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Modern Minimalist Rosemary Beach Wedding in Florida

Fair warning, your Pinterest boards are about to get a lot prettier and it’s all thanks to Lauren Kinsey and this stunner of a Rosemary Beach wedding. Because when you’ve married the talented vision of Shelby Peaden Events with the flourishes of Plume Calligraphy you’re guaranteed magic, but even more? The Bride (who is a singer/songwriter in Nashville) surprised her husband with a ballad she’d recorded for him as their first dance – how sweet is that!? See that all and more below and in The Vault!



From the Bride… Ever since I was little I’ve wanted to get married on the beach. Inlet Beach, Florida has always been dear to my heart. My great grandfather and grandfather built one of the very first little cottages in the area, and we’ve been vacationing there since I was born. My grandfather even proposed to my grandmother there. After looking into several more glamorous venues in the area, we just didn’t feel right about any of them. We wanted a lot of creative freedom, and like any engaged couple, we wanted our wedding to feel unique and reflect who we are as a couple. I knew I wanted a simple beach ceremony, followed by a reception on a pretty green lawn by the ocean. After chatting it through with my mom and fiancé, we realized we already had that…right outside our little family cottage! We just needed help making our dream a reality. So we enlisted Shelby Peaden with Shelby Peaden Events. We knew we couldn’t plan this thing on our own, especially from Nashville, Tennessee.

The challenge initially for us was style. Jess and I are pretty modern in taste, but I also wanted an organic, rustic element that felt true to our environment. I loved the idea of using greenery that was native to Inlet Beach, so we brought in Milk and Honey Flowers. Rosemary grows wild in the area, and I loved how they incorporated that into our place settings. My mother bravely tackled the DIY project of making concrete candle holders for our community table, and it was a success! We used Big Day Rentals for our ceremony and reception. They helped us mix modern and rustic by providing ghost chairs to go with their grey wooden community table at the reception, and we loved the idea of using white benches on the beach instead of folding chairs. Jess and I like to keep things fairly minimal and classic, so white, ivory, and grey mixed with lots of greenery were our colors of choice. My dress was Monique Lhuillier, and my bridesmaids wore long ivory dresses in different styles made by Dessy. The groom and groomsmen all wore custom grey suits made by our friend Jonny at J&HP in Nashville.

We could not have asked for better weather that day. The ocean was like a lake, and the sunset even turned from pink to a fiery red towards the end of our ceremony. We brought in a friend to DJ our ceremony from Nashville, and we danced the night away under stringed lights on the lawn. I’m a songwriter in Nashville by profession, so I surprised my husband with a song I had written and recorded for him for our first dance. He was incredibly surprised, and there wasn’t a dry eye around. Our wedding was truly perfect, and it was so special to share it with friends and family at Inlet Beach…a place so rich in family history and so dear to our hearts.

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Photography: Lauren Kinsey Fine Art Weddings | Event Planning: Merren Events | Event Planning: Shelby Peaden Events | Floral Design: Flowers By Milk & Honey | Cake: Bake My Day | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Dessy Collection By Vivian Diamond | Catering: Paradise Catering | Invitations + Calligraphy: Plume Calligraphy | DJ: Jesse Gregg | Venue: Private Home, Rosemary Beach, FL | Bridal Gown: Monique Lhuillier | First Dance: Mark & Kelly Wonderlin | First Dance Song: Producer And Co-writer, Matthew Bronleewe | Hair Artist: Deana Kale | Rentals: The Big Day Event Rentals

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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.

Photography: Leslee Mitchell | Hair And Makeup: Blush Beauty Lounge | Beach: Rosemary Beach Eastern Green | Blog: A Piece of Toast | Bride: Sally Miller | Mexican Embroidered Blouse: Mi Golondrina | Town: Alys Beach

Traditionally Elegant Rosemary Beach Wedding

I love a classic wedding filled with love, and it is safe to say this beauty captured by Leslee Mitchell  has classical romance written all over it. It’s elegance at its best with the sweetest Rosemary Beach Town Hall ceremony and a reception complete with a few furry friends for good measure. Have a look at the full gallery for so much more!


From the beautiful Bride… Christopher and I first met in high school when we both signed up for the same summer course. We became friends, and later reconnected our freshman year at The University of Alabama. We often ran into each other around campus, and our friendship later blossomed into something more. We were soon inseparable, and began dating the second half of our sophomore year. After almost four years of dating, Christopher proposed in late June. He surprised me with an entire day spent doing all of my favorite things, and then took me for a sunset stroll in Seaside where he proposed on the beach. Afterwards, we celebrated with dinner at one of my all time favorite restaurants, Café Thirty-A.

Planning my wedding was something that I had looked forward to ever since I was a little girl. My parents even have my old photos from wedding magazines I used to save. I wanted my wedding to have a very timeless, romantic feel to it. I wanted to be able to look back through the pictures when it was all over and see something very elegant and classic. I envisioned soft, delicate champagnes and blushes, beautiful furniture and décor, and a sophisticated menu. It was also really important for me to add lots of personal details to make it my own.

When it came to choosing the location, we knew the beach would be the perfect setting. For both Christopher’s family and my own, the beach has always been a very special place. I remember right after we got engaged, my mother’s family was reminiscing over all of our wonderful memories at the beach, and I began thinking how memorable and special a wedding at the beach would be. We looked at several different venues, but after visiting Rosemary Beach, we knew we had found what we were looking for. Rosemary has such a beautiful, dreamy atmosphere, with gorgeous white houses and quaint cobblestone streets. Our ceremony took place in Rosemary’s Town Hall. It has such a beautiful, clean elegance to it with soft white walls, stone floors, and gorgeous wooden rafters with iron chandeliers hanging from the ceiling. It also has an adjoining courtyard that was the perfect spot for our reception!

Photography: Leslee Mitchell | Videography: Holloway Productions | Cake: Confections On The Coast | Invitations: Amberly Shelton | Hair & Makeup: Celine Russell | Band: Moon Dance | Tuxedo: Mr. Burch Formal Wear | Wedding Venue: Rosemary Beach Eastern Green | Bride's Dress: La Sposa | Bridesmaid's Monogrammed Bags: Southeastern Salvage Birmingham | Bridesmaids' Robes: Singing Slowly | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Amsale | Bridesmaids’ Gift Boxes: The Paper Source | Champagne Tags + Program + Food Signage: Annabelle's | Confetti: The Confetti Bar | Coordination & Design: M. Elizabeth Events | Crystal Toasting Flutes: Bromberg's | Earrings: Ivory & White Bridal Boutique | Floral Design & Lighting: Events by Nouveau Flowers | Groomsmen's Gift: Bromberg's | MOB & MOG Dresses: Clothes Tree By Deborah | Monogram: Allison R. Banks Designs | Mr. & Mrs. Hangers: BHLDN | Stoned Belt + Sash: Justin Alexander | Wax Seal & Monogram Stamp: Nostalgic Impressions

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