A Burlap Inspired Destination Wedding in Florida

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Brandon and Jennifer hosted their destination wedding in the beautiful St. Augustine, FL with friends and family by their sides to share in the big “I do’s!”  We asked Jennifer how they selected this special location.  “Brandon and I met in St. Augustine while attending the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences.  One of our very first dates was to a classmate’s wedding on the rooftop of the White Room and I knew the moment I stepped out onto that rooftop that I wanted to be married there.  Little did I know, that I would get married there to that man I barely knew.  Having our wedding on the rooftop of the white room really was a dream come true for both of us.”  

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We planned the entire wedding in six months, and we somehow managed to do it all from Texas.  We have been living in Austin, TX for over two years now and it was definitely a challenge to plan wedding from so far in such a short amount of time so we had to put trust in our friends still living in town to help us make so many important decisions.   My maid of honor completed our wedding cake testing and an usher had to be the witness to sign the contract for the white room because we were unable to be there.  Even with the challenge of distance, our vendors were so amazing that the entire process went without a hiccup.”

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“One of my favorite photos of my bouquet displays a bluebird pin that was given to me by my mother in law to represent my something blue.  It was given to her by her mother in law on her wedding day, and it holds such a special place in my heart.”  

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The flower girl of course didn’t steal the show but we can’t help but fall in love with this little one!

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The bridesmaids’ neutral palette went perfectly with the rustic design this duo had in mind.

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We asked Jennifer what the inspiration for the rustic wedding décor was.  I am originally from a very small town in southern Mississippi and a true southern girl at heart, so the rustic theme has always appealed to me, however I wanted to find the right balance of classic meets rustic to accentuate our beautiful venue.  The decorating began with mason jars and burlap and the touches of lace and mercury glass were added to make it unique for us.  I also have always loved soft neutrals and that’s usually all you’ll find in my wardrobe so I couldn’t have felt more like myself on our perfect day.”

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“Our favorite element from the wedding was the sweet treats bar.  We wanted it to be bright and fun but simple, and the pop of color in the room was such a great contrast to the otherwise neutral palette.  Brandon proposed at the end of the 5K color run in New Orleans, LA and we were both covered head to toe in bright paint and he had a photographer to capture the moment and it was so special to us and we wanted a way to incorporate it into our big day, so from the photos came the inspiration for the candy bar.”

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And in addition to the sweets bar was this ‘spooned’ cake complete with monogram cake topper.

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And for the grand finale?!  Sparklers for their sendoff!

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Pure Sugar Studios

Wedding Vendors: Ceremony + Reception Location: The White RoomDesign: The Conservatorie Floral Event and DesignEntertainment: McGhee Entertainment, Hair and Makeup: Amanda Hopcraft, Wedding Dress: Allure Bridal sculptured A-line ivory lace, Wedding Cake: Publix Bakery

 

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Saint Augustine, Florida Destination I Do

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We’re obsessed with Mike and Allison’s wedding color palette, among other things!  This sweet couple selected Florida for their destination wedding and we chatted with their wedding planner, Valerie Pritt from Fleur de Lis Event Consulting who shared with us some insights into their special day.  “It was a non-traditional wedding and will definitely go down in the book as one of my favorites.  Allison and Mike originate from Pennsylvania but chose to have an intimate celebration with close friends and family in Florida. To accommodate all their guests they reserved the Bayfront Marin House; the hotel was also where the reception was held- a perfect place for this fun loving bunch.” 

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“The wedding color palette was an absolute favorite of mine- purple, silver and green and Ashley Steeby Photography did a wonderful job of capturing everything!” 

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Such a beautiful way to dress a bridal party – all in the color palette but each unique in cut, pattern and hue!

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“August is an unpredictable month and rain was in the forecast for that day.  However, by the time the ceremony started everything was perfect, including the weather. The ceremony and cocktail hour was held at the Llambias House, which was only a few streets over from the Marin House.  It was a wonderful ceremony with unforgettable vows and joyful tears.” 

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“After the ceremony, guests enjoyed a  few glasses of champagne and some light appetizers while the family and couple took pictures.  The bride and groom mixed it up a little by having their 1st dance at the ceremony site as well as the Matron of Honor and Best Man toasts. Afterwards everyone walked back over to the Marin House to enjoy the rest of the festivities.”  

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“As I told you earlier, it was a non-traditional wedding with no cake cutting, bouquet/garter toss or a special exit. But this did not change the spirit of the event, in fact it gave more time for dancing and some more unforgettable and funny toasts.”

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Ashley Steeby Photography

Wedding Professionals:  Ceremony Venue: Llambias House, Reception Venue: Bayfront Marin House, Wedding Planner: Fleur de Lis Event Consulting, Officiant: Rev. David Shokes, Caterer: D’Vine Cuisine, Florist: Conservatoire, Bakery: Publix, DJ: Unique DJ Entertainment, Hair: Michelle Schaeffer, Makeup: Amanda Hopcraft

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Beach Elopement Styled Shoot

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Today’s event is actually a styled shoot inspired by all the fun one can have at the beach!  It took place in St. Petersburg, Florida and captured an elopement idea for two people who are clearly young at heart.

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Stephanie A Smith Photography shared with us her idea behind the shoot.  “This styled, elopement wedding is the materialization of my dreams and schemes for the last 16 months. There are subtle, Boho, 70′s-chic elements throughout this classic, old Florida wedding.”

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“Everything about this couple’s getaway celebrates the simple joy of being together, doing what they love most. That is the kind of destination wedding everyone should feel is possible. So I hope this inspires other unique, paradise-bound I do’s.”

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The pink flamingos to line the aisle (and act as onlookers) is such a fun idea for a beach wedding!

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Then after they captured the would-be ceremony setup, a dinner for two was designed underneath the trees.

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Keeping lots of pink in the palette, the vintage inspired setting was just cozy enough for two!

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Destination Wedding Photographer: Stephanie A Smith Photography

Styled Shoot Team: Event Designer: Alchemy Hour Designs, Event Designer: Cheers Events, Floral Designer: FH Weddings, Transportation:Florida Old School Campers, Other Location:Ft. Desoto State Park, Dress Store: Malindy Elene Bridal, Makeup Artist: Michele Renee Hair and Makeup Artist Group, Cinema and Video: White in Revery

 

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A Beach Wedding in the Florida Keys

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Anailyn and Jesus invited friends and family to the small town of Islamorada, FL for their destination wedding at the Castaway’s Delight.  Photographer Anna Eli described this picturesque location for those who haven’t touched down there just yet.  “Islamorada is a small, but a very charming town. Once a person or a family’s there for a few hours, you know it like the back of your hand. From cafes to fishing grounds to hotels and restaurants, there’s plenty to see. It’s often overlooked because people either go to Miami or Key West, but Islamorada is right in between and has a lot to offer.”

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Anailyn’s parents passed away when she was very young, so to pay tribute to them and keep them close, she carried a bridal bouquet adorning a locket with their photo in it.

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A very hands on bride, Anailyn created this creative sign for guests to see where everyone had traveled from for the big day.  Such a great idea!

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The ceremony took place on the sand in an isolated location with total privacy just for their very special group.

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Dinner and dancing also took place on the sand with the beautiful ocean backdrop for guests to enjoy throughout the night.  A pale color palette was selected so not to take away from such a spectacular view!

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Jesus is a big fan of sweets so there was no shortage of dessert at this wedding reception!

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Anna Eli Photography

Wedding Vendors: Venue: Castaway’s Delight, Event Planning: Caribbean Catering, Flowers: Floral Fantasy, Event Design: Blue Water Weddings, Make up Artist: Danielle Smith, Hair Stylist: Elizabeth Arnold Styles, Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas, Shoes: Aldo, Wedding Dress: Enzoani

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A Modern Rosemary Beach, Florida Destination Wedding

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Charissa and Wesley held their destination wedding in lovely Rosemary Beach, FL.  Hailing from Kentucky, this couple wanted touches of southern charm (like magnolias) but also to pay tribute to the beautiful beachside property they fell in love with so quickly.  Charissa gave us insights into their event.  “Being a very indecisive person… it took us exactly months to just pick a date! We definitely did not have the same issue on picking the location, we were sold at first sight! Wes and I had vacationed multiple times in the Destin area and knew that a “destination/beach” wedding was what we wanted. Our photographer had actually recommended that we visit Rosemary Beach as a venue. It was magnificent! We were drawn to the atmosphere, location, and structural design. Picking our location was the easiest decision during the whole wedding planning process.”

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“The inspiration for the decor was a soft-neutral-southern theme.”

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“We were married in the Rosemary Beach Town Hall. It resembled a small chapel though is used for the community gatherings.  The town hall was a perfect combination between sleek coastal design and a traditional chapel. Our magnolia leaf cross was designed to bring the feel of a traditional alter in a non-traditional setting.”

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 “Very cliché…but my favorite moment was seeing my soon-to-be husbands reaction as I walked down the aisle and as it continued throughout the ceremony!”

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At the reception, guests were greeted by a table chart on a rustic window before sitting down at the long, lovely tables.

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The groomsmen gifts were Louisville Sluggers – an homage to home.

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“Our wedding was simply magical! The day was spent relaxing with all my closest friends and family. When everyone lives in different cities it is rare to have everyone in one room together, it was extremely special!” 

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Candice K Photography

Wedding Vendors: Caterer:  Townsend Catering Company, Event Planner:  Shelby Peaden Events, Floral Designer:  Myrtie Blue, Musicians:  Gulf Talent Services, Reception Venue:  Rosemary Beach Town Hall, Cake Designer: Bake My Day, Equipment Rentals:  H&M Tent and Party Rentals, Makeup Artist:  Robin Klag Bridal Makeup Artist

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Tented Destination I Do in Florida

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Jamie and Ray traveled from New York to Boca Grande, Florida for their tented destination wedding at the lovely Gasparilla Inn.  A large event for a destination wedding, this couple was all about family!

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Jamie shared their story of love and loved ones with us.  “When we started to think about our wedding we talked a lot about what is important to us. Family and friends. Since we have family and friends all over the country we knew this was our opportunity to show everyone how much we mean to each other, but also how much they mean to us. So we didn’t want it to be a one night event.  After hiring Georgia, she assisted us in finding the perfect venue. With her expertise, we chose the Gasparilla Inn. We wanted all of our friends and family to be on one island together.”Boca Grande wedding location Tented Destination I Do in Floridamens wedding rings Tented Destination I Do in Floridaceremony cherry blossom structure Tented Destination I Do in Floridacherry blossom wedding flowers Tented Destination I Do in Floridaflorida weddings Tented Destination I Do in Floridaflorida destination weddings1 Tented Destination I Do in Florida

“We wrote our own ceremony. We really wanted it to be personal. Not about how we met, but who we are as a couple on the inside. We wanted people to really hear how we felt about each other. And, also, how we felt about our families. We truly feel that our union isn’t just about us…but about 2 families truly becoming one. We were also so excited by the thought of our lives truly intersecting in every way ~ meaning all the people who mean so much to us as a couple learning about each other, and hopefully enjoying each other as much as we enjoy them.”

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 “We both felt it was important for me to give a vow to Ray’s three children, Grace (14), Raymond (12), and Erin (10). As I was marrying their father, I was also making a commitment to them. I promised to love them, support them, and guide them, and to believe in them always. And I pledged to always include them in the love I have for their father.”

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“Orange is my favorite color. And Erin’s favorite color, Ray’s 10 years old daughter, is pink. So that is how we chose the colors of our wedding.”

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The couple’s wedding planner, Georgia Watson explained the palette particulars.  “From our first design appointment, Jamie expressed that the colors of mango, apricot, peaches, pinks, were all part of what she imagined.  The ceremony was kept soft, with pale pink blooming branches and the natural botanical feel. When guests arrived at cocktail hour they were introduced to more color. I found a perfect linen that incorporated the watercolor element with the hues. The wicker lounge pieces were accented with pillows of the paler colors.”

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“The bride loved the “Moroccan flair” and the groom was liking more of the “south Beach Chic” design. So we gave them both!  The round tables were dressed in a beautiful Mango Lamour, with floral of all her colors represented on each table. The long rectangular tables were bare, with simply a solid mango runner, to help pull it all together. The chiavari chairs were accented with satin seat covers, while the mahogany tables were given two vintage chairs at the heads.  After dinner the guests were surprised with TWO lounges that were revealed on each side of the tent. One with all white leather furniture and glowing tables, and the other with Moroccan styled canopy beds for relaxing.”

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The reception wasn’t just about the visuals; the bride had a special surprise in mind for her groom.  “As thoughtful as we wanted our ceremony to be…we wanted the reception to be a party! When I was in college me and my friends won a mock rock with me lip synching “Fire” by the Pointer Sisters. Ray saw the tape of it and loved it! So, as a surprise, I started to take singing lessons at Kidz Hitz with Ray’s daughter Erin…I was the only adult.” 

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Ray loved the surprise of course!! “Jamie Blew everyone away!!!Mostly me….Out she comes in this sexy white dress and crazy awesome blue shoes, and on comes Fire…I am sure she is planning on lip syncing with her college girls, so i grab a few and tell them it is time to get on stage and they have no idea what i am talking about…then it hits me, she is singing, and killing it..and for icing on the cake confetti from the crowd for every chorus…highlight of the reception….”

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A great time was had by all and the day was just as this darling couple wanted it to be.  “We were just so lucky to have all our vendors. They totally fit into the feeling we envisioned for our wedding. We felt like we knew them and that they knew us. There were no strangers at our wedding. We just loved our wedding. There is absolutely nothing we would have done differently. In fact, I never imagined my wedding could be that beautiful! The love that we felt under the tent was overwhelming. There was so much happiness and joy. In our ceremony we wrote that we wanted everyone to send us off into our future with one outrageous, gigantic, blessing…and that is what they did.”

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 Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer:  Photography by Michael

 Wedding Vendors:  Wedding Planner: Weddings by Georgia, Location: Gasparilla Inn, Floral: Botanica, Video: Jeffry Stoner Video, Tent: Tent Logix

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Key West, Florida Destination Wedding

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Jen and Kyle hosted a domestic destination wedding in Key West, Florida. They picked this location because of its special meaning to them.  Jen shared with us, “Our first vacation together in June 2010 was to Key West and it has been our favorite place ever since. We knew right away we would want to have our wedding there and we were so touched by how many of our family and friends made the trip to celebrate with us.”

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Jen wore orchids in her hair and carried a delicate white bridal bouquet.  “My something old, borrowed and blue was my great grandmother’s diamond & saphire bracelet.”

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Each sweet detail infused the nautical theme of this event, right down to the jewelry noting their wedding date!

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Pillow accents made for great pops of the theme throughout the event while Kyle’s tie and suit matched the palette perfectly.

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The inspiration for this event wasn’t just the sea that surrounded them but the colors too.  “I just wanted everything to be navy & white, very crisp! Everything was nautical inspired so the knots, navy & white color scheme, stripes, lanterns and pillows in the lounge area had a nautical feel.”

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They selected Ocean Key Resort for their ceremony and their Sunset Pier Restaurant for the reception.  The beautiful outdoor ceremony was a match made in heaven as a catamaran passed by in time for photos.

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After the “I do’s” the couple took some time to stroll about in Key West.

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To prep for the reception details, Jen spent some time shopping on Etsy before the big day.  “The knots and table numbers were from different etsy designers. I also found our sign in “book” from etsy as well.”

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We adore these details!!  Sailboat escort cards, lantern table decor, and a completely creative fish inspired guest “book” or framed poster as it was.   Such a fun way to kick off the reception!

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Then as guests got seated, they noticed the “knots” holding up the perfectly paired table numbers.

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Matching striped linens and crisp white chairs finished off this fabulous look!

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And good times were had by all!

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After the sunset, guests danced the night away before being treated to a starfish topped wedding cake!

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 Congratulations Jen and Kyle!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Henry Photography

Wedding Vendors: Ceremony Location: Ocean Key Resort, Reception Location: Sunset Pier, Gown Designer: Jenny Yoo from Le Juene Marie in Ohio, Jewelry: Kate Spade, Shoes: Sam Edelmen, Makeup Artist: Marie Pierre, DJ: Soundwave, Grooms Suit: Calvin Klein from Men’s Wearhouse, Ties: Nautica, Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew, Jewelry: Banana Republic, Knots for Table Numbers: Etsy, Sailboat Escort Cards: Etsy, Programs, Invitations, Table Numbers: Etsy

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Military Trash the Dress Session

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Happy Memorial Day friends!!  Today we honor and remember all those who have served around the world, fought for our freedom and gave their lives for us.  So what better a shoot to share today than this sweet destination trash the dress session, complete with his dress blues!

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Mallory and Jordan were high school sweethearts in their hometown of Fillmore, Illinois.  When the two finally said “I do” over a year ago, Jordan was a cadet in the Air Force Academy.  So when he completed his course and received his dress blues, the two decided to plan a trip to Daytona Beach, FL with wedding photographer Pilster Photography to capture a new set of wedding moments and memories.

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They not only hit the beach, but the water too!

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And the result?  A military style trash the dress session at sea!  (I wonder what his superior officers would say about this little stunt in uniform?!) 

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Congratulations (again) Mallory and Jordan and Happy Memorial Day!

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Destination Wedding Photographer: Pilster Photography

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Destination Wedding in Naples, Florida

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This happy couples touched down in Naples, Florida for their destination wedding at LaPlaya Beach and Golf Resort.  This location?  Well, as meant to be as the two of them!  Annabelle shared every fabulous detail and moment not only of their wedding day, but leading up to it as well.  “LaPlaya Beach and Golf Resort is a very special place to T.J. and T.J.’s parents who live in Naples, Florida during the brutal Ohio winter months. For the past 11 years T.J. has spent every March visiting his parents in Naples. On every trip T.J. visited LaPlaya, and he hoped one day it would be the destination for his wedding.  When T.J. and I met, we both finally understood the phrase “When you know, you know”. We knew very early on that we were going to get married. On a trip to Naples a year before the wedding, we were enjoying the beautiful beach at LaPlaya and suddenly decided to see what dates they had available for weddings.  The staff told us several dates. We actually put down a deposit/booked our wedding date before we were officially engaged!”

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“Living in Cincinnati while planning a wedding in Naples in itself was a challenge. Finding the right vendors is very difficult when planning a wedding out of state. Luckily the stars were aligned and we found the right people at the right times! Starting with Emily (Emily Faith Photography)…it was just meant to be when we found her from a friend of a friend on Facebook. Emily was living in the Cincinnati area and was moving to Florida shortly before our wedding. We met with her, and just got a good feeling! We did one trip to Florida before the wedding and met with Pam of Bon Soiree Events (quite briefly). In that time, she really understood our vision of a modern feel. Pam just got us. We exchanged a few emails, and spoke a few times on the phone regarding our ideas, and she went running with it!!”

And run with it they did – with a magical beach appropriate color palette of white, purples, and teals!

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This wedding had a bigger entourage than usual, with lots of lovely little girls running around!  And to honor them, what a great gift idea for flower girls!  “All four of our flower girls (aged 4-7) are really into American Girls. As our gift to them, we had some custom made bridal gowns with sashes of our wedding colors. The girls loved them so much, they wanted to take them down the aisle with them.”

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The groom and groomsmen embraced the color palette in a perfect chic and masculine way with these dapper suits and ties.

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A seaside ceremony was obviously in order at this beautiful property and the shell details tied the ocean in seamlessly to the grassy site next to the sand.

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We love the joy in Annabelle in this moment, she’s glowing!

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Then it was onto dinner, dancing and more great wedding details!

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A poolside dinner was on the menu as guests found their way to their seats through message in a bottle place cards!

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And when dinner was done, the after party was set to begin!  Many venues have curfews and this couple used it to their advantage! “We had a “transitional wedding”. We started with a ceremony/cocktail hour on the lawn with the beach in clear view. We then transitioned to the north pool area. They had a sound ordinance there until 10pm, so we moved the party (in a chic way with guests making an arch with sparklers) across the street to a ball room which had a “South Beach” lounge type vibe.”

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“I know it’s so cliche, but our wedding was truly the best day of our lives! It surpassed our own visions of a “dream wedding”. It was more magical, beautiful and flat out perfect than either of us could have imagined. Every last detail was well thought out and executed. It is almost indescribable to have all of your closest friends and family together in such a breathtaking setting. It was almost surreal. Thank goodness Emily captured all the special touches that we were too caught up in the moment to see!” Ahhh…

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Congratulations Annabelle and TJ!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Emily Faith Photography

Wedding Vendors: Location: LaPlaya Beach and Golf Resort, Dress: Forever Yours Bridal, Wedding Planner: Bon Soiree Events, Flowers: Signature Florals

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Weddings at The Ritz Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes

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A sprawling property, this place has it all for that big family, ballroom wedding but away from home nonetheless.  Eleven exquisite restaurants, 500+ hotel rooms and suites, a mega spa with incredible indulgences (think citrus-inspired treatments) for your bridal party, and of course, a Greg Norman-signature golf course for the guys.

The resort certainly feels like a fortress, one with the finest amenities, lavish suites, and great service in my stay experience.  It’s the perfect place for a family who wants a bit more formal affair but the couple wants to get out of town and hit the road too.  An ideal marriage of the two without breaking the bank of your guests to get there.

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Flowers girls and ring bearers?  Don’t forget out the Ritz Kids program which in this locale can mean fly fishing, lady bug release and kayaking.  Can I be a kid?

ritz carlton grande lakes weddings Weddings at The Ritz Carlton Orlando, Grande LakesInto an eco-adventure?  They’ve got that too!  Brush up on your skills at the Ritz Carlton’s fly fishing school, get out into the wilderness in a private eco-tour on Shingle Creek and the Everglades, or enjoy an afternoon hike with a crew or just for two.

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Tip:  When in Orlando, bring out the kid in you and take your wedding photographer to Disneyworld and Epcot Center for a day of fabulous photos and fun you’ll never forget.

When to Go:  High season is March to April, mid-June to mid-August, mid-December to early January – we suggest avoiding those kid-friendly vacation times if you can (better rates in the shoulder season and fewer crowds if you do venture to the parks).

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