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North Palm Beach Engagement Session from Captured Photography by Jenny

What do you get when you combine the glorious images of Captured Photography by Jenny, a stellar North Palm Beach setting and one of the cutest Florida duos you will ever have the privilege to meet? Well, lovelies – you get this drop-dead gorgeous e-session seriously overflowing with fun times in the sun and a whole lot of L.O.V.E.  And that’s a combo that can’t be beat, if you ask me.  Add to all of that lovely a picnic in the sand and some beachside strolling and we have ourselves the perfect way to spend a Tuesday morning.  See so much more right here.

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From Captured Photography by JennyThese two were high school sweethearts. During the session, Melanie kept talking about how awesome it was that she and Matt have shared so many big moments together already… prom, graduation, 18th birthdays, 21st birthdays, college, first jobs, etc. Now they are engaged and looking forward to spending the rest of life’s moments together. They love spending time by the ocean or on the ocean, so we headed over to the pier in Juno Beach for a picnic and fishing. Melanie hand-made all of the little details herself, including the personalized basket, tumblers, signs, and more.

Photography: Captured Photography by Jenny / Location: Juno Beach Pier in North Palm Beach, Florida

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Backyard Jupiter Wedding from Rockstar Catering Company

This wedding is beautiful.  Beyond beautiful.  And when a beautiful wedding like this comes our way, we get all kinds of happy.  Crazy happy.  Because this wedding?  This stunning Jupiter soiree?  It has the ability to brighten your ENTIRE day with gorgeous florals and design by Fringe & Company, a breathtaking backyard setting and seriously stunning images by Courtney Lindberg Photography.  And with every last moment planned and catered to perfection by Rockstar Event Planners, we’re in for one serious day of lovely.  Join me in the gallery for more.

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From the Bride… I’m an indecisive lady, I’ll admit it. I spent months going back and forth, frantically searching blogs and venues and dwelling over the details.  One night, after a thorough six hours of wedding research, my fiancee Brad sat me down and said, “You need to stop obsessing over everything that could be, and determine what it is that you want and what reflects our personalities.” To be honest, Brad and I aren’t exactly wedding people. We prefer to be behind the scenes, we’re not dancers, we like to spend our nights in, and big groups of people overwhelm us — especially when that big group has their eyes on us. I wanted a place that could make us feel comfortable, not grandiose or intimidating. I wanted to be cozy and relaxed. What I wanted was to be home. The problem was, home was on the other side of the country in Florida. So I made the call to my parents and asked if it would be okay to have a backyard wedding. Supportive as always, they agreed. My husband and I are based in Los Angeles, both in the film industry. Our life and love revolves around films. Our first date was at the movies, and our proposal was at home while watching that same film we saw on our first date. All of this stirred up my ultimate crazy vision: a movie theater lounge wedding. I finally knew what I wanted and could imagine every last detail. I just had no idea how I would be able to achieve it from 3,000 miles away.

I’m fortunate that my mother and I have the same obsessive online behavior. She emailed me the link to Rockstar Catering Company, based in my hometown of Jupiter, Florida, and told me she had invited them over to talk. Within a week we had determined Rachel and Kyle were the ones for us (my mom was also ready to adopt them as her own). Rockstar was accommodating, understanding and completely on board with making the wedding in my head come to life. And they did. The day was perfect. I know everyone says that, but it really truly was. What moved me to the core was seeing everyone in our lives lend a hand in our big day. Our parents helped find us every single last item we dreamed of featuring at the wedding. My poor sister ran all over town in a desperate search for donut holes to go with the evening’s coffee (it was one of those touches I for some reason was dying to have). My best friend, Corey, treated our wedding like a film set — and produced, designed and helped run the show. Courtney Lindberg flew out from LA to take the most incredible photos, while the sweet Amber Moon of Pitbulls and Posies pulled an all-nighter designing our invitations. And then there was Ian, our dearest mutual friend, who married us as the sun set under a gorgeous mason jar chandelier.

As our reception didn’t feature any dancing, Brad and I wanted to ensure that there was plenty of things for folks to do. So we set up a canvas for everyone to paint a special mark on, a photo booth for silly pictures and a movie screen where we played The Princess Bride. I was so thrilled that everyone took part in all of the fun. And then there was the food. Oh, the food! Kyle’s team made everyone stuffed to the brim and happy with his amazing treats. He even featured a taco bar for us! My favorite! The highlight of my night came from the two most important men in my life: my husband and my father. My husband created a breathtaking film where we both spoke our honest “vows,” the words we knew we would never be able to pull off during our ceremony. We hadn’t seen each others’ segments, and when I heard him share his feelings about our love — the floodgates opened. And the tears kept coming. After having demanded no speeches from anyone, my father rebelled and delivered the most thoughtful, sweet and charming speech that tugged at my every heartstring. These were by far the most important, memorable and touching moments of my night. It’s been almost a year now, and I still look back and have my heart flutter over how perfect and beautiful our wedding was. I wish I could curl up and live inside the happiness of that day forever.

Wedding Photography: Courtney Lindberg Photography / Wedding Venue: The Bride’s Family Home in Jupiter, Florida / Floral + Event Design: Fringe & Company / Event Coordination: Rockstar Event Planners / Catering: Rockstar Catering Company / Wedding Cakes + Cupcakes: Publix / Wedding Invitations: Pitbulls and Posies / Wedding Dress: Sue Wong via Saks Fifth Avenue / Hair + Makeup: Jennifer Van Portfleet / Groom’s Suit: Ben Sherman / Wedding Bands: Takayas Custom Jewelry

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Four Seasons Palm Beach Wedding from Captured Photography by Jenny

I think you know by now that we have a serious obsession with all things Captured Photography by Jenny.  And that serious obsession grows deeper and deeper with each magical soiree she sends our way.  So, when we first laid our eyes on this stunning Palm Beach affair, well… we knew without a doubt it would be stop-you-in-your-tracks amazing.  From the breathtaking Four Seasons setting to a bride and groom who are the epitome of stunning to a wow-inducing Vera Wang, this, my friends, is a traditional masterpiece with a serious side of lovely.  See so much more right here.

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From the Bride… Jonathan and I vacationed in Italy to celebrate his graduation from business school. In Venice, during summer solstice, Jonathan proposed on a gondola. After our vacation, we moved from Miami to New York City to embark on a new chapter in our lives where we would build our careers and home together. Palm Beach would be a beautiful destination wedding as we both grew up nearby. We chose the Four Seasons Palm Beach as the hotel has a California contemporary feel. I am an interior designer and wanted the feel of the hotel and ballroom to reflect the decor of the wedding. When I found my romantic Vera Wang gown, everything fell into place. I wanted to create a whimsical and elegant environment with an edgy modern flair.

Our florist strung white orchids over large acrylic columns to create a floating chuppah. The top was covered in ivory, white and champagne roses to add a touch of romanticism. We hung chandeliers from the ceiling of the ballroom to add sparkle. Our event planner handmade pinwheels with our names written on them for the guests to wave in the air after we kissed. My sister wore a Monique Lhuillier clip in her hair at her wedding, so I placed this on my bouquet to continue the family tradition. We had the Heatwave band keep everyone moving all night. Jenny from Captured and Senderey Video preserved all of our memories through photos and video. It was a magical evening!

Wedding Photography: Captured Photography by Jenny / Wedding Venue: Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach in Palm Beach, Florida / Floral Design: Xquisite Events / Event Coordination: Syril Karel / Wedding Cinematography: Senderey Video / Band: Heatwave / Wedding Dress: Vera Wang / Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Hair + Makeup: Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: twobirds bridesmaid / Groom’s Tuxedo: Armani / Groom’s Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo

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Palm Beach Wedding from Katie Lopez Photography

If this wedding had a nickname it would be, the prettiest wedding of all time. Too long? Okay how about totally ah-mazing, gorgeous, breathtaking and oh-so-elegant? Okay, I’ll admit, I’m out of control swooning over this wedding but you really can’t blame me at all. The images by Katie Lopez Photography are simply stunning as are each and every detail of this color neutral wedding. I’m obsessed and I’m not ashamed one bit. Join me in the gallery for a full on swoon session, won’t you?

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From the Bride… Neither of us were expecting to meet our future spouse the night we met in September 2008, but clearly God had other plans. Matt and I are convinced our finding each other in a city as big as New York was not an accident. Matt grew up in Miami, Florida, and I went to school in Palm Beach, so when he proposed last summer, we were set on having a Florida wedding. While studying in Palm Beach, I had always dreamed of getting married at the gorgeous Henry Morrison Flagler Museum, and it ended up being our main source of inspiration. We loved the classic and stunning elegance of the ballroom with its almost “Great Gatsby” feel.  It was the perfect backdrop for our neutral color scheme of gold, ivory, beige, and gray. We also wanted to create an organic and natural feel, so we used all-white flowers, cherry blossoms and mercury glass. I asked my bridesmaids to find long dresses in shades of gold, beige, or gray. Their style is so impeccable, so I knew their dresses would all flow together nicely. My good friend, Heather Davis of Paper Please Studio, helped me design the paper products with our color palette in mind.

Creating an intimate, God-honoring ceremony was the most important part of the planning for us. We used the same vows my parents recited to each other over 30 years ago at their wedding and planned a beautiful outdoor ceremony on the inner coastal, but God had other plans. It was a perfect, sunny day but minutes before the ceremony was scheduled to start, a huge storm rolled in and we ended up moving inside the chapel. Such a great reminder of the meaning of our special day and that God was indeed present as we were committing our lives to one another before Him and our loved ones. As you can see, our photographer and friend, Katie Lopez, captured the greatest day of our lives so perfectly. I couldn’t possibly be happier.

Wedding Photography: Katie Lopez Photography / Ceremony: Royal Poinciana Chapel in Palm Beach, Florida / Reception: Henry Morrison Flagler Museum in Palm Beach, Florida / Wedding Planning: Ginger Mokher of Celebrations by Design / Floral Design: Emmy of Xquisite Events / Catering: Bill Hansen Catering / Wedding Cake: Filled and Frosted / Wedding Paper Goods: Paper Please Studio / Place Card Calligraphy: Rachel Carl & Co. / DJ + Ceremony Music: Kenny Mondo of Kenny Mondo Productions / Wedding Dress: Vera Wang / Bride’s Shoes: Valentino

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Palm Beach Wedding from Stacey Brandon Photography & Design

When I see The Breakers, I think luxury, elegance, and those iconic, beautiful hallways that remind me a lot of the castles I would dream about when I was young. This wedding from Stacey Brandon Photography & Design is exactly that, plus a few doses of charming and adorable thrown in for good measure. And when you’ve got names like Monique Lhuillier, Amsale, and Jimmy Choo dressing this bridal party you know you’re in for a good one. Visit the gallery to see the whole wedding right here.

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From the Bride… I went into the wedding planning process with a  blank slate. I looked at as many blogs and magazines that I could and flagged whatever I liked for inspiration before focusing in, and I found myself being drawn to outdoor, romantic and intimate weddings with a lot of vintage details. Knowing that we were going to have a large wedding (225 people) inside such a historic, glamorous venue, I wanted to capture the essence of being invited to an intimate dinner party and melded details such as wooden boxes, twigs and succulents with wine-colored roses and mercury glass. There were three shapes of dining tables, and each featured a different style of centerpiece that together felt eclectic yet cohesive.

Fishing with my dad on his boat has always been a great way for us to talk and catch up, starting from when I was a little girl. Anytime we were out in the ocean, I would point to The Breakers in the distance and jokingly tease, “That’s where I’m going to get married!” I thought it was the most glamorous place in the world and assumed it was completely out of reach. When my parents asked Greg and me if we wanted to get married there, our jaws dropped. We were thinking of getting married in many different locations around the U.S., but decided that The Breakers was the perfect mix of a “destination wedding” for all of our out-of-town friends and family, while also being 30 minutes from where I grew up. It was an amazing dream to have almost all of our guests stay there and enjoy such a beautiful resort together. Even the local guests got rooms and made it a “staycation!”

I really wanted to incorporate keepsakes to be used during the wedding that I would be able to hold onto forever, so we included a pewter heart wall hanging with our names and date that we used on the ring bearer’s pillow, which we now have hanging in our home. The mercury glass candle pillars that were used for the unity candle now sit on our fireplace mantle. We also had customized engraved forks that said “happy” and “together,” which we used to eat our wedding cake. Seeing all our family and friends together in one room and having so much fun together was truly a magical, once-in-a-lifetime experience. It was everything we dreamed of and more. We had to keep looking back at the photos to believe that it actually happened.

Wedding Photography: Stacey Brandon Photography & Design / Wedding Venue: The Breakers in Palm Beach, Florida / Floral + Event Design: The Breakers Design Studio / Wedding Cinematography: Well Spun Weddings / Band: Powerhouse / Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier / Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Bride’s Earrings: Tejani / Makeup: Pretty Suite Inc. / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Amsale / Groomsmen’s Suits: J.Crew

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Southern Wedding Inspired Photo Shoot by J Morgan Flowers

We’ve been known to fall head over heels for some pretty inspiration here on SMP Florida – and when a talented team of vendors join forces for a downright glorious photo shoot, we literally jump at the chance to share it all with you.  So you can imagine our complete and utter joy when the amazing duo of J Morgan Flowers and Kiss the Planner sent this gorgeous little number our way.  It’s a serious dose of Southern inspiration, complete with vintage touches, yummy BBQ and beyond fab images by Jamilah Photography.  Hellooo perfect Wednesday.  Click here for more.

From J Morgan FlowersWhen I think of Southern hospitality, I always think of good, homemade comfort food and being able to relax and enjoy the company! With that in mind, Aviva, of Kiss the Planner, and I set off to design the perfect home style wedding inspiration! We chose a short informal dress for the bride with well-worn cowboy boots and a loose, natural, hand-tied bouquet of orange roses, kangaroo’s paw, alstromeria, solidago, wheat and hanging amaranthus tied with burlap and tartan ribbon details. The bridesmaids carried a similar bouquet with splashes of blue delphiniums and topped of their casual look with cowboy hats! The groom, in his best shirt, wore a mango calla lily with touches of kangaroo’s paw and ribbon accents to match his new wife! The guests escort cards were postcards placed in a copper mail box telling the guests to relax and stay a while!

Southern style is all about the food, so we set a pine table with a seersucker runner, vintage dishes I inherited from my grandmother and greeted each guest with a large succulent! The long table was then outfitted with large pitchers of blue hydrangeas with a mix of the chosen florals and cattails. The food we chose to complement this shindig was cornbread, barbeque ribs, molasses baked beans, squash and corn, all washed down with a mix of flavored ginger ale and sodas presented in wooden pails! A wedding cake would have been too formal for such a casual affair, so a bundt cake topped with hydrangeas and a collection of homemade pies was the perfect ending to this feast! As favors, we presented gift bags of bread mixes and pepper jellies! We hope our home style inspiration shoot gives our Southern brides a few good ideas on how to bring your upbringing into your big day!

Photography: Jamilah Photography / Location: A Park in Jupiter, Florida / Floral Design: J Morgan Flowers / Styling: J Morgan Flowers + Kiss the Planner / Rentals: Atlas Party & Event Rental / Wedding Dress: Vintage / Hair + Makeup: Ultimate Bridal Beauty