Some moments come once in a lifetime. Like the moment when a groom sets his eyes on his bride for the first time, her dress as perfect and unforgettable as she is. Amy and Michael’s dog trailed ahead of her, the honorary four-legged flower girl that they knew they had to include on their special day. And as their closest friends and family looked on, Amy and Michael promised to love one another forever, the rhythmic sound of the ocean reflected on the evening breeze. The reception was held at a beachfront hotel. From the soft grey and yellow accents to the sash Amy wore fashioned from her mother’s own wedding gown, nearly every element of the wedding showcased personal touches from the bride and groom, making this wedding as one-of-a-kind as the beautiful couple themselves. Dinnertime served up a unique array of the bride and groom’s very favorite foods including gourmet versions of pizza, sliders, mac and cheese, and grilled cheese to name a few. Guests danced to the sound of Black Tie Entertainment, the night slipping easily into a scene of relaxed elegance. A perfect day. This joyful celebration is brought to you by North Carolina photographer Red Stone Photography!
Was there a specific theme or style?
It was a rustic vintage themed wedding, but with slightly updated yellow and gray colors. I found a lot of inspiration from Pinterest.
Please give us an overview of the event.
It was a night wedding at a beachfront hotel in Naples Florida. The actual ceremony was on the lawn adjacent to the beach. We had 80 people attend the ceremony. We had a guitarist play the ceremony music. We kept actual ceremony short and sweet. It included two quirky wedding readings, and the exchange of vows. We also made sure to keep the ceremony light with some humor sprinkled throughout.
What were your playful twists that made the event unique?
We had our dog walk down the aisle as our flower girl. We had a leash and flower on her that matched our wedding colors.
Did you DIY any of the details?
Yes. Invitations, table numbers, escort cards, table decorations, programs, dress sash was made from my Mom’s wedding dress, veil, guest book, signs. Lots of work, but allowed us to give our wedding a personal touch and saved us lots of money.
Now for the proposal…details!
I planned a trip for us to Hilton Head, SC. The first night we were there, we went to a nice dinner, walked around, went back to our rooms, changed into shorts and t-shirts and had a drink out on the balcony. We then proceeded to get locked out on our balcony (4 floors up). We were yelling at people down to come help us. After an hour, we finally had a hotel staff member come open up the balcony. Michael thought that was the perfect time to propose, right there on the balcony. I couldn’t believe it! It was such a shock, b/c basically the night was over, we had just survived our mini crisis, and we had already had our nice dinner and moonlight walk. Plus I had planned this entire trip, so it did not even cross my mind he would propose during the trip.. We called our parents and had to tell them over and over again NOT to post on Facebook until we got back into town and are able to tell all of our friends.
What was the best wedding advice you received?
Soak it up and don’t wish it to be over, because it goes by so fast and you’ll wish you could do it again. Enjoy the day!
Photography: Red Stone Photography | DJ: Black Tie Entertainment | Guitarist: Jason Jefferies | Venue & Caterer: LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort | Floral: Lyfe of the Party | Wedding Dress: Bridals by Lori | Cake: Ella’s Cakes