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South Florida Yacht Club Wedding from Alexi Shields Photography

This wedding is a fashion power house.  A stunning Monique Lhuillier gown meets dapper men in bow ties kind of powerhouse that takes everything you think you know about glamorous weddings and kicks it up a notch with some of the most beautiful details you have ever seen.  I guess that’s what happens when an amazing team of vendors (think Boca by Design, Momental Designs and Alexi Shields Photography) come together to create a dream yacht club wedding.  It’s all kinds of amazing.  Click here for all of the pretty.

From the Bride… Our South Florida wedding was an intimate affair at the Boca Raton Resort and Club. All guests, except my mother, flew in from out of town. The resort was the perfect choice for our guests, who once arrived never had to leave, and for my husband and I, who were planning the wedding first from Charlotte, North Carolina and later New York City.

I absolutely love the Spanish style of the Boca Raton Resort. Our décor, from the mahogany Chiavari chairs, the hand-painted tile place cards, and the wrought iron candelabras, reflected this style. One of my favorite design elements that embodied the Spanish aesthetic was the chandeliers that hung from the arch during the ceremony. Because I could not get enough of them, these same chandeliers were later hung above the family tables during the reception. Another important aspect I considered throughout the planning process was the color of my wedding dress. Because I was not wearing white it was very important to me to still feel like a bride. The blush color scheme throughout the ceremony and reception paired with my blush dress, veil, shoes, and bouquet truly exceeded my expectations of what a bride should feel on her wedding day!

Looking back, I am so thankful that we decided to keep our wedding intimate because of the amount of quality time we were able to spend with family and friends. I am also thankful for our photographers, Alexi and Shane, who beautifully captured all of the memories that were made. I cannot help but smile every time I look at our photographs, which is still almost daily (I just can’t get enough!). Knowing the love and joy that was shared between my husband and I leading up to our wedding day and on that day excites me and reassures me that our next steps in life will be filled with equally as much or more love and joy!

Wedding Photography: Alexi Shields Photography | Event Planning + Design + Floral Design: Boca by Design | Wedding Venue: Amalfi Terrace + Venetian Ballroom, Boca Raton Resort Yacht Club | Invitations, Menus, Place Card Tiles + Table Numbers: Momental Designs | Bride’s Shoes: Valentino | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Belt + Earrings + Purse: Maria Elena | Hair + Makeup: Spa Palazzo | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Groom’s Tuxedo: Custom | Groomsmen Tuxedos: BLACK by Vera Wang

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Boca Raton Wedding at The Addison from Sj2 Photography

I’ve spent my entire life obsessed with weddings.  From the age of ten, I would leaf through bridal magazines like it was no one’s business, obsessing over every last floral arrangement, stunning locale and beautiful gown.  But, my favorite part of the Big Day?  The stories behind it all… the way it all came together.  And these two Boca Raton sweeties?  Well, they enlisted the help of family and friends to craft one of the most beautiful days you will ever see.  From DIY paper goods to heartfelt favors to a special tribute to their Dachshund, Marley, it was an affair chock-full of gorgeous details and oh-so-special memories.  See it all captured by Sj2 Photography in the full gallery.

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From Sj2 Photography… I am so excited to share this Boca Raton, Florida wedding with you. It was definitely one of my favorite weddings to shoot. Brady and Tiffany had a beautiful outdoor ceremony at the beautiful Addison in between two banyan trees under a string of bistro lights. The reception was to follow outdoors as well when suddenly it started to pour down rain and they had to move the festivities indoors. Although things changed, the wedding kept going. Just a true example that weddings do not usually go as planned but there is no need to stop the celebration! Each detail was carefully thought of and given a lot of attention to. It was a definite labor of love by the bride, family and friends.

From the Bride… Brady’s mom and I did a lot of the details ourselves. We spent hours embossing the menu cards and making the signs. We collected a bunch of mini bottles and cleaned them up. Brady’s mom does calligraphy so she made out all of the escort cards by hand. She’s seriously amazing. My bridesmaid Kelly made the cake topper. Brady randomly made me a really sweet playlist one day just because and we got the idea to share it with our guests. Since we already planned on leaving a ‘thank you’ at each place setting, we incorporated the thank you into the cd sleeves. Brady and I spent weeks burning the playlist onto discs that looked like records. In weeks leading to the wedding our Dachshund, Marley, got very sick. We were hoping to have him be part of the wedding. Since he was unable to attend. I wore a Dachshund necklace from Anthropologie in order to have him near my heart during the wedding.

Wedding Photography: Sj2 Photography | Wedding Venue: The Addison in Boca Raton, Florida | Floral Design: Dalsimer | Wedding Cake: Creative Cake Factory | Ceremony Musician: Spencer from Master Musicians Inc. | Wedding Stationery: Harmony Creative | Cd Sleeves: tyvm | Hearts: Handmade | Perfume: La Labo | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Bride’s Necklace: Anthropologie | Bridesmaids’ Attire: BHLDN + Anthropologie | Rings: Laurie Sarah Designs | Mens Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Hair: Rebecca from Phairis | Makeup: Virginia La Fey

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Boca Raton Wedding at B’nai Torah Congregation by Jessica Lorren Organic Photography

It probably won’t surprise you that I’m a complete wedding photography junky. I eat it up by the heaping spoonfuls and there are a few shots that get me every time. First looks send me into an emotional tailspin. That walk back down the aisle as newly crowned husband and wife; also a tear-jerking favorite. And last but certainly not least any and all images containing long, flowing tulle veils. I DIE for those images and this wedding captured by Jessica Lorren Organic Photography has about a million of them. It’s a gorgeous Florida flavored fête crafted by Kasey D Weddings and all enveloped in a layer of gauzy veil goodness. See more right here.

Before you head off into gallery la la land, be sure to hit play on this beautiful number by Well Spun Weddings. It’s the perfect way to end this dream of a post.

From the Bride… My husband and I are still in awe over how beautiful everything turned out. All we could ask for our wedding day, in addition to sunshine and our family and friends, was to be surrounded by nature, or at least, infuse warm, natural elements into the decor and details. If we had to describe the look-and-feel we were going for, it could be casual, garden romance. But with so many great ideas out there, we were overwhelmed with how to execute our decor/theme and challenged by the formality of our venue. In a perfect world, we would have gotten married in a more natural, country setting in the North Georgia mountains where we met or somewhere in North Carolina (I’m a Tar Heel and Matt’s from Raleigh), but I’m from Florida and our parents insisted that the wedding take place in Boca Raton at my family’s synagogue — a far cry from a country barn. We wanted to stay away from the typical, tropical or sleek aesthetics that are so common in South Florida, so it was VERY important that our vendors help bring a touch of country/nature to Boca.

It was also really important that we take our wedding portraits in a natural spot, so our venue wasn’t going to work. We are grateful that our photographers, videographers, and wedding party were willing to take on the Florida heat to get some special shots at Spanish River Park prior to heading to the synagogue. Jessica Lorren’s photographs from the park turned out to be like a dream and we will cherish them forever. Kasey from Kasey D Weddings really understood the mood/decor we wanted to set for both the rehearsal dinner and wedding. She had the awesome idea to create two shared pin boards on Pinterest, one for the wedding, one for the rehearsal, and we spent the next few months consolidating and collaborating ideas to bring our special weekend to life. And with Jessica Lorren capturing our day, we had complete faith that our photos would be special, no matter where the wedding would take place. (And they were stunning.) I tried to add warm, personal touches by finding some neat props with character — we found wooden crates, trays and other items on Etsy and from an antique shop in Raleigh, North Carolina. Etsy really became a great resource, and it was nice to support artists and small business owners — we ordered everything from place cards, a custom stamp, cocktail napkins, wood table number holders, to our beautiful guest book from various vendors.

Our favorite part of the wedding, besides the flowers and photography, were the details. From the Ray Bans our wedding party wore during formal pics to match our save-the-date and the wooden entrance sign made by Kasey D, to the cake topper, cross-stitched ring pillow (both made by good friends) and the cafe lights hanging in the courtyard for cocktail hour, it was all like a dream. We also had a fun stamp made on Etsy with our faces from the save-the-date-, which we used on a lot of our wedding materials (programs, napkins, thank you notes) and thought it really put our “stamp” on the day. :) I also really ended up loving my dress (Bianca by Ulla-Maija-Anna Maier). After having a bit of buyers remorse in the beginning (I wasn’t 100% sold on one-shoulder), I realized that it had a easy, classic, and romantic feel to it — with a modern twist. Mostly, it was the perfect light and comfortable dress for a long, warm day. I wish I could wear it again.

Wedding Photography: Jessica Lorren Organic Photography / Wedding Venue: B’nai Torah Congregation in Boca Raton, Florida / Wedding Portrait Location: Spanish River Park / Wedding Planning + Decor: Kasey D Weddings / Floral Design: Daniel Events / Wedding Cinematography: Well Spun Weddings / Catering: Executive Caterers / Wedding Cake: Anna Paz Cakes / Wedding Invitations: Rifle Paper Co. / Music: South Florida’s Heatwave / Guestbook: Bleu de Toi / Wedding Dress: Anna Maier Ulla-Maija “Bianca” via Joan Pillow Bridal / Bride’s Shoes: BHLDN / Hair: Kristin Brown / Makeup: Kristin Brown + Janna Vann / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J.Crew + BCBG / Flower Girls’ Dresses: J.Crew / Groom’s Attire: Ralph Lauren / Groomsmen’s Suits: Their Own

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