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Winter Beachside Inspiration

As a New England resident, seaside and winter aren’t necessarily two words I associate; however, upon viewing these Melanie Gabrielle oceanside images, my point of view is now permenantly changed. Elegant Ever After Floral Design blooms compliment the soft sunset, while snuggles are encouraged fireside. Every single detail will sweep you off your feet here.

From Ever After Floral DesignThe inspiration for this lovely photo shoot was born out of the idea of a winter wedding on the beautiful beaches of South Florida. Beach weddings are so common in Florida, so we wanted to use the beach solely as a backdrop, showing that a beach wedding doesn’t have to be “beachy”.

Since winter is traditionally associated with Christmas and the Holidays, it was our main goal to create a winter wedding décor that excluded the usual reds, greens, and pine. We achieved this look by using a palette of grays and muted blues. We also incorporated whimsical aspects that are not commonly seen at a beach wedding, which included antlers, bunnies, mismatched china, and vintage silverware. Mercury glass centerpieces filled with delicate peonies and brunias were created for an elegant and timeless look, while contrasting textures added a whimsical element. Since the mood for this styled shoot was a warm, cozy, whimsical, and inviting winter wedding on the beach, we designed and styled a picturesque fireplace setting, which set the ambiance for a warm and cozy atmosphere.

The seating area had a wooden chest filled with warm throws, socks, and scarves for the guest to warm up and get cozy. Sugar Fancies created a unique array of sweet confectioneries, which included a whimsical two-tiered cake, chocolate mousse, heart shaped s’mores, tarts, and white chocolate bark. An adult hot chocolate bar was setup for guests to enjoy a spiced hot chocolate drink as they selected ingredients to roast delicious s’mores by the fireplace. We used a gray farmhouse table as the main reception table, and accented mismatched chairs and armchairs at the end; the whimsical printed plates from anthropologie tied the whole look and feel together.

The photography part of this project was very important to us. We wanted a photographer who shot film, as film lends itself to the feel and inspiration behind the shoot, and we wanted someone who was extremely detailed. Melanie from Melanie Gabrielle Photography was on our wish list, and we were beyond excited when she jumped onboard! Collaborating with Melanie was definitely the right choice; her style is like no one else. She perfectly captured our vision for a gorgeous, dusky gray and blue love story.

Photography: Melanie Gabrielle | Floral Design: Ever After Floral Design | Hair & Makeup: Starlit Designs | Beachside: Red Reef Park | Creative Direction: Ever After Floral Design | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Paperie: Paper Rock Sisters Inc | Rentals: Love In Vintage

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Glamorous Boca Raton Courtyard Wedding

Oh, to be a guest at this Boca Raton wedding. To experience a day filled with seamless details and old world charm, all nestled in the stunning courtyard of The Addison. Of course, soaking in the florals by Xquisite Events and that Momofuku Milk Bar cake wouldn’t hurt one bit, either. Luckily Kallima Photography captured the whole affair and I can live vicariously in the full gallery here.

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From Kallima PhotographyColette and Josh were married outdoors in the courtyard of The Addison. We spent hours photographing them at the Boca Resort and Spa, where they prepared for the day, and did their first look. Trolley’s took guests from the hotel to the venue a mile down the road.

The bride wore a BHLDN wedding gown, and the groom wore a custom one-off suit. Bridesmaids were dressed in various shades of gold and bronze. The reception was full of eye candy. Everything from the wood farm tables draped with seeded eucalyptus, to the signature drink adorned with a gold pom pom stirrer. The Bride carried a heirloom gold sparkle clutch, and the couple had a signature perfume made for them to wear on their wedding day.

The Groom works for Barney’s New York and has impeccable style. These two are a power couple and had friends come from near and far to their gorgeous outdoor wedding at The Addison in Boca Raton Florida. Xquisite provided the florals and event design, and really outdid themselves. The chuppah was covered with seeded eucalyptus, green moss, and roses placed throughout, with white drapery hanging loosely over the edges. Succulents, Anemones, Craspedia and Dusty Miller were on the reception tables. The first dance was held on the stone dance floor underneath twinkling lights. The Bride opted to change out of her stunning and delicate BHLDN gown halfway through the reception, putting on a flirty Cynthia Steffe shift dress. The gorgeous ‘naked’ cake was flanked by a pistachio cake from Momofuku Milk Bar NYC that was to die for.

Photography: Kallima Photography | Floral Design: Xquisite Events | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Wedding Cake: Momofuku Milk Bar NYC | Invitations: Banshee Press | Ceremony Venue: The Addison | Reception Venue: The Addison | Bride's Shoes: Nine West | Jewelry: Jennifer Meyer | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Madewell | Hair And Makeup: Jennifer Cruz | Lighting: Frost | DJ: Elegant Occasions | Groom's Attire: Calvin Klein | Groom's Shoes: Dolce And Gabbana | Bow Tie: Cordial Weddings | Bride's Earrings: Vintage Polo | Bride's Reception Dress: Cynthia Steffe | Coordination: Creative Touch | Custom Perfume: Ann Gottlieb | Custom Tote Bags: Creative Touch Party Design | Groom's Bow Tie: Cordial Weddings | Preparation: Boca Raton Resort & Club | Transportation: Molly's Trolleys

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Boca Raton Resort Wedding Full of Tropical Elegance

Bold statement alert: This wedding just earned it’s place in my top five favorite weddings ever. And this whole tropical elegance vibe it has going on? Per-fection. With the wildly beautiful Boca Raton Resort as the backdrop, it’s hard not to feel like you’re in a tropical wonderland. Layer on coral reef-like florals from Boca By Design, pale mint ‘maids, starfish heels and one breathtaking Monique Lhuillier number? And we’re taken from pretty to beyond. See the gorgeous gallery from Justin DeMutiis for so much more.

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From Justin DeMutiis PhotographyEmma and David met in Miami in early 2011 through mutual friends. David was living on South Beach and Emma had just moved to Miami from a small town in central Illinois. It took David seven months to convince Emma he was not the “typical male” living in Miami. Soon after, David bought a house and moved to Pompano Beach, about a 45 minute drive from Miami. Emma moved in February 2013 and on March 14, 2013 David proposed on his boat on the way to “dinner”. Instead of taking the boat to dinner, they took it over to David’s parent’s house where Emma’s parents and other family members were waiting to celebrate!

From the beautiful Bride…From the moment David and I got engaged we knew we wanted a few important things: an awesome venue, a great photographer, and a DJ that would have everyone dancing. We chose the Boca Raton Resort and Club because it’s beautiful and it offered our guests a weekend of luxury! The Cloister Garden is lush with greenery, mosaic tile, fountain and the pink backdrop of the resort. Inside, in the Cathedral Room, it is very different than any hotel ballroom. The hotel is casual yet elegant, with the glam that I was looking for! David and I have family all over the country, so if they were traveling to South Florida for our wedding, we wanted to provide them with a weekend of fun and activities so they didn’t have to leave the resort or rent a car. We saw the resort on a very stormy and rainy day, and fell in love. We knew that if we loved it on such an ugly day that we, and our guests, would love it on our wedding day and we did!

Photography: Justin DeMutiis Photography | Florist: Boca By Design | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Invitations: Bella Figura | Shoes: Charlotte Olympia | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Joanna August | Makeup Artist: Kristin Brown | DJ: Vision DJs | Rabbi: Bruce Warshal | Bridal Boutique: Chic Parisien | Venue: Boca Raton Resort & Club

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