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You’ll Never Believe This Romantic Pink Palace Is In South Florida!

Turns out you don’t need a passport to have a wedding fit for a princess! The beautiful Ringling Museum, filled with Italian architecture, was the perfect place for our couple to create a European wedding inspired feel in Florida.  NK Weddings turned our couple’s dream into reality, and Victoria Blooms filled the day with fabulous moments like a chic floral runner dripping down a reception table.   Every inch of this incredible day shines in the imagery by Hunter Ryan Photo, get lost in all the lovely in the full gallery.

From Hunter Ryan PhotoNo passport to Italy needed, this pink palace is in the heart of Sarasota, Florida! Undeniably rich with a romantic history, The Ringling Museum in Sarasota Florida was built with love by John Ringling for his wife Mable. She wanted a home in the Venetian Gothic style of the palazzi in Venice, Italy, with Sarasota Bay serving as her Grand Canal. “It was the only venue we toured and the second we stepped foot on the property we knew it was the one. It was the only venue we wanted to tour – no plan B. My family is Italian and the Italian architecture was a special nod to that family history. I grew up in Tampa by the water and wanted that to be an element,” says the bride.

Christine and Alec’s vision of a classic and elegant wedding set amongst the architecture of the undeniably stunning Ringling Museum was pastel pink romantic perfection. The couple had a waterfront ceremony – blending their Christian and Jewish faiths – with a chuppah dripping in florals, and of course ending with the traditional “breaking of the glass.” What made it even more special is their officiants were their childhood Priest and family Rabbi. NK Weddings effortlessly planned and designed the details and Victoria Blooms put together soft-hued florals that added to the romance of the Ringling courtyard. The ceremony in the courtyard was the soft lush floral garlands of roses, peonies and hydrangea cascaded down the tables.

Special touches the bride noted:

1. I had my grandmothers pouch sewed into my dress as my something blue that she gave me as a child
2. I wore the earrings Alec’s mom wore to her wedding that were gifted to her from Alec’s great grandmother
3. Drinks were French 75 and whiskey sour, it was all really about just having fun – my dads speech was 5 seconds “I love you Christine, I love you Alec – let’s party” and that is the best way to sum it up.

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Photography: Hunter Ryan Photo | Cinematography: Voila Cinematic | Event Planning: NK Productions Wedding Planning | Floral Design: Victoria Blooms | Gown: Hayley Paige | Cake: Wonder Cakes | Ceremony Venue: Ringling Museum Of Art | Reception Venue: The Ringling Museum | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Catering: Michael's On East | Hair and Makeup: Krista Worth Make Up | Lighting: Affairs In The Air | Bridal Hair: Kathryn Sutton | Ceremony, Cocktail & Reception Music: Bay Kings Band | Cigar Roller: Cigar Xperience | Dance Floor Wrap: Coastal Event Rentals | Furniture Rentals: So Staged | Paper Products: Trout Designs | Trolley: SRQ Trolley

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This Couple Said Their Vows Under A Century Old Banyan Tree

Talk about having good roots! This couple vowed to love each other forever under the shade of a century old Banyan tree.  The tree stood at the end of a floral filled aisle that seemed to organically grow from the ground designed by the ever talented Kaleidoscope Floral. NK Productions Wedding Planning planned the green and white day and filled it with relaxed elegance.  You’ll love every carefully curated detail and sentimental smile all artfully captured in imagery by Hunter Ryan Photo. You can fall in love with every photo in the full gallery.

From Hunter Ryan PhotoGasparilla Inn opened its doors to guests for the first time in 1911. The Inn has withstood over a century of hurricanes and Florida storms, welcomed financial tycoons and politicians, and most importantly has continued to preserve its rich history and welcoming traditions that make Boca Grande and the Inn such a special and historic place for guests.

Having both been born and raised in Florida, Jon and Kate were inspired by the Old Florida feel of the Gasparilla Inn. Driving onto Boca Grande you are transported to a place that is richly welcoming, undeniably charming and full of history. The couple wanted to create a meaningful wedding that introduced their loved ones to a special place, and it doesn’t get more special than the Gasparilla Inn.

From the bride… We both envisioned a timeless, romantic, but at the same time laid-back, wedding. We wanted the weekend to be about music, eating, drinking and dancing by the Gulf under the stars. The ceremony was made super meaningful by having our family a part of it – both of our mothers read prayers that they personally chose for us. I wore my late grandmother’s pearl bracelet that was gifted to her by my late grandfather on their wedding day. And Jon wore a locket in his tux with photos of his late aunt. We vowed to love each other under the most beautiful banyan tree at the Inn. (From Hunter Ryan Photo: A tree that has stood on the grounds of the Inn since before it first opened its doors in 1911. A tree with over a century of stories written beneath it – and now is integral in the beginning of Kate & Jon’s story) We had visited the tree a number of times prior to our wedding day, dreaming of our special day, talking about what it would look and feel like. Jon even ended up writing his vows underneath that same tree! It will forever be a meaningful spot for us.

Photography: Hunter Ryan Photo | Event Planning: NK Productions Wedding Planning | Floral Design: Kaleidoscope Floral | Gown: Carolina Herrera | Reception Venue: The Gasparilla Inn & Club | Catering: The Gasparilla Inn & Club | Lighting: Lightworks Productions | Ceremony Music: Vanderbilt Strings | Cocktail and Reception Music: The Royals | Furniture Rentals: So Staged | Hair/Make-up: Salon Teez | Linens: Linens By The Sea | Paper Products: A&P Designs | Tent Rentals: US Tent Rental

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A Modern Boho Florida Wedding Overlooking The Ocean

These fabulous Florida nuptials are relaxed elegance at its finest.  Filled with a coastal cool aesthetic planned by Mariée Ami, we love everything from the pampas grass filled beachside ceremony to an open-aired reception filled with rattan chandeliers.  Botanica filled the day with epic floral installations like a flower covered mobile bar that is an absolute must-see! You’ll fall in love with every artful image exquisitely captured by Davy Whitener Photography, visit the full gallery for a closer look at all the fun.

From the bride… We met at Auburn University when Peter was a freshman and I was a senior in high school but would take weekend trips to visit my older friends at the university. When Peter returned home from his first semester at college, he told his mom that he had eyes for only one girl, Mary Grace Burton. I loved the hometown feel of Auburn and became Peter’s girlfriend the September of my freshman year. We dated throughout college and became long-distance after Peter graduated and he moved to Sarasota, Florida. Soon after my graduation, Peter took us to Venice, Florida to celebrate and relax before the “real world” with jobs and schedules took over. We dressed up for a nice dinner and went to the beach prior for a little picnic with wine and a charcuterie board. There he popped the question, and we stayed on the beach to watch the sunset and take pictures with the photographer he hired. When we returned home from the trip, my parents hosted the most amazing engagement celebration with all our friends and family in my grandparents’ backyard. We were engaged June 12, 2021, and planned our wedding in 7 months with the help of Chelsea Bell and Neillie Butler of Mariée Ami. I grew up visiting Boca Grande as my family’s “beach spot” and Peter and I have an immense love of sunshine and the beach. We wanted the wedding to be more of an intimate crowd, so went with a destination wedding for 130 guests. My parents (not coincidentally!) had just bought a house on the island, and they were loving the thought of spending more time there. We thought why not do a beach wedding, who doesn’t love the beach? So we picked the Boca Bay Pass Club because not only did it have an opening in January, but the venue is just gorgeous overlooking the ocean. I loved that the wedding ceremony and reception all took place in the same venue, and that guests didn’t have to move to another location for the reception. Boca Grande is a cute, yet private small town, so we couldn’t resist going along with an understated beach theme. It was a traditional Christian ceremony that was beautifully held by Pastor Michael Brock, who also ordained the ceremony for my twin brother in May of 2021. We encouraged and provided guests with crafts to decorate their golf carts, and my bridal crew and I drove around in Kappy’s Karts rental called the “Royal Ride.”

Obi (short for Obadiah) is one of three of my parents’ labradoodles and came along to “be” in the wedding. He did not attend the ceremony but hung around for pictures and rubs, and so was deemed “best dog”. My favorite color is pink, so picking out the bridesmaid’s dresses was easy, and I went with a color called “blushing bride” that complimented the sunset and the blue ocean perfectly. When we started designing the invitations, I wanted them to pop the most. The goal was for a fun invitation that was bright, bold, and unique. We went with colors that mirrored the ocean. I wanted it to be an elegant, sea glass beach look with a slight hint of boho to bring in the theme of Boca Grande. For the overall fashion look, I went for elegance. I wanted a clean put together look, with the ocean’s ambiance alongside flowers to represent movement and calmness. I also wanted it to be unique… something created, not copied. I got my bridesmaids matching earrings and suggested their hair down, but otherwise told them to have their makeup done however they wish, and with whatever shoes and jewelry they wanted. I loved that it brought an element of each of the girls’ personalities. For flowers, we used Botanica and all credit goes to my florist Ian Prosser! We talked about the theme, vibe, and pictures I’d seen and liked, and he proposed the most amazing creation. He selected twenty-three different blooms. My bridal bouquet was everything I was looking for and the roses were dedicated to the remembrance of John William Burton “Pop,” my paternal grandfather, and Levi Mayes Burton, my younger brother.

Even though Peter and I might be considered “foodies,” we went with the classics for our menu. Caesar salad, lemon thyme roasted chicken, garlic roasted stripling of beef, loaded baked potatoes, butter steamed broccoli florets and penne Alfredo. I told Peter after the tasting that chicken was the best chicken I’ve ever had! We also had a full bar and my guests are still raving about the food and provided cocktails. You can never go wrong with chicken, greens, and potatoes! We also had a variety of different hors d’oeuvres, including spicy crab sushi roll, grilled and herbed marinated chilled gulf shrimp, pan-seared mini crab cakes, and fresh mozzarella arancini, and duck confit wonton. Our first dance was “Perfect,” by Ed Sheeran. It’s always been our song since it was first released. The father-daughter song was a mix-up, it started with “Wildflowers,” by Tom Petty and ended with “Let’s Go Crazy,” by Prince, which was a major crowd pleaser and so fun for me and my dad to let loose on the dance floor before everyone else. My favorite memory from the day was having all the people we love the most in one spot celebrating and cheering us on. It’s just the most wonderful blessing anyone could have and you get to have your best friend by your side experiencing it with you! It’s an overwhelming feeling you get when you are surrounded at one time with everyone who you love and who loves you! I also COULD NOT have done it without my mother and our wedding planners. There are five Burton siblings and four of us have gotten or are getting married in the span of 13 months (I’m the third in the line)! All the weddings have been so unique to each sibling and I give so much credit to my parents for supporting and encouraging all of us and being by our sides every step of the way. And my advice for couples planning their wedding: If you have wedding planners, I suggest you do as little or as much as you want! For example, I had ideas for my flowers, but don’t know too much about them, so I took the planner’s suggestion for a great florist. After just one conversation without specifics, he was able to create my vision. I did this in many aspects of my wedding. For me, it was so relieving to let the professionals do what they are best at. It will be beautiful, and you don’t have to come with a list of A-Z of what you want, a simple vision is just enough for them to work their magic!

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Photography: Davy Whitener Photography | Cinematography: The Film Collective | Event Planning: Mariée Ami Wedding Planning Studio | Floral Design: Botanica International Design Studio | Cake: Wonder Cakes | Invitations: Mariée Ami Wedding Planning Studio | Ceremony Venue: Boca Bay Pass Club | Reception Venue: Boca Bay Pass Club | Shoes: Antonio Melani | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Revelry | Catering: Boca Bay Pass Club | Lighting: Swag Decor | Officiant: Reverend Michael Brock | Tent: US Tent Rental | Beauty: James Griffith Salon | Dress Designer: Maggie Sottero | Formalwear: Men's Wearhouse | Music: Big Night Dynamite | Music Agency: Big Night Dynamite | Rentals: Vivant Rentals | Rings + Custom Accessories: Brown And Company Jewelers | Wedding Salon: The White Magnolia

Enchanting Gardens And European-Style Architecture Make For The Perfect Destination Wedding

Enchanting gardens meet sophisticated style at this Vizcaya Museum And Gardens destination wedding. The couple looked to Primavera Dream Events to bring their plans for an intimate Miami celebration to life.  From the stone staircase complete with custom floral pillars to a reception table for 6 covered in lush blooms, floral designs by Floristika Studio turned the beautiful day into a full-on fairytale.  Tatiana Blanco Photography captured all the love and joy of the day in imagery that is sure to stand the test of time, see it all in the full gallery.

From Willow Tree FilmsSavannah & Samuel, a beautiful couple seeking the perfect location for an intimate destination wedding, selected the exquisite Vizcaya Museum And Gardens in Miami, Florida. The enchanting gardens and European-style architecture of the Vizcaya were a spectacular backdrop for the couple’s nuptials.

Their uniquely designed ceremony took place in front of elegant stone stairs framed with custom floral pillars with white hydrangeas, roses, and baby’s breath. The couple’s reception featured a charming table of six, accented with soft blushes, floral blooms, and personalized menus. The bride stunned in the Ines Di Santo Amaryllis gown while the groom complemented her look in the Midnight Shawl Tuxedo from The Black Tux.

The exceptional vision of Savannah & Samuel’s team of wedding vendors shines through the stunning photos and the breathtaking video from their special day—from beautiful detail shots of the wedding styling and design to expansive drone captures of the incredible grounds of the Vizcaya.

Photography: Tatiana Blanco Photography | Cinematography: Willow Tree Films | Event Planning: Primavera Dreams Weddings | Floral Design: Floristika Studio | Floral Design: Blake Rose Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Ines Di Santo | Cake: Andrea Reno | Shoes: Bella Belle | Calligraphy: Kaloukian Calligraphy | Favors: Boston Wedding Favors | Men's Attire: The Black Tux | Wedding Venue: Vizcaya Museum And Gardens | Beauty: Glamour Cosmetics | Beauty: Maricruz Polito | Linens: Nuage Designs | Rentals: Elements & Accents | Stylist: Dianna Bedrosian | Weddings Rings: Harry Gigian Jewlers & Co

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A Romantic and Whimsical Wedding in the Heart of Florida

This light and airy Rustic Oaks Ranch will tug at your heartstrings.  The bride set out to create a day that was perfectly imperfect with DIY wedding signs, toasting glasses, and cupcake stands giving the event a personalized touch.  Trenton Florals helped bring the Big Day vision to life, filling the reception with greenery and blush blooms for a romantically whimsical feel.   You can feel the love and joy of the day shining in the images by Jessica Thomas Photography, visit the full gallery for all the lovely little details.

From the bride, Mollie… Tim and I met when we were introduced by a relative of mine. He and Tim had been friends for years before he introduced us. We spent the following months hanging out and getting to know each other before making it official. We would spend the next three years constantly encouraging and pushing each other to achieve our goals. We truly blossomed in life together, with each other by our sides. Tim proposed in July 2020, at a romantic dinner in Orlando. We were set to fly to Boston the following day, so we spent the day at the Brevard Zoo, and then went for a lovely dinner that night, where we reminisced on our lives together, thus far. At the end of the night, Tim got down on one knee and asked me to be his forever. And of course, I said YES!!

When planning the wedding, I didn’t really have a specific theme or inspiration. It was a spring wedding, so I knew I wanted it light and airy, but also romantic and whimsical. I was very particular with the decorations though. I didn’t want anything too modern or anything I’ve seen redone a million times. I wanted something that was uniquely me. I wanted vintage romance— lanterns, candle sticks, light, and flowy— perfect imperfections. My mom and I DIY’ed the cupcake stands, wedding signs, and toasting glasses. When choosing our wedding day look, we wanted to look like royalty. I chose my dress for the crepe and lace combination. It gave a vintage feel, but not too old-fashioned. The design on the back of my dress was phenomenal and really gave me the drama I was looking for. I chose a cathedral-length veil to add to my look, as it made me feel beautiful and powerful— majestic if you will. Almost like Princess Diana. And what is a princess without her prince? Tim had to dress to impress in his suit, vest, and tie. This wasn’t a backyard event, we were royalty for the day. The most special moment of the day was when we had our first look. I was so nervous all day, so many emotions running through my body.  When I saw him, all my nerves were calmed. I was right where I was supposed to be. And with him by my side, I could make it through anything.

My advice to other couples planning their perfect day:

  • Don’t sweat the small stuff, it’ll all work out either way.
  • Hire a professional photographer.
  • Hire a day-of coordinator, they are worth EVERY PENNY to not have to stress about who is where doing what, on the day of. They will make the day flow so freely and ease so many stresses that would otherwise be put on the bride.
  • DO THE FIRST LOOK, it may be the only time you get to spend with just each other for the entire night.
  • Don’t invite people you haven’t seen in the past two years or talked to in the past six months. Your wedding is not a family or high school reunion.
  • Don’t let others’ opinions sway decisions for your wedding day, it is YOUR wedding.
  • Weddings can be expensive— identify an area that means most to you and splurge on it, not the entire wedding.
  • Have fun! It is your only wedding day, make sure it is all you dreamed of!

Photography: Jessica Thomas Photography | Floral Design: Trenton Florals | Wedding Dress: OML Bridal | Cake: Kiersten's Cakery | Ceremony Venue: Rustic Oaks Ranch | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Allure Bridal Boutique | Catering: Megan's Macarons and Pastries | Catering: Pomodoro Cafe | Beauty: Glam by Gabrielle

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Quintessential Palm Beach Chic at The Breakers

Looking for the ultimate Palm Beach wedding weekend itinerary? You’re in luck – Masi Events has got you covered! We’re officially on vacay mode thanks to today’s quintessential Breakers Palm Beach affair. Every detail was curated to perfection. Renny and Reed took inspiration from the existing color palette of the venue and refined style of their couple to create organic arrangements compete with loose greenery, white blooms, hints of blue and touches of lilac. See the full gallery of inspiration by Shea Christine Photography to pin your faves!

From Masi Events… When Molly and Evan first reached out to us they were looking to have a destination wedding in South Florida. One of their main criteria for their venue was to be by the ocean and to find a space with a view. The Circle Room at The Breakers checked that box and so much more.

We immediately started creating the Perfect Palm Beach destination weekend beginning with a kick of welcome reception at the Colony Hotel. The design for this event was quintessential Palm Beach chic. We played off the existing color palette of the hotel also known as the Pink paradise. Guests sipped on Spicy Margaritas and enjoyed hors d’ouevres under the starry sky and strung market lights. To pay homage to their alma mater, we utilized the hotels cornhole boards and created custom Northwestern Purple cornhole bags.

The invitations really set the tone for the weekend’s events to come, with an artful design by Linden Illustration. Each card had botanical and floral elements with details for each event. The script was modern and playful that gave the invitation suite a more intimate feeling.

The wedding day arrived and we wanted to be sure the day was reflective of both Molly and Evan. They wanted to make sure their wedding felt approachable and relaxed, yet refined. We created a design that would complimented the Circle Room and the existing color palette of the room. We brought in wood elements to bring a natural feel and to make the design feel grounded. For the florals by Renny and Reed, we used loose greenery with white, pale blue and touches of lilac.

The ceremony chuppah was beautifully created by Renny and Reed to feel lush yet not overly manicured so it felt like it was an existing structure growing in a garden. We intentionally used natural wooden chairs and kept the aisle clean to really make the ceremony and backdrop the focal point.

Guests were then invited to walk over to the cocktail space where we had an all white arrangement with capiz shells for the escort cards calligraphed by Tinta y Tierra. It is important to be thoughtful for the space where your escort cards will be and with high probability of a sea breeze, we wanted to make sure we had something with more weight then paper that could have easily flown around. It was also a fitting element that was also a keepsake for guests to take back with them.

The signature cocktails Gimlets (Gus-lets) were a tribute to their pup Gowanus also known as Gus. An edible photo of Gus was set on top of the drink.

In the dinner reception guests dined and danced through the evening. We set a round dance floor to go with the shape of the room and wrapped it with subtle touches of the artwork from the invitations from Linden Illustrations. The ballroom was also filled with candles really adding to the glow of the evening. The party then continued with an after party in the gold room.

The next morning everyone was able to unwind with a plentiful brunch full of bloody mary’s and breakfast stations. Then trolley’s picked everyone up from the hotel for a relaxing poolside event with a casual menu by Curbside Gourmet food truck. It was the perfect way to conclude the weekend in Palm Beach and celebrate Molly and Evan.

Photography: Shea Christine Photography | Cinematography: Merge Social | Event Planning: Masi Events | Floral Design: Renny And Reed | Wedding Dress: Lihi Hod | Ceremony Venue: The Breakers Palm Beach | Reception Venue: The Breakers Palm Beach | Calligraphy: Tinta y Tierra | Entertainment: East Coast Entertainment | Groom's Attire: Canali | Groom's Attire: Rothman's | Transportation: Molly's Trolleys | Beauty: Carolyn Jones Makeup | Bridal Dress Salon: Wedding Atelier | Photobooth: Shutterbox Entertainment | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Colony Hotel | bridal dresser: society cleaners

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A Palm Beach Wedding Filled With Modern Touches Mixed With Tradition

Just wait until you see how beautiful baby’s breath can be! For Victoria and Dan’s wedding, Xquisite Events created a design that used this often overlooked flower in the most wonderful of ways.  They turned the special day into a full-out fairytale with clouds of the white blooms popping up everywhere! Posh Parties carefully planned every detail to perfection, making sure to mix modern elements with Jewish traditions that were very near to the groom’s heart.  We can’t get enough of every elegant photo artfully captured by Shea Christine Photography, you can see them all inside the full gallery.

Victoria and Dan chose to get married in Palm Beach because it is a special destination for Victoria, as she grew up visiting her grandparents and great grandparents there and has years of happy family memories at ice cream shops and beaches. For Dan, a Hungarian Jewish Immigrant whose family was marred by the Holocaust, the Jewish aspects of the wedding were of crucial importance.

Victoria and Dan integrated traditional Jewish rituals into their wedding celebration like a bedeken, the signing of the ketubah, blessings during the ceremony, and, of course, the hora. Their wedding was ethereal and filled with baby’s breath throughout the decor elements. They had a custom watercolor crest made by Posh Parties in-house designer and it was used as a theme throughout.

Victoria carried lily of the valley which was the perfect accessory to her Daalarna Courture dress, which is a Hungarian designer, a nod to her husband’s heritage. The ring that was on her bouquet was my grandmother’s wedding band, which is blue enameled. It was her something borrowed and my something blue! Their first dance song was Annie’s Song by John Denver and the guests enjoyed a delicious meal followed by a roaming make-your-own ice cream for dessert along with wedding cake.

Photography: Shea Christine Photography | Event Design: Xquisite Events | Event Planning: Posh Parties | Event Planning: Posh Parties | Cake: Earth And Sugar | Invitations: Anna SchwartzART | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Catering: Constellation Fl | Wedding Venue: Flagler Museum | Beauty: Tashy Marie Makeup

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Spring Garden Vibes Were Abloom at This Deering Estate Wedding!

This waterfront wedding in the heat of Miami’s Deering Estate will sweep you off your feet. Talia & Ricky’s affair was blooming with love and florals – from the bride’s stunning Monique Lhuillier gown to the cream-forward floral arrangements by Xefla. We love a good al fresco reception moment, and the couple’s butterfly-accented place settings are every whimsical bride’s dream. Bonphotage captured all the garden vibes and love that floated throughout the balmy Miami breeze – make sure to see for yourself in the full gallery!

From Bonphotage… Talia and Ricky had the wedding of their dreams on Miami’s waterfront at the beautiful Deering Estate. Garden vibes were the theme of the day from the al fresco reception dinner to the bride’s stunning floral Monique Lhullier couture gown. 

The color palette softly played off tones of Spring and the historical architecture of the estate tones. The French chairs perfectly fit with the delicate butterfly place settings and subtly textured linens, the most natural pieces held the guest tables together while the pops of yellow and hint of Spring color came through in the florals. 

The draping tea lights created a romantic atmosphere for the beautiful couple. The backdrop of the ocean and Palm trees in view was the perfect spot for an outdoor ceremony filled with happy tears and joy surrounding the wedding day.

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Photography: bonphotage | videography: bonphotage | Floral Design: Xquisite Events | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Sweet Guilt by Angelica | Ceremony Venue: Deering Estate | Catering: Chez Gourmet | makeup: bellelite | DJ: david verna | Musicians: Red Elephant Entertainment | Photobooth: Capture POD Photo Booths | Planning: Naomi Zora Events | Rentals: Elements & Accents | coffee bar: Aroma Espresso

A Vibrant Jewel-Toned Wedding On The Beaches Of Florida

With deep, bold, and rich hues this jewel-toned wedding is nothing short of wonderful.  Albriana Shante Events brought this couple’s wedding day vision to life with a circular beach ceremony that will take your breath away.  Filled with moody blues and purples, floral designs by Royal Events & Services add to the elegance.  You can feel the love and joy of the day in the incredible imagery by Terrie Images, visit the full gallery for a closer look at all the chic details.

From Terrie ImagesIn the beautiful outdoors of The Current Hotel, a dream wedding was about to happen. The witnesses? The dearest families and friends of Stacy and Marvell, and the breathtaking Tampa bay.  When the team and I got to the venue, the panoramic view stunned us. We were enthralled and speechless. Every detail was perfect! The overall inspiration for the wedding originated from Stacy’s love for rich jewel-toned colors. Similar to peacock colors but without the feathers. She loves the rich, deep purples and blues and those were a must for the wedding. Stacy wanted to memorialize her father so for the ceremony she draped one of his shirts on his seat as a way of saying, “I saved a seat for you Dad.” Stacy also loves candles. She had custom scented candles made for her guests as a wedding favor. Stacy’s guilty pleasure in between workout sessions is brewster cake batter ice cream with rainbow sprinkles. They served it to their guest as part of their late-night snack. The signature His and Her drinks were inspired by two of their loving dogs. When it came to cake tasting, they could not choose one flavor. So they had not one, not two, but three different mini cakes each with a different flavor. Each cake was named after three of their dogs.

From the bride… I had just arrived to my new duty station for the U.S. NAVY in Bahrain in 2014. It was my first day and I was walking around the facility to learn where I would be working. As I was about to leave the watch floor I got that feeling that someone was watching me. I turned around and that’s when I saw him. He was across the room amongst other co-workers and he was the one who was standing up and slow waving at me. I remember thinking is he waving at me? I looked around and saw no one else so I waved back said, “hey” and chuckled to myself as I walked out the door. Over the next few weeks, we would randomly see or talk to each other for a few minutes or we would talk at work. We had our first “hang out” date at a place we came to love called Healthy Calorie and I remember thinking to myself, ” I like him.” He had massive broad shoulders, deep brown eyes, and amazing lips. We always had great conversations and he always had a way of making me laugh. We ended up being great friends and I always looked forward to seeing him or talking to him. In fact, my day wasn’t complete until I got to see and talk to him. I didn’t realize it was really love until he and I went on leave back to the states and I didn’t get to be around him every day. He had become my everything. About a year later he invited me to visit him in California. I remember getting off the plane and being so excited to see him because it had been a few months since I had left Bahrain. As I was walking to the main lobby of the airport I saw him and my entire body LIT UP. I ran to him and he picked me up and hugged me. (I swear it looked like one of those chick flick moments). We had a great time in California and on one of our last nights there we ate at this delicious pier-side seafood restaurant. We walked on the pier after dinner and as I was watching the sunset I turned to see Marvell with a ring in his hand. My heart jumped a billion times as he asked me to marry him and a tear came to my eye as I said YES!!! I am so excited and blessed to be marrying my best friend. So many people never find their soul mate and I am so overjoyed and lucky to have found mine. You never know you are missing a part of yourself until you make this bond with someone you know that you can’t live without. 

Photography: Terrie Images | Cinematography: Z and Z Image | Event Planning: Albriana Shante Events | Floral Design: Royal Events & Services | Cake: Cake Cuties Bakery | Lighting: Tampa Lights | Entertainment: Cigar Xperience | DJ: DJ Lady Shay | Favors: The Ladybug Factory | Groom's Attire: Bespoke & Co. | Beauty, Hair: The Hair Doula | Beauty, Makeup: Nicki Mac Brides | Bride's Gown: Ccs Boutique | Graphic Designer: Andi Mejia | Linen: Fancy That Linens | Location: The Current Hotel | Musician: Cotton Lifestyles | Rentals: On The Move | Rentals: Letz Dance On It | Rentals: Stylehouse Rentals | Rentals: A Chair Affair, Inc.

A Coastal Wedding in Miami With Cuban Influences and Oceanfront Views

The bride and groom of today’s gorgeous oceanfront Miami wedding pulled off the day of their dreams against all odds. Three postponements laters, and just 90 days before their big day… their venue let them know they wouldn’t be open in time for their wedding date. Fortunately, the talented team at Events By Elle and Ever After Floral Design knew exactly what to do to transform and redesign the vision to perfectly fit their new location – the groom’s godparents’ waterfront home in Coral Gables, FL. Watch it all unfold at the full gallery, captured by Katie Lopez Photography!

From the Bride… Many people ask when we met, but my husband, Frankie and I, have known each other since elementary school in Miami, FL. While we were friends for most of our childhood, we started dating when we were 16 years old in July of 2010. After high school, he went to Dartmouth and I moved to Boston to attend Boston College. After 4 years of long distance, we decided to move together to New York City. In April 2019, after 9 years of being together- Frankie proposed on a rainy Friday night in our apartment and surprised me by flying our parents to NYC for the weekend. He had also planned a surprise rooftop party at Mr. Purple with all our friends & family the next day. After a year of wedding planning, we boarded a flight from New York City back home to Miami, FL five days before our wedding date of March 21, 2020. As we landed, we realized how severe the pandemic had become. We ultimately decided to postpone our wedding and have a civil ceremony performed by my aunt in my parents’ backyard with our immediate families, while my sister (and MOH) broadcasted the ceremony on Instagram live for friends & family. This was even before zoom weddings!

After three postponements throughout 2020, we finally had a new date for our religious ceremony and reception – May 1, 2021. However, three months before the new date our original venue called to let us know they would not open in time for our wedding. With less than 90 days, we moved venues to the groom’s godparents’ waterfront home in Coral Gables, FL. I could not have executed any of these obstacles without Elle Saade-Becerra and her team at Events by Elle. The team was able to completely redesign everything from top to bottom and execute a sophisticated, coastal, classic reception with blue & white décor that played off the native florals of South Florida. We added rattan lanterns and bamboo chairs to accent the oceanfront venue. After a long year of lockdowns, we wanted our guests to feel they were transported to a cozy coastal vacation where they could dance the night away in celebration. We chose a white dinner jacket attire to accent our décor and keep the men comfortable on a warm spring day in Miami. Luckily, the women showed up in beautiful patterns of all colors that really livened up the party! After 11 years of dating, we were married at Epiphany Catholic Church – the Church at the elementary school where we met 20 years ago.

Our out-of-town guests were greeted at the hotel with a welcome box full of classic Cuban goodies- Maria cookies, merenguitos and ingredients for a Cuba Libre cocktail (Bacardi, coke, and lime). Our custom logo was designed by Dogwood Hill and we attached it to our welcome gift bag. It was important for us to incorporate our Cuban heritage throughout the events. Our upbringing in Miami, FL was influenced greatly by our Cuban grandparents, and it was so special to share that piece of us with our guests.

The bride’s group got ready at my mother’s best friend’s home. She surprised me with custom cocktail napkins embroidered with our wedding logo that I still use to host friends and family at our home! Before I even started shopping for wedding dresses, I knew I would find my dream dress at Ever After bridal shop in Miami, FL. As I walked in, the owner, Camille, said she had picked out the perfect dress for me but she didn’t want to show me until I had tried everything on. I loved taking risks with my own style and was determined to find something unique and out of my comfort zone. At the end of the appointment, I finally tried on the long sleeve Zuhair Murad gown she had chosen. It was totally different from what I imagined I would wear, but something felt right about the delicate lace detail and off the shoulder silhouette. I booked a wonderful style team- Nicole Emano and Keshia Garnett- for my make-up and hair. After gathering some inspiration from Hailey Baldwin Bieber’s wedding day look, I decided upon an “effortless French girl” look that was sleek, simple, and chic to complement the dramatic gown. This beauty team got my vision perfectly! My jewelry was especially important- I wore the same earrings my aunt and grandmother had worn for their weddings, and an emerald (my birthstone) ring given to my mother by my grandfather the day I was born. Accompanying these items was a lace ring bearer pillow hand-stitched by my great-great grandmother in Cuba. It was so special to have family heirlooms to commemorate this day. My mother and mother-in-law were both wearing custom Victoria Lopez-Castro designs. I loved the way their one-shoulder red and halter powder blue gowns played off each other.

Styling my bridesmaids dresses was such a fun part of the process. In my spare time, I love helping friends find wedding guest outfits and this time I was able to do it for myself! I envisioned playful nude and pink patterns that felt fresh for Spring. Everyone looked gorgeous and unique in their different styles – especially my sister, Cristi, (and MOH) in her Galvan London rose gown. One of my bridesmaids, Vivian Grimes, founded the Florida-based startup, Henri Noël Fine Jewelry, and she brought diamond earrings and necklaces for each bridesmaid to wear. Funny enough, I began working with her full time after returning from my honeymoon. Although I wasn’t anticipating much for our first look, Frankie’s reaction to seeing me in my dress was incredible. I had never seen him speechless! As it was time to head to the church, my wedding planner alerted me that the car we rented couldn’t start that morning. The company had sent another classic car instead – a 1930 Ford Model A. This little hiccup turned out to be a blessing in disguise. This unique car was one of my favorite surprises of the day! Our wedding party and Frankie headed to the church in a white trolley – dancing together the whole way there. My father and I were the last ones to leave, and we decided to take a tequila shot together before heading to the ceremony. As we arrived at the church that I had gone to throughout my childhood, I began to get nervous! Nothing is as nerve-wrecking as waiting for the church doors to open, but the nerves quickly settled as I saw Frankie at the altar. We celebrated a traditional catholic wedding mass, including a Spanish “mantilla” that has been passed down through our family for generations. The “mantilla” is a lace veil placed over the bride and groom’s shoulder to represent the new union formed in through marriage.

After the ceremony, white trollies transported our guests to our reception. Our cocktail hour took place around the pool and boat dock at 5 o’clock in the afternoon. Guests were welcomed by a jazzy saxophone and our signature drinks- a spicy paloma and old fashioned. During quarantine I picked up a painting as a new hobby, so as our wedding started getting closer, I decided to order rattan fans and hand paint our initials in French blue to be passed out as the guests arrived. For our guest book, we chose a coffee table of Capri, Italy representing our honeymoon destination. Our guest book is now part of our coffee table décor to enjoy whenever we want! Our caterer, Style Catering, planned a menu that incorporated Cuban staples with modern dishes– spicy tuna tartare, vaca frita tostones, and crispy polenta croutons with pulled duck ragu. In a nod to our college years in the Northeast, I had this vision of guests enjoying my favorite appetizer- oysters- by the water. Our caterer was able to bring my vision to life with oysters in special wooden trays served throughout cocktail hour. These were definitely a crowd favorite!

Our guests entered the Sperry tent under a blooming bougainvillea entrance that added a pop of color to the blue, white and green décor. During wedding planning, there was a big debate about what color flooring we should have inside the tent. Should we do green to look like grass? Or a classic neutral? My wedding planner suggested white turf, but would it get dirty? I decided to trust her gut and go with the white turf floor. It was difficult to imagine how it would come together, but once we saw how bright and crisp the inside of the tent looked – I knew it was the perfect choice. Inside, the tent was filled with round and rectangular tables with two different linen prints of greens, blues, and whites. Ever After Florals created beautiful greenery accents that transformed the tent into a coastal gardenscape. My mother-in-law found gorgeous French blue and white ginger jars a month before the wedding, and our wonderful florist was able to incorporate them throughout the reception. We also chose a white-washed wood Sperry dance floor with white couches to create a quintessential coastal focal point for the tent. Our band, The Clique, got the party started and got our guests dancing immediately. After a few speeches and dances, we opened the buffet-style dinner for our guests. It was important for us to keep a party-like atmosphere and have our guests feel free to mingle, hit the bar, and fill their plate at their own pace. Our food stations were inspired by our favorite foods – Spanish tapas with seafood paella, “Little Italy” with Branzino and a red wine braised short rib risotto, and a meat carving station with NY strip and slow roasted pork “lechon”. Our wedding cake was designed by a renown Miami bakery- Edda’s Cake Designs. We chose a classic rum cake- our favorite childhood cake.

Inspired by our shared Cuban heritage, the “hora loca” (Spanish for “the crazy hour, a Hispanic wedding tradition that is meant to kick off the later hours of the party) started with a pop of white confetti that filled the tent like snow. Our wedding planner passed out “tropical space cowboy” themed accessories – 40 gallon cowboy hats, astronaut hats, disco headbands and flower crowns. I wore a custom orchid headpiece and my husband wore a custom captain’s hat with his initials. One of our favorite memories was when the band performed the groom’s family’s favorite song “Friends in Low Places”. Our families got on the stage and sang every word together. After such a long year of postponements, it felt wonderful seeing the whole night come together and finally celebrating with our friends and family. We ended the night on the stage singing Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York” with our guests, a nod our favorite city where we lived together and got engaged two years prior. So much has changed since our April 2019 engagement, and we were thrilled to host such a joyful day with everyone we love.

Photography: Katie Lopez Photography | Cinematography: Ps Photography | Event Planning: Events By Elle | Floral Design: Ever After Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Zuhair Murad | Cake: Edda’s Cake Designs | Invitations: Dogwood Hill | Ceremony Venue: Epiphany Catholic Church | Reception Venue: Private Home | Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Catering: STYLE Catering, Inc. | Lighting: Celebrations by Kathy | DJ: The Clique Band, Tropics Entertainment | Band: The Clique Band, Tropics Entertainment | Groom's Attire: The Black Tux | Groomsmen's Attire: The Black Tux | Transportation: Rumba Tours | White Trolley | Transportation: Florians Classics | Beauty: Junkie Bride | Beauty: Clique Miami | Bridesmaid Accessories: Henri Noel Fine Jewelry | Chair Rentals: Imperial Event Rentals | Confetti: Liquid Sky Laser Shows | Custom Bars: Elements & Accents | Custom Napkins: For Your Party | Dress Vendor: Ever After Miami | Flooring: Elegant Parties | Logo: Dogwood Hill | MOB Purse: Pamela Munson | MOG Purse: Asha - TALLULAH STUD | Maid of Honor Dress: Galvan London | Mother of Bride & Groom Dresses: Victoria Lopez Castro | Photography - Assistance: Lara Rios | Rentals: Nuage Designs | Rentals: Bubble | Rentals: BBJ La Tavola | Table, Chairs, and Lounge Area Rentals: Elements & Accents | Tent & Dancefloor: Sperry Tents Southeast | Weddings Rings: Henri Noel Fine Jewelry

Rain Made This Outdoor Florida Art Museum Wedding Even More Special

They say rain on your wedding day is good luck, and for Melissa and Steve it was certainly the case! After showers on their first date, bridal shower, and at the courthouse, the bride sweetly said that the rain was their family who was no longer with them, showering the couple with love! The twosome turned to none other than Taylor Falcon Events to bring their Big Day dreams to life, and Flower Child Florist to design the most incredible florals in soft, romantic shades.  Each elegant moment was artfully captured in the imagery by Everence Photography, grab your umbrella and head to the full gallery!

From Everence Photography… Melissa and Steven had what most couples fear the most in the days leading up to their wedding – a 100% chance of rain for their entire all outdoor wedding day. The pouring down, thunder and lightning kind of rain. But that didn’t stop them from having the most incredible, beautiful, and emotional day full of so much love, happiness, and laughs. 

From the bride… I like to think the deluge was our grandparents and great grandparents sharing in our joy, literally showering us with love and blessings. It rained on us during our very first date, on my bridal shower, and at the courthouse.

It was only appropriate that the most incredible outpouring of all be on our wedding day. The rain was not an obstacle at that moment, but a beautiful compliment to our day

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Photography: Everence Photography | Videography: namesake creative | Event Planning: Taylor Falcon Events | Floral Design: Flower Child Florals | Gown: Pronovias | Cake: The Artistic Whisk | Reception Venue: The Ringling Museum | Catering: Puff 'n Stuff Catering | Lighting: LJ Events | DJ: Cory Barron | DJ: Jade Strings | Tux: Suit Supply | Accomodations: The RItz Carlton Sarasota | Beauty: Femme Akoi | Bride: Melissa Rosen | Caligraphy: Citrus Press Co. | Hora Loca: Hora Loca Miami | Ice Creamm: The Gelato Carte Tampa | Invitation Suite: Minted | Linens: Over The Top Linens | Rentals: So Staged | Rentals: Treasury Rentals | Rentals: US Tent Rental | Rentals: culinary creations by metz | Rentals: So Staged

Awe-Inspiring Floral Design And Fashion In Sunny Florida

What happens when some of the world’s best florists and designers, under the tutelage of Sarah Cambell of Intrigue Design & Events, come together for a two-day workshop in sunny Florida? A feast for your flower-loving senses, of course! Bright pops of color are the focal part of the day expertly planned by Heather Benge. Every incredibly eye-catching moment was exquisitely captured in the imagery by Taylor Jordan Photography, see it all in the full gallery.

From Taylor Jordan PhotographyThese epic florals were a part of a two-day workshop in Orlando, Florida. Taylor Jordan Photography had the pleasure of capturing the colorful, bold masterpieces.

The floral designs were created by a dozen florists and designers learning from Sarah Cambell of Intrigue Design & Events. Sarah became known for her eye for color on Netflix’s The Big Flower Fight and brought that love of color to these fabulous designs. She had the students begin with pops of color, designed on mono-floral groupings, and layered a series of custom-painted greens between each cluster of blooms.

The use of painted materials is becoming more and more in demand as the trend for color continues to grow in popularity. The options for brides are now endless!

Photography: Taylor Jordan Photography | Event Planning: Heather Benge | Floral Design: Intrigue Design & Events | Wedding Dress: White Blossom Bridal | Cake: LuBelle's Cakes | Invitations: Papier Handmade | Invitations: The Mrs Box | Invitations: Replica Surfaces | Reception Venue: Luxmore Grande Estate | Beauty: Brittney Boscana | Beauty: Bella Belle | Planning: Styled Shoots Across America

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A Chic Al Fresco Microwedding at Hotel Escalante Planned in Just Six Weeks!

After the pandemic postponed their original plans of international nuptials, today’s beautiful couple decided they couldn’t wait any longer to call each other husband and wife. So, they tied the knot in front of their closest loved ones in Naples, Florida – where the bride’s family has vacationed together for years. The bride absolutely took our breath away in a chic Oscar De La Renta gown, with a bouquet by Kaleidoscope Floral that deserves its own standing ovation. Head on over to the full gallery to see every last detail, all taken by Hunter Ryan Photo!

From The Bride… Michael and I had just started talking to a wedding planner about potentially doing a wedding in Europe for Summer 2020 and then COVID hit so we put that on hold, and kept putting it on hold as COVID dragged on. 

In November, we were with family and discussing Christmas plans. My family has been going to Naples for the holidays for the last few years and had already planned (pre-COVID) that Michael’s family would join us this year. The Christmas discussion somehow turned into a wedding discussion and I think it was my dad who suggested that we just get married while we were all down there over the holidays – and the more we thought about it the more we loved that idea.

Naples had become a special place for us, both of our parents and siblings would already be there. The first Christmas our families were spending together turned into a wedding—it just felt right. We knew everything could be outdoors weather wise, and that was enough for us to start. We were lucky that a few close friends were also able to join. We put it all together in the next six weeks and officially got married on January 1, 2021.

Photography: Hunter Ryan Photo | Floral Design: Kaleidoscope Floral | Wedding Dress: Oscar De La Renta | Cake: Sweetified Bakery | Reception Venue: The Escalante | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Agua by Agua Bendita | Catering: The Escalante | Beauty: Salon Teez | Champagne bar: Bubbles Mobile Bar

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Classic Palm Beach Wedding Filled With Chic Details

A classic wedding never goes out of style, and this one is full of details that are sure to stand the test of time.
The Big Day expertly planned by Masi Events, is just filled with inspiration. Designs by Anthology Co. are sure to delight, from the epic round escort card display bursting with blooms to a sweetheart table with a floral runner cascading to the floor. You’ll get lost in the artful images captured by Shea Christine Photography. Take a look at all the timeless touches in the full gallery.

From Masi EventsEvery detail was thought through when planning this destination wedding for Meghan and Matthew. The ceremony was decorated with a beautiful white floral circle arch artfully created by Anthology Co.

The cocktail hour took place along the water at the Flagler Museum where we had lavish food displays and white custom bars with signature cocktail drinks. We strung bistro lights to keep the area well lit and guests were able to utilize this space even after the reception had begun.

We then escorted guests to the main reception hosted in the West and Lake View room. Each table stunned in the mauve rose-colored velvet linen by Nuage Designs and the muted yet colorful floral centerpieces with taper candles. It was a memorable weekend in Palm Beach for all the guests.

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Photography: Shea Christine Photography | Cinematography: Black Label Films | Event Planning: Masi Events | Floral Design: Anthology Co. | Wedding Cake: Earth And Sugar | Ceremony Venue: Flagler Museum | Reception Venue: Flagler Museum | Catering: Constellation Culinary | Calligraphy: Tinta y Tierra | Lighting: Frost | Entertainment: Jim Hynes Band | Transportation: Molly's Trolleys | Bridal Valet: Bless The Dress | Hair and Make-up: Rock Paper Scissors Salon | Rentals: Nuage Designs | Rentals: Atlas Event Rentals | Rentals: Elements & Accents | Tabletop Rentals: A Different Look

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The Most Epic Captiva Island Wedding With a ”Retro Florida Postcard” Theme

Now this is a couple who knows how to have fun with their wedding décor! As guests walked from one side of the island to the other for the ceremony to the reception (yup, the island is THAT small), they were greeted by a one-of-a-kind night. The adorable couple inspired their wedding design based off those old-school, retro Florida postcards you used to see, you know… the ones with illustrations inside of each letter? It may have been quite a challenge, but Carrie Darling Events and Kaleidoscope Floral pulled it off with every last detail… all while keeping it chic the entire way through. Check out all the can’t-miss moments from their day at the full gallery, all captured by Hunter Ryan Photo.

From Hunter Ryan PhotoCourtney & Stephen’s Wedding took place in the heart of enchanting Captiva Island, FL at a Private Home.

One significant element of the Wedding is that the guests progressed from one side of Captiva to another throughout the night – REALLY. The island is THAT narrow. The ceremony was held on the beach (across the street from the home) and then guests were guided across the road (via traffic cop) to cocktail hour on the front lawn, the dinner tent was behind the home, the dancing tent was on the other side of the back yard, and the send off was on the narrow path on the back side of the property – and the couple left on a boat with a Captain friend! From one side of the ocean to another .

As guests made the progression from one space to another, the couple wanted each new space they encountered to have an entirely new vibe and style. We also wanted to embrace all the unique characteristics of Florida. So, we based the decor in each space on a retro Florida postcard that served as a Save the Date for the Wedding weekend. You know, the kind of postcard with illustrations inside each of the letters? The “L” in Florida was an Orange Grove that inspired the escort card display, the “O” had a retro nod to cocktail hour with the fun beach umbrellas, The “R” had more of a natural greenery/Everglades style for the dinner tent, and the “D” had more vivid colors or orange and red (sunset colors) that we used in the dancing tent.

They had a very intimate invitation design that highlighted hand-drawn illustrations by Lucy Engelman that were inspired by the couple’s own engagement photos. So instead of using actual photos, it was an artistic version of the couple’s own pictures- which offers a very unique way of sprinkling the couple’s likeness into the suite. Lucy created additional illustrations, like a tropical leaf pattern for the liner of the envelope, a map of Captiva for the itinerary (and also used on the Welcome Bag) and welcome booklets. Everything was very monochromatic in a rich Florida green with traditional Wedding white background.

Some of the illustrated images were made into pillows at cocktail hour, as well as trays that the signature drink was served on, etc. It was such a cool way to use the engagement photos, in a non-traditional way, and of course, a lot of keepsakes for the Bride and Groom.

Inspired by the surrounding Reeds, Seagrass, Pampas Grass. It was a minimalistic look, with 2 large palm fronds coming together to make the ceremony arch.

The Welcome Sign was custom made with rattan fan blades, a bamboo pole base and accents of pampas that said “Welcome to Captiva” with a ceremony directional sign.

Programs were printed, frayed-edge fabric scrolls that were wrapped around the handles of white paper fans and tied with green velvet ribbon.

Guests were greeted with an infused water station on the beach to quench their thirst. The flavored water ( Pineapple Mint, Florida Citrus, Cucumber Mint) were all served in monogram tossware.

Cocktail Hour:
We embraced the Retro Florida Vibe for cocktail hour on the front lawn, and the fun prints of beach umbrellas you might see scattered on the Florida beaches. Several cocktail rounds dressed in bold striped linens were paired with umbrellas, colorful lemon prints, white fringed and even straw materials.

A playful Beach Ball Selfie Wall greeted guests, and they were invited to interact with additional balls laying on the ground as they captured some photos.

Servers held custom drink trays (with illustrations of the couple’s engagement photos) and their signature “My Tie” Drink, which was a nod to how they met (hint: it had to do with the Groom’s tie). Even the stir stick was in the shape of a neck tie ;)

As an added touch for additional drinks from the bar, guests were invited to use one of the green “C&S” shaped Straws, or pick up a koozie.

Escort Card Display:
Carrie Darling Events built an “Orange Grove Trellis” that fit the dimensions of the tent opening, so it also served as entrance decor to the tent. Guests were presented with an uplit trellis, with custom, diagonal shelving that held small oranges with paper leaf escort cards pinned into them. With a guest count looming around 150, we helped move everyone along by organizing the left side of the trellis into last names starting with A-M and the right side of the trellis held oranges with guests with last names that started with M-Z.

Main Dinner Tent:

The Bride wanted to embrace the beautiful, surrounding landscape, so we used a clear tent and did dramatic greenery palm centerpieces on the table, with rattan lanterns hanging from the top of the tent. The bamboo chairs tied into the rattan lanterns, and the mis-matched green water glasses added some fun hues against the white linens.

Wedding Cake / Cake Slice Display:
Placed between a trio of Palm Trees, on a fun tropical print linen! The tall cake featured additional sugar flowers with butterfly details.

Later on in the evening, the cut slices of cake were brought out to 3 long tables (closer to the dance tent that everyone moved to). The 3 display tables had custom neon “flavor ” signs for the Strawberry Shortcake, Lemon Blueberry and Funfetti flavors. It made it easier to see in the dark, and made it even more exciting for guests to choose the flavor of cake they wanted!

Dancing Tent:
Hanging from the center of the tent was an eclectic mix of dried palms in fun spray-painted colors and fun florals in a central floral chandelier.

We anchored a fun rental bar from Unearthed Rentals, on the far end of the tent (opposite from the Stage) for easy access to some evening livations!

#1 Specialty Dancers/ Entertainment
Right after the Bride & Groom’s Thank you speech (our signal was “Let’s Get This Party Started) a dance troupe of 4 ladies and 4 drummers came in from both corners of the tent with a major presence, and had al the guests stand and follow them down the path to the “Party Tent”

#2 Ice Cream Truck
Instead of a Late night food, an Ice Cream Truck pulled up to the dancing tent- about an hour before the end of the party… song on and everything to draw a crowd, running for their favorite cone or push-pop!

Send Off:
The last 10 minutes of the party, we passed out monogrammed LED ribbon wands for the guests to dance with and then we directed them to the far back of the property, where a line of palm trees was all uplit in fun colors on the way to the dock. The guests lined both sides of the path, and the Bride & Groom walked down a line of white streamers, to a sign that greeted them with “Bon Voyage”. From there, they boarded a boat with their Captain friend, and took off in an epic newlywed kiss goodbye.

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Photography: Hunter Ryan Photo | Cinematography: Curtis Kennedy Films | Event Planning & Design: Carrie Darling Events | Floral Design: Kaleidoscope Floral | Wedding Dress: Katie Fong Collection | Cake: In Love and Food | Invitations: Lucy Engelman | Catering: Tastebuds Custom Catering | Lighting: Artistic Science | Transportation: Naples Transportation and Tours | Acrylic Signs & Lettering/ Table Numbers, Stir Sticks: Creative Amme | Bamboo Chairs/Tables: Partytime Rentals | Beauty: Duality Artistry | Ceremony/Cocktail Hour Musicians: Jade Strings | Dancers: New Century Dance Company | Dress Steaming: Carla Delgado | Fabric Programs, Menus, Pillows, Escort Cards:: Luster Designs on Paper | Green Water Glasses: Dishie Rentals | Ice Cream: Sunny Days Ice Cream | Place Settings: A Different Look | Reception Band: The Headliners Band | Rentals: Unearthed Rentals | Restrooms: Prestigious Restrooms | Tents: US Tent Rental | Valet: 5 Star Valet

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The Perfect Blueprint for a Whimsical Wedding With Timeless Touches at Mill Pond Estate

A ruffled wedding dress, champagne cart, and floral-adorned getaway boat! These are just a few dreamy things you can expect to obsess over throughout today’s full gallery from Terrie Images. Stephany Perry Events executed the most beautiful styled shoot at Mill Pond Estate marrying whimsical elements with timeless details, dressed in an organic color palette of champagne and green accents. Keep on scrolling and get ready to be completely swept away.. 

From Terrie Images… A Love Letter To You is an inspiration shoot full of greenery and touches of whimsical and timeless. 

This palette was a combination green tones, champagne, ivory , and gold accents. We created two looks within this shoot to demonstrate this organic palette versatility. We included a romantic and organic look to resonate with brides who love all things whimsical. 

We also created a timeless and classic for our brides who love the simplistic details. Both looks highlighted a minimal feel with emphasis on calligraphy pieces to highlight the love letter theme.

Photography: Terrie Images | Cinematography: Priceless Studio Design | Coordination: Stephany Perry Events | Floral Design: Mill Pond Estate | Cake: WILLOW WISP CAKES | Calligraphy: Love Offering | Groom's Attire: Generation Tux | Wedding Venue: Mill Pond Estate | Beauty: Denise Marie Beauty | Bride & Groom Couple: Cotton Lifestyles | Champagne Cart: Prop Champagne Rentals | Gowns: Lillie Mae Collection | Hair Design: Hair Inspired By Ciarra | Linen: Olivia Jade Event Linen Rentals | Model - Bride: Emily Sidney | Photography - Assistance: Fine Line Imagery | Rentals: Set & Styled Curated Rentals | Styling Surface: Elysian Market

Take This as Your Sign to Include a Floral-Adorned Champagne Bar at Your Reception

These charming nuptials at La Casa Toscana are what lavender dreams are made of! The Apostolic Wife planned a fanciful day where love and flowers were abloom with Ever After Vintage Wedding’s fresh & dried blossoms in the prettiest purples and blues. The couple shared their vows under the quaintest gazebo while their guests luxuriated in sophistication, style, and splendid details — like a bloom bar and champagne cart. Everything about this wedding — including the bride’s dreamy pale lavender gown  — exudes beauty, grace, and whimsy. Visit the full gallery to soak in the lavender-hued loveliness of this fantasy day in the full gallery by Cornelia Zaiss Photography.

From Ever After Vintage WeddingsThe joining of a lush garden style with charming sophistication made these quaint inspired nuptials truly the stuff of dreams. La Casa Toscana was the perfect venue to really pull in the refined feel we were looking for. As guest are seated for the ceremony, the European inspired gazebo dripping with florals makes a lovely focal piece while they wait. 

The bride graces the aisle in a gown that honors her inner goddess. The groom in a classic style white tux. As the couple says their “I Do’s” and head back down the aisle, I Imagine the guest entering the reception to this classically landscaped garden. 

Greeted by a lovely display of beautiful blooms, they would be excited to create their own floral creation in a Bouquet Favor Bar complete with stunning high quality ribbons. The reception florals were a beautiful mix of unique dried florals and fresh flowers giving this garden look a touch of a fine art style. This intimate celebration with loved ones and friends would spare no detail. Including customize monogram napkins and a beautiful champagne bar. It would truly be a day filled with love…… And lavender.

Photography: Cornelia Zaiss | Design: MK Customs | Design: Skye Luxe Designs | Event Planning: The Apostolic Wife | Floral Design: Ever After DeAnn | Wedding Dress: Delana Formals | Cake: Kristen Marie Cake | Invitations: Bliss Creative Atlanta | Groom's Attire: The TUXXMAN | Beauty: Jennifer Beauty & Co | Location: La Casa Toscana | Rentals: Treasury Rentals | Rentals: Revvies Luxury Transportation | Rentals: Prop Champagne Rentals | Rentals: Over The Top Linen | Rentals: Taylor Rental Naples

When a Wedding Florist Designs Her Own Wedding… No Detail Is Left Unturned!

Ready to do a double-take? Because today’s wedding demands one! When the blushing bride also just so happens to be the owner of De La Fluer Designs, you know it’s going to be good. Brightly colored blooms in delicious warm hues brought their day to life, while The Addison Boca Raton provided the most breathtaking backdrop for their “I do’s”. See all the pretty at the full gallery, captured by Melissa Blythe Photography!

From the Bride…I wanted our wedding to feel like a gorgeous day in the country side of France full of natural beauty sans pretention, effortless elegance, and a touch of whimsy. Just a perfectly flawed, natural, representation of the both of us. As a florist, flowers are a big deal to me, yet I knew that there’d be some details that I’d have to sacrifice as I designed and executed my own wedding. The color palette was one of those things that had to be perfect as well as our ceremony arbor, and the feel of our ceremony space between The Addison’s massive Banyan Trees. Needless to say, my amazing team totally nailed it! The color palette of our florals, like our wedding, was not very typical and included touches of biscotti, copper, and French blue. Seeing all of the flowers come together each shining beautifully, painting the gorgeous portrait that was our day, was simply a dream. The floral design and the venue were non-negotiables in seeing our vision come to life.

We wanted everything at our wedding to be meaningful, memorable and authentically representative of who we are and our story. God is at the center of our relationship and our lives as individuals, so worship was the essence of our ceremony and our faith was laced throughout every aspect of our wedding from our first touch as we prayed together, to our officiant & Pastor, who is also my Dad! 

My absolute favorite part of the day was the worship session at the beginning of our ceremony. I always envisioned walking down the aisle and expressing thanks and gratitude to God for our relationship, experiences and the journey leading up to that special moment that we said, “I Do”. Those special moments with a live band and stringed quartet all surrounding a song that has so much meaning to me, “The Goodness of God”, felt like pure magic. The sound of the voices of our closest friends and family singing together coupled with the sound of nature in the open air under those Banyan trees is a sound that I’ll always feel and never forget. It was indeed a sacred moment—the sweetest blessing on our special day.

The morning of our wedding getting ready with our favorite people in the world was another favorite memory from our day. Taking photos with my little nieces and experiencing their excitement and anticipation for what the day would bring was so special. We both agree that the short moments of peace and stillness that we each had the morning of our wedding were special. As I added the finishing touches to my vows the morning of our wedding, I thought,  this is really happening!  I also felt the greatest sense of a relief that everything that comes with wedding planning would soon end, and our new lives together would begin!

My best advice for future couples would be to invest in a photographer and videographer whose style you adore. Your wedding day will end before you know it, and the memories captured in those photos and in your video will let you re-live that magical day over and over for years to come, each time in its very own special way. Secondly, if you love cake as much as I do, ask your venue concierge/catering manager/planner to ensure that any cake that’s not served is packed away for you to take home and enjoy! I am pretty bummed that I barely had a slice of my delicious 3-tier dulce de leche filled wedding cake.  Yes, I do have an obsession. But seriously, have a plan for getting everything that is truly important to you done whether that includes getting any sentimental item photographed or captured by your videographer, or getting that photo with your second Aunt on Dad’s side, or perhaps if you have an obsession like me, getting a decadent slice of cake for you to enjoy on your wedding night. Have a plan for getting it all! 

From Melissa Blythe Photography… When Miami-based wedding florist Daphne of De La Fleur designed her own wedding, she didn’t skip a single design detail! Photographing Daphne & Ricardo’s wedding was an absolute dream. Not only were there beautiful details around every corner, but there was also a deeply meaningful ceremony which Daphne’s father, Pastor Zizi, conducted, and their entire church attended.

Photography: Melissa Blythe | Cinematography: Bridges Cinema | Ceremony Venue: The Addison Boca Raton | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Wtoo By Watters From Bellissima Bridal In Coral Gables, Florida | Day of Coordination: Lae-Lah Weddings | Event Design & Florals: De La Fluer Designs | Get Away Car: A Classy Affair South Florida | Maid Of Honor Dress: Two Birds New York | Make Up Artist: Naturally Beat | Signage: Dainty Hands Co

A Downtown Miami Wedding Filled With Personal Touches, Sentimental Moments, and a Steal-Worthy Beer Bar

This Downtown Miami wedding sprinkled with personal touches may just bring a tear to your eye. If this day doesn’t represent the value of a father-daughter bond, we truly don’t know what does. Planners from Oh my Occasions uniquely embraced the couple’s love story and brought it to life, and boy did it get the “oh my” reaction it deserves. Aesthetically pleasing floral arrangements stole the show thanks to the artistically talented team at Event Bliss Design. Between epic views of the city and a customized beer tap wall, this Miami wedding will surely long be remembered and cherished. Head on over to the full gallery steal-worthy inspiration, captured by Kt Crabb Photography.

From Kt Crabb Photography… Katrina’s father stepped onto the dance floor with his wife in hand, Katrina’s mother. The room fell quiet as he looked down and paused for a moment. “I’m so grateful to be alive to see this moment.” As Katrina had expressed earlier, her father is often not a man of many words. “My dad has also battled health problems in the past, so him being present at my wedding and giving a heartfelt speech was everything to me.” Of course, he brought his sense of humor as he grabbed a sheet of paper with his speech and let it unfold into what looked like a novel as the paper was long enough to drag on the floor. The room erupted in laughter as he glanced over to catch a glimpse of the reaction he seemed to value most, his baby girl.

The bride and her father hold such a unique bond. He walked her hand in hand from the car up the staircase to the cathedral. However, he too wanted to witness the moment the doors opened for the first time in the cathedral. He stood partway down the aisle as she walked towards him to join together before reaching Jeremy at the altar. “My father standing halfway symbolized that he is always there for me when I need him the most. He’s there to catch me when I fall, guide me, and offer a helping hand (literally and figuratively because my dad is a handyman!).”

Hearing and witnessing the role Katrina’s father held in her life proved that her life partner would need to be someone just as special. According to Katrina, “My mom always told me when you visit a new church, make a wish. On November 9, 2008, as I stepped inside St. Augustine Church for the first time, I wished, ‘I wish I will meet my future husband.’ After the mass, I met Jeremy outside on the steps of the church. At that time, I had no idea that God just granted me my wish. It wasn’t until we started dating when I first thought, ‘Wow, how funny would it be if this guy ends up as my husband!’.” This serendipitous story was one Katrina kept close to her heart and shared with Jeremy for the first time on their wedding day through her gift to him, a hand-crafted album full of moments and stories of their life together.

Their wedding day was sprinkled with personal touches throughout. From momentos of their travels abroad to the deep love for uniquely crafted beer, and of course, freshly made donuts. Their unique personal touches invited their guests in first hand to experience their love story. They gifted their guests with their own custom beer blend created for their wedding day which was later served in their personalized beer tap. Their wedding day was held at the EPIC Kimpton hotel in Miami, a city near and dear to their hearts. The EPIC hotel offered great views of their favorite city while they prepared for such a life-changing moment together. “While we were sitting at our sweetheart table during dinner, we had another moment to look around the ballroom- this time with all of our guests sitting in their seats, eating, drinking, and having fun. We were so humbled to see all of our close family and friends there to celebrate us. We took in a deep breath, had a big sigh of relief, drank a beer from our custom beer tap wall, and said, “wow, this is so beautiful”. This simple, little moment between all the big moments, was one of our favorites.”

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Edited by Lauren Megerdichian & Carly Zumar

Photography: Kt Crabb Photography | Cinematography: Third Re3l Cinema | Floral Design: Event Bliss Design | Cake: Sweet Guilt by Angelica | Ceremony Venue: St Patrick Catholic Church | Reception Venue: Epic Hotel | DJ: xentric entertainment | Beauty: bellelite | Beer Tap Rental: Grace & Ingrid Events | Car: Florians Classics | Planning: Oh my Occasions

Beach Lovers Need to See This Sanibel Island Cocktail-Style Micro Wedding

From the laid back beach setting to the cocktail reception – today’s wedding planned by Jennifer Buono Events is giving us allll the summer in paradise vibes. The darling couple decided to forego a traditional sit down dinner and opt for a more lounge like feel with a cocktail-style soirée at Casa Ybel Resort, dressed in a color palette of warm, island-inspired hues. To see all the steal-worthy beauty from their day, check out the full gallery of details – all captured by Hunter Ryan Photo!

From the Bride… We knew we would get married from the very start of our relationship. After a personal tragedy, and grieving together, we realized there was nothing holding us back and life’s too short to not be with the person you love for as long as you can. In the midst of COVID, we decided to have a small, intimate ceremony at the place that brings us the most peace and happiness – the beach. It was very important to me that the backdrop be a sunset. My dad, who passed away in 2013, loved sunsets. It was one of the ways I felt like he was present with all of our loved ones. After some research and calling around, we decided Sanibel and Casa Ybel in particular would give us the intimate, sunset wedding we dreamed of. Laid back, but elegant was the feel we wanted. A tall order, but Jennifer and her team exceeded expectations. When we sat down to plan our guest list, there were 80 people we knew absolutely had to be there- and we were so blessed that 75 were able to make it!

We chose to not have a sit-down dinner, rather a lounge feel with different stations of food to not only give people more time for mingling and having fun, but to ensure everyone could keep a safe distance if they felt more comfortable doing so. There were sanitizing stations and masks available as well. After a long, very personal conversation with Tiffany at Hunter Ryan (my photographer) I decided to wear my dad’s wedding band that day, and we also wrote our own vows. There was not a dry eye in the house! Jennifer(the planner) suggested steel drums for the ceremony and cocktail reception to give a laid back, Caribbean feel and it was one of the most memorable touches! You could find Josh at the cigar bar surrounded by friends and family most of the evening. It was a hit!

From planner… Using a fresh, modern take on a more traditional island beach soirée, we went with a relaxed, warm color palette for Megan and Josh’s wedding. We created an ambiance that eluded to that true Caribbean feel, drawing inspiration from the island atmosphere and its natural tones and textures. From the whimsical nature of the florals, to the soft blues and natural tones in the textiles, every element had a special connotation for the couple on their wedding day.

In creating this experience for the guests, it was important that we set the tones for a laid back, open air fete from the beginning. Emily Baird Design put together an incredible invitation suite, using natural taupes paired with the warmth of blues and creamy ivories. We loved this look because it embodied the ocean and beachy vibes in an elegant, fun way for guests to become excited about. Carrying the design over to the wedding day, Emily used miniature white sand dollars, tethered wraps and fun prints for guests at every touch point. For the welcome bags, we wanted to include a mixture of sustainable items, so we opted for the comfort foods of their home in Indiana and memories from their time here in Florida. We hand selected beach totes and packed them with a caramel + cheddar popcorn mix from their hometown, Kristi’s Cookies from Florida, an earthy holiday candle from Blackbarn Home guests could enjoy when they went home, custom matches, a guide for shelling, and hand sanitizer (for safely mingling with friends and loved ones). We knew there was potential for a brisk evening, so we brought in cozy blankets for guests to wrap themselves in throughout the cool night. One of our favorite aspects were these lounge pairings brought in by Vivant Rentals. Using the same patterns from their invitations and menus, we created a custom inlay for the couples’ bar, and paired the look with cozy white lounges.

Photography: Hunter Ryan Photo | Event Planning: Jennifer Buono Design | Floral Design: Kaleidoscope Floral | Gown: Marie Gabriel Bridal Couture | Cake: Sweetified Bakery | Reception Venue: Casa Ybel Resort | DJ: DJ Jacob Towe | Tent: Sperry Tents | Beauty: Duality Artistry | Paper: Emily Baird Design | Rent: Vivant Rentals | Steel Drummer: John Patti

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