A Pretty, Backyard Wedding at Private Residence in Bradenton, Florida

Megan Chlebina (29 and an orthotist) and Santiago Gonzalez’s (31 and a medical assistant) backyard wedding mixed natural, rustic and classic details for a day that was filled with personal flair. The couple started their day with a sweet ceremony in Megan’s childhood church, Community of Christ. She walked up the aisle in a classic A-line wedding dress as Oneco Florist added a whimsical touch to her look. She carried a romantic bouquet of blush garden roses, white roses, pink roses and white hydrangeas with fun purple veronica accents. “I wanted a wild feel to the flowers, nothing too formal or structured,” says Megan. After the couple exchanged vows, their celebration moved to a private residence in Bradenton, Florida, where a large Oak tree was the center of their reception. Personal wedding photos of the couple’s parents and grandparents were hung from the tree by burlap and lace fabric as dozens of mason jars were suspended overhead. Each was filled with a single candle that added a soft glow over the grounds. Hanging mason jars also lined the way to the couple’s tent as their wedding cake stood out on an aqua linen-covered table. Cakes By Ron baked  filled four-tiers with cupcakes in red velvet, chocolate and six other flavors. Each was topped with an icing drizzle, frosting, candy and sprinkles. A single-tier wedding cake was placed at the top as a fun silver lace design covered the confection. Kera Photography captured every blue, purple, green and white detail of the day below. For future couples, Megan and Santi share a tip: “Make your budget early and stick with it! At times it was tough, but we found ways to make it work - mostly by asking willing and talented friends and family for help.”