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I’ll let you in on a little secret of mine. When I was planning my own wedding, A Bryan Photo was my first choice for our photographer. Although I love the photographer we went with, I still pine a bit when I see ABP weddings! Lucky for me, I can live vicariously through Liz + Brett’s sweet celebration!

Beyond the gorgeous photos, I could go on about a bajillon things I’m smitten with in this wedding – not limited to Liz’s passed down vintage veil, the second line they ended their reception with, and their monogrammed tambourines — those look like way too much fun!

Can we just pause for a second and swoon over these glitter-heeled Kate Spades? Dying!

Such a sweet first look with Dad!

I went wedding dress shopping with my mom, aunt and grandmother. I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted – something timeless, but also fun and comfortable for dancing. When I finally tried on my dress, I knew I loved it and they all immediately agreed. After buying the dress, I decided I wanted a few customizations to make it really unique. The seamstress worked her magic by making the neckline a sweetheart, adding gorgeous lace straps, and sewing in a few layers of crinoline at the bottom to make the skirt “pop.” I loved the way it turned out.

Did you write your own vows? We said traditional vows. We both felt that there is something incredibly meaningful about saying the same vows that our parents, grandparents, and all of the other generations before us have said.
What readings, if any, did you have at your ceremony? Our readings were Song of Solomon 8:6-7 and Romans 12:9-18
Did you decide to do a “first look”? Why or why not? We decided stick with tradition and not do a first look. The emotions in the moment we first saw each other at opposite ends of the aisle was something that we’ll never forget.
Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding. I walked down the aisle to Clark’s “Trumpet Voluntary.” We had a trumpeter, and it was truly a magical moment when I heard him start to play. Our processional song was “Allegro Maestoso from Water Music” by Handel. Our first dance was to “Cheek to Cheek,” which is a wonderful old jazz song by Etta James & Louis Armstrong. It is the quintessential New Orleans song and carries so much meaning for us – we also danced to it right after we got engaged.

Our florist did an extraordinary job on our flowers. We were married in the fall and I knew I wanted to include some beautiful fall colors as well as incorporate trees at the reception to create an organic feeling. He took my ideas to a whole new level and came up with the most stunning 12-foot tall trees with gloriosa lilies and votives hanging from the branches. They framed the dance floor and were the first thing guests saw when they walked in the door to our reception. They were stunning and very dramatic, which we loved. The rest of our flowers were antique heirloom hydrangeas (my favorite), sahara roses, burgundy dahlias – a beautiful mix of high and low arrangements. We couldn’t have been happier with the way they turned out.

Describe your wedding cake or dessert: Our wedding cake was a beautiful four-layer cake with antique heirloom hydrangeas between each layer. Each layer was a different flavor, all with French buttercream icing. Brett’s groom’s cake was a red velvet cake topped with a gorgeous tower of macaroons. Both of them were delicious!

We had a Cuban room as was a nod to my husband’s Cuban heritage. Inside, we had a mojito bar, cigar bar, and Cuban sandwiches. The cigars were so popular that we had to send our wedding planner out in the middle of the reception to buy more!

Love that Liz’s bridesmaids did a cake pull — SUCH a Southern tradition!

Our favorite detail of the wedding was: We gave our guests white tambourines with our monogram and the wedding date printed on them that were a huge hit. They were probably the least expensive part of the wedding, but everyone had a blast with them and they really got the party started!

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. We met during orientation for business school. At lunch on our first day, I happened to sit down next to Brett and one of his friends. He says I caught his eye immediately. He asked me on a date a few weeks later and the rest, as they say, is history.
Describe the proposal. It was a very well orchestrated surprise by Brett. (I am generally pretty nosy and very hard to surprise!) He was a few months into his first year of residency and had a week of vacation scheduled for later that month. Being the planner that I am, I immediately starting brainstorming places for us to go for the week. It turns out that Brett already had something up his sleeve, so he realized he had to figure out a way to derail my vacation planning. With the help of his chief resident, he convinced me that we would have to stay near Durham because he was on backup call for the week. He convinced me to pack by telling me he had rented a cabin on a lake nearby. On our way to the “cabin” he surprised me with plane tickets and told me that we were going to spend the week at his family’s beach house on Captiva Island, FL. When we arrived at the beach house, we were so excited to unpack the car that we forgot that the front door was self-locking…and locked ourselves out! Undeterred, Brett somehow picked the lock and proposed once we were inside. It was the most perfect proposal and we spent the next week celebrating our engagement and relaxing on the beach.
In what month did you get married October
What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? We embraced Southern tradition in our wedding. My veil was purchased by my grandmother in Brussels and has been worn by my mom, two aunts, sister-in-law, and three cousins. The cup we toasted with before cutting the cake is the same cup that my brother, sister, and nine cousins were christened with. So far, five of us have toasted with it at our wedding. We also incorporated many of the fun New Orleans wedding traditions like cake pulls and the second line.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? The biggest challenge was planning from afar. Luckily, my mom was in New Orleans and a huge help with all of the planning.
What is the one thing you are most happy you splurged on? Our photographer, A Bryan Photo, was a splurge well worth it! The night was such a whirlwind and we were so grateful to have him there to capture the moments. I know we will look back on the pictures for many years to come.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? My groom, who isn’t even one to sing in the shower, serenaded me with “My Girl,” complete with my father, father-in-law and his groomsmen as back-up singers during the reception. It was totally impromptu (orchestrated by our awesome band) and a memory that makes us both laugh. We also loved seeing our 89-year old grandmothers on the dance floor all night long. They were the hit of the party!
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? On the night of your wedding, plan to take a few moments with your groom to take a step back, look around the room and take it all in. It is truly an overwhelming day in the most wonderful way possible and you will want to make sure to create great memories.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? We are enjoying our time as newlyweds in Durham and looking forward to traveling together and starting a family one day.

marissa Written with love by Marissa
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    Loved the idea of personalized tambourines. Would you please share your source? Thank you.

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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
  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.

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  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!

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  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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