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Modern Carillon Village Green Wedding

I know it’s going to be a good day when we have a film from Sixpence Productions on the schedule. They nail it every. single. time. And this beachside soiree is no exception. The Bride’s adorable anticipation, the Groom’s excited smile as he watches her make her way down the aisle… it’s a heart-warmer darlings. Press play to see all the sweet love and don’t miss the gallery from Paul Johnson!


From Sixpence ProductionsWe get the sweetest couples from all over the country. Jennifer and Chad were from Iowa and showed us just how much fun and incredibly kind people from the Hawkeye state are. I knew they were the perfect clients for us when Jen told us about Chad’s proposal. It was at her Dad’s farm at Mother’s Day weekend and all the family was over for a “grill out” in the backyard under the stars. Beyond that all she could remember were the tears and giggles when Chad proposed. Tears and giggles. What more could a girl want?!?

From the beautiful Bride…I guess you could say that we met in an operating room. I am a physician assistant and Chad, at the time, was a rad tech that I was introduced to by one of his friends. I was astonished that I had never noticed that amazing smile before and I was hooked after that first introduction. Our relationship has endured a move from Iowa to Austin and then back, due to a job for me and for Chad’s acceptance into dental school. An engagement, therefore, sort of took a back seat due to all of these life changes. But, when we did get engaged, we decided early on to go away for the wedding. Florida was our state of choice and the second we saw Carillon Beach and The Meeting House we knew it was the place we would say some very special words to each other. We also loved the idea of an outdoor reception, and The Village Green was perfect. Not to mention Avis was sweet as pie, and made us feel right at home. She was there for us through the entire process, and we are forever grateful for that.

The inspiration for our wedding style and colors was fairly simple, we both wanted to keep it fresh, clean, and crisp. My favorite color is green, so we just kind of ran with it from there. We used the olive branch for its symbolism, and incorporated it throughout the day. Those July days in Florida can get a bit muggy, so we wanted to keep things nice and light. We wanted to make sure that all of our guests who made the trip felt welcome and relaxed. I was pretty laid back about the details, and it all came together better than we could have imagined, thanks to Christina from Events by Nouveau Flowers, and no thanks to rain all morning.

We made a pact with each other to experience our day together because we both wanted to see what the other was seeing. We were always by each other’s side and wanted to be in that place for our first day of married life. We are so glad we did! Although, I think we have more pictures of us smooching than not, oh well!!

We were also able to incorporate some old and new into the day. We were given beautiful Irish Waterford toasting flutes, we had a local printer design and print a Quaker-style wedding certificate that we used in place of a traditional guest book, each of the bouquets were wrapped in my Grandmother’s scarves, and my bouquet had the rosary given to me by my Grandparents for my First Communion. I also had my monogram in blue sewn into my dress along with some “Irish luck” from my mom.

We did have a fun time deciding on favors for our guest. We came up with using champagne flutes as our escort cards. Thank goodness for Avis! I had very vague idea and she made it come to life! She came up with a cute little saying to pull it all together. We also decided on koozies, with custom art work of the Meeting House and our wedding date. They turned out perfectly!

We had quite a few friends tell us how much they couldn’t remember about their own wedding day, and many of them said if they could do it all over again they would have it filmed. This became a priority for us and when we started do some research on it, we were blown away by the work of Sixpence Productions. I would sit and watch other couples’ sneak peek films, and I felt like I was actually there. Joanna and Rob were incredible! We have guests to this day who see our film and tell us that they didn’t even realize they were there filming. It means everything to us to have this very special day and the special moments on film for us to forever enjoy!

Every time I watch the sneak peek footage (which I’m not sure if I should admit how many times I’ve replayed it), it’s so special for me to see Chad’s reaction to seeing me as the doors of the Meeting House opened. We decided not to see each other before the ceremony; I am so glad we waited because is this one of my most favorite moments. Had it not been caught on film, I would have never truly understood how he was feeling.

Having beautiful photographs to complement our film was also at the top of our priority list. Paul Johnson Photography truly gave us timeless photographs to cherish for a lifetime. Paul and Mecheal were wonderful! Their work tells a story of the day. I can see what Chad was doing at the exact time I was doing what brides do, and vice versa. What a priceless gift!

Photography: Paul Johnson Photography | Cinematography: Sixpence Productions | Wedding Planner: Avis Glenister Of Carillon Weddings | Floral Design: Nouveau Flowers | Wedding Gown: Amsale | Cake: Confections On The Coast | Invitations: RSVP | Ceremony Venue: Meeting House | Reception Venue: Carillon Village Green | Bridesmaids' Dresses: After Six | Catering: Townsend Catering | Hair: Jasmine Rizzuto | DJ: Paul Kirker For Gulf Talent Services | Make Up Artist: Robin Klag | Marriage Certficate/Guest Book: Elizabeth Munger At The Paper Nest | Robe: Plum Pretty Sugar

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Romantic Miami Wedding at Red Fish Grill

This is the kind of wedding that really makes my heart sing. Because not only is it filled with gorgeous details that will leave my head spinning all day (hello gorgeous blooms from Ines Naftali, I’m talking to you), but it’s also overflowing with love. The kind of love you can just feel through each of 13:13 Photography‘s beautiful images, and it just takes one look at this gallery to see what I mean. 


From The Bride… Ben and I share a contagious kind of love that surrounds us and makes everyone around feel confident, happy and at ease, so when it came time to plan our wedding the most important thing was to bring together all of our closest friends and family for an unforgettable celebration inspired by a beautiful mashup of the best of both of us. Since we fell in love during our last two years attending the University of Miami, it was an obvious choice to get married close to where it all began. Matheson Hammock provided the perfect backdrop: a lush grassy park with huge photogenic trees for the ceremony, and an old historic coral structure for the reception nestled in an idyllic beach lagoon that overlooks Biscayne Bay with the downtown Miami skyline glistening on the horizon. It’s a setting so naturally gorgeous it hardly needs any decoration, and a venue my very foodie family certainly approved of as well. Both Ben and I are borderline flower children and true creatives at heart, and we wanted to create an environment for our wedding that felt elegant yet down-to-earth and infused with personal touches to make it feel like us. Our very own intimate park to oceanside bohemian fairytale.

To bring the vision to life, we opted against hiring a planner to help save a few bucks and since my career in marketing/PR made me somewhat well-equipped to pull this off. Plus, bridezilla just isn’t my style. The deep greens and lush, organic hues you’d find a tropical garden served as our primary color palette, paired with my very favorite coral peonies (luckily just barely in season!) to add just the perfect pop of color. The florist was among the most important line items in our budget, and my sweet amazing mom who knows everything about nature deserves all the credit for working closely with the incredibly talented Ines Naftali to help create the most gorgeous unkempt arrangements and bouquets that fit beautifully amid the natural, uneven textures of driftwood, burlap, vintage glassware and twinkling candles that I wanted to incorporate into the tablescape design. I’d fallen in love with Ashley and Philip’s work and unique style after stumbling upon their blog a few years back, and after exchanging a few emails, just knew that they were the only photographers who could capture the genuine emotion and essence of our special day in a way that we will treasure for years to come. Everything else we kept whimsical and simple.

Ben personally wrote our entire inter-faith ceremony, and I put my artistic talents to work by designing and creating all of our paper elements by hand — including the cut-out paper heart fan programs, chevron seating cards, craft paper menus and handwritten notes. Inspired by old Miami photographs, the thank-you cards resembled real vintage postcards that displayed various images of 1920s Matheson Hammock Park, which were taken right beside the place where our reception actually took place. Each table was designated by a vintage Miami postcard image, showing different locations around Miami that holds special meaning in our relationship. From our mismatched bridesmaid dresses to the assortment of mini key lime pies in lieu of a formal wedding cake, traditional and matchy-matchy just isn’t our style. Our wedding reflected exactly who Ben and I are as a couple — fun, free-spirited and marvelously complex — in everything from the paper lanterns our closest friends helped us string up earlier that morning, to the Polaroid selfies our guests took instead of signing a guest book, down to the perfectly crisp fall weather and waves of positive energy flowing through atmosphere all evening. It really was the best day ever.

Photography: 13:13 Photography | Floral Design: Ines Naftali | Wedding Gown: Augusta Jones | Invitations: GreenQuince | Ceremony Venue: Matheson Hammock Park | Reception Venue: Red Fish Grill | Bridesmaids' Earrings: BK & Leo Jewelry | Ceremony + Cocktail Hour Music: Lenny Batista | Dessert: Puerto Madero | Getting Ready Venue: Mayfair Hotel & Spa | Hair + Makeup: Niurka From Hope Artistry | Reception Music: Vision DJs

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Romantic Rose Gold Wedding Inspiration Shoot

Silhouettes are having a moment right now, and as the girl who had my very own proudly hanging in my childhood room, I couldn’t be happier about it. The silhouette gets a romantic makeover in this inspiration shoot from Serendipity Designs and Ashley Victoria Photography, set against a soft pastels color palette and the prettiest sequin table linens. In summary? It’s perfection.

From Serendipity DesignsI am in love with the current trends that I am seeing from brides lately. Everyone is trying to incorporate their own personal style, some adding new trends that they’re seeing, but a lot are focusing on making certain pieces stand out – from linens and paper goods selection, or having a wedding logo created, they are finding ways to create new twists from the traditional, timeless weddings to create a day all of their own.

This was the idea with the shoot that Ashley and I created. I contacted her in January after receiving some new linen samples in the mail, and we decided to use a cameo sequin linen for the shoot, mixed with black and white stripes, corals, and pinks. We loved the softness that it created but also the modern look of the stripes and sequins. I added the silhouettes into the look because they are timeless – and create an elegant look all on their own.

Once we had the inspiration board started, I created the invitations and built the complete idea from there. I love the look of invitations and pieces that don’t have square or rounded corners, so created a die-cut invitation and RSVP card in a baroque shape on quartz colored pearlized paper, incorporating a modern silhouette on the front and back, a rose gold glitter envelope liner for the light coral envelopes, and also using the same silhouette for the front address of the RSVP envelope. I created a menu and dessert signs to complement it, and from there, the shoot idea came to life.

To balance out the looks of the colors, we used the black and white stripes as more of an accent, focusing on the soft romantic colors more, while building visual texture filled with different combinations to enhance the room. We chose to do the shoot at the Barkley House because in addition to being a popular venue for weddings in Pensacola, it also has a lot of historical charm and beautifully painted walls inside.

For the table, we used tall tapered candles in various heights and colors on crystal candleholders, mixed with crystal cut vases with romantic mixtures of tulips, ranunculus, spray roses, dogwood, scabiosa, privet berries placed freely into the tables design. We placed these on top of a rose gold sequin table runner and pink champagne linens. Black chargers and black and white striped napkins completed the look, along with the baroque style plates, gold and silver flatware, and modern glassware for the men and women on the table.

We also included a dessert station, using a cameo rose gold sequin linen, creating a backdrop from chair ties, and incorporating many different desserts placed at varying heights on cake stands. In addition to the dessert station, we used a gold bar cart to display pink champagne with rock candy accents, vintage decanters holding bourbon for the gentlemen, in addition to cigars being offered. Additionally, we created an area for the tea drinkers, using adorable baroque style teacups.

Our models are a real-life husband and wife couple, Lia & Ellis, because it was important for us to have people that were comfortable with each other to evoke the feeling of the day. The bride wore a beautiful all lace button-backed gown with a sheer lace back by Allure Bridals, and the groom wore a traditional modern black tux with a black bow-tie and vest. It was important for us to create something that brides could use as a visual alternative for ways to incorporate the modern trends of today with the traditional, beautiful looks of weddings we have seen in the past, while still creating a romantic setting. This is one of our favorite shoots we have done, and we feel that a gorgeous, detailed inspirational shoot that a lot of brides can use to gather ideas from.

Photography: Ashley Victoria Photography | Event Design: Serendipity Designs | Event Planning: Serendipity Designs | Flowers: FIORE Of Pensacola | Wedding Dress: Allure Bridals | Makeup Artist: Eliza George Makeup Artist | Dessert Bar: Kiley Bolster | Dessert Bar: Kiley Bolster | Dress, Jewelry, Hairpiece: The Bridal Loft | Hair Artist: Cathy Sheldon | Hand-crafted Cameo: Sweetie & The Bean | Paper Goods: Kristin's Grace | Rentals: Wedding Walls | Tuxedo: Randall's Formal Wear | Wedding Venue: The Barkley House