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Finding the Perfect Combination of Rustic and Elegant

This is what winter in Florida looks like; a.k.a. gorgeous and I promise I’m only a tiny bit jealous. With styling and planning by Fabulous Chic Weddings, stunning film photography by The Ganeys and the perfect touch of rose gold, it all makes this rustic meets elegant celebration feel so, so luxurious.

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From Courtney of Fabulously Chic Weddings… The bride described how she wanted her wedding to look as “romantic, soft, classic, clean, rustic, and natural”. Ali wanted to accent the beautiful dusty blue shade with gold, rose gold, and the natural element of wood, for the perfect combination of rustic and sophistication. For the florals, the bride wanted mostly ivory flowers with hints of soft blue. We opted for greenery to tie into garden feel of the courtyard, and Queen Anne’s lace for a little more of the rustic feel. LaTavola’s Tuscany line was the perfect linen-like texture for the rustic look. The subtle blue shade “Ocean” brought the perfect blue-gray hue that didn’t look like a baby shower. With religion being such an important part of their lives, they opted to unite in front of an 8 foot tall wooden cross, accented with beautiful blue chiffon and garden florals. Although Ali wanted a beautiful wedding, at the end of the day, what was most important to her was how fun the day was. Ali and Brock opted to do a first look and family photos before the ceremony, which allowed them to enjoy the cocktail hour under the ambiance of the cafe lights and perfect Florida “winter” temperatures to the fullest. The detail the couple cared about the most was the donut bar. Bennet’s donuts are a favorite of the bride and groom’s. They were so excited to share the tasty treat, especially their favorite flavor, maple bacon, as a late night snack and favor for the guests to take home.

From Emily of Emily Katharine Photography… My favorite part of Ali & Brock’s wedding day was the first look. They opted to do something that most couples don’t to make this time even more unique. After their first look, they exchanged their wedding vows. They loved the idea that it was more intimate, and a way to make that commitment to each other with no other distractions. They both ended their vows with the same sentence, and after that, I lost it. It was a beautiful moment.

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Photography: The Ganeys | Florist: Libby's Flowers | Invitations: Minted | Bride's shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaid dresses: BHLDN | Makeup artist: Kellie Heckler | Hair stylist: Darla DaLucca | Calligraphy: Swirls & Sunshine | DJ: Wiley Entertainment | Favors: Bennett's Donuts | Officiant: Jason Justice | Hotel: Hyatt Regency Coconut Point | Chargers and chairs: Party Time Rentals | Dress designer: Pronovias | Dress shop: Laura Jacobs Bridal | Film processing: Richard Photo Lab | Lighting, cross, and dance floor: Island Events | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Papergoods (menu and table numbers): Foiled Merriments | Planner and Stylist: Fabulously Chic Weddings | Signage: Sweet Carolina Collective

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Why an All-White Wedding Is Never Going Out of Style

Wedding trends come and go, but some things will always be in style, including all-white weddings like this one from Hunter Ryan Photo. From the Bride’s lovely lace wedding dress and perfect hair and makeup from Duality Artistry to the lush white florals and perfect garden ceremony, this day from Along Came Stephanie is as classic and beautiful as they come. See all the pretty details in The Vault!

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From Hunter Ryan PhotoLauren, being born and raised a Florida girl, just knew she’d have her wedding in South Florida. What she didn’t know is that it would end up being a destination wedding for many – including herself – after following her dreams to start her life in Chicago. Her life in Chicago which includes being right next to the sweet guy who stole her heart 6 years prior at Homecoming in college, Dave. He lights her up like no one can and it was beautifully apparent on their wedding day. Witnessing love as a photographer – we see so much – we observe – we capture. Lauren and Dave? They were so fully engaged in one another, the moment, their wedding day -that we just got to capture the love from the outside that they had in their own sweet little world that day. These two are the absolute perfection of a Barbie & Ken couple – but their beautiful hearts and kindness far outshadows the outward beauty – and we could not be happier for them and a lifetime of love!!

Lauren’s main focus was sharing with their closest friends and family in their faith and love. She’s so careful to make sure everyone else is perfectly taken care of and having a good time. Lauren is such a classic beauty and her entire aesthetic reflected that. The entire day was a soft white garden party feel. Winter in Florida is such amazing weather (compared to her windy city!) that they chose the outdoor lawn/garden area for their ceremony at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point. Beautiful draping ushered in guests and the bride alike with soft white florals and greenery. The reception moved indoors and yet kept the same airy garden feel with tall white floral centerpieces and hanging greenery, greenery garland runners on the head table and lots of elegant candlelight and mercury glass.

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Photography: Hunter Ryan Photo | Event Planning: Along Came Stephanie | Floral Design: Signature Florals | Invitations: Minted | Hair + Makeup: Duality Artistry | DJ: DJ Dayve | Venue: Hyatt Regency Coconut Point | Photo Booth: Bash Booths | Rentals: Island Events

Gold & Navy Inspiration Shoot from Fabulously Chic Weddings + Jamie Lee Photography

When glamorous nautical-inspired details, a breathtaking setting (hello Hyatt Regency Coconut Point) and a team of top-notch Florida vendors combine for a dreamy inspiration shoot, this is what happens.  A beautiful lesson in elegance styled to perfection by Fabulously Chic Weddings and captured in amazing images by Jamie Lee Photography.  It’s stunning navy and gold hues meets all kinds of awesome, with just a touch of the Great Gatsby.  See it all in the full gallery.

From Fabulously Chic Weddings… When Jamie of Jamie Lee Photography approached me about the shoot, and mentioned the Gatsby glam look, I knew I had to be a part of whatever was to come. We both agreed that we love the look, but we wanted a fresh take on the oh-so-popular Gatsy glam. We wanted the overall feel to be glamorous,but still bring in some nautical/beachy elements. I’m a huge fan of texture, and find it very fitting for a beachside affair. Gold is so hot right now, and what says nautical more than navy?

The gown was an easy choice. We knew we wanted something flowy, elegant and romantic, with a lot of texture. The Allure gown was the perfect fit. The flowly texture of the organza looked like waves… very elegant waves! We also loved that the color was a very soft taupe-gold shade.

For the groom, we wanted him to look dapper, so we had to go with the bow tie and suspenders. The excellent fitting tan tux is from a new men’s line by Allure. In addition, the navy color of the bow tie and suspenders brought in that touch of bold we were wanting.

For the ceremony location, we used the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point’s private island. We all agreed that brides are not taking advantage of this gorgeous location, but private beaches are few and far between! We wanted the ceremony to feel bold, yet still elegant, and of course, glamorous. The navy runner was a bit of a daring selection, but it looked just as fabulous as we thought it would! It ended up being a very overcast day (we almost got rained out multiple times), but the soft colors of the overcast sky ended up working really well with our vision! The white and ivory blend of florals (ivory roses, white stock, hydrangea and freesia) by Libby’s Flowers nicely framed the aisle, with the phalaenopsis orchids really bringing in the elegance.

For the cocktail hour, we were beyond excited to be able to do it right on the sand. The navy sequin linens were the perfect (over the top) touch of glam that the cocktail location on the beach needed. The cocktail tables were topped with super cute gold shells, with small floral arrangements coming out. We brought in beautiful lounge furniture, from Swanky Event Rentals, in a sandy color, with unique gold end tables. The Hyatt Regency provided ridiculously pretty hors’d’oeuvres: lobster claw cocktail, tropical ceviche in a martini glass with a plantain chip, watermelon cubes with feta cheese and brunoise of cucumber and mint, and beef carpaccio cones with truffled oil and sea salt. The Hyatt also mixed up our fun signature drinks- Fresh Mint Margaritas and Watermelon Martinis (recipe below).

Ingredients include: 1/4 cup chopped mint, 2 cups crushed ice, 3⁄4 cup tequila, 1⁄2 cup fresh lime juice, 1⁄2 cup triple sec
Watermelon Martini
 Ingredients include: 3 oz citrus vodka, 1oz Watermelon Pucker, 1/2oz Cointreau or triple sec, 1 splash lemonade, 1 splash sprite/7up

For the reception, we really wanted to glam it up (have I used the word glam enough yet?)! We found the amazing gold chargers and coral-like candle sticks at Z Gallerie. They were so interesting and elegant, exactly what we were looking for! The La Tavola linen, Isabella in midnight blue, added a lot of texture and contributed to the elegance of the overall look, which was very important for our vision. We added a ton of gold accents from flatware, to place cards (compasses), to votives. The gorgeous cake was designed by Courtney Shaw of Fabulously Chic Weddings and created by the Hyatt. The adorable cake topper from The Pink Owl Gifts on Etsy was one of our favorite details from the day. The first dance took place under the stars and was illuminated by cafe lighting and a simple, gold chandelier.

At the end of the day, we loved the outcome of the shoot and felt it went beyond our expectations! Many thanks to all of the amazing vendors who were involved!

Photography: Jamie Lee Photography | Videography: Fidelis Films | Florist: Libbys Flowers | Wedding Dress: Allure Bridal | Cake: Hyatt Regency Coconut Point | Stationery: Paradise Papers | Stationery: Page Stationery | Engagement Ring: Kay Jewelers | Tux: The Tuxxman | Boat: All Water Excursions | Cake Stands: BezInnovations | Cake Topper: The Pink Owl Gifts | Charger Plates & Candle Sticks: Z Gallerie | Compass Place Cards: Laura Hooper Calligraphy | Gold flatware: Taylor Rental Naples | Gown + Accessories: For the Bride Boutique | Hair & Make up: Salon Tease | Invitations + Programs: Page Stationery | Just Married Banner: ThePinkLantern | Lighting & Chiavari Chairs: Sue Prutting Bethesda, MD sdprutting@ | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Lounge Furniture & Gold Pedestals: Swanky Event Rentals | Planning & Design: Fabulously Chic Weddings | Shoot location: Hyatt Regency Coconut Point

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