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Y’all, I’m a total romantic. I believe in love at first sight (this totally happened with BDK), happily ever after, and even Cinderella stories (I always cheer for the underdog!). That being said, I am not embarrassed to admit that I have cried during every single one of Nichols Sparks’ movies. Come on, The Notebook? I’ve seen it hundreds of times and still ball my eyes out at every viewing.

Even if you’re not a devoted NS fan (like Kristin and myself), you’re in for a real treat with today’s inspiration from our friends Faith Teasley and Kickstand Events. Inspired by Nicholas Sparks’ Safe Haven, this talented duo created a nautical dream wedding for the characters, Alex and Katie. I’ll let Faith take it away with a little insight into their creative process!

I’ve always been inspired by the North Carolina coastal town of Southport. When I first saw trailers for Nicolas Sparks’ new movie Safe Haven, which is based in Southport, I knew it’s small beach town vibe would be a beautiful source for wedding inspiration. I reached out to the talented ladies of Kickstand Events who were thrilled to create a dream wedding for the Safe Haven characters, Alex and Katie.

We decided to incorporate details that would really resonate with fans of the book and motion picture. We strategically chose locations straight from the movie. The beautiful Southport Marina served as our ceremony and reception location – the Marina staff was absolutely wonderful! The Southport Marina is a perfect venue for an intimate wedding. The white house pictured is the actual home used in the movie. The tower-like structure in the background is seen throughout the movie as well.

In the story, Alex gives Katie a special letter, so we decided to incorporate handwritten letters in the ceremony.

Readers of the novel will recognize the reception menu – it’s straight from Chapter 16.

Kickstand Events’ incredible vision and enthusiasm for this project was beyond amazing. Together, we created beautiful imagery that we hope will bring inspiration to brides seeking a small beach town romance vibe for their wedding.

An extra treat: this adorable couple in action plus behind-the-scenes details in this fun film from the guys at Blueberry Fusion!

Haven’t seen Safe Haven? That’s okay, take a gander at the preview, and you’ll love this shoot even more! But I must warn you, you may get teary-eyed!

Faith Teasley and Blueberry Fusion are delightful members of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

marissa Written with love by Marissa
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  1. avatar Faith reply

    Yay!! Thank you for the beautiful feature, SW! We had a blast creating these images and are honored to have them on your blog! xoxo

  2. avatar Lisa reply

    Marissa, you are definitely not alone–I can’t even watch a preview for a Nicholas Sparks movie without getting misty-eyed! All of the vendors did such a beautiful job incorporating sweet details from the book on this shoot. I especially love that cake!

  3. avatar Sabrina reply

    Just… STUNNING! I haven’t seen the movie (only the preview), but it’s perfect!!

  4. avatar June reply

    What an elegant and beautiful scenario. Loved the book, loved the movie, love the wedding.

  5. avatar MIchelle reply

    That is my boat at the marina!! Nice job. The cake is really a nice touch. Well done.

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  8. avatar Emily reply

    After working at a bakery for the last seven years, I consider myself a bonafide cake snob, it takes a lot to impress me. But that cake?? It is so wonderful!! I’m obsessed.

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Megan + Jeremy met on a cruise six years before they said “I do” in Miami, so their nautical wedding was not only a nod to their beachside residence, but to the week they fell in love. Their plan to keep things feeling like “summer fun by the sea” was made possible by tackling wedding planning tasks together and making the day a representation of their personality as a couple. We love how much M + J took their theme to heart — all of these photos by Captured Photography put a smile on my face!

I need both of these shoes for me and my future hubs! I love seeing grooms and groomsmen have fun with their wedding day attire, too, and these are adorable for a nautical wedding.

My bouquet was a mix of red peonies, red roses and a few blackout lilies wrapped in white ribbon. The bridal party had a mix of red roses, red orchids and other red filler flowers wrapped in red and navy ribbon. The reception tables were decorated with galvanized French buckets in two different sizes and they were filled with red roses, peonies and orchids.

When it came to my wedding dress, I knew that I was looking for something from Allure Bridal, but I had no clue what would look good on me. I focused on stores with their dresses and I went to the first shop with my dad. I almost picked the second dress I tried on, but I convinced myself to try a few more. I was so happy I waited! A picture of the dress I really wanted had been saved on my desktop for almost three months, but I couldn’t find it anywhere. Finally, at the last boutique I went to, Leggenda Bridal, I found what I was looking for. I gave the consultant my few printed pictures, with my favorite hiding in the back because I honestly didn’t think they would have it. I almost screamed when that was one of the two they had in stock. When I put it on, it was more beautiful than I could have imagined! It was a strapless ball gown with ruching throughout the asymmetrical bodice. Then at the hips it flowed into a caught-up skirt adorned with organza flowers and feathers.

Did you decide to do a “first look”? Why or why not? Yes, after a few months of convincing, we agreed to do a first look. Jeremy really did not want to see me before the ceremony, but because the wedding was on a Friday night, it didn’t really allow us much time to take pictures. Luckily, we ended up doing a first look because we were able to shoot at a gorgeous site, because it rained so hard before, during and after our ceremony that you couldn’t see the other side of the street, and because it allowed us to be alone, relax and be natural with each other.

Oh, y’all. How beautiful is St. Patrick Church in Miami? The ceremony was Megan’s most memorable moment of the big day. “Our priest preformed such a beautiful ceremony and he made us feel as if we were the only ones in the church. The organ sounded perfect and the lighting was impeccable, but it is the loving and kind spiritual words that our priest spoke that I will never forget.”

Jeremy and I went for a very casual, vintage nautical theme. South Florida was perfect for this! We used local starfish and some vintage buoys to decorate the tables. For our sign-in table, we had two oars that each of our guests signed and our seating chart was a large fish net with place cards pinned throughout. We also kept our food very typical of the area, serving some seafood and some Spanish food. Our goal was to keep everything very South Florida and “summer fun by the sea!”

Describe your wedding cake or dessert: Our wedding cake was amazing! It fit into our nautical theme perfectly. It was four tiers covered with solid navy blue fondant. Artistically placed over each tier was a large white anchor, and crowning the top was a beautiful white sugar flower. On the inside, we chose to have alternating layers of red velvet and coconut flavors. It was delicious! We also had a groom’s cake. It was Miami Marlins-themed with a large logo on the top. It was a single layer of coconut cake and written below it, “Your love is my home run! I love you husband!!”

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. It was 6 years from the day we married that the two of us met on a cruise to Bermuda. We were both traveling with our families and celebrating our summer break. It was more than halfway through the cruise that we crossed paths at a local pub on the island. Jeremy was trying to watch the Miami Heat playoff game and I was nagging him to come and hangout with a group of other travelers at the bar. After a little convincing, he gave in. We hit it off that night and were inseparable until the boat docked. When we disembarked, neither one of us was sure if we would ever see each other again. I was from Saint Louis, MO and he was from North Miami Beach, FL. Not only did we have distance between us, both of us were off to college. Over the next four years, we dated on and off, always turning to each other in tough times. We would fly here or there just to spend a day or two together. Eventually, long distance just wasn’t what we wanted anymore. So I packed up my apartment and moved down to sunny South Florida. I arrived to loving arms and we have been by each other’s side ever since.
Describe the proposal. I was in my room getting ready for a night out and I hear Jeremy yelling for me from the other room. I quickly finish up and head toward our living room. As I walk in, I see him kneeling among the most adorable site I’ve ever seen. He had dressed our two dogs as a bride and groom, each with a sign around their neck. One had the words, “Will you” and the other had “Marry me?” I couldn’t have held back the tears if I had tried.
In what month did you get married? June
How many guests attended your wedding? 125
What readings, if any, did you have at your ceremony? From the Old Testament, “The women who fears the Lord is to be praised” (Proverbs 31: 10-13, 19-20, 30-31) and from the New Testament, “God is love” (1 John 4: 7-12).
Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding. Our first dance song was by Christina Perri’s “A Thousand Years.”
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: We had a small boat made to hold all the beer for the wedding. I was constructed by Unique Designs by the Prevals. It was built with a vintage style and painted in white wash, navy blue and red. We absolutely loved it!
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? The biggest challenge was trying not to worry so much. Racking your brain and obsessing over too many details makes planning more painful than fun. I love details, but you need to separate the controllable ones such as colors and favors, from the uncontrollable ones, like how will the tables look, if they will they be set up correctly or if the food will taste good.
What is the one thing you are most happy you splurged on? Photography was one of the most important things to the both of us. In the end, all you have are your pictures, and we were not about to sacrifice that for anything. Jeremy and I were undeniably grateful to have such a brilliant photographer to share our day with us. Jenny and her assistant Shelly captured every moment of our day without missing one smile, tear, detail or dance move! The pictures that Jenny gave us are priceless.
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? The best advice I have is to tackle it together. There is nothing worse than having to take on this huge task one-sided. Delegate tasks, even if they are small or tedious. Also, have fun with it. Pick things you and your partner like, not what you think your guests will like. This day is about you! They are just along for the ride.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? Jeremy and I are taking some time to travel and spend time with our families. Then we are both looking forward to expanding our family!

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
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  1. avatar David F. reply

    It was an absolutely a beautfiul wedding, I loved it. It was an honor to be a part of such a special ceremony. Love you guys !!

  2. avatar Julie Gonzalez reply

    Love everything about this wedding, the style, colors & location. Everything looks beautiful including the Bride & Groom.

  3. avatar donna price reply

    ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS BRIDE, GROOM AND WEDDING! Great theme for South Florida

  4. avatar donna price reply

    BEAUTIFUL EVERYTHING!

  5. avatar Lisa reply

    LOVE all the sweet nautical details! What a beautiful couple and wedding :)

  6. avatar Lauren @ Every Last Detail reply

    This is such a GREAT wedding!!! Love the details and the theme carried throughout!!

  7. avatar melynda frohlich reply

    The wedding was amazing. The whole day was UNFORGETTABLE!!! I LOVE u to very much and wish u the best!!!!

  8. avatar Uncle Bobby reply

    So happy I was able to share your most special day. Love you both.

  9. avatar Allison reply

    I loved this wedding! The well-thought out, personalized details are what makes Megan and Jeremy’s wedding stand out from your typical nuptials. You can really see all the hard work and love that was put into making the wedding happen. The theme was so clever and suited them well while still having the comfortable, casual feel. Bravo!

  10. avatar Nine Photography | Dallas Wedding Photographers reply

    YES! RED PANTS!!!!!!!!!! Best thing ever!

  11. avatar MissJimenez reply

    I love the theme of this wedding! It’s really inspired me.I love the Groomsmen’s casual yet stylish look. Simple with some Glam! The Brides dress is Gorgeous. Love

  12. avatar Angela reply

    Beautiful Wedding!! Had a Blast!! :)

  13. avatar Veronica reply

    Love you both! The wedding was amazing, loved that entire weekend! The colors the theme absolutely original!! One of te best day’s ever!

  14. avatar Jenny (Captured Photography) reply

    Yay! I know Megan and Jeremy worked so hard on their day! It was so fun to be a part of it. Thanks for sharing their cute ideas with everyone :)

  15. avatar Oscar and Gracie Puentes reply

    Beautiful bride, handsome groom, exquisite wedding. Priceless

  16. avatar Manny P. (Groomsman) reply

    B-E-AUTIFUL Wedding im glad i was apart of it. Very unique and original. Love you guys! :)

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  18. avatar Rich Frohlich reply

    This was the most Beautiful Wedding i have ever seen or been a part of. It was Wonderful and my Daughter looked Gorgeous.(a little prejudice). Hope Megan and Jeremy make it in your magazine. Megan Wedding planning may be your calling. Love Dad.

  19. avatar LeeAnn Toolan reply

    Megan and Jeremy did a wonderful job creating their perfect wedding! I know they will create the perfect life together! The wedding and my neice were beautiful. Would not have missed being there and being part of such a lovely ceremony and reception. Love you both! LeeAnn

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  21. avatar patty reply

    It was such a pleasure working with Megan and Jeremy, I am so proud of them for sticking to their theme and really bringing out their personality in all of the details. Everyone commented on all of the thought that was put into it. I wish you both a very long and happy marriage.

  22. avatar Patty Pozas for Event Boutique reply

    The entire planning process was amazing, every detail was perfectly thought out and it showed in the final product. Jenny and her team were amazing to work with they had incredible energy and needless to say an amazing eye for photography. Megan and Jeremy were true to their vision. Incredible!!!

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    Hi, I checked out your page here because I saw we chose the same wedding dress and was curious about how others styled theirs. I love your theme and I can see you guys put in a lot of hard work. The picture of your kiss is just stunning.

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  35. avatar joe DeFabis reply

    love it

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