When I think of engagement sessions, I think of sweet kisses in romantic settings and this pretty little party by Brooke Images is the perfect example. I’ve bookmarked it as one of my favorites, and I’m pretty sure once you’ve peeked at this gallery of gorgeous, you’ll do the same. See it all here!
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From The Bride-to-be…It was a beautiful Fall day in St. Augustine Florida, just over a year out from our BIG DAY! It was the first time meeting our photographers, the amazing Brooke Images. We all hit if off so well, even running over our time limit because we were all having so much fun! Ashley and Greg made us feel so comfortable and captured every bit of us so well.
As an offbeat couple, we love to be a little different, yet still show the world who we are together. Lovers of Jack Johnson, we were inspired by his song “Better Together” because, honestly my fiancé, Alain, is my other half, my best friend, and we really are better together. After 7 amazing years together, this session was all about our quirky love story and how far we have come. It was a celebration of our love and one step closer to our biggest adventure yet! We wanted to include all of our family so we incorporated our little pomeranian, Tika, she was the happiest little pup on the planet since “mommy and daddy are getting married.” When we started planning for the shoot, we really just wanted to showcase our love, our personalities, the beautiful city we are getting married in, and the feel/colors of our wedding. It all just came together so flawlessly and was so much fun to plan together. We are a laid back couple who loves having fun and Brooke Images captured our love perfectly!
There’s a quote I feel is very fitting for our engagement shoot:
Piglet- “How do you spell ‘love’?”
Pooh: “You don’t spell it…you feel it.”
And you can definitely feel the love in our shoot.
Balloon: One Stylish Party | Location: Downtown St. Augustine | Location: Flagler College | Make Up: Amanda Hopcraft | Photography: Brooke Images
Popping the question is cause for all sorts of celebration, and this morning we’re showcasing just that. I’m talking an engagement party styled to the nines, with Megan Martin Weddings, and Amber Veatch Designs behind every moment. From the modern flowers to decor, striped runners and more, they made certain no detail went unnoticed, and La Bella Imagery captured each bit. Hop to the gallery and don’t miss the film from Nick Leonard Creative.
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From La Bella Imagery…Today I bring to you a detailed engagement party celebrating the modern, sweet bride. I chose to use one of my real couples and decided to turn their engagement photo session into a complete celebration of their upcoming marriage in October 2014.
St. Augustine, FL was the perfect setting for our design, as the White Room incorporates the modern and sophisticated look we were going for. Every detail you see is handcrafted, designed or chosen by our vendors right down to the flowers, stationary, striped table runner, gorgeous glassware and classic detailed chargers. We’ve also included details in the bride’s clothing and accessories from one of our local boutiques in Jacksonville, FL.
Our idea was to show a classic, stylish party that incorporated fun colors and modern details. I didn’t need to say anymore, and my designers brought this vision to life! We hope you adore every detail of this fresh engagement soiree brought to you by some of the sweetest vendors in the Northeast Florida region!
From Megan Martin Weddings…Amber Veatch and I decided to join together and start a new company for stylish event rentals in South called Set Event Rentals & Design. And what do you do when you start a company? Make pretty things to celebrate of course! So we called our good friend Megan Hausmann of La Bella Imagery and decided to surprise one of her couples with an intimate engagement party. For the style, we wanted to keep the look fresh, bright and modern with crisp black and white stripes juxtaposed by bright and flirty florals in shades of corals, pinks and white. We love how The White Room’s clean and airy space made the party feel modern and really let the details shine. The best part of the night was watching how much fun the couple and their parents had getting dressed up and celebrating what we know will be a beautiful wedding and marriage to come and that’s why we do what we do!
Chairs & Linen Rentals: Luxe Party Rentals | Chargers, Glassware & Bar Cart Rentals: Set Event Rentals & Design | Event Design & Styling: Megan Martin Weddings | Event Design & Styling: Amber Veatch Designs | Flowers: Amber Veatch Designs | Makeup: Makeup By Paulina Perez | Paper Goods: Set Event Rentals & Design | Photography: La Bella Imagery | Venue: The White Room | Videography: Nick Leonard Creative | Wardrobe: AshleGryre
Kallima Photography is to thank for all the pretty filling your screen this morning, and she is doing so by way of this beautifully timeless St. Augustine soiree at the River House. It’s image after image filled with so much love and classic styling I could burst, and you can see what I am gushing about here.
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From Kallima Photography
…Meagan and Chris chose to get married on a cool day in St. Augustine. A classic and timeless theme for the day was thoroughly seen through by the bride and her event team. Green and white hues adorned most every detail, with pops of gold and gorgeous blue gowns worn by the bridesmaids.
Downtown St. Augustine is home to many bed and breakfasts and historic roads. The groom and his men got dressed for the day at the Peredes-Sequi-MacMillan House, a Historic 3 story Spanish Colonial. While the groomsmen smoked cigars and sported sunglasses for pictures, Chris made good use of Brooks Brother’s A Gentleman Walks Down the Aisle guide to tie his bow-tie. Meagan’s Ramona Keveza gown and Jimmy Choo flats fit the style of her classic fete, and partnered perfectly with Chris’ black tux and timeless bow-tie. Their welcome bags consisted of water, chocolate, a hangover kit and map to the area, as well as local Dat’l Do’it hot sauce.
The ceremony was nestled on the lawn of the River House, which is right on the Matanzas River in St. Augustine, Florida. Guests were treated to appetizers and drinks on the back porch of the grand house, and the reception moved them indoors for a night of dancing. While the men enjoyed cigars on the wrap around porch, the women were on the dance floor crowd surfing the cardboard cutout of the grooms military brother, who wasn’t able to attend the wedding but served as the best man.
Bride Shoe: Jimmy Choo | Cake: Happy Cakes | Catering: The Perfect Pear | Ceremony Venue: River House | Coordination: The Big Event | Floral Design: 57 Treasury | Groom's Attire: Brooks Brothers | Makeup: Boheme Beauty | Photography: Kallima Photography | Reception Venue: River House | Wedding Dress: Ramona Keveza
If I could, I would give Jennifer Blair the biggest of hugs for sending this beauty our way. Because it is, in a word, stunning. The images are perfection, the styling is perfection, the colors are perfection – basically everything in this gallery is, well, perfection. So trust me when I say you’ll want to spend some serious time getting lost in all the lovely today she sent our way right here.
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From Jennifer Blair Photography…There’s something about St. Augustine that captures my heart every time I visit. Maybe it’s the cobble stone streets, the beautiful architecture or that it has my favorite ice-cream place in the world. It is a city of romance and an absolutely perfect place to wed the love of your life. When I met Sarah last year I knew this was going to be such a sweet and gorgeous day! I wasn’t wrong! I loved getting to know Sarah and Scott’s sweet families as the day progressed. The first thing I photographed was her stunning gold-edged invitations. It was the perfect compliment for the delicate gold and soft pink reception decor. The lush topiaries were a show stopper, as was the cake with flowers edged in gold. The whole room was nothing short of ballroom elegance. To top it all off, the venue had a gorgeous river view. Sarah was bridal perfection. She was a vision in her delicate lace gown with jeweled belt. The lush florals, sweet flower crowns and crisp black tuxes were the perfect compliment to her look.
Last year, Scott proposed in St. Augustine, so it seemed so fitting that they were married there as well. It is such a sweet engagement story. Sarah and Scott were headed to breakfast in around the St. Augustine area, but Scott took the long route and stopped at the beach. They had been through a lot with the recent death of Scott’s Dad. Sarah was helped plan the service for him. Once they arrived at the beach Scott said, “I have a present for all you’ve done for our family. He always gave her presents, so it wasn’t too out of the ordinary. She opened the package to find an antique jewelry box with a tri-fold photo frame. One image held an old dating image and the next said, “Will you marry me?” The final photo was reserved for a wedding photo. Sarah said she was a little distracted during his sweet proposal because of the gorgeous ring in the box. I don’t blame her! It’s a stunner! Their wedding day has only been a continuation of their beautiful story! I’m sure they will have many more wonderful chapters to come.
Bride's Jewelry: Jewels By Peter B | Bridesmaids Dresses: A Bridal Boutique | Cake: Sweet Weddings | Catering: Executive Catering | Ceremony Venue: Ancient City Baptist Church | Floral Design: A Fantasy In Flowers | Garlands & Wreaths: 1800 Cut Greens | Make-up & Hair: Simply Makeup & Hair | Photography: Jennifer Blair Photography | Reception Venue: The River House | Videography: Matt Johnson Videography | Wedding Dress: A Bridal Boutique
I love the rain. Like love, love, love the rain. It’s refreshing, romantic and cozy… and when it comes to Big Day celebrations, in my world, the more rain the better. So the little downpour that occurred mid-ceremony in this sweet St. Augustine affair? Pretty much perfect, and the kind of unexpected surprise that makes this day truly unique. See so much more captured by Laura Yang in the full gallery.
From Laura Yang Photography… They came from out west, where it rarely rains, to the Sunshine State for a cozy wedding with just their closest family members. So, naturally, the skies opened and the heavens poured down on them right in the middle of their courtyard ceremony. They simply slipped under some umbrellas and ducked inside the Old City House Inn’s dining room, where they finished off their vows — with the restaurant’s guests to cheer them on.
In spite of the literal storms they had to face, this relaxed, intimate wedding was a dream of a day. From the skeleton key theme — taken from the couple’s first meeting, at a Lock and Key party — to the gorgeous stationery created by the bride’s sister, Eileen Tan, to the sweet father-daughter first look and the couple’s portraits around the puddled cobblestones of St. Augustine, everything fell perfectly into place in spite of the weather. They rolled with the punches and simply soaked in this special time as they brought their two families together, and started a new one of their own.
Cake: Publix | Catering: La Pentola | Ceremony Venue: Old City House Inn | Flowers: Flowerworks | Gown: Winnie Couture | Hairstyling: Kassie Wingate at Debbie's Day Spa and Salon | Makeup: Elizabeth Johnson at Debbie's Day Spa and Salon | Music: Richard Kuncicsky | Officiant: Elegant Events | Photography: Laura Yang Photography | Reception Venue: La Pentola | Shoes: Glint | Stationery: Eileen Tan | Videography: Adam Pressley Films