Palm Coast Engagement from Hey, I love you Photography

Fact.  Engagement sessions are awesome.  Beyond awesome.  Especially when that engagement session is a seriously stunning Palm Coast shoot with two adorable lovebirds and a sweet picnic in a wooded wonderland… that’s awesome times one million.  Add in the fab stylings and images of Hey, I love you Photography and a gallery literally overflowing with one heartwarming moment after another and, well. Say hello to an entire day of PRETTY.  See so much more right here.

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From Hey, I love you PhotographyWhen Ellen and Andrew contacted me about shooting their engagement photos, I was so excited! Over the last couple of years, I have seen their relationship grow into something beautiful and have become great friends with both of them, so I knew I wanted to create something special for them. They are incredibly beautiful inside and out, and I knew I wanted that to show in the photos. The color palette was kept simple with whites and greens and little hints of color here and there. It was a picnic scene with an elegant side. Ellen is a painter so we set up an easel, and I just let them do their thing and captured each beautiful moment that they created.

Photography: Hey, I love you Photography / Location: Washington Oaks Gardens State Park in Palm Coast, Florida / Event Design + Planning: Hey, I love you Photography / Flowers: Publix

St. Augustine Wedding from Flaire Weddings & Events

We’re closing out the week here at SMP Florida with this gorgeously summery yellow and gray fete! All the pretty details were carefully crafted by the Flaire Weddings & Events and reflect this couple’s roots and favorite past times. And can we talk about how adorable those three flower girls are? They may possibly be my all time favorites! Click here for even more gorgeousness!

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From Flaire Weddings & EventsValerie and Chad had a gorgeous, summery yellow and gray wedding in historic St. Augustine, Florida. They live in Valdosta, Georgia, and chose to marry in St. Augustine because of the charm of the city. Valerie wanted a chic look with yellow and gray and especially wanted to feature yellow roses (as she originally hails from Texas!) They were planning an outdoor, rooftop ceremony, but a summer Florida thunderstorm had other plans. The ceremony was then held in the venue’s loft space, which was just as beautiful. The couple plays competitive beach volleyball in their free time, so the groom’s cake was a fun nod to their pastime.

Wedding Photography: La Dolce Vita Studio / Wedding Venue + Catering: The White Room in St. Augustine, Florida / Event Design + Planning: Flaire Weddings & Events / Floral Design: Blossoms and Accents / Wedding Cinematography: In Motion Video Productions / Wedding Cake: Classic Cakes (904-246-6408) / Paper Goods: Alicia Rohan of A+P Design Co. / Entertainment: The Faze Band / Wedding Dress: San Patrick

St. Augustine Wedding at The Oldest House by Ben Sasso

From their movie-worthy meeting to their joyful St. Augustine wedding, this gorgeous couple’s relationship has been romance to the very max!  Their crazy, beautiful love for each other just shines through these images by Ben Sasso.  And speaking of beautiful, their fabulous Indian-meets-France wedding is just beyond.  It is full of style, vibrant details and one of the most killer first dances I’ve ever seen!  Click here to see it all!

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From Ben Sasso This wedding was the epitome of romance. It was so beautiful too see how in love these two are. Thibaut and Pooja met salsa dancing in France while he was finishing his studies and she was teaching English. Sounds like a movie, I know. If it was a movie, I would own it. Their wedding was a beautiful fusion of French and Indian culture. As typical with Indian weddings, Pooja had henna done on her hands and feet the day before the wedding. After getting ready at The Kenwood Inn in St. Augustine, the ceremony was held at The Oldest House (one of my favorite venues), and the reception took place in the loft and on the roof of The White Room.

Wedding Photography: Ben Sasso / Floral Design: The Conservatorie Floral & Event Design / Ceremony: The Oldest House in St. Augustine, Florida / Reception: The White Room / Getting Ready Location: The Kenwood Inn

St. Augustine Wedding at the Florida Agricultural Museum by Krista Marie Photography

You’ve seen blue and green weddings done well, but thanks to Krista Marie Photography, we are about to show you a blue and green wedding that is going to change the way you think of the previously preppy color palette forever. This St. Augustine has the color combo mixed in with cowboy boots, hay bails, and mason jars – all making for a romantically rustic soiree that crosses so many style lines in a chic, chic way. We’ll be studying this one for days in the full image gallery, care to join us?

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From Krista of Krista Marie PhotographyI’m so excited to share Amanda and Michael’s rustic St. Patrick’s Day wedding with you! Their beautiful ceremony and reception took place at the Florida Agriculture Museum, and the location and scenery were just to die for! The warm light that was streaming in made for some truly magical images! Amanda put so much thought into each and every detail, and everything came together so beautifully! You will swoon over the lovely details, including the bridesmaids’ cowboy boots, the men’s personalized ties, the barn, the outside seating, hay bales and so much more!

Wedding Photography: Krista Marie Photography / Wedding Venue: Florida Agricultural Museum in St. Augustine, Florida / Floral Design: Ashley Roberson of Simply Roses Florist / Catering: Moore Fine Foods / Cupcakes: Sweet Cheyenne’s Treats (386-931-6795) / DJ: Vern of Pyramid Disc Jockeys / Wedding Decorations: Susan Anderson, The Groom’s Mother / Centerpiece Baskets: Tuesday Morning / Fabric: Calico Corners + Jo-Ann / Paper Lanterns: Asian Ideas / Wedding Dress: Essense of Australia via Bridal Ltd. / Bride’s Green Shoes: Nina “Forbes” via Zappos / Bride’s Garter: Lola in Lace / Bride’s Clutch: LolaMae Creations / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Dessy via Brides by Demetrios (407-869-5277) / Bridesmaids’ Boots: Their Own / Groomsmen’s Blazers: Their Own / Groomsmen’s Pants: Dockers

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River House Wedding by Life and Love Studio

Bidding adieu to another week on SMP Florida is always bittersweet. Obviously the weekend is divine, but we absolutely LOVE the weekdays spent gushing over pretty Florida fêtes. So we decided to leave you with a wedding that, along with the full gallery, will keep you plenty busy until we meet again on Monday. Because this blue-hued beauty captured by Life and Love Studio has enough lovely to last all weekend long!

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From the Bride… The most important things to Rob and me was making our wedding a lot of fun for all of our guests and spending as much time with them as possible since we don’t get to see them often. Rob is from Charlotte and I’m from Miami, but we’ve lived all over, so no matter what city we chose for our wedding, it would have been a destination for the majority of the people. We knew we wanted to get married by the water, be in a walking friendly area, and, being from Florida, I’ve always loved St. Augustine. We also figured that most of our guests had never been there, so it would be a fun destination for everyone — and the weather was perfect, which never hurts! I don’t know how we overlooked it, but we got married during bike weekend in St. Augustine. Friday and all day Saturday we kept hearing the roar of bikes and joked we should take a picture with some bikers. In the middle of the ceremony a bike revved and my bridesmaids and I burst into giggles. No sooner had we left the church than one of my bridesmaids went in search of a bike to borrow so I could pose. The bike pictures turned out to be some of the best!

We chose our venue and then got a lot of vendor recommendations from the event coordinator at the venue. We did not have a wedding planner or our own coordinator, but things still worked out perfectly. I was fairly particular in wanting a laid back, simple, fun wedding. I knew I wanted the colors to be navy, fuschia and deep purple, and I knew I wanted the guys in tan suits to fit with the more relaxed feeling. We also knew we wanted to get married in a church, and we actually got married in the oldest Episcopalian church in the US. We were lucky that the church is so beautiful on its own that we didn’t need to decorate very much. Our priest from Baton Rouge, where we live now, actually came to help officiate the wedding, which was very meaningful to us since he actually knows us. My mom is Brazilian, so we had programs printed in English and Portuguese for our guests, which helped with some of the language barriers. We wanted to spend as much time with our guests as possible while getting as many pictures as possible. As a result, we provided transportation by trolley for guests from the church to the reception venue, and between the wedding and cocktail hour the guests took a trolley tour of the city. This gave us time to take pictures, kept the guests entertained and allowed us to still enjoy the cocktail hour with our friends and family.

We chose carrot cake, our favorite, for our wedding cake and then surrounded the cake with wedding cake, red velvet-flavored cake balls and brigadeiros — a popular Brazilian dessert. The layout of the bite-sized desserts around the cake is also a traditional Brazilian layout for dessert tables. I wanted to leave my dress on all night because I absolutely loved it, but I also wanted to dance and have fun! The train was about 5-6 feet long and it was heavy satin, so I did end up changing into my party dress and Havaianas flip flops. When it was time to leave, we all left on the trolleys together and continued the party. This was truly the best day of our lives, and I love looking back at the pictures and seeing how happy everyone looked and reliving the day and night.

Wedding Photography: Life and Love Studio / Ceremony: Trinity Episcopal Parish Church in St. Augustine, Floria / Reception: River House in St. Augustine, Florida / Floral Design: 57 Treasury Floral & Interior Design / Catering: Mai Oui Gourmet / Wedding Cake: Publix / Music: McGee Entertainment / Transportation: Old Town Trolley Tours / Wedding Dress: Pronovias / Reception Dress: Calvin Klein / Hair: Small Indulgences / Makeup: A Touch Above San Marco (904-819-0924) / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Alfred Sung / Groomsmen Ties: Vineyard Vines

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St. Augustine Wedding by Agnes Lopez Photography

It’s always a fabulous day when Agnes Lopez Photography sends a pretty wedding our way.. and this stunning St. Augustine affair, complete with one very gorgeous outdoor setting and a bundle of sweet purple hues, is definitely making for a lovely, lovely Wednesday.  Yep, I am head.over.heels for every last darling detail planned to perfection by The BIG Event, including those charming centerpieces, the lavender linens and the bride’s stunning gown.  Swoon!  Don’t miss a moment of pretty… click here for more!

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From Agnes Lopez Photography Jaime and Mark were married in a beautiful outdoor ceremony under the oak tree at the Oldest House. When planning the wedding they decided St. Augustine was the perfect destination for their guests since everyone would be traveling from afar. The evening reception was held poolside at the Casa Monica Hotel, with The Headliners Band keeping the party going well into the night.

Jaime is a chef so she incorporated lots of fresh herbs in her centerpieces and bouquets.

Wedding Photography: Agnes Lopez Photography / Wedding Ceremony Location: The Oldest House / Wedding Reception Location: Casa Monica Hotel / Wedding Planner: Sarah Grace of The BIG Event / Floral Design: 57 Treasury / Make-up: Jackie Neal / Music: The Headliners Band / Wedding Dress: Jim Hjelm

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St. Augustine Wedding by Dorothy Gautreaux Photography

Do It Yourself’ers take note – because this DIY seaside soiree by Dorothy Gautreaux Photography has style for miles and heart for even more miles. You can see it through each of the gorgeous sunshine-infused images, and you can feel it in the bride’s description. It’s intimate, it’s got a whole lotta personality and there is even more to see in the full gallery!

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From the Bride…We did everything ourselves as far as the decor (with the exception of the flowers). We went to thrift store and garage sales to find the vintage plates and all the bottles. We took multiple trips to Joann’s fabrics to get the fabric for the banners and the altar. Jonathan stained and distressed the 3 pieces of wood that made up our altar as well. We bought one huge bolt of the antique-y blue fabric and cut it into squares for the table cloth and napkins. This was a particularly daunting task because we had to fray the edges of all those napkins and table cloths! The invitations were difficult too, because we stamped each envelope individually…same goes for the save the dates, which we decided to do on sand dollars and make them into ornaments, seeing how everyone received them around the holidays. All of the shells and coral were found at local shell shacks along with the vintage Florida post cards we used for invitations.We were going for a vintage-y ship wreck feel deriving inspiration from shell shacks, ship wrecks, and vintage pieces. I also browsed a lot of wedding blogs and design magazines.

My advice is to do exactly what you want, and if you cant afford it do it yourself. The DIY stuff seems like it would be a lot of work…and it is, but it is a labor of love. I have fabulous memories if spending time with my mother and girlfriends and brothers making all the decor. If you have a vision, stick to it. For example, Jonathan and I really wanted to have our food served family style so it would feel like a family dinner. People tried to tell us it would be easier to do a buffet, but the thought of it made us cringe. It ended up being so lovely to watch all our friends and family pass each other food and engage with one another.

My favorite memory of our wedding is the few minutes directly after we walked back down the aisle. We stopped close to the dunes and embraced each other and all of the emotions poured out. I remember turning around to hug my best friends and family and the tears of joy just wouldn’t stop. Also, an enormous flock of birds flew above us in a flying V formation. It. Was. Epic.

Wedding Photography: Dorothy Gautreaux Photography / Catering: Salt Water Cowboys / Floral Design: 57 Treasury / Groom’s Tux: J.Crew / Wedding Dress: Low’s Bridal / Cakes: Nothing Bundt Cakes / Make-up: Chanel

St. Augustine Wedding by Pure Sugar Studios + Visual Power Cinema

A bundle of fabulous inspiration and some pretty pink hues are greeting us with open arms this wonderful Friday morning, all thanks to one seriously sweet St. Augustine affair and Pure Sugar Studios.  With beautiful blooms by Wilson’s Limited, romantic bridesmaid frocks and one uber-stunning location, I do believe this gorgeous fête is just what we needed to start the weekend off right.  Plus, any bride and groom that rocks the iconic Dirty Dancing number on their big day is super fabulous in my book.  Love.  It.  So, join me in the gallery for even more pretty and then stay tuned for an amazing film by Visual Power Cinema below!

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We’re not finished yet.  We thought we’d send you off into the weekend with this fabulous film by Visual Power Cinema. Enjoy!

From Pure Sugar Studios Tina and Jeremy planned a romantic wedding around Tina’s favorite shade of pink. I have been shooting weddings for 3 years, and I can honestly say this was the most FUN wedding I have been to! The bride and groom re-did the dance from “Dirty Dancing” at the end of the night, the dance floor was full from the time the party started ’till the end. I don’t think a single guest left. Tina, the bride, incorporated all sorts of small details for loved ones, including a special portrait and poem for the best man who had passed away in December.

Wedding Photography: Pure Sugar Studios / Wedding Ceremony + Reception Venue + Catering: The White Room Loft and Rooftop / Bridal Gown: Alfred Angelo Disney Collection / Bridesmaid Gowns: Bill Levkoff / Groom + Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse / Make-up + Hair: Panache Salon / Flowers: Wilson’s Limited / Wedding Invitations: MagnetStreet Weddings / Music: Event Sound Entertainment / Engagement + Wedding Rings: Kay Jewelers / Wedding Coordinator: Shannon of The White Room Loft and Rooftop / Wedding Cake Designer: Sweet Weddings / Officiant: John Marshall of A Happy Marriage Performed / Wedding Videographer: Visual Power Cinema

Southern Chic Wedding at The River House by alex michéle photography

Dress or cake? Dress or cake?  I just can’t make up my mind about which part of this St. Augustine wedding by alex michéle photography I love the most!  They are both so chic and dreamy!  And let’s not forget about the shoes.  Oh, and the flowers!  And the charming and sophisticated details!  I think we’ll just have to call this one a tie because I can’t possible choose!  What’s your favorite?  Spend some time in the full gallery and let me know!

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From alex michéle photographyLauren & Dave tied the knot on Friday April 22, 2011 at ‘The Riverhouse” in historical St. Augustine, Florida. I couldn’t say enough beautiful things about this couple and the wedding they showcased. From peonies of all shades of pink, to the most delicate and intricate cake I have ever seen, the waterfront ceremony site overlooking one of the oldest cities in the world, the peaks of boats and the lighthouse, the sounds of the string quartet, all the way to the linens with each individual guests name embroidered on it, Lauren’s idea’s did not skip a beat with the decor of this wedding. They even had kid sized ice cream cones during the reception! My favorite parts were the mix of tradition and modern with a southern chic edge. Her color scheme was mint greens, soft creams, pale pinks, deep pinks, and touches of gold. The best word to descried such an event is sophistication!

From the Bride…After meeting in college and enduring graduate and medical school, David and I were looking for a way to express where we came from and where we were heading in one fantastic celebration with family and friends. St. Augustine, Florida was the perfect location, happily located in between our two hometowns of Orlando and Jacksonville, and as the nation’s oldest city, it is effortlessly romantic. We loved visiting the local restaurants, shops, and beaches and knew our guests would, too.

The River House combined the laid-back feel of St. Augustine–the large back porch, view of the lighthouse, moored sailboats, and Bridge of Lions in the background–with modern luxury. Our venue expressed our passion for being on the water and Florida living. A stringed quartet from my church in Jacksonville played beautifully throughout the ceremony and cocktail hour. I envisioned our wedding decor to be a union between old & new. My dress, for example, had that classic Spanish Flamenco feel yet was very fashion-forward. The napkins embroidered with each guests’ first and last names as favors added sophistication, but more importantly we were happy to feel that we took the time to say “thank you” to everyone as individuals with favors instead of everyone getting the same thing.

Venue: The River House / Wedding Photographer: alex michéle photography / Wedding Planner: The BIG Event, Wedding & Party Planning / Wedding Dress: Rivini via Solutions Bridal Designer House / Bridesmaid Dress: Amsale via Bella Bridesmaid /Garter Belt: Florrie Mitton / Hair: Brick Haus Salon / Makeup: Maureen Riley / Ceremony Music: The String Group / Event Sound: Event Sound Entertainment / Catering: The Perfect Pear Catering Co. / Floral Design: Wilson’s Limited / Wedding Cake + Groom’s Cake: Sweet Weddings / Transportation: Golden Hinde Limo / Officiant: Pastor Dan Ott of Anastasia Baptist Church / Wedding Invitations, Escort Boards, Table Numbers, Welcome Bags: Declaration Boutique / Linens: Connie Duglin Linens / Embroidery: Double Stitch Embroidery / Gold Cuffs for Bridesmaids: Laurel Baker, Anchor Boutique

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St. Francis Barracks Office Club Wedding by Kallima Photography

I used to think that the expression about rain on your wedding day being lucky was a myth.  That was until I saw these photos by Kallima Photography.  This adorable couple lucked out in two ways.  First, they got amazing pre-wedding shots with those adorable clear umbrellas under the cloudy sky that just make the wildflower bouquets and Anthropologie bridesmaid dresses pop and, second, the sky cleared at just the right moment for them to enjoy a beautiful, sweetly DIY-decorated outdoor affair.  March on over to the full gallery to check out the rest!

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From Kallima PhotographySarah + Jeff, both from North Florida/Jacksonville area, tied the knot at the St Francis Barracks Officer’s Club in St. Augustine, Florida. The bride and her maids spent the morning and afternoon getting ready at the St Francis Inn. It rained from early morning up until literal MINUTES before the ceremony, so most of the gorgeous portraits and fun pictures of the bridal party are in the rain. Some with umbrellas, and some not!

All details and event styling were coordinated by Katie Perdue, sister of the bride. The snapdragon bouquets and anthropologie dresses coordinated perfectly, and each bridesmaid wore a pair of colorful heels that fit their personality. Friends of the bride did all the hair and makeup, and Katie Perdue designed and made the boutonnieres.

The catering company is run by the bride’s Aunt, Chriss Brown. With a true southern spread of home-style macaroni & cheese, cole slaw, bbq chicken and bbq pork sandwiches, the guests dined underneath a tent in the courtyard of the barracks. Sweet Tea and Arnold Palmers were served, and guests used the mason jars on their tables to fill up at the candy bar. The guest book came in the form of a guest “tree”, where you could leave your thumbprint and sign your name on the branches.

Wedding Photography: Kallima Photography / Wedding Cinematography: friend of bride / Wedding Flowers: friend of bride / Wedding Design: Katie Perdue / Wedding Planning: Katie Perdue & Rachel Rushing / Wedding Venue: St. Francis Barracks Officers Club / Invitations: DIY/ Shoes: BCBG / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Anthropologie / DJ: DJ Dream / Catering: Chriss Brown, 927 Events/ Wedding Cake: Kristin Schadd / Makeup + Hair: Michelle Couchenour + Rachel Rushing

St. Augustine Wedding by Threaded Together Photography

When you have big, fun personalities likes this next couple you have to go big in the wedding color department.  I love the combination of blue and yellow used here from the table decor to bouquets.  It’s not too over the top but definitely makes a statement and with a wedding mantra of “Big, Bling and Beautiful!” I think that might have been what they were going for!  Threaded Together Photography totally makes the colors pop all over this St. Augustine affair and it looks like such a blast.  Click here to see even more!

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From the Bride… Our wedding day style was Big, Bling and Beautiful!  With tons of help from friends and family, I added some personal touches that I think made the wedding more memorable for everyone.  My friend Melissa is a graphic designer, and offered to make my invitations, save the dates, family tree canvas and programs for me. Melissa used our engagement photos for the save the dates. Our theme was… HE and SHE become WE. They were amazing!  Being that neither Josh nor I are Jacksonville natives, we had a lot of out of town guests. We made personalized welcome baskets for each guest and delivered them to their hotels. It was very important for me that everyone had a good time! I arranged for babysitters at the River house along with personalized Easter baskets so the kids were always entertained!

Josh and I both have a love for music. We really wanted the ceremony music to be special. The bridesmaids walked down to “Marry Me” I walked town to “Run Away with Me” and we both walked away to “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”  We also wanted to the reception music to be special and for everyone to have fun. I made a basket filled with flip flops and painted a sign that said “Tired Feet.” So there were no excuses not to be out on the dance floor. For favors we ordered personalized candy bags and had an awesome candy bar full of yellow and blue favorites!

I love flowers! We had three different centerpieces in the ballroom. The centerpieces were amazing, tall and full of yellow, ivory and blue flowers. Each table was set with Crinkle Taffeta Twilight Blue linens which made the flowers pop. There were hundreds of floating candles surrounding the room it was truly breathtaking when the sun went down.

Josh’s wedding gift was amazing. He wrote me an 8 page letter that represented our love story, past present and future. Each page of the letter had instructions to open a different gift. The gift brought the entire bridal suite to tears.  Another favorite moment was when Josh and I were dancing for the first time and our wedding party started singing our song!

Wedding Photography: Threaded Together Photography / Wedding Venue: River House / Wedding Cake: 3 Sisters Chocolate & Bakery / Candy Bar: Peterbrooke / DJ: D’Land Entertainment / Floral Design & Decor: Wilson’s Limited / Mixology: Oliv’r Twist / Bridesmaid Dresses & Mother of the Bride Dress: Bella Bridesmaid / Wedding Gown & Veil: The White Magnolia / Wedding Coordination: Christina Kreations / Wedding Rings: Jared / Catering: RSVP Caterers / Wedding Invitations, Paper Goods & Family Tree: Melissa Crisp, Friend of the Bride / Transportation: Dana’s Limousine and Transportation Services

St. Augustine Wedding by Brooke Images

This Florida wedding by Brooke Images is pulled right out of a little girl’s fantasy…specifically a girl from the Midwest you wanted full on romance to rule her wedding day.  The stunning, Mediterranean-style setting at the Continental Club in St. Augustine proved to be the perfect venue to create a glamorous event with the essence of old Hollywood.  Click here to see even more!

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From the Bride… I had always had an image of what I wanted my wedding day to look like: a Hollywood style love story with the big white dress, beautiful flowers and the perfect groom. After college, a mutual friend introduced me to my now-husband and I knew from our very first date, that Josh was the man I had always pictured walking down the aisle towards. After Josh and I became engaged, we immediately decided on a destination wedding, to get out of our harsh Midwestern winters and marry under the warm sun in St. Augustine, Florida, with our family and closest friends.

The phrase “Old Hollywood Glamour” quickly became the wedding’s inspiration, and after visiting the Club Continental, we knew this venue was it. It is a historic Mediterranean-style estate located on the banks of the St. John’s River.  This was the ideal location because it captured the perfect combination of Old Hollywood elegance, romance and glamour that we wanted for our perfect day. The natural beauty of the Club was emphasized with fresh white roses lining the aisle and the river provided an immaculate backdrop with the water glistening from the sunshine.

The bridesmaids (my four sisters and two best friends) wore deep pewter Alfred Sung dresses, in different styles to capture everyone’s unique personality. The bouquets by Liz Stewart’s Flowers Design were a bundle of rich fuchsia to give the glamorous pop of color that I wanted. The groomsmen (Josh’s brother and five best friends) wore traditional black tuxedos to play up the red carpet vibe. It was the perfect color combination as the bridal party framed the alter for our vows. My bouquet was one of my absolute favorite things. It was a romantic assortment of white and pale pink roses and hydrangeas, while touches of white feathers and sparkle were added throughout. Secured with a crystal broach, it gave me the added “glam” touch.

After the ceremony, guests indulged in gourmet appetizers and cocktails on the front terrace of the Club as a five piece string quartet provided a joyful ensemble for the hour. Guests made their way into the reception, where tables were draped in a combination of high and low soft white flower arrangements with crystal garland cascading from the vases, creating an eye-catching amount of sparkle throughout the room.

In lieu of a guest book, we asked each of our family and friends to write Josh and I  a “wish” for our future and hang it on a tree. Another special twist that Josh and I made to personalize our special night was to combine our favorite desserts- cupcakes and canoli’s instead of a traditional wedding cake. We danced the night away in celebration of our new life together.

It was a day that Josh and I will never forget- a love story pulled right out of a movie. My dream day had finally become reality and we were so grateful to have been able to share this special day with our family and friends, it wouldn’t have been the same without them.

Wedding Venue: The Club Continental / Wedding Photography: Brooke Images / Floral Design & Decor: Liz Stewart Floral Design / Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Sung / Wedding Planner: Christi Knowles / Wedding Dress: Demetrios (Illissa Collection) / Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Calvin Klein / Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Bride’s Jewelry: Sorreli (Earrings) + Family Heirloom (Bracelet) / Invitations & Paper Goods: Ghega Scolari of CartABELLA / Calligraphy: Jane Farr / Cupcakes: LuLi’s Cupcakes / Canolis: Amici’s Italian Restaurant / Bride’s Hair: Kate Dahlberg of Cortello Salon / Bride’s Makeup: Carrie Hammock / Bridesmaid Hair & Makeup: Kaley Shaffer & Jenna Gambuzza of The Glam Squad

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Eco-Friendly Wedding In Florida

We featured McKenzie and Todd’s wedding earlier today and seem to have sparked off a bit of a controversy that we’d like to lay to rest!

McKenzie and Todd wanted a small intimate wedding and they had a budget of $20,000. {We’re not saying they had a low budget wedding. We’re saying they had a budget of $20,000.) They approached First Coast Weddings and Events to help them orchestrate their plans and made it clear that they didn’t want to exceed this figure.  Additionally, they are a very environmentally conscious couple and wanted their wedding to be as eco-friendly as possible.

Now … the point of the story is that sometimes it’s very difficult to stay within your set wedding budget … no matter what that number is (!) … and most couples planning their wedding can attest to that!  There are so many extras that become so tempting, but it CAN be done.

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McKenzie and Todd were married in March 2008 at the Oldest House in America! Seriously … according to the St. Augustine Historical Society

“The González-Alvarez House has been occupied since the 1600s with the present house dating to the early 1700s.”

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from Danielle

McKenzie and Todd met while attending Saint Johns College, a unique college that bases its curriculum on the works of the most influential minds throughout history. Here, they cultivated their love for history, anthropology, and one another. Their leisure time was spent biking and playing trivia. With college behind them and opportunities and new careers awaiting in Seattle, they wanted to plan this one last hoorah – full of their closest friends and family to bid them farewell.

When I first met with McKenzie and Todd, they were at the very beginning stages of their planning and had several guidelines set in stone.

1. The wedding would cost no more than $20,000. (note: this is where the staying within your set budget comes in!)

2. They wanted the wedding to be reflective of their personalities

3. The wedding needed to be intimate- 50 guests to be exact

4. They wanted it to be as low-key and green as possible, with respect to environmental and socially aware planning.

We chose the location of the ceremony for its strong history which was quite important to the couple. They wanted a space that felt warm and rich while still being able to not overwhelm their intimate ceremony. In keeping with their eco-consciousness, the guests and couple walked the three blocks to the ceremony at The Oldest House. They chose to have no attendants, rather they selected only their immediate family and closest friends to witness their vows. They each walked in solo as a string trio played the works of Bach and Mozart. In all my years of planning, I have never felt so engaged- just the two of them opening up their hearts to one another.

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They wrote their own ceremony, with borrowed traditions from several cultures throughout time. Their very talented friends offered up their services to assist with the bread and honey ceremony, with one having a 250 year old starter for sourdough and another who owns a bee farm! We kept the decor simple, with a chuppah wrapped in a garland adorned with fresh locally-grown citrus fruits and a bouquet of hydrangeas. Adorning the entrance to the Oldest House were two topiaries adorned with mini citrus fruits.

Who says that no bridal party means no bridal party fashion? I loved that McKenzie’s mother and sisters all chose to wear dresses from a bridesmaid’s line. They were sophisticated selections that reflected each personality but definitely distinguished them as guests of honor!

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In order to maximize the budget, we chose to hold the reception at the gorgeous Casa Monica Hotel’s Sultan’s Pool Deck. The space was discounted because it was a chilly off-season, but included space heaters. What I love most about this space is the stationery cabanas and amazing styling! It means that there is no worrying about tent, table, and lighting rentals. They also have an iPod dock that goes into their PA system, which we used for cocktail hour and background dinner music. Because the space is already highly-styled, there was little need to add more than a few hydrangeas and citrus fruits.

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Guests were treated to a polaroid guest book and an extension of the bread and honey ceremony. Their friends made the cutest orange blossom honey escort cards. I thought that the most clever part about them was that the shade of green on the leaves denoted the guest’s dinner selection (fish/meat) which was a subtle way to help Casa Monica’s staff.

McKenzie and Todd announced early on that they were not the tiny dancers… not even close. Thus, they opted to skip dancing all together. Instead, they allocated those funds to a great menu and wine list. And, they employed the help of a friend that they had made over the last few years of trivia night. That’s right, they had a full-on trivia challenge! Designed to match their Dauphine letterpress invitations, these trivia menus were by far the most chic that I had ever seen! I loved that the guests were able to interact and have wonderful food and conversation.

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At the end of the evening, we cut the cake. And oh what a cake it was! McKenzie and Todd worked with Sweet Weddings to create a lovely cake which had their college crest on top. Afterward, there was the crowning of the Trivia winners, a sparkler exit (followed by an impromptu dance off by their guests) and the couple was off to their honeymoon (biking all the way up the East Coast!)

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In the end, we were able to stay within their budget by determining what was most important to the couple … the food, photography, and ambiance. And then, we found cost-conscious alternatives for the rest … the flowers and entertainment. Last, but certainly not least … they accepted help from their friends. We were able to achieve an intimate affair that was environmentally and socially aware, and completely reflective of the couple’s personality.

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It would not have been possible without this amazing team: Coordinated by Danielle Bamba of First Coast Weddings and Events, Flowers by Riverside Event Design, Ceremony Venue – The Oldest House, Reception Venue and Catering – The Casa Monica Hotel, Photography by Leah Powell Photography, Cake – Sweet Weddings, Ceremony Music by Wehners Weddings Entertainment, Details by The Couple’s Talented Friends!

Thanks so much to Danielle for helping McKenzie and Todd achieve their dream wedding! Our congratulations to McKenzie and Todd!!

ps … the original post has been updated in response to our readers comments!