After finding each other on eHarmony.com, it didn’t take long for love to blossom for Elizabeth and Tony. Settling on the elegant color scheme of black, white and fuchsia for their wedding, Elizabeth and Tony committed their lives to each other beneath an exotic orchid covered arch at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples, a wedding and event venue in Naples, Florida, surrounded by twenty-one of their closest family and friends. Take in this picturesque beach sunset, along with all the breathtaking photos from Naples wedding photographer, Tonya Malay Photography.
Now for the proposal… details!
We were spending a fun Fourth of July in St. Louis, Missouri. This has been a family tradition since Elizabeth was a little girl. Tony was going to propose during the fireworks display, but realized that Elizabeth wouldn’t be able to see the ring. Instead he took her to the top of the St. Louis Arch and got down on one knee and proposed. A woman nearby realized what was happening and took a picture to record the moment.
We want to know about all the wedding details, was it small and intimate or big and traditional?
The wedding was small and intimate. The fuchsia orchid bridal bouquet and the flowers for the wedding ceremony and the reception were outstanding. Only the pictures do them justice. The garden setting was lush and green. The Beach House was the perfect private venue for the reception. The windows of The Beach House open to the Gulf of Mexico. We were able to watch the sunset during the cocktail hour. The reception was fun and a great end to a beautiful day.
Tell us about your wedding gown and what your bridal party wore.
Wedding gown – ivory lace overlay with crystal beading and a café satin slip underneath. The gown had a v-neck and deep v in the back with satin buttons down the back and a train with a scalloped lace hem. The dress was fitted and elegant. We chose not to have a wedding party.
Can you give us an overview of the event?
Outdoor wedding at the Ritz-Carlton Naples, Florida.
Was there a specific theme or style?
Elegant – black and white with fuchsia accents. Originally planned beach wedding, but switched to a garden wedding just steps from the beach
What were your playful twists that made the event unique?
The bride is very close with her grandparents. They were soon to celebrate 60 years of wedded bliss. It was important that they were an intricate part of the wedding. A harpist provided the music for the garden wedding. The bride’s grandfather walked her up the aisle. The reception was held in the Ritz-Carlton Beach House. Instead of tossing the wedding bouquet a special anniversary dance honored all married couples. The DJ asked couples that were married 5 years to sit down, then 10 years, etc. The last couple dancing was the bride’s grandparents. She presented her grandmother with her bridal bouquet.
Tell us about the food and desserts.
Appetizers and drinks for cocktail hour, followed by:
Salad – butter bibb lettuce, avocado, florida citrus salsa, warm almond brie croquette
Entreé – grilled top sirloin, seared stone bass, caramelized onion marmalade, dauphinoise potatoes, haricots verts, wine merchant sauce
Wine – Robert Mondavi Private Selection Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon
Wedding Cake – vanilla genoise, white chocolate mousseline cream, fresh raspberries
What kind of energy did your entertainment give the guests?
DJ Randy Ray was great. He kept everyone on the dance floor and played the perfect combination of music to please several generations.