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Goodwood Museum and Garden Wedding from Annie Agarwal Photography

This Goodwood Museum and Gardens wedding has so much heart I just want to hug it. With the sweet DIYs sprinkled throughout and a chic yet country vibe, every image from Annie Agarwal Photography  is just downright adorable. It’s enough to make your Tuesday perfectly charming, and you can get lost in all the lovely right here.

From Annie… Sarah and Jonathan’s wedding was one of the hottest of the summer…110 degrees! Despite the Florida Sunshine, they waltzed through their day full of enthusiasm and passion for one another. Sarah, an interior designer selected a lovely venue for their wedding and reception and created a plethora of home-made details that personalized their day.

From sweet accessories to charming signs handcrafted from the groom’s relative’s barn, from dried lavender to a variety of wild flowers, from heirloom pieces to thrifted plates- Sarah and Jonathan’s day was perfect. Their love and personalities were evident to all who attended.

Photography: Annie Agarwal Photography | Wedding Venue: Goodwood Museum and Gardens | Invitations: DIY | Wedding Dress: Jenny Yoo

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Islamorada Florida Wedding from Bob Care Photography

When beach and chic combine, you can guarantee I will be at full attention. Because there is nothing that makes me more giddy than a seaside soiree that has the perfect amount of glamour. This wedding, planned to complete perfection by the beauty of a Bride, is filled with all the reasons my heart does flips for such a fête – and you can see all the reasons why thanks to the gorgeous images from Bob Care right here.

From Bob CareErin and Shawn’s style was very clean and simple, white and coral were the colors of her décor. Erin is a professional event planner, so she planned every little detail of her special day, with the help of wedding blogs and bridal magazines. Their story began in the winter of 2011 when Erin moved from New York City to Tallahassee, Florida for a great new job opportunity and little did she know– to meet the love of her life! As Erin started settling in to Tally, her mutual friends introduced her to Shaun one Friday happy hour and the two hit it off instantly! Erin never imagined she would meet her future husband in Tallahassee but this big city girl and small town boy connected instantly through their faith in God and their desire to live a life that honors Him.

Their early dates consisted of LONG conversations full of our hopes, dreams and aspirations. They did fun stuff too– like traveling and meeting family and friends in New Jersey, New York City and Tally. Not much time passed when Erin and Shaun knew this was forever. Labor Day Weekend 2012 Shaun proposed to Erin on Anna Maria Island, their favorite Florida beach. Shaun proposed on Bean’s Point, where the Gulf meets Tampa Bay, just as the sun came down.

From the Bride…The overall experience of planning a destination weddings was much more smooth than I expected it to be. I had never visited the Keys or Islamorada before. It was suggested to me from a co-worker as a great US destination wedding. Near a large airport and not too far of a drive since all my guests would be flying from all over the US. The Postcard Inn was a dream to work with. They handled everything on the catering, day of coordinating, etc. Finding vendors was easy with their preferred vendor list. I visited the venue in December 2012 and met with the hotel, florist and cake designer. Everything else was booked on a hope and a prayer- and it was AWESOME!

I cut out pictures from a ton of bridal magazines of things I liked (also from Style Me Pretty), dresses, invitations, decor, etc. I used those pictures with my vendors and it was extremely helpful. Having a picture is the only way to get what you really want. Since I have been an event planner in my professional career, planning this wedding was never overwhelming to me. It was a medium I kept a checklist from a bridal magazine on my work bulletin board. I looked it over every day to make sure I was on track. It helped organize what I needed to do 1 yr out, 8 months out, 6 months out and so on! It really worked for me.

My wedding day was Perfect, radiant, exciting, full of joy, sunny and cool, it really was the perfect temperature and not a cloud in the sky. I started the day at a bridal luncheon thrown by a dear family friend of my mother-in-law’s. Then make up and hair with my bridesmaids. It was a fun day of relaxing and excitement with my bridesmaids. Seeing Shaun when I walked down the aisle was the moment I most looked forward to. We had both been through a lot to get to this day and we are just in awe of God’s perfect plan for our marriage. He is my best friend, truly. Saying our vows, listening to each word and the pastor’s words was really moving. Remembering God’s purpose for marriage and our deep commitment to each other is most important. The other wedding planning stuff wasn’t as important. I am really glad it all turned out well but if it hadn’t, or something had gone wrong, it would have been OK…because I was there for one reason. To marry the love of my life. I have to say also, the party was SO fun. Food was out of this world and the DJ was the best I have ever hired, and I hired a bunch in NYC for many large parties! It was so amazing to spend all weekend with your closest friends and family and dance the night away on Sunday at our wedding. It was so special to have them all there with us to celebrate.

Some advice from the Bride… *DO NOT STRESS about the small things. It doesn’t matter what your flowers looked like, or if your noses bumped into one another when the Pastor said you can kiss your bride (which happened to us!), or if a detail is forgotten. Remember why you are planning this, to marry your best friend and love. The planning is super fun and will make a difference, for sure, to make your wedding a dream. But remember why you are there and just enjoy it. It’s very rare to have all your closest friends and family in one place. Enjoy that. Don’t sweat the small stuff- it’s likely only you are going to know those things anyway!

*The best advice I got was to pick three things that meant the most to me and let the rest just happen. So I focused on my dress, my food, and my DJ. I wanted to look pretty and I wanted the guests to have full bellies and sore feet by the end of the night. All of which happened. The rest of the planning was easy. I made the best decisions I could and moved on. It’s overwhelming if you don’t!

Wedding Photography: Bob Care Photography | Wedding Venue: The Postcard Inn, Islamorada, Florida | Officiant: Reverend John Edgar Caterson and Pastor Dean Inserra | Wedding Planner: The Bride | Floral Designer: Petals with Pizzaazz | Catering: The Postcard Inn, Islamorada, Florida | Invitations: Urban Coast | Wedding Dress: Ivy and Aster  (Sparrow) via Malindy Elene, Tampa, Florida | Men’s Attire: Jos. A Bank  | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J. Crew | Shoes: Giuseppe Zanotti | Musicians: Daniel of Event My Way | Makeup: Ana Baidet

Tallahassee Wedding from Red Fly Studio

When a wedding is bursting with as much happiness as this one is, you can’t help but love every last second.  Love that it’s chock-full of gorgeous details styled to perfection by John Gandy Events, beautiful blooms from Designs By Darin and moment after love-filled moment with one of the cutest duos you will ever meet.  And you’ll also love the gallery of amazing images from Red Fly Studio, because this, my friends, is a one-stop shop for some serious pretty.  Join me there for more.

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From Red Fly StudioAfton and Layne had such a lovely southern wedding. Loving friends and family traveled from far and close to see this sweet couple get married. They picked the perfect southern venue for their wedding; Goodwood has so many pretty spots for photos that we could have kept these two all day. One of the things we loved about Afton and Layne was they were so excited to get married. You can just tell back their faces how happy the are. We loved so much about their wedding: the suits, the dresses, the ceremony under the gorgeous oaks, the neat details at the reception. And we loved their bobble head cake topper! The reception was so fun; Afton and Layne could really cut a rug. Congrats, you two!

Wedding Photography: Red Fly Studio / Wedding Venue: Goodwood Museum & Gardens in Tallahassee, Florida / Event Design + Planning: John Gandy Events / Floral Design: Designs By Darin / Officiant: Sara Michaels of Saramonies with HeART / Catering: Catering Capers / Wedding Cake: The Cake Shop / DJ: GT Entertainment / Wedding Dress: Augusta Jones

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Tallahassee Wedding at Goodwood Museum & Gardens by Mi Amore Foto

Oh sweet southern charm, there really isn’t anything like you. As someone that grew up in the heart of such southern goodness, my heart always does an extra flutter when I come across sweet soirees like this one by Mi Amore Foto. It’s like a little piece of heaven complete with warm breezes, bow ties, and all the sweet simplicity the south takes pride in. It’s charm, it’s style, it’s tradition – and it’s all sitting pretty right here.

From Mi Amore FotoThis wedding in Tallahassee was as southern as you can get. The bouquets and centerpieces were gardenias that smelled like heaven. The bride’s cousin made all three of the wedding cakes. Shrimp and grits, succotash and watermelon salad were just some of the home-style dishes they served. Jessica’s dad grew huge ferns on his farm and brought them in for the ceremony. They bought an old bed spring from Thomasville, Georgia, and clipped vintage post cards to it — the same cards they had sent out for their RSVPs. Jessica is not only in medical school, she is also an amazingly talented writer and the programs were written as a five-act play. The whole wedding was just so warm and beautiful, and Nate couldn’t have been more in awe when Jessica walked up behind them during their first look. I was totally smitten with this couple and their charm. 

Wedding Photography: Mi Amore Foto / Wedding Venue: Goodwood Museum & Gardens in Tallahassee, Florida / Wedding Planning: Karen Skilling + Sheila Melton / Floral Design: Ram Singletary of Singletary’s Flowers and Gifts / Catering: LaGran Saunders /Wedding Cake: Olivia Scarborough + Julia Ruskin (The Bride’s Cousin & Friend) / Bartending: Chris Geib of On the Rocks Bartending / Wedding Invitations + Save-the-Dates: Rock Paper Scissors / Wedding Calligraphy + Programs: Judy Lecke / Band: Crystal Clear Band / Wedding Dress: J.Crew / Bride’s Second Dress: Chris Hanna

Greenville Wedding at Honey Lake Plantation by Laura Yang Photography

It pretty much goes without saying that we love ourselves some DIY goodness here on SMP Florida – and when a sweet homegrown affair comes our way, we get all kinds of happy.  And happy we were when we first laid our eyes on this darling Greenville affair by Laura Yang Photography.  It’s filled to the brim with the loveliest of details, including a fab lounge made of hay bales, mason jars and brightly colored bridesmaid frocks.  This is definitely what we call country chic perfection and you can see every last moment in the full gallery.

From Laura Yang Photography… Amber and Daniel’s North Florida wedding at Honey Lake Plantation was not only the most uniquely personalized wedding I’ve ever been privileged to be a part of — from the location to the details to the multi-colored wedding party —  but was also, hands-down, one of the most beautiful. The weather forecasters called for it to pour on their wedding day, and the bride made the final decision to keep all the activities outdoors only two hours before the ceremony. It rained until 45 minutes before they exchanged their vows overlooking sparkling Honey Lake. Then the sun came out, and everything went off without a hitch.

From the wide variety of DIY projects the bride dreamed up or sourced on Pinterest (to name a few: handmade mason jar centerpieces with chalkboard hearts for guests to leave messages; a “love locks ceremony” inspired by the bridges of Paris; handmade doors for the bride to walk through into their ceremony in an alfalfa field, the handmade sapling ceremony arch; and cocktail hour drinks named for each bridesmaid in the color each she wore) to the stunning Maggie Sottero gown that the bride drove 12 hours round trip — twice — to have custom-redesigned in Atlanta and the heirloom family tractor that carried the bride and groom to their sunset reception in an oak grove, this wedding was all about who Amber and Daniel are and what they love: each other, their friends, family and a simple-but-chic country life.

Wedding Photography: Laura Yang Photography / Wedding Venue + Catering: Honey Lake Plantation Resort & Spa in Greenville, Florida / Floral Design: Missy Gunnels Flowers / Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero via The New Image / Custom Dress, Redesign + Alterations: TK Designs / Bride’s Boots: Ariat / Hair: Fuel A Salon / Makeup: Randi Buchanan & Co. / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: The Dessy Group / Men’s Tuxedos: Sacino’s by Vince / Men’s Ties: The Dessy Group / Wedding Cake: Tupelo’s Bakery & Cafe / DJ: North Florida’s Express DJs

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