An Intimate Elopement Shoot at Disney World


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


Spectacular Captiva Island Tented Wedding


­­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


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


Miami Wedding Location: Mondrian South Beach


Today we’re showing you a swanky property perfect for a destination wedding in Florida, or better yet, a bachelorette weekend in Miami! Enter the Mondrian South Beach. If you’ve ever been, there’s a chance it had a familiar feeling to it. That’s because the design was actually inspired by Sleeping Beauty’s Castle! What could be a more perfect place for a fairy tale wedding than that?!

The Mondrian South Beach was designed by Marcel Wanders, a Dutch architectural designer, who created a look that’s a modern interpretation on the castle. The property is surrounded by tall hedges a la historic European site, and he added whimsical touches like a dramatic black staircase that almost mimics the look of lace! The hotel is dressed with oversized bell-shaped candelabras, and the stark white and black (with pops of gold) contrast to the décor gives it a very modern vibe that meets the romance and femininity of the castle inspiration.

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If you’re considering a destination wedding at Mondrian South Beach, it’s perfect for about 70 guests, though if your group is larger, they can get creative to design the day around your size. You can wed by the pool in a special lounge area overlooking the waters or opt for inside in the restaurant, La Savina, or the Sunset Lounge too. But my favorite has to be the lush North Kissing Garden, even appropriately named for the occasion!

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The property isn’t huge, just 209 rooms and suites, perfect for a domestic destination wedding with no passport required so just enough loved ones can attend. And if you and your guy or gal pals are looking for a hip place to call home during your bachelor or bachelorette weekend, this spot in Miami just might be perfect for you. Close to the nightlife scene, right on the water, and a scene all its own, Mondrian South Beach is ideal to celebrate your last single nights!

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For more information on Mondrian South Beach, check out their site here.


Disney Wedding Ideas from Engage!15

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It’s our final day of coverage from the luxury wedding industry summit, Engage!15, where we got to spend a week learning, engaging, and getting inspired by some of our favorite industry friends.  And two of our favorite friends are the hosts – the incredible duo – Kathryn Arce and Rebecca Grinnals of Engaging Concepts (pictured above).  This year the event had a nod to all things magical, because it took place at Walt Disney World; the Four Seasons Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort that is.  So befitting of the location, Kathryn and Rebecca filled our days with so many moments of magic and surprises, including a trip to Walt Disney World!  We got to experience it all!  Did you know that you can get married at Disney World and Disneyland?  Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons takes care of it all for you!  And today we’ve got a few fun ideas inspired by Disney, that we got to see firsthand, should your big day be inspired by magic too!

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Thank you Kath and Rebecca for making my dreams come true, over and over and over again, with true Disney magic.  I’m so lucky to be a part of Engage!

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Photographers: Love Life Images, Garrett Nudd, Laura DeCarlo, C10 Studios, Carla Ten Eyck