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Sophisticated Beachside Wedding in Florida

Fellow sun-chasers this one is for you, a daily dose of Vitamin D(reamy) that has us packing our virtual bags e-scaping the winter chill for warmer temps at Alys Beach! It’s the ultimate sunny celebration in Florida snapped up by Pure7 Studios that is awash with romance. It’s a gallery you’re going to want to bask in, and we’ve got it all in THE VAULT!

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From The Bride…Jason and I started dating the beginning of 2011. When we first met, I knew from the beginning that I wanted to be with him for forever. While we were dating, I went on a girl’s beach trip to Rosemary Beach. That’s when I discovered Alys Beach, and I absolutely fell in love with Alys when I saw it. I knew right then Alys was where I wanted to get married.

Jason and I have a little girl Brady Rae and we take her everywhere with us, so when he was planning the proposal, he knew I would know something was up if he did something “special” with her. We have season tickets to the Memphis Grizzlies and while I was getting ready I heard Jason tell Brady to take something to me. She came in our room and handed me a box. I told her to open the box because I thought they were my pearl earrings Jason had fixed for me. Brady opened it and my mouth dropped and Brady told me it was hers! It was nothing extravagant, but Brady being a part of it meant everything and he knew that! I was honestly surprised!

We always knew we didn’t want a big wedding. All of our friends had destination weddings and we didn’t want the typical destination type wedding. We wanted it more traditional, but still beachy. Jason’s parents own a couple of condos in Destin and he had never even seen Alys Beach. I booked it without him even seeing it, and he loved it! Meghan Kelly, the Alys Beach wedding coordinator, helped me with everything. I seriously wouldn’t have been able to do anything without her. I didn’t want the stress of having to deal with a lot and she was amazing!

I debated a lot about actually having the wedding on the beach, but when we sat down with our designer/florist, Grove Fisher of Fisher’s Flowers, she had this vision and I loved it. We wanted small intimate and she did just that! I can’t actually describe how beautiful Alys really is…you have to see with your own actual eyes and be there in person. Everything is white, white, white! It’s absolutely stunning! We ended up having the ceremony and reception all in one place at Fonville Press. It was perfect. Our photographer/videographers at Pure7 Studios were fantastic and captured everything perfectly. All of our guests still talk about how perfect and laid back our wedding was. I couldn’t have pictured our wedding anymore perfect than it was.

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Photography: Pure7 Studios | Videography: Pure7 Studios | Coordination: Alys Beach | Floral Design: Fisher's Flowers | Catering: Caliza Restaurant | Band: Kyle LaMonica | Venue: Alys Beach

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Traditional Indoor Wedding in Naples

It’s hard to top a first date on Lake Como, but not impossible! Proof: Julie and Yves whose stunning wedding served their extraordinary international love story perfectly. Masterfully incorporated details like map-themed stationary and curated out-of-town bags for guests that traveled far and wide, gave a tasteful nod to their history together. Just take a look at Michael Moss’s photos of the event.


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From the bride… Let me start by saying that Style Me Pretty was our go-to advisor throughout the entire wedding planning process. Because of Style Me Pretty, I knew the photographer we had to have BEFORE we even got engaged. (I had done lots of research for a friend’s wedding.) I think my fiancé and I called Michael Moss within two days of getting engaged because we knew he “needed” to be our photographer. With the help of this indispensable site, I found the amazing Megan Lipke Kenney of Ruby the Fox, who patiently walked me through each step of the invitation design process, giving us the letterpress wedding invitation suite of our dreams and a design for the inside of the envelope that we loved so much we used it for the favors, programs, out-of-town guest bags, and even our seating chart! Because of Style Me Pretty, we also found incredible Lee Morton of Clickspark, who might just be one of the nicest, most passionate-about-his-craft people I know…Style Me Pretty was invaluable. Seriously.

I first met my husband Yves while I was in Chicago. He was visiting from Switzerland, and I from Naples, Florida. We exchanged email addresses, but I wasn’t really thinking too much of the whole thing…and then he emailed. Short emails turned into daily tomes turned into gmail chats and then five hour long Skype sessions. Soon I was traveling to Italy for work…and Italy just happens to be right next to Switzerland! :) Our first “date” (if you don’t count all the Skype sessions) was in Lake Como. Not too long after our time in Italy, Yves quit his job and moved his whole life to Florida. Before I knew it, we were engaged. We couldn’t have made this up — it was too extraordinary — reminding the both of us that God writes the best stories…

That line, “God writes the best stories,” became a sort of theme for our wedding. We wanted to celebrate the fact that we had an international tale for which we were so grateful. :) We enlisted a lot of professional help, as you can see from the list above, but I was really excited to take part and carry certain elements/metaphors throughout the planning. The design on the envelope liner was a map with a thread and a heart linking Switzerland and Florida. Our tables were designated with names of towns of places we’d been together and photos we’d taken. Because almost of all our guests were traveling to Florida (Naples is not the original home of either of us), from all parts of the US, Canada, Switzerland, and even Australia, we really wanted to show our gratitude to them for sharing in our day. We made guest bags (with the help of dear local friends!) filled with homemade granola, muffins, Swiss chocolates (for Yves), oranges (for Florida) and Naples’ magazines. We also love this quote from C.S. Lewis about a “secret thread” which unites certain people. We made sure that from the design of the invitation, to the program, to the guest book (a dictionary!), to the favors, there was a “secret thread” throughout.

Even though we live in a beach town, we didn’t want to have a beach wedding. Even though we were getting married in the fall, I didn’t want the normal fall colors. So, we had an indoor wedding, in a church and with a hotel reception, hoping that the design of both would be fresh and clean–not at all “stuffy.” Our goal was to be simple and classic–to have the kind of wedding that we’ll still love in ten or twenty years, while also being very “us,” too, and where everyone present would feel loved and important. :) I think that’s why a combination of professional vendors with some DIY details worked well for us.

In the weeks leading up to the wedding everyone couldn’t have been more wonderful. I’d been really sick, and had to let go of a lot of the details I’d planned to take care of myself. So many amazing loved ones (including Yves!) stepped in to get everything done for us. We are so thankful to our family and friends for all their help in pulling it together. Although it sounds trite, it’s true that we couldn’t have done it without them. On top of that, each professional we worked with was so kind. They were encouraging, flexible, and just plain excellent. One of the band members even got out on the floor to teach us all a certain dance. From beginning to end, the whole event felt so intimate and familial…it couldn’t have been a more perfect day.

Photography: Michael Moss | Cinematography: Clickspark | Wedding Dress: Peter Langner | Invitations: Ruby The Fox | Ceremony Venue: First United Methodist Church, Naples | Reception: The Beach House At The Ritz Carlton | Bridesmaids Dresses: Watters | Band: Hot Topic | Favors: ScoutBooks | Groomsmen Attire: Michael Kors | Bouquet: Grace Lakes Florist

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Intimate Florida Beach Destination Wedding

Every once and a while a wedding comes along that’s so lovely, you’d swear up and down it’s a stage styled shoot. It’s the kind of thing that happens when the amazing Jessica Sloane just so happens to be your sister, and sets out to plan the prettiest beach affair you ever did see. Of course, having Austin Gros to photograph only adds to the equation, and you can see all the goods waiting right here.

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From Jessica Sloane… When my sister got engaged, I knew it was going to be something! To my surprise, she wanted to get married with a small group of people on the beach. Since she and her fiance are both teachers, they needed to plan a summer wedding around their time off. So we had six months to pull together a destination wedding on a beach we had never been to, but with the help of some great vendors, the day came together seamlessly!

Jenni and Brandon wanted the day to be casual, relaxed and intimate. So with about 30 close friends and family, they said their vows barefoot in the sand. The celebration, at a private residence, was the perfect “pool party” complete with a plated dinner, a bushwhacker toast and dancing.

Photography: Austin Gros Wedding Photography | Caterer: Beyond Details | Hair And Makeup: Amanda Gros | Wedding Venue: Private Property | Event Planner, Designer And Stylist: Jessica Sloane | Napkins: West Elm | Rentals And Lighting: RSVP Rentals