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From a Beach Proposal to a Bohemian Garden Seaside Wedding

It’s weddings like this that make me LOVE logging onto Style Me Pretty every. single. day. Totally unfussy, graced with a backdrop you can’t beat and effortlessly pretty in so many ways. Initially inspired by the Bride’s vision of pops of watercolor with gold mixed in and her ‘gold-dipped’ style dress, the images from Love by Serena radiate happiness in the form of color, warm ocean breezes and of course, the sweet chemistry between these two.

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From the Bride & Groom, Jamie & Steve… The Proposal: We got engaged in Saint Maarten March of 2014! It was a vacation we were looking forward to after a snowy winter. We took a drive to the French side and watched the sunset from a local bar. The seats sat on a small pier, so you could feel the waves crashing under you. I walked up to the counter and when I turned around to come back, Steve was kneeling by the shore on one knee. He was so nervous he broke the ring box! It was very sweet and perfect for me because my heart has always been at the ocean. Everyone cheered and toasted, it was a perfect night!

About our wedding: We felt really lucky to be getting married so close to my home town! The Celebration Cottage used to be a pier, where my family went almost every weekend growing up. We wanted a space that felt cozy, open, warm and inviting. We also wanted all of our family/bridal party to be together. We rented a beach house next door to the venue and stayed the week before. Our bridal party also stayed there, so we could have some time to be together before the wedding. It was really important to us to have everyone close, not at separate hotels!

For the wedding, we wanted to keep it simple-the ocean as your background is pretty incredible. In my head I was dreaming of pops of watercolor with gold mixed in. I was an art major and have always been drawn to bright mix and match colors and whimsical details. My dress is from a local designer in Canada and it was the initial inspiration (GOLD)! I told Valerie all of this and didn’t ask for any specific flower. Her outcome was beautiful and captured what was in my mind perfectly!

From Valerie (Bridesmaid, Wife of Jamie’s brother, and Lead Florist at Blossom Bay Botanicals)… Jamie and Steve’s wedding took place in Atlantic beach NC at a brand new space called The Celebration Cottage. The Celebration Cottage is a huge, beautiful beach house built just to serve as a wedding and event venue.

Jamie and Steve were engaged March of 2014, in Saint Marteen and were the first couple to book the Cottage as it was still, as the bride puts is “a pile of wood!” Luckily this couple is the laid back creative type, so the enormity of the construction project did not intimate them. They had no doubt that the space would be finished and better than they could have ever imagined!
Jamie and Steve chose a palette with shades of nude and muted pastels, with splashes of gold. These colors are so reflective of this couple’s personality – very down to earth, but filled with spark and surprise!

They met the first day Jamie moved to Baltimore from North Carolina. On this life-altering first day in the big City, Jamie got a flat tire in the McHenry Tunnel! I think it is safe to say that this is any young woman’s nightmare, much less on such a pivotal moving day. She thought maybe that was a sign to turn around go back home, but it’s a good thing she didn’t! Five hours later, in the midst of a torrential downpour, and after being subjected to the anxiety of holding up inner city traffic for hours, Jamie’s best friend Perry managed to get her out of the traumatizing tunnel experience. Perry did what any best friend would do next – take Jamie out for drinks! It was there that Steve sat next to the beautiful wet rat that would soon be his future wife. It’s funny how one ordinary day can unfold into a complicated challenge that may change the rest of your life.

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Photography: Love by Serena | Event Coordination: Zena Underwood | Floral Design: Blossom Bay Design | Wedding Dress: Truvelle | Shoes: Clarks | Jewelry: Vintage, Heirloom from Mother of the Groom | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BHLDN | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Vintage | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Nordstrom | Men's Attire: Jos A Bank | Officiant: Craig Simmons (Father of the Bride) | Wedding Venue: Celebration Cottage | Beauty (Hair & Makeup): French Twist | Dessert: HappyCakes Cupcakery | Music - Ceremony: Greenville Strings | Music - Live Band: The Adrian Duke Project | Photography Assistance: Faith Teasley Photography | Rentals: Crystal Coast Tent And Event Rentals | Venue Coordinator: Celebration Cottage

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A Classic Southern Affair that Totally Embraces Coastal Beauty

From the palest blue bridesmaid dresses to a reception infused with coastal hues, this wedding totally embraces its seaside roots. And it has a team of incredible vendors behind the scenes. With planning by Posh Petals and Pearls, Greenery and blooms by Marble + Pine, pore through the gallery of images captured by Rach Loves Troy along with a film of the celebration below.

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Spring
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Country Club
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Rustic

This day could not have been more beautiful. Even with rain off and on all day Mandy’s sweet nature and gorgeous smile brightened the whole day and made for the perfect classically southern soiree! Tara from posh petals and pearls took Mandy’s bridesmaid dress color and want for a coastal theme and totally transformed that ballroom at the The Crystal Coast Club. These two have been together for over 10 years and had been through so much with a long distance relationship for a huge portion of that. It was amazing to see everyone come together and celebrate this couple that they had watched grow so much together over a 10 year time. One of my favorite details of the day was the book that Andrew gave to Mandy the day of their wedding. He had bought it on the day he proposed and started writing in it every single day from that point on. About their life and how excited he was for their wedding and to marry her. What an incredible gift. All I could think was how amazing it would be to share with their children one day.

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Photographer : Rach Loves Troy | Videographer: Rach Loves Troy | Floral Design: Marble + Pine | Cake: The Beach Bakery | Hair & Makeup: Jessica Davis of The Glosserie | Bridesmaid Dress: Jenny Yoo | Linens: Beachview | Planning: Posh Petals and Pearls | Rentals: Crystal Coast Tent And Event Rentals | Signage: AR Chalkboard Design | ceremony & reception: country club of the crystal coast | rentals: charming and quaint

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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.

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