When a wedding features a drop-dead gorgeous bride rockin’ a feather-adorned head piece, you just know it’s going to be something special. That pretty much goes without saying. And when that wedding is captured in amazing images by Agnes Lopez Photography and is layered with the fab stylings of Unforgettable Events, it kicks “special” up by about one million degrees. Believe you me. So, today, we’ll be happily basking in the loveliness that is this beyond breathtaking, uber-special Ponte Vedra Beach wedding, because, well. It’s awesome. And oh-so-pretty. Join me in the gallery for more.
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From Agnes Lopez Photography… Lily and Graham came down from New York City and were married in the beautiful, new ocean-side courtyard at Ponte Vedra Inn & Club. After the ceremony, the guests were treated to a reception under the stars and lanterns at the Surf Club’s Patio, where DJ Reborn spun an amazing set to keep everyone dancing all night.
If you’ve been following SMP for awhile, then you know that we are big fans of Agnes Lopez Photography. Big, big fans. The kind of fans that literally jump for joy whenever we see her name pop up on our computer screens – which is precisely what we did when we first spotted this beautiful Ponte Vedra Beach wedding. Because, really, who could resist this gorgeous bride and groom, the oh-so-heartwarming details (see: the bride’s gown + reception dress) and a Krispy Kreme nightcap? Not us. See so much more in the full gallery.
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From Agnes Lopez Photography… Shannon and John were married in an afternoon ceremony at Christ Episcopal Church in Ponte Vedra Beach. They had such a beautiful wedding filled with so many personal and fun details. Shannon’s wedding gown had the buttons from her grandmother’s wedding gown, and for her reception she changed into a party dress made from her mother’s wedding dress. The open air reception at Ponte Vedra Inn & Club’s Surf Club ended with a visit from the Krispy Kreme man delivering hot doughnuts and the most harrowing beach exit I’ve seen to date!
As you well know, we kind of have a thing for First Looks here at SMP. And by “kind of have a thing,” I mean we go seriously gaga every time a dazzling image of a First Look comes our way. So, when we spotted this bride rushing happily towards her groom, we were instantly smitten. Because this is the kind of smile-inducing moment you just can’t get enough of – and that’s really no surprise, since their entire wedding captured by Pure Sugar Studios is a happy-fest from start to finish. A Tuesday overflowing with joy and non-stop pretty? Sign us up. See it all here.
From the Bride… For our overall wedding design, I looked a lot on Pinterest and wedding websites and just chose what I liked best. My mom had a big help in planning the wedding, I’m the baby of three girls, so she had plenty of practice with the last two! I woke up and got to take a long walk on the beach before I started to get ready. My sisters, mom and bridesmaids made the day so easy for me to relax and not have anything to worry about anything. I literally sat on the couch watching TV and waited to be told it was my turn for hair/make up and when to put on my dress. Josh and I had a blast with all our friends and family who were able to travel from all over the world to get there. We had friends from from Australia, relatives from Canada and guests from all over the US travel so far to make it to our special day. We were so happy to spend our wedding day with everyone who loves us and wanted to celebrate our new life together.
My advice to other couples would be to hire a cinematographer. We decided not to but then regretted it at the last minute and ended up borrowing a video camera last minute so my brother-in-law video the ceremony and part of the party.
Gorgeous beach? Check. Adorable couple? Check. Tons of pretty, pretty florals, pops of color, and super sweet DIY? Check, check, check. This little rustic charmer has my heart swooning this morning with all its great DIY projects, like that amazing drift wood looking backdrop. It’s so perfect for a beach wedding as are those little mint green numbers on the bridesmaids. Total perfection. Stephie Joy Photography captured all the goodness for us and there’s a whole lot more going on in the gallery right here.
From the Bride… We met in 2010 while Brady was still in the Navy. He proposed in March 2011 during fireworks on the Disney boardwalk. I was even more surprised when I turned around to see my two best friends! He planned everything to a T, and I’m so glad they were there to witness such a special moment. We knew we wanted a small, intimate wedding, so we opted for a beach house with a backyard in South Ponte Vedra. It couldn’t have been a more perfect location!
We recruited friends and family to help make our dream wedding come true. My maid of honor designed our stationery and my mom helped me create all the other details, like our Jennifer and Brady sign. My dad and brother built the amazing platform that we used for the ceremony and backdrop for photos. Our guests loved that they were able to snap pictures while we were posing for the photographer. Food was important to us, as Brady is a chef. We chose The Perfect Pear and not only was the food wonderful, but the staff was organized and extremely helpful. My flowers were easy — I told our florist what I wanted and she delivered! I loved how our “tablescapes” turned out. One of the best things about getting married at the beach — storms blow over quickly! We were so lucky that it rained about two hours before the ceremony and the sun came out as our guests were arriving. It made for AMAZING photos. Thanks Stephie!
I loved watching my maid of honor and best friend crying tears of joy all the way down the aisle — she’s usually the one who keeps it together! AND of course my sweet husband serenading me on guitar while his best man performed “Iris” by the Goo Goo Dolls. I was SHOCKED, and it took courage to perform in front of all our guests! Brady says playing the guitar was his favorite moment — he loved that he was able to keep that a surprise! Brady also surprised me with the Swarovski earrings! My mom had bought me the exact pair when I was in my teens said they would be the perfect earrings for my wedding day, but I wore them so much I lost the pearls and crystals. When I was looking for my wedding jewelry, I couldn’t find the earrings anywhere, and I was so bummed to hear that they had been discontinued. Brady called Swarovski corporate office, spoke to the director of inventory and told him the story. A few weeks later the earrings arrived in the mail, and Brady surprised me on our wedding day.
As far as advice, I would say to enjoy every minute because it goes by so quickly! Brady says to be patient — with yourself, your partner and your family — and don’t let wedding planning get the best of you!
Everything about this wedding is girly, feminine perfection if you ask me. Each and every detail from the tulle on the tips of the brides toes to the gorgeous florals lining the aisle to the milk and mercury glass are total garden gorgeousness. Threaded Together Photography snapped up such pretty images that I’ve spent the better part of my morning swooning in the gallery. Join me, won’t you?
From the Bride… Phil and I met during Homecoming at the University of Florida in 2005 at a Sorority/Fraternity “Saved by the Bell” themed party. I never thought when I left the party that I had just met my future husband. We went on a few dates over the following days and as they say, the rest is history. Our time together over the past years have included long distance struggles, Gator football, numerous holidays, many date nights, family vacations near and far, and a constant growing love for each other.
Our wedding was everything I dreamed it would be and more. From the beginning of the wedding planning process, I was determined to make our wedding a true reflection of who we are and as do-it-yourself as possible. Majoring in Event Management at UF, and working for a non-profit where I plan fundraising events, made me confident in the wedding planning process. There were bumps in the road along the way, but thanks to a supportive and handy fiancé, Style Me Pretty and Pinterest, it was possible. From picking our colors and assembling save-the-dates, to milk glass hunts with my bridesmaids at local antique malls, the whole process was a fabulously fun and exciting experience that I will never forget. Our DIY touches could be seen in the bridesmaids’ peacock hair clips, directional signs, chalkboard beer mugs for the men, our save-the-dates, wedding invitations and each one of my bridesmaids’ earrings made with love by me. The food was an amazing mix of everything we love, including sushi, mini burgers and chicken sandwiches, as well as a hint of southern comfort in the shrimp and grits, mashed potatoes, and brisket. We also made sure to include personal touches on our day that reminded us of those who were there in spirit. We both lost grandparents last year very shortly after we got engaged. To recognize each of them, I wore a brooch in my hair from my grandma and a dinner ring that was Phil’s grandmother’s. Phil and I picked out a special pair of freshwater pearl cufflinks for him to wear that belonged to his grandfather.
Our wedding was on St. Patrick’s Day, which we picked because of availability and the perspective that this would create a fun and entertaining night for all. Hints of green could be seen in our photo booth props, my late uncle’s rosary wrapped around my bouquet and the groom’s cake, which once cut revealed a green key lime cheesecake center. We even had a surprise from an old friend who changed into a St. Patty’s Day-inspired spandex suit! The entire weekend was full of incredible moments, from our rehearsal dinner and wedding to post-wedding brunch, that we will reminisce about for years to come. Thanks to all my amazingly talented vendors who made my vision come together with such ease! We are also grateful for our family and friends who were a part of our wonderful day!