Alexis + Richard | Feb 23, 2020
Garden wedding with boho decor, wildflowers, blue and grey tones at Flamingo Gardens in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
The stars seemed to align at a rodeo back in 2011, when Alexis and Richard first met through mutual friends. Fast forward to a birthday trip to Disney six years later, when the most magical place on earth became even more spectacular as Richard proposed.
“We're big Disney fans, so I couldn't think of a more magical location,” said Alexis. “He found a spot next to the castle that was private, right after the fireworks finished.”
Alexis and Richard tied the knot in a 60-acre botanical garden showcasing an exotic, tropical paradise. The overall vibe was earthy and boho-chic, with neutral blues, greys and abundant greenery that complemented the garden aesthetic.
“Grey is my favorite color (said no one ever!), so I knew that was going to be a big part of our wedding,” said Alexis. “Blue is a close second, so I wanted to create a color palette that was neutral with blues and greys.”
The fairytale began inside the bridal suite, where Alexis got dolled up with her leading ladies before the big dress reveal. She looked captivating in an ivory ball gown with a dramatic plunging neckline and floral lacework that cascaded from the bodice down the skirt. Her look came together with a dainty flower crown in her bouncy blonde curls.
Richard and his groomsmen wore wildflowers on the lapels of their grey suits, with a tiny blue thistle in the groom’s boutonniere. For a more casual look, the groomsmen wore vests instead of jackets, which also allowed Richard to stand out in his full ensemble. The bridesmaids added a pop of color in one-shouldered gowns in mismatched shades of navy, dusty blue and stone.
“Because we were outdoors, we wanted to incorporate greenery within the scheme as well,” said Alexis.
The ladies’ foraged bouquets were handpicked arrangements of willow, cream garden roses, blue thistle and eucalyptus. All of the bouquets, centerpieces and altar elements contained the same florals in a different design.
“We aimed for more of a wildflower look,” said Alexis, “lacking defined structure.”
In the gardens, the ceremony site was set with a large wooden arbor, adorned with wispy white drapery and earthy floral installations. The beauty of the space spoke for itself, so they kept the decor minimal yet elegant.
“We didn't want something over-the-top since our individual styles are super relaxed,” said Alexis.
Alexis took everyone’s breath away as she moved down the aisle, lined with delicate rose petals and rustic floor lanterns. The service was nontraditional yet sentimental, with a heartfelt homage to the bride’s parents who were married by her dad's father.
“We chose to be married by my husband's grandfather,” said Alexis. “Carrying on the tradition!”
Following the ceremony, the newlyweds and wedding party took advantage of the radiant natural light and posed for group photos in front of a charming gazebo. The photographer then took the couple for some intimate portraits, including one very unique shot with a peacock!
Throughout the day, the most special moment for Alexis was one that she hadn't anticipated at all. Prior to the guests being released into the reception area, she and Richard were asked to dance to their first dance song so the photographers could adjust the new lighting before the party started.
“It was probably the most emotional time during the wedding because we were alone without the pressure of the crowd around us,” said Alexis, “and were able to enjoy our first dance song together by ourselves the first time.”
Once the guests were welcomed in, they found their seats beneath cozy fairy lights, at tables topped with stone grey linens, boho florals and votive candles. At the couple’s sweetheart table, there was abundant greenery and the floor lanterns from the ceremony.
They personalized the evening with a lively photobooth and surcees that included "Something Salty" bags with popcorn, "Something Sweet" bags with donut holes, and "From our dogs to yours" with dog treats.
“We're huge dog lovers with three of our own,” said Alexis, “so it was important that we incorporated them in some way.”
Their two-tiered ribbed wedding cake was personalized as well, with a silver “Mr. and Mrs. Ferrarelli” topper and fresh blush and ivory roses. They also served assorted cupcakes topped with sprigs of wildflowers.
By the end of the evening, friends and family had left their names on a customized piece of wood with the newlyweds’ name and date, creating a special keepsake.
“We now have it hung on our wall, and get to cherish it every day,” said Alexis.
Congratulations to new Mr. and Mrs.!
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