A Rustic, Waterfront Wedding at the Nest on Lake Weir in Ocklawaha, Florida


                                        The Nest on Lake Weir in Ocklawaha, Florida, has beautiful grounds, 11 rooms for guests and a natural waterf

The Nest on Lake Weir in Ocklawaha, Florida, has beautiful grounds, 11 rooms for guests and a natural waterfront view. For Holly Balius (24 and a registered nurse) and Jaime Grisales’s (27 and a firefighter) rustic navy and neutral wedding, it also added a personal touch. “This was the perfect place for us,” Holly says. “Not just for the beautiful scenery, but because it was on a lake where both of us had so many great memories from growing up.” On their wedding day, a burlap runner lined the aisle as Jaime waited by the altar in a navy suit, Converse shoes and a plaid bow tie as Holly made her entrance. She wore a mermaid-style Mori Lee wedding dress covered in white lace detailing and a sweet beaded sash along the waist. Once they said “I do,” all immediately continued the celebration with an outdoor party. Guests played corn hole and took in the view as each table was set with a mason jar and black wine bottle wrapped in burlap and chevron fabric. After dinner, all were treated to a few types of sweets. Our favorite was the three-tier wedding cake. Baked by a local schoolteacher, each ivory layer was surrounded by straw and accented with green chrysanthemums as baby’s breath and the same blooms topped the confection. Innovative Memories captured every moment, as all ended the night with a sparkler exit. For future newlyweds, Holly stresses the importance of a videographer: “Now that the day is over, it's all a blur. I wish I'd had one so I could relive the day over and over again and catch all the details I missed.”

Jaime added a whimsical touch to his wedding day look. He wore a navy blue suit from JC Penney with a festive green, tan and navy bow tie as well as a white rose boutonniere. For an unexpected touch, he also wore navy Converse shoes.
After searching through a few styles on TheRedDressBoutique.com, Holly found long bridesmaid dresses that fit their rustic decor. Each woman wore a neutral chiffon dress with a long fabric overlay, embroidered bodice and neutral shoes.
Holly and Jaime's bridesmaids paired their dresses with a simple and natural touch. Holly carried a bouquet of ivory chrysanthemums, baby's breath and greenery as her bridesmaids held arrangements of white gerbera daisies. Each arrangement was wrapped in twine to match the rustic decor.
The ring bearer's outfit brought out Holly and Jaime's navy wedding color with a sweet touch. He was dressed for the waterfront wedding in neutral Sperry boat shoes, a white shirt, navy suspenders and matching pants as a navy bow tie finished the look.
On Easter Sunday in 2014, Holly's favorite holiday, Jaime surprised her by filling her home with flowers and colorful Easter eggs for an egg hunt. After she collected all the candy and sat on the sofa, he popped the question with a round diamond solitaire engagement ring inside a porcelain egg. "It was perfect," Holly says.
"We both love being on or near the water," Holly says. "We are born and raised Floridians, and love the Florida sunshine.” Holly and Jaime incorporated this into their wedding with a waterfront ceremony. They also lined the aisle with special dates in their relationship to make the day that much more personal.
Each navy linen-covered table at the reception was met with a rustic centerpiece. Burlap, lace and chevron fabric was wrapped around each mason jar or wine bottle accent as a burlap runner accented the table. For a natural touch, Holly and Jaime also filled the bottle with a white wisteria blooms.
This wedding cake fit Holly and Jaime's rustic decor with a natural touch. A local schoolteacher baked the three-tier vanilla confection and covered each layer with vanilla buttercream frosting and wrapped straw around its base. Green chrysanthemums and baby's breath also topped the wedding cake and cascaded down each tier. But this wasn't their only dessert option. Holly and Jaime also served, chocolate chip cookies and chocolate and vanilla cupcakes.