I am sure that I have seen the images from this very wedding in my dreams and I truly thought images so magnificent could only be real in my wedding imagination. It was not until I saw these real-life photographs from the oh-so-talented and lovely Tonya Beaver Photography that I became a true believer in what are some of the most gorgeous bridal portraits I’ve ever seen. Plus, this celebration’s honey and yellow themed sweets and treats were perfectly appropriate for a fête taking place at the Honey Lake Plantation in Greenville, FL. Find every moment of this day in our gallery right here.
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From Tonya Beaver Photography… I arrived to meet the girls and immediately noticed the themes of honey and yellow for this Honey Lake Plantation wedding. The girls were dressed in yellow, and their flowers incorporated more soft yellow. Unfortunately, it rained the majority of their wedding day so we were unable to get certain outdoor shots, but we made the best of it, using a gorgeous, all-white room and wrap-around porch. For the boys’ photos, I hopped in a bus with them, and we went down to a certain “man area” on the property — a building made mostly of wood, with antlers on the walls and a crocodile coming out of the coffee table. It was a perfect spot for man photos.
Leading up to the chapel for the ceremony were lots of little wooden signs the couple had made. Once inside the doors, there was a chalk board with Instagram instructions, lots of photos of the couple and very subtle aisle markers. This chapel needed very little decor. Actually, rumor has it that the stained glass is THE oldest in the state of Florida! One of the couple’s friends played and sang “Marry Me” by Train as Lisa’s father walked her down the aisle. It was a breathtaking moment. Lisa’s father is a pastor, so he walked her down the aisle, then traded with Lisa’s brother-in-law at the altar. So not only did he get to give his baby girl away, but he also got to perform their ceremony. After the ceremony and a few family photos indoors, the rain stopped for a short time … enough to hit all the spots Lisa had hoped for her formal photos. She and Brad were such troopers, enduring the wet air and mud on the dress.
The wedding party was introduced into the reception, and they all danced the night away with friends and family. There were tears and a LOT of laughs. Again, Lisa played up the honey theme all throughout the day with the candy bar and yellow throughout the decor. We even got to sneak out for five minutes to take some night-time photos with Honey Lake lit up behind us. Once the reception was over, Lisa and Brad ran through a tunnel of sparklers and hopped in Brad’s fully-restored ’69 Camaro SS. A perfect ending to a perfect day.
Wedding Photography: Tonya Beaver Photography / Wedding + Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Honey Lake Plantation Resort & Spa in Greenville, Florida / Floral Design: Celebrations in Live Oak, Florida / Wedding Day Coordination: Cara Dollinger via Honey Lake Plantation / Officiant: The Bride’s Father / Wedding Cinematography: William Johnson, A Family Friend / Catering: Honey Lake Plantation / Wedding Cake: Kim Tuvell, A Family Friend / Entertainment: Feedback Entertainment / Transportation: The Groom’s 1969 Camaro SS / Wedding Dress: Sottero & Midgley / Hair: Nick Adams of Hair Graphics / Makeup: DIY / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: After Six (#6609) / Men’s Tuxedos: Calvin Klein via Men’s Wearhouse