The Beautiful Beginnings Bridal Expo, put on by the Bridal Loft in Pensacola, Florida, is something I look forward to every year as a wedding planner. There are so many brides that I get to chat with, and I love it. I get to see the excitement in their eyes, hear what they have planned for their wedding day, sometimes hear proposal stories, and I also get to chat with vendors both that I have worked with numerous times, and meet new ones as well. It is something I look forward to every January, and am so glad to get to be a part of it every year.
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!
Amanda's dress was amazing! It was filled with so many details - the beading and lace was beautifully done and it was absolutely incredible.
I love this image of Amanda's mom looking at her. This describes their love for each other so well.
Nick was incredibly handsome that day as well!
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!
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!
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!
I loved the lace detail chair backs that they had for their Bride and Groom chairs!
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!
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!
Congratulations Amanda and Nick, I hope that you have an amazing life together!!
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
Hooray for Part Two of this Blog Post incorporating Pantone's Color of the Year for 2015, Marsala! When I was putting this grouping together and saw all of the different boards together, I knew that it would be better suited to be split into two different posts. So today, I'm bringing you four more ideas, that incorporate blues, pinks and greens into the marsala derived color inspiration. This color can be incorporated into so many hues - from the deeper reds to the rustier reds that I decided to design them with the deep burgundy and purplish elements that are in this same color family.
When I saw that Pantone had chosen their color of the year for 2015 to be Marsala, my mind instantly started swirling with ideas. There are SO many different color palettes that you can create using this color, and every single one of them screams romance. It may look like a bit of a rust red color, but I chose to use it as an inspirational color and design a few inspiration boards using the color hues in this color, incorporating the deep berry reds that are also in this color family, with burgundy, aubergine, maroons, and created a few different boards for you to use as inspiration for your wedding, if you'd like to incorporate this color!
I am so excited to be sharing the 2014 Holiday Prints Collection with you all today! Not only are this years designs available in different colors for your choosing, they will also be available this year as both digital downloads and prints! So, if you need something last minute, you will be able to have beautifully decorated prints adorning the cozy spaces in your home.
This past week, a few girly little girl prints were added to my Etsy shop. They are available in three different designs, but all of them were definitely created with little princesses in mind. My own daughter loves everything girly, loves flowers, and shiny things, so she was definitely the inspiration behind these. Plus, she is quickly learning her letters of the alphabet and she gets so excited when she sees any letters that she recognizes, so it only felt right to create alphabet prints to go along with them too. And don't worry, there will be prints available for little boys rooms soon as well ... those are just coming a little later. I have to keep some suspense, right? :)
I am so excited to be sharing this styled shoot with you today! I am so blessed to have amazing vendors who understand my creative mind, and I love so many different pieces about this shoot that my heart soared when it was featured on Style Me Pretty. So many different things come together for a styled shoot - usually you have one element that spurs it, and as your idea develops, it grows and changes and adapts. For me, this one item was a rose gold sequin table runner. One of my brides used a rose gold sequin linen for her wedding in March, and the minute that I saw it and felt it in my hands, I was hooked.
Sometimes, you have an idea in your head and something you want to portray, but you know that you can't do it alone. This goes hand in hand with weddings as well! So, I teamed up with Ashley from Ashley Victoria Photography and Shannon from Fiore, and together, the three of us turned an idea into SO much more than that! I am so excited to share this styled shoot with you today - it is filled with gorgeous lace details, oysters as placecards, and even a cockatoo as a ring bearer, and we all feel that it turned out so beautiful because we worked great together as a team and the end result turned into an amazing shoot that I hope inspires you to think outside of the box for your own wedding! Enjoy this little piece of happiness that is The Lacy Oyster!