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Welcome back to Part II of Courtney + Phillip’s Wedding.  The reception site, {The Ruskin Place Park} in Seaside, Florida, is so stunning.  How about this decor!?  If this wedding came in a catalog, I would buy it.  And the best part: the send-off.  Courtney + Phillip rode off on a scooter!  See more of Courtney + Phillip’s wedding at East Hill’s {BLOG}. Thank you so much, Rick, for sharing this drop dead gorgeous wedding with us.  (See you in September!)

More from Jennifer at It’s a Shore Thing:  “Directly after the ceremony, guests were entertained at a cocktail reception. Befitting the groom’s heritage, guests were served fish & chips wrapped in newsprint. Champagne and wine were served and as a nod to the Southern location, the bride’s signature drink was  “swamp water”. Escort cards of larger votive candles with hand calligraphied vellum paper led guests through the fairly forest to the reception in Ruskin Park. A Scottish Bagpiper heralded the arrival of the Bride and Groom to the reception. After Guests were seated and salad was served, waiters arrived with trays holding three plates, each with a different entrée for each guest. The wedding guests dined and danced, not only under the stars, but beneath chandeliers hung from the trees. Entertainment was provided by a string quartet and three separate vocalists who were then followed by a DJ. As the reception drew to a close, the bride and groom departed on a scooter to their Seaside honeymoon cottage, followed by a ten day honeymoon in the Southwest.”

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  1. avatar Annette@Swanky Tables reply

    Wow, what an event! I love the votive escort cards and all of the food and drink personal touches. Looks like a fabulous venue!

  2. avatar weddingchicks reply

    Simply Amazing and truly Stunning! You can definitely tell that allot of love and care was put into the planning of this spectacular event.

  3. avatar Jeana reply

    Amazing! The venue looks so pretty and everything looks so beautiful and very well put together! WOW!

  4. avatar The Virutal Bride reply

    Stunning!ShannonThe Virtual Bridesmaidhttp://blog.viddia.com

  5. avatar Julie Gandy reply

    I love everything about this wedding. The chandelier over the cake is such an awesome surprise for an outdoor wedding. And I absolutely love the very contemporary look of the square and rectangular tables. Kudos to the photographer for awesome coverage. Great Job!!

  6. avatar Michelle reply

    Thanks for the comment on my blog! I love the unique elements of this reception – the favors, the setup and the cupcake stand is just to die for!

  7. avatar Denise reply

    This is pretty much my dream wedding. The colors, the lighting… simply gorgeous!

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Courtney + Phillip’s Seaside, Florida wedding celebration is out of this world gorgeous!  The ceremony took place in a quaint church decorated with a fabulous ceremony aisle treatment.  Event planning by {It’s a “Shore” Thing Wedding and Event Planning}, Catering by {Townsend Catering}, Photography by my dear friend, Rick, at {East Hill Photography}, Flowers by {Nouveau Flowers}.

The wedding story from Jennifer at It’s a Shore Thing: “Courtney and Philip were both attending William Woods University on athletic scholarships (his soccer, hers equestrian) when they spotted each other across the campus. Sparks flew and the rest, as they say, is history.  Two years later, on May 12, 2007 Courtney Withers Miller of Seaside, FL and Philip Peter Stubley of Leeds, England were joined in marriage before 200 invited guests from three continents and six countries. The Bride’s father, who is the minister of the Seaside Chapel, walked her down the aisle and then resided over the ceremony.  There were 12 bridesmaids, 13 groomsmen, 2 ring bearers and 2 flower girls. The flower girls wore handmade feather wing as they floated down the aisle. The best man carried the bride’s ring in a hand crocheted ring bag.  The bridesmaids’ bouquets were wrapped in cream chiffon Nicole Miller wraps which they later used to ward off the evening chill. Each bridesmaid wore a pearl necklace (a gift from the bride) that was handmade by a local jewelry designer. ”  More to come in Part II….

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  1. avatar RhondaGail reply

    I just love her veil! Very different. Untraditional materials formed into a traditional southern bride silhouette

  2. avatar Cathy and David – Photographers reply

    Those are the craziest boutonnieres EVER. And I like them :)

  3. avatar Sarah reply

    I also love this veil! Any info on where it’s from/the designer??

  4. avatar Caroline Ghetes reply

    The groomsmen are HOT! I looooooovvvvvvve their outfits and the branch decos are out of this world awesome!

  5. avatar Florida Catering reply

    Looks like everyone had a wonderful time, Great photography!

  6. avatar courtney stubley reply

    The veil is Toni Federici.

  7. avatar Sheva reply

    Where did you find the branches for the aisle? I have been looking for some just like that!

  8. avatar courtney stubley reply

    Christina at Nouveau did all the decor. . . she came up with the amazing branches.

  9. avatar shary reply

    What color are the bridesmaid and groomsmen wearing?

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Special thanks to all of the people who linked to us this week! If you have linked to us in the last week and don’t see your link here, please leave a comment and we will add it.  We now have an archived Link Love section where you can view all of the past links.

{Style Me Pretty}, {A Bryan Photo}, {Jonathan Canlas Photography}, {Jory Cordy Photography}, {The Smart Planner}, {The Smart Planner SURPRISE!}, {Almasy Photo}, {Megan W Blog}, {Ritzy Bee Blog 1}, {Ritzy Bee Blog 2}, {Ritzy Bee Blog 3}, {Abigail Seymour Photography}, {Travis Hoehne Photography}{Weddings With Tara}, {Gandy Photographers}{Creative Odds n’ Ends}, {MindCastle Studios}, {Rae Leytham}, {ABCD Design}{Get Married Blogger Brides}, {Walker College of Business}, {Team Giles}, {Let’s Eat Cake!}, {Kelly Moore Photography}, {A Bryan Photo Summer Retreat}, {Woodward + Rick Meeting with Lara + Rachel}, {Weddingbee}, {Modern Vintage Designs}, {The Best of SW onWishpot}, {Top 100 Wedding Planning Blogs}, {In This Instance}, {Leaving and Loving on a Jetplane}, {Diana Blogs}, {Life Photographics}, {Holiday House Weddings}, {Valdosta Weddings}, {Wed With Ease}, {Krishnawami08}, {A Match Made in Heaven}, {Kiss the Bride Consulting}, {Danielle Nicole Downing}, {Amorology Weddings}, {Jeune Marie}, {Chasing Spayde}, {ABCD I Heart SW}, {Serendipity Design}, {Erin Volante Floral}, {Lucky Paperie}, {Poser Blog}, {Le’Penn Designs}, {Wedding Paper Divas} them!, {JTG Studio}

Big Giveaway on the {Bliss Blog} today: 5 lucky winners will get a custom Bliss inspiration board, DIY secret sources and design scheme created just for their Big Day.  To enter and for more details, visit the {Bliss Blog}. Contest ends Friday September 12th.


ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a disease that effects muscle- controlling nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. The ALS division of the MDA provides support to those with ALS and sponsors research efforts to find effective treatments for the disease. Visit their {website} to discover the many ways you can get involved with this fantastic organization. Thank you {Starry-Eyed Barefoot Bride} for introducing us to this wonderful charity.


People always ask us “When do you sleep!?”  We work hard, but many of you are up with me at 2am working away too! (ahem… Cristen, Leigh, Rebecca, Joy Marie, etc etc)  What makes it worth it?  Getting packages in the mail like this, for one!  A million thanks to Holly Hatam of {Teardrop Weddings} for this very thoughtful gift.  (click to view larger)  Wouldn’t you love to get one of these in the mail from a friend?  Give Holly a ring… she is such a joy to know and an incredible talent.  Thank you so much, Holly!

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  1. avatar Le’Trice @ Le’Penn Designs reply

    Hi Ladies,Just stopping by to let you know I added your blog to our list of daily reads. Is it possible to have our blog link added to your "Link Love" section? Thank You!Le’Trice

  2. avatar Southern Weddings reply

    Thanks so much for the link love, Le’Trice! You’ve been added~ Lara

  3. avatar cristen chester reply

    hi lara, are you still up? i hope i am not the only one crazy enough to still be up working tonight! maybe being a night owl is a redhead thing! now if only whole foods, target + the gym were open this late i could get other things crossed off my list, too!

  4. avatar Caroline Ghetes reply

    Hey there Lara! I added your link two weeks ago to my "Wedding Magazines" category of sites to visit, on my blog. Pretty please can you add me too? Thanks a bunches! ~Caroline

  5. avatar Joanna reply

    Just wanted to let you know that I link the SWB from my blog so my brides can feel inspired. Thanks so much. http://www.jtgstudio.com

  6. avatar Southern Weddings reply

    Thanks so much, Joanna! Adding you now~

  7. avatar Caroline Ghetes reply

    awww….what about me : (

  8. avatar Southern Weddings reply

    Hi Caroline~ You are already listed… between Diana Blogs and Holiday House Weddings : ) Thanks for the blog love!

  9. avatar Caroline Ghetes reply

    LOL, man am I a fool : ) Thank you! I love you guys!

  10. avatar Lauren reply

    I feel loved :)

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