This Florida wedding by Brooke Images is pulled right out of a little girl's fantasy...specifically a girl from the Midwest you wanted full on romance to rule her wedding day. The stunning, Mediterranean-style setting at the Continental Club in St. Augustine proved to be the perfect venue to create a glamorous event with the essence of old Hollywood. Click here to see even more!
From the Bride... I had always had an image of what I wanted my wedding day to look like: a Hollywood style love story with the big white dress, beautiful flowers and the perfect groom. After college, a mutual friend introduced me to my now-husband and I knew from our very first date, that Josh was the man I had always pictured walking down the aisle towards. After Josh and I became engaged, we immediately decided on a destination wedding, to get out of our harsh Midwestern winters and marry under the warm sun in St. Augustine, Florida, with our family and closest friends.
The phrase “Old Hollywood Glamour” quickly became the wedding’s inspiration, and after visiting the Club Continental, we knew this venue was it. It is a historic Mediterranean-style estate located on the banks of the St. John’s River. This was the ideal location because it captured the perfect combination of Old Hollywood elegance, romance and glamour that we wanted for our perfect day. The natural beauty of the Club was emphasized with fresh white roses lining the aisle and the river provided an immaculate backdrop with the water glistening from the sunshine.
The bridesmaids (my four sisters and two best friends) wore deep pewter Alfred Sung dresses, in different styles to capture everyone’s unique personality. The bouquets by Liz Stewart’s Flowers Design were a bundle of rich fuchsia to give the glamorous pop of color that I wanted. The groomsmen (Josh’s brother and five best friends) wore traditional black tuxedos to play up the red carpet vibe. It was the perfect color combination as the bridal party framed the alter for our vows. My bouquet was one of my absolute favorite things. It was a romantic assortment of white and pale pink roses and hydrangeas, while touches of white feathers and sparkle were added throughout. Secured with a crystal broach, it gave me the added “glam” touch.
After the ceremony, guests indulged in gourmet appetizers and cocktails on the front terrace of the Club as a five piece string quartet provided a joyful ensemble for the hour. Guests made their way into the reception, where tables were draped in a combination of high and low soft white flower arrangements with crystal garland cascading from the vases, creating an eye-catching amount of sparkle throughout the room.
In lieu of a guest book, we asked each of our family and friends to write Josh and I a “wish” for our future and hang it on a tree. Another special twist that Josh and I made to personalize our special night was to combine our favorite desserts- cupcakes and canoli’s instead of a traditional wedding cake. We danced the night away in celebration of our new life together.
It was a day that Josh and I will never forget- a love story pulled right out of a movie. My dream day had finally become reality and we were so grateful to have been able to share this special day with our family and friends, it wouldn’t have been the same without them.
Wedding Venue: The Club Continental / Wedding Photography: Brooke Images / Floral Design & Decor: Liz Stewart Floral Design / Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Sung / Wedding Planner: Christi Knowles / Wedding Dress: Demetrios (Illissa Collection) / Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Calvin Klein / Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Bride's Jewelry: Sorreli (Earrings) + Family Heirloom (Bracelet) / Invitations & Paper Goods: Ghega Scolari of CartABELLA / Calligraphy: Jane Farr / Cupcakes: LuLi’s Cupcakes / Canolis: Amici’s Italian Restaurant / Bride's Hair: Kate Dahlberg of Cortello Salon / Bride's Makeup: Carrie Hammock / Bridesmaid Hair & Makeup: Kaley Shaffer & Jenna Gambuzza of The Glam Squad