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Citrus-Infused Florida Wedding

My city currently looks like the inside of a snowglobe, so to say this sunny Florida wedding came at the perfect time is a total understatement. Infused with pops of citrus, it’s a much-needed dose of Vitamin C and Jacqui Cole Photography + Voila Cinematic are to thank for the capturing every bit.

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From the couple… On a brisk February morning, just 8 months after their first date, Perry took Lindsay to a spot they’d visited a few times on weekend trips to Boca Grande. With prior arrangements and adventure in his voice, he led her to the top of the Boca Grande Lighthouse, overlooking the Boca Grande Pass and the Gulf of Mexico. Insisting she go before him like any other time, Lindsay stepped onto the catwalk first. When she turned around from taking in the view, Perry was down on one knee, topping all adventures they had shared together.

In agreement that a long engagement was not a priority, wedding plans commenced immediately. It was also a no-brainer that the affair would take place at the historic Gasparilla Inn, a place Lindsay had loved all her life.

Since we come from Florida families deeply rooted in agriculture, to incorporate some of these elements seemed only appropriate. My goal was to fuse Florida’s ‘woods and water’ in complete southern elegance and knew a citrus botanical would be the perfect element to compliment the Inn and its tropical locale and strongly nod to our Florida heritage. We incorporated the citrus from start to finish: from our save the dates to our cocktail stirrers. It’s something we wanted to stand strong, like our families who’ve long stuck with Florida’s citrus industry despite its ongoing hardships.

And like any true southerner, I adore a good monogram. In most of our details, I coupled the two to strengthen the personalization. I chose soft, muted colors for these details. I wanted the colors to reflect the island while keeping in mind we’d marry in October. I went a step further: Perry’s and my favorite colors are peach and green and these became our primary colors for everything.

Sharing college experiences with Old South traditions (Nashville, TN & Oxford, MS) sparks our love for a formal affair but we also feel nothing beats a down-home good time. For this, I aimed to create an elegant, yet laid-back atmosphere, which was a bit of a challenge. Customized corn hole boards and lounge seating on the lawn for cocktail hour were perfect additions for this relaxed vibe.

My favorite moments were our first look and our first dance. Our first look allowed Perry and I to have an intimate moment and really take in the magnitude of the day before being surrounded by family and friends. It also relieved so much angst, letting us relax and be fully present during our ceremony. Not to mention the time it saved by getting those one-on-one bride and groom shots out of the way so we could enjoy cocktail hour with our family and friends. It was during our first dance when I realized for the first time that I was his wife; that we would have each other forever. Being in his arms in that moment was the best feeling.

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Photography: Jacqui Cole Photography | Videographer: Voila Cinematic | Event Planning: NK Productions Wedding Planning | Florist: MMD Events | Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale | Makeup: Kelly Anne Hair & Makeup | Tent Rental: US Tent Rental | Bridal Gown: Austin Scarlett | Bridal Store: Calvet Couture Bridal | Coozies: Oh Deer Creative | Invites, Table Numbers, Menu, Cocktail Napkins: Paper Goat Post | Monogrammed Napkins: Say It With Stiches | Music: Wiley Entertainment | Reception, Ceremony : The Gasparilla Inn Golf Club | Signage: Meg Grant Co.

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A Wedding That Proves ‘Going Green’ Can Be Oh-So-Chic

The phrase ‘going green’ has taken on a new meaning thanks to this pretty party from Kallima Photography. See that greenery? Well, little did you know that Courtney used the exact same ivy from her Mother’s wedding bouquet, making this stunner of a celebration seriously sentimental. Graced with A&P Designs and elegant details, we’ve got it all in The Vault!

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From the Bride… Both Florida natives, Brock and I share a love for the water. When he introduced me to the little slice of heaven that is Boca Grande, it quickly became a special place to us as a couple. Having grown up in different parts of Florida, we loved the idea of a black-tie wedding in a coastal setting. The Gasparilla Inn & Club was the perfect venue — elegant, charming and old Florida at its finest.

Our flowers were an elegant mix of white and ivory hydrangeas, orchids and roses with gold accents throughout the reception. My bouquet was a very special part of our wedding day. Inspired by mother’s bouquet, I knew I wanted cascading flowers and to incorporate the ivy used in her bouquet that my Dad had preserved from their wedding 30 years ago.

I wanted my dress to be one of a kind so what better place to find the perfect dress then New York City. With no certain style or silhouette in mind, I tried on the Victoria gown at Vera Wang and felt as if it was made for me. There was just something so unique, yet timeless about it that I had never seen before. I paired it with a cathedral veil to add to the dramatic effect.

The wedding day was everything we dreamed it would be and more. We wanted our guests to have the time of their lives and feel our appreciation for the influence they had on us. To have all of our favorite people in our favorite place was truly amazing.

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Photography: Kallima Photography | Cinematography: Voila Cinematic | Event Planning: One Fine Day, Inc. | Floral Design: Botanica International Design Studio | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Stationery: A&P Designs | Ceremony Venue: Boca Grande United Methodist Church | Reception Venue: The Gasparilla Inn Golf Club | Bride's Shoes: Stuart Weitzmen | Bride's Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Bridesmaids' Dresses: JLM Couture, Inc | Hair + Makeup: Jessica Scantlin | Band: The Headliners Band | Groom's Suit: Ralph Lauren | Ceremony Music: Dillingham Quartet | Tent: TentLogix

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Romantic Italian Wedding Inspiration

If you could evoke the essence of Italy in a wedding, this would be it. The lace veil alone has me dreaming of a medieval stone church tucked away in some Tuscan town. With Lana Ponomarenko Photography on hand to capture it all, abundant florals and a rustic tablescape transformed this Florida courtyard into an Italian villa.

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From Lana Ponomarenko PhotographyI always was in love with intimate Italian weddings. Together with wedding designer Inna Olimpiyuk Events we tried to bring a little Italy to Florida :)

We wanted it to be relaxed, very personal and full of love – a big family celebration of marriage and happiness in a magical atmosphere. We envisioned a laid-back evening at family villa.

Beautiful flower arrangements were made of white sweet pea, honeysuckles, snowberries, and burgundy roses with olive branches wrapped with hand–dyed silk ribbons.

Photography: Lana Ponomarenko Photography | Event Design: Inna Olimpiyuk Events | Floral Design: Inna Olimpiyuk Events | Wedding Dress: Martina Liana | Cake : Luba's Cakes And Pastries | Stationery: Gallant And Such | Makeup : Krista Worth Make Up | Hair: Dominika Mathis Hair | Bridal Boutique : Bill Levkoff Via Charlotte Bridal Boutique | Paper Goods: Silk & Willow | Rentals : Sweet Southern Charm