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

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

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

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

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

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

Tropical + Refined Fort Lauderdale Wedding

Reason #989 why I love my job? Weddings like this one. A soft palette of neutrals paired with exotic blooms set the tone for this traditional beauty. Set amongst the lush tropical forest, this darling pair exchanged vows underneath towering palm trees and a delicate breeze, while Perry Vaile shot every moment to share.

From Perry VaileThis gorgeous wedding is set among a lush tropical forest preserved in the middle of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.The bride chose a soft palette of champagne and rose tones with floral pairings of exotic blooms and traditional beauties. The ceremony was held beneath towering palm trees and in front of a stunning stone wall, and the reception was open-air with a view of the large pond. The bride, Yoko requested that her bridesmaids choose their own dress within her palette of colors, and for her own outfit chose Cole Haan shoes and a beautiful, low-back gown. To keep guests cool during the ceremony, they couple provided delicious lemonade, and mother nature delivered a delicate breeze.

Photography: Perry Vaile Photography | Event Planning: Julie Gruenthal | Wedding Dress: Bijou Bridal | Shoes: Cole Haan | Catering: Chez Gourmet | DJ: ALB Events And Productions | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Bonnet House | Perfume: BCBGMAXAZRIA

Elegant + Romantic Wedding at the Bonnet House

Having met while hiking, this perfect pair wanted to honor the natural elements that brought them together on their Big Day. With a gorgeous historic home enveloped by lush gardens and lagoons, their venue provided the perfect organic backdrop for them to say “I do”. Adding in splash of elegance they created one charming garden atmosphere and Shea Christine Photography captured it all, more here!

From the beautiful Bride…Sebastian and I met while hiking surrounded by water, earth and wind, and we decided that we wanted to keep those elements close to heart while planning our wedding day. We chose The Bonnet House as our venue, a gorgeous historic Ft. Lauderdale home enveloped by lush gardens and lagoons, which provided the perfect organic backdrop from which to work off of. The aim was to add a splash of elegance to all of the beautiful natural surroundings and to create a charming garden party atmosphere.

Photography: Shea Christine Photography | Floral & Event Design: Beautiful Kreations | Wedding Coordinator: Blonde Events | Cake: Sweeter Days Bakeshop | Catering: Food By Chef Lards | Hair & Makeup: Susana Betancourt | DJ: Sarz Entertainment | Wedding Venue: Bonnet House | Rentals: Event Rentals

Red White and Blue Anniversary Session

As the girl who tied the knot over the 4th of July weekend many moons ago, beautiful Americana inspiration predictably wins my heart every time. This perfect anniversary session from 13:13 Photography has done just that with it’s red and white stripes, naked cake adorned with strawberries and blackberries, and stunning beach locale. It’s one for the books, this one.

Cristy and David are such a sweet couple, happy and in love, and celebrating their one-year anniversary. They met in college 2008, but didn’t start dating until 2010. They finally tied the knot last year and are still as in love as ever. We wanted to celebrate their love with a pretty, romantic beach picnic, adorned with a hint of red white and blue to inspire the warm summery feelings solicited by our favorite summer holiday!

Photography: 13 13 Photography

Simple-Chic Floridian Wedding

Sometimes simplicity says it best, and I think that’s the case for this next chic Floridian wedding. The exquisite grounds of Stanahan House painted a perfect backdrop for the Bellissima Bride gown to steal the spotlight – and with its lace details and dramatic train, it definitely did! Catch all the gorgeous details here, in a gallery by Carolina Guzik Photography.

From Carolina Guzik PhotographyThis Wedding was absolutely gorgeous. The decoration was simple, yet exquisite and the Stranahan House was the perfect location for this affair.

Danielle + Ryan didn’t want to see each other prior to the ceremony, so the moment when Danielle walked down the isle was very emotional. She looked perfect on her lace gown and Ryan was moved to tears.

After their ceremony we spent some time together getting some stunning romantic images both around the grounds of the Stranahan House and The Riverside Hotel.

I loved the fact that Danielle wore the gold rosary of her late grandma around her bouquet, and that she gave her parents handmade handkerchief with a personal message.

Photography: Carolina Guzik Photography | Floral Design: Victoria Park | Wedding Dress: Bellissima Bridal | Cake: CA Catering | Reception Venue: Stranahan House | Catering: CA Catering | Makeup Artist: Face2Face Studios | DJ: Party Pro DJs | Getting Ready Hotel: Riverside Hotel

Fort Lauderdale Wedding from Jillian Tree Photography

This, my friends, is a wedding that is overflowing with perfection.  A wedding that is sooo stunning and sooo heartwarming, it deserves the description “jaw-droppingly gorgeous.”  And above all of the pretty, pretty details (I’m looking at you, seriously stunning tulips), it’s a wedding that showcases two of the most adorable people you’ll ever have the privilege to meet… and a proposal story that is all sorts of amazing. Dive into the full gallery captured by Jillian Tree Photography.  It’s sooo worth it.

From the Bride… After over 2 years of dating, Kirk and I knew the rest of our lives would be best spent together. So my talented fiance set about the work of writing a song. He played, recorded, layered two guitars and a drum together, writing these words:

Just a few years back, I started talking with you.
I never had thought that you would like me too.
Now I get to see you almost every day.
You look so fine, and I have to say:
You’re so very special, truly one of a kind.
As a lifelong companion, I will claim you as mine.
You’re one in a million, truly one of a kind.
As a lifelong companion, I will claim you as mine.
For all of life’s journeys, we make a good team.
When I picture the future, you are in every scene.
Gazing at the night sky, the stars, they do not fade.
Let me be the man you vow never to trade.
I love you with all my heart.
And I’ll love you ’til from this life, we part.

With my dad’s blessing given, Kirk took me to the beach one night. On the way, he told me that he had heard a new song on the radio, but said he couldn’t remember the name. I asked about it, what artist? But I received no answers.

While walking along the shore, Kirk paused. He told me that he remembered the song and that he wanted to play it on his phone for me. He then played “One of a Kind,” while hugging me tight. After he got down on one knee and said, “Emily, will you marry me?” What he didn’t know is that the ring box he was holding out was upside down. I stared at that box trying to see the ring. I realize that Kirk was waiting for an answer! The ring didn’t matter. So I said yes!

Our wedding date was May 18th, 2013. Kirk is perfect for me. We compliment each other, by filling in what is lacking in each of us. This love is going to last forever.

Photography: Jillian Tree Photography | Ceremony Venue: First Baptist Church Of Cooper City | Music: Grace Coleman

Fort Lauderdale Wedding at the Bonnet House from Kat Braman Photography

It’s a well-known fact that returning from a holiday weekend isn’t always easy, but a beautiful bride with an “aversion to all things boring” and a drop-dead gorgeous Fort Lauderdale wedding can make the transition much, much easier.  Believe you me.  Especially when that wedding happens to be filled to the brim with vibrant hues, succulent-filled lovely from Victoria Park and one breathtaking image after another captured by Kat Braman Photography.  See them all in the full gallery.

From the Bride… I was never the kind of bride who had planned her wedding from when she was a girl, so when I started planning, we made things simple. We wanted our guests to have a good time, our food to be good, pictures memorable, and atmosphere fitting to my husband and I. Since we lived out of town, my parents did the initial scouting of locations. The first place they brought us to check out was the Bonnet House, and from that point on no other venue could compare. From its Floridian and art history roots (my husband is both a history and art buff) to its a rustic and beautifully refreshing setting, we were sold.

With the vivid colors of the Bonnet House as a backdrop and my aversion to all things boring, we went with a color scheme of brilliant purple, yellow, and dark green. After choosing my dress, which had a lace overlay to give the artistic flair of lace without weighing the dress down, I picked out most of my accessories from small artists on Etsy. Hairpieces, belt, and veil were all chosen to highlight but not overpower the dress. The bridesmaids picked their own style of dress from the Dessy After 6 line in African Violet, and the groomsmen rented tuxedos with silver vests from Joseph A Banks.

The rest of our wedding went so smoothly thanks to a handful of wonderful vendors. I’m not the most artistic person, but finding Victoria Park Flowers made it smooth sailing. Steven Turner took my initial thoughts on color scheme and whimsical request to integrate vegetables into the centerpieces and ran with it, turning it into something amazingly vivid and beautiful. I love sunflowers, but know they can be overwhelming, and he made sure to work them in beautifully. Event Bliss came in and made suggestions to make the tent where the reception was held more soft and festive, but overall, we let the beauty of the Bonnet House speak for itself.

All together, a weekend of fun on the beach with our closest friends and relatives, beautiful wedding weather, great food and some breathtaking photos helped make our wedding a great success.

Photography: Kat Braman | Flowers: Victoria Park | Invitations: Paper Niche | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Dessy After 6 Collection in African Violet | Catering: Chez Gourmet | Hair + Makeup: Susana Betancourt | Men's Attire: Jos. A. Bank | Bride's Dress: Jasmine Collection | Decor: Event Bliss Design | Hairpiece Flowers: OliniFloral | Music: Derek Mack Band | Officiants: Rabbis Analia Bortz and Mario Karpuj | Veil: Damselfly Studio | Wedding Location: Bonnet House

Fort Lauderdale Wedding from Erika Delgado Photography

I know it’s supposedly a non color, but white might be my favorite color palette of all. It screams clean, crisp elegance, and when it plays out like this wedding at the W Hotel? Perfection. Every perfectly placed detail (including the bouquets made by the Bride herself) was captured beautifully by Erika Delgado, and it’s all sitting pretty right here.

From the Bride… Elan and I were friends since we were thirteen, but the romance didn’t begin until our freshman summer at the University of Central Florida. After six amazing years of dating Elan proposed and I was finally able to start planning the wedding of our dreams! The W Fort Lauderdale was the key inspiration for our modern white wedding. Lounging on Florida’s sugar-sand coastline, this Fort Lauderdale luxury hotel was the perfect combination of modern glam with a relaxed feel. We went with a white color palette with hints of pink, silver and black. Everything was elegant and shiny!

I am also a crafty lady so I tried to incorporate as many D.I.Y. projects that I could. My biggest project was making all of our bouquets. I made them each from fabric. It took some time, but it was worth it to see the beautiful end result! A couple of other hand-made pieces were the “Here Comes The Bride” sign that my little brother held before I walked down the aisle and the glitter “Mr. & Mrs.” signs at our sweetheart table.

Our wedding day was perfect. Filled with amazing people, vendors and love. Surrounded by our closest friends and family it truly was a magical day. It was beyond our dreams.


Wedding Photography: Erika Delgado | Second Photographer: Chris Kruger | Wedding Venue: W Hotel, Fort Lauderdale, Florida | Event Planning: Stellar Occasions | Floral Design: Ann’s Florist of Las Olas | Cake: We Take The Cake | Band: Heat Wave Band | Hair + Makeup: OMG Artistry | Fabric Bouquets:  DIY by the Bride

Lauderdale-by-the-Sea Wedding from Vitalic Photo

Perfectly elegant with a touch of glamour, this seaside soiree captured by Vitalic Photo is just as pretty as they come. With soft pinks complimenting the naturally gorgeous Florida surroundings and sweet touches that will stand the test of time – it’s a wedding that is perfect now, and will be perfect 100 years from now. See all the reasons why right here.

From Vitalic Photo… Jenna and Derek were surrounded by their many friends and family at the exclusive Sea Ranch Beach Club in Launderdale-by-the-Sea.  Their ceremony took place on the lawn overlooking the peaceful ocean, a single palm tree and a pretty flower covered alter for them to share their vows.  I loved how Jenna’s vision of a soft and elegant coastal wedding with shiny gold accents came together at their tented reception on the beach.


Wedding Photography: Vitalic Photo | Wedding Venue: Sea Ranch Lakes Beach Club in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, Florida | Floral Design: Joy’s Florist | Wedding Cinematography: Lindsey Grace | Catering: Crystal Bay | Cake: Cake Designs by Edda | Stationery: Sorelle Paper & Prints | Wedding Dress: San Patrick


Fort Lauderdale Wedding at the Ritz-Carlton from Melissa Tuck Photography

We’re all about the glitz and the glamour here at SMP so when we saw this sparkly gem from Melissa Tuck Photography, we knew we had to share it with all of you asap. Filled with the most fabulous details, you’re guaranteed to find inspiration in each and every image.  Click here for the full gallery!

And Focused on Forever Studio keeps the pretty going with their oh so sweet film…

From Melissa Tuck PhotographyThe overall style: Glitz, glamour, gorgeous!  Seriously, my jaw dropped several times while photographing this wedding.  

Donna and Chris got married at the Ritz-Carlton in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Chris and I are cousins, and I was so honored/thrilled/happy/PUMPED when Donna asked me to shoot their wedding. I love Chris and his family, but over the course of planning the wedding, I got the chance to know Donna and her family better, and they are just THE SWEETEST! Chris, you caught yourself such a caring, beautiful woman. I’m so, SO happy for y’all.

The day went flawlessly, thanks in huge part to Lori Kelly. Y’all, this lady knows what she is doing! The details at this wedding were jaw-dropping. Literally… I think I found my mouth open in amazement pretty much the entire day. I loved the navy blue suits that the groomsmen wore and the elegance of the bridesmaids’ dresses. And Donna has killer style, so of course she looked STUNNING. I could go on and on and on (about the cake, the candy bar, the florals…)

Wedding Photography: Melissa Tuck Photography | Wedding Venue: Ritz-Carlton in Fort Lauderdale, Florida | Wedding Coordinator: Lori Kelly Weddings | Floral Design: Xquisite Events | Wedding Cinematography: Focused on Forever Studio | Caterer: Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale | Wedding Cake: Ana Paz | Reception Music: Mike Sipe Entertainment | Invitations + Programs: It’s My Party | Wedding Dress: San Patrick | Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Rings: Diamonds Direct Charlotte | Bridesmaids’ Attire: Coren Moore | Groom + Groomsmen Attire: Old Dog Clothing | Ties: J.Crew | Hair + Makeup: Amy Palma from South Beach Makeup Studio

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Davie Backyard Wedding from FCN Photography

Filling your Big Day with personality and sentimentality is what it’s all about – and for this darling Davie duo hosting their wedding in the paradise otherwise known as the bride’s grandparents’ backyard and tackling one DIY detail after another truly made it their own.  Add to all of that lovely some perfectly imperfect florals from Field Of Flowers, a gallery of amazing images from FCN Photography and a dress that will take your breath away (literally) and you are about to fall head over heels in love. Immediately.  See it all here.

From FCN Photography… My grandmother offered us her home and I couldn’t have had a more beautiful wedding.  There are even some photos we took while getting ready in my grandparents’ bedroom where it looks like robes are in some of the photos. I can’t help but feel it was my grandfather letting me know he was with me that day.

Having the wedding at my grandparents’ house meant a TON of DIY. Everything, other than the food and some additional items, was handmade by my family and all the calligraphy was done by my husband. Even the beer opening station. We took some moonshine from good old NC and it was delicious! I wish we had more to take home.

I used and old locket with pictures of my three grandparents who had passed away as my something old. It was important to me to have something with me that represented my grandfather. I know that he was present that day and watching over his family having the time of their lives.  I had a ring custom made for my right hand by Elizabeth Street Jewelry in NY for my something new. A favorite part of it was the jeweler added Finn’s (my son) birthstone into the inside setting of the ring. It was my way of keeping him close to me all night.  The teacups on my sign-in table that were in my parent’s wedding and my grandfather’s truck were my something borrowed. The truck is a 1929 Ford, and it’s amazing. This truck was the inspiration for my wedding.

There was just something about my daddy walking me down the aisle that, whew, made me melt!  Once I was outside I was also in awe, the house was AMAZING, my wildest dreams came true. You know that Pinterest quote that says “I hope my real wedding is as good as my Pinterest wedding”?  Well, my real wedding crushed my Pinterest wedding!

Photography: Francy Nunez of FCN Photography / Second & Third Shooters: Erika Delgado Photo + Merari Photography / Floral Design: Field Of Flowers / Ceremony & Reception Location: Davie, FL (Grandmother’s Backyard) / Wedding Dress: Allure Bridal via Victoria’s Bridal Couture / Heirlooms & Extras: Elizabeth Street Jewelry / Makeup Artist: Olivia Smalley of OMG! Aristry / Bride’s Shoes: Christian Louboutin

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Fort Lauderdale Historical Society Wedding from Dillon Photo

I’m head-over-heels for the rich jewel tones and bold pops of color in this Fort Lauderdale Historical Society stunner from Dillon Photo! Totally romantic and unique, this outdoor soiree put together by Social Graces highlighted the couple’s love for adventure, travel + wine through personal details and thoughtful touches. See the rest right here!

From Dillon PhotoAja and Danny were married in downtown Fort Lauderdale’s Riverwalk district at the beautiful Historical Society. The outdoor venue was the perfect spot for the fall-inspired color palette and pretty reception details that reflected the couple’s love of travel and adventure. One of our favorite moments from the ceremony was when Aja and Danny sealed a bottle of their favorite wine, along with notes to each other, in a carved wooden box to be opened on their first wedding anniversary. We also loved their beautiful cake adorned with pretty ribbons and flowers, as well as the romantic string lighting over the dining area. Everything came together just beautifully, and as you can see from the photos, the day was gorgeous!

Wedding Photography: Dillon Photo / Wedding Venue: Fort Lauderdale Historical Society in Fort Lauderdale, Florida / Wedding Planning + Coordination: Robin Weaver of Social Graces / Floral Design: Creations Production / Wedding Cake: Ana Paz Cakes / DJ: Mike Demchak of DJ Innovations / Wedding Dress: Wtoo

Delray Beach Golf Club Wedding Film from Delack Media Group

There really is nothing like seeing a gorgeous wedding come to life. And for all you brides out there that are still on the fence about whether or not to hire a videographer, one quick glance at this pretty film from Delack Media Group and your mind will be made up instantly! It’s romantic, fun and oh-so-sweet. Enjoy!

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From Delack Media GroupThis was a Venezuelan wedding at the Delray Beach Golf Club. It featured beautiful scenery and a story that will make your heart melt.

Wedding Cinematography: Delack Media Group / Wedding Venue: Delray Beach Golf Club in Delray Beach, Florida

Fort Lauderdale Engagement Session from Becca Borge Photography

What do you get when you combine the urban landscape of fabulous Fort Lauderdale, two seriously stunning sweethearts and an adorable pooch named Becca?  You get one downright gorgeous e-session snapped in picture perfect images by Becca Borge Photography.  One that brightens every last second of your Friday morning with a plethora of beautiful moments and an entire gallery of amazing.  Oh, and I mentioned the puppy, right?  See so much more right here. 

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From Becca Borge PhotographyThis modern couple (the bride is Geri, and the groom is Ariel) is getting married at the Intercontinental Hotel in Miami this coming February. They wanted an urban setting, and I loved how they incorporated reds and blues and even their dog named Becca. It was fun finding the red brick wall in downtown Fort Lauderdale to work with, and we ended our session at the top of an empty parking garage as the sun was setting. I love the colors, casualness and fun of this shoot.

Photography: Becca Borge Photography / Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale Wedding from Sara Kauss Photography

When it comes to choosing the perfect date to throw a stop-you-in-your-tracks soiree, New Year’s Eve never EVER fails to deliver the fun (+ glamour) in every.which.way.  I mean, what’s better than celebrating your newly minted married status with fab fireworks, party hats and hundreds of your closest friends and family?  And this stunning Fort Lauderdale affair?  Well, this is what we call seriously amazing with crazy beautiful blooms by Ocean Flowers, dazzling traditional details and one breathtaking image after another by Sara Kauss Photography.  See them all right here.

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Ready for even more pretty?  Check out this gorgeous film from Reinhardt Productions.  Amazing.

From the Bride… We met just before leaving for Cornell University, and we were introduced by Carlos’ parents, who already knew me. We spent the first two years of school as best friends, along with our two best men, Alex Ross and Jeff Reinstein. As most would say, we FINALLY started dating in May of 2005 and have been together ever since. While dating, we lived in Madrid and New York during our studies, Los Angeles after graduation, and we moved back home to Miami just before our wedding. After six wonderful years together, Carlos proposed at home on my birthday, amidst flickering candlelight, rose petals and a photo album chronicling our life together thus far.

When looking for wedding locations and dates we knew we had some criteria: good food and service, in or near Miami and a great party. The New Year’s Eve idea was first to come and our first reaction was: AMAZING! New Year’s is our favorite holiday, and we loved the idea that everyone around the world would be celebrating with us, plus the added benefit of fireworks on every anniversary to come. However, South Beach on that crazy night just didn’t scream “classy black tie wedding affair.” So we looked north and fell in love with The Ritz Carlton Fort Lauderdale’s ballroom and its sparkly chandelier. I’ve planned a few weddings on the side, so I had a pretty detailed picture of how it would look. Black and white colors, non-traditional florals and a retro, candy-filled after party were some of the details that brought it all together.

The night turned out amazing. Our ceremony set before a changing sunset to moonlit night was spectacular. Our big band orchestra rocked out Sinatra and Miami Sound Machine all night. The food was great and the service sublime; the Ritz-Carlton really executed flawlessly. It turned out to be an all-out bash, capped off by a spirited New Years countdown, complete with props and fireworks out on the beach for everyone to enjoy.

Wedding Photography: Sara Kauss Photography / Wedding Venue: The Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale in Fort Lauderdale, Florida / Floral Design: Guerdy of Ocean Flowers / Wedding Day Planning: Divine Design by Guerdy / Officiant: Pastor Al LaCour / Wedding Cinematography: Reinhardt Productions / Catering: The Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale / Printing of Programs, Menus, Place Cards + Escort Cards: Psalmody by Francie (A Friend of the Groom’s Family) / Ceremony Cello + Flute: Rebecca Coy + Fausto Miro (UCF Students) / Band: Dave Damiani of No Vacancy Entertainment / Favors: Mini Chocolate Chip Dockside Cakes from Key West / Photobooth: Rob Zuckerberg of Shutterbox / Dance Lessons: Dance Moves by Danny / Wedding Dress: Legends by Romona Keveza / Bride’s Shoes: Manolo Blahnik / Bride’s Earrings: Her Mother’s via Maurice’s Jewelers / Bride’s Hair Pin + Bracelet: Twinkle Twinkle / Rings: David K. Jewelers / Hair + Makeup: Jennette Sandifer of Beauty Couture / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J.Crew

Fort Lauderdale Wedding from J Morgan Flowers

You know what never ever fails to put a smile on my face?  A drop-dead gorgeous wedding… especially when that wedding happens be of the beach variety.  Yep, seaside nuptials get me every.single.time – and this pretty, pretty Fort Lauderdale affair?  Head over heels in love. From the stunning setting (but, of course) to the oh-so-beautiful blooms by J Morgan Flowers and gorgeous event design by Kiss the Planner to image after image of lovely captured by Maggie Stolzberg Photography, it’s an oceanside lover’s dream come true. Prepare for a day non-stop pretty and join me in the galley for more.

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Oh, and we’re not done yet.  We have a sweeter than sweet film of the day from Seaglass Productions! Enjoy!

From the Bride… Justin and I went down to South Beach for the evening. We had a fabulous dinner at Jakes Stone Crab, and then we sat front row at the Jackie Gleason Theater to see Jackson Brown. It was such a great night, but I was so tired that I slept the whole way home. Little did I know Justin had a proposal planned for when we got home. When we walked in the door, Brad Paisley’s “Then” was playing, and there were candles lit all over and red rose petals spread over the whole house. We sat down on the couch and watched a slide show of all the best photos from our lives together. Then Justin led me outside to the backyard where he had created the most romantic scene. There were two rocking chairs sitting around a fire pit, floating candles in the pool, a bottle of champagne and chocolates. Justin had engraved a piece of driftwood from one of our favorite vacations that said “Grow Old With Me.” He got down on one knee and asked me to marry him! It was the most amazing proposal!

We originally wanted to get married in Key West, and the Pelican had a very island feel to it. The hotel was laid-back yet classy. And it offered something for everyone, including a getaway for those who live just down the street. We wanted the event to be clean and simple yet elegant with a natural feel and eclectic elements. Although it was a beach wedding, we wanted to bring elements of the forest into the decor. So we found beautiful pecky cypress wood to use as part of the centerpieces. Our wedding planner searched tirelessly to find unique silver containers to arrange all the flowers. There were so many little details. The colors, blue, white, yellow and green pretty much picked themselves because they worked so well with the beach and the colors of the hotel. We wanted our wedding to be beautiful but we also wanted it to be laid-back and FUN for our guests.

I had a piece of my mother’s wedding dress sewn into my train and embroidered in blue with both of our wedding dates and “Take our love wherever you go.” My parents have been married for 42 years and have set an amazing example of what a marriage should be.

The entire event was flawless. Every bride dreads that inevitable problem that arises, however we didn’t have any hiccups. The whole day was smooth and absolutely perfect! My only complaint was that it went by too fast. We are so lucky to have had Maggie Stolzberg and Dorian Iribarren to capture our photos and video. Though their works of art, we are able to relive the event anytime we want to. They captured so much emotion and the personalities of all our guests. Through them, we get to experience the wedding not only as bride and groom but also as everyone else did.

Wedding Photography: Maggie Stolzberg of Maggie Stolzberg Photography / Wedding Venue: Pelican Grand Beach Resort in Fort Lauderdale, Florida / Event Design: Aviva Samuels of Kiss the Planner / Floral Design: Jacqueline Goldman of J Morgan Flowers / Wedding Cinematography: Dorian Iribarren of Seaglass Productions / DJ: Sean McCourt of The Party Pros / Wedding Dress: Casablanca Bridal / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: David’s Bridal

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Fort Lauderdale Wedding from Meghan Stewart Photography + J Morgan Flowers

We had a visit from the Wedding Fairy at lunch time, and she dropped off a soiree that is going to make the girly girls week in the knees at the first sight of pink, the classic brides blush at the first bowtie spotting, and the floral fanatics more than a little gleeful at the first bouquet from J Morgan Flowers. It’s a wedding that is perfect for everyone and it’s captured magnificently by Meghan Stewart Photography. Click here for more!

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I was totally caught by surprise when one night Rob told our dog ‘Mahi” to give me a kiss and there on the collar was an engagement ring…..Rob quickly feel to his knees to ask me to be his wife…it was a very sureal moment, and of course I said “yes’!

Planning the wedding had some difficulties as we lived almost a 5 hour drive from where we were getting married and meeting vendors was sometimes a struggle as they work weekends and that was when we were available. My favorite vendor was Jacqueline at J Morgan Flowers. She really took the time to get to know me, my style and the vision I had for the wedding as well as making me happy she had to make my parents happy too! When I saw my bouquet I was speachless. Jacqueline asked for a family heirloom to attach to the handle, as she passed the bouquet to me there was my great grandmothers hankie. Somehow seeing this made the day become real and I was really getting married in a few hours.

When I walked into the church and I saw Rob for the first time it was as if everyone else dissapeared and it was just us… I don’t really remember anything about the ceremony other than seeing him and knowing it was all ok!

Our main aim other than getting married was really for everyone to have a great time… our DJ delviered! People called us the next day to say how muhc fun they had, and that was exactly what we wanted.

Photography: Meghan Stewart Photography / Florist: J Morgan Flowers / Ceremony Venue: Church by the Sea / Reception Venue: Hyatt Pier 66 / Hair: Tina Squadrito / Makeup: Alexandra Squadrito / Wedding Gown: Paloma Blanca, from Bleu Belle Bridal / Shoes: Kate Spade / Stationery: EV Creations / Favors: Glass / Tuxedo: Mens Wearhouse / Entertainment: Anthony Bonomo

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Fort Lauderdale Wedding at the Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six by J Morgan Flowers

We know you lovelies absolutely adore a traditional soiree, so when the oh-so-talented J Morgan Flowers sent along this stunning Fort Lauderdale fête, well… we simply could.not.wait to share.  It’s everything we LOVE about a fab classic soiree, including a glorious setting high atop the city, a room filled with lush blooms and just the right touch of vintage flare.  All snapped up in pretty, pretty pictures by Emily Harris Photography and featuring two of the world’s cutest high school sweethearts, you don’t want to miss a minute of this lovely.  See it all here.

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From J Morgan FlowersJade and Matt had been high school sweethearts, and after a few years apart, true love got the better of them and off to the altar they went! Jade is truly one of the most stunning, sweet and kind brides I have had the privilege of working with — let me add with exquisite taste!! Her vision was vintage glamour with hints of soft peach, blush and champagne for a timeless appeal. The Chuppah was custom-made for Jade and Matt and was made of lace over a stunning champagne satin from New York. The scallops of the lace were topped perfectly with the lushness across the top of ivory hydrangeas, and a mix of roses and spray roses in the peach family for a very textural look and feel. The bridal party had a walk to the Chuppah that we dressed perfectly with vintage silver stands topped with a lush arrangement of florals and a mix of petals.

The reception was in the pier top of the hotel, which actually rotates throughout the evening giving the perfect views of Fort Lauderdale. Taking the breathtaking views into account, we selected centerpieces that didn’t compete with the views of the city. Tall trumpet vases with swags of pearls and crystals were topped with a large puffy domes a mix of the chosen flowers for a cohesive feel, then with a trio of floating candles and flowers in mint julep cups at the base. The bride’s bouquet was crowned with white feathers for added detail, as well as a vintage brooch from my private collection. The groom had a touch of feathers to complement his new wife! The J Morgan Flowers team wish the new Mr. and Mrs. Scott a lifetime of happiness, love and laughter!

Wedding Photography: Emily Harris of Emily Harris Photography / Reception Venue: Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six in Fort Lauderdale Florida / Floral Design: Jacqueline Goldman of J Morgan Flowers / Event Planning: Jamie Lipman of Absolute / Wedding Invitations + Menus: Sincerely Yours, Diane / Wedding Programs + Place Cards: DIY by the Bride / Wedding Cake: A Piece of Cake by Elena / DJ: DJ Slim of Rock With U Entertainment / Wedding Dress: Martina Liana via Bellissima Bride / Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Hair: DIY / Makeup: Vanessa Crouse / Groom’s Tuxedo: Men’s Wearhouse

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Weston Hills Country Club Wedding by Teran Photography

A beautiful girl meets the man of her dreams, and they tie the knot in the most glamourous of fashions – the only thing missing from this fairy tale wedding captured by Teran Photography is the Once Upon a Time. With a reception dripping in florals and glistening chandeliers, a groom in uniform and an air of elegance floating around the entire soiree, if a dream is a wish your heart makes – this bride dreamed BIG. See it all here!

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From the Bride… Joe and I were introduced at the Florida v. Georgia game in Jacksonville. I naturally gravitated to Joe, and the attraction was pretty much instant. After about an hour of socializing, I had to leave the tailgate to watch the game. This was only the beginning. In the weeks following, Joe made diligent efforts to get in touch with me even though he was in Georgia, and I was, at the time, working in Miami. I guess he really wanted to see me again because he made up some silly story about having a layover in Ft. Lauderdale on his way to Albuquerque (which of course I fell for), snuck me past security, and we had our first date outside Gate B2 at the Fort Lauderdale International Airport. I suppose to anyone else that would seem like an odd location for a first date, but seeing as though I’m the daughter of a pilot and pretty much grew up in an airport, it suited me just fine.

It was there that I knew I would marry Joe. He was the most genuine and sincere guy I had ever met. When I looked into his eyes, I knew every word he spoke was from the heart. The saying “When you know, you know” is so true. Upon leaving, I texted a friend saying, “I found the man I’m going to marry.” I’m sure she thought I was crazy.

Our wedding was an absolute fairytale! Being a huge Disney fan, it was always my dream to have a Cinderella wedding. It definitely was! From the flowers to the beautiful draping to the uplighting, everything was perfect! We had so much fun dancing and it was so special to have so many family and friends together. If there was one way to describe our wedding, it would be “happy” because there was so much love in the room. If we could do it all over again, we would!

Wedding Photography: Teran Photography / Ceremony: St. Bonaventure Catholic Church in Davie, Florida / Reception: Weston Hills Country Club in Weston, Florida / Floral + Event Design: Joel Patrick Studios / Wedding Cinematography: Clear Vision Weddings / Wedding Cake: Susie’s Scrumptious Sweets / Gluten-Free Cupcakes for Bride: Polka Dot Sweet Spot / Wedding Invitations: It’s Your Party Events / Chairs: Joel Patrick Studios / Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier / Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Hair: Pam Johnson / Makeup: Janine Wheby (954-882-3593) / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Amsale / Wedding Coordination: Table 6 Productions

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1905 New River Inn Wedding by 13:13 Photography

I’ve developed a serious crush on the color yellow and the downright cheeriness that it brings to each and every wedding it touches.  And when combined with the color gray, I am more than crushing… I am head over heels in love.  Take for example this gorgeous Fort Lauderdale affair, which is not only filled to the brim with my new favorite sunshiny color, but a plethora of fabulous DIY details, beautiful blooms by Tulips A Florist and a sweet-as-can-be “Love” necklace for the stunning bride (which I ADORE).  And with a gallery full of lovely images by 13:13 Photography, there’s enough pretty to keep us smiling all weekend long.  Join me there for even more!

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From the Bride… It didn’t take long after we were engaged for Derek and I to decide that we both wanted a wedding that was small, full of DIY details and most importantly, “us.”  Our vision for the wedding was less pomp and circumstance and more Party for 100. We wanted our wedding to have a relaxed, fun feeling about it.  Most of our guests showed up in sundresses or slacks (tie optional!) and we wouldn’t have it any other way. Derek and I both love the outdoors, so getting married outside in South Florida was a no-brainer. Derek is a History teacher and it only took one visit to the Historic 1905 New River Inn before we realized that it would be the perfect location for our wedding. My only fear was that I wouldn’t be able to pull off creating a wedding in a completely raw space.  Luckily, I had the help of family and friends to make sure it all come together.

My mother-in-law came up a week before the wedding and helped me finish up some of my last-minute projects and various friends came over to my house throughout the week to help put together programs, paint signs, and cut out table numbers. It was important for me to have as many personal details as possible. I created the programs, signs, and invitations.  My bridemaids wore personalized bracelets with our wedding colors, the groomsman wore cufflinks that featured a map cut-out of their hometown, and Derek and I wore charms on our bouquet and boutonniere with a picture of a family member who was no longer with us. The most important detail, however, were our charity wedding favors. Derek’s family is very involved in Organ Donor awareness so in lieu of favors we made a donation to The Transplant Foundation, an organization which provides financial and emotional support to people in need of an organ transplant as well as their families. Each seat got a green bracelet promoting organ donation and a card with the explanation of the charity.

We got married in a gazebo adjacent to the New River Inn and had our reception on the east side of the building, right next to the New River.  After the ceremony our guest threw colorful pom-poms at us as we walked back down the aisle forever joined as husband and wife. After pictures with family and our bridal party while our guest enjoyed cocktail hour, we re-joined the party, eating until our bellies were full and then broke it down on the dance floor and took turns taking pictures in our fauxto-booth for the rest of the night.  At the end of the night we made our grand exit via bike taxi.

Wedding Photography: 13:13 Photography / Day of Coordination: Classic Affairs / Venue: 1905 New River Inn / DJ: Liquid DJs / Caterer: Hugh’s Catering / Wedding Cake: Yes Ma’am / Wedding Videography: My Treasure Video / Florist: Tulips A Florist