I love how today’s glam Florida wedding from Stephanie A Smith can be big, yet feel so intimate. The wedding was very family-centric, with the bride wearing her grandmother’s ring and the groom had cufflinks from his grandfather. The bride even did a first look with her grandparents, which is such an adorable idea!
Our main focus with the overall feel of the wedding was classic, timeless, and most importantly FUN. Navy and champagne were our colors. We got married in an Episcopal Church in downtown Tampa and the reception was just a few blocks away. I am from Tampa which made the location an easy choice. My (now husband) and I currently live in his hometown of Mobile, AL. Having friends and family traveling from all over the country, we chose downtown for our location so guests would have everything easily accessible to them during the weekend.
For what seemed to a big blur there were also so many moments that are still so vivid in my mind. I loved the relaxed feel in the hotel room while getting ready with my bridesmaids, mom, and aunt. I did a “first look” with my dad which was really special. A BIG favorite was looking at Thomas down the aisle for the first time.
The food/bar and band were the highest on our priority list. We had so many people taking their time to celebrate our marriage we wanted to make sure they got to really enjoy themselves as well! We had a good friend who graciously did all of our paper goods for us. In our Out-of-Town Guest Bags we included an outline of The United States which depicted each city that guests traveled from. Our friend also hand painted a fun map of the Downtown Tampa area depicting our venue locations and other landmarks which was included in the bags as well.
But my overall favorite was probably all the time we got to spend on the dance floor with loved ones. My heart breaks for brides and grooms who say you don’t get to enjoy your own wedding because we had the time of our lives!
Photography | Stephanie A Smith Photography | Ceremony | St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church | Reception Venue | The Vault | Planner | Stonehouse Events | Florist | Events in Bloom | Cake | Alessi Bakery | Catering | Good Food Catering | Rentals | Signature Event Rentals | Linens | Nuage Designs and Linens by the Sea | Dress | Augusta Jones from Malindy Elene | Bridesmaid Dresses | Dessy | Hair | Jenn Noll | Makeup | Jaime Brittain | Videography | Randall Productions | Lighting | The Production Crew | Entertainment | South Town Fever | Transportation | The Jolley Trolley
Need a little break from the summer heat? I’m sharing this dreamy snow dusted shoot from Bridget Rochelle that is sure to cool you off and inspire. The vintage French theme is so romantic and pairs beautifully with the winter wonderland backdrop. I love all the lush greenery with pops of light blue and gold. And the details are just as lovely. The menus printed on paper bags for bread is such a genius touch. The vintage door knob table numbers are a fabulous idea as well. It would be really fun to scavenge shops to find unique pieces to use!
Photography | Bridget Rochelle Photography | Venue | Carriage House Café | Florals & Decor | La Petite Flower Cellar | Rentals | Quaint Rentals | Desserts & Cake | Sugar & Slice | Crepe Cake | Collegetown Crepes | Gown | Sareh Nouri | Headpiece | Acute Designs | Hair & Makeup | Jemima Flanigan | Paper Goods | Terra Rosa | Videography | Whitney Nichols
Just so you are prepared, this stunner of a wedding from Figlewicz Photography is one of the most effortlessly chic and detailed weddings I’ve seen in a long time, you will be using your ‘pin it’ button excessively. The details are a beautiful blend of vintage, rustic, and beach that you can’t help but fall in love with.
Our wedding was a perfect marriage of California chic and vintage whimsy. I loved the idea of getting married near the ocean, particularly on a cliff over looking the ocean. Steve loved the vintage feel of ranches and the warmth of a family-style dinner in a beautiful barn. After searching the hills and valleys of Santa Barbara, we settled on a perfect venue – Dos Pueblos Ranch.
I carried a few special pieces given to me by my grandmothers who are no longer with us – a brass powder compact engraved with my paternal grandmother’s initials and a rosary and college pin that belonged to my maternal grandmother. I also had a family handkerchief tied around my bouquet that was accidentally thrown away during the reception clean up (I recommend against doing this – keep anything important to you in your purse!!!!)
Second only to seeing each other for the first time, our favorite part of the day was walking out on to the lawn to join our friends for the cocktail hour. We decided not to see each other before the ceremony so we spent the first hour of the cocktail hour taking pictures together up by the Dos Pueblos house, away from the group. When we finished, we walked out to the beautiful lawn reception where our friends were playing games and enjoying the California sunset and breeze by the water.
There were many DIY details that were made by both me and my wedding planning team, led by Linsey Latimer at Lux Events and Design. Early on, I had a friend design a logo and made a rubber stamp with the compass logo on it, which made it easy to stamp and customize various items. There were bags of peanuts and personalized coke bottles that were a throwback to our Atlanta roots. We also had each table labeled with a year from the our childhood and pictures of them on each table. Steve got in on the DIY fun by hosting a cocktail taste-testing a few months before the event and he fashioned a few signature cocktails with fun names for the reception.
Since most of our guests were traveling from the East Coast – either New York or Atlanta – it was really important to us that our guests had a wonderful experience, not just one day at a wedding. We had our guests comfort and entertainment in mind through every step of the process. As the hosts of the party, we wanted the decor, food and drink to reflect our style.
Photography | Figlewicz Photography | Venue | Dos Pueblos Ranch | Planning and Design | Lux Events and Design | Florist | Paradise Flowers | Caterer | SBB Gourmet Catering | Cake | Sweet and Saucy Shop | Rentals | Town & Country Rentals | Invitations | The Papermint Press | Gown | Christos from Bridals by Lori | Hair & Makeup | TEAM Hair and Makeup | Suit | Martin Greenfield | DJ | DJ Mike Reyes | Transportation | SB Airbus | Officiant | Jerry Bellamy