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Sally of A Piece of Toast’s Dreamy Beach Wedding

Truth be told, I knew Sally’s wedding would be absolute perfection before it even happened. I mean, when we’re talking about one of the chicest girls in the blogosphere, it only makes sense. And it certainly didn’t hurt to have vendors like Leslee MitchellSixpence ProductionsCarillon Weddings and Nouveau Flowers by her side. In case you missed anything, peek back at her engagement, rehearsal dinner, and full wedding gallery to see why this day is setting the bar for weddings everywhere.

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From the Bride… Putting the details of our wedding day into a few short paragraphs seems like such a daunting task. A day that took months and months of planning and the help of countless people could never fully be captured. Thankfully the photos convey the details so beautifully. Here were some of my favorites…

The floral arrangements encased in lucite. It all started with an image I saw years ago from the Jil Sander A/W 2012 fashion show that featured various multi-colored floral arrangements encased in lucite cubes. I couldn’t get the idea out of my head ever since I first saw it and knew that I wanted something similar at my someday wedding. As a lover of all color, I never wanted to have one singular wedding “color”, but rather have an overall color “vibe” of pastels with pops of brighter, warm colors. Events by Nouveau was able to recreate these and create the most breathtaking displays that I wish could live in my home forever.

My wedding dress. I had always known that I wanted a more “ethereal” look in a wedding gown as I am not one for “poofy” dresses or anything strapless. The Monique Lhuillier gown felt as if it was made for me. Joan Pillow in Houston was able to work with the designer to customize the dress and add a little bit more of a “sleeve” to the dress. Made out of layers of Spanish tulle, the dress was perfectly airy for the beach and the sprinklings of delicate beading below layers of the tulle reminded me of the beach.

The little things. Wearing my great grandmother’s aquamarine bracelet as my “something blue” and my mom’s diamond, drop earrings as my something borrowed. Carrying a boquet of Lillies of the Valley just as my mom and grandmother did on their wedding days. The ring bearer pillow, lovingly needle pointed by our mama of the crest by Bunny and Bear Paper that was on our save the dates. The neon sign that my husband proposed with that was hung behind one of the bars on a background of boxwood.

All in all, our wedding was the most magical night and more amazing than I had ever dreamed it would be. It was so unbelievably special to see all of the details and planning come together and it truly was a night, and weekend, that we will never forget.

Photography: Leslee Mitchell | Cinematography: Sixpence Productions | Wedding Planning: Carillon Weddings by Victoria | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Wedding Invitations: Sugar Paper Los Angeles | Ceremony Venue: Seaside Interfaith Chapel | Reception Venue: Alys Beach | Bride's Shoes: Loeffler Randall | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Annie Griffin Collection | Band: Celebrity Allstars | Groom's Jacket: Lauren by Ralph Lauren | Bride & Bridal Party Makeup: Blush Beauty Lounge | Catering & Bar: Cafe 30a | Envelope Calligraphy & Ceremony Programs: Bunny And Bear Paper Company | Flamingo Cake Topper: Ann Wood Handmade | Floral + Event Design: Events by Nouveau Flowers | Flower Girl Dress: Nellystella | Getting Ready Dress: Mi Golondrina | Getting Ready Dresses: Mi Golondrina | Groom's Shoes: Stubbs And Wootton | Mother Of The Bride Dress: Nordstroms | Ring Box: The Mrs Box | Veil: Oscar De La Renta | Vendor: Christina Springfield | Wedding Rings: Cannon Lewis Jewelry

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Sally of A Piece of Toast’s Nautical Rehearsal Dinner

I’ve been following the sister-duo behind A Piece of Toast longer than I can remember. We first went Behind the Blog with Molly and Sally on SMP Living, and then gushed for weeks once Sally’s oceanside engagement hit our inbox. And today we’re unfolding a two-part look into Sally’s wedding reveal, beginning with an all-white rehearsal dinner on Alys Beach. It’s (no surprise) spot-on gorgeous, and we’ve got Leslee Mitchell to thank for every image. Sit tight for the Big Day up this afternoon!

From The Bride…I’m so excited to share details from my wedding weekend, starting with the rehearsal dinner. I still love the way every detail of how Robert and my special weekend came together and it’s exciting to re-live the festivities again on Style Me Pretty.

One of the very first things I did after Robert and I picked a date and location for the wedding was to look at photographers. I was already anxious about how I wanted the special time to be captured and worried about working with someone who would be responsible for the images that would help me look back and remember all the details and feelings that I knew would pass in the blink of an eye. After extensive searching I discovered a wedding Leslee Mitchell had shot in 30A (our wedding spot). Bingo. Leslee shot in a way that made me feel like I was at this wedding and nailed the kind of candid photos I had been envisioning. After having her shoot our engagement pictures (you can see them here!) Robert and I felt even more confident about Leslee capturing our wedding. When working with my awesome mother-in-law to plan the rehearsal dinner she suggested hiring Leslee to shoot the event and I’m so glad that we did!

As soon as the wedding planning kicked off, I felt like I already had a vision for the rehearsal dinner in mind. I knew that I wanted it to be casual, relaxed, and barefoot on the beach. Nothing stuffy because it just didn’t fit with the overall vibe of the town or me and Robert as a couple. I had also known for quite some time before our engagement that I wanted to have a “white party” as a part of our wedding weekend somehow. Ever since I came across a photo on Instagram posted by the Coveteur, I dreamed of trying to recreate something similar. I was completely struck by the image and how amazing it looked with everyone in white. Not to mention that I am always drawn to wearing my crisp whites each time I visit the beach.

Christina from Events by Nouveau was our florist/designer for the wedding weekend. She is insanely talented (beyond belief) and was able to bring everything I had described and dreamed up to life. I had given her some inspiration images of what I had envisioned for the rehearsal dinner tables – bamboo chairs, driftwood and lanterns, peonies and blue ticking stripe tablecloths…all with cafe lights strung over them. When we visited Christina and the Nouveau office/warehouse, the vision for the night came to life even more. She had white adirondack chairs and natural colored Fat Boys to place around the fires on the beach for the after dinner “sips and s’mores.”

Because the rehearsal dinner was going to be an on-the-beach event, weather was always on our mind. Deposits for “rain tents” and consistent/obsessive checking of the weather became just an important (or more so) than getting the vibe just right. The thing about the beach is that rain can be on the forecast every day, but it could just be a 30 minute shower that passes and allows the clouds to clear for sun – you just never really know. In the week leading up to the wedding, it was showing rain every single day and the percentage of likeliness was pretty decent. We had to make the “call” for using the rain plan two days in advance of the actual event because of the changes it made to the plans – the dinner would have to be moved onto the lawn where the reception was.

I was desperate to not go through with the rain plan as I wanted our on-the-beach rehearsal dinner so badly, but in the end the thought of being on the beach, tent-less and in the rain wasn’t a risk I wanted to take. We did still follow through with the s’mores and bonfire on the beach because that couldn’t be done on the lawn. Our thoughts were that if it did start to downpour, we would just do the cocktails under the tent. So many things to consider! Lucky for us, the rain held off, everything for the dinner looked just as beautiful under the tents as it would have on the beach, and we were all able to walk barefoot down to the bonfire on the sand for s’mores and cocktails with everyone who was in town for the wedding. Robert’s parents surprised us with a “sand sculpture” featuring our beloved pups which was a huge hit!

I actually think that one of the hardest parts about the rehearsal dinner was deciding what I would wear. Having everyone wear white made it tricky because I wanted to wear something that stood out against what everyone else would wear. I searched and searched for a LONG time and ordered (and returned) many different options to try on for the night. I eventually settled on a dress from BCBG after trying it on just a week or so before leaving for the wedding. I loved that it was all lace – which would be different than what most would wear and also super different from my wedding gown – and that it was floor length. The pleated and frothy ruffles on the sleeves made it feel beachy and were also very “me.” We ordered Robert a custom all-white Dos Carolinas Guayabara shirt with a white monogram to wear with white pants and his off white loafers that he already had. I have to say that I was pretty pleased with our outfits came together and think they went together quite nicely!

Looking back on photos from the event that kicked off the best weekend of my life (so far) makes me smile all over again. It truly was the most incredible time for me and Robert with all of our most favorite people in the world in our most favorite place in the world.

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Photography: Leslee Mitchell | Floral Design: Events by Nouveau Flowers | Catering: Cafe 30a | Groom's Attire: Dos Carolinas | Venue: Alys Beach | Bride's Dress: Asos | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Hand-drawn Beach Maps + Welcome Boxes: Bunny And Bear Paper Company | Molly's Dress: Asos | Sand Sculpture: BEACH SAND SCULPTURE ARCHITECTS

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A Piece of Toast’s Sallys Beach Engagement

You know her as one half of the A Piece of Toast duo and went Behind the Blog on SMP Living, but today Sally is stepping in the role of bride-to be with her stunning beach engagement session. Photographed by the crazy talented Leslee Mitchell, it’s love captured in the sweetest form with each soft, dreamy image somehow more beautiful than the last. Refill that coffee mug and prepare to swoon.

From Sally of A Piece Of Toast… I really cannot sing the praises of Leslee Mitchell enough. Her talent as a photographer, master at styling, and amazing person with a killer personality has made me all but obsessed with her. Back in June when my fiancé and I got engaged, one of the first things I did was research a photographer…

I have long admired and fawned over wedding photography – always drawn to the work of photographers who have a way of capturing those “in between” and candid moments that really give meaning to a wedding and a family, and really just life in general. When my fiance and I decided on a destination wedding, I first researched local photographers in the area, and then hit the endless archives of Style Me Pretty – a site that can literally draw me in for hours. What I love about Style Me Pretty is how you can search by just about anything to find a wedding or weddings that might match what you may be looking for. In my case, I used it to find weddings that were in the same area where mine will be. So glad I did this because I may never have come across all the Nashville-bred glory that is Leslee.

While she is not necessarily local to where we will be married (though she shoots in the area enough that she may as well be) she travels around the world to capture weddings. I fell in love with her beautiful work and knew I would do anything within my budget to make it so she could capture our day. Lucky for me, she was available!

Keep in mind that all of this happened 5 prior to this shoot. After booking Leslee for the big wedding day (spring 2015) my fiancé and I decided that since we were going to be in our wedding location in October, that we should see if Leslee was available to fly down and shoot some engagement pictures. I had been so busy with moving across the country and starting a new job that I really had not put much thought into these photos or many of the details until oh, days before. And I knew Leslee was good, because that’s why we hired her, but I really didn’t know just how good until meeting her and seeing her in action.

The girl’s got dedication (shooting digital and film), is a perfectionist (making sure her subjects and the surrounding elements are equally photo-ready), and has an eye for beauty and detail unlike any other. She can remember the details of any inspiring photo she has ever seen and truly knows what it takes to create a beautiful image and a lasting moment. She spend countless hours on her own scoping out the best spots to shoot so that my fiancé I could enjoy the process (along with a bottle of champagne she gave to us) and just be in the moment. One afternoon spent racing the clock set by the sunset and we ended with wayy more than we could have ever asked from her: gorgeous, personal, and special engagement photos.

It’s safe to say that meeting Leslee and getting to spend time with her has been kind of a game changer for me. She’s one of those magnetic and creative people that you just know you’ve met for a reason. The excitement of seeing the engagement photos made me that much more excited for the wedding and the thought of having Leslee there to capture our day and our moments makes me giddy. But really, I just want to hang with our new-found friend again over a cocktail or two.

Photography: Leslee Mitchell | Hair And Makeup: Blush Beauty Lounge | Beach: Rosemary Beach Eastern Green | Blog: A Piece of Toast | Bride: Chris Zann (Cpzann23@ | Mexican Embroidered Blouse: Mi Golondrina | Town: Alys Beach

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