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The Sweetest Day Wedding Surprise on Film

Little did I know that on the third saturday of October each and every year, there falls the Sweetest Day. And what a perfect day for this heartfelt wedding. And the groom? Let’s just say his unbelievably sweet surprise to his Bride will move you to tears. Have a look at the film captured by Bridges Cinema to see just what that surprise entails…

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Did you know that the sweetest day is observed on the Third Saturday of October? This is the day that Andrea and Chad chose as their wedding day. Chad gave Andrea the sweetest surprise during his vows. But you must watch the highlight to see what it was!! Such a sweet memory and I’m glad we were there to be part of it and capture it for them to always remember.

Photography: The Big Day Wedding Photography | Cinematography: Bridges Cinema | Event Planning: Z Event Company | Floral Design: Z Event Company | Venue: Trump International Golf Club

West Palm Beach Wedding at the Borland Center from Jillian Tree

From start to finish, this wedding is all about heartwarming moments.  Happy, tear-inducing, magical moments between a beautiful bride and her dapper groom, as well as her loving friends and family (see the seriously epic Father-Daughter First Look below).  It’s also a tale of sweet southern elegance, with the planning experts at Desiree Dawn Events making sure every moment went off without a hitch, including the drop-dead gorgeous reception complete with yummy BBQ.  See it all captured by Jillian Tree right here.


From Desiree Dawn Events… Britnye and Philip wanted a romantically sweet celebration for their wedding and they got just that. It was important to Britnye to have a candlelit ceremony so we had candles in jars down the aisle, lining the small stage, and string lights added to the warmth from up above. She collected gardenia candles and lots of vintage jars to use as decor along with antique lace and jute details. A favorite memory from their special day was the bride’s first look with her father followed by an even sweeter first look with her soon-to-be husband. They both wanted time to pray together before their vows, but Philip still wanted his first time seeing his bride to be while she was walking down the aisle. Their solution was to blindfold the groom and let them hug and hold hands for a bit. So sweet! They served delicious family style BBQ and cupcakes to their guests, enjoyed some dancing, then drove off in Philip’s grandfather’s sports car!

Photography: Jillian Tree Photography | Event Coordinator: Desiree Dawn Events | DJ: Traxx Entertainment | Wedding Venue: The Borland Center

West Palm Beach Wedding from Captured Photography by Jenny

The perfect day. Every Bride hopes for it, and the lovely lady in the center of this soiree got just that and even more. Her details, stunning. The views, picture perfect. Her colors, steal-worthy – but the very best part of this gorgeous day snapped up by Captured Photography by Jenny is that this Bride can look forward to many more perfect days with her perfect match. See the entire day here.

From the Bride… Ever since that first trip to Key West, it has held a special place in our hearts and relationship. On Saint Patrick’s Day weekend of 2012, Jonathan suggested we take a surprise trip. As we passed through Miami, I had quickly guessed we were heading to Key West, but I didn’t realize that was only part of the surprise. We arrived at the bed and breakfast where we always stay, and Jonathan led me around the pool to a secluded courtyard and garden towards the back of the property. I was completely surprised and elated when he got down on one knee and asked me to spend the rest of my life with him.

Planning our wedding and pouring over all its details brought me a special kind of joy. We decided that our wedding should take place in January because it is a cooler month for Florida with little chance of rain. We chose Saint Ann’s Catholic Church in West Palm Beach as our ceremony location. It is a beautiful, classic church with magnificent stained glass windows. From the first time I went there as a little girl, I had pictured myself walking down that aisle to be married. In keeping with our classic wedding theme, we decided to have our reception on Palm Beach at the Colony Hotel. It is a quaint boutique hotel built in the 1940’s that simply exudes character. It is just blocks away from the beach and was the perfect setting for the most amazing party of our lives.

The day couldn’t have been more wonderful. It was a perfect day in South Florida, the temperature was in the seventies and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. All of our planning and attention to detail paid off exactly how we wanted. We incorporated my Caribbean heritage with colorful tropical floral centerpieces and a steel drummer during the cocktail hour. The romantic and warm feel of the dinner reception began in the foyer with a large floral arrangement and photos of our parents on their wedding days. The entire experience was very relaxed and ran very smoothly without any kind of hiccup. What else could a bride want? We had the wedding of our dreams and I got to marry the love of my life!


Wedding Photography: Captured Photography by Jenny | Ceremony Venue: Saint Ann Catholic Church in West Palm Beach, Florida | Reception Venue: The Colony in Palm Beach, Florida | Wedding Cinematography: Voila Cinematic | Floral Design: Dalsimer Atlas | Wedding Cake: Johnson’s Custom Cakes | Wedding Dress: Sasha’s Bridal Boutique | Groom’s Attire: Jos.A.Bank | Makeup: Stephanie Zamora

South Florida Wedding at Flamingo Gardens from Shea Christine Photography

There are Brides with style and then there is this lovely Bride. She’s in a league of her own. How, you ask? Well not only did see DIY all the pretty little details waiting for you right here, but she also crafted each and every one of those fabulous headpieces the lucky ladies in her life got to wear. And we can’t thank her enough, because from the looks of the images from Shea Christine Photography – everything turned out simply perfect. See it all here.

From Shea Christine PhotographySmall gathering of family and friends near the gazebo. The weather was perfect and the light shining through the trees was beautiful. The wedding party consisted of a Maid of Honor (Sister of the Bride), Best Man (Grooms Best Friend) and Flower Girl (Brides Niece).

The ceremony was short but sweet. The guests joined the Bride and Groom at a separate location for the reception. Here they danced, celebrated and got their photos taken in the photo-booth. Many of the details were handcrafted by the Bride. Including the Brides, Maid of Honor and Flower Girl Head pieces. The invitations, program and thank you cards were created by the bride. All the guests took home a one of a kind, handmade ceramic tea-bowl created by the bride.


Wedding Photography: Shea Christine Photography / Ceremony Venue: Flamingo Gardens in Davie, Florida / Reception Venue: Royal Fiesta Events in Deerfield Beach, Florida / Wedding Coordinator: Kimberly Reisgo (954.258.5493) / Floral Design: Flowers by Blanca / Officiant: Drew Wallen / Wedding Cake: Cakes by Damaris / Ceremony Music: Master Muscians Inc. / DJ: Park Avenue Party Productions / Photobooth: Color Me Photo / Transportation: Wallstreet Limo / Wedding Dress: Bellissima Bridal / Groom’s Attire: Patricia South Bridal / Hair + Makeup: Christen from Amanda Lynn Salon

Boynton Beach Wedding from Gerilyn Gianna Event & Floral Design

Imagine you’re engaged and you get the gift of complete and total wedding planning by Gerilyn Gianna Event & Floral Design from a close friend. Amazing right?! Well that’s exactly what happened to this lucky bride and her groom. They wasted no time at all searching for the perfect spot and planning the vintage inspired wedding they’d always dreamed of. And the result is one fabulous, old Florida styled wedding perfection and you can see it all right here!

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From Gerilyn Gianna Event & Floral DesignWhen Sarah and Louie first met, they had one thing in common: music. They met college in the music department of Florida Atlantic University. Sarah was a vocal and music performance major and Louie was a music management major. Louie would visit Sarah and her band from time to time at different clubs. As their friendship grew over time, Louie fell deeply in love with Sarah. Her voice inspired him, and her heart captured him. And so the engagement happened. 

One of our great joys is staying in touch with clients from our past. A past client and friend of ours decided to give our planning services as a gift to Sarah and Louie for their wedding. And what a gift it was because little did anyone know the details that were to follow. When we first met with them, boy, were they ever a vibrant couple. They had visions of 1940’s lounges and singers. They also saw what was to be an a old Florida vintage look and venue. Small details were Sarah’s thing. Nothing could be uniform or the same. And it all started with her dress and veil. It almost seemed as though the entire wedding was designed from the dress. When we found the location, she instantly fell in love with its old Florida charm. Wood windows, wood beamed ceilings and that Henry Flagler look. She combined yellow and purple flowers with crystal centerpieces. At night time, the candles were lit in the crystal to provide a warm ambiance to the room. 

As the ceremony started, Sarah’s little pug led the processional down the aisle with a flower and bow tie. With Sarah and Louie surrounded by their closest friends and family, Sarah pulled up in her limo with her bridesmaids right behind her. As she got out of the limo, she stunned the crowd, looking like she was ready to sing in front of hundreds. And with her beautiful voice, she could have. But this day was about all things Sarah. When Sarah emerged and the guests stood on their feet, she was a sight to see with her vintage dress and bouquet made from ranunculus, lisianthus, spray roses and hydrangea. Sarah’s father gave her away to Louie, and the rest of the night was history. 

After the ceremony and cocktails, the guests headed to the main reception room to greet Sarah and Louie as newlywed couple. When they entered the room, their eyes lit up with joy from seeing so many of those who’ve loved and supported them. They were greeted with tall crystal centerpieces lit with candles on each table. Even the guests’ tables had so much little detail, down to the handmade place cards and table location. As the sun set, dinner, dancing and toasts seemed to give way to what was the wedding of their dreams.  As the night ended, everyone went downstairs to give Sarah and Louie a final farewell as they got into their limo and drove off to the start of their new lives together.

Wedding Photography: Dillon Photo / Wedding Venue: Boynton Beach Woman’s Club in Boynton Beach, Florida / Event Planning, Floral + Event Design: Gerilyn Gianna Event & Floral Design / Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero via Mariolka’s Bridal Boutique

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Palm Beach County Airpark Engagement Session from Dillon Photo

Basking in the glow of a seriously lovely Palm Beach engagement session.  That’s exactly how I plan to spend my Thursday morning – and I suggest you do the same.  That is, if you’re the kind of person that loves adorable duos, travel-inspired details and tons of L.O.V.E.  And since I know that just so happens to be every single one of you, you’ll be happy to know the gallery is literally overflowing with gorgeous images captured by Dillon Photo and enough happiness to last an eternity.  Join me there for more.

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From Dillon PhotoWhen Aja and Danny told us they were interested in an airport “travel-themed” engagement session, we immediately knew we were going to absolutely love working with them! The couple loves to travel and were so excited to try something a little different for their shoot — they even brought along some fun props like their new passports and a well-worn vintage suitcase that fit right in with the theme of the day. We had so much fun planning this shoot at the Airpark in Lantana, Florida — all of the old planes and hangars provided the perfect backdrop for the pictures. We even stumbled upon a vintage red plane that perfectly matched Aja’s cute polka dot dress! After getting a taste of their fun style and creativity with their e-shoot, we sure can’t wait for their wedding this fall!

Photography: Dillon Photo / Location: Palm Beach County Airpark in Lantana, Florida / Props: Couple’s Own

The Sundy House Wedding from Michelle March Photography + J Morgan Flowers

Pure genius. If you were curious what pure wedded genius looks like, you are about to find out. It’s one part fab florals from J Morgan Flowers, one part a-freaking-mazing photography from Michelle March Photography, and one part vintage Hemmingway chic, complete with a bride and groom with impeccable style. Throw a puppy into the mix, and you’ve got a whole gallery of pure wedded genius.

After a year of thinking about practically every setting; loft in Manahttan, beach club in the Bahamas, boutique hotel in Europe, the Patent office in DC, a picnic in Central Park, and the list goes on; Clayton rediscovered an old favorite, The Sundy House in Delray Beach, FL.  It was a perfect mix of everything we wanted: intimate, vintage 1920/1930s, unique, on-site cottages and close to where I grew up and where my parents still live.

We decided from the start that we wanted a small wedding, one where we could spend time talking to everyone and still have time for each other.  The Sundy House was amazing at coordinating all our vendors and keeping us on schedule, which was great, since we only ended up with 5 months of planning (too much time spent daydreaming).  We chose our vendors carefully and were thrilled with how our vision and their styles mixed perfectly to create our not overly thematic, Old Florida, Hemmingway-esque, evening, garden party wedding.  

The day of was surprisingly effortless!  Once we woke up on Sunday, everything was taken care of and Clayton, our family, wedding party and I just enjoyed eachother’s company in our respective cottages and waited for I Do’s.  Our ceremony was personal and touching, our vows were handwritten, the first dance (“If You Were the Only Girl in the World” – a chart topper in 1916) was beautiful and dinner was delicious.  I only wish it lasted longer!

Photography: Michelle March Photography / Floral Design: J Morgan Flowers / Venue: The Sundy House / Hair & Makeup: Beauty by MJ / Bridal Gown: White by Vera Wang at David’s Bridal / Shoes: Nine West / Stationery: GoGoSnap / Tuxedo: J.Crew / Entertainment: Ted Knight’s Smallest Big Band at A Little Knight Music / Cinematography: Michael Burgos Films / Bride’s Veil: Bridal Veil Falls / Engagement Ring: Israel Rose

Palm Beach Gardens Wedding at Frenchman’s Reserve by Kat Braman Photography

There’s really no better way to kick off the weekend than with an uber-stylish soiree – and this breathtaking Palm Beach Gardens affair captured by Kat Braman Photography?  Well, it’s a sure-fire way to jazz up your Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Filled to the brim with one drop-dead gorgeous detail after another and a plethora of beautiful blooms by Daniel Events, it’s traditional meets whimsy at its finest.  And when you get a look at those cute-as-can-be bridesmaid shoes, you’ll most definitely be smiling until we meet again.  See it all right here.

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From Kat Braman PhotographyThis beautiful South Florida wedding is a great mix of classic and fresh details. I love the timeless feel of the church wedding with a country club reception, and it fits Colleen and Barrett perfectly. They are both huge golf enthusiasts and even incorporated their love of golf into their cocktail hour decor. The combination of yellow and gray is a great choice, and I love the unexpected pattern on the bridesmaids’ shoes.

Wedding Photography: Kat Braman Photography / Ceremony: St. Patrick Catholic Church in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida / Reception: Frenchman’s Reserve in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida / Floral Design: Daniel Events / Band: The Headliners Band / Cigar Roller: Mya Cigars / Wedding Dress: Martina Liana / Bride’s Shoes: Tory Burch / Jewelry: Wedding Belles / Hair: Natalie of Edmund James Salon / Makeup: Joanne of Team Beauti / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Priscilla of Boston (Now Closed) / Bridesmaids’ Shoes: Nine West / Men’s Tuxedos: Calvin Klein

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West Palm Beach Wedding from Jonathan Connolly Photography

This West Palm Beach wedding was so chic I was blown away in a display of gorgeous images from Jonathan Connolly Photography. The soiree, planned with buckets full of love by the bride and her mother, was everything dreams are made of. A sweet ambiance, a beautiful bride, and details so sweet, there is a slight danger of a toothache. When I read that the entire wedding was almost blown away, literally, I couldn’t believe it. Everything was perfect – including the hurricane that almost crashed the party. Click here for the rest!

When Marc and I got engaged, the words that kept circulating about the feel of our wedding were, “about us” and “a big party”. We wrote down a list of everything that we felt we liked… long meals and our favorite foods, cupcakes, intimate and cozy, great drinks, outdoors, music everyone would enjoy, a blending of his european traditions, and my [american] traditions.

Most importantly, we wanted our guests to come to a place that was us. Somewhere we had made memories together, and place we both loved with every ounce of our beings. We both went to Rollins College, and spent every weekend we could visiting his father and stepmother’s home on the intercostal waterway in West Palm Beach, FL. We loved lazy lunch outside under the palapa with his family, bike riding along the lake trail, spending afternoons on the boat, bringing our dog to dinner with us at our favorite al fresco pizza place, and visiting the beach just in time to catch the sunset. So when his father and stepmom offered up the very house that we had spent so much time falling in love at, we couldn’t have been more excited.

By the time we stopped dreaming, and started planning, my mom and I had a little less that four months to go. My mom and I alone had worked so tirelessly on every detail of this wedding. I worked closely with Ashley to design my save the date and wedding suite, and designed all of the other wedding literature. My mom spent hours on the phone communicating exactly what I wanted to the florist despite being 2,500 miles away. I sat at the dining table for what felt like 10 days straight cutting, tying, assembling… You can imagine how I felt when I woke up the morning of the wedding, and all I could hear was the wind shuttering the hurricane doors in our bedroom. My mom came up stairs and asked why I wasn’t out of bed yet, I told her I had lived in Florida for five years and had never heard wind like that and that I didn’t want to get out of bed and see what the situation really was. Everyone had as casually as possible talked me into a tent the night before the wedding – but I still didn’t have one for the ceremony area.

She opened the curtains and together we opened the hurricane doors onto the patio, we pretty much were blown back inside. There were even waves on the pool. I had never in all my time there seen something like it, I kept thinking “just yesterday we were sunbathing on the bow of the boat”.

Memories from the night before and our beyond lovely and sweet grooms dinner in the courtyard our favorite little pizza place reminded me that the day might be ok. The rain started coming down right after everyone finished dessert – but everyone throughly enjoyed themselves, as did we.

With that, my bridesmaids, aunts, and friends who had flown in the wedding were all off to the salon. I loved that every moment of the wedding weekend was filled with so many people I loved. The fact that my mom and sister, all my girlfriends (even the ones who weren’t in the wedding party), my aunts, cousins, and serious girlfriends of my cousins were there with me. “The more the merrier” is a phrase you often hear in our family, and it couldn’t have been truer that day. The salon had prepared goodies and champagne for us – it was the ultimate girls morning. My stylist was so funny because large potted trees kept blowing over outside and she would say “Oh, I think the landscapers are doing some work”

When I got home, I overheard my dad showing my mom and picture of the weather radar. At that point, they had no other choice than to tell us that the eye of the tropical depression was set to blow through about the same time our ceremony was starting. The decision was made to go ahead as planned despite the 10-12 inches of rain and high winds headed our way.

Our photographer, his assistant, and his wife were beyond amazing – without them, the day wouldn’t have been the same. Looking back, they made our day look so beautiful and serene, even though the sky overhead was gray and dreary.

By some miracle, the eye of the storm fell exactly over us, and not a single drop of rain fell until midnight. Our friends are still talking about the vision of my veil flying behind me down the aisle. The wind kept everyone cool while dancing the night away on what would have been a normally humid florida evening. What really matters today is that Marc and I had the best time. Our appetizers were mini servings of our favorite food. Our parents had the best time dancing to classics from the 70’s, we got to speak to every single person at our wedding, the cupcakes were a variety of six of our favorite flavors, and every single person we talk to says how much fun they had that weekend.

Photographer: Jonathan Connolly Photography / Flowers: Vince at Heaven and Earth Floral / Venue: Private Family Home in West Palm Beach / Event Planning and Design: The Bride and her mother / Catering: Catering Concepts and Concessions  / Cupcakes: Sweet! by Good Golly Miss Holly / Wedding and Bridesmaids Dresses: Melissa Sweet for Priscilla of Boston / Veil: Custom made by Patricia Dressen / Women’s Shoes: Steve Madden / Groom + Groomsmen Suits: Brooks Brothers / Men’s Shoes: Crocs / Save the Date + Invitations: Lemon and Lavender / Hair: Edmund James Salon / Makeup: Melinda Santi / Bridesmaids Gifts: Kate Spade / Groomsmen Gifts: Michael Kors

1940’s-Inspired Engagement Session by Thompson Photography Group

If you have to be up and at em this Monday morning, you might as well be swooning over this engagement session inspired by the most adorable movie of all time – The Notebook. Who doesn’t adore that movie? This couple is just as adorable as the film they were inspired by, and the images from Thompson Photography Group make for timeless keepsakes. So go ahead and make your Monday that much sweeter by swooning the day away in the full gallery of images!

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From Thompson Photography GroupVanessa and Eddie wanted to do a 1940’s Notebook inspired Engagement Session. Vanessa coordinated all the outfits and had her hair and makeup perfect! We arranged for the 1940 Ford Pickup to be there along with the canoe.

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West Palm Beach Wedding by Captured Photography by Jenny

This might be one of the most creatively executed theme weddings I’ve ever seen.  Especially considering all the baseball-inspired details were created by the couple and their friends.  I love that their shared love for baseball made a major appearance throughout their big day and in such fun ways too.  The baseball quotes, jersey numbers for tables, “will-call tickets” for escort cards are all genius ways to bring something totally unexpected into wedding decor.  Captured Photography by Jenny gets to shoot the most fun occasions and this Palm Beach celebration is no exception!  Click here to see the full gallery!

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From the Bride… We knew when we got engaged, we wanted to have a FUN and UNIQUE wedding! The second we found the cufflinks, we knew we wanted to have a baseball themed wedding. We actually play on a softball team together and have a common love for the Yankees, so we knew it was just US.

We were on a budget, so we had to be creative. But it was fun to come up with ideas. With help from our friends and family, we were able to bring to life our own personal ballpark! One of my good friends and bridesmaid, Shawna, helped us design all the signage.  It was so special for us to have our own personalized programs, invites, and little signs throughout the reception.  We even had a monogram with our new last name in it (Zapata). My uncle helped put together all of the girl’s Tulip bouquets, our church floral arrangements, and the boy’s boutonnieres. Simply Flowers made my bouquet of Peonies, Tulips, and Hydrangeas and the Baby’s Breath centerpieces in the reception. We made tickets as place cards and tied them to a box of crackerjacks (yum). Each of the tables were named after a Yankee legend. And instead of having our guests sign a guest book we had them sign two Louisville sluggers. Tony bought each of his guys a fitted MLB hat of their favorite team as a gift (and this all came in a fun prop during our photos). We have five dogs and love them like crazy. So, in lieu of favors, we donated money to a local Animal Rescue. Our cake/cupcakes from Johnson’s Custom Cakes had five different varieties for our guests to choose from.

From the crackerjack boxes, to having miniature sugar figurines of our dogs on our cake, each detail was something that reflected who we are and our relationship! The dance floor was never empty and our wedding really felt more like a PARTY than a reception and we wouldn’t have had it any other way! We truly had the time of our lives!

Photography: Captured Photography by Jenny / Flowers: Simply Flowers + Dr. William Salazar, Uncle of the Bride / Event Design: The Bride + Shawna Farina, Friend of the Bride / Wedding Ceremony Location: Our Lady Queen of the Apostles Catholic Church / Wedding Reception Location: The Borland Center / Wedding Invitations: Shawna Farina, Friend of the Bride / Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Wedding Dress: Blue by Enzoani via Bacio Bacio Bridal Salon / Wedding Cake: Johnson’s Custom Cakes and More

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