Just looking at the absolutely stunning images of this Amelia Island wedding from Agnes Lopez Photography makes me want to break out my fancy pants. The bold colors, glamorous setting, drool-worthy shoes, blingy bridal bouquet, stunning floral design - need I go on? Oh wait, I didn't even bring up the wedding cake. You will need to see the gorgeous image to believe it. We love when we get a wedding from Agnes Lopez, and this one definitely didn't disappoint. Be sure to check out all of the glamorous pictures in the gallery.
As I walked down the aisle, the weather was absolutely perfect, and the sun was shining perfectly on our ceremony site...I saw Nathaniel waiting for me under the canopy, and on either side of him were our siblings and our closet friends, all eight bridesmaids and fourteen groomsmen (I know that sounds absurd!)...I was looking him dead in the eyes, but somehow I was able to see the faces of our most cherished friends, and it was perfect. We have known each other since I became great friends with his younger sister when I was in the ninth grade ( he was a junior). I have an older sister Nathaniel's age (Meredith), and he has a younger brother (Daniel) a year older than me, and a younger sister (Anna) a year younger than me, so we have all been friends for a very long time. When I was a sophomore in high school, all five of us were actually there at the same time, each in a different grade! Our friendship grew and we were absolutely best friends by the time I was about 16 or 17. We went to different colleges, but whenever we would find ourselves back in Huntsville Nathaniel and I would spend all our time together, along with his brother Daniel, and our other two closest friends, Ben and Jonathan. We kept in touch of course while we were at school, through letters, phone calls, and surprise visits when one, two, three, or all four of them would apear on my front porch in Chapel Hill, NC. We were inseparable, the five of us, and they were my life as far as friends were concerned. I didn't have a boyfriend; in fact, I had never had a boyfriend, and I felt completely safe and comfortable with them, especially Nathaniel. Shortly after I graduated from college, Nathaniel and I started dating. We knew that that decision would drastically effect our friendship, but we decided that it was worth the risk because of the amazing potential of how great things might be! And eight years later, the day before my 30th birthday, he asked me to marry him. I adore him in everyway, and I cannot imagine my life without him.
From Agnes Lopez, the talent behind the lens...Mandee and Nathaniel were married in an afternoon ceremony on the lawn of the Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island. The families and most of the friends were from Huntsville, Alabama, and they made a weekend out of the perfect early fall weather on the coast of Northeast Florida. The event managed to be glamorous but also incorporated DIY elements, like the programs and the crystal cake stand, which were made by the mother of the bride. The cake itself was adorned with brooches and the bouquet was made of a mix of new and vintage brooches, assembled by the bride. There was a pink-themed candy table for guests, who were also able to imbibe a series of signature martinis poured through the ice bar, which was transported from Alabama.
Photography: Agnes Lopez Photography / Cinematography: First Sight Pictures / Event Design: Liza Chung / Ceremony Location: The Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island / Reception Location: The Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island / Shoes: Manolo Blahnik / Music: Music by Nora & Andree / Band: Still Cruisin / Cake By: Bruce Roy / Wedding gown by: Elizabeth Filmore / Invitations: The Green Kangaroo