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Possibly because it feels like summer almost year-round in Florida, I always reach for this Sunshine State editorial from our ninth issue as the temperatures climb here in North Carolina. The vibrant color, thoughtful details, and Art Deco location add up to an inspiring look at how to make a wedding your own, especially if you’d like your celebration to reflect the destination you’ve chosen. Our St. Augustine location was a huge source source of inspiration for these photos, from the citrus and flamingo-inspired palette we used, to the tropical blooms Ashton Events arranged, to the graphic, Art Deco patterns that popped up throughout.

We’re so grateful to our longtime friend and Blue Ribbon Vendor Justin DeMutiis for capturing all the fun!

P.S. Spot any familiar faces in our beautiful bridal party? :)

Twinkle & Toast created the most beautiful and pop-y invitation suite to announce our colorful soiree. The die-cut invitation shape, inspired by Florida’s art deco pools, popped up several more times throughout the shoot.

Our bride’s bouquet, by Laura from Ashton Events, included Yves Piaget, Romantic Antique and Lemon Pompon garden roses; Coral Charm peonies; daffodil;, fritillaria; boronia; ranunculus; Mambo and Majolika spray roses; salal; fern; and gardenia.

Working with ghost chairs at your ceremony? Order vinyl cling-on names to mark reserved seating for loved ones.

It’s safe to say our whole team is obsessed with this tablescape, from the matte black chairs to the banded linen, colorful flowers, and poolside locale! Ashton Events, Wish Vintage Rentals, Luxe Party Rentals, and Kate Ryan Linens knocked it out of the park!

Planner, stylist, and florals: Ashton Events | Photographer: Justin DeMutiis | Film processing: Richard Photo Lab | Ceremony venue: St. Augustine Lightner Museum Garden Courtyard | Reception venue and catering: Casa Monica Hotel | Hair and makeup: Amanda Hopcraft | Cakes and desserts: The Pastry Studio | Popsicles: Hyppo Popsicles | Paper goods: Twinkle and Toast | Linens and rentals: Kate Ryan Linens | Rentals: Wish Vintage Rentals | Chargers: Luxe Party Rentals | Bride’s gown: Kate Spade New York | Bride’s veil: Yuri C. Wedding Shoppe | Bridesmaid dresses: Ralph Lauren | Menswear: The Black Tux | Bow ties: Rock Avenue

Ashton Events and Justin DeMutiis are delightful members of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Janna Toruno reply

    My bachelorette is going to be in St. Augustine! Love this Florida wedding inspiration! :)

  2. avatar Jennifer Anderson reply

    I love all the pops of color at this wedding! Makes me miss home! (I was raised in Florida!)

  3. avatar Kelsie reply

    What a beautiful wedding day!

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I’m about to get a little sappy, friends, and I’m not even ashamed of it.

No matter how many photos I’ve seen of anniversary sessions, I will literally never tire of them.

That’s because one of the most cherished dreams of my life is reaching old age with my husband, because that means we will have had the opportunity to live all of those years alongside each other – something that not everyone is so lucky to do.

If I am granted those years, I can’t help but think that I’ll look at the age spots on both of our hands with tenderness instead of regret or disgust (reactions which seem so common in our youth-obsessed culture). Those age spots will mean we’re still by each other’s side, holding each other’s hands. And in a world where it seems so easy for things to go wrong even for people who do everything right, that is nothing short of a miracle.

Friends, please enjoy these anniversary photos of Judi and Dave, by their friend, photographer Hannah Forsberg. And don’t miss the thoughts from all three of them, sprinkled throughout!

From Hannah: In a culture that often treats love and marriage as disposable, Judi and Dave are a couple that have a beautiful and rare story of just the opposite. Not only are they such a joy to be around and wonderful mentors, but they are also dear friends. I’ve had the privilege of watching their marriage for years and the way they love each other unconditionally is an inspiration and testament to the popular verse that is so often recited during weddings — “love never fails.”

While getting coffee with Judi and hearing her advice on love and marriage, I realized that I needed to share their story with the world. During the wedding planning process, it is so easy in this visually-driven society we live in to become caught up in the things that will pass away – forgetting that your marriage is what matters most and that it is hard work. Love goes beyond the wedding day. You only have your venue for a few hours, your flowers will fade, your wedding dress will go into storage, and your wedding album will be sitting on your living room table. But your marriage? That is what matters most and that is what will have the lasting effect. I hope that these images serve as a reminder that love is a commitment – a commitment of humility, patience, and forgiveness.

From Dave: Judi and I met in Cheyenne, Wyoming where I was serving in the Air Force and Judi was attending stewardess training for United Airlines. It was a short four and a half weeks of getting to know one another, but in that short time, we fell in love and promised to marry each other. The only obstacle was I had an overseas commitment left in my tour of duty. I was sent to Puerto Rico, and we began writing letters to each other every day for the next two years until I finished my tour of duty. After I was able to obtain leave of service, we became engaged over a New Year’s weekend on January 1st, 1963 at 12:01am. We married that same year in September after I was discharged.

What was important to both of us was to be together after waiting and being separated by distance for almost two years. We had hardly any money, so our wedding day was very simple. We loved each other, and that is what mattered. Our wedding was one bridesmaid, a borrowed wedding dress, and one best man in a church in Judi’s home town of Downers Grove, Illinois.

My favorite thing about Judi is that she loves learning and is very diligent in her pursuits. She makes wise choices with her gift of creativity, which is shown in every room in our home. She is always industrious, and I love telling others how much of a Proverbs 31 woman she has become in our almost 55 years of marriage. She works hard, plans ahead, respects me greatly, is a wise counselor, and is a wonderful model of a Godly woman.

From Judi: What I love about Dave is that he is a patient man, asks good questions, and is not a rash decision maker. I have learned a lot from him. He is conservative by nature, orderly and thorough at everything he does. I trust him implicitly. He is kind and generous and has given me a lot of freedom to develop my interests without demanding anything from me. Of course, this causes me to want to serve and love him more. The most honest thing that I can say about love is that love is learned behavior. It can be romantic, but often it is just living and serving each other, working together toward healthy living with family, children, parents, in-laws, etc. The biggest thing I’ve learned over the years and give as advice to other couples is to accept each other and don’t try to change the person. Pray for your spouse, ask God to make changes in YOU, and let God move your spouse’s heart.

Photographer: Hannah Forsberg | Film Lab: The Find Lab | Florist: Ginger Rose | Hair stylist and makeup artist: Erin Ryser | Calligraphy: Morphosis Studio | Cake: Gingerspice Bakery | Lace Top: BHLDN

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Lisa Hays reply

    What a sweet couple! They are indeed lucky to have had each other for such a great period of time. My husband and I were high school sweethearts who went our separate ways but came back together and blended 2 families. We knew we not might see 25 years but we are praying for 20 as he battles cancer. To all the sweet, young brides I say follow Judi’s wisdom and be thankful for every day since we are only promised today.

  2. avatar Sara Dunn reply

    Oh my gosh! What gorgeous photos. Don’t apologize for getting sappy, this is so beautiful. I hope my husband and I can do this 43 years from now ;)

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Bride Callan shares her sweet Alabama wedding at Lazenby Farms.

Please meet today’s bride Callan! Though she might be an Auburn fan, this fellow Alabamian is a girl after my own heart. Not only did she wear my favorite wedding dress designer, Heidi Elnora, but her beautiful wedding to Camp was a filled with sweet Southern details all the way through! She said, “We just adore the South, and we were so excited to include details in our wedding that were special to us and in our upbringing!”

Be sure to keep scrolling and read their love story! The way she told it in one sentence might be one of my favorites to date!

Big SW hugs to Taylor Dane Photography for sharing!

Tell us the highlights of finding your wedding dress. Oh my, this was one of the most fun parts of the wedding planning process! I had been following some wedding dress designers on social media for a few years, so I was constantly looking at beautiful gowns (and of course, imagining what my own dress would look like!). My mom and I did some research on a lot of different bridal boutiques in Birmingham, where I am from, and we came across Heidi Elnora Atelier. We had heard so many good things about the designer, Heidi, and her team.

I ended up having the most incredible experience there, and finding my dream dress! It’s funny looking back now, because my dress ended up being the one I picked out first, and the one that I tried on last. With tears in mine and my Mom’s eyes, I looked in the mirror and said “this is it” the minute I tried it on. Alongside my sweet momma, mother-in-law, sister, and two sister-in-laws, I found my PERFECT dress!

Did you decide to do a first look? Yes! We both knew from the beginning that we wanted a first look. We wanted to have that special moment between just the two of us before the ceremony to see each other and exchange our hand-written letters. It was one of the best decisions we made!

What was your favorite detail from your wedding? One of my favorite details was that during our first look we exchanged letters, and Camp surprised me with his gift. He had someone make a sign with a Bible verse on it from Habakkuk 3:17-18, and in the letter he said that he wanted that to be the definition of our marriage. It says, “Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will take joy in the God of my salvation.” I was crying my eyes out because it was such a beautiful and meaningful gift. I will forever remember that moment!

What was Southern about your wedding? Our wedding was Southern for many different reasons! Our venue was located on a beautiful family farm in Alabama, and the backdrop of our ceremony was one of their cultivated fields. Our drink choices included sweet tea and lemonade, and Camp’s signature cocktail was an Old Fashioned. Southern cuisine was a must at our wedding! With that in mind, we chose Southern classics like fried chicken (of course!), red beans and rice, turnip greens, cornbread, and BLT canapes as an appetizer during cocktail hour! We just adore the South, and we were so excited to include details in our wedding that were special to us and in our upbringing!

What were some of the most meaningful or special parts of your ceremony? One of the most meaningful parts of the ceremony for us was when Josh, our pastor, asked us to turn around and look at everyone that came to witness our wedding. It was so special to see all of those sweet faces that came to celebrate us! Our pastor also served us communion, and our parents came and prayed over us.

What made you choose your ceremony and reception venues? Our ceremony and reception were at a farm just outside of Auburn called Lazenby Farms. They are a third generation owned and operated family farm that produces multiple crops throughout the year. We both majored in Horticulture, so it was so special for us to have our special day at a place that embodied our passion for agriculture!

For my cake we chose a classic — white cake with buttercream icing! For Camp’s groom’s cake we tried to do something unique. Camp is working on his PhD in weed science, and we both are huge Auburn fans (War Eagle!), so we combined the two! Aubie (Auburn’s mascot) was carrying a backpack sprayer spraying in corn and soybeans. It was INCREDIBLE, and a huge hit with our guests!

Tell us your love story in one sentence. The sweetest of friendships turned into an incredible love story between two people who were just waiting for one another the entire time.
Tell us all about the proposal! Camp and I began dating in September of 2015 after a year of friendship. We started talking about marriage pretty soon after we began dating, and little did I know, in October of 2016, Camp had a conversation with my mom about proposing to me with a ring that I had looked at and fell in love with months before! A few days later we were driving through Birmingham, and we saw that there was going to be a rodeo on April 1st (April Fools’ Day!!) We immediately looked at each other (being the horse and rodeo loving people that we are) and said, “we have to go to that!” The day of the rodeo, we arrive at my Mom’s house, and out of nowhere, Camp stops the car and asks me if I want to see my horses before we leave. Of course, I didn’t think anything of this, so I hop out of the car and start calling the horses to come to the fence. Camp had hidden the ring in one of his boots in the car, and I was just oblivious to the entire thing until he was kneeling down to propose! Before he asked me to marry him he said, “Girl, I have to tell you something. I’ve been fooling you. We aren’t going to the rodeo, because I have a pretty important question I need to ask you!” At that moment, he dropped to his knee and asked me to marry him! After many tears, and many pictures taken, we drove up to my Mom’s house and both of our families were there waiting for us! Another surprise: Camp and our parents had rented out a private room at a restaurant with some of our closest friends and families there waiting for us! It was the most perfect day.
When did y’all get married? March 24, 2018
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 450
Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding and why you chose them. Worship music is a huge part of our lives, so our ceremony music was so important to us. Camp, his dad, and our pastor came in to a song called “Compass” by The Hedgerow Folk. It was extra special to us because some of our best friends wrote that song and they were able to sing it at our wedding. I walked down the aisle to “Broken Vessels,” a special song to me because it’s one of the first songs I heard when I first gave my life to Christ. Our first dance was to “Midnight Train to Georgia.” This was so fun to dance to as newlyweds because we moved to Georgia after our wedding, and the lyrics really tell our story so perfectly!
What was your favorite thing about wedding planning? Choosing our vendors and building relationships with them was one of our favorite things we got to do during the wedding planning process. Our vendors were the absolute best!
What was the hardest part about planning your wedding? We opted for a partial planning package with our wedding planner, so a lot of the responsibility fell on the two of us. It was hard for us to stay on track and get things done in a timely manner, but everything turned out exactly how we wanted it to!
What was one way you saved money or cut costs at your wedding? One way we saved money was by purchasing all of the alcohol in bulk ourselves. We also only served two signature cocktails instead of serving our guests a full bar.
What was your most memorable moment from your wedding day? One of the most memorable moments was when the band started singing “Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift and brought my husband and I up on stage. We were singing our hearts out, and our friends were going crazy!
What advice would you give to someone currently planning a wedding? Find vendors that truly care about your vision for your wedding and who invest themselves in that vision. Also, don’t get too stressed! At the end of the day, you are getting married and you will remember it as the best day ever with the most important people in your lives!!!

Photographer: Taylor Dane Photography | Videographer: The Film Poets | Planner: Wade Welch with Invision Events | Venue: Lazenby Farms | Florist: Fists Full Designs | Wedding Cake or Dessert Baker: Cakeitecture | Caterer: Wilton’s Catering | Rentals: PRE Event Resources | Lighting: Unique Event Elements | Band or DJ: Big Bling and the Funk Machine | Paper Products: Alex Fly Designs | Bride’s Gown: “Blaklee Darling” from the Heidi Elnora Atelier | Bride’s Veil: Heidi Elnora | Hair Stylist and Makeup Artist: Danielle Ivy | Bride’s Shoes: “Irenee” by Steve Madden in blue | Bride’s necklace: Perch Jewelry Studio | Bridesmaids Dresses: Steel blue dresses from Show Me Your MuMu | Menswear: Men’s Wearhouse | Cups, napkins, and koozies: Auburn Awards

PRE Event Resources, Heidi Elnora Atelier, and Invision Events are delightful members of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

marissa Written with love by Marissa
  1. avatar Taylor reply

    So excited to see this sweet couple on here! Thanks for sharing xoxo

  2. avatar Geoff reply

    Love the idea behind the creation of the cake. What a great way to combine their interests.

  3. avatar Julie reply

    The sweetest couple and the most perfect spring wedding day! Thank you for featuring their love story!

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