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What a treat we have for you today! Brooke Images sent us this colorful Florida wedding, and it’s everything you’d want a beach celebration to be, and more. Jeni + Nate wowed us with gray striped bridesmaid dresses for the ladies and sharp khaki suits for the gents, and the pink, blue and gold ribbons waving in the breeze at their beach-side ceremony were the icing on the cake. Check back for their equally-colorful reception soon!

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. Nate and I met in 2002 as part of a small group of new transfer students at Principia College. We immediately became good friends and enjoyed hanging out with our group of mutual friends over the course of that fall quarter. I ended up transferring back to a different school the following quarter, several thousand miles away, but we very loosely kept in touch over the next seven years. During that time, we both graduated and moved to opposite coasts (myself in California and Nate in DC). Eventually, I fulfilled a lifelong dream of moving to Florida. Coincidentally, Nate and I both happened to also be single at this point and now living within 700 miles of each other, so we made an excuse to meet up. We hit it off right away, and within a few months, I decided to relocate to DC to be closer to Nate and to pursue a Master’s degree in Interior Design at George Washington University while he continued his job on Capitol Hill.
Describe the proposal. After a year and a half of dating, Nate proposed to me on a foggy winter evening on the back steps of the Capitol, overlooking the National Mall and Christmas tree!
Three adjectives that describe the day are: Whimsical, surreal, perfection.
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: The balloons! They set a perfectly joyous and playful tone.
Tell us about finding your wedding dress: I wanted something simple with almost no embellishment, where the design itself could stand on its own and make a statement. With only a six-month engagement, I was already behind before I even started my dress search. After trying on 100 dresses in my desired price range, I began trying on dresses outside of my price range. Suddenly, I had no problem finding dresses I loved. It just so happened that every one of these dresses was designed by Amsale. Knowing that I’d be happy with essentially any dress by Amsale, I started scouring used wedding dress websites. With almost no time left (certainly no time to order without rush fees), I made a lower offer to one seller and she graciously came down on her price.
Describe your wedding flowers: Trying to find designers/florists who understood and could execute my vision was a bit challenging. Two weeks before the wedding (yes, two!), I finally found the most amazing florist who was miraculously available and completely understood the soft, whimsical, and eclectic look that I wanted. Being on a budget, I looked at ways I could reduce my floral costs. I had an epiphany one morning to have the bridesmaids and groomsmen carry 36-inch round balloons down the aisle instead of bouquets, which so perfectly supported the feel that I was going for with the ceremony. For the reception, the flowers consisted of peonies, dahlias, garden roses, and hydrangeas in ivories, pinks, peaches, and coral, situated in an eclectic array of glass and milk glass vases and wooden boxes with painted stripes.

Photographer: Brooke Images // Planner: Christina Kopecki // Venue: The Plantation Beach Club // Florist: Shea Hopely Flowers // Wedding Cake Baker: Beaches Pastry // Caterer: The Plantation // Paper Products: Paper Source, designed by the bride // Bride’s Dress: Amsale via PreOwnedWeddingDresses.com // Bride’s Hair Accessories/Veil: Suzanne Newman // Bride’s Shoes: Classiques Entieres // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: BCBGeneration // Accessories: earrings from MontBlanc

emily Written with love by Emily
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      Hi Sherisse! I love Jeni’s tulle bow, too. I believe she got hers from Suzanne Newman at this website: http://suzannehats.com

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The gorgeous blue and white affair by Paul Johnson Photography continues! From the linens and monogrammed pillows to the hydrangea-topped cake by Katie’s Cakes & Catering and potted plants, the color theme was carried out flawlessly. Amanda + Brent were absolute troopers and laughed through their first dance on their rain-soaked dance floor. After celebrating under the beautiful trees of The Southwood House, the couple made their getaway through garnet and gold pom-poms, a nod to Brent’s Alma Mater, Florida State University. The garnet and gold show up in Brent’s groom’s cake, too (a tradition Marissa taught us all about here!). In the South, we know school pride comes right behind family loyalty.

See all the photos from Amanda + Brent’s wedding in their Real Wedding Gallery!

Describe your wedding flowers: My bouquet was all white tulips and my bridesmaids’ bouquets were white tulips and white irises. The mothers’ corsages were orchids. To add to the heirloom feel, we added a vintage-looking diamond earring around each one. We decorated the house in magnolias and hydrangeas. Inside the house, we used more hydrangea to create splashes of color on tables, the mantles and in the midst of the generational pictures. Instead of using vases, we used silver pitchers, coffee pots and Revere bowls to hold the hydrangea.For our center pieces we had either a silver candelabra or white flowers. We had different flowers on each dining table but each arrangement was white. Our design concept was to make it look like we went and cut fresh flowers from behind the plantation house. We had gladiolus, larkspur, tulips, irises, callas, hyacinth, lily siberia, and delphinium.
Describe your wedding cake: Our cake was a three-tier cream cheese pound cake with cream cheese icing. We had blue hydrangeas between each tier.
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: Brent’s favorite detail was the garnet and gold (for Florida State University) pom poms for the grand send off. My favorite detail was getting to spend the day with my bridesmaids upstairs in the Southwood house and watch the house transform into our wedding venue.
What is the one thing you are most happy you splurged on? The photographer!! Paul Johnson photographers were even more amazing than I could have ever imagined.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? Our first dance. Since it rained 45 minutes before the wedding, the dance floor was soaked. When we started dancing, my dress absorbed the water and became more of a mop than a dress. It stuck to the floor and made it difficult to dance. Without skipping a beat, I picked up my dress and held it in one hand while Brent and I danced and laughed together.
Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? The officiant, my aunt, discussed that in the Book of Mark, the apostle tells us, “From the beginning of creation God made them male and female. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife; and they shall be one flesh: so then they are no more two, but one flesh.” She then began to describe a custom in an area of the Netherlands that exemplifies this verse. After the wedding ceremony, the newlywed couple enters their house through a special door. The door is never used again until one passes on and the body is carried out through that same door. God designed marriage like that house. It has one door that is locked tightly. That lock, which keeps the marriage bond secure, is loving commitment for life, which includes a commitment to being reconciled if the relationship should falter.

Photographer: Paul Johnson Photography // Planner: John Gandy Events // Venue: The Southwood House // Florist: Missy Gunnels Flowers // Wedding Cake Baker: Katie’s Cakes & Catering // Caterer: Catering Capers // Bride’s Dress: Simply Elegant // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Jim Hjelm

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
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  1. avatar Ann-Kay reply

    That is one of the most beautiful weddings i have ever seen. The bride looks stunning and the dress is breathtaking! The venue, the colors, all the details, everything is just perfect!

  2. avatar Lindsay reply

    I just love that sweet wedding! All the details were superb. I really liked the escort card idea. So unique!

  3. avatar Sally Watts reply

    Oh my word-this one just makes me want to go back and get married all over again (with a Ga Bulldogs cake-coughcough).
    :)
    The blue and white is just fabulous. Wish I’d thought of it 10 years ago!
    Gorgeous photos. I love the color pops.

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