Despite the challenge of planning everything in just two months, newly-wed Kalyn and her husband managed to pull it off and had their dream wedding. They chose a beautiful state park in Florida as their venue and had incredible vendors like a vintage cocktail camper bar, a VW photo booth bus, and a wood-fired pizza food truck. The bride’s favorite vendor was their photographer, which shows through their breathtaking photos. The couple advises future brides not to be afraid of doing things a little untraditionally to make their wedding day more intimate and stress-free. Kudos for sharing with brides-to-be how to plan a small wedding. Read on for unique small non-traditional wedding ideas and the bride’s perfect wedding dress for a small wedding.
In middle school, they were just friends. In high school, they started dating. And after years of love, fun dating, and commitment, he proposed to Kalyn at a stunning hotel on the Gulf of Mexico just a few days before they moved across the country. Their wedding planning was different than most. They only had two months to plan everything before the big day, which took a lot of work. They were determined to have vendors they truly respected and liked, and they pulled it off.
The couple had always dreamed of having an intimate wedding ceremony with only their immediate family present. When it’s your dream to have an intimate wedding, you must quickly become an expert on how to plan a small wedding. Questions start swirling in your head, like, “how to plan a small wedding?” “How much does a small wedding cost?” “Where to have a small wedding?”
“When we knew I needed to get a dress and get one fast, I thought it wasn’t an option. Luckily I could get a standard-size gown right in time for our event.”
The couple chose a beautiful state park in Florida, Anderson Park, Tarpon Springs, as their venue. It was a hidden gem in their hometown, surrounded by beautiful woodland. For her dress, the bride had always loved the Dawn dress she saw on Pinterest and Instagram a few years ago before she was engaged. To her surprise, she found the perfect shop, Dreamers & Lovers. She made an appointment in the Venice, CA, location, just an hour from where she lived. She tried on several dresses but fell in love with the Samantha dress, which made her and her mother emotional. The perfect wedding dress for her small wedding pairs with the venue beautifully, and the sleeves and fit are incredibly striking on Kalyn.
Their vendors were unique and perfect for their special day. They had a vintage cocktail camper bar, a VW photo booth bus, a wood-fired pizza food truck caterer, an event stylist, and a ceremony photographer who understood the assignment of capturing once-in-a-lifetime dreams. The bride’s favorite vendor was their photographer. She went above and beyond to capture their day perfectly, exceeding all expectations.
Their wedding day had too many beautiful memories to recall, but the one that stood out the most to the bride was seeing her husband at the end of the aisle. (It’s refreshing to hear this from Kalyn because we listen to it consistently from brides when describing the most unforgettable part of their day) She felt blissful and at peace on her special day, surrounded by her loved ones. They had written their vows, which were sweet and personal, making them both cry as they read their promises to each other.
The couple advises future brides to be confident in doing things a little untraditionally. Having only their immediate family present for their ceremony made it much more intimate and special, allowing them to be fully present in the moment without any stress. As for what’s next for them, they have an adorable ten-month-old baby and are enjoying parenthood. They hope to have a honeymoon after the 2023 football season ends, continuing their journey together as husband and wife. Thanks to the couple for sharing how they planned their small wedding and their non-traditional wedding ideas. What a stunning couple and family! We wish them continued love and pure joy.
PHOTOGRAPHER: Charlotte Hoos Photography
VENUE: Anderson Park, Tarpon Springs
BAR: Vintage Cocktail Camper
VW PHOTO BOOTH BUS: Rollin Retro
FOOD TRUCK CATERER: Corvo Bianco Wood Fired Pizza
EVENT STYLING: The Orange Styling