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