In December 2021, Evaleonor and Austin celebrated their winter boho wedding at Camp Ithiel, a camp and retreat center with a canopy of oaks and a rustic feel.
When we saw their amazing images and heard their story, we reached out to this amazing couple for all the details that made up their special day!
Tell us about how you chose your Central Florida ceremony and reception venue for your winter boho wedding at Camp Ithiel.
Since the beginning of wedding planning, I set a certain budget and was looking for something that was outdoors, had lots of greenery, an indoor area that didn’t look too extravagant, and where I can have both ceremony and reception in the same place. It took about a month and a half until we found something that was almost near perfect.
I kept googling day in and out and I finally came across the Camp Ithiel website. I contacted the owner Mike and set an appointment. Austin and I saw the potential and it was perfect to the T. Only con is that alcohol is not permitted but it wasn’t a big concern for us!
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Tell us about your wedding.
Austin and I are very family orientated and wanted a wedding that was going to represent that. We are the type of couple to stay at home, watch The Office, and play games together. We had a vision of a winter boho wedding wonderland.
December is the perfect time to bring in the hues of blues to represent the cold winter spirit.
Our colors were dusty blue, sage green, and gold accents.
The bridal party worse different dresses and different blues to create uniqueness between each bridesmaid.
I had my girls, including myself in our natural hair.
It was important to me to keep my curls because I barely see curly hair brides and I love my curls. I want my kids to see my hair natural on the most important day of my life.
We had a chocolate ceremony where we ate one piece of dark chocolate and one of milk chocolate to represent the sweet and bitter sides of life that we are to undergo together.
We asked Ceremonies by Chrissy to share a bit more about the chocolate unity ceremony:
During a consultation with the bride to discuss their ceremony script, she asked for ideas on unity ceremonies. I offered the idea for the Chocolate Unity Ceremony. She was intrigued and wanted details on how this works.
You need 2 pieces of milk chocolate and 2 pieces of dark chocolate. The couple feeds each other a piece of milk chocolate and dark chocolate.
The milk chocolate represents the sweet side of life and the dark chocolate represents the bitter side of life. As the couple eats the chocolate, they accept the sweet and bitter side of their lives together. Let’s face it, who doesn’t like chocolate.
The couple wanted to include their love for Star Wars and Harry Potter, I made sure to add a little piece of magic and the “force” to complete their love story.
Wedding Venue Map Tip: Choose vendors that can help guide you and give suggestions and unique ideas to personalize your wedding day.
What were the personal details of the wedding that are a great reflection of you as a couple?
During our ceremony, we had little quotes of Star Wars and Harry Potter to represent that a Star Wars fan and a Ravenclaw are about to become one.
What were some of your favorite parts of your winter boho wedding at Camp Ithiel?
My favorite part of the wedding was our first dance. We were able to dance to a song Austin dedicated to me a few years ago called “Say You Won’t Let Go” by James Arthur.
It was just us two, holding each other tight embracing one another.
Let’s talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception?
I always loved neutrals with little pops of colors, lots of greenery, gold accents, candles, lanterns minimal style decor. We wanted to go with a style that had a mix of winter boho, vintage and romantic touches.
Austin is a car person and having an old fashion car be present at the wedding gave that vintage taste we desired.
Jennifer, from Southern Touch Weddings, knew exactly what I wanted through my Pinterest inspiration board and came up with a beautiful concept that really blew us away.
Wedding Venue Map Tip: It could actually SAVE you money by hiring a decorator that already has all of the decor and will rent it to you and design it to bring your look all together.
What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?
I can give you two special moments on our wedding day:
1.) Our first touch. It felt as though electricity went through our bodies once our hands met. It gave instant butterflies like the first time we held hands on our first date.
Wedding Venue Map Tip: Consider doing a first look with your parents as well. Evaleonor did a first look with her father on the porch of the reception venue.
2.) When dinner was being served, Austin and I took a moment to look across the room and take in the moment. We saw our families smiling, laughing, taking pictures, enjoy the food. It was finally here, we became one and we both gained a new family. I remember Austin grabbing my hand and saying I love you, our family, and I can’t wait to do life with you.
Wedding Venue Map Tip: The best part about a sweetheart table is having a private moment together as a couple. It’s even better when you can be up on a stage like at Camp Ithiel.
What was the most important lesson you learned while planning your winter boho wedding at Camp Ithiel?
It’s important to communicate with whoever is helping you plan your wedding and keeping close friends and family in the loop. We all have lives outside of wedding planning, and it can easily become the most and probably the only thing you’re thinking about. But make sure everyone in your bridal party has a good open communication system.
Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day?
Something is going to happen on your wedding day. Whether it’s big or small, make sure you have someone who can take the stress of the last-minute decision-making.
The last thing the bride wants to do is worry about anything on her wedding day, so make sure you have that person who can take control and make sure to enjoy yourself and the ones around you from getting ready to when you say I do.
It will be a memory in a blink of an eye, take a minute out of the day to soak in all the hard work you did to get to this day.
We heard from Kelsey of Natural Flash, their photographer, about the day as well:
Eva & Austin’s wedding day was truly a photographer’s dream! The couple together loved all the boho vibes (right up my alley) and were angels to work with. I think we were smiling and laughing basically the entire time and I wouldn’t want it any other way!
Did you have a wedding day timeline that you could share to help other couples?
Wedding Venue Map Tip: When choosing a photographer, find someone with a unique style – whether in the way they edit or how they shoot. Natural Flash uses a prism to get creative photos like these below.
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Our featured Wedding Venue Map trusted vendors in the winter boho wedding at Camp Ithiel:
Special thanks to all the other vendors who provided services for the wedding:
Coordinator: Felic Events @Felicevents_
Make-Up: Cierra Lopez @Munecas.beauty
Linen Rentals: Taylor Rentals
Catering: Norby Torres
Cake: Family Friend
Old Fashioned Car: Family Friend
Floral Bouquets: DIY from Hobby Lobby
DJ: Dj Morpe