A Romantic Vintage Wedding at the White Orchid at Oasis in Fort Myers, Florida

High school sweethearts Erica Quigley (26, advanced registered nurse practitioner at Halifax Health - Keech Pediatric Clinic) and Cole Streets (27, a doctoral student) met for the first time when “cootie shots” and hopscotch were still hot topics. “We actually have a video of an Easter play that we are both in at around 4-years-old,” says Erica. They reconnected in 2007 and became engaged during their last year of college. After horseback riding in Siesta Key, Florida, Cole took Erica aside and got down on one knee. “I of course said yes as there was no one else I could even begin to picture myself with,” says Erica. The couple spent fifteen months of the next three years planning their vintage accented wedding with Kehrin Hassan from Jet set Wed. The White Orchid at Oasis venue was decorated in soft blush, white and green. Vintage furniture, garden roses, seeded eucalyptus and greenery were used throughout the space, creating a garden-like atmosphere. Resembling Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” was the goal, says Erica. This theme was woven into their tented reception decor with Italian ruscus covering each pole with baby’s breath garland and spray roses as accents. Rain also added a natural effect to the day - with mud! The couple originally planned to have an outdoor ceremony and indoor reception but had to switch the settings to accommodate on and off rain showers throughout the day. When it came time for the reception, the mud became a part of Erica and Cole’s celebration. “It actually turned out to be a lot of fun! All of our guests, along with Cole and myself, took off our shoes, rolled up their pants and danced all night in the mud!” says Erica. “It was an amazing night and only added to the experience.”