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Romantic Florida Wedding at Breakers West

Romantic weddings and Breakers West just seem to go hand in hand. They never fail to make us swoon, and when13:13 Photography is behind the lens capturing that romance, magic happens. It leaves us with a gallery too pretty to miss, and you can see it all here.

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Spring

From the Bride…We have been together for over 5 years, and we wanted our wedding to reflect both our own taste for simplicity and to highlight our camaraderie and relationships with our family and friends. Since we are both Caribbean immigrants (Belize, and Trinidad and Tobago) – we also wanted to bring a taste of both our cultures to the event.

From the start we ensured that the events of the weekend would be personal and memorable to us. Stefan’s uncle catered the rehearsal dinner with a range of Trinidadian curries, stews and other dishes local to the island. The ceremony itself was officiated by the mother of one of our close friends. Wedding favors were prepared by our mothers (decorative wooden bowls using native Belizean trees and traditional Trinidadian black cake and Indo-Trinidadian sweets). We asked one of our invited friends to be the official master of ceremonies for the reception.

For music we hired Suenalo, a popular latin fusion band from Miami, who offered the perfect blend of dance and atmosphere that we felt would appeal to the diverse nationalities that made up our guest list – we also felt it was an homage to the region that we have called home for the past decade.

Our choice for photography and videography was also done with friends in mind. 1313 Photography was hired as a referral from one of our friends, whose wedding was also done by Ashley and Philip. Our videographer, Hitched Wedding Films, was similarly recommended.  Lina Portnoy did our flowers and came recommended by our venue but quickly felt like someone we had known for ages.

After all the planning and prepping we couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day! From getting ready with my mom and sister, my rockstar nephews making the ceremony and dancing the night away with all my favorite people in the world.

Photography: 13:13 Photography | Videographer: Hitched Wedding Films | Floral Design: Lina Portnoy | Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Breakers West | Venue Company: The Breakers Palm Beach

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Gilded Nautical Engagement Party Inspiration

I adore anything gilded and nautical stylings always speak to me, so the moment I opened up this inspiration from Threaded Together Photography I knew I was going to be in love. With stunning florals from Barbie’s Blooms, gorgeous styling from Threaded Together Vintage Rentals and steal-worthy signage from Katie Hoffman Ink, this gallery is pure goodness.

From Threaded Together PhotographyI am a sucker for anything nautical so I’ve been wanting to do a full inspiration shoot that was nautical but also authentic and sophisticated. The overall theme for this shoot was inspired by the nautical term “Hold Fast” which is used as a directive to hold the rope taught and strong against treacherous winds. “Hold Fast To Love” is a perfectly appropriate phrase to celebrate as a couple prepare to enter their marriage. It is a sweet reminder of the blessing that is finding the person you want to spend the rest of your life with and also of what’s worth holding on to and fighting for. The beautiful Oyster Bay Yacht club in Fernandina Beach, Florida which is home to large southern oak trees, a marina, marsh views and the private estate style wedding venue made the ideal spot for our seaside shoot. Since this needed to be a sophisticated and elegant take on maritime decor I went with lots of brass and blues. Found vintage items mix with gilded elements (like the gold sequin mini dress by Pencey) and beautiful floral. The theme phrase was hand painted onto a vintage oar and sets the romantic tone. A unique element is a nautical twist on the photo booth which includes salvaged nautical props (like a ships wheel, brass porthole, buoys, oars and a sailor hat), and a custom backdrop hand made from knotted rope, vintage navy flag code cards strung with twine and a cedar frame. The vintage navy code cards are adorable and include colored flags, naval terminology and little sailor’s showing how to properly signal. Flower boxes were also built into the base and vintage fish net draped down the sides created a softness. Pretty gold lettered signage informs guests to “Jump ship and take a pic.” The open backdrop enables the coquina ledge and marsh views to show through in the photos. The backdrop does double duty and also serves as a unique way to display the naked cake whipped up by Sugar Rush Confections. A lounge area was set up on the front lawn. The floor area invites guests to relax and sit around the coffee table and chat with guests seated around the perimeter. A striped blanket topped with an old cable spool as a coffee table and fluffy pillows add a cozy touch. My vintage dark and chippy mantle and upholstered chair gives a home-like feel and an authentic lobster trap (barnacles and all) serves as a display for chunky striped throws perfect for chilly evenings. A sweetheart area of the lounge includes my two-seat theater bench with custom inserts adorned with gold knots and reads “Almost His” and “Almost Hers.” A vintage wash basin serves as the beverage display with signage reading “Down the hatch” and houses the Shipyard and Anchor brand beers. Brass and cobalt glass pedestals with flowing floral, brass lanterns, rose and hydrangea adorned driftwood, a weather vane, sail boat tray, champagne bottle and trunk add pretty detail. Striped and gold weaved cushions encourage relaxing on the vintage pew. A sweetheart tablescape was set up in the curved path leading to the marina. A brass industrial light hangs over the vintage table. Blue rope dishes add texture, fish print appetizer plates add whimsy and the gold chargers add a touch of luxury. I tied the vintage flatware with gold knots. Brass candlesticks add warmth and the vintage Nippon Sento onion lantern ringed in roses makes the perfect centerpiece. White Hydrangeas, Veronica and tan Sahara Roses added a softness while their understated color palate allowed the nautical decor to stand out. Weather you are a sucker for nautical like me, you want to incorporate the groom’s sailing hobby, or perhaps your family’s Naval heritage, have fun using these ideas in your wedding and party plans!

Photography: Threaded Together Photography | Floral Design: Barbie's Blooms | Cake: Sugar Rush Confections | Location: Oyster Bay Yacht Club | Signage: Katie Hoffman Ink | Styling And Vintage Rentals: Threaded Together Vintage Rentals

Rustic Backyard Wedding in Brooksville, Florida

I know I gush over weddings on the daily, but this darling DIY wedding is just as charming as they come. The setting, the personality-packed details, the sweet vintage touches – it’s all just fabulous. But what I really love is this couple. Their love is so obviously genuine, making not gushing over this gallery from B&E Photographs practically impossible.

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Spring

From B&E PhotographsAllie and Zach’s wedding this May was nothing short of incredible. The venue was dropped right in the heart of an epic Florida forest that isn’t even a wedding venue. The couple made it their own in every way. We were beyond humbled when they asked us to fly out from California to photograph their day. 

From the Bride and Groom…What was your inspiration behind the day?
WE LOVE FORESTS. We love being outside, being adventurous, going for hikes, and taking in all of the natural beauty that God has surrounded us with. Being the typical girl that I am, I love enchanted, magical forests, you know, stuff you see on disney princess movies and stuff like that. So that was our goal: find a simply beautiful forest, and make it look all fancy and enchanting by bringing in shades of pink and gold (my favorite colors).

For the reception, we wanted to continue the “fancy and magical” theme but make it a relaxing environment as well – in my parents backyard – we had beautiful vintage couches making small living room areas, as well as some tables scattered throughout with chandeliers hanging overhead. We also wanted our guests to have fun and relax so we had a game section with Life-sized Jenga, Corn-hole, and Ladder Golf.”

What was your “perfect wedding” vision? 
My perfect wedding was a small mini wedding with only our parents and siblings in the Redwood Forests of California. However, Zach’s perfect wedding was a huge celebration with anyone and everyone we’ve ever met. So after talking about it for what seemed to be months, we decided to keep the wedding at a reasonable number, with our closest family and friends, but to keep the forest theme, since that was something we both really wanted.

What are three unique details that you infused into your decor?
Glitter. Gold. And old things. Everything had glitter on it. Because what girl doesn’t love sparkly things? The majority of our decorations were things you could find in a recycling bin: old bottles, cans, cardboard, random pieces of scrap wood, really whatever we could find; that most people would consider garbage, we decided to make it glamorous.

What – if anything – did you DIY? 
We basically DIY’d EVERYTHING. My sister-in-law, Katy, was in charge of all of the decorations, and set up of everything and she did an incredible job! She made beautiful centerpieces out of bottles, cans, wine jugs, spray paint, twine, and glitter. She also decorated the ceremony site with a beautiful fabric altar. We got most of our supplies from Michael’s and JoAnn’s Fabric, but a lot of the stuff was random things we just had laying around. My dad was in charge of building all of the big projects, and he now officially hates the word “Pinterest” because he knew if I said “Hey Dad, I saw this thing on Pinterest…” it would mean I had found something else for him to build me. He built these BEAUTIFUL doors out of wooden pallets for the ceremony and for the reception site, he made benches for our guests to sit on, he also made a beautiful swinging bench with a tulle canopy that looks lovely in pictures, and he made LOTS of other things that would take entirely too long to list. Also one of my very good friends Julianne Brown (the 5th of the band FourFifths) made our wedding invitations, and I made the programs for the wedding. We got our flowers from King’s Wholesale Florist, and my sister-in-law, Katy, did all of the arrangements.”

What was your most memorable moment?
My most memorable moment was right after the ceremony when Zach and I walked out of the ceremony and for a few seconds it was just us, being able to hug each other and really take in that we just got married, without anyone coming over to congratulate us or complement the wedding. For those 45 seconds, it was just me and my new husband taking in the craziness of the day, and it was one my favorite parts.

What song did you do your first dance to? 
Zach and I are terrible dancers – like the worst ever. So we decided to forgo the first dance. However, I walked down the isle to “Come to Me” by the Goo Goo Dolls.

What was on your menu? 
We had an INCREDIBLE private chef that has been a family friend of ours for a long time. He created a wonderful menu for us of cocktail style food that was still filling, there were Sweet and Sour Chicken Skewers, Braised Beef Sliders, Caesar Salad Cones, Bruschetta Rounds, Meatball Skewers, and many other delicious items. We also are big Coffee Junkies, and we love sweet treats, so our friends at the Coffee Barn and Bakery catered coffee, Cold Brew, and assorted pastries and deserts as well as adorable Bride and Groom Cake Pops.

Photography: B&E Photographs | Wedding Dress: Jon's Bridal | Ceremony Venue: Hog Island Recreation Area | Reception Venue: Private Residence | Hair Stylist: Meghann Zarillo | Cake And Dessert: The Coffee Barn And Bakery | Music: FourFifths