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Amelia Island Wedding from Julie Paisley Photography

You may want to take a deep breath because this wedding is about to knock your socks off with its gorgeous detail and creativity! And the images by Julie Paisley Photography? I could literally stare at them all.day.long. It took some serious discipline to not show you each and every image from this insanely gorgeous gallery. My absolute favorite part of this pretty day has to be the dessert spread of homemade cookies and milk. Beyond adorable. See that and so much more right here in the full gallery.

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From Julie Paisley PhotographyKaitlyn and her mom put their heart and soul into planning this wedding. All the decor and flowers were handmade and crafted with love. Even several family members contributed to making their favorite cookies for the milk and cookie bar. Another cute and different aspect was that  Kaitlyn hates high heels so she had special made Keds for her and her bridesmaids. I never once heard anyone complain about their feet hurting that night! Kaitlyn and Justin are very strong in their faith, and her father, who is a minister, married them. So many heart-touching moments occurred during this wedding — I must admit, I cried a lot! The wedding took place on beautiful Amelia Island, Florida, at Walker’s Landing at The Omni Plantation. Beautiful couple and it was joy to photograph.

Wedding Photography: Julie Paisley Photography / Wedding Venue: Walker’s Landing at Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort in Amelia Island, Florida / Wedding Decor: DIY / Cupcakes: Bliss Cupcakery & More / Wedding Dress: David’s Bridal / Bride’s Shoes: Keds

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Fort George Island Wedding by Szarmack Photography

This blue and white wedding is so fresh and pretty, I could stare at it all.day.long. I love how it’s traditional yet playful, and there’s just a hint of whimsy, which, in my opinion, every wedding totally needs. Szarmack Photography captured all the lovely details down to the fun striped ribbon on the bride’s bouquet. Want to see more? I don’t blame you one bit! Click right here.

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From the Bride… Alex and I got engaged in May 2011. Having met in law school in Tallahassee, Florida, we knew we wanted to be married in northern Florida. The Ribault Club was an easy choice as it was my dream wedding venue. I love the plantation feel and also liked that we were able to get married in a state park and historical destination. We also chose Fort George Island because of its proximity to Jacksonville. I have a lot of out-of-town family and friends, and we wanted it to be easy for them to travel to the wedding. Additionally, Alex is from Atlantic Beach and his family (and grandparents) lives there, so it was nice to have people familiar with the city during the planning process.

Alex was the best groom a girl could ask for and was helpful and involved in every decision. He even thought up a very special and unique idea for our table numbers. During our first year of dating (about a year before we got engaged), we traveled to Germany and Poland together. We both adore traveling, and Alex came up with the idea of taking a “proposal photo” in every city we visited together as a fun memory from our travels. I collected various white frames to hold the photos, and we named each table after the city in the photo. Some of the cities were: Nashville, Gainesville, Krakow, Berlin, Seaside, and Vail. It was actually hard to narrow it down to 11 photos because we had so many more from our travels!

I have always dreamed of planning my wedding day, and knew I wanted to be highly involved in the design and decision-making, so we hired a day-of coordinator at our venue to run the show and make sure everything went smoothly. We were really happy with this decision because while we still felt in charge of the look of our wedding, we didn’t have to worry about a thing on the big day! Since we were on a budget, I did a lot of DIY projects for decorations and recruited my wonderful friends and bridesmaids for help! We made sure that all of our details were the same color scheme and style to stay cohesive. We worked really hard to choose vendors that we felt were talented and fit our style, but were affordable because we had to stay on our budget. One way we saved money was by working with the florist to come up with creative options to reuse flowers from the ceremony to the reception. I also found lanterns that I filled and surrounded with candles for some of the table centerpieces. Another way we saved money was by purchasing all of our invitations online, rather than at a stationery shop. We also found our band at a bar in Jacksonville Beach on my birthday. By not hiring a “wedding band” we saved thousands of dollars and had an incredible band that our guests loved.

Finding the looks for ourselves and the wedding party was a cinch! We knew we wanted the groomsmen to wear navy blue and the bridesmaids to wear seersucker dresses in the classic seersucker blue color. I found two lines of bridesmaid dresses that could be made in seersucker and chose the one my bridesmaids liked best. I let them choose the neckline and skirt of the dresses so they’d feel comfortable. We then found a perfectly matching seersucker pattern at The Tie Bar and bought all the bow ties, pocket squares, and ties for our dads and grandfather. Alex also found complementary-colored argyle socks for his groomsmen, while I had my bridesmaids accessorize with pearls to look similar to me.

Wedding Photography: Adam Szarmack of Szarmack Photography / Wedding Venue: The Ribault Club in Fort George Island, Florida / Floral Design: Lynette Self of Rose of Sharon / Wedding Day Coordination: Lorna Meehan + Chrissy Sladek of The Ribault Club / Officiant: Rev. Gabe Goodman / Wedding Cinematography: Pure Life Videos / Catering: Rachel Deremer of The Perfect Pear Catering Co. / Wedding Cake: Angie Roberts of Angie’s Cakes / Groom’s Cake: Mindy Stover of Stover’s Custom Cakes / Ceremony Music: Jordan Mixson + Brittany Maroney / Reception Music: Cloud Nine / Mr. and Mr. Signs, “Eat Cake and Be Married” Bunting, Moss Monogram, Programs, Cocktail & Bathroom Napkin Embossing, Thank You Photo + Outside Table Decor: DIY / Dance Floor + Cake Stand: Beachview Event Rentals & Design / Lighting: Wayne McCoy / Transportation: Tommy Entenza / Wedding Dress: Christos via CC’s Boutique / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: LulaKate via Bella Bridesmaid / Groomsmen’s Tuxedos: Black Tie Formals / Men’s Ties, Bow Ties + Pocket Squares: The Tie Bar

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Jacksonville Wedding by Jamie Fender Photography

I’m a serious lover of all things rustic chic – and when you throw a fabulous barn into the mix, I’ve been known to go a little crazy.  So, when I first spotted this drop dead gorgeous Jacksonville wedding, well… I fell head over heels in 5 seconds flat.  The glorious DIY details, stunning Monique Lhuillier and pretty blue hues are all kinds of fabulous… and the beautiful images snapped up by Jamie Fender Photography? Swoon, swoon, swoon.  See so much more of the day right here.

From the Bride… Our ceremony and reception took place at The Keeler Property in Jacksonville, Florida. It was the very first (and last) venue we visited, and I knew within the first few minutes that it would be the perfect place for a wedding full of rustic elegance. I come from a crafty family who loves DIY projects, so we added as many handmade personal touches as we could. Some of my favorites: my mom and I jarred our homemade strawberry jam while a wonderful family friend made and jarred his famous blueberry BBQ sauce, which we offered as wedding favors. My Dad hand-crafted planters for foliage that were dispersed throughout the property, as well as cake and pie stands for the dessert table. We even brewed our very own beer for the wedding. The brewing sessions were an engagement gift from a group of close friends and family members. The process of brewing, bottling and labeling was one of the highlights of the planning process leading up to the wedding.

A very dear, long-time family friend helped us exchange vows on the covered bridge where fresh herbs and mason jars lined the window frames. White blossoms and crisp greenery truly complemented the natural beauty of the day. The different shades of blue were gorgeous on the girls, and the boys looked dapper in their khaki linen suits. The cool colors and the flowing fabrics fit our laid-back lifestyle, as well as the rustic outdoorsy setting. After the ceremony, a short stroll across the bridge led to the barn, the band kicked off the party, and the guests had their first chance to sample our home brew and feast on a buffet of mouthwatering BBQ. It was the perfect night, and we truly could not have asked for anything more.

Wedding Photography: Jamie Fender Photography / Wedding Venue: The Keeler Property in Jacksonville, Florida / Floral Design: Floriade Florist / Catering: Blue Water Bay / Wedding Cake: Publix / Band: Freudian Slip / Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier / Hair + Makeup: Heather Linero + Vanessa Bennett / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Amsale / Groom’s Suit: Calvin Klein

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Amelia Island Wedding by JulieCate Photography

Well, if this isn’t the prettiest little wedding I’ve seen all day! Cheery sunflowers, mix-matched bridesmaids in tones of grey and a bride and groom so utterly in love make for one simply gorgeous event as seen through the lens of JulieCate Photography.  Be sure to read this adorable bride’s heartfelt wedding day story after you’ve taken a good long stroll through the full gallery!

From the Bride… A little after 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 28th, the love of my life married me. In front of our family and friends, we cried, laughed, prayed, said some words that are now our vows, and BEST of all — kissed. It was the best day of my life. The day started with me and my gals getting ready and joking about funny memories over a few cocktails. On the other side of town, there was a group of men who stumbled into an Irish bar and after awhile, one of the me, decided it was time for him to get married. One trolley ride later, that man was waiting inside a church wondering where a certain girl was and what she was doing. Me, the certain girl, was doing the finishing touches of my makeup and hugging my dad, awaiting my walk down the aisle. Finally, I made it down the aisle and stood next to my fiance. Twenty three minutes later, I was standing next to my husband. Then, the church bell rang, and then the fun really began! Our guests took a ride in a trolley while listening to an amazing fiddle player, and then they arrived at The Florida House Inn. The night was followed with A LOT of dancing, good food and great drinks. At one point in the night, I was standing on the stage, while our band’s fiddler played “Devil Went Down to Georgia” with his fiddle in between my legs.  If this sounds crazy to you — you had to be there! At the end of the night, my husband and I left the reception with all of our friends and family cheering as we drove away. The rest of our life then began — which of course started with us eating everything in sight — because we were, by that time, completely starving. All the advice we received before the wedding about taking time to eat at our reception was clearly a fail. Honestly, I don’t even remember being hungry that day — until I finally sat down in our hotel. Anyway, at the end of everything, I wouldn’t have changed a thing — my wedding really was my fairytale that came true. And everyday since continues to be the best day of my life. :)

Wedding Photography: JulieCate Photography / Ceremony: First Presbyterian Church in Fernandina Beach, Florida / Reception + Floral Design: The Florida House Inn in Fernandina Beach, Florida / Transportation: Amelia Island Trolleys / Wedding Dress: Romona Keveza / Bride’s Shoes: Elehandmade / Hair: Anjeza Durollari / Makeup: Simply Makeup Artists / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Amsale

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Jacksonville Styled Bridal Shoot at The Museum by Flora + Fauna

You know what’s better than a sunny Monday morning?  A sunny Monday morning spent swooning over bundles upon bundles of beyond gorgeous inspiration, all courtesy of the ever-amazing Flora + Fauna and Forever Sacred Events.  Yep, that’s right.  An entire day of styled session goodness lies before us and we have a fab vintage vibe and downright beautiful blooms by The Floral Emporium II to thank.  A warm summer day, clear blue skies and PRETTY as far as the eye can see?  Yes, please.  Click here for more.

From Flora + Fauna… The Museum, which was previously known as the Koger Gallery, was an art gallery from the mid-1960s until 2001. Sadly, in 2001, The Koger Gallery was abandoned and stood alone for over ten years. However, it was recently renovated and opened to the public. The Museum is filled with amazing architecture and accented with local artwork from Florida. We appreciate that this new wedding venue has history; we absolutely loved photographing this styled session in The Museum.

Photography: Jenn + Derrek Sullivan of Flora + Fauna / Photo Shoot Venue: The Museum in Jacksonville, Florida / Event Planning + Design: Cheryl Abbott of Forever Sacred Events / Floral Design: The Floral Emporium II / Cupcakes: CamiCakes / Wedding Cake: The Cake Shop of San Jose / Wardrobe Styling: Michael McDaniel / Wedding Dresses: Ruche Bridal / Bride’s Hair Accessory: Southern Crossing Antique Mall / Hair: Natalie Restrepo of Makeup by Paulina Perez / Makeup: Cathee Molina of Hello CatheeMakeup by Paulina Perez

Ponte Vedra Beach Wedding by Gwendolyn Tundermann Photography

Today is a good day, SMPers.  A very, very good day.  And the reason?  This drop dead gorgeous, stop.you.in.your.tracks Ponte Vedra Beach soiree.  From the stunning ceremony to the fabulous details (here’s looking at you, striped straws!) to a bride and groom who will warm your hearts with some serious love, this is a wedding you will NEVER get enough of.  Thank goodness Gwendolyn Tundermann Photography was on hand to capture all the lovely, because the gallery?  It’s amazing.  See it all here.

From the Bride… I was born and raised in Manila, Philippines, and little did I know that I would meet the man of my dreams halfway around the world. Mike and I met at the town center parking lot when I almost bumped him with my car trying to get to a parking spot. I can see his red face as he stood to see who was driving. Nervous, I got out of my car to apologize. His red face turned into a smile and instead said, “The least you can do is to go to dinner with me.” I did, and the rest was history. We have been inseparable since.

We bought my gown on the first day we went shopping and in the first shop we went to – Sharon Batten Bridal Atelier at Ponte Vedra. It was by Vera Wang. The moment I laid eyes on it I knew it was the one. The details and petals at the back were gorgeous and I knew it will be perfect for our garden wedding. Mike wore a tux by Calvin Klein. The groomsmen also wore tuxes by Calvin Klein with pink and blue striped ties from Nordstrom, while the bridesmaids wore dresses from Bari Jay with matching champagne-colored shoes. I wanted an intimate wedding that had that romantic garden wedding feel to it. As soon as Mike and I saw Palm Valley Gardens, we knew we found the perfect place for us. The cocktail table centerpieces mimiced the reception decor with white drapes and huge, hanging, lighted twig balls. A friend designed the escort cards that sat atop vintage boxes filled with baby’s breath. She also designed the table names with “love” in different languages, along with the place cards that reflect the crochet lace corset that was used on all the reception centerpieces. Our family and friends helped a lot in getting all these details done. I also had help from Cassie of Flaire Weddings and Events the week of the wedding. She made sure everything was executed perfectly and coordinated all of the vendors.  

Mike and I come from very different background so we wanted to incorporate both our traditions into our wedding. Mike is of American-German-Dutch-Indonesian descent while I am of Filipino descent. With the help of our families and internet research, we were able to include traditions such as the veil, cord, candle and fabric ceremony. We also had the wish tree which is a Dutch tradition. My uncle and a dear family friend officiated the wedding ceremony. They had customized the program to highlight not just the union between Mike and I but also with his kids – Bruce,  Mikayla and Matt. Ceremony and cocktail music were provided by a string quartet and a wonderful DJ during the dinner/dancing. Our moms made the flower girl baskets and the ring bearer pillow. Among the other details we had at the wedding included Cuban cigar roller during the cocktail and reception which was a huge hit. Signature pink and blue cocktail drinks, cookie bar that includes Madeleines and French Macarons in cream and pink colors, a coffee and cocoa bar and honey favors were among the other details. Later in the evening sliders were served to our danced-out guests.  

Wedding Photography: Gwendolyn Tundermann Photography / Wedding Venue: Palm Valley Gardens in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida (Now Closed) / Wedding Coordination: Flaire Weddings and Events / Floral Design: Lori Parker / Wedding Officiants: Rev. Liberato Bautista + Rev. Patti Augustin-Smith / Wedding Cinematography: Take One Productions / Catering: Chef’s Garden / Wedding Cake: Metro Custom Cakes / Bar Service: Melissa Kilpatrick of Catered Cocktails (cateredcocktails@comcast.net) / Wedding Invitations + Stationery: Craftmaster Invitations (craftmasterinvitations@gmail.com) / Table Names, Escort Cards + Place Card Design: Madge Arafol of Her MADGEsty (A Friend of the bride) / Ring Bearer Pillows + Flower Baskets: Lucy Bautista (The Mother of the Bride) / Crochet Ribbons + Garter: Elise Van Jaarsveld (The Mother of the Groom) / Ceremony + Cocktail Hour Music: Jacksonville String Quartet (jaxstringquartet@gmail.com) / DJ: Bouquet Sounds / Cigar Roller: JC the Cuban Cigar Roller / Honey Favors: E&M Gold Beekeepers + Personalization by the Bride & The Mother of the Groom / Wedding Dress: Vera Wang / Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Bari Jay / Hair: Casey Powell / Makeup: Amanda Hopcraft / Groom’s Tuxedo: Calvin Klein / Groom’s Shoes: Cole Haan / Groomsmen’s Tuxedos: Men’s Wearhouse / Groomsmen’s Ties: Nordstrom

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