OK, so I’ve been married for awhile now but I am dying to step my tootsies into another gorgeous gown these days. I blame it 100% on all of the SMP gorgeousness I stare at daily. For instance, when I see a bride in a gown like this one shoulder wonder that is just so perfectly elegant, I have a craving to stick my noggin’ through that show-stopper neckline. Are you with me on this? The entire affair, captured by Michelle Reed Photography, is equally as lovely and completely worthy of an afternoon spent in the full of gallery images, promise.
Mr. and Mrs. James and Lauren Colantoni were married in a quiet outdoor ceremony at The Club at Renaissance in Fort Myers, Florida on April 30th, 2011. Among the 140 guests who attended were the couple’s closest friends and family, all excited to be there to celebrate this very special day.
Lauren donned a luxury wedding gown designed by Romona Keveza, with a simple bun, diamond earrings that were passed down from her mother as her “something borrowed,” and a diamond statement bracelet. Jimmy and Lauren both decided they wanted a wedding that was “classic with a flare” and reflected their personalities and style.
Before the ceremony, there was worry that it would rain, as the clouds were ominous and dark. However, right before the chairs were about to be moved indoors, the sun peaked through the clouds, and the threat of rain disappeared. Lauren was told later than night that the sun came up over the hill behind them as the couple said their vows, painting a picture-esque backdrop for the perfect fairytale moment.
After the ceremony, guests were invited to enjoy cocktails and butler-passed hors d’oeuvres during cocktail hour while overlooking the gorgeous golf course and peaceful sunset. A string trio, The Vanderbilt Strings, set the mood by playing some of the couple’s favorite songs by The Beatles, Stevie Wonder and Frank Sinatra.
The reception began as the 21-person wedding party was introduced as guests looked on, laughed and danced along to music provided by DJ Adam Epistein of 84 West Studios. Tables were dressed in ivory tablecloths with ivory hydrangeas in tall, cyclindrical vases, each surrounded by small round candles that set the romanic mood.
The night turned out to be absolutely perfect, and Lauren and Jimmy could not have had a more meaningful event.
Wedding Photography: Michelle Reed Photography / Floral Design: JH Designs / Wedding Dress: Romona Keveza / Hair & Makeup: Studio RK / Wedding Venue: The Club at Renaissance / Wedding Cake: The Club at Renaissance / Wedding Ceremony Music: The Vanderbilt Strings / Wedding Reception Music: Adam Epstein of 84 West Studios / Ceremony Chairs: Creative Events & Rentals