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This Colorful Halloween Elopement Is Serious About Fun

You’re cordially invited to the coolest wedding in the whole wide world: Christina + Morgan’s intimate seaside elopement. Because not only did this beautiful bride rock tinted tresses (uhm, we’re uhb-sessed!), but this sweet couple’s officiant just so happened to be Christina’s boss and all around cool chick Jen Gotch (Founder of ban.dō). So you better bet that this beachside ceremony is all types of sweet, sentimental, and serious about fun. See it all captured by the incomparable Kati Rosado in The Vault!

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From Kati RosadoI was in my car when I was driving to North Carolina. I had a workshop, and then a mentor session in Atlanta immediately following and I knew I was going to be tired after this week. Then my cell phone rang. I read “Los Angeles” and I thought “Who would be calling me from L. A.?” I answered it and it was none other than the lovely Christina Winkelmann. She informed me that she and her love were traveling the country on a long road trip and then planned to elope in Miami that weekend and they wanted me to photograph it. I normally would have said no to not only a last minute elopement, but one that would require me to drive from Atlanta to Miami right after driving from Florida to North Carolina, and then North Carolina to Atlanta! But hearing their story and their heart for travel and each other, I simply could not pass up such a special, quirky, and heart-felt elopement. It was so lovely to meet Christina, Morgan, and their officiant (and Christina’s Boss, founder of Bando) Jen Gotch and her beau.

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Photography: Kati Rosado Photography | Officiant: Jen Gotch, Founder of ban.dō

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A Venue You Need to See to Believe (Hint: There’s a helicopter!)

Choosing a venue for your Big Day is one of the most exciting parts of planning your wedding… and also one of the hardest. We totally get that. Which is why we’re hosting a little meet and greet with The Westin Cape Coral at Marina Village, a little slice of wedding heaven that has everything you’ve ever wanted – from the talented staff to the crazy cool amenities. Your dream day? It’s right here and waiting.

With over 15,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space, three pools, a never-ending list of fun-filled marina activities and a breathtaking Presidential Suite just waiting to host you and your main squeeze (or your entire bridal party!), The Westin Cape Coral at Marina Village is taking “I do’s” to an entirely new level of amazing. Think picture perfect affairs from 20 to 200, all with those stunning views and crystal clear ocean waves. Oh, and if you really want to soak in the pretty, then check out their fabulous Heavenly Helicopter Nuptials package, a crazy cool way to amp up any wedding with the option to arrive or depart by helicopter, a ceremony for 100 guests, a one-hour cocktail reception and a dinner + champagne toast. And that’s just the beginning of the awesomeness, lovelies.

Whether you dream of making an amazing entrance on a helicopter (sooo, sooo cool) or walking down the aisle to a beautiful outdoor gazebo, The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village has something for everyone. Contact a Wedding Specialist today to start planning your fab day, and don’t forget to ask about rehearsal dinners, personalized menus, chartered boat cruises… and more. The wedding of the century? It’s yours.

Photography: Miranda Lawson

This Blogger Turned Bride Planned the Perfect Pastel Affair

It’s a well known fact that blogger brides know a thing or two about wedding planning, and the beauty behind Fancy Things was certainly no exception. Planning one pretty affair, we’ve got every bit of her big day captured by Gianny Campos Photography waiting for you to favorite in The Vault!

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From the Bride… Michael and I met each other in high school but it wasn’t until college that we started dating. We both grew up in Miami but after high school I went to college in Boca Raton and Michael moved up to Boston. As fate would have it, he eventually moved back home to Miami. One weekend while I was home, we reconnected at a gathering of mutual friends. We started dating very shortly after and we dated for almost 6 years before getting married!

Once he proposed, I immediately started envisioning just how beautiful our wedding could be. After visiting the Coral Gables Country Club, we knew it was the venue for us. The gorgeous chandeliers throughout the space were perfect for the elegant, romantic evening we were both hoping for. I instantly could picture marrying my best friend in my dream wedding dress, by Hayley Paige, that I had already chosen prior to the venue search!

We chose a color palette of blush, white and gold. For the bridesmaid dresses, I knew I wanted to go with the mix and match look. Each bridesmaid wore a different blush Adrianna Papell dress with customized jewels by Kendra Scott. The ring bearer and flower girls (our adorable three nieces!) matched the bridesmaids in fluffy white and blush tulle dresses adorned with pink satin bow on the back. The groomsmen wore black tuxes with a blush vest and tie, tying in with the blush theme.

I knew right away I wanted to incorporate peonies (my favorite flower!) into our wedding. We ended up doing a mix of peonies, hydrangeas, garden roses and succulents. Our florist Richard, from the Bud Stop, was able to create a gorgeous arch for our ceremony out of curly willow. He also included some curly willow inside the centerpieces at each of the tables. The florals turned out even better than we ever imagined. For our place cards, we did potted succulents with name tags that doubled as a takeaway at the end of the night.

Dinner started off with a caprese salad, followed by a lime and tequila intermezzo. For the main entree, guests enjoyed steak and lobster with a side of three cheese risotto. Later on in the evening, we offered our guests passed late night bites and had stations available where they could grab some gelato or a coffee. Michael and I made sure to pause for a moment while we were eating dinner and just look around and take it all in together. That’s one of our favorite moments from the night. We ended the night with a sparkler exit and were off for our honeymoon in Italy days later. Looking back now, It all felt like a dream.

I had so much fun planning my own wedding over the past year (albeit, stressful at times!) but it was all so worth it in the end. It felt so rewarding seeing it all come together! It was such a fun night with close friends and family that we’ll never forget. We were lucky to have found such amazing vendors that helped make it such a special day. I hope you enjoyed these moments from our wedding day! It was truly the best day of my life and I’m so excited to have had the opportunity to share it all with you.

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Photography: Gianny Campos Photography | Cinematography: The Ginger Media Project | Floral Design: Bud Stop Florist | Wedding Dress: Hayley Paige | Cake: Sweet Art by Lucila | Invitations: Minted | Brides Shoes: Nordstrom | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Adrianna Papell | Hair + Makeup: Academy of Glam | Groomsmen Attire: Mr. Tux | Officiant: Christ Fellowship Downtown Miami | Venue: Coral Gables Country Club | Bride's Blog: Fancy Things | Brides Earrings: Nadri | Brides Hanger: LynnClaire Etsy Shop | Bridesmaid Gift Bag: Etsy | Bridesmaids Jewelry: Kendra Scott Jewelry | Cake Topper: Etsy | Cufflinks: Moon and Lola | DJ + Lighting + Photobooth: Vision DJs | Day Of Coordinator: Nicole Frankel | Departure Car: Aralimos | Flower Girl Dresses: Etsy | Flower Girl Sign: Etsy | Furniture Rental: Elements & Accents | Getting Ready Jewelry: Moon and Lola | Getting Ready Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar | Getting Ready Venue: Biltmore Hotel | Glitter Champagne Bottle: One Hope Wine | Gold Tinsel Drink Stirrers: Em For Marvelous | Gold Votives: Z Gallerie | Guestbook: Kate Spade | Linens: Leyani | Mini Champagne Bottles: Domaine Chandon | Personalized Bridesmaid Hangers: Fox and Sparrow Design Studio | Personalized Cake Forks: T'Audrey | Personalized Champagne Glasses: Naturally Chic Gifts | Ring Box: The Mrs Box | Toasting Glasses: Kate Spade | Veil: Nordstrom | Welcome Sign: Lisa Of Simply Fetching Paper From Etsy

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