If you are a lover of romance, beautiful settings and all things pretty (and, really who isn’t?), then today is most definitely your lucky day, because this breathtaking Atlantic Beach affair is boasting all of the above and then some with a stunning seaside location and a bundle of uber-gorgeous details that will, put simply, make your heart swoon. Believe me, you’ll spend your ENTIRE morning completely enthralled by these magical images captured by Julie Cate Photography… and I suspect your weekend, too. Click here for more.
From the Bride… Vince and I have known each other since high school and were best friends throughout college — despite the 1,100 mile distance between our schools. He proposed at a quaint bed and breakfast overlooking the Puget Sound in the heart of downtown Seattle. For our wedding, we both wanted to celebrate love, family, and cultural traditions with an intimate, stress-free fete. We initially considered a destination wedding in Cinque Terre or Paris, but decided to save Paris for our honeymoon. Our guests’ experience during our wedding weekend was our top priority. We wanted everyone to feel welcome, loved and relaxed. All our guests stayed at a resort on the same beach that the wedding ceremony took place on. We had a lot of fun putting together welcome baskets that included champagne, hand-made soaps, German gummy bears, Belgian beer and a variety of other things that highlighted special places throughout our relationship. Because the majority of our guests came from out-of-state, we gave them a taste of Florida by treating them to a visit to the Alligator Farm in St. Augustine the day before the wedding. Afterwards, we had our rehearsal dinner outdoors on the water where we were able to watch the sunset as we enjoyed our meal.
Our wedding day was perfect. We were surrounded by a dozen of our closest friends and family for a quaint ceremony on the beach. I walked down the aisle as a string quartet played, and I completely surprised myself when tears began falling and blurred my vision — thank goodness I had my dad to help navigate me! There were so many special parts to that day … hearing Vince say his vows, sharing with my (step)dad that I planned to change my middle name to his family name, taking pictures in my Korean dress (han bok) with my sister and mom … the list could go on. One of the most special moments was when Vince and I planted a Magnolia bonsai to symbolically represent the beginning of our family tree as the quartet played “Married Life” from the Disney/Pixar movie “Up.”
The second priority for the wedding was to have it captured in photographs that we could treasure for the rest of our lives. We are so thankful to have had wonderful photographers in Julie and James. Every time I look at our photos, it brings me back to that day and I’m filled with the same giddy, care-free happiness.
Wedding Photography: Julie Cate Photography / Wedding Ceremony: One Ocean Resort and Spa in Atlantic Beach, Florida / Wedding Reception: Ruth’s Chris in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida / Flowers: Publix / Wedding Dress: Kenneth Pool via Solutions Bridal / Bride’s Shoes: Vince Camuto / Hair: Cortello Salon / Makeup: Kimtasha / Groom’s Suit: Ralph Lauren / Music: Belle Fleur String Quartet / Wedding Cinematography: Siberian Pictures