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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

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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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Inspired Miami Wedding At Vizcaya Museum & Gardens

Featuring a lush tropical backdrop at Vizcaya Museum & Gardens, impeccable style, and a tented reception that wows- this Miami wedding planned by Events By Gigi is nothing short of stunning. On closer look, you’ll find incredible heartfelt moments that match the outer beauty of the wedding day. Among these special touches are odes to the couple’s Russian culture and the inclusion of their dog Mishka in the wedding ceremony! Bonphotage perfectly captured the love in every beautiful image, and Taylor Event Designs filled the space with show-stopping blooms. Visit the full gallery for endless amounts of inspiration.

From BonphotageVizcaya Museum and Gardens is arguably one of the most stunning places in the United States to get married – and we were thrilled when Masha and Lucas asked us to fly to Miami to capture their special day there!

Meaningful details deep were the heart of their special day. Amongst those thoughtful details was the inclusion of Masha’s first love, her dog Mishka, who served as ring bearer. After a stunning sunset ceremony, followed by portraits in the gardens, the couple entered their vintage car and drove across the bay where they held a tented reception for their guests.

“WOW! This is our wedding?” said the bride and groom as they entered a beautifully draped tent, complete with five oversized chandeliers, glass tabletops adorned with lush florals and romantic candles, delicate blush details, an ice sculpture complete with imported Caviar from the brides native Russia. Guests dined on petit filet mignon, toasted to ‘Pickle Shots’, and danced the night away.

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Photography: bonphotage | videography: bonphotage | Event Planning: events by gigi | Floral Design: taylor event designs | dress: Badgely Mischka | Ceremony Venue: Vizcaya Museum And Gardens | Reception Venue: sunset cove by Imagine | shoes: Bella Belle Shoes | Catering: A Alexander Events | makeup: Beauty By Renata | Calligraphy: Miami Writes Co. Calligraphy + Designs | tent: Tents & Events | Accomodations: sls brickell miami | Rentals: MiVintage Rentals | rentals: Elements & Accents

Old World Opulence at the Historic Vizcaya Gardens & Museum

From the storybook staircases, to the Spanish moss swaying in the trees, every corner of Vizcaya inspired each of our design details…” says Janna Brown Design of the overall inspiration behind today’s gorgeous styled shoot. We’re completely, head over heels, in love with the lush arrangements in dusty rose hues that perfectly complimented the surrounding gardens. Not to mention the bride’s knockout Monique Lhuillier gown that brought an old world Spanish feel to the aesthetic. To see all the pretty unfold, you have to head on over to the full gallery – taken by the ever so talented Lost Coast Photography!

From Janna Brown Design…. Immersing ourselves in the Spanish influences of Vizcaya, we built our design to embrace all of the unique beauty that this unparalleled venue presented. 

From the storybook staircases, to the Spanish moss swaying in the trees, every corner of Vizcaya inspired each of our design details. Our bride donned layers of lace in a dramatic gown, paired with a lace tipped veil that trailed behind her for an old world Spanish aesthetic. 

We warmed the palette with subtle pink and dusty rose tones that complimented the painted stonework throughout the gardens and the sunkissed skin of our resplendent bride. Our paper goods were inspired by the lush botanical gardens, with intricate floral and foliage sketches carried through the suite. Our reception tables boasted luxurious pooling linens, topped with gold rimmed dinnerware, crystal glassware, custom menus and an abundance of blooms…

Photography: Lost Coast Photography | Cinematography: Aziz Studios | Coordination: Ema Giangreco Weddings | Event Design: Janna Brown Design Co | Event Planning: Janna Brown Design Co. | Floral Design: Janna Brown Design Co | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Invitations: Inquisited | Groom's Attire: SuitShop | Beauty: Brazil Raine | Bridal Shoppe: Chic Parisien | Linens: BBJ Linen | La Tavola Linen | Location: Vizcaya Museum And Gardens | Modeling Agency: Wimbley Management | Rentals: Atlas Event Rentals | Rentals: Imperial Event Rentals | Silks: Frou Frou Chic

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Bella Belle’s New Metamorphosis Collection Is Here to Empower Women In Feeling Confident In Their Own Skin

Prepare to fall deeply in love, because this gallery is unlike any other. Every image captured by KT Merry Photography of Bella Belle’s new Metamorphosis collection is a work of art. If we’re being honest, these might be some of our favorite photos of all time – no exaggeration! The collection was created to empower women throughout their own metamorphosis and path to identity, how amazing is that? When we found out the mastermind behind today’s editorial was miss Joy Proctor, the design queen herself, it came to no surprise. From the jaw-dropping gowns to their matching pair of heels – there’s truly a look in here to satisfy every bridal style! See all the swoon-worthy fashion you don’t want to miss at the full gallery.

From Bella Bella Shoes... This editorial took us through our heroine’s captivating metamorphosis path to self-identity. Inspired by nature’s butterflies, the profound story follows her stages of transformation to awakening through colors. With her resilience and hope, she emerged at the end of her journey with a newfound confidence and freedom. 

The collection is filled with subtle notions of a butterfly in the form of silhouettes, fabric techniques, and artwork to emulate its natural ecosystem. The collection is created to empower women by making them feel comfortably confident and beautiful in their own skin, as they go through stages of their own transformation. 

The story is enlivened with our heroine in feminine, voluminous and playful frocks. The evolution of colors reflect on her newly established confidence and self assurance. As she evolves through every stage, she realizes what makes her different is what makes her special. 

Through it all, she found comfort in vulnerability in being comfortable in her own skin. This story is our declaration of femininity and a proclamation of confidence all rolled into one.

Photography: KT Merry Photography | Cinematography: Ale Vidal | Styling + Design: Joy Proctor Design | Gown: Krikor Jabotian | Gown: Edwin Oudshroon | Gown: Dylan Parienty Paris | Gown: Nicole Felicia | Gown: Marchesa Fashion | Gown: Madebride by Antonea | Gown: Sara Mrad | Shoes: Bella Belle | Jewelry: Vivid Diamonds | Hair and Make up: Liliya Mufalazova | Veil: Madebride by Antonea | Veil: White Dress Bridal Boutique

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Traditional Design Meets Southern Charm With a Penchant of Fun and Flair at Rosemary Beach

Rosemary Beach described perfectly by the bride goes a little something like this, “…unlike anyplace in the world, you have the most amazing white-sand beaches with Caribbean blue ocean water, unbelievable architecture that makes you feel like you are in Europe, but with a warmth and charm you only feel in the south“. Talk about a dream!

We truly couldn’t be more in love with today’s gorgeous southern-inspired fête brought to life by Pamela Barefoot EventsSavoir Faire Weddings and Florals By The Sea. Our favorite detail? Their adorable scooter escort display, an ode to the groom’s scooter rental company he created at UNC! See all the awe-worthy moments at the full gallery, captured to perfection by Kati Rosado Photography!

From the Bride… Brent and I initially had a tough time deciding where we wanted to get married. We are both from Northern, VA but Brent wasn’t sold on getting married in D. C. We ultimately decided on Rosemary Beach, FL, a place we had only been on vacation twice before but already felt connected to.

Rosemary Beach is unlike anyplace in the world, you have the most amazing white-sand beaches with Caribbean blue ocean water, unbelievable architecture that makes you feel like you are in Europe, but with a warmth and charm you only feel in the south. Our overall inspiration and design can be summed up (as our wedding planner put it): “Traditional design meets southern charm with a penchant of fun and flair”. It was important to me that the wedding be classy and traditional, but also fun and unique.

I knew I wanted an awesome eye-popping linen, fun place settings, and an escort wall that had meaning to Brent and me. We incorporated a Florida/southern feel with rattan pendants, custom rattan bar, and rattan chargers into a more vivid and bright color scheme with a blue India Amory hand-blocked linens, mix of colorful flowers, and watercolor accents.

We wanted to make sure we had enough time with the people who made such an effort to be in Florida with us and we were able to do that by having multiple events throughout the weekend. A bonfire on Thursday night, a killer rehearsal dinner on Friday with everyone, and of course the wedding on Saturday. Because there were multiple events, Brent and I were able to have actual conversations with every one of our guests. Guests shared stories and advice with us that we wouldn’t have gotten otherwise. Some of my favorite moments are those conversations we had, reminiscing on past times and looking forward to a lifetime together.

Stand-out details:

– Design elements: India Amory linen, napkins, handkerchiefs; 21 Rattan baskets, custom rattan bar and chargers
​- The Escort Wall – Brents first company was a scooter rental company he started at UNC called “Carolina Scoots” he was the “Scooter King” and we would joke that he would answer his phone “Scooters for Rent, this is Brent!”
– UNC Details – The Caroline Inn Chocolate Pecan cookie, The Old Well drinks – Hand Drawn napkins (Yeti, The Old Well, Scooter)

Photography: Kati Rosado Photography | Videography: Alan LeBlanc | Coordination: Savoir Faire Weddings | Event Design: Pamela Barefoot Events | Floral Design: Florals By The Sea | Wedding Dress: Carolina Herrera | Invitations: Emily Baird Design | catering: Townsend Catering | Calligraphy: Laura Hooper Calligraphy | Band: Big Night Dynamite | Wedding Venue: Rosemary Beach™ | Beauty: Gallant Glam | Rentals: H&M | custom linens: India Amory | linens: BBJ Linen | La Tavola Linen | rentals: Ooh! EventHaus

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A Walk Down the Aisle 7 Years in the Making, This Is the Inspiring Story of Chris and Emily Norton’s Wedding Day

Boy do we have a treat for you, ladies and gents… today’s real wedding is a special one to say the least. For those of you who don’t already know about Chris Norton and his inspiring story, he is a former college football player left paralyzed after a game accident when he was 18 years old. Doctors gave him a 3% chance of ever walking again, but Chris was determined to walk for two milestones: his MBA graduation (4 yards), and his wedding (7 yards). Against all odds, he accomplished both – with his dream girl by his side. Now parents to seven children, Chris and Emily’s incredible love story truly brings us to tears. Read on for an interview with Chris and Emily, as they talk to us about the details of their wedding day, what’s next for them, and their recently released documentary, 7 Yards: The Chris Norton Story

To see all the photos from their beautiful wedding day planned and designed by GRO Floral and Event Design – check out the full gallery, all taken by Sarah Kate!


1. How did you two meet?

Chris: We met online initially. I formed a deep connection with her right away because she wasn’t afraid to ask me vulnerable questions about my injury. Emily is not a surface level person, she wants to understand people on a deep level. Then we met in person at a public place in Ames, Iowa. I think my jaw dropped when I first saw her in person as she was even more beautiful than her pictures.


2. What do you admire most about each other?

Chris: What I admire about Emily is how selfless she is. She will do anything for those she loves and even strangers that need someone. How she is able to connect, love, and give her time to others in need is inspirational to me. The way she takes care of our whole family is incredible. Also, I admire her morals and values. She knows who she is and what she believes in and will always do what is right, never compromising her values. What’s amazing about that is she has been like that since high school. The standard she sets to live a life of strong values for our family has made us all into much better people.

Emily: What I admire about Chris is how hard of a worker he is. He’s constantly working to get better, be a better dad, husband and friend. He works so hard to make others’ lives easier with the things that he learned through his struggles. I love how he was able to not let his injury define him in a bad way but was able to use it and not only make himself better but the people around him. Something that I also really admire about Chris is how he started a foundation to help others with neurological disabilities and does motivational speaking to help others. He’s the most determined person I know.


3. When did you know he/she was the one?

Chris: I felt like Emily could be the one after the first night of meeting. She had the looks, intelligence both academically and socially, a passion to serve others, and the morals and values I would want in a wife. She is the total package and I felt like she was way out of my league! I was in love instantly but tried to play it cool lol.

Emily: From the very beginning we had an instant connection A few months after I met Chris, I knew he was the one when I just felt this peace that if I was with him that we would get through anything life threw at us. We both really wanted to help others and make this world a better place. Chris had faith in God and great morals and values. I knew we would be unstoppable together.


4. If you could give one piece of marital advice, what would it be?

Chris: Put God in the center of your relationship and to always put in the work to keep a strong relationship. Life is constantly changing whether it’s with family or career but to keep each other a priority is important and something you have to always work at.

Emily: Put God first in your relationship. Pray together every day. Relationships take a lot of work and you have to constantly work at it. Communication is so important. Make sure to handle things head-on and not brush them under the rug because it always comes out.

5. Favorite part of your wedding day?!

Chris: Sharing communion together and looking up at the clouds. We went behind the altar and had our backs to our guests. It felt like we were the only two people in the world at the moment. I was filled with so much peace and joy.

Emily: It’s hard to pick just one favorite moment from our wedding day. A few moments that were really special were when Chris and I just took some moments for us. Just like Chris explained, the moment we took communion was very special. We also snuck out of the reception for a few minutes and sat under the stars. We got that advice from somebody to take some time for you to sneak away where it’s just the two of you because there’s always so much going on and we’re so glad we did because those moments were really special, meaningful and something I will always remember. The wedding walk was also such a special moment. It was pretty cool to accomplish something that we had worked so hard for together as a married couple. We wanted to do the wedding walk to help others know that no matter what you go through there’s always hope, God is always with you and when you go through hard times you just have to keep taking one step at a time.


6. Tell us about the design details of your wedding! Any sentimental or DIY touches included in the decor?

Chris: There were so many design details that I don’t know where to begin thanks to Fotolanthropy enlisting the help of GRO Floral and Event Design to create our dream wedding. One of my favorites they created was an aisle walkway for Emily and I to walk seven yards with the words “Above All Else Love Each Other Deeply.” These seven words were each separated by one yard so I knew exactly how far to walk down the aisle to reach my seven yard goal. 

The guest sign in was this beautiful Bible and the guests wrote their name next to their favorite verse. Also, Emily loves the piano and wanted one at the wedding. Instead of getting a large grand piano on the lawn of the golf course, which would have been a nightmare and would have needed tuning, GRO designed a faux grand piano that would sit on an electric keyboard. It was incredible. The flowers were breathtaking. They put a chandelier above the spot we were married and then gifted us the chandelier to have in our home. The attention to detail they have was unreal. Plus, they organized the whole wedding which made it so Emily and I didn’t have to worry about anything other than enjoying the day.

7. Talk to us a little bit about your new documentary – 7 Yards: The Chris Norton Story. What do you hope others will take away from it?

Chris: My hope is that my documentary gives people the courage to choose faith over fear, to see your abilities and not a disability, and to recognize your blessings instead of what you don’t have. The miracle of fostering and adopting. That you are capable of so much more than what you realize. It’s also been amazing to see how people have been inspired to be a better parent, sibling, friend or spouse as a result of watching the film. 7 Yards showcases how instrumental my support system was for me to get to where I am today.

7 Yards is now available on Apple TV and Amazon Prime Video.

8. What’s next for you two?

Chris: Right now we are parents to seven kids so our main priority is raising our kids to know they are loved, special and children of God. We hope another adoption will take place in 2021. I will continue to inspire and show people how to overcome obstacles and uncertainty through my motivational speaking business and video courses. I also hope to grow my nonprofit, the Chris Norton Foundation, and expand my wheelchair camp for kids with physical challenges and their families.

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From Jodi at FotolanthropyChris and Emily Norton’s wedding was literally years in the making. Not because of all the planning, but rather because of all the practice. Chris was paralyzed playing college football and told he would likely never walk again. He chose to believe in faith and after years of physical therapy and training, he successfully walked across his college graduation stage with his then fiance (Emily) by his side. Shortly after, the couple set the ambitious goal to walk seven yards, side-by-side down their wedding aisle together. They spent hours each week for years practicing their walk, with Emily even wearing a “practice wedding dress” at times. Eventually a wedding date was set and they practiced even more. Their wedding walk was worth fighting for and an accomplishment that they hoped would symbolically represent all they’ve endured and what they can do together.

The couple chose to get married on the sunny Abacoa Golf Course in Jupiter, Florida. It was a beautiful outdoor location and the perfect setting for the wedding walk they had planned at the end of the ceremony. The wedding day was designed and coordinated by the renowned Nathan Johnson of Dallas-based GRO Floral and Event Design. He used 1,500 hydrangea, 200 stems of orchids, 100 stems of tulips, 1,000 roses, and 1,000 stems of stock to transform their ceremony and reception into the wedding of Chris and Emily’s dreams. In addition to a stunning floral altar that featured a hanging chandelier, Nathan’s showstopper at the ceremony was an aisle he specifically designed for the wedding walk. Made of acrylic, it was level enough for Chris to walk on, but also beautiful to look at. Taken from scripture, the seven-word phrase, “Above all else love each other deeply” was written on the aisle with each word being separated by one yard.

Another incredibly special part of Chris and Emily’s wedding involved family. Emily has long had a heart for helping youth and despite Chris’ injury, the young couple chose to say yes to being foster parents. Their foster children, including an older teenager and sibling set of four sisters, all served as members of the wedding party.

Chris and Emily’s story of determination is profiled in the much-anticipated documentary, “7 Yards: The Chris Norton Story,” that is available now on Apple TV and Prime Video. Footage from their ceremony is featured poignantly in the film, allowing viewers to take in exactly how meaningful their wedding was. Video of the wedding walk has been viewed on social media more than 25 million times, capturing hearts around the world.


Photography: Sarah Kate, Photographer | Cinematography: Fotolanthropy | Event Design: Gro Designs | Event Planning: Gro Designs | Floral Design: Gro Designs | Wedding Dress: Mikaella | Cake: Johnson's Custom Cakes | Ceremony Venue: Abacoa Golf Club | Reception Venue: Abacoa Golf Club | Bridesmaids' Dresses: David’s Bridal | Catering: Lynch BBQ | Hair: Lori Pfeifer | DJ: TIU Deejays | Groom's Attire: Express | Groomsmen's Attire: Express | Men's Attire: Express | Transportation: Streetrod Golf Cars | Accomodations: Courtyard by Marriott | Beauty: Artistry by Adriana | Location: Abacoa Golf Club | Music: Jordan Kahn Music Company | Photography - Assistance: Josh Aull | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Stadium Grill | Rentals: Atlas Event Rental | Rentals: DFW Dance Floors

Intimate Wedding Ideas You’ll Want To Try Immediately

Bigger doesn’t always mean better! Masi Events created intimate wedding inspiration that is proof that an “only us” ceremony can be everything you’ve ever dreamed of and more. Having to cut down your guest list could be a blessing in disguise. Say hello to a bigger budget for special touches! Just take one look at the elegant arrangements by Julia Rhode Designs, they’re enough to get any bride’s flower-loving heart beating fast. Why not throw in some outfit changes while you’re at it? This bride has not one but three looks that steal the show! The special touches and perfect details were all beautifully captured by Merari Teruel Photography. Visit the full gallery for endless amounts of inspiration.

From Masi EventsThere’s something magical about an intimate, “only us” ceremony. No guest list to worry about, only embracing the traditions that you love (and ignoring the ones you don’t!)

An intimate affair allows you to splurge a little more on things you may not have been able to before, like fashion, decor, or a vintage car! Our bride stunned in three separate looks from The Find Bridal.

The reception space was beautifully styled with tableware in shades of blue from Tavola Tabletop and the night ended with an artful floral cake from Cloud 9 Bakery. Everything came together perfectly to to show couples who are having to downsize that a smaller event doesn’t have to be any less beautiful, joyful or special.

Photography: Merari Photography | Event Planning: Masi Events | Floral Design: Julia Rohde Designs | Wedding Dress: The final Bride | Cake: Cloud 9 Bakery | Ceremony Venue: Nomi Restaurant | Makeup: Alicia Lewis | Hair: Seventh Level Salon | Groom's Attire: Sartori Amici | Vintage Car: Miami Vintage Prop Cars | Rentals: Nuage Designs | Tablescape: Tavola Tabletop

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A Major Cottage Makeover

Jenna Sue doesn’t shy away from a tough project! Case in point: The Cottage. The blogger, turned print maker, turned designer, DIYer, and real estate investor (wow!) purchased the fixer upper and did a major overhaul on the California home. We caught up with Jenna Sue Design Co. to chat about the project and busy life!

Tell us a little about yourself and your business?

I started blogging in 2011 to document the renovation of my second home. A few months later I launched an Etsy shop selling custom art prints, which became a full time job later that year. I still have my Etsy shops (and sell prints directly on my website) but my focus is now mostly on design, DIY, investing in real estate and blogging about the process.

What’s a typical work day for you like?

The majority of it consists of either working on DIY projects or documenting/photographing/taking video/editing and blog writing. Both my husband and I work from home and our current renovations are within walking distance, so that has been super convenient. He’s able to DIY with me on evenings and weekends, and during the weekday is when I can focus on the content. Lately it has been non-stop as we’re trying to settle into a new house and prepare for the arrival of our first child next month.

How do you blend your love of interiors with photography?

I’ve slowly eased into photography since buying my first DSLR over a decade ago, and quickly learned how important it was for blogging (and communicating in general). Online, your design work is only as good as your photo, so you have to take the time to learn how to capture it properly. I still have a long way to go, but I enjoy the process and satisfaction of being able to evoke the right feeling through my lens.

Take us through the home, what was your vision when designing the space?

The cottage was very dark and outdated when I purchased it. I envisioned a clean, bright and open space that still retained the original character and highlighted its unique features and location in the woods. White walls, wood trim and black accents made it feel fresh and interesting, while natural textures, a soft palette and cozy layers kept it warm and inviting.

What is your favorite room in the house?

So much love went into all of them, but the upstairs bathroom has a special place in my heart. The brick floors, vintage clawfoot tub, the DIY vanity we built out of a desk and coffee table… to me, it’s pure heaven.

What, if any, were some of the challenges with bringing your vision to life?

I had a lot working against me. A tight budget and timeline, to start (the entire project was finished in around 5 months) but the biggest challenge was distance. I was living 3 ½ hours away in San Francisco at the time, commuting back and forth half the week and DIYing as much as I could in the few days I was there. I ran into issues with contractors, unexpected expenses, snowstorms and power outages that lasted for days. It was worth it in the end, but I vowed to never do a long-distance flip again.

For someone looking to revamp their home one room at a time, where would you start?

That’s a personal question that will be different for everyone, but I like to start somewhere that I spend the most time in, or on somewhere functional that would make life easier. Organization is very important to me, so having our bathroom vanity set up before moving in was crucial, as was having our kitchen cabinet storage systems in place. Apart from the basic needs and rooms that get the most use, it can be anywhere! I’ve always jumped around depending on what happened to be inspiring me lately.

What are a few design staples people should invest in?

This will also depend on individual needs and preferences. When it comes to quality, functional pieces are the most important (ie furniture—specifically couches, tables, chairs and beds) and you can usually take more risks with décor and other items.

What are your favorite places to shop for pieces?

I always look secondhand online first (Facebook Marketplace, OfferUp, LetGo, Craigslist), and have been able to find almost all of my antique pieces at great prices. If I can’t find what I need there, Amazon has actually been my #1 go-to lately, followed by Wayfair, Target, Overstock, Lowe’s, IKEA—the more budget-friendly sources.

What’s on your home ‘wish list’ right now?

We’re still settling into a mostly empty house and there’s a lot to buy! I’m currently trying to hunt down the perfect sofa, chairs, living room rug, coffee table, armoire, dining chairs, canopy bed, master bedroom rug, living room curtains… the list goes on!

Interior Design: Jenna Sue Design

First COVID, Then a Hurricane – How One Couple Pulled off the Wedding of Their Dreams on a 24 Hour Notice

In case you hadn’t heard, Style Me Pretty recently partnered with some very generous wedding vendors to give away a FULLY DESIGNED WEDDING in Sanibel Island, FL to one couple who has been greatly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Well, today we’re beyond excited to share the wedding of our amazing giveaway winners. The bride works as a front-line nurse and the groom has been front-line in the military flying supplies amid the pandemic, two people who truly couldn’t have been more deserving of this special gift!

As if COVID changing their wedding plans wasn’t enough, it was the week of their wedding and their day was threatened once again – this time, by two hurricanes brewing in the Gulf. Thanks to their planner, Carrie Darling Events, and the rest of their extraordinary vendor team, the entire wedding was moved up a day on a 24 hour notice to make the couple’s dream wedding a reality. Together, they truly pulled off a miracle! Keep on scrolling to read more about how it all came together and don’t miss out on the full gallery – captured flawlessly by Hunter Ryan Photo!

From Corinne, The Bride… Mike and I were amongst so many couples who had to change their 2020 wedding plans due to COVID-19. Everything began to unfold around the beginning of March and our wedding was completely booked- photographer, venue, cake, band, catering, florals, planner, hair & makeup and transportation. Design was complete, payments were in and we were just ironing out small details. We came across many financial, logistically and emotional challenges after making the decision to postpone. I’m a nurse and was being called to serve more than ever and Mike was pulling 12+ hour days coordinating COVID relief. When we found out we were finalists, I personally screamed my head off. Mike thought it was too good to be true. We were both jumping for joy as this was the first good thing to happen to us since the pandemic began!

This incredible team of vendors gave us a stunning fully designed wedding that made all of our wedding dreams come true. We were married with our parents, siblings and closest friends attending and it was the sweetest day. Mike and I exchanged personal vows in the sand under a gorgeous garden trellis. The sip and mingle feel to our reception was a special element that created an interactive guest experience and made our day feel monumental and unique. Our guests are still talking about it! Sanibel island was a stunning location and even more meaningful to celebrate our day. I grew up near the sandy beaches of Naples, FL, so Southwest Florida is a special place for our family. My parents and grandparents used to pack chilled wines and cheese boards and take us down to the beach to watch the sunset almost every weekend. It was a family tradition to have fabulous cocktail parties along the beach and sharing this experience with our closest friends was very special. Throughout the day, I was reminded of the past but also looking forward to our new love story! Thank you to the entire Covid-19 Wedding Giveaway team for giving us the wedding of our dreams! You brought us joy during one of the most challenging times and it’s hard to put into words how thankful we are. 

The story on how the giveaway came about:

The planner Carrie Darling, florist Isn’t She Lovely Florals, and photographer Hunter Ryan Photo were all talking in mid March (just as Covid hit hard) and the florist had said how they wanted to give away florals to someone and bless them. That this week had been such a hard and heavy week – and instead of dwelling on that and all of the business that had cancelled – turn it around and focus on something good and positive and helping someone else. Within minutes – a simple idea of giving away florals to a bride blossomed into and entire wedding giveway! In 24 hours – an entire team of wedding vendors was assembled and on board to shine some hope and light to one deserving couple.

Story of the wedding weekend:

Corinne & Mike’s big day had been postponed from Covid, she works as a front-line nurse and he has been front-line in the military flying supplies in the Pandemic. They had lost deposits, and didn’t have time to really think about replanning their big day while work took the front seat. Then – they won the giveaway! It was so amazing too – because Corinne is originally from the Southwest Florida area – and she was elated to have a beautiful intimate wedding on the beach. The whole vendor was so excited for them! Enter – the week of their wedding, and now their beautiful wedding is threatened once again – but not by Covid, this time it’s 2 hurricanes building in the Gulf. Hurricane Laura was what was really posing the biggest threat to their day -planned for Monday August 24th. If we were to miss a direct hit(which we did) – the rain bands would still be at tropical storm levels. Carrie Darling, the planner, who has seen more than her fair share of crazy weather as a Florida wedding planner was keeping a close eye on the weather reports. On a 24 hour notice – she contacted every single vendor, and was able to pull off a miracle. The ENTIRE wedding was moved up by a day to Sunday August 23rd. Once she knew the vendors/venue – everyone could be there Sunday – she checked with the couple (whose guests were all already in town for the weekend on Sanibel) – and everyone – bride, groom, guests – were all a go too! It was truly crazy and miraculous! 24 hours later – Corinne and Mike had their dream day. Which also happened to be almost record high temps and one of the hottest days ever – but… We all were happy to have sun instead of rain. And – the next day – their original day – it POURED!

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Photography: Hunter Ryan Photo | Cinematography: IheART Films | Event Planning: Carrie Darling Events | Floral Design: Isn't She Lovely Florals | Cake: Sweetified Bakery | Invitations: Script Me Pretty | Reception Venue: Casa Ybel Resort | Wedding Shoes: Bella Belle | Champagne Sponsor: Pernod Ricard | Champagne Sponsor: Perrier-Jouët | Hair/Makeup: Duality Artistry | Linen Rentals: Nuage Designs | Rentals: Trinity Special Events | Strings: Jade Strings

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This Is Old World Romance Done Right at Bonnet House Museum & Gardens

If you’re looking for ways to incorporate that timeless feel of old world romance to your wedding day, then this styled shoot is right up your alley. With a venue reminiscent of a Monet painting and enchanting arrangements by Bloom Floral Co, the full gallery is loaded with inspiration in every corner – all captured to perfection by Manda Weaver Photography!

From Manda Weaver PhotographyPreserved amidst the modern context of the warm Florida coast the Bonnet House is filled with old-world Spanish charm, secret hideaways, and ponds reminiscent of a Monet painting. This historic setting surrounded by the hustle and bustle of the new world reminded me of the convergence of two stories as they meld into one. 

Romance will flourish be grounded in history, as a new life together is built, enduring love discovered, a deep friendship built, and a story written that is worth telling. This shoot depicts a celebration of a couple in love who is writing such a story. A couple that will build upon the pages written in their past, both together and separate, and begin the next chapters that will tell of their ever after. 

The design created by Manda Weaver for Styled Shoots Across America featured linens from Nuage Designs, Airy Romantic Florals from The Bloom Floral Co, stunning paper elements and calligraphies name card tiles from Pretty Written Things, and a gorgeous dress from Kelly Faetanini and with echoes of textures and colors found in the architecture, flora, and fauna at the Bonnet house, as well as vintage books that elude to the focus on a storied romance. 

Photography: Manda Weaver.Photography | Floral Design: Bloom Floral Co | Gown: Kelly Faetanini | Cake : The Starfish Cottage | Invitations: Pretty Written Things | Shoes: Bella Belle | Rings: Susie Saltzman | Tux: The Black Tux | Venue: Bonnet House | Beauty: Janine Wehby Artistry | Lab: The Find Lab | Linens/Dining Table & Chairs: Nuage Designs | Linens/Tables/Chairs: Nuage Designs | Planning & Design: Manda Weaver.Photography | Robe: By Catalfo | Veil/Cape/Necklace: Champagne and Grit | Vintage Rentals: MiVintage Rentals

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This Wedding Proves That When It Comes to Wedding Decor – Sometimes Opposites Attract!

Well folks, it looks like opposites attract in love and weddings. The bride is all about simple, understated, classic. The groom? Quite the opposite! So, lucky for them, the planning wizards at Event Bliss Design knew exactly how to combine the two styles to create an effortlessly elegant day, with a subtle dose of extravagance. Dying to see how it all came out? Then get your pinning fingers ready and head on over to the full gallery – all taken by Alee Glieberman Photography.

From Alee Gleiberman Photography Vanessa & Carlos chose The Betsy Hotel on Miami Beach for its beauty and modern design. The Betsy is a classic gem on South Beach that kept all of its Miami Art-Deco charm. They have a gorgeous rooftop where Vanessa & Carlos said their I do’s. Their reception space is a modern courtyard full of endless possibilities for transformation. They chose white florals mixed with a ton of greenery.

Farm style tables mixed with a mixture of wood chairs and modern clear back chairs were waiting for their guests for dinner. Vanessa is a lover of all things details and she spent a lot of love and time on picking out every detail involved in her big day. This was a destination wedding for these two New Yorkers and The Betsy was the best landing spot for all of their out of town guests to have the best Miami wedding experience they could have asked for!

From the Bride… It was so important that our wedding day represented us both – this was no easy task as we are so opposite! Carlos is Mr. Over The Top – he loves everything big and loud, just like his personality! Vanessa is the opposite – quiet, simple, understated, clean and classic. We chose The Betsy because it felt like a good balance of both, the Miami Beach flavor but still elegant and timeless. We LOVE going to the beach, it is one of our favorite things to do together. Our wedding/reception music represents us, too! Carlos is a born and bred Harlem boy (Newyorican) and Vanessa is a Dominican girl raised in Miami, so lots of Spanish flavor, lots of New York, lots of Miami in the room! Carlos will be entering the ceremony to Empire State of Mind (by Alicia Keys/JayZ). 

Our parent dances will represent us as such – Carlos will be dancing Puerto Rican salsa with his mom, and Vanessa will be dancing a traditional Dominican Merengue with her dad. We are doing day-of gifts for each other, which we will send to each others getting ready spaces in the daytime. We have an after-party that is strictly 90’s hip hop from 11pm-1am in the BBar (downstairs lounge of The Betsy) with a pizza bar. This is inspired by Carlo’s Harlem/NY roots and both our love for 90’s hip-hop. Our favors are Guava and Cheese donuts from The Salty Donut, so that’s a little Miami flavor Our cake topper will be a little Superman and Wonder Woman couple to represent our geekiness – we love all things Marvel/DC Comics, Star Wars, Harry Potter- we love to geek out together!

Stationary: Champagne Press | Hair & Makeup: Gia Despo Hair & Make Up | Entertainment : AA Musicians | Venue: The Betsy Hotel | Cigar Roller: Cigar Stud Events | Desert: Ana Paz | Donuts: The Salty Donut | PhotoBooth: Hipstr | Rentals: Pialisa | Wedding Photographer: Alee Gleiberman Photography | Wedding Planner & Florist: Event Bliss Design

Sunset on the Seine by Claude Monet Inspired This Spring Wedding Editorial’s Color Palette

Spring is a period of rebirth and awakening, a time where everything that was once barren turns to buds and brand new life – it was the perfect inspiration behind today’s stunning editorial. For the color palette, Lisa Silva Photography and Champagne Pop Events were particularly influenced by Claude Monet’s Sunset on the Seine – the mix of warm and cool pastel tones played out so beautifully in Moonstruck Florals’ arrangements. After scrolling through and pinning every picture, don’t forget to head on over to the full gallery to see every last detail of this mesmerizing Spring day!

From Lisa Silva PhotographySpring has always been my favorite season. After a dreary and gray stretch of winter, everything begins to come alive again in the spring. Fresh growth appears transforming the barren winter landscape into something lush and new. Caterpillars turn into butterflies, flowers burst into bloom and bring color back into our lives. This magical season of new life was the inspiration behind our shoot. We wanted to create something that captured the essence of spring and inspired brides and grooms to incorporate the gifts of the season into their own weddings. 

When choosing our color palette we were inspired by Impressionism, specifically the iconic Sunset on the Seine by Claude Monet. Impressionism is my personal favorite movement in art history and much like spring, was a period of rebirth and awakening. We created three separate bridal looks with gowns from Claire Pettibone’s new spring line, Evolution. Caroline of Moonstruck Florals designed the lush all-floral bouquets with blooms in the pretty pastel hues and combinations of warm and cool tones used in Monet’s painting. 

Our makeup and hair artists gave our models a fresh and romantic look with soft makeup and loose braids and curls. SoDough Baking Co. Created a beautiful dessert spread adorned with fruit and florals. For our venue, we chose Goodwood Museum and Gardens in Tallahassee for its lush grounds and gardens. Goodwood is an amazing venue with many options for ceremonies and receptions, but to keep our look organic we focused on shooting in the gardens. The main table and dessert table were placed between flowering camellia trees and a sitting area also adorned in florals was placed under a sprawling live oak. The locations were important to the overall design of the enchanted garden look and we loved the whimsical mood of it all. I am in love with the painterly feeling of this shoot and all of the beautiful elements of spring that we incorporated. We hope that it inspires couples to embrace the natural romance of the season when planning for their own weddings. Especially in today’s world, the promise of new life and reawakening should be something that guides us all.

Photography: Lisa Silva Photography | Floral Design: Moonstruck Florals | Wedding Dress: Claire Pettibone | Cake: SoDough Baking Co. | Invitations: KE Design Co. | Shoes : Bella Belle | Makeup Artist: Taylor Garcia | Wedding Venue: Goodwood Museum And Gardens | Film Lab: Goodman Film Lab | Hair Artist: Amanda Blass | Hair Artist: Erin Stoner | Linens: BBJ Linen | La Tavola Linen | Lingerie: GirlandaSeriousDream | Planning: Champagne Pop Events | Rentals: Terri Smith Details | Silk Ribbons: Silk and Willow