I don’t think you can get more darling, more personal, more loved-filled than this next little number snapped by Kristin Marie Photography. It just oozes that charm we all wish we could bottle, and that casual backyard vibe that just can’t be beat. There are too many details to list – so you’ll need to spend some serious QT with this lovely fête, but the most lovely detail of all is the completely adoration this darling duo has for each other. So darling. Click here for more!
And believe it or not, it gets even more darling thanks to their beyond adorable wedding film by Tampa Wonderworks Films…
From the Bride… Stanley and I spent a lot of our free time during college at the beach. We loved going out late at night to avoid the crowds and sticky Florida heat. We spent many nights naming stars, running through the sand and dancing to Billie Holiday. Stan and I knew the beach was the prefect place for our ceremony, but the location wasn’t a quick find. Stan would explain the right location as being “on the beach, but not a beach that’s toooo flat.” Thankfully our wedding planner, Anna, knew the islands well and walked us through different beach sites until we found just the right one! Our ideas and thoughts evolved some, but in the end we decided we wanted the reception to look and feel like a vintage picnic. The B&B was the perfect location for us! It gave our reception a really home-y intimate feeling even though there were about a hundred and eighty people.
Stan and I decided instead of writing something down to say before the “I Do’s” we would just talk and share our feelings with each other. It was a little nerve racking (!) but once the mic was in my hand, I realized I just needed to talk to him as honestly and sincerely as I normally would. It was really beautiful. There was so much love and thankfulness. God’s presence was there and it just made the moment so much bigger than us. The end of the night was memorable too. Gosh, so many beautiful people with beautiful hearts coming together to celebrate with me and Stan. There was so much love and encouragement along with many many hugs. A lovely friend told me they had received a fresh understanding of real love. I wanted to cry and laugh and praise God! That moment made me realize that yes it was “our day” but such a large part of it was really about our friends and family. That realization is something I want to carry through me and Stan’s marriage. We need to do our best to always put others first and recognize the impact we can make if we love with the unconditional love we’ve been given.
Don’t feel like you have to stick to traditions. We decided to have our ceremony in the morning and let our reception start up in the afternoon. It was absolutely perfect because it helped everyone avoid the heat and crowds of the holiday weekend, while also giving us as much time as possible with our guests. If the planning begins to feel too consuming take a break! It doesn’t matter if the wedding is in three months or three days, everything will get figured out in the end. Every morning choose to live out that day to the fullest, whether that means you spend a few hours planning or just a few minutes. And most of all be sure you and your fiance are having as much fun as possible along the way. It’s not going to go exactly the way you planned, but it’ll be better than anything you could have imagined.
Photography: Kristin Marie Photography / Ceremony Site: A beach in Longboat Key, FL / Reception Venue: Palmetto Riverside Bed and Breakfast / Wedding Dress: Marisa from Hayden Olivia Bridal / Shoes: Dolce Vita via Macy’s / Bridesmaid Dress: Delias / Hairpiece: Haute Bride / Jewelry: Matthews Town Jewelers / Groom’s Suit: J.Crew / Groom’s Shoes: Rand + Statler / Bowties: Tux & Tulle / Suspenders: Suspender Factory / Cinematography: Tampa Wonderworks Films / Makeup, Event Design + Floral Design: Enna Anne / Event Planner: Day Planners, Events by Anna Pohl /Invitations + Paper Goods: designed by couple, invitations printed by Red Stone Press / Cake: Pastries By Design / Music: Fitz Otis / Catering: Starkeeper CafeJ.Crew is a member of our Look Book. For more information on how members are chosen, click here.