Real Weddings: Jeannine and Jared’s Florida Park Wedding

Jeannine and Jared’s wedding is truly a feast for the eyes!

The couple’s gorgeous 75-guest park wedding in Orlando, Florida was chock full of charming little details – as you will see in the stunning photos from Shea Christine Photography.

“I worked for three months to collect and plan the décor for the reception area, but I was entirely dependent on friends to set everything up that morning,” says Jeannine.  “They worked so tirelessly and did such a beautiful job bringing the things I’d dreamed to life.”

Thanks so much to Shea Christine for the stunning images!

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Jeannine,28 & Jared, 29

Orlando, FL

Wedding Date: November 13, 2011

Number of Guests:  75

Wedding Ceremony Location: Dickson Azalea Park

Wedding Reception Location: Dickson Azalea Park

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groom kissing bride on cheek

intimate wedding portrait

blue and coral wedding bouquet with turquoise brooch

bride in lace trimmed veil

Watters wedding dress hanging on a tree

flower girl with rose petals
Why did you have an intimate wedding?

We both have wide circles of friends, but neither of us loves huge parties. Intimate gatherings are often the ones we enjoy the most, so it made sense. On top of that, a small wedding was much more cost-effective.

mason jar flower arrangements

bride with bridesmaids in floral dresses

floral bridesmaid dresses

groomsmen in vests

wedding party portrait

Was it difficult to pare down the guest list?

We conceivably could have had a 400-person guest list, so keeping it small was a huge challenge. It broke my heart to leave anyone out! I faced a lot of inner turmoil every time I thought of someone I would have liked to include, but couldn’t. I also had to explain to lots of people why they weren’t invited. In the end, after the arduous process of paring it down, it was truly the right type of event for us and a sweet thing to have more time with those who were there.

outdoor Florida wedding ceremony

birdseed confetti

Florida wedding invitation

rustic wooden wedding sign

pillow on park bench

bride in lace trimmed veil

pearl wedding bracelet
Did you have any ‘issues’ with the small guest list from friends and family? If so, how did you address them?

Our families were actually very understanding. We had a harder time with friends because we had many acquaintances we didn’t invite. Most of them understood the constraints we were operating within, but I heard (through the grapevine, unfortunately) that some of them had expressed that they didn’t understand why they hadn’t been included.

wooden wedding sign

Florida park wedding
What were the highlights of the ceremony?

Jared couldn’t get the ring on my finger, which ended up being a really funny moment. Making solemn vows was really important to us, but the sweetest moment in the ceremony was when our officiant (a dear friend and mentor) pronounced us husband and wife.

floral fabric tied to wedding chairs

white bridesmaid bouquet

Florida park wedding

guests throwing birdseed at bride and groom
What were the highlights of the reception?

I worked for three months to collect and plan the décor for the reception area, but I was entirely dependent on friends to set everything up that morning. They worked so tirelessly and did such a beautiful job bringing the things I’d dreamed to life. The garden was just beautiful and the weather was perfect that day. We certainly felt blessed by that. Ultimately, spending the afternoon in the garden with our closest friends and family is something we’ll never forget.

wedding direction sign

outdoor reception table with kraft paper

framed bride and groom silhouettes

Florida park wedding reception

wedding croquet

mason jar flower arrangements

peach rose wedding centerpiece

bridesmaid in floral dress

wedding bench seating with pillows

rustic wedding cake

hanging kerosene lantern wedding decor

That was the best thing about having an intimate wedding?

As Jared put it, “Our wedding was just a group of our best friends and family hanging out together.” What could be better than that?

rustic flower arrangement and vintage wedding furniture

wedding reception sign

outdoor guestbook table

vintage furniture at outdoor wedding

What advice do you have for couples who are considering an intimate wedding?

It’s okay to feel sad about not being able to invite everyone. I think feeling that freedom was important for me. At the same time, remembering the wonderful things that the intimate wedding would provide kept me encouraged as I worked to pare down the guest list.

groom dipping bride

Dress: Wtoo by Watters
Flowers: Sheridan Flowers
Wedding Photographer: Shea Christine Photography
Cake: Publix Bakery
Ceremony Music: Bonnie Taylor, harpist
“Day of” Coordinator: Susan Willard, Fabulous Celebrations
Invitations, Programs, Decorations, Food & Drinks: Many, many friends and family for whom we are so grateful!

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  1. Posted by Bellenza on September 3rd, 2012 at 10:56am

    Am totally smitten with the bridesmaids' dresses! AND with the lovely cake and the eclectic styling of the pretty!
  2. Posted by Toni on September 25th, 2012 at 12:49am

    The bride looks beautiful and I love the colors in the bridal bouquet.
  3. Posted by JB on October 9th, 2012 at 4:44pm

    Yes, love those bridesmaid dresses! Where are they from?
  4. Posted by Sam on October 13th, 2012 at 7:22pm

    BEAUTIFUL wedding! does anyone know where the bridesmaids dresses are from?
  5. Posted by JC on October 18th, 2012 at 3:06pm

    The bouquet is absolutely fabulous! Those are quatre coeur roses or are my eyes deceiving me?
  6. Posted by Beth Smith on October 27th, 2012 at 8:26pm

    The wedding really reflects Jeannine's talent and creativity. Of course, I am just a little biased.
    Mother of the bride
  7. Posted by Ludys Torres on November 24th, 2012 at 9:58pm

    So beautiful great job. Im in the midst of planning our own wedding and youve inspired me so much. Were you allowed to have music or cocktial hour?
  8. Posted by Kate on January 19th, 2013 at 12:28pm

    The bridesmaids dresses are from Anthropologie!
  9. Posted by Kerry on September 7th, 2014 at 12:52am

    Amazing photos! I'm planning my wedding right now and would love to know where you got your bridesmaid's dresses!!! They are perfect!
  10. Posted by Mercedes on March 1st, 2015 at 10:36pm

    Your wedding was beautiful! I am looking for a venue in Downtown Orlando. How did you like Dickson Azalea Gardens?
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