Marisa & Matt’s Unique “Gypsy Boho Chic Gone Fishing”-themed DIY Wedding
Marisa and Matt’s wedding was anything but cookie cutter. In fact, the theme alone suggests images of offbeat, quirky elements, which, in fact, is what made up their totally unique and meaningful celebration. Such an eclectic motif is tricky to execute but, through the use of carefully picked tasteful details, they managed to pull it off beautifully. Here’s photographer Lisa Otto to tell you more about it:
Marisa & Matt are far from traditional so it was only fitting that they had some non-traditional elements in their wedding. The crystals that hung from her bouquet that her mom made, each had a different meaning (love, trust, etc). They are also huge fisherman so having fish hook boutonnieres were a perfect fit. They had belly dancers at their cocktail hour, along with a fortune teller for their guests at the reception. Open couch/chair seating throughout the lawn of the Davis Island Garden Club was fitting for the gypsy style she was going for, with lanterns hanging from the trees all around.
And here is the lovely Marisa to tell us all about herself & Matt and their funky celebration:
Growing up in a small New Jersey beach town Matt and I started out as friends. We had a strong friendship for almost 10 years before we made the leap and started dating. No one was surprised. Six years later we made it official and tied the knot and it couldn’t have been more perfect! We both love the outdoors. Matt is an avid fisherman and quickly got me hooked as well and it is one of our favorite hobbies. We love living on the beach and being able to spend our free time there fishing, kayaking, paddle boarding or just relaxing. We also love to snowboard, which is what we were doing when we got engaged on top of a mountain in Vermont. We do a lot of cooking and eating together. We love good food. Matt is a video game master and I love to garden, hula hoop and daydream. He keeps my gypsy soul satisfied as we love to explore new places and things together. I wouldn’t want to spend this life with anyone else but my bestfriend and am lucky enough to do just that!
Our wedding was at The Davis Island Garden Club in Tampa, Fl on April 26, 2014. Every girl dreams of her wedding day and what it will be like, my dreams were a little more colorful and nontraditional than most but it totally worked! Luckily! I guess our theme was kind of gypsy/boho chic gone fishing.
There were a lot of elements throughout the day that made it ours. First of all most things were DIY. We’re really into fishing so had to tie that in. I made the guys fishing flies for boutonnieres. The ring bearers carried a fishing net and a rod with our rings attached and the flower girls used fishing creel baskets for their petals they tossed down the aisle of oriental rugs.
I am into crystals for energy work so I had my sister wrap a few special ones and hung them from my bouquet. My dress was a blush vera wang for davids bridal gown, I had a beautiful sash we had sewn on that my mother added some beautiful custom beadwork to.
During our ceremony which was officiated by a good friend we tied a fishing knot as a symbol of unity.
My mother being an artist and having an amazing eye styled the whole event as well as did all of the flowers and made my veil. My family is involved in their local theater so all of our lounge areas were borrowed from them.
The girls wore custom handmade flower crowns and jewelry made by a good friend. She also made me a stunning jeweled headpiece I changed into for the reception.
Matt and I brought 23 pounds of stripped bass we caught and had our caterer (who is also my aunt) make into our striper cakes that we served as an entree.
We both love to cook as well so for favors Matt and I made a yummy organic citrus seasoning that we jarred up for our guests. We had a lot of things that made our day uniquely ours and that much more special!
For our cocktail hour we entertained guests with a gypsy band who come with belly dancers who not only use their bellies to entice but also swords, snakes and fire. They were a hit!
My uncle is an amazing musician so it was no question we’d have him and his band play for us. My cousin and grandmother also got in on it and sang a few beautiful songs.
Another unique thing we had for entertainment was a fortune teller who read cards, coins and palms and had a line all night!
My words of advice for other brides is to do whatever it is you want for your day and don’t let anyone talk you out of it! I don’t know how many times I had to defend my day prior to it and at times become a full on bridezilla just to get what I wanted. If what you want is different than people are going to question it. The majority of people I told about my wedding prior to the actual day were somewhat skeptics and raised their brows when I told them my ideas (even my now husband who took a lot of convincing on certain things! He doesn’t have “the eye” but luckily he trusts me!) but I stuck to my gut and my vision and am so thankful I did because our day was us it was different and it was perfect!!
Thank you Lisa for sending this refreshingly unique wedding my way, and congratulations Marisa and Matt! I wish you a lifetime of wedded bliss. 🙂
Photography: Lisa Otto Photography
Venue: The Davis Island Garden Club
Lighting: Tampa Light
Hair: Darlina Conto
Makeup: Jilda Petrille
Band: David Mackenzie
Gypsy band: Demzarah Gypsies
Bridal Dress: Vera Wang/Davids Bridal
Groom/Groomsmen Suits: Mens Wearhouse/Vera Wang
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid/Joanna August
Bridal party accessories: White Lotus Boutique
Linens: Connie Duglin
Caterer: The Stuffed Mushroom