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Old World Glamour Wedding in Key West

An intimate vintage inspired affair has SMP written all over. Especially when Alyssa Morgan Photography is behind the lens of a fabulous destination fete filled with old world glamour. From the gold stars adorning the dance floor, to the Hemingway favors, endlessly elegant touches honored their love and make this fete simply unforgettable.

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From the beautiful Bride… Our favorite part of the day wasn’t necessarily the ceremony or the reception, but the people who were there to share the day with us. For both George and I, we truly believe it’s the people that make the party and we were absolutely blown away that our family and friends genuinely had just as much of an amazing time as we did. Being that it was a destination wedding, the guests who chose to celebrate with us weren’t in attendance simply because they were invited, but because they wanted to be there. Looking back we still feel so overwhelmed and blessed by how much love and support we had from our friends and family, and that the people in our lives truly love and support us so unconditionally. We pinch ourselves every day when we think of how lucky we are.

George and I were big fans of the show “Boardwalk Empire” and always knew we wanted a vintage feel to our wedding. We also knew that we wanted to keep the wedding as intimate as possible, and create a scenario where our guests would have just as amazing of an experience as we would, which is why we decided to do a destination wedding in Key West, Florida. I had visited Key West with my mother years prior to our engagement, and the charm, intimacy, and rich history of the location had always stayed with me. So after George proposed, I just knew it was the perfect place to share the personal experience of our wedding in combination with a great experience of place and retreat for our guests.

We rented out bed and breakfasts for our guests to keep the quaint and unique essence of the island and being that it was Key West, it only seemed right to add a little “Hemingway” flair to our wedding. George and I both love the book The Old Man and The Sea, and have fond memories of reading it together while on vacation in Aruba. And although Hemingway isn’t exactly the ideal example of good marriages (haha), we felt this was still a great way to connect our memories from Aruba and our love of Hemingway’s writing with the historical essence of Key West.

Taking this inspiration further, we modeled our wedding off of the lavishness of of the 1930′s, the prohibition era (there’s that Boardwalk Empire influence again), and Ernest Hemingway’s lifetime. We chose gold as our color and went with heavy greenery instead of an abundance of flowers. With all the green it just felt more tropical, and had a little bit of a ‘hidden garden’ feel. We modeled one of our signature drinks after a recipe Ernest Hemingway used himself and loved to drink. Finally, we gifted each of our guests with books by Hemingway.

Looking back at the beauty and overall feel of the day, the whole weekend in fact, it felt like the perfect compromise between what people expect from a wedding and expressing who George and I truly are as a couple. It was magical!

From Destination Wedding Studio... I fell in love with her courage, her sincerity, and her flaming self respect. And it’s these things I’d believe in…” When Lillie’s maid of honor shared this Gatsby quote, she captured the essence of this bride perfectly.

Lillie is an artist in her own right and immediately I knew that we were going to have fun planning and designing her wedding. In collaboration with the bride’s mother, who was fabulous, we took Lillie’s vision and detailed it as much as possible to truly capture the essence of the 1930′s while never forgetting what a wedding should be about: family, friends, traditions and love.

From the gold stars above to the Hemingway book for each guest, Lillie and her mother searched endlessly to find just the right touches to not only honor Lillie and George as a couple but to honor from there they came. From the first day I met them until the very last song, Lillie and George were and still are unforgettable.

Photography: Alyssa Morgan Photography | Event Planning: Destination Wedding Studio | Floral Design: Milan Event Florals | Wedding Dress: Jenny Packham | Cake: Amazing Cakes And Creations | Invitations: Minted | Ceremony Venue: St. Paul's Episcopal Church | Reception Venue: Casa Marina | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Groom's Attire: Timmy Tuxedo | Boutique: Everthine Bridal Boutique | Bowties : Bowtie Boutique | Music: Brian Roberts

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Elegant Rosemary Beach Wedding

Simple, sweet weddings make me happy. Especially in a dress like this one. Simple, sweet weddings where the lovely Melissa Joan Hart is accompanying all of the lovely? Happiness times ten. As the gorgeous bride’s sister in law, Melissa was simply one amazing aspect of this beautiful day, where a glowing bride got to marry her prince charming. And crafted a wedding that was as understated as it was gorgeous. More here!


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From The Bride…As a little girl, I’ve always dreamed of being Cinderella or at least part of a Disney fairytale. In fact, I’ve always been planning my wedding (actually found a wedding magazine from 1994 for inspiration…needless to say it was a bit dated). Like any great fairy tale, I’ve been on the look out for prince charming. I waited, waited, waited and then I got tired of waiting and waited some more. When I finally found the man of my dreams, he was also attached the Army (which means he’s not really all mine, he belongs to the US Government). This means that you can plan your dream day, but the Army has the last say with TDY, deployment and time off. I also realized at the age of 38 years old, most of what I wanted in a Wedding Day had changed. It wasn’t about how many people could come or the perfect dress, or the location; it was that I was getting to marry my Prince Charming. We had found each other!

WHAT??!! This coming from a girl that watches romantic comedies over and over again, a girl who loves fashion, sparkles, hair and makeup, a girl with a pinterest wedding that oozes gorgeous impractical things such as tulle, sequins and lace? Yes, yes, yes! Don’t get me wrong, I wanted a beautiful wedding but it was more about the moment, the man of my dreams and joining our wonderful families together to celebrate with God had blessed us with: each other.

We planned our intimate family wedding for Easter weekend, which gave our out of town family members an extended weekend to enjoy the beautiful beaches of Santa Rosa Beach, FL. Since I lived in the area before moving to Texas, I used a lot of my friends to help plan this special weekend. The wedding was held at my parent’s new home in The Origins of Watersound. Right behind their home is the most gorgeous green space that ended up being the perfect spot for our wooden archway draped in white sheers. A wooded path that leads to the open space was perfect for a natural isle to walk towards my groom. I’m a yoga girl, so I love the natural organic connection with nature.

My wedding day was absolutely wonderful! Did I mention it was raining….no worries it cleared away and made room for an gorgeous day and a perfect 71 degree temperature. The day started with a 75 minute vinyasa flow at Balance Health Studio (best yoga studio and where I completed my yoga teacher training). The practice gave me such a peaceful spirit, open heart and restful mind. My friend and yogi sister Mindy Norris who is a local stylist arrived at 11:30AM to start the hair & makeup process. SHE IS BRILLANT. She’s booked almost every weekend on the coast doing weddings, so lucky to have her friendship and talent. My bridesmaids were my sister Holly Cole and my sister-in-law Melissa Joan Hart (yes, Sabrina the Teenage Witch). They each picked their own style bridesmaids dress that complemented the color palette of the wedding. We asked for natural beachy waves and I can honestly say that I’ve never loved my hair more than I did on my wedding day. My two flower girls were Scott’s daughters Trinity and Eden Kruse. They wore beautiful crowns of baby’s breath in their hair and wore simply sweet Jayne Copeland cream dress with sewn pink & cream flowers at the waist and shoulders (Dillards).

The groom wore a custom Italian charcoal grey suit with a white textured button front shirt, and champagne Micheal Kors tie. His groomsmen were his brother, Ben Kruse and his father William Kruse. Scott’s sons Noah and Ezekiel Kruse were also part of the wedding partying and stood beside him during the ceremony.

The dress , the dress, the dress: My dress was everything I wanted. Honestly, I just wanted to feel pretty. I had never tried on a wedding dress, but knew that I wanted to sparkle…but in my own way. Not your typical bride way. I had bought this Adrianna Papell dress for my engagement party, but when we had to change some of our wedding plans, I decided it was what I wanted for my wedding dress. My wedding palette was blush/neutral/sparkle/sequins (my husband was thrilled). My dress was a spaghetti strap beaded blouson gown in champagne with sheer overlay and brilliant rows of beaded detail. It has a 20’s, Gatsby feel with breathtaking softness. My earrings were by Rada (BHLDN). The Giallo Chandeliers were made up of soft, pastel hues and sparkle (they were inspired by fairy tales). I wore Grecian lace up ballet shoes from Capezio (this is what happens when you are the daughter of a ballet dancer).

Most of the afternoon was spent drinking mimosa, laughing with the girls and preparing for our 5PM nuptials. My photographer, the marvelous Amy Riley Photography, arrived at 2PM to start capturing our memories. After the prepping process, we headed over to my parents to put the final touches on our wedding looks.

What really made this day special:
My brother, a musician and Grammy nominated songwriter played the acoustic guitar for our music. Over the Rainbow, Hallelujah, Canon in D
My 6-year-old nephew pretending to be our wedding photographer and capturing some pretty funny moments
My brother-in-law singing the Lord’s prayer a cappella
My pastor and family friend Dr. Bill Montgomery performing our wedding ceremony. He baptized my siblings and me, and also wed all three of us too.
An intimate family wedding full of love, happiness and God’s blessings
The gratitude I felt standing in front of my soon to be husband for being more than I could’ve ever imagined in a man, father and husband

After our sweet ceremony, we had our reception at my parent’s home. Catered by Cahall’s in Panama City Beach, FL . We also had the amazing Chick-fil-a trays (which any good southern girl will understand). Heavy hors d’oeuvres consisting of crab cakes, bbq meatballs, spinach & artichoke dip, chicken salad croissants, fruit & veggies trays.

The grooms cake was a Chocolate with Chocolate Buttercream from Edgars Bakery in Birmingham, AL. The wedding cake was a sour cream pound cake with buttercream icing made by Michelle Martin Thompson in Enterprise, AL. Both cakes were incredibly delicious.

We spent our wedding night overlooking the Gulf of Mexico at The Pearl in Rosemary Beach, FL (a gift from my wonderful brother and sister-in-law). This is officially my favorite hotel of all time, absolutely stunning (so much so that I’m painting our bedroom the same color as our room).

Photography: Amy Riley Photography | Florist: Beach House Florist | Wedding Dress: Adrianna Papell | Catering: Cahalls Deli | Hair & Makeup: Mindy Norris | Ceremony & Reception: WaterSound Origins | Earrings : Rada | Groom's Tie: Michael Kors

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Arcadia Ranch Engagement Session

If planning your engagement session is feeling a little stressful, remember this. A beautiful backdrop and a whole lotta love are really all it takes to create gorgeous photographs. Like these from Amalie Orrange Photography where the couple at the center just might be glowing. Planning by
Clover & Company Weddings And Events meant that the entire day went off without a hitch and the end result was engagement perfection. More here!

From Clover & Company Weddings And EventsA world away from the hustle and bustle of the city life of Miami lays a gorgeous and private ranch in Arcadia, Florida, which sprawls across 125 acres of Florida’s farm country. Five R Ranch is the second home for the Bride’s family and where this amazing couple has chosen to tie the knot. The Bride and Groom chose this magical place for their March 2016 wedding because it holds a sentimental value to them. “The ranch basically sums up who we are and who are families are. It is where we are most comfortable.”

Kimberly Gosselin and Stephanie Crona of Clover & Company Weddings and Events wanted to find the absolute perfect photographer to fit this couples laid back and elegant style to really capture the magic and love they experienced when they met Alexandra and Luis. Amalie Orrange of Amalie Orrange Photography captured this perfectly and the essence of this couple.

Photography: Amalie Orrange Photography | Event Planning: Clover & Company Weddings And Events | Hair And Makeup: Anna Dutko | Venue: Private Ranch

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Simple + Elegant Tampa Wedding

Ladies, get ready, because this precious flower girl in her pink tulle tutu is going to melt your heart. And that’s just the beginning. Photographed by Justin DeMutiis Photography and planned by Clover & Company Weddings And Events, this Tampa wedding is full of heartfelt touches—from the Maker’s Mark groom’s cake to the couple’s adorable dog. Swoon over all the pretty in the gallery.

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From Clover & Company Weddings And EventsOne of the Clover Girls favorite sayings is that the “Love is in the Details.” This elegant, yet simple wedding sums up the essence of what we as planners strive to encourage our brides and grooms to do and that is to make it personal. It is the little touches of a couples style or personality that guests will remember. This particular wedding achieved just that. From the signature drink “Moscow Mule” to the mix of diamonds softened by pearls, allowed the perfect balance of bringing rustic glamour down to earth. Who doesn’t love gorgeous florals, sparkle, and tu-tu’s?!?!. This unique, rustic and glamourous wedding is certainly an inspiration for southern weddings of any season.

Photography: Justin DeMutiis Photography | Event Planning: Clover & Company Weddings And Events | Floral Design: Botanica International Design Studio | Wedding Dress: The White Magnolia | Cake: Outrageous Cakes | Cake: Chocolate Pi | Invitations : Minted | Band : Easy Posse | Officiant : Sensational Ceremonies | Harpist : Tampa Bay Harpist | Venue: Tampa Yacht & Country Club | Make- Up & Hair: Lasting Luxe | Photo Booth : Foto Box

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Miami Kampong Gardens Spring Wedding

Tucked away in a garden oasis of Coconut Grove, Florida is a wedding that defines “tropical elegance” to a T. Planned and designed by the incredibly talented JCG Events, guests were spoiled from start to finish (peach sangira, anyone?!) and beautiful rentals from Unearthed Vintage set the scene. Have a first-hand peek at so much more from Merari in the gallery.

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From JCG Events… Lauren and Michael wanted to have a wedding that reflected them both as a couple and also highlighted some of the most gorgeous unseen parts of Miami since most of their guests were traveling to Miami as a destination. They hosted their wedding at the beautiful Kampong Botanical Gardens, a hidden gem nestled in the luscious landscape of Coconut Grove, Florida. Lauren had fallen in love with the willow tree on property and that is where we set-up the willow branch chuppah filled with the most amazing garden style blooms with a crystal chandelier hung from the tree.

Guests were welcomed to a refreshing peach sangria and a cocktail hour to make any foodie’s heart swoon with a raw bar in an oversized canoe and passed hor d’oeuvres that included chicken and waffles served in mini cast iron skillets. After the memorable cocktail reception, guests were invited to take their seats at the beautiful reception filled with floral and greenery chandeliers and centerpieces that overflowed the tables. Traditional escort cards were replaced by hot pink geodes that were hand calligraphed with guests’ names and table numbers.

Everyone danced the night away and at the end were treated to Shake Shack burgers as a nod to Lauren’s New York heritage. The party continued back at the Al Capone suite at the luxury 1920’s Biltmore Hotel. Luckily for guests the welcome bags had included the cutest recovery kits that tied in Michael’s profession as a doctor all crafted and put together by Lauren, the bride.

Photography: Merari | Wedding Planning + Design: JCG Events | Floral Design: Petal Productions | Rentals: Unearthed Vintage | Catering: Bill Hansen Catering | Calligraphy:Julia Rohdes Design | Wedding Venue: The Kampong Botanical Gardens | Getting Ready Venue: Biltmore Hotel | Music: Serge Entertainment |  

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A Sunshine State Inspired Wedding

With its bright orange hues and touches of sunny yellow, this Florida-inspired photo shoot is a welcome ray of sunshine—we can almost smell the crisp citrus and freshly-cut grass! And with, Nave Event & Floral Design behind the design, a stunning Watters gown and cheery photography from Rebecca Read, we’re ready to escape to Florida. Come join us in the gallery.

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From Rebecca Read PhotographyA collaboration of Central Florida wedding vendors gathered to honor the sunshine we all love. This styled shoot is a tribute to the local orange groves we all grew up with and hopes to inspire Florida brides to celebrate these seasonal specialties.

Nave Event & Floral Design gathered a ton, truly a ton, of oranges and citrus from their local grove, Harvey’s Groves, to design this shoot. By mixing in the local favorite, they designed a styled Farmhouse bar, ceremony decor and fun details. What bride wouldn’t love the sweet smell of citrus on a beautifully manicured Florida farm?

The bride is wearing the Adelaide by Watters from The Sample Room in Melbourne, FL.

Photography: Rebecca Read Photography | Styling: Nave Event & Floral Design | Planner: Nave Event & Floral Design | Floral Design: Nave Event & Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Watters | Stationary: Conforti Creative Group | Makeup Artist: Anne Carter - Annabella Clinical Skin Care | Venue: Up The Creek Farms | Bridal Boutique: The Sample Room | Hair Styling: Ashley Campbell | Rentals: Rent Your Events | Rentals: Crystal & Crates Vintage Rentals | Seasonal Fruit: Harvey's Groves

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