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Classic + Elegant Wedding at the Bay Preserve

The most important thing about your wedding day is that you and your groom enjoy every moment of it, and this couple definitely did. With two pairs of chic shoes (one for the ceremony and one for dancing!) and the relaxing nature of their waterfront venue, this bride and groom guaranteed their wedding would be a very happy occasion. See all the gorgeous photos from Tiffani Jones here.

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Fall
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Elegant
From The Bride…We really wanted something that felt like us. We wanted something that felt easy and laid back (even though we all know no wedding planning process is really like that!). We loved that this venue felt as though it was just our backyard with all the people we love, all hanging out. I love the beach and the open water. When Dan first saw me at the beach (we met in NYC) he said “Woah, this is really your element. You seem so at ease and happy here.” BUT we had been to beach weddings and they were so hot and windy – we didn’t want exactly that. This venue had a dock, a beach and then felt like a garden party!

A few extra special things from the day:

1. We wanted our wedding to be a whole weekend celebration, not just a one night affair. For the most part everyone stayed at the same hotel, hanging by the pool together all weekend. It allowed mingling of different friend groups and just an overall celebratory vibe that really spread into the big night.

2. Our photographer and videographers! We Skyped with a few different people before we found who we loved! We obviously love their individuality and skills but we also wanted to find people who we connected with. We loved working with these guys because we felt so comfortable with them and they helped us have a blast.

3. We had a really non religious wedding but we did a tisch. One of my friends had done this and I just thought it was so special, adding love and excitement right before the ceremony. A tisch is an old Orthodox Jewish tradition where the males and females separate. The females talk about the future, give advice and make toasts in general. I’m not exactly sure what the men do, but this just increased the excitement before walking down the isle. I feel like since we did our first look before the ceremony this gave us time to regroup separately before meeting under the chuppah.

4. Our DIY project was the board where the table assignments were located. I was at home for a dress fitting and was in the garage and found this old giant wooden frame my parents had. It was a little beat up but then we simply just added burlap, string and clothes pins and it was perfect! It fit in with the vibe and made us feel like we were artsy.

5. The bridesmaids dresses: Oh man, I have literally thrown away or left my bridesmaid dress in the hotel room after each wedding I was in…and they were expensive! I wanted the girls to feel pretty on the day. I wanted them to want to keep their dress. I wanted their money to be worth it! So I just gave the girls a color scheme and a length and everyone looked gorgeous. No one was pulling up a strapless dress all night, or squeezing into Spanx. Everyone felt like themselves and I think it showed on the dance floor! No one sat down all night!

6. My bridesmaids’ gifts. Everyone makes fun of me because I keep the words “I love you” for only like Dan and my family. I mean I love everyone but those words I like to keep special! So as a gift for all the girls I found these little dishes that said “Je t’aime beaucoup.” I really obviously love them all since they were my bridesmaids and wanted to let them all ACTUALLY know.

7. Shoes. Obviously my sneaks. I am so not a high heel wear-er. I can last for maybe an hour and that’s all. I literally wore the nikes because they were more comfortable but they stole the show!

Photography: Tiffani Jones | Videography: Cabana Pictures | Floral Design: Elegant Design Flowers | Wedding Dress: Malindy Elene | Catering: Michael's On East | Hair & Makeup: Rachel Artistry | DJ: Miami DJ's | Venue: Bay Preserve | Event Coordination: NK Productions | Linens: Michael's On East | Rentals: Michael's On East

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Romantic Destination Garden Wedding at The Villa Woodbine

When this Chicago-based duo set out to plan the warm-weather destination wedding they’d always dreamed of, they knew they’d need to assemble an expert team on the ground, in order to make their dreams come true. And where did they find their Miami vendors? Through SMP! Photographer Amy Jo Royall captured every romantic moment, and we can’t get enough of all the love in the gallery here!

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From The Bride…If there is one word I would use to describe both my relationship with Lance and our entire wedding weekend, it would be MAGICAL.

Funny enough, we went elementary school together in a suburb of Chicago, but did not know each other that well. Both having left our hometown to pursue businesses and dreams in New York City, we ran into each other at a gym close to where we now live. To my surprise, he had recognized me and came over to chat. After a series of FB messages, a few misses at the gym and then a few more synchronistic run in’s out of the gym, we finally got together for a casual glass of wine. From that very first date, I knew he was my guy. We both had a Midwestern background with a similar drive that brought us to NYC.

After 10 months of dating, we got engaged and gave ourselves a few months before we dove into planning.

We chose Miami because we wanted to do an easy destination where all our friends and family from Chicago, New York, California and beyond could spend the weekend relaxing in the warmth.

On a weekend trip, we visited a few venues and fell in love with the Villa Woodbine immediately. We loved the Spanish style 1920’s vibe and the fact that it felt like it could be our home.

After I picked my dress, the whole vision for the day came together. I wanted it to be romantic yet relaxed, as if our friends and family were in our very own backyard filled with twinkling lights and beautiful flowers.

I hadn’t intended on wearing blush, but the minute I put it on the two-piece Watters set, I didn’t want to take it off. I couldn’t even look at a white dress after that! Picking bridesmaids dresses was a little trickier, but I knew I wanted all the girls to feel and look like individuals, so they picked their own dresses in shades of crème and gold accents. We didn’t see all the dresses come together until the day of, but I was thrilled with the look.

I couldn’t have asked for a better dream team of people to work with. Each vendor was not only amazing at what they do, but we managed to attract some of the kindest people possible. On your Big Day, you want to be surrounded by people you love. Not just your guests, but also the people helping to make the day special.

This was the case in every sense. Since we were planning from afar, I relied a lot in Style Me Pretty to direct me to vendors that fit my style. I came across our amazing, brilliant photographer, Amy Jo Royall’s work, here on the site. Her and her second shooter Megan Daas were a dream to have by our sides all day. We loved the husband and wife videographer team of Kevin and Becca Borge, as well Vanessa Oppo, our coordinator and the team from South Beach Makeup who were a joy to work with. Each of these people spend the most time with you and we would not have wanted anyone else. We also found our florist Julia Rhode here (her work is incredible!) along with the sweet delectables from Earth and Sugar.

Being an artist myself, I sprinkled my own creativity into the process. I designed our hotel canvas giveaway bags, our programs, our seating cards, and our seating card frame with ribbon. I also hand made all the signs seen throughout the venue and collected things like picture frames, an old suitcase of my grandfather’s and vases to make the venue feel like our home. My mom made the boxes for our dessert giveaways and my 8 year old nephew made our adorable Lego cake topper.

One of our favorite parts of the day was that we had husband and wife musicians, Barnaby Bright, play during our ceremony. We had gone to a small intimate concert of theirs on our second date and flew them down to perform our favorite songs as we walked down the aisle and during cocktail hour.

Our guest couldn’t stop talking about how beautiful and perfect everything was. The day whizzed by so fast, but without a doubt it felt like a magical dream come true!

Photography: Amy Jo Royall | Event Coordinator: Vanessa Oppo With Karma Goddess | Event Planning: Vanessa Oppo With Karma Goddess | Floral Design: Julia Rohde Designs | Wedding Dress: Watters | Cake: Earth And Sugar | Catering: Bill Hansen Catering | DJ: Boom Entertainment | Ceremony Music: Barnaby Bright | Venue: Villa Woodbine | Hair + Make Up: South Beach Makeup Studio | Video: Kevin Borge Films

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Boca Raton Garden Glam

When Jessica Lorren steps behind the lens, magic inevitably happens. She’s the kind of photographer who truly makes each moment shine, and when she gets to capture a wedding as beautiful like this Boca Raton beauty, it just doesn’t get any better. We all win with a gallery this good, so join me in getting lost in all the lovely here.

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Spring
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Resort
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Rustic

From The Bride…On our very first date, Blaine took me to one of the most beautiful restaurants I had ever been to, The Addison. I remember thinking how romantic a wedding would be under the 2 large banyan trees and decided if I ever got married this would have to be the spot. Six years later, my dream came true.

The Addison has so much natural beauty and charm, I chose to play up the romance of the venue and compliment it with blush, cream, and gold detailing. This wedding was a labor of love and Blaine and I spent many hours creating a day that was completely “us.” With the help of our friends and family, and numerous bottles of gold spray paint and white paint markers, we were able to make most of the important details ourselves. Our escort card display was made on a headboard we found outside of our apartment with the calligraphy done by myself and some friends. We also made the welcome sign, ceremony board, and quote boards. Blaine made our wine box that we used for our ceremony and we found a vintage dictionary at an old bookstore that we used for our guest book.

Blaine and I share a very close group of friends and we always knew we wanted to include them in our day. Our friend Mike is in school for architecture and graciously did a line drawing of The Addison that we used on our Save the Dates. My friend Nick always joked that he would sing at our wedding one day and when we were thinking about first dance songs we knew he had to be the one to sing it. We both agreed that we did not want to have a stranger marry us and knew that our friend Jesse would be the perfect person to officiate our ceremony. Together we wrote our ceremony, carefully picking readings and sayings that meant a lot to us as a couple. When the time came for Blaine to read his vows, we heard the faint sound of the train in the distance and my heart sank as this was something I was warned about.

However, listening to him spill his heart out and watching the tears about to fall from his eye, Jesse threw in a quick joke and we were able to laugh and take a quick dance break as the train roared by. It gave me a second to regroup before I read my vows and will remain one of my favorite moments of the night.

Photography: Jessica Lorren Organic Photography | Coordination: Soleil Event Planning | Floral Design: Julia Rohde Designs | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Cake: Earth And Sugar | Shoes : Miu Miu | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Adrianna Papell | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Joanna August | DJ: Omgg Events | Mens Attire: Ted Barry Tuxedos | Music: Master Musicians | Preparations: The Boca Resort | Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar | Video: Lightfield Lewis

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Elegant Orange + Navy Carlouel Yacht Club Wedding

Florida is famed for its sunny disposition, and this colorful wedding, with the Bride and Groom saying “I Do” under live blossoming orange trees, is the perfect example of a Sunshine State affair. Captured beautifully by Jacqui Cole Photography and Voila Cinematic, these yacht club nuptials were nautical with a twist, thanks to the amazing teams behind Tracie Domino Events and A&P Design.

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Spring
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Elegant

From Jacqui Cole PhotographyMeghan and Ben’s wedding was a joy to capture. Meghan and her ‘maids got ready at her family home in Clearwater. The girls all wore custom monogrammed shirts and toasted to Meghan’s new future! Almost all of Meghan and Ben’s guests had flown in from out of town so they graciously gave everyone a sweet welcome bag, filled with a map of Clearwater beach, hotspots not to miss, sunglasses and custom snacks.

Their whole wedding day had a subtle, yet beautiful Nantucket inspired theme. It all begins with the couples’ custom letterpress invitations by A&P Designs. The team created a beautiful citrus watercolor motif that was elegantly brought to life throughout the day! Tracie Domino Events and MMD executed Meghan’s vision flawlessly. The orange tree motif was brought to life at the alter where Meghan and Ben exchanged their vows under blossoming, real life orange trees!!

There were so many sweet details throughout the reception, including the orange placecards and bold pops of orange and blue. The couple even had pillows made for the cocktail lounge area. Meghan looked absolutely stunning in her Amsale gown and the Florida sunlight streamed through the trees as we took portraits.

Their day was full of unique and wonderful surprises! It was a true joy to capture such incredible memories!

Photography: Jacqui Cole Photography | Videography: Voila Cinematic | Event Planning: Tracie Domino Events | Floral Design: MMD Events | Wedding Dress: Amsale | Cake: Sylvia Tampa Cakes | Stationery: A&P Design | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid | Makeup: Carlos Olivera | Entertainment: Bella Musica | DJ: Impulse Entertainment | Venue: Carlouel Yacht Club | Bridal Boutique: Malindy Elene | Event Decor: MMD Events | Film Processing: Photovision | Live Painter: Jacob Neagle | Men's Suits: The Black Tux

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Romantic Bal Harbour Beach Wedding at The Ritz Carlton

This wedding is seriously gorgeous. So much so, that you’re going to want to pin every last detail planned by JCG Events—from the Bride’s stunning appliqué wedding dress to the lush all-white bouquet. But it’s not just the gorgeous couple’s stunning wedding, their story is going to melt your heart, especially why they got married by the beach. Swoon over it all with photos from Laura Leslie Photography and the video from Lula Wedding Films.

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Summer
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Hotel
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Elegant

From The Bride…You never know where love will find you. And for us, that statement could not have rang more true. Love found us hard at work. We had known each other for about a year, Shane just starting as an attorney and I as an undergraduate intern at a law firm in Orlando. But it took us a while to actually meet. Over a couple months, my comments to my friend (and future bridesmaid) of the “cute and funny attorney” turned into my reports back of our first dates. Our relationship grew fast from becoming friends into being inseparable. I’m forever grateful for that internship. It taught me much; but more than anything, it brought me to love.

After the proposal, we quickly knew we wanted a timeless and romantic event, and we wanted all our people from all over the world to have an unforgettable weekend in Miami. We gravitated toward neutral colors, lots of candles, and pieces we knew we could look back at 40 years from now and still think were beautiful. Above all, we wanted to get married as close as possible to the ocean. My momma, who is in heaven, loved the ocean. We wanted to be surrounded by her presence and close to a day that celebrates her, too.

Our wonderful planners, JCG Events, helped us in so many ways, but really won with finding our dream venue: The Ritz Carlton Bal Harbour. We loved the neutral colors of the reception room, the book spaces that made it feel like a home, and airy drapes and wood floors. The details were most important to us, and we spent countless hours finding our vendors. Each one of them “got us” and transformed our vision into the most beautiful celebration.

But most importantly, our wedding was absolutely a labor of love. My dad and step-mom ground and packaged coffee from our family’s farm in Colombia as favors for our guests. My maid of honor was the Craft Queen, and brought many of my ideas to life. My Aunt completely grounded and calmed me behind the scenes during the entire wedding process, and Shane and I hand-picked each cocktail hour song and some of the reception music (Backstreet Boys throwbacks being high on the list). As are most events, it’s the moments leading up to it that make it. I’ll never forget the Saturday we all spent as a family packaging welcome baskets of our guests.

On the day of our wedding, not everything went as planned. That hand-picked playlist was forgotten and the Miami weather didn’t cooperate. Our plan B (aka A) was getting married in a room that felt like we were in the clouds and sharing our first dance as Mr. and Mrs. in a candle-filled room under hundreds of twinkling lights. There’s no way I can pick a moment. My groom took my breath away all night, the smile on my dad’s face, all our people in one room singing to the Backstreet Boys at the top of their lungs, it all was truly magical.

Photography: Laura Leslie Photography | Cinematography: Lula Wedding Films | Event Planning: JCG Events | Floral Design: Julia Rohde Designs | Wedding Dress: Reem Acra | Cake: Cloud 9 Bakery | Invitations: JCG Events | Bride's Shoes : BHLDN | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Dessy | Catering: Ritz Carlton | Makeup: Carolyn Jones Makeup | DJ: DJ Serge Ramirez | Grooms Attire: The Black Tux | Groomsmen's Attire: The Black Tux | Venue: The Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour Miami | Hair + Makeup: Agape Makeup | Paper Products : The Romance Between

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Rustic + Elegant Jacksonville Wedding

Maybe as a former ballet dancer myself I’m a little partial, but I knew this wedding would be making my favorites list upon first glance at these chic shoes. I didn’t even need to see this stunning Bride’s dress (the back details!), the elegant gold chargers or even this too-cute-for-words pup… but believe me, these all added up to one amazing affair, captured for our lucky eyes by Lauren Peele. See it all right this way!

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From Lauren Peele… Dallas Cowboys cheerleader, Jennifer (Efstathion) Colvin, made the most stunning bride. The bride and groom met through a bridesmaid and fellow cheerleader three years ago and have been living happily in Dallas since.

The two were wed in Jen’s home town of Jacksonville, FL, at a venue her family built for her wedding. A majestic tree draped in flowers made for a romantic backdrop as they said their vows surrounded by family and friends.

Jen’s love of dance shaped her wedding into an elegant affair in neutral shades of grey and pale blue. She wore a Hayley Paige dress that was made to move, complete with ballet flats. Her maids were dressed in perfectly mismatched dresses and all held natural cream bouquets.

A candlelit reception set the mood for a romantic evening filled with dancing. The tables were adorned in ivory linens surrounded by lots of greenery keeping with the elegant yet organic tone of the day.

From the Bride… What are the MOST important aspects of our wedding day… What are our make-it-or-break-it things? This was the first topic we tackled when we started our wedding planning journey, and it wasn’t a very long conversation before we came up with our answer. Wedding success equaled: 1) being surrounded by our family and friends + 2) FUN (which obviously involves a lengthy dance party) + 3) having an amazing photographer to capture every moment. Being on the same page about our wedding priorities made the rest of our decisions a piece of cake :)

The venue, Bowing Oaks Plantation, was simply breathtaking. It gave our wedding that laidback, celebratory vibe that makes everyone feel right at home. We had the ceremony under the shade of a beautiful, giant oak tree draped in flower garland. Our officiant, Ted, is an extra special guy because he was the best man in my mom and dad’s wedding (42 years ago and counting!) and also performed the ceremony for my sister’s wedding. Ted’s words definitely made our ceremony feel more personal. However… the BEST part of the ceremony was when Ryan got a little tongue-tied saying our vows! He was a little caught up in the moment and repeated that he would take me as his “waffle wedded wife.” We totally lost it laughing, and everyone joined right in with us! So funny and so adorable :)

Of course, for any Florida wedding… outside…. in the spring… weather is a concern. So we partook in a little tradition to ward off the rain! Southern folklore says that “burying an unopened bottle of bourbon one month before the wedding, at the exact time of the wedding, at the site of the wedding, ensures good weather on the day of the event.” I’m not particularly superstitious, but we did have pretty perfect weather! The second part of the tradition gets even better. After dinner, everyone went outside and circled around as we dug up the bottle and passed it around to kick off the reception!

One of my favorite moments of the night was the father-daughter dance. My super talented groom played guitar and sang “Brown Eyed Girl” while Dad and I showed off our dance moves. This was just the beginning of the dance party highlights – all made possible by my amazingly perfect wedding dress! I loved my Hayley Paige dress even more than I could have imagined. The bodice and delicate straps reminded me so much of the ballet costumes I grew up wearing, and I immediately knew it was the one. I was also confident that I would be able bust out any moves I wanted to in this gown (which came in handy when it was time to do the kickline with my fellow Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders – a game day AND wedding reception tradition!) Likewise, I needed my feet feeling good too, so ballet shoes were an obvious fun and comfortable choice!

Our wedding day was everything we could have hoped for and more. The first morning we were back in Dallas, I made my HUSBAND breakfast-in-bed. Waffles, of course! With a little sticky note… “Love, your waffle wedded wife.”

Photography: Lauren Peele | Videography: Take One Productions | Event Design: Jessica Colvin Styling | Floral Design: Celebrated Occasions | Wedding Dress: Hayley Paige | Invitations: Celebrated Occasions | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Adrianna Papell | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Joanna August | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BHLDN | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Stardust Celebrations | Bridesmaids' Dresses: WToo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Lela Rose | Catering: 4 Rivers Smokehouse | Hair & Makeup: Peggy Segundo | Groom's Attire: Vera Wang | Venue: Bowing Oaks Plantation | Alterations: Altered For The Altar | Bridal Bouquet & Flower Crown: Jessica Colvin Styling | Bridal Boutique: The White Magnolia-Jacksonville | Bridal Party Hair: Coastal Beauty | Bride's Robe: BHLDN | Bridesmaids' Boutique: Bella Bridesmaids-Jacksonville | Cigar Bar: Southern Charm Events | Event Coordination: First Coast Weddings And Events | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Rentals: Beachview Rentals | Signage: BB Designs

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