The lovely Beth, of The White Dress By The Shore, is the type of woman little girls want to be when they grow up. She owns one of the most beautiful bridal boutiques I ever did see (I actually got my gown there), and she exudes this elegance and grace not often found in our day and age. She is just all around darling. So when I heard that she and her ADORABLE family were doing a vow renewal and Amanda Suanne was on hand to capture every moment – I was chomping at the bit to see how it all turned out. The result? Stunning. And even though Beth and I aren’t that far apart in age, after devouring all the sweetness in this post, I so want to be her when I grow up. See every gorgeous image here.
Beth, the Bride: Last month my husband of nearly sixteen years and I renewed our vows during a family vacation in Seaside, Florida.
When Mark and I were on our honeymoon in Hawaii in September of 1997, we decided that we wanted to renew our vows in 15 years in front of our children. We had always wanted our vow renewal to take place in Hawaii. But, with our crazy schedules it seemed impossible to make it happen. As we were planning our spring vacation to our family home in the Watercolor Resort in Seaside, Florida, I suggested to Mark that we do it there. It has one of the most beautiful beaches we have ever been to and it is one of our favorite places on earth! So, the whole thing was planned in less than a month’s time!
It was difficult to tell friends and family that we were planning a vow renewal and none of them were invited! As hard as it was, it was very important to me that this ceremony be about my husband, myself and my children. At our first wedding, we had 180 guests in attendance. It was an absolutely perfect day, and I wouldn’t change a thing. But, this time around, I wanted it to be extremely intimate and I wanted to renew our love for one another in front of our children.
The ceremony took place on the beach in front of the Watercolor Resort. Mark and I recited the vows that we originally wrote and read at our first wedding. My 12 year old daugther Lindsay read an excerpt of “1st Corinthians” and then recited a poem that she wrote about how Mark and I embody the words of the scripture. My 9 year old son Mark read a poem that my sister Katie had written for us at our first wedding.
Trying to pick a dress was not easy! The only thing I knew for sure was that my friends at Modern Trousseau would design and make the dress. I went back and forth about the style that I should wear. I worked with designer Callie Tein and selected a gorgeous fabric from one of the gowns in her 2014 collection. It is a very pale blush satin covered alencon lace with appliques of guipuree lace. As the ceremony was so intimate and taking place on the beach, I opted for a very simple sheath with a sweetheart neckline.
As per usual, I found it much easier to dress everyone else! I had a vision for my husband’s attire but searched high and low for tan and cream seersucker pants, to no avail. I eventually enlisted my friend Enzo of Valentino Tailors to make a custom pair of trousers in exactly the perfect fabric. My daughter is a budding bridal designer and she sketched her dress and my head seamstress Penny created it for her. Lucky for her that her Mom owns a bridal boutique! My son, thank goodness, agreed to wear a bow tie and I had a custom tie made out of Liberty of London frabric by a company that I found on Etsy.
I adored every vendor that I worked with in putting this impromptu event together. You absolutely can’t beat southern charm and the vendors in the Florida panhandle know how to put together a beautiful wedding!
Here’s to another 16 years and beyond!
Wedding Photography: Amanda Suanne | Venue: The Watercolor Inn Seaside, Florida | Officiant: Kevin Tillman | Florals: Florals by the Sea | Cake: Bake My Day | Custom Pendant Banner: Green Jazz Face | Bride’s Dress- Custom Modern Trousseau | Rose Gold Earrings: Haute Bride | Rose Gold Bracelet: Cartier (vow renewal gift) | Daughter’s Dress: Custom via The White Dress By The Shore | Daughter’s Shoes: Lands End | Groom’s Seersucker Pants: Valentino Tailors | Men’s Shirts- Ralph Lauren | Son’s Liberty of London Bowtie: Tux and Tulle