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Greenville Wedding at Honey Lake Plantation by Laura Yang Photography

It pretty much goes without saying that we love ourselves some DIY goodness here on SMP Florida – and when a sweet homegrown affair comes our way, we get all kinds of happy.  And happy we were when we first laid our eyes on this darling Greenville affair by Laura Yang Photography.  It’s filled to the brim with the loveliest of details, including a fab lounge made of hay bales, mason jars and brightly colored bridesmaid frocks.  This is definitely what we call country chic perfection and you can see every last moment in the full gallery.

From Laura Yang Photography… Amber and Daniel’s North Florida wedding at Honey Lake Plantation was not only the most uniquely personalized wedding I’ve ever been privileged to be a part of — from the location to the details to the multi-colored wedding party —  but was also, hands-down, one of the most beautiful. The weather forecasters called for it to pour on their wedding day, and the bride made the final decision to keep all the activities outdoors only two hours before the ceremony. It rained until 45 minutes before they exchanged their vows overlooking sparkling Honey Lake. Then the sun came out, and everything went off without a hitch.

From the wide variety of DIY projects the bride dreamed up or sourced on Pinterest (to name a few: handmade mason jar centerpieces with chalkboard hearts for guests to leave messages; a “love locks ceremony” inspired by the bridges of Paris; handmade doors for the bride to walk through into their ceremony in an alfalfa field, the handmade sapling ceremony arch; and cocktail hour drinks named for each bridesmaid in the color each she wore) to the stunning Maggie Sottero gown that the bride drove 12 hours round trip — twice — to have custom-redesigned in Atlanta and the heirloom family tractor that carried the bride and groom to their sunset reception in an oak grove, this wedding was all about who Amber and Daniel are and what they love: each other, their friends, family and a simple-but-chic country life.

Wedding Photography: Laura Yang Photography / Wedding Venue + Catering: Honey Lake Plantation Resort & Spa in Greenville, Florida / Floral Design: Missy Gunnels Flowers / Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero via The New Image / Custom Dress, Redesign + Alterations: TK Designs / Bride’s Boots: Ariat / Hair: Fuel A Salon / Makeup: Randi Buchanan & Co. / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: The Dessy Group / Men’s Tuxedos: Sacino’s by Vince / Men’s Ties: The Dessy Group / Wedding Cake: Tupelo’s Bakery & Cafe / DJ: North Florida’s Express DJs

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Miami Wedding at Vizcaya Museum & Gardens by KT Merry

If you are anything like us, you’ve spent every spare minute this week poring over the new Fashion & Beauty E-Mag. It’s irresistible in the best possible way. After turning the pages of pretty over and over, you probably came across this sparkly beauty captured by the beautiful KT Merry. And you probably stopped. Dead in your tracks. Because it’s perfection. Sparkly, detailed, love-filled perfection. From the Monique Lhuillier gown to the images that are so pretty I want to hang them on my walls, it all makes for a full gallery of images that is just be-yond.

From KT Merry… Aly and Raul met in January 2005 while she was studying abroad in Madrid. They caught each others’ attention at a neighborhood restaurant and quickly became inseparable. Aly’s outgoing nature and Raul’s mild mannered personalities made for a yin and yang dynammic that surprised Aly’s family back in the States as much as it did Raul’s close-knit family in Spain.

As Aly’s inevitable return to NY approached, they made what felt like a very easy decision to stay together and meet up as much as possible. As Aly finished up college and Raul began to look for job opportunities in the US, they met up in cities including NY, London, Madrid, Denver, Palm Beach and Miami. They spent the summer of 2006 together in Madrid, and by the fall, Raul had landed a great job in Toronto. Their trans-atlantic long distance relationship was compressed to a much more bearable (yet still international) seperation, until Raul ultimately moved to New York in 2007. Raul proposed to Aly on December 19, 2010 in Central Park.

Wedding Photography: KT Merry / Ceremony + Reception Venue: Vizcaya Museum & Gardens in Miami, Florida / Wedding Planning: Teresa Blumberg (tblumberg@tocaeventos.com.br) / Floral Design + Decor: Karla Conceptual Event Experiences / Catering: Le Basque / Custom Wedding Invitations: Scott Peiffer of The Right Side Design / Letterpress Studio: Studio on Fire / Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier / Bride’s Veil: Rivini / Bride’s Jewelry: Provident Jewelry / Bridesmaids’ Dresses + Belts: Jenny Yoo / Groom’s Attire: Hackett

 

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Tampa Wedding at Avila Golf & Country Club by Stonehouse Events & More, Inc.

Seriously stunning and down.right fabulous, this Tampa soiree is all about the pure, unadulterated glamour.  I’m talking a too gorgeous for words Sottero & Midgley gown, beautiful images by Tina Sargeant Photography and hints of dazzle every which way you turn – aka, a traditional lovers dream come true.  Yep, Stonehouse Events & More, Inc. most certainly worked their magic with this one and the result is a day of non-stop sophistication.  We are in love.  See it all here.

Oh, and we’re not done yet.  We have this sweet film from RisingSky Productions to take us into the weekend.  Enjoy!

From Stonehouse Events & More, Inc.Amanda and Mike Couch’s wedding was full of gorgeous details! Amanda wanted her day to be elegant with a gorgeous color palette of purple, pinks and champagnes! With their last name as Couch, we were sure to incorporate couches into the day! As a cake topper, Amanda purchased a small antique couch and adhered “Mr & Mrs” to it! All of the table numbers were framed antique couches with the table number elegantly displayed for the guests to easily find their seats. The bride chose Ferrero Rocher chocolates to hold the name of each guest for the escort card display. As a wedding favor, the bride prepared small jars of honey for the guests to take home — she chose honey because that is the endearing name the couple calls each other. The guest tables were covered in the beautiful, ivory linen with stunning mahogany Chiavari chairs surrounding them. The deep purple napkin was in a cummerbund fold and sat atop of the gold chargers. The centerpieces were a combination of tall pedestals with gorgeous florals sitting on top, one smaller arrangement with votives and then a pillar candle with roses, hydrangea, and purple stock surrounding it. The room was just glowing! The intimate ceremony was full of floating candles lining the aisles and displayed at the altar with soft touches of roses and hydrangeas. With the sounds of a harp in the background, the ceremony was beautiful as the two exchanged their Tiffany wedding bands. A couple of guests who were not able to attend but were able to send their best wishes were the President of the United States and the First Lady Michelle Obama, as well also two other favorites, Mickey and Minnie Mouse. The guests and the bride and groom enjoyed dancing the rest of the evening. It was a magical night full of amazing details as this beautiful couple came together as one!

Wedding Photography: Tina Sargeant Photography / Wedding Venue: Avila Golf & Country Club in Tampa, Florida / Event Design + Planning: Stonehouse Events & More, Inc. / Floral Design: Artistry Designs / Wedding Cinematography: RisingSky Productions / Wedding Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas / Wedding Cake: Cakes by Nomeda / Harpist: Jessica Cardwell / DJ: Inspire Entertainment / Chair Rental: Signature Event Rentals / Linens: Connie Duglin Specialty Linen & Chair Cover Rental / Wedding Dress: Sottero & Midgley “Linda” / Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Bridesmaid Dresses: Bill Levkoff

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Ponte Vedra Beach Wedding by Gwendolyn Tundermann Photography

Today is a good day, SMPers.  A very, very good day.  And the reason?  This drop dead gorgeous, stop.you.in.your.tracks Ponte Vedra Beach soiree.  From the stunning ceremony to the fabulous details (here’s looking at you, striped straws!) to a bride and groom who will warm your hearts with some serious love, this is a wedding you will NEVER get enough of.  Thank goodness Gwendolyn Tundermann Photography was on hand to capture all the lovely, because the gallery?  It’s amazing.  See it all here.

From the Bride… I was born and raised in Manila, Philippines, and little did I know that I would meet the man of my dreams halfway around the world. Mike and I met at the town center parking lot when I almost bumped him with my car trying to get to a parking spot. I can see his red face as he stood to see who was driving. Nervous, I got out of my car to apologize. His red face turned into a smile and instead said, “The least you can do is to go to dinner with me.” I did, and the rest was history. We have been inseparable since.

We bought my gown on the first day we went shopping and in the first shop we went to – Sharon Batten Bridal Atelier at Ponte Vedra. It was by Vera Wang. The moment I laid eyes on it I knew it was the one. The details and petals at the back were gorgeous and I knew it will be perfect for our garden wedding. Mike wore a tux by Calvin Klein. The groomsmen also wore tuxes by Calvin Klein with pink and blue striped ties from Nordstrom, while the bridesmaids wore dresses from Bari Jay with matching champagne-colored shoes. I wanted an intimate wedding that had that romantic garden wedding feel to it. As soon as Mike and I saw Palm Valley Gardens, we knew we found the perfect place for us. The cocktail table centerpieces mimiced the reception decor with white drapes and huge, hanging, lighted twig balls. A friend designed the escort cards that sat atop vintage boxes filled with baby’s breath. She also designed the table names with “love” in different languages, along with the place cards that reflect the crochet lace corset that was used on all the reception centerpieces. Our family and friends helped a lot in getting all these details done. I also had help from Cassie of Flaire Weddings and Events the week of the wedding. She made sure everything was executed perfectly and coordinated all of the vendors.  

Mike and I come from very different background so we wanted to incorporate both our traditions into our wedding. Mike is of American-German-Dutch-Indonesian descent while I am of Filipino descent. With the help of our families and internet research, we were able to include traditions such as the veil, cord, candle and fabric ceremony. We also had the wish tree which is a Dutch tradition. My uncle and a dear family friend officiated the wedding ceremony. They had customized the program to highlight not just the union between Mike and I but also with his kids – Bruce,  Mikayla and Matt. Ceremony and cocktail music were provided by a string quartet and a wonderful DJ during the dinner/dancing. Our moms made the flower girl baskets and the ring bearer pillow. Among the other details we had at the wedding included Cuban cigar roller during the cocktail and reception which was a huge hit. Signature pink and blue cocktail drinks, cookie bar that includes Madeleines and French Macarons in cream and pink colors, a coffee and cocoa bar and honey favors were among the other details. Later in the evening sliders were served to our danced-out guests.  

Wedding Photography: Gwendolyn Tundermann Photography / Wedding Venue: Palm Valley Gardens in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida (Now Closed) / Wedding Coordination: Flaire Weddings and Events / Floral Design: Lori Parker / Wedding Officiants: Rev. Liberato Bautista + Rev. Patti Augustin-Smith / Wedding Cinematography: Take One Productions / Catering: Chef’s Garden / Wedding Cake: Metro Custom Cakes / Bar Service: Melissa Kilpatrick of Catered Cocktails (cateredcocktails@comcast.net) / Wedding Invitations + Stationery: Craftmaster Invitations (craftmasterinvitations@gmail.com) / Table Names, Escort Cards + Place Card Design: Madge Arafol of Her MADGEsty (A Friend of the bride) / Ring Bearer Pillows + Flower Baskets: Lucy Bautista (The Mother of the Bride) / Crochet Ribbons + Garter: Elise Van Jaarsveld (The Mother of the Groom) / Ceremony + Cocktail Hour Music: Jacksonville String Quartet (jaxstringquartet@gmail.com) / DJ: Bouquet Sounds / Cigar Roller: JC the Cuban Cigar Roller / Honey Favors: E&M Gold Beekeepers + Personalization by the Bride & The Mother of the Groom / Wedding Dress: Vera Wang / Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Bari Jay / Hair: Casey Powell / Makeup: Amanda Hopcraft / Groom’s Tuxedo: Calvin Klein / Groom’s Shoes: Cole Haan / Groomsmen’s Tuxedos: Men’s Wearhouse / Groomsmen’s Ties: Nordstrom

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Southern Wedding Inspired Photo Shoot by J Morgan Flowers

We’ve been known to fall head over heels for some pretty inspiration here on SMP Florida – and when a talented team of vendors join forces for a downright glorious photo shoot, we literally jump at the chance to share it all with you.  So you can imagine our complete and utter joy when the amazing duo of J Morgan Flowers and Kiss the Planner sent this gorgeous little number our way.  It’s a serious dose of Southern inspiration, complete with vintage touches, yummy BBQ and beyond fab images by Jamilah Photography.  Hellooo perfect Wednesday.  Click here for more.

From J Morgan FlowersWhen I think of Southern hospitality, I always think of good, homemade comfort food and being able to relax and enjoy the company! With that in mind, Aviva, of Kiss the Planner, and I set off to design the perfect home style wedding inspiration! We chose a short informal dress for the bride with well-worn cowboy boots and a loose, natural, hand-tied bouquet of orange roses, kangaroo’s paw, alstromeria, solidago, wheat and hanging amaranthus tied with burlap and tartan ribbon details. The bridesmaids carried a similar bouquet with splashes of blue delphiniums and topped of their casual look with cowboy hats! The groom, in his best shirt, wore a mango calla lily with touches of kangaroo’s paw and ribbon accents to match his new wife! The guests escort cards were postcards placed in a copper mail box telling the guests to relax and stay a while!

Southern style is all about the food, so we set a pine table with a seersucker runner, vintage dishes I inherited from my grandmother and greeted each guest with a large succulent! The long table was then outfitted with large pitchers of blue hydrangeas with a mix of the chosen florals and cattails. The food we chose to complement this shindig was cornbread, barbeque ribs, molasses baked beans, squash and corn, all washed down with a mix of flavored ginger ale and sodas presented in wooden pails! A wedding cake would have been too formal for such a casual affair, so a bundt cake topped with hydrangeas and a collection of homemade pies was the perfect ending to this feast! As favors, we presented gift bags of bread mixes and pepper jellies! We hope our home style inspiration shoot gives our Southern brides a few good ideas on how to bring your upbringing into your big day!

Photography: Jamilah Photography / Location: A Park in Jupiter, Florida / Floral Design: J Morgan Flowers / Styling: J Morgan Flowers + Kiss the Planner / Rentals: Atlas Party & Event Rental / Wedding Dress: Vintage / Hair + Makeup: Ultimate Bridal Beauty

Miami Wedding at The Palms Hotel & Spa by Becca Borge Photography

I have a soft spot in my heart reserved solely for turquoise blue hues, so when I first laid my eyes on all of the vibrant goodness making an appearance in this stellar Miami soiree, I literally grinned from ear to ear.  And it’s not just the pretty, pretty colors making me smile.  Nope – with a breathtaking Palms Hotel & Spa setting, glorious images by Becca Borge Photography and a could.not.be.cuter bride and groom, this wedding is a happy-fest from start to finish.  See every last joyful moment right here.

From the Bride… Our wedding was such a dream to plan once we found our incredible venue, The Palms Hotel & Spa. We found everything we wanted in one location: a garden ceremony setting, proximity to the ocean for photos, unique reception and cocktail spaces, and a highly experienced catering department that made it easy for me as a long-distance bride living in Massachusetts. We picked March 23 for our wedding date hoping for great weather, and we had a beautiful intimate ceremony on the gazebo lawn, followed by a cocktail hour on the Essensia restaurant terrace and our reception on the hotel’s main veranda.  Ocean Flowers did a beautiful job on all of our event’s spaces, from the gazebo entrance to the arrangements decorating our dinner buffet displays. We were also thrilled with our amazing photos taken by Becca Borge — she did an incredible job!

As the bride, I really enjoyed the personal touches we were able to incorporate into our big day. Our wedding bands were custom designed in South Dakota with Black Hills gold in honor of Jess’s many family members who live in that region. We also displayed photos from our parents’ and siblings’ weddings on our place card table. Guests signed a reprint of a vintage Miami Beach tourism poster to create a unique piece of art we love having in our home. We had an absolutely fabulous wedding, and we are so grateful to everyone who helped us put it together, as well as to all our family and friends who attended.

Wedding Photography: Becca Borge Photography / Wedding Venue: The Palms Hotel & Spa / Floral Design: Ocean Flowers / Officiant: Donna Merritt of The Simple Ceremony / Wedding Cake: Ana Paz Cakes / Wedding Cake Card Box: Oriental Trading + Embellishments via Michaels / Butterfly Place Cards: Timeless Paper / DJ: Eddie B & Company / Wedding Dress: Galina for David’s Bridal / Bride’s Jewelry: Fortunoff Fine Jewelry / Hair: The Perfect Touch Salon (305-253-6852) / Makeup: Tatjana Terzic / Bridal Party Attire: David’s Bridal / Wedding Bands: Riddle’s Jewelry

Palm Beach Gardens Wedding at Bonnette Hunt Club Lodge by Stay Forever Photography

Well, SMPers.  You’ve spent the entire morning swooning over the fabulous e-shoot of Jessica of Stay Forever Photography and her handsome groom-to-be… and since we know you can’t wait one.more.minute to see this adorable duo say “I Do,” it’s time to dive right into their AMAZING (yep, all caps style) wedding.  Its mason jars, vibrant purple hues and a gorgeous bridal party (and bride!) in boots… or as I like to call it, serious country chic.  Melissa of Stay Forever Photography snapped up all of the pretty and, trust me, you don’t want to miss a moment of this lovely.  Join me there for more.

From Melissa of Stay Forever PhotographyJess came back from visiting Michael in Japan at the end of January with a huge announcement: “We’re getting married April 7th!” “As in 3 months from now? “ I asked back. “Yes!” So began the quickest three months of our lives as we searched Etsy for all things purple, country chic and vintage. What makes this wedding even more special is so many friends and family helped with every detail. The ribbons, drink tags and napkin rings were a result from a girls’ craft night. Jess’s sister Jackie used her amazing handwriting and doodling skills to write on all of the signs on the days leading up to the wedding. And that was just a small part of the group effort to put together a dream wedding for Jess and Mike. As the sun set, it was time for them to marry underneath the trees and purple flowers at the Bonnette Hunt Club. After the ceremony, friends and family danced the night away, drinking their signature drink (the Bonnett Bullet) out of mason jars. The end of the night even had a little karaoke fun!

From the Bride (Jess of Stay Forever Photography)… Mike and I definitely got our dream wedding and more! We wanted to find a venue that would allow us to be ourselves and to enjoy our friends, family and each other to the fullest. I’ve always wanted to wear boots with my wedding dress, so when we first started thinking of a style that would fit us both, we felt country with a little bit of chic was the perfect combination! A lot of my inspiration for my girls was Miranda Lambert’s wedding — I loved the floral dresses and boots together. The look was fun, relaxed and laid-back! Some of our favorite details were the smore’s bar, mason jar favors and my incredible flowers by Beth Halpern. We wanted the decor to have personal touches, so we cant thank Mike’s sister, Lindsay, and my sister-in-law, Anna, enough for our amazing signage.

It’s really tough to just pick out one favorite moment since there were so many amazing moments shared, but I would have to say seeing Mike for the first time during our first look and being able to have that emotion captured in photos is awesome and something I will cherish forever. My second favorite is the dance party, of course! My advice to other brides out there is to make sure you have an incredible photographer to capture your day (this is the advice we always give our brides) but it’s so true! I relive my wedding any time I want through the pictures that were captured on our day, and each time they take me back to the emotions and joy I felt. I’m so lucky I got to marry my soul mate — our wedding day was simply perfect.

Wedding Photography: Stay Forever Photography / Wedding Venue: Bonnette Hunt Club Lodge in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida / Floral Design: Beth Halpern / Wedding Invitations: The Blue Envelope / Cupcakes: Jaye’s Cake Kingdom / Wedding Dress: Eden Bridals / Bride’s Necklace: BCBG / Hair: Jody of Stephanie & Co. / Makeup: Stefani Mandanici

Country Chic Engagement Session by Stay Forever Photography

We get a tad bit excited about Mondays here on SMP Florida – after two days away from the pretty, we simply can.not.wait to jump back into the week.  And today’s dazzling lineup?  Well, it has us seriously happy.  Because not only do we have one VERY gorgeous e-session to share with you, we have a breathtaking wedding, too. And they both happen to star the stunning Jessica of Stay Forever Photography and her dashing beau.  Fabulous, no?  All captured by Jessica’s talented partner, Melissa, and filled with L.O.V.E., get ready for one amazing start to the week.  Click here for more e-shoot lovely and then stay tuned for the wedding later today!

From Melissa of Stay Forever Photography I’ve known Jess since elementary school, and we’ve grown closer in the past years as we started our own photography business together. We were in the middle of our fall wedding season when Jess and Michael first met at none other than a wedding, but there was something more that seemed to draw them to each other. They became friends, and then slowly, they realized there was something more than a spark… it was more like a wild fire. After spending a few wonderful weeks together, Michael left for Japan where he is currently stationed working for the Navy as a K-9 handler. Jess visited him in March, and then a few months later Michael came home again… this time with something more on his mind. Jess and Michael went to Orlando for a few fun days of riding roller coasters, and he got down on one knee and asked her to spend the rest of his life with him because she truly had become the most important thing in his life.

One of the first funny stories I can remember about Michael: one day when Jess and I were having on of our usual “Movie Mondays,” Mike texted Jess. She replied that we were working and watching “The Notebook”… you know for “research.” And he replied back with something like “If I’m a bird, you’re a bird” — basically a quote from the movie. After we stopped laughing at the notion that a guy was able to quote this movie, we realized he might just be for real. So it was only fitting that when we were brainstorming fun ideas for their engagement shoot that they chose a “Notebook” theme to best depict their love story’s journey.

Photography: Stay Forever Photography

Tampa Wedding at Davis Islands Garden Club by Justin DeMutiis Photography

Let me just start off by saying that burlap and mason jars make my heart sing.  Like, seriously sing. So, when I saw them popping up in this gorgeous Tampa affair, I knew we were in for a day of non-stop lovely.  And lovely.it.is – with my fave organic details and pretty purple hues joining forces with a garden party extravaganza like you’ve never seen.  It’s lush whimsy meets downright perfection meets a gallery full of breathtaking images by the ever-so-talented Justin DeMutiis Photography.  See them all here.

From Justin DeMutiis PhotographyRob and Caitlin met way back in 2003, the summer before Rob went to college. Caitlin’s childhood friend, Mandy, and invited over three friends (Rob included) from school to Caitlin’s house. It was raining, and for some reason, everyone was hanging out in Caitlin’s garage. After an hour or two, Caitlin got bored of the boys being there and went inside to have her mom come out and tell them to leave. Little did she know that a few months later she would run into Rob again. The next time the two met, Caitlin was eating a lime, which Rob thought was weird. After becoming friends over the next few months, they started dating. After years of long distance, while Rob was in college at Ohio University and Caitlin was at home in Maryland, then when Caitlin was in college at University of Florida, then Rob was in Tampa and Caitlin was in Gainesville — finally, the two were ready to be together in the same town. After Caitlin graduated from nursing school, she moved to Tampa to live with Rob.

On an ordinary Wednesday, Caitlin was on her way home from work and the gym, hands full with work bag, scrubs and yoga mat, when she was welcomed with a little surprise. She unlocked the door and saw Rob standing in the shirt he was wearing that day in the garage with flowers and candles on the table. He had recreated the first meal she had ever made for him and was playing “their song.” At that point, he told her to put down everything while he got on one knee and asked her to marry him! (And of course, she said “Yes!”)

Wedding Photography: Justin DeMutiis Photography / Wedding Venue: Davis Islands Garden Club in Tampa, Florida / Floral Design: Ian of Botanica International Design Studio / Event Design: Caitlin Williams (The Bride) / Catering: Ken Jurgenson of Chives / Music: DeLair Entertainment / Wedding Dress: Ella via Cindy of The White Closet Co. / Bride’s Shoes: Nina / Hair + Makeup: Donna Camposecco of Camposecco Artistry

Getting To Know Captured Photography by Jenny + Top 5 Photography Tips

Prepare yourselves, lovelies.  Today is one very special day here on SMP Florida.  I’m talking miles upon miles of Sunshine State lovely and a fab Q & A with one of our fave photogs, Jenny, of Captured Photography by Jenny.  Yep… that special.  And when I tell you that Jenny is downright awesome and an all-around amazing lady, that’s a serious understatement.  Her glorious images always (ALWAYS) leave us speechless – and she also happens to be one of the sweetest people you will ever virtually meet.  So, find yourselves a cozy place, put those phones on silent and wipe those calendars clean – you’ll most definitely want to dedicate your Thursday to all things Jenny, because, well… she’s amazing.

What do you do, how long have you been doing it and what makes you awesome?

I get to preserve memories through photography. It’s a pretty sweet gig.  I started Captured Photography by Jenny back in 2007. And jumped in to it full time once my oldest daughter, Ellie, was born in 2008.  Honestly, it was super scary and intimidating to be a business owner at first. One thing led to another and after 5 years, I can’t even begin to describe how happy I am to do this.

As far as being awesome? I feel more blessed than anything. We love our clients. And probably our biggest compliment is that our clients love us back.  They are constantly telling their friends about us and are still asking us to be there to capture their precious life moments, long after the wedding day. That is huge and why we love to do what we do. We get to build relationships with awesome people. We have also been blessed to be published and featured in some of the leading wedding magazines and blogs.

What sets Florida weddings apart from weddings anywhere else?

We get to travel a lot, which we love. But, I will be honest, I love my home state of Florida. I love to live here and I love to work here. Why? There is just so much diversity. Weddings can range in style to fit any couple (island vibe, old historic Florida feel, modern, chic, the list could go on). That’s really what makes Florida unique in my opinion. Not to mention, what a great destination for your guests who travel from out of town. Most people stay and make a vacation out of it!

What kind of weddings do you love most and what is your favorite trend right now?

We get to tell the story of the wedding day. It may be my journalism background, but we are always looking for what’s unique about each wedding. I always seem to fall in love with weddings that “fit” the couple. I love it when the bride and groom bring their own personality, history, and interests into the mix.  Ultimately that’s what every wedding should be…

As far as recent trends, (I hope it becomes a permanent trend) I am a big fan of First Looks. I have a ton of reasons why I think these work practically speaking, but also for selfish reasons (it’s so fun to watch the bride and groom see each other in that intimate moment. Ah. Makes my heart melt. I love it).

What is your biggest piece of advice for people planning a wedding?

When it comes to where and the details, make your wedding about you. It really should be as unique as you are. Other advice, be organized and over communicate (with vendors, wedding party, etc)! It will make it less stressful the day of.

Who are your favorite vendor friends in Florida that keep the inspiration flowing?

We have a lot of great vendors in South Florida… so really my list could be way longer than this.

I adore Helen at Modern Events. Whether she is doing the event design or day of coordination… she rocks.  We have some favorite venues too off the top of my head. I love The Bath Club in Miami, Sundy House in Delray Beach, The W on South Beach, The Four Seasons on Palm Beach, and more. Not just because they are pretty, but their staff is amazing.  DJ David Bitton always keeps the party moving. Also, Liquid DJ’s are great too.  These guys always deliver gorgeous florals… Kitanim Florals, Blooming FlowersParrish Designs, and Boca By Design.

Seriously.  Breathtaking.  Is she fabulous or what?!?  And because we know you have TONS of questions for Jenny, she graciously put together a list of photography tips that are sure to help you prepare for your big day.  Enjoy!

Top 5 Photography Tips From Captured Photography by Jenny

Photography is one of THE most important things for your wedding. Here are some tips to help you get the best photos on your day.

Tip 1: Pick the Right Photographer

There are so many great photographers in Florida. So, how do you choose?

Understand what your budget is for your wedding and then decide how much of it you feel should be put towards photography. But don’t just stop there. Understand what style of photography you like. Check out the photographer’s portfolio and recent weddings. And be sure the photographer you are interested in does quality work every time. Then, meet with them. Get to know each other. After all, they will be with you the entire wedding day. You want to be sure they are easy to work with and helpful.

Tip 2: Do a First Look

This will be a time earlier in the day where you and your fiancé can see each other for the first time, soak it up, and enjoy some quiet moments alone. Cry, laugh, do a little dance- whatever you want to do! It also gives your photographer a chance to do all of the photos before hand (which usually allows us more time to be creative and get the best shots). And once your wedding ceremony starts, you can just sit back and enjoy the rest of the day.

If you decide to go the traditional route and wait until the ceremony to see each other, be sure to plan enough time between your ceremony and reception for photos. Ask your photographer how much time they would need.

Tip 3: All About the Details

Be sure you get each special detail captured.

Talk with your photographers. Let them know about all of the personal touches you have added to your day. Anything from the handmade centerpieces at your reception to the fact you are wearing your grandmother’s ring, they need to know so they can capture that memory for you. Also, be sure to mention anything out of the ordinary going on at your wedding. For example, your cousin is singing a song at the ceremony or you have a choreographed first dance.

Tip 4: Location, Location

The right backdrop for your photos.

Think about where you want to have your formal shots taken during the wedding day. Does the venue you are using have a good spot for taking photos? If not, plan on finding a park or a location on the way you do enjoy for pictures. Also, consider timing at that location. Will it be dark outside? Will it be crowded? The more you and your photographers have planned, the better! This will help you get the beautiful photos you want.

Tip 5: Take Engagement Photos

Last words of advice, take engagement photos.

Being in front of the camera can be pretty intimidating. An engagement session can ease you into the picture-taking process. It also gives you a chance to get to know your photographer, and for them to learn about you too! Not to mention, how awesome is it for you to have some casual, personal photos to remember this stage in your life together? Make sure the session is true to YOU and who you are as a couple. Have a blast too!

Soooo much lovely.  A million thanks to Captured Photography by Jenny for brightening our Thursday! It’s been fabulous. Thank you, Jenny! xoxo

Boca Grande Wedding at The Gasparilla Inn & Club by Concept Photography

One thing I know for certain – this wedding is awesome.  The kind of awesome that can only be found in chevron linens, a vibrant color palette and one seriously gorgeous seaside location.  The kind that jumps straight from your computer screen in the form of beautiful blooms by Native Gardens Florist and fab paper goods by Nico & Lala.  The kind that instantly puts a spring in your step and a smile on your face. Yep… it’s just that good.  And when you wrap up all of that lovely with breathtaking images by Concept Photography and a too.cute.for.words bride and groom, well… it’s awesome.  See it all right here.

From the Bride… Boca Grande is a very special place to Alan and me. Alan grew up going to Little Gasparilla Island, which is a boat ride away from Boca Grande. It was also one of the first places we went together on vacation. We had always envisioned a laid-back, coastal location for our wedding weekend — a place where our friends and family could relax and spend the entire weekend on “vacation.” The Gasparilla Inn was the perfect venue – classy, gorgeous and a little slice of old Florida.

The biggest challenge was living in Orlando and having our wedding location three hours away. It did make for some long days on the road – sometimes day trips and other weekend trips to knock as much out as we could while down on the island. Luckily for us, we got to enjoy many beautiful beach days and weekends on the island while in town, so I can’t say it was that challenging!

The mix of coastal, preppy and southern charm was played out in every area of our weekend. From the starfish vases on the tables to the chevron table cloths and shrimp and grits for dinner! I had a “look” I wanted for the tables and searched everywhere for chevron style table linens. I had no luck with linen companies, so decided to order fabric off of Etsy, and my sister made the 14 table linens for the reception. They were a perfect match to our fabulous invitations! A friend designed the programs, reception table and drink cards. She took our invitation and interpreted it in the most perfect way. Instead of flower boutonnieres for the guys, we purchased starfish and had pins put on them. It was the a fun touch to a coastal wedding! For our guest book, I got a coffee table book on Boca Grande and had all our guests sign it so we can display in our new home! I purchased all the glass vases for the tables — I found buying them was the same price as renting them, and now we can reuse them in our new home for backyard parties!

There were quite a few moments that stood out for me on our wedding day. Seeing each other before the ceremony was really special for the both of us. We got a chance to spend some time together taking pictures, laughing and taking in all the moments that led up to that day. When the church doors opened and my Dad and I walked down the aisle, it was a moment I had dreamed about my whole life. To see Alan at the end of the altar with tears in his eyes was indescribable. Walking into our reception as we were introduced for the first time truly took my breath away. Seeing all our family and friends there celebrating with us in the most gorgeous setting I have ever seen in my life – with the crystal green ocean and sand in the background, it felt like a dream.

Wedding Photography: Concept Photography / Ceremony: St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Boca Grande, Florida / Reception: The Gasparilla Inn & Club in Boca Grande, Florida / Floral Design: Native Gardens Florist in Boca Grande, Florida / Wedding Cake: The Gasparilla Inn & Club / Wedding Invitations: Nico & Lala / Band: Wings of Sound / Wedding Dress: Priscilla of Boston (Now Closed) / Hair + Makeup: Vanessa Schmitz of Stella Luca

Backyard Atlantic Beach Wedding by Agnes Lopez Photography

A breathtaking backyard setting and a fabulous black and white checkered dance floor.  After spending my morning swooning over this gorgeous Atlantic Beach affair, I am thoroughly convinced these are two must-have ingredients for any Big Day soiree.  Well, that and some vibrant blooms by Cypress Creative Floral Design, a gallery filled with glorious images by Agnes Lopez Photography and an UBER-stunning bride and groom.  Together they make for one sweet, sweet day of wedded bliss – and one amazing way to spend a Tuesday.  See it all right here!


From the Bride… From the beginning of our engagement, Jeff and I knew we wanted to have a laid-back wedding reception. We considered many venues but kept going back to the location that is so near and dear to us – my parents’ home in Atlantic Beach, Florida. It’s where we have spent countless days poolside and at the beach, enjoyed outdoor dinners with family and loved ones, and eventually got engaged. It is the only place that truly felt like home. My parents’ house is also conveniently located within walking distance from a great hotel, shops, restaurants and bars. Many of our guests were coming from out of town or using our wedding as an excuse for a beach “stay-cation,” so we wanted the weekend to be “cars optional” for them. 

Throughout the planning process, I focused on the feeling I wanted to accomplish: relaxed, yet elegant. We wanted guests to feel comfortable kicking off their shoes while enjoying an evening outdoors with old and new friends. As a nod to Jeff’s and my southern roots, we served southern food with an upscale twist. The short rib sliders and shrimp and grits bar were a huge hit! A dear friend of ours owns an amazing floral and event design company (Cypress Creative Floral Design). I’ve admired her work for years, so using her was a no-brainer and one aspect of the wedding planning process I was very excited about. Ann “got” my vision from the beginning and truly made it come to life. Our photographer, Agnes Lopez, beautifully captured everything and was awesome to work with!

Having a wedding at a home (as opposed to a venue catering to such events) was definitely a labor of love. I had no idea how much planning and work would go into creating a party from scratch. My mom, dad and extended family spent days, weeks and months getting everything ready. My mom even grew succulents to incorporate throughout the décor a year in advance! Jeff and I are so thankful and blessed to have had their help and support. Looking back, I wouldn’t change a thing. My advice: try not to sweat the small stuff, and hire vendors you trust to do that for you. Things may not (and most likely will not) go exactly as planned. For example, the rickshaw company we planned to use for our getaway canceled last minute. My bridesmaids and cousin decorated my parents’ bikes for us instead. It was so fun to ride off on them at the end of the night knowing my best girlfriends made it happen!

Wedding Photography: Agnes Lopez Photography / Ceremony: Community Presbyterian Church in Atlantic Beach, Florida / Reception: The Bride’s Parents’ Home in Atlantic Beach, Florida / Event Planning: Forever Sacred / Floral Design: Cypress Creative Floral Design (bloomcypress@gmail.com) / Wedding Cake: Cinottis Bakery / Music: KTG Musical Entertainment / Rentals: Beachview Event Rentals & Design / Invitation Design: A Friend, Co-worker of the Bride / Letterpress Invitations: 42 Pressed / Stamps: Verde Studio / Wedding Dress: Melissa Sweet for Priscilla of Boston (Now Closed) / Bride’s Reception Dress: LulaKate via Bella Bridesmaid / Bride’s Belt: Custom by Nicole Lee for Pink Underground / Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Amsale via Bella Bridesmaid

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Jacksonville Wedding by Jenn Hopkins Photography

Have you ever fallen in love with a fabulous pair of shoes?  I have.  And they just so happen to be the prettiest pair of purple, bow-adorned heels I have ever laid my eyes upon.  Which comes as no surprise, really, since every.last.detail of this stunning Jacksonville soiree has captured my heart – and in a BIG way. From that swoon-worthy gown to the gorgeous florals by Shea Hopely Flowers to the breathtaking images captured by Jenn Hopkins Photography, it’s one serious lesson in traditional perfection.  Ready to spend your Monday wrapped up in lovely?  See it all here.

From Jenn Hopkins PhotographyLindsay and Brian are an incredible couple.  They share so much joy and laughter together. We had a giant rain storm that day that moved their outdoor garden ceremony indoors, and it didnt faze them a bit. They still laughed and smiled and cried right along with each other, as if everything hadn’t gotten rained out. My bride even hopped out in the rain under a giant umbrella with her new hubby, to capture the day as it truly happened.

Lindsay even planned a special time to do a first look with her daddy. Which I love, as sometimes Dads get lost in the shuffle on wedding days, only seeing their daughters a few minutes before they walk them down the aisle. in planning a first look with the first love of her life, her daddy, she got to spend a few minutes with just him. Which was really really sweet.

The couple really made their day all about them and their friends and family. A sweet way they made sure that they touched each guest that day was by having their menu cards custom printed and personalized for each guest. Every guest’s menu had a special sweet note on it from Lindsay and Brian, personalized for that individual with a funny story or sweet words with how they had impacted the couple and why they were so grateful they were there that day to celebrate their love.

Lindsay and Brian made sure their day refelected who they were, classic, southern, sweet and fun. Incredibly in love and so excited to start their lives together.

Wedding Photography: Jenn Hopkins Photography / Floral Design: Shea Hopely Flowers / Event Planning: The Chefs Garden Catering and Events / Wedding Ceremony & Reception Location: The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens / Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Bride’s Dress: Malindy Elene

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The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa Wedding by Elaine Palladino Photography

Crazy beautiful.  There’s just no other way to describe this breathtaking Hollywood wedding, because, well… it’s just that amazing.  A traditional love fest with a sassy color palette and a bride and groom that are the epitome of elegance – all wrapped up in miles upon miles of peacock-themed whimsy and uber-sophistication.  Intrigued?  No worries – we have you totally covered with a gallery that is literally bursting with mesmerizing images captured by Elaine Palladino Photography… and an entire weekend to devour every.last.one.  Click here for more.


From Elaine Palladino Photography… For this timeless wedding in South Florida, the bride wanted to have a day that “no on would forget.” Inspired by peacock feathers, there were many classic details, including breathtaking flowers with a touch of whimsy thanks to the feather details and pops of color.

From the Bride… I had in mind having a wedding no one would forget – romantic, yet party atmosphere, traditional, yet modern.  The most memorable moment of your day was when we said our vows. It was a beautiful afternoon.  My favorite detail was the decoration of the reception and the Peacock feather details.  Our DIY details were the menus, programs, and place cards, as well as the flower girl’s headbands.  A significant detail we incorporated into the wedding was the couples first glance.  It was beautiful private moment before the whirlwind of the rest of the day.

My advice for future bride/grooms would be to remember the day is about you and your honey.

Wedding Photography: Elaine Palladino Photography / Floral Design: Floral Designs by Yamir / Wedding Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa in Hollywood, FL / Wedding Dress: Fantasia by Sottero and Midgley / Bride’s Shoes: Nine West / Bride’s Veil: Borrowed / Bridesmaid Dresses: Handmade by Local Designer / Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Zayas / Groom’s Shoes: Zayas / Linens: Leyani Linens / Wedding Invitations: Lilian Designs Studio / Wedding Cake: Ana Paz Cakes / DJ: 84 West Studios / Party Favors: Donut Divas

Dessert Inspired Engagement Session by Papered Heart Photography Part II

If you are anything like me (and I know you are) than you are still seriously giddy from this morning’s Dessert Inspired Engagement Session by Papered Heart Photography.  I mean, what’s not to love about a too.cute.for.words bride and groom-to-be and bundles upon bundles of yummy French-inspired desserts, including homemade ice cream?  So, when Papered Heart Photography offered to send along the recipes (chocolate sauce included!) for our very own ice cream making session, we seriously could not stop smiling.  It’s the perfect treat for the weekend… and a fabulous date night with your honey.

French Ice Cream

2 cups milk
5 egg yolks
Few grains salt
1 cup sugar
2 cups cream
1 tablespoon vanilla

Scald the milk in a double boiler or over hot water.  Beat egg yolks, salt, and sugar together until light. Pour the scalded milk on them and stir until well mixed.  Return to boiler and cook until the mixture coats the spoon, stirring constantly.  Remove from heat.  Add cream and stir well.  Cool.  Add vanilla.  Chill and freeze.  Serve with chocolate sauce…yumm.  Yields 1 quart of ice cream.

Old Fashioned Vanilla Ice Cream

1 1/2 cups top milk
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup whipping cream
1 tablespoon cornstarch

Scald milk.  Separate eggs. Beat yolks and add sugar and cornstarch. Combine this mixture with milk.  Cook over water 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally. Then cool. Beat egg whites until stiff. Add salt and fold into cooked mixture.  Add vanilla.  Pour into refrigerator freezing tray/container and chill to a heavy mush.  Beat until fluffy.  Whip cream and fold into mixture. Return to tray/container and freeze.  Serves 6.

Homemade Chocolate Sauce

1 1/4 cups milk
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tablespoon butter
2 ounces unsweetened chocolate
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/8 teaspoon salt

Cook milk, chocolate, and butter over a slow heat and stir until chocolate melts and the mixture is thick. Add sugar and cook until it thickens again, stirring constantly. Add vanilla and salt.  Mix well. Pour over ice cream. Yummmmm.

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So, there you go, SMPers.  A weekend of nothing, but sweet, sweet ice cream and a whole lot of fun awaits you!  A great big thank you to Papered Heart Photography for sending along these recipes and for sharing this amazing day with us! xoxo

Photography: Papered Heart Photography / Dress: ModCloth / Hair & Makeup: Laura Barone with Blend True / Vintage Rental Pieces: Lucky Day Emporium / Recipes: Lily Wallace New American Cook Book, Copyright 1941 (Family Cookbook)

Dessert Inspired Engagement Session by Papered Heart Photography Part I

Ice cream and true love.  Two of my favorite things.  And when the two combine for a fabulous e-session captured by the uber-talented Papered Heart Photography?  Well… let’s just say our day couldn’t possibly be any sweeter.  (Literally.)  Because, not only is this darling e-shoot one of the cutest I have EVER laid my eyes upon (adorable duo alert!), it also happens to be chock-full of French-inspired deliciousness, including mouth-watering cupcakes, darling meringues and, of course, homemade ice cream.  Yummy.  So, join me in the gallery for all of the lovely – and then stay tuned for an UBER-fabulous treat coming up later today!

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From Papered Heart Photography… Our couple, Kim + Jeremy, enjoy making Ice Cream together on the weekends at Jeremy’s Family Property.

They plan to incorporate this into their reception dessert table after returning from eloping to Paris and their honeymoon!

They wanted a Vintage Ice Cream Dessert Table and so we thought, why not incorporate France!  We enjoyed rummaging through Jeremy’s family property barn, finding this rustic table and many of the handy pieces for decor. A lot of DIY work went into this shoot! This couple had the best time hunting through flea markets and antique shops to build the perfect dessert table for their ice cream making.

This dreamy couple had a blast and the pictures turned out just like Eye Candy, hope you love!!  

Photography: Papered Heart Photography / Dress: ModCloth / Hair & Makeup: Laura Barone with Blend True / Vintage Rental Pieces: Lucky Day Emporium

Puerto Vallarta Wedding by The Dazzling Details

The very best, most captivating destination weddings are those that are completely organic. Where the decor, the ambiance, the moments are inspired by the land and the culture and the beauty of the region. And this wedding is the very definition of inspired. It’s rich and layered and full soul. And it is bursting at the seams with pure, unabashed romance. Just as a destination wedding should be. With decor and planning by The Dazzling Details and photographs by Jillian Mitchell, this wedding is destination gold. Click here to see so much more.













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From the lovely bride…A love for travel, adventure, and the great outdoors were a few of the things that attracted us to one another when we met, over six years ago. Therefore, it was a no brainer that travel and the outdoors would definitely be components in our wedding. A strong love of family and friends would be the other.

When we began planning our wedding, it was essential it be held at a destination by an ocean, but it was also equally important to have all family members and friends available to celebrate. There wasn’t a way to have both, as some would not be able to travel. So, we divided our celebration in order to have the best of both worlds… we would do a very intimate destination wedding with immediate family and a grand reception in downtown Portland, Oregon, for the rest of our family and friends upon our return home. This arrangement encompassed both sides of our personality as a couple; outdoor travel fanatics and downtown sheik (plus, I would get to wear my dress twice; what bride wouldn’t want to do that!).

With that decision made, we began concentrating on the destination part. Considering many options of places to go, we wondered, “Should it be somewhere we’ve never been, and how far could we travel and still convince our immediate family members to join us?” We found ourselves continuously thinking of Puerto Vallarta, our first major vacation as a couple, and in our minds… the place where we knew we were in this relationship for good, even years before we were engaged. PV held a very sentimental place in our hearts, and we really wanted our families to experience that during an occasion as important as our wedding…. where we would be joining not only our lives together for a lifetime, but our families as well.

As I began collecting wedding ideas, I found The Dazzling Details online. I immediately fell in love with Kristin, Michelle and the team’s work and so did Chris. I have to do event planning in my profession and Chris is a contractor/designer by trade, so aesthetics and truly capturing the essence of our personalities was extremely important to us! There was no doubt that The Dazzling Details would deliver on all of our hopes for our intimate gathering, a total of ten individuals. Every expectation was exceeded!

From start to finish, Chris and I never worried about a thing, because the team was truly exceptional!! Thru the guidance of Kristin and Michelle, we opted to have our wedding and ‘family’ reception at a lovely villa outside the city. What a fabulous family vacation, with our wedding being the big final event! The ceremony, conducted on a sandy beach with the ocean as a backdrop, was enhanced with elegant simplicity and unexpected personal touches along the way. Despite an unexpected day of rain, the drizzle cleared immediately before the group was seated for ceremony, and just a peak of sunlight illuminated the ceremony through dreary skies while the couple said their vows. It beautifully highlighted the natural splendor of the setting, allowing our wedding vows to be the focus.

Every detail was amazing, but the reception/dinner area was probably our favorite “scene” created by our planners. I was moved to tears by the perfection of every intricately designed component. They captured everything we could have ever imagined we would want – they draped multiple chandeliers high above the dining area, accented the table with dozens of candles, had a variety of bouquet holders and different wood elements, natural linen fabrics, and even a small suitcase that served as part of a centerpiece! One of my favorite touches was our cake holder, especially designed out of tree branches. All color choices for the event palette were colors found in nature: browns, grays, linens, and whites to highlight our love of the outdoors. Collectively, it made for a magical and memorable event that to this day everyone is still talking about… and for all that weren’t there, they wish they could have been!! Our wedding celebration was truly exquisite!!

Wedding Coordination, Design + Florals: The Dazzling Details / Wedding Photography: Jillian Mitchell Photography / Wedding Venue: Casita Camino al Mar / Catering: Plush Catering / Live Latin guitarist (ceremony and cocktail reception) – Lenny Lopez / Ceremony Officiate: Tamara Bradley with Puerto Vallarta Wedding Officiants / Wedding Dress: Vera Wang / Groom’s Attire: Calvin Klein /  Wedding Cake: Charme Reposteria

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Jupiter Beach Resort Wedding by Thompson Photography Group

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again and again – oh, how I ADORE a beautiful beach wedding.  There’s just nothing prettier (or more perfect) than miles upon miles of bright blue ocean waves as your Big Day backdrop, don’t you agree?  And this stunning Jupiter Beach Resort wedding by Thompson Photography Group is everything I love about a sweet seaside soiree.  Breathtaking views, a casual yet elegant vibe and too much gorgeous to count.  See sooo much more here.

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From Thompson Photography Group… Kara and Tj wanted an elegant, stylish, wedding with their own personal flare. Simple cute touches from the flowers, to the mason jars they used as water glasses and all the burlap that they used to accent their day they really pulled off a romantic, country, shabby chic day. TJ got to express his love for music by having the tables be named after some of their favorite albums by their favorite artists. This wedding was a perfect expression of both of their styles and it turned out to be beautiful display of their personality, style and love for each other.

Wedding Photography: Thompson Photography Group / Planning & Event Design: Creations Production / Floral Design: Creations Production / Ceremony & Reception Location: Jupiter Beach Resort / Bride’s Shoes: BHLDN

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Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay Wedding by Merari Photography

I am so madly in love with this wedding, I am not even sure where to begin.  The vibrant purple and teal color palette, the contemporary meets traditional details, the beyond gorgeous (and uber-HAPPY) bride and groom – it’s a serious wedding knock out from start to finish.  And those lovely images captured by Merari Photography?  Well, they’ll leave you grinning from ear to ear with moment after moment of downright gorgeous jumping straight from your computer screen.  Yep, it’s absolute perfection and it’s all happening right.at.this.very.moment in the full gallery.  Join me there for more.

From Merari PhotographyEric and Margarita met at work. They met at a Starbucks for their first date. They fell in love. Fast forward a few years, and they were ready to pledge their eternal love to one another. It was an elegant and simple affair with touches of Margarita’s Nicaraguan heritage sprinkled in. Happiness was in the air, and I couldn’t have taken a picture without someone smiling even if I wanted to. Their laid-back personalities and passion for one another was contagious.

There were very personal details thrown in. The necklace Margarita wore is an heirloom from Eric’s family. Margarita had a special handkerchief made to give to her dad, and Eric gave his groomsmen custom flasks as gifts. They also provided a “photo booth table” during the reception with a Polaroid camera and various props so guests could take their own photo, write a small message and put it in a special album. There were lots of little ones at the wedding, so Margarita provided coloring books and crayons to entertain them. The table numbers were also personalized with facts about their relationship!

My favorite part of the day was when Margarita’s dad surprised them with a mariachi band and serenaded the newlyweds with a special song about Margarita. Oh my word, not a single dry eye in the room.

It was a very special day for a very special couple.

Wedding Photography: Merari Photography / Wedding Venue: Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay in Miami, Florida / Floral Design: Ever After Floral Design / Event Planning: The Bride + Her Family / DJ: A Family Friend / Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero / Bride’s Shoes: Lulu Townsend / Hair + Makeup: Art of Hair by Claudia

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Vintage Florida Wedding by Adria Peaden Photography

I fall in love with a new venue every.single.day here on SMP Florida, but today’s glorious Wild Heron location just might be my favorite yet.  A gorgeous boathouse overlooking the pristine waters of Lake Powell, a darling gazebo perfect for ceremonies and a boardwalk just begging for a stunning Mr. and Mrs. and some uber-fabulous photo ops.  Thankfully, Adria Peaden Photography snapped up every moment of Panama City Beach lovely, including the sweet vintage vibe and the DIY details crafted by the breathtaking bride.  See it all here.


From Adria Peaden PhotographyThis couple was not 100% sold on the idea of a wedding photographer until the sister of the groom decided to gift a photographer to them. Thank goodness there was a photographer there to document the antique silver, lace and pink color scheme. 

The day started with a first look next to the boathouse. We walked around the edge of the boathouse to find a spiral staircase and then out onto the boardwalk for some yummy, glowy, romantic images. Everything from the lace ruffles on the bride’s dress to the antique keys scattered around the reception made the whole event melt together. The ceremony was held in a gazebo on a lawn across from the boathouse. The bride was adamant that each detail be non-traditional. The flower arrangements on the gazebo were not hung level and they decided to face the crowd instead of the traditional way with their backs to the crowd. It gave the images of their ceremony a sweetness as they were able to gaze at their loved ones on the most important day of their life. While the catering, flowers, cake and music were all provided by vendors, the decorations were purely from the bride. She spent time shopping at local craft stores to make everything just as she wanted. 

Wedding Photography: Adria Peaden Photography / Wedding Venue: The Boat House at Wild Heron in Panama City Beach, Florida / Floral Design: Hallmark Flower Shoppe / Wedding Decor: DIY by the Bride / Catering: Victoria’s Event Planning and Catering / Wedding Cake: Publix / Wedding Dress: Aire Barcelona