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Western Florida Beach Wedding

Beach Weddings

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Hello Miss Lovely

We were so excited to see this wedding from Autumn of Hello Miss Lovely fall into our inbox. A good beach wedding is always welcome, and the details jam-packed into this one are just icing on the cake. Plus, I’m kind of in love with the fact that Loren and Destin played The Proclaimers’ “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” as their recessional!

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From the bride, Loren: Destin and I knew exactly what we wanted for our destination wedding- a fun, adventurous, multi-day celebration! We wanted it to be creative, personal, romantic, and laid-back. Our idea was to have it small enough to be intimate but just big enough to have our closest family and friends there with us. We arrived in Florida six days before the wedding and our family and friends started arriving throughout the week. We began the wedding festivities with a beachside welcome bonfire and the night before our wedding we had a rehearsal dinner fiesta, then drinks to follow at a favorite local bar. For our venue we rented out the Triple Crown, which is a beach house that accommodated all of the wedding party and had beach access for the ceremony. The Lawn, where the cocktail hour and reception took place, was located between the beach and the house, so all of the wedding day events were within footsteps of each other.

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I’m an Interior Designer and my husband, Destin, is a graphic designer so we both share a love for design. We both planned and designed our wedding together and our florist really helped our overall style & vibe come to life! Destin and I printed our wedding invitations and all other coordinating wedding stationary that went along with it. We painted and created wood block place cards for each guest and table numbers for each table. We also designed personal koozie favors for our guests that had Destin’s hand drawn sketches of us on them! The ceremony and reception were amazing! The weather was perfect and the sunset was gorgeous. The fun and unexpected hundreds of dragonflies flying over us during the reception added a whimsical, magical feel. We enjoyed delicious food, drinks, good company, and hours of dancing under the ceiling of café lights that hung over the lawn and the stars that shined above.

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Bouquet flowers: King red Protea with seeded eucalyptus for the bride; Baby’s Breath for the bridesmaids.

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Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Do what is YOU and have it reflect you and yours style and don’t worry about if it fits “tradition” or not! We wanted someone who knew us well and was a part of us to be the one who married us, so we had Destin’s Uncle lead our ceremony. Because I have a lot of Native American family history on my side, it has become a unique tradition for my family that the Cherokee Wedding Prayer be said during a wedding ceremony. So, my grandfather, Otis, was there to read it aloud during ours. Having the people who are closest to us be a part of the ceremony made it even the more special!

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From the photographer, Autumn of Hello Miss Lovely: Loren and Destin got married in Seagrove, FL at “The Lawn” by Pearly White Properties. The ceremony took place on the beach a few feet away from the reception. The day was absolutely beautiful along with the two gems saying “I Do”. Loren is quite the DIY bride! She made the card holders, the table numbers, the bow-tie napkins, and the lovely ribbon chairs! Destin, a graphic designer, made their wedding stationary (did you see those amazing invites?!) and the koozies with the sketched portraits of themselves! They had a geometric-romantic wedding to the “T”. It was intimate, fun, romantic, yet laid-back. My most favorite part about the entire thing is the fact Loren and Destin trusted me completely to capture their story the way I see it. They gave me free reigns as an artist and it truly was an inspiration.

Wedding Music:
Processional: “Pure Imagination,” Jamie Cullum
Recessional: “500 Miles,” The Proclaimers
First Dance: “Ever Since,” The Head and the Heart

Wedding Location: Seagrove, FL / Photographer: Hello Miss Lovely / Floral Design and Lighting: Fishers Flowers / Day-Of Coordinator: Stephanie Tate of Savoir Faire Weddings / Venue: The Lawn of Triple Crown House, Pearly White Properties / Wedding Dress and Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Allure Bridals via Danielle’s Bridal Shop / Hair and Makeup: Crystal Byrd / Groom’s Suit: Perry Ellis / Groom’s and Groomsmen Bow Ties: The Tie Bar / Caterer: Dine By Design Catering / Wedding Cake: Kim’s Cakes / DJ: B-Boy Productions, Inc. / Dance Floor, Tables, and Chairs Rentals: HM Tents / Table Numbers, Napkins, Place Cards, Koozie Favors, Wedding Invitations, Paper Goods: DIY by the Bride and Groom / Officiant: Uncle of the Groom

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Aquamint Cotton Mill Wedding

DIY Weddings

Put two artists in charge of planning a party, and it’s going to be something else. Now have those two artists plan their own wedding, and you know it’s going to be out of this world! Justine and Jon married amidst hundreds of folded paper cranes in a gorgeous industrial space, and every second of the day was captured by Jillian Zamora Photography.

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From the bride, Justine: I wanted our wedding to feel very handmade and personal. We are both artists so it seemed only fitting that we really had a hand in every little part. The style was somewhat rustic, industrial and a little bit modern too.

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Papercrafts and chevron! I discovered an obsession with grey chevron, mint green and peach at the very beginning. The chevron table runners were a must have project for us. After that, my mom and I laboured over matching mason jars with cute mini paper roses and tiny flags for the vintage straws. We even had leftover fabric for some cake toppers! My favourite project was making hundreds of giant paper flowers inspired by my gown. Thankfully I have many generous friends and family willing to help out. We used tons of paint swatches for the seating chart and table numbers. Each table were labeled with the name of the colour so our guests sat at tables like “Chinchilla” “Nasturium” and “Peach à la Mode”. To top it all off I had an amazing out-of-state bridesmaid who folded us 1000 paper cranes because she wanted to help out!

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Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? My advice would be to to do as much as you can to make the day feel like your own. I walked in knowing we had done everything we could possibly do and could not have been happier with the result. With that note; absolutely do not try and do everything by yourself! Your friends and family love you and it feels so good knowing they’ll do whatever they can do help make your vision come true. Prioritize your time but don’t forget to enjoy the process! It’s supposed to be fun!

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From the photographer, Jillian: Justine and Jon are both artists so when they approached me to photograph their wedding I was ecstatic because I knew it would be full of amazing color, design and fresh ideas. They did not disappoint. There were two full walls of hundreds of handmade origami paper cranes. A wall full of giant handmade paper flowers was the centerpiece to the reception. Justine is Chinese so the couple incorporated a customary Chinese tea ceremony into their reception for both sides of the families to show their blessings on the bride and groom. Justine and Jon changed into traditional Chinese red outfits for the ceremony. The couple also showed their quirkiness in the selection of the groom’s cake — Boba Fett’s helmet from Star Wars. One other fun fact: this was the very first wedding for Justine to ever attend. Isn’t that crazy that the first wedding she ever attended was her OWN?! I bet it’ll be her most favorite wedding to ever attend, too :) She did most of the details herself, with the help of some of her bridesmaids.

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Wedding Music:
Processional: “Sweet Disposition,” The Temper Trap
Recessional: “Send Me On My Way,” Rusted Root
First Dance: “Better Than Love,” Griffin House
Father/Daughter Dance: “Butterfly Kisses,” Bob Carlisle

Wedding Location: McKinney, TX / Photographer: Jillian Zamora Photography / Flowers: Market Street McKinney / Day-Of Coordination: Weddings by Tina Pope / Wedding Venue: McKinney Cotton Mill / Wedding Dress: Vera Wang White / Wedding Shoes: Tory Burch / Groom’s Suit: Al’s Formal Wear / Wedding Caterer: McKinney Catering Company / Wedding Cake: Delicious Cakes / Photobooth: Snapped Together Photobooths / DJ: Spin DJ Entertainment / Videographer: Brett Gaddy

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Elegant Oahu Wedding

Beach Weddings

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Austin Gros

If you think there aren’t many places more stunning to marry in than Hawaii, then you’d be right – just ask the bride and groom from today’s wedding, shot by photographer Austin Gros. The beauty of the day was only heightened by bride Leah’s Ulla-Maija lace wedding gown and protea-filled floral design from Passion Roots.

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From the bride, Leah: I wanted to get married on ‘Oahu where I grew up, outside under a big tree, but my husband wanted to get married where he was from in Lincoln, Nebraska in a Catholic church. We compromised and got married on ‘Oahu in a Catholic church and had the reception in a botanical garden. We had our reception at a botanical garden and set up long rows of tables and chairs under a big Monkeypod tree. Besides the lush botanicals, the venue features roaming peacocks, and even a natural waterfall at the end of the property where guests can swim in a postcard-perfect setting. All this fit with our idea of an old world, exotic, nature experience amongst our close family and friends.

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Bouquet recipe: King Protea, Mink Protea, seeded Eucalyptus, Grevillea, Sea holly/Blue thistles, green Lotus pods, Tillandsia, and pink Jasmine, adorned with a gold Chrysina beetle.

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With the wedding taking place in Hawai’i at a botanical garden, I pulled together the history of explorer Captain James Cook and our affinity for the natural sciences to create a scene that featured: nautical décor, a vintage globe, antique and aged wood accents, a cake decorated with black pearls, a garland made out of their oyster shells, and lush natural looking centerpieces. Together with the blush, nude, grey and gold color scheme, one’s imagination could’ve described the whole scene as a garden party, thrown by Captain Cook’s wife with things collected from the ship and garden. A real eclectic, whimsical mix that added to the botanical ambiance.

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The surroundings and flower decorations were important to my husband and I, as I am a biologist and my husband an entomologist. Naturally, this part of the wedding planning was a big deal. When one works in the flower industry it is actually quite difficult to narrow down your favorites. All I could commit to was a King Protea in my bridal bouquet. The flower seemed to go with the large bloom featured in the lace in my dress. Plus, the protea held a special meaning – centered around a beetle pollination expedition to Cape Town, South Africa’s Kirstenboch Botanical Gardens with my bridesmaid, Cari.

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Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? People will invite themselves. So, have a response prepared like, “We are still working on the guest list.” This lets them know not to be presumptuous in a polite way. Remember to say thank you to those who have helped you. On the day of your wedding, empty your mind of any expectations; of how things should look, etc. Just like clearing cache on a computer. The void of expectations will help you maintain joy throughout the day and not get bothered by the things that don’t work out the way you planned; all the while helping you to remember that this is a party you’ve planned and to focus on the fact that you will be spending your life together. Wait a week or two before you leave for your honeymoon, because you will be exhausted after your wedding is done. Waiting will help you enjoy it better and be more willing to explore the wherever you go, rather than staying in the hotel the whole time. Unless that’s all you want to do, in which case don’t go anywhere far or expensive – just spend it all on a super luxurious hotel room.

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Wedding Music:
o We decided to make our own playlists for the Cocktail Hour, Dinner and Dancing portions of the evening and hooked up an iPod to rented speakers.
Bridal Party Processional: “Psalm,” M. Ward
Bridal Processional: “Ave Maria,” Franz Schubert
Recessional: “Oh Happy Day,” edited from the Sister Act 2 Soundtrack
First Dance: “Sweet Disposition,” The Temper Tramp

Wedding Location: Hale’iwa, Oahu, HI / Photographer: Austin Gros / Floral Design: Passion Roots / Ceremony Venue: Saint Joachim Catholic Mission Church, Punalu’u, HI / Reception Venue: Waimea Valley Botanical Garden and Arboretum, Hale’iwa, HI / Wedding Dress: Ulla-Maija/Anna Maier “Bianca,” purchased at Gabrielle’s Bridal Atelier / Shoes: Nina Shoes / Bracelet: Kate Spade / Engagement Ring: Memoire / Hair and Makeup: Amanda Gros / Groom’s Suit: Black Lapel / Groom’s Shoes: Bloomingdales / Caterer: Ke Nui Kitchen at Waimea Valley / Wedding Cake: The four tiered cake was made by me via Martha Stewart inspiration. It was only for display, and the actual cake was sheet cake cut up in the kitchen and served to guests on plates / Sheet Cake: Dee Lite Bakery / Tables and Chairs: Royal Party Rentals / Sound Equipment Rentals: Subsidiary of Waimea Valley Botanical Garden and Arboretum

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Your wedding is one of the most important events in your life. It should be full of fun, laughter, and love; so should your photos. My goal is to capture beautiful moments by using a natural, artistic, and light photographic style. I’m passionate about story telling and I seek to document moments big and small—from the moment the bride walks down the aisle to laughter shared among friends—so that your photos will be cherished and shared for generations.

I have covered weddings across the United States and internationally and am a member of the esteemed Wedding Photojournalist Association (WPJA) and Fearless Photographers.

In 2012, I married my inspirational, creative, and loving wife. When I’m not shooting a wedding and traveling, I’m often at home with my wife, playing with our rambunctious corgi.

Based in New York City and the Greater Washington D.C area. I also travel domestically and internationally.

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