Kelly and Joshua originally thought they wanted a big, traditional wedding but ended up having only 10 guests.

“We had a small wedding because we wanted the day to be about the important commitment and step we were taking in our lives,” explains Kelly.

Special touches were a surprise bagpiper, dog ring bearer and wedding decor by the bride’s mom.

Thanks to Justin Demutiis for the fabulous photos!

Florida Estate wedding

Kelly, 27 & Joshua, 30 

Lake Wales, Fl

 Wedding Date: Oct 19, 2012

 Number of Guests: 10

Wedding Cost: $12,000

Wedding Ceremony Location: Pinewood Estate in Bok Tower

 Wedding Reception Location: Courtyard of Pinewood Estate


Florida estate wedding

groom in grey suit and orange tie

lace wrapped wedding bouquet with crystal brooch

Florida bride and groom portrait

Why did you have an intimate wedding?

 At first we wanted a big wedding but the more planning we did we realized the wedding wasn’t about us anymore.

custom wooden wedding sign

lace wedding dress hanging outside

bride with little white dog

bride getting dressed

bride unwrapping gift

bride unwrapping gift

What are some the challenges that you faced planning an intimate wedding?

 We had to find the right words to let our friends know that we were having a small wedding. They were completely understanding especially once we told them the venue didn’t allow for a party larger than 10.

urn full of wedding flowers

outdoor Florida estate wedding ceremony

Florida estate wedding ceremony


Was it difficult to pare down the guest list?

 No we both have small families and we had one couple we’re both friends with that asked to be a part of our wedding when we told them we got engaged. I knew anyone that we didn’t invite would still see beautiful pictures of our day.

Florida estate wedding venue

outdoor wedding aisle with green and orange parasols

Florida estate wedding

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

We didn’t have any issues because our family and our friends are wonderful. They completely respected our wishes.

  bride kissing groom

bride and groom laughing

bouquet with wooden heart

bride and groom dancing on estate grounds


What were the highlights of the ceremony?

 I hired a bag piper to surprise Josh because of his heritage. It was amazing and gave everyone goose bumps! Once I heard him playing ‘Here Comes the Bride‘, it all set in that I was about to marry my best friend! Also, Lola, our dog and ring bearer stopped to smell the roses on the ground. It was adorable and incredibly symbolic.





bagpiper at Florida estate wedding

outdoor Florida estate wedding reception

groom lifting veil

bride and groom first kiss

bride with dog

bride and groom portrait

What were the highlights of the reception?

 We hadn’t seen any of the decorations that my mom and wedding planner had set up for us so it was a nice surprise during our first dance to look around and see how wonderful everything came out. Also my Dad gave a speech that he hadn’t prepared for and it was amazing. The live band made the intimate wedding complete. Lis’s voice was amazing and with the candle light and small setting it tied everything together.

Florida estate wedding

Florida estate wedding reception

large wedding letter monogram
rose and carnation centerpiece

Florida estate wedding buffet

first dance at florida estate


What was the best thing about having an intimate wedding?

Having an intimate wedding allowed Josh and I to take it all in and have the night progress a little slower. There was no pressure no stress no nerves. It was a perfect night and it went by way too fast.

  bride and groom portrait

bride and groom embracing

bridal portrait on Florida estate

Florida estate wedding portrait


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

 Make a list of what is important for your day and don’t settle simply because it’s “just your family,” and you think you have to keep things simple. It’s still important even though there’s no seating chart. Also, get a timeline of the day that everyone is aware of. Communication with the vendors is absolutely crucial. Keep everything in writing and do your best to voice your opinions and keep everyone on the same page. If there’s something you want you HAVE to tell someone. Don’t assume they will read your mind.


bride and groom portrait on Florida estate

bride and groom thank you parasol



 Flowers: Blossoms Orlando

Location: Bok Tower

Ceremony and Reception: Pinewood Estates

Josh’s entire outfit: Hugo Boss

Dress: Allure

Bridal Shop: Angelique’s Bridal

Caterers: Terrie Lobb

Photographer: Justin Demutiis