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Wedding videography played a much bigger role in MaryClare and Chris’ story than just this beautiful film of their special day–in fact, it’s what brought them together in the first place! Cinematographers themselves, they met at a film conference in New Orleans and began working together–as MaryClare so beautifully put it, they “fell in love while telling others’ love stories.” Well, on a gorgeous fall day in Rosemary Beach, Florida, it was their turn to be in front of the camera and experience the moments they had captured for so many others: saying their vows, twirling around during their first dance, and celebrating with their loved ones. Their joy of finally coming to this day is so evident, and I’m sure MaryClare and Chris are thrilled with the way our Blue Ribbon Vendor PenWeddings captured it all!

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story! We are both wedding cinematographers, and we met at a film conference in New Orleans. We started working together, and our shared passions for all things film, traveling, food, and wine blossomed into a romance. We fell in love while telling others’ love stories!

What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? The most Southern aspect of our wedding was the sense of family I think everyone could feel throughout the weekend. I also surprised Chris with a groom’s cake made up of all of his favorite things. He cried when he saw it because it brought back some sweet memories from the start of our relationship! My best girls also participated in the Southern tradition of a cake pull, pulling all New Orleans-themed charm bracelets my mom made herself. Finally, we brought New Orleans with us to our Florida wedding, ending the night with a second line!

What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? Chris and I have trouble picking one moment because it truly was our favorite weekend ever! For me, waiting to walk down the aisle with my dad while looking at Chris and everyone on the beautiful beach below was unforgettable. For both of us, saying our vows to one another and our first dance were two of the BEST moments!

Cinematography: PenWeddings | Photography: Mark Eric Photography and Marroquin Photography | Planning and Design: It’s a Shore Thing | Venue: Rosemary Beach Eastern Green | Florals and Decor: Florals by the Sea | Catering and Rentals: Townsend Catering | Paper Goods: The Little Blue Chair | Calligraphy and Logo: Janice Montoya | Bonfire and Ceremony Musician: Michael Liuzza | Wedding Cake: Cindy Pagragan | Groom’s Cake: Confections on the Coast | Band: Mo’ Sol | Hair: Mindy Norris | Makeup: Make Me Blush | Bride’s Gown: Judd Waddell | Groom’s Suit: Luca Falcone | Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale

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lisa Written with love by Lisa
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  1. avatar Geoff reply

    What a perfect speech to start a film. Great video as always. Love your work.

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Readers who were with us earlier this year will remember Meredith, Lara’s former nanny, who blogged about her wedding plans in March and April for us. I know y’all enjoyed reading about her Rosemary Beach celebration! If you missed Meredith’s posts, catch up with them all here:

An Introduction + Proposal (a must-read – so sweet!)
The Venue
What They’ll Wear
Decor and Style
The Ceremony

Sharlee Rother

Our whole office has been eagerly following the #merefoundherbeau hashtag to see glimpses of wedding prep, like these adorable welcome boxes!

We also sent lots of hugs with Lara, who flew down yesterday to attend and – very importantly – to escort the flower girl to her duties! Stay tuned to her instagram, as well – I’m sure she’ll have some sneak peeks over the next few days!

We’re wishing Meredith and all of our brides getting married this weekend such joyful days! We’d love to hear in the comments from any July 11, 12, or 13th brides! :)

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We’re celebrating Kristin’s birthday today! Check out #KNWbirthday on social media to see the “recipe” for what makes her wonderful, and leave her some love!

While I’m an Alabama girl at heart, I’ve spent a good portion of my life in Florida. I would say I know some of the best hidden gems in the state, but I think Beth has a leg up on me–she and her sister write a super fun blog called Palm Beach Lately. While PB is a fabulous place to be, I’d have to say that Rosemary Beach takes the cake! It’s a quaint little beach town filled with the sweetest folks and the prettiest buildings (you can even drive your golf cart or ride your bike everywhere!). I can completly understand why Beth and Lawson fell in love with the town and decided to treat their guests to a wedding weekend filled with relaxing, riding bikes, and playing on the lawns.

Heavens y’all, the Town Hall even made for the most lovely backdrop for Paul Johnson to snap one of my favorite aisle shots! Thanks for sharing, Paul!

What a little doll!

I always envisioned going to New York to find my wedding dress, but when I went, I was torn between two styles. I went online to search for a dress that included what I liked about both dresses in one, and I found a Jim Hjelm dress that was exactly what I was looking for. I looked for the nearest shop that carried the dress and it ended up being the one!

What made you choose your ceremony and reception venues? Did they have any special significance to you? I had visited Rosemary Beach, Florida for a wedding about nine years ago and always thought it was such a magical town for a destination wedding. We live in Palm Beach, but wanted a more intimate wedding. Many people were confused about why we were going to a beach town in Florida, when we already lived in one! When Lawson and I visited Rosemary Beach, he instantly loved the town too, and we knew it was exactly what we wanted for our wedding weekend. The town is quaint and beautiful, complete with intimate restaurants, pristine beaches, and amazing architecture. It was so great to see our guests relaxing, walking from their house rentals or hotels into town for dinner or cocktails, riding bikes, and playing on the lawns.

Did you decide to do a “first look”? Why or why not? No, we did not do a first look. Since I was a little girl, I always imagined walking down the aisle and seeing my groom for the first time. It is the most amazing feeling to see your future husband’s reaction…one of the most significant moments in your life. There is something so special about tradition.

What readings, if any, did you have at your ceremony? “These Hands” was read by the woman who set us up on a blind date.
Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding and why you chose them. I coordinated a wedding in NYC when I first started in the event business, and the bride walked down the aisle to Norah Jones’ “Come Away With Me.” I remember thinking that when I got married, I wanted to walk down the aisle to that song. When we were leaving the church, we played “Ho Hey” by The Lumineers. It seemed so fitting once we were pronounced husband and wife. Our first dance was to Ray LaMontagne’s “You are the Best Thing.” We both loved the song and what it stood for, so we knew that it had to be our first dance.

What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? We gave vintage embroidered handkerchiefs to our mothers, grandmothers, and my sister with personal notes. The reception was in a tent on a lawn near the ocean, and the dance floor under the night sky. There was a custom corn hole game in the lawn at cocktail hour, along with a beer boat and koozies. And of course, my handsome southern gentleman.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? Being creative with our budget. I love details, so picking what really was important and letting some of the other details go was hard sometimes.

What is the one detail or vendor that you were so happy to have as a part of your wedding? Our DJ. We love to dance and we danced the night away. Even a rain storm didn’t stop us! Everyone got under the tent and up on their chairs and kept dancing. We also loved our videographer. Everything went by so quickly, it was so hard to take it all in. We get to relive our wedding day every time we watch our video.

What was one way you saved money or cut costs at your wedding? Etsy!
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? Looking back at the tent and seeing all our friends and family there to celebrate the next chapter in our lives as husband and wife.

Did you have something borrowed, blue, old, and new? If so, do tell! My something blue was my Gators garter, in honor of my time as a University of Florida Cheerleader, and my something borrowed was my Cartier bracelet from my brother, who owns Gregory James Jewelry.

I’m not a cake gal, but heavens that looks divine! I adore the Swiss dots and pretty peach combo!

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. A family friend set me up on a blind date with Lawson, and there was immediate chemistry. We talked and talked and had a great lunch before he headed out of town. I thought he was so cute and sweet, and we had a lot in common. He called me as soon as he got back, and we have been inseparable since.
Tell us all about the proposal! In October 2012, at one of my favorite places, Soho Beach House in Miami, with both of our families there, he asked me to marry him. He could hardly get the question out before I blurted “yes!” It was amazing to share that special moment with our families.
When did y’all get married? November 16, 2013
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 130
Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? We wrote our own vows. I was hesitant to do so, but Lawson really wanted to and I am so glad we did. Your own vows are a personal expression of your love and commitment to each other. My favorite part of ours was, “In front of those we love, I choose you today and everyday for the rest of our lives.”
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Not to sweat the small stuff. It’s easy to get caught up in the details, but the most important part of the wedding is to celebrate each other.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you most looking forward to about married life? We recently moved into our new home and are looking forward to our honeymoon at the end of the year.

Photographer: Paul Johnson Photography / Videographer: Films by Francesco / Planner: Beth Beattie Branding, PR and Events / Ceremony Venue: Town Hall, Rosemary Beach / Reception Venue: Eastern Lawn, Rosemary Beach / Florist: Events by Nouveau Flowers / Wedding Cake: Confections on the Coast / Caterer: Townsend Catering / DJ: DJ Wolf / Bride’s Gown: Jim Hjelm / Paper Products: Palm Beach Parties / Bride’s Jewelry: Gregory James Jewelry / Hair Stylist: Amanda Parisi / Makeup Artist: Jamie Gummere / Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J. Crew / Men’s Attire: Bonobos

marissa Written with love by Marissa
  1. avatar Emily reply

    I adore their first dance photo – the clouds coming in make it so dramatic!

  2. avatar Lisa reply

    That dress was made for her!!

  3. avatar Mary reply

    This is such an insanely gorgeous wedding!

  4. avatar Mikkel reply

    Beautiful! Love the bridal party portraits and how the cake was captured. LOVE the calligraphy on the menus too! It all looked so gorgeous and like a great party in a beautiful setting!

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  6. avatar Hilary reply

    I love her monogram design on her pillows & koozies, do you know which designer she used for those?

  7. avatar Molly reply

    Where did you get the koozies? I love the simple classic monogram.

  8. avatar Kate reply

    Love the PJs for the bridesmaids! Too cute – where did she get those?

  9. avatar Stevi reply

    Anyone know the style number of the wedding dress? I would love to get a better look at it. Thanks!

  10. avatar Erin Dunavant reply

    Who designed their logo? What Etsy site was used to personalize party favors?

    Thank you!

  11. avatar Kara reply

    I have been looking everywhere for this color of bridesmaid dresses! Yellow….but very pale yellow. Do you know the name of this color from Jcrew? Is it “champagne” or “parisian yellow”? It is hard to tell online!

    Thank you!

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