Natural Disaster to Dream Wedding Day in St. Augustine

Now, before you have an anxiety attack reading this (because we can see how it could make your heart race and your palms sweat), know that this story, when all said and done,  ends happily! But we have to give you the not-so-happy story that leads up to this memorable day to appreciate how beautifully it came together. 

Amanda and Edin faced a natural disaster while wedding planning, that set them back nearly six months. As they watched their wedding day approach on the calendar, they watched a massive hurricane, not so affectionately knowns as Matthew, approach the east coast of Florida. Due to hit St. Augustine eye on. And boy did it ever. The entire downtown area was flooded – with most of the businesses in this quaint destination location under four feet of water. In the wake of the storm, between the storm surge and incessant rain that caused severe flooding, the town was without power and public water for days (for some, weeks) following the storm. They faced the absolute worst case scenarios for a Florida wedding planned during hurricane season. Having to reschedule the entire occasion.  

Fortunately, the entire vendor team was local and close to the tragedy. Our hearts hurt with them!  We didn’t have to image what they were going through because we knew. Fortunately, they also had an amazing wedding planner, and with more than a few phone calls + emails, the had a new date set and planning commenced. Again. 

Fantasy Floral Details

The color combination was feminine and soft- lots of pink hues paired with bright and creamy whites. Florals were an important element to the couple (which, of course, we fully support). They wanted lush, full blooms with high impact. 

Amanda’s cascading style bouquet included white dendrobium orchids, white calla lilies, Esperance roses, blush spray roses and greenery. 

Bridesmaids carried white football mums, white hypericum berries,  blush + white spray roses, and bright pink roses.  

The ceremony chuppah & reception centerpieces included the same florals already mentioned, as well as white hydrangea, babies breath, blush garden roses, soft blush pink roses, white button mums and white chrysanthemums.  

With the exception of Amanda’s bouquet, all the florals had full, rounded shapes. It was lovely and luxurious. 

The couple was thrilled with the result. And although it was hard to admit, it was worth the wait! The weathered a tough storm, and we have faith that they can get through anything in their marriage! 

Ps- we highly recommend wedding insurance year round, but especially from June 1- November 30.  

Pink and white bridal bouquet

Bridesmaids in soft mint and bride in lace sweetheart neckline a-line gown with pink and white bouquets.

Cascading pink and white bouquet with roses, lillies and orchids.

Ceremony arch with white fabric and large pink, white floral arrangements

close-up of bride holding pink and white bouquet at The White Room in St. Augustine

Wedding reception centerpieces - large, lush arrangements on tall silver vases with pink roses at The White Room, downtown St. Augustine wedding venue

soft pink, blush and greenery arrangements for wedding reception

Sweetheart table with Mr & Mrs sign and rosepetals

Wedding reception centerpieces - large, lush arrangements on tall silver vases with pink roses at The White Room, downtown St. Augustine wedding venue

large, lush arrangements with pink roses at The White Room, downtown St. Augustine wedding venue


Creative Team: 

Photography: Dan Harris Photoart
Wedding Planner: Elegant Weddings by Lisa
Hair and Makeup: Brush Salon
Cake: Kakes by Katie
Stationery: Kouture Kreations
Ceremony music: Wehner Weddings
DJ: The Jeff Bell Experience
Video: Jon Noeth Videography
Officiant: Dr. Dan Mclean
Transportation: AA Susie’s Limousine Service 
Photobooth: Props Photo Booths
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