Joielala Photographie just gets us. They have an impeccable way of capturing a wedding. A way that speaks to a viewer's heart and dazzles their design sensibilities. Each image from this Anna Maria Island Wedding is doing just that. It's a punch of color, a dash of laid-back style, a layer of chic, sun-splashed details and so, so much more. It's destination done RIGHT. See all the colors of this wedding rainbow right here!
From the bride... My hubby Tim and I met 12 years ago at college in Indiana. We were just friends though. Fast forward a decade and a little thing called Facebook brought us together. He was in San Diego and I was in L.A., and after I took a weekend trip down to SD to see my old friend and sparks surprisingly flew between us, I knew I was toast. We got engaged after alternately driving every single weekend to one another for almost two years. And when it came time to pick a destination, we instantly chose the white, sugar sand beaches of Anna Maria Island in Florida. My family uprooted there when I was 16, and this charming little island community holds such a special place in my heart.
Living in LA and planning a wedding in Florida was a challenge, but a fun one. First thing we did was find a local coordinator, who turned out to be AJ Latteri at The Loft 5. For over a year, she listened carefully to my vision, which was beachy-meets-Anthropologie, and we lobbed pictures back and forth of inspiration from the web and others' weddings. She recommended our wedding location, the Limefish House, a rental beach house whose owners graciously allow weddings to be held there. I really wanted every guest to feel they had stepped into a mini vacation for the long weekend, and I wanted them to leave loving Florida like we do. The beach house was totally transformed into a romantic, whimsical and tranquil beach spot, courtesy of AJ, her team and the geniuses behind a new local Island design and wedding planning firm called Enna/Anne. These three local 20-somethings — Kyle, Lenna and Jeanne — are floral and design phenoms. They did everything from designing my invites and creating our photo booth to painstakingly organizing our flowers and other design elements.
For the bridesmaids, I chose a different Rachel Pally dress for each (8 girls total!). I wanted their dresses to look like colors you'd see in a Florida sunset. At the end of the night, a trolley picked up all the guests wanting to keep the party going and dropped us off at a bar at the end of the Island. We had pizzas delivered there, and everyone danced and mingled with locals for the rest of the night! If I could give brides advice, it would be be to start looking now for unique finds to incorporate on your big day. My mom scoured local Goodwill's and thrift stores for a year, collecting various vases made of beach glass, which we peppered around the house. And don't be afraid to mix and match different elements — i.e. beachy/rustic/modern/traditional. It'll all come together in the end and have a vibe that's different and unique.
The bride is one of the bloggers behind, Covet Living.
Wedding Photography: Joielala Photographie / Wedding Venue: Limefish House on Anna Maria Island, Florida / DJ: DJ Chris Grumley / Wedding Flowers, Invitations, Makeup, Photo Booth + Event Design: Enna/Anne / Event Planning + Catering: A.J. Latteri and Fusion Cafe of The Loft 5 / Sushi: Ocean Star Sushi / Wedding Dress: Nicole Miller / Brides Earrings: Rent the Runway / Bridesmaids' Dresses: Rachel Pally / Officiant: The Bride's Uncle