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Orlando Lemonade Wedding Inspiration from Wings of Glory Photography + Dogwood Blossom Stationery

Lots of love, a little sugar, and bushels of lemons. That is what Wings of Glory Photography started with, and taking help from a phenomenal team of vendors, including Dogwood Blossom Stationery and VOWS Wedding & Event Planning, she ended up with the most adorable, and could not be more perfect for summer, lemonade inspiration shoot. On a hot summer day like today, we totally die. It’s perfect wrapped up in a mason jar, and it’s all right here for your viewing pleasure in the gallery!

All that gorgeous was all wrapped up in a film from Lucid Productions, LLC.

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From Wings of Glory PhotographyI am beyond excited to share this bright & colorful photo shoot! All of the unique details and DIY projects made this not only fun to shoot but inspiring! All of the vendors involved are extremely passionate hard workers that helped this dream shoot become a reality.

Several DIY projects went into making this shoot unique and fun! We ran into problems finding shoes, hair pieces and accessories to go with the color scheme and theme of this shoot. So we decided to take matters in our own hands and get creative! The brides shoes were initially brown and grey, We purchased paint and burlap material to make burlap flowers on both shoes. With Pinterest tips for “how to make fabric flowers’ the shoes came to life! We well in love with the burlap flowers so much we decided to make a hair piece to match!

Another problem we ran into was finding yellow suspenders, so using the same technique as the shoes, We painted them! No one even noticed come photo shoot day! And who can forget the lemonade stand! We built, stained and painted ourselves!

We wanted to incorporate the lemons and mason jars in a unique way, so we added a lemon peel into the boutonniere! When it came to the mason jars, we knew that something different needed to be done, of course who could have a Lemonade stand with out mason jars, but who would of thought that mason jars would make such cute ‘Mr & Mrs.” cake toppers? We felt it gave an appealing twist!

We got inspiration from several online resources but the main source was of course, Pinterest! Especially the idea of the cute & very yummy pink popcorn!

The location was shot at the gorgeous Shingle Creek Park. The historical barns and buildings dated back to 1912. Adding a vintage theme to this Lemonade stand shoot wrapped it all together nicely!

The vision for this shoot was to create something fun, bright and creative that all brides can appeal to and actually achieve for themselves on their wedding day!

Photography: Wings Of Glory Photography / Stationary: Dogwood Blossom Stationery / Planner & Organizer: VOWS Wedding & Event Planning / Videography: Lucid Productions LLC / Hair & Make up Artist: Bring out the beauty in you / Pastry Chef: Wendy Woo Cakes / Florist: The Flower Lady / Vintage furniture rentals: Weddings by 2 Plus Hue

Clearwater Wedding by Stephanie A. Smith Photography

One part beach chic, one part classic and all parts seriously fabulous, this stunning Clearwater soiree is about to turn your Monday into the prettiest day you’ve ever had.  It’s an ode to the traditional with dashing men in bow ties, a sophisticated color palette and a ball gown that will literally take your breath away – and it’s all set against an uber-romantic seaside location with beautiful images by Stephanie A. Smith Photography.  Prepare for a day of gorgeous, SMPers and join me in the gallery for more.

From Stephanie A. Smith Photography I so enjoyed being a part of Devon and Mike’s wedding. It was classy and beautiful, just like the two of them. I loved Devon’s soft-colored flowers, her gorgeous dress, and the bow ties and suspenders on Mike and his groomsmen. And then of course the vintage MG, which is part of Devon’s dad’s personal car collection, as the gift table. So many special elements made their day quite an elegant occasion.

Wedding Photography: Stephanie A. Smith Photography / Photography Assistant: Blue Lane Studios / Wedding Venue: Carlouel Yacht Club in Clearwater, Florida / Floral Design + Decor: conceptBAIT / Wedding Cake: Publix / Music: Grant Hemond and Associates / Wedding Dress: White One by Pronovias / Bride’s Shoes: Nina + Kate Spade / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Priscilla of Boston (Now Closed) / Flower Girls’ Dresses: J.Crew / Groom’s Tuxedo: Joseph Abboud

Miami Wedding at Thalatta Estate by Michelle March Photography

From the very first moment I laid my eyes on this glorious Miami affair, I was done for.  Yep, hook, line and sinker FINISHED.  Because, this wedding, this traditional stunner held at the Thalatta Estate?  It’s flawless.  From the glamorous Old Hollywood vibe to the breathtaking DIY details to the stop-you-in-your-tracks images captured by Michelle March Photography, it will 100%, without a doubt, leave you speechless.  Ready for a day of non-stop lovely?  Join me in the gallery for sooo much more.

Oh, and we’re not done yet.  We have a breathtaking film from Michael Burgos Films to send you off into the weekend.  Enjoy!

From Michelle March PhotographyYeni and Peter Pinto’s wedding was truly spectacular. It was reminiscent of old Hollywood glamour meets South Beach. From the vintage-inspired lace gown to the classic getaway car, you felt as though you had been transported to another era. The men looked amazing in their suspenders and bow-ties, and the ladies were so elegant in their blue, tea-length dresses. The couple danced to Frank Sinatra under the countless glass bubble lights (which they put up themselves). So much of what made part of this special day was made by the couple and their loving families. You would have never guessed it! The entire event was so romantic…

Wedding Photography: Michelle March Photography / Ceremony: St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Miami Beach, Florida / Reception, Catering, Music + Wedding Day Coordination: Thalatta Estate in Miami, Florida / Wedding Planning + Decor: DIY by the Bride, Groom + Their Families / Wedding Cinematography: Michael Burgos Films / Wedding Dress: Jim Hjelm / Hair + Makeup: Christina Vidal

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Palmetto Riverside Bed & Breakfast Wedding by Divine Light Photography

One thing I know for certain – you are going to LOVE this wedding.  The vibrant pops of orange, the mind-blowing bouquets crafted by Flowers by Edie and the stunning reception held under that breathtaking canopy of trees at the Palmetto Riverside Bed & Breakfast… it’s pure perfection.  Not to mention those glorious images captured by the amazing Divine Light Photography.  They snapped up every last joyous moment… and filled our gallery with some serious happy.  Join me there for more.

From the Bride… After not being able to sleep all night, I got up in the morning so excited to start the day! All of my bridesmaids and I stayed at the B&B and were served a beautiful breakfast in the morning. After that, we lounged around and slowly began getting ready. My parents, David’s parents and all of their friends set up everything, from the chandeliers hanging in the oaks to the centerpieces on the tables. As the time to go the the church got closer, my nerves really started to kick in. Once at the church I couldn’t keep from shaking with excitement. The ceremony was perfect — once I was up at the altar with David, I felt so calm. Once the reception began, the night seemed to fly by, and before I knew it, we were heading down the dock to get on the boat to leave.

Wedding Photography: Divine Light Photography / Ceremony: First United Methodist Church of Palmetto in Palmetto, Florida / Reception: Palmetto Riverside Bed & Breakfast in Palmetto, Florida / Centerpiece Flowers: King’s Wholesale + Arranged by the Bride & Groom / Bouquets: Flowers by Edie / Catering: Premiere Catering / Wedding Cake: Mr. Cheesecake and More / DJ: Black Tie DJs / Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero / Bride’s Shoes: Stein Mart / Hair: Alice McClary of Cutting Edge Salon / Makeup: Lili’s Weddings

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Amelia Island Wedding by JulieCate Photography

Well, if this isn’t the prettiest little wedding I’ve seen all day! Cheery sunflowers, mix-matched bridesmaids in tones of grey and a bride and groom so utterly in love make for one simply gorgeous event as seen through the lens of JulieCate Photography.  Be sure to read this adorable bride’s heartfelt wedding day story after you’ve taken a good long stroll through the full gallery!

From the Bride… A little after 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 28th, the love of my life married me. In front of our family and friends, we cried, laughed, prayed, said some words that are now our vows, and BEST of all — kissed. It was the best day of my life. The day started with me and my gals getting ready and joking about funny memories over a few cocktails. On the other side of town, there was a group of men who stumbled into an Irish bar and after awhile, one of the me, decided it was time for him to get married. One trolley ride later, that man was waiting inside a church wondering where a certain girl was and what she was doing. Me, the certain girl, was doing the finishing touches of my makeup and hugging my dad, awaiting my walk down the aisle. Finally, I made it down the aisle and stood next to my fiance. Twenty three minutes later, I was standing next to my husband. Then, the church bell rang, and then the fun really began! Our guests took a ride in a trolley while listening to an amazing fiddle player, and then they arrived at The Florida House Inn. The night was followed with A LOT of dancing, good food and great drinks. At one point in the night, I was standing on the stage, while our band’s fiddler played “Devil Went Down to Georgia” with his fiddle in between my legs.  If this sounds crazy to you — you had to be there! At the end of the night, my husband and I left the reception with all of our friends and family cheering as we drove away. The rest of our life then began — which of course started with us eating everything in sight — because we were, by that time, completely starving. All the advice we received before the wedding about taking time to eat at our reception was clearly a fail. Honestly, I don’t even remember being hungry that day — until I finally sat down in our hotel. Anyway, at the end of everything, I wouldn’t have changed a thing — my wedding really was my fairytale that came true. And everyday since continues to be the best day of my life. :)

Wedding Photography: JulieCate Photography / Ceremony: First Presbyterian Church in Fernandina Beach, Florida / Reception + Floral Design: The Florida House Inn in Fernandina Beach, Florida / Transportation: Amelia Island Trolleys / Wedding Dress: Romona Keveza / Bride’s Shoes: Elehandmade / Hair: Anjeza Durollari / Makeup: Simply Makeup Artists / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Amsale

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Clearwater Wedding at Carlouel Yacht Club by URBANcoast

There’s nothing quite like the breathtaking crystal blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico to set the stage for your Big Day… well, that and the oh-so-talented team at URBANcoast.  Together they make one VERY fabulous combination of wedding goodness – and this gorgeous Clearwater soiree is the perfect example of what I am talking about.  A beautiful blue and green color palette, a stunning ceremony setting and seaside chic every which way you turn.  Paul Johnson Photography captured all of the love-filled moments… and the gallery?  Chock-full of amazing.  Join me there for more.

From the Bride… We gravitated to each other through a series of events that can only be described as serendipitous. Tyler and I both attended Florida State University and had mutual friends but never were never aware of each others’ future importance to our lives. Fate, otherwise known as my best friend Kristen, brought us back together a few years later when I was in nursing school at the University of Florida. Shortly after we started dating, Tyler’s job required him to take a six-month stint in London. In the midst of his time overseas, he told me couldn’t stand to be away from me any longer and decided to fly me to Europe. We spent a week jet-setting between London, Paris and the Netherlands for my birthday. Sipping Bordeaux in front of the Eiffel tower with the man of my dreams was one of the most romantic moments of my life — that is, until we locked eyes on our wedding day. 

I wanted to capture our personality in our wedding style and was able to successfully do that with the help of Soosie and Brittany’s team at URBANcoast. After a year of planning and countless meetings, URBANcoast and my florist Dana Dineen brought my lifelong vision to life. The end result was absolutely flawless. The ceremony took place on a grassy area surrounded by sand dunes and palm trees. Our altar piece was a piece of furniture from our home, and its shelves were filled with large coral pieces, finger sponges, and oyster shell votives — a very thoughtful wedding gift from the girls at URBANcoast. The entry to our aisle was framed with custom-made stands and shabby-chic lanterns adorned with coral and spider mums. Our reception was illuminated with aqua back-lighting and the soft glow of candlelight. Atop the tables were floating votives over submerged coral branches and sea fans. The centerpieces were without a doubt the most unique piece of our wedding. Dana’s team custom-made distressed wooden risers that created the perfect base for our coral reef creation. Small floating votives hid beneath the driftwood and sea life. The dessert table was one of my favorite things, as we are avid macaron lovers. The cake had alternating tiers of key lime and banana bread cake and was supported by white chocolate sand dollars, all of which were surrounded by plates overflowing with our favorite macarons. Glass orbs filled with sea grass and flowers hung from all of the chandeliers, which were covered with sea grape leaves and sea fans.

After the ceremony, Paul and Mecheal Johnson took us out to the beach for some post-ceremony photographs. It was our first moment “alone” as a married couple, and it couldn’t have been more serene. The sun was beginning to set, the sea breeze was gently blowing through the sea oats and dunes, and we were able to take in everything after our whirlwind of a day. When we were walking through the dunes, I stepped, barefoot, in a sand spur patch. I was rendered defenseless and couldn’t move without stepping on more spurs. Without hesitation, my chivalrous husband whisked me up and carried me through the sand dunes. Paul captured the moment perfectly.

Wedding Photography: Paul Johnson Photography / Wedding Venue: Carlouel Yacht Club in Clearwater, Florida / Event Planning + Paper Goods: URBANcoast / Floral Design: Dana Dineen Floral Design / Wedding Cake: A Better Cheesecake / Macarons: Cake City / Ceremony Music: Classern String Quartet / Reception Music: Sultans of Swing / Lighting: Bay Stage Lighting / Tableware: Panache / Photo Booth: Shutterbooth / Wedding Dress: Vera Wang / Bride’s Hairpiece + Large Shell Mirror: Custom by Heather Kendall / Hair: Michael Angelo Hair Studio / Makeup: Shirley Gregory / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: LulaKate via Bella Bridesmaid / Men’s Attire: JoS. A. Bank

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Miami Wedding at Vizcaya Museum & Gardens by KT Merry

When KT Merry‘s name pops up in our inboxes, we always do a little happy dance. OK…a big happy dance. Because we know when we take a peek at her images, prettiness will ensue. Timeless prettiness. Prettiness like this gorgeous Miami wedding. The type of wedding that makes you feel like you need to catch your breath after gawking at all the gorgeous images, and that ultimately leads to one literally breathtaking gallery of images!

From the Bride… We wanted to get married in South Florida, where we met and currently live. After visiting many venues, we immediately fell in love with Vizcaya, a historical estate on Biscayne Bay with gorgeous gardens and a lot of character. Throughout the planning process, we wanted to make sure we created a wedding that included as many personal touches as possible. In fact, even our wedding date was chosen for sentimental reasons — not only was it the weekend we met four years prior, but it was also my grandparents’ wedding anniversary. Our goal was for our family and friends to leave with the sense that they’d experienced a unique wedding that truly told the story of us. For instance, since both of us grew up spending family vacations along the water (Jeff at Siesta Key Beach and Lori at Lake Michigan), we held a sand ceremony, during which we blended sand from both beaches into one vase. We also tried to include personal details throughout the cocktail party, such as the vintage typewriter from the 1920’s, displayed next to the wedding weekend newspaper that written by the groom and handed to guests upon hotel check-in, symbolizing Jeff’s writing career. And we made sure our band, which we actually found at a bar, played the type of up-tempo anthems that our generation has come to love. In every way, from start to finish, our wedding was always about the personal touches.  nd ultimately, that’s what made our day feel so special when it was all over. We don’t look back and think about the storm clouds that popped up just before our ceremony was about to start, but about the experience that represented us so well and the celebration of the beginning of our married life together.

Wedding Photography: KT Merry / Wedding Venue: Vizcaya Museum & Gardens in Miami, Florida / Floral Design, Lighting, Stage + Dance Floor: Parrish Designs / Catering: Bill Hansen Catering / Wedding Invitations: Smock via Arabesque of Naples / Place Cards: William Arthur via Sincerely Yours, Diane / Personalized Cocktail Napkins: Designed by the Bride & Groom via Sincerely Yours, Diane / Ceremony String Quartet: Monty Bloom Ensembles / Reception Band: Sekond Nature / Cigar Roller: Miami Tobacco Traders (305-445-0100) / Wedding Dress: Vera Wang via Ever After Miami / Bride’s Shoes: Angela Nuran via Boca Raton Bridal / Bride’s Ring: The Bride’s Maternal Grandmother / Bride’s Necklace + Earrings: Family Heirlooms Borrowed from the Bride’s Paternal Grandmother / Bride’s Bracelet: Ever After Miami / Hair: Andrea Alikaj (239-537-7210) / Makeup: Rachelle (954-260-5919) / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Amsale via Bella Bridesmaid / Bridesmaids’ Earrings: Kendra Scott / Groom’s Tuxedo, Bow Tie, Cummerbund + Pocket Square: Hugo Boss / Groom’s Tuxedo Stud Set: David Donahue

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Tampa Wedding from K & K Photography + URBANcoast

If the first dreamy image from K & K Photography of the big, romantic bouquet of peonies from Botanica International Design Studio is any indication of the rest of this wedding (and OH it is) I don’t think I’d be going out on a limb by saying we are ALL in for a treat. With URBANcoast in charge of the rest of the decor, it was destined to be fabulous, but even with this all star team behind it all, we were still blown away. So plant your feet firmly and promise me you’ll visit the full gallery, because it is a pretty dream in every single image!

From the beautiful bride … Alex and I went to medical school in Tampa and Bradenton respectively. We met when my best friend Michelle invited me to a party to celebrate the end of the third year of medical school at a fun outdoor restaurant, Sail Pavilion in Tampa. Even though she didn’t have the idea in mind to set us up, she saw us talking at the bar and knew that I was developing a crush on Alex. She wasted no time in telling his best friend, Ben, who promptly told him. I could not have been more embarrassed. A few weeks later Michelle and I were planning to go to Tennessee for the Bonnaroo Music Festival and at the last minute, even though we had only spoken the one time at the bar, Alex took a leap of faith and decided to make the 10 hourr drive to the festival as well. He and Ben made 100 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and hit the road following us to TN. We had a blast at the music festival and went on our first date a few days after returning to FL.

The proposal happened when I was least expecting it. Alex told me we were going to dinner with friends but were meeting them at Sail Pavilion beforehand. We ordered drinks and sat down. He began acting very nervous. He asked me if I knew what day it was and after thinking about it I realized it was one year ago to the day that we met at this same restaurant. He told me that he never anticipated all the wonderful moments that had come about in the past year of our relationship and asked me to marry him. I tearfully said yes! He pointed across the water to a nearby restaurant where our families were watching the whole proposal. It meant so much that he planned such a great surprise and knew that having our families present was important.

From URBANcoastThe wedding took on a beautiful Saturday in April right after a fresh rain. The hotel looked amazing as it boasted the greenest grass and most luscious flowers. The bridal party arrived in style in a traditional Trolley. Lisa in a breathtaking Kenneth pool gown with full skirt was the epitome of a beautiful, natural bride. Ever the fun couple they lead the way to the reception in coordinating sunglasses with “Lisa and Alex’s Wedding” printed on the sides.

The cocktail hour décor was quietly elegant. Small vintage mercury glass vessels filled with babies breath and peonies adorned the tables covered in simple ivory linens. Large mercury glass vases illuminated with candlelight helping the guests find their place cards. The bar had all of the couples favorite cocktails along with fun koozies and straws to make them special.

The curtains opened to let the guests enter the reception room and you could hear the oohs and ahhs all the way down the hall. The dance floor was strategically placed under the enormous custom Chihuly chandelier. The guest tables displayed two different types of floral arrangements. Giant babies breath spheres were placed atop vintage silver vases creating a romantic atmosphere. Low arrangements of large peonies, ranunculus, and roses filled mercury glass vessels to add a bit of spring to the reception. Every table had a collection of mercury glass candlesticks and votives at varying heights to bathe the room in candlelight. The mother of the bride spent 6 months collecting the mercury glass! The giant “U” shaped head table held the babies breath arrangements, mercury glass, and a swag of greenery, babies breath, and peonies that went the length of the table.

The reception wasn’t complete until the white shoes came out. A tradtion that started at the Father of the Bride’s birthday. 2 Blues Brothers brought out a suitcase with 2 pairs of large white mens dress shoes. The bride promplty flug off her wedding shoes and slipped on a pair. The father of the bride followed soot. The shoes allow the wearer to dance wildly! After a few moments the groom joined his wife and as time went on the whole wedding had taken their turn in the wild shoes! It was a beautiful wedding where the couple surrounded by family, friends, and faith celebrated their love.

Photography: K & K Photography / Event Design and Printed Materials: URBANcoast / Florals: Botanica International Design Studio / Linens: Linens by the Sea / Chiavari Chairs: PKS Rentals / DJ: Ben Daniele, Grant Hemmond and Associates / Transportation: Jolley Trolley / Photobooth: Shutterbooth / Cake & Lighting: The Renaissance Vinoy / Brides Attire: Solutions Bridal / Brides Shoes: Kate Spade

Jacksonville Styled Bridal Shoot at The Museum by Flora + Fauna

You know what’s better than a sunny Monday morning?  A sunny Monday morning spent swooning over bundles upon bundles of beyond gorgeous inspiration, all courtesy of the ever-amazing Flora + Fauna and Forever Sacred Events.  Yep, that’s right.  An entire day of styled session goodness lies before us and we have a fab vintage vibe and downright beautiful blooms by The Floral Emporium II to thank.  A warm summer day, clear blue skies and PRETTY as far as the eye can see?  Yes, please.  Click here for more.

From Flora + Fauna… The Museum, which was previously known as the Koger Gallery, was an art gallery from the mid-1960s until 2001. Sadly, in 2001, The Koger Gallery was abandoned and stood alone for over ten years. However, it was recently renovated and opened to the public. The Museum is filled with amazing architecture and accented with local artwork from Florida. We appreciate that this new wedding venue has history; we absolutely loved photographing this styled session in The Museum.

Photography: Jenn + Derrek Sullivan of Flora + Fauna / Photo Shoot Venue: The Museum in Jacksonville, Florida / Event Planning + Design: Cheryl Abbott of Forever Sacred Events / Floral Design: The Floral Emporium II / Cupcakes: CamiCakes / Wedding Cake: The Cake Shop of San Jose / Wardrobe Styling: Michael McDaniel / Wedding Dresses: Ruche Bridal / Bride’s Hair Accessory: Southern Crossing Antique Mall / Hair: Natalie Restrepo of Makeup by Paulina Perez / Makeup: Cathee Molina of Hello CatheeMakeup by Paulina Perez

Miami Wedding Highlight Film from from Blueshore Cinema

There is something so, so sweet about this highlight film. Something that makes me want to watch it over and over again. Something that will make you smile from the very beginning to the very end, and then will make you press play just once (or twice) more. Blueshore Cinema got lucky with a gorgeous in love couple, and then worked their magic to make us all fall in love!

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You can say that Yascel and I were destined to meet. In December 2007, we both decided to go to a dinner club one Friday night after a long day at work. The owners of the dinner club were friends of mine and were sponsoring a teacher’s happy hour. So naturally both my co-workers and I decided to attend. As I walked towards the ladies room, I recognized Yacsel from a picture on my cousins MySpace page, out of all places right? We made eye contact and entered into a short conversation where we discussed our mutual friends. A few days later, I receive a request on MySpace from him. This started a short online courtship that led to a 4 year relationship where we realized we wanted to spend the rest of our lives together. I guess you can credit social networking for breaking the ice that first night.

My husband loves marine life and owns a 120 gallon salt water tank. His hobby is expanding and maintaining this tank. So, it didn’t surprised me that on July 4th, 2010, he preferred to be working on his tank instead of watching the fireworks outside. While he was working on it, he asks for my help in removing a fish that had become a nuisance eating his coral. He told me to hold a small fishing rod that was attached to a string buried in the sand. He told me to pull it up at the count of three and as I did, I uncovered my beautiful engagement ring. Before I knew it, he was down on one knee asking me to marry him.

Very soon after our engagement, we began planning the big day. We both had very different ideas and it took us some time to agree on how we wanted this day to unfold. We paid for the wedding ourselves, so it was difficult to develop a budget that would both give us the wedding of our dreams, without leaving us in a financial bind. So, we prioritized and allocated funds to what was most important to us and then found economic alternatives to those items that weren’t as important. In the end, it all worked out and we could not have been happier with the outcome.

I am an elementary school teacher and have worked in that capacity for the past 11 years. I am currently working on a Masters Degree in Reading. I also tutor on the side as an extra income on weekdays and teach enrichment classes on Saturdays. I was born in Cuba and my family immigrated to the United Stated in search for a better life. I’ve lived in the US since I was 3 years old. We are a very tight-knit group and family is very important to us.

Yacsel works for Federal Express and also owns a small company that wraps vehicles for advertising purposes. At the age of 10, his mother made the difficult decision to allow Yacsel to come to the United States to live with his father. Yacsel was her first-born and to this day she second guesses her choice. After one reunion 5 years later, Yacsel wasn’t able to go back and visit due to financial constraints.

It was important to us for Yacsel’s mother to be present the day of our wedding. We decided as a couple to start the process to bring his mother to the United States. A year before the wedding, we began all the necessary paperwork. It is a long and arduous process. We each saved more money and worked more hours. Every week we got news that she was one step closer in coming. After 16 years, Yacsel’s mother would get to not only embrace her son, but would also walk him down the aisle on his wedding day. Two weeks before the wedding, we received the most disappointing news. Yacsel’s mother was denied in her efforts to come the United States. We were all heartbroken, especially Yacsel . We vowed to have her in our thoughts but to do the very best we could to enjoy the beginning of our lives together.

I would say the highlight of our wedding was the best man’s toast. His idea was brilliant. He made Yacsel’s night even more monumental by including the one person he longed so much to be present on the day of his wedding, his beloved mother. At the conclusion of his toast, Yascel’s mother’s voice came over the sound equipment, speaking to us and giving us her blessing. It was a very special and emotional moment.

The decision to have the wedding at this particular venue was almost instant. From the moment I walked into the Starlight Room, in the Miami Beach Resort and Spa, I fell in love. I knew then I wanted my wedding reception to be there. The ceiling looks like a night sky. There are thousands of white lights that make it look like a sky filled with infinite stars. It was a romantic setting and that was exactly how I wanted my wedding to look and feel.

I had to work with the existing color scheme of the ballroom in order to choose a complimentary color scheme. I decided on Navy blue, Silver and White. My centerpieces along with the ceiling made the ballroom a romantic Starry Night. My flower arrangements, by Elegant Bodas, made an impact once you entered the ballroom. I had 16 centerpieces, all different in heights, with long clear beads hanging from the centerpieces. I chose navy blue pintuck table linens and silver chivari chairs.

During my religious ceremony, I incorporated la mantilla. La mantilla is a lace or silk veil or shawl worn over the head and shoulders used to unite the couple while the priest recites a prayer. This tradition is passed down from generation. We were given our mantilla as a gift and God willingly will be able to pass our mantilla down to our children. Since my grandmother was not present for my wedding I wore her wedding band as a symbol of my love and her presence on the day of my wedding.

We decided on two wedding favors for our wedding; One favor being edible. A silver box containing three LINDT truffles, white chocolate, milk chocolate and dark chocolate, tied with a navy blue ribbon. Our second favor became an instant hit, Snapshot Memories Photo Booth Entertainment. I provided some funny props and my guests enjoyed hours of picture snapping with friends and family. The best part was that my guests got to take a piece of my wedding home with them. I too received the best gift. I was given an album at the end of the night with a copy of everyone’s picture, as well as everyone’s heartfelt well wishes.

I want to thank ALL my vendors for making March 10, 2012 PERFECT! I especially want to thank two vendors in particular. First, my event planner Letty Gobel, for making the wedding process easy, and for being so patient with me. My event planner put me in contact with most of my amazing vendors. In particular, the most brilliant and skilled cinematographer on the planet, Jeremy Nelson from Blueshore Productions. Before even being engaged, I would watch trailers made by Blueshore Productions and would get lost in his films, almost as if I was the bride in every trailer. I know it sounds crazy but its true. That is just how skilled Jeremy and his team truly are. Film truly is such a vital medium, because if it wasn’t for film, Yacsel’s mother wouldn’t have the opportunity to see, and feel what she did when she viewed our wedding trailer in Cuba. By the way, June 17, 2012, after 16 years Yacsel was reunited with his mother in Cuba. When they arrived at his mother’s house, the first thing Yacsel did was play our wedding trailer for his mother to see. Words cannot express the emotion that mother felt viewing her son and daughter-in- law exchanging vows; and then as if the exchanging of vows weren’t enough, hearing her voice on the film, watching her son cry, made her realize that physically she wasn’t there but definitely spirituality she was.

Cinematography: Blueshore Productions / Photography: Gail Chatelain / Flowers: Elegant Bodas / Event Planning: LMG Events / Ceremony Location: Saint Francis de Sales / Reception Location: Miami Beach Resort and Spa – Starlight Room / Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas / Shoes: White Satin Badgley Mischka / Dress Designer: Priscilla of Boston / Bridesmaid Dress Designer: Bill Levkoff / Men’s Fashion: Formal One Tuxedo / Any special jewelry: Bride’s grandmother’s wedding band

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Clearwater Beach Wedding from Ryan Joseph Photographs + Voila Cinematic

Stunning IS this wedding. Stunning is the gorgeous sunset on the Florida beach. Stunning is the breathtaking bride and her handsome groom. Stunning is a handful of amazing images from Ryan Joseph Photographs and a highlight film from Voila Cinematic. This entire affair from Table 6 Productions is beyond. And we’re still trying to catch our breath. Click here for more!

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Jonathan and I both studied abroad in Israel during our senior year of high school and even though we were there during different semesters, the friends I became close with were from the same high school as him and through them is how we originally met each other. It is through those same friends that our paths continued to cross throughout college (Jonathan attended the University of FL and I attended NYU but would run into him while visiting these same friends), life after college (birthdays, engagements, weddings) and 8 years later after a lot of running into each other, a friendship turned into something much much more. 

We knew we wanted a destination wedding so that everyone would feel they were on vacation together, but didn’t want to deal with passports or long flights. We also knew we really wanted to get married on the beach and had dreamt of having the entire wedding, from ceremony to reception, outdoors. So being from the Miami area (even though we have tons of beautiful beaches) we began looking at venues on the west coast of FL to give us the feeling of being far but near. A dear friend suggested we check out the Sandpearl in Clearwater Beach for its gorgeous pure white sand and warm laid back vibe. From the moment we entered the resort it felt magical, they had the perfect beach and gulf lawn to accommodate what we had envisioned and we both knew then we would be able to make our dream wedding a reality.

Saying our vows to each other was a surreal but extremely powerful moment. Wedding planning was incredibly fun and I felt extremely lucky that Jonathan was not only very supportive but also very involved when it came to a lot of the most important aspects, but at the end of the day the commitment we made to each other was what was most significant that day and to write them ourselves was something very personal and important to both of us. Alex, our videographer, incorporated them in our highlights in a way that truly told the story of our wedding day.

Music was a major inspiration and I like to think of our style as some form of hippie beach chic – we wanted to try and blend the laid back hippie aspects of our personalities with the elegance and beauty of a wedding day. That was the inspiration for leaving the grass as our dance floor, being barefoot for the ceremony and having the entire reception outside on the beach. We tried to use some out of the box ideas for seating and table numbers – The seating chart was done on a chalkboard (that our wedding planner’s husband was kind enough to build the week of the wedding!), he made sure to incorporate the little picture of the Airstream RV we used to own and for our massive ‘Royal Table’ as I like to call it, each person had an individual place card which our calligrapher hand wrote with their nickname on it, which was held in a wine cork. This theme carried through to the other table numbers being on bottles of wine. One of my best friends was amazing enough to buy a bunch of tiny frames and place various quotes about love in each one and had them spread out on each of the tables. We also had a basket full of peace and love flip flops for all of the women to change into since dancing in heels would certainly be an issue on the gulf lawn. Instead of a traditional guest book, we had everyone write notes and slip them into a vintage mailbox. It was also really important to us that we honor the memory of our grandparents that are no longer with us and pay tribute to the generations of loving marriages that came before ours, so on the same table as the mailbox, we bought various vintage looking frames and displayed pictures of each our grandparents on their wedding day next to our parents on their wedding day.

Jonathan and I are very big music lovers and often use our vacations to travel for concerts and we’ve done everything from camp in tents to rent RV’s (and then eventually owned and restored an Airstream), so we wanted to incorporate that major part of our lives into the wedding. We really felt strongly about trying to make sure our wedding really felt like us.

Our love of music and concerts was also the obvious inspiration for the Beatles cover band (The British Invasion) – we kept that as a surprise for all of our wedding guests and it was such a hit. It really brought every generation out on the dance floor, singing and dancing the night away. Throughout the wedding we also didn’t have your usual wedding songs played, we made sure that in between The Beatles our DJ played songs that meant something to us, everything from Dave Matthews and Coldplay to Kenny Chesney & Tim McGraw.

There was a moment when Jonathan and I were the only ones on the dance floor and he just whispered to me, “look out there, they are all here for us.” And it was just one of those incredible moments where it hits you that this is your wedding day; you are surrounded by your closest family and friends and to have them all under the same roof (or stars in our case) happens only once. It gave us a moment to breathe that in together and Ryan Joseph, our unbelievable photographer, captured this moment in the photos.

Photography: Ryan Joseph Photographs / Cinematography: Voila Cinematic / Flowers: Redman Steele / Event Planning + Design: Table 6 Productions / Ceremony + Reception Location: The Sandpearl Resort / Invitations: Aventura Invitations, (305) 937-5555 / Calligraphy: Calligraphy Expressions / Shoes: Vera Wang Lavender / Dress Designer: Anna-Maier Ulla-Maija from Ever After / Bridesmaid Dress Designer: Priscilla of Boston / Flower Girl: Us Angels / Jonathan’s suit: Hugo Boss / Cufflinks: Cartier / Band: The British Invasion / DJ: Ricky Vazquez

Maitland Wedding at Quinn Strong Park by Cheryl Dawn Photography, Inc.

This wedding makes me happy.  That all-encompassing kind of HAPPY that fills you with joy from head to toe.  And, believe me, once you spend some time in the gallery, you’ll be just as gleeful.  From the darling DIY details so lovingly crafted by devoted family and friends to that uber-stunning vintage gown to each and every devastatingly gorgeous image captured by Cheryl Dawn Photography, Inc., it’s pure, unadulterated perfection.  Ready for a weekend smiling from ear to ear?  See so much more right here.

From Cheryl Dawn Photography, Inc.Florida gone vintage southern! Real love flowed deep through all the plans of this lovely wedding! Family and close friends left finger prints on all the details, from helping make the invitations and moving hay barrels, to hanging Italian lights. A sweet personal detail is the bride’s charming lace gown, which was worn by her own mother and re-spiced to fit the bride and her style perfectly! They let the creativity flow and used many of their resources at hand to make this enchanting evening complete from beginning to end! It was my joy to photography and be a part of this precious wedding — Janelle and Josh Morrison are very evidently madly in love!

Wedding Photography: Cheryl Dawn Photography, Inc. / Wedding Venue: Quinn Strong Park in Maitland, Florida / Floral Design: Stephanie Lightfoot / Wedding Day Coordination: Kristen Jones + Meghann Roberts / Officiant: Danny Jones / Wedding Cinematography: LightWorks Films / Wedding Cake: Meghann Roberts / Wedding Invitations: DIY by the Bride & Friends + Printed by Eric Chin at the UPS Store in Sanford, Florida / Entertainment: Chris Jessee / Chairs, Tables + Heater Rental: Nelson’s Tents and Events / Guest Book: Snapfish / Wedding Dress: Her Mother’s / Bride’s Shoes: Payless / Bride’s Earrings: Kohl’s / Bride’s Wedding Band: Zales / Hair: Janelle on Location / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: ModCloth, dELiA*s + Various / Bridesmaids’ Hair Flowers: Stephanie Jessee of Bella Designs / Groom’s Wedding Band: JVC Jewellery / Rehearsal Dinner Catering: Jason’s Deli

Winter Park Wedding by At Last Wedding + Event Design

What do you get when you combine fab Parisian-inspired details with a downright amazing rustic flare? Pure wedding perfection – and this Winter Park affair by At Last Wedding + Event Design is serious proof that it all comes together magnificently.  From the tree-filled ceremony overlooking the beautiful waters of Lake Osceola to the lovely pink hues, it’s a pretty fest like you’ve never seen.  Add to that some beautiful images by Studio222 Photography and, well.  Happy, happy Thursday.  See it all here.

From At Last Wedding + Event DesignNicole and JJ desired a soft, Parisian-influenced wedding with hints of a rustic feel. Their ceremony and reception venues were the absolute perfect locations for their vision, and everything came together without a hitch. The couple exchanged vows on the lawn of the Polasek Museum in front of a large, mossy tree and lake. Rather than the typical setting of chairs for a wedding, we designed the space in the shape of two semi-circles, giving the guests a much more intimate setting. Plus, the ceremony was performed by JJ’s father, which made it that much more special for the pair. The reception was nothing short of a party, and all of the guests had an absolutely fantastic time — especially the flower girl, who could be found crowd surfing on the dance floor!

Wedding Photography: Becka & Nate of Studio222 Photography / Ceremony: Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Garden in Winter Park, Florida / Reception: Winter Park Farmers Market in Winter Park, Florida / Wedding Coordination: At Last Wedding + Event Design / Floral Design: Dream Designs Florist / Wedding Cinematography: Fotos by Frandsen / Catering: Big Wheel Provisions / Dessert Buffet: The Baking Bar / Bar: AM Mobile Bar Service / Music: Scott Thompson of Thompson Entertainment / Transportation: VIP Transportation Group / Wedding Dress: Wtoo via L.A. Bridal / Bride’s Veil: Serephine / Makeup: Amanda Fritz of BeautyMarked by Amanda Brooke

Coral Gables Engagement Session by PS Photography

There’s just nothing sweeter or more joyful than a future Mr. and Mrs. celebrating their impending nuptials with an engagement session chock-full of L.O.V.E.  And this adorable Coral Gables duo?  Well, they are most certainly delivering the happy with a jaunt around The Biltmore Hotel, photo ops with a vintage car and style for miles (and miles).  All captured in beyond gorgeous images by PS Photography, there’s no doubt about it – this is e-session perfection.  See all of the lovely right here.

From the Bride-to-Be… Mike and I met about eight years ago and planned our wedding slowly after he popped the question in 2010. When we finally picked a wedding venue and secured our date, there was no doubt in our minds who we were going to call to photograph the event. Patty and Susie from PS Photography took our first set of engagement pictures about two years ago, and we fell in love with their style and fun personalities. Since our wedding package included another engagement session, we were really excited to take some updated pictures before the wedding and tried to figure out a style that was different from the normal pictures everyone takes. We knew we wanted something vintage so we decided to try an antique train museum, but because of construction, we had to change locations last minute. It worked out perfectly! We met Patty at the Biltmore, a historic hotel in Miami, Florida, and made our way down the pretty streets of Coral Gables, stopping to take pictures in front of trees and ornate doors. At the end of our session, Patty suggested driving down the street to take some shots in front of an old car parked outside a shabby-looking restaurant. At first, we thought she was crazy, but we trusted her and we are so glad we did. It was the perfecting setting to end our vintage shoot and the pictures came out amazing!

Photography: PS Photography / Location: Coral Gables, Florida + The Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, Florida

Miami Beach Wedding at Cecconi’s by Nataschia Wielink Photo + Cinema

I adore this couple.  I adore how they smile with pure delight in each and every photo, their sweet description of how they met and fell head over heels in love, their day filled with so much joy, it’s infectious and, of course, their breathtaking Miami Beach soiree captured by Nataschia Wielink Photo + Cinema.  It’s an elegant garden party meets amazing florals by Parrish Designs meets the perfect dose of whimsy and glamour… and it’s a serious privilege to be part of it all.  Click here for SO much more.

From the Bride… David and I first met in Philadelphia in the alley way by the Stage Door of The Merriam Theatre. I had just finished a performance of Hairspray, and David was in town visiting his friend in the show. This mutual friend of ours had been telling me for months that she had the perfect guy for me, but I brushed it off because I was dating someone else. David and I met for five minutes that night after the show, and I remember all five minutes. Unfortunately, I didn’t see him for another nine months until I was back living in New York City. By then, a bunch of our mutual friends were on a mission to set us up. We kept “bumping into each other” in bars after shows. 

His annual Halloween party was coming up — he’d notoriously pack a hundred people into his two bedroom apartment in the West Village — and I later found out he wouldn’t send out the evite without getting my email address first. So he got it from a friend, and I RSVP’d yes. I stopped by very late after I got out of work, dressed up as hippie since I had enough in my closet to throw together a costume. David, on other hand, was far more committed and was dressed as an ’80s gym buff in head to toe lycra. Brave man!  He called me up a few days later to ask me out on a real date on Halloween night. I agreed but then tried to cancel last minute because I had a big audition coming up. Poor guy, he was not impressed, but didn’t tell me at the time. He charmingly convinced me to loosen up and go out for the evening, and thankfully, I did. We had our first date amidst the drunken crazies and gorgeous drag queens littering the streets of Greenwich Village at the famous New York City Halloween Parade in 2006.  Five years later, again on Halloween weekend, we got married in Miami.

Wedding Photography: Nataschia Wielink Photo + Cinema / Wedding Venue: Cecconi’s at the Soho Beach House in Miami Beach, Florida / Wedding Planning: Sari of Jackie Ohh Events / Floral Design: Kathryn Parrish of Parrish Designs / Wedding Cinematography: Nataschia Wielink Photo + Cinema / Wedding Cake: Cecconi’s / Band: Libido / Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier / Bride’s Makeup: Tania Terzcik / Hair + Makeup: Allure Hair and Makeup / Groom’s Suit: Ted Baker

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Miami Beach Garden Wedding Style Shoot by Beauty in the Making + Jillian Tree Photography

A Miami Beach photo shoot boasting minty green hues, a natural, yet oh-so-chic vibe and style for miles and miles… I think I’ve died and gone to inspiration heaven.  And when I say heaven, I mean the fab stylings of Beauty in the Making, a breathtaking city view and a bundles upon bundles of take-your-breath-away florals by Flowers By Dorit.  Yep… that kind of awesome.  Jillian Tree Photography captured every last glorious detail – and your Monday?  It’s looking prettier by the minute.  See it all here.

From Beauty in the MakingA stylized wedding for a native Miami bride who loves nature, water and the beautiful downtown Miami skyline. The inspiration came from the surroundings: green, garden, organic and romantic with a touch of whimsical. The bride wore a simple, mid-length, soft and flowing mint dress. The reception took place right on the Miami Beach bay, overlooking Star Island and downtown Miami. Guests were welcomed with easy-to-make, delicious cucumber appetizers. Before sitting at the handmade, whitewashed, driftwood table, guests picked up an organic pear that served as both an escort card and wedding favor. Place settings were elegant but organic with the menus decorated by sea grapes from the garden. And the flowers — green and white hydrangeas, stars of Bethlehem, lisianthus and handpicked crape myrtle flowers gave the rustic and organic table a touch of glamor that spoke for itself. As a wedding cake, our Miamian bride opted for a delicious key lime pie topped with meringue, accompanied by delicious green tea sorbet. The best part is that the design is budget friendly!

Photography: Jillian Tree Photography / Photo Shoot Location: The Bay in Miami Beach, Florida / Event Coordination, Design + Planning: Eileen Morales of Beauty in the Making / Floral Design: Flowers By Dorit / Invitations: J Paper / Wedding Dress: Jordan Fashion via Sassy Bridal & Formal Wear

Winter Park Wedding at Casa Feliz by Andi Mans Photography

I’ve been obsessed with tulips for as long as I can remember, so to say that I get a tad bit excited when I spy a sweet, tulip-filled wedding would be a massive understatement.  Especially when that tulip-filled wedding is boasting soft pink and orange hues, one seriously cute Mr. and Mrs. and a lace gown that will take you breath away.  That’s just downright elation.  Lee Forrest Design was the master behind all of the bloomy goodness and Andi Mans Photography filled the entire gallery with some serious lovely.  You can soak in all of the pretty right here.

From Andi Mans PhotographyI first met bride Tara and her sweet mother Marlene last year for some coffee to chat about her big day. I secretly really wanted to capture this wedding because I knew it would be just gorgeous, and I loved how easily we connected! So I was thrilled when they chose me! Tara and Adam’s wedding was filled with huge smiles and adorable handmade decor located in the beautiful Winter Park historic home, Casa Feliz. It was also a night of the “Super Moon” and Cinco De Mayo! It was a fun time!

Wedding Photography: Andi Mans Photography / Wedding Venue: Casa Feliz in Winter Park, Florida / Wedding Planning: Sherri Rinker / Floral Design: Lee Forrest Design / Catering: Arthur’s Creative Events & Catering / Wedding Cake: The Cake Lady / Wedding Dress: Rivini / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J.Crew

Miami Beach Wedding at the Bass Museum of Art by Ambrosio Photography

It never fails.  The sweet combo of purple and teal blue gets me every.single.time.  Yep, it’s true.  I fall madly in love from the very SECOND I see those pretty hues bursting from my computer screen – and this Miami Beach Wedding?  Well, it’s almost too fabulous for words with my new favorite colors, an uber-adorable Mr. and Mrs. and a sophisticated Bass Museum of Art setting.  Add to that some downright amazing images captured by Ambrosio Photography and, well.  Simply breathtaking.  See it all here.

From Ambrosio PhotographyA unique venue, located in the heart Miami Beach’s Art Deco district, is what drew this NYC couple to the Bass Museum of Art. Their ceremony was held on the museum’s front steps, with strong ocean breezes kicking up off the nearby water. Cocktails were held inside the gallery, where guests were able to some of the museum’s permanent collection and then dance all night in the Lydia & Burton Harrison Cafe. 

Wedding Photography: Stacey Ambrosio of Ambrosio Photography / Wedding Venue: Bass Museum of Art in Miami Beach, Florida / Wedding Planning: Marylen Exposito of Marylen Exposito Weddings / Floral Design: Flowers by Gerardo / Catering: Mena Catering / Wedding Cake: Filled & Frosted / Ceremony Musicians: Felicia Besan Strings / DJ + Uplighting: Ubi’s Music & Lighting ( / Wedding Dress: La Sposa / Bride’s Shoes: Lulu Townsend / Cinematography: Bonnelly Films

Key Largo Wedding at Ocean Reef Club by Bob Care Photography + Parrish Designs

It’s 4th of July, the sun is shining and there’s a whole lot of BBQ yumminess in our future… what a wonderful day to celebrate.  So wonderful, in fact, that we couldn’t help but spice it up even more with this breathtaking Key Largo affair by Bob Care Photography.  Filled to the very brim with gorgeous florals by Parrish Designs, clear blue skies and perfectly pretty hues, it’s just what we needed to get us in the festive, fireworks watching mood.  See sooo much more right here.

From the Bride… I wanted a laid-back, beachy wedding with colorful corals, sun, the beach and tropical drinks where guests would be able to relax and get some sun in May, away from the hustle and bustle of cold NYC. A beautiful place where the setting would take over and minimal decoration would be needed. I also wanted to have a fun dance party that would go on all night with lots of energy and party music. Our guests were able to kayak, paddle board, play soccer, swim, tan and drink plenty of planter’s punches. I love in Ocean Reef — the setting, the indescribable view during the ceremony at The Point, the gorgeous blue ocean and sky … you don’t even need decorations. I wanted to incorporate details from my Brazilian culture: I had the Brazilian wish bracelet on the escort cards, and I knew I wanted samba dancers. They were a blast and set the tone for a fun dance party. It was a surprise for the guests, and they loved it!

My best advice to future brides and grooms of destination weddings, is try to visit the location if you can to get a feel for the space. Sometimes just being there will inspire ideas and help with the planning. Have a wedding planner at the location — someone who knows local vendors and has experience throwing events at your location. Be flexible because things will go wrong or not as expected, but it’s not the end of the world, and it will still be the best night of your life! Make sure you have a plan about your wedding gown. How are you taking it? I would recommend shipping it and having the dress pressed at the location (trying to get the dress wrinkle-free to the location through airports, layovers, etc. will just stress you out)!

The best memory of the wedding was after the wedding when we walked over to the bridal suite, sad everything was over (it goes by in a flash!) and our wedding planner had set up a cheese platter, champagne on ice and little gift for us (an Ocean Reef picture frame). It was so unexpected and so sweet, not to mention so welcome since we were starving! Ocean Reef provided complimentary wedding planning, which was key to a successful event. Having someone at the location with experience planning weddings at the location was wonderful because she was able to provide advice on best vendors, day-of timeline, etc.

Wedding Photography: Bob Care Photography / Wedding Venue + Catering: Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo, Florida / Event Planning: Amanda Gilbo of Ocean Reef Club / Floral Design: Parrish Designs / Wedding Cake: Ocean Reef Club / Musicians: AA Musicians + Brazilian & Latin Sounds Co. by Paulo Gualano  / Wedding Dress: J.Crew / Hair + Makeup: Ocean Reef Spa / Men’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse

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

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

Before you head off into gallery la la land, be sure to hit play on this beautiful number by Well Spun Weddings. It’s the perfect way to end this dream of a post.

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

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

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

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

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