Today’s wedding is a pretty pink Florida seaside wedding by Audrey Snow. I am pretty much obsessed with the bride’s gown. I don’t think it gets much better than scalloped lace ruffles! The bride fell in love with her gown so much too that she used it as the inspiration for her day, such a great idea.
My husband Kyle and I wanted to create a destination wedding weekend so our guests could be introduced to and enjoy one of our most favorite places, Boca Grande, FL. It is a special place for us as Kyle introduced it to me in the beginning of our relationship and I fell in love with the island instantly. It reminded me of Martha’s Vineyard where my family has a home and holds a very special place in my heart. We chose the historic Gasparilla Inn, listed on the National Historic Registry, because of it’s Old Florida charm and hospitality and because we could host our three different events at three very different locations on the property and really be able to share with our guests all that the inn has to offer. We wanted the wedding weekend to be intimate and had only family and close friends in attendance. With 115 guests we were able to spend time with everyone we care about over the course of the weekend.
The theme of the wedding came about the moment I bought my dress. I had imagined a simple garden wedding with a simple lace trumpet style dress however things took a turn when I stepped into the Kenneth Pool ballgown at a Brides Against Breast Cancer Tour of Gowns event in Sarasota, FL. It wasn’t my plan to be dress shopping that day but when my girlfriend and I went to the event just to “get in the mood” before my weekend appointments she saw the dress out of the corner of her eye and knew I had to try it. Once I had it on I couldn’t go back to the simple lace trumpet silhouette! I knew it was the one and with the tears to prove it!
The dress, an ivory tulle draped sweetheart bodice with crystal belt and full a-line tulle skirt with layers of pleated fans with satin ribbon detail made me feel like a real bride; a beautiful, feminine bride and made me rethink what look I was going for in terms of the reception. I wanted it to be soft, romantic with lots of candlelight and with a vintage feel. So the colors I started working with were ivory, shades of pink and pewter and were seen throughout in different elements of the wedding from the invitations to the flowers to the cocktail napkins & menus. I chose ivory and pink garden roses for my bridesmaids (my two sisters and Kyle’s two nieces) and me, pewter ties for the groomsmen & pewter bridesmaid dresses and pink and ivory garden rose & hydrangea centerpieces with mercury glass and vintage inspired crystal candelabras.
The best part of the day were the final moments of getting ready to see my future husband and saying our vows in front of our closest friends and family! It was a fabulous weekend and truly everything I hoped and wanted it to be:)
Photography | Audrey Snow | Coordination | Lisa Muccio & Lulu Kelly, NK Productions Wedding Planning | Venue | The Gasparilla Inn | Flowers | Flowers by Fudgie | Paper goods | The Paper Tree | Gown | Kenneth Pool | Favors | The Lollicake Queen | Ceremony Music | Ensemble Lyrique | Cocktail music | John Rinell | DJ | Fitz Otis