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Sophisticated Beachside Wedding in Florida

Fellow sun-chasers this one is for you, a daily dose of Vitamin D(reamy) that has us packing our virtual bags e-scaping the winter chill for warmer temps at Alys Beach! It’s the ultimate sunny celebration in Florida snapped up by Pure7 Studios that is awash with romance. It’s a gallery you’re going to want to bask in, and we’ve got it all in THE VAULT!


From The Bride…Jason and I started dating the beginning of 2011. When we first met, I knew from the beginning that I wanted to be with him for forever. While we were dating, I went on a girl’s beach trip to Rosemary Beach. That’s when I discovered Alys Beach, and I absolutely fell in love with Alys when I saw it. I knew right then Alys was where I wanted to get married.

Jason and I have a little girl Brady Rae and we take her everywhere with us, so when he was planning the proposal, he knew I would know something was up if he did something “special” with her. We have season tickets to the Memphis Grizzlies and while I was getting ready I heard Jason tell Brady to take something to me. She came in our room and handed me a box. I told her to open the box because I thought they were my pearl earrings Jason had fixed for me. Brady opened it and my mouth dropped and Brady told me it was hers! It was nothing extravagant, but Brady being a part of it meant everything and he knew that! I was honestly surprised!

We always knew we didn’t want a big wedding. All of our friends had destination weddings and we didn’t want the typical destination type wedding. We wanted it more traditional, but still beachy. Jason’s parents own a couple of condos in Destin and he had never even seen Alys Beach. I booked it without him even seeing it, and he loved it! Meghan Kelly, the Alys Beach wedding coordinator, helped me with everything. I seriously wouldn’t have been able to do anything without her. I didn’t want the stress of having to deal with a lot and she was amazing!

I debated a lot about actually having the wedding on the beach, but when we sat down with our designer/florist, Grove Fisher of Fisher’s Flowers, she had this vision and I loved it. We wanted small intimate and she did just that! I can’t actually describe how beautiful Alys really is…you have to see with your own actual eyes and be there in person. Everything is white, white, white! It’s absolutely stunning! We ended up having the ceremony and reception all in one place at Fonville Press. It was perfect. Our photographer/videographers at Pure7 Studios were fantastic and captured everything perfectly. All of our guests still talk about how perfect and laid back our wedding was. I couldn’t have pictured our wedding anymore perfect than it was.

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Photography: Pure7 Studios | Videography: Pure7 Studios | Coordination: Alys Beach | Floral Design: Fisher's Flowers | Catering: Caliza Restaurant | Band: Kyle LaMonica | Venue: Alys Beach

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Bright + Colorful Miami Resort Wedding

A Miami destination wedding was the perfect solution for this couple currently living in New York, but had family traveling over to celebrate from their native Albania. They opted for a classic, clean design with careful pops of color and plenty of Albanian marriage traditions woven in along the way. THE VAULT is your go-to for every moment captured by Merari Photography.


From Merari Photography… Rodi and Eni chose to have their wedding celebration at the Eden Roc Hotel in Miami Beach all the way from Buffalo, NY. Their family is mostly from Albania so Miami was a fun halfway point for everyone. Eni incorporated some traditional Albanian elements into the celebration. Her mom made a beautiful handkerchief used when the bride and groom lead the guests in a traditional dance around the room and her sister, the maid of honor, carried a little plate with candy and coins for good luck.

Eni kept a simple and soft color palette with a pop or red here and there to add contrast. Their outdoor ceremony was almost rained out thanks to the crazy Florida summer weather but as soon as they saw each other during their first look, the skies cleared up and she was able to walk down the aisle and meet Rodi under the sunshine.

Their reception was set up to feel intimate and fun, like a family dinner. The bride and groom’s favorite tapas, beer and wine were placed on each table for everyone to pass around and share. Once the music started, everyone gathered around the dance floor for the traditional money dance, where guests shower the bride and groom with cash to start their new life together. It was a lovely and fun celebration!

Photography: Merari Photography | Floral Design: Ever After Floral Design | Wedding Dress: James Clifford | Cake: Ana Paz | Bride's Shoes: Chinese Laundry | Hair: Art Of Hair By Claudia | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss | Venue: Eden Roc | Video: D.P. Weddings

Shape Editor’s Florida Engagement Session

When Shape magazine’s Fitness Director, Jaclyn Emerick meet her beau, Scott the small fact that they happened to live on opposite sides of the country didn’t deter their relationship one bit. Fast forward many dates and many miles later, when Scott popped the question on a trip to Costa Rica. They invited Lauren Kinsey to capture their engagement and we’ve got every photo inside THE VAULT.

From The Bride-to-be… Scott and I were living on opposite coasts when we let a mutual friend pique our interest in each other back in November of 2013. Pretty inconvenient, but that didn’t seem to matter because from very early on I think we both always knew this was going to work out.

My job as a magazine editor took me from New York City to Los Angeles at least once a month for photo shoots, events, or races, and on my quick November trip to the west coast we had our first date: hiking and sushi.

After that day, we talked on the phone for six weeks, then decided we’d officially try the very-long-distance relationship thing. Three months and many Delta miles later, Scott moved to New York City. During the next 10 months of our relationship we got new jobs, went hot air ballooning, waterfall canyoneering, trail running, racing, rappelling, and snowboarding, I broke my ankle, we turned vegetarian, did a little traveling, had some serious college football feuds, and did way too much bulldog stalking.

Then, Scott proposed on a beautiful wooden bridge in the middle of the cloud forest at dusk in Costa Rica in March of 2015. We moved in together a few weeks later, and our sweet, strange French bulldog puppy, Chandler Muriel, came home in August.

There was never a question of where we’d get married. My family moved from the Chicago suburbs to Watercolor, Florida, about seven years ago. No place has ever felt more like home than that. Besides it being one of the most beautiful places in the country, you can’t help but be happy and content when you’re there, and we want our family and best friends to experience that when we get married.

And a moment to swoon over Lauren Kinsey: We planned our wedding date around her availability. She manages to capture such special moments so authentically, and we’re so lucky to have her shoot these engagement photos and our wedding day. These are the images we’ll look at for the rest of our lives.

From Lauren Kinsey… Photographing couples can be a challenge—the nuances of their personalities, how they “fit” together, and learning what their love language is an exciting thing to see unfold. When I met Jaclyn & Scott for the first time, they had such a natural presence and calmness to them. Ghandi said that “Love is boundless like the ocean and, swelling within one, spreads itself out and, crossing all boundaries and frontiers, envelops the whole world.” The way Scott holds Jaclyn so gently, the way they move so fluidly together—all makes sense why they have chosen Watercolor as the place they will wed next year.

Photography: Lauren Kinsey | Dress: Reformation | Venue: Watercolor Florida

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