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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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Spring
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Ballroom
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Elegant

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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Summer
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Elegant

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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Spring

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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Spring
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Garden
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Whimsical

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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Hong Kong Beach Wedding

This Hong Kong fete right here? It’s everything a beach wedding should be. A laid back celebration on the sand, King Proteas for a pop of color and palm trees for days. Bliss Creations planned the soiree to perfection and with Derek Ko behind the lens, you can kick back in one lovely gallery!

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Fall
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Beach

From Bliss CreationsBride Noortje and Groom Rutger met while at university in the Netherlands, moved to South Africa for a few years when they were dating, and finally ended in Hong Kong as an engaged couple ready to celebrate their union. They wanted a wedding that “perfectly reflected their lives in Hong Kong” while still showing some of their history in other parts of the world.

The day started on a secluded beach on Lantau Island in Hong Kong, just steps away from the couple’s home. After an intimate ceremony and cocktails on the beach, the guests moved to a nearby beach lounge and had a sit down dinner on the lawn. A family style dinner, live guitarist and speeches from the parents of the couple gave a romantic atmosphere. “We lived in South Africa for a few years before moving to HK, and thus wanted to incorporate some of that into the wedding. We had a spitroast of lamb and King Protea flowers in the bridal bouquet and other arrangements. Also, we used South African wines and champagne,” says bride Noortje of incorporating the couple’s time abroad into the wedding.

After dinner the party moved onto two private boats which whisked everyone away to Central Hong Kong where guests partied until late in the night while overlooking the infamous Hong Kong skyline. “For the Hong Kong touch, we had a traditional lion dance when we got to the pier in Central,” she adds.

The couple wanted to ensure that it was a very special event incorporating their time together. “Being on the beach, seeing how beautiful everything and everyone looked was the most special part of the day. Having people from all our walks of life there to celebrate this day with us – we had 36 people flying in from all over the world. All these people, combined with the presence of our HK friends, made it truly special.” Guests commented that it was an amazing, unique day and reflected Noortje and Rutger’s lives perfectly.

The couple knew that they had a complex wedding, even though it looked effortless. “I loved the fact that there we so many components but it all felt very natural, I don’t think the guests realized how much could have gone wrong, so very it was a successful planning and execution from Bliss Creations. Guests commented on how everything was arranged into such details, they all felt pampered,” says Noortje.

The couple honeymooned in Phu Quoc, Vietnam for four days following the celebrations.

Photography: Derek Ko | Videographer: Derek Ko | Wedding Planner: Bliss Creations | Flowers: SAFE Flowers (Cape Town) | Wedding Dress: Hitched! | After Party: Pier 7 | Ceremony / Dinner Venue: Palm Beach | Groom Suit: Jantzen Tailor | Wedding Rings: De Beers