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A Modern Boho Florida Wedding Overlooking The Ocean

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

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

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

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

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

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

This Boca Raton Fete = Wedding. Dress. Goals.

Oh, Lauren Fair, you never cease to wow me with your gorgeous, gorgeous imagery. There’s not one detail of this day that I didn’t fall completely head over heels for—I spent far too much time poring over it in The Vault (can you blame me?). But the one thing I kept coming back to was THAT Rivini dress. #weddingdressgoals, I think so. Want more? It’s all right here.

From Lauren Fair… Erika + Kyle’s south Florida wedding incorporated bright, bold, lush blooms and a lighthearted whimsical feel! The weather was absolutely perfect and we photographed their portraits around the lovely Addison in Boca Raton. As the sun dropped and dusk fell, guests gathered under a massive floral chandelier in the courtyard for their vow exchange, and danced the night away for hours afterwards!

From the Bride… The whole day was magical! I wasn’t stressed out at all so I could really enjoy the little moments like seeing Kyle for the first look and just gushing at how hot he looked, drinking champagne with my bridesmaids in the bridal suite, and dancing all night long as soon as the party music came on. We danced non-stop and I wish I could replay that night over and over! Advice for future brides: Try to do whatever you can to minimize your stress levels. I think leading up the big day you’re so worried about how all the details will come together, so having a planner is key to making sure things don’t slip through the cracks. But on the day of, there’s nothing you can do, so you might as well enjoy it. We got massages the night before. We started our wedding day off at Crossfit with a few of our friends, which was so fun! Then I had a big healthy green smoothie before hair and makeup arrived. Try to do whatever you can to feel “normal” by going through as much of your morning routine as possible, it really helps to curb the stress. Sit back and take mental snapshots of the special moments – it goes by SO fast!



Photography: Lauren Fair Photography | Cinematography: Willow Tree Films | Floral Design: Oleander Floral & Events | Wedding Dress: Rivini | Reception Venue: the Addison | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Adrianna Papell | Beauty: Beauty By Renata | Desserts: Earth & Sugar

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Earthy + Emerald Addison Wedding in Florida

Crazy about color? Why not take note from this saturated celebration at The Addison and consider rich emerald hues for your Big Day. Complete with darling details and regally elegant scenery, it’s the ultimate ode to elegance and thanks to Rach Loves Troy we’ve got it all to share. See it all in The Vault!

From Rach Loves TroyThis beautiful day is the combination of incredible taste, gorgeous details and thoughtful touches. Our bride Kelsey really knew what she was doing when choosing the colors,style and feel for her winter wedding in florida. They were the perfect compliment to the winter season and could not have blended any better with their venue The Addison. Her emerald dresses and gorgeous flowers were gorgeous but the true beauty was the thoughtfully curated details Kelsey put into her day. Such has having lace from her mothers wedding dress made into the sleeves of her dress and a beautiful pin of her grandmothers on her bouquet. It was touching and beautiful and all about family and marriage. Exactly what a wedding day should be.

The love felt in the room was incredible and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house when these two said I do and were married by one of their best friends. All this and then they began their reception with a “Sparkler first dance” It was definitely one of the most magical moments I have ever been so lucky to capture at a wedding .

Photography: Rach Loves Troy | Event Design: Daniel Events | Floral Design: Daniel Events | Cake: Earth And Sugar | Invitations: Minted | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Watters | Hair + Makeup: Hair And Makeup I Do | Wedding Venue: the Addison

Romantic Blush Boca Raton Wedding

Bejeweled heels, mantilla veils, classy invites and settings like this? It’s no wonder this sweet fete at The Addison has me stuck in The Vault gallery for days. And beyond the beautiful bits, live the moments like this that have me wrapped up in all the love, thanks to the handiwork of Graham Terhune. See more right this way.

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From The Groom…We met doing an ER rotation in Jacksonville, FL. We met on the first day when Meg’s key card didn’t work and she had to stay after orientation to get it fixed. Perfect opportunity…I got my perfectly functional key card fixed too. After that we checked the schedule and made a point to run into each other whenever possible. After two weeks I asked Meg to dinner and we have been inseparable since.

From The Bride…I am a small town Southern girl from North Carolina and Anthony is from a big sweet Cuban family in Miami. After searching we found a beautiful restored house in Boca Raton with an elegant covered courtyard. The Banyon trees made a romantic outside space and put us over the top. I wanted to include soft southern details so I chose a color palette with blush, gold and ivory (let’s be honest I’ve had these wedding colors picked out for quite a while). Our sweet pastor from NC and my amazing photographer friends flew in as well. My selfless southern mother made her renown blueberry jam for all the wedding guests. The day was fun, romantic, full of dancing and filled with Southern charm. God gave us this day and it was more perfect than Anthony and I could have ever imagined. It was the best day of our lives so far and couldn’t have been possible without all these wonderful people.

Photography: Michael And Carina Photography | Photography: Anagram Photo | Photography: Justin Tearney | Photography: Jennifer Kulakowski | Cinematography: Anchor Weddings | Floral Design: Dalsimer Atlas Floral & Event Decorators | Wedding Dress: Mark Zunino | Cake: Creative Cake Factory | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Makeup: Elenne Hurley | Hair: Nicholas Luce | Band: Brett Foreman Band | Venue: the Addison

Boca Raton Garden Glam

When Jessica Lorren steps behind the lens, magic inevitably happens. She’s the kind of photographer who truly makes each moment shine, and when she gets to capture a wedding as beautiful like this Boca Raton beauty, it just doesn’t get any better. We all win with a gallery this good, so join me in getting lost in all the lovely here.

From The Bride…On our very first date, Blaine took me to one of the most beautiful restaurants I had ever been to, The Addison. I remember thinking how romantic a wedding would be under the 2 large banyan trees and decided if I ever got married this would have to be the spot. Six years later, my dream came true.

The Addison has so much natural beauty and charm, I chose to play up the romance of the venue and compliment it with blush, cream, and gold detailing. This wedding was a labor of love and Blaine and I spent many hours creating a day that was completely “us.” With the help of our friends and family, and numerous bottles of gold spray paint and white paint markers, we were able to make most of the important details ourselves. Our escort card display was made on a headboard we found outside of our apartment with the calligraphy done by myself and some friends. We also made the welcome sign, ceremony board, and quote boards. Blaine made our wine box that we used for our ceremony and we found a vintage dictionary at an old bookstore that we used for our guest book.

Blaine and I share a very close group of friends and we always knew we wanted to include them in our day. Our friend Mike is in school for architecture and graciously did a line drawing of The Addison that we used on our Save the Dates. My friend Nick always joked that he would sing at our wedding one day and when we were thinking about first dance songs we knew he had to be the one to sing it. We both agreed that we did not want to have a stranger marry us and knew that our friend Jesse would be the perfect person to officiate our ceremony. Together we wrote our ceremony, carefully picking readings and sayings that meant a lot to us as a couple. When the time came for Blaine to read his vows, we heard the faint sound of the train in the distance and my heart sank as this was something I was warned about.

However, listening to him spill his heart out and watching the tears about to fall from his eye, Jesse threw in a quick joke and we were able to laugh and take a quick dance break as the train roared by. It gave me a second to regroup before I read my vows and will remain one of my favorite moments of the night.

Photography: Jessica Lorren Photography | Coordination: Soleil Event Planning | Floral Design: Julia Rohde Designs | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Cake: Earth And Sugar | Shoes : Miu Miu | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Adrianna Papell | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Joanna August | DJ: Omgg Events | Mens Attire: Ted Barry Tuxedos | Music: Master Musicians | Preparations: Boca Raton Resort & Club | Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar | Video: Lightfield Lewis

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Romantic + Rustic Boca Raton Wedding

Speaking as a weekday Bride-to-be, I’m absolutely smitten with this Monday affair at The Addison. Straight from the lens of Starfish Studios, it’s romance meets traditional and every bit of it is beautiful. Overflowing with soft pastels and gorgeous garden roses, it’s a gallery that you shouldn’t be missed!

From the beautiful Bride… Harrison and I met during our second year at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. He saw me at the gym, found out we had some mutual friends and then arranged for my friends and I to come hangout with him and some of his roommates one night. After that, we started hanging out regularly and ended up dating on and off for three years. Harrison asked me to marry him in February of 2014, and we quickly decided that we wanted to get married within the same year. We both wanted to say “I Do” outside so we chose November in hopes of a perfect cool day in South Florida.

The Addison was the first and last venue we looked at! Right away we loved the atmosphere and energy of the Addison and knew it was where we would get married. It has so much character with all the beautiful archways, unique doors, warm colors and distinct architecture.

It was important for us to have the wedding reflect both of us and our personalities. I wanted a romantic, elegant feel with personal details that reflected both of us. I knew I wanted my bridesmaids in blush so I incorporated different shades of blush, metallics, and soft pastels into all the details and flowers.

My mom and I took a trip down the street from the Addison to try on gowns at Boca Raton Bridal and I ended up selected the third dress I tried on, although I did go to other bridal shops and tried on loads of gowns after finding “the one” just to be sure! It was an Eve of Milady ball gown with an all lace bodice and full tulle layered skirt. For my bridesmaids I chose long chiffon Amsale dresses in blush and let my girls choose whatever style top they liked best.

For the reception I collected mercury glass vases of different sizes and heights for months and used a small grouping of them on the tables for the centerpieces. That way each table was different, which was the look I was going for. Our florist, Lynne at Creative Florals, did a great job using an array of blush and neutral toned flowers with different greens which turned out beautifully. I originally planned on doing my own flowers, but am very glad I decided not to as some things should just be left to the professionals! However, I did enjoy doing other little details with my sisters. For the seating chart, we tied skeleton keys to pretty embossed tags with the guests name and table number on them. The wedding favors were small glass maple leaf containers with real maple syrup in them from Harrison’s family store in Vermont. In front of each place setting we had a thank you card printed for our family and friends who came from all over the U.S. to be with us, which we were extremely grateful for.

I loved every part of our wedding, but there are a few moments that really stood out to me when I reflect back on that day. The first was hearing Harrison say his vows to me at the altar- it was so special and meant so much to me. Another was during the ceremony when we all sang a hymn under the huge Banyan trees. It was a magical moment! Looking around and seeing all of your closest friends and family at the end of the ceremony and at the reception is another amazing feeling. Future brides- when you are at your reception sitting next to your new husband take at least a minute to just look around the room and take in everyone you love and how amazing it is that they are all there to support you. Also, if you get married at the Addison make sure to take the time to enjoy the food as it is absolutely incredible! The day went by so fast, but we both consider it the best day of our lives!

Photography: Starfish Studios | Floral Design: Creative Florals | Wedding Gown: Eve Of Milady | Cake: Publix Bakery | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | DJ: Let's Party DJ | Groom's Attire: The Tux Shop | Hotel: Boca Raton Resort & Club | Venue: the Addison | Bridal Boutique: Boca Raton Bridal

Elegant Summer Wedding at The Addison

A South Florida historical estate, bright bridesmaids and a beaming Bride and Groom; that right there is the recipe for success and Starfish Studios captured it all. The Addison was the perfect backdrop for this summer celebration and you can see every sparkling moment, from start to finish, right here.

From the Bride… I had this overall vision of elegance, romance, glamour and fun for my wedding. I really wanted everyone to look back and remember how beautiful everything was and how the night made them feel. I really put my stamp on the wedding with a few seemingly small, but important details. I actually created the invitations myself using a template I purchased from Etsy and then had them printed at Office Depot. It saved some money and they turned out really nice. Next was our sweetheart table, which I wanted to use as a centerpiece to the room in a sense. I selected a sky blue linen to draw color into the mostly gray and white motif and then added a really soft silky overlay to make it sparkle. Third, I had strands of crystals hanging from the tall centerpieces to add some glamour to each table and lastly, I surprised my groom with a Spider-Man figurine hidden in our beautiful cake from Creative Cake Factory as a fun detail just for him.

There were many memorable moments from my wedding day, but I will always remember opening the gift my husband-to-be had delivered as I was getting ready with my bridal party. It was this perfect little Tiffany & Co. pearl bracelet. He had worked with my bridal party to make sure his gift would go with my wedding day attire. It was really sweet! Also, seeing my dad standing there, waiting for me to take his arm right before heading down the aisle is a moment I will never forget. When all is said and done, walking down that aisle, seeing the results of months of hard work in what was without a doubt a breathtakingly beautiful setting; heading towards the man of my dreams is a moment I wish I could relive every day of my life! After the ceremony it was all about fun! Spencer and I danced to “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” by Aerosmith and then we dined on what was without the doubt the best food ever served at a wedding.

From Cindy at The Addison… Working with Mollie and Spencer was a great experience. The Addison is a unique venue and the best weddings result when a bride uses the natural décor to her best advantage. The simple ceremony décor Mollie chose, including our Addison garden chairs with just an understated arch of greenery with white floral accents, really ensured the incredible pair of 100 year old Banyan trees and large cascading fountain took center stage. Mollie and Spencer selected the Mizner, which is the more classic ballroom of our two reception spaces, enabling her to really use her imagination to transform the space with décor. In the end the light blues she chose along with pink and purple up-lighting created a soft romantic feel. I loved her gown and how she color coordinated her bridesmaid’s dresses and the groomsman’s suits perfectly for the reception decor. The couple selected a great menu, including butler passed hors d’oeurves such as our Braised Beef Short Rib & Orange Segment, served on a bamboo spoon and our Caramelized Watermelon with Candied Pecans, Sonoma Valley Goat Cheese & Micro Arugula and two entrée’s for her guest to choose from tableside, including our Mustard Glazed Atlantic Salmon served with Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes and Sautéed Broccolini with Fresh Garlic and Red Pepper Flakes. The couple shared a great sparkler exit and the guest’s could not have been more excited for the happy couple!

Photography: Starfish Studios | Floral Design: Dalsimer Atlas Floral & Event Decorators | Wedding Dress: Liz Fields | Cake: Creative Cake Designs | Ceremony Venue: the Addison | Reception Venue: the Addison | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Brides by Demetrios | Makeup & Hair: Kiss This Makeup | DJ: The Party Pros | Bridal Boutique: The Collection Bridal | Getting Ready & First Look: Boca Raton Resort & Club | Music: Master Musicians | Music: Party Pro DJs

At Home Engagement Session

Of all of the magical places to shoot an engagement session (and there are many), at home is always my favorite.  And this adorable shoot?  It’s ranking high atop the list with two seriously cute sweethearts celebrating their upcoming nuptials with a whole lot of love and a whole lot of baking.  See every heartwarming (+ yummy) moment captured by Erika Delgado in the full gallery.

From Erika Delgado… Lara and Brandon’s session was so fun to capture mostly because it was such an authentic session filled with love, tradition and sweetness! They wanted to have photos that reflected the type of couple that they are. They love staying home and cooking together, they also have strong family ties and traditions that are important to them. They decided they would have fun and bake one of Lara’s family heirloom pound cakes and the best part is that at the end of the session we all got to have some freshly baked pound cake – including me! I love the simplicity of this at home lifestyle session so much. You can just feel the love and smell the aroma of the sweetness in the air!

Photography: Erika Delgado Photography | Cooking Aprons: Anthropologie | Headband Tie: Anthropologie | Private Residence: Erika Delgado Photography | Wedding Kitchen Towel: Anthropologie

Winter Beachside Inspiration

As a New England resident, seaside and winter aren’t necessarily two words I associate; however, upon viewing these Melanie Gabrielle oceanside images, my point of view is now permenantly changed. Elegant Ever After Floral Design blooms compliment the soft sunset, while snuggles are encouraged fireside. Every single detail will sweep you off your feet here.

From Ever After Floral DesignThe inspiration for this lovely photo shoot was born out of the idea of a winter wedding on the beautiful beaches of South Florida. Beach weddings are so common in Florida, so we wanted to use the beach solely as a backdrop, showing that a beach wedding doesn’t have to be “beachy”.

Since winter is traditionally associated with Christmas and the Holidays, it was our main goal to create a winter wedding décor that excluded the usual reds, greens, and pine. We achieved this look by using a palette of grays and muted blues. We also incorporated whimsical aspects that are not commonly seen at a beach wedding, which included antlers, bunnies, mismatched china, and vintage silverware. Mercury glass centerpieces filled with delicate peonies and brunias were created for an elegant and timeless look, while contrasting textures added a whimsical element. Since the mood for this styled shoot was a warm, cozy, whimsical, and inviting winter wedding on the beach, we designed and styled a picturesque fireplace setting, which set the ambiance for a warm and cozy atmosphere.

The seating area had a wooden chest filled with warm throws, socks, and scarves for the guest to warm up and get cozy. Sugar Fancies created a unique array of sweet confectioneries, which included a whimsical two-tiered cake, chocolate mousse, heart shaped s’mores, tarts, and white chocolate bark. An adult hot chocolate bar was setup for guests to enjoy a spiced hot chocolate drink as they selected ingredients to roast delicious s’mores by the fireplace. We used a gray farmhouse table as the main reception table, and accented mismatched chairs and armchairs at the end; the whimsical printed plates from anthropologie tied the whole look and feel together.

The photography part of this project was very important to us. We wanted a photographer who shot film, as film lends itself to the feel and inspiration behind the shoot, and we wanted someone who was extremely detailed. Melanie from Melanie Gabrielle Photography was on our wish list, and we were beyond excited when she jumped onboard! Collaborating with Melanie was definitely the right choice; her style is like no one else. She perfectly captured our vision for a gorgeous, dusky gray and blue love story.

Photography: Melanie Gabrielle | Floral Design: Ever After Floral Design | Hair & Makeup: StarlitDesigns | Beachside: Red Reef Park | Creative Direction: Ever After Floral Design | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Paperie: Paper Rock Sisters Inc | Rentals: Love in Vintage

Glamorous Boca Raton Courtyard Wedding

Oh, to be a guest at this Boca Raton wedding. To experience a day filled with seamless details and old world charm, all nestled in the stunning courtyard of The Addison. Of course, soaking in the florals by Xquisite Events and that Momofuku Milk Bar cake wouldn’t hurt one bit, either. Luckily Kallima Photography captured the whole affair and I can live vicariously in the full gallery here.

From Kallima PhotographyColette and Josh were married outdoors in the courtyard of The Addison. We spent hours photographing them at the Boca Resort and Spa, where they prepared for the day, and did their first look. Trolley’s took guests from the hotel to the venue a mile down the road.

The bride wore a BHLDN wedding gown, and the groom wore a custom one-off suit. Bridesmaids were dressed in various shades of gold and bronze. The reception was full of eye candy. Everything from the wood farm tables draped with seeded eucalyptus, to the signature drink adorned with a gold pom pom stirrer. The Bride carried a heirloom gold sparkle clutch, and the couple had a signature perfume made for them to wear on their wedding day.

The Groom works for Barney’s New York and has impeccable style. These two are a power couple and had friends come from near and far to their gorgeous outdoor wedding at The Addison in Boca Raton Florida. Xquisite provided the florals and event design, and really outdid themselves. The chuppah was covered with seeded eucalyptus, green moss, and roses placed throughout, with white drapery hanging loosely over the edges. Succulents, Anemones, Craspedia and Dusty Miller were on the reception tables. The first dance was held on the stone dance floor underneath twinkling lights. The Bride opted to change out of her stunning and delicate BHLDN gown halfway through the reception, putting on a flirty Cynthia Steffe shift dress. The gorgeous ‘naked’ cake was flanked by a pistachio cake from Momofuku Milk Bar NYC that was to die for.

Photography: Kallima Photography | Coordination: Creative Touch | Floral Design: Xquisite Events | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Wedding Cake: Momofuku Milk Bar | Invitations: Banshee Press | Ceremony Venue: the Addison | Reception Venue: the Addison | Bride's Shoes: Nine West | Jewelry: Jennifer Meyer | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Madewell | Hair And Makeup: Jennifer Cruz | Lighting: Frost | DJ: Elegant Occasions by JoAnn Gregoli | Bow Tie: Cordial Weddings | Groom's Attire: Calvin Klein | Transportation: Molly's Trolleys | Bride's Earrings: Ralph Lauren | Bride's Reception Dress: Cynthia Steffe | Custom Perfume: Ann Gottlieb | Custom Tote Bags: Creative Touch | Groom's Bow Tie: Cordial Weddings | Groom's Shoes: Dolce And Gabbana | Preparation: Boca Raton Resort & Club

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Boca Raton Resort Wedding Full of Tropical Elegance

Bold statement alert: This wedding just earned it’s place in my top five favorite weddings ever. And this whole tropical elegance vibe it has going on? Per-fection. With the wildly beautiful Boca Raton Resort as the backdrop, it’s hard not to feel like you’re in a tropical wonderland. Layer on coral reef-like florals from Boca By Design, pale mint ‘maids, starfish heels and one breathtaking Monique Lhuillier number? And we’re taken from pretty to beyond. See the gorgeous gallery from Justin DeMutiis for so much more.

From Justin DeMutiis PhotographyEmma and David met in Miami in early 2011 through mutual friends. David was living on South Beach and Emma had just moved to Miami from a small town in central Illinois. It took David seven months to convince Emma he was not the “typical male” living in Miami. Soon after, David bought a house and moved to Pompano Beach, about a 45 minute drive from Miami. Emma moved in February 2013 and on March 14, 2013 David proposed on his boat on the way to “dinner”. Instead of taking the boat to dinner, they took it over to David’s parent’s house where Emma’s parents and other family members were waiting to celebrate!

From the beautiful Bride…From the moment David and I got engaged we knew we wanted a few important things: an awesome venue, a great photographer, and a DJ that would have everyone dancing. We chose the Boca Raton Resort and Club because it’s beautiful and it offered our guests a weekend of luxury! The Cloister Garden is lush with greenery, mosaic tile, fountain and the pink backdrop of the resort. Inside, in the Cathedral Room, it is very different than any hotel ballroom. The hotel is casual yet elegant, with the glam that I was looking for! David and I have family all over the country, so if they were traveling to South Florida for our wedding, we wanted to provide them with a weekend of fun and activities so they didn’t have to leave the resort or rent a car. We saw the resort on a very stormy and rainy day, and fell in love. We knew that if we loved it on such an ugly day that we, and our guests, would love it on our wedding day and we did!

Photography: Justin DeMutiis Photography | Florist: Boca by Design | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Invitations: Bella Figura | Shoes: Arte Latica | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Joanna August | Makeup Artist: Kristin Brown | DJ: Vision DJs | Rabbi: Bruce Warshal | Venue: Boca Raton Resort & Club | Bridal Boutique: Chic Parisien

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Vintage Glamour at the Boca Raton Resort & Club

Gold is our mascot, so to speak, and mixed with the pink facade of the Boca Raton Resort & Club , it’s nothing short of stunning. Captured by Kat Braman Photography, this winter glam affair with a six foot moss monogram, a reception sparkling with candlelight and a sea of white florals by Boca By Design and Desiree Dawn Events. Check out the gallery for even more and the film by Shaina Koren below.

From Kat Braman PhotographyMorgan and Stephen have known each other since they were 15 and have dated since they were 19. Because they grew up loving each other, they and their families have looked forward to this day for many years.

We drew our wedding inspiration from all different sources of mixed metals. From home interiors, place settings, industrial layouts, gilded objects, to gold dipped leaves. We knew from the beginning we wanted an elegant, sophisticated, and timeless wedding. Our dear friend and wedding planner extraordinaire, Desiree Oftedel of Desiree Dawn Events, influenced our special day with unique ways to personalize each detail and to bring vintage pieces in to our modern palette. She sourced all different sized and shaped mirrors and we used them throughout our decor to bring in a modern reflective element. We wanted to incorporate the beautiful Florida nature that the Boca Raton Resort had to offer so we chose design elements that used greenery and foliage to honor that. We used a stunning 6-foot moss-covered “H” for our escort card display with guests names written on to unique shaped mirrors that could also double as tree ornaments (Stephen proposed using a Christmas tree ornament!). We used large palm frawns to flank the bars so our out-of-town guests made sure to enjoy our favorite local foliage. We had signature cocktails, reflective of the bride and groom’s tastes, a cuba libre for him and a champagne cocktail for her. Desiree even had a few tricks up her sleeve, including a surprise jacket change for the handsome groom to compliment his new bride’s second dress and to get the party started. And since we have a house divided, our personal place cards were accompanied by a tiny silver Seminole and Gator and the descriptives, “His Gator” and “Her Nole”.

We planned our wedding with our sweet friend and incredible design leading light, Desiree of Desiree Dawn Events. She made the whole process a dream, bringing in the most talented team of vendors and putting our minds at ease. The best part of our day was knowing that we had nothing to worry about except enjoying and savoring every single moment.

Photography: Kat Braman | Videographer: Shaina Koren | Ceremony Venue: St. Jude Catholic Church | Reception Venue: Boca Raton Resort & Club | Hair And Makeup: Jennifer Cruz | Tuxedo: The Tux Shop | Bouquets And Boutonniere's: Julia Rohde Designs | Bridal Salon: Mariolka's Bridal Boutique | Ceremony And Reception Flowers: Boca by Design | Music: Art Letter | Planner/Stylist: Desiree Dawn Events | Reception Artist: Jacob Neagle | Rentals: Unearthed Vintage

Romantic Pink Boca Raton Wedding

Can I just say, a pretty pink destination (ahemBoca Raton Resort) as the backdrop makes for some seriously gorgeous bridal portraits. It’s true. Layer on the beautiful architecture, a talented gal like Captured By Jen behind the lens and the sweetest Bride and Groom, and we’ve got ourselves a romantic-as-ever soiree. Dotted with palms, this gallery is tropical lovin’ drenched in elegance.

From the beautiful Bride…Greg and I were engaged over Thanksgiving while we were vacationing in New York City with his family. We are both big fans of the outdoors so he picked a quiet spot in Central Park. I immediately began crying out of excitement but was able to squeeze out a “Yes” through the tears! Two days later I was at Kleinfeld’s bridal picking out my wedding dress. I love the simplicity and feminine touches of Romona Keveza’s dresses. The beaded belt was the final selling point for me.

I’ve moved around a lot (currently living in state number 6) and my family is spread all over the country. Greg grew up in Boca Raton and has an amazing (and big) family that all lives in South Florida. We immediately fell in love with the outdoor ceremony space at the Addison. The Banyan trees and the old architectural charms are truly unique and special. We booked a Saturday evening in Mid-March. The weather cooperated perfectly! There was not a cloud in the sky and there was the most amazing full moon at night.

The most important part of our wedding was the ceremony. It was incredibly personal and I do not think there was a dry eye in the house. We decided to have one of our good friends marry us. This was his first time officiating a wedding ceremony so he was a little nervous but it was the most perfect ceremony I could have ever asked for. We really wanted the ceremony to reflect who we are and the kind of marriage we hope to have. We wrote the entire ceremony ourselves and had our siblings read. We also wrote our own vows which was more emotional than I could have imagined!

We incorporated a lot of small details into the wedding from our friends and families. Greg’s great aunt said the most thoughtful prayer before dinner, our toasting flutes were a gift from the Best Man’s parents while they were living in India, I carried my Grandmother’s broach on my bouquet and I wore a veil that belonged to one of my bridesmaids from her wedding day.

Boca by Design did an outstanding job with the floral arrangements and décor. I must say this was the hardest decision for me to make. I loved the Addison for its innate beauty and did not want to take away from everything that I loved about the venue. Brett really understood my vision and absolutely blew me away with the final product.

Before the wedding Greg and I made a pact to spend as much of the evening together as possible. We tried to stay glued to each other throughout the evening so we could share all of the memories together. You always hear stories about all of the little details that can go wrong at weddings. Thanks to the wonderful staff and the Addison and our amazing wedding planner, Chasity Navarro, we had the most flawless night and it was more beautiful than we ever expected. It was the best night of my life!

Photography: Captured Photography by Jenny | Floral Design: Boca by Design | Wedding Dress: Kleinfeld Bridal | Cake: Ana Paz | DJ: Good Vibrations | Groom's Attire: Vera Wang | Getting Ready: Boca Raton Resort & Club

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Red Wedding Inspiration at Boca Raton Resort & Club

Inspiration like this from this beautiful set of images captured by Michelle March and dreamt up by Flutter Fete sends my head into a tailspin of pretty. It’s what I live for. With stunning (and I mean stunning) florals from Anthology Co. and a tablescape so pretty I could cry, every single thing sitting in this gallery is so pretty I could cry. See even more here.

From Michelle MarchI wanted to do my own take on romantic and vivid wedding ideas that gush intense passion in a colorful setting. The Boca Resort was the perfect canvas. With it’s Mediterranean flair, lush landscape and pink walls, it was calling my name. It’s Old World charm and European feel made it irresistible. I teamed up with Danielle, from Flutter Fete, because I knew she would capture my vision effortlessly. She truly did. The rest of the team was absolutely amazing. Everyone came together and the cohesiveness really shows. Lace, velvet, reds, golds. From the dramatic and vibrant florals (by Veronica from Anthology Co.), the whimsical and full of live paper goods (by Shannon Kirsten) and stunning rentals (from Love in Vintage) — the attention to detail was wonderful. Flutter Fete searched for the perfect little bits to complete the look. She found the vintage velvet bow tie on eBay and the vintage velvet ring box on Etsy. Both from vintage dealers. I think these inspirations are great year-round – it’s sophisticated, lovely and sweet.

Photography: Michelle March | Event Design: Flutter Fete | Cake: Gigi Mamma Cakes | Invitations: Shannon Kirsten | Shoes: Valentino | Hair And Makeup: Makeup By Sylvie | Floral: Anthology Co. | Headpiece: Lacielle Roselle | Rentals: Love in Vintage | Resort: Boca Raton Resort & Club

Boca Raton Wedding

From the crazy gorgeous ceremony to the stunning bride and groom to an al fresco reception overflowing with beautiful blooms from Boca By Design, this is a wedding that simply screams romance.  The kind of fairytale that comes to life right smack dab in the middle of The Addison and is planned to absolute perfection by Sugar(ed) Event Design & Planning.  In other words, it’s a dream come true and you can see every last beautiful moment captured by Soul Echo Studios right here in the full gallery.

Mallerie and Tom chose a gorgeous historic property called The Addison for their Boca Raton wedding. When designing the look and feel of the wedding day, Mallerie envisioned a day infused with her bohemian spirit and filled with personal touches and whimsy. While the classic architecture of the venue set the stage, the gorgeous old banyan trees that fill the courtyard where the ceremony and reception were held really set the mood. Softly glowing lights were strung from the branches, creating a canopy of sparkle over the aisle and dance floor. We incorporated both round tables and family-style wooden tables, which were topped with a colorful mix of florals, assorted glassware and three types of candles. The main color palette was coral and lavender, accented with a variety of warm jewel tones, gold and chocolate brown. Mallerie wanted each table to look a bit different, so pieces were mixed and matched to give the design an effortless yet cohesive look. Gold-rimmed glassware and golden flatware added an elegant touch to the colorful tablescape. Escort cards were attached to unique drawer pulls sourced from Anthropologie, and served as a guest favor, along with sweet personalized packets of wildflower seeds. Guests finished off the night with an ice cream sundae and root beer float station to satisfy their sweet tooth before boarding the trolley that took them back to their hotels. It was a beautiful night, filled with friends, family and fun.

Photography: Soul Echo Studios - Alex Fagundo | Videography: Pabelona Studios | Event Planning: Miranda Estes Of Sugar(ed) Event Design & Planning | Floral Design: Boca by Design | Cake: Ana Paz | Ceremony Venue: the Addison | Reception Venue: the Addison | Hair And Make Up: Christie Lopez Makeup & Skincare LLC | Transportation: Molly's Trolleys | Getting Ready: Boca Raton Resort & Club | Music: Bill Porter Music

South Florida Yacht Club Wedding from Alexi Shields Photography

This wedding is a fashion power house.  A stunning Monique Lhuillier gown meets dapper men in bow ties kind of powerhouse that takes everything you think you know about glamorous weddings and kicks it up a notch with some of the most beautiful details you have ever seen.  I guess that’s what happens when an amazing team of vendors (think Boca by Design, Momental Designs and Alexi Shields Photography) come together to create a dream yacht club wedding.  It’s all kinds of amazing.  Click here for all of the pretty.

From the Bride… Our South Florida wedding was an intimate affair at the Boca Raton Resort and Club. All guests, except my mother, flew in from out of town. The resort was the perfect choice for our guests, who once arrived never had to leave, and for my husband and I, who were planning the wedding first from Charlotte, North Carolina and later New York City.

I absolutely love the Spanish style of the Boca Raton Resort. Our décor, from the mahogany Chiavari chairs, the hand-painted tile place cards, and the wrought iron candelabras, reflected this style. One of my favorite design elements that embodied the Spanish aesthetic was the chandeliers that hung from the arch during the ceremony. Because I could not get enough of them, these same chandeliers were later hung above the family tables during the reception. Another important aspect I considered throughout the planning process was the color of my wedding dress. Because I was not wearing white it was very important to me to still feel like a bride. The blush color scheme throughout the ceremony and reception paired with my blush dress, veil, shoes, and bouquet truly exceeded my expectations of what a bride should feel on her wedding day!

Looking back, I am so thankful that we decided to keep our wedding intimate because of the amount of quality time we were able to spend with family and friends. I am also thankful for our photographers, Alexi and Shane, who beautifully captured all of the memories that were made. I cannot help but smile every time I look at our photographs, which is still almost daily (I just can’t get enough!). Knowing the love and joy that was shared between my husband and I leading up to our wedding day and on that day excites me and reassures me that our next steps in life will be filled with equally as much or more love and joy!


Wedding Photography: Alexi Shields Photography | Event Planning + Design + Floral Design: Boca by Design | Wedding Venue: Amalfi Terrace + Venetian Ballroom, Boca Raton Resort Yacht Club | Invitations, Menus, Place Card Tiles + Table Numbers: Momental Designs | Bride’s Shoes: Valentino | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Belt + Earrings + Purse: Maria Elena | Hair + Makeup: Spa Palazzo | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Groom’s Tuxedo: Custom | Groomsmen Tuxedos: BLACK by Vera Wang

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Boca Raton Wedding at The Addison from Sj2 Photography

I’ve spent my entire life obsessed with weddings.  From the age of ten, I would leaf through bridal magazines like it was no one’s business, obsessing over every last floral arrangement, stunning locale and beautiful gown.  But, my favorite part of the Big Day?  The stories behind it all… the way it all came together.  And these two Boca Raton sweeties?  Well, they enlisted the help of family and friends to craft one of the most beautiful days you will ever see.  From DIY paper goods to heartfelt favors to a special tribute to their Dachshund, Marley, it was an affair chock-full of gorgeous details and oh-so-special memories.  See it all captured by Sj2 Photography in the full gallery.

From Sj2 Photography… I am so excited to share this Boca Raton, Florida wedding with you. It was definitely one of my favorite weddings to shoot. Brady and Tiffany had a beautiful outdoor ceremony at the beautiful Addison in between two banyan trees under a string of bistro lights. The reception was to follow outdoors as well when suddenly it started to pour down rain and they had to move the festivities indoors. Although things changed, the wedding kept going. Just a true example that weddings do not usually go as planned but there is no need to stop the celebration! Each detail was carefully thought of and given a lot of attention to. It was a definite labor of love by the bride, family and friends.

From the Bride… Brady’s mom and I did a lot of the details ourselves. We spent hours embossing the menu cards and making the signs. We collected a bunch of mini bottles and cleaned them up. Brady’s mom does calligraphy so she made out all of the escort cards by hand. She’s seriously amazing. My bridesmaid Kelly made the cake topper. Brady randomly made me a really sweet playlist one day just because and we got the idea to share it with our guests. Since we already planned on leaving a ‘thank you’ at each place setting, we incorporated the thank you into the cd sleeves. Brady and I spent weeks burning the playlist onto discs that looked like records. In weeks leading to the wedding our Dachshund, Marley, got very sick. We were hoping to have him be part of the wedding. Since he was unable to attend. I wore a Dachshund necklace from Anthropologie in order to have him near my heart during the wedding.


Wedding Photography: Sj2 Photography | Wedding Venue: The Addison in Boca Raton, Florida | Floral Design: Dalsimer | Wedding Cake: Creative Cake Factory | Ceremony Musician: Spencer from Master Musicians Inc. | Wedding Stationery: Harmony Creative | Cd Sleeves: tyvm | Hearts: Handmade | Perfume: La Labo | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Bride’s Necklace: Anthropologie | Bridesmaids’ Attire: BHLDN + Anthropologie | Rings: Laurie Sarah Designs | Mens Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Hair: Rebecca from Phairis | Makeup: Virginia La Fey

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Boca Raton Wedding at B’nai Torah Congregation by Jessica Lorren Organic Photography

It probably won’t surprise you that I’m a complete wedding photography junky. I eat it up by the heaping spoonfuls and there are a few shots that get me every time. First looks send me into an emotional tailspin. That walk back down the aisle as newly crowned husband and wife; also a tear-jerking favorite. And last but certainly not least any and all images containing long, flowing tulle veils. I DIE for those images and this wedding captured by Jessica Lorren Organic Photography has about a million of them. It’s a gorgeous Florida flavored fête crafted by Kasey D Weddings and all enveloped in a layer of gauzy veil goodness. See more right here.

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From the Bride… My husband and I are still in awe over how beautiful everything turned out. All we could ask for our wedding day, in addition to sunshine and our family and friends, was to be surrounded by nature, or at least, infuse warm, natural elements into the decor and details. If we had to describe the look-and-feel we were going for, it could be casual, garden romance. But with so many great ideas out there, we were overwhelmed with how to execute our decor/theme and challenged by the formality of our venue. In a perfect world, we would have gotten married in a more natural, country setting in the North Georgia mountains where we met or somewhere in North Carolina (I’m a Tar Heel and Matt’s from Raleigh), but I’m from Florida and our parents insisted that the wedding take place in Boca Raton at my family’s synagogue — a far cry from a country barn. We wanted to stay away from the typical, tropical or sleek aesthetics that are so common in South Florida, so it was VERY important that our vendors help bring a touch of country/nature to Boca.

It was also really important that we take our wedding portraits in a natural spot, so our venue wasn’t going to work. We are grateful that our photographers, videographers, and wedding party were willing to take on the Florida heat to get some special shots at Spanish River Park prior to heading to the synagogue. Jessica Lorren’s photographs from the park turned out to be like a dream and we will cherish them forever. Kasey from Kasey D Weddings really understood the mood/decor we wanted to set for both the rehearsal dinner and wedding. She had the awesome idea to create two shared pin boards on Pinterest, one for the wedding, one for the rehearsal, and we spent the next few months consolidating and collaborating ideas to bring our special weekend to life. And with Jessica Lorren capturing our day, we had complete faith that our photos would be special, no matter where the wedding would take place. (And they were stunning.) I tried to add warm, personal touches by finding some neat props with character — we found wooden crates, trays and other items on Etsy and from an antique shop in Raleigh, North Carolina. Etsy really became a great resource, and it was nice to support artists and small business owners — we ordered everything from place cards, a custom stamp, cocktail napkins, wood table number holders, to our beautiful guest book from various vendors.

Our favorite part of the wedding, besides the flowers and photography, were the details. From the Ray Bans our wedding party wore during formal pics to match our save-the-date and the wooden entrance sign made by Kasey D, to the cake topper, cross-stitched ring pillow (both made by good friends) and the cafe lights hanging in the courtyard for cocktail hour, it was all like a dream. We also had a fun stamp made on Etsy with our faces from the save-the-date-, which we used on a lot of our wedding materials (programs, napkins, thank you notes) and thought it really put our “stamp” on the day. :) I also really ended up loving my dress (Bianca by Ulla-Maija-Anna Maier). After having a bit of buyers remorse in the beginning (I wasn’t 100% sold on one-shoulder), I realized that it had a easy, classic, and romantic feel to it — with a modern twist. Mostly, it was the perfect light and comfortable dress for a long, warm day. I wish I could wear it again.

Wedding Photography: Jessica Lorren Organic Photography / Wedding Venue: B’nai Torah Congregation in Boca Raton, Florida / Wedding Portrait Location: Spanish River Park / Wedding Planning + Decor: Kasey D Weddings / Floral Design: Daniel Events / Wedding Cinematography: Well Spun Weddings / Catering: Executive Caterers / Wedding Cake: Anna Paz Cakes / Wedding Invitations: Rifle Paper Co. / Music: South Florida’s Heatwave / Guestbook: Bleu de Toi / Wedding Dress: Anna Maier Ulla-Maija “Bianca” via Joan Pillow Bridal / Bride’s Shoes: BHLDN / Hair: Kristin Brown / Makeup: Kristin Brown + Janna Vann / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J.Crew + BCBG / Flower Girls’ Dresses: J.Crew / Groom’s Attire: Ralph Lauren / Groomsmen’s Suits: Their Own

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Boca Raton Wedding by Docuvitae + Element Weddings

A vibrant palette of flowers by Gil Sosa Floral Design meets the style musings of Element Weddings and Docuvitae’s eye for lovely images. That, my friends, is the makings of a wildly good looking wedding with a nod to the couple’s heritage set beautifully against the backdrop of the Bride’s modern, Florida home. And there’s way too many images to squeeze into one post so be sure to settle into the gallery for the full affair. It’s a knock-out from start to finish.

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From Camilla of Element WeddingsSerendipity can often play a huge part in bringing me together with couples in the midst of wedding planning madness, and this was no exception. Haley and Lucas contacted me with only four months to spare before their big day, but despite the challenge of planning a destination wedding in such a short amount of time, I knew I had to be a part of this one. The bride and groom both have such unique, stylish points of view, and their creative ideas for their wedding inspired and excited me. Not to mention the fun aspect of combining all of their cultural backgrounds: Korean, Hawaiian and Iranian. 

Set in the bride’s parent’s sleek, contemporary home in Boca Raton, I was set with the task of bringing Haley’s vision of a rustic, painterly feel to the wedding decor. The juxtaposition proved to be a stunning one. With antique rose pink, gold and cream as a palette, I incorporated modern pieces (mismatched white vases, sculptural glass candle holders, ombre napkin treatments) with more artsy, organic elements (vibrant and textural flowers, intricate gold place settings, rose-tinged wine glasses, burlap runners).  The result was a fabulous mix of old and new that perfectly reflected the couple’s hip, fashion-forward sensibilities as well as their softer, romantic side.

As for the multi-cultural aspect, there were fun nods to their heritages at every turn. The bride and groom wore leis for the ceremony, then changed into traditional Korean hanboks for cocktail hour to honor Lucas’s Hawaiian and Korean roots. The mother and aunt of the groom even performed an impromptu hula dance after the couple exchanged vows!  Later, as part of the dessert buffet, the bride’s mother treated guests to Iranian sweets and tea. It was a true blend of cultures and traditions, and an experience that the guests are not likely to forget.

Wedding Photography: Rebecca, Docuvitae / Wedding Venue: The Bride’s Parents’ Home in Boca Raton, Florida / Wedding Planning: Camilla Ghedini of Element Weddings / Floral Design: Gil Sosa of Gil Sosa Floral Design / Catering: Jorge Mena of Mena Catering / Wedding Cake: Isabel of Elegant Temptations / Linens: Katie Rampey of La Tavola / Rentals: Suzie Halpern of Panache / Lighting + A/V: Joe Louissaint of Show Technology Inc. / Wedding Dress: Oscar de la Renta / Hair + Makeup: Yuliya Jade