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Vintage Florida Wedding by Adria Peaden Photography

I fall in love with a new venue 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

Palm Beach Gardens Wedding at Frenchman’s Reserve by Kat Braman Photography

There’s really no better way to kick off the weekend than with an uber-stylish soiree – and this breathtaking Palm Beach Gardens affair captured by Kat Braman Photography?  Well, it’s a sure-fire way to jazz up your Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Filled to the brim with one drop-dead gorgeous detail after another and a plethora of beautiful blooms by Daniel Events, it’s traditional meets whimsy at its finest.  And when you get a look at those cute-as-can-be bridesmaid shoes, you’ll most definitely be smiling until we meet again.  See it all right here.

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From Kat Braman PhotographyThis beautiful South Florida wedding is a great mix of classic and fresh details. I love the timeless feel of the church wedding with a country club reception, and it fits Colleen and Barrett perfectly. They are both huge golf enthusiasts and even incorporated their love of golf into their cocktail hour decor. The combination of yellow and gray is a great choice, and I love the unexpected pattern on the bridesmaids’ shoes.

Wedding Photography: Kat Braman Photography / Ceremony: St. Patrick Catholic Church in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida / Reception: Frenchman’s Reserve in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida / Floral Design: Daniel Events / Band: The Headliners Band / Cigar Roller: Mya Cigars / Wedding Dress: Martina Liana / Bride’s Shoes: Tory Burch / Jewelry: Wedding Belles / Hair: Natalie of Edmund James Salon / Makeup: Joanne of Team Beauti / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Priscilla of Boston (Now Closed) / Bridesmaids’ Shoes: Nine West / Men’s Tuxedos: Calvin Klein

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Nautical Party Inspiration + DIY Cake Pops by Andi Mans Photography & Design

The official start of Summer is just around the corner and I don’t know about you lovelies, but I am definitely in the mood to celebrate the new season.  So, when Andi Mans Photography & Design sent along this sweet nautical inspiration shoot (complete with DIY cake pops!), well… I literally jumped right out of my seat.  It’s everything (and I mean everything) you need for that perfect sunny get-together – bright pops of color, bundles of maritime accents and watermelon aplenty.  Yep, the party planning starts right here.right now in the full gallery… and then stay tuned for a yummy cake pop tutorial below!

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From Andi Mans Photography & Design… Hello there! Oh it sure is heating up over here in Florida! What does that mean for me? Well, watermelon is in full effect for purchasing (yum) and so is the beach love! I love nautical decor, simple with a fresh essence of a summer time vibe. I put together an inspirational tablescape to portray just that! These ideas are super easy for anyone to create and are perfect for a backyard event, wedding or any type of celebration! Make sure to scroll down to learn how to bake my “Dulce De Leche” recipe for cake pops as seen in this shoot, they sure do pack a punch of deliciousness! Smooth sailing ahead!

Photography, Styling & Cake Pops: Andi Mans Photography & Design / Invitations & Paper Goods: Andi Mans via Etsy

Cake Pop Supplies

Vanilla Food Cake Mix {and ingredients listed on box}
1/2 Cup of Cream Cheese Frosting
2 tbsp. Cup Dulce De Leche {Nestle}
White Chocolate Candy Melts {2 bags from Michael’s}
Candy sticks {from Michael’s}
Gel Food Coloring Blue {NOT liquid}
Vegetable Oil Spray
Shortening {large spoon full}
Sprinkles {optional}


1. Line a large cake pan with non-stick spray.

2. Follow the recipe on your cake mix and bake your cake as directed. Allow the cake to cool at room temp.

3. Put your baked cake in a large mixing bowl.

4. Use your hands to crumble the entire cake.

5. Add about 1/2 of the package of cream cheese and 1/2 cup of dulce de leche frosting to the crumbled cake (watch for consistency). Use your hands to mix the frosting evenly throughout the crumbled cake mix until the cake mix is well moistened. Your cake mix should be moist enough to shape into a large mound and keep its shape.

6. Roll your cake mix into 1 inch balls using the palms of your hands. You should be able to get 35-40 cake balls from a single batch of cake mix. To keep your cake pops from falling off the stick when you try to cover them in icing! After you shape the cake into little balls, put them in the freezer for about 10 minutes so they are super chilled. Then continue with the recipe. They will be “more solid” and therefor hold onto the stick better.

7. Pour one entire package of white chocolate candy melts into a microwave safe bowl. Follow the melting instructions on the package. Pull out your melted white chocolate and stir thoroughly with a spoon until totally smooth. Once smooth, add a large spoon full of shortening {Crisco} to the white chocolate to thin out the consistency a bit. Stir thoroughly again.

8. Take a cake pop stick and dip into the white chocolate about 1 inch. And then place it into the center of your cake ball. Then place your cake pop in the Styrofoam to harden.

9. Continue with the remaining cake pops.

10. Now coat the balls with the candy coating. The key is to place the pop in the chocolate at a sideways angle with one hand. Using the other hand, spoon the chocolate mixture all around the pop. Try to do this as quickly as possible before the chocolate begins to harden and get lumpy. Once you have evenly coated the pop, gently tap the stick on the side of the bowl to get off any excess chocolate that would drip.

11. Use the remainder of your white chocolate for the drizzle. If you run out, make more following the steps above. Add the GEL food coloring of your choice until you receive your desired color.

12. Now let your cake pops dry and then you are done! Refrigerate until ready to devour!

So, there you have it.  A sweet guide to your next summertime soiree.  Thanks for all of the inspiration, Andi!  You are awesome. xoxo

Palm Beach Gardens Wedding at the PGA National Resort by Captured Photography by Jenny

This wedding makes me happy.  Very, very happy.  The kind of happy that can only be brought on by the breathtaking images of Captured Photography by Jenny, an oh-so-lovely color palette (pink and mint green!) and a ceremony overlooking the sunny waters of the PGA National Resort.  Yep, an all-encompassing, can’t stop smiling, oh how I love every last minute of this lovely kind of JOY.  And the best part?  All this glee is just a hop, skip and a jump away in the full gallery.  Meet me there for more!

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From the Bride… Our wedding ceremony and reception took place at PGA National Resort in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Having an outdoor spring wedding in South Florida can be risky, but the weather was absolutely gorgeous. The sun peeked through the clouds as palm fronds swayed from a light breeze in the air. The entire day was flawless! The outdoor ceremony magnified the beauty of evening in South Florida. The flower girls (the bride’s nieces) captured the hearts of many with their memorable entrance of handfuls of flower petal thrown down the aisle. The bride and groom exchanged their genuine, heartfelt vows to one another, and even the groom shed some tears of joy.

The ceremony was followed by a cabana cocktail hour overlooking the PGA National Golf Resort, where guests were enjoyed specialty drinks and delicious appetizers. Soon after, guests entered into the Bella Lago ballroom where dinner and dancing began.  The newlyweds first danced to Al Green’s classic hit “Let’s Stay Together.” Next, the groom’s brother toasted the bride and groom with an epic reenactment of their first date (BIG surprise to everyone). Guests enjoyed the comedy. Dinner was served with a choice of filet mignon or chicken roulade served with steamed vegetables and potato au gratin.

The DJ honored all married couples in attendance by asking them to join the bride and groom on the dance floor. A special gift was presented for the longest-married couple, who have been together 60 years and gave humorous, yet genuine words of advice to the newlyweds. Everyone danced the night away. Guests also enjoyed having their pictures taken in the photo booth. The props used in photos consisted of top hats, mustaches and boas. These helped to capture the various personalities of guests. Everyone got to take a copy of their photos home and another copy was placed in a scrapbook created for the bride and groom to keep. This wedding was memorable event for all in attendance. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves surrounded by our close friends and family. My favorite memory was taking a  few minutes during the reception to step back and take in the joy and love filled throughout room. We are so grateful for all that we’ve been blessed with in our lives. 

Wedding Photography: Captured Photography by Jenny / Wedding Venue: PGA National Resort in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida / Floral Design: Simply Flowers / Event Planning: The Bride + Family & Friends / Wedding Invitations: Emily Post / Wedding Cake: Cake & Candy Designs by Mary Lou / DJ: Skip Kelly / Photo Booth: LuLu’s Photo Booth / Wedding Dress: Casablanca / Bride’s Shoes: Nina / Hair + Makeup: Bianca Piarulli / Groom’s Socks: SilkscreenExpress / Bridesmaid Dresses: After Six (Style: #6011, Color: Apple Slice)

Sarasota Wedding by Simply Bloom Photography

When a wedding from Simply Bloom Photography makes an appearance in our inbox, we know without fail our adoration for all things beautiful is about to skyrocket. These ladies have a way of capturing a day that takes a veiled kiss or dining under a sea of strung cafe lights and kicks it up a few notches on the gorgeous scale. And so today we are doing high kicks and cheers all around because this gem held at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is all ours to devour and it is packed to the gills with fresh, organic details. One word: MAGIC. See so much more from the day right here.

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From the Bride… Nate’s from Kentucky and I’m from Transylvania. We met while I was teaching and getting my masters in Italian in Florida. We live in Los Angeles, while I’m getting my PhD, far from both of our families who live in Florida and Kentucky. Initially, we were going to have a very small wedding in Italy with immediate family only, but there are so many people that we love and wanted to be a part of our wedding day. We ultimately decided to get married in Sarasota, Florida where my family lives. We chose Marie Selby Botanical Gardens not only for its sweeping coastal views, but also for its stunning banyan trees. It’s a place where land meets water and sky to create a quiet magic at sunset.

We knew the most important thing for us was simply getting married. We wanted to make sure, however, that our family and friends would enjoy themselves. As a result, we invested in the food and soulful entertainment by Jonathan Cortez to keep our 70 guests bopping and rolling until the end. Phil Mancini, of Michael’s on East, was instrumental to helping us realize our vision, as well as Roger, of the Naked Florist. Because we were planning our wedding from the West Coast, while I was working on my PhD and Nate beginning a new job, we trusted them to bring our pictures alive into a unified vision. We focused a large portion of the budget on the photography because we believe in passing down art.

For our wedding, we combined the elements that move us most. We wanted the design to be organic, dreamlike, and classic. The core of the design inspiration came from our various travels: Florentine marbleized paper, a brass flaming heart cachette, and a silver cake cutter that my mother saved and brought with us when we fled under Communism for America. My bridesmaids (a.k.a. champs) helped me glitter walnuts and glue them to beds of moss. They served as party favors and décor. Combining our histories, Nate and I created an Italian and Hungarian influenced Southern wedding. As a result, we chose an intimate sit down dinner at two, long Italian-style tables lit by mercury glass tealights and bistro string lights. We hoped for an Old-world feel amongst the sinewy trees.

Some of the best moments of the day were the ceremony, which my former professor graciously officiated, and our first dance. Our friends came out from behind the tree and encircled us with sparklers. With all that we’ve been through, while dancing to our song under the moon and moss moving in the breeze, I cried my heart out in Nate’s arms. And I can’t stress how important it is to allow yourself to have faith that things will work out. It RAINED between the salad and entrée for a few minutes, and somehow, it brought people closer and helped them to laugh and relax. We have the rain and the people we love to thank for a breathtaking moment.

Wedding Photography: Simply Bloom Photography / Wedding Venue: Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota, Florida / Floral Design: The Naked Florist Event & Floral Design Studio / Catering: Michael’s On East / DJ: Jonathan Cortez (813-476-3134) / Lighting: Affairs in the Air / Bride’s Headpiece: Jennifer Behr / Bride’s Shoes: Steve Madden / Hair: Gina Lane of Salon Excel / Makeup: Carey of Warpaint by Carey (

Tallahassee Wedding Film at Mission San Luis by Diva Productions

I can’t think of anything I love more than seeing a sweet, sweet wedding film pop up on my computer screen, especially when that fab film is coming to us straight from the geniuses at Diva Productions. Yep, these talented cinematographers are serious masters at capturing those oh-so-special moments – and today’s Tallahassee affair is absolute perfection with a bride and groom and bundles upon bundles of HAPPY.  All wrapped up in 5 minutes of pure melodic bliss, believe you me, this is one film you’ll be watching time and time again.

Oh, and we’re not done yet.  These breathtaking images captured by Kay Meyer Photography are about to add even more sweetness to your Tuesday. Enjoy!

From the Bride… Brett and I knew each other in high school, but we met again the summer before I started law school. I was going out one night and meeting up with my cousin, who brought some friends along — Brett included. After that, we started dating and have been together ever since. As far as the proposal: It was around Thanksgiving during my last year in law school.  I had finals coming up, so I was completely engulfed in studying. Brett had invited me out to his parent’s house for an early Thanksgiving dinner since his sister was in town. So, reluctantly taking a break from studying, I went to his parents’ for dinner. We were all sitting out on the back porch, drinking wine, when Brett dropped to one knee and proposed in front of his family and my family. As soon as I said yes, fireworks lit the sky out on their property.

The wedding ceremony was at Trinity United Methodist Church. I grew up in the church, so it was a no-brainer that we would get married there. The reception was held at Mission San Luis. We fell in love with this venue because of the Spanish-style architecture and the beautiful courtyard. I studied abroad in Spain for a semester while in college, so having the reception at an old Spanish Mission was perfect. We did not really have an “inspiration” for the wedding. We just wanted a nice mix of traditional and classic styles that reflected the season, so we decided to use dark purples with light green and silver. The colors were taken from the colors of a green cymbidium orchid. The garter that I worse was made from the McDonald tartan (my maiden name) — it is our Scottish family tartan. Also during the reception, Brett surprised me by playing a song from my favorite band: the Beatles. He played the song with one of the other members from his local band. It all went by so quickly, but we loved every minute of it. All of the photos turned out fantastic, but we especially love the ones of all of the wedding party under the arches. The sneak peek video is also wonderful! The fireworks are great! Brett and I are both musicians so our wedding favors were chocolate music notes.

Wedding Photography: Kay Meyer Photography / Ceremony: Trinity United Methodist Church in Tallahassee, Florida / Reception: Mission San Luis in Tallahassee, Florida / Floral Design: Missy Gunnels Flowers / Wedding Cinematography: Diva Productions / Film Song: “Perfect Day” by Holley Maher (Licensed through The Music Bed) / Reception Coordination: Robin Wharton of University Center Club / Fireworks: Ashley Pyrotechnics / Catering: University Center Club / Wedding Cake: Katie’s Cakes and Catering / Wedding Invitations: My Favorite Things / Wedding Dress: Blue by Enzoani / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Mori Lee

Watersound Beach Club Wedding by whitebox weddings

Take note, lovelies.  This Watersound Beach Club affair is a serious, serious lesson in understated elegance.  I’m talking fab blush hues, a breathtaking seaside location and an oh-so-chic (+ stunning) bride rockin’ my new favorite Monique Lhuillier.  Swoon.  Add to all of that lovely some uber-gorgeous bridesmaid frocks and a gallery filled with pretty captured by whitebox weddings and we’re in for one downright glamorous, toes-in-the-sand kind of Monday.  Sounds good to me.  See it all here.

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From whitebox weddingsAshlee and David live in Alabama, but they love Florida’s beaches. They got married in the elegant beach town of Watersound Beach, Florida. Ashlee’s Monique Lhuillier dress was unique and perfect for the breezy, beach-side celebration. Photography and music were the two most important focuses of their big day. The couple allowed tons of time for photos, so we were able to meander through the beach towns to get a lot of gorgeous shots of the bridal party. After the ceremony, the wedding party went to the beach just as the sun began to set. The decor was elegant and understated — the setting was so pretty by itself that it was the decor. The bride and groom also love country music, and the groom is a talented musician. He hand-picked the band out of some of his favorite local performers from Alabama. The night ended with the groom and one of the groomsmen performing with the band. David sang a song or two just for his new bride. It was a very sweet moment.

I would describe this wedding as clean and simple. It was a great demonstration of how you do not have to go over the top to have a beautiful celebration. The bride and groom are super-cute too. 

Wedding Photography: whitebox weddings / Wedding Venue + Catering: Watersound Beach Club in Watersound, Florida / Floral Design: Bella Flora / Wedding Cake: Cakes by Tanis / Ceremony String Trio: Wedding Music Plus, Inc. / Reception Band: James Gee / Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier via Ivory & White / Shoes: Heiress via BHLDN / Makeup: Kate Norrell / Wedding Rings: Hudson-Poole Fine Jewelers in Tuscaloosa, Alabama (205-752-5535) / Bridesmaid Dresses: Anthropologie

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Sanibel Wedding at The Sanctuary Golf Club by Justin DeMutiis Photography

An explosion of vibrant colors, an adorable Mr. and Mrs. and a gown that will – if you ask me, this darling Sanibel affair is the perfect way to bid adieu to the month of May.  And with a sweet ceremony held in the cutest chapel ever and pure sunniness radiating through every last magical moment captured by Justin DeMutiis Photography, it also happens to be a sure-fire combo for some uber-smiley, uber-happy faces.  Smiley, happy faces plus gorgeous wedding inspiration?!?  Count me in.  See it all here.

From the Bride & Groom… It was a happy coincidence that both we ended up starting our freshman year at Boston College in the fall of 2009. As a Boston College High School graduate, Kevin was excited to become a “double eagle,” and Lauren was excited to move to the “big city” of Boston from her small hometown in Minnesota. Another coincidence landed us in the same dorm on the freshman Newton Campus, where Lauren was on the third floor of Cushing Hall, and Kevin was in the basement. Being the only floor of girls, it didn’t take long for the basement guys to befriend some of the third floor girls. After nights of group activities such as sledding down hills on cafeteria trays, going to a Harry Potter movie, innocent confrontations with the RA’s and such, in December of 2009 we started dating.

Over the next five and a half years we shared many wonderful adventures and memories. We traveled to Edinburgh, Scotland, for our junior semester abroad and took a couple weeks to travel around Europe. After graduating from BC in 2009, we moved down to Nashville, Tennessee. Kevin is in his third year of Vanderbilt University’s medical physics program. Lauren is a registered nurse in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital and started grad school this fall in Vanderbilt’s acute care pediatric nurse practitioner program. We will both be graduating in the fall of 2013, so we will see where our futures lead us! Even though neither of us can specifically remember when we met for the first time, it has always been clear that our relationship was meant to last. A few happy coincidences, many fun memories and the support from friends and family bring us to April 14, 2012, when we began the rest of our forever together!

For our engagement, Lauren can truly say that even after five and a half years together, Kevin still managed to surprise her! We were spending a week down in Sanibel, Florida, with Lauren’s parents. Kevin wanted Lauren to plan her perfect Sanibel day, and they followed it exactly (slept in, walked on the beach with a cup of coffee, ate a big breakfast, read out on the beach, went for a bike ride, had cocktails on the beach at sunset, and ate a homemade grilled dinner). Lauren never imagined that her day could get any better. After dinner, we took a walk out on the beach to look at the stars, prepared with “miner’s lights” to see the shells. Before Lauren knew it, Kevin was down on one knee asking her to marry him, and Lauren’s light shown on the most beautiful ring she could imagine! There was no doubt in her mind she would say “YES!”

Wedding Photography: Justin DeMutiis Photography / Ceremony: Chapel by the Sea in Captiva, Florida / Reception: The Sanctuary Golf Club in Sanibel, Florida / Floral Design: Beth Traucht of Floral Artistry / Catering: Mark Brown of The Sanctuary Golf Club / Wedding Cake: Mason’s Bakery / Music: Juan Nealon of Sekond Nature / Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero via The White Room Too / Bride’s Shoes: Enzo Angiolini / Hair + Makeup: Sanibel Day Spa / Men’s Suits: Black Tie Tuxedos

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Montverde Wedding at Bella Collina by BinaryFlips Photography

I have a confession to make.  I LOVE weddings.  Okay, okay… you probably already knew that, but I can’t help, but scream it from the rooftops  I mean, who doesn’t adore the pretty little details, the heart stopping moments and the pure joy shining through every last second of wedded bliss?!?  And this fabulous Montverde gem has me LOVING weddings more than I ever thought I could. It’s a bundle of gorgeous meets beyond breathtaking images by BinaryFlips Photography meets perfection in every.which.way.  Care to join me for all of the LOVE-ly?  Click here for sooo much more.

From the Groom… I first stepped foot inside Bella Collina in 2008 for a work Christmas dinner. The minute I walked in, I felt like I was in a foreign country. It felt like I was in an Italian village. Yet it also felt like I was in a vineyard. The beauty of everything, from the walls to the roofs and the clubhouse overlooking the lake just took my breath away. Once dinner was finished, we decided to take a tour of the property. As my coworkers and I walked in amazement, one of them joked that if my girlfriend Olivia and I decided to get married one day, we should do it here. Ever since that night, I always knew Bella Collina would be a special place.

Fast forward to summer of 2010. As Olivia and I were having lunch with one of her aunts, the subject of a wedding was brought up. Although Olivia and I were not engaged at the time, I decided to tell them about Bella Collina abs a possible venue. With the excitement of the conversation, they wanted to see this Bella Collina I was talking about. The minute we passed through the front gates, their faces lit up with surprise and awe. Bella Collina planted a seed in their minds the way it did for me. Olivia and I knew that Bella Collina would one day be the place where she would walk down the aisle towards me.

However, our lives took us to Calfornia in the fall of 2010. Shortly after, I proposed to Olivia at San Francisco’s Palace of Fine Arts. Wedding planning followed shortly after. From wedding dress shopping, to making save the dates to finding a photographer, the next few days became a blur. However, the decision of the venue of our ceremony and reception was still undecided. Since we lived in California, the possibility of having our venue in California was open for discussion. As each conversation turned to dead ends, we pursued the idea of having the wedding in Orlando, where we always thought was the best idea. Our friends, most of our families and where our love blossomed made the decision of having our wedding in Orlando easy. The minute we made the decision of having our special day in Orlando, no discussion was needed about our venue. Bella Collina has and was always the only place we envisioned our marriage to take place in. Bella Collina made February 19, 2012 our most perfect day of our lives. The months of planning, saving, anxiety, stress, nervousness, and indecisions made it worth it. The staff at Bella Collina and our vendors made it a day to remember not just for Olivia and I, but for our 110 guests as well. It only took one step inside Bella Collina for me to realize that this place would someday be special. But I did not know during that first step that one day, it would be the start of a new life, on a perfect day, with the perfect woman, in a perfect place.

Wedding Photography: BinaryFlips Photography / Wedding Venue: Bella Collina in Montverde, Florida / Wedding Design + Coordination: Blossoms Arrangements of Distinction / Wedding Invitations: Admire Designs / Wedding Cake: Party Flavors / DJ: White Rose Entertainment / Lighting: Get Lit Productions / Bride + Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Pricilla of Boston (Now Closed) / Hair + Makeup: Larri Matteson / Groom’s + Groomsmen’s Tuxedos: Men’s Wearhouse

Sarasota Wedding at the Ca’ d’Zan Mansion by Andi Diamond Photography

The Ca’ d’Zan Mansion.  A breathtaking Italian-inspired masterpiece overlooking the pristine waters of the Sarasota Bay.  In other words, the perfect place to say “I Do.”  And when you combine this Floridian paradise with a stop-you-in-your-tracks affair boasting a vibrant purple color scheme and the world’s most gorgeous bride and groom, well… it’s pure, unadulterated joy.  Thank goodness Andi Diamond Photography was on hand to capture every ounce of amazing, because this is a traditional soiree that deserves your full and undivided attention.  See it all here.

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Oh, and we’re not done yet.  We have one very amazing film from In Motion Video Productions to add even more pretty to your day. Enjoy!

From the Bride… To say that I had my dream wedding is an understatement. In my eyes, there was no place like the Ca’ d’Zan to get married. Before I even knew that Thomas existed, I envisioned marrying the love of my life beneath the banyan trees at this gorgeous 1924 mansion on the bay in the town where I had grown up. Our day was that and so much more.

We wanted the venue to be the main design focus of the wedding. We kept the décor simple so as to not distract from the breathtaking surroundings (and to keep our dream wedding affordable, as we were paying for it ourselves!). Our inspiration for our color scheme, amethyst, peridot and aquamarine, came from the gemstone colors in the stained glass windows flanking every wall of the building. The style that we were going for: classy elegant with a hint of vintage and a lot of fun!

My favorite moment from the day — that’s tough! Maybe it was seeing the emotion in Thomas’s face as I walked down the aisle, being so engulfed in one another during our ceremony that we didn’t hear a word that the priest said or notice my niece practicing her twirls at our feet, or maybe it was our first dance, feeling like we were the only ones in the room even with 145 pairs of eyes focused on us. I guess the bottom line is it was knowing without question that we had said “I do” to the one God had intended for each of us. I loved seeing how it all came together and feeling that it was truly how I had envisioned it. I remember the moment when we stepped onto the  reception on the terrace and thinking, “WOW!” It was absolutely beautiful! A gorgeous spring night, the sun setting on the water, the uplighting on the stunning building, the colors coming together, the centerpieces lit — and that cake! The cake was my favorite detail of the day. I loved the pearls and rhinestones, and the lace that she piped onto the layers that matched my dress perfectly — and it was it delicious! My favorite self-created detail was actually created by my mom: our family’s homemade ice cream that I grew up eating at every special event and holiday with our family. My mom made gallons of it to serve ice cream with our wedding cake. It was a way to add a personal touch to the day while having that ice cream present in another of my most special memories.

Wedding Photography: Andi Diamond Photography / Wedding Venue: Ca’ d’Zan Mansion / Floral Design, Rentals + Uplighting: Bee Ridge Florist / Wedding Cinematography: In Motion Video Productions / Catering: Nellie’s Deli / Bakery: Pastries By Design / Wedding Dress: CB Couture via Sarasota Brides & Formalwear + Custom Design Alterations / Makeup: Michele Renee / Bridesmaid Dresses: All Brides 2 Be

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Islamorada Wedding at Pierre’s Restaurant by Claudia Oliver Photography

Beach weddings.  The perfect fusion of elegant details, stunning ocean views and sunny blue skies – a sweet combo that never fails to leave us breathless.  And this sparkling Islamorada affair is most certainly of the take-your-breath-away kind with its beautiful blooms by Floral Fantasy Weddings, uber-gorgeous couple and beyond lovely blush hues.  Claudia Oliver Photography snapped up all of the pretty and, trust me when I tell you, seaside fêtes don’t get any better than this.  See it all here.

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From the Bride… It was really important to both Braden and I that the vibe of our wedding day be relaxed and fun with a lovely ambiance. Although we met in Chicago, and had spent years together getting to know the big city, there was something in both our spirits that was longing for a beach wedding. When we came across Pierre’s Restaurant in Islamorada while planning our wedding, we immediately fell in love with it. It featured first class cuisine and embodied a picture-perfect, cool — almost Caribbean — vibe, while remaining intimate. We chose light pinks and navy to accent the day, which added a touch of romance. It was also important to us to have many small personal touches on the day, some of which included writing our own vows and custom made jewelry for each bridesmaid. For decorations, we wanted to accentuate the unique charm and beauty of Pierre’s. We kept it simple with many candles and soft pink and white flowers in the dining area to create the ambiance we were looking for. But it was truly all of our close family and friends that were able to attend that made the day so special — the whole event nothing less than the perfect party. Amazing weather helped too! We were also so grateful to our photographer, Claudia Oliver, for her interpretation of the day through her photography. The way she was able to capture the day perfectly will make all the memories that much more special! The way everything came together, it truly was the wedding of our dreams!

Wedding Photography: Claudia Oliver Photography / Wedding Venue: Pierre’s Restaurant in Islamorada, Florida / Floral Design: Floral Fantasy Weddings / Wedding Cake: Bob’s Bunz / DJ: EMS Entertainment / Lodging + Preparations: Cheeca Lodge & Spa / Wedding Dress: Tara Keely / Jewelry: Kiki Designs / Bridesmaid Dresses: Amy Wong Micucci of Swoon

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Getting to Know Kitanim + Summer Floral Tips

It’s no secret that we are all about the pretty, pretty inspiration here on SMP Florida – and we love bringing it straight to your computer screens every day of the week.  So, when we decided to devote our Thursday to the love of all things floral and a fabulous Q&A session with the guru of bloomy goodness, Meredith at Kitanim – A Floral Design & Event Company, we knew you lovelies would be over the moon.  Because, really, what’s better than spending your morning, noon and night soaking in all of the glorious (+ elegant + stunning + amazing) masterpieces that Kitanim has been busily creating, plus an oh-so-helpful list of FIVE summer floral tips, straight from the expert herself?  Yep, prepare yourselves for a whole lot of lovely, SMPers.  It’s going to be fabulous.

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

Kitanim, a floral design and event company, is a full service floral design and event company specializing in unique floral designs and event décor with an impeccable attention to customer service. We love our customers and our goal is to keep celebrating and planning life cycle events with them. As Owner and Creative Director of Kitanim, I have been happily cultivating and growing Kitanim for the past five years with the help and inspiration of my husband and a fabulous team of design staff members. (We started with one Ocean Drive sponsored event in Miami’s Design District and, thankfully, we have been in this stylish business ever since.)

I have, however, been in the floral industry for twelve years, getting started over one exciting summer in New York City with a fabulous designer named Michael George whose retail floral shop was located in the very chic beauty level of Bergdoff Goodman. After returning to and subsequently graduating from The University of Michigan, I moved back to New York City and continued my floral career path at another high-end and extremely inspiring floral design studio named the Daily Blossom. I was lucky, persistent, and in the right place at the right time to have been so fortunate to get such a fabulous initial opportunities.

Realizing my love for flowers, my creative flair, and my ability to help others transform their ideas into extraordinary special event experiences, the truth is that I really love what I do. I think it is this love, this genuine enthusiasm and excitement each day that motivates me and Kitanim as a whole to strive to exceed our customers’ expectations again and again. We take the time to listen to our clients’ needs and our undivided attention sets us apart and allows us the opportunity to really deliver a fabulous product.

What sets FL weddings apart from weddings anywhere else?

Florida weddings are a special breed because of the vast range of opportunity a couple has when choosing a venue or venues for their wedding experience.  There are so many distinct beautiful weddings locations that a Florida bride and groom can make their wedding into a weekend adventure, taking advantage of an urban rehearsal dinner setting, an ocean front beach ceremony, a palm tree lined cocktail hour, and a ballroom reception should they decide they want that full varied weekend experience. Additionally, Florida weddings (close to my heart as I got married here) are afforded sunny weather in seasons that most of our country defines as winter. In Florida, more than anywhere, I truly believe that anything goes. Brides and grooms can be as formal or as casual as they like and they will blend right into our welcoming community.

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

I love all weddings. Each and every one is different and with its own personality. What I love most about a wedding is the moment when a bride and groom see their ceremony site and/or their reception set up for the first time. The smiles of excitement and gasps of, “It’s even more beautiful than I expected!” let me know that I have done my job well. In terms of trends, my favorite at the moment is the “unique but complimentary” bouquet trend whereby each bride and her bridesmaids receive a bouquet that coordinates with the rest of the bridal party, but is unique in its composition. I think the overall combination of several distinct yet coordinating bouquets creates a sense of texture and interest that is truly beautiful. This trend allows my design team to be creative and artistic — and really delve into the artistry of bouquet making.

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

I have had the great opportunity to work with a lot of brides and grooms, and their families. My biggest piece of advice to a bride and groom is to create a wedding that reflects their relationship, their beliefs, and their priorities. If pink is your favorite color, then by all means, pink should be incorporated into your wedding palette (no matter the season). If you have ten nieces and nephews and you want them to be part of your wedding, then by all means, let us create flower halos and ring bearing pillows for them to enjoy. If you love candles and their romantic sense of light, let’s line the aisle pathway that you walk down with an array of gorgeous floating candles that reflect your personality. In summary, I always tell couples, “This is your day. Anything and everything you want is a possibility.”

And now that you’ve gotten to know (and LOVE!) Kitanim – A Floral Design & Event Company a little bit better, it’s time for a FIVE summer floral tips from Kitanim’s fabulous Owner and Creative Director, Meredith. Awesome.

Top 5 Summer Floral Tips From Kitanim

1. TEXTURE. TEXTURE. TEXTURE. There are so many fabulous blooms in season during summertime that we urge you to try out some extraordinary textured combinations.  Sometimes, a wild texture combination will take less flowers and create quite a bold statement.

2. HYDRATE. Summertime is a fabulous time for florals, but also an opportunity for the sun and heat to zap the vibrancy out of your gorgeous blooms. That being said, we recommend keeping your flowers out of direct sunlight. Place flowers in a cool spot in your home and remember to change the water in your vases daily in order to avoid bacteria growth. As for your wedding blooms, we will keep them safe in our state of the art cooler.

3. SUMMER DEALS. Because a Florida summer is so intense in terms of the heat, Kitanim recommends that all of those savvy shopping brides and grooms look into the great summer deals Florida has to offer in terms of per guest discounts. Flower prices are generally consistent over the summer, but the fact that you can spend less money on your venue will afford you the opportunity to add to your floral budget (or take a longer honeymoon). We recommend both!!!

4. PLAN AHEAD. If you choose to get married in Florida over the summer at a gorgeous outdoor venue, Kitanim always recommends planning ahead and allowing us to book a tent in the event that it rains during ceremony and/or reception time. The money well spent on this “rain plan” is well worth your peace of mind.

5. TIME CHECK. Florida’s heat and all of the fabulous recreational activities that are available for guests has the tendency to keep wedding guests busy and perhaps running a bit late. If you are time conscious and you would like your wedding to reflect your punctuality, tell your guests to arrive earlier than the ceremony will actually begin (usually 30 minutes earlier than the actual ceremony time is perfect). It will give them a chance to take in the Florida sights and still get a great seat at your wedding.

Well, SMPers.  There you have it.  A big ol’ dose of pretty for your Thursday.  Join us in sending a great big virtual hug to Meredith at Kitanim – A Floral Design & Event Company for gracing us with her lovely today.  It’s been a serious honor.  Thank you, Meredith! xoxo

Floral Design: Kitanim – A Floral Design & Event Company / Photography: Kitanim – A Floral Design & Event Company + Sheri Mazariegos Photography + Captured Photography by Jenny + Manolo Doreste of In Focus Studios

Jacksonville Wedding at The Keeler Property by Bee Photographie

Two adorable college sweethearts, a beyond beautiful proposal and a wedding day that will leave your jaw seriously hitting the floor… yep, fairytales DO come true and this sweet Jacksonville soiree is living proof.  A flawless fusion of pretty purple hues and darling rustic details, there’s not a single second captured by Bee Photographie that isn’t stop-you-in-your-tracks beautiful.  And that dress?!  That glorious lace masterpiece?!?  Absolute perfection – and you’ll never love another more.  See it all here.

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From the Bride… When I was a senior in high school, I had decided to go to UNF. One day my dad and I were watching the news when UNF’s baseball team was being interviewed. I remember telling my dad that I was glad I was going to UNF because their baseball team was really cute. My dad then said “Anna, its not like you’re gonna go to UNF and date a baseball player.” A year later, Kristophor, a baseball player at UNF, asked me to be his woman. Three years later, on December 12th, I started receiving love songs each day that Kristophor had recorded. On Christmas morning, with Kristophor dressed in a tux, we rode in a carriage to our destination where Kristophor played for me the last song, it was titled, Take My Name. After the song was over he came to my side, bent down on one knee and asked me to be his wife. 

Once our eyes landed on The Keeler Property, we knew this peaceful land was where we wanted to pledge forever to one another. The large property held a rustic, covered bridge and a country red barn. The next 11 months were spent pouring time into each detail. From the wedding dress, to the cake, to centerpieces, each item at the wedding held a special meaning. We wanted our wedding day to be centered on our love for God, family and friends. Every little girl dreams of her wedding day, but growing up all I could think about was wearing my mom’s wedding dress, which was also worn by my grandmother. The dress has changed a little with each generation, but there is nothing more honoring then wearing a dress that was also worn by two amazing women. To show my honor to these two women I found a picture of each of them on their wedding day and had them framed and put them on an easel. The planter centerpieces, wedding signs, ice cream bar sign, just married sign and K&A hearts were made by my step-grandfather. My sisters and I also painted these items over many laughs and wine nights. The wheelbarrow that held the glass Cokes and the old truck both belong to Kristophor’s grandfather. At nine years old, Kristophor learned to drive in that very truck. The wedding cake and the groom’s cake were made by Kristophor’s grandmother. I had a theme in mind, and finding each decoration was an adventure. I could have bought the items already made or had someone else plan it all, but making everything was half the fun and made memories I will never forget.

The day started out with prayer, coffee, and jackets (it was the coldest day of 2011). The girls spent the morning at a friend’s house, enjoying mimosas, laughing and getting pampered. We then put our boots on and headed to the barn. It was there I hid while Kristophor was taking pictures and visa-versa. My dad, who is my hero, walked me down the aisle to my forever prince. We said our “I do’s” by reading the vows that we had written to one another, took communion off of a barrel and then partied our way to the barn where the real fun began. To say our wedding photographer was amazing would not even come close to how she captured the day. She came bright and early and jumped right in with us girls, making us laugh the whole time! At one point, she was rolling around on the ground trying to capture different angles. I mean, does a person get any more amazing? She was not just our photographer, but she became a friend. I will forever be grateful for Bee Photographie!

Wedding Photography: Bee Photographie / Wedding Venue: The Keeler Property in Jacksonville, Florida / Wedding Day Coordination: Diana Monell-Fanning / Officiant: Kevin Clark / Wedding Cinematography: Jared Brandt Media / Catering: Ashley Street Catering / Chairs, Tables + Linen Rentals: Beachview Tent Rentals / Wedding Dress: Vintage from Her Grandmother & Mother / Bride’s Seamstress: Martha Shump Designs (904-614-6593) / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Bill Levkoff

Tampa Engagement Session by Justin DeMutiis Photography

An epic dose of pretty.  That’s what I’m calling this gorgeous Tampa engagement session, because, well… it’s just that good.  Picture perfect scenery, an uber-stunning duo and a plethora of sweet, sweet moments – all wrapped up in a whole lot of HAPPY and oh-so-chic style that will literally stop you in your tracks.  Sounds fabulous, no?!?  Justin DeMutiis Photography captured all of the oh.em.gee… and the gallery?  It’s where you NEED to be.  Join me there for more.

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Dying to see these two lovelies tie the knot?!?  Well, you don’t have to wait long.  Check out the gorgeous sneak peak below (SWOON) and then see every last ounce of their fabulous affair here.

From Justin DeMutiis PhotographySince their wedding was in Sarasota, Katie and Erick wanted to capture a little of the Tampa feel for their engagement shoot. Nothing says Tampa Bay like water, mossy oaks and the Tampa skyline. We started around the Tampa Yacht and Country Club, made a short stop at Ballast Point to get a great view of the Tampa skyline, and finished at Curtis Hixon Park in downtown Tampa.

Photography: Justin DeMutiis Photography / Location: Tampa, Florida

Sarasota Wedding at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens by Justin DeMutiis Photography

When backyard elegance meets a seriously stylish couple and it’s all captured by Justin DeMutiis Photography, my friends –  that is prettiness defined. It’s a trifecta of wedding blogger bliss, and when this adorable duo’s engagement session just happens to be on the SMP Florida blog at this VERY moment – you officially have one very pretty Tuesday morning. Of course, there is even more of this fab Florida fête to take in – so be sure to stop on by the full gallery of images for even more pretty!

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From Justin DeMutiis PhotographyKatie and Erick met while they were out one night with their friends in Tampa. Katie was wearing a blinking Jagermeister necklace she’d received at an Oktoberfest party earlier in the evening, and Erick decided it was his job to approach her to tell her how ridiculous it looked. Katie, not used to anyone telling her she’d made a fashion accessory faux pas, was taken aback by his bold honesty. They went on their first date five days later and have been together ever since!

The couple got engaged on Valentine’s weekend 2011. Erick whisked Katie away to a surprise romantic dinner at one of his favorite beachside restaurants in Clearwater. They had such a wonderful meal that Katie didn’t think the night could have been any more perfect …until Erick surprised her with the most beautiful ring she’d ever seen.

Wedding Photography: Justin DeMutiis of Justin DeMutiis Photography / Wedding Venue: Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota, Florida / Wedding Planning: Barbie Tilman of Bumblebee Weddings & Events / Floral Design: Stephanie Prenatt of FH Weddings & Events / Catering: Kelly Mason of Fete Catering (941-552-0151) / Ceremony Musicians: Bella Musica / DJ: Josh Walther of Inspire Entertainment / Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero via Olga’s Bridal Boutique / Hair: Tammy Gamso of The Finishing Touches (941-920-1784) / Makeup: Katie Firestone (The Bride — / Headpiece: Tessa Kim

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Tampa Wedding by Concept Photography

No doubt about it – you are going to love this wedding.  Love it SO much, in fact, that you’ll spend your entire Monday swooning over the glorious images captured by Concept Photography, holding back tears as these two sweethearts say “I do” under a breathtaking canopy of trees and drooling over that stunning gown and fabulous head piece.  Yep… you are going to love it THAT MUCH.  And what you’ll adore even more?  The uber-gorgeous couple behind the whole shebang.  They are Awesome with a capital A and their glowy faces and fab (+ funny) description just made a mad dash into the SMP Hall of Fame.  Click here for SOO much more.

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From the Bride… Ryan and I met 10 years ago at a summer job. He asked me out, and we went on a few dates, then BAM, seven years later Ryan and I were officially a couple. Ryan is smooth like that. He is very caring, even for people he doesn’t know. He spent 6 years of his life in the military fighting for our country, and now he is a firefighter. He has a huge heart. I also love his tattoos and his gorgeous blue eyes (I am very jealous of them).

The proposal story: we go to my parent’s vacation home in North Carolina every year the week before Christmas, and every year there is always some sort of disaster — I’m not sure why we continue to go at that time of year. This year it took us three extra hours to drive the icy roads — it was a warm seven degrees with two feet of snow, and all the water pipes were frozen when we got there. After two hours of digging up snow to find the water main, crawling under the house at 11 p.m. to make sure there wasn’t a leak, me tripping and falling face first in the snow while sliding down the hill and hysterically crying, we decided to give up, bathe ourselves with wet ones and drink several bottles of wine to drown our sorrows. We had one bottle down and Ryan got up and started putting on deodorant and brushing his teeth (with a water bottle) and sweating profusely. Obviously I found this strange because it was so cold, so I asked what he was doing in my normal sarcastic form. That’s when he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him, then I started sweating and threw up because I was so excited — it was a magical night!

I have had most of my wedding planned since I was 4, when I put my first veil on and made my neighbor marry me in the very elegant setting of my parent’s garage. After I got my dress, everything fell into place. My favorite colors are gold, silver, and copper so that part was easy. I love all things shiny and sparkly. I always wanted to get married under huge trees in the fall. I wanted everything to be really romantic with candle light. My top priority however was, that everyone had fun — and since the bar ran out of alcohol three times in five hours, I am going to say everyone had a good time. We were originally going to have the wedding at my uncle’s restaurant, but the guest list kept getting bigger and bigger, and I was getting really worried about space. I was getting a facial and the lady was telling me about the Tampa Firefighter Museum. My husband is a firefighter, and if you have ever had a conversation with a firefighter, you know they REALLY love their job! So I called six months before my wedding and happened to be the only date they had open in the fall — it was fate.

Instead of a guest book, my cousin made me little books to put on each table with questions like “ What should we name our kids?” “Where should we go on our 5th anniversary?” and “Favorite recipe?” Guest got to write personal messages to us. It was a lot of fun for us to read after the wedding — especially the messages you get after giving people a few cocktails. The most memorable moment for me was my sister’s maid of honor speech. It was without a doubt the funniest speech I have ever heard at a wedding. She mentally tortured me for 10 months about how she was going to humiliate me — she did, but it was funny and she rocked it.

Wedding Photography: Concept Photography / Wedding Venue: A Private Estate in Tampa, Florida / Wedding Planning: Ashly Olivier of Olivier Events / Floral Design: Heather Taylor of Taylormade Wedding & Event Flowers / Catering: Bailey’s Catering & Restaurant / Wedding Cake + Cupcakes: Chocolate Pi / Linens: Panache / Ceremony Music: Alafia String Quartet / DJ: Howard Entertainment / Transportation: VIP Valet & Limousine Inc. / Wedding Dress: Lazaro / Hair + Makeup: Tribeca Salon / Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew + Saks Fifth Avenue + Cache + Dillard’s + Lord & Taylor

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Inspire Me Pretty Florida + A GIVEAWAY!

Okay, lovelies.  It’s time to get a little crazy here on SMP Florida.  Well… not so much crazy as super inspirational and uber-gorgeous, but you get my point – we are about to have a TON of fun.  Why, you ask?  Well, we thought we’d jump start your weekend with a brand new Inspire Me Pretty Florida contest, which means a Saturday and Sunday spent perusing the SMP galleries AND crafting your FL dream day.  Fabulous, no?!?  Plus, to top it all off, we have an amazing prize for one of you lucky board builders – and it’s most definitely one you are going to love. (Hint: Macy’s!)  So, let’s get this party started with my very own dose of Sunshine State inspiration…

I’m calling this Natural Chic – a fabulous beachside soiree, glorious ocean views and rustic touches every which way you turn… it’s the toes-in-the-sand day I’ve always dreamed of.  And now it’s your turn, SMPers – and we literally can.not.wait to see what you lovelies have up your sleeves.  Plus, did I mention we’re giving away a $200 Macy’s Gift certificate to one lucky winner?!?  Yep… this is going to be SOOO much fun.

To Enter:

1. Head on over to our oh-so-fabulous Board Builder and build that dream Florida wedding!

2. Label your board Inspire Me Pretty FL – Your Awesome Title Here. (Example: Inspire Me Pretty FL – Whimsical Sarasota)

3. Leave a comment below telling us the name of your board… and feel free to tell us ALL about it! (Psst… we love that.)

To Win:

The winner, chosen completely at random using a number generator, will be announced right here on SMP on Friday, May 25th in the Wrap It Up Pretty.  For terms and conditions, click here.  Good luck, lovelies and happy board building! xoxo

Photography Credits: Millie Holloman PhotographyJennifer Bearden Photography + Smitten Photography + Nichole Burnett Photography + Audrey Snow Photography + White Album WeddingsAdagion Studios + Leigh Miller PhotographyAnna Sawin Photography

Groveland Engagement Session by Jordan Weiland Photography

A banjo, an orange grove and a sweet canoe trip around the lake – if you ask me, that’s a sure-fire combo for one very fabulous e-session.  And when that fabulous e-session includes an all caps ADORABLE Groveland couple and some chic throwback threads (hello suspenders!), well… that’s a level of pretty that is indescribable, my friends.  Thank goodness Jordan Weiland Photography snapped up every love-filled moment, because I’m seriously suggesting you spend the entire day soaking it all in. Join me in the gallery for SO MUCH more.

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From Jordan Weiland PhotographyThis adorable rustic engagement session was set on the property of the bride’s family. You’ll love the bride’s dress and adorable details such as her fiance serenading her with a banjo, rowing around in a canoe and her beautiful ring perched up on the clothes line. The bride wanted the theme of the shoot to be “a simpler time,” and I think the look was achieved — it wasn’t too far of a stretch for this adorable couple. Photographing with the golden light streaming through the orange grove, they laughed, danced and played music throughout the night. This couple is super-sweet and very much in love. I hope you fall in love with their session as much as I did photographing it.

Photography: Jordan Weiland Photography / Location: The Brides’ Family’s Home in Groveland, Florida / Dress: Anthropologie / Ring: Zales / Invitations: DIY via Michaels

Alachua Wedding at Santa Fe River Ranch by Sunglow Photography

Oh, Florida… I seriously love you.  I mean, where else can we bask in the glow of a beachy toes-in-the-sand soiree one day and a rustic barn fête the next?  Right here in the Sunshine State, that’s where. And today’s darling Alachua wedding by Sunglow Photography?  Well, it’s taking all of the Florida goodness I SOO adore and kicking it up a notch with a vibrant yellow and blue color palette and a stunning bride in boots.  Yep, it’s a barn party like we’ve never seen and it’s filling the gallery with a whole lot of pretty.  Join me there for SO MUCH more.

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From Dustin of Sunglow PhotographyI was recently honored to photograph the first wedding on Santa Fe River Ranch — the wedding of the farmer’s daughter. Located just north of Gainesville, Florida, the ranch is an absolutely beautiful location. This event was stacked with some of the top vendors in North Florida. Prange’s Florist created the most amazing arch, as well as all the reception details. The ladies got ready in a lodge on the property and were transported to the ceremony in a vintage horse and carriage. After a ceremony under ancient oak trees, we moved to the newly-built barn for the reception. It was truly an amazing event with great people.

Wedding Photography: Sunglow Photography / Wedding Venue: Santa Fe River Ranch in Alachua, Florida / Floral Design: Prange’s Florist / Event Planning + Design: Amy of ADORE Events, Inc. / Wedding Dress + Veil: Martina Liana / Rentals + Design: The Grand Event / Catering: Chef Brothers Catering / Transportation: Misty Edge / Guest Transportation: A Candie’s Limousine / Musicians: Azalea Strings / Wedding Cake: Dream Day Cakes / DJ + Band: TDC Entertainment / Hair: Salon Eye Candy / Makeup: Kacey Cielo / Officiant: Doug Frazier of Alachua Church of Christ / Men’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse / Videographer: Kyle Poppel / Restrooms: Royal Restrooms 

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Miami Wedding at The Bath Club by Captured Photography by Jenny

One look at this breathtaking Miami affair and I know you’ll have a hard time believing that it was all planned in just over three short months, but, trust me – it’s totally true.  From the stunning oceanside ceremony to the glorious ballroom reception, every last ounce of knock-your-socks off lovely was dreamt up by this gorgeous duo in a little over 90 days and, YES, they are most certainly my new heroes.  Thankfully, Captured Photography by Jenny snapped up all of the pretty, including those lush blooms by Parrish Designs and the smiley (+ happy) faces of the bride and groom.  See it all here.

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From the Bride… Our wedding day was a dream come true! We have been together 11 years and finally decided to get married. He proposed on December 8th, 2011 (with my great grandmother’s ring), and we got married March 31st, 2012. His proposal was so sweet and personal. He created a heart out of little cereal boxes and put the ring in the middle —  the first time we hung out 11 years ago, we sat on a playground eating little boxes of cereal and wishing on the stars. I always thought it was bad luck to plan before your engaged, so I truly did everything in a very short amount of time. The Bath Club was our perfect location. It had everything we wanted, the beach for the ceremony, a ballroom that didn’t have horrible carpet, lots of 1920’s charm, a beautiful courtyard out front, and the whole venue was ours without the worry of any other event getting in the way. My dress was nothing like I thought I would wear, yet the moment I put it on, I knew it was my dress. It was big, elegant, and fun all at the same time. I felt like a ballerina — I even wore Jimmy Choo ballerina flats. My husband wore a gray suit, gray Prada sneakers and Mickey Mouse cufflinks.

I hired a “day of” wedding planner so I could enjoy the day, and it was the best money ever spent. We used Kharma Goddess, and these ladies were so fantastic that I would recommend them to everyone. Our ceremony was so special. We hired an officiant who would provide us with a non-religious ceremony but still very personal and real. We used a place called I Do 4ever. Everyone is still telling us how great the ceremony was and how much they enjoyed listening to the entire thing. We decided to go with a string trio for our ceremony and cocktail hour music and a DJ for the reception. Our florist, Parrish Designs, made the most exquisite floral arrangements ever.  Between the centerpieces and the Huppa she really took my breath away. The Huppa was intended to go on the beach for the ceremony but the weather had a different plan. It was pouring rain and we had to make a decision so we set it up for “Plan B.”  The rain ended up stopping just in time for the ceremony, but we couldn’t move the flowers — it actually worked out because we were able to enjoy them all night. They made a great backdrop for the dance floor and our cake. Our cake was done by a woman named Maryann Roman. Her cakes are not only beautiful but actually taste good. For extra entertainment, we hired a caricature artist.

Now let me tell you about my husband’s favorite thing: the food. When we started this process he was adamant about two things: the officiant and having good food. Well, he got what he wanted. We used Aaron’s Catering, and I know I sound biased, but it really was the best wedding food ever! Every detail was so thought out so the quality, presentation, and service were more than outstanding. The two most important parts of the wedding for me were the photographer and cinematographer. I take pictures and work with film crews for a living so as you can see, this was extra special.  Our cinematographer, BNR Films, is a company I met through work. They are two guys who know how to make magic. We chose Jenny from Captured Photography for our photographer because her style of work is exactly what we wanted and her personality makes you so comfortable.  Every moment is captured without being fake or posed.  I am able to look back and see this special day and remember what I was feeling, and thinking in those exact moments. Thanks to them, we are able to remember it all and feel it again! again!

Wedding Photography: Captured Photography By Jenny / Wedding Venue: The Bath Club in Miami Beach, Florida / Event Planning: Karma Goddess / Floral Design: Parrish Designs / Wedding Cinematography: BNR Films / Officiant: I Do 4ever / Catering: Aaron’s Catering / Wedding Cake: Maryann Roman / Music: AA Musicians / Caricature Artist: Digital Caricatures Live / Wedding Dress: Tara Keely / Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Hair + Makeup: South Beach Makeup Studio / Flower Girl Tutus: Brenda’s Boutique / Groom’s Sneakers: Prada

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