One of the things that I love most about weddings is how unique and personal they really can be. I think that it can be easy for brides to get caught up in what everyone else is doing...what us wedding bloggers say and happen to feature, and what is considered trendy at that moment. A lot of times, I wonder whether we'll all be looking back twenty years from now wondering why everyone was so fascinated with burlap and mason jars (not that I'm not currently a fan of them myself! :)
That's why when I first saw today's beautiful wedding photos by Churchill's Photography, I knew that I had to feature them because it showcased a very colorful, tropical wedding that didn't look like anything else that I have featured in the past. The bride and groom, Jess and Ryan were married in March under a canapy draped in floral garlands and white fabric on the white sandy beach in Key Largo, Florida. The beach wedding was actually the second time that the couple had promised to love one another for a lifetime. After dating for about two years, Ryan proposed to Jess on a "romantic beach date," with a picnic at sunset, complete with wine and stone crabs. Ryan gave Jess a big box to open, and was surprised to find a new pair of scrubs for her to wear at work! Strange gift, you say? When Jess lifted the shirt out of the box, she felt something in the pocket, and pulled out an engagement ring. Even better, she then noticed that the scrubs were embroidered with her soon-to-be married name! After the couple had watched the full moon rise over the water that evening, Ryan took Jess back to a hotel in South Beach, where all of their family and friends were waiting for a surprise celebration! *Sigh* I just love engagement stories...had to share that one with you!
Just over one hundred of the couple's family and friends were on hand to watch Ryan and Jess get married. The ceremony and reception were decorated with colorful floral arrangements of bright mango calla lilies and orchids by Petals with Pizzazz, that perfectly complimented the tropical venue. The reception centerpieces were small glass terrariums filled with shells and flowers, and each table had its own disposable camera for guests to authentically document the entire evening for Ryan and Jess. After a night full of good food, cocktails and dancing, the newly married couple made their way to their decorated getaway boat (one of the bride's favorite details of the day) as guests congregated at the dock to say goodbye with sparklers in hand. After the wedding, Ryan and Jess honeymooned on a small island near Tahiti called Moorea, located among the French Polynesian Islands.
...And finally, I thought I'd wrap up today's post with a cute little piece of advice from Jess herself! "If you don't want your wedding cake smashed in your face, talk to your groom ahead of time! I never in a million years thought Ryan would smash the cake in my face, but he caved under all the pressure. I had cake up my nose and in my eyelashes! In the end, it was okay and I was able to laugh it off, but I was totally caught off guard in the moment. However, I must say the crowd loved it!" Haha! Best advice I've heard yet! Thanks, Jess!
Bright and Colorful Tropical Wedding - Vendors & Credits
Photographer: Churchill's Photography
Hair Stylist: Hair in the Tropics
Floral Designer: Petals with Pizzazz
Reception Venue: Key Largo Hilton
Cinema and Video: Candun Productions
DJ: Extras Entertainment