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Romantic Wedding at The Cooper Estate

Loves, this is what romance looks like: a golden-hued rustic meets elegant affair held at the ever-beautiful Cooper Estate.  Think a stunning bride in Rose Clara, a dapper groom in bow tie and one of the most luxe weddings you will ever see; from the glamorous tablescapes coordinated by Kasey D Weddings to that breathtaking ceremony.  See it all captured by Shea Christine in the full gallery.

From the Bride… It was a perfect day in February, where the weather was crisp and cool and love and happiness radiated in all places. Our photographer, Shea Christine, captured this day in better ways that we could ever imagine. She’s a dream to work with and I hope to be able to work with her again. I’m already planning and scheming a way to make it happen, ha!

Our wedding resembled exactly what we wanted it to: US. It was a night filled with celebration with our closest family and friends and the decor was breathtaking. I took a lot of inspiration from where we got engaged and where we are currently living… Spain! Our venue, The Cooper Estate, is a rustic, woodsy and elegant location and it was beyond perfect for everything we wanted. An outdoor ceremony, an indoor reception and picture perfect backgrounds for all our photo opps.

It’s funny to see that amongst all the nerves I had building up to this day, the moment I was walking down the aisle with my dad, the only thing that my mind and heart where focused on was Adrian (and the occasional – “I hope I don’t fall”). I couldn’t believe I was actually in this moment and I was about to marry the man of my dreams…. and then the nervousness quickly turned into uncontrollable excitement.

We wanted our ceremony to be a few things: simple, brief, and all about our relationship. We were beyond thrilled when our good friend and mentor agreed to do our ceremony with us! We really wanted an officiant who knew both Adrian and I – so it could be really heartfelt – and someone who was part of our church. There was no better fit.

During cocktail hour, our favorite drinks were handed out and the reception was filled with everyone on the dance floor. Just the way we hoped it would be!

This was the most amazing day of my life and I can’t stop smiling going back and reliving these moments (I seriously wish I could do it all over again). Our wedding was beautiful and the photos are a true work of art.

Florals: Julia Rohde Designs | Makeup: Makeup By Anias | Photography: Shea Christine Photography | Rentals: Salvage Snob | Wedding Coordination: Kasey D Weddings | Wedding Dress: Rose Clara | Wedding Venue: The Cooper Estate

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Hint of Glamour Powel Crosley Estate Wedding

This beautiful Bride’s favorite part of her Big Day was the first time she saw her dashing Groom, which so happens to be my favorite capture from Justin DeMutiis Photography. First looks make me gush with emotion and theirs? It’ll make you all warm and fuzzy inside. The rest of their 20′s-inspired fete, coordinated by Fabulously Chic Weddings, is striking to say the least.

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Fall
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Estate
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Glamorous

From the beautiful Bride… Our initial idea was a vintage style wedding which incorporated warm romantic candlelight with a speakeasy vibe, mixed with a nod to roaring 20s. The inspiration was derived from our favorite late night spots in New York City and love for all things antique & classic. Much to the help of Courtney, we were able to narrow down our focus and put all of our ideas together in a clear and concise platform which made for an amazing night!

Once we found our location at the Powel Crosley Estate in Sarasota, Florida we knew we had the perfect location to build out our perfect wedding day. We rolled the dice on the weather and planned for an all outdoor wedding day, start to finish. We wanted our out of town guests to really feel why we love Florida – a nice mild November night in Florida was a welcomed escape for our New York travelers.

As the guests entered through the front door of the historic Powel Crosley Estate for the first time they saw the beautiful furniture from Wish Vintage Rentals that was set to the sides of the room with the candle-filled fireplace straight-ahead. The nostalgic estate, built in 1929, immediately takes you back in time and sets the vibe for what’s to come. Looking through the back doors to the patio, you are greeted with the amazing landscape of the Sarasota intracoastal and Longboat Key. After a heartfelt ceremony accompanied by a string trio, guests made their way to the gazebo situated on the back of the lawn, right on the water. As the extended cocktail hour, complete with jazz music from days past, came to an end, the sun set behind the Key and painted the sky in beautiful pink and orange arrays as our guests enjoyed the warm breeze. As the sunlight diminished behind the horizon the glimmer of an overabundance of candlelight sparkled off the long gold sequin table runners on the three parallel feasting tables set in the middle of the lawn. Black table cloths, five piece settings of gold flatware, gold charger plates topped with black center plates, gold chivari chairs… candlelight, speakeasy, roaring 20′s… and a touch of vintage. Our vision became a reality that was felt just as strongly as it was seen.

I think my absolute favorite detail was the lighting throughout the whole event. We knew from the start of wedding planning that we wanted cafe lights to be a large part of our decor. That was one the one detail that never changed during the planning process. Seeing the cafe lights with all of the candles, and the candlelight reflected off of the sequin table runners set the mood perfectly and just as beautiful as we had imagined and hoped it would be.

Our escort cards were old (mostly baby) pictures of all our guests. This was a surprise for everyone as we spent countless hours collecting pictures without anyone knowing. This was a labor of love but so worth the time and effort as our guests crowded around the tables smiling ear-to-ear. It was a traditionally simple task that we were able to have fun with.

The first look was my favorite part of the day. Seeing my soon to be husband for the first time was so emotional and surreal. I am so thankful to have done the first look. It helped to calm my nerves and gave us some personal time before the festivities began. I also was filled with joy when I took a moment to look around at the end of the night and found ourselves surrounded by all the people who came to celebrate this special day with us. The feeling of love was overwhelming.

Bridal Boutique: The White Gown | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bill Levkoff | Cake: Pastries By Design | Catering: Mattisons | Ceremony Music: Vanderbilt Strings | Coordination: Fabulously Chic Weddings | DJ: Your Event Matters | Floral Design: Elegant Design | Gold Flatware: Party Time Rentals | Hair And Makeup: Jess Waldrop | Photography: Justin DeMutiis Photography | Rentals: US Tent Rental | Stationery: Dana Marino Design | Suits: Men's Wearhouse | Transportation: Sarasota Trolley | Videography: Brandon Hilliard Films | Vintage Rentals: Wish Vintage Rentals | Wedding Dress: San Patrick Collection | Wedding Venue: Powel Crosley Estate

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Elegant Summer Wedding at The Addison

A South Florida historical estate, bright bridesmaids and a beaming Bride and Groom; that right there is the recipe for success and Starfish Studios captured it all. The Addison was the perfect backdrop for this summer celebration and you can see every sparkling moment, from start to finish, right here.

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Summer
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Estate

From the Bride… I had this overall vision of elegance, romance, glamour and fun for my wedding. I really wanted everyone to look back and remember how beautiful everything was and how the night made them feel. I really put my stamp on the wedding with a few seemingly small, but important details. I actually created the invitations myself using a template I purchased from Etsy and then had them printed at Office Depot. It saved some money and they turned out really nice. Next was our sweetheart table, which I wanted to use as a centerpiece to the room in a sense. I selected a sky blue linen to draw color into the mostly gray and white motif and then added a really soft silky overlay to make it sparkle. Third, I had strands of crystals hanging from the tall centerpieces to add some glamour to each table and lastly, I surprised my groom with a Spider-Man figurine hidden in our beautiful cake from Creative Cake Factory as a fun detail just for him.

There were many memorable moments from my wedding day, but I will always remember opening the gift my husband-to-be had delivered as I was getting ready with my bridal party. It was this perfect little Tiffany & Co. pearl bracelet. He had worked with my bridal party to make sure his gift would go with my wedding day attire. It was really sweet! Also, seeing my dad standing there, waiting for me to take his arm right before heading down the aisle is a moment I will never forget. When all is said and done, walking down that aisle, seeing the results of months of hard work in what was without a doubt a breathtakingly beautiful setting; heading towards the man of my dreams is a moment I wish I could relive every day of my life! After the ceremony it was all about fun! Spencer and I danced to “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” by Aerosmith and then we dined on what was without the doubt the best food ever served at a wedding.

From Cindy at The Addison… Working with Mollie and Spencer was a great experience. The Addison is a unique venue and the best weddings result when a bride uses the natural décor to her best advantage. The simple ceremony décor Mollie chose, including our Addison garden chairs with just an understated arch of greenery with white floral accents, really ensured the incredible pair of 100 year old Banyan trees and large cascading fountain took center stage. Mollie and Spencer selected the Mizner, which is the more classic ballroom of our two reception spaces, enabling her to really use her imagination to transform the space with décor. In the end the light blues she chose along with pink and purple up-lighting created a soft romantic feel. I loved her gown and how she color coordinated her bridesmaid’s dresses and the groomsman’s suits perfectly for the reception decor. The couple selected a great menu, including butler passed hors d’oeurves such as our Braised Beef Short Rib & Orange Segment, served on a bamboo spoon and our Caramelized Watermelon with Candied Pecans, Sonoma Valley Goat Cheese & Micro Arugula and two entrée’s for her guest to choose from tableside, including our Mustard Glazed Atlantic Salmon served with Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes and Sautéed Broccolini with Fresh Garlic and Red Pepper Flakes. The couple shared a great sparkler exit and the guest’s could not have been more excited for the happy couple!

Bridal Boutique: Collections Bridal | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Demetrios | Cake: Creative Cake Designs | Ceremony Venue: The Addison | DJ: The Party Pros | Floral Design: Dalsimer Atlas | Getting Ready & First Look: Boca Raton Resort & Club | Makeup & Hair: Kiss This Makeup | Music: Party Pro DJs | Music: Master Musicians | Photography: Starfish Studios | Reception Venue: The Addison | Wedding Dress: Liz Fields

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Vintage Chic Southern Wedding Inspiration

Inspired by Southern simplicity, Runway Events created a romantic photo shoot for The Hons to capture, filled with lovely lace details and vintage chic touches that can’t help but take you back to those days of yesteryear we hear so fondly of. See every inch of pretty in this gallery and don’t miss the film by Lasting Blueprint for a sneak peek of all the beauty that went down during the shoot itself.

From The HonsThis ‘Reverie in Lace’ 1940′s styled photo shoot showcased a refined Southern simplicity and we couldn’t be more excited to share it. A collaboration of vendors wanted to prove that simplicity can go a long way.

A Chair Affair rentals pushed down barriers to bring us a beautiful warm wood table and benches that we feel bring guests together and create a more intimate space. The rich wood helps break the minimal decorations on the walls and let’s the honest beauty of the venue shine through. Runway Events styled the shoot with beautiful peach roses, ivory cabbage roses, lush greenery and delicate babies breath. As a floral runner, the combination is a airy contrast to the warm wood table and blends beautifully with the antique floral China.

These refined choices offer a natural, austere ambiance without over doing it. Brides are always looking for gowns that can perfectly combine their ‘ever since I was a little girl’ dreams and the desires of the woman they have become. Modern Bridal accomplished all of that in this 1940′s inspired trumpet gown.

This backless Pronovia gown has intricate lace, delicate ruffled chiffon and gentle beading to add a touch of elegance. Paired with a fingertip scalloped veil to match the bead work, it completes this lush, romantic bride. Sometimes a dramatic makeup does just the trick, but the arcadian venue at The Acre called for a charming touch.

Shantell Tavarez, makeup, and Amanda Stone, hair, gave this homespun bride just enough Southern charm! A simple low bun with a side wisp of bangs adds femininity and won’t stress the bride out during the getting ready process. As you can see the warm blush to highlight a dramatic cheekbone and adds just enough drama to set the bride apart from the guests. Company Forty Two provided us with ethereal invitations that portrayed the rustic wood and delicacy of the South, without being too ostentatious.

Surely a wonderful prelude to the intimate nuptial guests are about to witness. To end the day, Soffelle Confections, added handcrafted sweetness in the form a of an nontraditional cake that reflected the bridal gown. Covered in ivory and cream fondant, the lace applications and string of pearls are perfect for this shoot.

We aimed to capture the elegance of the bride and the details. We used the natural light to hold on to the softness and warmth of Southern Charm that only a wedding day could hold.

Cake: Sofelle Confections | Event Design: Runway Events | Floral Design: Runway Events | Hair Stylist: Amanda Stone | Invitations: Company Forty Two | Make Up: Shantell Tavarez | Photography: The Hons | Rentals: A Chair Affair | Video: Lasting Blueprint | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Wedding Dress: Modern Bridal Shop | Wedding Venue: The Acre

A Piece of Toast’s Sallys Beach Engagement

You know her as one half of the A Piece of Toast duo and went Behind the Blog on SMP Living, but today Sally is stepping in the role of bride-to be with her stunning beach engagement session. Photographed by the crazy talented Leslee Mitchell, it’s love captured in the sweetest form with each soft, dreamy image somehow more beautiful than the last. Refill that coffee mug and prepare to swoon.

From Sally of A Piece Of Toast… I really cannot sing the praises of Leslee Mitchell enough. Her talent as a photographer, master at styling, and amazing person with a killer personality has made me all but obsessed with her. Back in June when my fiancé and I got engaged, one of the first things I did was research a photographer…

I have long admired and fawned over wedding photography – always drawn to the work of photographers who have a way of capturing those “in between” and candid moments that really give meaning to a wedding and a family, and really just life in general. When my fiance and I decided on a destination wedding, I first researched local photographers in the area, and then hit the endless archives of Style Me Pretty – a site that can literally draw me in for hours. What I love about Style Me Pretty is how you can search by just about anything to find a wedding or weddings that might match what you may be looking for. In my case, I used it to find weddings that were in the same area where mine will be. So glad I did this because I may never have come across all the Nashville-bred glory that is Leslee.

While she is not necessarily local to where we will be married (though she shoots in the area enough that she may as well be) she travels around the world to capture weddings. I fell in love with her beautiful work and knew I would do anything within my budget to make it so she could capture our day. Lucky for me, she was available!

Keep in mind that all of this happened 5 prior to this shoot. After booking Leslee for the big wedding day (spring 2015) my fiancé and I decided that since we were going to be in our wedding location in October, that we should see if Leslee was available to fly down and shoot some engagement pictures. I had been so busy with moving across the country and starting a new job that I really had not put much thought into these photos or many of the details until oh, days before. And I knew Leslee was good, because that’s why we hired her, but I really didn’t know just how good until meeting her and seeing her in action.

The girl’s got dedication (shooting digital and film), is a perfectionist (making sure her subjects and the surrounding elements are equally photo-ready), and has an eye for beauty and detail unlike any other. She can remember the details of any inspiring photo she has ever seen and truly knows what it takes to create a beautiful image and a lasting moment. She spend countless hours on her own scoping out the best spots to shoot so that my fiancé I could enjoy the process (along with a bottle of champagne she gave to us) and just be in the moment. One afternoon spent racing the clock set by the sunset and we ended with wayy more than we could have ever asked from her: gorgeous, personal, and special engagement photos.

It’s safe to say that meeting Leslee and getting to spend time with her has been kind of a game changer for me. She’s one of those magnetic and creative people that you just know you’ve met for a reason. The excitement of seeing the engagement photos made me that much more excited for the wedding and the thought of having Leslee there to capture our day and our moments makes me giddy. But really, I just want to hang with our new-found friend again over a cocktail or two.

Beach: Rosemary Beach, FL | Blog: A Piece Of Toast | Bride: Sally Miller | Hair And Makeup: Jamie Gummere | Mexican Embroidered Blouse: Mi Golondrina | Photography: Leslee Mitchell | Town: Alys Beach, Florida

Weddings at LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort

There are beach resorts in Florida, and then there is the LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort; a Naples wonderland of drop-dead gorgeous accommodations, top-notch service and luxurious amenities at every turn.  Think seaside “I do’s” meets an elegant ballroom reception meets an entire weekend of lounging around with your sweetie.  Put simply, it’s amazing.

Whether you’re saying “I do” for the first time, renewing your vows or simply planning your honeymoon in paradise, LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort is THE place where all of the above happens, and it happens perfectly.  From your choice of stunning venues (pristine beach + fab pool + breathtaking ballroom) to the team of professionals that will walk with you step by step through the planning process to your end of the night walks underneath a golden sunset.

Contact LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort today to start planning your dream wedding!

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