A Whimsical Woodland Wedding at Shula's Hotel & Golf Club in Miami Lakes, Florida

Bianca Lorenzo and JP Acosta met in high school and transformed their shared love of nature into a whimsical green and white woodland wedding. “JP and

Bianca Lorenzo and JP Acosta met in high school and transformed their shared love of nature into a whimsical green and white woodland wedding. “JP and I are very much into the outdoors and enjoy spending time with our families,” says Bianca. “We also wanted our wedding to be cozy and warm.” For a personal touch, the couple exchanged vows in Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, where they and their families are parishioners. Ornate stained-glass windows were a major decor centerpiece, as were two Christmas trees positioned on either side of the altar. After Bianca and JP exchanged vows in front of their guests, their celebration moved five miles away to Shula's Hotel and Golf Club, located on the same street as the couple’s favorite date-night spots. About 110 guests found their simple white escort cards slotted between multiple logs before stepping into the ballroom for a forest-inspired reception. Lush arrangements of ferns, moss, antlers, seeded eucalyptus, cinnamon sticks, wood and other greenery cascaded down the center of neutral linen-covered family-style tables. Each black chiavari chair was met with a silver charger and simple white menu card. After dinner, Bianca and JP treated their guests to an assortment of confections that included a tart berry cake, mini apple and pumpkin pies, cupcakes, coconut chocolate chip cookies and caramel popcorn. A four-tier white ruffle wedding cake and a two-tier Mustang groom’s cake were also available for guests with a sweet tooth. Bianca and PJ ended their night on the dance floor, and friends and family members left with a simple honey jar wedding favor.

Woodland Escort Card Display With Logs
Rustic Table Name With Moss and Greenery
Miami Lakes, Florida, Light-Up Initials
White Flower Girl Pomanders With White Ribbon
“Probably one of my favorite moments was seeing JP’s big ol’ grin' as I was walking down the aisle,” says Bianca. She chose a classic white strapless lace Hayley Paige wedding dress for the ceremony.
Miami Lakes, Florida, Traditional Catholic Church Ceremony
After their traditional ceremony, Bianca and JP took a ride in a 1966 red Mustang coupe.
Wanting a  natural forest-inspired bouquet, Bianca walked down the aisle with an arrangement of white roses, white garden roses, white peonies, green hypericum berries, dusty miller, seeded eucalyptus and assorted berries made by The Wifestylist.
Bianca paired her classic white lace Hayley Paige wedding dress with ivory satin Kate Spade T-strap peep-toe shoes.
With a love for the outdoors, Bianca and JP substituted a traditional guest book for a rustic wooden slab. Friends and family members were asked to cover it with well-wishes and advice.
Each guest found his or her simple white escort card within a wooden log to complement the forest-inspired theme.
Antler, Moss and Greenery Lined Reception Table
Black and White Burlap Wedding Sign
Simple Honey Jar Wedding Favors and Neutral Tag
The sister of Bianca and JP's florist crafted confections for their extensive dessert table, which included triple-chocolate mousse, caramel popcorn, chocolate cupcakes, cookies and more.
Miami Lakes, Florida, Tiered Dessert Table
Bianca and JP treated their guests to a four-tier white confection baked by Devine Delicacies as well as a Mustang groom's cake and an extensive table of sweets that included assorted cookies, cakes, cupcakes and caramel popcorn.
Shot Glass With Chalkboard Heart Initials
A Mustang was incorporated in two parts of the couple’s wedding, as Bianca and JP left their reception in a 1966 red Mustang coupe.