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The Ultimate Beachside Wedding

If there was one wedding that embodies the perfect beachside ceremony, this would be it. Captured by Shining Light Photography, it’s the ultimate beach beauty and we’ve got every bit of it waiting for you to favorite and fall in love with (I mean, just look at that two-piece gown!) via The Vault!

From The Bride…When Patrick and I were planning our wedding, we were on the same page with what we wanted. Something small, simple, family only, and definitely a destination wedding. The Omni Amelia Island Plantation has been a favorite vacation spot of mine for the last 8 years, and Patrick had grown to love it as well. So our destination was an easy choice!

Shopping for a dress was a pretty easy experience for me. I knew I wanted something non-traditional that didn’t overpower my petite frame. I went to BHLDN and paired the Anika Tulle skirt and the Celeste topper with an ivory crop top underneath. It was beyond perfect for the beach! Patrick went to Brooks Brothers for his wedding attire, going with a bold, navy custom-made suit that fit him perfectly.

Next obstacle: the guest list! Turns out, our families are a bit bigger than we had realized. And with a guest list quickly growing to 100 people with just our two families, talks of wedding planners, and trying to please everyone, my fiancé had to talk me off the ledge. It had so quickly turned into something that wasn’t us. Without telling our parents, Patrick and I booked my aunt’s condo on the Plantation for an entire week in April. We were going to have a family vacation, and during this vacation, Patrick and I would have a simple ceremony and a dinner with those who mean the most to us. A week long celebration of two families coming together. We started the wedding planning by booking the Property Owners Club at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation. The ceremony was perfect and intimate…exactly what we had envisioned. Patrick and I also had our younger sisters stand beside us as we said our vows. Even though our wedding was super small, it was important to us to have them up there. Since there would only be about 12 of us, we decided to have the ceremony and dinner on the patio. The patio overlooked the marsh and a large oak tree, making the view for the evening both calming and compelling.

We ate dinner after the sun had set, at a large table with bulb lights strung above, serving as our only source of light. The ambiance of the dinner was indescribable, but the relationships, laughter and love being shared was beautiful and extra special. We all just relaxed, played games like both of our families love to do, and just enjoyed each other’s company. It honestly was magical. We even saw a shooting star at the end of the night!

With the work of our amazing vendors (and my sweet aunt and mother) our ideal, intimate wedding came together better than we could have imagined!

Photography: Shining Light Photography | Floral Design: Dottie B Florist | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Invitations: Melody Joy | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Lulu's | Catering: Horizons | Groom's Attire: Brooks Brothers | Venue: Walkers Landing at Amelia Island Plantation | Film Processing: PhotoVision Prints

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Walkers Landing at Amelia Island Plantation Wedding

Easy elegance just so happens to be my favorite kind of elegance, and this Amelia Island wedding captured by Jenn Guthrie Photography beautifully shows all the reasons why. It’s filled to the brim with all the things I simply adore about love-filled nuptials, and you can see even more here.

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From the Bride…If I were to describe Ben and I’s relationship in one word, it would be… effortless. On our first date, we talked for hours and it seemed like we had known each other all our lives. We dated for four years before we got married, and when he popped the question (which was completely unexpected and totally romantic!), I couldn’t wait to start the planning process and celebrate our commitment to each other on our wedding day.

I wanted the day to feel like “us” – effortless and fun. Ben and I met in Raleigh, North Carolina, but I’m originally from a small town in South Georgia, about 20 minutes from Amelia Island, Florida. When we pictured the perfect backdrop for our wedding day, all we could think about was being surrounded by family and friends…and GORGEOUS spanish moss-covered oak trees. As soon as we toured the property at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation, we knew Walker’s Landing was the perfect place to say our “I Do’s!”

After we had the “where” picked out, the rest just fell into place. We wanted our color palette to be classic and elegant – lots of beige, pinks, and creams with pops of blues and greens. Our invitations were created by Casey Reagan, a long-time friend of Ben’s who owns her own printing company, called Lime and Ruby Designs. I wanted something very simple, but elegant. Sticking to neutral tones and classic fonts, but the pink lace bow tied around it gave it a little something extra!

Our florist, Brooke with Artistic Florist in Amelia Island, did an amazing job of making our vision a reality. I wanted the flowers to look like they had been picked fresh out of a garden. My bouquet was filled with gorgeous pinks, creams, pops of blue, and wrapped in burlap and lace and my bridesmaids all had small bouquets of baby’s breath. The arch we said our vows under was custom made by the florist, and the effortlessness of the white linen cascaded beautifully in the summer breeze. One very special detail was placing my father’s wedding band on my bouquet. He passed away a year almost two years ago, so it was incredibly special to have a part of him with me as I walked down the aisle.

One of the many things that Ben and I have in common is our belief that all people should be allowed to marry who they love. Upon entering our outdoor ceremony, we placed a framed print to show our support for marriage equality. We placed our programs on the same table, which were shaped like fans to keep our guests cool while they were waiting for the ceremony to begin. Our talented friend played our ceremony music, a sweet gift that we will cherish forever!

After the ceremony, our guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and cocktails on the deck overlooking a panoramic view of the sun setting on the marsh. We wanted our guests to feel at home, so we didn’t have a seating chart and everyone was able to mix and mingle throughout the night. Each table was set up with beautiful arrangements of vases of varying shapes and sizes, filled with simple flowers – very minimalist and classic.

Our photographer, Jenn Guthrie (along with her second shooter who happens to be her fiancé!), fit so naturally into the day. They were so professional and easy to work that it didn’t even feel like they were there. They took AMAZING, natural photos that captured the day perfectly. It felt like hanging with a friend who happened to be taking pictures. She was there for me if I needed anything and made sure that everything ran smoothly. I love looking back through my pictures and reliving the day over and over again!

The day could not have gone any more perfect. It was everything that we ever wanted. Lots of love, laughter, and dancing all night. Complete and utter effortlessness and a day I’ll never forget!

Photography: Jenn Guthrie Photography | Entertainment: KTG Music Entertainment | Venue: Walkers Landing at Amelia Island Plantation | Cinema & Video: Pure Life Videos | Floral: Artistic Florist

St. Simons Island Wedding from Nate and Jenny Weddings

You know, I’ve never been to St. Simons Island but after devouring all the pretty sitting in this gallery captured by Nate and Jenny Weddings, I’m pretty sure I’ll be convincing my hubby we need a getaway. That little island set the scene for this oh-so-sweet soiree, one that perfected southern elegance in a way you can’t help but swoon over. It’s image after image of pure southern lovely, and it’s all waiting for you right here.


From Nate and Jenny WeddingsKatharine and Luke came from their home in San Francisco to celebrate their wedding on St. Simons Island, Georgia, where Katharine spent her childhood summers. They planned a modern and beautiful wedding in under four months, filled with touches of green and blue, and nods to Luke’s career as a collegiate rowing coach, including an exit under crewman’s oars. Katharine’s BHLDN dress and Toms wedges complemented her sweet and modern style perfectly.

Photography: Nate And Jenny Weddings | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Ceremony Venue: St. William Catholic Church | Reception Venue: Village Creek Landing | Shoes: Toms | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Catering: Halyards Catering | Accomodations: Sea Palms Resort

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Fernandina Beach Wedding from Tonya Beaver Photography

I could get lost in Florida weddings forever, and I often find myself doing just that. For instance, this morning I spent far longer than I would care to admit with this beauty at the Oyster Bay Yacht Club captured by Tonya Beaver Photography. Because, really, how can you not linger a little longer with a wedding this lovely? It’s filled to the brim with pretty, and you can linger as long as you like right here in the full gallery of images.

From Tonya BeaverCaroline and David had an amazing wedding day. It was in spring time which in Florida is generally really warm, but a random cold front came through and made the day FREEZING. These two didn’t care about any of the cold weather or expected rain, they just wanted to get married. And that they did. I met Caroline and the girls at a little condo beside Oyster Bay Yacht Club for their getting ready shots. I loved Caroline’s choice of colors and decor. From there we headed over to the boats to capture David’s getting ready shots on the family yacht. The setting on the water made for some really fun wedding. The ceremony started, and it was so moving. There was not a dry eye in the place. My favorite moment was when they each put a note in a box that Caroline’s grandfather made, and the officiant locked the box with a key. Later guests were asked to write notes to the couple which was also included in this box. On their first year anniversary they will open the box to relive all the emotion from their wedding day and the start of their new life together. After the ceremony, we did a few photos around the club. The lighting was gorgeous, and the couple to me just looked like models.

The reception was FUN to say the least. The cold air blew through the porch the whole night, but everyone was having so much fun that nothing else mattered. The toasts were incredibly entertaining especially when David’s two brothers got up to speak. David was embarrassed (not to mention their poor mother)! We cut the cake + cupcakes and headed back out for more fun. The couple slipped outside with me to take a few “night time shots” out by an old oak tree then we slid them through their exit with all of their guests waving sparklers around them. What a perfect ending to a perfect day.

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Ceremony Location: Oyster Bay Yacht Club | Photographer: Tonya Beaver Photography | Floral Design:Dottie B Florist | Ceremony Venue: Oyster Bay Yacht Club | Wedding Coordinator: Lisa Presnell- Coastal Engagements | Catering: Oyster Bay Yacht Club | Make-up: Amanda Hopcraft | Hotel Accommodations:Hampton Inn Amelia Island | Table Numbers, Dessert Sign, Menus, Seating Chart: DIVart | Cake Topper:Garden4Art | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Nordstrom | Save the Dates: DH Fitzgerald | Men’s Attire:Joseph A. Bank | Entertainment: Richard Stratton (ceremony guitarist and cocktail hour vocals and guitar | Reception Location: Oyster Bay Yacht Club | Rehearsal Dinner: Sliders Seaside Bar | DJ: Herman Nazworth

Amelia Island Wedding from Jamie Borland Photography

When you pair the sandy shores of Florida with the gorgeous ballrooms of The Ritz Carlton, it’s safe to say the result is going to be jaw-droppingly beautiful. It basically guarantees gorgeous, and when you add a couple that look like they belong in the movies? Lovelies, we have a winner. That entire scenario unfolds through the lovely images from Jamie Borland Photography allowing us to spend our wedding surrounded by all the pretty right here. What more can you ask for?

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From Jamie Borland Photography… I’m so excited to share with you one of my favorite weddings from 2012. The bride is the coordinator for the Ritz Carlton, Miami and she put thought and effort into every minor detail resulting in a stunning wedding from start to finish! She admits much of her inspiration was from Style Me Pretty! The brides vision was a “modern and elegant wedding” with a simple color palate of white and silver which complimented their lush pink ballroom beautifully. Their reception ended by releasing LED balloons into the crystal clear sky. It was pure magic.

From the Bride… Jeff and I wanted a destination wedding but somewhere that was close to home and that everyone could come celebrate with us. We couldn’t have chosen a better location then The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. Being that we met at the location in Miami, we felt it would be very meaningful to get married at one of their sister properties. Our wedding weekend was absolutely amazing with beautiful weather. We were surrounded by friends and family all weekend who shared so much of their love with us. What made it even more special was that it was Thanksgiving Weekend and I was able to share the Holiday with many of my friends and family.

One of my favorite moments was at the ceremony standing with my husband to be, holding hands and looking into each other’s eyes and feeling as if we were the only ones there. I was the happiest girl in the world. One of the most important things to me was that everyone danced the night away and thanks to my DJ, that’s exactly what we all did. I always dreamed of a simple, modern, elegant wedding. I loved the idea of all my bridesmaids wearing different color palette dresses and styles.

My sister and I created the table numbers from an idea we got online. We spray painted some small glass jars with looking glass spray paint and large number stickers. We then added a small candle to each jar. The gorgeous sheen of the new mirror look made the flame of the candle dance around the entire glass jar. It was perfect. I could not have done this without the help of my mother and sister who were there for me every step of the way and were so creative. Most importantly I married the man of my dreams and I look forward to our future together. 

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Photography: Jamie Borland Photography | Wedding Venue: The Ritz Carlton Amelia Island On the Green + Ballroom in Fernandina Beach, Florida | Event Planning + Design: The Ritz Carlton Amelia Island | Cinematography: The Miami Artist Group | Floral Design: Anything with Plants and Flowers, Inc | Wedding Invitations + Save the Date: The Paper Girl | Wedding Stationery + Signage: Paper Please Studio | LED Balloons: Sky Lanterns | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaid Attire: Amsale | Bridesmaids Robes: silkandmore | Flowergirl Attire: Paola Moore + Young Hearts Boutique | Groomsmen Attire: Vera Wang

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Fernandina Wedding from Moments by Sarah

There are so many, many reasons to love this darling Fernandina wedding, but I’m starting off with the adorable bride and groom.  Because, not only are they seriously stunning, they’re rockin’ a drop-dead gorgeous Amsale gown and a fab seersucker suit (respectively) and that makes them downright awesome, as well.  Add in a wedding that is all sorts of amazing with a green, blue and pink color palette and brilliant images from Moments by Sarah and it’s preppy meets rustic day of pretty.  See it all here.

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From Moments by SarahThis was a beautiful summer wedding in Fernandina, Florida! The bride was stunning, and the groom was helplessly in love. The bride’s longtime family friend offered to share their historic home for photos of the bridal party and the bride and groom’s first look.

Wedding Photography: Moments by Sarah / Ceremony: First Presbyterian Church in Fernandina Beach, Florida / Reception: Walker’s Landing at The Amelia Island Club in Amelia Island, Florida / Bridal Photo Location: Villa Las Palmas / Catering: Mai Oui Gourmet / Wedding Dress: Amsale / Bride’s Shoes: Jack Rogers / Hair: Dolan Smith of Salon Dolan / Makeup: J’Me for MAC Cosmetics

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Amelia Island, Florida Wedding from Brooke Images

I am convinced that magic just drips from Spanish moss trees. That and a whole lot of prettiness. Now when you pair that magic prettiness with the talent of Brooke Images, and a wedding as classically perfect as this one – you officially have a feature that will have you oohing and ahhing until the very last image in the full gallery. Beautiful scenery, beautiful photography and a beautiful wedding – what more can you ask for, really? See it all right here.

From Ashley of Brooke ImagesLisa and Evan’s wedding took place on September 1, 2012 in Amelia Island, Florida.  Lisa loves spanish moss, so we chose to do their first look and the majority of the formal photos under the beautiful Spanish moss that walkers landing provided. Destination Planning did an awesome job with the reception.  They set up the the tables family-style, spanning almost the whole length of the reception room…so gorgeous!!   Above the tables they installed rustic chandeliers.  I especially loved the place setting with each named written in calligraphy on paper doilies.

Wedding Photography: Brooke Images /  Venue : Amelia Island Plantation in Amelia Island, Florida / Wedding Decor + Design: Destination Planning / Catering: The Amelia Island Club / Wedding Cake: Chez Lezan Bakery Company / Wedding Programs: DH Fitzgerald / Golf Cart: Amelia’s Wheels  / Music: Haywire / Wedding Dress: Martina Liana via Fabulous Bridal / Wedding Dress Belt: Augusta Jones via Fabulous Bridal / Bride’s Earrings: Kenneth Jay Lane via Nordstrom / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Ann Taylor / Hair: Images Hair Salon / Makeup: Kimtasha / Suits: Jos. A. Bank / Flower Girl + Junior Bridal Attendant Dresses: J.Crew / Ring Bearer Pillow: PTThreads

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Amelia Island Wedding Film from Diva Productions

This is one of those weddings that is so full laughter and life that I can’t help but smile. And I definitely can’t help but fall in love with these two lovebirds – their love is contagious. Captured in a way only Diva Productions could, it’s a little sneak peak into their gorgeous wedding – and we are head over heels!

Photography courtesy of Susan Michal.

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Our romance began two and a half years ago, through a mutual friend introduction in Chicago on St. Patricks Day. Out celebrating the holiday in true Chicago fashion. . . Micah’s famous last words were, “who is your friend?” Cassidy moved to Chicago three months later and we’ve been together ever since.

Micah is originally from Florida and grew up going to Amelia Island as a kid. Upon looking at the Ritz-Carlton there, we fell in love with the location! We loved the idea of all of our friends and family traveling to an island for our wedding weekend.

We are both very traditional and love the classic sort of style in addition to incorporating an “old Hollywood” vibe into the flowers and decor. We had draped crystals hanging over our Chupah, which turned out very beautiful.

Micah planned a surprise get away after the reception, which included a 1964 Rolls Royce that swept us away. We also wanted to include our favorite Jewish traditions, which included the breaking of the glass and the chair dance, amongst others. I absolutely loved my surprise at the end of the night! That was one of my favorite moments in the sneak peak. I also loved our entrance into the reception and having everyone join us on the dance floor to get the party started.

Cinematography: Diva Productions / Officiant: Rabbi Robert Goodman / Venue: The Ritz Carlton / Event Coordinator: Christina Saldana for the Ritz Carlton / Cake Designer: Chef Sherrin Gotschall for the Ritz Carlton / Florals: Anything with Plants and Flowers / Photography: Susan Michal / Invitation Designer: Pulp & Ink / Wedding Gown Designer: Lorenzo / Bridesmaid’s Dress Designer: Watters Collection

Amelia Island Wedding from Robert Max Photography

Calling all casual chic loving brides! This wedding is totally up your alley and filled to the brim with gorgeous, little touches. Captured by the obviously talented Robert Max Photography, this wedding is all about simple and sweet details. A little lace here, a touch of burlap there and pops of pretty flowers everywhere. See it all right here in the full gallery!

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From the Bride… Casey and I met while I was in graduate school and Army ROTC at Florida State University, and he was in Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Georgia. He came down to FSU for a football game, and by the time he returned to go back to training, I was hooked! We continued talking, and I ended up making the three hour trip to Georgia with a friend for Halloween weekend, when we officially started dating. The year that followed consisted of six-hour round-trip car drives to visit one another on weekends, and stints of not being able to talk due to training (both his and mine). Long-distance relationships are HARD, y’all, and throw in the Army and it seems to be almost impossible! During last summer we had about three months of no communication other than letters, as my hero was off being at rockstar at Ranger School, and I then had to go to my ROTC training in order to commission the following school year. That summer was full of loneliness and letters, yet it was what made us both realize that we never wanted to be apart. Casey, who by then had made the cross country move to Washington state, decided to propose (in dress blues at the airport!) on 11/11/11! Thus began the wedding planning madness…

My groom lived almost 3,000 miles away, my family (and where our wedding was going to be held) was 200 miles away, and I was in my last year of graduate school and ROTC — it was a recipe for disaster! However, thanks to sites like SMP and Pinterest and an obsessive need for organization, I was able to make it all happen without a wedding coordinator or even a groom to help. In fact, my lovely groom wasn’t there or even able to talk to me while I was making decisions thanks to a three-hour time difference and a very busy work schedule! Bless his heart though, on the weekends I cried to him about how I didn’t know how this would all work and how we should just elope, during which he calmly reassured me that I was a rockstar and what a great job I was doing, and how it would be the perfect day I had always dreamed of. And it was, it really was! I knew I wanted a southern, yet chic “theme” for my wedding with lots of DIY touches since our budget was only $10,000. Unfortunately, the Army and grad school got in the way of a lot of my DIY ideas, meaning I turned to the next best thing: Etsy. The week before my wedding, my three bridesmaids all flew in from out of town to help get ready and celebrate my special week (yes, I had a wedding week, full of tanning at the beach, mimosas, brunches, spa time, family dinners, rehearsals and crafting), and we assembled the centerpieces for the outdoor tables, cut the burlap for the table runners, painted wooden letters for photo props and organized/placed photos of Casey and I on twine to be strung up on the inside fireplace mantle.

Our ceremony was perfect — held outside on the patio, with views of the marsh and Amelia River in the background. A pastor and family friend of Casey, who has known him since birth, officiated our ceremony. Following our ceremony, we had a cocktail hour with passed appetizers of crab cakes, bacon wrapped scallops, and chicken satay. Casey and I then were introduced for the first time as a married couple while dancing to Rascal Flatts “Bless the Broken Road.” The reception portion featured our Southern-style buffet. After eating, all the regular wedding activities went down, with the father/daughter and mother/son dances, bouquet and garter tosses, and cake cutting. We actually decided to have cupcakes, as well as a red velvet cake that was made by one of my closest friends from college, Megan McGaughey. Not only did Megan make the most delicious and beautiful cake I had ever seen, she also hand made the topper from wood that she had laser cut and hand-decorated. The end of our wedding came too quickly, as we departed the yacht club to a bubble fanfare and boarded the ferry to go back to the downtown harbor. Our friends and family all said it was the best wedding they had ever been to, and I have to agree! The night was over, but our life together had just begun. I was, and am, truly the luckiest woman in the world to be married to my best friend.

Wedding Photography: Robby Bunk of Robert Max Photography / Wedding Venue + Catering: Oyster Bay Yacht Club in Fernandina Beach, Florida / Venue Coordination: Terrie Sanders of Oyster Bay Yacht Club / Floral Design: Ken Prescott of Dottie “B” Florist / Wedding Cinematography: Austin Barile of KACE Video / Wedding Cake + Topper: DIY by Megan McGaughey, A Friend of the Bride / Cupcakes: Bliss Cupcakery / C & J Decor Letters: Two Pinkies / Mr. & Mrs. Chair Signs: Jennifer Designs / Burlap Just Married sign: The Paisley Moon / Mr. & Mrs. Burlap Pillow with Date: Simply French Market / Mothers’ Personalized Handkerchiefs: Wedding Handkerchiefs / Table Runners: CV Linens / Head Table Chair Sashes: CV Linens / Burlap, Mason Jars + Silk Flowers: Hobby Lobby / Candles: Quick Candles / Floating Pool Flowers: Save on Crafts / Ferry Transportation: Amelia River Cruises / Wedding Dresses: Casablanca Bridal via Park Avenue Bridal + Aidan Mattox via Saks Fifth Avenue / Bride’s Sandals: ALDO / Bride’s Cowboy Boots: Cavender’s / Mrs. Igo Dress Hanger: BurlapBabe / Bride’s Army Camo Garter: American Honey Designs / Bride’s Accessories: Judith Jack via Nordstrom / Hair + Makeup: Jordyn Mooney / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: David’s Bridal

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Amelia Island Wedding from J. Layne Photography

I’m pretty sure that this is my new favorite wedding, like in the whole.wide.world. I’m seriously obsessed with so many details of this wedding. For starters, can we talk about the bride’s gorgeous dress? Or the amazing ceremony site on the edge of the marsh? It’s like a vintage chic fairy tale only unbelievably real and the beautiful images by J. Layne Photography are all the proof you need. See it all right here.

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From J. Layne PhotographyAlan and Elizabeth’s wedding day was focused around their family and close friends. Elizabeth designed the ceremony and reception to be outside on the beautiful marsh at The Outpost at North Hampton in Amelia Island. This location isn’t typically used for weddings, but it was an absolutely perfect hidden gem. We like to describe their wedding as a “vintage, southern, DIY soiree.” She wore a beautiful, lace Lazaro gown that fit so perfectly into the elegant and handmade elements in their wedding. Everything was planned out and made by hand by close friends and family. Elizabeth’s grandmother played such an important role on her wedding day, and she was there for Elizabeth every second of the day. The day felt very much like a fun, relaxed, beautiful, close-knit party with the guests mingling, drinking, dancing and just having fun. By the end of the night, we felt like a part of their family!

There were many extra special moments about their wedding day — the lady the groom is hugging in the wheelchair is the groom’s step-mother, who passed away shortly after their wedding day due to her battle lost with Huntington’s disease. It was such a special moment as he hugged her goodbye, and as photographers, it was an emotional but beautiful moment we were able to catch on camera. The diamond in the bride’s ring is a family heirloom diamond. The groom’s great-grandfather traded three cars to get that diamond to give to the groom’s great-grandmother. DIY projects include the florals, which were from Publix and designed by Carol Garrity; the cupcake stand, cupcakes, and cake, which were all handmade by Stacy Ramponi; the thumbprint tree by the bride’s sister-in-law; and the invitations and program fan. The whole set-up came to life by the help of their family.

Elizabeth says her most memorable moment was walking down the aisle with her grandmother to see her groom. Her advice for new brides: “BREATHE! This is your most important day, and it goes by so fast. Just take it all in and smile. And at some point during your reception, pull your husband aside, and together, look at all of your friends and family having a great time. And know that all your hard work and time was worth it!”

Wedding Photography: J. Layne Photography / Wedding Venue: The Outpost at North Hampton on Amelia Island, Florida / Flowers: Designed by Carol Garrity via Publix / Officiant: Robert Goyette (www.info@livingwatersouthreach.org) / Catering: Bridgett Pettingil / Wedding Cake, Cupcakes + Cake Stand: Stacy Ramponi / Cake Topper: Vintage Green Limited / Wedding Stationery: Heather Young Dolinar of FLYoung Studio / Thumbprint Tree: DIY by the Bride’s Sister-in-Law / Wedding Dress: Lazaro via The White Magnolia Bridal Collection / Bride’s Sash: Jim Hjelm / Bride’s Jewelry + Hair Brooch: From the Her Grandmother / Hair + Makeup: Abby Rich of Images Salon /Bridesmaids’ Dresses: LulaKate (Their Choice in Sand Poly-Shantung) via Bella Bridesmaid / Groom’s Attire: Sean John via Men’s Wearhouse

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Amelia Island Wedding by Melissa Schollaert Photography

This next little number is so SMP, it’s almost too good to be true. Cherries tucked into perfect milk glass bowls, big arrangements of baby’s breath, bridesmaids decked out in perfect red shoes. And a bride that is equal parts timeless and chic. It’s the quintessential all American wedding and it’s got SMP written all over every last detail. And the Amelia Island backdrop? Ummm, perfection. Photographed by Melissa Schollaert Photography, this is a total keeper. And there is so much more gorgeousness in the gallery.

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From the Bride…When considering where to hold our wedding, we knew Amelia Island would offer a relaxing retreat for our guests, while exuding the Old Florida charm we desired.  The ubiquitous Spanish moss, pristine beaches and picturesque marshes provided the perfect backdrop for the weekend.  We were married in a small and lovely Episcopal church dating back to 1881.  Surrounded by our family and closest friends, we exchanged vows in an intimate and romantic ceremony.  The late afternoon light filled the sanctuary as the doors opened and my father walked me down the aisle.  It was a beautiful moment, and one that we will always treasure.

We held the reception at a private yacht club overlooking the marsh.  The view was spectacular as the sun was setting over the water during the cocktail hour.  Our venue was elegant and casual, providing both indoor and outdoor areas to mingle.  There were several interesting architectural features, such as the coquina outdoor fireplace, which kept us warm as we danced the night away.   When designing our reception, we wanted it to feel like a warm and inviting dinner party.  We had tables of various sizes and shapes which were adorned with an array of differing flower arrangements in creams and blushes.  We scoured antique stores for the mercury glass apothecary bottles, Moorish cake stand and milk glass footed bowls. which held cranberries to tie in the season in a subtle fashion.  We incorporated fruit into the cake as well, featured prominently in front of the indoor fireplace.

After spending 10 years together, we were so excited for our wedding day to arrive.  It was a day filled with love and utter happiness and we look forward to spending the rest of our lives together.

Wedding Photographer: Melissa Schollaert Photography / Venue: Oyster Bay Yacht Club / Church: St. Peter’s Episcopal Church / Wedding Gown: Rosa Clara via LaRaine’s Boutique / Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Groom’s Suit: Banana Republic / Hair Pin: Erin Cole / Catering: My Personal Chef / Hair + Make-up: Magna’s Salon / Floral Design: Dottie B Florist / Wedding Cake: Chez Lezan Bakery / Ring Pillow: Oh My Deer Handmades / Day of Coordination: To Doers Planning / Band: KTG Entertainment/ Programs, Just Married Sign, Save the Date, Welcome Bags, Post Card Guest Book, Tin Cans for floral arrangements: Bride / Wedding Invitations: Designer’s Fine Press, The Bride (logo) + Sam Flax / Broach, Wedding Band, Cake Stand, Mercury Glass Apothecary Bottles: Scott’s Antique Market / Glass Hurricane Vases: West Elm / Milk Glass Bowls for Cranberries: Antique Store in Fernandina Beach / C Letter: Anthropologie / Fabric for runners and pillows: Forsyth Fabrics / Black Pillows, Miscellaneous Frames: IKEA / Silhouettes: Silhouettes by Virginia/ Calligraphy: Carmela Mazzarulli / Trolleys: Amelia Island Trolleys / Rentals: Beachview Tent Rentals

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Amelia Island Wedding by Agnes Lopez Photograpy

Just looking at the absolutely stunning images of this Amelia Island wedding from Agnes Lopez Photography makes me want to break out my fancy pants. The bold colors, glamorous setting, drool-worthy shoes, blingy bridal bouquet, stunning floral design – need I go on? Oh wait, I didn’t even bring up the wedding cake. You will need to see the gorgeous image to believe it. We love when we get a wedding from Agnes Lopez, and this one definitely didn’t disappoint. Be sure to check out all of the glamorous pictures in the gallery.

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As I walked down the aisle, the weather was absolutely perfect, and the sun was shining perfectly on our ceremony site…I saw Nathaniel waiting for me under the canopy, and on either side of him were our siblings and our closet friends, all eight bridesmaids and fourteen groomsmen (I know that sounds absurd!)…I was looking him dead in the eyes, but somehow I was able to see the faces of our most cherished friends, and it was perfect. We have known each other since I became great friends with his younger sister when I was in the ninth grade ( he was a junior). I have an older sister Nathaniel’s age (Meredith), and he has a younger brother (Daniel) a year older than me, and a younger sister (Anna) a year younger than me, so we have all been friends for a very long time. When I was a sophomore in high school, all five of us were actually there at the same time, each in a different grade! Our friendship grew and we were absolutely best friends by the time I was about 16 or 17. We went to different colleges, but whenever we would find ourselves back in Huntsville Nathaniel and I would spend all our time together, along with his brother Daniel, and our other two closest friends, Ben and Jonathan. We kept in touch of course while we were at school, through letters, phone calls, and surprise visits when one, two, three, or all four of them would apear on my front porch in Chapel Hill, NC. We were inseparable, the five of us, and they were my life as far as friends were concerned. I didn’t have a boyfriend; in fact, I had never had a boyfriend, and I felt completely safe and comfortable with them, especially Nathaniel. Shortly after I graduated from college, Nathaniel and I started dating. We knew that that decision would drastically effect our friendship, but we decided that it was worth the risk because of the amazing potential of how great things might be! And eight years later, the day before my 30th birthday, he asked me to marry him. I adore him in everyway, and I cannot imagine my life without him.

From Agnes Lopez, the talent behind the lens…Mandee and Nathaniel were married in an afternoon ceremony on the lawn of the Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island. The families and most of the friends were from Huntsville, Alabama, and they made a weekend out of the perfect early fall weather on the coast of Northeast Florida. The event managed to be glamorous but also incorporated DIY elements, like the programs and the crystal cake stand, which were made by the mother of the bride. The cake itself was adorned with brooches and the bouquet was made of a mix of new and vintage brooches, assembled by the bride. There was a pink-themed candy table for guests, who were also able to imbibe a series of signature martinis poured through the ice bar, which was transported from Alabama.


Photography: Agnes Lopez Photography / Cinematography: First Sight Pictures / Event Design: Liza Chung / Ceremony Location: The Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island / Reception Location: The Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island / Shoes: Manolo Blahnik / Music: Music by Nora & Andree / Band: Still Cruisin / Cake By: Bruce Roy / Wedding gown by: Elizabeth Filmore / Invitations: The Green Kangaroo

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