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Looking for that perfect seaside locale? We’ve got the answer right here.

Celebrating your “I do’s” in paradise is sort of the end-all, be-all of glam weddings – and when it comes to finding that perfect locale to host your drop-dead gorgeous “party of the century”, The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel has you totally covered. Think world-class resorts, seriously stunning ocean views and wedding pros that will make all of your dreams come true. It doesn’t get better than this, loves… take a look below.

Destination weddings are all about kicking back with your toes in the sand, sippin’ those tasty libations and really, really pampering yourself AND all the ones you love. Whether that’s a day of fun-filled activities (hello, kayaking and beachside yoga), or simply spending some luxurious time in a Sanibel spa. That’s the beauty of The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel… with a plethora of amazing resorts and inns to choose from, you’re guaranteed a weekend (or week!) of total fun. From your sure-to-be awesome bachelor + bachelorette parties, to those breathtaking “I do’s” with the ocean waves crashing in the distance and the goodbye brunch with your nearest and dearest, it’s a vacation of a lifetime meets a beautiful wedding celebration. Ah, yes… that’s the best way ever to tie the knot.

We can’t say it enough, you guys… contact The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel TODAY to start planning that dream destination wedding with wedding experts that know everything about celebrating your “I do’s” in paradise. Then enter for your chance to win a romantic getaway for a much-needed preview. Details are below!

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What: The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel is giving away a romantic getaway! See why there is no better place to say, “I do” and honeymoon.

How: Pin your “I do” and honeymoon, too! Choose your favorite wedding venue and honeymoon destination from The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel’s Pinterest board for a chance to win!

Who: One lucky person will win a three-night stay for two in a gorgeous Southwest Florida resort, plus a $1,000 travel voucher from Expedia!

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Photography: Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina | Photography: DiamondHead Beach Resort | Photography: Sundial Resort


It may be Snowing but this Winter Engagement is Hot, Hot, Hot

Backless gowns are best kept for indoor attire but with this gorgeous engagement, the Bride-to-be had her love to keep her warm. And it’s all set against a magical winter wonderland captured by Forage + Film. Get inspired to dress to the nines and romp in the snow with even more gorgeous imagery right here in the vault.

We loved shooting this winter wonderland session with this sweet couple! The soft falling snowflakes, and the beautiful white historic estate made for such dreamy setting. Paired with this couples fabulous style, serious guts ( hello backless dress in freezing temperatures!) and tangible love, we walked away knowing it was a special day. This was the kind of session that can’t ever be recreated and is just as unique and special as this couple is, and that is the kind of experience we live for! We loved that this couple got to cuddle into each other for warmth as the snow rested on their hair and laugh with each other in these extraordinary circumstances! While we sometimes wish it snowed more often here in Raleigh, its rarity truly does make it that much more special when it does!

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Photography: Forage + Film | Historic House: Merrimon-Wynne House

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Inspired by the Most Stunning Lace Dress

For this Winter inspiration, it all started with a dress. Backless, lace and insanely beautiful to be exact from Erin Grey Couture. From there, HART & CO. Events crafted a shoot layered in texture and bursting with lush blooms by Springvine Design. If you like lace or velvet or florals literally hanging from the heavens, then pop on over the the vault captured by Almond Leaf Studios for so much more.

From the planner… When Charlotte based bridal boutique owner and couture gown maker CJ Bostrom reached out to me about creating a wintery, romantic shoot in the Asheville mountains, I knew right away this was going to be something special! CJ created an amazing lace gown for her Erin Grey Couture line that is simply stunning and served as inspiration as I pulled together the rest of the design elements.

With hints of silver and gold woven in the gown, I incorporated a mix of the two metals throughout the table design. A gorgeous velvet linen from La Tavola created the perfect base, and allowed for those hints of silver and gold to stand out. I tried to keep everything else about the table simple yet classic and nothing that would take away from Springvine Design’s amazing hanging greenery and floral garland.

Springvine created a beautiful bouquet and we were lucky to have some Renee Pawlee jewelry plus beautiful rings from Trumpet & Horn to complete the bride’s look. For our groom, we decked him out in a classic black tux with a velvet bowtie from Men’s Wearhouse. The two are quite a dapper pair!

Engaged Asheville’s studio space gave us the perfect overall backdrop for our shoot. The clean white space and windows that let tons of natural light flow in was incredible.

Bohemian Ink created a beautiful invitation suite that was both romantic and whimsical. Jess is an incredibly talented artist in Charlotte and each piece she makes is really a work of art!

I always try to keep a look consistent and Wow Factor Cakes did just that by carrying the mix silver and gold into their cake design. The curves of the top tier were inspired by the gold curves of the chargers on the table. And they even brought in a lace pattern on the bottom layer of the cake that was similar to the pattern on the salad plates.

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Photography: Almond Leaf Studios | Event Planning: HART & CO. Events | Florals: Springvine Design | Wedding Dress: Erin Grey Couture | Wedding Dress: Tulle New York | Cake: Wow Factor Cakes | Stationery: Bohemian Ink | Makeup: Lovely by Patrice | Hair: Wonderlab Salon - Meyers McKenzie | Calligraphy: Bohemian Ink | Groom's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Bridal Jewelry: J. Major's Bridal Boutique | Engaged Asheville: Engaged Asheville | Laides Rings: Trumpet & Horn | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Rentals: Classic Event Rental | Ring Box: The Mrs Box | Wedding Dress Shop: J. Major's Bridal Boutique

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