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Sunset on the Seine by Claude Monet Inspired This Spring Wedding Editorial’s Color Palette

Spring is a period of rebirth and awakening, a time where everything that was once barren turns to buds and brand new life – it was the perfect inspiration behind today’s stunning editorial. For the color palette, Lisa Silva Photography and Champagne Pop Events were particularly influenced by Claude Monet’s Sunset on the Seine – the mix of warm and cool pastel tones played out so beautifully in Moonstruck Florals’ arrangements. After scrolling through and pinning every picture, don’t forget to head on over to the full gallery to see every last detail of this mesmerizing Spring day!

From Lisa Silva PhotographySpring has always been my favorite season. After a dreary and gray stretch of winter, everything begins to come alive again in the spring. Fresh growth appears transforming the barren winter landscape into something lush and new. Caterpillars turn into butterflies, flowers burst into bloom and bring color back into our lives. This magical season of new life was the inspiration behind our shoot. We wanted to create something that captured the essence of spring and inspired brides and grooms to incorporate the gifts of the season into their own weddings. 

When choosing our color palette we were inspired by Impressionism, specifically the iconic Sunset on the Seine by Claude Monet. Impressionism is my personal favorite movement in art history and much like spring, was a period of rebirth and awakening. We created three separate bridal looks with gowns from Claire Pettibone’s new spring line, Evolution. Caroline of Moonstruck Florals designed the lush all-floral bouquets with blooms in the pretty pastel hues and combinations of warm and cool tones used in Monet’s painting. 

Our makeup and hair artists gave our models a fresh and romantic look with soft makeup and loose braids and curls. SoDough Baking Co. Created a beautiful dessert spread adorned with fruit and florals. For our venue, we chose Goodwood Museum and Gardens in Tallahassee for its lush grounds and gardens. Goodwood is an amazing venue with many options for ceremonies and receptions, but to keep our look organic we focused on shooting in the gardens. The main table and dessert table were placed between flowering camellia trees and a sitting area also adorned in florals was placed under a sprawling live oak. The locations were important to the overall design of the enchanted garden look and we loved the whimsical mood of it all. I am in love with the painterly feeling of this shoot and all of the beautiful elements of spring that we incorporated. We hope that it inspires couples to embrace the natural romance of the season when planning for their own weddings. Especially in today’s world, the promise of new life and reawakening should be something that guides us all.

Photography: Lisa Silva Photography | Floral Design: Moonstruck Florals | Wedding Dress: Claire Pettibone | Cake: SoDough Baking Co. | Invitations: KE Design Co. | Shoes : Bella Belle | Makeup Artist: Taylor Garcia | Wedding Venue: Goodwood Museum And Gardens | Film Lab: Goodman Film Lab | Hair Artist: Amanda Blass | Hair Artist: Erin Stoner | Linens: BBJ La Tavola | Lingerie: GirlandaSeriousDream | Planning: Champagne Pop Events | Rentals: Terri Smith Details | Silk Ribbons: Silk and Willow

A Bohemian Backyard Wedding That Defines “Cool”

Can we please have an in-depth conversation about this backyard wedding? Because quite frankly, it’s a dreamy, dream, dream come true. Captured by Kati Rosado it’s the most incredible day that’ll redefine the average at-home affair and we’ve got every beautiful bit waiting in The Vault!

From Kati RosadoDeeDee and Seth are two of the most humble and kind people I have ever met. I knew from the start that their wedding would be simply amazing and it exceeded every one of my expectations. DeeDee actually inquired with me before she found her venue, so I made it my goal to help her find the perfect venue. I recommended Quincy Garden Center, one of the most lovely hidden gems just outside of Tallahassee, Florida. I loved that the whole wedding day took place entirely on this historic property. The reception was located under large oak trees in the front lawn of the house. It was of of the most romantic weddings I have ever had the privilege of photographing.

From the Bride… Seth and I met at church believe it or not. I guess you could say we are pretty old school. He opens the car door for me and makes sure I walk on the inside of him on a sidewalk or in a parking lot (chivalry is NOT dead!). Our wedding was a reflection of how it has felt from our dating to marriage seasons of life- like it is too good to be true! Don’t get me wrong, our relationship is not perfect and there are plenty of not pictured moments like my big brother catching a napkin on fire at the dinner table. I couldn’t even come up with that myself to make it up but it truly was hilarious. Our favorite moment by far was our “first touch”. In that moment we got to pray together just before our intimate backyard style wedding, surrounded by our family and friends; the family we choose.

Photography: Kati Rosado Photography | Floral Design: CC's Flowers | Wedding Dress: Sarah Seven | Cake: Sweet Inspirations Bakery | Rings: Bezalel | Catering: Simpy Entertaining | Hair + Makeup: Kate Herndon | Venue: Quincy Garden Center | Bridal Shop: Calvet Couture | Rental: Simpy Entertaining

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Goodwood Museum and Garden Wedding from Annie Agarwal Photography

This Goodwood Museum and Gardens wedding has so much heart I just want to hug it. With the sweet DIYs sprinkled throughout and a chic yet country vibe, every image from Annie Agarwal Photography  is just downright adorable. It’s enough to make your Tuesday perfectly charming, and you can get lost in all the lovely right here.

From Annie… Sarah and Jonathan’s wedding was one of the hottest of the summer…110 degrees! Despite the Florida Sunshine, they waltzed through their day full of enthusiasm and passion for one another. Sarah, an interior designer selected a lovely venue for their wedding and reception and created a plethora of home-made details that personalized their day.

From sweet accessories to charming signs handcrafted from the groom’s relative’s barn, from dried lavender to a variety of wild flowers, from heirloom pieces to thrifted plates- Sarah and Jonathan’s day was perfect. Their love and personalities were evident to all who attended. [dotted]

Photography: Annie Agarwal Photography | Wedding Venue: Goodwood Museum and Gardens | Invitations: DIY | Wedding Dress: Jenny Yoo

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Islamorada Florida Wedding from Bob Care Photography

When beach and chic combine, you can guarantee I will be at full attention. Because there is nothing that makes me more giddy than a seaside soiree that has the perfect amount of glamour. This wedding, planned to complete perfection by the beauty of a Bride, is filled with all the reasons my heart does flips for such a fête – and you can see all the reasons why thanks to the gorgeous images from Bob Care right here.

From Bob CareErin and Shawn’s style was very clean and simple, white and coral were the colors of her décor. Erin is a professional event planner, so she planned every little detail of her special day, with the help of wedding blogs and bridal magazines. Their story began in the winter of 2011 when Erin moved from New York City to Tallahassee, Florida for a great new job opportunity and little did she know– to meet the love of her life! As Erin started settling in to Tally, her mutual friends introduced her to Shaun one Friday happy hour and the two hit it off instantly! Erin never imagined she would meet her future husband in Tallahassee but this big city girl and small town boy connected instantly through their faith in God and their desire to live a life that honors Him.

Their early dates consisted of LONG conversations full of our hopes, dreams and aspirations. They did fun stuff too– like traveling and meeting family and friends in New Jersey, New York City and Tally. Not much time passed when Erin and Shaun knew this was forever. Labor Day Weekend 2012 Shaun proposed to Erin on Anna Maria Island, their favorite Florida beach. Shaun proposed on Bean’s Point, where the Gulf meets Tampa Bay, just as the sun came down.

From the Bride…The overall experience of planning a destination weddings was much more smooth than I expected it to be. I had never visited the Keys or Islamorada before. It was suggested to me from a co-worker as a great US destination wedding. Near a large airport and not too far of a drive since all my guests would be flying from all over the US. The Postcard Inn was a dream to work with. They handled everything on the catering, day of coordinating, etc. Finding vendors was easy with their preferred vendor list. I visited the venue in December 2012 and met with the hotel, florist and cake designer. Everything else was booked on a hope and a prayer- and it was AWESOME!

I cut out pictures from a ton of bridal magazines of things I liked (also from Style Me Pretty), dresses, invitations, decor, etc. I used those pictures with my vendors and it was extremely helpful. Having a picture is the only way to get what you really want. Since I have been an event planner in my professional career, planning this wedding was never overwhelming to me. It was a medium I kept a checklist from a bridal magazine on my work bulletin board. I looked it over every day to make sure I was on track. It helped organize what I needed to do 1 yr out, 8 months out, 6 months out and so on! It really worked for me.

My wedding day was Perfect, radiant, exciting, full of joy, sunny and cool, it really was the perfect temperature and not a cloud in the sky. I started the day at a bridal luncheon thrown by a dear family friend of my mother-in-law’s. Then make up and hair with my bridesmaids. It was a fun day of relaxing and excitement with my bridesmaids. Seeing Shaun when I walked down the aisle was the moment I most looked forward to. We had both been through a lot to get to this day and we are just in awe of God’s perfect plan for our marriage. He is my best friend, truly. Saying our vows, listening to each word and the pastor’s words was really moving. Remembering God’s purpose for marriage and our deep commitment to each other is most important. The other wedding planning stuff wasn’t as important. I am really glad it all turned out well but if it hadn’t, or something had gone wrong, it would have been OK…because I was there for one reason. To marry the love of my life. I have to say also, the party was SO fun. Food was out of this world and the DJ was the best I have ever hired, and I hired a bunch in NYC for many large parties! It was so amazing to spend all weekend with your closest friends and family and dance the night away on Sunday at our wedding. It was so special to have them all there with us to celebrate.

Some advice from the Bride… *DO NOT STRESS about the small things. It doesn’t matter what your flowers looked like, or if your noses bumped into one another when the Pastor said you can kiss your bride (which happened to us!), or if a detail is forgotten. Remember why you are planning this, to marry your best friend and love. The planning is super fun and will make a difference, for sure, to make your wedding a dream. But remember why you are there and just enjoy it. It’s very rare to have all your closest friends and family in one place. Enjoy that. Don’t sweat the small stuff- it’s likely only you are going to know those things anyway!

*The best advice I got was to pick three things that meant the most to me and let the rest just happen. So I focused on my dress, my food, and my DJ. I wanted to look pretty and I wanted the guests to have full bellies and sore feet by the end of the night. All of which happened. The rest of the planning was easy. I made the best decisions I could and moved on. It’s overwhelming if you don’t!


Wedding Photography: Bob Care Photography | Wedding Venue: The Postcard Inn, Islamorada, Florida | Officiant: Reverend John Edgar Caterson and Pastor Dean Inserra | Wedding Planner: The Bride | Floral Designer: Petals with Pizzaazz | Catering: The Postcard Inn, Islamorada, Florida | Invitations: Urban Coast | Wedding Dress: Ivy and Aster  (Sparrow) via Malindy Elene, Tampa, Florida | Men’s Attire: Jos. A Bank  | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J. Crew | Shoes: Giuseppe Zanotti | Musicians: Daniel of Event My Way | Makeup: Ana Baidet

Tallahassee Wedding from Red Fly Studio

When a wedding is bursting with as much happiness as this one is, you can’t help but love every last second.  Love that it’s chock-full of gorgeous details styled to perfection by John Gandy Events, beautiful blooms from Designs By Darin and moment after love-filled moment with one of the cutest duos you will ever meet.  And you’ll also love the gallery of amazing images from Red Fly Studio, because this, my friends, is a one-stop shop for some serious pretty.  Join me there for more.

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From Red Fly StudioAfton and Layne had such a lovely southern wedding. Loving friends and family traveled from far and close to see this sweet couple get married. They picked the perfect southern venue for their wedding; Goodwood has so many pretty spots for photos that we could have kept these two all day. One of the things we loved about Afton and Layne was they were so excited to get married. You can just tell back their faces how happy the are. We loved so much about their wedding: the suits, the dresses, the ceremony under the gorgeous oaks, the neat details at the reception. And we loved their bobble head cake topper! The reception was so fun; Afton and Layne could really cut a rug. Congrats, you two!

Wedding Photography: Red Fly Studio / Wedding Venue: Goodwood Museum & Gardens in Tallahassee, Florida / Event Design + Planning: John Gandy Events / Floral Design: Designs By Darin / Officiant: Sara Michaels of Saramonies with HeART / Catering: Catering Capers / Wedding Cake: The Cake Shop / DJ: GT Entertainment / Wedding Dress: Augusta Jones

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Tallahassee Wedding at Goodwood Museum & Gardens by Mi Amore Foto

Oh sweet southern charm, there really isn’t anything like you. As someone that grew up in the heart of such southern goodness, my heart always does an extra flutter when I come across sweet soirees like this one by Mi Amore Foto. It’s like a little piece of heaven complete with warm breezes, bow ties, and all the sweet simplicity the south takes pride in. It’s charm, it’s style, it’s tradition – and it’s all sitting pretty right here.

From Mi Amore FotoThis wedding in Tallahassee was as southern as you can get. The bouquets and centerpieces were gardenias that smelled like heaven. The bride’s cousin made all three of the wedding cakes. Shrimp and grits, succotash and watermelon salad were just some of the home-style dishes they served. Jessica’s dad grew huge ferns on his farm and brought them in for the ceremony. They bought an old bed spring from Thomasville, Georgia, and clipped vintage post cards to it — the same cards they had sent out for their RSVPs. Jessica is not only in medical school, she is also an amazingly talented writer and the programs were written as a five-act play. The whole wedding was just so warm and beautiful, and Nate couldn’t have been more in awe when Jessica walked up behind them during their first look. I was totally smitten with this couple and their charm. 

Wedding Photography: Mi Amore Foto / Wedding Venue: Goodwood Museum & Gardens in Tallahassee, Florida / Wedding Planning: Karen Skilling + Sheila Melton / Floral Design: Ram Singletary of Singletary’s Flowers and Gifts / Catering: LaGran Saunders /Wedding Cake: Olivia Scarborough + Julia Ruskin (The Bride’s Cousin & Friend) / Bartending: Chris Geib of On the Rocks Bartending / Wedding Invitations + Save-the-Dates: Rock Paper Scissors / Wedding Calligraphy + Programs: Judy Lecke / Band: Crystal Clear Band / Wedding Dress: J.Crew / Bride’s Second Dress: Chris Hanna

Greenville Wedding at Honey Lake Plantation by Laura Yang Photography

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

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

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

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

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Tallahassee Wedding Film at Mission San Luis by Diva Productions

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

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

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

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

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

Tallahassee Save-the-Date Video + Engagement Session by RisingSky Productions, Inc.

We’ve seen our fair share of charming love stories here on SMP, but this adorable duo and their sweet as can be romance just about takes the cake.  Yep, after knowing each other for THREE YEARS, these two lovebirds happened to sit side by side on a fateful bus ride… and one AMAZING proposal in Doak Campbell Stadium later, the rest is history.  Thankfully, RisingSky Productions, Inc. sent along this gorgeous e-sesson and darling Save-the-Date video for us to spend our day swooning over, because we just HAVE to share in all the L.O.V.E.  Click here for more!

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And now the cute as can be Save-the-Date video.  SOOOO sweet!

From Sophia and Brandon Hyde of RisingSky Productions, Inc.Audrey and Riley started dating in February 2011. Riley was a senior at Florida State University and Audrey was a junior, but neither had ever been in a relationship before. It took them two months of “talking” before they were even willing put their guards down enough to open their hearts into a relationship. They both felt they were taking the biggest risk of their lives but knew it was right.

You see, they had known each other for three years because they had been attending the same church together but were each afraid of the other one. Audrey being the loud, rambunctious theater major seemed too much to handle for Riley. And Riley’s shyness left Audrey with the impression that the two would never be capable of carrying on a conversation. However, by accident they ended up sitting next to each other on a three-hour bus ride, both thinking, “Oh gosh, this is going to be awkward.” But that window of time was exactly what they needed to realize all their preconceived notions of each other were a little off. With the support of many friends around them they embarked into a relationship. Everyone who saw them interacting said it was much more like being around two best friends than it ever looked like a relationship.

While dating in Tallahassee, one of their regular traditions became long walks around campus just talking and catching up on the week’s events, often ending up at Doak Campbell Stadium, FSU’s football stadium. One night in November, after a stressful rehearsal of Audrey’s, the two met up to unwind and go on a stroll. To no surprise, they ended up at the stadium, but Riley had something up his sleeve. One of his brothers was standing at the entrance wearing a bow tie holding a letter. As they walked into the stadium there was a path of friends each holding a letter from Riley to Audrey describing the highlights of their relationship and love for one another. The path was a candlelit journey to the top of the stadium, where her two best friends were standing there holding the final letter which said “Will you marry me?” Riley dropped to one knee, and Audrey said yes. (And then they headed off to a dance party at Riley’s apartment with 30+ friends to celebrate.) When planning their save-the-date video, we wanted to include all the special quirks of their relationship. Throughout this film you will see many friends who have played a roll in their relationship, and you will certainly see their personalities come through.

Photography + Cinematography: Sophia and Brandon Hyde of RisingSky Productions, Inc. / Location: Tallahassee, Florida (Mostly on the FSU Campus)

Goodwood Museum and Gardens Wedding by Elizabeth Davis Photography

I love when couples not only marry each other but their cultures, styles and favorite things into one ship-shape, spectacular celebration.  This “Scottish meets American” Tallahassee wedding by Elizabeth Davis Photography blends two worlds and two personalities into a lovely and unique affair that seamlessly pairs tradition with style.  Plus how adorable is that flower girl!  Hop, skip and jump over to the full gallery to see the entire wedding!

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From Elizabeth of Elizabeth Davis PhotographyPeter is a Scotsman and Elisabeth is an American. They met in Scotland, where Elisabeth studied in college. Their wedding was a seamless, unique blending of their two worlds — Traditional Scotland and Southern American Charm. The groom, groomsmen and many wedding guests wore traditional formal Scottish attire. Colors were red, green and blue. Goodwood Museums and Gardens offered a brilliant backdrop for an “old-south” wedding with its southern architecture and giant oak trees, and Catering Capers offered a menu of southern cooking, beginning with an appetizer of fried pickles. Centerpieces were comprised of Lucy & Leo’s flawless, decadent cupcakes; red and white wines; and the couple’s favorite books, which were used to identify and number each table.

Wedding Photography: Elizabeth Davis Photography / Ceremony: St. Paul’s United Methodist Church / Reception: Goodwood Museum and Gardens / Wedding Planning: Ricky Radford of John Gandy Events / Caterer: Catering Capers / Florist: Designs by Darin / Cupcakes: Lucy and Leo’s Cupcakery / Linens: Silver Lining Linens / Live Music: Loco Motives / Salon: Haute Headz / Bagpiper: Joe Ashcraft

Tallahassee Wedding by Ashley Daniell Photography

I’m such a complete and total sucker for white tulips so once I spotted this wedding and those dramatic centerpieces, I knew I would be gushing for hours. This pretty, little fete is one part elegant and one part shabby chic and I’m loving the pale green and yellow color combo that seems totally perfect for an outdoor Florida ceremony. Ashley Daniell Photography was there to capture all the sweet details, like those amazing floral displays by Missy Gunnels Flowers. Click here for even more!

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From Ashley Daniell PhotographyEmily and Bob’s wedding was elegant, with some shabby chic thrown in, and just the right amount of Southern charm. They were married outside on the grass overlooking the lake at Golden Eagle Country Club in Tallahassee, FL. Her color scheme was green and white with yellow accents. There were beautiful yellow rose petals lining the aisle and instead of programs Emily rented a large vintage framed chalkboard with all of the necessary information written on it. Two large white urns overflowing with hydrangeas and roses in shades of yellow & green sat on either side of the aisle and Emily provided fans for her guests to keep themselves cool(er) during the ceremony. During the cocktail hour there were passed appetizers and three different water options (plain, lemon, and cucumber). There was also a photo booth area set up with white wicker chairs and frames for guests to have fun. In true Tallahassee fashion, Emily and Bob entered their reception to the FSU war chant.

Wedding Photography: Ashley Daniell Photography / Floral Design: Missy Gunnels Flowers / Event Planning: Michelle Griggs, Weddings Unlimited / Ceremony + Reception Location: Golden Eagle Country Club / Invitations: Karmanos Printing / Wedding Dress: WToo via Vocelles – The Bridal Shoppe / Music: Greg Tish, GT Entertainment / Make-up: Randi Buchanan, Makeup As Art / Hair: Jennifer Breedlove, Kelly’s Cottage Hair Salon / Groom’s Attire: Calvin Klein via Belles N Beaus

Tallahassee Wedding by Elizabeth Davis Photography

I don’t think there was a single guest at this Florida wedding that doesn’t know how to have a good time especially the fun-loving bride and groom.  There is so much love and laughter oozing out of these photographs by Elizabeth Davis Photography I can’t even imagine how much fun the actual day must have been!  This was a true labor of love with even the incredible stage/dance floor being built by the bride’s father and grandfather just for this occasion.  I love the sweet little bird and branch details handcrafted by the bride for each table and all the fun fall elements throughout.  Click here to see even more!

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From the Bride… Planning our wedding was more of a learning process in who we are than I ever could have imagined. Sean and I love to laugh and we are not fancy. When I finally realized we needed to use these attributes, instead of trying to play the traditional bride, I made our gleeful simplicity as the basis of every decision. And finally everything started falling into place.

Fall is my favorite time of year, it is so beautiful and rich, and was the unifying theme for every decoration for the wedding and reception. I also incorporated birds wherever I could.

The wedding was held in our little church, Grace Church of Tallahassee and was adorned with just a few decorations. Wreaths made by our florist at Bella Flora greeted our guests when they arrived through the front doors of the church. Bows with pine cones in the center of them draped the pews, handmade by my sister and mother.

The reception was held in my parent’s backyard on a deck that my father and grandfather built for us to dance the night away. They even made a fabulous fountain out of wine bottles for the backdrop. One of the most special parts of the day was the cake table where different friends and family showcased their favorite cakes for us. The fall theme followed all the way through the wedding to the final send off with fall leaves being tossed at us as we left.

Our photographer, Elizabeth Davis Photography, captured everything beautifully for us and was such a joy to work with. She added so much goodness to the day and best of all, I now have the wedding photos I have always been jealous of other brides having!

I am extremely thankful for the fact that we were on a tight wedding budget. Everywhere we turned there were personal touches added by our loved ones who helped us make everything from the cakes to the tables centerpieces and that is something you cannot put a price on.

Wedding Photography: Elizabeth Davis Photography / Catering: Carrie Ann and Co. / Flowers: Bella Flora / Wedding Dress: Emerald / Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse / Bride’s Shoes: Liz Claiborne / Wedding Invitations: Target / Wedding Ceremony Location: Grace Church of Tallahassee / Wedding Reception Location: Private Residence / Cakes: Friends & Family of the Bride & Groom / Cake Stands: Grandfather of the Bride / Wedding Programs: Sister of the Bride / Flag Pennants: The Bride + Family of the Bride / Pew Decor: Sister & Mother of the Bride / Birdhouse: The Bride / Centerpieces: The Bride + Sister of the Bride