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Florida Country Club: Laura & Janis

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If you’re wondering how to create an aisle using over 2,000 roses, you’ve hit jackpot with this jaw-droppingly beautiful Real Wedding. On Sept. 15, 2012, Laura & Janis got hitched in Fort Myers, Florida, at the Gateway Golf & Country Club.

The Gateway is not only one of the top golf courses in Florida, but it also offers beautiful scenery and backdrops for a tasteful outdoor wedding.

The brides had been together for about 8 years before they wed, but, as their photographer put it, they still have a ‘madly in love’ glow about them. Their wedding day began at La Playa, a Naples beach hotel where each bride got ready in her own suite and then came together for a “first look” photo session. The unexpected rain showers kept them off the beach, but they were just as radiant indoors.

For four days, a good friend of the couple, who is an Atlanta-based florist, worked hard to transform their venue into a floral extravaganza (scroll carefully through these photos for proof and inspiration!). Gorgeous arrangements were scattered throughout the entire country club, and 2,000 – yes, 2,000 – roses were used to create a floral carpet in the aisle.

The brides’ families and friends were a big part of the day. For starters, Janis’ son walked the brides together down the aisle to the sound of a live string quartet. A good friend of theirs officiated the ceremony, timed perfectly to include a breathtaking sunset over the golf course. And to top it all off with Florida magic, a resident alligator floated in the nearby pond, watching over the brides. The reception was equally well planned, including the brides’ specialty cocktail (“Love Potion Number 9”) and a S’Mores bar. To end the night, guests created a sparkler send off, as the brides took off on a Caribbean honeymoon cruise together with 10 of their closest friends and family.

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Photographer:  Doreen Kline Photography // DJ: All Request Music Man Disc Jockeys // Hair Stylist: Douglas Brooke Salon // Makeup Artist: Faces of Naples // Officiant: Helen Graham // Floral Designer: La Petite Fleur Atlanta // Dress Designer: Maggie Sottero // Other: Royal Caribbean Cruises // Cake Designer: Mason’s Bakery // Video: Reel Treasures Productions // Musicians: Seaside Strings // Reception Venue: Gateway Golf & Country Club

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Denise Oliveira is a Brooklyn-based writer. She has a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University in New York City and is the founder of Prequels, where she interviews engaged couples to create wedding invitations and favors that incorporate their love story.

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