It's raining cats and dogs this Monday morning, so a Boca Grande beauty by K and K Photography seems to be the perfect way to get lost for the day. It's 100% beach chic, with it's fabulous color palette, gorgeous bride and groom, and perfect seaside setting. Not to mention the bride's engagement ring literally knocked my socks right off my feet. Although I guess being sock-less is a good thing for getting lost in this sandy soiree, because after looking through all the pretty images in the full gallery I can almost feel the sand between my toes...
From the Bride...When Oakley and I were engaged we both knew we didn't want a huge wedding. As we are both from the same hometown, we knew it would be very hard to keep it intimate having the wedding there. So we moved it down to Boca Grande, FL, a place where we each spent time growing up with our families and a perfect setting for what we wanted. We chose the Gazebo at The Gasparilla Inn Golf Club for our ceremony, which was ideal for an outdoor wedding, but also because Oakley spent many spring days under the same roof waiting for a golf game. We tried to incorporate as much of the island as possible, opting for a local bakery shop to make all the key lime pies for dessert and listing all of our favorite locales on our weekend itinerary for our guests, including the names of local fishermen for our guests to reach out to...which they did! As a predominately New York based crowd, there was a huge effort made by all who came down for the weekend. It meant the world to us to see all of our favorite people in our favorite spot.
As for decor, the island itself is such a beautiful place that we wanted the wedding to fit within its surroundings, though keep a classic, not overly beachy feel. With my favorite colors being all shades of blue, it was fun to coordinate with the setting; a deep blue sky and turquoise waters. We opted for shades of blue paper lanterns, alternating blue and green bridesmaid dresses and striped groomsmen ties, blue table linens, sea glass and mason jars. As a present to his groomsmen, Oakley had needlepoint belts made with symbols of Boca Grande and each person's initials, also in keeping with our color scheme. All of this, paired with the crisp whites of the peonies, linen napkins, bridesmaids' earrings, groomsmens' trousers, and a black and white dance floor created the perfect balance for which I had hoped.
Looking back, we would not have changed a thing. Being surrounded by our closest friends and family in Boca Grande certainly made it the best weekend we could have ever imagined.
Wedding Photography: K and K Photography, LLC / Event Coordination: Events by Maestro / Ceremony Venue: Gazebo at The Gasparilla Inn Golf Club / Reception Venue: The Boca Bay Pass Club / Florals: The Naked Florist / Ceremony + Reception Music: Tropics Entertainment / Reception Band: Libido / Tent, Chairs, Linens, Lanterns: US Tent Rental / Invitations, Place Cards, Programs: William Arthur Fine Stationery from Min Meg II