Glamorous Art Deco Inspired Wedding by the Sea :: Ashton & Eben

Ashton & Eben’s vintage-inspired wedding is oh-so-glamorous (we love a bride who rocks a red lip, complete with a jewelled gown!) but still relaxed and effortless. Their seaside venue The Heitman House isn’t only gorgeous, it’s also meaningful – it’s right next door to where the bride grew up! This celebration will make you want to get married by the sea and dance the night away under palm trees, check out the rest of it below!

Photography by Shannon Griffin.

shannon griffin; florida wedding; The Heitman House;

Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  Something old: Family heirloom ring. // Something new: Shoes. // Something borrowed : Family Heirloom earrings. // Something blue: We sewed a blue heart in the inside of my dress from one of my grandpa’s old shirts.

shannon griffin; florida wedding; The Heitman House; pastel bridesmaids dresses; oval engagement ring; cap sleeve bridal gown; bride in red lipstick;

shannon griffin; florida wedding; The Heitman House; botanical sttionery suite; nude and black stationery;

Gold imprinting wedding invitations from Minted

shannon griffin; florida wedding; The Heitman House; bride in backless gown; bride in gown with jewelled back;

Is there anything that you’d like to share about your wedding day? We chose to do a first look and all of our photography before the ceremony so we were able to mingle and say hello to everyone during cocktail hour. This allowed us to be able to celebrate for the entire reception!

shannon griffin; florida wedding; The Heitman House; bride and groom embracing before the wedidng; art deco bride; bride in red ipstick; bride in gown with jewelled back;

shannon griffin; florida wedding; The Heitman House; bride and groom embracing before the wedidng; art deco bride; bride in red ipstick; bride in gown with jewelled back;

shannon griffin; florida wedding; The Heitman House; bride holding simple bouquet; bouquet made up mainly of greenery; bouq uet wrapped in blue ribbon;

shannon griffin; florida wedding; The Heitman House; bridesmaids holding bouquets; bridesmaids holding bouquets of greenery, peach and pink;

Are there any DIY details you’d like to tell us about? My bouquet was made by my mother. We bought hundreds of roses and hand made all the bouquets ourselves but my mom (who was also my Matron of Honor) handmade mine and it’s one of my favorite details.

shannon griffin; florida wedding; The Heitman House; bride and bridesmaids in beaded gowns; cream peach and pink bouquets;

shannon griffin; florida wedding; The Heitman House; art deco bridal party vintage glamour bridal party; bridal party on steps of home;

shannon griffin; florida wedding; The Heitman House; page boys and flower girls; page boys in converse; page boys in suspenders; flower girls in white dresses;

The Ceremony

Why did you choose this location for your ceremony? I grew up next door to The Heitman House and was always able to see weddings there from my parents’ back yard. I have always loved the venue ever since I was young and also love the history of the house. It was like getting married right where I grew up!

shannon griffin; florida wedding; The Heitman House; ceremony by the ocean; hedge of greenery; archway hedge;

shannon griffin; florida wedding; The Heitman House; flower girl and page boy walk down the aisle;

Your ceremony in three words. Non-traditional, classic, sophisticated.

Who officiated your ceremony? How did you choose him/her? It’s sort of a tradition in our family to have a family member perform the ceremony. When it came to choosing our officiant my cousin Matt was the first person we thought of. He has always been supportive of our family and we knew he would do a great job.

shannon griffin; florida wedding; The Heitman House; ceremony by the sea; outdoor ceremony;

shannon griffin; florida wedding; The Heitman House; bride and green married under greenery arch with white florals;

What were your vows like? I wanted vows that were non-traditional and something short but sweet so I researched online and came across these vows (***ADD LINK) at The Offbeat Bride and fell in love. They describe Eben and my relationship so well and when I read them to him he felt the same. I mixed them with a few pieces from other ceremonies to make it our own.

shannon griffin; florida wedding; The Heitman House; bride and groom walk back down aisle after ceremony; bride and groom holding hands back down the aisle;

“Our recessional was Glenn Miller’s In the Mood. We were going for a classy 20s feel for the cocktail hour and thought that would be a fun way to get everyone ‘in the mood’!”

shannon griffin; florida wedding; The Heitman House; guests clap as couple walk back down the aisle;

shannon griffin; florida wedding; The Heitman House; couple stop to kiss as leave ceremony;

shannon griffin; florida wedding; The Heitman House; couple excited as leaving ceremony;

The Reception

shannon griffin; florida wedding; The Heitman House; outdoor cocktail hour by the sea; string lights between palm trees;

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? Our wedding was such a mix of different ideas. If I had to put a name to it I would say romantic 1920s old Florida. I wanted a vintage feel without feeling like a themed wedding. I would look at old photos of weddings from the 20s and try to find ways to replicate the feel but combining it with more modern décor.

How would you describe your reception?
Fun, elegant and funky! We wanted our ceremony and cocktail hour to be formal and sophisticated but not stuffy and wanted to make sure our reception was full of good food, good drinks and great music. Those things were very important to us.

shannon griffin; florida wedding; The Heitman House; outdoor reception; reception by the sea; feastimg tables; pale blue linen; garland table runners; white candlesticks;

shannon griffin; florida wedding; The Heitman House; pale blue and white place setting; garland table runners;

How did you go about planning your reception? Of course I had help from Pinterest! I had been collecting Pins before our engagement so putting the plan into action was easy when Eben popped the question. We would go to thrift stores every couple of weekends to collect brass candle sticks, oil lamps, crystal and whatever vintage-inspired décor we could find. I also found a lot of decor on Etsy.

What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding? Organization is key! Know what you want before you start trying to implement anything and if you have trouble making your vision a reality invest in someone you trust to help you that has the ability. It will save you from stress and being down to the wire and still have no clue what you want for your big day. Also shoot ideas for your wedding to different people. Outside opinions can really help you when you’re stuck on details.

shannon griffin; florida wedding; The Heitman House; outdoor reception; reception by the sea; feastimg tables; pale blue linen; garland table runners; white candlesticks;

shannon griffin; florida wedding; The Heitman House; outdoor reception; reception by the sea; feastimg tables; pale blue linen; garland table runners; white candlesticks;

shannon griffin; florida wedding; The Heitman House; outdoor reception; reception by the sea; feastimg tables; pale blue linen; garland table runners; white candlesticks;

shannon griffin; florida wedding; The Heitman House; three tier cake; naked cake; naked cake decorated with fresh flowers;

What type of cake or dessert did you serve? I initially wanted to do pies but the groom was set on cake. We chose a “naked cake” which was yellow cake with buttercream icing, decorated with beautiful fresh flowers in peach and pink.

shannon griffin; florida wedding; The Heitman House; bride and groom with cocktails; bride and groom at outdoor reception;

What was your favorite moment or part of the reception? Just being able to celebrate our new life with our closest friends and family.

shannon griffin; florida wedding; The Heitman House; outdoor reception; reception by the sea; feastimg tables; pale blue linen; garland table runners; white candlesticks; bride and groom raise glasses at reception; bride and groom toast; bride and groom cheers;

shannon griffin; florida wedding; The Heitman House; outdoor reception; reception by the sea; feastimg tables; pale blue linen; garland table runners; white candlesticks; bride and groom speak at reception; bride and groom speech;

Is there anything else that helps tell the story of your wedding? Eben and I had been dating for 8 years and living together for almost 7 before we got engaged. Our relationship was strong and in a sense we already felt married but on our wedding day the bond between us became instantly stronger and our love, although always full, has been greater ever since.

shannon griffin; florida wedding; The Heitman House; first dance; first dance by the sea;

Do you have any budget tips for other brides? You are going to spend more than you think. No matter what your budget is there is always something that creeps up that increases cost. We chose to pay extra to make sure we were able to provide the experience we wanted for ourselves and our guests.

If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently? No, we are so happy with the way everything turned out and are constantly joking that we wish we could relive the night over and over!

Colors

Style

Al Fresco

Season

Spring

Location

Florida

Vendor Credits

Photography: Shannon Griffin / Venue, Catering: The Heitman House in Fort Myers, Florida / Florals: Flowers and greenery purchased from Fifty Flowers, arranged by bride and her mom / Garlands: Everleaf Greens / Bride’s Dress: Saboya by Rosa Clara / Shoes: Kelly & Katie / Jewelry: Family heirloom green peridot and diamond ring and earrings / Bridesmaid Dresses: Lulus / Bridesmaid Dresses: ASOS / Groom’s Suit, Tie, Shirt, Shoes, Groomsmen Attire: Black Tie Tuxedos Fort Myers / Stationery: Minted / Hair, Makeup: Bare Roots Salon & Apothecary / Officiant: Bride’s cousin / Ceremony & Reception Music: HPS Entertainment / Cake: Publix / Groom’s Cake: Courtney’s Creations

 

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