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A Classic Wedding at The Breakers Palm Beach with an Old-World European Feel

Not only is this classic wedding incredibly gorgeous and complete with an old-world European feel, it’s also filled with the most thoughtful, sentimental details incorporated throughout the day. With a little help from Carrie Zack Events, this stunning bride personalized her wedding in just about every way you could possibly imagine. From a venue that’s near and dear to her heart, to the addition of Italian ruscus in her floral arrangements as a nod to her roots, to sewn in pearls from her mother’s wedding gown in the sleeves of her dress. We are beyond blown away by the sheer beauty and precious details of this timeless affair. See it all captured by Lance Nicoll Wedding Photography below!

From the Bride… Chris has spent a lot of time traveling the world for work. He worked in a private equity firm in Phnom Penh, Cambodia for three years. Prior to meeting me, he moved back to West Palm Beach FL to be closer to his family in Vero Beach FL and to take a job opportunity in Palm Beach. I had been living in Europe and working in the fashion industry as a model. I decided to move back to West Palm Beach to finish my degree, and that is when Chris and I met. Chris and I met 4th of July weekend three years ago during a sunset cruise for my friend’s birthday. Chris later asked our mutual friend, “Can you please help me ‘run’ into her again?”. Luckily the next day, our mutual friend coordinated a firework viewing party at their house where Chris and I were able to exchange numbers. The venue we chose for our wedding has always held a special place in my heart. Growing up, my family would vacation at The Breakers so the property is filled with all these precious memories that I hold so close to my heart. As a little girl, I can remember feeling awe struck at the all the history it’s gorgeous gilded-age walls hold. Getting married at The Breakers was like a dream come true! Walking down its beautiful hallways as a little girl with my dad was always a favorite memory of mine.

Chris and I love to travel. Our wedding was inspired by the travels we shared together. Chris had proposed at St. Michael’s Mount, in Cornwall England — a beautiful hilltop, castle on a tidal island on the Cornish coast. It was important to us for our wedding to feel timeless and classic with an old-world European romantic feel. That is why we chose white florals with a hint of fresh summer greens that featured Italian ruscus — (a shout out to my Italian-family roots that Jennifer from our floral and design team thoughtfully picked out). I also wanted all my sweet angelic bridesmaids in white. Their dresses featured classic lines with a gorgeous cowl back that felt timeliness and feminine to me. I really wanted the gilded age, baroque architectural features of the reception ballroom to stand out. We choose decor to highlight these features that kept with the old world setting. We used crystal candelabras and place hundreds of candles in the sills of the 12 arched floor to ceiling windows that encircles the ballroom. This made the amber wash light bounce and glisten all over the room highlighting the already opulent space. All the candle light was very romantic and soft. I worked very closely with my friend Siuleth at Eleven Note to create our invitation suite. For me, all the little details are what make an event amazing. So, having a hand crafted invitation set the tone for our elegant old-world European feel. Siuleth watercolored the iconic front of The Breakers for the invitation liner. Featuring the historic property in the invitation gave the guest a sense of what was to come

Siuleth also designed a custom chocolate bar wrapper that featured all the wedding weekend details and a personalized “thank you letter” from Chris and me. We paired the custom chocolate bar with bottle of Champagne for our welcome gift for the guests. To keep with our timeless and elegant feel, a harpist and violinist welcome ours guests to our ceremony which was held in a historic church that my family has been going to for generations. My bouquet was designed after my best friend/grandmother’s (Mimi). I love how elegant cascading bouquets are. Having mine designed after Mimi’s was a special way to honor her presence since she is no longer with us. My mom also had Mimi’s engagement diamond set in a necklace for me to have her “close to my heart” on my wedding day. Our floral designer use a mini Calla Lily for Chris’ boutonnière, which was what my parents choose for their wedding florals. So sweet! My dress was designed by Zuhair Murad. It was important to me for it to feel feminine, classic, but with a modern-twist which Murad is a master at! I had previously worn a dress by him for a fashion shoot and knew I had to get married in one of his designs. It was important to me to be able to wear the dress both at the ceremony and reception (since it is such a special day!), the slip that gave the bodice it’s structure during the ceremony actually slides out so it revealed a little more skin for the party and was easier to move it for all the dancing that followed. During the fitting, we had pearls from my Mom’s wedding dress sown into the sleeve (wrist area) so I could see a special piece (something borrowed) of my mother’s as I was holding my bouquet down the aisle. My mom and I are very sentimental, she gave me a beautiful “wish box” after she helped me get into my wedding dress. The box had all these wonderful hard-written wedding ‘wishes’ on heart shaped notes that she had collected from my closest family members and friends. It totally melted my heart!! Love her so much. A true treasure! We also loved adding little sentimental touches anywhere we could, I had a custom lucite clutch made with J + C and Stuart Weitzman J and C shoe clips to wear on the big day!

The cake was one of the first things guests saw once they entered the ballroom. I wanted it to be a focal point of the room and to mirror the center pieces we had. It had to be a piece of art all to its own. We had our recurring J + C placed one of the top tiers in gold script and each of the 6 tiers was separated by a layer of luscious florals. It really drew a lot of attention. Since it was a summer wedding, we choose light and refreshing flavors, lemon cake with lemon mouse and fresh raspberry filling. At the end of the night, we offered our cake in “To-Go” favor boxes that read “Midnight Snack #SladeGetsJade” since The Breakers is known for their OTT desserts, after the main course, The Breakers Signature Mini Martini Sundaes was presented to each guest. It had Vanilla, Chocolate and Strawberry Haagen Dazs IceCream, Chambord Macerated Berries 3 Chocolate Fluted Cups with Toppings (M&M’s, Reese’s Cups and Candied Almonds) and a Milk Chocolate Heart that Read, “Christopher loves Jade” in a bed of White Rock Sugar with Butler Passed Hot Fudge and Caramel Sauce. It added a fun and whimsical element to all the classic and elegant vibes of the night. Plus, who does not like ice cream sundaes in the summer! After all the guests entered the reception ballroom after the cocktail hour and got situation, Chris and I made a grand entrance and were escorted by a champagne parade with sparklers. It was the grand entrance of a lifetime! We went right into our first dance, Chris and I were choose “Color of Love” by Sade. The lyrics felt perfect for us and Sade is so chic! We also had a Bride and Groom signature cocktail called “The Slade” that was a rift on a Paloma garnished with an orchid (perfect for summer!). At about 11:00pm we had

“Cheeseburgers in Paradise”butler passed around the reception room and dance floor as a “late-night” bite. Everyone loved them! The planning process was one of my favorite parts! My mom and dad were so sweet and involved every step of the way. They are huge dancers and love music so they were tasked with finding the best band. They choose The Social, a 12 piece show band, which was a huge hit! They are an incredible show band and entertain like no other, we danced all night long! The girls even did a outfit change after dinner into these stunning gold lame jumpsuits. So fantastic, everyone loved it!! It was wonderful to have all my parents support and to share the planning process with them- such a special time for us all. We had an incredible team and The Breakers is beyond flawless to work with. They not only know how to make a wedding day beyond spectacular for the bride and groom but also for all the family and guests too! We really wish we could relive our wedding day, it was perfect, timeless and beyond what we could have imagined!

Photography: Lance Nicoll Wedding Photography | Event Design: The Breakers Palm Beach | Floral Design: The Breakers Palm Beach | Wedding Dress: Zuhair Murad | Venue: The Breakers Palm Beach | Invitation: Siuleth of Eleven Note | Planning: Carrie Zack Events

Cinco de Mayo Wedding With a Big Dose of Glamour

Let me just start by saying this is not your typical Cinco de Mayo wedding. Instead, it’s a glamorous ballroom affair with subtle fiesta touches for an elegant yet festive vibe. Erika Delgado photographed as the day unfolded and we’ve got the full gallery waiting for you here.

From Erika Delgado PhotographyPhotographed at West Palm Beaches Historic Flagler Museum on Cinco de Mayo, Melissa and David’s wedding day was an elegant affair with light touches of fiesta like their signature margarita drink that guests enjoyed throughout the night, their piñata guest sign in, mini patron tequila favors and festive sombreros!

It was not only a gorgeous ceremony and reception dinner but a fun wedding with a Cinco de Mayo flavor for guests to enjoy and remember.

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Photography: Erika Delgado Photography | Cinematography: Black Label Films | Wedding Planning: Lauren Daversa Events | Floral Design: Xquisite Events | Wedding Dress: Ines Di Santo | Wedding Cake: Dominique Couture Cake | Catering: Chez Gourmet | Hair + Makeup: Team Beauti | Entertainment: Rock With U | Groom's Attire: The Tux Shop | Officiant: Pastor Brad Schmidt | Transportation: Molly's Trolleys | Venue: Flagler Museum | Decor: Xquisite Events | Hotel Accommodations: Eau Palm Beach Resort and Spa | Lighting Design: Xquisite Events

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This is How You Do Elegance in Palm Beach.

I want to bottle up this wedding and sprinkle it around a room full of Bride-to-be’s. Virtually, I sort of am, thanks to Jana Williams for sharing the stunning imagery with us. Whether this dress glues you to the screen or this tablescape gives you the chills, there’s sure to be a detail you’ll want to steal!

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From Jana Williams PhotographyThis winter wedding in Palm Beach, FL was a whimsical and chic event full of inspiration. Carolee and Ryan currently live and work in New York City. Palm Beach has been one of their favorite places to visit so these two wanted to take this chance to share this with their family and closet friends for a weekend getaway. Carolee wore here Liancarlo dress so elegantly and Ryan’s custom suite along with the bridesmaids Adrianna Papell’s shimmer elevated the event. To make the day even more special, the happy couple was married in the same little blue church Carolee’s grandparents had been married at years before! When Carolee and Ryan made their grand entrance into the reception it was like walking into a wonderland of white twinkle lights. It was truly a magical evening with such caring families!

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Photography: Jana Williams Photography | Videographer: Kevin Borge Films | Wedding Dress: Liancarlo | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Adrianna Papell | Grooms Attire: Alan David Custom | String Quartet: Encore Chamber Players | MUA: Jennifer Cruz

See How Chic a Brunch Wedding Can Be!

If you think elegant weddings only take place at dusk, you better think again because these two Grooms are about to prove otherwise. They opted for a chic brunchtime “I do” with floral design by KITANIM mimosas a’plenty. Right this way to all the fun.

From KITANIM, a floral design and event company It was an amazing wedding weekend at The Four Seasons Palm Beach. A chic cocktail party rehearsal dinner followed by an elegant all white floral wedding reception brunch to celebrate the happy couple. Steven and Alex chose beautiful white hydrangea and accent greenery to compliment their WOW wedding centerpieces of exploding Open Cut Calla Lilies.

Truly, Steven and Alex make a fabulous couple — and their wedding was truly a reflection of their love and commitment to one another. An intimate guest list of immediate friends and family poured in from Dallas and Miami to watch Steven and Alex say “I do” under a manzanita and orchid detailed chuppah designed by Kitanim Flowers.

The brunch reception was elegant and yet casual chic with waffles and delicious breakfast fare. Guests danced to the beats of DJ Zak Mann, they ate and they toasted the grooms with heartfelt speeches. But, by far, the most exciting part of the wedding was the grooms’ announcement that they are expecting twins. The Four Seasons staff led by Hotel Event Specialist Crystal Prante played along with this surprise announcement and in perfect synch, rolled in carts of blue and pink pastry wedding treats. The crowd exploded with claps and awe gasps. A wedding and twins. All in all, it was a weekend of pure love with lots more excitement to come.

Photography: Derrick Tribbey | Floral Design: KITANIM, a floral design and event company | DJ: Zak Mann | Venue: Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara

Lavish Palm Beach Wedding With a Touch of Emerald Green

There aren’t enough hand clapping emojis in the world to reflect how much I truly love this wedding. Think a lavish Palm Beach ballroom affair made completely personal, with not a single detail overlooked thanks to JCG Events. Per usual, Elizabeth Messina pulled off an image gallery that’s a complete work-of-art and we cannot get enough.

From JCG Events … Every detail was thought through when planning this destination wedding for Brittany and Evan. From the first impression guests received of their custom engraved invitations wrapped in silk boxes to their newlywed brunch in the Circle Room at the Breakers. Guests arrived to Palm Beach and checked in at the Breakers where they were greeted with welcome bags. Each welcome bag was imprinted with a custom illustrated map of important locations and events of their relationship and wedding weekend. Inside the bags, guest found an assortment of thoughtful gifts that reflected the both the bride and groom. After settling in, guests were then invited to the welcome reception, which was at the classic Chesterfield Hotel. Guests enjoyed a poolside reception with a steel drummer, followed by dinner and dancing in the famous Leopard lounge.

The wedding day was filled with joy and excitement. The suite was buzzing around Brittany, as all the ladies were getting ready. Once ready for the day Brittany and Evan had their first look, and then headed to the beautiful gardens of the Four Arts Society for their portraits prior to the ceremony. This was an intimate and beautiful time for the couple and wonderful time to reflect before they headed to the chapel to be wed.

The chapel was decorated with wreaths on the front door and petals and lush arrangements. Following the ceremony guests headed to the Flagler Museum for the reception. The cocktail hour took place inside the Museum where we had an illusionist magician interact and awe guests while they sipped their Moscow Mules and nibbled on delectable hors d’ oeuvres.

We then escorted guests to the main reception hosted in the Pavilion. No detailed was overlooked, the servers wore custom monogramed aprons with matching bowties and white gloves. There was a vintage wood bar where handcrafted specialty cocktails were served throughout the night. Each table was adorned with beautiful linens, napery and gorgeous Maison dinning chairs from Nuage Desings and was completed with beautiful floral centerpieces by Tom Matheiu. Each place setting consisted of beautiful chargers, copper napkin rings, pressed glass stemware, Silver Croydon flatware, gold engraved menu cards and antiqued key for each guest’s place card.

The menu was of particular importance to the couple, as they are both foodies. Guests were treated to a lavish seated dinner that started with a thinly sliced red and yellow beet ravioli filled with goat cheese. The intermezzo was a refreshing lemon sorbet served in custom ice sculpture of the couple’s monogram then garnished with basil rock sugar. The main entrée was an oven roasted branzino with truffled cauliflower smear topped with roasted tomatoes and a Barola braised short rib. The dessert consisted of plated assortment of petit desserts, monogramed chocolate truffle pops and of course wedding cake! A dazzling design by Earth and Sugar decorated with both sugar and real magnolia flowers.

Guests danced the night away to the star powered band Powerhouse. When guests wanted to take advantage of the venue’s beautiful water views, they only need to head outside where we had set-up some lounge furniture under bistro lights. Towards the end of the evening late night snacks were then served which consisted of three types monogramed sliders: amber ale cheddar, crispy onion tangles and crumbled bacon and Portobello sliders. To satisfy guests sweet tooth there were smokin’ tres leches served.

This was a memorable weekend for all where family and friends were able to enjoy a beautiful weekend in Palm Beach to celebrate the union of this wonderful couple.

Photography: Elizabeth Messina | Cinematography: Merge Social | Coordination: Masi Events | Event Planning: Masi Events | Floral Design: Tom Mathieu | Cake: Earth And Sugar | Ceremony Venue: Royal Poinciana Chapel | Reception Venue: Flagler Museum | Catering: A Joy Wallace Catering, Design & Special Events | Hair + Makeup: Tatjana Terzic | Band: The Powerhouse Group | Transportation: Padrino's | Transportation: Molly's Trolleys | Bridal Valet: Bless The Dress | Furniture Rentals: AFR | Rentals: Nuage Designs

This Chic Palm Beach Engagement Session is Out of a Fairytale

After this handsome groom-to-be nailed the perfect proposal (right down to The Mrs. Box), this gorgeous event planning bride set about planning the perfect engagement session. The Spanish arches, the two-piece floral dress, the bright bougainvillea, and amazing photos from Katie Lopez Photography? Mission accomplished. See all the pretty in The Vault!


From The Bride…Scott and I got engaged on the Fourth of July in London after nearly four years together. It was perfect and magical right down to the surprise Mrs. Box. Upon returning home to Miami, as an event planner, I got right down to the business of planning my very own wedding. Scott hailing originally from Massachusetts and my family from Spain, I knew I wanted our engagement session to reflect the duality of our backgrounds.

For months, I researched the perfect locations and outfits. It wasn’t until a site visit in Palm Beach that I knew that I had found the ideal setting. With its Spanish arches and crisp style, it felt just like us. The two dresses, one with roses and Spanish bougainvilleas decorating a soft train and the other a soft blush with just the right about of lace, completed my vision.

After having consulted with our photographer, the ever amazing Katie Lopez Photography, she immediately ran with it. These shots capture our life and our love perfectly.

Photography: Katie Lopez Photography | Event Planning: Michelle Ferrer Events | Dress: Nordstrom | Dress: ASOS | Makeup: Priscilla Rego | Earrings: Favorables | Location: Worth Avenue

Romantic Palm Beach Vow Renewal

My heart just skipped a beat after seeing this gorgeous vow renewal from Simply Sarah Photography. Not only does it feature an ethereal wedding dress, lush blooms, a romantic setting with an old-world feel and one stunning Trumpet & Horn ring, but it also features a couple whose love will instantly bring a smile to your face. See all the pretty in The Vault!


From Simply Sarah Photography…I recently had the pleasure of capturing Brittany and Ben and the darling love they share.

From The Bride…Nearly ten years ago Brian and I started dating. We had mutual friends in common and we connected through Myspace. We gradually moved from Myspace to AOL instant messenger. We were both 18 years old and still living at home at the time and we communicated solely through IM for about 2 months or so (even though we only lived about 15 minutes away from each other). One night we were talking about our weekend plans and discovered randomly that we would both be going to the same concert in Fort Lauderdale, FL. We decided to finally meet up. I called him when I got to the show and he was already there. He told me to meet him inside and like something out of a movie we walked right past each other while on the phone, made quick eye contact and turned around to say at the same time “Brittany?” “Ben?” … And that was how we met! We started talking more frequently after that and began spending time together. We were young and we took things slow. A few months later we started dating and we dated for three years before tying the knot! We just celebrated our 7 year wedding anniversary on September 20th 2015. I feel that my marriage with Ben is the greatest gift I have ever received. I know there are a million cliche lines I could insert here that have been said over and over again, but I really am so thankful to have found my true match. There are almost no words to describe the feeling that, no matter what happens in our lives, we will always have each other. The peace and comfort that is found in that simple fact is indescribable. “In sickness and in health, in good times and bad, until death do us part.” The vows we made on our wedding day still ring so true. These past seven years are proof of our overwhelming love and commitment to each other. I know in the coming years we will embark on new journeys, make new memories and there may be times that we are faced with difficult obstacles. I believe that when we are faced with those obstacles, it’s how we overcome them that defines our love.

Photography: Simply Sarah Photography | Floral Design: Inna Olimpiyuk Events | Wedding Dress: Allison Parris | Invitations: Fig & Flourish | Shoes: Bella Belle | Ring: Trumpet & Horn | Hair + Makeup: DG Makeup Pro | Venue: Palm Beach | Ring Box: The Mrs Box

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Classic Palm Beach Wedding at The Breakers

Ballroom brides with an eye for luxe? This wedding is for you. Captured by miss Lauren Kinsey, it begins with a ceremony on the grand terrace featuring a major floral moment and ending with dancing under the ballroom’s twinkling chandeliers. It’s a celebration that makes you want to throw on your evening wear and sip something fancy, but for now let’s (virtually) clink our coffee mugs and head straight to the The Vault.

From Lauren KinseyThe Breakers has always held a special place in Lindsay’s heart, as this is the place she has been visiting with her family with for almost her whole life, so there was no question when it came to planning Lindsay & Matt’s wedding where it would take place. Lindsay and Matt married on the grand terrace with a formal reception in the ballroom, and no detail was overlooked. Lindsay’s & Matt’s families are some of the most gracious and kind people I have been fortunate to work with, and this black tie wedding was something truly spectacular.

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Photography: Lauren Kinsey Fine Art Weddings | Wedding Dress: Allure Bridal | Invitations: The Dandelion Patch | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Donna Morgan | Hair + Makeup: Lauren Kinsey Fine Art Weddings | Band: Project Soul | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss | Venue: The Breakers Palm Beach | Event Planning + Floral Design: The Breakers Palm Beach

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Palm Beach Wedding at The Flagler Museum

In the words of this bride, “We built a sense of family into every detail.”  And in my humble opinion, that’s the best way to go. Reciting vows at the very same church the bride’s parent wed 33 years earlier, this couple intentionally crafted a meaningful day with Lauren Daversa Events by their side. Read on for the details and swing by THE VAULT for more moments captured by Jessica Lorren.

From The Bride…It was late summer 2008, and my husband spotted me at a restaurant in Atlanta, Georgia. Flash-forward to 2011 he saw me again, but this time in the halls of our graduate medical school. Little did I know that these spottings would turn into a crush, and much more thanks to a mutual friend who formally introduced us on a blind date a few months later.

After a year and a half of courtship, my now husband surprised me with a rooftop engagement proposal overlooking one of the hospitals associated with our academic health system. This not only symbolized a place that brought the two of us together, but also that we found love through our passion for medicine. As two very traditional and family oriented individuals, without hesitation we chose my hometown of West Palm Beach, Florida, for our wedding where I am a fourth generation resident. We envisioned an elegant and classic wedding with an old Florida flare, and found that the Flagler Museum, which is rich in history and overlooks the West Palm Beach skyline, was the perfect reception venue.

We built a sense of family into every detail. Our wedding was held at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church where my parents were married thirty-three years ago, and where I worshiped throughout my childhood. I wore the cathedral length veil my mother had worn on her wedding day, and the same talented organist who played at my parent’s wedding also played at ours. The antique diamond brooch, which I placed in my hair, and my earrings were both from my late maternal grandmother –my namesake.

We ensured the reception had special touches to both of us. The hors d’oeuvres and late night snacks were passed on sterling silver trays from my late maternal grandmother and late maternal great grandmother. The signature cocktail was in honor of my father. I remember him sharing the same drink with my mother on the dock behind our home consisting of Mount Gay Rum and a splash of fresh lime juice.

Naturally, the Docktail was a fitting name. In place of a groom’s cake, my husband felt a personalized bourbon bar would best represent his Southern roots. He chose several different bourbons based on his past experiences – most importantly ones that brought back memories of good times that he shared with friends. The décor on the bourbon bar included our medical textbooks, and a mortal and pestle previously used by my husband’s maternal grandfather, who was a pharmacist. After all, bourbon was utilized as a cough syrup in the day! On the dance floor, my husband surprised our guests and me with yellow ruler suspenders in memory of my maternal grandfather, who wore such suspenders as he ran my family’s hardware business.

To close out the evening, we served Krispy Kreme donuts, which originate in Winston Salem, North Carolina, the hometown of my husband’s undergraduate school, Wake Forest University. These treats are also the main ingredient in a well known late night dessert at the University of Virginia, the Grillswith. We both could not have chosen a more bittersweet ending to an unforgettable day!

Photography: Jessica Lorren Photography | Event Planning: Lauren Daversa Events | Floral Design: Tom Mathieu | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Invitations: House & Paper | Ceremony Venue: Holy Trinity Episcopal | Reception Venue: Flagler Museum | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Monique Lhuillier | Catering: Chez Gourmet | Hair: Team Beauti | Band: EastCoast Entertainment

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Black Tie Palm Beach Wedding

I’m a big believer in the moments in between moments. A mother zipping up her daughter in that most important dress. A darling crew of littles totting down the aisle. The Groom whispering “I love yous” in his beloved Bride’s ear. They’re the moments great storytellers like Jessica Lorren capture with such care, and you can see each one waiting in The Vault.

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From The Bride…George and I met my freshman year at Vanderbilt University and had been together for about 8 years before we got married this past April. We lived in Nashville, Charlotte and New York City before settling in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA. I was raised in Windermere, FL. His family is Greek and mine is a mix of Italian, Guatemalan, Venezuelan and British. On the night we got engaged, neither of us slept a wink. We stayed up all night talking about our future and how we were going to celebrate the start of that new life with our wedding.

We love traveling and entertaining around good stories and delicious meals. We knew we wanted to create a night that felt true to us, our families, and backgrounds. Florida will always have a special place in my heart so we started touring both coasts for the perfect venue. We wanted something tropical and true to the Florida lifestyle. However, we wanted the destination to be rich in history and also have a unique culture. We found that exactly in the town of Palm Beach, FL. The small barrier island off of the Southeast coast of Florida has just that: rich in history, and a truly unique feel. Once we had good vibes for Palm Beach, the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum was an easy first choice for the location of our ceremony and reception. The island was practically established by Henry Morrison Flagler and his home (now turned museum) is a reflection of the glamour and old world history that made Palm Beach what it is today.

Under the guidance of our fantastic wedding planner, Breeze Taylor, we crafted a night that felt completely unique to us. We wanted our guests to collaboratively feel like they were an integral part of the celebration all night. The band invited everyone to come out and dance with us at the end of our first dance. Dance sets were sprinkled throughout the whole night, and in between speeches and dinner courses. We wanted guests to constantly feel like they were part of making the celebration come to life. We worked with an incredible caterer that helped us custom create a multi course dinner that included old family recipes, dishes we loved to make at home, as well as some of our favorite NYC restaurant inspired creations. Our incredible floral design team brought my organically elegant, secret-garden inspired vision come to life in their creation of our bouquets, table arrangements, and ceremony archway. Our Earth & Sugar almond and vanilla buttercream cake was out of this world delicious and looked every bit as dreamy as well.

Our weekend was beautifully captured by the ultra-talented Jessica Lorren. Not only does she have the best eye for capturing moments in the most unique yet organic light, but she is truly a beautiful person with the most radiant personality. Having such a warm presence around us on such a special occasion truly made our day complete.

Photography: Jessica Lorren Photography | Event Planning: Breeze Taylor/Dream Concierge | Floral Design: Dalsimer Atlas Floral & Event Decorators | Wedding Dress: Gabriella New York Bridal Salon | Cake: Earth And Sugar | Invitations: Nota Bene | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid | Catering: Chez Gourmet | Hair And Makeup: Jennifer Cruz | Calligraphy: Brown Fox Calligraphy | Band: Libido | Venue: Flagler Museum

Glamorous Champagne + Gold Wedding at The Breakers

This adorable couple pulled out all the stops for the glamorous ballroom wedding of their dreams, enlisting the help of Palm Beach locals Shea Christine PhotographyAndreo Studio and Capture Pod Photobooth to capture it all on camera and film. Get a sneak peak below, then hop on over to the gallery, and see all the full-blown gilded glamour right here!

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From the Bride… We wanted to get married in West Palm Beach. Ralston grew up here and I moved to this area about 5 years ago for school. I just felt in love with this city. West Palm Beach has amazing beaches, stunning inter-coastal skylines, and beautiful palm trees. We live where people come to have destination weddings. Plus, this is where I met Ralston. West Palm Beach is a special place to Ralston and I. I could not imagine getting married anywhere else.

We wanted to get married in front of God so we picked Holy Trinity Episcopal church. The church is perfect size for our 120 guests. It also had the traditional church feeling that we were looking. We also loved the Father Wilt. During our wedding counseling sessions, he really tried to get to know us and we got to know him too. Father wilt was able to make our wedding ceremony very personalized and special.

Breakers is one of the most beautiful place we ever been to. Walking into The Breakers is like walking into one of the palaces in Europe. As soon as we walked into the circle room in The Breakers, we knew this was it. It had the panoramic view of the Atlantic Ocean and a high ceiling with amazing artwork and a stunning chandelier. We didn’t have to look anywhere else. The church organist played ceremony music. He played the organ while guests were sitting. He played “Ave Maria” for the sitting of mother. Processional song was Prince of Denmark’s march by Clark. Recessional song was “Hompipe” by Handel.

Ralston is such a thoughtful person. We had a wedding gift exchange before the ceremony. When I was opening up the wedding gift sent to me by Ralston, there was a letter starting with “ Good morning my beautiful bride,” and I just lost it. I was sobbing. I almost ruined my makeup that took 2 hours! Ralston gave me a lock with our initials and our wedding date engraved. He special ordered this for us so we can lock it in the Love Bridge in Paris on our honeymoon. He also gave me a Cartier watch as a wedding gift too. His wedding band actually matches my watchband!

Photography: Shea Christine Photography | Flowers: The Breakers Palm Beach | Gown: More Lee | Ceremony: Holy Trinity Episcopal Church | Reception Venue: The Breakers Palm Beach | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Hair & Makeup: Pretty Suite Inc | Capture Pod Photobooth: Capture POD Photo Booths | Cinemamtography: Andreo Studio | Jewlery: Nadri | Music: Mike Sipe Entertainment | Paper: Wedding Paper Divas | Veil: Etsy

Romantic Palm Beach Wedding

A little slice of wedding heaven, this Palm Beach soiree is basically perfection. From the Bride’s gorgeous lace gown to the absolutely drool-worthy reception designed by Richard Grille Events, every gorgeous image snapped up by Shea Christine defines lovely, and you can see them all here

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From The Bride…From the beginning of the wedding planning process, I knew I wanted the day to be very romantic. Jeff and I were both born and raised on the West Coast, and having lived so far from our families for so many years, they haven’t spent much time with us together as a couple. We wanted to be married in an intimate atmosphere where our guests would truly feel and see the love between us. The estate leant itself to the soft, elegant vision I had for the day, and the floral arrangements made the space absolutely exquisite. We had 7 weeks to plan our event, 5 weeks of which we were across the country. It took a lot of pressure off- that I didn’t have time to hum and ha over little details. I had to make decisions posthaste! Everything came together as beautifully as it did quickly, and I am so grateful for the team that helped us create a wedding as lovely and romantic as I could have imagined.

I am not a DIY bride, but I don’t feel that our wedding was lacking a personal touch. One of my bridesmaids packed little jars with lavender sugar for favors, and topped them with personalized labels. Jeff and I repurposed the corks we had collected from bottles of wine we have enjoyed together over the years, to use as place card holders. (Some even had dates and memories written on them). The flower crown I was gifted during our surprise engagement party in May was preserved and used for my darling flower girl niece. A friend of ours set up a photo booth, and the photos from which are some of the highlights of the evening, for us and our guests.

We also wanted to do a first look and portraits before the ceremony, and I’m so glad we did. I can say that it didn’t take any of the emotion away from his face when it was time for me to walk down the aisle, and it gave us a little more time to spend with family and guests once the ceremony had ended. The photos from the first look have such sweet sentiment to them, I would suggest it to any brides who are considering it.

The entire day seemed absolutely enchanted, and I am certain our friends and family will feel more closely connected to us, having been a part of the most remarkable day of our lives.

Photography: Shea Christine Photography | Planner: Richard Grille Events | Wedding Dress: Bellissima Bridal | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids Dresses: Ralph Lauren | Hair & Makeup: Josie Miller Makeup and Hair | Officiant: Peggy Lewis | Flowers & Decor: Richard Grille Events | Food And Cake: Sandy James Catering | Groomsmen: Ralph Lauren | Music: The Queen Of Kings | Private Residence: Private | Rentals: Regency Party Rentals | Video: Lindsey Grace

Romantic Florida Wedding at Breakers West

Romantic weddings and Breakers West just seem to go hand in hand. They never fail to make us swoon, and when13:13 Photography is behind the lens capturing that romance, magic happens. It leaves us with a gallery too pretty to miss, and you can see it all here.

From the Bride…We have been together for over 5 years, and we wanted our wedding to reflect both our own taste for simplicity and to highlight our camaraderie and relationships with our family and friends. Since we are both Caribbean immigrants (Belize, and Trinidad and Tobago) – we also wanted to bring a taste of both our cultures to the event.

From the start we ensured that the events of the weekend would be personal and memorable to us. Stefan’s uncle catered the rehearsal dinner with a range of Trinidadian curries, stews and other dishes local to the island. The ceremony itself was officiated by the mother of one of our close friends. Wedding favors were prepared by our mothers (decorative wooden bowls using native Belizean trees and traditional Trinidadian black cake and Indo-Trinidadian sweets). We asked one of our invited friends to be the official master of ceremonies for the reception.

For music we hired Suenalo, a popular latin fusion band from Miami, who offered the perfect blend of dance and atmosphere that we felt would appeal to the diverse nationalities that made up our guest list – we also felt it was an homage to the region that we have called home for the past decade.

Our choice for photography and videography was also done with friends in mind. 1313 Photography was hired as a referral from one of our friends, whose wedding was also done by Ashley and Philip. Our videographer, Hitched Wedding Films, was similarly recommended.  Lina Portnoy did our flowers and came recommended by our venue but quickly felt like someone we had known for ages.

After all the planning and prepping we couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day! From getting ready with my mom and sister, my rockstar nephews making the ceremony and dancing the night away with all my favorite people in the world.

Photography: 13:13 Photography | Videographer: Hitched Wedding Films | Floral Design: Lina Portnoy | Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Breakers West | Venue Company: The Breakers Palm Beach

Coral & Aqua Whimsical Garden Wedding

My favorite kind of couples are the ones who don’t take themselves too seriously. The couples who opt for a wedding of whimsy and color, and make their special day one epic party. It’s exactly the approach Eric and Sarah took for their Florida garden nuptials, and thanks to the fabulous Miranda Hattie Events, it went off without a hitch. SMPers, your Monday pick-me-up a la Daniel Lateulade starts here!

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From the Groom… At first, Sarah and I had a picture of a crafty, casual, Kinfolk-style wedding, but as we went through the planning process, the “guest experience” became more and more important. Our biggest concern was that the wedding felt devoid of pretense, not stuffy or overly formal, but rather casual, simple, and easy. We wanted our guests to feel like guests, like they were getting a weekend away with friends. Everything from the decor to the experience design stemmed from this idea of ease. We hope it was successful too, making something feel easy actually takes a lot of work!

Sarah and I spent most of the cocktail hour and dinner trying to spend a few minutes with every single person that made it to our wedding, so naturally both of those stages of the evening vanished in a blink of an eye. Right around 10pm, our guests were invited from the dinner area to the terrace for deserts, coffee, and dancing, and we hadn’t had a chance to sit or eat the entire evening. As the pavilion emptied out, our table of 12 stayed behind and in the middle of the chaos that is a wedding, we had this very intimate, calming 30 minutes to eat, drink and laugh with with some of our most cherished friends.

Photography: Daniel Lateulade Photography | Cinematography: Cabana Pictures | Event Design: Miranda Hattie Events | Event Planning: Miranda Hattie Events | Floral Design: Anthology Co. | Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Reception Venue: PGA National | Makeup: Christie Lopez Makeup & Skincare LLC | Hair: Christie Lopez Makeup & Skincare LLC | Lighting: Uplyte | Venue: PGA National | Chair Rental: Hitched Event Rental | Linens: BBJ Linen | Music: The Sekond Nature Band | Wood Signs: Sweet Carolina Collective

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Hong Kong Beach Wedding

This Hong Kong fete right here? It’s everything a beach wedding should be. A laid back celebration on the sand, King Proteas for a pop of color and palm trees for days. Bliss Creations planned the soiree to perfection and with Derek Ko behind the lens, you can kick back in one lovely gallery!

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From Bliss CreationsBride Noortje and Groom Rutger met while at university in the Netherlands, moved to South Africa for a few years when they were dating, and finally ended in Hong Kong as an engaged couple ready to celebrate their union. They wanted a wedding that “perfectly reflected their lives in Hong Kong” while still showing some of their history in other parts of the world.

The day started on a secluded beach on Lantau Island in Hong Kong, just steps away from the couple’s home. After an intimate ceremony and cocktails on the beach, the guests moved to a nearby beach lounge and had a sit down dinner on the lawn. A family style dinner, live guitarist and speeches from the parents of the couple gave a romantic atmosphere. “We lived in South Africa for a few years before moving to HK, and thus wanted to incorporate some of that into the wedding. We had a spitroast of lamb and King Protea flowers in the bridal bouquet and other arrangements. Also, we used South African wines and champagne,” says bride Noortje of incorporating the couple’s time abroad into the wedding.

After dinner the party moved onto two private boats which whisked everyone away to Central Hong Kong where guests partied until late in the night while overlooking the infamous Hong Kong skyline. “For the Hong Kong touch, we had a traditional lion dance when we got to the pier in Central,” she adds.

The couple wanted to ensure that it was a very special event incorporating their time together. “Being on the beach, seeing how beautiful everything and everyone looked was the most special part of the day. Having people from all our walks of life there to celebrate this day with us – we had 36 people flying in from all over the world. All these people, combined with the presence of our HK friends, made it truly special.” Guests commented that it was an amazing, unique day and reflected Noortje and Rutger’s lives perfectly.

The couple knew that they had a complex wedding, even though it looked effortless. “I loved the fact that there we so many components but it all felt very natural, I don’t think the guests realized how much could have gone wrong, so very it was a successful planning and execution from Bliss Creations. Guests commented on how everything was arranged into such details, they all felt pampered,” says Noortje.

The couple honeymooned in Phu Quoc, Vietnam for four days following the celebrations.

Photography: Derek Ko | Videographer: Derek Ko | Wedding Planner: Bliss Creations | Flowers: SAFE Flowers (Cape Town) | Wedding Dress: Hitched! | After Party: Pier 7 | Ceremony / Dinner Venue: Palm Beach | Groom Suit: Jantzen Tailor | Wedding Rings: DeBeers

Traditional Wedding at The Breakers Palm Beach

This, my friends, is what we call a drop-dead gorgeous wedding.  A traditional affair created by the talented Miranda Hattie Events that is completely bathed in golden hues, and completely bathed in pretty. It’s elegant details meets breathtaking scenery (ahem, Breakers Palm Beach) meets a whole lot of happy. See it all captured by Jonathan Connolly in the full gallery.

And a beautiful film from Pabelona Studio?  Yes, please.

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From Sugar(ed)… I absolutely love how Jonathan Connolly was able to capture the spirit of Bianca and Vince’s wedding in these photos. This is a couple that knows how to have fun and their goal was to make their wedding an amazing party for their friends and family–and they totally rocked it. The weather was perfect, the decor was elegant, the food was delicious, but above all, it was a celebration that reflected their joie de vivre. A gift for public speaking must be a genetic trait, because the ceremony performed by Bianca’s brother, the speech by her father, and toast by her little brother are in a three-way tie for the most entertaining and heartfelt words that I have ever heard at a wedding. It was wonderful to hear these three men express their love for the beautiful couple that I came to know over the past ten months. Congratulations, Bianca and Vince; here’s one last two-cheek kiss from me!

Photography: Jonathan Connolly Photography | Videography: Pabelona Studios | Hair and Makeup: Makeup By Marz | DJ: EMG | Wedding Venue: The Breakers Palm Beach | Floral Design and Decor: The Breakers Palm Beach | Planning, Event Design And Coordination: Miranda Hattie Events

Palm Beach Engagement

It doesn’t get more adorable than this couple and their squeal-worth engagement session snapped up by Captured Photography By Jenny. If you are looking for a way to add a little pep in your day, their proposal story is sure to do the trick, and you can top it all off with all the pretty in this gallery. It’s the recipe for a smile-filled day.

About the proposal…Christy went to school at PBAU with Meg who transferred to Regent, where she met her husband Jordan, who is best friends with Derrick. So when Meg and Jordan married in August 2011, Derrick walked Christy down the aisle. Little did they know they’d be doing this again!

About 2 years after Derrick and Christy met, they decided to get pedicures, which inspired a scheduled “best friend” Saturday. Christy woke up feeling awake and happy, which is not an every day occurrence, and was strangely inspired to work out, which is a never day occurrence. Working out for Christy means dancing around a room to music. In the middle of this activity, she received a text message from Derrick saying “How did you sleep? Did your pillow feel a little more lettery than usual?” Dazzled by his wit and charm (Derrick’s narration here), she ceased her dance work out and raced back to the bed upon which she had slept. She tossed pillow looking for said letter. No letter! Finally, she found it. (It had fallen behind the bed. She must have slept-punched it.) It contained many words of love and admiration. (Christy continues) She was overjoyed by the combination of hilarious and meaningful references as well as the specific declarations of appreciation and love from Derrick. It made her heart melt!

Speeding things along….She thought it might be the day, so she took time doing her hair and painting her nails.. But also had a moment with Jesus where she surrendered the day and timing of a proposal she knew was coming soon. Derrick picked her up with a packed picnic lunch and drove her to Krug park, the very first place they had (together) walked on a FROZEN POND! They ate the yummy food, drank the lemonade. Derrick wanted to wash the glasses in the pond, but Christy advised against. (Gross.) But he made her giggle and laugh walking down to the water and entering the Geese’s secret circle. (They had formed a circle on the rocks and literally looked like a council and so he squatted down next to them.. haha)

Next it was finally time for the pedicure, all the way in Kansas City. So they took the hour drive to the city joking and singing and laughing and loving all the way.The pedicure place was actually a really wonderful experience! They kept asking Derrick what color he wanted and he kept replying “just looking to get my feet scrubbed.” Christy laughed a lot! And realized that Derrick must actually be in love with her. Once their callouses were removed and their toes trimmed, they started to make their way back to St. Joseph.

Up until that point, the couple had been part of a project 52 which requires one creative art project per week. (They have since dropped out of this project… Since they are getting married. Why are they speaking in 3rd person.) Anyways, Derrick asked Christy to model in the photo he was hoping to do that week, which he wanted to take place in a park. They had seen a park off the highway on the way over, so they headed to the very spot. Now it should be noted that at this point, Christy had started to pent up some SERIOUS suspicions that this might actually be the day! But when Derrick asked for help on his project, she lost a little hope. When they reached the gate to the park, they found that it was closed. (Apparently it was a ball park only open during game hours.) They decided to investigate a possible back entrance. So they hopped back on the highway and exited where the back would be.. only to stumble onto a strange abandoned work space that reminded Christy of where shuttles take off at NASA. They turned the corner and saw two live wild turkeys that suddenly split directions. Have you ever seen a wild turkey run? Anyways, there was definitely not an entrance in the back.. seeing that Derrick was discouraged, Christy suggested they just go back to the real entrance, park the car and walk by foot to the playground.

After a quick water break (Derrick was feeling a little faint), they did just that. When they got to the playground, Christy waited for Derrick to direct her. He scoped the playground out and eventually asked her to sit on the top of the tube side, almost nestled in the corner. (He was looking for a place for shade, but of course she was thinking… this is going to be the strangest vantage point.. but she would give him space to impress her.) Derrick directed her to look up and over her right shoulder while he very very sneakily climbed up next to her carrying a laptop and said “Before we take the picture, I need you to watch this.” At that point, all the suspicions Christy had earlier flooded back in again. She knew. Derrick opened the laptop and pressed play. And the first line “This is where it all began” played. Then it stopped. Then Derrick’s heart stopped. Then it played again. And it stopped. About 5 times. Christy laughed nervously, while Derrick just stared at the screen pressing keys until finally it played! It was lovely!

A seven minute perfect myriad of sentiments, favorite quotes- including one on living as children which is what inspired the playground location for the proposal- hilariousness, cleverness, dancing, and even so many of the people Christy loves! She cried and cried. And her heart was bursting! Then Derrick said, “you have to stand up!” And without falling down the slide, she stood up. And he got down on one knee, pulled out the box, opened it and said “Will you marry me?” A few seconds and then. “Yes!” And then lots of hugging happened. It was happy! And that’s how he popped the question.

Photography: Captured Photography by Jenny

Preppy Palm Beach Wedding at The Colony Hotel from Vitalic Photo

An all white palette never fails to stop me in my tracks. Give me a crisp, clean all-white wedding, and I’ll give you one happy little wedding blogger. This beauty from Vitalic Photo is the perfect example of why I’ll never tire of such a fête. It’s refreshing and lovely from the first image to the last, and you can get your fill of all the gorgeousness right here.


From Vitalic PhotoPalm beach is known for it’s lush tropical landscape and light and airy beach attire, and Jessie and Billy’s wedding was the perfect reflection of that. Their wedding took place at the charming Colony Hotel which was the perfect backdrop for their outdoor ceremony. 

Photography: Vitalic Photo | Floral Design: Dalsimer Atlas Floral & Event Decorators | Wedding Dress: Jenny Yoo | Cake: Johnson's Custom Cakes And More | Invitations: William Arthur Fine Stationery | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Shoes: J.Crew | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Lilly Pulitzer | Entertainment: Traxx Entertainment | Wedding Venue: Colony Hotel | Ceremony Musicians: Ocean Strings

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Spain Inspired Engagement shoot from Shea Christine

Wow. That’s literally the only word I could actually mutter when I came across this stunning session from Shea Christine Photography. Just wow. It’s absolute perfection from start to finish (and don’t even get me started on her hair, so gorgeous), and it’s all waiting for you right here.


From Shea ChristineAshley and Adrian’s engagement session took place on Worth Avenue in Palm Beach. A place rich with history and inspiration. Their outfits were lovely and they sparked with happiness.

From the Bride… Adrian and I were raised in Miami, with many mutual friends and knowing many of the same people. We always missed meeting each other and didn’t even know it until after we were already together. But you don’t force magnets together, you just put them relatively close and it just works. That’s all it took. To get us in the same room together for the first time and the bond was formed instantly, without either of us knowing. We were linked together. We had no choice. It’s science.

Fast forward four years later, we’re on a mountain top in Barcelona overlooking the beautiful Park Güell and Adrian asked me to spend the rest of my life with him and it was the greatest surprise I could ever dream of! (How he managed to keep the ring a secret for the week we had already spent in Spain, I have no idea) We’re getting married in February and are extremely excited.

Photography: Shea Christine Photography | Dress: Zara | Makeup: Miami Beauty Agency

Whimsical DIY Wedding from Starfish Studios

I know I don’t need to tell you just how much we adore DIY weddings here at SMP, but this darling backyard affair from Starfish Studios most definitely makes it worth repeating.  A whimsical meets stunning seaside celebration, every last detail you see is a true labor of love by the seriously sweet (+ seriously crafty) bride and groom, plus friends and family.  From the perfectly imperfect florals to the fab paper goods to those crazy cool yarn balls dotting the ceremony, it’s DIY perfection from start to finish. See it all in the full gallery.

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From Starfish StudiosThe entire wedding party had a hand in creating the details for this stylish seaside wedding. The groom designed the invitations. He also designed other paper goods including tags on their favors which were filled with coffee beans and named “Wedding Blend” in honor of their special day. The bride and bridesmaids arranged the florals that filled the vintage bottles that decorated the reception tables. The Maid of Honor created the DIY yarn balls hanging by the ceremony spot. This wedding was a labor of love and it really shows.

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Wedding Photography: Starfish Studios | Wedding Venue: Private Home in Jupiter, Florida | Catering: Culinary Advisers | Band: Jeff Harding Band | Wedding Dress: San Patrick | Hair: Amber Costa | Makeup: Ashley Renee