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Intimate Garden Wedding in St. Augustine

This wedding has it all.  Lush, peach-hued florals from Jade Violet Wedding Florals, sweet details orchestrated by Coastal Celebrations and an adorable bride and groom who know everything there is to know about throwing an intimate + seriously awesome garden party. (Hint: There’s Mac ‘n’ Cheese.) Head to THE VAULT to soak in every moment captured by Still55 Photography.  It’s a must-see.


From Still55 Photography… When we first met Sara, her smile immediately lit up the room! Sara & Dan have such warm spirits, and are so thoughtful and bright, just like their wedding day. They truly admire their friends and family. The style of the wedding reflected Sara’s love for Florida and the timeless warmth of her soul. With the expertise of Lindsay at Costal Celebrations, Sara drew inspiration from the spring season at hand and the state she loved most. Thoughtful touches of mint and peach adorned the historic venue in the heart of our nation’s oldest city. The Pena-Peck House in St. Augustine Florida was the perfect place for Sara’s intimate garden affair. Gorgeous lush floral arrangements transformed the already historically tranquil courtyard into the ideal outdoor garden wedding.

Following the ceremony, guests were treated to a private trolly tour of St. Augustine. Hand-crafted vintage oak whiskey barrels were placed throughout the garden as high top tables for guest to enjoy while sipping Sara and Dan’s signature cocktails. The tablescapes showcased their love for the Florida coast. Weathered lanterns were surrounded by understated arrangements that allowed guest to enjoy each other’s company from any vantage point of the table. Brimming colors, and carefully considered touches throughout her wedding welcomed guest in a way that will inspire any bride aiming for a colorful affair in the South. We can’t forget to mention the decadent dessert table! With seven cakes to try and fruity Starburst and Jolly Rancher candies, a sweet treat was absolutely irresistible.

From The Bride… From the historical sites and culture to the laid-back atmosphere of the pedestrian-only St. George Street, Dan and I love the warmth and history of St. Augustine. Both born and raised in New York, we were engaged in St. Augustine while on vacation. As soon as we began wedding planning, we knew we wanted to bring our closest family and friends back to the Old City to celebrate our marriage.

As a couple, Dan and I are low key, center-of-attention-avoiders who like to laugh and not take things so seriously. We prefer jeans and flip-flops to dresses and ties. It was important to us that we keep that sense of who we are on our big day.  So our vision was simple – an intimate day that embraced who we are as a couple and incorporated the city surrounding us. All printed materials, from the informal invitations and ceremony program fans to the menu (complete with southern staples like mac & cheese and collard greens) and craft paper placemats, were designed to give the wedding the laid-back, backyard get-together feel we were hoping to achieve.

To incorporate the City, the ceremony and reception took place in the garden of The Pena Peck House, directly on St. George Street. Guests enjoyed a trolley ride in between the ceremony and the reception where they toured the city and learned about the history. The wedding colors – peach, coral and mint – were reflective of the colors found on the old buildings throughout town and the “old Florida” feel we love about St. Augustine. Our favorite memory of the wedding was our sparkler exit onto St. George Street, where guests and random pedestrians gathered to cheer and shout well wishes as we departed on a pedi-cab.

In an effort to make the wedding reflective of our personalities, it was important to us that we vowed to love each other in our own words. We threw out traditions like a large bridal party and opted for a single Matron of Honor, Best Man and our nieces and nephew as flower girls and ring bearer. Instead of a tiered wedding cake with a formal cake cutting, we went with a number of cakes so guests could help themselves and choose their favorite flavor.

My favorite DIY element of our wedding was our seating placemats. Dan and I both work for civil engineering companies; it’s how we first met. To incorporate that important detail of our relationship into the day, Dan designed an engineering site plan “map” of St. Augustine with all of the important wedding locations as well as the tourist places we encouraged our guests to explore. We gave this map to our guests in their hotel welcome bags (tote bags printed with “Dan + Sara, Totes Gettin’ Married”) and also printed them on craft paper to use as seating placemats during the reception. It was a unique way to decorate the tables as well as incorporate the City and our relationship into the wedding.

My advice to brides-to-be is to never lose sight of who you and your fiancé are as a couple; don’t get caught up in all of the wedding traditions you think you should have. Not all couples (or brides) love to be the center of attention. Look at the reasons why you love each other and what you both feel comfortable with. Then incorporate those unique details into your planning. There are endless ways to make the day reflective of your own personalities.

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Photography: Still55 Photography | Event Planning: Coastal Celebrations | Floral Design: Jade Violet Wedding Florals | Wedding Dress: Casablanca | Cake: Publix Bakery | Bride's Shoes: Michael Kors | Catering: Purple Olive | Makeup: Amanda Hopcraft | Hair: Mon Petit Chou Boutique | Lighting: St John's Illuminations | Band: Oh No! | Officiant: Peggy LaRoche | Transportation: Ripley's St Augustine | Venue: The Peña-Peck House | Ceremony Musician: Deron Baker | Groom & Groomsmen Attire: J. Crew | Pedicab: Pedicab of St Augustine

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Bohemian + Rustic Garden Wedding in Florida

As I begin to finalize my own wedding, I’ll definitely be using this Bride’s sage advice as reference. Staying true to their relationship and vision, this darling duo planned a spectacular affair close to their hearts. An artistic day overflowing with bohemian glamour and rustic touches straight from the lens of Brooke Images, their garden affair is certainly one to share.


From the beautiful Bride… From the get-go we never wanted to lose sight of what our wedding was all about: us as a couple, our love and the life long journey we are sharing together. While I coordinated with most of the vendors, Alain and I worked together to really make our dream a reality. He gave me his input on a lot of things and we did some soul searching to really understand what we wanted our day to be. As Alain calls it “Rustic Bohemian Magic” shared with our closest family and friends. Deciding on a “destination wedding” to St Augustine (being on the other coast of FL) solidified the vibe we were going for…. a magical bohemian feel in a charming little city. From there everything fell into place. Our vendors were nothing short of amazing, and often work together so I knew we were in good hands. Most of our vendors have even become friends, making our day that much more special.

We incorporated sweet little sayings and inside jokes into our vows, made signs that were placed around the reception that had meaning to us, Alain created our hilarious hashtag, #aboutJAMtime, referencing the fact that we have been dating for 8 years, we had artsy, bohemian pieces and lush greenery that just screamed j+a, and a cake table that was literally the “icing on the cake” to our special day.

Being an offbeat, laid-back couple, we wanted to do something different for the unity part of the ceremony so being lovers of graffiti, we painted a canvas. We outlined a heart with tape and blended our wedding colors together, symbolizing the start of a new journey together. Our friend who married us explained it perfectly during the ceremony: As two people join together in marriage, their souls become one. Much like when blending colors together, they are unable to be separated, bound for life. We peeled off the tape and now this work of art sits in our living room as a beautiful reminder of our magical day.

Tying in the artsy side of us, we did a lot of DIY projects and had friends design our save the dates and invitations. I even created our own wedding website using Sqaurespace. Since I work on creating websites for a living, it just made sense to have our site stand out. We wanted every part to be uniquely us. The DIY was a lot of fun because we both enjoyed working on projects together. Alain jokes that I took over his hobby of spray painting because I would be spray painting things almost every weekend for the last couple of months up until the wedding. But it was a fun memory and something we enjoyed doing together while planning our special day.

The whole day was like a magical dream… high on the love that surrounded us, we had to step back and just live in the moment while taking it all in. The day just radiated love. It was such an intense feeling of happiness and joy and everyone who attended could feel it and shared it. We we’re both blown away at how everything came together. It was more than we could have ever imagined thanks to the amazing people we worked with. There are so many moments that rush into my head when I think of sweet memories of our day…. I loved taking the bride + groom photos together, because it was our time together, exploring the streets of St Augustine with my love before the most important walk of our lives. Some of my other favorite moments included my first look with my dad, as I’m a total daddy’s girl. We both cried our eyes out with happy tears. The special moments with family and friends, especially when we did our bridal party photos… we had some big laughs doing those! Another moment and maybe the most special, was our first kiss as husband and wife, we sweetly kissed and the chorus of “Best Day Of My Life” started playing. The emotions were in full swing and I was just the happiest little girl in the world. The whole day, I just feel like we were just beaming with happiness.

The details is what makes it YOUR wedding, not A wedding and that’s what we wanted to focus on. We knew we wanted to look back on the day and say that was OUR wedding, with OUR friends and family. The moments captured by Brooke Images were amazing and I can still feel the emotions when I look at the photos.

Photography: Brooke Images | Wedding Dress: Theia Couture of Malindy Elene | Invitations: Gallantandsuch | Ceremony Venue: The Llambias House | Reception Venue: The White Room | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids | DJ: McGee Entertainment | Benches: Luxe Rentals | Cake And Dessert: Sweet N' Flour | Flowers and Table Rentals: The Conservatorie Floral & Event Design | Makeup/ Hair: Amanda Hopcraft | Photobooth : Smiley Face Photo Booth | Veil: Melinda Rose Design

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Sunny St. Augustine Engagement Session

When I think of engagement sessions, I think of sweet kisses in romantic settings and this pretty little party by Brooke Images is the perfect example. I’ve bookmarked it as one of my favorites, and I’m pretty sure once you’ve peeked at this gallery of gorgeous, you’ll do the same. See it all here!

From The Bride-to-be…It was a beautiful Fall day in St. Augustine Florida, just over a year out from our BIG DAY! It was the first time meeting our photographers, the amazing Brooke Images. We all hit if off so well, even running over our time limit because we were all having so much fun! Ashley and Greg made us feel so comfortable and captured every bit of us so well.

As an offbeat couple, we love to be a little different, yet still show the world who we are together. Lovers of Jack Johnson, we were inspired by his song “Better Together” because, honestly my fiancé, Alain, is my other half, my best friend, and we really are better together. After 7 amazing years together, this session was all about our quirky love story and how far we have come. It was a celebration of our love and one step closer to our biggest adventure yet! We wanted to include all of our family so we incorporated our little pomeranian, Tika, she was the happiest little pup on the planet since “mommy and daddy are getting married.” When we started planning for the shoot, we really just wanted to showcase our love, our personalities, the beautiful city we are getting married in, and the feel/colors of our wedding. It all just came together so flawlessly and was so much fun to plan together. We are a laid back couple who loves having fun and Brooke Images captured our love perfectly!

There’s a quote I feel is very fitting for our engagement shoot:
Piglet- “How do you spell ‘love’?”
Pooh: “You don’t spell it…you feel it.”
And you can definitely feel the love in our shoot.

Photography: Brooke Images | Make Up: Amanda Hopcraft | Balloon: One Stylish Party | Location: Flagler College | Location: Downtown St. Augustine