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This Anniversary Shoot Is the Absolute Definition of Romance!

Look up the word “romance” in the dictionary and these pics are what you’ll see. Captured by Simply Sarah Photography, this two year anniversary shoot is dripping with love in all the best ways possible, from the setting (Miami’s Vizcaya Museum & Gardens) to the gorgeous Rime Arodaky gown – and of course these two soulmates. Get in on all these good vibes this Monday – more in our Vault right this way!

From Simply Sarah PhotographyI had the pleasure of photographing Halle and Brendan’s gorgeous backyard wedding in 2015 and was thrilled to capture their two year anniversary in their new home state of Florida just a few weeks ago. Vizcaya provided a beautiful and timeless background and I was able capture these two exploring the museum gardens in all their newlywed glory. Yes, after two years of marriage they still act like newlyweds, it’s adorable how cute they are! I have a special place in my heart for anniversary sessions and I suggest all of my couples to take time to document their love in some way as the years of marriage roll on. When they are 65, how sweet will it be to show their grandchildren years of beautiful photographs of times long past but memories they hold so dear.

From Halle… Truth be told, Brendan and I have very little in common. I love baking show marathons, he loves Grey’s Anatomy. I am a huge dreamer, he’s the most realistic person I know. I love concerts, he won’t go because he doesn’t know what to do with his hands. I love shopping, he hates it with a passion. I love Jesus, he loves Jesus.. and that’s enough. I am glad we figured that out early on..
After almost two years of marriage, it is our mutual love for Jesus that binds us, and our love for His mission in particular. We know that we are truly better together, than apart. And we know God’s mission is bigger than our marriage. Our desire for our marriage is modeled after Philippians 1:17. We want to be of “one mind,” to be “striving side by side for the faith of the gospel.” Being married to Brendan is the most beautiful, reckless, and scandalous shadow of the most incredible love story ever told.

Our words of wisdom for other couples: Brendan and I haven’t had years of experience with marriage but we’ve certainly walked through some seasons together, both good and bad! At the beginning of our marriage I had a break down… here I am a young newlywed, living seven hours away from my family and friends in a new city and knowing no one besides my husband. One night Brendan walked in from work and found me crying my eyes out beside the bed. Super mature and attractive I am sure… he laid down beside me and started praying over me. Hearing my husband invite God into my mess of depression changed the way I viewed prayer and made me fall even more in love with him.

Prayer truly changes everything. Have you ever had the thought that you could be the only person that prays for your spouse? Or even your marriage? Fact is marriage is difficult, we get tired and selfish. Psalm 18:6 tells us He always hears, and he deeply cares for our marriage, your marriage, everyone’s marriage. After all He designed it. Brendan and I believe prayer and communion with God alone has given us a satisfaction and purpose in marriage we truly didn’t even know was possible. I look forward to many more years of marriage with my best friend!

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Photography: Simply Sarah Photography | Floral Design: Inna Olimpiyuk Events | Jewelry: Trumpet & Horn | Hair + Makeup: DG Makeup Pro | Wedding Venue: Vizcaya Museum & Gardens | Couple's Custom Crest: Spurle Gul Studios

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Luxe Florida Wedding With a Cool, Lounge Vibe

There’s so much for love about this Floria affair photographed by Jacqui Cole, but my favorite element is all about the party atmosphere. When it came time for the reception, they opted for an ultra cool lounge vibe with awesome seating setups for guests to casually mix and mingle. Not to mention the yummy food stations! Tracie Domino Events planned this chic, fuss-free celebration and we can’t get enough.

From the Bride… Mike and I met through mutual friends after I decided to crash the group’s Sunday night tradition of dinner followed by the TV show Game of Thrones. I was planning on leaving after dinner but decided to stay and learn more about the show and the handsome guy in the room. Mike and I talked for a little bit that night but had an opportunity to get to know each other better when he arranged a group outing to the movies later that week. We were inseparable from that night on.

Mike insisted on exchanging Christmas gifts early. His family had already agreed to have a practical Christmas, so I somewhat jokingly asked for new underwear to keep with the theme. On the night of the proposal, I opened a Victoria’s Secret box full of different types of underwear. You can imagine my confusion to find a pair of my underwear along with a pair of Mike’s boxers in the mix, but it all made sense once I read the checklist at the bottom of the box – something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. Mike dropped to one knee and proposed in our living room. I immediately said yes!

Mike has two extraordinary children from his first marriage, Drew and Gabby. For our wedding, it was important to include them in our festivities. We envisioned a small, intimate wedding with our family and dearest friends in attendance followed by a big party with the rest of our guests. In lieu of a bridal party, we asked Mike’s sister, JoAnna, and my brother, John, to stand by our sides. Drew and Gabby served as our ring bearer and flower girl. We realized very quickly that due to our busy personal and professional lives we really needed the help of a wedding planner. Immediately after meeting with Tracie Domino with Tracie Domino Events, we felt exceedingly confident that she would be able to make our wedding everything we hoped for and more. She introduced us to some of the most talented vendors in the business who would help us bring our vision to life.

Within a few weeks of our initial meeting we had a venue, band, photographer and décor company booked. She made the process incredibly easy for us and alleviated much of the stress that accompanies planning an event of this size. January in Tampa is all about Pirates, so, when we chose our wedding date a couple of weeks before the Gasparilla parade and events, we knew we had to incorporate some Tampa-inspired elements into our event design and décor.

Our graphic designer was inspired by a vintage cigar box label for our stationary suite. We had custom throw beads made as party favors for our guests. We really gravitated toward bold colors and incorporated navy and marsala into our color palette. Palma Ceia Golf & Country Club was the perfect backdrop for our wedding, so we decided to have our ceremony on the golf course and our cocktail hour and reception in the clubhouse. MMD Events completely transformed the ballroom by creating a warm and inviting lounge atmosphere. I loved that our guests could take a break from dancing by relaxing on the comfortable furniture surrounding the dance floor. The layout really encouraged our guests to mix and mingle. We set up food stations with “his” and “her” favorites. Our guests enjoyed comparing menus served at each station.

At the end of the night, we surprised our guests with sliders and French fries. Knowing our friends and family, a stocked bar and great band were important for the celebration we wanted to share with our guests. Our band, The Headliners, kept our guests (young and old) on the dance floor the entire night. By the end of the reception, the crowd migrated toward the stage for what felt like a private concert. They were fantastic! One of our fondest memories of our wedding was our personal and heartfelt ceremony.

Prior to our wedding, Mike and I were asked by our officiant to answer some questions about our relationship, which he used to tell our “love story”. The heartfelt story shared by our officiant brought the entire crowd to tears and we loved sharing our story with those people who were instrumental in the growth and nurturing of our relationship.

We are so happy we decided on a first look! Jacqui Cole shared our enthusiasm with our decision because she knew the light would be perfect for our wedding portraits. It also gave us some time to enjoy a private moment together in the middle of a busy day. We feel like her amazing photos vindicate our decision to do a first look. We still find ourselves admiring Jacqui’s beautiful photographs. Her vision and talent perfectly captured the joy and love that we felt surrounding and embracing us that day.

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Photography: Jacqui Cole Photography | Event Planning: Tracie Domino Events | Wedding Dress: Amsale | Cake: The Cake Zone | Reception Venue: Palma Ceia Golf and Country Club | Hair and Makeup: Irina Bilka | Ceremony Music: Bella Musica | Bridal Store: Calvet Couture Bridal | Decor: MMD Events | Floral Design + Rentals: MMD Events | Reception Band: The Headliners Band

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Laid Back Beach Wedding With Classic Style

Key Largo is one of those tropical hidden gems without the international flight and it served as the perfect backdrop for Arthur and Danielle’s “I do” designed by Destination Wedding Studio. They created a lush escape for each one of the couple’s guests, including an outdoor meal to remember by Bill Hansen Luxury Catering. Take a peek at the photos from Lauren Kinsey for a virtual escape guaranteed to make this weekday so much sweeter.

Colors
Seasons
Fall
Settings
Beach
Styles
Casual

Arthur and Danielle ventured all the way down to the Florida Keys from New York City for their intimate destination wedding. The beautiful Largo Resort was the perfect backdrop for such an affair- serene bungalows for their family and friends, lush foliage that made you feel as though you had stepped into an exotic destination, and crystal clear waters.

Peggy Russell from Destination Wedding Studio was at the helm of styling this event, and created an outdoor dinner experience under the palms that provided the perfect ambiance for the low-key, laid back Florida Keys affair.

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Photography: Lauren Kinsey Fine Art Weddings | Event Design: Destination Wedding Studio | Cake: Misha's Cupcakes | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Catering: Bill Hansen Luxury Catering and Event Production | Makeup + Hair: Beauty Boutique | DJ: DJ Gunz (Matthew Fox) | Venue: Largo Resort

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