While Texas always makes a lovely location for a wedding, newlyweds Jade and Dan knew they wanted the laid-back essence a beach wedding would provide. The couple headed to Florida with Sweet Julep Photography and Stems on their list to make their dream day a reality, which they accomplished easily with so many talented hands nearby. Let’s take a look!
From the photographer, Sweet Julep Photography: When Jade originally contacted us about her Santa Rosa Beach wedding, we were like, “Oh heck yes!” But then we learned that she and Dan didn’t even live near Florida. They lived in Ft Worth, TX! Destination weddings are our absolute favorite, and we were in love with Jade from the very beginning. So with only email and Facebook as a means to get to know each other, we anxiously waited for the day to come when we could finally talk face to face with this girl!
Highlands House was the most quaint little bed & breakfast nestled back in the trees only a couple blocks away from Gulf Place. HH had a beautiful bridal suite with the most gorgeous, soft light. The white aesthetic of the house made the perfect backdrop for all of Jade’s colorful details. We were obsessed with Jade’s personal style and loved the color palette that she chose for her day. Our favorite feature of the property had to be the boardwalk through the natural area to the beach! We loved that you could go from a modern B&B to a lush, green lawn to an overgrown boardwalk to the sandy Gulf coast. It wasn’t your every day, average beach rental!
The guys chose to get ready at a condo about a block down the road. We had the most amazing weather on this day, so we really enjoyed that we were able to walk back and forth between the two locations! Per usual, the guys were relaxed and watching baseball until about 30 minutes before the ceremony. Jade and Dan chose to not see each other before the ceremony, so we had to do most all of the photos after the ceremony, which made for some gorgeous images. Everyone was so light-hearted and happy that getting beautiful pictures was effortless. As we headed back to the house for the reception, we loved that you could stand on the porch and watch the whole setting on the lawn while still seeing the bright blue colors of the ocean. The sun dipped below the horizon pretty quickly, making the most perfect atmosphere for dancing under the string lights.