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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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Winter
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Estate

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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Elegant Summer Wedding at The Addison

A South Florida historical estate, bright bridesmaids and a beaming Bride and Groom; that right there is the recipe for success and Starfish Studios captured it all. The Addison was the perfect backdrop for this summer celebration and you can see every sparkling moment, from start to finish, right here.

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Summer
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Estate

From the Bride… I had this overall vision of elegance, romance, glamour and fun for my wedding. I really wanted everyone to look back and remember how beautiful everything was and how the night made them feel. I really put my stamp on the wedding with a few seemingly small, but important details. I actually created the invitations myself using a template I purchased from Etsy and then had them printed at Office Depot. It saved some money and they turned out really nice. Next was our sweetheart table, which I wanted to use as a centerpiece to the room in a sense. I selected a sky blue linen to draw color into the mostly gray and white motif and then added a really soft silky overlay to make it sparkle. Third, I had strands of crystals hanging from the tall centerpieces to add some glamour to each table and lastly, I surprised my groom with a Spider-Man figurine hidden in our beautiful cake from Creative Cake Factory as a fun detail just for him.

There were many memorable moments from my wedding day, but I will always remember opening the gift my husband-to-be had delivered as I was getting ready with my bridal party. It was this perfect little Tiffany & Co. pearl bracelet. He had worked with my bridal party to make sure his gift would go with my wedding day attire. It was really sweet! Also, seeing my dad standing there, waiting for me to take his arm right before heading down the aisle is a moment I will never forget. When all is said and done, walking down that aisle, seeing the results of months of hard work in what was without a doubt a breathtakingly beautiful setting; heading towards the man of my dreams is a moment I wish I could relive every day of my life! After the ceremony it was all about fun! Spencer and I danced to “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” by Aerosmith and then we dined on what was without the doubt the best food ever served at a wedding.

From Cindy at The Addison… Working with Mollie and Spencer was a great experience. The Addison is a unique venue and the best weddings result when a bride uses the natural décor to her best advantage. The simple ceremony décor Mollie chose, including our Addison garden chairs with just an understated arch of greenery with white floral accents, really ensured the incredible pair of 100 year old Banyan trees and large cascading fountain took center stage. Mollie and Spencer selected the Mizner, which is the more classic ballroom of our two reception spaces, enabling her to really use her imagination to transform the space with décor. In the end the light blues she chose along with pink and purple up-lighting created a soft romantic feel. I loved her gown and how she color coordinated her bridesmaid’s dresses and the groomsman’s suits perfectly for the reception decor. The couple selected a great menu, including butler passed hors d’oeurves such as our Braised Beef Short Rib & Orange Segment, served on a bamboo spoon and our Caramelized Watermelon with Candied Pecans, Sonoma Valley Goat Cheese & Micro Arugula and two entrée’s for her guest to choose from tableside, including our Mustard Glazed Atlantic Salmon served with Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes and Sautéed Broccolini with Fresh Garlic and Red Pepper Flakes. The couple shared a great sparkler exit and the guest’s could not have been more excited for the happy couple!

Photography: Starfish Studios | Floral Design: Dalsimer Atlas | Wedding Dress: Liz Fields | Cake: Creative Cake Designs | Ceremony Venue: The Addison | Reception Venue: The Addison | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Demetrios | DJ: The Party Pros | Bridal Boutique: Collections Bridal | Getting Ready & First Look: Boca Raton Resort & Club | Makeup & Hair: Kiss This Makeup | Music: Master Musicians | Music: Party Pro DJs

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At Home Engagement Session

Of all of the magical places to shoot an engagement session (and there are many), at home is always my favorite.  And this adorable shoot?  It’s ranking high atop the list with two seriously cute sweethearts celebrating their upcoming nuptials with a whole lot of love and a whole lot of baking.  See every heartwarming (+ yummy) moment captured by Erika Delgado in the full gallery.

From Erika Delgado… Lara and Brandon’s session was so fun to capture mostly because it was such an authentic session filled with love, tradition and sweetness! They wanted to have photos that reflected the type of couple that they are. They love staying home and cooking together, they also have strong family ties and traditions that are important to them. They decided they would have fun and bake one of Lara’s family heirloom pound cakes and the best part is that at the end of the session we all got to have some freshly baked pound cake – including me! I love the simplicity of this at home lifestyle session so much. You can just feel the love and smell the aroma of the sweetness in the air!

Photography: Erika Delgado | Cooking Aprons: Anthropologie | Headband Tie: Anthropologie | Private Residence: Private Residence | Wedding Kitchen Towel: Anthropologie

Winter Beachside Inspiration

As a New England resident, seaside and winter aren’t necessarily two words I associate; however, upon viewing these Melanie Gabrielle oceanside images, my point of view is now permenantly changed. Elegant Ever After Floral Design blooms compliment the soft sunset, while snuggles are encouraged fireside. Every single detail will sweep you off your feet here.

From Ever After Floral DesignThe inspiration for this lovely photo shoot was born out of the idea of a winter wedding on the beautiful beaches of South Florida. Beach weddings are so common in Florida, so we wanted to use the beach solely as a backdrop, showing that a beach wedding doesn’t have to be “beachy”.

Since winter is traditionally associated with Christmas and the Holidays, it was our main goal to create a winter wedding décor that excluded the usual reds, greens, and pine. We achieved this look by using a palette of grays and muted blues. We also incorporated whimsical aspects that are not commonly seen at a beach wedding, which included antlers, bunnies, mismatched china, and vintage silverware. Mercury glass centerpieces filled with delicate peonies and brunias were created for an elegant and timeless look, while contrasting textures added a whimsical element. Since the mood for this styled shoot was a warm, cozy, whimsical, and inviting winter wedding on the beach, we designed and styled a picturesque fireplace setting, which set the ambiance for a warm and cozy atmosphere.

The seating area had a wooden chest filled with warm throws, socks, and scarves for the guest to warm up and get cozy. Sugar Fancies created a unique array of sweet confectioneries, which included a whimsical two-tiered cake, chocolate mousse, heart shaped s’mores, tarts, and white chocolate bark. An adult hot chocolate bar was setup for guests to enjoy a spiced hot chocolate drink as they selected ingredients to roast delicious s’mores by the fireplace. We used a gray farmhouse table as the main reception table, and accented mismatched chairs and armchairs at the end; the whimsical printed plates from anthropologie tied the whole look and feel together.

The photography part of this project was very important to us. We wanted a photographer who shot film, as film lends itself to the feel and inspiration behind the shoot, and we wanted someone who was extremely detailed. Melanie from Melanie Gabrielle Photography was on our wish list, and we were beyond excited when she jumped onboard! Collaborating with Melanie was definitely the right choice; her style is like no one else. She perfectly captured our vision for a gorgeous, dusky gray and blue love story.

Photography: Melanie Gabrielle | Floral Design: Ever After Floral Design | Hair & Makeup: Starlit Designs | Beachside: Red Reef Park | Creative Direction: Ever After Floral Design | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Paperie: Paper Rock Sisters Inc | Rentals: Love In Vintage

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Glamorous Boca Raton Courtyard Wedding

Oh, to be a guest at this Boca Raton wedding. To experience a day filled with seamless details and old world charm, all nestled in the stunning courtyard of The Addison. Of course, soaking in the florals by Xquisite Events and that Momofuku Milk Bar cake wouldn’t hurt one bit, either. Luckily Kallima Photography captured the whole affair and I can live vicariously in the full gallery here.

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Glamorous

From Kallima PhotographyColette and Josh were married outdoors in the courtyard of The Addison. We spent hours photographing them at the Boca Resort and Spa, where they prepared for the day, and did their first look. Trolley’s took guests from the hotel to the venue a mile down the road.

The bride wore a BHLDN wedding gown, and the groom wore a custom one-off suit. Bridesmaids were dressed in various shades of gold and bronze. The reception was full of eye candy. Everything from the wood farm tables draped with seeded eucalyptus, to the signature drink adorned with a gold pom pom stirrer. The Bride carried a heirloom gold sparkle clutch, and the couple had a signature perfume made for them to wear on their wedding day.

The Groom works for Barney’s New York and has impeccable style. These two are a power couple and had friends come from near and far to their gorgeous outdoor wedding at The Addison in Boca Raton Florida. Xquisite provided the florals and event design, and really outdid themselves. The chuppah was covered with seeded eucalyptus, green moss, and roses placed throughout, with white drapery hanging loosely over the edges. Succulents, Anemones, Craspedia and Dusty Miller were on the reception tables. The first dance was held on the stone dance floor underneath twinkling lights. The Bride opted to change out of her stunning and delicate BHLDN gown halfway through the reception, putting on a flirty Cynthia Steffe shift dress. The gorgeous ‘naked’ cake was flanked by a pistachio cake from Momofuku Milk Bar NYC that was to die for.

Photography: Kallima Photography | Coordination: Creative Touch | Floral Design: Xquisite Events | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Wedding Cake: Momofuku Milk Bar NYC | Invitations: Banshee Press | Ceremony Venue: The Addison | Reception Venue: The Addison | Bride's Shoes: Nine West | Jewelry: Jennifer Meyer | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Madewell | Hair And Makeup: Jennifer Cruz | Lighting: Frost | DJ: Elegant Occasions | Bow Tie: Cordial Weddings | Groom's Attire: Calvin Klein | Groom's Shoes: Dolce And Gabbana | Transportation: Molly's Trolleys | Bride's Earrings: Vintage Polo | Bride's Reception Dress: Cynthia Steffe | Custom Perfume: Ann Gottlieb | Custom Tote Bags: Creative Touch Party Design | Groom's Bow Tie: Cordial Weddings | Preparation: Boca Raton Resort & Club

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