This Florida wedding by the water is just great all around and we’re so glad that Pat Furey was able to be there to capture every intimate moment and beautiful wedding detail. There are so many aspects of this wedding that jumped out at me the first moment I saw the photos and I’m clinging to all of them! First, hello Florida weddings! What could be better than that warm weather and the unbelievably blue waters? Second, Sarah and AJ’s beach wedding fashion is just giving me so much life today and she chose a stunning Lihi Hod dress. And finally, their reception decor was just perfection. Amazing Wedding Productions made gorgeous arrangements of peonies, delphiniums, lisianthus–and my new favorite flower–proteas covered any table that stood still. So fab!

beach weddings in Florida - photo by Pat Furey

From the bride, Sarah: We wanted our wedding day to be elegant and modern, but in an effortless way that fit our personalities. AJ and I love to laugh and have a good time. We embraced the idea of sharing an incredibly fun weekend with our families and friends. My everyday decor style could be described as eclectic (messy), so I tried to keep things clean, light and soft. I loved the possibilities behind this gorgeous resort in a beachy, natural setting. Amelia Island is a unique and beautiful place, which we aimed to highlight.

elegant wedding invitations - photo by Pat Furey

modern wedding dress - photo by Pat Furey

silver wedding shoes - photo by Pat Furey

Our wedding day goals were Lax Classic, Effortlessly Elegant, Free-flowing Formal (c/o my MOH, Anna). I wasn’t drawn to a particular theme or color scheme, so we skipped that route. I was attracted to lush, tropical-inspired, flowing greens with shades of ivory, champagne, copper and pale pinks. The bridesmaids dresses brought in a more vibrant shade (I adore Reformation!) to amp things up. And tuxes for the guys. My mom was essential in helping to execute our “vision.” She found inspiration for our table runners, sourcing and cutting the fabric herself.

weddings in florida - photo by Pat Furey

florida weddings - photo by Pat Furey

lihi hod wedding dress - photo by Pat Furey

wedding bouquet ideas - photo by Pat Furey

red bridesmaids dresses - photo by Pat Furey

groomsmen tuxedos - photo by Pat Furey

ceremony chairs - photo by Pat Furey

wedding altar decor - photo by Pat Furey

If you know, what flowers were used for your bouquet and/or floral arrangements?My bouquet was designed with a loose hand tied look in mind. Peonies, white delphinium, white football mums, white astilbe, Juliet peach garden roses, white lisianthus and pink ice protea. We incorporated lots of greenery to bring a loose and natural feel to the bouquet – Italian ruscus, nagi and sword fern. Our flower girl, Madelyn, had her own floral wand with copper ribbon woven in.

beach wedding ceremony - photo by Pat Furey

wedding veils - photo by Pat Furey

wedding ceremony - photo by Pat Furey

Our floral arrangements incorporated the same flowers and greenery – peonies, pink ice protea, king white protea, Juliet garden roses, white delphinium, white football mums, white lisianthus, white astilbe, blush spray roses and champagne roses. They were designed in copper-footed vases. Spaced with flowing greenery.

florida wedding ceremony - photo by Pat Furey

wedding place cards - photo by Pat Furey

outdoor wedding receptions - photo by Pat Furey

wedding centerpiece ideas - photo by Pat Furey

weddings in florida - photo by Pat Furey

weddings by the beach - photo by Pat Furey

wedding photography - photo by Pat Furey

wedding table ideas - photo by Pat Furey

wedding decor - photo by Pat Furey

wedding table setup - photo by Pat Furey

protea centerpieces - photo by Pat Furey

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Remember the end goal (marrying the love of your life) when it gets stressful. Coming from someone who despises planning. Focus on the things you will notice, forget the rest – this is different for everyone. There is no way to express the level of joy our wedding day brought us. It was a team effort.

wedding styles - photo by Pat Furey

peony centerpieces - photo by Pat Furey

first dance - photo by Pat Furey

View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Be sure to watch the wedding film from Take One Productions:

Wedding Music:
Choosing music was one of our favorite parts of planning. Music was essential in helping us express our feelings on the day, and really set the mood for our wedding and party!
Bridal Processional: “The Wind,” Cat Stevens
Recessional: “(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher,” Jackie Wilson
First Dance: “Lovin’ You, Baby,” Charles Bradley and Menahan Street Band
Father/Daughter Dance: “Daughter,” Loudon Wainwright III

Wedding Vendors


Pat Furey

Floral Designer

Sandra Pfaff, Amazing Wedding Productions

Venue, Catering, + Wedding Cake

The Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island

Wedding Dress

Lihi Hod

Wedding Shoes

Stuart Weitzman

Wedding Veil

Sara Gabriel

Hair and Makeup

Christine Wheaton, Femme Akoi

Bridesmaid Dresses


Groom's Attire

Joseph Abboud

Groomsmen Attire

Joseph Abboud

Ceremony + Dinner Strings

Wehner Weddings


The Royals



Wedding Invitations

Celebrated Occasions


Calligraphy by Cami


Doug + Laura Lewis, Take One Productions