A Bright, Flower-Filled Wedding at the Naples Botanical Gardens in Florida
Elizabeth Kapnick (28 and a vice president at Goldman Sachs) and Michael Vandenburg (29 and an attorney at Fried Frank) chose a very fitting venue for a South Florida garden wedding: the Naples Botanical Gardens. The space was a particularly sentimental one for the couple because Elizabeth’s grandfather was among the garden's first patrons. “It’s always been a special place for us,” she says. The pair put playful twists on the venue with daring pops of yellow, tall greenery-filled centerpieces and Lucite accents. “It was a riot of tropical color,” Elizabeth says. White hydrangeas and roses marked the ceremony while eye-catching palms, canary yellow roses, fuchsia peonies and pink ranunculus topped tables at the reception. Luxe, modern lounge furniture struck a contrast against the palm leaf motif and vibrant sunset hues of the reception. While guests celebrated in what the couple dubbed "tropical black-tie" attire, Elizabeth and Michael kept their looks traditional: a strapless gown for her and a dapper tux for him. The bridesmaids' mismatched gowns paid tribute to the colors of the Florida sunset. Even the gin blackberry martinis matched the color scheme. Along with the signature drinks, the couple served Florida mote caviar and mini Cuban sandwiches. At the end of the night, guests ate slices of the six-foot-tall wedding cake, which was covered in brightly-colored flowers.