Wood themed Wedding at Austin Cary Forest in Gainesville FL | Jessica + James

Wood themed Wedding at Austin Cary Forest in Gainesville FL

A Wood themed Wedding at Austin Cary Forest in Gainesville FL for Jessica and James! A perfect wood themed setting for anyone looking to get married deep in the heart of the pines and woods of Florida. I grew up in these parts of Florida as a young child and it was so much fun to be taken back to some nostalgic roots of childhood. Let me tell you more about how wonderful this place is and how wonderful Jessica and James wedding was for being here! You may want to prepare yourself for a moment of thinking to get lost in the woods when you arrive at this location. It has everything perfect for the feel of being outdoors and camping. When I arrived at their wedding we did a letter exchange and a first look followed by the bridal party and intimate portraits. Doing all of this first really makes the day/night go by so much smoother and even allows the bride and groom to be able to enjoy some of their cocktail hour. However after the ceremony and family pictures they allowed me to take them out for some more bridal portraits. The sunset behind the trees was a sight to see! Their ceremony took place right in front of a little lake front area and it was as if time had stopped all around and the only things happening in the world was their wedding. A little detail I never mention about weddings in my blogs is the family photos. I don't even post the images. BUT. Jessica was on point with one little detail that made a world of a difference. She gave every person who was supposed to be in a family photo a little ticket. They had to redeem their ticket to be in a photo. How cool is that!!!!! Once we got onto their entrances and dinner the party was nonstop fun. The DJ made sure their night was endless fun with a shoe game, a fake group portrait turned into dancing and of course some fun lights to go along. I was able to take Jessica and James outside for a little starscape portrait. I have never done this with the bride and groom so it was my delight to how beautiful it came out (and a little help from my assistant :) The end of the night was accompanied by a mock glow stick exit and the guests continied to party the night away with Jessica and James for a grand day of celebration. Congrats to Jessica and James! 

Vendor Credits:
Austin Cary Forest
DJ: Gainesville City DJs
Catering: David's BBQ
Dress: The Wedding Cycle
Menswear: Men's Warehouse
Hair/Makeup: Moxie to Go
Flowers: Publix Event Planning
Cake: Publix Bakery
Stationary: VistaPrint
Second Photographer: Steven Bruno