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Nautical Elegance Wedding Inspiration

Real life isn’t perfect, things don’t always go as planned. But this shoot, captured by Graham Terhune, took lemons and made pitchers of lemonade. When bad weather hit, this shoot had to be rescheduled and squeezed in before flights departed from New Orleans, but with the talents of Sapphire Events, Wildflower Linens and Kim Starr Wise, the finished product is nothing but extraordinary. May these gorgeous pics be an example of never letting a little rain ruin the promise of pretty.

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Summer
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Yacht Club
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Elegant

From Sapphire Events… The Anchored in Love photo shoot is a collection of images that we hope tells the story of a North Carolina girl who fell in love with a New Orleans gent. Their love story is simple and sweet, and their wedding is about their steadfast commitment to one another. On the day of the styled shoot, the sun was shining and the sky was clear until it was time to begin the photographs. At the exact moment we planned to begin shooting, the rain began to pour along with thunder and lightening. Although we were completely devastated (because we were scheduled to fly home from New Orleans the next morning) our team looked at one another and decided to make the best of our situation. We were able to take the portraits of our bride and groom along with the bridal party despite the spurts of sideways rain and we were able to schedule a reshoot of the details the next morning before our 10:30 am flight out of NOLA. As we drove to the airport, completely exhausted and slightly heartbroken, we couldn’t help but think of the beauty of our theme that enveloped our crazy circumstances. We were able to rearrange a few details in order to photograph the beautiful details created by Valerie; however, on actual wedding days, these arrangements are not to be altered. As we reflected on this during our drive to the airport we thought of the importance of anchors and how strong anchors are what make durable marriages. While the beauty that surrounds southern weddings is what we often think of their defining characteristic, during our photo shoot we realized that the beauty of southern weddings lies within the family traditions, the authentic details, the loyalty of friendships and most importantly the rock of solid relationships. Wedding days are beautiful and they mark the first day of the most important journey we embark on in this life and we are grateful for the reminder that it is the anchor of genuine love that holds us all together – rain or shine.

Photography: Graham Terhune | Floral Design: Kim Starr Wise | Bakery: Melissa's Fine Pastries | Stationery: Sapphire Events | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Donna Morgan | Bridal Attire: Wedding Belles | Bridesmaids Jewelry: Porter Lyons | Event Design & Planning: Sapphire Events | Linens: Wildflower Linen | Location: New Orleans Municipal Harbor | Ribbon: Froufrou Chic

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Jekyll Island Club Hotel

With the holidays just behind us, and engagement season in full force, there are lots of sparkly new rings upon fingers! Now that you and your honey have decided on forever, the wedding planning can begin. First up? A gorgeous venue. Lucky for you, I’ve got just the place — the historic Jekyll Island Club Hotel.

This incredible venue located on Jekyll Island, Georgia, is as gorgeous as they come. Offering couples a huge variety of settings where they can tie the knot — garden, beachfront, ballroom, cottage lawn + chapel to name a few — the breathtaking grounds of the Jekyll Island Club Hotel will have you and your guests head-over-heels. To help you navigate the planning process, the hotel has a top-notch sales + catering department that will walk you through everything from package options, room blocks, booking vendors, day-of coordination and so much more.

I don’t know about you all, but I’m seriously smitten with this stunning locale. It’s not too late to book your 2015 big day at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel — there are even a handful of discounted weekends available! To learn more about the venue and to get started planning, call 912.635.5170, email sales{at}jekyllclub.com or head over to their website. Happy planning, my dears!

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Weddings at LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort

Fact: LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort is the type of place that just makes your soul happy.  The perfect combo of luxury and elegance, it’s glistening beaches meets amazing accommodations meets that sweet Florida sun.  In other words?  It’s the ideal setting for your wedding, vow renewal or honeymoon.

Located against a stunning Gulf of Mexico backdrop, LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort knows a thing or two about throwing a perfect party.  From that intimate vow renewal to that 200-person affair, LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort has the venue just right for you and yours.  Think grand ballrooms, poolside spaces and sandy beaches that will wow you and your guests with their awesomeness.  Not to mention an amazing team of wedding professionals that will make sure each and every moment of your day is simply flawless.  Add all of that to the peace and tranquility of a Naples vacation and it’s the wedding of your dreams… and then some.