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DIY Pastel Islamorada Wedding

I spy a piña colada and what looks like a strawberry mojito. Quite possibly two of my favorite tropical concoctions, ever. And just one of the many reasons I fall for beach weddings every single time. This colorful Morada Bay Beach Cafe soiree has me with fingers crossed, hoping the next wedding invite in my mailbox is jet-set to sun and sand. In the meantime, this cheerful gallery from Darling Juliet will do!


From the beautiful Bride… My family was so involved in helping with our wedding! My mother (Libby Stout) made all the burlap and cloth table runners and she made the burlap flower cones that were on the aisle. I made the pinata and other various decorations. All of the china and other decor was purchased at Goodwills, garage sales and thrift stores.

One of our favorite moments was the actual ceremony. Kristi walked down the aisle to an acoustic version of Europe’s The Final Countdown, which we thought was awesome! The decorations that our florist (The Blonde Tulip) and my mother put together were beautiful!

Photographer: Darling Juliet | Wedding Dress: Claire Pettibone | Groom's Suit: Ted Baker | Ceremony Music: Lenny Batista | Bridal Boutique: Kelly's Closet | Bridal Headband: Be Something New | Cafe: Morada Bay Beach Cafe | Cakes & Sweets: One Small Bite | Florals & Decoration: The Blonde Tulip | Groom's Shirt: Cubavera | Hair & Make Up Artist: Michelle At Ciao Bella | Reception Music: DJ Jenni Foxx | Rentals: Mile Marker Rentals

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Florida Keys Beach Wedding at Drop Anchor Resort

Part of me is a little mad at Becca Borge for sending this Florida Keys beach wedding our way, but only because I’m beyond jealous of her and all the guests. Because a much, much bigger part of me is obsessed with this wedding – the colors that mimic a perfect Florida sunset, the outdoor locale in plain site of the water, the sweet couple, so in love, at the center… I’m absolutely obsessed!

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From the stunning bride… The Keys have always been a special place for us. It is where we vacation three weeks out of the summer, it is where Brian fly fishes, and where I spent many spring breaks and my college internship. As soon as we were engaged, we knew we would get married in Islamorada, and more specifically, at the Drop Anchor. The inspiration for the day was the beauty and history of the Keys and the old Florida style of the Drop Anchor. We wanted our decor to be an extension of the natural beauty surrounding us, so we created our own tablescapes that had multiple textures with the manzanita branches, sand colored burlap runners ,which we made, and ivory tablecloths, and we used rich colors in the loose flowers and succulents to continue the vibrant color palette the Drop Anchor provided as a backdrop. The bridesmaids gowns provide that “pop” of color to compliment the beauty of the ocean. The Keys, especially Isalmorada, also has a rich fishing history and with Brian being an avid saltwater angler, we wanted to incorporate an old nautical feel to the day. We used old lobster traps and netting on our cocktail table, brought in an old driftwood boat to display for drinks, and used copper and gold mercury glass lanterns and votive holders to give the tables a soft romantic feel.

For another layer of fun we our photobooth as another DIY element, where we incorporated a huge Polaroid cut out. My mother has always been a wonderful seamstress and made my birdcage veil and our flower girl’s dress. Brian made all the fishing flies for the boutonnieres.

We both grew up with our fathers owning and running small businesses and when we are at home we try to always support local small businesses, so in planning our wedding we wanted to continue that trend. Most of our vendors were small businesses, including our DJ, Videographer, Photographer, Rentals, Caterer, and the Drop Anchor. We brought in flowers and design elements from local Jacksonville Beach small businesses, Liz Stewart Floral Design and MOS. All of our invitations and programs, as well as the groomsmen’s suspenders and ties, and some of the bridesmaid jewelry, were ordered through Etsy.

If we had one element that was incredibly special to us, it would have been the In Memoriam table, where we honored some very special people that were missed greatly that day, including Brian’s father and my stepmother.

Photography: Becca Borge Photography | Cinematography: Adam Pressley Films | Floral Design: Liz Stewart Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Hailey Paige | Bridesmaid Dresses: Alvina Valenta | Catering: Green Turtle | Hair And Makeup: Ciao Bella Salon | DJ: Kiss Me Entertainment | Boutique Resort: Drop Anchor Resort | Bridal Gown Salon : White Magnolia

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Vintage Islamorada Wedding Film

I’m not going to lie, I basically started tearing up during the opening credits of this stunning wedding captured in film by Bridges Cinema. It’s just beautiful in every sense of the word. From the obvious love this couple shares to the sweet moments throughout, this beauty is worth the watch…

From Bridges Cinema TISSUE ALERT!! This is such a beautiful wedding story and we were so honored to be a part of it. When Lindsey first contacted me and told me about her wedding, all the details and how important it was to be able to capture those little moments, we knew it would be special and were thrilled to be a part of this amazing day. Take a deep breath, enjoy the sights and see this story come together in beautiful Islamorada, Florida.

Photography: Chris Glenn Photography | Cinematography: Bridges Cinema | Florist: Parrish Designs Of London | Cinematography : Bridges Cinema

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