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Simple-Chic Floridian Wedding

Sometimes simplicity says it best, and I think that’s the case for this next chic Floridian wedding. The exquisite grounds of Stanahan House painted a perfect backdrop for the Bellissima Bride gown to steal the spotlight – and with its lace details and dramatic train, it definitely did! Catch all the gorgeous details here, in a gallery by Carolina Guzik Photography.


From Carolina Guzik PhotographyThis Wedding was absolutely gorgeous. The decoration was simple, yet exquisite and the Stranahan House was the perfect location for this affair.

Danielle + Ryan didn’t want to see each other prior to the ceremony, so the moment when Danielle walked down the isle was very emotional. She looked perfect on her lace gown and Ryan was moved to tears.

After their ceremony we spent some time together getting some stunning romantic images both around the grounds of the Stranahan House and The Riverside Hotel.

I loved the fact that Danielle wore the gold rosary of her late grandma around her bouquet, and that she gave her parents handmade handkerchief with a personal message.

Photography: Carolina Guzik Photography | Floral Design: Victoria Park | Wedding Dress: Bellissima Bridal | Cake: CA Catering | Reception Venue: Stranahan House | Catering: CA Catering | Makeup Artist: Face2Face Studios | DJ: Party Pro DJs | Getting Ready Hotel: Riverside Hotel

Fort Lauderdale Wedding from Jillian Tree Photography

This, my friends, is a wedding that is overflowing with perfection.  A wedding that is sooo stunning and sooo heartwarming, it deserves the description “jaw-droppingly gorgeous.”  And above all of the pretty, pretty details (I’m looking at you, seriously stunning tulips), it’s a wedding that showcases two of the most adorable people you’ll ever have the privilege to meet… and a proposal story that is all sorts of amazing. Dive into the full gallery captured by Jillian Tree Photography.  It’s sooo worth it.


From the Bride… After over 2 years of dating, Kirk and I knew the rest of our lives would be best spent together. So my talented fiance set about the work of writing a song. He played, recorded, layered two guitars and a drum together, writing these words:

Just a few years back, I started talking with you.
I never had thought that you would like me too.
Now I get to see you almost every day.
You look so fine, and I have to say:
You’re so very special, truly one of a kind.
As a lifelong companion, I will claim you as mine.
You’re one in a million, truly one of a kind.
As a lifelong companion, I will claim you as mine.
For all of life’s journeys, we make a good team.
When I picture the future, you are in every scene.
Gazing at the night sky, the stars, they do not fade.
Let me be the man you vow never to trade.
I love you with all my heart.
And I’ll love you ’til from this life, we part.

With my dad’s blessing given, Kirk took me to the beach one night. On the way, he told me that he had heard a new song on the radio, but said he couldn’t remember the name. I asked about it, what artist? But I received no answers.

While walking along the shore, Kirk paused. He told me that he remembered the song and that he wanted to play it on his phone for me. He then played “One of a Kind,” while hugging me tight. After he got down on one knee and said, “Emily, will you marry me?” What he didn’t know is that the ring box he was holding out was upside down. I stared at that box trying to see the ring. I realize that Kirk was waiting for an answer! The ring didn’t matter. So I said yes!

Our wedding date was May 18th, 2013. Kirk is perfect for me. We compliment each other, by filling in what is lacking in each of us. This love is going to last forever.

Photography: Jillian Tree Photography | Ceremony Venue: First Baptist Church of Cooper City | Music: Grace Coleman

Fort Lauderdale Wedding at the Bonnet House from Kat Braman Photography

It’s a well-known fact that returning from a holiday weekend isn’t always easy, but a beautiful bride with an “aversion to all things boring” and a drop-dead gorgeous Fort Lauderdale wedding can make the transition much, much easier.  Believe you me.  Especially when that wedding happens to be filled to the brim with vibrant hues, succulent-filled lovely from Victoria Park and one breathtaking image after another captured by Kat Braman Photography.  See them all in the full gallery.


From the Bride… I was never the kind of bride who had planned her wedding from when she was a girl, so when I started planning, we made things simple. We wanted our guests to have a good time, our food to be good, pictures memorable, and atmosphere fitting to my husband and I. Since we lived out of town, my parents did the initial scouting of locations. The first place they brought us to check out was the Bonnet House, and from that point on no other venue could compare. From its Floridian and art history roots (my husband is both a history and art buff) to its a rustic and beautifully refreshing setting, we were sold.

With the vivid colors of the Bonnet House as a backdrop and my aversion to all things boring, we went with a color scheme of brilliant purple, yellow, and dark green. After choosing my dress, which had a lace overlay to give the artistic flair of lace without weighing the dress down, I picked out most of my accessories from small artists on Etsy. Hairpieces, belt, and veil were all chosen to highlight but not overpower the dress. The bridesmaids picked their own style of dress from the Dessy After 6 line in African Violet, and the groomsmen rented tuxedos with silver vests from Joseph A Banks.

The rest of our wedding went so smoothly thanks to a handful of wonderful vendors. I’m not the most artistic person, but finding Victoria Park Flowers made it smooth sailing. Steven Turner took my initial thoughts on color scheme and whimsical request to integrate vegetables into the centerpieces and ran with it, turning it into something amazingly vivid and beautiful. I love sunflowers, but know they can be overwhelming, and he made sure to work them in beautifully. Event Bliss came in and made suggestions to make the tent where the reception was held more soft and festive, but overall, we let the beauty of the Bonnet House speak for itself.

All together, a weekend of fun on the beach with our closest friends and relatives, beautiful wedding weather, great food and some breathtaking photos helped make our wedding a great success.

Photography: Kat Braman | Flowers: Victoria Park | Invitations: Paper Niche | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Dessy After 6 Collection in African Violet | Catering: Chez Gourmet | Hair + Makeup: Susana Betancourt | Men's Attire: Jos. A. Bank | Bride's Dress: Jasmine Collection | Decor: Event Bliss Design | Hairpiece Flowers: OliniFloral | Music: Derek Mack Band | Officiants: Rabbis Analia Bortz and Mario Karpuj | Veil: Damselfly Studio | Wedding Location: Bonnet House

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