No doubt about it, I need to get my booty to Alys Beach. Time and time again, I see gorgeous galleries of weddings there and my heart pitter patters faster and faster. And the latest, this gem from Brandon Chesbro and Pure 7 Studios, is no exception. Shelby Peaden Events and Myrtie Blue came together to create an organic, romantic celebration with one of the prettiest color palettes ever. See more right this way!
From the Bride… Jordan and I met while we were both in college and next door neighbors. We dated for nearly five years before he proposed while we were on vacation in Mexico. Although we live in Tennessee, we immediately knew we wanted to do a destination wedding in Alys Beach, Florida. The beautiful architecture of the pristine white houses made for the dreamiest backdrop for our wedding. We’ve been vacationing in or near Alys Beach for several years, and I always thought it would be the most amazing place to get married – and it was!
We knew we wanted to keep our wedding relatively small in order to have a more intimate feel to our ceremony and reception. Our vision was to have a natural, organic, and romantic feel to our wedding. For me, the florals were the most important part of the decor. I was so lucky to find Fort Walton Beach’s best floral and event designers, Myrtie Blue. Co-owner Brian Watson took my request of “loose romantic florals” and created something more beautiful than I could have ever dreamed. My bouquet was out of this world, and weighed more than you can imagine.
In addition to picking out florals and decor, one of my other favorite parts of planning was working with my talented calligrapher, Katie Hyatt of Signora e Mare. She makes the most beautiful handmade paper, and I knew I had to have her create our invitation suite. Katie created an organic “B” design that we incorporated not only on the invitations, but also the seating chart, cocktail napkins, and in a couple decor items. For example, we had a moss covered “B” that hung behind the main bar, and a few pillows that were arranged on lounge furniture at the reception also displayed our unique “B” design. This personal touch really made our day feel so special, and we now have the pillows and moss “B” displayed in our house now.
There are so many great memories from our wedding day, but if I had to pick my favorite, I think it would be our first look. We had been hanging out with our bridesmaids, groomsmen, and family separately all morning, and there were a lot of nerves to be calmed getting ready. Once I saw Jordan, everything else went away and I could focus about the day being about us.
I will never forget the love and support we felt from our friends and family on that day. When I started to walk down the aisle with my father, I could not hold back the tears once I saw all of our loved ones who traveled near and far to celebrate our love. Although I thought I wouldn’t cry walking down the aisle, that feeling of love was so overwhelming, that of course I cried the whole way. To top it off, my stepfather officiated our ceremony, which was an experience I will never forget.
We know that our wedding day would not have happened without our talented wedding planner, Shelby Peaden. I’m also so grateful to our photographer, Brandon Chesbro, and our cinematographer, Alan LeBlanc of Pure 7 Studios for perfectly capturing our wedding. Without a doubt, November 5, 2016 was the best day!
Photography: Brandon Chesbro | Cinematography: Pure 7 Studios | Event Planning: Shelby Peaden Events | Floral Design: Myrtie Blue | Wedding Dress: Rue De Seine | Cake: Confections On The Coast | Shoes: Chloe | Rings: Rhapsody in Gold | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Aidan Mattox | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Catering: Cafe 30A | Hair + Makeup: Eulanna Bloodworth | Calligraphy: Signora E Mare | Band: Big Night Dynamite | Groom's Attire: Nordstrom | Groomsmen's Attire: Nordstrom | Wedding Venue: Alys Beach | Ceremony/Cocktail Music: Blackbird Pickers | Groom's Ring: Northwood Rings | Groom's Shoes: Cole Haan | Paper Goods: Signora E Mare | Rentals: The Big Day Event Rentals | Veil: Sara Gabriel