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Forget the Ballroom and Beach, Because This Florida Lakeside Wedding Inspo Is Where It’s at

Yeah, you read the title correctly. So for those of you Floridians who feel like you’re forced plan either a ballroom fete of a beachside affair, Kt Crabb Photography has cordially invited you to think again. Because today we’re headed lakeside to bring you one of the prettiest wedding inspirations that’s sure to inspire you. See it all in The Vault!

From Kt Crabb PhotographyIt’s often that I find couple overwhelmed with the process of finding a location that meets the needs of their guest list size, dream look for their wedding and has parent’s approval. When thinking about planning a Florida wedding, most fall quickly under the impress that if it’s not at the beach, then it must be in a ballroom. There is so much more to Florida than just it’s beaches! My hope and purpose behind this shoot was to showcase another side of Florida that often goes unnoticed for it’s elegance and beauty.

My family has roots in Florida that span many generations. With this background, I grew up living in the water most days wether in a lake, pool or the beach. My family would head off to my grandparent’s lake house for holiday gatherings and spend the grilling, chatting and skiing. This place floods me with sweet memories every time I step foot on it’s property. It makes me slow down and really take in the beauty around me. This is the feel I wanted to create with this shoot. I wanted couples planning their wedding day to be able to dream of a place familiar, warm and inviting that would leave them relaxed on their most memorable day!

This dream came to life with the help of an incredible team. We worked to nestle the reception table under the canopy of towering pine trees. It created an intimate environment that made you want to stay and chat for hours. We even took our couple for a little joy ride on a canoe as the sun began to kiss the water as it said goodnight. It was then that the romance came alive with candle lit cuddles and slow dances. We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day to show off another side of Florida’s unique beauty.

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Photography: Kt Crabb Photography | Floral Design: Flowers By Lesley | Dress: Saint Isabel Bridal | Cake: Anna Cakes | Invitations: Riannon Boven | Hair + Makeup: LUMA Bridal | Venue: Private Residence | Rentals: RW Events | Rentals: Dishie Rentals

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A Wedding (Or honeymoon!) in Paradise Never Looked So Good

Summer may be “officially” over, but that doesn’t mean the fun in the sun has to come to end. Nope, around these parts we’re spending our days dreaming of the fabulous Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village, a place that knows all there is to know about luxe accommodations. Think breathtaking views, an on-site marina and stellar customer service. In other words? It’s time to pack.your.bags.

Whether you’re looking for a dreamy destination locale for your upcoming nuptials or just want to kick back and relax with your honey, The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village has everything you’ll ever want or need. I’m talking a sweet stay in paradise with views of San Carlos Bay, the Caloosahatchee River and the Gulf of Mexico, plus an on-site marina and 400+ miles of navigable waterways perfect for kayaking or boating (they have those, too).  Not to mention that The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village can host up to 200 people in their gorgeous indoor and outdoor event spaces, making for one awesome wedding destination for you AND the ones you love.

To start planning that dream honeymoon, wedding or last-minute vaca to Florida, contact The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village TODAY or request to submit a RFP here!  And don’t forget to ask about their special offer for your next getaway, which includes a 4th night free (applied at checkout), a $100 food and beverage credit per stay and a room upgrade (based on availability). Have sooo much fun, lovelies.

Southern Backyard Wedding at the Groom’s Childhood Home

Nestled on a sprawling lawn overlooking the bayou, this at-home wedding was one for the books. The 30-person wedding party arrived by boat and guests were treated to handcrafted cocktails and a locally-sourced menu any foodie would love. Justin DeMutiis photographed and a visit to the gallery is an absolute must.


Having met at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Northwest Florida holds a special place in the hearts of Grant and Alex. The ceremony and reception were both held at the home where Grant was raised in Panama City. The Goodwiller home is nestled on a 3-acre lawn overlooking the bayou. This was the home where Grant was raised and was the perfect intimate setting for a wedding with nearly 250 of their closest friends. Guests spent the weekend in Rosemary Beach on the famous Highway 30A, soaking in the sun and sugar sand beaches.

Custom watercolor invitations were handcrafted by Karli Strohschein. Grant and Alex worked directly with Karli to create a custom crest which included aspects of the couple’s personalities.  The crest reappeared throughout the wedding and was later displayed on the dinner menus.

Upon arrival, golf carts escorted guests to the pool house where they awaited the 30-person wedding party as they arrived by boat. As the wedding party entered the ceremony from the dock, the bride, escorted by her mother and father, and wearing the veil of the Groom’s mother, walked down the hill under a canopy of live oaks.

The ceremony was written by the bride and groom and officiated by Pastor Marty Martin, a lifelong family friend. Both mothers led a prayer at the end of the ceremony before the band played The Beatles “All You Need is Love” as the wedding party exited.

Following the ceremony, the guests continued to visit poolside as signature cocktails were served. A spin-off of the French 75, the Thyme Spent on I-75 cocktail contained Sparkling Wine, Old St. Pete Gin, Ocala Blueberries, Thyme, and Indian River Grapefruit, all locally grown and sourced. A 12-foot cypress plank, cut from Grant’s family farm was prepared with charcuterie, Georgia olives, and fresh bread. Guests were also served raw gulf oysters during the post-ceremony cocktail hour. After the cocktail hour, guests danced their way to the front yard for dinner as they were led by a horn and tambourine procession of “The Saints Go Marching In”.

Both Alex and Grant have a strong passion for food and wine. They were thrilled to work with Chef Chris Infinger from G. Foley’s Restaurant in Panama City. Chef Chris locally sources all of his ingredients and worked with Grant and Alex to create a seasonal menu served family style for their guests. The meal started with Florida Corn and Anson Mills muffins and an heirloom tomato salad. The main course was pan seared gulf caught black grouper, cheese yogurt, whipped Florida gold potatoes, and roasted turnips. Guests sat at farm tables and listened to the bride and groom’s custom playlist which included songs from The Beatles, Rolling Stones, and James Taylor.

After dinner, the procession of horns and tambourines led guests to the back patio of the home for an evening full of dancing and live music.

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Photography: Justin DeMutiis Photography | Videography: Brandon Kari Productions | Event Planning + Design: Rachelle Youd Designs | Floral Design: Rachelle Youd Designs | Invitations: Karli Strohschein and Rachelle Youd Designs | Catering: Chef Christ Infinger | Venue: Groom's Family Home | Bar: Carousel Liquors-Dock Haney | Landscape Design: Jennifer Goodwiller and Leake Landscape | Music: Moon Dance | Rentals + Lighting: H&M

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