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This Wedding Proves You Shouldn’t Skip High School Gym Class

I’ve been trying to put my finger on what I love so very much about this Bellewood Plantation wedding – looking through Kt Crabb‘s photographs positively warms my heart! – and then I read their love story and knew immediately. While I’m always a sucker for plantation affairs, farm table receptions, and long sleeve lace gowns, what was speaking straight to my heart was that these two are high school sweethearts who met in gym class! I don’t know about for you, but when the lovebirds have gone through that kind of life growth together, it makes for a love so sweet and a bond so close I can always spot it. Read their darling story, below!


From the bride… James and I met in high school gym class when I was a freshman and he was a sophomore. We became friends, then close friends, and then best friends in that obvious way when you know two people like each other. A year and a half after meeting, James asked me to be his girlfriend. We dated for six and a half wonderful years. In that time, we got to graduate high school, attend the same college (Go Knights!), graduate college and find our careers and passions together. And thanks to the challenges and joys of life experienced over those six years, we knew with all of our hearts that we wanted to get married and spend the rest of this wonderful life together. So after James proposed to me – a complete surprise on New Year’s Eve with a surprise engagement party – I knew exactly what I wanted my wedding to be about: a celebration of our love, and a celebration with the incredible people in our lives.

Bellewood Plantation, our venue, offered the perfect canvas for my vision. A gorgeous, Southern-style home with a sprawling landscape, Bellewood had a place for our ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception all on the grounds. James and I wanted our decor and apparel to be simple and classic, and we wanted the atmosphere of our wedding to emphasize our joy to be getting married. Bellewood had handcrafted long, farmhouse tables and market lighting under the reception tent, so we forwent table linens and used gold chargers, greenery, and candle votives of varying sizes. Our flowers, white and pale pink with dark greenery, looked so lovely against the classic black tuxedos and slate blue bridesmaids’ dresses.

When I think back to my wedding day, it is a blur of so many happy moments, but there are three that stand out clearly. The first is when James and I exchanged the vows we wrote each other during our ceremony. The second is immediately after our ceremony (we didn’t do a first look), when we soaked in our first moments of marriage together, captured beautifully by Katie. And finally, I loved when we got to see our family and wedding party after our pictures. It was such a sweet time with all our favorite people in one place. Our wedding day was truly the happiest day of my life, and I feel so grateful for my vendors, our wedding party, all our family, my parents, and of course my husband, James.



Photography: Kt Crabb Photography | Cinematography: Sarah Walker Production | Floral Design: Violets in Bloom | Wedding Dress: Mori Lee | Bride's Shoes: Dyeables | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bill Levkoff | Catering: Edible Art Catering | Makeup: In2YourBeauty Makeup Artistry | DJ: FyerFly Productions | Groom's Attire: Michael Kors | Venue: Bellewood Plantation | Bridal Boutique: Aurora Unique Bridal Boutique | Photography Assistance: Heidi Vail Photography

A Blush + Gold Beauty That’s Basically Made For SMP

A totally classic SMP wedding, refined, elegant and super romantic. But at a venue that’s full of love and meaning for the special couple. That my dears, is what we crave. Lindsay Madden captured this blush and gold beauty at the John’s Island Club, where the Bride and Groom became engaged and where they hope to vacation with their children some day. Pretty awesome, right? But before we get too far ahead of ourselves wishin’ and hopin’, let’s spend some solid time with their wondrous wedding, because it’s a good one for sure. Enjoy it all right this way!

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From the Bride… Timeless, traditional, romantic and fun! These words effortlessly describe the vision of our wedding day. A party we would never forget with breathtaking ocean views, a striking tent, great food and a band that would keep our guests dancing all night long. The best part was that it was a perfect reflection of our relationship; I oversaw the planning and design and Hayes brought the fun!

The venue, Johns Island Club in Vero Beach, Florida will always be very special to us. We spent much of our relationship visiting family and vacationing there and in April of 2015, Hayes proposed on a romantic morning walk on the beach. It was important to us to be married in a place we visit often and will hopefully bring our children someday.

The ceremony was held at the beach club overlooking the ocean, so we let the view speak for itself. We really wanted the focus to be on each other, saying our vows in front of our closest friends and family. The wedding was held on Mother’s Day Weekend to honor my late mother and during the ceremony we had all of our guests read a passage from my favorite children’s book “Love You Forever” by Robert Munsch. We truly felt her presence in that moment.

With my experience and passion for event planning, I wanted a tented reception to create a unique setting that could be designed from top to bottom. We kept everything neutral with subtle pops of blush pink and gold. We added layers and texture to the tables with fun fluffy linens, lush flowers, lots of candlelight and monogrammed linen napkins, which were tied with satin ribbons. One of our favorite design details of the reception was a custom floral frame our florist created as a unique take on a photo booth. Our friend and wedding planner, Claudia Hanlin couldn’t have executed our vision more perfectly and we are so blessed to be able to look back at our incredible photos by Lindsay Madden to remember the best day of our lives. It was truly magical and everything I had dreamed of since I was a little girl and there was certainly no shortage of laughter and partying with my husband at center stage!



Photography: Lindsay Madden Photography | Videography: McKenzie Miller Films | Event Design + Planning: The Wedding Library | Floral Design: William Bainbridge Steele Design | Wedding Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Makeup + Hair: Ivette Gil Beauty Design | Entertainment: Elan Artists | Groom's Attire: Paul Stuart | Wedding Venue: John's Island Club | Tent: TentLogix | Wedding Dress + Veil: Monique Lhuillier

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This Bride’s Chic + Playful Style Is Everything!

A chic Alexandra Grecco dress featuring a playful back cut out. Fun and colorful Aquazurra sandals. A bold, tropical bouquet created by Lara’s Theme featuring palm fronds and king protea… Yeah, this bride’s style game is strong. So it’s no surprise we’re crushing hard on every single image of this modern, tropical celebration, captured by Amalie Orrange Photography.

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From the bride… Mike and I met on LinkedIn. I’m only half kidding. Living only a few blocks from one another and sharing quite a few mutual friends, Mike and I kept bumping into one another, but both of us were a bit nervous to begin talking. Finally around the third casual encounter, at a bar in the East Village, Mike struck up a conversation with me about my career – something my friends know I am incredibly passionate about. He had clearly done some digging. Needless to say that kicked things off, and he really sealed the deal with a LinkedIn request the next day.

Mike and I never discussed marriage. We both always saw it as a very organic process – either it would happen one day or it wouldn’t. Safe to say, I did not see it coming! We were at his family’s house at the beach, we had just finished a perfect, leisurely Sunday lunch, and I suggested we go for a walk at a nearby nature preserve, something Mike normally politely declines. But lo and behold, he was up for it today because we had eaten quite a bit. We came up to a beautiful outlook, and I annoyingly asked to take Mike’s photo, and he repaid the annoyance, asking me the same. When I turned around, there he was, ring box in hand. I was so surprised, it took me what felt like five minutes to fully grasp what was happening. Needless to say, I said yes, and Mike, who looking back was incredibly well dressed for a casual walk, managed to get the whole thing on film. We actually didn’t tell anyone for a few hours and just enjoyed the time together, with a fire and some champagne. of course.

I have always loved botanicals, and when we decided to get married at Windsor, I immediately thought of The Book of Palms by Taschen. I felt it captured the tropical lushness yet refined elegance of the club. It served as inspiration for the save the dates and then everything grew from there. The book made a cameo as our guest book, and it was fun to be surprised with notes on random pages.

Windsor is such a stunning location, and the team is so on top of it, it was beautiful from the moment we arrived. We basically showed up. Lara executed the flowers so flawlessly. We chose to use as much local greenery as possible, and I loved the way it looked like everything could have just come from the property.

The theme for the wedding party was tropical chic, and I basically let the girls choose whatever dress they wanted in a solid color. They all ended up with the most stunning and vibrant colors, that up against the colors and architecture of Windsor, brought so much life and movement to the event.

The highlight from our first look was walking over to the Town Hall, where our ceremony was about to take place. There was an intense sense of anticipation knowing the striking structure was about to be filled with all of our favorite people yet the calmness of it just being us for a moment. We knew that after the ceremony, the rest of the night was going to fly by, and we wanted to make sure we set aside a few moments to breathe and take it all in together.

One of my favorite moments was the New Orleans style second line parade from the Town Hall to the reception. The brass band was a surprise to our wedding party and guests, and the spontaneity of the whole thing really set the tone for evening. Music has always been central to our relationship, so it is no surprise that our favorite moments center around it. Other favorite moments were our mother/son, father/daughter dance, which we did together to the 1920s swing song, ‘In the Mood’. One of my close friends performed ‘Like A Prayer’ by Madonna as a tribute to my amazing aunt who passed away, and she absolutely rocked it.



Photography: Amalie Orrange Photography | Event Planning: Lauren Melillo | Floral Design: Lara's Theme | Wedding Dress: Alexandra Grecco | Bride's Shoes: Aquazzura | Makeup: Cindy Goetz | Hair: Lindsay Naffziger | Band: Gypsy Lane Band | Groom's Attire: Armani | Venue: Lauren Melillo | Bride's Jewelry: Miriam Haskell | Linens: BBJ La Tavola | Paper Goods: Sesame Letterpress

Vero Beach Destination Wedding

This gorgeous couple’s destination wedding in Vero Beach was attended by friends who literally flew in from all over the world — and what a treat they got! With a rehearsal dinner that featured a choreographed fire dancer (!), and a ceremony at a private residence on John’s Island, this wedding weekend, captured on film by Brighter Lights Media, was one for the books!

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From Brighter Lights Media“She’s a keeper of friends…” such a perfect way to describe not just Sarah, but John as well. Their network of friends is so strong that they flew from all parts of the world to be there for their wedding in Vero Beach, FL. The day before the wedding was a barbecue rehearsal dinner followed by a choreographed fire dancer. William Steele’s design for the weekend was nothing short of amazing and the ceremony on the private residence on John’s Island was timed up perfectly with an epic sunset as John and Sarah’s backdrop to their vows.

Photography: Tim Zielenbach Photography | Cinematography: Brighter Lights Media | Event Planning: William Bainbridge Steele Floral Designs | Makeup: Amanda Masson | Band: Simply Irresistible | Venue: John's Island Club

John’s Island Club Wedding

You know how we like to celebrate the very last day of 2013?  With a lovely little gem of a day like this one captured by Amalie Orrange Photography.  A day that is al about the soft romantic touches and traditional details, and features one of the lovelies duos you will ever have the privilege to virtually meet.  See every last beautiful moment (and there are a lot of them) right here in the full gallery.

From Amalie Orrange Photography… Kayln & William were married at the gorgeous John’s Island club in Vero Beach, Florida. Kayln & William had a destination wedding escaping the cold weather of Chicago. William grew up going to John’s Island every year with his family and he knew this would be the perfect place to be married. And perfect it was, the day before was raining and 25 mph winds and the skies cleared on their wedding day. They got married on the lawn facing the ocean with 165 of their closest friends and family members witnessing. Kayln chose a beautiful palette with soft grey and hints of pearl throughout the bridesmaids dresses and decor.

From the Bride… We met in the summer of 2010 at a friends house in Chicago who was having a party for the Sheffield Garden Walk. One of my best girlfriends from college went abroad with his best guy friends during their junior year and somehow we never crossed paths until this particular party. After being introduced during our friends party, we bumped into each other again later that night at a bar. We were friends for several months before we officially started dating and the rest is history!

We had been planning on proposing during a weekend trip to NYC but after the epic snowstorm Nemo hit the East Coast, our flights got cancelled. Instead, we decided to go out to dinner for an early valentines day at North Pond and after dinner back at his apartment, he got down on one knee and proposed!

Photography: Amalie Orrange Photography | Wedding Coordinator: John's Island Club | Floral Design: William Bainbridge Steele Floral Designs | Cake: John's Island Club | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Donna Morgan | Hair & Makeup: White Orchid Spa | Band: EastCoast Entertainment | Groom's Attire: Brooks Brothers | Grooms Attire: Brooks Brothers | Venue: John's Island Club | Bride's Gown: Anne Barge

Johns Island Florida Wedding from Vitalic Photography

Statement necklaces get me every time. Every.single.time. And this Bride’s stunning J. Crew bauble is the perfect example of why. It adds the perfect pop of wow to this seriously stunning day, and compliments the traditional yet preppy party in an oh-so fashionable way. This is a wedding where every detail should be adored, and you can do just that right here.

From Vitalic PhotographyKara & Stephen’s Johns Island wedding was classic, preppy and the perfect amount of a laid back Florida vibe. Their reception decor was colorful, the centerpiece trees pleasantly unexpected and the striped table linens from La Tavola added a unique touch to the look. Kara’s Priscilla of Boston dress fit her chic style perfectly, and her J. Crew accessories were bold yet understated. Kara also put her own personal DIY touches on their invitations and printed pieces.

From the Bride… Stephen and I had two engagements, really. A couple years before the official engagement, Stephen had asked me to marry him, but we decided to keep it between us because Stephen’s younger brother was getting married later that year and we didn’t want to step on any toes. After that wedding, there was an illness in the family, and again we put our plans on hold. Finally, the last day of August, 2011, Stephen proposed on bended knee while we visited my dad’s grave on a trip to California. It might seem like an odd choice to some, but my dad was my best friend, and it was Stephen’s way of ensuring that even though he was gone he was still a part of our special moment. We initially planned for an October 2012 wedding, but sometimes life has a way of making other plans…

Fast forward a couple months, and after a trip to the doctor for what I thought was my thyroid, I found out I was pregnant! The baby was definitely not planned, but was so welcome and loved from second number one. It was important to Stephen that I be able to enjoy the wedding festivities (and lose the 70 pounds of baby weight I added to my normally fit frame), so we decided to postpone the wedding until the following April 2013. Avery Jane Todd was born on July 11, 2012. She was a big girl (8 lb, 6 oz, and 21 inches) and just the sweetest and most wonderful little baby. 

Wedding Planning: I can’t say that I recommend planning a wedding during pregnancy (while you are trying to decorate a nursery and purchase baby gear and take baby/pregnancy classes) and while raising a newborn and then infant (are there ever enough hours in the day to fit in all the eating, naps, diaper changes, baths, walks, tummy time, pediatrician visits, and classes and still find time to eat and sleep yourself), but you do what you can with what you are given – and I will say it really forces you to make decisions much more quickly. Despite having all that lead time before the wedding, the day approached pretty quickly, and before we knew it our daughter, Avery, was 9 months old and we were flying to Florida for the wedding!

Location: I’m an only child, and while my heart and roots are in the Bay Area (yeah, NorCal!) we didn’t feel it was practical to make the majority of our guests, who reside in the Midwest, trek all the way out to California. We wanted to do a destination wedding, in order to try to keep it small (small is a relative term) and give Stephen a beach in April, but again, wanted to give people an option that was close enough to travel to within a couple hours and also a place that wouldn’t break the bank. Ultimately we picked John’s Island, as it has special significance to Stephen, and his family (and to me and our little family as well!). Stephen’s grandparents were one of the first people to buy a home in John’s Island, and because he and Stephen’s grandmother retired there, Stephen and his family made multiple trips there every year to visit. Eventually Stephen’s parents ended up buying there as well, so we have been going to John’s Island about twice a year since we started dating to go and visit them. We had initially hoped that Stephen’s grandfather, who was 99 when we got engaged, would be able to attend, but unfortunately he passed away a couple months later. But both he and Stephen’s grandmother were there in spirit. 

Weekend Events: John’s Island is truly a magical and lovely place – it’s got such a wonderful Florida feel, a little more buttoned up and preppy than Miami, but a little more relaxed than Palm Beach. When planning the wedding weekend, we decided that if people were going to take the time to fly down to Florida to be there for our big day, we wanted to make sure it was worth their while! Stephen’s aunts and uncles were kind enough to offer to host a Thursday night welcome dinner in a neighboring town called Sebastian, at a restaurant called Capt. Hiram’s Resort. It’s as kitschy as it sounds, but abounds with charm and fun – it’s very Florida Keys, and if you are a Parrot Head you would feel right at home there. The evening was very low key and it was such a great opportunity for people to meet and begin to unwind. 

On Friday the rehearsal dinner took place at the West Course Clubhouse. John’s Island is such a truly lovely place – there are so many gorgeous venues you just can’t go wrong. We wanted to try to incorporate as many venues as we could, so it made sense that we would have the rehearsal dinner at the West Course. The evening was such a blast – Nicki from Vitalic Photo came out and photographed the guests, and also took a huge Todd/Brown family photo (the great thing about Stephen’s family is that it is hard to tell where his mom’s side, the Browns, ends and his dad’s side, the Todds, begins). After a fantastic dinner, and a run of speeches (I think nearly every member of the wedding party spoke with the exception of the Best Man, Maid of Honor, and 2 other attendants who made speeches at the wedding), we cut into the groom’s cake – Stephen’s favorite, red velvet, decorated like a sheet of Michigan hockey ice (his family are die-hard U of M fans, and Stephen plays hockey, so….) and topped with a groom in a tux with hockey skates and stick, and the bride cheering him on with a megaphone and foam finger. While I was an athlete (water polo) and not a cheerleader, I may have missed my calling – so the cake toppers were perfect! The end of the evening ended at Rafters, the bar at the Beach Club (where it ends every night we are at John’s Island). I went home to try to get some sleep, while Stephen stayed to try to catch up with family and friends. 

Wedding Day: Saturday morning came and everything seemed to move so quickly! First thing in the morning we got mani/pedis, then headed back to our rented house to get ready. The hairstylists and make up artist set up shop and I was amazed at how efficient they were! Everyone was so sweet and helpful with one another, and took turns watching Avery and my friend’s twins, our gorgeous flower girl and darling ring bearer. By the time Nicki and Chrissy showed up we were just about ready to go! Putting on my dress was such a magical moment – I had dreamed about doing that ever since I was a little girl. And the dress turned out exactly the way I had hoped – it was a Priscilla of Boston style that I altered by shortening the train and adding a peplum waist and sweetheart neckline. I’m always altering clothes and putting my own spin on things, so I figured my wedding dress would be no different. My sandals, so appropriate for a California girl, were Tory Burch. I think a lot of people were surprised not to see me in heels (I love stilettos and I love being taller than my already tall 5’9″) but I think those who really know me understand that while I love fashion, I also like to be comfortable. The sandals were a perfect marriage of style and comfort. The jewelry I sourced from one of my favorites, J. Crew, although the earrings were Kate Spade. My something old was my grandmother’s brooch – she had passed away a few months prior to the wedding and my aunt very thoughtfully gifted it to me just for the wedding. My something new was nearly everything I wore, my something borrowed was one of my bridesmaid’s wedding band (for luck, she said!) and my blue was my engagement ring – the cushion-cut sapphire that took me over a year to pick out. 

We arrived at the Beach Club to take photographs, and to do the first look. I thought I would be nervous, but I was just so excited – I love Stephen in a suit, and he looked so fantastic, better than I could have imagined. It was an incredible moment – and one I will remember forever. I had been told numerous times by as many people that the most important thing was to relax and try to enjoy the day and live in the moment. And I think I did that. There were some pretty big snafus, but after stressing about details the entire week, I felt that the one day I would let things go would be my wedding day. Never mind that I had an inflamed eye, my original hair style was a disaster (but with a little help from my style guru cousins I was able to salvage something from the wreckage), Avery’s headband got left behind, we were running tight on time for pictures…I could go on and on. But it honestly didn’t matter. I just couldn’t wait to see Stephen and to “get the show on the road”, as my dad used to say! 

After taking group photographs (in gusty winds, no less) we headed across the street to the golf clubhouse for the ceremony. While we had wanted to have the entire celebration outdoors, we knew that we would be contending with the unpredictable nature of Florida weather, so we decided to have our reception indoors, and our ceremony outdoors. Moving a ceremony is often much easier than moving the reception, and it was a good thing we had a back up plan because it rained off and on the morning of the wedding, and it was windy as well. Not ideal weather for an outdoor ceremony! The night before the wedding we decided to move the ceremony indoors, down the hall from the reception site, into one of the beautiful rooms in the Golf Clubhouse they use for meetings and luncheons. It seemed like it was meant to be – the decor of the room matched the girls’ dresses and our floral schematic perfectly, as if it had been planned that way all along! We propped the interior doors open so that we could hear the sounds of the fountain in the atrium beyond. I was told later by numerous guests that they were thankful the ceremony had been moved inside – it ended up being quite hot, muggy, and windy, and I think everyone found the temperature controlled room preferable to the Florida elements. 

Ceremony: It’s hard to say which part of the ceremony I liked best – the bagpiper was a nod to Stephen’s Scottish heritage (Todd) and because both my dad and I love bagpipes. The officiant was Stephen’s cousin, Casey, who performed his duties with humor and aplomb, as he does just about everything in life – it meant the world to us that he became ordained just for our ceremony, but he did such a good job he was told by more than a few people that he might have found a new vocation! The flower girl and ring bearer (Isla and Jack) were too cute in their J. Crew outfits and were a hit, even though they were less than thrilled about walking down the aisle. But I think my favorite part was something that I couldn’t see at the time but that everyone told us about afterward: while Stephen and I exchanged our vows, Avery smiled and beamed at us the entire time, almost as if she knew what was going on and couldn’t be happier that her parents were (finally!) tying the knot! Looking back at the photographs I could see what they were talking about!

Reception: The string quartet from the ceremony played contemporary hits during the cocktail hour and I have to say I was beyond thrilled – I have always loved classical music, and love even more when contemporary songs are played on classical instruments. Apparently I wasn’t the only one, as they received many compliments from our guests. 

Vitalic has a photo booth called The Snapbooth and it was a HUGE hit! People loved it and couldn’t get enough of it – my only regret is that we didn’t have it for the entire night…people would have been in there all night! But the props were hilarious, and their props coupled with a few I bought on Etsy made for some really hilarious and memorable pictures. 

Linda and Monica from John’s Island took me aside a few moments before we escorted the guests into the ballroom for the dinner seating. My jaw literally dropped to the floor. Between the colors, and the lanterns and candlelight and flowers…it was all just so perfect.
After the food was served the dancing began in earnest. Stephen and I are pretty sure that we had never seen a wedding where that many people danced at the same time, and for that long. I don’t think the dance floor was ever empty! Our first dance was to Ingrid Michaelson’s “The Way I Am”. For some reason we have always gravitated toward that song, and love to sing it to each other. I think it suits us and acts as the perfect caption to our relationship – Stephen is definitely the yin to my yang. 

The speeches were wonderful – my maid of honor, who we affectionately refer to as “Pissa” (her name is Lissa, but she can be a wicked pissah, so the name kind of stuck. Oops.), could barely choke her speech out. Which of course made both Stephen and I cry too! Stephen’s brothers (one is older, one is younger – yes, Stephen is the quintessential middle child) were co-best men, and their tag-team effort on their speech was hilarious…just enough roast to singe the edges a bit. And speaking of roasts, my oldest friend (since kindergarten!) Megan, did a little of her own, with the desired effect – roars and peals of laughter. 

The only thing missing from the night was my dad – but I know he was there in a way. It was definitely a difficult moment walking down the aisle by myself, but I wouldn’t have done it any other way. If my dad wasn’t there physically to do it, then he was there with me in spirit, as he has been for the past 14 years. We picked our wedding day because it was 14 years to the day since he died. I wanted to make April 20th a day to celebrate and be happy, and so that is the last April 20th I will spend mourning his loss and instead will spend it celebrating the (official) start of my life with my new best friend. I know my dad would have loved Stephen and would have been proud. 

Decor: I love to decorate. I love to entertain. Needless to say, this wedding was the perfect opportunity for me to showcase two of my favorite hobbies! Stephen is so laid back, he more or less let me run with my vision, his only request was a minimum of flowers. He doesn’t like cut flowers, never has – so it made me get creative, and I was actually really happy with the result.
Traditionally I am not a country-club-ballroom-wedding-reception kind of gal. That is not a knock on anyone who is, but that’s just not my style. Stephen and I like to stay at boutique hotels when we travel, as we like decor and ambiance that are a little outside-the-box, a little out of the ordinary, a hint different. The ballroom itself is decorated with lovely wall coverings and drapes, but they just didn’t jive with my initial vision of a neutral palette with clean lines, minimalist decor and an emphasis on fine linens and accent pieces of china and flatware. So instead of fighting the decor, I decided to change the vision completely, embrace the locale and my preppiness, and go with a Palm Beach Chic theme. Kelly green in the dominant color in the room, with hints of bright pink (the kind you would find in a Lilly Pulitzer print). Navy is my favorite spring/summer neutral, so that was the obvious choice to complement the kelly and pink. 

I scoured LaTavola’s site for the perfect linens to offset the floral print drapes and geometric patterned floor covering. Cheshire Stripe table linens with a seersucker stripe napkin were the winners. LaTavola is simply the best – the linens arrived perfectly pressed and ready to go and exactly as pictured and promised. I love old Palm Beach and looked to Pinterest for images of Florida decor – I loved the lanterns I kept seeing, as well as bamboo details ( in everything from furniture to wallpaper), and rattan and white EVERYWHERE. In a word, it was fabulous. Jamali Garden in New York is such a great resource for decor, so I purchased all my candlesticks and the white ceramic vases and bowls from them. My lanterns I sourced from Home Decorators Collection and the darling elephant planters came from Z Gallerie. We rented rattan chargers and green goblets to offset the white chivari chairs and pink flowers. My favorite detail might have been the limes – Florida is known for citrus, and I adore decorating with fruit (so underrated!), so it was a no-brainer. We probably cleaned out 3 or 4 of the local Publix of their limes! The little trees were to add a bit of visual interest to the tables – I love the dramatic juxtaposition between tall elements (the trees) and low elements (the chargers). We also had trees placed around the room to bit a bring of the outside in, and with some strategically placed warm orange-hued uplighting, the overall effect was, I hope, very Florida indeed! 

Staff: I really want to make sure everyone knows what a fantastic job the staff at John’s Island did for our wedding. The service was beyond impeccable – I mean, it always is, but sometimes when you do events on a large scale one of the first things to go is quality…quality of food and quality of service. Neither of these two elements was compromised in any way through the duration of the weekend and at every event we hosted at John’s Island: the rehearsal dinner, my bridal tea, and the wedding ceremony and reception. 
Linda and Monica of John’s Island may have answered literally hundreds of emails and a myriad of questions about food, guest policies and accommodations, venue changes, etc. They did so in the most timely manner possible and with the utmost professionalism. They were on top of every detail of every event, but were extremely subtle in their approach – you could barely tell they were there except when they would come by to say hello or ask a brief question. We hit a snafu the day of the wedding but they and their staff stepped in and helped set everything up to my specifications. 

The chef outdid himself – our tasting was impeccable, and Stephen’s concern was whether or not the chef would be able to replicate not only the look of our meal (beautifully sliced tenderloin atop a bed of spring vegetable farrotto) but the taste as well. He not only met our expectations, he exceeded them! The crab salad was nearly a full cup of crab meat resting atop a bed of greens, drizzled with a grapefruit olive oil emulsion and accent with avocado. My friends that usually don’t like seafood raved over the salad. Our dessert table was sumptuous and decadent to the extreme – I just wish we could have eaten off it for a week because it would have taken all of us (125 people) that long to get through it all. The macarons were on par with Laduree, and our wedding cake (traditional Swedish Princess Cake – my favorite) was custom created and about 2 feet bigger than we thought it would be. People raved about the food, and those who were fortunate enough to attend the “trifecta” (rehearsal, tea, and reception) all commented how amazed they were at the taste and presentation of the food. 

Photography: Vitalic Photo | Florist: Pink Pelican | Invitations: Minted | Bride's Shoes: Tory Burch | Bridesmaid Dresses: Ann Taylor | Calligraphy: Calligraphy by Cristine | Entertainment: Class Act Productions | Groomsmens' Ties: Ryan Seacrest Distinction | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss | Bride's Jewelry: J.Crew | Day of Coordinator: John's Island Club | Flower Girl Dresses: J.Crew | Linens: BBJ La Tavola | Musicians: City of Melbourne Pipes and Drums | Musicians: Classern String Quartet | Photo Booth: The Snap Booth | Veil: Vera Wang | Wedding Location: John's Island Club

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Vero Beach Wedding at Orchid Island Beach Club from 1313 Photography

There is pretty and then there is this next little Vero Beach number from 1313 Photography. Perfect parts pretty and preppy, with elegance weaved throughout – it’s safe to say we are smitten with every.single.image. The gallery is overflowing with all the sweet details, from the vibrant flowers to the stylish stationery from Bella Figura, and you it’s all sitting pretty right here.

From the bride … As if Cinco de Mayo, the Kentucky Derby and the year’s Supermoon were not enough to celebrate– we decided to get married on May 5, 2012 in Vero Beach, Florida. The sun, sand and tropical palm tree breeze made for a wedding celebration in paradise. Following the wedding mass at Holy Cross Catholic Church, guests were welcomed poolside with pink champagne and an extravagant seafood bar at the Orchid Island Beach Club. Custom made escort cards with pearl head pins were displayed on an elaborate gold and Alencon lace board to direct guests to their table.

Following cocktail hour, guests indulged in a colorful and delicious dinner of truffle grapefruit vinaigrette citrus salad & a dual entree of lobster and filet mignon, stuffed spinach artichoke bottoms, roasted tomatoes and fingerling potatoes. The Orchid Island’s Beach Club green walls, the stunning views of the blue ocean’s water and the vibrant corals and pinks used to make the floral centerpieces gave the room a playful, tropical and colorful flair.

Assorted Lilly Pulitzer patterned picture frames served as table numbers and added to the ballroom’s festive decor. Dessert featured over six cupcake flavors created by Casereccio Speciality & Fine Cakes (a previous winner of Cupcake Wars and one of the four remaining contestants now on The Next Great Baker) — chocolate fudge sundae, mocha cappuccino, lemon summer berry chiffon, champagne strawberry and key west key lime topped with a glistening fresh fruit. Guests danced the night away under a breathtaking “Supermoon” (the largest full moon of the year) to the tunes of Jerry Wayne’s Private Party Band.

Flower girl dresses for our 3 nieces were each hand embellished with a pearl sash and bow matching their pearl monogrammed satin lace and pearl flower girl baskets. Handmade satin, Alencon lace and pearl Ring Pillows were carried by our nephews and hand assembled, ribbon tied and lace punch detailed Wedding Mass Programs.

Photographers: 1313 Photography / Venue + Catering: Orchid Island Beach Club in Vero Beach, Florida / Floral Design: Deb’s Flowers for You, Inc. / Cupcakes: Casereccio Specialty & Fine Cakes / Band: Jerry Wayne’s Private Party Band / Wedding Invitations: Bella Figura / Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier “Florence” / Bridesmaids’ Attire: Nanette Lepore / Groom’s Tie: Peter Millar / Groomsmen’s Ties: J.McLaughlin / Flower Girls Attire: Milly / Ring Bearer’s Attire: J.Crew

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Vero Beach Surprise Proposal + Engagement Session from Paper Antler

How’s this for romantic?  One moment you’re chillin’ on one of the world’s most beautiful beaches, soaking in the sun with the love of your life, the next moment he’s down on one knee asking you to spend all eternity by his side.  Gives you chills, no?  Well, that’s exactly how it happened for this lovely bride-to-be and, to top it all off, every last minute was captured “super covert ninja style” by her sister and brother-in-law, the oh-so-talented photogs behind Paper Antler, who followed it all up with a gorgeous e-session on the beach.  Best. Day. Ever.  Click here for all of the pretty.

From Paper Antler… A couple of weeks ago, Jonny and I had the honor and privilege of capturing my sister’s engagement in Florida. (Thank you Eric for including us!)  In our super covert ninja-style, we snuck up behind their breakfast date on Vero Beach, and documented Eric getting down on one knee and proposing to his best friend. The best part was after Rachel realized what had just happened and that we were there photographing it all, she flew into Eric’s arms sending them both tumbling into the sand.

After spending the rest of the day soaking in the sun and the knowledge that they were getting married, they spruced up and we grabbed some engagement photos as the sun was setting.

These two are so beautifully created for one another and we could not be more excited and proud to call them friends and family.

Photography: Paper Antler / Location: Vero Beach, Florida

Vero Beach Hotel & Spa Wedding from Captured Photography by Jenny

If you ask me, jetting off to Florida with your nearest and dearest sounds like the perfect way to say “I Do” and for this well-traveled duo it was everything they imagined it would be (and MORE) with bundles of drop-gorgeous florals from Pink Pelican, a stunning seaside ceremony at the Vero Beach Hotel & Spa and an entire weekend to celebrate with their closest family and friends.  A three day extravaganza snapped up by Captured Photography by Jenny?  That’s a wedding we most definitely want to be at. Join us in the full gallery for a total swoon fest.

From the Bride… We both moved a lot growing up and have lived all around the country. We chose to have a destination wedding because traveling seemed to make sense for our big celebration. We wanted our friends and family to feel like they were on vacation — to enjoy a full weekend of sunny revelry and relaxation. Vero Beach is naturally beautiful and easy-going, and the Vero Beach Hotel is both luxurious and friendly. The style of the wedding was sleek and contemporary, and decorations were simple in order to augment the natural surroundings. The focus was good food, drink, music, friends and, of course, love.

Wedding Photography: Captured Photography by Jenny / Wedding Venue: Vero Beach Hotel & Spa in Vero Beach, Florida / Floral Design: Pink Pelican / Wedding Cake: Casereccio Cakes / Wedding Invitations: Arboreal Paper / Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier / Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Groom’s Suit: J.Crew

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Vero Beach Wedding at McKee Botanical Garden from Vitalic Photo

When you decide to have your wedding at one of Florida’s earliest tourist destinations, you’re already way ahead of the game in terms of gorgeous, natural beauty that just can’t be duplicated. This pretty party was sent into us by our fab friends at Vitalic Photo and when we say that we seriously can’t get enough of its soft peach tones and romantic feel, we mean that we’ve been glued to this gallery all morning long.

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From Vitalic PhotoAnne and Attila’s wedding took place at one of Florida’s earliest tourist attractions, the McKee Botanical Garden. This unique jungle oasis has so much natural beauty and character that Anne’s subtle peach, navy and gray color scheme tied in perfectly. Also on the property is an old rustic wooden building known as the Hall of Giants, which is where the reception took place. Inside the first thing you notice is the amazing mahogany table, which was long enough to fit almost all of the wedding guests. 

Wedding Photography: Vitalic Photo / Wedding Venue: McKee Botanical Garden in Vero Beach, Florida / Floral Design: Monti’s Flower Market (772-778-9850) / Wedding Dress: Casablanca Bridal “1999” / Bride’s Shoes: Nina / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Bill Levkoff “586”

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Vero Beach Wedding from Vitalic Photo

It’s Wedding Wednesday, lovelies – and you know what that means!  A morning, noon and night of uber-fabulous inspiration is coming your way, all thanks to SEVEN drop-dead gorgeous fêtes and one gallery after another of some downright pretty.  I’m talking glorious outdoor affairs, fab barn soirees and everything in between.  So, clear those calendars, cozy on up and let’s get this party started, shall we?

How’s this for the perfect start to our day of lovely?  A breathtaking Vero Beach affair boasting beautiful blooms from Thallo Floral Design, a to-die-for color palette (yellow and pink!) and two seriously adorable sweethearts that will warm your hearts from here to all eternity.  Sounds fabulous, no?  Well, if you can believe it, that’s just the beginning of this pretty party, because the gallery is chock-full of devastatingly gorgeous moments captured by the ever-amazing Vitalic Photo.  Join us there for more.

From Vitalic PhotoLindsay and Shaun were married May 19 at Orchid Island Beach Club in the most gorgeous setting. Not only are these two beautiful, but they are also kind, genuine and so very stylish. We walked into the suite where Lindsay was getting ready and squealed just a little when we saw all of her amazing accessories neatly organized on the bench at the foot of the bed. Shaun had to have been the cutest groom ever having been so involved in the planning process; his main goal was to make sure Lindsay was happy.  How adorable are their two Shih Tzu puppies decked out in their wedding day tutus? They were even present at the cocktail hour, scurrying around the guests’ feet near the reflecting pools. One of our favorite features of Orchid Island is all of the gorgeous, vine-covered walls and breezeways … we could have been busy taking photos there for days. Three words to describe Lindsay and Shaun’s wedding day: stylish, organic, soft.

From Sara + Ann of Thallo Floral Design… The bride carried a traditional, Euro-style nosegay featuring dusty pink garden roses, peonies in white and blush, viburnum, billy balls, limoncello spray roses and dusty miller. The bride and groom both had one attendant, Lindsey’s being her sister, who wore cream lace. She carried a nosegay similar in style, but with more vibrant shades of pink and yellow. Lindsey’s mother carried a petite nosegay. Mercury glass accents, provided by the bride and her mom, accompanied the florals and lent an old-world, rustic glow to the atmosphere. Orchid Island is beautifully appointed on its own, and these flowers were so pretty in that setting. The dinner tables were trimmed with mercury glass votives and lush centerpieces in pedestal glass compotes. To us, a pedestal glass vase has the same effect on flowers as the perfect high-heel has on one’s legs — it elongates! Tables were covered in custom, white hemstitch linens, our favorite for summer weddings. The place cards were perched atop wheatgrass flats with the club’s reflecting pool as backdrop. Inside the dining room, table numbers mimicked the place card set-up, perched in wheatgrass-filled mercury glass pots.

Wedding Photography: Vitalic Photo / Reception: Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club in Vero Beach, Florida / Floral Design: Thallo Floral Design / Entertainment: Traxx Entertainment / Photo Booth: Snap Booth / Wedding Dress: Lazaro / Hair: Lindsay Naffziger / Makeup: Cindy Goetz

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Vero Beach Engagement Session from Vitalic Photo

Labor Day.  An entire day to kick back, relax and soak in some pretty, pretty inspiration… aka, one of our all-time favorite holidays.  So, when we first laid our eyes on this gorgeous Vero Beach engagement session, well.  We knew it was the perfect way to kick off all of the festivities.  From the stunning soon-to-be married duo to the white sandy beaches to an entire gallery filled with devastatingly gorgeous images captured by Vitalic Photo, it’s one big dose of holiday lovely.  See so much more right here.

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From Vitalic PhotoElizabeth and Eric are so adorable!  Their engagement session was the first time I met them, and I was so excited to see how amazing they were in front of the camera. Elizabeth expressed that she absolutely loved some of our sessions in our “secret field location,” so we of course had to use that as a spot, but since they are from Miami, we also chose to utilize the Gloria Estefan hotel here in Vero Beach where they were staying for the weekend. Her BCBG dress looked darling, and Eric’s blue shirt went perfectly with the soft green beach grasses and light-colored sand.  Here’s a bit about their engagement story!

From the Bride… It all started with an ice cube. Eric and I met during an ice breaker (literally) activity in our college public speaking course. We’re college sweethearts who still love cheering on our alma mater FIU (Go Panthers!). About five years after we first met in Professor Watson’s class, Eric popped the question.  Everyone expected Eric to propose on our Summer 2011 trip to Europe (and so did I) – false alarm. But later that year, he surprised me with a picturesque proposal in New York City’s Central Park. We must have walked the entire park before Eric found the perfect secluded spot to propose in (minus one eccentric gentleman photographing birds!).  I was shocked (although looking back now I realize there were so many signs). When he first asked, I said nothing. I just couldn’t believe it was finally happening. Although I had hoped for this day for quite some time, I was still caught completely by surprise – which is exactly what Eric wanted all along. It wasn’t until Eric pulled out my beautiful engagement ring (which he had duct-taped to the inside of this pocket) that I truly realized what was happening. Central Park was the perfect backdrop for Eric’s loving proposal, and I’ll never forget that day. Well wishes, champagne and anticipation filled the rest of our trip – we could not help feel excited that the best was yet to come.

Photography: Vitalic Photo / Location: A Field + Costa d’Este Beach Resort in Vero Beach, Florida / Bride’s Dress: BCBG

Vero Beach Wedding from Sarah Bray Photography

Modern has found a happy companion in this beach-side fête captured by Sarah Bray Photography and it’s a mash-up of two of our favorites. White and Gold. You can’t go wrong with that combo especially when it’s paired with pretty ocean views and a casual elegance that finds a happy home in wedding gowns and gilded sandals. We adore that combo too. See every last pretty picture right here.

From Sarah Bray PhotographyI had the pleasure of working with Elizabeth a few times prior to her wedding.  She definitely embodies what I would consider the modern bride — gorgeous, successful, and confident with an easygoing, positive attitude. When I arrived at the private residence where their wedding ceremony and reception were being held, I found Elizabeth and her bridesmaids, clad in adorable, monogrammed button-down shirts, all a-flutter with excitement and anticipation. Elizabeth wore a simple and beautiful J.Crew dress with gold Tory Burch flats and emerald tear-drop earrings. Sandy hues of linen and white were seen in the bridesmaids dresses, flowers and the groomsmen’s suits and ties. Before the ceremony, Adam and Elizabeth chose to do a first look, which was so sweet! After a few happy tears, they exchanged wedding gifts — a boudoir album for him and a beach cruiser bike for her! We also did all family and bridal party portraits before the ceremony. The shot of the groomsmen pulling the groom away was a special request from the bride — her mother had the same shot taken at her wedding! I would describe the overall vibe of their wedding as modern, elegant and sophisticated. They kept the simple color palette mostly neutral and monochromatic to complement, but not distract from, the natural beauty of the beach. They also had a few tasteful seaside touches — the cake was adorned with fondant sea grass and the guest table was decorated with a seashell card-holder and canvases from the couple’s beach-y engagement shoot.

Even though stormy skies threatened to move their ceremony indoors, Elizabeth’s smile never left her face and was met with a huge grin from her groom as she made her way down the aisle to meet him. The rain held off and resulted in some gorgeous, dramatic skies and colors.  We were thankfully able to capture some amazing sunset shots of the bride and groom before heading back to the villa for a champagne toast with their family and bridal party. One of the best parts of their venue was that they were able to spend the whole weekend there with their bridal party to relax and enjoy the beach before and after the wedding! Adam and Elizabeth were an absolute dream couple to work with, and their breezy, beachy wedding was one of my favorites!

Wedding Photography: Sarah Bray Photography / Wedding Venue: A Private Residence in Vero Beach, Florida / Wedding Coordination: Ki Fronterio of Weddings, Inc. / Floral Design: Vintage Vines Fine Florals (407-770-0855) / Wedding Dress: J.Crew / Bride’s Shoes: Tory Burch

Vero Beach Hotel & Spa Wedding by Andi Mans Photography

Your Wednesday morning is about to get a whole lot prettier thanks to this gorgeous Vero Beach wedding sent into us by the oh-so-lovely and talented Andi Mans Photography! Filled to the brim with bright pops of green and purple, (to match the gorgeous stained glass windows) this wedding is all about simple touches that go a long way. And we’re all about those! Click here for even more!

From Andi Mans PhotographyI was very honored to play a role in Talyn and Joe’s wedding! I had such a good time with them when I shot their engagement session here in Orlando last year and was super excited to capture the big day in Vero Beach. The day started out pretty rainy and stayed that way! Talyn was the most easy-going and beautiful bride about it and kept on joking through out the day, “Andi, did you stop the wind and rain outside”? Haha, I wish!! We had planned on having the ceremony outdoors near the water, but Mother Nature had other ideas so we ended up moving the ceremony inside. I love small intimate weddings — they have such a sense of personal emotion. Even though the weather wasn’t as perfect as we all had hoped for, it didn’t stop me from capturing these two love birds on their fabulous wedding day at the gorgeous Vero Beach Hotel & Spa. Congratulations you two! By the way … how amazing is the bridal bouquet? Talyn creates them!

Wedding Photography: Andi Mans Photography / Wedding Venue: Vero Beach Hotel & Spa in Vero Beach, Florida / Floral Design: Pink Pelican Florist / Bride’s Bouquet: DIY / Wedding Cake: Paul of Casericco Cakes (Now Closed) / Wedding Dress: Galina Signature / Hair: Michael of White Orchid Spa

Costa d’Este Wedding by Vitalic Photo

There’s so much to love about this sweet, beach side affair but I think my favorite part has got to be the relaxed and fun loving spirit of the bride and groom. They rehearsed nothing and just let their wedding day unfold organically and for that, I give them major props! Lucky for them they have talented family members who helped out with everything from the centerpieces to the bride’s accessories. Vitalic Photo captured all the special moments and details and there’s so much more in the full gallery.

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From the Bride…From the beginning we knew we wanted our wedding to be very intimate and stress-free. I promised I wouldn’t allow myself to obsess over every detail, instead I decided to focus on the meaning of that day. At the end, everything turned out perfect! Our venue, Costa d’Este Beach Resort, was wonderful and their staff was so attentive.

Luckily for us, our families were excited to get involved and help with all of our ideas. My creative sister designed and handmade our invitations, guestbook and seating chart. She also made my accessories for that day— three Swarovski crystal hairpins and earrings made out of rose quartz, a known symbol for love. The night before the wedding, my mom, my sister and I worked together on the centerpieces, bouquets, and boutonnieres, which had the natural look that I wanted. My mother-in-law, Donald’s aunt, and my cousin baked and prepared traditional Peruvian and Chilean cakes and sweets for our dessert table. We thought it would be fun to bring our backgrounds together through the “sweet” part of the meal plus, we knew it would add a cozy homemade feel to our celebration. The sky cooperated too, and it held off the rain, allowing us to have a brief but emotional beach ceremony.

I walked down the aisle barefoot to one of my favorite Dave Matthews Band tunes played on an acoustic guitar by one of the groomsmen, who’s our best friend and my dear sister’s other half. I felt so lucky that day! I was marrying the love of my life and best friend for eleven years, while surrounded by people who were truly glad to be there—many of whom traveled from overseas and other states to join us on our special day. Happiness and love were in the air; we had fun, spent time with all of our guests, and most importantly: we did things our way. We didn’t rehearse a thing, neither did we follow traditional wedding protocol; we simply enjoyed the moment and it rocked!

Venue + Catering: Costa d’Este Beach Resort / Wedding Photography: Vitalic Photo / Flowers: DIY / Accessories: DIY by Bride’s Sister (Dani Makes) / Wedding Gown: David’s Bridal / Bridesmaid Dresses: Custom Made / Groom’s Attire: Michael Kors / Hair: Lindsay Naffziger Hairstylist / Make-up: Cindy Goetz

Grand Harbor Wedding by Vitalic Photo

To keep you distracted from all the lovely Thanksgiving smells currently floating through your home, we thought we would share a beyond lovely fête filled with fabulous fall hues by Vitalic Photo. Complete with a whole lotta love and warm, cozy tones – it just feels fitting to feature it on such a festive day. There is more pretty where this came from, so if you need even more distractions – spend some time in the full gallery of gorgeous!

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How about one more pretty little distraction? This film of their pretty day by Key Moment Films should do the trick!

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From Vitalic PhotoEmily + Brandon’s wedding had true sentimental value at Christ by the Sea Church because Emily’s parents were married there over 25 years ago! Their ceremony was meaningful and was followed by an intimate reception at Grand Harbor Golf Club. Emily exudes a sense of grace and Brandon is simply a southern gentleman. Having met less than a year ago, they knew they were meant for each other and didn’t waste much time being apart. The perfect October weather and the adorable autumn details made us fall in love with their wedding, and with them.

From the Groom…Emily was born and raised in Vero Beach, Florida.  She grew up on all things citrus and all things country.  Her mom is to credit for her sweet charm and caring spirit, and her dad is to credit for her ability to shoot guns and love of citrus fruit. I am convinced Emily is the most beautiful thing that I will behold in this life.  Her beauty is inexhaustible, and I am blessed beyond my deserving to spend a lifetime discovering it to new depths.  She is the beauty that I have always longed to pursue and so much more.  Words utterly fail to describe my affection towards her.  Her beauty has captivated my heart and enchanted my soul. She is my treasure and my chosen, and I am excited beyond words to spend a lifetime loving.

From the Bride…Brandon was born and raised in Lilburn (not to be confused with Wilburn), GA.  He holds great pride for the state of Georgia and Chick Fil-A and believes no other state (or restaurant) compares.  He is a southern gentleman who truly knows how to sweep a girl off her feet.  He is no stranger to opening restaurant doors, using words like “beautiful” and “captivating” to describe me, opening car doors, writing me love letters, opening doors to the mall, saying funny things just to see me smile, opening doors to the supermarket, stopping me in the midst of something just to give me a long hug and opening lots and lots of doors.  He has won my heart with his patient demeanor and sweet spirit.  His smile and southern twang make my heart melt.  I didn’t know the depth of love I could feel for another until I met Brandon; I’m excited to grow in our relationship and spend everyday with my best friend.

Wedding Photography: Vitalic Photo / Wedding Videography: Key Moment Films / Day-of Coordination: Lara’s Theme / Ceremony Location: Christ by the Sea Church / Reception Location: Grand Harbor / Flowers: Monti’s Flower Market

The Moorings Club Wedding by Angel Gray Photography

There’s so much to love about this charming Vero Beach soiree, I am not even sure where to begin.  For starters, there’s the ADORABLE newlyweds, who were set up by the Mother of the Groom.  Yep, they are that adorable.  Then there’s the breathtaking seaside location, gorgeous blooms by Hutchinson’s Floral, one very stunning wedding gown and a fabulous reception filled with comfort foods (including a grilled cheese station and taco bar).  Seriously.  Awesome.  And when you add to the mix the beyond brilliant images by Angel Gray Photography, I can barely contain myself.  Yes, I am most definitely head over heels for this lovely fête… and I am certain you will be, too.  Join me in the gallery for even more!

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From the Bride… Derek and I met a few years ago after being set-up by an unusual matchmaker…his mom. After three years of dating long distance, we couldn’t have been more excited to get married. I am from a small town in East Texas and he grew up in Charlotte, N.C., but we knew we wanted to get married in Vero Beach, FL. Derek and I wanted to have a full weekend of celebrations and provide a mini beach vacation for all of our guests.

All of our guests would be traveling from all over the US to be a part of the wedding, so it was important for the wedding to have a “Florida” feel. Since the wedding was in July, we knew it would be too hot to have a beach wedding. I was so excited when we found The Moorings Club, the perfect venue that overlooked the water and a small beach. I worked with Lynn from Hutchinson’s Florist to create flower arrangements that would also bring the beach feel inside.

The photography and food were the most important details. To me, food really sets the tone for the wedding, so we did things a little differently. We decided on “comfort” food and all of Derek and my favorite foods (which is a lot). I chose the fresh fruit bar, seafood bar and build your own grilled cheese station. Derek wanted a nacho bar, slider station, mashed potato bar, and Sundae station. Derek loves ice cream and not a huge fan of cake, so it was only fitting that Derek have an ice cream sundae bar instead of the traditional groom’s cake. Thanks to the help of all of our fabulous vendors, the wedding was our perfect dream wedding. It was everything I had imagined it would be.

From Angel Gray Photography What I really must do first is introduce you to Sarah and Derek. She was living in Charlotte and he was in Kentucky.  She was coaching cheerleading on the side (her day job is in corporate events) and became friends with his mom -a teacher.  He was working in venture capital but coming home to NC frequently to visit with his dad who was ill. His mom kept mentioning Sarah but he wasn’t really in the mood for a first date. But his mom wasn’t in the mood to give up. Before Derek’s dad passed away she had the chance to point Sarah out and say, “Wouldn’t she be great for Derek?”  You see his mom fell in love with Sarah first. She’s that kind of girl.

So Derek asked Sarah out; they had pizza and talked.  Then the restaurant began to close and they kept talking – and never looked back.  About two years later he crashed her girls weekend in Austin TX in order to propose; of course the girls were in on it, he knew Sarah would enjoy celebrating among friends – he’s that kind of guy.

Wedding Photography: Angel Gray Photography / Wedding Reception Location: The Moorings Club / Prep Location: Costa d’Este / Wedding Cake: Sweet Creations / Wedding Dress: Jim Hjelm via Hayden Olivia Bridal Boutique / Wedding Invitations: Lynlee & Co / Wedding Band: City Lights / Floral Design: Hutchinson’s Floral

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Outdoor Ranch Wedding Photo Shoot by Vitalic Photo

We’re loving this shabby chic, milk glass, crochet doily toting photo shoot by Vitalic Photo. There are so many adorable and steal worthy ideas in here that it’s pretty much impossible to pick a favorite. The cute as can be mini pies along with the sweet little mini pendants have seriously melted my heart and I may just have to infuse those puppies into my upcoming baby shower. Hint, hint, friends and family! But really, this is just beyond pretty. Click here for even more!

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From Vitalic PhotoWe have always wanted to do an inspiration shoot… mainly because after being wedding photographers after our own weddings had taken place, we always seem to think, “If we only knew then what we know now.”  We love weddings of course and the idea of styling a shoot based on our own tastes seemed like so much fun.  We started with my collection of white hobnail pieces and my mother’s china collection.  We wanted a look that was rustic, vintage, pretty and with a little flair.  The colors we chose are soft and pretty and the location is of historic value.  It is the former ranch of Waldo E. Sexton, a true pioneer in our area.

Photography + Styling: Vitalic Photo / Flowers: Pink Pelican Florist / Cake: Frosting / Headpiece: Woomi Pyo / Invitations: Blackberry Graphics / Banner + Boutonnière: and Bear

Vero Beach Wedding by Bellafare

When I first laid eyes on this Vero Beach wedding, there was no going back. It was a head-over-heels, love at first sight kind of moment and totally convinced me that having your wedding day designed and planned by Bellafare is like receiving a golden ticket to the most gorgeous wedding on the planet. And then they went ahead and added the fabulous Leigh Miller Photography into the mix and let me tell you, that lady can take an amazing picture.  This number is about as beautiful as you can possibly get with a bride that is jaw droppingly gorg and a backdrop that screams beach chic. You are going to wish you could move right into this seaside fête. Oh and don’t forget to click here for more.

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From Bellafare… Drew and Kristin are high school sweethearts who met in Maryland, but have called New York City their home for the past 5 years. Kristin is the co-founder of Bellafare, a boutique event and wedding planning company, and Drew is a fashion and documentary photographer. Drew and Kristin fell in love during a summer on the Chesapeake Bay, where Drew spent many summers with his family. They dated for nine years before Drew whisked Kristin away for a surprise engagement in Paris. When it came time to plan the wedding, choosing their date was easy, as it fell close to their 10 year anniversary of being together.

Kristin and Drew wanted a laid back, yet sophisticated and modern aesthetic. They have always wanted a destination wedding and felt that the Windsor in Vero Beach, Florida was the perfect backdrop for their chic beachside affair. The ceremony took place at the Windsor’s “Town Hall” whose sea foam and white facade perfectly complimented the reception decor. Following the ceremony, the newly married couple drove away in a golf cart to the Beach Club, where the reception was held. Upon arrival to the poolside cocktail area, guests sipped on speciality cocktails named after the couple’s favorite places – the “Manhattan Mojito” and “Bay Breeze.” They also had a chance to peruse the beer bar, providing a selection of the couple’s favorite microbrews.

The escort cards were placed on a long table flanked by sea glass and vintage apothecary jars with white blooms. As guests were invited to the reception area during sunset, the dance floor was surrounded by square tables topped with gray rattan linens, white flowers, floating candles, and various coral and sea urchin pieces. They dined on an asparagus and goat cheese tartlet, miso glazed sea bass, and enjoyed sweet treats from the all white dessert bar. Guests danced late into the night while listening to Motown and top 40 hits before saying farewell to Kristin and Drew as they embarked on their Italian honeymoon.

Planning + Design: Bellafare / Venue + Catering: Windsor / Photography: Leigh Miller Photography / Flowers: Hutchinson’s Floral Artistry / Ceremony music: Deron Baker / Cocktail music: Cocobean Productions / DJ: Carlos Sarli / Wedding dress: Sarah Seven, Additions custom designed by the bride and Cotton Bride / Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Bridesmaids Dresses: Two Birds / Groom’s Attire: J.Crew

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Vero Beach Hotel & Spa Wedding by Vitalic Photo

We’ve reached the end of yet another lovely week here on Style Me Pretty Florida and we thought we’d send you off to your weekend festivities with a bundle of pretty inspiration, courtesy of this fabulous Vero Beach soiree and the geniuses of Vitalic Photo.  Boasting one gorgeous detail after another, including beautiful orchid-filled florals by Thallo, a breathtaking ocean view and one seriously stunning gown, this beach chic meets modern affair is the perfect start to a perfect weekend.  So, join me in the gallery for every ounce of pretty and then stay tuned for another special treat from Vitalic Photo below! (Hint: It’s an amazing video!)

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And now for one last dose of pretty from Vitalic Photo before the weekend!  Enjoy!

From Vitalic Photo... We knew from meeting Sara + Robert at their engagement session that their wedding would be quite a stylish affair, and we were right. This could be one of the best dressed bridal parties we’ve seen. The ceremony overlooked the ocean on the most beautiful afternoon and their touching vows were memorable – Rob recited lyrics to one of his favorite Dave Matthews songs. Sara carried white cymbidium orchids and miniature callas and the groom wore a miniature calla, accented with ornithoglum and a green hypericum berry “button.”  The reception decor was inspired by clean lines, modern details and the seaside venue. The floral palette continued with blossoms in shades of white and green, including hydrangea, miniature callas, supergreen garden roses, cymbidium orchids, escimo roses and amaryllis from Holland. Modern glass vases were filled with polished marble to add texture and another layer of white. The custom linen, provided by Thallo, was in white pin-tuck. Tablescapes in the adjoining dining area added elevation to the space via sandblasted manzanita, lowered into tall glass cylinders, accented with cymbidium orchids.

Wedding Photography + Cinematography: Vitalic Photo / Floral Design: Thallo / Wedding Venue: Vero Beach Hotel & Spa / Cupcakes: Frosting Cupcakes / Entertainment: Class Act Productions