Well, SMPers. You’ve spent the entire morning swooning over the fabulous e-shoot of Jessica of Stay Forever Photography and her handsome groom-to-be… and since we know you can’t wait one.more.minute to see this adorable duo say “I Do,” it’s time to dive right into their AMAZING (yep, all caps style) wedding. Its mason jars, vibrant purple hues and a gorgeous bridal party (and bride!) in boots… or as I like to call it, serious country chic. Melissa of Stay Forever Photography snapped up all of the pretty and, trust me, you don’t want to miss a moment of this lovely. Join me there for more.
From Melissa of Stay Forever Photography… Jess came back from visiting Michael in Japan at the end of January with a huge announcement: “We’re getting married April 7th!” “As in 3 months from now? “ I asked back. “Yes!” So began the quickest three months of our lives as we searched Etsy for all things purple, country chic and vintage. What makes this wedding even more special is so many friends and family helped with every detail. The ribbons, drink tags and napkin rings were a result from a girls’ craft night. Jess’s sister Jackie used her amazing handwriting and doodling skills to write on all of the signs on the days leading up to the wedding. And that was just a small part of the group effort to put together a dream wedding for Jess and Mike. As the sun set, it was time for them to marry underneath the trees and purple flowers at the Bonnette Hunt Club. After the ceremony, friends and family danced the night away, drinking their signature drink (the Bonnett Bullet) out of mason jars. The end of the night even had a little karaoke fun!
From the Bride (Jess of Stay Forever Photography)… Mike and I definitely got our dream wedding and more! We wanted to find a venue that would allow us to be ourselves and to enjoy our friends, family and each other to the fullest. I’ve always wanted to wear boots with my wedding dress, so when we first started thinking of a style that would fit us both, we felt country with a little bit of chic was the perfect combination! A lot of my inspiration for my girls was Miranda Lambert’s wedding — I loved the floral dresses and boots together. The look was fun, relaxed and laid-back! Some of our favorite details were the smore’s bar, mason jar favors and my incredible flowers by Beth Halpern. We wanted the decor to have personal touches, so we cant thank Mike’s sister, Lindsay, and my sister-in-law, Anna, enough for our amazing signage.
It’s really tough to just pick out one favorite moment since there were so many amazing moments shared, but I would have to say seeing Mike for the first time during our first look and being able to have that emotion captured in photos is awesome and something I will cherish forever. My second favorite is the dance party, of course! My advice to other brides out there is to make sure you have an incredible photographer to capture your day (this is the advice we always give our brides) but it’s so true! I relive my wedding any time I want through the pictures that were captured on our day, and each time they take me back to the emotions and joy I felt. I’m so lucky I got to marry my soul mate — our wedding day was simply perfect.
Wedding Photography: Stay Forever Photography / Wedding Venue: Bonnette Hunt Club Lodge in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida / Floral Design: Beth Halpern / Wedding Invitations: The Blue Envelope / Cupcakes: Jaye’s Cake Kingdom / Wedding Dress: Eden Bridals / Bride’s Necklace: BCBG / Hair: Jody of Stephanie & Co. / Makeup: Stefani Mandanici