Fort Lauderdale Wedding by Kat Braman Photography

Sometimes it isn't about the details or the flowers or the dress. Sometimes it's all about the things you could only know about if you were there the day of, or if you read about them like you are now. And that's precisely what happened with this Fort Lauderdale wedding. Sure, Leslie's gown is stunning and looks just like this gown here. And the periwinkle bridesmaids dresser paired with the yellow calla bouquets is so perfect for a Florida wedding. But then when you hear that the bride's Dad sang her a song during the ceremony and then you find out that said song is the same one that Dad sang to his wife during their own wedding years ago, your heart completely melts. I've included only a few of the stunning images from Kat Braman so be sure to head over to her blog to see the rest of the photos from this wedding. The shots of their sweet ceremony, their intimate first look reaction, and the bride dancing with her Grandma, well it's sweet enough to fill you will happiness for the rest of your day. Be sure to catch all the goodies below, blogettes!


{Leslie and Devan's Love Story} We both went to a small liberal arts college in a southern Minnesota town. In 2006, Leslie moved to Miami for her master's degree. A few months later, in the spring of 2007 Devan was promoted and was also relocating to Miami. He knew through friends that Leslie was already living in Miami and emailed her to get together once he moved down to Florida. Devan was going to be celebrating his birthday a few weeks later and invited Leslie to celebrate with him and some new friends. We remained friends for about a year after that but in September in 2008 of relationship took a change and it definitely became more than friends. We started hanging out much more often. We went on our first "official" date in early October, to Timpano's Steakhouse and then to a Panthers hockey game. In January of 2009 we spent almost every day together. We both always talk abut how that time totally 1000% solidified how we felt about each other. We both felt like we were experiencing "what everyone always talks about" when the person they were meant to be with. There was one moment in particular at 2:30 on a Tuesday afternoon after a visit to the pool we found ourselves slow dancing to Alan Jackson's "Red on a Rose" in the kitchen (of all places). Despite our attire and the location it could not have been more romantic. We both agree that at that moment we both knew that this was it.

{Biggest Obstacle Planning} I think the biggest obstacle while planning the wedding in general was picking vendors. For us picking the site and date was easy, however when it came to picking who would do the flowers, photography, and music we definately took our time. We interviewed a lot of people for those  three vendors in particular. We did not choose until we found venors we really felt comfortable with. We felt it was important to feel very comfortable with the people you are working with on that day, as the day can be stressful enough on it's own. While everyone was wonderful, we were especially thankful  to have Kat Braman as our photographer, as she is so talented and made everyone feel comfortable on front of the camera that day.

{Advice to Future Brides} Take your time planning. Use any tools you can get your hands on. I found the time line and checklist provided by books, internet sites and our wedding planner to be very helpful. The checklist on The Knot was particularly helpful too as it made sure I didn't miss any detail and I could add my own details to it. Also, as I said beforemake sure you are really comfortable with your vendors. Shop around, ask friends of friends. It one vendor you really like is booked, they usually know and trust other people in the business and can give you the name of someone who has a similar taste or style. As far as expenditures, we were so glad we spent extra on our DJ, who kept everyone dancing all night. The same goes for our photographers as we know the pictures we have will last a lifetime.

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Photographer: Kat Braman Photography / Venue: Ritz Carlton Fort Lauderdale / Coordinator for the Ritz: Brooke Bassett / Flowers: Petals Panache / DJ: Nick Raineri / Officiant: Rev. Eddie Rodriguez / String Trio: Barbara Corcillo, Encore Chamber Players / Make up: Kristin Brown / Hair: Jenn Versosky

21 Lovely Comments:

jacin {lovely little details} said...

oh my gosh. the pic of the twinkling chandeliers is just perfection. i love love love the boutonnieres and her ring? can we say gorgeous? what a lovely wedding, and lovely couple.

bailey said...

omg, Alan Jackson's Red on a Rose was totally my wedding song! I wonder if it was theirs too?? SUCH a good one! Florida girls have good taste. :)

Mademoiselle Michael said...

That little flower girl is precious! Too cute sticking her tongue out :P . That's really heartwarming about the bride's father singing the song. What a special way to make the day all the more memorable. The rest of the pictures are great! xx, MademoiselleMichael

Caitlin said...

Such a pretty wedding.. and I just had to take a look at all the pictures on the photographer's website.. the one's of the first look were precious, definitely put a smile on my face!

Nikki said...

Gorgeous! So light and fresh.

Brancoprata said...

Stunning!! The venue looks amazing!!

Liesl @ FabulousFashions4SensibleStyle said...

I just love calla lilies...so simple and elegant! Love that her advice is to take time planning the wedding! I am lucky to have over a year and a half and have been getting so much done early, but I figure while I have time, I should use it, but also left myself enough time so I could get everything as I hope it to be! :) Of to check out her blog for the rest of the pictures now!

Liesl :)

Naomi Goodman said...

Chandeliers make me smile...I'm so done!

christine donee said...

I can't think of a better word than "refreshing."

Obviously loving this.

Everything and Anything said...

It is so fresh and colors are working wonderfuly!!!

Johanna said...

What a pretty bride. I love the soft blue bridesmaid dresses. Just Gorg, like your blog!

M. said...

this is really clean.... i feel weird saying that, but i think you know what I mean.

such pretty colors together. : )

Nikki said...

Ooh, you have a most beautiful wedding blog! I adore looking at these goregous wedding photos :) I imagine what my big day would look like ^^ x

bonafidebride said...

Agree with M. - so fresh and so clean clean. Me loves.

Michaela said...

The cake and lighting and everything is so beautiful! Love this feature. The bride is stunning, too!

Alicia@CharityWedding said...

I love that her Dad sang- that is so sweet! Beautiful wedding!

Aubrey {All Things Bright and Beautiful} said...

It really is in the little details, isn't it? That is the sweetest story about the FOB...my favorite picture is that little flowergirl with her tongue out...priceless. (c:

la petite coquine said...

I was welling up before I even looked at the first photo-a perfect wedding.

lolly said...

BEAUTIFUL wedding - bride was stunning and so was the reception from what I could see. Wow!

Terrica said...

This wedding is absolutely DELICIOUS. I love how mod and chic it is.

Alexandra @ bWed Exclusive said...

Everything about this wedding stole my breath away! The colors, the bride's dress, the twinkling lights hanging from the ceiling, the adorable flower girl. As you say, le sigh.