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Bohemian + Rustic Garden Wedding in Florida

As I begin to finalize my own wedding, I’ll definitely be using this Bride’s sage advice as reference. Staying true to their relationship and vision, this darling duo planned a spectacular affair close to their hearts. An artistic day overflowing with bohemian glamour and rustic touches straight from the lens of Brooke Images, their garden affair is certainly one to share.

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Fall
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Loft
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Bohemian

From the beautiful Bride… From the get-go we never wanted to lose sight of what our wedding was all about: us as a couple, our love and the life long journey we are sharing together. While I coordinated with most of the vendors, Alain and I worked together to really make our dream a reality. He gave me his input on a lot of things and we did some soul searching to really understand what we wanted our day to be. As Alain calls it “Rustic Bohemian Magic” shared with our closest family and friends. Deciding on a “destination wedding” to St Augustine (being on the other coast of FL) solidified the vibe we were going for…. a magical bohemian feel in a charming little city. From there everything fell into place. Our vendors were nothing short of amazing, and often work together so I knew we were in good hands. Most of our vendors have even become friends, making our day that much more special.

We incorporated sweet little sayings and inside jokes into our vows, made signs that were placed around the reception that had meaning to us, Alain created our hilarious hashtag, #aboutJAMtime, referencing the fact that we have been dating for 8 years, we had artsy, bohemian pieces and lush greenery that just screamed j+a, and a cake table that was literally the “icing on the cake” to our special day.

Being an offbeat, laid-back couple, we wanted to do something different for the unity part of the ceremony so being lovers of graffiti, we painted a canvas. We outlined a heart with tape and blended our wedding colors together, symbolizing the start of a new journey together. Our friend who married us explained it perfectly during the ceremony: As two people join together in marriage, their souls become one. Much like when blending colors together, they are unable to be separated, bound for life. We peeled off the tape and now this work of art sits in our living room as a beautiful reminder of our magical day.

Tying in the artsy side of us, we did a lot of DIY projects and had friends design our save the dates and invitations. I even created our own wedding website using Sqaurespace. Since I work on creating websites for a living, it just made sense to have our site stand out. We wanted every part to be uniquely us. The DIY was a lot of fun because we both enjoyed working on projects together. Alain jokes that I took over his hobby of spray painting because I would be spray painting things almost every weekend for the last couple of months up until the wedding. But it was a fun memory and something we enjoyed doing together while planning our special day.

The whole day was like a magical dream… high on the love that surrounded us, we had to step back and just live in the moment while taking it all in. The day just radiated love. It was such an intense feeling of happiness and joy and everyone who attended could feel it and shared it. We we’re both blown away at how everything came together. It was more than we could have ever imagined thanks to the amazing people we worked with. There are so many moments that rush into my head when I think of sweet memories of our day…. I loved taking the bride + groom photos together, because it was our time together, exploring the streets of St Augustine with my love before the most important walk of our lives. Some of my other favorite moments included my first look with my dad, as I’m a total daddy’s girl. We both cried our eyes out with happy tears. The special moments with family and friends, especially when we did our bridal party photos… we had some big laughs doing those! Another moment and maybe the most special, was our first kiss as husband and wife, we sweetly kissed and the chorus of “Best Day Of My Life” started playing. The emotions were in full swing and I was just the happiest little girl in the world. The whole day, I just feel like we were just beaming with happiness.

The details is what makes it YOUR wedding, not A wedding and that’s what we wanted to focus on. We knew we wanted to look back on the day and say that was OUR wedding, with OUR friends and family. The moments captured by Brooke Images were amazing and I can still feel the emotions when I look at the photos.

Photography: Brooke Images | Wedding Dress: Theia Couture of Malindy Elene | Invitations: Gallantandsuch | Ceremony Venue: The Llambias House | Reception Venue: The White Room | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids | DJ: McGee Entertainment | Benches: Luxe Rentals | Cake And Dessert: Sweet N' Flour | Flowers and Table Rentals: The Conservatorie Floral & Event Design | Makeup/ Hair: Amanda Hopcraft | Photobooth : Smiley Face Photo Booth | Veil: Melinda Rose Design

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Sunny St. Augustine Engagement Session

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!

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.

Photography: Brooke Images | Make Up: Amanda Hopcraft | Balloon: One Stylish Party | Location: Flagler College | Location: Downtown St. Augustine

Modern + Fresh Engagement Party

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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Summer
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Loft
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Elegant

From La Bella ImageryToday 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 WeddingsAmber 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!

Photography: La Bella Imagery | Videography: Nick Leonard Creative | Flowers: Amber Veatch Designs | Makeup: Makeup By Paulina Perez | Venue: The White Room | 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 | Paper Goods: Set Event Rentals & Design | Wardrobe: AshleGryre

Classic St. Augustine Wedding at the River House

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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Fall
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Waterside
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Elegant

From Kallima PhotographyMeagan 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.

Photography: Kallima Photography | Coordination: The Big Event | Floral Design: 57 Treasury | Wedding Dress: Ramona Keveza | Cake: Happy Cakes | Ceremony Venue: River House | Reception Venue: River House | Catering: The Perfect Pear | Makeup: Boheme Beauty | Groom's Attire: Brooks Brothers | Bride Shoe: Jimmy Choo

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Romantic Wedding in Historic St. Augustine

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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Fall
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Waterside

From Jennifer Blair PhotographyThere’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.

Photography: Jennifer Blair Photography | Videography: Matt Johnson Videography | Floral Design: A Fantasy In Flowers | Wedding Dress: A Bridal Boutique | Cake: Sweet Weddings | Ceremony Venue: Ancient City Baptist Church | Reception Venue: The River House | Bridesmaids Dresses: A Bridal Boutique | Catering: Executive Catering | Bride's Jewelry: Jewels By Peter B | Garlands & Wreaths: 1800 Cut Greens | Make-up & Hair: Simply Makeup & Hair