Something super special happens whenever KT Merry steps behind the camera. And whether it’s a swanky South Floria affair or an intimate Islamorada beach gathering like this, it’s the same result time and time again. Utter gorgeousness. So in that spirit of pretty, we’d like to kick off an unforgettable Wedding Wednesday. And guess what? Armed with eight pinch-me-perfect real weddings, we’re fully prepared to make it the best one yet. Get ready to pin like crazy and shed a happy tear or two because the film from Bridges Cinema and sun-soaked gallery is just that good. Won’t you join me?
From the Bride…Jed and I patiently waited to find one another and when it finally came to planning our wedding we wanted an intimate celebration with a few family and friends and to highlight our love of food, wine and the ocean. We also felt (due to our age and personalities) we weren’t a “traditional” couple and decided to forego some things that tradition dictates you are “supposed” to do – like a wedding cake, a stereotypical reception or getting married on a Saturday. We knew it would be a stateside destination in which we’d enjoy a few days with our guests from across the country and leave them to the wonders of that area while we left for our honeymoon.
We booked Pierre’s off of a recommendation from my sister-in-law and knew we had made the right choice when we visited Islamorada and the location for the first time five months before our wedding date. The venue is beautiful with a gorgeous beach and classic plantation-style house with wrap around porch; it exudes southern charm (just like Jed). We got married on a Monday and used the weekend leading up to the day to spend time with family and friends. We had a family dinner at Wahoos, fishing with Robbie’s of Islamorada, an evening out with our friends at Lorelei’s and our rehearsal dinner at Marker 88. We thought we were geniuses to go about it in this fashion so that come the wedding day everyone knew other guests and it made for a fun, enjoyable evening for them and us.
We were engaged during a vacation to Napa and wanted to bring elements from that experience to the wedding by selecting wines we sampled during our winery tours. We chose Shramsberg Blanc de Blanc Brut, Chateau Montelena Chardonnay and Joseph Phelps Cabernet. My sister-in-law, her sister and I created all of the graphic design elements for the wedding. Jed and I created the table numbers from recycled wine bottles and the seating cardholders from recycled corks. We debated writing our own affirmations (we did traditional vows) and I am so glad that we did. I love the way our videographer incorporated them into the video and its one of my favorite moments from the day.
All of the vendors “killed it” (in a good way) with the final products. Our flowers were gorgeous, especially my bouquet, it was so fragrant I didn’t want to put it down. The staff at the Moorings Village was great to work with and accommodate our schedule for dressing, first look and family photos. The highlight real video perfectly captured the emotion of the day and was a great way to share our wedding with those who were unable to attend. KT and Chad were our on-point professionals directing us in a manner to capture the most creative, charming images we could have never imagined. The day was perfect and the weather was heaven sent with the most amazing sunset. Our wedding was exactly what we wanted and well worth waiting for.
Photography: KT Merry | Wedding Cinemagraphy: Bridges Cinema | Getting Ready + First Look Location: The Moorings Village | Wedding Venue: Pierre’s | Floral Design: Petals with Pizzazz | Music: DJ Maynor Pallaviccini | Wedding Dress: Essence of Australia from Maya Couture | Bridesmaid Attire: ForHerandForHim | Groom + Groomsmen Attire: J.Crew | Hair + Makeup: Tatjana Terzic