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A Wedding Day Full of Pretty Details That Look Anything But DIY

From the DIY invites (painted by the bride!) and gorgeous garden bouquets to the Groom’s classic Navy uniform and gorgeous photos from Emily Katharine Photography, this Florida wedding day is all kinds of pretty. And the passed hors d’oeuvres instead of a sit-down dinner make it all kinds of fun, too. See it all in The Vault!

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Spring
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Al Fresco

From Emily Katharine PhotographyEvery aspect of Tommy and Rachel’s wedding day left a smile on my face. There was a special romance that lingered through the air, and it was truly magical to watch the day move along.

To set the tone for this gorgeous garden wedding, Rachel meticulously painted her own invitations and welcome map – as well as other signage for the wedding.

Rachel opted to get ready at her parent’s condo along the river. The natural light poured into the room. Rachel and her bridesmaids wore matching robes and enjoyed sipping on their coffee and popping champagne while Studio Bride worked along on their up-do’s and flawless makeup. Rachel’s mom and Natalie, her maid of honor and sister-in-law, helped put Rachel into her gorgeous beaded, illusion back gown. Rachel wore her grandmother’s stud earrings and Natalie’s drop pearl earrings.

The bridesmaids donned their mismatched blush dresses. I loved the variety and how they all complemented each other so well! They all carried beautiful, lush, organic bouquets flowing with greenery and garden roses made by Anything with Plants.

The ceremony took place right along the St. John’s River at the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens. Guests found their seats as they were serenaded by Alex Peramas, a musician that Tommy and Rachel had stumbled upon twice – in two different cities! The first night they heard him play was the night they exchanged their first “I love you’s,” so when they recognized him a second time, they knew it was meant to be and they asked him to play at their wedding.

The ceremony was short and sweet, led by Rachel’s uncle. Tommy was so excited to see Rachel for the first time – it was just adorable! Tommy wore his grandfather’s watch and wedding band. The band was previously engraved with his grandparent’s names and wedding date. There was just enough room to squeeze in “R&T 2016″ to symbolize the second marriage that it would fulfill and represent.

To honor Tommy’s service in the Navy, Rachel and Tommy walked through a sword arch presented by other members of the US Navy, US Air Force, and Australian Air Force during the recessional.

Rachel and Tommy’s wedding was timeless and classic with a gorgeous, neutral color scheme. Pops of blush and gold added interest and glam to their decor. Instead of a traditional sit down dinner, the guests enjoyed endless heavy hors d’oeuvres such as mini sliders and hot dogs, crepes and tomato soup shooters, and Chinese takeout. To top it off, they had a dessert table fit for a king and queen. Guests mingled in the museum while enjoying the art and others enjoyed dining al fresco under the cafe lighting (be still my heart) and tiled dance floor.

At the end of the night, Rachel changed into her honeymoon romper, and she and Tommy exited through a cloud of bubbles onto their getaway tandem bicycle! So adorable!

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Photography: Emily Katharine Photography | Floral Design: Anything With Plants And Flowers | Wedding Dress: Alfred Angelo | Cake: Alley Cakes | Bride's Shoes: Pour La Victorie | Catering: Chef's Garden Catering And Events | Hair + Makeup: Studio Bride Artistry | Band: Radio Love | Ceremony Music: Alex Peramas | Venue: The Cummer Museum Of Art & Gardens | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Framed Calligraphy Print: Shannon Kirsten Illustration | Invitations + Signage: Creative Freedom Design | Robes: Sandy Waters Store

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The Ultimate Beachside Wedding

If there was one wedding that embodies the perfect beachside ceremony, this would be it. Captured by Shining Light Photography, it’s the ultimate beach beauty and we’ve got every bit of it waiting for you to favorite and fall in love with (I mean, just look at that two-piece gown!) via The Vault!

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Spring
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Al Fresco

From The Bride…When Patrick and I were planning our wedding, we were on the same page with what we wanted. Something small, simple, family only, and definitely a destination wedding. The Omni Amelia Island Plantation has been a favorite vacation spot of mine for the last 8 years, and Patrick had grown to love it as well. So our destination was an easy choice!

Shopping for a dress was a pretty easy experience for me. I knew I wanted something non-traditional that didn’t overpower my petite frame. I went to BHLDN and paired the Anika Tulle skirt and the Celeste topper with an ivory crop top underneath. It was beyond perfect for the beach! Patrick went to Brooks Brothers for his wedding attire, going with a bold, navy custom-made suit that fit him perfectly.

Next obstacle: the guest list! Turns out, our families are a bit bigger than we had realized. And with a guest list quickly growing to 100 people with just our two families, talks of wedding planners, and trying to please everyone, my fiancé had to talk me off the ledge. It had so quickly turned into something that wasn’t us. Without telling our parents, Patrick and I booked my aunt’s condo on the Plantation for an entire week in April. We were going to have a family vacation, and during this vacation, Patrick and I would have a simple ceremony and a dinner with those who mean the most to us. A week long celebration of two families coming together. We started the wedding planning by booking the Property Owners Club at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation. The ceremony was perfect and intimate…exactly what we had envisioned. Patrick and I also had our younger sisters stand beside us as we said our vows. Even though our wedding was super small, it was important to us to have them up there. Since there would only be about 12 of us, we decided to have the ceremony and dinner on the patio. The patio overlooked the marsh and a large oak tree, making the view for the evening both calming and compelling.

We ate dinner after the sun had set, at a large table with bulb lights strung above, serving as our only source of light. The ambiance of the dinner was indescribable, but the relationships, laughter and love being shared was beautiful and extra special. We all just relaxed, played games like both of our families love to do, and just enjoyed each other’s company. It honestly was magical. We even saw a shooting star at the end of the night!

With the work of our amazing vendors (and my sweet aunt and mother) our ideal, intimate wedding came together better than we could have imagined!

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Photography: Shining Light Photography | Floral Design: Dottie B Florist | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Invitations: Melody Joy | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Lulu's | Catering: Horizons | Groom's Attire: Brooks Brothers | Venue: Walkers Landing at Amelia Island Plantation | Film Processing: PhotoVision Prints

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This Bride Married Her Groom on the Same Beach She Built Sandcastles on as a Child

When it comes to sentimental wedding details, we like to think that a venue reigns supreme. And for this darling duo? Well, let’s just say that where they chose to wed held a lot of happy memories for the bride. From childhood sandcastles to one sweet ceremony, Dash Photography captured every sweet detail to share and it’s all waiting in The Vault!

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Summer
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Al Fresco

From Dash PhotographyThe bride, Grace, grew up on the beaches of Carillon at her grandparent’s beach house. She has memory after memory with her family in the little community, and was set on getting married there. James, Grace’s groom, fell in love with the quaint little beach community as well. Grace’s now 94 year old grandfather, along with her grandmother, welcomed friends and family to Carillon for a weekend of festivities. Grace and James said “I Do” with handwritten vows under a beautiful floral canopy on the same beach Grace built sandcastles on, then shut down the main street for dinner and dancing under palm trees and twinkle lights. It was such a sweet way for Grace to start her own family with James at a place so dear to her and the rest of her family.

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Photography: Dash Photography | Event Planning: Carillon Beach Weddings | Floral Design: Fisher's Flowers | Wedding Dress: Watters | Cake: Cakes By Tanis | Ceremony Venue: Carillon Village Green | Reception Venue: Carillon Beach Main Street | Bride's Shoes: Chinese Laundry | Jewelry: Kendra Scott Jewelry | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Tulle And Chantilly | Catering: Signature Catering of 30A | Hair + Makeup: Tania Crawford | DJ: GTS Weddings | Groom's Attire: Express | Bridal Dress Purchase: The White Magnolia | Bridal Tanks: Gnarly Grail | Bridesmaids' Jewelry: Cloverpost via Honey and Hazel Boutique | Flash Tattoss: Daydream Prints | Groom's Shoes: Vans | Linens: Destin Wedding Linens | Music and Photobooth: Gulf Talent Services | Rentals: H&M