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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.


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.


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

Delray Beach Wedding from Becca Borge Photography and Sugar(ed) Occasions

What should be your first step when planning a destination dream wedding? Hire a dream team of vendors. Which is precisely what this couple did, and the result? A day chock-full of gorgeous details with a style that is beautifully timeless. Those moments were planned to perfection thanks to Sugar(ed) Occasions, and we get to enjoy every last one thanks to the sweet images snapped up by Becca Borge Photography. Which you can do right here.

From Becca Borge Photography… An awesome team of vendors and a classy couple created an intimate affair defined by genuine moments, a unique setting, and lots of pretty details! Miranda with Sugared Occasions made sure everything ran smoothly and created a completely romantic atmosphere with soft, white florals, endless candlelight, and personal touches representing the couple.  I love the ‘winery-on-the-ocean’ feel, as the groom is from across the sea (England)…and the bride is a “Vino Vixen” from California. :) The wedding was a complete destination wedding with all guests coming from out of state and some overseas. The other vendors that made this day special were Parkland Chef Catering, Unearthed Vintage, Atlas Rentals, and Steel Band Culture.


Photography: Becca Borge Photography | Design: Sugar(ed) Occasions | Venue: Private residence in Delray Beach, FL | Catering: Parkland Chef Catering | Rentals: Unearthed Vintage and Atlas Party Rentals | Band: Steel Band Culture

Delray Beach Wedding from 13:13 Photography

There is DIY, and there is DIY from this Bride, who happens to take do-it-yourselfing to a new sparkly level. It’s almost as if she waved a magic, talented wand over her beautiful Delray Beach day, and then wallah, crafty perfection. But anyone who’s planned a wedding knows better – and one peek at the pretty captured by 13:13 Photography in the full gallery and you know there was a lot of love that went into every touch. So our hats are off to this mini Martha of a Bride, her level of detail is one for the books. See them all here.

From the Bride… Eric and I both live in Boston but decided to get married in sunny South Florida near where I grew up. We searched and searched for the perfect secret garden-like venue, and after looking for what felt like months, we finally found the Sundy House! It was perfect! Delray Beach is the cutest beach town! We knew our out of state guests would love it! Plus, it wasn’t too far for my family in Miami to drive up for the day!

I had so much fun planning the wedding. Being a graphic designer, I knew from the beginning that I wanted to tackle a lot for the wedding. I designed the save-the-dates, invitations, and all of the other paper goods used throughout the wedding. I also decided paper flowers would be a great way to showcase my love of paper. I planned to make my own bouquet, but a few months before the wedding I spotted a gorgeous one from BHLDN and purchased it! As beautiful as the bouquet was, something was missing. I wanted it fuller with more flowers, so I took apart the bouquet and created my own using both the flowers that were purchased and some of my own creation. My shoes were definitely a labor of love! I wanted blue sparkly peep toes with a thick heel, but could not find anything I liked. So I did what any bride in my position would do… I created my own dream pair (and all it took was a little glitter and paint)!

We got married in late October and wanted our wedding to reflect the fall season, which we both love! We wanted subtle details throughout the wedding to remind our guests that even though we were in a tropical setting, Halloween was just a few days away. We achieved this by using all different sized pumpkins and fun pops of orange, brown and teal. We even had a candy buffet with treat bags I designed that read “Trick-or-Treat Because Love is Sweet.” Everyone agreed, it was an enchanting evening! Eric and I could not have asked for a more perfect day! And we absolutely loved working with Ashley and Philip from 13:13 Photography!


Wedding Photography: 13:13 Photography | Wedding Venue: Sundy House in Delray Beach, Florida | Floral Design: the bride | Bouquet: BHLDN + DIY by the Bride | Cupcakes: Cupcake Couture | DJ: DJ Innovations | Lanterns: Pier 1 Imports | Wedding Invitations + Stationery: The Bride | Wedding Dress: Allure |  Bride’s Shoes: DIY by the Bride | Headpiece: Nina | Bride’s Robe: Plum Pretty Sugar | Bridesmaids’ Attire: Bari Jay | Bridesmaids’ Robes: Webster for Target | Bridesmaids’ Necklaces: Dillard’s | Groom’s Attire: Alfani Red | Groom’s Shoes: Bruno Magli

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Palm Beach Wedding from 13:13 Photography + Desiree Dawn Events

I’m totally in-love with this muted, ocean-themed Palm Beach stunner from 13:13 Photography and all of its beautiful details! The gorgeous bride + groom had their coastal celebration at The Sailfish Club and called on the talents of Desiree Dawn Events to create the wedding of their dreams. You won’t want to miss this one, my dears – see every last detail in the full gallery.

From 13:13 Photography… Everything at Nicole and Jamie’s wedding was absolutely stunning. All of her details were breathtaking, from the ceremony at St. Edward Catholic church to the reception at the Sailfish Club, it was beautiful. To make it even better, Nicole and Jamie are one of the loveliest kind-hearted couples. It was such a treat to be a part of their lovely wedding day.


Wedding Photography: 13:13 Photography | Ceremony Venue: St. Edward Catholic Church in Palm Beach, Florida | Reception Venue: The Sailfish Club in Palm Beach, Florida | Event Design + Planning: Desiree Oftedal from Desiree Dawn Events | Floral Design: Heaven and Earth Floral | Invitations: Ellen Write On | Day-of Paper Goods/Stationery: Make Merry!

Palm Beach Gardens Wedding at Frenchman’s Reserve from Faith Teasley Photography

Sometimes all it takes is just one image to fall head over heels in love with a wedding.  One moment, one glance, one perfectly captured smile to make your heart pitter patter like never before.  And when I spotted this drop-dead gorgeous pic snapped up by Faith Teasley Photography, it happened.  True, can’t stop thinking about it love.  Because this moment?  This beautiful look into the day?  It’s perfection.  And it says so much more than I ever could.  Join me in the gallery for more.

From Faith Teasley Photography… Melinda and Thomas’ wedding was nothing short of magical.  The warmth of the Florida sun beamed down through the palm trees and covered every inch of the Frenchman’s Reserve Country Club… but I think their love for one another shone even brighter!  Their wedding couldn’t have been any more perfect! It was an honor to travel from North Carolina to photograph Melinda and Thomas’ beautiful Florida wedding!

Wedding Photography: Faith Teasley Photography / Second Shooter: Jillian Tree / Wedding Venue: Frenchman’s Reserve Country Club in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida / Wedding Coordinator: Pat Saylor of Frenchman’s Reserve Country Club / Floral Design: DIY by the Bride’s Mother / Wedding Cake: Betty Baird from Sweet Tiers / Ceremony Music: Encore Chamber Players / DJ: Doubleshot Entertainment / Wedding Dress: Oleg Cassini / Bridesmaids’ Attire: David’s Bridal / Shoes: Gianni Bini / Jewelry: Charming Charlie / Veil: Handmade by the Bride / Hair: Kerra from Kerra and Co.

Royal Palm Beach Bridal Session from Captured Photography by Jenny

The most wonderful part of being a Bride is that no matter what, on your wedding day, you are the most beautiful, most spectacular thing ever seen by your Groom. So that time you get to spend in your beautiful white gown in your prettiest of pretty is most definitely a time you want to be well documented. And in this bridal session by Captured Photography by Jenny, you can see that unmistakable essence of being a Bride. Her beauty, her excitement, and the utter happiness that beams out of every part of her being and it’s all in the gallery right here.

From Captured Photography by JennyAnna-Lee wanted to document this special time of being a bride. She wanted simple images in a natural backdrop, so we chose Commons Park in Royal Palm Beach as the location for her bridal session.

Photography: Captured Photography by Jenny / Commons Park in Royal Palm Beach, Florida / Wedding Dress: Christina Wu / Hair + Makeup: Karla Lola

Palm Beach Engagement at Royal Poinciana Chapel from Kelian Photography

You might not find math class particularly romantic, but if you ask this darling duo, they’ll tell you it most definitely is.  That’s because math class just so happens to be the very place these two met – and after falling head over heels amongst equations and common denominators, the rest was seriously sweet (+ seriously cute) history.  Kelian Photography snapped up their amazing e-shoot and it’s as awesome as you thought it would be.  See so much more right here.

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From Kelian PhotographyAron and Wendy exude joy and love for each other. They fell for each other in math class and and have been in love ever since, and Aron recently proposed to Wendy on a cruise ship at sunset. They brought their own signs that represented their cute style. These photos were taken at Royal Poinciana Chapel on Palm Beach Island. With its scenic Intracoastal Waterway and magnificent 125-year-old tree, this was a perfect place to capture a beautiful engagement shoot.

Photography: Kelian Photography / Location: The Royal Poinciana Chapel in Palm Beach, Florida

Palm Beach Wedding at The Brazilian Court from Posh Parties & Paper

When the ever-amazing Posh Parties & Paper sent along this breathtaking Palm Beach affair, we had a little party.  A virtual dance party.  Because when a stunning Monique Lhuillier gown teams up with fab paper goods from Smock Paper and oh-so-perfect images from Nancy Cohn and Abby Ross of Lauren + Abby Photography, it’s a day that deserves a serious celebration.  One that is happening right here.right now in the full gallery.  Join us there for all of the pretty.

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From Posh Parties & PaperVassilia and Josh wanted an intimate wedding with 80 of their closest friends and family, and this was the perfect place. They didn’t even let the rain get in their way — the whole courtyard and cocktail area was tented, which made it even more intimate and beautiful. Their “theme” was Palm Beach retro, and from the vessels the centerpieces were in to Vassilia’s dress and hairstyle, the wedding truly had some retro elements. Vassilia also wanted to personalize some elements of the event to really make it special, and there was no better place to do this than moving away from a traditional guest book. We found a vintage dictionary and provided markers, stamps, etc. The guests had to find a word in the dictionary, circle it and sign by it. It made a great interactive guest book and perfect coffee table book for Vassilia and Josh to cherish at home forever.

Wedding Photography: Nancy Cohn of Nancy Cohn Photography + Abby Ross of Lauren + Abby Photography / Wedding Venue: The Brazilian Court in Palm Beach, Florida / Event Planning: Posh Parties & Paper / Floral Design: Xquisite Events / Wedding Invitations: Smock Paper / Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier / Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo

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North Palm Beach Engagement Session from Captured Photography by Jenny

What do you get when you combine the glorious images of Captured Photography by Jenny, a stellar North Palm Beach setting and one of the cutest Florida duos you will ever have the privilege to meet? Well, lovelies – you get this drop-dead gorgeous e-session seriously overflowing with fun times in the sun and a whole lot of L.O.V.E.  And that’s a combo that can’t be beat, if you ask me.  Add to all of that lovely a picnic in the sand and some beachside strolling and we have ourselves the perfect way to spend a Tuesday morning.  See so much more right here.

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From Captured Photography by JennyThese two were high school sweethearts. During the session, Melanie kept talking about how awesome it was that she and Matt have shared so many big moments together already… prom, graduation, 18th birthdays, 21st birthdays, college, first jobs, etc. Now they are engaged and looking forward to spending the rest of life’s moments together. They love spending time by the ocean or on the ocean, so we headed over to the pier in Juno Beach for a picnic and fishing. Melanie hand-made all of the little details herself, including the personalized basket, tumblers, signs, and more.

Photography: Captured Photography by Jenny / Location: Juno Beach Pier in North Palm Beach, Florida

Backyard Jupiter Wedding from Rockstar Catering Company

This wedding is beautiful.  Beyond beautiful.  And when a beautiful wedding like this comes our way, we get all kinds of happy.  Crazy happy.  Because this wedding?  This stunning Jupiter soiree?  It has the ability to brighten your ENTIRE day with gorgeous florals and design by Fringe & Company, a breathtaking backyard setting and seriously stunning images by Courtney Lindberg Photography.  And with every last moment planned and catered to perfection by Rockstar Event Planners, we’re in for one serious day of lovely.  Join me in the gallery for more.

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From the Bride… I’m an indecisive lady, I’ll admit it. I spent months going back and forth, frantically searching blogs and venues and dwelling over the details.  One night, after a thorough six hours of wedding research, my fiancee Brad sat me down and said, “You need to stop obsessing over everything that could be, and determine what it is that you want and what reflects our personalities.” To be honest, Brad and I aren’t exactly wedding people. We prefer to be behind the scenes, we’re not dancers, we like to spend our nights in, and big groups of people overwhelm us — especially when that big group has their eyes on us. I wanted a place that could make us feel comfortable, not grandiose or intimidating. I wanted to be cozy and relaxed. What I wanted was to be home. The problem was, home was on the other side of the country in Florida. So I made the call to my parents and asked if it would be okay to have a backyard wedding. Supportive as always, they agreed. My husband and I are based in Los Angeles, both in the film industry. Our life and love revolves around films. Our first date was at the movies, and our proposal was at home while watching that same film we saw on our first date. All of this stirred up my ultimate crazy vision: a movie theater lounge wedding. I finally knew what I wanted and could imagine every last detail. I just had no idea how I would be able to achieve it from 3,000 miles away.

I’m fortunate that my mother and I have the same obsessive online behavior. She emailed me the link to Rockstar Catering Company, based in my hometown of Jupiter, Florida, and told me she had invited them over to talk. Within a week we had determined Rachel and Kyle were the ones for us (my mom was also ready to adopt them as her own). Rockstar was accommodating, understanding and completely on board with making the wedding in my head come to life. And they did. The day was perfect. I know everyone says that, but it really truly was. What moved me to the core was seeing everyone in our lives lend a hand in our big day. Our parents helped find us every single last item we dreamed of featuring at the wedding. My poor sister ran all over town in a desperate search for donut holes to go with the evening’s coffee (it was one of those touches I for some reason was dying to have). My best friend, Corey, treated our wedding like a film set — and produced, designed and helped run the show. Courtney Lindberg flew out from LA to take the most incredible photos, while the sweet Amber Moon of Pitbulls and Posies pulled an all-nighter designing our invitations. And then there was Ian, our dearest mutual friend, who married us as the sun set under a gorgeous mason jar chandelier.

As our reception didn’t feature any dancing, Brad and I wanted to ensure that there was plenty of things for folks to do. So we set up a canvas for everyone to paint a special mark on, a photo booth for silly pictures and a movie screen where we played The Princess Bride. I was so thrilled that everyone took part in all of the fun. And then there was the food. Oh, the food! Kyle’s team made everyone stuffed to the brim and happy with his amazing treats. He even featured a taco bar for us! My favorite! The highlight of my night came from the two most important men in my life: my husband and my father. My husband created a breathtaking film where we both spoke our honest “vows,” the words we knew we would never be able to pull off during our ceremony. We hadn’t seen each others’ segments, and when I heard him share his feelings about our love — the floodgates opened. And the tears kept coming. After having demanded no speeches from anyone, my father rebelled and delivered the most thoughtful, sweet and charming speech that tugged at my every heartstring. These were by far the most important, memorable and touching moments of my night. It’s been almost a year now, and I still look back and have my heart flutter over how perfect and beautiful our wedding was. I wish I could curl up and live inside the happiness of that day forever.

Wedding Photography: Courtney Lindberg Photography / Wedding Venue: The Bride’s Family Home in Jupiter, Florida / Floral + Event Design: Fringe & Company / Event Coordination: Rockstar Event Planners / Catering: Rockstar Catering Company / Wedding Cakes + Cupcakes: Publix / Wedding Invitations: Pitbulls and Posies / Wedding Dress: Sue Wong via Saks Fifth Avenue / Hair + Makeup: Jennifer Van Portfleet / Groom’s Suit: Ben Sherman / Wedding Bands: Takayas Custom Jewelry

Four Seasons Palm Beach Wedding from Captured Photography by Jenny

I think you know by now that we have a serious obsession with all things Captured Photography by Jenny.  And that serious obsession grows deeper and deeper with each magical soiree she sends our way.  So, when we first laid our eyes on this stunning Palm Beach affair, well… we knew without a doubt it would be stop-you-in-your-tracks amazing.  From the breathtaking Four Seasons setting to a bride and groom who are the epitome of stunning to a wow-inducing Vera Wang, this, my friends, is a traditional masterpiece with a serious side of lovely.  See so much more right here.

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From the Bride… Jonathan and I vacationed in Italy to celebrate his graduation from business school. In Venice, during summer solstice, Jonathan proposed on a gondola. After our vacation, we moved from Miami to New York City to embark on a new chapter in our lives where we would build our careers and home together. Palm Beach would be a beautiful destination wedding as we both grew up nearby. We chose the Four Seasons Palm Beach as the hotel has a California contemporary feel. I am an interior designer and wanted the feel of the hotel and ballroom to reflect the decor of the wedding. When I found my romantic Vera Wang gown, everything fell into place. I wanted to create a whimsical and elegant environment with an edgy modern flair.

Our florist strung white orchids over large acrylic columns to create a floating chuppah. The top was covered in ivory, white and champagne roses to add a touch of romanticism. We hung chandeliers from the ceiling of the ballroom to add sparkle. Our event planner handmade pinwheels with our names written on them for the guests to wave in the air after we kissed. My sister wore a Monique Lhuillier clip in her hair at her wedding, so I placed this on my bouquet to continue the family tradition. We had the Heatwave band keep everyone moving all night. Jenny from Captured and Senderey Video preserved all of our memories through photos and video. It was a magical evening!

Wedding Photography: Captured Photography by Jenny / Wedding Venue: Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach in Palm Beach, Florida / Floral Design: Xquisite Events / Event Coordination: Syril Karel / Wedding Cinematography: Senderey Video / Band: Heatwave / Wedding Dress: Vera Wang / Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Hair + Makeup: Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: twobirds bridesmaid / Groom’s Tuxedo: Armani / Groom’s Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo

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Palm Beach Wedding from Katie Lopez Photography

If this wedding had a nickname it would be, the prettiest wedding of all time. Too long? Okay how about totally ah-mazing, gorgeous, breathtaking and oh-so-elegant? Okay, I’ll admit, I’m out of control swooning over this wedding but you really can’t blame me at all. The images by Katie Lopez Photography are simply stunning as are each and every detail of this color neutral wedding. I’m obsessed and I’m not ashamed one bit. Join me in the gallery for a full on swoon session, won’t you?

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From the Bride… Neither of us were expecting to meet our future spouse the night we met in September 2008, but clearly God had other plans. Matt and I are convinced our finding each other in a city as big as New York was not an accident. Matt grew up in Miami, Florida, and I went to school in Palm Beach, so when he proposed last summer, we were set on having a Florida wedding. While studying in Palm Beach, I had always dreamed of getting married at the gorgeous Henry Morrison Flagler Museum, and it ended up being our main source of inspiration. We loved the classic and stunning elegance of the ballroom with its almost “Great Gatsby” feel.  It was the perfect backdrop for our neutral color scheme of gold, ivory, beige, and gray. We also wanted to create an organic and natural feel, so we used all-white flowers, cherry blossoms and mercury glass. I asked my bridesmaids to find long dresses in shades of gold, beige, or gray. Their style is so impeccable, so I knew their dresses would all flow together nicely. My good friend, Heather Davis of Paper Please Studio, helped me design the paper products with our color palette in mind.

Creating an intimate, God-honoring ceremony was the most important part of the planning for us. We used the same vows my parents recited to each other over 30 years ago at their wedding and planned a beautiful outdoor ceremony on the inner coastal, but God had other plans. It was a perfect, sunny day but minutes before the ceremony was scheduled to start, a huge storm rolled in and we ended up moving inside the chapel. Such a great reminder of the meaning of our special day and that God was indeed present as we were committing our lives to one another before Him and our loved ones. As you can see, our photographer and friend, Katie Lopez, captured the greatest day of our lives so perfectly. I couldn’t possibly be happier.

Wedding Photography: Katie Lopez Photography / Ceremony: Royal Poinciana Chapel in Palm Beach, Florida / Reception: Henry Morrison Flagler Museum in Palm Beach, Florida / Wedding Planning: Ginger Mokher of Celebrations by Design / Floral Design: Emmy of Xquisite Events / Catering: Bill Hansen Catering / Wedding Cake: Filled and Frosted / Wedding Paper Goods: Paper Please Studio / Place Card Calligraphy: Rachel Carl & Co. / DJ + Ceremony Music: Kenny Mondo of Kenny Mondo Productions / Wedding Dress: Vera Wang / Bride’s Shoes: Valentino

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Palm Beach Wedding from Stacey Brandon Photography & Design

When I see The Breakers, I think luxury, elegance, and those iconic, beautiful hallways that remind me a lot of the castles I would dream about when I was young. This wedding from Stacey Brandon Photography & Design is exactly that, plus a few doses of charming and adorable thrown in for good measure. And when you’ve got names like Monique Lhuillier, Amsale, and Jimmy Choo dressing this bridal party you know you’re in for a good one. Visit the gallery to see the whole wedding right here.

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From the Bride… I went into the wedding planning process with a  blank slate. I looked at as many blogs and magazines that I could and flagged whatever I liked for inspiration before focusing in, and I found myself being drawn to outdoor, romantic and intimate weddings with a lot of vintage details. Knowing that we were going to have a large wedding (225 people) inside such a historic, glamorous venue, I wanted to capture the essence of being invited to an intimate dinner party and melded details such as wooden boxes, twigs and succulents with wine-colored roses and mercury glass. There were three shapes of dining tables, and each featured a different style of centerpiece that together felt eclectic yet cohesive.

Fishing with my dad on his boat has always been a great way for us to talk and catch up, starting from when I was a little girl. Anytime we were out in the ocean, I would point to The Breakers in the distance and jokingly tease, “That’s where I’m going to get married!” I thought it was the most glamorous place in the world and assumed it was completely out of reach. When my parents asked Greg and me if we wanted to get married there, our jaws dropped. We were thinking of getting married in many different locations around the U.S., but decided that The Breakers was the perfect mix of a “destination wedding” for all of our out-of-town friends and family, while also being 30 minutes from where I grew up. It was an amazing dream to have almost all of our guests stay there and enjoy such a beautiful resort together. Even the local guests got rooms and made it a “staycation!”

I really wanted to incorporate keepsakes to be used during the wedding that I would be able to hold onto forever, so we included a pewter heart wall hanging with our names and date that we used on the ring bearer’s pillow, which we now have hanging in our home. The mercury glass candle pillars that were used for the unity candle now sit on our fireplace mantle. We also had customized engraved forks that said “happy” and “together,” which we used to eat our wedding cake. Seeing all our family and friends together in one room and having so much fun together was truly a magical, once-in-a-lifetime experience. It was everything we dreamed of and more. We had to keep looking back at the photos to believe that it actually happened.

Wedding Photography: Stacey Brandon Photography & Design / Wedding Venue: The Breakers in Palm Beach, Florida / Floral + Event Design: The Breakers Design Studio / Wedding Cinematography: Well Spun Weddings / Band: Powerhouse / Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier / Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Bride’s Earrings: Tejani / Makeup: Pretty Suite Inc. / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Amsale / Groomsmen’s Suits: J.Crew

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Southern Wedding Inspired Photo Shoot by J Morgan Flowers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)

Palm Beach Wedding at the Sailfish Club of Florida by Bee Photographie

Good morning, SMPers!  It’s another wonderful Wedding Wednesday – and you know what that means! A day filled to the brim with gorgeous inspiration, fabulous details and a bundle of swoon-worthy moments guaranteed to make your hearts sing.  So clear those calendars, grab that cup of coffee and settle in for a whole lot of pretty.  It’s going to be ah.mazing.

Up first in our lovely lineup is a Palm Beach gem that has all of the right ingredients for a stop-you-in-your-tracks soiree.  A sweet nautical chic theme, a plethora of gorgeous DIY details and two high school sweethearts that are SOOO cute, you won’t know what to do with yourselves. (Seriously.) Thankfully, Bee Photographie captured every last love-filled moment, including those pretty pink hues and a “first look” that will leave you smiling from ear to ear.  See it all here.

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From the Bride… Matt and I were high school sweethearts and had been dating for just under seven years when he proposed. Although we attended different colleges, we were able to maintain our relationship in spite of the distance. Leading up to our wedding, Matt and I were spread pretty thin between wedding planning, work, graduate school, and my father’s cancer diagnosis just three weeks before the wedding all added extra stress before our big day. Despite my father’s diagnosis and the extremely windy day, we decided to enjoy our day to the fullest and just have fun, and we did exactly that! We were so happy to start our lives together.

We had our ceremony at The Sailfish Club of Palm Beach. We chose this location because I have many great memories there with my family throughout the years. Embracing the decor, we decided on a vintage nautical style. To make our wedding more personal, Matt’s brother-in-law married us, his sisters read during the ceremony, and my brother played the ceremony music with his quartet from school. My mother and stepfather made the invitations, programs, place cards, and table knots. I’ve always love the look of multiple small arrangements, so I found most the centerpiece containers at thrift stores. Our get away car was a ’64 Ford convertible that my uncle had restored. The bridal portraits were taken at the house of a family friend’s on the island. We were so concerned about the pictures because of the strong gusts of wind and rain, but they turned out so much better then we could have imagined.

I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day, surrounded by those we love. We both had a blast as we danced the night away, feeling blessed by all of the love and support we’ve been given over the years.

Wedding Photography: Bee Photographie / Wedding Venue: Sailfish Club of Floridain Palm Beach, Florida / Floral Design: Flowers by Phillis, Palm Beach Gardens (561-863-5254) / Chalkboard Sandbox: Rustic Decor / Rope Knots + Flag Detail: DIY / Officiant: The Groom’s Brother-in-Law / Ceremony Music: The Bride’s Brother / Wedding Dress: Carrafina / Jewelry: Vintage / Menswear: Ralph Lauren / Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew / Bride’s Shoes: BP. via Nordstrom