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A Blush + Gold Beauty That’s Basically Made For SMP

A totally classic SMP wedding, refined, elegant and super romantic. But at a venue that’s full of love and meaning for the special couple. That my dears, is what we crave. Lindsay Madden captured this blush and gold beauty at the John’s Island Club, where the Bride and Groom became engaged and where they hope to vacation with their children some day. Pretty awesome, right? But before we get too far ahead of ourselves wishin’ and hopin’, let’s spend some solid time with their wondrous wedding, because it’s a good one for sure. Enjoy it all right this way!

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From the Bride… Timeless, traditional, romantic and fun! These words effortlessly describe the vision of our wedding day. A party we would never forget with breathtaking ocean views, a striking tent, great food and a band that would keep our guests dancing all night long. The best part was that it was a perfect reflection of our relationship; I oversaw the planning and design and Hayes brought the fun!

The venue, Johns Island Club in Vero Beach, Florida will always be very special to us. We spent much of our relationship visiting family and vacationing there and in April of 2015, Hayes proposed on a romantic morning walk on the beach. It was important to us to be married in a place we visit often and will hopefully bring our children someday.

The ceremony was held at the beach club overlooking the ocean, so we let the view speak for itself. We really wanted the focus to be on each other, saying our vows in front of our closest friends and family. The wedding was held on Mother’s Day Weekend to honor my late mother and during the ceremony we had all of our guests read a passage from my favorite children’s book “Love You Forever” by Robert Munsch. We truly felt her presence in that moment.

With my experience and passion for event planning, I wanted a tented reception to create a unique setting that could be designed from top to bottom. We kept everything neutral with subtle pops of blush pink and gold. We added layers and texture to the tables with fun fluffy linens, lush flowers, lots of candlelight and monogrammed linen napkins, which were tied with satin ribbons. One of our favorite design details of the reception was a custom floral frame our florist created as a unique take on a photo booth. Our friend and wedding planner, Claudia Hanlin couldn’t have executed our vision more perfectly and we are so blessed to be able to look back at our incredible photos by Lindsay Madden to remember the best day of our lives. It was truly magical and everything I had dreamed of since I was a little girl and there was certainly no shortage of laughter and partying with my husband at center stage!



Photography: Lindsay Madden Photography | Videography: McKenzie Miller Films | Event Design + Planning: The Wedding Library | Floral Design: William Bainbridge Steele Design | Wedding Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Makeup + Hair: Ivette Gil Beauty Design | Entertainment: Elan Artists | Groom's Attire: Paul Stuart | Wedding Venue: John's Island Club | Tent: TentLogix | Wedding Dress + Veil: Monique Lhuillier

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A Classic Color Palette That Never Disappoints!

A classic blush and gold wedding just doesn’t disappoint and when it’s as pretty as this one here, well, it’s a win-win. K&K Photography captured this fall Florida fete at the Museum of Fine Arts and we’re smitten with every stylish bit of it, from the beautiful Bride and her maids to the cutest little flower girl we ever did see. Join us in this swoon fest right this way!


From K&K Photography… Chelsea and Steven prepped for their big day at the Historical Vinoy Renaissance Hotel of Downtown St. Pete, followed by a heart-warming ceremony in the garden of the Museum of Fine Arts. They then danced the night away with close friends and family in the Conservatory at the museum. Such a gorgeous day!!



Photography: K and K Photography, LLC | Floral Design: Wonderland Floral Art | Wedding Dress: Essense of Australia | Invitations: Paperless Post | Bride's Shoes: Stuart Weitzmen | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid | Hair + Makeup: Femme Akoi | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss | Wedding Venue: Museum Of Fine Arts | Bridal Boutique: Malindy Elene | Cake Artist: Olympia Catering | Save the Date: Minted

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Why Finding the Perfect Wedding Vendors has Never Been This Easy

We all know that you can’t have an amazing wedding without an amazing team of vendors, but we also know that finding that oh-so-awesome dream team takes a lot of work and research. Unless, you make plans to attend the Outer Banks Meet + Greet at Sanderling Resort on Sunday, March 10th from 5 – 9 pm. It’s your chance to mix and mingle with the best in the biz, plus find those wedding pros that will turn your destination wedding on the Outer Banks into the celebration you’ve always wanted.

Duck, North Carolina is one of those vacay spots you never want to leave and Sanderling Resort sits right smack-dab in the center of all of the action. With gorgeous views, luxe accommodations and a talented staff that knows a thing or two about dream weddings, you can count on that celebration of the century to happen. Now add in a meet + greet with talented OBX Wedding Professionals, hors d’oeuvres, wine tastings, a reception style dinner and dessert samplings and it’s not just an evening planning your big day… it’s a lot of fun, too. You can even dabble in Sassy S’mores at the Firepits at the Event House. (Yum.)

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Trust us on this one, you guys – the Outer Banks Meet + Greet at Sanderling Resort is one of those events you seriously can’t miss. Mark those calendars for March 10th from 5-9 pm, then visit Sanderling Resort to purchase tickets, book rooms and learn more about getting those engagement pictures taken. You’re going to have a blast.

Your Sneak Peek At One Of Miami Beach’s Most Stylish Wedding Venues

You know what’s better than ogling over one of our fave South Beach venues? Seeing one seriously stylish duo tie the knot in that very space. We call that that a win-win, and we suggest you cozy on up for one of the prettiest weddings ever at the W South Beach. It’s one glam detail after another that will have you booking this Miami hot spot in a heartbeat.

When it comes to your Big Day, we know that finding that dream locale isn’t always easy – whether you plan on tying the knot with only a few in attendance or want to host a luxe reception in that over-the-top Miami style we all love. The W South Beach makes it so, so easy with an experienced team of wedding professionals that will help you create that statement-making event you’ve always wanted – big or small. From their breathtaking Atlantic views to their fabulous amenities to their FOUR venues (check out the tree-filled Grove, one of our faves), they have you covered. And don’t just take our word on it – take your cue from this stunning duo, who hosted what can only be described as a movie-like celebration, complete with an outdoor ceremony and a ballroom reception with dancing ’til dawn.

W South Beach is all about next level weddings with every glamorous detail that you could possibly imagine. Trust us, your every want will be taken care of, right down to their amazing Whatever/Whenever® service, aka, the best concierge service on the planet. Need even more proof? Take it from beautiful bride, Samantha – The best part of working with the W was not having to worry about our day not being beautiful. The venue itself is so stunning without anything extra, it was comforting to know that, no matter what, it would be beautiful. Working with Marina made everything about the day less stressful. She really helped organize our dream wedding from start to finish!

See more of their beautiful day here, then contact Marina Serret at 305.938.3028 to get planning.

This Miami Beach Wedding is the Definition of #ModernGoals

Miami Beach is always a good locale for a modern wedding, and this beautiful bride + groom did it right. Filled with sparkly metallics and lush blooms crafted by Natinel Flowers Linens & Rentals, the sleek stylings and chic W South Beach locale make it a true lesson in contemporary style. See so much more from Max Photo right here and get ready to be inspired.

From the Bride… Evan and I met during a very busy time in our lives. He was in the process of expanding his business and I was applying to doctoral programs. It would seem that the odds were stacked against us, however, it now serves as a testament to our unique and special bond. After three years of dating, we knew we had found our perfect counterparts.  Evan surprised me with a getaway trip to Clearwater. What I thought was a graduation present, ended up being the gift of a lifetime.

Beyond our theme, it was important for our wedding to be an accurate reflection of who we are as people, and as a couple. Having both family and friends in Florida and New York, we easily narrowed down the region. Knowing that we wanted an outdoor spring ceremony, Miami became the inevitable choice. We selected W South Beach as the ambiance and décor impeccably matched our vision of a chic paradise wedding.

Our theme was modern and metallic. The chrome metallic accents easily allowed for the touches of glam, including the bedazzled shoes gifted to me by my little sister and maid of honor, the sparkles on the dress, and shimmer of the linens.  We were incredibly fortunate to have our monogram by Elevennote, which was incorporated on the stationary, ceremony sign, welcome bags, menu, and acrylic card box. Our silver foil accented place cards were placed over a mirrored table top adorned with glass frames of pictures from the weddings of our bridal party members and our grandparents.

W South Beach was the perfect venue for us as it had a perfect spot for each chapter in our day. Our getting ready suites were spacious, stunning, and provided great ocean views for pictures. The private pool was adorned with a mural that just screams Miami, perfect for the first look. While waiting for the festivities to begin, the guests were able to enjoy the dip their toes in the ocean. We wanted a transition from light to dark from ceremony to reception. The palm trees and lawn provided the perfect palate for elegance and the earthy marble accents of the Great Room allowed for the transition to modern and metallic glam.

We were adamant about being true to ourselves individually and as a couple during our ceremony. We recognize our cultures while being sure to highlight the important tenets of marriage that we cherish. We wanted it to be simple, yet deeply meaningful. We collaborated to create our customized ceremony and wrote our own vows. What can be seen simply as an acrylic wedding arch adorned with fresh, white flowers, crystals, and candles was actually a key requirement for us in our ceremony. This chuppah or mandap, is an important symbol in both cultures. Symbolic of our cross-cultural union. In both cultures it represents, with open walls, the home and life we will build as a married couple. Acknowledging an Indian tradition, we opted to have our parents stand with us to represent the each of the pillars, a sturdy foundation. 

We are fortunate to have many loved ones in our lives, but opted for a smaller intimate wedding. Our bridal party consisted only of family members and childhood friends. Evan had traditional groomsmen, but I wanted to honor three important women in my life so I opted to include not one but three titles of Maid of Honor, Matron of Honor, and Best Lady. Our flower girl and ring bearer were born just in time for our special day. Both were born in the year of our engagement and were able to share the aisle with their moms for our ceremony.

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Wedding Dress: Stephen Yearick | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Makeup: Veronica Gonzalez | Officiant: South Florida Officiant | Bridal Robes: Etsy | Cake & Dessert Bar: Elegant Temptations | Ceremony & Reception Venue: W South Beach | DJ, Floor & Lighting: DJ Xio | Day of Coordinator: Marina Serrett | Florals & Decor: Nellie Matos | Here Comes the Bride Sign: The Ritzy Rose | Monogram, escort cards, welcome sign, & welcome bag stationary: Siuleth of Eleven Note | Photography & Cinematography: Max Photo | Reserved Sign: Etsy | Wedding Programs: Infinity Paper

This Bride’s Chic + Playful Style Is Everything!

A chic Alexandra Grecco dress featuring a playful back cut out. Fun and colorful Aquazurra sandals. A bold, tropical bouquet created by Lara’s Theme featuring palm fronds and king protea… Yeah, this bride’s style game is strong. So it’s no surprise we’re crushing hard on every single image of this modern, tropical celebration, captured by Amalie Orrange Photography.

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From the bride… Mike and I met on LinkedIn. I’m only half kidding. Living only a few blocks from one another and sharing quite a few mutual friends, Mike and I kept bumping into one another, but both of us were a bit nervous to begin talking. Finally around the third casual encounter, at a bar in the East Village, Mike struck up a conversation with me about my career – something my friends know I am incredibly passionate about. He had clearly done some digging. Needless to say that kicked things off, and he really sealed the deal with a LinkedIn request the next day.

Mike and I never discussed marriage. We both always saw it as a very organic process – either it would happen one day or it wouldn’t. Safe to say, I did not see it coming! We were at his family’s house at the beach, we had just finished a perfect, leisurely Sunday lunch, and I suggested we go for a walk at a nearby nature preserve, something Mike normally politely declines. But lo and behold, he was up for it today because we had eaten quite a bit. We came up to a beautiful outlook, and I annoyingly asked to take Mike’s photo, and he repaid the annoyance, asking me the same. When I turned around, there he was, ring box in hand. I was so surprised, it took me what felt like five minutes to fully grasp what was happening. Needless to say, I said yes, and Mike, who looking back was incredibly well dressed for a casual walk, managed to get the whole thing on film. We actually didn’t tell anyone for a few hours and just enjoyed the time together, with a fire and some champagne. of course.

I have always loved botanicals, and when we decided to get married at Windsor, I immediately thought of The Book of Palms by Taschen. I felt it captured the tropical lushness yet refined elegance of the club. It served as inspiration for the save the dates and then everything grew from there. The book made a cameo as our guest book, and it was fun to be surprised with notes on random pages.

Windsor is such a stunning location, and the team is so on top of it, it was beautiful from the moment we arrived. We basically showed up. Lara executed the flowers so flawlessly. We chose to use as much local greenery as possible, and I loved the way it looked like everything could have just come from the property.

The theme for the wedding party was tropical chic, and I basically let the girls choose whatever dress they wanted in a solid color. They all ended up with the most stunning and vibrant colors, that up against the colors and architecture of Windsor, brought so much life and movement to the event.

The highlight from our first look was walking over to the Town Hall, where our ceremony was about to take place. There was an intense sense of anticipation knowing the striking structure was about to be filled with all of our favorite people yet the calmness of it just being us for a moment. We knew that after the ceremony, the rest of the night was going to fly by, and we wanted to make sure we set aside a few moments to breathe and take it all in together.

One of my favorite moments was the New Orleans style second line parade from the Town Hall to the reception. The brass band was a surprise to our wedding party and guests, and the spontaneity of the whole thing really set the tone for evening. Music has always been central to our relationship, so it is no surprise that our favorite moments center around it. Other favorite moments were our mother/son, father/daughter dance, which we did together to the 1920s swing song, ‘In the Mood’. One of my close friends performed ‘Like A Prayer’ by Madonna as a tribute to my amazing aunt who passed away, and she absolutely rocked it.



Photography: Amalie Orrange Photography | Event Planning: Lauren Melillo | Floral Design: Lara's Theme | Wedding Dress: Alexandra Grecco | Bride's Shoes: Aquazzura | Makeup: Cindy Goetz | Hair: Lindsay Naffziger | Band: Gypsy Lane Band | Groom's Attire: Armani | Venue: Lauren Melillo | Bride's Jewelry: Miriam Haskell | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Paper Goods: Sesame Letterpress

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The Key to the Perfect Outer Banks Wedding

We don’t need to tell you that the Outer Banks in North Carolina is a gorgeous place to tie the knot – the beauty in this seaside paradise truly speaks for itself. But if you’re on the lookout for a resort that can host your Big Day sans any stress on your part, we can help. The Sanderling Resort sits right on the Atlantic and has some amazing venue + package options that will bring your entire vision full-circle. Check it out.

The key to any amazing wedding? Finding the right locale. And with Sanderling Resort, you can pretty much sit back and relax while their planners take care of it all for you, starting with helping you land on the right package option. Sanderling Resort offers five elopement packages for 15 – 60 guests that include everything from wedding cakes to s’mores around the fire pit. Their full-service package works for those larger celebrations for up to 180 guests and their winter package waives the facility fee and the food and beverage minimum, which is awesome. And if you want to talk venues – you can tie the knot seaside on their beautiful beach or Observation Deck, host a grander event at their House + Deck or Pavilion, or celebrate in an intimate soiree at their Kimball’s Kitchen or Keeper’s Loft.

From their fresh southern coastal cuisine to their team of pros that know everything there is to know about planning a seaside wedding, we love Sanderling Resort and their breathtaking Outer Banks locale. To find out more about planning your Big Day, call their fab team of wedding planners at 877.300.0624 or visit their website here.

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THIS Is How You Throw the Ultimate South Beach Wedding

Thinking of saying “I do” in South Beach? Then let this gorgeous wedding (and couple) be your guide. Literally everything about their day screams total glamour – from the decor to the dance ’til your drop reception to the luxurious W South Beach locale. Find out so much more about throwing your very own dream wedding below.

Miami is made for marrying. And the W South Beach? They know how to get it done. From your very first moments of planning to your last sip of champagne, their team of wedding professionals will help you create that wedding you’ve always wanted, just like this gorgeous couple’s Big Day. They definitely took advantage of the amazing views from the oceanfront locale, awesome venue choices (indoor AND outdoor) and customizable menus. We love the way they transformed the Great Room into an ultra-luxe Miami party, and are especially smitten with The Grove for an al fresco reception up to 150 and the Cabana at WET for an intimate celebration if you’re looking for something a bit different. And don’t even get us started on the gorgeous rooms, guest amenities and fun activities. We love the WOW factor.

Whether you plan on saying “I do” with just a few close friends and family or want to throw the celebration of the century like this stunning duo, the W South Beach can make it all happen… and beautifully. From their amazing staff to their Whatever/Whenever® service (they’ll truly bend over backwards) to their awesome wedding packages, you honestly can’t go wrong. For site tours and booking, contact Marina Serret at 305.938.3028 to get your Miami party started.


Contact the W South Beach to ask about SAYING “I DO” IN STYLE

  • Complimentary in-suite couples massage for bride and groom during the wedding weekend
  • 1 -Year-Anniversary complimentary room night with breakfast in bed
  • Cabana for the day after the wedding with a bottle of Veuve Clicquot
  • Complimentary 1 Hour of Wonderful Bar
  • Special pricing for Rehearsal Dinner and Wedding Brunch available
  • Minimum revenue applies

Photography : Max Photo | Wedding Dress: Stephen Yearick | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Makeup: Veronica Gonzalez | DJ: DJ Xio | Officiant: South Florida Officiant | Monogram, escort cards, welcome sign, & welcome bag stationary: Siuleth of Eleven Note | Bridal Robes: Etsy | Cake and Dessert Bar: Elegant Temptations | Ceremony and Reception Venue: W South Beach | Floral Design and Decor: Nellie Matos | Here Comes the Bride Sign: The Ritzy Rose | Programs: Infinity Paper | Reserved Sign: Etsy

We Found the Perfect Palette for a Beach Wedding

Calling all beach brides! If you’re looking for the perfect palette to complement a seaside fête, today is your lucky day. This romantic Florida wedding at The Bellamy of 30A brought in soft blues and greys in the bridesmaids’ dresses which picked up the cool tones of the water and a subtle, pinkish hue in the bride’s Leanne Marshall gown which picked up the warm tones of the sand and sun. The result is pure color palette magic, captured by Mint Photography with assistance from Claire Casner Photography.

From Mint PhotographyThere are so many aspects to this wedding that made it one of my very favorites of all time. First off, Seaside in 30A is perhaps one of the most charming beach cities I’ve ever visited. If you haven’t been, it’s a must! It set the perfect backdrop for an intimate, yet unique wedding location. We had incredible weather this weekend, and the pastel color palette was a perfect touch for a beach wedding. The bride wore a stunning Leanne Marshall gown, which flowed beautifully on the beach. Their precious golden retriever, Romeo, even made a special appearance at their nuptials. The party continued on at The Bellamy, where guests enjoyed food, drinks, and dancing under the moonlight. Audree and Dan are also one of the sweetest, most easy going and head-over-heels in love couples we have worked with. It was such a pleasure documenting this gorgeous destination celebration!



Photography: Mint Photography | Coordination: Savoir Faire Weddings | Floral Design: Celestines Special Occasions | Wedding Dress: Leanne Marshall | Cake: Sweet For Sirten | Reception Venue: The Bellamy of 30A | Makeup: Blush Beauty Lounge | Hair: Lanna Bloodworth | DJ: Gulf Talent Services | Groom's Attire: Pronto Uomo | Film Lab: Richard Photo Lab | Photography Assistance: Claire Casner

An Insider’s Guide To Your Birmingham Wedding

When it comes to tying the knot, Birmingham is one of those hidden gems that makes your wedding weekend just as fun as it is stylish. Trust us, just one stop in “The Magic City” and you’ll be smitten. Which is why we’re teaming up The Westin Birmingham to bring you a little insider’s guide on how to make the most of your Birmingham celebration. From fun activities to amazing restaurants, we’ve got you covered.


Our Pick: The Westin Birmingham.

Why we love it: We all know that choosing a venue with stellar photo ops is sooo important, and The Westin Birmingham will definitely not disappoint. We can’t get over the vertical wall and stairs combo that jumps out at you the second you walk into the lobby (hello, drama) AND the views of Uptown from the rooftop pool. Taking those newlywed images to an entirely new (breathtaking) level has never been easier.

Our Pick: Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Why we love it: Three words: sooo many flowers. Plus, gorgeous greenery and awe-inspiring structures, too. Which means that you can snap those moments with your love surrounded by everything from beautiful roses to tulips to camellias, the perfect backdrop for those fall wedding captures. Bonus? It’s just a 10 minute drive from The Westin Birmingham, so you don’t have to miss your entire cocktail hour.


Our Pick: Todd English P.U.B.

Why we love it: No wedding is complete without a fabulous lineup of restaurants on the itinerary, and if one of those restaurants happens to be in the lobby of The Westin Birmingham? Even better. Todd English P.U.B. boasts a full Raw Bar, plus a lineup of traditional American “comfort foods” that will leave your tummies happy. And the Bloody Mary Cart? A must for your morning-after brunch AND a quick jaunt down from your luxe accommodations.

Our Pick: Perry’s Steakhouse

Why we love it: Just a short 20 minute Uber from The Westin Birmingham’s Uptown location, Perry’s Steakhouse is one of our fave spots in Birmingham. Why? It’s tasty award-winning menu will get you every. single. time. and the cocktails are super tasty. We suggest trying this locale out for a yummy rehearsal dinner or bachelor/bachelorette party.

Our Pick: Galley and Garden

Why we love it: And speaking of rehearsal dinners, the Galley and Garden is a beautiful spot for that night-before celebration with your nearest and dearest. We’re sort of obsessed with the historic Merritt House locale and the beautiful private dining options will really make your evening stand out. Oh, and the food? Spectacular.


Our Pick: Top Golf Birmingham

Why we love it: Guys, Top Golf is the best. Whether you’ve never picked up a club in your life, or happen to be the next Jordan Spieth, trust us on this one: you and your guests will love it. Plus, with good food, good drinks and fun to be had by all, it’s the perfect spot for any of those pre-wedding parties you have on the lineup… or a getaway with your love post-nuptials.

Our Pick: Sips n Strokes

Why we love it: If you’re looking for a more laid-back activity, Sips n Strokes is IT. Think wine, painting (your very own works of art) and tons of laughs with your besties. We’re loving this Birmingham hot spot as an amazing girls’ getaway with your bridal party – or a fun activity with all of your nearest and dearest who are in town to celebrate you and your love.

Our Pick: Locked in Birmingham

Why we love it: Having a list of activities for your guests is one of the most important parts of planning your Big Day and they’ll absolutely LOVE you when you add this brain charger to their itinerary. Because nothing says “bonding experience” quite like a game that requires you to use clues to escape from a room with your friends and family. So fun, you guys.

Ready to plan the week or weekend of a lifetime? Contact The Westin Birmingham as your starting point. They’ll take care of all of your wedding dreams (luxe accommodations, beautiful venues) and the city of Birmingham will handle the rest of the fun.

Photography: Sam Jasper Photography | Photography: NicTay Photography

The Fun Never Stopped at This Key West Destination Wedding!

Glen and Kailey knew exactly what they wanted for their wedding – a southern-style celebration with lots of time to enjoy family and friends. Simply You Weddings helped them plan a full week of activities for their Key West destination wedding, from a welcome reception to a beach volleyball tournament to a sunset cruise. But the event to remember was, of course, the wedding ceremony and reception, captured by Finch Photography. From the special musical performance by friends to the late night dancing courtesy of Bay Kings Band, we know this celebration is one their guests will never forget.


From the Bride… Glen and I have been to over 30 weddings together in our five years of dating, so we had a pretty good idea of what we liked and didn’t like already. Some of the weddings we enjoyed the most were the ones where we were able to spend more than just a day with the wedding party and really got to know their family and friends.

We wanted to choose a city that would entice guests to stay more than a day and was a place that offered activities that would appeal to a variety of people. Our hope was that our wedding would allow for everyone to get to know each other, make new friends, and ultimately become one cohesive group as we became one in marriage. We wanted a place that provided ample opportunities to be able to get quality time with everyone. After one visit to Key West, we knew this was just the place to make this happen, with its history, beautiful sunsets, ocean activities, and fun vibes on Duval Street.

Once we chose Key West, we started planning all the events for the week. The women in Glen’s family always host a welcome party at the family weddings, and they wanted the same for us. We wanted this to be a casual meet and greet for our families and friends. Our hotel accommodations had a great back yard courtyard and patio, so it was the perfect place for people to “come as they were,” enjoy a few drinks and appetizers, and make some new friends.

Glen loves volleyball, and his mom was a collegiate volleyball player, so he wanted to have a beach day that included a volleyball tournament with customized tank tops, koozies, and tumblers. Higgs Beach was the perfect spot because it had volleyball courts, beach rentals, and a cute restaurant that let us reserve the patio. We decided to have this event on Saturday after the wedding so it was a day we could really relax and everyone could let loose. For Saturday night, we decided a sunset cruise would be a great last hurrah to wind down the wedding activities. The Fury Commotion on the Ocean cruise was a perfect fit for our group with its live music, drinks, food, and beautiful views.

Our hotel accommodations were one of our favorite choices. The Light House Court was the place we stumbled upon and stayed at on our first visit to Key West. It’s in the perfect location, across from the Hemmingway House, a block from Duval Street, and down the road from the beaches (and it ended up being close to our ceremony and reception sites). This is a renovated estate, which makes each room unique. It’s a quaint place with a small pool, great mojito bar (Kailey’s favorite), a courtyard with cornhole, and a daily breakfast served outside accompanied by the local hens and roosters. We envisioned our friends and family having breakfast together and sitting by the pool.

When thinking about the theme, we really didn’t want your typical destination wedding with flashy details. We wanted both the destination and the traditions we were raised with  – a southern wedding, just in a beach city. We chose neutral colors, with taupe bridesmaids’ dresses and black tuxes, white florals with greenery, and accents of gold. The head table was made of four farm tables pushed together with a eucalyptus garland runner and mercury glass votives scattered down the center. The guest and cocktail tables were simple with white linens and hand made arrangements by the groom’s mother and friends featuring greenery halos, mercury glass votives, and ivy tie backs.

My dress was a custom design by Anna Maier. I had found two dresses that I loved, and they were both by Maier, so I was able to combine what I liked about the two and then add some other details. From the color to the lace and the actual fit, I was able to pick everything out. I liked the look of an off the shoulder dress but also wanted an open back; many stores told me I couldn’t have both. However, the girls at White Dresses Boutique helped me see how I could make my vision come to life. Once we got the dress in, White Dresses connected me with Altered Heart Alterations who helped me design the back and create the soft shoulder look that I loved.

Family and tradition are important to us and were incorporated throughout the wedding. Glen’s wedding band had belonged to my great grandfather and was accompanied by the original box. My mom surprised me with a second wedding band, solid gold and created from a variety of family jewelry. I was also presented with a necklace, repurposed from a ring that my father had given my mother.

Glen’s grandfather had fought in WWII and always said that Psalm 23 helped him make it through. Since then, the Bible verse has remained special to Glen’s family. We had a hand painted welcome sign made with a portion of Psalm 23 on it to honor him.

It was important for both of us to be married in a Methodist church, and we were lucky to find a beautiful Methodist church that allowed us to be there. The reception location was not at the beach, but at the Historic Truman Little White House (Glen’s family has ties to President Truman, so that made it even more special). The lawns are beautiful with green grass and overhanging trees, and the neighborhood provided the privacy we wanted (we didn’t want random people watching our wedding from a restaurant or patio or walking through in their swimsuits).

Our first dance was sung and played by two of our best friends, Ken and Cheyenne. They not only sang the first dance song, but they also sang and played the mother/son and father/daughter songs. The father/daughter song was an original that was written by Cheyenne.

We knew it would be pretty steamy for the reception, but we wanted guests to be as comfortable as possible, so we served a mojito during cocktail hour to help cool everyone down as well as provided hand cut wooden fans that guests could use throughout the night. Our friends love to dance, so we had to have a good band. We decided against the typical beach band and instead went with a 6-piece Motown band. In college, we loved Motown bands best, and Bay Kings did not disappoint. It was the perfect mix of Motown favorites along with today’s catchy hits. We may have all been a little sweaty, but that didn’t stop anyone from being on the dance floor all night.



Photography: Finch Photo | Cinematography: Wild Story Wedding Films | Event Planning: Simply You Weddings | Floral Design: Love In Bloom | Invitations: The Happy Envelope | Ceremony Venue: Key West United Methodist | Reception Venue: Truman Little White House | Catering: Great Events Catering | Band: Bay Kings Band | Bridal Boutique: White Dresses Boutique

Super Chic Alys Beach Wedding Film

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

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



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

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A Miami Wedding With a Glamorous, Art Deco Twist

Staying true to the kitschy, art deco vibes of Miami, this couple threw a winter wedding that fits right in with all that Florida glamour. Awash in stunning alfresco tables under a sea of twinkle lights planned by Masi Events with jewel toned florals by Ines Naftali, and imagery by Gianny Campos, this celebration sparkles from beginning to confetti ending.

From the bride…Our whole approach to planning the wedding was creating a party that we would love going to. We toyed with the idea of several different locations including New York and Italy before settling on Miami, the city where we met, fell in love, and had some of the best nights of our lives. January seemed the ideal time for my family from New York to get in some sunshine, and to feel like the whole wedding weekend was one amazing vacation. I’ve always been inspired by the kitschy and art deco vibes in Miami, and wanted the design elements to reflect that while still feeling modern. We also chose darker, sexier colors and luxurious fabrics, almost as if we had transplanted an NYC winter wedding to Miami. Not to mention the were other fun elements, like a white vintage GT0 ride to the reception, and a black and white checkerboard dance floor. While it was super important to us that the wedding felt felt fun and fresh, we also wanted to pay respect to our heritages and traditions. For the cocktail hour we had a live Cuban band and a cigar roller while mojitos were passed around. For the reception we had a traditional Albanian band and incorporated special traditions, like having Alexis’s godfather unveil me, and Alexis and I leading the valle (traditional Albanian dance).

Photography: Gianny Campos Photography | Cinematography: Pinwheel Film Company | Cake: Cloud 9 Bakery | Invitations: Wynwood Press | Car: Miami Vintage Prop Cars | Flower: Ines Naftali Floral & Event Design | MUAH: Carolyn Jones Makeup | Outdoor Venue: The Raleigh Hotel | Photobooth: ShutterBarn | Planning: Masi Events | Rentals: Nuage Designs

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Love + Laughter Filled Florida Wedding

I fell head over heels in love with this first image right here. The The blushing Bride surrounded by the love of her beautiful bridesmaids. The smiles are real and authentic… and contagious because I can’t get a grin off my face either. Jessica Bellinger captured this sweet moment – and many, many more from this Floridian fete – and with Fox Grove Films‘ clip as well, we have a full view of what a wonderful wedding day it truly was. Soak it all up and enjoy!

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From Jessica Bellinger… One of my favorite weddings to date! Alexis and Evan had amazing style and vendor choices. This day was so important to them, and you could tell through all the effort into details they put in. I loved their venue, probably my favorite in the Central FL area. Full of beautiful gardens, a courtyard, and vintage rooms full of antique items. They also have this gorgeous historic boat that created beautiful photos for us. It was a lovely day.



Photography: Jessica Bellinger Photography | Videography: Fox Grove Films | Event Planning: UNIQUE Weddings & Events | Floral Design: a special rose | Wedding Dress: Watters | Cake: Le Petit Sweet | Shoes: Kate Spade | Bridesmaids' Dresses: David's Bridal | Hair + Makeup: Lauren Welch | Venue: Sydonie Mansion | Bridal Boutique: BHLDN | Photography - Assistance: Ashley Watson

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Want To See What a Wedding on South Beach Looks Like?

True story: this couple’s wedding venue was where my husband and I had planned to ‘babymoon’! But unforeseen circumstances held us from going on our trip. Now, after seeing these stunning soiree planned by Solea Events, I’m craving a Miami vacay like woah. It’s the perfect little spot for a destination wedding if you’re on the hunt my dears. See more from Thompson Photograph Group, in the full gallery!

From the Bride… We wanted a vintage garden feel for our wedding but still have the party vibe that my husband and I love about Miami. Luckily the Raleigh hotel was perfect oasis in the heart of South Beach! The giant tree canopies along with the vintage compote vases filled with an array of spring flowers made the vintage garden feeling come to life! We also wanted to have candle light be the main lighting to make ceremony and reception feel very intimate. The most important thing to us though was everyone letting loose, having fun and dancing until the after party shut down!

Photography: Thompson Photograph Group | Event Planning: Solea Events | Florist: Julia Rohde Designs | Cake: Two Fat Cookies | Hotel: The Raleigh Hotel | DJ & Entertainment: Mike Sipe Entertainment

How to Mix Luxe Glamour + Florida Whimsy to Perfection

From the New England-style lobster and oyster shucking rehearsal dinner to the beautiful mix ‘n match bridesmaids’ dresses to the peek-a-boo dolphin at sunset, this Florida wedding is everything a Florida wedding should be and so much more! With Jacqui Cole Photography, Voilà Cinematic and Tracie Domino Events behind each and every gorgeous moment, this day is sure to bring a smile to your face!


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From Jacqui Cole Photography… Kimmy + Matt wed at The Ritz Naples on March 25th. The Welcome Party was hosted on the beach with oyster shuckers from Maine, cuban cigar rollers and whole lobsters served to the guests. The wedding weekend started with a bang with the guests being greeting with a fireworks show on the beach! The wedding day itself was a blend of true luxe elegance with crystal chandeliers, mirrored tabletops and custom bar set ups. At the same time, the couple were able to maintain a little Florida whimsy and romance by wandering to the beach for sunset portraits. Would you believe me when I tell you a dolphin swam right past the new Mr & Mrs just as they watched the sun dip below the horizon – how romantic?! Tracie Domino Events truly created a complete experience at the reception by including many unique touches, first and foremost having the Grand Bevy serve gold leaf topped edible cocktails as guests danced the night away! I’m thrilled for this sweet couple and their beautiful families – they really had the most perfect weekend celebrating their marriage. Congratulations from us all Mr and Mrs Tucker!!



Photography: Jacqui Cole Photography | Videography: Voila Cinematic | Event Planning: Tracie Domino Events | Invitations: A&P Designs | Reception: Radisson Hotel At Star Plaza | Hair + Makeup: Rachel Reumann | Band: Tropics Entertainment | Bridal Boutique: Mark Ingram Atelier | Fashion Styling: Beth Chapman Styling For The White Dress By The Shore | Mixologists: The Grand Bevy | Welcome Gifts: A Signature Welcome | Welcome Party Oyster Shuckers: Oysters XO

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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


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For a Sweet First-Look Alternative, Check Out This Wedding

You’ve decided you want to wait until the walk down the aisle to see each other, yet you wouldn’t mind a special, pre-ceremony moment for just the two of you. May we suggest a “first touch”? This Bride and Groom were guided to each other, with eyes closed, by the Bride’s father so that they could share an intimate prayer before their nuptials and reception at Oxford Exchange. Luckily for us, PSJ Photography captured the sweet moment, and it’s waiting for you in the Vault!

From PSJ PhotographyMy favorite thing about this wedding was how relaxed the Bride and Groom were throughout the day. I adored the way that Adam looked lovingly at Kari, and together they savored every moment. Living in Italy (the Groom is a professional Italian basketball player), they spend many of their dinners around a table for hours just soaking in good times and good people. Their wedding was much like this, including a two hour dinner that was unfussy and full of laughs and great food. The Groom’s ring was also made of the melted down metals of his grandparents’ rings and had his wife’s fingerprint imprinted on it! Another special moment was the “first touch” where the Bride’s father guided the Groom across the room, and they shared a prayer over the lives they were about to promise to each other.

From the Bride… We love greenery and natural beauty and wanted simplicity, yet classy, elegant, and timeless. We always envisioned our wedding to have a garden feel. However, the heat and rain of summer made this idea somewhat impossible… Until we found Oxford Exchange. The indoor garden feel, natural beauty, and elegance of Oxford captured our hearts from the first moment we walked in.

Our unique elements included olive branches to bring in a touch of Italy, a sign in globe to represent our love of travel and how all of our guests mean “the world to us,” and a remembrance table to remember those who couldn’t be with us but who are forever in our hearts.

It is really tough to choose a favorite moment! The Groom’s father was also a basketball coach, and the image of the two of them leaving the church and sharing a basketball handshake gives me so many chills! One of the most special moments for us was just prior to Adam’s thank you and blessing. We took a moment, looked around the entire room, and saw that every single person we love was all in one place, and they were there to celebrate our love and our marriage. How amazing a feeling that was! It warms our hearts thinking about this moment, and it will be a memory we will cherish forever. 

My gown was was by Maggie Sotterro and the name was Lisette. I never envisioned having a princess style gown until putting it on. It was classy, elegant, sexy, and I loved it! Our cake was made by Kim Yelvington at Chocolate Pi. It was a champagne scented strawberry cake with mimosa cream. DELICIOUS! We created welcome bags when our guests checked into the hotel including water, snacks, Advil, and a thank you cards for our guests. 

Our advice to couples is to do a last dance with just the Bride and Groom. That was another one of our favorite moments because it gave us one more chance to soak it all in! It was so special and so memorable.



Photography: PSJ Photograpgy | Cinematography: Alvaro Misericordia Films | Floral Design: Botanica International Design Studio | Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero | Cake: Chocolate Pi | Ceremony: St Lawrence Catholic Church | Reception: Oxford Exchange | Hair + Makeup: Rachel Reumann | DJ: Impulse Entertainment | Bridal Boutique: Lily's Bridal Of Orlando | Robe: Homebodii

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Dreamy Tropical Destination Wedding in Key West

Dan and Vivian call New York City home base but opted for a destination locale on the big day. They escaped to Key West, Florida with all their favorite people and Destination Wedding Studio made sure the celebration went off without a hitch. Peek at the images by Renee Lemaire and see why we adore this blue and gold fête from beginning to end.

Dan & Vivian planned a gorgeous destination wedding Key West, Florida. While living in New York City, they had the help of Vivian’s father, a Key West local, and Peggy from Destination Wedding Studio to make sure every detail was perfectly executed.

Their candlelit ceremony was in the chapel of Fort Zachary Taylor, surrounded by their closest friends, family, and the beautiful historic architecture. Afterwards, they had a beautiful tented reception in the courtyard of the Fort, complete with lush, pastel florals, gold accents, and soft blue linens lining every table.

Dan and Vivian had many creative personal touches tied into their wedding day. As a talented designer, Vivian created their adorable stationery & paper products for the day. Since their first date was over hamburgers, they served gourmet burger sliders to their guests. One of my favorite hidden details was Dan’s socks, which were dotted with tiny hamburgers! The couple also served some of their favorite Key West treats; cookies from a local bakery and Key Lime pie on a stick (which is definitely worth making a trip to Key West in itself!).

To tie in both of their family traditions, guests took part in the traditional Jewish hora and a Hora Loca for Vivian’s Cuban roots. It was so much fun to see these two families come together!



Photography: Renee Lemaire Photography | Cinematography: Pabelona Studios | Event Planning: Destination Wedding Studio | Floral Design: Karro Events | Wedding Dress: Christos | Wedding Dress: Wedding Atelier | Cake: Amazing Cakes And Creations | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Hayley Paige | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid | Catering: Catered Affairs | DJ: Sarz Entertainment | Groom's Attire: J.Crew | Transportation: Old Town Trolley | Wedding Venue: Fort Zachary Taylor | Accomodations: Casa Marina | Beauty: Studio Marie-Pierre | Rentals: Eventually Yours

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Our Fave Places To Tie the Knot In Buckhead

There’s no doubt that Atlanta’s wedding game is strong, especially if you’re looking to take your celebration a little north to the uptown district of Buckhead. But if you find yourself waffling on just where to say “I do” in this historic locale, no worries. We’re counting down four of our faves to help you out.

Photo Courtesy Of: The Westin Buckhead Atlanta 


Why we love it: With over 30,000 square feet of event space, The Westin Buckhead Atlanta always delivers when it comes to hosting magazine-worthy celebrations. And their talented weddings team, culinary expertise and proximity to all of that fab Buckhead shopping is key to any awesome wedding week or weekend. Plus, we absolutely adore those luxe accommodations. It’s just what you need after dancing the night away with your loved ones.

What you can’t miss: Their reception options. With over 20 venues woven throughout their property, you can celebrate your newlywed status in everything from a grand ballroom to a garden terrace. Urban vibe meets serene green space never looked so awesome.

Photography: Amy Arrington


Why we love it: You know we love a good garden ceremony, and if you’re looking to say “I do” surrounded by lush florals or just steps away from a picturesque pond, you’ve found your winner in the Atlanta Botanical Garden. We’re especially fond of the Alston Overlook with its Midtown skyline views and intimate setting for just 60 of your nearest and dearest. Now that’s romantic.

What you can’t miss: The Rose Garden. It features over 21 varieties of your fave flower and it’s amazing.

Photography: Justin DeMutiis 


Why we love it: Put simply, ceremonies at The Swan House are quintessential southern affairs. They’re grand, they’re classic and they’re all sorts of take your breath away dreamy. So are we obsessed? You betcha. And those gorgeous staircases are literally are everything.

What you can’t miss: The museum tours. Guests aren’t allowed to party inside the mansion, but you can offer them tours of all of the beauty before you say your “I do’s.” We absolutely love that.

Photography: Carla Gates


Why we love it: Centered in the heart of Buckhead, once you enter the grounds of The Estate, you’ll feel like you’ve literally into another time and place. That’s because these three acres smack-dab in the center of the city are surrounded by tall trees that cocoon you from all of the outside activities. And with outdoor ceremony options that include a beautiful fountain, you’ll be giving your Big Day that historic charm you wanted.

What you can’t miss: The charm and history. This sweet locale won The Buckhead Beautification Award for a reason.

If you’re ready to tie the knot in Buckhead, be sure to visit each of these amazing locales for more information. And don’t forget to contact The Westin Buckhead Atlanta for all of your reception and accommodation needs for an event that is fabulous from start to finish.

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