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Super Chic Alys Beach Wedding Film

Super chic at the beach? That’s my kinda combo. With the gorgeous Alys Beach as a backdrop, these two said “I do” and celebrated in style (we’re even talking a New Orleans second line!) and Sixpence Productions filmed it all. Add in Myrtie Blue’s florals and these emerald bridesmaid dresses and this is a beach wedding for the books. See pics from James & Schulze in our gallery and enjoy the whole film below!

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From Sixpence Productions… NOLA native? Second line? Destination wedding? What’s a girl to do but bring in the fabulous Angle Events for an Alys Beach Wedding?!?! Christina and Brent said “I do” on the Gulf Green at Alys Beach on April 22nd, surrounded by family and friends. I always say we have the sweetest couples, and these two were no exception. Christina is a stunning girl, but she’s so completely unassuming and laid back, you get the impression she has no idea how lovely she is. One of my all time favorite wedding moments happened when Christina was coming down the aisle. She blushes and shyly hides her head behind her bouquet. It’s absolutely precious, and a wonderful expression of her personality. And please, let’s talk about that bouquet… Alys Beach is always beautiful but Myrtie Blue’s floral design took Christina and Brent’s wedding to a whole new level of breathtaking. From the fabulous circular arch complementing the Gulf Green architecture, to the jaw dropping gorgeousness of Christina’s bouquet, the Myrtie Blue team delivered.



Photography: James and Schulze | Cinematography: Sixpence Studios | Event Planning: Angle Events | Floral Design: Myrtie Blue | Wedding Dress: Inbal Dror | Cake: Confections On The Coast | Invitations: Scriptura | Rings: Béjé Wholesale Jewelers | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Joanna August | Catering: Cafe Thirty-A | Band: The Atlanta Party Band | Groom's Attire: Luca Falcone | Groomsmen's Attire: Perlis | Wedding Venue: Alys Beach | Bridal Boutique: Dimitra's Bridal Couture | Flower Girl Attire Boutique: Mignon New Orleans | Flower Girls' Attire: Suzanne Lively Designs | Groom's Shoes: Saks Fifth Avenue | Napkins, Cups, Tote Bags, Sunglasses, Welcome Letters: Ella Paperie | Pocket Squares: The Tie Bar | Ring Bearer's Attire: Perlis | Ring Bearer's Bow Tie: Luca Falcone | Suzanne Perron: Suzanne Perron | Tent, Rentals, Lighting: SOHO Events And Rentals

A Romantic Alys Beach Wedding With One of the Prettiest Color Palettes Ever

No doubt about it, I need to get my booty to Alys Beach. Time and time again, I see gorgeous galleries of weddings there and my heart pitter patters faster and faster. And the latest, this gem from Brandon Chesbro and Pure 7 Studios, is no exception. Shelby Peaden Events and Myrtie Blue came together to create an organic, romantic celebration with one of the prettiest color palettes ever. See more right this way!

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From the Bride… Jordan and I met while we were both in college and next door neighbors. We dated for nearly five years before he proposed while we were on vacation in Mexico. Although we live in Tennessee, we immediately knew we wanted to do a destination wedding in Alys Beach, Florida. The beautiful architecture of the pristine white houses made for the dreamiest backdrop for our wedding. We’ve been vacationing in or near Alys Beach for several years, and I always thought it would be the most amazing place to get married – and it was!

We knew we wanted to keep our wedding relatively small in order to have a more intimate feel to our ceremony and reception. Our vision was to have a natural, organic, and romantic feel to our wedding. For me, the florals were the most important part of the decor. I was so lucky to find Fort Walton Beach’s best floral and event designers, Myrtie Blue. Co-owner Brian Watson took my request of “loose romantic florals” and created something more beautiful than I could have ever dreamed. My bouquet was out of this world, and weighed more than you can imagine.

In addition to picking out florals and decor, one of my other favorite parts of planning was working with my talented calligrapher, Katie Hyatt of Signora e Mare. She makes the most beautiful handmade paper, and I knew I had to have her create our invitation suite. Katie created an organic “B” design that we incorporated not only on the invitations, but also the seating chart, cocktail napkins, and in a couple decor items. For example, we had a moss covered “B” that hung behind the main bar, and a few pillows that were arranged on lounge furniture at the reception also displayed our unique “B” design. This personal touch really made our day feel so special, and we now have the pillows and moss “B” displayed in our house now.

There are so many great memories from our wedding day, but if I had to pick my favorite, I think it would be our first look. We had been hanging out with our bridesmaids, groomsmen, and family separately all morning, and there were a lot of nerves to be calmed getting ready. Once I saw Jordan, everything else went away and I could focus about the day being about us.

I will never forget the love and support we felt from our friends and family on that day. When I started to walk down the aisle with my father, I could not hold back the tears once I saw all of our loved ones who traveled near and far to celebrate our love. Although I thought I wouldn’t cry walking down the aisle, that feeling of love was so overwhelming, that of course I cried the whole way. To top it off, my stepfather officiated our ceremony, which was an experience I will never forget.

We know that our wedding day would not have happened without our talented wedding planner, Shelby Peaden. I’m also so grateful to our photographer, Brandon Chesbro, and our cinematographer, Alan LeBlanc of Pure 7 Studios for perfectly capturing our wedding. Without a doubt, November 5, 2016 was the best day!



Photography: Brandon Chesbro | Cinematography: Pure 7 Studios | Event Planning: Shelby Peaden Events | Floral Design: Myrtie Blue | Wedding Dress: Rue De Seine | Cake: Confections On The Coast | Shoes: Chloe | Rings: Rhapsody in Gold | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Aidan Mattox | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Catering: Cafe 30A | Hair + Makeup: Eulanna Bloodworth | Calligraphy: Signora E Mare | Band: Big Night Dynamite | Groom's Attire: Nordstrom | Groomsmen's Attire: Nordstrom | Wedding Venue: Alys Beach | Ceremony/Cocktail Music: Blackbird Pickers | Groom's Ring: Northwood Rings | Groom's Shoes: Cole Haan | Paper Goods: Signora E Mare | Rentals: The Big Day Event Rentals | Veil: Sara Gabriel


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A Sleek, Modern Jewel Tone Wedding

This couple chose a bold palette for their Alys Beach wedding, and to say we’re obsessed is a serious understatement. Exhibit A – the florals by Myrtie Blue that served as the perfect dose of color for an all-white bridal party and their chic, modern reception…not to mention the dreamy floating lanterns hung above the dance floor. True to form, Lauren Kinsey brought her A-game behind the camera and we’ve got every jewel toned second waiting for you here.

From Lauren KinseyWhen it came to planning her own wedding, Jamie of Fancy Events knew just what would fit the bill. Jamie loves hints of modern mixed with pops of color, so Alys Beach was the natural choice of venue with it’s clean, modern style architecture.

Her choices of jewel tones against the stark white exteriors was a beautiful combination, and Brian from Myrtie Blue pulled her vision together flawlessly with delicate florals set behind structured clear glass displays.

The showstopper was the hundred floating lanterns above the dance floor underneath a clear top tent, giving the feeling of dancing the night away under the stars.



Photography: Lauren Kinsey Fine Art Weddings | Cinematography: Theory Y Design | Event Planning: Fancy | Floral Design: Myrtie Blue | Cake: Confections On The Coast | Ceremony Venue: Seaside Interfaith Chapel | Reception Venue: Alys Beach | Hair + Makeup: Yvette Nation | Band: Big Night Dynamite | Transportation: 654 Limo | Ceremony Venue Coordination: Mary Katherine Nealy | Reception Venue Coordination: Alys Beach | Rentals: H&M

A Beach Wedding Designed With Organic Elegance

I’m convinced Alys Beach is one of the prettiest places you can marry here in the states. A little gem tucked away on the Florida Panhandle, it’s backdrop to this charming wedding with must-see floral moments (hello, lush greenery!) designed by Myrtie Blue. No surprise, Lauren Kinsey captured in her signature fine art fashion and the film from Joshua Kidd is the cherry on top of this perfect cake.


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Photography: Lauren Kinsey Fine Art Weddings | Cinematography: Joshua Kidd Films | Event Planning: Heather Archdeacon Williams | Floral Design: Myrtie Blue | Wedding Dress: Anna Maier | Cake: Bake My Day | Invitations: Mia Maria Design | Ceremony Venue: Alys Beach | Catering: Townsend Catering | Band: Big Night Dynamite | Favors: Alys Beach | Beauty: Brittany Massey

A Modern Minimalist Oceanside Wedding

Lucy and Jim wanted the exotic feel of a destination wedding but the comfort and convenience of a wedding close to home. Alys Beach, Florida served as the perfect middle ground and their stunning modern venue totally delivered. From the invitations by Amanda Day Rose to the custom monogram carried throughout, no detail went untouched and Eb Photography + Artistry captured every last bit.

From the photographer, Elizabeth Bacon… This mid-November destination wedding took place at the stunning Alys Beach, located in the panhandle of Florida on 30A. They were giddy to gather 70 close friends and family members for a wedding weekend celebration no one will soon forget. All of the white, simple, crisp architecture and chic, classic styling plus the stunning and vibrant wedding party made for an excellent combo. Lucy and Jim have impeccable taste and their whole wedding weekend highlighted their intentionality and attention to detail.

From the Bride… Jim and I are high-school sweethearts. We both grew up in Brentwood, Tennessee, a small town right outside of Nashville. Alys Beach, Florida was the perfect choice for our small destination wedding. Jim studied architecture in Rome and I grew up sailing around the Greek Islands. Alys Beach has both Greek and Italian architectural themes but also the coziness of a small town. We wanted the feel of an exotic destination wedding with the comforts and familiarity of home. We held our wedding at the end of November with our closest friends and family who have watched and been a part of our relationship for nearly seven years.



Photography: Eb Photography + Artistry | Event Design: H&M | Event Planning: Alys Beach | Event Planning: The Pearl Hotel | Floral Design: Bella Flora | Wedding Dress: Rosa Clara | Cake: Bake My Day | Invitations : Amanda Day Rose | Ceremony Venue: Alys Beach | Reception Venue: The Pearl Hotel | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Makeup: Robin Klag Makeup- Artist | Hair: Mindy Norris | Groomsmen's Attire: Street Tuxedo | Bridesmaids' Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar | Cards: BHLDN | Ceremony Trio : Wedding Music Plus | Cocktail Hour Band: The Lagoons | Garters: BHLDN | Hangers : BHLDN | Macaroons: Beau-coup Wedding Favors | Paper Goods: Gracious Bridal | Photography - Assistance: Alex Ry | Reception Band: Big Night Dynamite | Ring Box: The Mrs Box | Wands: Crafty Ribbon Galore | Wedding Can Cooler: Etsy SipHipHooray | Wedding Dress Custom Design and Alterations: Mira Couture | Wedding Programs: Etsy WiregrassWeddings

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All the Inspiration You’ll Ever Need for Your Vow Renewal

You know what’s better than saying “I do?” Saying it again. And if you’re looking for inspiration for your very own vow renewal, Simply Sarah Photography is delivering it in epic proportions with this stunning Alys Beach shoot featuring some of the sweetest details ever. It’s a talented team of vendors (hello, Molly Mckinley, Lindsay Coletta and Fig and Flourish) all coming together to show you just how awesome tying the knot is… twice. See it all in THE VAULT right here.

From Molly Mckinley This vow renewal was inspired by the crisp lines and classic colors of Alys Beach and the way it contrasted with the darling couple’s soft style – the bride’s chiffon dress and large lush bouquet and groom’s pale blue jacket. Blush, green, and ivory florals accentuated the already lovely architecture, while softening the overall feel.

These images tell the story of a young couple who after one year of marriage, decided to escape to Alys Beach, Florida to celebrate their love with a small vow renewal. While walking through the beautiful courtyards of Alys, they reminisced on the last year together. They stumbled upon vintage postcards in a local boutique and addressed them to their loved ones back home. At the end of the day, they shared a picnic and a few glasses of Rosé, then disappeared up the stairs of their cottage for the week.  See more from Simply Sarah Photography here

Photography: Elizabeth Lanier Photography | Event Planning: Molly McKinley Designs | Wedding Dress: Sarah Seven | Jewelry: Susie Saltzman | Hair + Makeup: Jennifer C Nieman | Venue: Alys Beach | Bridal Boutique: Bash Bozeman | Calligraphy + Stationery: Fig & Flourish | Film Processing: PhotoVision Prints | Ribbon: Adorn Company | Ring Box: The Mrs Box

Sally of A Piece of Toast’s Dreamy Beach Wedding

Truth be told, I knew Sally’s wedding would be absolute perfection before it even happened. I mean, when we’re talking about one of the chicest girls in the blogosphere, it only makes sense. And it certainly didn’t hurt to have vendors like Leslee MitchellSixpence ProductionsCarillon Weddings and Nouveau Flowers by her side. In case you missed anything, peek back at her engagement, rehearsal dinner, and full wedding gallery to see why this day is setting the bar for weddings everywhere.


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From the Bride… Putting the details of our wedding day into a few short paragraphs seems like such a daunting task. A day that took months and months of planning and the help of countless people could never fully be captured. Thankfully the photos convey the details so beautifully. Here were some of my favorites…

The floral arrangements encased in lucite. It all started with an image I saw years ago from the Jil Sander A/W 2012 fashion show that featured various multi-colored floral arrangements encased in lucite cubes. I couldn’t get the idea out of my head ever since I first saw it and knew that I wanted something similar at my someday wedding. As a lover of all color, I never wanted to have one singular wedding “color”, but rather have an overall color “vibe” of pastels with pops of brighter, warm colors. Events by Nouveau was able to recreate these and create the most breathtaking displays that I wish could live in my home forever.

My wedding dress. I had always known that I wanted a more “ethereal” look in a wedding gown as I am not one for “poofy” dresses or anything strapless. The Monique Lhuillier gown felt as if it was made for me. Joan Pillow in Houston was able to work with the designer to customize the dress and add a little bit more of a “sleeve” to the dress. Made out of layers of Spanish tulle, the dress was perfectly airy for the beach and the sprinklings of delicate beading below layers of the tulle reminded me of the beach.

The little things. Wearing my great grandmother’s aquamarine bracelet as my “something blue” and my mom’s diamond, drop earrings as my something borrowed. Carrying a boquet of Lillies of the Valley just as my mom and grandmother did on their wedding days. The ring bearer pillow, lovingly needle pointed by our mama of the crest by Bunny and Bear Paper that was on our save the dates. The neon sign that my husband proposed with that was hung behind one of the bars on a background of boxwood.

All in all, our wedding was the most magical night and more amazing than I had ever dreamed it would be. It was so unbelievably special to see all of the details and planning come together and it truly was a night, and weekend, that we will never forget.

Photography: Leslee Mitchell | Cinematography: Sixpence Studios | Wedding Planning: Carillon Weddings | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Wedding Invitations: Sugar Paper Los Angeles | Ceremony Venue: Seaside Interfaith Chapel | Reception Venue: Alys Beach | Bride's Shoes: Loeffler Randall | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Annie Griffin Collection | Band: Celebrity Allstars | Groom's Jacket: Ralph Lauren | Bride & Bridal Party Makeup: Blush Beauty Lounge | Catering & Bar: Cafe Thirty-A | Envelope Calligraphy & Ceremony Programs: Bunny And Bear Paper | Flamingo Cake Topper: Ann Wood Handmade | Floral + Event Design: Events by Nouveau Flowers | Flower Girl Dress: Nellystella | Getting Ready Dress: Mi Golondrina | Getting Ready Dresses: Mi Golondrina | Groom's Shoes: Stubbs And Wootton | Mother Of The Bride Dress: Nordstrom | Ring Box: The Mrs Box | Veil: Oscar De La Renta | Vendor: Christina Springfield | Wedding Rings: Cannon Lewis Jewelry

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Sally of A Piece of Toast’s Nautical Rehearsal Dinner

I’ve been following the sister-duo behind A Piece of Toast longer than I can remember. We first went Behind the Blog with Molly and Sally on SMP Living, and then gushed for weeks once Sally’s oceanside engagement hit our inbox. And today we’re unfolding a two-part look into Sally’s wedding reveal, beginning with an all-white rehearsal dinner on Alys Beach. It’s (no surprise) spot-on gorgeous, and we’ve got Leslee Mitchell to thank for every image. Sit tight for the Big Day up this afternoon!

From The Bride…I’m so excited to share details from my wedding weekend, starting with the rehearsal dinner. I still love the way every detail of how Robert and my special weekend came together and it’s exciting to re-live the festivities again on Style Me Pretty.

One of the very first things I did after Robert and I picked a date and location for the wedding was to look at photographers. I was already anxious about how I wanted the special time to be captured and worried about working with someone who would be responsible for the images that would help me look back and remember all the details and feelings that I knew would pass in the blink of an eye. After extensive searching I discovered a wedding Leslee Mitchell had shot in 30A (our wedding spot). Bingo. Leslee shot in a way that made me feel like I was at this wedding and nailed the kind of candid photos I had been envisioning. After having her shoot our engagement pictures (you can see them here!) Robert and I felt even more confident about Leslee capturing our wedding. When working with my awesome mother-in-law to plan the rehearsal dinner she suggested hiring Leslee to shoot the event and I’m so glad that we did!

As soon as the wedding planning kicked off, I felt like I already had a vision for the rehearsal dinner in mind. I knew that I wanted it to be casual, relaxed, and barefoot on the beach. Nothing stuffy because it just didn’t fit with the overall vibe of the town or me and Robert as a couple. I had also known for quite some time before our engagement that I wanted to have a “white party” as a part of our wedding weekend somehow. Ever since I came across a photo on Instagram posted by the Coveteur, I dreamed of trying to recreate something similar. I was completely struck by the image and how amazing it looked with everyone in white. Not to mention that I am always drawn to wearing my crisp whites each time I visit the beach.

Christina from Events by Nouveau was our florist/designer for the wedding weekend. She is insanely talented (beyond belief) and was able to bring everything I had described and dreamed up to life. I had given her some inspiration images of what I had envisioned for the rehearsal dinner tables – bamboo chairs, driftwood and lanterns, peonies and blue ticking stripe tablecloths…all with cafe lights strung over them. When we visited Christina and the Nouveau office/warehouse, the vision for the night came to life even more. She had white adirondack chairs and natural colored Fat Boys to place around the fires on the beach for the after dinner “sips and s’mores.”

Because the rehearsal dinner was going to be an on-the-beach event, weather was always on our mind. Deposits for “rain tents” and consistent/obsessive checking of the weather became just an important (or more so) than getting the vibe just right. The thing about the beach is that rain can be on the forecast every day, but it could just be a 30 minute shower that passes and allows the clouds to clear for sun – you just never really know. In the week leading up to the wedding, it was showing rain every single day and the percentage of likeliness was pretty decent. We had to make the “call” for using the rain plan two days in advance of the actual event because of the changes it made to the plans – the dinner would have to be moved onto the lawn where the reception was.

I was desperate to not go through with the rain plan as I wanted our on-the-beach rehearsal dinner so badly, but in the end the thought of being on the beach, tent-less and in the rain wasn’t a risk I wanted to take. We did still follow through with the s’mores and bonfire on the beach because that couldn’t be done on the lawn. Our thoughts were that if it did start to downpour, we would just do the cocktails under the tent. So many things to consider! Lucky for us, the rain held off, everything for the dinner looked just as beautiful under the tents as it would have on the beach, and we were all able to walk barefoot down to the bonfire on the sand for s’mores and cocktails with everyone who was in town for the wedding. Robert’s parents surprised us with a “sand sculpture” featuring our beloved pups which was a huge hit!

I actually think that one of the hardest parts about the rehearsal dinner was deciding what I would wear. Having everyone wear white made it tricky because I wanted to wear something that stood out against what everyone else would wear. I searched and searched for a LONG time and ordered (and returned) many different options to try on for the night. I eventually settled on a dress from BCBG after trying it on just a week or so before leaving for the wedding. I loved that it was all lace – which would be different than what most would wear and also super different from my wedding gown – and that it was floor length. The pleated and frothy ruffles on the sleeves made it feel beachy and were also very “me.” We ordered Robert a custom all-white Dos Carolinas Guayabara shirt with a white monogram to wear with white pants and his off white loafers that he already had. I have to say that I was pretty pleased with our outfits came together and think they went together quite nicely!

Looking back on photos from the event that kicked off the best weekend of my life (so far) makes me smile all over again. It truly was the most incredible time for me and Robert with all of our most favorite people in the world in our most favorite place in the world.

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Photography: Leslee Mitchell | Floral Design: Events by Nouveau Flowers | Catering: Cafe Thirty-A | Groom's Attire: Dos Carolinas | Venue: Alys Beach | Bride's Dress: Amazon | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Hand-drawn Beach Maps + Welcome Boxes: Bunny And Bear Paper | Molly's Dress: Amazon | Sand Sculpture: BEACH SAND SCULPTURE ARCHITECTS

A Piece of Toast’s Sallys Beach Engagement

You know her as one half of the A Piece of Toast duo and went Behind the Blog on SMP Living, but today Sally is stepping in the role of bride-to be with her stunning beach engagement session. Photographed by the crazy talented Leslee Mitchell, it’s love captured in the sweetest form with each soft, dreamy image somehow more beautiful than the last. Refill that coffee mug and prepare to swoon.

From Sally of A Piece Of Toast… I really cannot sing the praises of Leslee Mitchell enough. Her talent as a photographer, master at styling, and amazing person with a killer personality has made me all but obsessed with her. Back in June when my fiancé and I got engaged, one of the first things I did was research a photographer…

I have long admired and fawned over wedding photography – always drawn to the work of photographers who have a way of capturing those “in between” and candid moments that really give meaning to a wedding and a family, and really just life in general. When my fiance and I decided on a destination wedding, I first researched local photographers in the area, and then hit the endless archives of Style Me Pretty – a site that can literally draw me in for hours. What I love about Style Me Pretty is how you can search by just about anything to find a wedding or weddings that might match what you may be looking for. In my case, I used it to find weddings that were in the same area where mine will be. So glad I did this because I may never have come across all the Nashville-bred glory that is Leslee.

While she is not necessarily local to where we will be married (though she shoots in the area enough that she may as well be) she travels around the world to capture weddings. I fell in love with her beautiful work and knew I would do anything within my budget to make it so she could capture our day. Lucky for me, she was available!

Keep in mind that all of this happened 5 prior to this shoot. After booking Leslee for the big wedding day (spring 2015) my fiancé and I decided that since we were going to be in our wedding location in October, that we should see if Leslee was available to fly down and shoot some engagement pictures. I had been so busy with moving across the country and starting a new job that I really had not put much thought into these photos or many of the details until oh, days before. And I knew Leslee was good, because that’s why we hired her, but I really didn’t know just how good until meeting her and seeing her in action.

The girl’s got dedication (shooting digital and film), is a perfectionist (making sure her subjects and the surrounding elements are equally photo-ready), and has an eye for beauty and detail unlike any other. She can remember the details of any inspiring photo she has ever seen and truly knows what it takes to create a beautiful image and a lasting moment. She spend countless hours on her own scoping out the best spots to shoot so that my fiancé I could enjoy the process (along with a bottle of champagne she gave to us) and just be in the moment. One afternoon spent racing the clock set by the sunset and we ended with wayy more than we could have ever asked from her: gorgeous, personal, and special engagement photos.

It’s safe to say that meeting Leslee and getting to spend time with her has been kind of a game changer for me. She’s one of those magnetic and creative people that you just know you’ve met for a reason. The excitement of seeing the engagement photos made me that much more excited for the wedding and the thought of having Leslee there to capture our day and our moments makes me giddy. But really, I just want to hang with our new-found friend again over a cocktail or two.

Photography: Leslee Mitchell | Hair And Makeup: Blush Beauty Lounge | Beach: Rosemary Beach™ | Blog: A Piece of Toast | Bride: Sally Miller | Mexican Embroidered Blouse: Mi Golondrina | Town: Alys Beach

Elegant Pastel Panama City Wedding

After first meeting as kids in their hometown church, these two sweeties we’re destined for love. Fast forward to their first date as teenagers plus nine years + one proposal later, and you get this oceanside wedding captured by Lauren Kinsey and Pure 7 Studios. Pretty moments are tucked in every last detail thanks to Christina Gillon Events, and we can’t think of any better way to start your week.

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From The Bride…Josh and I met when we were just kids in our hometown church. It was not until we were teenagers that we decided to give dating a chance. Since then, the rest is history. We were even lucky enough to be married by the pastor that still continues to lead that same church and has known us from the beginning. We got married 9 years to the day after we began dating!

Josh proposed in November during our family vacation. We took an amazing trip that started in Chicago and ended in San Francisco. He carried “the ring” in planes, trains and automobiles. When we finally arrived to the Fairmont in foggy San Francisco, he could not wait any longer. Even though he planned a romantic outing, he popped the question in our hotel room within moments of arriving. But, it was so personal and could not have been more perfect for us.

While planning the wedding, I wanted to keep a clear vision that incorporated both our styles. We wanted to keep things timeless. My style tends to be more feminine, so Josh allowed me to also have some pretty touches throughout. We kept a fresh palette that did not interfere with the gorgeous location.

We were most looking forward to seeing all our family and friends together in one place. Because we chose such a special date that signified our commitment to each other over nine years ago, we were just excited to start our lives together with some beautiful memories.

Photography: Lauren Kinsey Fine Art Weddings | Videography: Pure 7 Studios | Event Planning: Christina Gillon Events | Floral Design: Fisher's Flowers | Cake: Sweet For Sirten | Ceremony Venue: Alys Beach | Catering: Townsend Catering | Hair And Makeup: Eulanna Bloodworth | Ceremony Musicians: Gulf Talent Services | Photobooth: Facetime Photobooth | Rentals: Elegant Tents & Events

Sunny Engagement Session in Alys Beach

This seaside engagement filled with golden light and a keen sense for fashion and architecture pairings is straight magic. Magic at the the hands of Lauren Kinsey Fine Art Wedding Photography who captured this duo from oceanfront frolicking to smooching on the streets of Alys Beach. See all the pretty snapshots right here in the full gallery.

Lauren Kinsey Fine Art Wedding PhotographyI couldn’t wait to work with Jason & Vonna. We decided that a gold inspired session was perfect for the setting of Alys Beach, with it’s Bermudan inspired architecture. It was a gorgeous day and when it came time to shoot, the sun shone down perfectly and scattered in little droplets around the couple. Sheer perfection, in my book.

Photography: Lauren Kinsey Fine Art Weddings | Wedding Venue: Alys Beach

Alys Beach Anniversary Session from Lauren Kinsey Photography

After three years of blissful marriage, these two cuties (the ever-talented Jennifer Blair and her dapper Mr.) have still got it.  That eternally glow-y, love-filled happiness reserved exclusively for couples in all caps LOVE.  And what better way to capture that joy-filled bliss than with a pretty, pretty anniversary session set against a stunning Alys Beach backdrop and captured by the always stellar Lauren Kinsey? Answer: nothing.  See it all right here in the full gallery.

From Jennifer BlairToday I’m so excited to send over some photos from our anniversary session with the lovely and talented Lauren Kinsey. I had been planing our little 3-year celebration for a few months and was so happy to find such a phenomenal film photographer so close to where we live. As a wedding photographer myself, it was a huge deal to find someone that I love and trust completely. When Lauren suggested Alys Beach I was almost beside myself. It fit in perfectly with the style we wanted to go for. The home we’ve created is full of pastel blues, greens and white with a Tuscan feel. We hoped our session would reflect that as well. After three years of marriage, we are so happy to have some updated photos of our everyday love not just wedding photos. I feel like we’ve changed and grown so much in the past three years as well. I, for one, have changed my hair color (admittedly, quite a bit) and we both look less like the babies we were when we wed at 21 and 22! I’m so thankful Lauren was able to capture us in this season of life. I’m forever grateful.

Photography: Lauren Kinsey Fine Art Weddings | Flowers: Petal Pushers | Shoes: Designer Shoe Warehouse | Couple: Jennifer Blair Photography | Jennifer's Formal Dress: Gianna Bini | Jennifer's Hat + Dress: Target | Jennifer's Shoes: BCBGMAXAZRIA | Jonathan's Attire: Express | Jonathan's Vest: H&M | Location: Alys Beach

Alys Beach, Florida Wedding from Lauren Kinsey

This wedding has touched my heart in a way I can’t quite explain. Because when the unthinkable happened, the passing of the bride’s baby brother, this couple chose to let love and hope prevail in the most beautiful of ways — exchanging vows beneath the cross her brother had built for their day. Lauren Kinsey captured every moment of true, pure emotion, and you won’t leave this gallery with a dry eye. I promise you that.

From Lauren Kinsey… Molly contacted me about 13 months ago and asked me to shoot her wedding. We instantly had this connection that I can’t really explain. I loved how she gushed about Josh and her sweet family. I felt like part of her family.

Then, the unthinkable happened. Molly’s baby brother, Doug, tragically passed. My heart was broken for her and for her family.

The day of the wedding was so emotionally charged and full of love. Molly’s mother prayed over Molly in the morning and she and the girls all did yoga on the lawn, in front of the cross that Molly’s brother Dwight made for the wedding, which served an an alter.

Molly wore an ivory alencon lace gown and a scalloped chapel train by Jim Hjelm, and was complemented by an heirloom cathedral veil that was worn by her sister, Emily, and her cousin Caroline. She carried a beautiful and textural bouquet created of blush and ivory hues including baubles, artemesia, foliage, succulent rossettes, tuberose, david austin roses in sand a creamy blush, pale peach ranunculus, pale blush garden roses and ivory vendella roses bound in old ivory hand dyed satin ribbon.

Emily Miller, Molly’s sister, stood as her Matron of Honor, and Emily wore a cream, silk gown and the flower girls wore cream heirloom handkerchief lace dresses from New Orleans, which is Josh and Molly’s favorite place to visit. All of the guests were asked to wear a cardinal pin, which also served as favors, in memory of Doug and other family members who had passed. During the reception, there was also a root bear float toast given by Molly and Josh, which was Doug’s favorite drink. Following the wedding, Josh surprised Molly with a surprise honeymoon to Bora Bora.

Molly graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Family and Consumer Sciences and for six years has worked at Texas Children’s Hospital as a Child Life Specialist in Houston, Texas. Josh is a a pediatric dentist at his own practice at Southeast Texas Children’s Dentistry.

Photography: Lauren Kinsey Fine Art Weddings | Florals: Events by Nouveau Flowers | Gown: JLM Couture, Inc | Cake: Confections On The Coast | Catering: Cafe 30A | Entertainment: Jeff Butler Brock and Brew Band | Ceremony & Reception: Alys Beach | Paper & Invitations: Designers Fine Press | Rentals: H&M

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Alys Beach Wedding from Candice K Photography

When a wedding is this sophisticated, it kind of blows my mind.  And not only because of its breathtaking beauty and glamorous details.  No, it’s that downright amazing feeling that is bursting from every last moment; that all-around fabulousness that just can’t be replicated elsewhere.  Throw in an oh-so-chic green and white color palette, beautiful blooms by Events by Nouveau and a breathtaking collection of images from Candice K Photography and I’m spending my entire day soaking it up in the full gallery. Join me there for all of the pretty.

From Candice K PhotographyBethany and Jason are from Columbus Georgia and chose Alys Beach, Florida for their incredible destination wedding experience. Bethany envisioned a tented ceremony and reception in an all white and green color palette. The couple’s guests enjoyed the lavish homes in Alys Beach for several days before the wedding which put everyone in a very relaxed mood for the big day. Bethany’s style is best described as timeless and classic and her dress set the tone.


Wedding Photography: Candice K Photography | Floral Design: Events by Nouveau | Event Planning: It’s a Shore Thing Weddings and Events | Wedding Venue: Alys Beach

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We hope you pretty SMPers had the most fabulous of weeks and have a lovely Saturday planned. But before you head out that door, latte in tow, we simply must introduce you to a place that will send your brain into a tizzy of destination dreaming while you go about your day – Alys Beach. As someone who personally got hitched along a sandy shore, I definitely understand the appeal – and when that sandy shore looks as lovely as Alys Beach? You don’t even need convincing that it is THE place to say I do. Just take a little looksee at the pretty below, and I am sure you’ll agree…

About Alys Beach… Located on the Gulf of Mexico in the heart of the Emerald Coast, Alys Beach is the perfect location for your destination wedding. Stunning architecture, sugar fine translucent sand, and crystal clear waters make an amazing backdrop for celebrating with family and friends.  Find out why an Alys Beach wedding will be the beach wedding of your dreams by emailing or calling 866.481.8391 for more information. View a short video of weddings in Alys Beach.

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Alys Beach Wedding Film from Diva Productions + Rae Leytham Photography

Goodness this wedding is gorgeous. It’s sweet and personal, yet so luxe and chic. But the cute as the cutest of buttons couple trumps everything by miles. The way he looks at her is ridiculously sweet. The way she touches him feel so real and warm. And it was captured in the most perfect way we could imagine a wedding like this to be captured – in a fabulous highlight film from Diva Productions!

Photography courtesy of Rae Leytham Photography.

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From Diva ProductionsThis was, by far, one of our biggest events on the calendar this year. So, of course, mother nature had other plans for us and all the other vendors involved. Two days before the wedding Coastal Weddings by Victoria and her team went into Plan B and tented the entire event. So much changed at the last minute, but honestly, this still turned out to be one of the most gorgeous events we’ve filmed. A huge part of that was down to Christina Springfield of Events by Nouveau. Her event design totally transcended the circumstances we all found ourselves trying to adapt to.

Alys Beach in itself is an incredible venue. It looks like a little bit of the Mediterranean right here in the Florida panhandle.

Cinematography: Diva Productions / Photography: Rae Leytham Photography / Officiant: The Reverend Paul Medley / Event Coordinator: Coastal Weddings by Victoria / Event Designer and Florals: Nouveau Flowers / Make-up Artist: Two Fishes Artistry / Venue: Alys Beach / Catering: Townsend Catering / Cake: Confections on the Coast / Band: Loose Chain / Invitations: William Arthur / Bridesmaids Dresses: Jenny Yoo / Bridal Gown: Rivini

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Alys Beach Wedding by Jacqueline Ward Images

I can’t think of a lovelier way to start the morning than with this fabulous Alys Beach affair by Jacqueline Ward Images.  No, I can not.  In fact, I think I’ll begin and end my day with this beach chic stunner and its breathtaking views, beautiful blooms by Myrtie Blue and the casual, yet elegant details filling every inch of gorgeous space.  All planned to absolute perfection by Fete Weddings & Events, my Thursday is looking prettier by the minute.  Join me in the gallery for even more!

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From the Bride… We knew we wanted to have a beach wedding because my husband’s sister and brother-in-law had just finished building a second home in Alys Beach.  We visited once while we were still dating and fell in love with the emerald coast!  Mike proposed to me on 1/1/10 on the same beach we were married on. We wanted to use the private beach for the ceremony and their house for the reception.  We chose a simple and modern style to the wedding day and to keep the guest list intimate (45 people).   We chose all white flowers because we like the simplicity and thought it was a nice contrast to all the beautiful tones of the beach and reception location.  The colors of the wedding were white, teal and chocolate.

This was my second marriage and my husband’s first marriage.  My daughter, Esther Soriano, is in some of the pictures.  She’s 4 1/2 and was the flower girl.  She sat in the first row during the ceremony and we included her by having my husband say a vow directly to her just before we exchanged our rings.  It said: “Esther, I wasn’t there when you took your first steps, but I promise you that I will continue to love and support you in every step that you take in your life.  This necklace is a symbol of that promise to you. ”

I did several DIY projects.  The biggest labor of love were our invitations that I made 100% from scratch.  The other DIY project I really enjoyed were little “tears of joy” tissue packets.  We used those in place of programs since it was a very simple ceremony that lasted about 20 minutes. The groom’s sister has a courtyard area with a pool and we used a wall behind the pool to display a slideshow to music that I put together and we displayed just before our first dance.

Our cake was one area I was particularly proud of.  We didn’t have it in the budget to have a really expensive cake and had trouble finding a reliable cake vendor.  I kept joking with my husband that I was going to order a Publix sheet cake if the quote for the cake was more than my dress cost.  Well, after our cake baker flaked on us, I pulled up the Publix website and realized their bakery did do cakes and deliver them.  My wedding planner gave them the design I wanted and had them frost it and then I had my florist add the fresh flowers to my cake.  It was a huge cost savings over purchasing a cake from a person who specializes in wedding cakes, but it was absolutely delicious and everyone raved about the cake.

The mustang in several of the photos belongs to my husband’s brother and sister-in-law.  They have pictures in the car from when they were married 25 years ago.  They kept the car for many years and recently restored it.  We felt very honored to use it on our wedding day!

Wedding Photography: Jacqueline Ward Images / Wedding Planning: Christina Gillon of Fete Weddings & Events / Catering: Dine by Design Catering / Florist + Lighting: Brian Watson of Myrtie Blue / Wedding Ceremony Location: Alys Beach / Wedding Reception Location: Private Residence / Officiant: Mike Young / Wedding Dress: Mon Cheri via Running of the Brides Event

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From Inspiration to Reality

We are going to start today off with a lovely display of inspiration from our latest From Inspiration to Reality feature. If you are new to the block, we’ll fill you in. This is a capital A-Awesome feature where some of our favorite vendors create a shoot based on an inspiration board straight from the style circle. Before we delve into the shoot, lets take a gander at the gorgeous board that started the inspiration a rolling…

We are loving the classic, elegant approach and the resulting shoot? Let’s just say they hit the nail on the head. Some of the talented vendors involved include photography by Rae Leytham, florals by Monark Events and design and styling by Customized Wedding CreationsBrenda’s Wedding Blog, and It’s a “Shore” Thing as well as a host of other wonderful talent. Now let’s dive right into the shoot inspired by the words kiss, sweet, and love…

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From Brenda of Wedding Girl and Cherin of Customized Wedding Creations…

The overall color scheme was chocolate brown, gold, aqua and cream. After seeing the inspiration board with Kiss, Love, Sweet we knew right away we’d be incorporating these words into the design, as well as the beautiful script. The theme of three’s was prevalent in the inspiration board with the three cards, so we were able to pull that aspect into the shoot in several different ways. The three words, “Kiss”, “Love, and “Sweet” were hand-painted onto three different pieces, the parasol, the chair covers, and the dessert table runner. The card box was three-tiered and also had a cluster of three flowers attached. Three different styles of wedding garters were also used to add to the décor element. We also featured a three-tiered wedding cake and three tiers of desserts on the Sweets Table. You can even see clusters of three within the bouquet and floral arrangements and the center crystals inside the sugar flower napkin rings.For the invitations and place cards, we wanted to create something with a bit of glam and elegance, so an illustration of peonies immediately came to mind. And, adding some hand-painting with glitter paint gave them a bit of extra sparkle. The hand-cut and formed Dupioni silk flowers tied in beautifully to the invitations and we used a blue flower on each chair cover as well as one of the flowers being used on the bride’s bouquet stem and in the bride’s hair too.

From Jennifer of It’s a Shore Thing…

In chatting with Brenda, it was determined that we were going to focus on the three words: “Sweet”, “Love” & “Kiss”! The inspiration board had a vintage look – but we decided to shake it up a bit and add some great teal blue for pops of color and to go with the look of the personalized stationery, which had more of a “Shabby Chic / French” look. The pastry chef custom-made the sugar peonies with crystal centers to match the one on the invitation. They were used as napkin rings at each place setting. The cake was a French vanilla cake with a mascarpone cheese and white chocolate filling infused with pear nectar and vanilla rum. It was decorated with a toile print – to match the French theme and was placed on a shabby chic cake plateau. Running with the “Sweet” theme – we added some miniature mocha cupcakes topped with chocolate covered espresso beans and some vanilla custard creme brulee cups. The bride and groom’s chivari chairs were enhanced with custom eyelet-lace chair covers adorned with the word “Love” and hand-made peony flowers in teal. A variety of flowers was used: blushing bride protea, white ranunculus, cafe au lait dalias, French tulips, soft pink ranunculus, white nigella, soft pink roses, white garden roses, scabiosa pods, white hydrangea and artichokes.

Conceptual Design and Planning: Cherin Szul of Customized Wedding Creations , Brenda Bennett Maille of Brenda’s Wedding Blog, Jennifer W. Lewis of It’s a “Shore” Thing / Coordination: It’s a “Shore” Thing / Photographer: Rae Leytham / Location: Kelli Arnold at Alys Beach / Floral Design: Briane O’Dell & Hillary Fosdyck of Monark Events / Invitations and Place Cards: Wedding Girl / Hand-Painted “Love” Chair Covers, “Kiss” Parasol, “Sweet” Table Runner: Customized Wedding Creations / Wedding Garters: The Garter Girl / Card Box: Creative Custom Card Boxes / Hand-Made Flowers: Emici Bridal / Catering (food, place settings, linens):  Townsend Catering / Pastry Chef (cake, mini desserts, sugar flowers, sugar flower napkin rings): Confections on the Coast / Model: Briane O’Dell from Monark Events / Hair Stylist: Ashley Carter / Makeup Artist: Yvette Nation / Kiss, Love, Sweet Inspiration Board Calligraphy: Xandra Y. Zamora