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The Perfect Spot for an Intimate Seaside Wedding

I’ve never stepped foot in Rosemary Beach, yet feel as if I visited there a hundred times thanks to all of the stunning weddings we’ve feature in this locale. It boasts the whitest sands and an adorable little town hall—making it kind of the perfect spot for a seaside soiree like this one planned by Shelby Peaden Events. Blooms from Myrtie Blue served as the perfect contrast for the white backdrop. Convinced this is your spot? See even more from Mi Amore Foto in The Vault.

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From the Bride… As a little girl I often envisioned my wedding as the typical princess fairy tale…lavish, large, and complete with my own Prince Charming. When it came time to actually plan my wedding at thirty, my idea of the perfect wedding had entirely shifted. I had already found my best friend and the love of my life in my fiancé and now hoped to have a wedding that would be a personal celebration of our love and commitment surrounded by our closest friends and family. Size and grandeur were replaced by a focus on intimacy and individual style.

With that in mind we searched for a venue in a place that would also serve as a vacation spot for our sixty or so traveling guests. Enter Rosemary Beach, Florida, a beautiful seaside town with quaint cottage rentals, cobblestone roads and a old-world imbibing Town Hall which could double as a ceremony and reception location. The adjacent outdoor grass courtyard was an added bonus and proved to be the perfect spot for a cocktail hour.

With our venue selected we began to focus on the experience and details of the day. I’ve always valued personal style and decor design and I wanted our wedding to be no exception to that. I envisioned romance, candles, and an elegantly mature bohemian feel. I pictured loads of gorgeous greenery, vibrant peonies and a mix of modern and more traditional elements. On all of these items and much more, Brian at Myrtie Blue delivered.

Food and drink was also at the top of our priority list. Based on recommendations and reviews we selected Townsend Catering, and we were so happy we did. We wanted to serve a hearty meal to our guests, part coastal and part southern comfort so we ended up choosing options like braised short rib with mashed potatoes, pan-seared grouper and jumbo lump crab meat with cheese grits and appetizers including bacon wrapped dates and grilled cheese tomato shooters. We also wanted to personalize our drink options so we opted for a selection of locally brewed beer from the panhandle and where my husband grew up, and a few signature cocktails including my favorite, appropriately named the Rosemary.

The last detail we nailed down was a biggie. We needed to select a photographer who would be able to capture the day in a beautiful, organic and artistic way. Sure we wanted some of the traditional posed photos, but we were more interested in the elusive candid moments, the meaningful glances and unprompted smiles, the details of the day that we could later draw upon to remember how we felt at that instance in time. Shannon was exactly that photographer. She managed to not only capture those aspects but to do so while making us feel entirely comfortable during the process.

There is truly not a single thing I would have changed about that day. Our personal style and touches were reflected in nearly every detail. In focusing on our commitment to one another and how we wanted to share and celebrate that with our closest friends and family we were able avoid the often production type feel weddings can sometimes generate, and we wouldn’t have had it any other way.

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Photography: Mi Amore Foto | Event Planning: Shelby Peaden Events | Floral Design: Myrtie Blue | Wedding Dress: Lea-Ann Belter Bridal Flagship Boutique | Invitations: Minted | Ceremony Venue: Rosemary Beach Town Hall | Reception Venue: Rosemary Beach Town Hall | Catering: Townsend Catering | Groom's Attire: Vera Wang

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5 Mistakes Brides Make One Month Before the Wedding

You might think the last month before your wedding will be crunch time—but the last thing you should be doing is ‘crunching’ in a ton of Big Day to do’s. Instead, you should be enjoying a spa day, a date night with your soon-to-be or scouting fun things to do on your honeymoon. From last-minute beauty updates to neglecting your guests, make sure to avoid making these five mistakes in your final countdown!

Making Drastic Beauty Changes

One of the best pieces of advice I received while planning my wedding was to NOT change my look drastically. I wanted to try balayage (something I never had tried before) and one of my bridesmaids spoke up and warned me not to. I’m so glad I listened and stuck with a classic ‘me’ hair color. This goes for makeup, spray tans, hairstyles, false lashes, nail color, etc. You might think you need to make a statement for your fete—but trust me, going with your classic ‘you’ beauty practices are in your best interest. If you do want to amp your look up a bit, make sure you test it out in plenty of advance to make sure you love it.

Not Recruiting Help

Ladies, I hear you. You really want to take care of it all to make sure it goes smoothly (and exactly how YOU want). But that’s exactly how stress starts to creep in and your idea of a perfect wedding day goes out the door. You simply cannot do. it. all. And you know what? That’s OK. Put trust in your friends and family to help you where needed. That’s what your bridal party is for! They’re there to help and take the load off of you. Let go of that control (or at least a little bit of it) and you’ll find those last few weeks a whole lot more enjoyable.

Neglecting Your Guests

Your focus should definitely NOT be on every one else. However, taking the time to prep a month-out email to your wedding guests with any extra details will allow you to do exactly that. Make sure you’ve answered any potential questions that might come your way. The last thing you want is to be getting texts and calls from your guests asking where to meet for the rehearsal dinner the evening before or if there’s a shuttle to the venue. Give them more info than you think they’ll need and you’ll be able to kick back and soak in the last month before your Big Day (without any interruptions).

Not Planning a Photography Timeline

This is something your photographer should chat with you about in advance, but remember to keep in mind the flow of your wedding day and where you’ll fit in those photo planned getting ready moments, first look, portraits, etc. You might really want to attend your cocktail hour after the ceremony rather than taking photos for an hour. You might not want traditional family portraits at all! Keep these things in mind and come up with a plan before the Big Day, rather than day of.

You Forget to Make Honeymoon Arrangements

All of the focus is on your wedding day, as it should be. But if you’re leaving for your honeymoon shortly after, make sure not to forget all of the details that goes with planning your trip away. Create a packing list, make sure your fur babies have boarding booked, you’ve got a house sitter in place or neighbor to pick up your mail and water the plants, etc. It’s easy to forget these to do’s that seem impossible to neglect when you go on a regular vacation, but not surprising that it might fall by the wayside with wedding tasks on the mind.

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Lilly Pulitzer is Hosting the Party of the Year – We’ll See You There

When Lilly Pulitzer announced the launch of her new Lilly White Dress Collection, we threw a virtual party. But what’s better than breaking out the bubbly in our yoga pants? Putting on our sparkliest heels and joining the fun at a retail location near you. Yep, on March 4th, we’ll be enjoying a day of light bites, tasty sweets, yummy drinks and presents, all in celebration of this totally chic attire. We sooo hope to see you there.

When it comes to stunning white dresses that are a must for special events, pre-wedding activities and honeymooning in style, the Lilly White Dress Collection is IT. Think crazy beautiful attire that is perfect for bopping around the beach, toasting the ones you love at your rehearsal dinner or saying “I do” seaside. From the golden details of the Suzette to the flattering fit and flare of the Tilly to the fab fringe detailing of the Simona, each and every piece in this amazing collection is stop you in your tracks gorgeous… and so worthy of a celebration.

Whether you’re looking for that stand-out frock for your bridal shower, honeymoon, wedding or something else entirely, join us for the party of the year on March 4th at a Lilly Pulitzer location near you. Because Lilly Pulitzer + SMP + YOU = sooo much fun. Can’t attend in person? No worries. The celebration continues online here.

Grab your besties and mark those calendars for Saturday, March 4th, you guys. Because missing even a moment of this event is not an option.


Prepare to Fall Head over Heels for the Desert at Sunset

Feast your eyes upon a sunset wedding filled with the colors of the desert and a signature lavender hue that paid homage to the Groom’s mother in such a sweet way. Designed by Some Like It Classic, with florals by The Flower Studio and imagery by Melissa Jill Photography, this celebration will make you fall head over heels for the desert at sunset. I’m pretty sure it doesn’t get any prettier than that.

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From the Bride… We picked a place special to us, and chose a traditional Jewish ceremony. We chose the color purple to honor Alex’s mother who passed away suddenly two years prior. Purple was her favorite color, her memory was everywhere making this an extra special day. For our first dance we chose a song by Alex’s favorite band, this song was unique and special for us, Alex’s sister preformed which made this moment even more special. Purple, whites, blush, candlelight dinner with wood and rustic details under the stars, light and bright dance floor and drapery surrounding, from menus to programs we put our touch on everything and felt the guest would leave with a night to remember. For the guest giveaways, Alex’s family bakery sent their famous Zaro’s black and white cookies from New York in a custom purple and white for the guests to take home. This was a unique and special personal touch and guests love it!

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Photography: Melissa Jill Photography | Event Design: Some Like It Classic - Wedding & Event Design | Floral Design: The Flower Studio | Stationary : Page And Mason | Reception Venue: Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale | Band : The Instant Classics | Groom's Attire: Ralph Lauren | Linens : La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Rentals: Glamour And Woods

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