I can’t think of a better way to spend this first day of September than with these lovely Santa Rosa Beach nuptials by Kansas Pitts Photography.  Yes, with fall nipping at our heels, this sunny beach chic meets tropical garden soiree is a breath of fresh air and then some.  And with a stunning seaside location, a beautiful soft green color palette, fabulous lantern centerpieces and a pair of gorgeous Louboutins, I’m not missing my summer one bit.  Lucky for us, there is even more pretty in the gallery.  So, I’ll be sure to see you there!

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From the Bride… After three years of long distance dating, I was beyond thrilled when Ryan proposed! I have always envisioned getting married on the beach, specifically in the Santa Rosa Beach area of Florida. My husband and I grew up spending summers in the area and have so many special memories of spending vacations with our family and friends.  We knew we wanted a wedding that was light-hearted, romantic, and FUN- a beach wedding seemed like a perfect fit. After months of searching for a wedding venue location, luckily my mother (also my matron of honor) found a reception site that was perfect for our budget friendly wedding- an art gallery on the famous Highway 30A.

We wanted a timeless, classic, elegant seaside wedding that did not cost a fortune.  We wanted our guests to feel the love that Ryan and I share and have fun celebrating at a unique wedding with an intimate feel. It was the perfect day and we were so pleased with the way everything turned out, especially the cooperating weather! I would have to say that the most special moment of the day was when we had our “First Look.”  Ryan and I got to see each other for the first time moments before our ceremony in a gorgeous garden.  It was breathtaking!

My mother and I did so many of the details of the wedding, such as the pomander balls on the ends of the aisle, the sand unity set, the flower girl/ring bearer shells, the chocolate candy favors, the ribbon wands and rose petal bags for our exit, the seating cards & table numbers & merriment menu, and the programs. A close friend of ours created our save the dates, wedding invitations, and response cards for us. We had many little details at the wedding and the reception. I wanted people to see things and then have to take a second glance to catch all of the little touches.  My mother put hand sewn crystals on the bottoms of the pomander balls.  We used the starfish brooches on every bouquet in the wedding.  Our sand unity set also had antique brooches on the shell boxes.  We special ordered the shells for the ring bearer and the flower girl. My bouquet had my mother’s antique handkerchief attached to the back side for my something borrowed, and my something old consisted of the first necklace trinket that Ryan had given me on our first Valentine’s sewn to my garter.

Wedding Photography: Kansas Pitts Photography / Beach Access: Gulfview Heights Beach Access / Wedding Coordinator: Heather Weatherall of Weatherall Fine Art Gallery / Wedding Reception Location: Weatherall Fine Art Gallery / Floral Design: Jenny of Destin Florals / Wedding Cake: Fatty Patty’s Cakes / Wedding Videography: Sublime Studios / Band: Latitude 29 / Wedding Gown: Custom, Jasmine Couture / Bride’s Shoes: Christian Louboutin / Jeweler: Platinum Jewelers / Hair: Ya Ya’s Salon / Makeup: Jill van Otten / Bridesmaid Dresses: Bari Jay / Aisle Runner: The Original Aisle Runner Company