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The Love Notes Wall, a Wedding Guestbook Alternative

The Love Notes Wall, a Wedding Guestbook Alternative

Hey loves, happy Thursday!  I am so excited to share this alternative guestbook idea with you today for those of you who are planning a wedding, or an engagement, or even a birthday or anniversary celebration!  This past June, the beautiful and oh-so in love Sami and Drew said their I Do's here on the beautiful beaches of Pensacola.  They were such a fun couple to work with, especially when it came to their paper beauties.  Sami gave me complete creative control to think outside of the box when it came to their wedding, and this Love Notes Wall may just be the most favorite guestbook alternative idea I've ever gotten to create.

Shayna and Joe's Love Story

Shayna and Joe's Love Story

t's wedding day for Shayna and Joe today!  These two have such an amazing story together and have lived quite the adventurous life together already.  I know that they are so excited that their wedding day has arrived, and their wedding is filled with amazing touches and memorable details that Shayna has created.  They planned their entire Florida wedding all the way from Germany, and I have been so impressed with how Shayna has done everything.  Today will be perfect and I am so happy to be a part of their day today!

Brie and Robert's Love Story

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brie and robert - petra hutzen photography - grace and serendipity -pensacola wedding planner

Brie and Robert's wedding day has finally arrived!  I know that I say this every time, but I am so excited for their wedding today.  As always. :) Brie is one of the sweetest brides I know, and this entire time planning has just been fun.  She and I have many things in common, including our love of Kate Spade and all things pink, and so that has definitely added to everything as we've been going along.  Their wedding is one that I think will go down on my list as one of the prettiest I've ever had the privilege to be a part of, and an amazing way to finish out the year of 2015.

Of course, a great big thank you to Petra Huetzen Journalism and Photography for sharing their engagement photos and for traveling all the way from Germany, I can not wait to see how you capture their day!

So without further adieu, please read more on these two sweethearts, written from Brie's perspective ... and then I hope to see you back here at the blog after their wedding day to share some of the amazing details of the day!

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How did you two meet?We met back in college. Robert used to walk me to my car after a night class each week. After graduation, we met up again at a committee meeting and started spending time together. Soon after, we were meeting every night.

When did you know that Robert was the one for you?  I don't think there was one particular moment where I knew he was the one. Over time I realized many great things about him that I fell in love with. He is honest and loyal, kind, and would do just about anything for me. He challenges me intellectually and has helped me run and grow a business I started, that is now a joint venture. It has certainly been a fun journey.

How did he pop the question?  Share all the details!

Last year, in October, we went on a trip to Hawaii. I hoped that he would pop the question at some point on the trip. We went to Oahu for four days and then to Maui. We had a wonderful trip and I woke up the last morning to a beautiful ring! Even though I hoped he would propose on the trip, I was surprised that morning. It was an amazing trip that I will always remember.

When is your wedding taking place? 

Our wedding ceremony will be held at a catholic church in Pensacola, in the evening after dark, and our reception will be in downtown Pensacola. I wanted to be able to use beautiful candlelight at the ceremony.  I've always wanted to get married at Christmas time. It is truly my favorite time of year. Having it at this time also allows our family to come and visit with us from Michigan. We are very excited about spending our first Christmas here in Florida after moving from Michigan twenty five years ago!

Describe your wedding in three words.

Sparkly, dazzling, and stunning

Now, share the details! Do you have a theme, or design, or feeling you want your wedding day to encompass? 

We can't wait to see how it all comes together! Everything is white and blush. In addition, we are using metallic accents in gold, silver, and rose gold. Since the wedding is at Christmas, there will also be little pops of red in the details. We wanted it to have the feeling of being the holidays without being over the top.

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brie and robert - petra hutzen photography - grace and serendipity -pensacola wedding planner

Out of everything, what is the MOST important to the two of you on your wedding day (other than becoming husband and wife!)? 

We really want to enjoy the day and have it represent us. We want to spend time with family and friends and celebrate our big day!

Do you have a favorite wedding blog or magazine? If so, what is it? 

Southern Weddings

and

Grace Ormonde

are two of my favorite magazines. I really enjoyed

Every Last Detail's

blog as well.

What have you loved most about planning your wedding? 

Everything! This has been such a fun experience planning our wedding. It will be so great to see all the details come together that day. Picking flowers, cakes, linens, and furniture were all fun. Searching and creating unique ideas to add personal touches has been the most fun!

What has been the most difficult part when it comes to planning? 

Time. We work crazy hours, so the most challenging part to planning was finding time to meet with vendors. Having a coordinator was the best decision we made. There is no way we could've gotten everything we wanted doing it ourselves.

Have you always dreamed about your wedding day? Or, was the day you got engaged when you first started thinking about it? 

I have always dreamed of my wedding day. I've always wanted to get married around the holidays too. Lucky for me, the timing worked out and I am getting the wedding of my dreams.

brie and robert - petra hutzen photography - grace and serendipity -pensacola wedding planner

brie and robert - petra hutzen photography - grace and serendipity -pensacola wedding planner

Are you going to celebrate with a honeymoon after your wedding? If so, where are you headed?

We are going on a honeymoon, and so excited about our adventure. We are headed to New York for New Years Eve. We've already gotten tickets for a party in Times Square to watch the ball drop.

What makes you most excited about becoming Robert's wife?

I am most excited about officially being married. Even though its a ton of work, I'm excited to change my name and truly be husband and wife.

When it comes to marriage and your life together, what are you looking forward to the most?

Our next project is to renovate our house. I am looking forward to making a home together.

Picture your lives five years from now. Where do you see yourselves, what do you see happening in your lives together? 

We love to travel and see new places, so hopefully we are still exploring new cities and visiting our favorites. There are still a lot of places on our list. We have built a beautiful home together and are settled in. 

Do you have any advice for newly engaged brides, or those in the middle of planning?

Try to enjoy every moment of it. Even when you are stressed, take a step back and realize that this is supposed to be fun! The time flies by and we have truly enjoyed planning our wedding. I'm glad that we had a little over a year to put everything together. It allowed us to take our time and enjoy the tastings, meetings, and shopping!

brie and robert - petra hutzen photography - grace and serendipity -pensacola wedding planner

brie and robert - petra hutzen photography - grace and serendipity -pensacola wedding planner

Congratulations on your marriage, and I am so excited to see it all come together, as I know you are too.  Enjoy every moment of the day, it is going to be absolutely amazing!

{Amanda and Nick} Old Christ Church and Crowne Plaza Pensacola Wedding

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I am so excited to share Amanda and Nick's wedding with you today!  They were married in March of this year and had their ceremony at Old Christ Church, with their reception in the ballroom at the Crowne Plaza in Pensacola. Amanda and Nick have dated for quite a long time, so this wedding meant a lot to so many of them.  I didn't actually get to meet Nick until the weekend of the wedding, but the minute that I met him and saw the two of them together, I knew that these two lovebirds would have an amazing wedding day and an incredible marriage after.  They are a great team, and I know that they are going to have an amazing life together!  Thanks so much to Alley Kat Photography for sharing these photos below from their wedding day.  Their Pensacola wedding was beautiful!

Amanda knew the kind of wedding that she wanted to have from the first time that we met.  Romantic, vintage, filled with lace and babies breath, cotton and shabby chic details.  Blush pinks, ivories, and navy blues were added into the mix to complete her dream wedding.  From vintage birdhouses filled with flowers for centerpieces to her amazing dress, this wedding is one that was filled with eye-catching details.

One of the first things I learned about working with Amanda is how closely knit their families are.  Amanda, her mom, and her sister are so close and every meeting that we had together, I saw this love firsthand.  They all were always so loving with each other, and were an amazing family to get to be a part of their lives with while planning!

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Amanda's dress was amazing!  It was filled with so many details - the beading and lace was beautifully done and it was absolutely incredible.

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pensacola wedding planner - old christ church wedding
pensacola wedding planner - old christ church wedding
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pensacola wedding - jewelry
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I love this image of Amanda's mom looking at her.  This describes their love for each other so well.

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pensacola wedding - bridal portraits
pensacola wedding planner - old christ church wedding

Nick was incredibly handsome that day as well!

pensacola wedding planner - old christ church wedding
pensacola wedding planner - old christ church wedding
pensacola wedding planner - old christ church wedding
pensacola wedding planner - old christ church wedding
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pensacola wedding planner - old christ church wedding

On the way to the ceremony, they took the Five Flags Trolley from the Crowne Plaza to Old Christ Church.  It made for a very relaxing ride to Old Christ Church and then back to the Crowne Plaza after the ceremony!

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pensacola wedding planner - old christ church wedding
pensacola wedding planner - old christ church wedding
pensacola wedding planner - old christ church wedding

When it came time for the rings, Amanda had kept a fake toy ring that Nick had given her years ago.  Nick was pretty surprised when this same ring was placed in his hand during the ceremony! However, there was no need to worry, as they had special a "Ring Security" gentleman come and and bring the real one during the ceremony!

pensacola wedding planner - old christ church wedding
pensacola wedding planner - old christ church wedding
pensacola wedding planner - old christ church wedding
pensacola wedding planner - old christ church wedding
pensacola wedding planner - old christ church wedding
pensacola wedding planner - old christ church wedding

After the ceremony, everyone headed to the Crowne Plaza for the reception, which was filled with vintage items from Hemstitch Vintage.  We incorporated birdcages, cotton, beautiful pink flowers of many different kinds, and they even had lace chair backs for the Mr. and Mrs. Chairs!

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pensacola wedding planner - shabby chic wedding babies breath
pensacola wedding planner - shabby chic wedding babies breath
pensacola wedding planner - shabby chic wedding babies breath

I loved the lace detail chair backs that they had for their Bride and Groom chairs!

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pensacola wedding planner - candy buffet dessert bar
pensacola wedding planner - old christ church wedding
pensacola wedding planner - old christ church wedding
pensacola wedding planner - old christ church wedding
pensacola wedding planner - old christ church wedding
pensacola wedding planner - old christ church wedding
pensacola wedding planner - old christ church wedding
pensacola wedding planner - old christ church wedding

Instead of having a traditional wedding cake, Amanda and Nick opted for an incredible candy buffet.  All of these sweets made the room smell so good!  With dozens of cupcakes, chocolates, and sweet treats for people to choose from, everyone had something to enjoy that they liked to eat.

Amanda changed into a sparkly gorgeous dress about halfway through the reception.  It was a beautiful going-away dress!

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For their exit, Amanda and Nick chose to have guests throw mini airplanes instead of bubbles or sparklers.  It was a great nod to Nick's military career.  We gave each guest a few so that they could toss more than one as they were leaving.  It definitely made everyone laugh and added a bit more fun to the night too!

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pensacola wedding planner - reception alternative exit
pensacola wedding planner - old christ church wedding

Congratulations Amanda and Nick, I hope that you have an amazing life together!!

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Pensacola Wedding Planning and Paper Goods Design:  Grace and Serendipity // Ceremony Venue:  Old Christ Church // Reception Venue:  Crowne Plaza // Photography:  Alley Kat Photography // Vintage Decor: Hemstitch Vintage Rentals //Florals:  Fiore of Pensacola // Cake and Cupcakes:  Oh Snap // DJ:  AnyDayDJ // Bridal Gown:  Renee's Bridal // Bridesmaids and Flower Girl Dresses:  made by Amanda's mom // Bride's Bouquet:  made by Amanda's aunt // Transportation:  Five Flags Trolley

Engaged? What to Do First { Wedding Tips from a Pensacola Wedding Planner }

Engaged? What to Do First { Wedding Tips from a Pensacola Wedding Planner }

First off, if you are engaged, congratulations!!  When you get engaged, there are so many thoughts that may run through your head - how do you decide what to do first?  Do you go and buy every bridal magazine you can find?  Do you start scouring Pinterest (or add more to the Pinterest board that you've been pinning to for a while now??)  Where do you start?  I have put together a small list together of 10 things that I think will deinitely help you get started on the right track to planning.  And if you don't want to start planning right away, that is perfectly okay as well!  Bask in the enjoyment of your new engagement, and when you're ready, that's when the time is to start planning your wedding. Getting engaged is a time in your life to enjoy.  Please don't feel that anything written below needs to be done immediately. 

{Amanda and Nick} old christ church and crowne plaza pensacola wedding sneak peek!

{Amanda and Nick} old christ church and crowne plaza pensacola wedding sneak peek!

I am so excited with the way that all of these elements came together for Amanda and Nick's wedding on March 22, 2014.  We planned their wedding for 364 days - we met for the first time literally one day less than a year, so we got to know each other pretty well in that time.  I worked with the bride Amanda and her mom Sheri and we had such a great time together.  Nick, the groom, was deployed for part of our planning time and then was relocated to the Northeast, so I was so excited when I finally got to meet him at rehearsal the night before the wedding.   Amanda wanted to have a country vintage shabby chic theme - combining so many different pieces, from vintage birdcages and burlap, to lace, pinks, and ivories, with navy as an accent.  Overall - I love the way it all turned out.

{The Ring Shot} Tell me your Favorite!

{The Ring Shot} Tell me your Favorite!

Rings.  They are such a beautiful decision to make on which ones you'll wear for the rest of your lives.  I love when the photographers I work with really take the time to capture these beauties on the wedding day.  I was recently going through some of my favorite photos taken by Bethany Lauren Photography from Rose and Kyle's wedding at Palafox Wharf this past March, and I am in LOVE with these ring shots! 

{Liz and Garry} 5eleven pensacola wedding

{Liz and Garry}  5eleven pensacola wedding

Liz and Garry are one of those couples that are just absolutely fun to be around.  They are happy, easygoing, and were really fun to work with.  They were married on 11/20/11 at 5 Eleven.  Liz wanted everything fall-like.  Everything was in beautiful fall colors and really beautified the space for them.  The whole day was beautiful, and we wish them many more years of happiness!