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Black Tie Palm Beach Wedding

I’m a big believer in the moments in between moments. A mother zipping up her daughter in that most important dress. A darling crew of littles totting down the aisle. The Groom whispering “I love yous” in his beloved Bride’s ear. They’re the moments great storytellers like Jessica Lorren capture with such care, and you can see each one waiting in The Vault.

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From The Bride…George and I met my freshman year at Vanderbilt University and had been together for about 8 years before we got married this past April. We lived in Nashville, Charlotte and New York City before settling in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA. I was raised in Windermere, FL. His family is Greek and mine is a mix of Italian, Guatemalan, Venezuelan and British. On the night we got engaged, neither of us slept a wink. We stayed up all night talking about our future and how we were going to celebrate the start of that new life with our wedding.

We love traveling and entertaining around good stories and delicious meals. We knew we wanted to create a night that felt true to us, our families, and backgrounds. Florida will always have a special place in my heart so we started touring both coasts for the perfect venue. We wanted something tropical and true to the Florida lifestyle. However, we wanted the destination to be rich in history and also have a unique culture. We found that exactly in the town of Palm Beach, FL. The small barrier island off of the Southeast coast of Florida has just that: rich in history, and a truly unique feel. Once we had good vibes for Palm Beach, the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum was an easy first choice for the location of our ceremony and reception. The island was practically established by Henry Morrison Flagler and his home (now turned museum) is a reflection of the glamour and old world history that made Palm Beach what it is today.

Under the guidance of our fantastic wedding planner, Breeze Taylor, we crafted a night that felt completely unique to us. We wanted our guests to collaboratively feel like they were an integral part of the celebration all night. The band invited everyone to come out and dance with us at the end of our first dance. Dance sets were sprinkled throughout the whole night, and in between speeches and dinner courses. We wanted guests to constantly feel like they were part of making the celebration come to life. We worked with an incredible caterer that helped us custom create a multi course dinner that included old family recipes, dishes we loved to make at home, as well as some of our favorite NYC restaurant inspired creations. Our incredible floral design team brought my organically elegant, secret-garden inspired vision come to life in their creation of our bouquets, table arrangements, and ceremony archway. Our Earth & Sugar almond and vanilla buttercream cake was out of this world delicious and looked every bit as dreamy as well.

Our weekend was beautifully captured by the ultra-talented Jessica Lorren. Not only does she have the best eye for capturing moments in the most unique yet organic light, but she is truly a beautiful person with the most radiant personality. Having such a warm presence around us on such a special occasion truly made our day complete.

Photography: Jessica Lorren Photography | Event Planning: Dream Concierge | Floral Design: Dalsimer Atlas | Wedding Dress: Gabriella New York | Cake: Earth And Sugar | Invitations: Nota Bene | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids | Catering: Chez Gourmet | Hair And Makeup: Jennifer Cruz | Calligraphy: Brown Fox Calligraphy | Band: Tropics Entertainment | Venue: Flagler Museum

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Glamorous Champagne + Gold Wedding at The Breakers

This adorable couple pulled out all the stops for the glamorous ballroom wedding of their dreams, enlisting the help of Palm Beach locals Shea Christine PhotographyAndreo Studio and Capture Pod Photobooth to capture it all on camera and film. Get a sneak peak below, then hop on over to the gallery, and see all the full-blown gilded glamour right here!

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From the Bride… We wanted to get married in West Palm Beach. Ralston grew up here and I moved to this area about 5 years ago for school. I just felt in love with this city. West Palm Beach has amazing beaches, stunning inter-coastal skylines, and beautiful palm trees. We live where people come to have destination weddings. Plus, this is where I met Ralston. West Palm Beach is a special place to Ralston and I. I could not imagine getting married anywhere else.

We wanted to get married in front of God so we picked Holy Trinity Episcopal church. The church is perfect size for our 120 guests. It also had the traditional church feeling that we were looking. We also loved the Father Wilt. During our wedding counseling sessions, he really tried to get to know us and we got to know him too. Father wilt was able to make our wedding ceremony very personalized and special.

Breakers is one of the most beautiful place we ever been to. Walking into The Breakers is like walking into one of the palaces in Europe. As soon as we walked into the circle room in The Breakers, we knew this was it. It had the panoramic view of the Atlantic Ocean and a high ceiling with amazing artwork and a stunning chandelier. We didn’t have to look anywhere else. The church organist played ceremony music. He played the organ while guests were sitting. He played “Ave Maria” for the sitting of mother. Processional song was Prince of Denmark’s march by Clark. Recessional song was “Hompipe” by Handel.

Ralston is such a thoughtful person. We had a wedding gift exchange before the ceremony. When I was opening up the wedding gift sent to me by Ralston, there was a letter starting with “ Good morning my beautiful bride,” and I just lost it. I was sobbing. I almost ruined my makeup that took 2 hours! Ralston gave me a lock with our initials and our wedding date engraved. He special ordered this for us so we can lock it in the Love Bridge in Paris on our honeymoon. He also gave me a Cartier watch as a wedding gift too. His wedding band actually matches my watchband!

Photography: Shea Christine Photography | Flowers: Design Studio | Gown: More Lee | Ceremony: Holy Trinity Episcopal Church | Reception Venue: The Breakers | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Hair & Makeup: Pretty Suite Inc | Capture Pod Photobooth: Capture Pod Photobooth | Cinemamtography: Andreo Studio | Jewlery: Nadri | Music: Mike Sipe Entertainment | Paper: Wedding Paper Divas | Veil: Etsy

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Romantic Palm Beach Wedding

A little slice of wedding heaven, this Palm Beach soiree is basically perfection. From the Bride’s gorgeous lace gown to the absolutely drool-worthy reception designed by Richard Grille Events, every gorgeous image snapped up by Shea Christine defines lovely, and you can see them all here

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From The Bride…From the beginning of the wedding planning process, I knew I wanted the day to be very romantic. Jeff and I were both born and raised on the West Coast, and having lived so far from our families for so many years, they haven’t spent much time with us together as a couple. We wanted to be married in an intimate atmosphere where our guests would truly feel and see the love between us. The estate leant itself to the soft, elegant vision I had for the day, and the floral arrangements made the space absolutely exquisite. We had 7 weeks to plan our event, 5 weeks of which we were across the country. It took a lot of pressure off- that I didn’t have time to hum and ha over little details. I had to make decisions posthaste! Everything came together as beautifully as it did quickly, and I am so grateful for the team that helped us create a wedding as lovely and romantic as I could have imagined.

I am not a DIY bride, but I don’t feel that our wedding was lacking a personal touch. One of my bridesmaids packed little jars with lavender sugar for favors, and topped them with personalized labels. Jeff and I repurposed the corks we had collected from bottles of wine we have enjoyed together over the years, to use as place card holders. (Some even had dates and memories written on them). The flower crown I was gifted during our surprise engagement party in May was preserved and used for my darling flower girl niece. A friend of ours set up a photo booth, and the photos from which are some of the highlights of the evening, for us and our guests.

We also wanted to do a first look and portraits before the ceremony, and I’m so glad we did. I can say that it didn’t take any of the emotion away from his face when it was time for me to walk down the aisle, and it gave us a little more time to spend with family and guests once the ceremony had ended. The photos from the first look have such sweet sentiment to them, I would suggest it to any brides who are considering it.

The entire day seemed absolutely enchanted, and I am certain our friends and family will feel more closely connected to us, having been a part of the most remarkable day of our lives.

Photography: Shea Christine Photography | Planner: Richard Grille Events | Wedding Dress: Bellissima Bride | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids Dresses: Ralph Lauren | Hair & Makeup: Josie Miller | Officiant: Peggy Lewis | Flowers & Decor: Richard Grille Events | Food And Cake: Sandy James Catering | Groomsmen: Ralph Lauren | Music: The Queen Of Kings | Private Residence: Private | Rentals: Regency Party Rentals | Video: Lindsey Grace

Romantic Florida Wedding at Breakers West

Romantic weddings and Breakers West just seem to go hand in hand. They never fail to make us swoon, and when13:13 Photography is behind the lens capturing that romance, magic happens. It leaves us with a gallery too pretty to miss, and you can see it all here.

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From the Bride…We have been together for over 5 years, and we wanted our wedding to reflect both our own taste for simplicity and to highlight our camaraderie and relationships with our family and friends. Since we are both Caribbean immigrants (Belize, and Trinidad and Tobago) – we also wanted to bring a taste of both our cultures to the event.

From the start we ensured that the events of the weekend would be personal and memorable to us. Stefan’s uncle catered the rehearsal dinner with a range of Trinidadian curries, stews and other dishes local to the island. The ceremony itself was officiated by the mother of one of our close friends. Wedding favors were prepared by our mothers (decorative wooden bowls using native Belizean trees and traditional Trinidadian black cake and Indo-Trinidadian sweets). We asked one of our invited friends to be the official master of ceremonies for the reception.

For music we hired Suenalo, a popular latin fusion band from Miami, who offered the perfect blend of dance and atmosphere that we felt would appeal to the diverse nationalities that made up our guest list – we also felt it was an homage to the region that we have called home for the past decade.

Our choice for photography and videography was also done with friends in mind. 1313 Photography was hired as a referral from one of our friends, whose wedding was also done by Ashley and Philip. Our videographer, Hitched Wedding Films, was similarly recommended.  Lina Portnoy did our flowers and came recommended by our venue but quickly felt like someone we had known for ages.

After all the planning and prepping we couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day! From getting ready with my mom and sister, my rockstar nephews making the ceremony and dancing the night away with all my favorite people in the world.

Photography: 13:13 Photography | Videographer: Hitched Wedding Films | Floral Design: Lina Portnoy | Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Breakers West | Venue Company: The Breakers Palm Beach

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Coral & Aqua Whimsical Garden Wedding

My favorite kind of couples are the ones who don’t take themselves too seriously. The couples who opt for a wedding of whimsy and color, and make their special day one epic party. It’s exactly the approach Eric and Sarah took for their Florida garden nuptials, and thanks to the fabulous Miranda Hattie Events, it went off without a hitch. SMPers, your Monday pick-me-up a la Daniel Lateulade starts here!

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From the Groom… At first, Sarah and I had a picture of a crafty, casual, Kinfolk-style wedding, but as we went through the planning process, the “guest experience” became more and more important. Our biggest concern was that the wedding felt devoid of pretense, not stuffy or overly formal, but rather casual, simple, and easy. We wanted our guests to feel like guests, like they were getting a weekend away with friends. Everything from the decor to the experience design stemmed from this idea of ease. We hope it was successful too, making something feel easy actually takes a lot of work!

Sarah and I spent most of the cocktail hour and dinner trying to spend a few minutes with every single person that made it to our wedding, so naturally both of those stages of the evening vanished in a blink of an eye. Right around 10pm, our guests were invited from the dinner area to the terrace for deserts, coffee, and dancing, and we hadn’t had a chance to sit or eat the entire evening. As the pavilion emptied out, our table of 12 stayed behind and in the middle of the chaos that is a wedding, we had this very intimate, calming 30 minutes to eat, drink and laugh with with some of our most cherished friends.

Photography: Daniel Lateulade | Cinematography: Cabana Pictures | Event Design: Miranda Hattie Events | Event Planning: Miranda Hattie Events | Floral Design: Anthology Co. | Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Reception Venue: PGA National | Makeup: Christie Lopez | Hair: Christie Lopez | Lighting: Uplyte | Venue: PGA National Resort | Chair Rental: Hitched Event Rental | Linens: BBJ | Music: Sekond Nature | Wood Signs: Sweet Carolina Collective

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