Daphna was attracted to the more natural looking floral arranging that we do and reached out to me before they even had the date and venue nailed down. In the end they settled on the lovely Villa Woodbine in Coconut Grove for their wedding in August.
When filling out our wedding information form, Daphna keyed in on the following for her style words: exotic/tropical, eclectic, artsy, bohemian, vintage, earthy, simple and romantic. Both she and Matthew are nature lovers and foodies and enjoy the arts, trying new restaurants and cooking together. They had met in Israel before college and had a long distance relationship for 5 years as she was in school in London and he in Florida. Matthew proposed to Daphna on their first trip back to Israel since they had met.
When I met Daphna for the consultation, I was struck by how she exuded a calm grace. A truly lovely soul. As we talked about flowers and greenery she got very excited when I showed her a picture of a fruiting olive branch, as they had seen many Olive trees during their times in Israel. It was clear that Israel was an important part of their story. Not only because it was where they met and got engaged but because of their Jewish heritage. Daphna really loved the idea of a lot of greenery and texture. And the bridesmaids would be wearing black dresses in varying styles. I took all of these things and created a proposal for them. They loved it, and this is how it turned out...
Daphna's bouquet was filled with lots of green, white and texture. I added figs to the mix of the wedding because the fig is a historical fruit of Israel. It’s mentioned many times in the Hebrew Bible and is generally thought of as a symbol of abundance, nutrition, a curative and an ideal future. All good symbols for a wedding!
Handsome textural bouts with calligraphy tags by our own Natalia Moreno for VNDS!
These two were very clear that they wanted their Chuppah to be very natural and simple with greenery. We used our twisty native branches for the chuppah structure dressed with Florida live oak, Olive branches and ruscus. The rabbi even commented during the ceremony how the design of the chuppah was perfect for these two nature lovers.
For the tables we did three different centerpieces: a wood vase with greens, figs and flowers, a grapewood branch with outcroppings of flowers and an herb dough bowl arrangement that represented their culinary interests in a beautiful and natural way. Some of the tables were also accented with encaustic cement tiles in black and white, that provided that artsy vibe and nodded to similar tiles that are present in the architecture of the venue.
The tables were finished with wood table numbers and figs.
Fun was had by all!!!
Even in the South Florida summer heat!
And this love will last forever! <3