Katie & Ryan decided to have their wedding at the historic Kapok Tree! For those of you that don’t know about the Kapok Tree…it’s quite a gem! During the 60’s through the 80’s, the Kapok Tree was one of the top restaurants in the country with its Greek and Roman-style statues, cascading waterfalls, magnificent fountains, grand chandelier, and gardens. Although the restaurant has closed, it remains open for events and is a wonderful location for a wedding! Katie asked her 2 sisters to stand up with her for the ceremony and Ryan asked his 2 brothers. I know that both sets of parents had a huge amount of pride seeing all of their children supporting each other on such an important occasion. Katie and Ryan even had their 2 dogs at the wedding – Scoobie & Wilson! The girls from FairyTail Pet Care are simply amazing!! They genuinely love the pets and helped so much in making them a special part of the day.
Katie and Ryan wrote their own vows to each other which added such a personal element to their ceremony. I can't express enough how much it changes a ceremony when you say your own words of love and commitment to each other. Hearts Video was there to capture this on video for them and for them to be able to watch their wedding day again in the years to come is something they will treasure. As soon as their ceremony was finished, we ran into the gardens to take advantage of the last bit of light during the day. Katie and Ryan have such a great chemistry with each other. You can obviously tell they are madly in love with each other!!
Their reception was so much fun!! I’ve captured many weddings over the years and this was a first…2 of the guests tied their ties together to create a limbo stick!! Pure fun!! Everyone had such a great time!!! At the end of the evening, everyone grabbed glow wands to send Katie and Ryan off in a vintage Rolls Royce. What a fun day with a fun couple!! Both sets of their parents are still married and I wish Katie & Ryan as much success in their own marriage!!
Location: Kapok Special Events Center
Hair & Make-Up: The Destiny & Light Hair and Makeup Group by Priscilla Marie
Photographer: Cara DeHart Lewis
Video: Hearts Video
Caterer: Milan Catering and Event Design
DJ: Kyle with Celebrations 24
Florist: Floral Creations by Blanca
Cake: Chantilly Cakes
Officiant: Weddings on a Whim – Joe Liteheart
Incredible Pet Handler & Sitter: FairyTail Pet Care