Woodsy Winter Wedding | Carriage House Stable | 110 Guests

Today’s Woodsy Winter wedding at the Carriage House Stable is nothing short of a fairytale. Large blooms of burgundy and mauve complete with rustic details brought Joy + Jeremiah’s romantic outdoor vision to life. You can feel the love perfectly captured in the incredible imagery by MycKenzie Russell Photography.

Keep scrolling as J + J gave us an inside look into their inspiration, vision, and overall personal style for their unforgettable event.

Contact us for more information regarding our Carriage House Stable weddings. Call us at 813.651.0934 or email us at info@crosscreekranchfl.com.

Tell us a little bit more about the deciding factors that led you to book your day with us?

Since we both lived out of town (Joy in Atlanta and Jeremiah in Orlando), we wanted an all-inclusive venue in order to make the wedding planning process a little less stressful. We also wanted a venue that provided an option for both an outdoor ceremony (Joy loves the woods and the outdoors) and an indoor reception (to facilitate the comfort of our guests). In addition, we wanted a venue that was spacious enough to allow our guests to social distance as much as they felt comfortable while still enjoying themselves, despite being amid a pandemic.

What was your inspiration for your wedding style?

We knew we always wanted a wedding with a rustic theme, as well as a woodsy, romantic setting surrounded by string lights.

What was your inspiration for the colors you picked out?

We have always been partial to the winter hues. Burgundy is also Joy’s favorite color. Therefore, we decided that the month of December was a great choice to showcase the colors burgundy, mauve, and ivory to their fullest potential.

How did you feel about your design meeting?

As soon as we entered the venue, we were greeted with such welcoming smiles. The design meeting that followed was very informative and allowed us to ask as many questions as we needed. Our designers showed amazing passion and wonderful listening skills and were willing to change and adjust to our ideas with great enthusiasm and care. We also very much appreciated the follow up email that summarized the whole design meeting, to reinforce or validate what was discussed.

We feel compelled to mention that although our original wedding designer moved halfway through our wedding planning, Lisa swooped in to catch the rest of the responsibility without breaking a stride. She did such a wonderful job of following up with us to touch bases and verify that every little detail was in accordance with our wishes.

What were some of your must-haves for your wedding day?

An outdoor wedding ceremony. Farm tables and cross-back chairs to provide us with that rustic, romantic feel that we were searching for. Having a First Touch moment, without laying eyes on each other, so that we were able to enjoy a private moment between the two of us before the ceremony, while still getting our wish of saving that first look for the isle. Brothers/sister dance for Joy and her 2 brothers

How did you make the day feel personal to you?

We wrote notes addressed as “letter to my husband” and “letter to my wife”, which we then read to each other during our “First Touch.” It allowed us to refocus and remind each other that despite all the hustle and bustle that was happening around us, all that really mattered is each other.

We also wrote personal vows for each other, incorporating our personalities into it (Joy loves writing pun cards to Jeremiah all throughout the 9 years they’ve been together, so Joy entrusted a pun card to each best men/groomsmen to hand to Jeremiah as she reads her vows. Jeremiah is a very good orator so he wrote his vows to swoon Joy all over again and have her blush, which he loves to see).

What was your inspiration behind your wedding attire? What about your wedding party attire?

Bride: Joy has always loved the soft, romantic style of boho dresses with off-shoulders. Luckily, she was able to find her dream dress at Adore Bridal Boutique in Marietta, Ga. The dress was called Rayne, made by Watters, from the Willowby collection. It was made with delicate lace flowers and soft, Moscato tulle, which made it very light, airy, and comfortable to wear. Although the dress did not come with an option for off-shoulders as she originally wanted, she was able to order extra fabric from the boutique and had one custom-made for her instead. At the very last minute, she was able to find a veil from Amazon that had 3D flowers to further accentuate the flower designs in her dress.

Groom: Jeremiah wore a white tuxedo jacket, which offset him from his best men and groomsmen. He also had custom-engraved gold cuff links and collar clips to accentuate his attire, with shoes that have gold accents to match.

Wedding party: Joy wanted to give her girls the freedom to choose the style of dresses they wanted to wear, as long as they were velvet and were in the colors burgundy/mauve, to tie in with the wedding colors. The fact that their dresses were from three different sellers (2 from Amazon, one from Esty) but still somehow blended together so beautifully, was such a pleasant surprise indeed!

Jeremiah knew he wanted his best men and groomsmen to wear the classic black tuxedo, but with black, droopy bowties made in velvet to match the velvet of the maids of honor and bridesmaids dresses. The men’s tuxedos were from Men’s Wearhouse and their bowties were from amazon.

Where did you go to customize your wedding stationery?

Our wedding stationeries were all customized from Shutterfly.

What was your favorite moment of the day?

Our favorite moment was when we finally laid eyes on each other as Joy was walking down the isle, after the anticipation of the whole day. We really wanted to save our first look for that moment, and it was so incredibly worth the wait! It was so captivating and beautiful and made all the stresses of the day just completely melt away.

What helped inspire you as you were planning your wedding?

We got a lot of our design inspirations from Pinterest and Instagram. We also utilized TheKnot.com and a wedding planner book we purchased from Hobby Lobby to follow the wedding planning timeline.

Anything else you would like to mention about your wedding day? 

One other extremely special moment we wanted to highlight was the flexibility and willingness of the wedding planners to accommodate our last minute wishes during the reception. Joy’s father was very apprehensive about dancing/speaking in front of people as he does not speak English very well, which is why he refused to do a father/daughter dance and a toast. Her brothers assumed the role and danced with her and gave their toasts, as well. However, at the very last minute, her father found the courage and asked if he can give a toast to his only daughter and her new husband. Annika and Alexis immediately made accommodations to make sure Joy’s father was able to deliver a heartfelt speech that moved not only the bride and groom, but the entire audience, as well. We want CCR to know how much of an impact that small, but precious moment has made in our lives. Thank you for all that you have done to ensure that our special day was indeed just that, special.

Woodsy Winter Wedding at Cross Creek Ranch. Florida Wedding Venue. All-Inclusive Wedding Package at the Carriage House Stable. Planning, Decor, Floral, Coordination & Venue by Cross Creek Ranch. Image by MycKenzie Russell Photography. Bouquet, Boutonniere by Alta Fleura. Cake & Desserts by Alessi Bakery. Entertainment & DJ Services by Grant Hemond & Associates. Catering by Good Food.

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