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Winter Beachside Inspiration

As a New England resident, seaside and winter aren’t necessarily two words I associate; however, upon viewing these Melanie Gabrielle oceanside images, my point of view is now permenantly changed. Elegant Ever After Floral Design blooms compliment the soft sunset, while snuggles are encouraged fireside. Every single detail will sweep you off your feet here.

From Ever After Floral DesignThe inspiration for this lovely photo shoot was born out of the idea of a winter wedding on the beautiful beaches of South Florida. Beach weddings are so common in Florida, so we wanted to use the beach solely as a backdrop, showing that a beach wedding doesn’t have to be “beachy”.

Since winter is traditionally associated with Christmas and the Holidays, it was our main goal to create a winter wedding décor that excluded the usual reds, greens, and pine. We achieved this look by using a palette of grays and muted blues. We also incorporated whimsical aspects that are not commonly seen at a beach wedding, which included antlers, bunnies, mismatched china, and vintage silverware. Mercury glass centerpieces filled with delicate peonies and brunias were created for an elegant and timeless look, while contrasting textures added a whimsical element. Since the mood for this styled shoot was a warm, cozy, whimsical, and inviting winter wedding on the beach, we designed and styled a picturesque fireplace setting, which set the ambiance for a warm and cozy atmosphere.

The seating area had a wooden chest filled with warm throws, socks, and scarves for the guest to warm up and get cozy. Sugar Fancies created a unique array of sweet confectioneries, which included a whimsical two-tiered cake, chocolate mousse, heart shaped s’mores, tarts, and white chocolate bark. An adult hot chocolate bar was setup for guests to enjoy a spiced hot chocolate drink as they selected ingredients to roast delicious s’mores by the fireplace. We used a gray farmhouse table as the main reception table, and accented mismatched chairs and armchairs at the end; the whimsical printed plates from anthropologie tied the whole look and feel together.

The photography part of this project was very important to us. We wanted a photographer who shot film, as film lends itself to the feel and inspiration behind the shoot, and we wanted someone who was extremely detailed. Melanie from Melanie Gabrielle Photography was on our wish list, and we were beyond excited when she jumped onboard! Collaborating with Melanie was definitely the right choice; her style is like no one else. She perfectly captured our vision for a gorgeous, dusky gray and blue love story.

Photography: Melanie Gabrielle | Floral Design: Ever After Floral Design | Hair & Makeup: Starlit Designs | Beachside: Red Reef Park | Creative Direction: Ever After Floral Design | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Paperie: Paper Rock Sisters Inc | Rentals: Love In Vintage

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Jekyll Island Club Hotel

With the holidays just behind us, and engagement season in full force, there are lots of sparkly new rings upon fingers! Now that you and your honey have decided on forever, the wedding planning can begin. First up? A gorgeous venue. Lucky for you, I’ve got just the place — the historic Jekyll Island Club Hotel.

This incredible venue located on Jekyll Island, Georgia, is as gorgeous as they come. Offering couples a huge variety of settings where they can tie the knot — garden, beachfront, ballroom, cottage lawn + chapel to name a few — the breathtaking grounds of the Jekyll Island Club Hotel will have you and your guests head-over-heels. To help you navigate the planning process, the hotel has a top-notch sales + catering department that will walk you through everything from package options, room blocks, booking vendors, day-of coordination and so much more.

I don’t know about you all, but I’m seriously smitten with this stunning locale. It’s not too late to book your 2015 big day at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel — there are even a handful of discounted weekends available! To learn more about the venue and to get started planning, call 912.635.5170, email sales{at} or head over to their website. Happy planning, my dears!


Miami Contemporary Art Gallery Wedding

If I had to choose one word to describe this art-admiring duo, chic would be it. Modern with an edge, this seriously stylish Gary Nader Fine Art soiree was beautifully captured by Katie Lopez Photography. With JCG Events behind the scenes it’s sophisticated yet sweet, making this gallery a masterpiece that can be admired right here.

Art Gallery

From Michael Masi of JCG Events LLCJeff and Megan are art lovers. From our very first meeting with them it was evident that this needed to be a focal point of the conceptual design of their wedding. We started by selecting a venue in the heart of Miami’s trendy art centric neighborhood of Wynwood. Wynwood is world renown for it seamlessly endless walls with murals from the world’s best street artist. All the wedding activities were to take place at the Gary Nader Fine Art Gallery. This venue set the perfect foundation for the wedding.

It was important to Jeff and Megan that their guests get a sense of how personalized and unconventional their wedding would be. We accomplished this by designing a completely customized invitation suite that included the couples favorite murals from the Wynwood neighborhood. The invites were so popular with guests that most actually kept the RSVP postcards, and sent back photocopies of their responses. That was a first!

On the day of the wedding, Jeff and Megan’s guests were greeted at the gallery entrance by butler passed welcome drinks and were free to peruse the gallery until all the guest arrive. Guests were then invited to the upstairs gallery where the ceremony was to take place. We went with a very modern simple styled ceremony with an acrylic chuppah and ghost chairs to let the art speak for itself. The location of the ceremony was select to take place in front of the gallery’s largest painting, providing a one of a kind backdrop for the nuptials.

After the ceremony guests proceeded to the cocktail receptions. The modern styling from the ceremony flowed into the cocktail receptions space. To personalize the cocktail reception, Jeff and Megan selected a number of their favorite paintings from the gallery’s collection; we then made replicas to hang on a gallery wall with gallery tags with the paintings information along with guests’ names. These served as the weddings escort cards and informed guests where they would be sitting for the dinner reception. In addition to the gallery wall escort paintings, we also provided an artist to sketch and paint portraits of guests during the cocktail reception, serving as an interactive and fun favor for Megan and Jeff’s guests.

The dinner and dancing reception took place in the main gallery. The space was kept out of the guests sight until the end of cocktail hour, when illuminated and revealed the space and invited guest to find their seats. For this section of the evening we created a more natural, earthy design to contrast with the gallery’s stark modern ambiance. We utilized natural reclaimed wood farmhouse tables, with natural flowing garland and candle centerpieces, combined with a mixed seating of ghost chairs, wood benches, and eclectic vintage chairs. The use of bistro lighting and amber up-lighting around the room provided a warm feeling for the remainder of the evening. The room was centered around a parquet wood dance floor, and anchored by live orchard trees we had brought into the gallery.

One of my personal favorite elements to this wedding was the personalization of Jeff and Megan’s wedding cake, again they choose an element that was reflective of themselves and incorporated another one of the neighborhoods murals onto their cake. The cake was placed on a pedestal in the middle of the gallery making it appear as a work of art, in its own right.

Guest were entertained by one of the couples favorite bands and enjoyed a menu reflective of their tastes. The personality and passion for art that Jeff and Megan wanted to express through their wedding created a truly memorable evening for all their guests. As well as a wedding that they can truly call their own.

Photography: Katie Lopez Photography | Event Design: JCG Events LLC | Event Planning: JCG Events LLC | Floral Design: Ines Naftali Floral & Event Design | Wedding Cake: Sugar Fancies | Catering: Bill Hansen Catering | Band: Ketchy Shuby | Harpist: Valerie Brunnette | Art Gallery: Gary Nader Fine Art | Artist: Erin Una | Rentals: Unearthed Vintage | Rentals: Evoga Events

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