This wedding is so sweet and romantic with its pink, white and red flowers and hints of blue in the linens. I’m totally loving this fresh and not often seen color palette. The bride and groom are absolutely adorable and you can tell by looking at the pretty, pretty images by VUE photography that they are totally head over heels in love. The gorgeous gown, the incredible flowers, and the amazing beach all add up to a fabulous Florida wedding and I have no doubts that you’ll be hitting up the gallery as soon as you’re down scrolling through these beauties!

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From the Bride…May 5, 2007 was a chance meeting of two avid college football fans, in Auburn, Alabama. Gary and I were both visiting for the weekend. Starting with our love of college football, Gary and I talked for hours, finding many additional interests and experiences in common. Over the coming months, a geographical separation not withstanding, we grew closer, and a romance blossomed. We soon discovered our mutual love all things Southern, and most especially, Southern beaches. We had our first “official” date over Memorial weekend, and once we became engaged, knew that our wedding had to be that weekend. After seriously dating for a little over two and a half years, I was very ready to be engaged.  On December 17, 2009, Gary had taken me to dinner at one of my favorite restaurants, and we had planned to watch a Christmas movie back at my apartment after. Unknown to me, Gary had hidden the ring in the family room earlier in the day. When we arrived from dinner, he got down on one knee and pulled out the ring. I was so surprised, and very excited to finally say “yes”!

After visiting several potential wedding venues, I knew that Carillon Beach, Florida was “the place.” Gary and I love the Gulf Coast, and wanted a location where friends and family would be able to enjoy the beach. When I walked into the Meeting House, I became teary eyed and knew that we had found our perfect venue. Starting at age 13, I have been collecting wedding magazines. I have always admired the beautiful flowers, picturesque settings, and sweet romantic details. To put it lightly, I had a very specific vision in mind with pages of torn out magazines as the example. Victoria & Avis at Carillon Weddings were beyond helpful. The vendors executed my vision better that imagined (and everything was even more beautiful than the magazine pictures!) Vue Photography and Diva Productions captured our day perfectly.

The planning process was fun, and stress- free. I loved our traditional Anglican vows. Our officiant was the father of a long-time fellow dancer, so it was very special to have him marry us. The scripture passages were from Song of Solomon, and I Corinthians 13: 1-13. We both just loved what the passage said about love- how a mature love puts the other ahead of oneself and is patient and kind.  His reading of this passage said everything about the way we want our love to endure, and the way we want to act toward each other.  Our priest reminded us that we must care about others in our world as well. And saying The Lord’s Prayer was so special to me because I really contemplated each line, and realized the powerful words it contains. As we walked out of the chapel as Mr. and Mrs., the Battle Hymn of the Republic was played as a homage to our SEC schools- Auburn and Georgia.

Gary and I loved all the food at the reception, but the martini glasses of fizzled shrimp and grits were our favorite. Being a dancer and having many of my ballerina friends in attendance, we danced the night away. I loved all of the gorgeous flowers, and the spectacular wedding cake. My only disappointment of the night was having to cut apart such a magnificent creation! The evening was everything that we had hoped it would be, and more. As we were whisked away on a golf cart, we both said the night was the perfect way to begin happily ever after.

Ceremony Venue: Carillon Meeting House / Reception Venue: Carillon Village Green / Coordinator: Carillon Weddings by Victoria / Wedding Photography: VUE photography / Wedding Cinematography: Diva Productions / Catering: Townsend Catering / Flowers: Events by Nouveau Flowers / Wedding Cake: Confections on the Coast / Invitations: Dauphine Press / Bride’s Shoes: Christian Louboutin / Wedding Dress: The Collection Bridal / Bridal Bouquet Pendant: Paloma’s Nest / Officiant: Dr. David Sokol / Hair: Ashley Carter / Make-up: Two Fishes Artistry, Robin Klag / Veil: The Collection Bridal / Groom’s Attire: Hugo Boss / Guest Book: MCG Custom Wood Photo Puzzles / Picture Frames: Ocala Traditions / Ceremony + Cocktail Hour: Wedding Music Plus + Gulf Talent Services, DJ Paul Kirker

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