Gorgeous beach? Check. Adorable couple? Check. Tons of pretty, pretty florals, pops of color, and super sweet DIY? Check, check, check. This little rustic charmer has my heart swooning this morning with all its great DIY projects, like that amazing drift wood looking backdrop. It’s so perfect for a beach wedding as are those little mint green numbers on the bridesmaids. Total perfection. Stephie Joy Photography captured all the goodness for us and there’s a whole lot more going on in the gallery right here.
From the Bride… We met in 2010 while Brady was still in the Navy. He proposed in March 2011 during fireworks on the Disney boardwalk. I was even more surprised when I turned around to see my two best friends! He planned everything to a T, and I’m so glad they were there to witness such a special moment. We knew we wanted a small, intimate wedding, so we opted for a beach house with a backyard in South Ponte Vedra. It couldn’t have been a more perfect location!
We recruited friends and family to help make our dream wedding come true. My maid of honor designed our stationery and my mom helped me create all the other details, like our Jennifer and Brady sign. My dad and brother built the amazing platform that we used for the ceremony and backdrop for photos. Our guests loved that they were able to snap pictures while we were posing for the photographer. Food was important to us, as Brady is a chef. We chose The Perfect Pear and not only was the food wonderful, but the staff was organized and extremely helpful. My flowers were easy — I told our florist what I wanted and she delivered! I loved how our “tablescapes” turned out. One of the best things about getting married at the beach — storms blow over quickly! We were so lucky that it rained about two hours before the ceremony and the sun came out as our guests were arriving. It made for AMAZING photos. Thanks Stephie!
I loved watching my maid of honor and best friend crying tears of joy all the way down the aisle — she’s usually the one who keeps it together! AND of course my sweet husband serenading me on guitar while his best man performed “Iris” by the Goo Goo Dolls. I was SHOCKED, and it took courage to perform in front of all our guests! Brady says playing the guitar was his favorite moment — he loved that he was able to keep that a surprise! Brady also surprised me with the Swarovski earrings! My mom had bought me the exact pair when I was in my teens said they would be the perfect earrings for my wedding day, but I wore them so much I lost the pearls and crystals. When I was looking for my wedding jewelry, I couldn’t find the earrings anywhere, and I was so bummed to hear that they had been discontinued. Brady called Swarovski corporate office, spoke to the director of inventory and told him the story. A few weeks later the earrings arrived in the mail, and Brady surprised me on our wedding day.
As far as advice, I would say to enjoy every minute because it goes by so quickly! Brady says to be patient — with yourself, your partner and your family — and don’t let wedding planning get the best of you!
Wedding Photography: Stephie Joy Photography / Wedding Venue: A Beach Home in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida / Floral Design: Sherry Sullivan of Green Goddess Design / Event Design + Details: DIY by the Bride, Her Mother + Her Maid of Honor / Catering: The Perfect Pear Catering Co. / Wedding Cake: Hyatt Regency Riverfront Jacksonville (The Groom is a Chef) / Wedding Stationery: DIY by the Maid of Honor / Music: DIY with an iPod / Ceremony Platform + Photo Backdrop: DIY by the Bride’s Father & Brother / Cake Topper Birds: Etsy / Wedding Dress: Sandals Beaches / Bride’s Shoes: Enzo Angiolini / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: ModCloth