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Glamorous Ballroom Wedding in Naples, Florida

KT Merry and glamorous beach weddings go together like sequins and tulle; quite the delicious combo. Now pair her images with florals and decor by 50Fifty Creative Services, and planning by LUCIA PAUL Weddings + Events, for a shindig that is the prettiest mingling of sand and glamour. And you would never guess that the weather forced this couple to go with plan C. See it right here.

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Fall
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Modern

From Meghan Detweiler of LUCIA PAUL Weddings + Events… I was honored to be a part of Lindsay and Scott’s destination wedding in Naples, FL. From the very beginning, Lindsay had a very clear idea of what she wanted her wedding to look and feel like: clean and modern with a few small elements of Florida. Lindsay and Scott both really had their heart set on a beach ceremony however, due to beach renourishments and bad weather, we had to change the ceremony location three times within two months. But the third time was definitely the charm! With an amazing group of vendors and supportive parents, what was plan C was decided on and executed in a matter of days and felt Lindsay & Scott’s plan A. From the romantic draped ballroom ceremony all in white to the white and silvery blue reception space, it was definitely a night to remember for all!

From the Bride, Lindsay… Scott and I have dated for over 7 years. We live in Manhattan but have always shared a love of warm weather, sun and sand. When Scott finally popped the question, we both knew we wanted to celebrate our big weekend with a beachside ceremony in Naples, Florida. Naples is home for my parents and I have been enjoying the beautiful beaches there since I was a little girl. Our goal was to create a fun, destination weeding for our family and friends to enjoy a weekend away from the cold.

As we began planning, Style Me Pretty was a fantastic resource to research vendors and find style details that I wanted to incorporate into our overall aesthetic. I could not have been more pleased with the team that we put together (see all of our vendors below)! 50 Fifty Floral was able to completely transform my many, many mood boards into a capiz shell and orchid filled dream. We could not wait to see all of our family and friends gather on the beach at the Waldorf Astoria for our sunset ceremony. The day before our wedding, however, the unpredictable Florida weather took a turn for the worse. Rain was imminent, and we had to make a last minute decision to move our ceremony set up inside the hotel.

The last minute change in plans was stressful, but the end result was absolutely stunning. 50 Fifty was able to create a gorgeous, romantic setting inside the hotel. The room absolutely glowed! They even incorporated small details such as bringing sand into the room as part of the décor. Although inside, we were still “on the beach.” Fortunately, we had a break in weather and were able to shoot all of our first look photos on the beach. We were even lucky enough to have a rainbow in our background!

Photography: KT Merry Photography | Videographer: VH Video | Event Planning: Meghan Detweiler Of LUCIA PAUL Weddings + Events | Cake: Ella's Cakes | Stationary: Paper Presence | Wedding Invitations: Arabesque Of Naples | Ceremony Venue: Waldorf Astoria Naples | Reception Venue: Royal Poinciana Golf Club | Brides Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Hair: John Spencer | Lighting: KCTecs Pro Lighting & Sound | Ceremony Music: Vanderbilt Strings | Bride's Gown: Reem Acra | Ceremony Draping: Swag Decor | Cocktail Hour Linens: Over The Top | Cocktail Hour Music: Resort Talent And Entertainment | Dessert: Kilwins Of Naples | Flowers And Decor: 50Fifty Creative Services | Makeup : Brandi Perkins | Photo Booth: Bash Booths | Reception Linens: Nuage Designs | Reception Music: Powerhouse | Transportation: Dolphin Transportation

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Naples Wedding at The Club at the Strand

So technically this wedding is not all white… it’s champagne, gold, peach, and coral, but the overall white out effect is my absolute favorite. Nothing is better than a bright and cheery white wedding (at least in my book) and with Botanicals on the Gulf behind the stunning blooms, this wedding from Maria Angela Photography is tops. Absolute tops.


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Summer
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Country Club

From the beautiful bride… After moving to DC for my first job as a Special Education Teacher, I decided to have a high school reunion at my apartment. My friend Megan attended and invited her college friend, Jeff, who unbeknownst to me lived less than a mile away. Jeff couldn’t decline an 8:1 girl to guy ratio party! Although it was great meeting him, my attention was on my girlfriends that I hadn’t seen in months. Two dozen roses were sent to my apartment the following week!

I thought I was gaining a great friendship but wasn’t interested in getting involved in a relationship. After a persistent Jeff tried for a month to get me to go out on a date with him, I finally agreed. After just a few dates, we were inseparable. Jeff was traveling for work consulting every Monday-Thursday, but that didn’t stop us. I would pick him up from the airport every Thursday night and we were together until his flight every Monday morning. In just a few short months we knew our relationship would be forever.

About a year later Jeff and I planned a wonderful vacation to Key West, Florida. After visiting Jeff’s parents in Naples, Florida, we hopped into the convertible and headed to beautiful Key West. On our first night there, we went on the Wind and Wine Sunset Sail amid the warm tropical Caribbean waters of the Florida Keys making the evening an unforgettable start to a memorable night! After the romantic Sunset Sail, Jeff guided me to the Sunset Pier where we walked to the end and he got down on one knee! It was the most magical night of our lives!

The beginning phases of planning were definitely not the easiest. Jeff and I moved to Atlanta, my parents live in New York, and Jeff’s parents live in Florida. To top it off we were planning an interfaith wedding on a budget for a summer date. While the tradition to wed where the bride was raised seemed natural, NY was our first stop. Extremely high summer rates and a picky bride and groom left us without an agreement. The search continued in Atlanta and finally while visiting Jeff’s parents in Naples, Florida the search ended. We looked at the beautiful Club at the Strand. The romantic Botanical Gardens were just one of the selling points for us! We knew we wanted to marry on site and this was perfect! The gold tones, helpful coordinators, and flexible packages were exactly what we were looking for!

Our day was picture perfect. As my good listening husband says, “Our wedding colors were champagne and gold with POPS of peach and coral.” I was looking for the clean and elegant look with a bit of vintage inspirations. We kept floral arrangements elegant and simple with Kevin from Botanicals on the Gulf who blew me away. The teacher in me got creative with some DIY projects. I created fan programs to match our invitations, place cards in wine corks, a guest photobook, and hangers with the bridal party’s names bent in wire. Some other special touches I included were hotel gift bags for our out of town guests (98% of the guests), pictures of our parents and grandparents on their wedding day, monogrammed block letters, a fun lantern for our cards, monogrammed golf balls for our favors, and my favorite, pictures of Jeff and I posing with wooden numbers that were mounted in wine corks in vintage candle holders for our table numbers.

There are so many amazing memories, from walking down the aisle, to our first kiss as Mr. and Mrs., and being completely surprised with a top matching wedding band during the exchange of rings, but one of my favorite memories was after the wedding, back at the suite. No, not what you’re thinking! It was drinking a bottle of champagne in our wedding attire lounging on our suite balcony just reminiscing and reflecting on how perfect our night was! Thanks to Maria Angela Photography we have amazing photographs to continue reminiscing for many years to come!

Photography: Maria Angela Photography | Florist: Botanicals On The Gulf | Cake: Mikkelsen's Bakery | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Hair: Salon Tease | DJ: DJ Ceron | Bridal Store: Loretta's Bridal Boutique | Country Club: The Club At The Strand | Dress Designer: Maggie Sottero | Makeup: Faces By Frohmberg

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Port Royal Wedding from Margaret Events + Trenholm Photography

I am obsessed with this wedding. First, I fell in love with this Bride’s Monique Lhuillier stunner of a gown. And then? Well, then I just fell head over heels with every thing else in this vintage yet elegant piece of wedding perfection. So perfect in fact, I want to reach through my computer screen and hug Margaret Events for bringing us such a beauty. It’s simply beyond from the first image snapped up by Trenholm Photography to the last, and it’s all sitting pretty right here.

From Margaret... Jena and Brad’s wedding was an absolute dream. It was a lavish event combining ageless vintage and elegant modern touches with ease. The entire affair took place on the Bride’s Grandfather’s private Port Royal estate. The Groom and his Groomsmen readied themselves in the Guesthouse and the Bride and her attendants in the main house, all overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. Being married in her Grandfather’s home was just the beginning of the small and intimate details that made this day so special.

The ceremony took place on a small island in the center of the property accessible only by an ornate red bridge. The entire wedding party crossed the bridge to stand under a beautiful archway built between two trees utilizing honeysuckle and grape vine with blush, white and green clusters and garlands of hydrangea, roses, orchids, astilbe, ranunculus with a beautiful crystal chandelier in the middle. The guests sat on farm chairs and benches interspersed with vintage wing backed chairs, assuring comfort for older family members during the exchanging of the vows. All watched from the shore under flowing fabric canopies holding delicate lace parasols and waving lace fans to keep cool and shade the sun.

The cocktail hour had the guests moving to the north side of the property where musicians played in the teahouse overlooking the koi ponds and aviaries. Games such as croquet, horseshoes and customized corn hole were played as the couples’ 165 guests watched the sun set over the Gulf and sipped signature drinks called ‘2200’created and named by Jena’s attendants at her bridal shower.

As dinner bells chimed, guests made their way to a 50′ by 120′ clear-sided tent complete with twelve crystal chandeliers to have an amazing meal served–  and dance the night away to a 9-piece band. Jena and Brad were very specific about the tables not all looking the same. They had 3 acrylic kings tables with paloma lace runners, half of the round tables had tulle underlay with ivory matte satin overlays and the other half of the round tables had ivory matte satin underlay with paloma lace overlays. Each setting had a Riedel crystal charger with a round menu underneath so the guests could read the menu after each course was cleared. On top of the charger was a customized place card containing a message from the bride and groom that they had made a donation in their guest’s honor to either St. Jude’s if the guest was from the USA or to POGO if the guest was from Canada. The centerpieces had crystal candelabras or candlesticks with ivory, blush and white flowers around Manzanita branches with draping pearls.

To add to the special touches the couple arranged for a sitting area outside of the tent filled with overstuffed couches and vintage wing back chairs where guests could spend time in a photo booth creating video messages to the bride and groom, or sit in comfort as they had custom cigars rolled by artisan’s hands complete with personalized wrappers.

Concern for their guests as they were leaving was evident as Jena and Brad offered “one for the road” with personalized mini bottles of tequila as favors and custom “hangover recovery kits”. Jena and Brad were the last to leave the property, hanging on and cherishing every last moment of their dream wedding.

From the Bride… The location and setting of our “somewhat” destination wedding truly brought our two worlds together, which had been a common denominator throughout our entire relationship. Brad and I had been living in Canada (where I am from) for the last four years, but before I dragged this Floridian to Canada, we met in Florida where I had been attending university. So, when we got engaged, it felt natural for us to have our wedding in Florida, and when my grandfather offered for us to be married at his estate in Naples we both felt like we were getting married “at home”. We were overwhelmed by the love of our family and friends who flew in from four countries and many states to share in our big day.

Being blessed with the beautiful scenery and landscape of my grandfather’s grounds allowed my vision to come alive; a vision of soft vintage elegance, with a modern twist. We were able to put a personal twist on so many traditional elements of a wedding ceremony, by having our ceremony on an island with guests looking on from across the pond, while Anna Wilson’s soulful voice sang, “Can I walk with you.” I entered from my secret doorway in my blush pink wedding dress, holding my bouquet embellished with my grandmother’s wedding necklace and brooches, my father walked me down the path, leading to the bridge, where Brad met us halfway.

While Brad and I snuck off to the pier to take photos, our guests enjoyed the Anna Wilson trio, played corn hole and ate designer donuts, while sipping on our completely personal and customized signature drink, which was created and named– 2200 (to signify the address of our wedding) by four close family and friends at my bridal shower.

It was so important for us to be able to turn our perfect day into a memorable event for all our family and friends and with the countless hours of assistance from our wedding planner, Margaret, I think my incessant need for detail paid off! Every element of our reception tent overlooking the Gulf of Mexico captured the vintage elegance I had envisioned. I kept referring to the elements as works of art and each vendor we used took my vision and words to heart and created just that; from the lace and pearl detail work on the cake, the specific placement of each flower and strand of pearls in the centerpieces to my favorite of all, the orchids encircling the chandeliers. Having the tent walls up created a welcoming outdoor space with a lounge filled with vintage furniture where guests could relax and smoke a hand rolled cigar, while still being able to enjoy the music by CTO High Voltage.

Wedding Photography: Trenholm Photography | Wedding Venue: Private Estate, Port Royal, Florida | Event Planning + Coordination: Margaret Events | Floral Design: Grace Lakes Florist | Cinematography: Matt Steeves Photography | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier (Candy) | Wedding Day Paper: Luster Designs | Linens: Wildflower Linens (Ivory Matte Satin) and Nuage Designs (Paloma Lace) | Wedding Cake: Kakes by Karen | Catering: Chef Sebastian Mazzotta | Entertainment: Anna Wilson Trio and CTO High Voltage | Lighting: Artisitic Science | Rentals: Tentlogix and Party Time Rentals | Hair + Makeup: Hope Artistry | Staffing: RKF Staffing | Valet: 5 Star Valet | Invitations: The Paper Merchant

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