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A Piece of Toast’s Sallys Beach Engagement

You know her as one half of the A Piece of Toast duo and went Behind the Blog on SMP Living, but today Sally is stepping in the role of bride-to be with her stunning beach engagement session. Photographed by the crazy talented Leslee Mitchell, it’s love captured in the sweetest form with each soft, dreamy image somehow more beautiful than the last. Refill that coffee mug and prepare to swoon.

From Sally of A Piece Of Toast… I really cannot sing the praises of Leslee Mitchell enough. Her talent as a photographer, master at styling, and amazing person with a killer personality has made me all but obsessed with her. Back in June when my fiancé and I got engaged, one of the first things I did was research a photographer…

I have long admired and fawned over wedding photography – always drawn to the work of photographers who have a way of capturing those “in between” and candid moments that really give meaning to a wedding and a family, and really just life in general. When my fiance and I decided on a destination wedding, I first researched local photographers in the area, and then hit the endless archives of Style Me Pretty – a site that can literally draw me in for hours. What I love about Style Me Pretty is how you can search by just about anything to find a wedding or weddings that might match what you may be looking for. In my case, I used it to find weddings that were in the same area where mine will be. So glad I did this because I may never have come across all the Nashville-bred glory that is Leslee.

While she is not necessarily local to where we will be married (though she shoots in the area enough that she may as well be) she travels around the world to capture weddings. I fell in love with her beautiful work and knew I would do anything within my budget to make it so she could capture our day. Lucky for me, she was available!

Keep in mind that all of this happened 5 prior to this shoot. After booking Leslee for the big wedding day (spring 2015) my fiancé and I decided that since we were going to be in our wedding location in October, that we should see if Leslee was available to fly down and shoot some engagement pictures. I had been so busy with moving across the country and starting a new job that I really had not put much thought into these photos or many of the details until oh, days before. And I knew Leslee was good, because that’s why we hired her, but I really didn’t know just how good until meeting her and seeing her in action.

The girl’s got dedication (shooting digital and film), is a perfectionist (making sure her subjects and the surrounding elements are equally photo-ready), and has an eye for beauty and detail unlike any other. She can remember the details of any inspiring photo she has ever seen and truly knows what it takes to create a beautiful image and a lasting moment. She spend countless hours on her own scoping out the best spots to shoot so that my fiancé I could enjoy the process (along with a bottle of champagne she gave to us) and just be in the moment. One afternoon spent racing the clock set by the sunset and we ended with wayy more than we could have ever asked from her: gorgeous, personal, and special engagement photos.

It’s safe to say that meeting Leslee and getting to spend time with her has been kind of a game changer for me. She’s one of those magnetic and creative people that you just know you’ve met for a reason. The excitement of seeing the engagement photos made me that much more excited for the wedding and the thought of having Leslee there to capture our day and our moments makes me giddy. But really, I just want to hang with our new-found friend again over a cocktail or two.

Photography: Leslee Mitchell | Hair And Makeup: Jamie Gummere | Beach: Rosemary Beach, FL | Blog: A Piece Of Toast | Bride: Sally Miller | Mexican Embroidered Blouse: Mi Golondrina | Town: Alys Beach, Florida

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Traditionally Elegant Rosemary Beach Wedding

I love a classic wedding filled with love, and it is safe to say this beauty captured by Leslee Mitchell  has classical romance written all over it. It’s elegance at its best with the sweetest Rosemary Beach Town Hall ceremony and a reception complete with a few furry friends for good measure. Have a look at the full gallery for so much more!

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From the beautiful Bride… Christopher and I first met in high school when we both signed up for the same summer course. We became friends, and later reconnected our freshman year at The University of Alabama. We often ran into each other around campus, and our friendship later blossomed into something more. We were soon inseparable, and began dating the second half of our sophomore year. After almost four years of dating, Christopher proposed in late June. He surprised me with an entire day spent doing all of my favorite things, and then took me for a sunset stroll in Seaside where he proposed on the beach. Afterwards, we celebrated with dinner at one of my all time favorite restaurants, Café Thirty-A.

Planning my wedding was something that I had looked forward to ever since I was a little girl. My parents even have my old photos from wedding magazines I used to save. I wanted my wedding to have a very timeless, romantic feel to it. I wanted to be able to look back through the pictures when it was all over and see something very elegant and classic. I envisioned soft, delicate champagnes and blushes, beautiful furniture and décor, and a sophisticated menu. It was also really important for me to add lots of personal details to make it my own.

When it came to choosing the location, we knew the beach would be the perfect setting. For both Christopher’s family and my own, the beach has always been a very special place. I remember right after we got engaged, my mother’s family was reminiscing over all of our wonderful memories at the beach, and I began thinking how memorable and special a wedding at the beach would be. We looked at several different venues, but after visiting Rosemary Beach, we knew we had found what we were looking for. Rosemary has such a beautiful, dreamy atmosphere, with gorgeous white houses and quaint cobblestone streets. Our ceremony took place in Rosemary’s Town Hall. It has such a beautiful, clean elegance to it with soft white walls, stone floors, and gorgeous wooden rafters with iron chandeliers hanging from the ceiling. It also has an adjoining courtyard that was the perfect spot for our reception!

Photography: Leslee Mitchell | Videography: Holloway Productions | Cake: Confections On The Coast | Invitations: Amberly Shelton Print Design | Hair & Makeup: Celine Russell | Band: Black Jacket | Wedding Venue: Rosemary Beach Town Hall | Bride's Dress: La Sposa Costura Collection, Denia, Barcelona | Bridesmaid's Monogrammed Bags: Southeastern Salvage Birmingham | Bridesmaids' Robes: Singing Slowly | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Amsale | Bridesmaids’ Gift Boxes: The Paper Source | Champagne Tags + Program + Food Signage: Annabelle’s | Confetti: The Confetti Bar | Coordination & Design: M. Elizabeth Events | Crystal Toasting Flutes: Waterford From Bromberg’s | Earrings: Erin Cole From Ivory & White | Floral Design & Lighting: Events By Nouveau Flowers | Groomsmen's Gift: Bromberg’s Jewelers | MOB & MOG Dresses: Clothes Tree By Deborah | Monogram: Allison R. Banks Designs | Mr. & Mrs. Hangers: BHLDN | Stoned Belt + Sash: Justin Alexander Designer, Sweet Elegance, Atlanta | Tuxedo: Mr. Burch Formalwear | Wax Seal & Monogram Stamp: LetterSeals And Nostalgic Impressions

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Blush + Gold Rosemary Beach Wedding

Rosemary Beach is quickly becoming a favorite destination of mine… and I’ve never actually been there. Every time I come across a wedding at this Floridan venue, I’m awe struck. And sure enough, with this gorgeous blush and gold soiree planned by Christina Gillon, I’m mesmerized with the romance and beauty, captured by Leslie Hollingsworth. See why I’m so obsessed right this way.

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Fall
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Beach
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From The Bride… Our wedding day was everything I had dreamed of and so much more. From the perfect wedding day weather (after a few very cold days!) to dancing and laughing with our closest family and friends all weekend – it was a dream.

Richard & I had discussed a Caribbean destination wedding but we couldn’t find anything that quite fit. We also knew with three sets of grandparents they would not be keen to the idea of flying. Therefore we settled on finding something within driving distance from our home in Jacksonville Beach and the rest of our family in central Florida – and the hunt began!

I envisioned an indoor ceremony with an outdoor tented reception overlooking the beach since the beginning. I stumbled upon Rosemary Beach (on SMP where else!) and it was beyond ideal. We drove the six hours from Jacksonville two days later and fell in love. After seeing the sprawling green lawns overlooking the picture perfect white sand beach, roaming the idyllic town and visiting the quaint town hall we were sold.

I had an idea in my head of a palette filled with blush and gold, lush flowers and vintage touches. It all came together when I bought my glitzy gatsby-esque Modern Trousseau gown and started working with my amazingly talented coordinator Christina and Designer/Florist Brian of Myrtie Blue. Brian helped bring my vision to life and created the most spectacular yet intimate layout for our reception filled with three tents, a romantic sequined sweetheart table, glimmering bulb lighting over an open air dance floor, vintage lounge furniture, delicate sheer table runners, lush centerpieces and the most gorgeous entrance complete with draped curtains and wooden lamp posts. Seeing the finished product after a year of planning and dreaming I felt like the luckiest girl in the world and was completely blown away.

My vendors created a paramount atmosphere for the day. Townsend Catering delivered the most delicious meal I have ever devoured as well as above and beyond service. Bay Kings Band played just about every song on my request list, had everyone on the dance floor until the last song and my guests are STILL talking about how amazing they were. My photographer Leslie was there to capture it all in the most breathtaking photos and even there to bustle my gown! Of course my coordinator Christina was one step ahead of me from beginning to end and I can not possibly rave about her enough.

One of my favorite details from the reception was our escort display. While discussing how to show off our seating arrangements many ideas were thrown around until we settled on a large mirror. This was a fete for 200 guests but Brian more than delivered! I fell in love with the mirror concept and was dying to use more. I ended up using mirrors from our home for additional displays. My favorite was my late grandmother’s mirror used to display our cupcake flavors!

I tried to personalize as many details as possible. We wrapped my bouquet with a blessed rosary from my aunts, my great grandmother’s brooch and the first piece of jewelry Richard ever bought me, a small heart necklace. At the reception we used my mother-in-law’s cake stands, displayed our grandparents wedding photos next to the guest book and brought in a local band as well as brews from Jacksonville. My creative mother-in-law also made our invitations. She created a stunning shadow box masterpiece that blew every lucky recipient away. She also designed and printed our programs and menus AND made my bridesmaids sparkly belts!

There are more unforgettable memories from our wedding day than I could possibly recount. I will never forget watching the setup take place from the balcony at my mother-in-laws rental cottage overlooking the green and getting a glimpse at some surprises Brian had in store for me, I think I squealed! The look on Richard’s face when he saw me in my gown for the first time and realizing I was more nervous than him! Seeing my ten stunning bridesmaids lined up before the ceremony looking more beautiful than I could have imagined in their pale pink Jenny Yoo gowns. Laughing uncontrollably during the speeches when my maid of honor tripped over her words and described me as “the perfect friend for her man” and Richard’s brother closed his best man speech with a quote from ‘Bridesmaids.’ Dancing with my dad to a song he wrote and recorded just for our special moment.

Our wedding was the pinnacle of our 11 years relationship. A true manifestation of the love we have for each other and everyone in our lives through the most incredible celebration filled with enough laughs, love and pretty to last a lifetime.

Photography: Leslie Hollingsworth | Event Planning: Christina Gillon | Floral Design: Myrtie Blue | Wedding Dress: Modern Trousseau | Cake: Sweet For Sirten | Ceremony Venue: Rosemary Beach Town Hall | Reception Venue: Rosemary Beach Eastern Green | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BHLDN | Catering: Townsend Catering | Band: Bay Kings Band | Rentals: Myrtie Blue

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Fall Seaside Wedding at Rosemary beach

A seaside wedding never grows old. It’s that whole carefree, toes in the sand, sun on the shoulders atmosphere that people adore. And Florida is one of the reigning Queens of beach weddings. Why? Because there’s sunshine in the Fall and miles and miles of oceanfront land to fete on. Just have a look at this blue infused day planned by Savoir-Faire Weddings with photography by Anna K + a full gallery for proof.

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Fall
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Beach
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Coastal

Rosemary Beach has always held a special place in Chris and Ashley’s heart so when the time came for their wedding they knew where it needed to be! These two have been dating since Ashley was 14, Chris 15 and they’ve dreamed about this day for so long! They’ve waited patiently and prepared for their marriage in all of the best ways possible and in October the big day finally arrived. All of their friends and family made the trip from Atlanta, GA to Florida to celebrate! Everything about the weather was perfect that day and everyone radiated happiness!

Rosemary Beach is a gorgeous little gem located on the Gulf of Florida. The cobblestone streets are lined with Colonial Caribbean style condos, shops and homes creating a truly unique wedding backdrop. Wooden paths connect all of the areas to the town center and these two have so many fun memories here together. Fisher, their lab, was included in all parts of the day and he loved it! It’s amazing how well behaved some dogs are and this guy thought he was one of the groomsmen! Ashley has an impeccable eye for detail, but the thing that stood out most about their day was the pure joy that filled every moment.

Photography: Anna K Photography | Wedding Planner: Savoir-Faire Weddings - Stephanie Tate | Florist: Celestine's Special Occasions | Wedding Dress: Casablanca | Invitations: La Vita Allegra | Ceremony: Rosemary Beach | Reception: Rosemary Beach Western Lawn | Bridesmaids Dresses: J.Crew | Catering: Celestine's Special Occasions | Band: Bobby Moore & The Rhythm Aces | Cake Artist: Kim's Cakes | Hair Artist: Make Me Blush - Jessica Miller

Modern Rosemary Beach Wedding

I’m convinced that Rosemary Beach is one of the sweetest seaside towns to wed. Take it from the beautiful bride and groom who just happen to be locals, with a family-owned bookstore downtown! With Sixpence Productions and Paul Johnson Photography there to capture every lovely detail, falling in love with this quaint locale is an easy feat.

Grab the tissues, my loves, because you’ll need them after this one!


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Fall
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From the beautiful Bride… I had just graduated with a degree in art from Dallas Baptist University in Texas and was ready to live at the beach! What better place to be than in an art gallery in Rosemary? My family and I opened The Hidden Lantern Bookstore and Gallery in May 2011. Only a short time later, Steve, who was stationed on the base in Panama City Beach, found his way into the bookstore. After seeing me, he came into the gallery and asked me out.

Our first date was the following day at Wild Olives. After that we spent most of our time in Rosemary. We would meet at the parks with my dog Rhodie, go for walks on the beach, enjoy the restaurants in town, and take rides on his motorcycle along 30A. We couldn’t imagine getting married anywhere else. Many of our guests where people who lived and/or worked in Rosemary. We felt so much a part of the town. Town Hall will always be special to us as an icon of Rosemary but also it is where we attended church together.

For our engagement, Steve surprised me with a trip to San Francisco where he took me to the Palace of Fine Arts (one of our favorite places). There he sat me down on a bench and played a video off his Iphone that he made of our relationship. At the end of the video, he got down on one knee and proposed.

Our inspiration for the wedding style was beachy, clean, and elegant. Blues, whites, and pearls were our wedding colors. I have always loved white bare trees so they were used as the center pieces. One of my favorite moments of that day was praying with my husband-to-be outside my parents’ house. He didn’t get to see me but I got to see him before the big moment. It was our own time together before all the festivities began. It was also special to have my 12 year old, black Labrador Rhodie by my side as I got ready. She wore a beautiful collar that matched the colors of the wedding.

I would also like to add how amazing and professional our vendors were the days leading up to the event and the big day. They made everything so easy. Steve and I even had to move up the wedding date four months due to a deployment and our vendors adapted with such ease and grace. I could not have asked for better businesses and individuals to have been there on our wedding day!

Cinematographer: Sixpence Productions | Floral Design: Florals By The Sea | Invitations: Bella Figura | Ceremony Venue: Rosemary Beach Town Hall | Reception Venue: Rosemary Beach Town Hall | Bridesmaids Dresses: Alfred Angelo | Catering: Townsend Catering | DJ: B-Boy Productions | Event Designer/Coordinator: It's A Shore Thing | Groomsmen Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Hair + Makeup: Vivo Spa Salon | Photograher: Paul Johnson Photography

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