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From Katie at {Jenna Walker Photographers}. For more, visit the Jenna Walker {BLOG}  From Katie… “I was in Naples, Florida for Cheryl & Phil’s wedding at the {Port Royal Club} – and how beautiful it was. With most guests hailing from Michigan and the UK, this was certainly a destination weekend of togetherness for the whole crew. That sort of intimacy is always amazing – watching and meeting these families that may see each other but a few times a year. And making each day count. From the Welcome Dinner to the rehearsal to their big day, Cheryl & Phil were the most gracious of hosts both to their guests and to us.  It was my first time meeting both of them, and wow – they have such energy and empathy for the people in their lives.” 

Visual Designer and Florist {50 FIFTY FLORAL ART}, Cake {Mikkelsen’s Pastry Shop}, Paper Goods {Emerald City Designs}, DJ Steve Miller of the {Steve Miller Band},  Bridesmaid Dresses custom made by {Beth Groesbeck}, Catering {Port Royal Club}

More from Katie…”While I spent the morning at the spa with the girls, the uber-talented {Kevin Von Qualen} came along to help me shoot. He enjoyed an afternoon of sailing with Phil & his groomsmen. Rough gig huh?! It looked like an amazing time – this might be the first time I have a shot of a groom doing a back float in the Gulf of Mexico just hours before his wedding!”


{Cheryl’s answers in italics} 

The weather: We were blessed with the last beautiful Saturday of May – before the onset of the hurricane season. Blue skies, mid 80s, a few distant white fluffy clouds and, for the boys out sailing, a nice sea breeze
What was the inspiration for your wedding design? We wanted a white wedding but with a natural tropical feel. Our inspiration was Mother Nature — the ocean, sand and palms. Following the waterside service, we wanted the reception to have a South Beach feel.
How did the two of you meet? We met at a Detroit Tigers baseball game – to which I’d been invited by Cheryl’s sister Melissa who works in the same office.
Describe your engagement: I proposed while on a boat, in the middle of our lake, at sunset, having just arrived back from a London and a trip to Tiffany’s.
What attracted me to my husband was: The first time I felt the attraction we were on the dance floor dancing to every song . I loved the way we danced together, the way he looked at me the way he touched me. After that night I couldn’t wait to see him again. Phil is a true Gentleman, when the music stopped he continues to be my Knight in shining armor.
What attracted me to my wife was: She is so beautiful inside and out, and she just makes me want to be a better person every day.

More to come in Part II… 

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  1. avatar [C+D] Cathy and David – Photographers reply

    Oh how beautiful… We CAN’T WAIT to do our first destination wedding. :) Love the last couple with the lens flare. Beautiful. We also look forward to your new media kit! :-D

  2. avatar Leigh reply

    What a gorgeous wedding! I live in Naples, so I was especially excited to see this!

  3. avatar Leigh reply

    What a gorgeous wedding! I live in Naples so I was especially excited to see this!

  4. avatar Jenna Walker Photographers reply

    Thanks Ladies…we’re so excited for Cheryl & Phil! You’re the best!

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We are so excited to introduce our next guest blogger!  After a slew of emails about her first post, Elizabeth was thrilled when we asked her to share some of her wedding day secrets with you.  The greatest joy I have in working on this magazine is getting to know our beautiful brides.  Liz is certainly one of those brides who makes my days so fun.  It has been such a pleasure getting to know this incredibly sweet southern belle.  Enjoy!  ~Lara

Hello! I’m Elizabeth, a traditional southern bride with a twist. I’d like to share with you some of my vendors and ideas including how I made some nontraditional elements work in a southern and traditional setting!


The fabulous {Michael Norwood} from Orange County, California took our engagement pictures in Malibu, CA near where we now live (above).  Our pre-ceremony pictures were taken in the riverbed at {Belle Meade Plantation}, the site of our ceremony. Michael also set up a slideshow of the ceremony at our reception, held at the {Nashville Downtown Hilton}, where the southern menu consisted of country ham encrusted filet mignon, cornbread dressing stuffed chicken breast, fried corn pudding and of course, sweet tea! Hamburger sliders came out a few hours after dinner.

{Pendragon} wrote the one of a kind script for our invitations, and also created our signature “W” that we printed on everything from our invitations to our aisle runner, created by {Fairytale Runners}. We used the aisle runner at the reception instead of the ceremony to create a grand entrance for everyone.

{Mary Elizabeth Long} left my hair in soft curls while Beth Pilgreen of Atlanta created my natural makeup. My dress was “Lia” by {Melissa Sweet}—a form fitting satin dress with a trumpet skirt. And who says the bride must wear white shoes? After searching for the perfect white wedding heel I decided to go with the shoe that I’d definitely wear again–black {Manolo Blahnik} heels. I went with a bold antique bib necklace, but the most unusual element was the 4-piece veil I designed and my mother-in-law made.

More on my DIY projects such as invitations, guest book and favors next! ~Liz

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  1. avatar Brooke reply

    Wow Elizabeth! You designed that veil? Gorgeous and so resourceful to have your family member make it. I can’t wait to hear more!!! I am getting married this fall and it sounds like you may be the perfect blogger to give me do it yourself ideas!

  2. avatar kristin @ the fairmount bride reply

    wow! your wedding was beautiful!

  3. avatar Melissa reply

    What beautiful pictures and great details of your wedding! Very romantic! You two make a lovely couple…Do you have any pictures of the necklace you mention? I would love to see a close up of it.

  4. avatar Ashley @ Bliss Event Group reply

    I can’t wait to hear more about that fabulous veil, and interested to hear how you got the inspiration for using white for the bridesmaid’s dresses. Very unique and elegant.

  5. avatar Cozette reply

    Elizabeth, Nice comments from everyone and I certainly enjoyed working with your design and seeing you so beautifully carry if off at the most wonderful wedding I have ever attended. I know, I know you married my son. What can I say. (Smile).

  6. avatar amber reply

    i heart liz! hugs to you nashville bride buddy! :)

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Photographed by {Dove Wedding Photography}, Amber and Brandon were married at {Two River’s Mansion} in Nashville, TN.  Coordination by Mary Alice Sublett of {A Delightful Day} who Amber now works for.  You can see the wedding planner in Amber bursting out in these fabulous details!  I am loving her pink diamond wedding band and this gorgeous location.  The Delightful Day girls have a fun {BLOG} too.  The bride also owns {Sweet Life Designs}, a custom invitations and design boutique.  Congratulations, Amber + Brandon!

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  1. avatar David [C+D Photography] reply

    What an amazing wedding! How cool a location is that? The photographs are also very beautiful.

  2. avatar Maria @ {ritzy bee} reply

    SOOO lovely!!

  3. avatar Whitney (Dove Wedding Photography) reply

    How fun is it seeing one of our couples on here?! Amber is really great and brought so many wonderful details to the wedding. You guys have an awesome blog!

  4. avatar Joan Evans reply

    Wow! Nice site and great work from Dove Wedding at this venue…as per the norm! Keep up the fabulous work.Joan

  5. avatar kristin @ the fairmount bride reply

    love the pink!

  6. avatar Stephanie Mahoney reply

    Oh how exciting to see someone I know featured here! I could look at these photos every single day. Amber has such a fabulous eye for all things wedding related. Of course, I love Dove Wedding Photography…they photographed my wedding last fall too.

  7. avatar Mary Alice Sublett reply

    I just love Amber and she continually brings out her creative side with all the brides that we work with! Her wedding was beautiful and truly a day filled with love. Thanks so much for sharing Amber’s wonderful day with us and the rest of the SWS subscribers!

  8. avatar Leigh Hosek reply

    Oh my goodness Amber has such a wonderful eye for detail! I was privileged to attend her wedding and it was every bit as fabulous (and more) as the pictures depict!

  9. avatar Jen reply

    I love love love all the details in this wedding! They are an absolutely gorgeous couple and looks like they had an amazing wedding! As a photographer, it looks like a dream to shoot!

  10. avatar Ashley @ Bliss Event Group reply

    Okay, so I love love love all of the fabulous details of this event, but really how perfect is that pink vintage wallpaper/backdrop! Oh, and the pink diamonds..seriously one of the prettiest rings I have seen. This venue is the epitome of southern style.

  11. avatar Rhonda Patton reply

    Amber is ingeniously creative and has a keen eye for detail. If you want to make your wedding devine, the goddess is in the details- so give the ladies of Delightfuly Day a call!!! Such a beautiful wedding and a great inspiration for future brides. I am so glad your a part of Delightful Day. You and Mary Alice make the perfect team. Keep up the good work ladies!!!!Rhonda PattonOwner, Rhonda Patton Weddingshttp://www.rhondapattonweddings.com

  12. avatar Allison reply

    Absolutely stunning! The photographs are absolutely amazing!Premier Nashville Wedding PlannerPremier Nashville Wedding Planner Blog

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