We were so honored to plan this couple’s wedding fest. From our first conversation with Cathryn back in 2018, it was clear we were in for a treat with this one. With family traveling from New Orleans, Charleston and New York to little, old Live Oak, Florida, we knew we had to make a major impression. With the world’s most laid back bride, (seriously, we think we’re going to send her an actual award,) we had free reign to exercise our favorite wedding fest design ideas. Seeing it come together over just five months of planning was really amazing.
We can’t say enough how thankful we are for Mercer and Smith Events. They helped pull off my dream wedding at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, Florida. We live in Charleston, SC and our families live in New Orleans and New York… Trying to plan a large wedding (250-300) guests so far away from home was quite the task…A task that was certainly defeating this bride doing it all on her own. I called upon them 5 short months before the wedding and it was the best decision that I made throughout the whole process. These ladies took my ideas and ran with it. Without them I could not have brought my vision to life. From the vendor outsourcing to the most beautiful execution of our wedding invitations to the above and beyond decorations these ladies handled everything with grace, attention to detail, and impeccable professionalism. During the whirlwind of it all I felt confident in trusting them with everything which allowed me to enjoy the best day of my life with all of my loved ones without worry. If you are considering wedding or event planning treat yourselves to this terrific team.. You will not regret it!– Cathryn DiPrima
This special couple met at the Suwannee during a music festival and have since routinely traveled back to visit this space. With a place so personal and loved by all their friends, this was always going to be a unique and love-filled wedding weekend. Scroll through these gorgeous shots from Lindsey Leigh Weddings from Folly Beach, South Carolina to see how their Suwannee wedding fest turned out.
Wedding Fest Dreams Come to Life
One of a Kind Decorative Accents
As we do for all of our events, we created one of a kind decorations that accented all three event spaces during this wedding – the ceremony site by the pond, cocktail hour by the amphitheater and the reception in the VIP music hall. This bride was not afraid of color, so, to (literally) tie in the music fest vibe, we used hundreds of yards of ribbon in a spectrum of jewel tones that positively popped against the backdrop of the Florida woods.
Our favorite vendor Ladybug Blooms provided the bridal bouquet, beautiful cuff bracelet corsages and boutonnieres along with buckets of wildflower stems for the bridesmaids to piece together the bunches they carried down the aisle. We also created around 90 small arrangements for the assorted vases that adorned the reception tables atop live greenery. This colorful wild flower vibe was a perfect match for the occasion.
A NOLA Second Line to the Wedding Fest Reception
This crew hails from New Orleans and lovingly incorporated some local traditions like a second line parade from cocktail hour to the reception and serving 250 pounds of crawfish! Catering was provided by the uncle of the bride and it was absolutely out of this world.
The Wildest Party This Side of the Suwannee River
Location: Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, Live Oak, FL
Wedding Planners: Mercer + Smith Events, Gainesville, FL + Saint Augustine, FL
Photographer: Lindsey Leigh Weddings, Charleston, SC
Florals: Ladybug Blooms, Gainesvlle, FL
Catering: Tope La Restaurant, Hammond, LA
Decorations: Mercer + Smith Events Gainesville, FL + Saint Augustine, FL
Lighting: Everyman Sound Company, Gainesville, FL
Tables + Linen Rental: Suwannee Valley Event + Party Rental, Live Oak, FL
Entertainment/Painter: Alexander Harvie, New Orleans, LA
Entertainment/Band: Stratton Moore and Friends, Charleston, SC
All Setup + Day-Of Coordination: Mercer + Smith Events Gainesville, FL + Saint Augustine, FL