Dark Green and Gold Wedding at Mackay Gardens

With a love for the University of South Florida, bride Kinsey knew she wanted to incorporate dark green and gold into their wedding color palette. Along with this, she wanted the vibe of the wedding to be a little vintage and a little luxe.

Her bridesmaids wore complementing dark green velvet dresses and Kinsey’s dress had a stunning vintage style pattern. The ladies’ dresses were full of texture, as were the florals. Andie from Events by The Flower Studio used a variety of florals which brought a lovely dimension to the bouquets and arrangments. She even included a little pop of color with burgundy flowers.

Kinsey and Nathan’s wanted to have a celebration personalized to them. They incorporated a bunch of sweet details that you can read about below!

How did Nathan propose?

From Bride, Kinsey:
“We were in New York City for my birthday. It was a Monday afternoon and we had spent the morning at the Natural History Museum, working up an appetite.  As soon as we left, my priority was getting a hot dog. Nathan wanted to take a leisurely stroll through Central Park on the way back to our hotel before we got ready for dinner and a show later. I really wanted a hot dog. 

As we walked through, Nathan seemed very particular about where we went, and it turns out he was looking for a specific spot we had found a couple of days earlier. When we got to that spot, it was too crowded for his liking, so we kept walking. I kept looking for a hot dog.  Eventually, we stopped on a shady sidewalk and he said, “You really ruined my plans for this,” and pulled the ring out of his pocket. After a couple of tearful pictures and kisses, we left the park and I got a hot dog.”

Were there any special details and meaning behind those details in your wedding?

From Bride, Kinsey:
“Everything at our wedding was personal to us. We had a close friend perform our ceremony, so he was able to incorporate special details of our relationship and plenty of jokes because we didn’t want anything to feel to formal. I had a handkerchief borrowed from my grandmother wrapped around my bouquet with a necklace my mom had as a baby. Nathan wore socks with little beagles on them so our dog Toby could be with us during the wedding. My veil was handmade by a close friend.”

What was the best part of your wedding? Why?

From Bride, Kinsey:
“Immediately after our ceremony, Nathan and I slipped inside to freshen up and take a second to decompress. He helped me bustle my dress and adjust my hair after taking off my veil. We realized then that we hadn’t practiced for our first dance and since Nathan isn’t much of a dancer, he was very nervous about that. We took a few minutes and danced in the bridal room at the venue and it was a perfect chance to take a moment to ourselves to enjoy being married.”

What advice would you give other couples about the wedding planning process?

From Bride, Kinsey:
“Take your time! I planned everything myself and while I’m a very organized person, I definitely felt overwhelmed on more than one occasion. Make a list of all the big things and knock them out first, then space the little stuff out so you don’t burn out on wedding planning.”

Participating Vendors:
Venue: Mackay Gardens and Lakeside Preserve
Photographer: Jenn Goya Photography
Florist: Events by The Flower Studio
Cake: Publix
Bar: Hub Tap
Dress: BHLDN
Invitations: Paper Source
Signage: Unmeasured Events
Rentals: A Chair Affair
Shoes: Lulus + Birdies
Veil + Headpiece: Agnes Hart

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