When my cousin Ella announced she was engaged to marry her long time boyfriend, Mark, I was so excited! In the ultimate show of DIY, they decided to build their own venue in THE WOODS! (btw, we don’t have “the woods” as a venue location for weddings in Naples, Florida!) It was no surprise because Ella is also a creative photographer and artist but I was blown away by the final result! The natural surrounds with an artistic edge were stunning. Whats better? She documented the entire wedding on her blog and titled it, “Somewhere Over The Rainbow”! Check out part 1 here AND part 2 here!
From the bride: “cutting paper for decorations, shoveling mounds of wood chips, and planting hundreds of succulents. My then fiancee helped my dad build a bridge, and he whipped up a beautiful arch only a couple weeks before our big day. Everything that went into the day was a project–and I loved it.
While I wasn’t home, my parents worked so hard to make my dream a reality. One of my best friends took charge as a wedding coordinator and another girl organized all the food/ food related tasks. Over the weeks, groups of kids worked in the woods, getting dirty, wet, and tired. All for this day. I am still overwhelmed with gratitude…”