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Florida Orange Grove Engagement Session

Get ready for a splash of happy across your screen, loves. This adorable (read: cutest ever) engagement session from Everlasting Love Photography is dotted with sunny oranges, smiles, some juggling and of course, the pretty bling that started it all. See even more right here!

From Everlasting Love PhotographyI am so excited to share this warm and sunny engagement session with you all! For this session, I shot a mixture of both digital and film images. Shooting with film gave forced me to take my time, giving Michael and Liz the opportunity to savor the moments of their engagement session. I hope you enjoy some of my favorites from their session!

From The Bride…Michael and I were excited to have a destination engagement session in the Sunshine State. While Florida is home for now, we met at Iowa State University. Brought together by common interests, we soon became good friends in Ames, Iowa. After being “just friends” for four years, we finally decided to give dating a shot. We slowly realized that this was the real thing, and we wanted to commit our lives to one another. Not only did we have common interests, we had a similar vision for our life together. Our passion to impact the world brought us to Orlando, Florida this year to work for a non-profit organization. We feel honored that Everlasting Love Photography came down to Florida from Iowa to capture our story through photography. We’re possibly headed back to the Midwest soon, but no matter what, we will always have something to remember the year of our engagement by.

Photography: Everlasting Love Photography | Groom's Outfit: Target | Venue: Showcase Of Citrus | Bride's Outfit: Target | Film Processing: Photovision

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Rustic Chic Tampa Spring Wedding

One of the best parts of my job is reading stories from brides; I’m always eager to learn the reasons behind various wedding decisions. So with this couple, in learning they choose their venues for deeply personal reasons, made me fall even more in love with their whole celebration. Jacqui Cole’s pics, Salon Inga’s gorgeous work and one romantic gown were the icing on the cake. See it all right here!

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From Jacqui Cole Photography… McKay and Kenny’s Tampa Yacht Club wedding is just so beautiful and I’m thrilled to share this one with you1 Luckily for us, this January 3rd wedding could have been any time of the year in sunny Florida!

McKay’s details were both whimsical and rustic while still maintaining the classic elegance of a traditional wedding. Her bridal party looked fun and girly in their mismatched Ann Taylor dresses and gorgeous bouquets. McKay’s jaw-dropping, low-cut back dress from Malindy Elene couldn’t have been any more perfect for her! With absolutely stunning florals from the internationally acclaimed Botanica Design Studio and a dance floor overlooking the Tampa Bay, their reception was just heavenly. The specialized coffee cart and separate dessert room was of course an added bonus! Unique little touches throughout the entire day really made this wedding one to remember. Thank you McKay and Kenny for allowing me to capture these beautiful memories for you!

From The Bride… Kenny and I met when we both interned over the summer at the same church. It was technically not allowed for interns to date each other, but about two weeks into the summer, Kenny consulted our boss about breaking that rule, received permission, and that’s when it all began! After we had dated a year and a half, I went to spend Christmas with Kenny and his family in Washington. The Saturday before Christmas, he popped the question at his parents home by the Christmas tree. It was such a sweet proposal and moment shared between the two of us. Afterwards, we celebrated with his family and then continued with a fancy date for just the two of us at a local restaurant. When we returned from dinner, we walked up to his parents home and inside, I was surprised with a swanky engagement party filled with his family and friends! Overwhelmed and excited, I turned into the next room to take off my coat and found my parents, who Kenny had flown from Florida to join us, waiting to excitedly congratulate us! It was a perfect day and one that I will always cherish.

We chose Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church where we interned that summer, and where Kenny now works full time, as the location for our ceremony. Not only was the location special to us, but our boss from that summer, and dear friend, David performed the ceremony. It was so sweet and personal to be married by someone who knows us both so well!

For the reception, we chose the Tampa Yacht and Country Club where both my parents and maternal grandparents held their wedding receptions. When we considered how special it was, in addition to the great food and ample dance floor, we knew it was the place for us!

My priorities for the rest of the planning were to find a great photographer and a dress I loved. Jacqui was recommended by our florist and I knew as soon as I saw her beautiful website that our styles would mesh effortlessly. She was an absolute JOY to work with, for both our engagement session and wedding day. Next came the dress, which the wonderful staff at Melindy Elene Bridal in Tampa helped me to find at my first appointment. It was a dream and so exciting to have those two important aspects of the day planned!

It is so difficult narrowing down one favorite moment of the day! I loved my first look with my bridesmaids and with Kenny and will cherish those joyful moments forever. But my favorite moments of the whole day were probably spent on the dance floor at the reception when Kenny and I were both free to celebrate such a wonderful day and dance with our closest friends who had come from all over the country. It was such a happy time!

My advice for those couples in the wedding planning process is, despite how wonderful and exciting it is to plan for this one special wedding day, to devote time to preparing yourself for the actual marriage you are entering into. Take a break from all of the decisions, and have a date night. Maybe read a book together about the purpose of marriage or have an older couple share their wisdom about marriage with you. Those conversations are important and will bless you. Marriage is beautiful and tough and I believe is worth taking the time to prepare for in addition to the wedding day!

Photography: Jacqui Cole Photography | Floral Design: Botanica International Design Studio | Cake: Let Them Eat Cake | Ceremony Venue: Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church | Reception Venue: Tampa Yacht And Country Club | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Ann Taylor Loft | Catering: Cafe A La Carte | Hair And Makeup: Tanja At Salon Inga | DJ: Impulse Entertaiment | Men's Attire: Mens Wearhouse | Bridal Store: Malindy Elene | Rentals: PKS Rentals

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Romantic + Rustic Boca Raton Wedding

Speaking as a weekday Bride-to-be, I’m absolutely smitten with this Monday affair at The Addison. Straight from the lens of Starfish Studios, it’s romance meets traditional and every bit of it is beautiful. Overflowing with soft pastels and gorgeous garden roses, it’s a gallery that you shouldn’t be missed!

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From the beautiful Bride… Harrison and I met during our second year at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. He saw me at the gym, found out we had some mutual friends and then arranged for my friends and I to come hangout with him and some of his roommates one night. After that, we started hanging out regularly and ended up dating on and off for three years. Harrison asked me to marry him in February of 2014, and we quickly decided that we wanted to get married within the same year. We both wanted to say “I Do” outside so we chose November in hopes of a perfect cool day in South Florida.

The Addison was the first and last venue we looked at! Right away we loved the atmosphere and energy of the Addison and knew it was where we would get married. It has so much character with all the beautiful archways, unique doors, warm colors and distinct architecture.

It was important for us to have the wedding reflect both of us and our personalities. I wanted a romantic, elegant feel with personal details that reflected both of us. I knew I wanted my bridesmaids in blush so I incorporated different shades of blush, metallics, and soft pastels into all the details and flowers.

My mom and I took a trip down the street from the Addison to try on gowns at Boca Raton Bridal and I ended up selected the third dress I tried on, although I did go to other bridal shops and tried on loads of gowns after finding “the one” just to be sure! It was an Eve of Milady ball gown with an all lace bodice and full tulle layered skirt. For my bridesmaids I chose long chiffon Amsale dresses in blush and let my girls choose whatever style top they liked best.

For the reception I collected mercury glass vases of different sizes and heights for months and used a small grouping of them on the tables for the centerpieces. That way each table was different, which was the look I was going for. Our florist, Lynne at Creative Florals, did a great job using an array of blush and neutral toned flowers with different greens which turned out beautifully. I originally planned on doing my own flowers, but am very glad I decided not to as some things should just be left to the professionals! However, I did enjoy doing other little details with my sisters. For the seating chart, we tied skeleton keys to pretty embossed tags with the guests name and table number on them. The wedding favors were small glass maple leaf containers with real maple syrup in them from Harrison’s family store in Vermont. In front of each place setting we had a thank you card printed for our family and friends who came from all over the U.S. to be with us, which we were extremely grateful for.

I loved every part of our wedding, but there are a few moments that really stood out to me when I reflect back on that day. The first was hearing Harrison say his vows to me at the altar- it was so special and meant so much to me. Another was during the ceremony when we all sang a hymn under the huge Banyan trees. It was a magical moment! Looking around and seeing all of your closest friends and family at the end of the ceremony and at the reception is another amazing feeling. Future brides- when you are at your reception sitting next to your new husband take at least a minute to just look around the room and take in everyone you love and how amazing it is that they are all there to support you. Also, if you get married at the Addison make sure to take the time to enjoy the food as it is absolutely incredible! The day went by so fast, but we both consider it the best day of our lives!

Photography: Starfish Studios | Floral Design: Creative Florals | Wedding Gown: Eve Of Milady | Cake: Publix Bakery | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | DJ: Let's Party Djs | Groom's Attire: Tux Shop | Hotel: Boca Raton Resort & Club | Venue: The Addison | Bridal Boutique: Boca Raton Bridal

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Southern-Inspired Coastal Florida Wedding

This pastel-infused coastal Florida wedding is truly so beautiful, I’m really not sure where to begin. From the soft pastel Bridesmaids dresses, to the charming watercolored stationery from A&P Design, to the three (yes, three!) gorgeous cakes, there’s really too much pretty in this gallery from Best Photography to describe in a few short lines. But don’t just take my word for it – click here to see it all!

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From Best PhotographySouthern inspiration paired with a gorgeous couple and whimsical details is nothing short of a perfect combination. Christine and Nils are some of the sweetest, selfless people you will ever meet. Not to mention, ridiculously photogenic. These two are practically supermodels. They poured their time and hearts into their wedding, and that fact is easy to see. With so many romantic details, and the gorgeous West Florida sunlight to set the tone, we are swooning… Between all of the incredible vendors and people that came together to make this elegant affair happen, we couldn’t have imagined anything more beautiful! It was perfect…

From the Bride… Nils and I were both terribly shy teenagers when a mutual friend in high school introduced us. We were too nervous to speak in person so we spent hours chatting on instant messenger (embarrassing screen names and all). It didn’t take long before we became best friends and high school sweethearts. By the time graduation came around, we had our hearts set on two different out-of-state universities. Nils and I went our separate ways, learned, loved and started making our own lives; he calls these the “lost years.” It wasn’t until three years later that I opened my inbox to find a surprising message from the same boy I fell so hard for in halls of our high school.

Nils proposed by recreating our first real date in high school, the first one where Nils got a truck and our parents didn’t have to drive. He recreated a picnic near a local Tampa bridge and even remembered the brand of sweet tea that we had so many years ago! We moved to Gainesville, FL where Nils began graduate school and dove right into wedding planning. We knew we wanted to get married in our hometown Tampa and I always dreamed of getting married in October, just like my parents and my grandparents. Our wedding took place on the same day my grandparents were married 70 years before.

Nils and I may be natives of the sunshine state but that doesn’t stop us from loving the south. Our collegiate tie to Georgia and Alabama keeps southern hospitality running through our veins and there was no doubt that we wanted to bring this same comfort to our wedding. With the help of our coordinator Kyela Faett and Anna Lucia Events, our vision for a beautiful southern affair came true.

We started with simply beautiful letterpress from A&P Designs complete with a monogram and cute map of Tampa Bay. The map included the Gasparilla pirate ship, locations of some of our favorite spots and even our two pups! We had a copy of the map blown up and have it hanging in our home.

I spent hours on blogs and Pinterest but had a hard time coming up with a distinct theme. Nils and I knew we adored the huge oaks trees at our venue so we kept the greenery flowing throughout our ceremony and into the crisp white tent for our reception. Botanica International Designs created the most beautiful garland and mint julep centerpieces. For décor I drew inspiration from table numbers we found at Rifle Paper Company and had a marvelous time mixing wreath and ribbon images to create our DIY paper products like the menus, program, escort and place cards. When it came to picking a color for my bridesmaids, I couldn’t get the Dusty Shale color from J.Crew out of my mind. I knew it would be a perfect compliment to the oak trees and even my strawberry blonde bridesmaids. Our happy day wouldn’t have been complete without the amazing music of Deleon Entertainment and their rendition of Come Thou Fount that will always remind me of walking down the aisle with my daddy.

Our favorite detail of our wedding was the DIY personalized escorts cards that welcomed every guest individually. This was such a small detail but made every one of our guests feel special and loved. Unique details like these were the reason we decided to have a wedding with fewer than one hundred guests. The wedding may have been a celebration for Nils and I, but we would be nowhere without the love and support of our loved ones and we made sure all of our wedding guests knew how special they were to us. We even managed to squeeze in a few rivalry college football digs on the escort cards that made everyone laugh.

We couldn’t resist adding foods like mini ham biscuits and shrimp and grits to our cocktail menu and completed the night eating sweet peach cobbler on wooden rocking chairs. Our cakes were made by the amazing husband and wife team at Hands on Sweets and were the perfect focal point for our tent reception. How did we end up with three cakes? It was completely impossible to choose just one flavor and design! We could not have been happier with our pink champagne with eucalyptus garland and that beautiful sugar magnolia.

Photography: Best Photography | Event Planning: Signature Events | Floral Design: Botanica Floral Designs | Cake: Hands On Sweets | Stationery: A&P Design | Hair And Makeup: Femme Akoi | Band: DeLeon Band | Officiant: Rev. Lee Crane | Transportation: Network Limousines | Venue: Tampa Yacht Club | Event Planning And Design: Anna Lucia Events | Linens : Over The Top Linens | Photo Booth: Photogenica

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Tropical + Refined Fort Lauderdale Wedding

Reason #989 why I love my job? Weddings like this one. A soft palette of neutrals paired with exotic blooms set the tone for this traditional beauty. Set amongst the lush tropical forest, this darling pair exchanged vows underneath towering palm trees and a delicate breeze, while Perry Vaile shot every moment to share.

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From Perry VaileThis gorgeous wedding is set among a lush tropical forest preserved in the middle of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.The bride chose a soft palette of champagne and rose tones with floral pairings of exotic blooms and traditional beauties. The ceremony was held beneath towering palm trees and in front of a stunning stone wall, and the reception was open-air with a view of the large pond. The bride, Yoko requested that her bridesmaids choose their own dress within her palette of colors, and for her own outfit chose Cole Haan shoes and a beautiful, low-back gown. To keep guests cool during the ceremony, they couple provided delicious lemonade, and mother nature delivered a delicate breeze.

Photography: Perry Vaile | Event Planning: Julie Gruenthal | Wedding Dress: Bijou Bridal | Shoes: Cole Haan | Catering: Chez Gourmet | DJ: ALB Events And Productions | Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Bonnet House | Perfume: BCBG Max Azria

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Chic Miami Wedding at The Raleigh

What happens when you blend classic romance with modern touches? One word: perfection. Take a look at the gallery from Julie Cate Photography and you’ll see exactly what we mean. Set amidst twinkling cafe lights and swaying palm trees, this darling duo wed in one timeless ceremony fit for the ages. It’s a gallery not to be missed and it’s waiting for you over here!

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Winter
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From The Bride…Andrew and I had been dating for close to 7 years, and before that, we were great friends for 5 years. I probably knew he was “the one” even before we began dating (although I usually don’t admit that). After he proposed in November at the duck pond in front of Gapstow Bridge in Central Park in NYC, where we live, and began planning our wedding, we knew we wanted the day to feel super romantic with a touch of modernity, so we chose blush and navy for our colors. Most importantly, we wanted to treat friends and family to a really awesome and fun party.

We chose a winter wedding in Miami, where I’m from. Once we had nailed down the city, we knew we had to take advantage of the climate and beaches and have an outdoor wedding.

The ceremony was held at Plymouth Congregational Church, an old historic church built in the early 1900s modeled after Spanish missions in Mexico, which really played in to the romantic vibe. It’s also extra special because I got baptized there and my aunt had her wedding ceremony at the church 30-something years prior. An added fun touch: we got to privately ring the tower church bells minutes after saying “I Do.”

For the reception, we chose The Raleigh Hotel, an art deco hotel on South Beach. The space was so “us” – chic yet laidback. To play off of the art deco decor, we added ’20s inspired elements which was carried throughout the invite suite, welcome bags and signage. Since we’re also both a bit silly, we balanced out romantic F. Scott Fitzgerald quotes displayed with personalized napkins and matches with fun sayings like “Light My Fire” and “Burn Baby Burn.” Set amidst twinkling cafe lights and swaying palm trees, guests were greeted with welcome cocktails (a Blushing Bride or an Old Fashioned Groom), classic Cuban cigars hand-rolled on site and bossa nova music played by a guitarist. For our guest book, we had friends and family take a Polaroid of themselves and then glue it into the book with well wishes, which everyone had a lot of fun with. Our main obsession is our dog, Theo, so we wanted to make sure we incorporated him in to the day. While we couldn’t have him be the ring bearer because we got married in a church, we made sure to do portraits with him right after our first look and also treated guests to Theo-replica cookies. Throughout the night, when guests weren’t dining on contemporary, seasonal fare by James Beard Award-Winning Chef Michael Schwartz or noshing on dulce de leche, raspberry or red velvet cake from the amazing Earth & Sugar, they were on the dance floor doing flips and getting crazy to a DJ accompanied by a saxophonist and drummer.

Before heading in to the after party, Andrew and I made our way through a tunnel of sparklers while our guests surprise-serenaded us with a rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner. The weather was perfection – 70s and sunny – and a clear indicator of how perfect the day was. We had the most magical day with family and friends that we love and an amazing team of vendors! We couldn’t be more thankful of how wonderful the day was!

Photography: Julie Cate Photography | Videography: Pabelona Studios | Wedding Planner: Kasey D Weddings | Florist: Julia Rhode Designs | Wedding Dress: Ines Di Santo | Cake: Earth And Sugar | Stationary : Llorente Design | Ceremony Venue: Plymouth Congregational Church | Reception Venue: The Raleigh | Bridesmaids Dresses: Amanda Uprichard | Makeup Artist: Lily Rasco | Entertainment: L R Entertainment | Groom's Attire: The Black Tux | Bridesmaid's Robes: Pretty Plum Sugar | Cigar Rolling: The Art Of Cigar Rolling | Custom Cookie Favors: Eleni's Cookies | Limo Rental: Aralimos | Match Boxes : Picture Perfect Papier

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