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Oh y’all, now you know Miss Natalie is a true blue Southern bride when she says the biggest planning challenge was working around football season (so very Sweet Tea Society of her!). I can relate as my very own mother-in-law made us well aware that she would not be in attendance if we wed on Iron Bowl weekend! All football alliances aside, Natalie and Parker’s ceremony location might be one of my very favorites–I’ve actually had the pleasure of attending service at the Seaside Chapel and it’s even more stunning in person! All those candles on the altar have me seriously swooning!

Big thank you’s to our sweet friends at Pure 7 Studios for sharing this lovely day with us!

Heavens, those cookies are so stinkin’ cute!

Describe your wedding flowers. Our flowers were beautiful! They were mostly white with a touch of blush, and included roses, dahlias, ranunculus, and lisianthus.

Our favorite detail of the wedding was: Having all of our friends and family with us on such a special day!
Did you have something borrowed, blue, old, and new? If so, do tell! My something old and blue was my grandmother’s handkerchief that my sister had monogrammed with her initials in blue for her wedding day — I had my initials monogrammed right under hers and wrapped it around my bouquet.

Tell us about finding your wedding dress. Finding my dress was such a wonderful experience. I traveled from Birmingham to Atlanta with my mom and sister to search for the perfect gown; I knew I had found the right one when they both started crying as soon as I walked out of the fitting room!

Did you decide to do a “first look”? Why or why not? We chose not to do a first look. We really wanted to keep with tradition and have the experience of seeing each other for the first time walking down the aisle.
What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? All of the bridesmaids wore pearls and there were monograms everywhere!
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? Planning a wedding in the middle of football season!!!!!!

Describe your wedding cake or dessert. Our wedding cake was SO delicious! It was four layers in different flavors: two strawberry, one red velvet, and one vanilla. Parker is not a cake person, so we also had a cheesecake bar with different toppings.

And don’t miss Natalie and Parker’s sweet film by Momentus Films!

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. We met in Destin, Florida. Parker lived in the area and I was on vacation with a group of my college girlfriends. I agreed to go to dinner with him the next time I was in town, and that was that!
Tell us all about the proposal! I had just graduated college the previous weekend and we went to the beach to celebrate. I was getting ready to go to lunch when Parker told me he had to run a few errands and would be back soon. When I came downstairs, I found roses with a note asking me to come and meet him on the beach where we had first met, and he proposed there. He had made dinner reservations for later that night, and when I walked into the restaurant, my whole family was waiting to surprise me!
When did y’all get married? September 14, 2013
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 100
If you are comfortable responding, what range did your wedding budget fall into? $75,000-$100,000
What is the one detail or vendor that you were so happy to have as a part of your wedding? My wedding planner made me the happiest bride ever! She put everything together and made sure it was absolutely perfect on our wedding day so that we could enjoy our friends and family.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? Seeing each other for the first time–neither us of will ever forget that moment!
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Enjoy every moment. It goes by so quickly.

Photographer: Pure 7 Studios / Videographer: Momentus Films / Planner: Jennifer Fisher / Ceremony Venue: Seaside Interfaith Chapel / Reception Venue: Lyceum Lawn / Flowers, Rentals, and Lighting: Events by Nouveau / Wedding Cake: Confections on the Coast / Caterer: Townsend Catering / Band or DJ: Heritage / Bride’s Gown: Lazaro / Paper Products: Alan’s Invitations / Bride’s Veil: Bridals by Lori / Hair Stylist: Katie Tapscott / Bride’s Shoes: “Lang Sandal” by Jimmy Choo / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: “JH5320” by Jim Hjelm / Men’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse

marissa Written with love by Marissa
  1. avatar Ann reply

    Off course working around football season is a big challenge! In fact, each time around the year has its owns challenges. I wanted to make sure to find the perfect time for my wedding and I found the best tips and guide on this website:
    There is all you need to know if you are planning to get married on the Treasure Coast!

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  3. avatar Erica reply

    The post came out beautifully. Natalie was the epitome of what a southern bride represents and we adore her. Thanks for the feature, ladies!

  4. avatar Occasions In Print reply

    What a gorgeous wedding and wedding party! Love the mothers’ dresses too!

  5. avatar Sarah reply

    I knew that planning a wedding was a lot of work, but I never thought about the little details that make a big difference. I mean, for example portable toilets rental is something really important and personally, I had no idea what company to choose. My colleague recommended me Fredoom Waste and the service was just excellent:

  6. avatar caitlin reply

    I love the flower girl and ring bearer outfits! I am getting married in Rosemary Beach in May 2017, and would love to know where this bride found those adorable outfits!

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Welcome back to our newest “real bride” series, Mere Found Her Beau! If you missed last week’s post, you can meet Meredith and her fiance right here. Today, she’s back to tell us about where they’re getting married and how they chose their venues! – Emily

Our families are getting so excited about my and Beau’s special day in one of our most favorite places, and I’m excited to share the details with you all! Being in a long distance relationship and traveling back and forth between states, Florida has always been the one constant place for us. We’ve spent many happy summer weeks there with family, filled with stillness, rest, and relaxation. When it came time to chose a wedding location, Beau and I didn’t hesitate for a moment: Rosemary Beach, Florida, hands down. Well, that was our dream, of course, but lots of things had to fall into place before it could become our reality. Let’s rewind a bit, shall we?

In the summer of 2010, and Beau and I decided to go on an after dinner walk through the town of Rosemary Beach. We already knew it as a dream-like fairytale during the day, but we fell even more in love with it that night. I can remember the two of us strolling past the Eastern Green, holding hands, and allowing our hearts to dream big “what-ifs” as we discussed the possibility and hope of a future wedding:

“Ooh! What if we were married right here on this lawn? What if we had a reception out here? Oooh, yes. An outdoor reception. With twinkly lights! I love twinkly lights!” We were getting a little carried away… or maybe I was. Oh, who cares who it was :) All we knew was our hearts shared a love for a little town at the east end of 30A, and an even deeper love for one another.

Dear Wesleyann

I know I’m making this sound like we made a snappy decision, made one quick call, and BOOM: our venue search was done. That would have been lovely, but it’s not exactly how things played out. Wanting to view and discuss a few things in person before we made any final decisions, my mother and I quickly arranged a (whirlwind) weekend, made a list of our favorite venues, and flew down to Florida to continue the search for our perfect venue.

Our first visit was with Alys Beach. Amazing doesn’t even begin to describe Alys’ atmosphere… let’s go with dazzling. From the moment we met with our wedding specialist on their grounds, we were wowed as they offered us coffee, escorted us around in a futuristic white golf cart, and kindly showed us each of the available venues in their area. Based on our tour of the town, we knew a few things:

— Alys is beyond beautiful. I mean, there was a glistening sunset reflecting off the ocean in the distance just over two of their perfectly-trimmed greens (that detail alone – gracious!).
— The soft feel of the town, and the all white architecture, would have fit my wedding style perfectly.
— There was a pretty hefty minimum on weekly rentals that had to be met in order to book a green on their grounds. Since our date is during “busy season,” prices seemed to be even higher than we had imagined (not easy on a budget).
— Beau and I are getting married in July. Florida’s summer heat and humidity are not very forgiving, and without any air conditioned option, it was hard to imagine Alys as the location for our wedding and reception.

Lauren Kinsey

All three (main) greens were super lovely, but by the end of the tour, my mom and I had decided that they would visually be a great fit for our wedding, but not practically, so with that, we zoomed off to the next venue.

The second place we viewed was good ole Rosemary (we’re on a first name basis these days). Obviously, I was going in already loving this venue. When my mom and I arrived at our meeting, we were given a key to view the Town Hall and a highlighted map to view the available greens. In our previous research, we had learned that the Eastern Green was no longer available to summer brides due to wear-and-tear from the “busy season.” This was upsetting for about all of three seconds, before it clicked (again) that we were getting married in July (hot!). With that in mind, we headed to view the St. Augustine Green first, and the Town Hall second. Both were even lovelier than we remembered, but had pros and cons that we needed to reason through:

— St. Augustine Green would allow me to fulfill my dream of an outdoor, tented reception, whereas The Town Hall would provide a lovely air-conditioned venue, as well as a small courtyard to the side for something fun… say, twinkly lights, perhaps? :)
— Rosemary’s venues had the light, white architecture and feel that would nicely accentuate my wedding style, just like Alys.
— St. Augustine Green had an area to its left that was under construction, but we were assured that it had not been an issue for brides in the past and was easily blocked off by event décor, tents, etc.
— The Town Hall was quaint and lovely, but could possibly to be a little snug inside or outside during the reception with our guest count.
— Rosemary Beach had a rental requirement number higher than any of the other venues we looked at.

Lauren Kinsey

My mother and I knew two things when leaving Rosemary Beach: we were not certain that the suggested décor to hide the construction would be a style we would love, and we still felt uneasy about our guests being outside for the entire night without any indoor option. With these things in mind, we were able to cross off the St. Augustine Green, and head to our third visit: Carillon, or “the village by the sea”.

I hate to admit this, but since Carillon was more of a “spur of the moment” visit, my mother and I took our final tour into our own hands (making it more of a “trespassing browse” of Carillon, rather than a tour). As we moseyed down the main street, we began to realize how sweet this town was, complete with soft colors and a warm elegance – truly a village by the sea! Eventually, we stumbled upon the Carillon wedding chapel and green, and immediately ooh’d and ahh’d over how darling they were. The back wall of the building was mostly glass, opening up to the dune lake that sits in the middle of Carillon — very romantic. I could have easily pictured my wedding in this venue: cute and quaint, with many possible areas for those twinkle lights I envisioned. The only problem: size. Carillon was definitely too small for our guest count, an unfortunate problem that is difficult to wiggle your way out of. We quickly crossed it off our list.

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After many meetings, tours (and “tours”), and long chats over warm cups of coffee, we made a decision: we would be married at our dream venue, Rosemary Beach! My indecisive heart had officially found peace. Although my initial vision included a large, tented, outdoor ceremony and reception on a green, when considering all of the factors (most importantly heat!), providing adequate comfort for our traveling guests was of much greater importance to Beau and I than aesthetics. On July 11, 2014, I will be marrying my beau in the Rosemary Beach Town Hall, and I could not picture a more perfect location to choose forever with my best friend!

Where are y’all getting married? Have you ever visited this part of Florida? I’d love to hear!

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emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Emily reply

    My husband and I got married at Eden Gardens along Hwy 98 and on the bay side. It was an awesome outdoor venue. BEAUTIFUL in pictures. I’d recommend for anyone considering a 30A wedding.

  2. avatar Kelsey reply

    I’m not a Southern bride (although I certainly wish I was!) but my fiancé and I are getting married one day after Meredith & Beau! Fun fact :) Congratulations, Meredith! It looks like such a beautiful place!

  3. avatar Lisa reply

    I’ve only ever driven through a little part of Florida on my way to NC from Texas, but these venue pictures have me anxious to take a real trip there! Rosemary Beach looks beautiful and oh-so-perfect for Meredith and Beau!

  4. avatar Rachel reply

    A seriously beautiful wedding venue!

  5. avatar Samantha reply

    I live in Panama City, FL. We go to the Rosemary Beach area quite often, it’s so beautiful!

  6. avatar Kristyn Monaghan reply

    Rosemary Beach is one of my favorite places! Perfect for a wedding! I hope it’s everything you imagined and more!

  7. avatar Leon Bailey reply

    Will have to take a trip to visit this venue as it is in Florida. It’s incredibly beautiful! :)

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    I love the Jane dress! Wonderful idea!

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Cover Finalist :: Paul Johnson

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Paul and Mecheal Johnson sent us their capture of a beautiful jaunt around the gorgeous Caliza Pool at Alys Beach. They chose the same area of the country as the Vue ladies did, but the two shoots couldn’t be more different! Check out the rest of the shots in the gallery!

The talented vendors involved:

Photography: Paul Johnson // Cinematography: Diva Productions // Florals: Nouveau Florals // Hair: Solace Day Spa // Makeup: Yvette Nation // Dress: the Melissa Sweet “Fiesole” from The Bride Room // Location: Alys Beach Caliza Pool

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emily Written with love by Emily

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