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Ethereal Key West Beach Hemingway House Wedding

Any wedding that includes Yenny Yoo clad Bridesmaids’ is certainly a show-stopper in our wedding book but add in the talented Care Studios behind the lens at the Hemingway House in Key West and you’ve got yourself one memorable celebration. See it all in The Vault!

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Winter
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Elegant

From the Bride… Clayton wanted to have a beach ceremony, and I wanted to have a romantic, ethereal wedding. We were able to easily combine the two visions in Key West by having our ceremony right on the beach and our reception at the Ernest Hemingway house. As for all the details, we really paid attention to every little thing and wanted each choice to reflect us as a couple, we really love wine and traveling to various wine regions so we brought in an Oregon pinot noir and a California white blend from two of our favorite wineries and served them during our cocktail hour. Yet some of my favorite details of the evening weren’t as noticeable from the stitching in Clayton’s suit with our wedding date to the handkerchief I carried that day, which was part of a love letter from my grandmother to her husband on their wedding day. And what tied everything together was working with Peggy, as she was able to take the vision we had and turn it into a perfect reality. I felt like I had walked into my perfect dream wedding. We truly had the perfect day!
Do you two have any advice to couples planning their wedding?

Take your time and try to appreciate the process. It will get overwhelming at points, but lean on each other and your support system. Keep the process in perspective as your wedding is your time to show your friends and family your commitment to not only each other but the journey ahed. It’s about love. I was lucky to have a groom who wanted to be involved in the majority of the wedding planning, so we truly tackled everything as a couple. When one of us needed to step back to regroup, the other would step up to the plate to lead for a while and vice versa. Through our teamwork, we both feel our wedding was ours and we were in it together.

When discussing our favorite part of the wedding, both of us could not pick one part. We both felt the entire day was perfect, so our favorite part was every part. But a standout moment was when Clayton took it upon himself to have one more surprise up his sleeve. Unbeknownst to me, he had put together a dance for him and his groomsmen to a Janet Jackson mashup (my favorite artist) and performed it for me at the reception. To say I was blown away is an understatement. It was incredible! Looking back on our wedding day, we just feel truly blessed all around.

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Photography: Care Studios | Cinematography: Cineaverde | Event Planning: Destination Wedding Studio | Floral Design: Duarte Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Jenny Packham | Cake: Key West Cakes | Invitations: Catharine Perry Design | Ceremony Venue: Key West Smathers Beach | Reception Venue: Hemingway House | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Yenny Yoo | Catering: Catered Affairs | Hair + Makeup: Beauty Boutique And The Glam Squad | DJ: DJ Gunz (Matthew Fox) | Groom's Attire: Custom By Trunk Club | Rentals: Eventfully Yours

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Elegant Black Tie St. Augustine Wedding

I’m sorry, but I just cannot get over how beautiful this Bride looks with her sleek low bun and simple yet stunning Amsale gown with its illusion back, covered buttons and a peplum! Add to that winning combination a bouquet of fluffy white peonies, an elegant Florida venue, a handsome Groom and photos from the incredible Still55 Photography for a wedding that is take-your-breath-away beautiful. See it all in The Vault!

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Winter
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Classic

From the Bride… We got married in St. Augustine, FL, which is the oldest city in the US, so we aimed to capture the charm of the historic town, blending together the old and the new throughout our wedding weekend. The majority of our guests were coming from out of town, so we wanted to provide an easy, relaxing weekend surrounded by friends and family. As our wedding was just before Christmas, we wanted to create the classic, warm feeling of the holidays – a moment in time that you hope never ends.

We knew we wanted a formal wedding that felt classic, had modern, elegant touches, but was easy to execute. We decided on a color palette of black and white with gold accents. My dress followed suit; it was extremely simple from the front, but had a beautiful, unexpected modern back. Our invitations were black and white, incorporating a blind embossed print. Our flowers were mostly shades of whites, with hints of barely there blush. At the event itself, we outfitted the tables with black linens, gold flatware, and a sea of tapered candles to bring the simple, formal style to life.

Our old-meets-new theme extended into the fine details of the day, borrowing from and celebrating with the generations that came before us. My wedding rings were beautifully created from a pin given to Gordon by his grandmother. And during the wedding processional, my brother carried a tussie-mussie in memory of our mom, the same one she carried at his wedding. They were simple, personal remembrances of some of the most important people in our lives.

Two elements that were a huge hit with our guest were the photobooth and professionally shot slide show.  The photobooth was an open-air booth that catered to both couples and large groups. We opted not to have any props and kept the background a simple crisp white, so that the focus was on all our good looking guests. Everyone received an instant copy, a sweet personal memento of the night.

We also wanted to share the fun, joyous moments we had while getting ready, experiencing our first look, and celebrating throughout the day before the wedding ceremony. Our incredible photographers were able to pull together a gorgeous collection of photos in less than an hour, leaving our guests raving about every detail.

Everyone imagines being on stage singing with a live band at some point in their lives – we were lucky enough to do so while surrounded by all our favorite people. It was the moment we knew this was truly the best day of our lives. Looking over the sea of people dancing, smiling, and scream-singing Journey and Michael Jackson, we just took it all in, realizing how incredibly lucky we are to have each other and all our friends and family in one place.

One piece of advice for brides and grooms-to-be…  Prioritize. There are so many decisions you’re forced to make when planning a wedding, if you stick to what’s most important to you and your partner, everything will be that much easier. We made a top three list and stuck with it, deciding to spend most of our budget on those top things. This meant we avoided getting caught up in every single overwhelming detail and knew that our wedding would be the exact day we both wanted from day one.

From Still55 PhotographyElizabeth and Gordon live in Boston but have ties to the romantically historic city of St. Augustine. Elizabeth’s father still lives there and she knew St. Augustine was the place she wanted to celebrate their marriage.

With the help of a great supporting cast in St. Augustine, Elizabeth worked hand in hand with a team of superb Florida vendors to make her vision come to life. Leading the team was Sara Grace from the Big Event. Knowing Elizabeth’s desire for the day she found that the newly remodeled Treasury would provide the elegant charm that Elizabeth was after. The stately banquet room has eight towering columns, marble floors, and luxurious architectural details soaring overhead to the vaulted ceiling. It provides both the luxury of the modern conveniences, and also continues to embrace its past as a beautiful, elegant and historic landmark.

With the help of a great team Elizabeth’s vision came to life. She wore a timeless peplum gown from Amsale reminding us of the striking beauty that simplicity presents. Their reception had understated touches of romance. Small but thoughtful tablescapes adorned the old bank treating her guest to dinner by candle light. This black tie wedding was truly a beautiful reflection of the couple and their love for one another.

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Photography: Still55 Photography | Cinematography: Flora + Fauna | Event Planning: The BIG Event | Floral Design: Shea Hopely Flowers | Wedding Dress: Amsale | Cake: Crème de la Cocoa | Invitations: Goosefish Press | Ceremony Venue: Trinity Episcopal Church | Reception Venue: Treasury On The Plaza | Bride's Shoes: Ferragamo | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Catering: Purple Olive | Makeup: Amanda Hopcraft | Hair: Casey Powell | Band: The RiverTown Band | Grooms Attire: Ermenegildo Zegna | Officiant: Father Ken Herzog | Bride Jewelry + Grooms Cufflinks: M. Flynn Studio | Hotel (Bride & Groom Prep): Casa Monica Hotel | Photobooth: Still55 Photography

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Romantic At-Home Wedding

A glittery gold gownbeautiful blooms from Hobby Hill Florist and crazy cool paper goods from Caroline Maxcy… this, loves, is what we call rustic romance done oh-so-RIGHT.  But beyond all of the seriously stunning details is a heartwarming story of love, home and family… and it’s what really makes this day shine.  See it all captured beautifully by Kt Crabb Photography in THE VAULT.

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Summer

From Kt Crabb Photography… I would like to formally introduce you to thee Mr. and Mrs. Fox! As fate would have it, Caroline would return to her hometown of Sebring during a trying season of life. It’s a beautiful thing when there is hope and beauty that springs out of a rough patch in life. Devon was that bright spot in her day and before she knew it, they were head over heels for one another. Her hometown grew to become a significant part of your life once again and it was there that they committed to spending the rest of their lives together.

The small town charm spoke volumes as a crowds of friends and family poured in to witness their union and celebrated their marriage. Little details of Caroline’s late father were scattered amongst the details from the benches at the ceremony made with his hands to the reception that took place outside his home. It truly was a celebration that left and imprint on everyone’s heart.

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Photography: Kt Crabb Photography | Cinematography: Heritage Visuals | Floral Design: Hobby Hill Florist | Invitations: Caroline Maxcy | Venue: At Home | Photography - Assistance: Stephanie Gamble Photography

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