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.
Fact: if you’re tying the knot in Wilmington, NC, I am sooo jealous. And not just because Wilmington happens to be a place known for magical + oh-so beautiful I do’s. Nope, it’s also the home to the fab Courtyards & Cobblestones event, a walking tour through several downtown wedding venues. It’s a glamour-filled night of good food, yummy drinks, amazing vendors and a whole lot of inspiration.
At Courtyards & Cobblestones, you can leisurely stroll through all that downtown has to offer, making it that much easier to select a wedding venue. And your self-guided tour doesn’t just include fabulous locales, you’ll also be meeting some of the finest wedding professionals Wilmington has to offer, from awesome photogs to cupcake masters to floral pros that will take your breath away. Soak in each space that has been meticulously crafted by an amazing Wilmington designer, and munch on the yummy samplings from some seriously talented caterers. Oh, and did I mention the live entertainment? Sooo awesome. Call it date night or even a girl’s night out, but seriously don’t forget to mark your calendar for January 17th, 2015 from 4:00 to 8:00 pm. Tickets are $18 online or $25 at the door.
For day to day updates go to the Courtyards & Cobblestones Facebook page… and don’t forget to check out the amazing film below!
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Charming yet beautifully elegant, this Mississippi wedding as seen through the lens of Kelly Ginn couldn’t be more lovely if it tried. It’s a little bit preppy, a little bit classic and a whole lot gorgeous - so if you need to find me today, I’ll be poring through all the pretty right here.
From Kelly Ginn Photography
…I’ve only been mildly obsessed with SMP since I was engaged back in 2010. I saw an add on the side of your website of a girl wearing a blush colored dress with a diamond studded bodice. It was ABSOLUTELY perfect. I ran and showed my mom, after doing TONS of research, I found that my perfect dress was a Vera Wang. NO WONDER it was flipping perfect. I begged, I cried, and prayed, and guess what? We were able to afford my DREAM dress (Vera Wang Dorothy) I owe that to you, so CHEERS to you SMP folks. OK, OK, OK enough about me and my perfect dress (there I go again) I have the EPITOME of a Style Me Pretty wedding to share with you guys today. We’re talking seersucker suits paired with Patina striped ties from the Tie Bar (with custom engraved tie clips), an Antebellum Historic Inn (Dunleith Historic Inn) that dates back to the 1790′s in one of the most charming cities I’ve ever laid these blue eyes on (Natchez, Mississippi), and stunning spanish moss that draped over 100+ year old trees. Dunleith Historic Inn has a Greek revival design and includes 26 Tuscan columns built of brick and stucco. (Which literally just translates to perfection.) Meet Sadie and Clayton. Yes, even their names are perfect. HAVE I MENTIONED THERE WAS AN ADORABLE GREENHOUSE? Get ready for 10+ images of JUST the greenhouse. It was literally the most charismatic venue I have ever seen. Giant magnolia trees lined the driveway, and provided the most prefect back drop for bride and groom portraits. Sadie and Clayton spent hours dancing and snuggling under these monumental giants. The bridal party wore the preppiest attire so well. It all so perfectly fit with the venue. The bridesmaids wore a lush Kelly Green Love Lane dress that popped against their bouquets filled with cotton, succulents, and garden roses. The flower girls wore white smocks with green embroidered monograms and white flower crowns. White fruitwood folding chairs gleamed in the sun as the aisle chairs were lined with cotton and magnolia leafs. It was a charming souther affair. In fact, I don’t think it gets anymore southern than this. I could go on and on about all of the reasons this wedding is an impeccable SMP match, but I really should let you guys hear the brides voice, and all of the things SHE has to say about her special day!
From The Bride…Since I was 12 years old my dream was to get married in Natchez, Mississippi. My parents first discovered this quaint town on their 25th wedding anniversary, and they fell in love with its culture and beauty. Natchez has a unique mix of Creole influences while maintaining the traditional Southern delta spirit. Nearly ten years ago, Dunleith Historic Inn was my first taste of Natchez culture, and I am so blessed that it is also where I married my love on May 31, 2014. When my husband, Clayton, and I got engaged, we knew we wanted to keep our wedding day as small and as stress free as possible. The best way to go about this, we believed, was to have a destination wedding. (spoiler: we were right!) I instantly knew Natchez was the place. So we packed up my parents and his parents and hit the road for a scouting trip to book a venue. Right away, Natchez stole the hearts of everyone, and we decided that Dunleith Historic Inn was the perfect choice for our May wedding. I loved the fact that Natchez is such a small town and that all the vendors have such close relationships with each other. We chose Morton’s Flowerland for the flowers and Edna’s Cake Creations for the three-tiered almond cake with raspberry filling. Madeline England, the wedding coordinator at Dunleith, took care of the catering, the rentals, and the accommodations. The toughest part of planning my wedding was picking out my invitations! There’s just so many to choose from! By the time the week of the wedding arrived, Clayton and I had already taken exams, graduated, had two showers, celebrated three birthdays, and moved into a home all in the in the month of May. So, one could say that we were ready to relax. The weather had other ideas, the entire week before the wedding, the weather predicted massive rainstorms, which is odd for the end of May in the South. I did my best to keep calm and not stress, but what is a bride to do? My entire wedding was to take place outside, and I did not book a tent. As the week went by, the weather prediction only got worse. By the time we left for Natchez on Thursday afternoon, I was completely freaking out. But as we got closer and closer to the destination the sun began to shine, and I literally forgot about my stress as soon as I stepped onto the grounds at Dunleith. It was even more beautiful than I had remembered. That night, family flew in from Seattle and Canada, and we were so thankful we decided to rent out the property at Dunleith. Because we chose a destination wedding, I feel like we were able to experience and remember more of our special weekend. It warmed my heart to see both sides of our family gossiping in the rockers on the porch and enjoying daily breakfast all together. It was a time that I will never forget. We also love sharing our love of Natchez with our guests. The morning of our wedding was beautiful, and it seemed as though the weather was going to be wonderful. I was less stressed about rain because when we arrived at Dunleith, I saw a tent sitting in our reception area that was supposed to be taken down days before we arrived. But the rain had delayed the disassembly, and we were able to keep the tent for half price! It felt like a little miracle to get that tent on such short notice. At 10:00 a.m. on the wedding day, the rain set in. It poured on and off, and the radar showed that the storm would last all day. By 1:45 the radar was clear, and there was not a cloud in the sky. I knew that the Lord was providing for Clayton and I, and it was amazing to see another miracle surrounding our wedding day. At 6:00 in the evening on Saturday, May 31, 2014, my dad walked me down the isle with the most beautiful sunlight I have ever seen. I cried like a baby at the altar as I finally married my best friend. The night was perfect thanks to all of our vendors, and we ate, danced and tried to make sure we remembered every second of it. It was the most perfect day.
Photography: Kelly Ginn Photography | Florist: Moreton's Flowerland | Wedding Dress: The Barefoot Bride | Cake: Edna's Cake Creations | Wedding Invitations: Designers Fine Press | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Love Lane | Makeup: Grace Anderson | Hair Stylist: Anne Shackelford | Ties: Tie Bar | Groom's Attire: Joseph A Banks | Harpist: Jacques Weaver | Custom Tie Clips: Hope Of My Heart Designs | Dunleith Historic Inn: Dunleith Historic Inn | Father Of The Bride Attire: Oak Hall | Mother Of The Bride Dress: Amsale | Save The Dates: Smitten On Paper
As a bride who said “I do” in a converted industrial warehouse, I’m all about unique venues. And how much more special could it get than the one-of-a-kind Georgia Aquarium?! The perfect spot for your wedding day (or engagement shoot!), this amazing locale offers couples top-of-the-line catering from Wolfgang Puck, a stunning space and a once-in-a-lifetime experience for your guests.
Georgia Aquarium ensures your big day is seamless + stress free thanks to their incredible special event planners who will leave no detail attended! To get started planning your unforgettable Georgia Aquarium wedding, call 404.581.4126.
Within the first few second of this stunning film from The Film Poets, you can feel the joy. By 30 seconds, you can see the solid connection this sweet duo has with their friends and family. And by the end? You’ll be filled with the complete love and happiness that poured from this day. It’ll warm your heart right up, promise. For even more, see the beautiful imagery from Studio MJW!
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From the beautiful Bride…Adam and I met in college in 2008. We lived across the street from each other and were friends for about 6 months before we decided that we wanted to be more. The truly great thing about our relationship and the way it formed is that during that year that we lived across the street from each other our groups of friends all became close which always makes things more fun. It also gives us a really strong support system of friends around us. We dated from that year forward until our wedding March 8 of this year. Adam is a Special Forces Medic so he was gone a lot for our dating years but we both feel like it made us a stronger couple in the end.
After 6 years of dating- four of which were long distance- we were VERY ready to tie the knot! My main vision and focus for our wedding was to include as many small and personal details as possible. Don’t get me wrong, I think that florals and good food are super important, but I think it’s the little unexpected things that people really take away and remember about a wedding. Besides that, I really wanted it to reflect who we are individually and as a couple. I am a very hands on person and am drawn to anything that lets me express myself creatively so naturally I decided to style/decorate my own wedding. Everyone said that I was insane but we pulled it off! Luckily, we had a really long engagement- a year and three months. During this time, I collected
all of the decor for the wedding at thrift stores, antique malls and estate sales. I did every centerpiece and reception area with items I had thrifted. I wanted the ceremony to be really intimate so we chose candles over flowers and I handmade the wax catchers. Knowing that myself and my family and close friends had all put our hard work into the day made it that much sweeter. It truly is one of those days that you wish you could relive over and over.
Some people think Adam and I are insane because we opened a clothing store two weeks after we returned from our honeymoon. For the month leading up to the wedding we were wrapping up planning and renovating a store at the same time. Our new store truly has been a labor of love just as our wedding was. It has been so fun to create this store concept together and execute it. I think that taught us quite a few lessons about how to truly work together and rely on each other. If I could give one piece of advice to future married couples it would be to rely on each other and really be interested and invested in what your partner is doing. It’s not going to work if it’s any other way. I also want to add another piece of advice my sister, Lucy, gave me about marriage based on her experience – it’s important to rely on each other completely, but it’s equally important to realize that there are certain things that you can only get from God. Realizing this takes a lot of pressure and resentment out of your marriage.
Photography: Studio MJW | Cinematography: The Film Poets | Wedding Gown: Low's Bridal | Wedding Cake: That Special Touch | Bride's Shoes: Seychelles | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Low's Bridal | Catering: McClain Lodge | Venue: McClain Lodge | Wedding Styling & Invitations: Style Revel Events
I’m pretty sure my move to the mid-Atlantic that brought out my inner monogram lover, so needless to say, I’m head-over-heels for everything by Vino Backyard Designs. Offering beautiful monogram return address stamps, wooden monograms, custom tags and even personalized leather journals, there’s not one thing in this online shop I don’t covet.
Vino Backyard Designs has items perfect as wedding + bridesmaid gifts. We’re loving the custom wooden tags as a creative way to ask your ladies to be part of your big day! Everything in the shop is beautifully made, with a focus on luxe materials and fabulous customer service. New to Vino Backyard Designs are the incredible, custom engraved leather journals — which just so happen to be at the top of my wish list.
Head over here to start shopping! And get this, Vino Backyard Designs is offering our SMP readers 15% off their purchase in the Etsy store! Simply enter code STYLEMEPRETTY2014 at checkout. Discount valid through December 30, 2014.