Leslie & Mario | Classic Southern Wedding at Eden Gardens

Sweet and simple, Leslie and Mario’s wedding decor let the beauty of their venue shine through…How adorable is this little guy with his “Here Comes the Bride” sign?!Leslie carried a classic white bouquet of tulips, while her bridesmaids carried sweet pink and purple nosegays. Window panes acted as both seating chart and menu. 

Some details from the lovely bride:

Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  We knew from the beginning that we wanted to have a destination wedding and we liked the beaches in Florida, so we decided on the Santa Rosa Beach area. We initially had another venue reserved, but as luck would have it, that venue fell through and we ended up choosing Eden Gardens. When we visited again weeks later, I knew we had picked the right place. Eden Gardens is absolutely beautiful. Pictures do not do it justice and I really feel that we were supposed to be married there all along.

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  Eden is beautiful on its own, so I did not want anything too flashy or extravagant that would take away from the park. In end, we had a laid back and simple wedding. It was perfect.

What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  Right before the ceremony, I was waiting with my dad for my turn to walk down the aisle. When the doors opened, I remember looking all around at all of our family and friends and feeling so lucky that we had these amazing people in our lives. It was very emotionally overwhelming. The day was filled with so much love and happiness. We couldn’t have asked for anything for more.

What advice do you have for other brides?  Originally, I didn’t want to see Mario until the ceremony. But we decided to do a first look session before the ceremony because of the timing of the ceremony, and I don’t regret doing that one bit. We were able to be alone with one another before all the craziness of the day started. It puts everything in perspective…you’re there to start your lives together.

Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day?  Our wedding date was originally April 28, 2012 but it was changed when we changed venues. Mario and I met at my prom on April 30, 2004. We were married exactly 8 years later. It just worked out that way and it wasn’t planned. I didn’t even realized it until I was going through my things and found the old prom invitation. I think it was neat how everything worked out and that date is now our anniversary.


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Vendor Credits

Photographer: Lauren Kinsey Photography / Venue: Eden Gardens State Park in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida / Event Planner, Catering: The Eventful Planner / Bride's Dress: Oleg Cassini from David’s Bridal / Bride's Shoes: Steve Madden / Hair Stylist: Jonathan Doria / Jewelry: James Avery / Groom's Attire: Kenneth Cole / Groom's Tie: Sean John / Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Angelo / Floral Designer: Bella Flora 30a / Rentals: H&M Tents / Music: B-Boy Productions / Cake: Bake My Day / Vintage Car Rental: A Bride's Ride


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