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Boca Grande Wedding from Vitalic Photo

If we’re being totally honest here, I’ve never actually heard of Boca Grande (I know, shameful being a Gulf Coast resident myself), but after this gorgeous wedding it’s pretty much top of my vacation list right now. Vitalic Photo’s images of the day are something out of a dream – a really bright and happy dream – and they have totally convinced me to pack my flip flops and go!


From the photographer… Erin Leigh Littrell and Matthew David Turner’s destination wedding in Boca Grande was the perfect intimate affair on a July summer night. With most of their family and guests being from Oklahoma, the island was full of golf carts zipping around to the ceremony and reception. The quaint Baptist church and Gasparilla Inn Beach Club provided the perfect venues for a Florida West Coast wedding.

Photography: Vitalic Photo | Florist: Botanica Florist | Gown: Vera Wang 2g144 | Reception: The Gasparilla Inn (Beach Club | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Suits: Haspel | Bridesmaid: Anne M. Cramer | Earrings: Mikimoto | Invitations/Paper Goods: Sarah-Allen Preston Designs | Reception Band: Bay Players Club | Ring Bearer Belt: Smathers & Branson | Veil: Toni Federici | Wedding Designer/Planner: Sarah-Allen Preston Designs

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Boca Grande, Florida Wedding from K & K Photography

Preppy meets classic just might be my favorite combination ever.  Aside from the fact that they are both seriously gorgeous ways to style your day, it’s that feel of a classic celebration mixed with a dose of prepster whimsy that kind of takes a wedding from downright pretty to “oh my gosh, I’ve never seen something so amazing.”  And in the case of this stunning Boca Grande affair, it’s all of the aforementioned mixed with some of the sweetest details you will ever see, including beautiful bridesmaid frocks from Julie Brown Designs, fab paper goods from Dabney Lee and a whole host of breathtaking images from K&K Photography.  See them all in the full gallery.

From the Bride… We fell in love with Boca Grande when I surprised Justin with a weekend getaway at The Gasparilla Inn & Club for his 30th birthday. It was the most amazing, romantic place we had ever visited and we knew it was the perfect fit (even though we had already started planning our wedding in Maine). I am so happy that we chose a destination wedding because it allowed us to really spend time with our guests at the various events we planned (a cocktail party on Thursday, a golf tournament and a welcome dinner on Friday, and a brunch on Sunday), rather than frantically trying to visit with everyone in one night.

We wanted our wedding to feel like “us,” so we skipped lots of the traditions that didn’t feel right for the intimate night we had in mind (announcing the bride, groom, and the bridal party, the bouquet and garter toss, etc.). Instead, we focused on personal touches, like the salt favor escort cards that my mom and her girlfriends put together the morning of the wedding and the programs that we glued to painted wood so they would not blow away during our beachfront ceremony. The bridesmaid’s dresses were really the jumping off point for the “look” we were going for, and one of my best friends designed the amazing invitations, menus and table numbers to go with our theme. For the dinner, we wanted everyone to feel like they were at an intimate dinner party rather than a typical wedding reception. We chose long feasting tables covered in clustered floral arrangements and tons of candles and mercury glass that my mom and I found months before. The real icing on the cake was our DJ, Jonathan Cortez, singing live throughout dinner. It was so special and enchanting. I remember walking into that room, with all of the candles and the lit fire, and looking at Justin and feeling overwhelmed with the beauty of it all and the love that I felt for him.

It is amazing how fast the night flew by, but we are so thankful to Jeff at K&K Photography for capturing every moment. He is so incredibly talented and has such a natural ability to capture every moment while also making everyone feel comfortable and at ease. We feel so blessed that so many of our friends and family were able to come celebrate with us, and we are just so thrilled to start the next chapter of our lives together!

Wedding Photography: K&K Photography | Wedding Venue: Gasparilla Inn + Club | Invitations: Dabney Lee | Floral Design: Suncoast Florist | String Quartet: Musical Rendezvous | DJ: Jonathan Cortez | Wedding Dress: Amsale | Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Julie Brown Designs | Ties: Thomas Pink

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Boca Grande Wedding from BinaryFlips Photography + Botanica International Design Studio

One thing we know for certain here at SMP Florida?  Boca Grande weddings are amazing.  And Boca Grande weddings featuring beautiful florals from Botanica International Design Studio and captured in stunning images by BinaryFlips Photography?  Even better.  Which is why we happen to be head over heels for this little gem of a day planned to perfection by One Fine Day Weddings & Events.  It’s everything we love about Boca Grande affairs, complete with a beyond beautiful couple, intimate setting and heartwarming moments aplenty.  See it all in the full gallery.


From the Bride… When Thomas proposed to me at The Breakers, Palm Beach, during the Spring I knew right away that an ocean-front wedding in Florida the following Spring would be the perfect fit for our big day. We searched quite a few locations along the West Coast of our beloved state, yet found all too quickly that many venues did not offer the intimacy we were looking for. Also, we wanted a backyard feel for our wedding instead of a beach ceremony, which cut our options down significantly. After a few months of searching it finally hit us. The intimate island of Boca Grande, where our families have spent so many years vacationing and where Thomas and I both love to fish. The moment we stepped foot onto the beautiful, wooden front porch of The Gasparilla Inn & Club, we were hooked. It offered the most beautiful setting for an elegant, Southern style, black tie affair while still keeping the relaxed feel of Florida that we love.

It was very important for me to keep our wedding intimate in every aspect possible. We opted for a circle ceremony instead of a traditional aisle ceremony so that our bridesmaids and groomsmen, standing behind us, were physically “backing us” in our union, while our family and friends encompassed us. Thomas’ uncle, a United Methodist Minister, officiated our ceremony and his sister, Martha, sang “Songbird” as we lit our unity candle. It was incredible to have our loved ones lead us into our future as husband and wife.

Our palette of pink, gold and ivory meshed seamlessly with our surroundings. Botanica International Design Studio created beautiful cherry blossom trees in antiqued planter boxes to define our aisle, as well as a gorgeous ring of blush colored rose petals to circle us during our vows. The absolutely breathtaking space they created under our reception tent was filled with cherry blossoms, tulips, peonies and roses in mercury glass containers. Lavish candles and crystal chandeliers lit our evening. I had explained my vision to Sarah Fairbairn of One Fine Day, Inc. and she put it together perfectly. We were so blessed to have found BinaryFlips Photography to document our extraordinary day. Their use of light and beautiful detail shots were exactly what we had dreamt of in wedding photography. As it rained an hour before our ceremony, Dennis and Tina captured the most wonderful shots and used the circumstances to their advantage. They were an absolute joy to work with.

The day of our wedding was indescribable. So many of our friends and family traveled to Boca Grande to celebrate our love and our next step in life together. The sense of harmony between everyone was incredible. We commemorated our loved ones that are no longer with us on programs created in classic Crane & Co. stationary, to match our invitations. After enjoying The Gasparilla Inn’s decadent dinner and signature Gaspartinis we danced the evening away to the sound of Phase5, our wonderful wedding band. Later, a firework show treated our guests with a beautiful ending to a memorable day. Thomas and I were sent off by an aisle of sparklers and picked up by a 1955 Bentley. We are so grateful to everyone that made our dream into a beautiful reality.

Wedding Photography: BinaryFlips | Wedding Venue: The Gasparilla Inn & Club in Boca Grande, Florida | Event Design + Coordination: Sarah Fairbairn from One Fine Day Weddings & Events | Floral Design: Botanica International Design Studio | Catering + Wedding Cake: The Gasparilla Inn & Club | Groom’s Cake: Cakes by Ron | String Quartet: Sean O’neil from Musical Rendezvous | Band: Phase 5 | Wedding Stationery: Crane & Co. | Fireworks: Zambelli Fireworks | Wedding Dress + Veil: Anne Barge via Malindy Elene | Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Bridesmaids’ Attire: Amsale | Flower Girl Attire: Katina Katoo

Amsale, Anne Barge and Katina Katoo are members of our Look Book. For more information on how members are chosen, click here. BINARYFLIPS PHOTOGRAPHY and Vera Wang Papers are members of our Little Black Book. Find out how members are chosen by visiting our FAQ page.

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