Black Tie Gala at The Breakers Palm Beach: Engage!16

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To wrap up our coverage of the incredible week we spent at The Breakers Palm Beach for the Engage!16: The Breakers wedding conference, we’re sharing with you the black tie gala that was produced for us on the final night.  It was a beautifully elegant evening that began with pops of red roses during cocktail hour and a red carpet that led us into a ballroom with 35+ chandeliers dripping from the ceiling for the reception!  This night was nothing short of magical and the gold-clad dinner details prove it!  But the night didn’t end after dinner; just when we thought it was time to turn in for the night, the after party opened up in full purple, in honor of Prince – a Purple Rain party was waiting for us!  If you’re entertaining the idea of entertaining your guests in a formal setting, then get some great ideas from the talented wedding professionals who made this spectacular night happen.  What a great way to end the week at Engage!  Thank you to everyone who made it happen and for Engaging Concepts for including us in such a special experience; life would not be the same without you!

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Gala Vendors: Venue + Design + Floral: The Breakers Palm Beach, Entertainment: Vali Entertainment, Performance: Fernando Varela, Chandeliers: Signature Chandeliers, Lighting Equipment: Zenith Lighting Inc., Draping: Swag Decor, A Rose Brand Company, Paper Goods: Alpine Creative Group, Staging, Floors, Bars: Event Effects Group, Mirrored Tables: Luxe Event Rentals, Chairs: Great Hire LTD, Linens: Nuage Designs, Chargers: BBJ Linen, Bar: Don Julio Tequila, Nolet’s Silver Gin, Ketel One Vodka, J.P. Chenet Sparkling, Caviar: Marky’s, Glassware: Classic Party Rentals, Portrait Lighting: Lens Pro to Go, After Party Entertainment: Rock With You – Fusion, The Powerhouse Group, After Party Lighting: Hylite Productions, Custom Dance Floor + Decor: Event Effects Group     

Photos by: Love Life Images, Carla Ten Eyck, C10 Studios, Cameron Clark, John Cain Photography, Jeremie Barlow Photography

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Pool Party Cocktail Hour at Engage!16

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If you’re hosting a destination wedding overlooking a beach or on a pool deck, then today’s party from Engage!16: The Breakers is for you!  This tropical setting was perfect for a casual kickoff party, but the best part!?!  The themed food stations that fit the surroundings!  From an avocado bar to an ice cream station and fresh fish at every turn, The Breakers Palm Beach served up a spectacular menu befitting of the setting (something to always keep in mind when planning your big day meal).  For more Florida destination wedding ideas, enjoy some of the delights we got to experience just last week at Engage!16

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Photos by: Love Life Images, Carla Ten Eyck, C10 Studios, Cameron Clark, John Cain Photography, Jeremie Barlow Photography

Pool Party Vendors: Venue + Design + Floral: The Breakers Palm Beach, Pool Letters: Event Effects Group, Cocktail Tables: Events on the Loose, Lounge Furniture: Bubble Collection, Entertainment: Elan Artists, Linens: Nuage Designs, Bar: Don Julio Tequila, Nolet’s Silver Gin, Ketel One Vodka  

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An Intimate Elopement Shoot at Disney World

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Today we’ve got a very special shoot from one of our favorite places, Disney World!  This vintage Disney inspired elopement shoot is brought to us by Degrees North Images who clearly shares our love of fairy tales!  They take us to the beachside location of Disney’s Boardwalk for this shoot and here’s what they had to say about the day.

I’m a very nostalgic girl who loves an adventure…and Disney! I used to be a Disney Cast Member and my husband and I got married at Walt Disney World so I have a very soft spot for all things Disney fairytale…because they really do exist! I wanted to create a shoot to inspire couples who reflect that sentiment and I knew the absolute perfect place to do it was at Disney’s Boardwalk and the Beach Club Resort’s beach on Crescent Lake.

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Elopements aren’t what they used to be. With wedding costs rising, a lot of couples are bucking the modern tradition of the big white wedding to truly craft a day that’s all about them! Couples that decide to elope are inviting close family, buying a dress, and even traveling to epic destinations. I wanted to celebrate those daringly romantic and special couples and with the help of Yasmen Katrina Events, we were able to design a classic, vintage elopement inspiration at the Happiest Place on Earth! Walt Disney World has been hosting weddings on their property for decades now, but a lot of couples (and their families) still think a Disney wedding is too expensive and that it could even be a little hokie. Sure, if you want Mickey and Minnie to attend, you can have that, but if you’re looking for something a little more subtle, you can have that too…and this is the proof!

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Our adorable stationary suit from Stone Werks set the tone. The carnival style matched the Coney Island vibe of the Boardwalk and the included ticket invited guests to come for the embarrassing speeches and joy! Our real life, newly engaged couple Kristine and Nicholas couldn’t wait to see the day unfold!

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We definitely wanted to keep with the vintage theme so we opted for a short dress. The Justin Alexander gown from Casa di Bella and the vintage inspired hairstyle beautifully sculpted by Laura Reynolds Artistry made our bride, Kristine, look like she was straight out of 1940! We literally all gasped when we saw her! To add some classic Disney into her look, we adorned her with matching Minnie Mouse bow earrings and necklace. Nicholas was festive in suspenders and bow tie. The Flower Studio pulled colors from the buildings lining the Boardwalk and constructed a quirky, modern bouquet and bout and By Brittany Branson hand painted a set of Just Eloped canvases for our couple to announce the news! The canvases even feature some “hidden Mickeys”! In the spirit of a romantic, adventurous elopement, our couple celebrated with a morning picnic at Disney’s Beach Club Resort, just across Crescent Lake from the “historic” boardwalk. That’s Darlin’ assembled a beautiful basket complete with blanket, fruit, sodas and some sweet treats! Adventuring with your one true love is the most romantic, fun story you could ever share with future generations. A little Disney magic ensures it’ll be the best day ever!

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Photo Shoot Team: Photographer:  Degrees North Images, Signage: By Brittany Branson, Dress Store: Casa di Bella Bridal, Location: Disney’s Boardwalk, Makeup Artist: Laura Reynolds Artistry, Invitation Designer: Stone Werks, Favors and Gifts: That’s Darlin’, Floral Designer: The Flower Studio, Event Planner: Yasmen Katrina Events, Wedding Dress Designer: Justin Alexander, Models: Kristine and Nicholas, Bridal Shoes: Nine West, Engagement Ring: Judith Ripka, Minnie Mouse Jewelry: World of Disney

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Spectacular Captiva Island Tented Wedding

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­­Helene and Mike held their destination wedding in Florida – Captiva Island to be exact. The darling pair wed under a tent with beautiful palm trees and ocean views all around. We asked the bride to share with us a little bit about the design of the day (complete with a horse drawn carriage!) and how it all came to be.

We choose the location because of the sunset and beach waterfront.  My husband also fishes regularly in the waters off the beach.  Red Fish Pass is one of his favorite places to fish.

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The color palette I selected are my favorite colors, lavender, white, and pink.

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Our coordinator Kelly McWilliams was wonderful.  The beautiful decor I owe to Kelly.

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We are happy we opted for a tent.  We think the tent made the reception intimate and special.  We had more control over decor.  It was a beautiful evening and nice to be outside.

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Congratulations to the happy couple!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Impressions Photography

Wedding Vendors: Photo Booth Equipment: Bash Booths, Floral Designer: Floral Artistry, Cinema and Video: IheART Films, Cake Designer: Kakes by Karen, Event Planner: Kelly McWilliams Celebrations, Linens and Coverings: nuage designs, Equipment Rentals: Party Time Rentals, Officiant: Reverend Dan, Makeup Artist + Hair Salon: Salon Tease, Reception Venue: South Seas Island Resort, Equipment Rentals: Tentlogix, Musicians: Thank You For The Dance Entertainment, Other: Tie the Knot Bridal Couture Collections

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Beautiful Beach Wedding in White in Florida

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Donna and Asher said “I do” at the Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. The bride shared with us the story of their destination and big day!

I have always dreamed of a beach ceremony.  The beach is my “happy place.” When Asher and I discussed our wedding, he was fully on board with the idea.   We met and live in the DC area so a beach wedding here wasn’t really an option. Asher loved the idea of a destination wedding and something a little more intimate.   Although this idea was appealing, we also wanted something that was convenient for our family and close friends.  This is how we came to Ponte Vedra Beach.   Neither of us are from the area; however, my sister and her family have been living in Ponte Vedra for many years.  Asher and I frequently visit as my parents also stay in their condo a few months of the year.  As a lot of people can attest to, planning a wedding can be stressful and time consuming! Needless to say, it was incredible having my mother and sister to help with the planning and selecting of vendors. We absolutely love the area and may relocate there within the next year!

What a story! From destination wedding to new hometown, this couple loved their location so much, they might just move there!

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We asked the couple about any unique challenges they faced in planning a destination wedding.

It was sea turtle nesting season!!! We were completely oblivious to this as we are not from the area.   Fortunately, my sister explained the phenomenon to us; however, there were still challenges that arose.   Initially, I was opting not to get a wedding planner.  When I met up with our photographer, Severine, she encouraged me to get one and put me in contact with “Simply Weddings by Amanda”.  This ended up being a lifesaver! When Amanda went to take care of our beach permit (you need a beach permit in St. John’s County for any event taking place on the beach), she discovered that the permit could only be issued until 6:30 pm due to turtle nesting season.  Our ceremony only started at 8pm so this is when my anxiety heightened. Fortunately, Amanda was able to reach an agreement with the county that all structures would be removed immediately following the ceremony and we were good to go, weather permitting :)

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The ceremony?

It exceeded all of my expectations.  Rabbi Matuson, from Beth El Synagogue conducted our ceremony.  He took the time to get to know us as we met several times before our wedding day.  We wanted to make everyone feel comfortable as Asher and I were raised with different faiths.  The ceremony evoked a feeling of warmth, acceptance and love.  Our wedding party consisted of family members.  We both have a lot of nieces and nephews, 12 be exact 9 of whom were in our wedding in addition to two of cousins! This led to one fun rehearsal :).

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We had a traditional Chuppah (similar to a canopy, an element of a Jewish ceremony).  I wanted one with a rustic feel constructed out of branches with birch poles.  I was not able to find one already made so my wedding planner, Amanda, with “Simply Wedding by Amanda” designed and constructed one for us!

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I wanted a bohemian, rustic, and chic feel.  This led to my chosen palate of neutral colors.  The only pop of color we had was the green monstera leaves incorporated in the floral arrangements.

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We had an incredible team of vendors from the event coordinator at the Marriott Sawgrass, Severine Photography, Simply Weddings by Amanda, A Happily Ever After Floral, D’Land Entertainment, makeup by Kimstasha, hair by Sarah Bright, to Mugwump Productions for the floor board used on the beach.

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Séverine Photography

Wedding Vendors: Getting Ready + Reception Venue: Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa, Ceremony: Marriott Cabana Beach Club, Wedding Coordinator: Simply Weddings by AmandaFlorist: A Happily Ever After FloralCake: Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & SpaDJ: D’Land EntertainmentDress: WattersMakeup: KimtashaHair: Sarah Bright, Boardwalk: Mugwump Productions

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