I love the rain. Like love, love, love the rain. It’s refreshing, romantic and cozy… and when it comes to Big Day celebrations, in my world, the more rain the better. So the little downpour that occurred mid-ceremony in this sweet St. Augustine affair? Pretty much perfect, and the kind of unexpected surprise that makes this day truly unique. See so much more captured by Laura Yang in the full gallery.
From Laura Yang Photography… They came from out west, where it rarely rains, to the Sunshine State for a cozy wedding with just their closest family members. So, naturally, the skies opened and the heavens poured down on them right in the middle of their courtyard ceremony. They simply slipped under some umbrellas and ducked inside the Old City House Inn’s dining room, where they finished off their vows — with the restaurant’s guests to cheer them on.
In spite of the literal storms they had to face, this relaxed, intimate wedding was a dream of a day. From the skeleton key theme — taken from the couple’s first meeting, at a Lock and Key party — to the gorgeous stationery created by the bride’s sister, Eileen Tan, to the sweet father-daughter first look and the couple’s portraits around the puddled cobblestones of St. Augustine, everything fell perfectly into place in spite of the weather. They rolled with the punches and simply soaked in this special time as they brought their two families together, and started a new one of their own.
Photography: Laura Yang Photography | Videography: Adam Pressley Films | Flowers: Flowerworks | Gown: Winnie Couture | Cake: Publix | Ceremony Venue: Old City House Inn | Reception Venue: La Pentola | Shoes: Glint | Catering: La Pentola | Officiant: Elegant Events | Hairstyling: Kassie Wingate at Debbie's Day Spa and Salon | Makeup: Elizabeth Johnson at Debbie's Day Spa and Salon | Music: Richard Kuncicsky | Stationery : Eileen Tan
This, my friends, is exactly the reason I love Julie Cate Photography. The reason I swoon on a continual basis over her gorgeous work, and the bride and grooms she so effortlessly captures. It’s an ethereal look into the celebration of two sweeties sooo in love and sooo full of joy, it’s palpable. From the beautiful blooms from The Conservatorie Floral & Event Design to the perfectly perfect stationery from St. Augustine Paper Co.. See it all right here in the full gallery.
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From the Bride… When Dan and I envisioned our wedding, there was one thing we knew for certain–we wanted to have a fun, intimate, and relaxed day that reflected us. We chose the setting of our wedding to be in St. Augustine, FL, a place that has been special to us throughout our relationship, as well as Dan’s hometown. The Oldest House Garden provided the perfect backdrop for our ceremony with its simplistic beauty. Guests were greeted by songs played by our favorite local musician, Ricky Kendall. To further personalize our ceremony, our pastor had us write letters to each other, which he read aloud. I was initially reluctant to this idea, but I am so thankful that we went forward with it. It truly made the ceremony special. The reception was held across the street at the St. Francis Barracks. DIY elements were found throughout, consisting of a homemade photobooth, fabric pennants strung across the tent, a fabric strip banner behind the cake table, and Mr. & Mrs. signs for our chairs. My mom and sister helped tremendously in making all of this. Ricky Kendall graced our ears with more tunes played during dinner, followed by a night of dancing. Two of our friends put together a Spotify playlist, which was a huge success considering the dance floor was full all night long. Guests enjoyed cakes and popsicles provided by The Hyppo, a favorite local spot in St. Augustine owned by one of our groomsmen. The night ended with Dan and I exiting through a tunnel of sparklers.
Thinking back to our wedding day, there’s nothing Dan and I would change. The weather was perfect, the ceremony was beautiful, and the reception was truly a party. It was better than we could’ve imagined thanks to the support and help of our friends and family. We were blessed to work with amazing vendors as well, who made the whole day seamless.
Photography: Julie Cate Photography | Event Design: The Conservatorie Floral & Event Design | Flowers: The Conservatorie Floral & Event Design | Wedding Dress: Martina Liana | Stationery: St Augustine Paper Co. | Ceremony Venue: Oldest House Garden | Reception Venue: St. Francis Barracks | Bridesmaids' Dresses: JCrew | Caterer: Culinary Outfitters | Groom's Suit: Banana Republic | Cakes and Popsicles: The Hyppo | Make-up & Hair : Philosophie Salon & Apothecary
This gorgeous wedding started with a completely adorable love story that began way back in 8th grade. And now here they are on pages of SMP Florida thanks to the stunning set of images below by Christina Block Photography, with forever and ever in front of them. It leaves us with a wedding that is the perfect combination of stylish and sweet, making this gallery one you shouldn’t miss. Take a gander here.
… Minda and Clark met in the 8th grade in middle school on the football field during gym period. It was truly love at first sight after Clark offered Minda a piggyback ride. The pair was inseparable for the remainder of the school year. Clark gave Minda his school ring and asked her to the end of the year dance. After school was over they spent the summer together until they went their separate ways to two different high schools. Clark has called Minda every year on her birthday since they were fourteen. 14 years later they reconnected and now their first love is their last love.
Photography: Christina Block Photography | Florist: Lori Parker Floral Studios | Wedding Gown: Blush by Jim Hjelm | Wedding Cake: Sweet 'n' Flour | Invitations: Smitten on Paper | Engagement Ring: Tiffany & Co | Wedding Bands: The 58th Facet | Bridesmaid Dresses: BCBG Max Azria | Band: Gary Starling Jazz Band | Assistant to Photographer : Autumn Paciorek | Bow Ties: High Cotton | Bridal Gown Shop: The White Magnolia Bridal Collection | Hair Design: Mac Hair Studio | Headpiece: Nicole Lee of Pink Underground | Makeup: Andrea Koegler | Shoes + Cake Cutter + Flutes: BHLDN | Wedding Venue: The White Room