I am so glad the gorgesousness that was Mary and Ricky's wedding is beginning to grace this blog! You first read about them a few months ago in their love story post. These two were the sweetest towards each other throughout the entire time planning their wedding, and their wedding day was absolutely beautiful. It was filled with so many elegant and rich colors, and Mary's one of a kind wedding dress, designed and sewn completely by Ruthy was absolutely stunning. Mary and I worked together for a bit more than a year to bring her wedding idea to life, and it turned out absolutely stunning.
I am so excited to share details from Ashley and Brett's wedding day with you today! Their wedding was one of those "perfect day out of a fairytale" kinds of wedding days. The two of them are so kind, caring, and truly genuine people that it was an absolute pleasure and joy working with them to plan their wedding day. The moment that we started chatting at our initial meeting, I knew that their wedding day would be one filled with character but also with love ... because these two have *that* special kind of love - the kind that fills a room, the kind that makes you melt when you see the two of them together. Their wedding day took place at the Pensacola Country Club, and they were joined by 100 of their closest friends and family.
When I'm designing invitations, one element that I love to be included are envelope liners. I just finished completed a couple of invitation suites where the envelope liners made a huge impact (for a sneak peek of the two of them, check out my Instagram!) Your wedding invitations are the first clue your guests receive as to what your wedding is going to be like. And if your guests open the envelope and are immediately met with a gorgeously romantic floral pattern, thick black and white modern stripes, or gold glittery sparkle, it immediately will make a huge difference.
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
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.
I am so excited to be sharing this wedding with you today. Kayley and Brian were married last summer at Old Christ Church with their reception at the Museum of Commerce, and I have been waiting until this week to post it for a few different reasons. Brian is in the Marines, and the majority of their guests who attended their wedding were also in the military, and wore their dress blues. It was an incredible sight to see and amazing to be a part of.
Living in Pensacola, Florida, we are surrounded by people in the military. With active Navy, Marines, and Air Force bases around us, it is very common for us to see people in uniform daily, to pray with friends through deployments, celebrate homecomings, and read about the good times and the struggles. I remember a couple of years after I moved here, I was on a plane flight returning to Pensacola from a Minnesota visit, and when I walked onto the plane, I was surrounded by people in uniform. And it instantly made me think "I'm heading home", as it is something I have grown accustomed to as well as love seeing around me. My dad was in the Air Force and my brother-in-law was in the Marines, and so it has been a part of my own family's life as well. I have friends whose husbands, brothers, sisters, and children have been deployed, and all that I can think to say on this day are these two simple words.
Thank you for all you have done for our country. For your sacrifices. For your bravery. For so many things that we aren't even aware of as civilians, for having the courage to stand up for this country of ours and fight for our freedoms. And to those of you who have someone in the military in your life, for the wives and girlfriends who miss special holidays together, the mamas who are having babies and raising children alone at times when their daddies are deployed, and for everyone else who has someone special who has contributed time in their lives to the military, thank you. The military wives that I have had the pleasure of getting to know, you are some of the strongest women I have met. And so on this day, thank you too, for everything you have sacrificed as well.
The first photo in this post is of my friend Christina and her husband, captured by Kiyomi Photography when her husband returned from a deployment. I remember seeing this photo the day that she posted it, I immediately felt the emotion of that moment, and I completely feel that this is the way that homecomings are so many times. These are the emotions that grasp so many people in our country now, as they wait for the day that their loved ones will come home.
I have had the privilege of planning a few weddings with military couples, and so wanted to take this day to highlight these incredible men and women, and just say thank you, putting faces to a few of the brave and wonderful people who are serving in our military to help keep our country great.
Thank you, Meredith and Eric, for both being as amazing as you are. To learn when we were planning your wedding that one of you were actually in the Pentagon on 9/11 was heart-wrenching and I was so happy to be a part of your wedding day. You both are such wonderful individuals and your commitment to each other and the military is incredible to me.
To Meg and Alex - how in the world you managed to plan your wedding completely while based in Japan, only to arrive here six weeks before your wedding still amazes me to this day. And the helicopter flyover right after your ceremony? That was a surprise I'm sure not any of us will forget.
To Ayanna and Milton - whose wedding we planned in 10 days due to an unexpected moved up much-sooner-than-later deployment? Knowing that you two were so committed to each other and having an intimate wedding celebration to share your love with your families, you will always have a piece of my heart.
To Leigh and Anthony, your charisma and calm on your wedding day was beautiful. Especially knowing that you were moving across country to a new base the week after your wedding, and seeing the calm you exuded throughout showed me your strength as a couple.
To Amanda and Nick - to Nick, who I didn't get to meet until rehearsal due to being stationed elsewhere, and to Amanda for having the strength to plan your wedding with me while he was away, your day was amazing and so many people loved every bit of it.
And to Kayley and Brian, and all of the other gentlemen who came to the wedding representing the Marines, the Navy, and the Air Force, I still remember your wedding day as one of the happiest crowds at a reception that my fellow wedding vendors and I have ever seen (and the most adventurous sword cake cutting I have ever witnessed! ;) ).
Thank you to all of you. Enjoy this day today and know how grateful so many of us are for all of you. If you are reading this post, whether it is today, on Veteran's Day, or even if it is any other day that you see someone who is in the military, please take the time to thank them. If you have a friend who has a family member in the military, even sending them a quick text asking them to thank them for their service may just make their day. For everyone that has served our country, know how much you are all appreciated. Happy Veteran's Day.
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!