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Jacksonville Engagement Session from J. Layne Photography

So this is what happens when an uber-stylish duo joins forces with a seriously talented team of photogs and frolics around the gorgeous Jacksonville countryside… pure magic.  A day of drop-dead gorgeous magic, to be exact, complete with towering Spanish Moss trees and one totally adorable puppy.  It’s what we’re calling a love-fest to the extreme and you can see every last glamorous moment captured by J. Layne Photography right here in the full gallery.

From the Bride… My fiance, Michael and I just recently relocated to Florida from New England. Not long after we moved he popped the question on a gorgeous August morning on Atlantic Beach.  He had made engraved dog tags that he secretly placed our our dog’s collar with all of the reasons he wanted to marry me. I just about died!

After MAJOR research we came across the most amazing photographers, Chelsi and Justin, the couple that make up J. Layne Photography. We didn’t get the chance to meet until the night of our engagement photos but within minutes we were all laughing and joking like old friends. I’ve always wanted a “woodsy” feel for our engagement photos with a hint of glam and I knew I wanted to incorporate the amazing Spanish Moss trees in Florida as we don’t have anything even close to that in New England. Chelsi and Justin suggested the most amazing park in our new hometown to shoot and it was exactly what I had pictured!

I was then on the hunt for the perfect outfits as fashion is something we both love. Once I found an amazing black Free People dress I knew that Mike’s slim fit suit, J. Crew buffalo check tie and suspenders would make for the perfect glam fest in the woods! We then (well, I really) shopped for a more casual outfit to tie in some spring colors, as our wedding will be in May of next year. After realizing I had the perfect bright orange skirt in my closet already I went on a hunt for an outfit for Mike to match. Oso, our sharpei/pug mix had to be a part of this special day so we found him an adorable plaid bow tie to wear to complete the look.

We started off walking all through the park and posing in different area’s under the beautiful Spanish moss trees. Towards the end of the session we broke out the Veuve clicquot, and had a little picnic shoot under the fading sun on a pale blue blanket and cozy pillows. We then finished off the champagne with our new friends, Chelsi and Justin and shared stories until the sun went down.

Photography: J. Layne Photography | Makeup: Paulina Perez | Hair: Frangipani Hair Studio | Engagement Session: Rivertown Riverfront Park, FL

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Jacksonville Wedding at Timuquana Country Club from Agnes Lopez

Classically perfect, this wedding at the Timuquana Country Club from Agnes Lopez is the type of soiree that will stand the test of time. And the pictures are proof that a little rain won’t damper your day, it might just make it all that much more lovely. See what I mean right here.

From Agnes Lopez...Lesley and Kyle were married in an afternoon ceremony at St. Marks Episcopal Church, safe from the rainstorm outside, and then continued to Timuquana Country Club for their reception. There were so many beautiful details from the custom straws and signature drinks to the custom lighting and wooden dance floor of reclaimed wood brought in from Charleston. The groom’s cake was modeled after his classic Austin Healey, which they used to speed off into the night.

Photography: Agnes Lopez | Cinematography: Scenecrafters | Event Designer: Ann Evans | Event Planner: Nancy Padgett | Ceremony: St. Mark's Episcopal Church | Reception: Timuquana Country Club | Makeup: Maureen Riley | Lighting: Mark Grandin Events | Band: Shimmer Band | Bridesmaid Hair: Saskia Penland | Hair (Bride + Mother): Antoinette Merchan

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Elegant Jacksonville Wedding at TPC Sawgrass from mak photography

This is the kind of wedding you dream about.  An elegant + sophisticated day that weaves traditional details with a downright glamour that can’t be replicated elsewhere.  A day that mixes soft pink hues with lush, flowing florals from Wilson’s Limited, a breathtaking TPC Sawgrass setting and all kinds of mesmerizing images from mak photography.  Soak it all in right here, right now in the full gallery.


From mak photographyThis is a wedding I photographed at TPC Sawgrass in Jacksonville, Florida. It was SUPER DUPER stylin’. The bride left no detail untouched and the overall effect just oozed timeless elegance, with a little touch of southern (monogrammed cornhole boards during the cocktail hour – so fun!). I loved it because they elevated the traditional church / ballroom wedding to something spectacular. They had a “Cheers, Darling!” theme since the groom’s last name is Darling, white dinner jackets for the guys, and the place itself was beyond picturesque for a total “Jacksonville” style wedding.

From the Bride… Michael and I met in high school and it was one of those instant connections that we often didn’t know what to do with, but eventually realized it was something big. After many, many years we made it official and could not wait to celebrate our wedding with friends and family. We knew we wanted to get married in Jacksonville and have a wedding that was timeless and elegant, and every bit a celebration of our relationship and the town where it blossomed.

It was pretty easy making all the decisions for the wedding. For our ceremony we chose Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in downtown. Being one of the oldest Catholic church’s in north Florida, it has an ornate altar and stunning stained glass windows that were the perfect setting for the classic wedding we wanted. We paid homage to our family history and got married on the same day, same time, and same church that Michael’s parents were married in more than 25 years before. Since we had a summer wedding and had many out of town guests, we decided to take the reception out to the beach to the famed TPC Sawgrass. Their Mediterranean style clubhouse is a perfect blend of old world elegance and modern luxury upscale. It sits right on the 18th green of the famed Stadium Course where THE PLAYERS Championship ends so it is about as Jacksonville as it comes and as classic as the wedding I had always dreamed of. (Michael sometimes makes fun of me because I always talk about how simple things were before and how great it would have been to live in the 50′s.)

From the classic Rolls Royce to the Motown band, everything just seemed to fall into place with our vision. My dress was by Rivini and had French tulle and a French Chantilly lace blouse for a more traditional look. My veil had a matching lace trim and I wore a blusher for my walk down the aisle, while also carrying a prayer book that has been in my mother’s family since 1896. My gold sparkly Jimmy Choos were a little punch of modern. My bridal party wore soft blush Monique Lhullier gowns in different styles and I gave them coordinating jewelry by Sonya Renee. All of our florals were creams and whites. Our reception space and church florals were peonies, garden roses and hydrangeas and accented by candlelight in different style containers and hand lettered number signs on the dinner tables. The overall effect was so glamorous, but simple and elegant. We had an artist create a custom illustrated map of our wedding weekend that also incorporated significant places in our lives, like where we went to school, where we are honeymooning, etc. It was included in our welcome pack, but also on display at our guest book table. Even the name change found a place in the wedding! I would soon be taking the last name Darling, and so we decided to play that up at the wedding and incorporate a “Cheers, Darling!” theme, which lent itself perfectly to the day.

We were overwhelmed with the amount of love and support from our family and friends on our special day. It was the perfect day to kick start our new life together!

Photography: mak photography | Wedding Dress: Rivini | Floral Design: Wilson’s Limited | Reception Venue: TPC Sawgrass | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Event Planner: Christina Kreations | Hair: Grazyna Mercado | Band: The Voltage Brothers | Bridesmaids’ Jewelry: Sonya Renee | Bridesmaids’ Shoes: Vince Camuto | Church: Immaculate Conception Catholoic Church | Illustrations: Sarah Hanna | Makeup: Carrie Wilson | Place Cards + Table Numbers: Addressing Ink | Welcome Packet + Program + Menus: Pearl Beach Paperie

Jacksonville Wedding from Agnes Lopez Photography

Weddings can do a number on my mood, always in the positive direction. They can make me happy, giddy, so in love, romantic… the list goes on. But weddings like this one from Agnes Lopez Photography make me sigh. And smile. It’s like a mini vacation (fitting, since this Jacksonville locale is beyond beautiful) to get me through my afternoon. The whole gallery is, simply, refreshing.

Country Club

From the photographer… Margaret and Chris were married at Timuquana Country Club in an outdoor ceremony by the water with a lovely view of downtown Jacksonville.

I knew they were a fun loving couple from the time I spent with them for their engagement shoot, and I loved watching Chris make Margaret laugh through out the night.

Photography: Agnes Lopez Photography | Ceremony & Reception: Timuquana Country Club | Wedding Planner: Nancy Padgett | Flowers: Arlene’s Designs | Hair: Saskia Penland | Makeup: Kimtasha | Cake: For the Love of Cake | Ceremony Music: Wehner Weddings | Reception Music: The Faze Band | Video: First Beach Productions

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Surprise Jacksonville Wedding from Alex Michele Photography

I love surprises… and I happen to consider myself a master at keeping said surprises secret.  But, a surprise wedding?  That’s a whole new level of secret keeping.  One that these two Jacksonville sweeties managed to pull off with flying colors, and the help of some behind-the-scenes friends and family.  The result?  A day that was chock-full of pretty (see: beautiful blooms from Shea Hopely Flowers + a plethora of gorgeous images from Alex Michele Photography) and one shocked face after another.  Oh, and did I mention that even their engagement was a secret?  Awesome.  Join me in the gallery for more.


From the Bride… My inspiration for our wedding came from our relationship – we have always been a very romantic “lovey-dovey,” but yet private couple and I wanted our wedding to reflect that. So, we decided to have a “surprise” wedding. The only people who knew were my mom and Adam’s brother (who officiated), so unlike most brides I didn’t have a lot of people to rely on. But since our wedding was also very small, it was actually really easy to plan. The hardest part was choosing the details because there are so many options since the invention of Pinterest. Our small group of (behind the scenes) helpers and vendors were amazing though. The night before the wedding we were all working on the final details together, and it was so much fun seeing it come together with them. Although having a surprise wedding is unconventional to most, we ended up doing it because we didn’t want the fuss and stress that usually comes along with planning a traditional wedding. And we got just that!

We decided to get married in our brand new home we just purchased together. The front yard was absolutely perfect! It has this GORGEOUS, classic Florida old oak tree with sweeping branches. How much more romantic could you be? We even incorporated that into our “thumb print guest book” as the artist painted our tree exactly how it was. The flowers were my favorite expression of that romantic feeling. Shea Hopely Florals has amazing taste and made the most beautiful arrangements I’ve ever seen. She really understood the “modern romantic” feeling that I wanted to convey and she executed it perfectly. We also decided to include our precious puppies in the pictures. They are like our kids and we knew we wanted them to be as much a part of the day as our guests were! Adam and I opted for doing a first look, so that all of our pictures were finished before our special guests arrive. The ceremony set-up was in our home so when our “guests” arrived they really had no idea until they actually saw us! In fact, no one even knew we were engaged! I hadn’t worn my ring this entire time. When our “guests” arrived, they thought they were coming for a housewarming party and to witness Adam’s proposal to me. Everyone was so happy though when they opened the door seeing us in our bridal gear – they all knew we would do something unique and totally unconventional like this. It ended up working out great! Our photographer was on point capturing all the candid moments, as that was so important to us, since after all it was so different that a usual wedding.

My favorite part of our wedding was getting to marry the love of my life! As far as the details are concerned, having only 20 guests who were our closest family was very warm and intimate, and it made the whole day so enjoyable and fun. I couldn’t imagine any other way to get married – it was perfect for us. And the best part was that it was executed perfectly without stress and strict timelines.

My advice for brides is to do what makes you happy. Your wedding day is not about pleasing your guests or throwing the best party in the world – it’s about celebrating your relationship and the love you have for each other. If your wedding is a reflection of that then it will be perfect.

Wedding Photography: Alex Michele Photography | Wedding Venue: Family Home in Jacksonville, Florida | Floral Design: Shea Hopely Flowers | Officiant: Groom’s Brother | Catering: Catering by Liz | Wedding Cake + Dessert: Publix | Wedding Dress: Modern Trousseau via The White Magnolia | Bride’s Shoes: Nine West | Groom’s Attire: Banana Republic | Groom’s Shoes: Rockport | Hair: Hair by Christian

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Rooftop Dinner Shoot from Jennifer Blair Photography

After the big day comes lots and lots of anniversaries with your sweetie and what better way to celebrate than with some sweet rooftop feting? Jennifer Blair Photography teamed up with Perfectly Taylor’d and Flowers by Shirley Page for a gorgeous skyline dinner built for two. Technically this is inspiration for a wedding but we thought it perfect for an anniversary shindig, maybe an uber romantic date night or incorporating friends and having an intimate dinner party under the stars. The blush colored sparkle mixed with succulents and just the right amount of twinkle lights; it makes for a party done so, so right. Catch it all right here.

From Jennifer Blair PhotographyThis session was birthed from my life-long love affair with my hometown, Jacksonville. The beautiful St. Johns River runs right through downtown and frames the blue skyline so well. For this session, I wanted to take advantage of my gorgeous city by creating a chic rooftop affair. I loved the idea of creating a soft, romantic feel in such an urban environment. Once I found the Badgley Mischka gown, I knew we were headed in the right direction. The fabulous, gold, sparkling gown was contrasted with green succulents, whites and soft tones. For the table, we incorporated neutrals, gold accents and simple floral designs to give a romantic feel. Over the table for two we built a canopy of hanging lights and flowing tulle. What could be more romantic than a dinner under string lights on a rooftop? (It is definitely a look that can be recreated by DIY-savvy brides! Plus, I was able to build it by myself.) As the sun began to drop, our couple danced the night away under the city lights. That beautiful dress sparkled even more as the sun began to fade. 

Photography: Jennifer Blair Photography / Photo Shoot Venue: Museum of Science and History in Jacksonville, Florida / Floral Design: Flowers by Shirley Page / Event Design: Perfectly Taylor’d / Event Planning: Jennifer Blair / Cake: Christine Andreae / Invitations: Create Like Crazy Design Studio / Dress: Badgley Mischka / Hair: Kim of Salon 210 / Models: Jordan + Chris Brantley

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