful thing to plan with two people who cared deeply about how their choices reflected them as a couple and how they wanted to celebrate with their loved ones.

If there's one thing that Ana & Brian's wedding proved beyond a doubt, it was that small & micro weddings can be incredibly meaningful and dreamy. Ana & Brian's intimate wedding at home had a total of only 11 guests, but was still FULL of love, special family moments, and beautiful décor. Their day was like stepping into a wedding dream.

Ana & Brian both got ready at The University of Florida's brand new hotel - Hotel Eleo. It is a fantastic hotel with big windows and oodles of natural light.

Covid has definitely presented unique challenges to weddings, without a doubt. Here are some adjustments we made to make sure everything was as safe as possible:

  • intimate guest count

  • custom masks for the families

  • live-streaming their ceremony where they had almost 100 of their extended family and friends watching along (all the props to Brian here!)

  • built in time to interact with them over the live stream

  • all eating & dancing was done outside and safely spaced

  • all vendors used safety protocols as well

Ana & Brian's first look was full of yummy romance! We're big fans of first looks here, as are a ton of wedding photographers & videographers. They slow your day down and let you spend your wedding day together, rather than apart. Plus, it gives you lots more time for portraits where you can be more relaxed, since you won't be rushing to get back to your guests.

After their ceremony at the Baughman Center, Ana & Brian chose to have a birdseed exit that was so much fun! Ceremony exits are such a great way to get awesome leaving images, especially if exits like this aren't ideal (or permitted) at your reception venue. Just plan in some extra time between the ceremony and cocktails.

Their reception was held in Ana's parent's back garden. How stunning was this tent by PRE Events? The classic white on white with metallic accents was incredibly elegant. It felt like you stepped into a movie! I kept pinching myself because it felt like I was in Father of the Bride. Baug Haus provide the unbelievable florals for their entire day.

So sparkler exits are pretty typical at weddings, but have you ever seen a sparkler entrance and first dance?! We were all about this fun wedding twist! It's such an awesome way to start off your reception and make sure all your guests are there to participate.

We got to be a part of a seriously magical and intimate wedding at home for two special people. It was a breathtaking event and I couldn't have been happier to help create the day Ana & Brian dreamed about.

Ana even left us the MOST AMAZING review. Click here to read it!

Check out this fantastic video from Heart Happy Films, who expertly captured all the moments of their wedding!

Ana & Brian's wedding was also featured on these blogs! Love & Marriage in the Time of Covid and Intimate Micro Wedding at the Baughman Center

My vendor team was beyond amazing for their day!

Coordination: MasterPiece Weddings

Rentals: PRE Events

Florals: Baug Haus

Photography: Molliner Photography

Videography: Heart Happy Films

Ceremony: Baughman Center

Cake: Trishalicious Cakes

Getting Ready Location: Hotel Eleo

Are you adjusting your wedding plans due to the pandemic? Reach out to us for any advice or help! We're happy to brainstorm unique solutions with you! Click Here


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