When we say a wedding gown can set the tone for a wedding, we truly mean it. This next bride’s uncle designed her wedding gown, right down to the Anna Sui embroidery he discovered eight years prior and held onto for just such an occasion. Bailey and Zain incorporated whimsy and personal flair into their vintage garden wedding, reflected in the numerous flamingo accents throughout the reception. Special thanks to photographer Chad Cress for sending this wedding our way!

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From the photographer, Chad: The venue was absolutely beautiful with the modern architecture, clean lines, and wooden walkways framed by lush palms and the Floridian jungle. Bailey’s personal DIY decor touches were everywhere to be found and totally reflected this couple’s personality. Pink flamingo accents, hanging paper lanterns, a mandatory hat dress code, and a beautiful handmade chandelier were a few touches that really personalized this wedding.

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One of my favorite pieces of this wedding was Bailey’s dress. The dress, designed by Bailey’s Uncle James (a Jacksonville-based designer), is a 1951-inspired garden length gown in layers of point de espirit, brightly embroidered silk organza, and peau de soie, with contrast trimmed petticoats. Did you get that? If that’s not cool enough, the vintage Anna Sui floral embroidery was found in New York about eight years ago and kept by James with Bailey in mind.

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vintage flamingo florida beach wedding

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Wedding vendors (New Smyrna Beach, Florida):

Reception Venue: Atlantic Center for the Arts / Wedding Photographer: Chad Cress / Wedding dress: James Mountain Designs / Bridesmaid dresses: Lela Rose

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Comments (23):

  • Sally Naylor on July 8, 2013

    Beautiful!!! Love everything! Please share the florist, caterer and any thing else. We have a wedding there soon. Please include the vendor used for setup, lights, table etc. Thanks Sally
  • Stacy on January 10, 2013

    Beautiful and fun wedding! I must find the cat cake toppers, anyone know where??
  • Noelle on April 8, 2012

    i love this so much !!! it's colorful and fun but still elegant....hahah i love the shoes too. this wedding is so beautiful
  • Carrie the Flamingo on June 4, 2011

    So unique and classy and you; positively perfect.
  • helen ireland on April 26, 2011

    I like this wedding....a lot. love the dress too..does your uncle have a site?
  • Mandie on April 21, 2011

    What a gorgeous, unique wedding, reminds me of this custom fine jewelry i came across the other day.. Samantha Louise Jewelry, a lot of unique pieces and pretty pinks like in her dress! Love the flamingos! check out that pretty pink jewelry at www.samanthalouisedesign.com
  • Chloe on April 21, 2011

    Well Chad Cass, aren't you just pretty cool? What beautiful, stylish images to suit an uber-stylish couple. A veritable match made in heaven!
  • Candy Lee on April 21, 2011

    Love the Designer, you did an extraordinary job, and deserve lots of props for this one. Bailey you are a lucky girl!!!
  • Tracy Thunderbolt on April 20, 2011

    Well done with the flamingos - they could easily have been too much, but the pictures give the impression that they are acting almost like deities of the wedding. The whole event looks beautiful. Also, I love the dress - and the shoes!
  • Arizona Wedding's Magazine on April 20, 2011

    we love the detail of the dress on the bottom and the added colors to the wedding palette! love, arizona weddings magazine
  • ann wedding favors on April 20, 2011

    The dress of the bride is so fantastic. And what really amused me are the pictures of the swans and when the bride stepped on the feet of the groom.
  • Christine Tarantino on April 19, 2011

    Brides Cousin- this was without a doubt the most unique, fun,family and friend included wedding that I have ever attended. The ladies who attended wore vintage hats, the bridal party entered to the Beatles, and each table had its own cake as a centerpiece. This wedding matched the personalities of the bride and groom perfectly. Until a zombie apocalypse ...
  • natalie bray photography on April 19, 2011

    I am in love with this wedding! Brilliant!
  • Em Scott on April 19, 2011

    beautiful! bailey your dress is just to die for. and i love the flamingo's and the pink!
  • Bailey the Bride on April 19, 2011

    Hot Pink Heels. Dyed to Match. http://www.unforgettablemoments.com/
  • Bailey the Bride on April 19, 2011

    The Cake Topper was custom made by the amazing ceramic artist MELABO. Check out her etsy store for fun pieces and special orders: http://www.etsy.com/shop/melabo The Band was a wonderful vintage vibe band called THE GOLDDIGGERS. http://www.samhillbands.com/bands/golddiggers/index.shtml Thanks for the compliments! We worked our DIY tails off to make everything perfect. And of course, Chad Cress capturing the priceless moments.
  • jenn {bow tie & bustle} on April 19, 2011

    Those pink heels and dress are the perfect combo...so adorable! Love it!
  • Amanda Thorson on April 19, 2011

    this bride has style!
  • lydia {ever ours} on April 19, 2011

    oooh! love how unique her dress is!!
  • Amber on April 19, 2011

    I am dying to know where the cat topper is from, I would love to have one!
  • Erica Ann Photography on April 19, 2011

    Oh my gosh, I love it! Everything is so quirky and fun. The bride is beautiful!
  • Andie on April 19, 2011

    Where did they get that lovely cake topper?
  • Chocolate Fountain Hire on April 19, 2011

    Fantastic pics... loving the colours and love Florida.. We got married there three years ago - our anniversary will be the same day as Prince William & Kate. How dare they upstage us!! lol :) x

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