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Traditional Indoor Wedding in Naples

It’s hard to top a first date on Lake Como, but not impossible! Proof: Julie and Yves whose stunning wedding served their extraordinary international love story perfectly. Masterfully incorporated details like map-themed stationary and curated out-of-town bags for guests that traveled far and wide, gave a tasteful nod to their history together. Just take a look at Michael Moss’s photos of the event.


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From the bride… Let me start by saying that Style Me Pretty was our go-to advisor throughout the entire wedding planning process. Because of Style Me Pretty, I knew the photographer we had to have BEFORE we even got engaged. (I had done lots of research for a friend’s wedding.) I think my fiancé and I called Michael Moss within two days of getting engaged because we knew he “needed” to be our photographer. With the help of this indispensable site, I found the amazing Megan Lipke Kenney of Ruby the Fox, who patiently walked me through each step of the invitation design process, giving us the letterpress wedding invitation suite of our dreams and a design for the inside of the envelope that we loved so much we used it for the favors, programs, out-of-town guest bags, and even our seating chart! Because of Style Me Pretty, we also found incredible Lee Morton of Clickspark, who might just be one of the nicest, most passionate-about-his-craft people I know…Style Me Pretty was invaluable. Seriously.

I first met my husband Yves while I was in Chicago. He was visiting from Switzerland, and I from Naples, Florida. We exchanged email addresses, but I wasn’t really thinking too much of the whole thing…and then he emailed. Short emails turned into daily tomes turned into gmail chats and then five hour long Skype sessions. Soon I was traveling to Italy for work…and Italy just happens to be right next to Switzerland! :) Our first “date” (if you don’t count all the Skype sessions) was in Lake Como. Not too long after our time in Italy, Yves quit his job and moved his whole life to Florida. Before I knew it, we were engaged. We couldn’t have made this up — it was too extraordinary — reminding the both of us that God writes the best stories…

That line, “God writes the best stories,” became a sort of theme for our wedding. We wanted to celebrate the fact that we had an international tale for which we were so grateful. :) We enlisted a lot of professional help, as you can see from the list above, but I was really excited to take part and carry certain elements/metaphors throughout the planning. The design on the envelope liner was a map with a thread and a heart linking Switzerland and Florida. Our tables were designated with names of towns of places we’d been together and photos we’d taken. Because almost of all our guests were traveling to Florida (Naples is not the original home of either of us), from all parts of the US, Canada, Switzerland, and even Australia, we really wanted to show our gratitude to them for sharing in our day. We made guest bags (with the help of dear local friends!) filled with homemade granola, muffins, Swiss chocolates (for Yves), oranges (for Florida) and Naples’ magazines. We also love this quote from C.S. Lewis about a “secret thread” which unites certain people. We made sure that from the design of the invitation, to the program, to the guest book (a dictionary!), to the favors, there was a “secret thread” throughout.

Even though we live in a beach town, we didn’t want to have a beach wedding. Even though we were getting married in the fall, I didn’t want the normal fall colors. So, we had an indoor wedding, in a church and with a hotel reception, hoping that the design of both would be fresh and clean–not at all “stuffy.” Our goal was to be simple and classic–to have the kind of wedding that we’ll still love in ten or twenty years, while also being very “us,” too, and where everyone present would feel loved and important. :) I think that’s why a combination of professional vendors with some DIY details worked well for us.

In the weeks leading up to the wedding everyone couldn’t have been more wonderful. I’d been really sick, and had to let go of a lot of the details I’d planned to take care of myself. So many amazing loved ones (including Yves!) stepped in to get everything done for us. We are so thankful to our family and friends for all their help in pulling it together. Although it sounds trite, it’s true that we couldn’t have done it without them. On top of that, each professional we worked with was so kind. They were encouraging, flexible, and just plain excellent. One of the band members even got out on the floor to teach us all a certain dance. From beginning to end, the whole event felt so intimate and familial…it couldn’t have been a more perfect day.

Photography: Michael Moss | Cinematography: Clickspark | Wedding Dress: Peter Langner | Invitations: Ruby The Fox | Ceremony Venue: First United Methodist Church, Naples | Reception: The Beach House At The Ritz Carlton | Bridesmaids Dresses: Watters | Band: Hot Topic | Favors: ScoutBooks | Bouquet: Grace Lakes Florist | Groomsmen Attire: Michael Kors

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Intimate Florida Beach Destination Wedding

Every once and a while a wedding comes along that’s so lovely, you’d swear up and down it’s a stage styled shoot. It’s the kind of thing that happens when the amazing Jessica Sloane just so happens to be your sister, and sets out to plan the prettiest beach affair you ever did see. Of course, having Austin Gros to photograph only adds to the equation, and you can see all the goods waiting right here.

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From Jessica Sloane… When my sister got engaged, I knew it was going to be something! To my surprise, she wanted to get married with a small group of people on the beach. Since she and her fiance are both teachers, they needed to plan a summer wedding around their time off. So we had six months to pull together a destination wedding on a beach we had never been to, but with the help of some great vendors, the day came together seamlessly!

Jenni and Brandon wanted the day to be casual, relaxed and intimate. So with about 30 close friends and family, they said their vows barefoot in the sand. The celebration, at a private residence, was the perfect “pool party” complete with a plated dinner, a bushwhacker toast and dancing.

Photography: Austin Gros Wedding Photography | Caterer: Beyond Details | Hair And Makeup: Amanda Gros | Wedding Venue: Private Property | Event Planner, Designer And Stylist: Jessica Sloane | Napkins: West Elm | Rentals And Lighting: RSVP Rentals

Florida Wedding by Audrey Snow Photography

I couldn’t have been happier when this beyond beautiful beach fete landed in my calendar. This is the epitome of effortless beauty and I’m seriously obsessed with the way the lavender enhances the gorgeousness of this beachside location. Audrey Snow Photography was on hand to capture all the rustic, natural beauty and you can practically feel the warm breeze coming off the ocean. Click here for even more.

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From the Bride…Let’s start by saying I am not the kind of girl who ever visualized what her wedding would look like.  In going to look at venues I was just so frustrated because the first questions were always ” what is your theme,” “what color scheme are you going with,” “what do you visualize your wedding looking like”….and I never had the answer.  It became crunch time and I decided to self-express.  My wedding was totally me.  I like to think I am ‘glamorous and earthy’ as my photographer once stated.  My favorite fragrance is lavender and I have loved the color purple since I was 2.  As you can see, most of my favorite things (including my husband) were incorporated into this ‘event’ and I think the end result was truly magical and romantic; with the exception of course, of the hurricane force winds we all had to withstand during the process. 

Photography: Audrey Snow Photography / Flowers: Beneva Florists / Ceremony and Reception Location: The Beach at Longboat Key Club / Invitations: Hummingbird Invitations / Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Dress: Lazaro / Bride’s Hair: Megan Faw

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Key West Wedding by Joey Kennedy Photography

The stars were perfectly aligned for this modern masterpiece wedding in Key West.  Not only did the lucky couple win this dream destination wedding but the combination of talented vendors, chic yet classic decor and flawless Florida vistas is a match made in wedding heaven.  Each and every detail is glam and gorgeous to the max and the photography, oh the photography, is beyond stunning!  Joey Kennedy Photography has found a die-hard fan in me and I have a feeling a few of you will fall head over heels as well!  See it all in the full gallery!

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What could make this dream wedding even better?  Why a breathtaking fim by Digital Island Media, of course!

From the bride… Billy and I started dating in high school and I always knew he was the one. We dated for 9 years before he finally asked the question; it may seem like a long time to wait but it was the right time in both of our lives to move on to marriage. People always tell me that in the past 10 years the only thing that hasn’t changed in their lives is the two of us together. Many of our friends grew up along side the two of us as a couple, so when we told everyone we had gotten engaged it was exciting for everyone. So one of my top priorities was to have one the most memorable weddings anyone had ever been to.  As most Greek weddings go, you invite 600 people, go to the local hall and pray for good weather in Ohio. This was not what I had envisioned for our wedding day. I had a large engagement party for 200 people and realized the party wasn’t for Billy and me; it was for the guests to enjoy.

I wanted our day to be intimate and relaxed, unlike any large event I had been to. So I googled wedding contests and decided to fill out an application to win a wedding in Key West, Florida. I told myself if we win we go and if we didn’t I wasn’t sure how I was going to convince my big Greek family to come to a destination wedding. Sure enough, out of 1400 couples we won the wedding. I was shocked but I knew it was right; it was what we needed to break the cycle of the typical Greek wedding. So after winning a portion of the wedding, adding tons of our own personal touches, and preparing for 10 months, we finally made it down to Key West. We brought along 100 of our closest friends and family members, our priest, and the best wedding photographer around. The guests were in Key West for a week; during this time we enjoyed the beach, the bars, and each other’s company. It was a vacation like no other and the most memorable one we had ever been on.

We started the wedding festivities with a boat ride rehearsal, followed by our wedding day, and ending it with a farewell breakfast. The wedding day was more than we had ever hoped for. Everything was so relaxing and perfect in our eyes. Although everyone worries about the flowers, desserts, and other minor details that make their wedding memorable, I was concerned about the feel of the wedding because I knew this is what sets a wedding apart.  Our wedding had so much life and happiness exuded from the guests, Billy and myself that I don’t think anyone could ever replicate that day. It was as if everything lined up perfectly for us as a couple.  It was scary to take a chance and go away, especially when no one you know has ever done it, but it paid off and that was the best decision I had ever made in my life, aside from marrying Billy. I would recommend a destination wedding to any bride and groom, because going against the grain is what made our wedding special, and all my guests are begging to go back on a ten year anniversary trip to relive the experience.

Wedding Photography: Joey Kennedy Photography / Wedding Planning: We’ve Got the Keys / Ceremony Venue: St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Parish / Reception Venue: Southernmost House / Catering: Great Events Catering / Guest Hotel: Southernmost on the Beach Resort / Wedding Cake: Key West Cakes / Band: Prime Movers / Hair + Make-up: Beauty Boutique / Tent, Lights + Dance Floor: Key West Party Rentals / Linens: Linens in Paradise / Flowers: Mama Flowers  / Save the Date: PRIM & PIXIE / Invitations + Programs + Table Names + Place Cards: Momental Designs / Guest Trolley to Church: Historic Tours Transportation / Nails: Cloud 9 / Cinematography: Digital Island Media / Groom’s Wedding Ring + Bride’s Earrings: Diamonds International / Vintage Car: Keys Limo

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The Westin Resort Wedding by Mi Amore Foto

Do yourself a little favor this lovely Tuesday and allow some time in your day to get a little lost in these dreamy images from Key West by Mi Amore Foto. Close your office door or turn your computer ever so slightly in your cubical so you can really soak up all the loveliness. The setting of this wedding will have you swooning, the flower girls will have you ready to pinch cheeks and the engagement ring will have you oohing and ahhing. There is oh so much more in the full gallery, so keep that door closed and dive on in.

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From Mi Amore Foto…Karli and Jonathan are some of the warmest people I have ever met. As a destination wedding photographer, you are pretty much going into the situation blind. I mean, you have phone conversations, an occasional Skype, but you don’t usually meet face to face until the wedding day. So, you always wonder what the couple will really be like, nerves and all. From the moment I walked into the beautiful cottage house, at the Westin, until the moment I left, Karli and Jonathan made me feel like a guest at their wedding. I couldn’t have felt more like family.

There were many beautiful moments, from everyone in prayer circles before the wedding, to Karli’s father crying the whole ceremony (I’m a sucker for dad’s crying). There were even a group of ladies who made their own hats saying,”THIS is the Royal wedding!” It was a really warm day in the Keys, but not as warm as the energy you felt around this couple and their loved ones.

It was also neat because this was the first wedding that the Westin, Sunset Key, was setting up a large tent for the wedding.  They did an outstanding job and everything went flawlessly.


Wedding Photography: Mi Amore Foto / Wedding Gown: Paloma Blanca / Bridesmaid Dresses: JCrew / Invitations: Michael’s / Floral Designs: Milan Events / Wedding Cake and Desserts: Key West Cakes / Groomsmen Attire: Nordstroms / Hair and Makeup: The Bride / Bride’s Hair Accessory: Untamed Petals / Wedding Planner: Swankey Events / Venue and Catering: The Westin Resort on Sunset Key

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