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“Good Vibes Only” Was the Motto of This Miami Wedding

Though this gorgeous Bride originally wanted to elope, her handsome Groom ultimately convinced her that a wedding was worth it, especially if it was a wedding full of “good vibes only.” This meant friends and family all around, amazing vendors (like Lynne Avallone Bridal and Special Occasion Makeup and Capture POD Photo Booths), and love all around. See it all from Concept Photography and Senderey in The Vault!


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From The Bride…It wasn’t long after Alec proposed that I uttered the three little words I never thought I would hear myself say, “Let’s just elope!” After Alec swept me off my feet on a wintery New Year’s Eve in New York City, I wasn’t visualizing a white dress or diamond rings or centerpieces, but all the stuff that comes after. A life together. A home we could share. A Sunday where we didn’t have to say goodbye. You see, Alec and I had spent most of our relationship in separate cities, racking up Amtrak points and frequent flyer miles. So when the day finally came when Alec would be relocating from New York City to Boston, I was quick to pull out the elopement card.

It was Alec who convinced me otherwise. He suggested that we throw tradition to the wind and make our wedding whatever we wanted it to be. On Alec’s wish list? A big party and great music. For me it was simple: the beach. Call me romantic, but the image of sea and sand and wind in my hair while I married the love of my life was everything I had dreamed of and more. So we settled on The Palms Hotel in Spa in Miami Beach Florida, a boutique beachside resort that provided the perfect backdrop for our wedding weekend. The laid back, tropical vibe of the hotel and grounds really set the tone for the entire weekend: a steel drummer welcoming guests to the rehearsal dinner, a beachside yoga class led by makeup artist Lynne Avallone, plenty of time lounging on an endless stretch of white sand with friends and family. No stress and “good vibes only.” A mantra that would come to define the weekend.

We were blessed to work with the very best vendor team. Our party planners, Chiara Clark and Holly Wamser, flawlessly executed our vision and made the planning process a breeze. Our photographers, Sara and Jason Martin of Concept Photography, BLEW US AWAY with their stunning photos. Our videographer, Senderey Video Productions, found a way to capture all of the emotion and beauty of an entire night into a 2-minute highlight reel. But it’s worth highlighting two of my most favorite people: makeup artist, Lynne Avallone and hair stylist, Kristine Collins. I’ve known Lynne and Kristine for many years, and have recommended them to just about every bride in Boston I can get my hands on. Not only is their talent unparalleled, but they are EXACTLY the kind of people you want by your side as you prep for the biggest moment of your life. They have that unique ability to make you feel like the very best version of yourself. The yoga class that Lynne graciously offered to lead was the perfect start to the day. I felt so blessed that they made the trip from Boston to Miami for the weekend.

As I reflect back on the wedding and all of these beautiful memories we now have, I know that Alec was right all along. A wedding is not about pomp and circumstance. It’s a story you get to choose for yourself. I’m so happy we chose ours.


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Photography: Concept Photography | Cinematography: Senderey | Coordination: Chiara Clark + Holly Wamser | Floral Design: Bayfront Floral | Wedding Dress: L'elite Boston | Cake: Cake Designs by Edda | Makeup: Lynne Avallone Bridal and Special Occasion Makeup | Hair: Kristine Collins | Lighting: Solaris Mood | Band: The Music Machine | Officiant: The Garden Gate | Venue: The Palms Hotel & Spa | Candy Buffet: Sugar City Treats | Invitations + Stationery: Anna-Ruth Watts | Photo Booth: Capture POD Photo Booths

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Rolling Fog Inspired this Romantic Florida Photo Shoot

Only someone as talented as Whitney Heard Photography and Elleson Events could watch fog rolling over moss-covered trees and dream up a wedding as gorgeous as this. With an organic elegance and natural beauty, every inch of this editorial is straight out of a dream. Fall in love with it all in The Vault!

From Whitney HeardAs the fog rolled in over the moss covered trees, we couldn’t help but be inspired. This shoot offers a soft romantic feel to a water front Estate wedding! With hints of gorgeous gold accents throughout the imagery, from the bride’s earrings, to the cutlery on the table. Complimented with free spirited elements such as the flowing Maureen Patricia gown, the braid in the brides hair, the soft dewy look of her make up and the hand scrolled invitations. On the table you can find fresh floral arrangements, soft Silk and Willow linens, detailed plates accompanied with wooden chairs, that your guests will love!

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Photography: Whitney Heard Photography | Wedding Dress: Maureen Patricia Designs | Invitations: All Things Lovely Paper Co. | Hair + Makeup: Anna Dutko | Groom's Attire: Samuel Sohn | Venue: Bay Preserve | Event Planning + Floral Design: Elleson Events | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Ribbon: Silk and Willow | Veils: Blair Nadeau Millinery

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Marriage Matters: Sweet Anniversary + Vow Renewal

Jeanna and Za are living proof of #anniversarygoals. For not only does this darling duo have the most adorable baby boy ever, but they’re also still madly in love with one another. As proven through these sweet captures from Amanda Lenhardt Photography, we’ve got their special vow renewal ceremony + anniversary session waiting for you to ooh and awe over in The Vault!

From Amanda Lenhardt PhotographyThis shoot started with the idea of celebrating the everyday. A beautiful family in their home, the little moments of a mother and son and them living life together. It wasn’t about fabricating emotion but capturing what was already there. Marriage is hard work, but a beautiful reminder of grace. It’s about remembering to love deeply, to cherish the everyday moments, and remembering to celebrate each other.

It was a beautiful sunny day when I arrived at Jeanna and Za’s home. This home sits a few blocks away from the ocean and is perfectly tucked away in St. Augustine, Florida. Their home was full of personal details, a labor of love for the both of them as they continue to grow their beautiful family. They spent time getting ready, writing their vows and just enjoying time as a family. They incorporated details from their original wedding day, her wearing some of the jewelry and his shirt. As the sun began to set we made our way out to the beach to celebrate the last few years of marriage. Every year of marriage is about renewing your vows. It’s about realizing what you’ve learned on your journey so far, it’s about remembering what you promised to each other on your wedding day. It about doing life together, not letting each other grow weary. The whole day was a beautiful reminder of what it means to love deeply and put love on display.

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Photography: Amanda Lenhardt Photography | Floral Design: Marble + Pine | Dress: Aritzia | Makeup:Amanda Hopcraft | Venue: Washington Oaks State Park | Film Processing: PhotoVision Prints | Pies:Amanda Gibson