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Friday, September 25, 2020

Bohemian Florida Elopement

Words by Kinsley Brown
Photos courtesy of Gabriel Rosario


If you are one of the many couples who had to postpone their dream destination wedding because of the pandemic, our hearts go out to you. We want you to know that you are not alone either. So, today's blog is an inspiring story how one couple overcame the upset of having to drop their wedding plans abroad to create an intimate experience closer to home.



Tawnie and Wayne had a dream of marrying on a hill overlooking the water in Ireland.  Unfortunately, before they could get any plans set in stone, COVID19 hit. The two wanted to be married in 2020, however, so waiting another year (or two) before saying “I do” didn't sound appealling. That’s when they set their sights on eloping in their home state of Florida.

“We love the natural beauty of the area and wanted to immerse ourselves in the bohemian style for our wedding,” the bride says.

Working closely with their wedding planner Jana Tobey of Wedding Hero, Tawnie and Wayne planned a styled photo shoot at Grace River Island in Southwest Florida. Since the couple are nature enthusiasts, tandem yoga instructors and they coach couples on how to reach a deeper level of connection through exercise, it was important that these elements be included in their celebrations.

Their special day came quickly, and after an intimate waterfront elopement and a picnic in front of the arch, Tawnie and Wayne enjoyed good food, love laughter and a little rain. Tying everything up with some yoga and a quick row in the canoe, this shoot was nothing short of perfect!

Although it wasn't what they orginally had in mind, this charismatic couple made the most out of their “Plan B.” 



Vendors: Photographer: Gabriel Rosario
; Wedding Planner: Wedding Hero
; Ceremony/Reception Site: Grace River Island Resort
; Florist: Tom Trovato; Cake: In Love & Food
; Hair & Makeup: Heather Leygh Degele; 
Gown Designer: Lillian West Collection by Justin Alexander; Bridal Shop: Palm Bridal
; Groom’s Clothing Designer: Stephen Jeoffery at Jim’s Formalwear & Black Tie Tuxedos; Catering: Savour First Choice Catering; Rentals: Exclusive Affair Party Rentals

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