Happy lazy afternoon, darlings! Well, actually, lazy hardly defines today, as I’ve been teaching my inbox a lesson for the entire morning and into the afternoon today so I’m in pretty high spirits at the moment… thank you, Pandora, for THAT. Aright, let’s get moving – weddings and puppies, here we go… ;)
Ok so first off, someone suggested I check out “My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding” last week, saying that it was worlds better than The Bachelorette this season. Turns out the show’s about Irish Traveler brides and their wedding-related shenanigans and how they risk persecution and cancellation if venues find out it’s a Gypsie wedding, but this does not keep them from having Disney-Princess-plot-themed weddings (← you think I’m exaggerating? If anything, I’m not doing the unbelievableness of this show justice). Anyway I wanted to thank that person, because I had been looking for a way to lose an hour of my life in the most painful, tacky way imaginable, and you totally found it for me. So cheers, thanks for that. No seriously, I appreciate it.
Moving right along – and by the way I’m pretty sure I inhaled a poppy seed this morning because I’m experiencing some unusually labored breathing and throat tickling, but… I’m going to soldier on… for you.
OK SO! Happy Monday! How goes it? Good weekends had by all? I most certainly hope so, for your sakes. We had a pretty decent weekend, filled with park visits, a lovely dinner made even more lovely by alcoholic drinks, and the antics of one Bambino McPup.
Perhaps my favorite moment of the weekend was when this happened to my face:
I call it: “Bambino meets little European boy, affectionate face slapping and friendship ensue.“ It was taken from the vantage point of a swingset in Central Park, nearby which we like to take Bambi for walks. More details: it was taken after an hour of Alison wanting to give priority to every child in the area before even considering swinging herself, and Honey being as patient as possible about it, whilst two totally selfish adult morons swung to their hearts’ content for OVER AN HOUR, with countless children waiting patiently in the vicinity for their turns. Oy.
I showed Honey my iphone screen yesterday, which now boasts a cropped photo of the two having their impromptu playdate, and he said, “hehe, so you’ve decided to make your iphone background a photo of somebody else’s child?” To which I responded, “well, my child’s in there, too. So it makes sense to me.”
Ok, shall we move onto this amazeballs wedding we have today? Yeah, that’s probably a good idea. This Santa Rosa Beach, FL shindig was submitted by the completely amazing pure7studios, and I dig it for sooo many reasons… a few of which are as follows:
- awesomely stylish bridesmaids shots, a-like a-so…
- exceptional implementation of an oft challenging color story;
- super duper evidence of love;
- stellar use of the handkerchief while walking down the aisle (I’m on a particularly strong handkerchief loving streak thingie, yeah don’t ask)
- A POOL. I’ll explain later…
Here’s the rundown from our beautiful bride, Paige:
I started my wedding preparation years before my husband, Steve, ever popped the question. It’s not that I am ‘that’ girl who hopes and dreams of her wedding as a little girl and plans out every detail down to the lipstick shade after the first exchange of digits with a man (Not that there is anything wrong with that!) On the contrary, it was not quite so simple. When Steve and I first began dating it started like most relationships likely start when dating in your thirties…you tell yourself to ‘have fun,” “be open-minded.” I did just that and I had never had so much fun in my life. I quickly realized I was completely and truly in love. When a gal figures out she has finally met the one she want to spend the rest of her life with; she generally wants the rest of her life to start as quickly as possible!
Oh, if it was only that easy….
Steve and I share very different backgrounds: I was raised Catholic…Catholic right down to the plaid skirt and knee socks! Steve, on the other hand, is the son of a rabbi. We had many discussions together and we each had to soul search and ask ourselves if marriage and family could ever be even a remote possibility for us. At times it felt hopeless until we met the most wonderful people I have ever known: Monsignor Gracz and Rabbi Winokur. The Monsignor and the Rabbi listened to us and were thoughtful in their advice. They showed Steve and I that in spite our differences we could build a life together that honors both our heritages and they showed us how many similarities we have as a foundation. Finally, after three years of courtship, Steve and I were ready to get married!
We had a destination wedding at Watercolor resort in Santa Rosa Beach, Fl beside Western Lake. We were lucky enough to have the rabbi and the Monsignor travel to officiate our interfaith wedding ceremony. Steve and I customized the entire ceremony to honor both of our faiths and traditions. The priest and rabbi worked in tandem during the wedding and honored special traditions such as the blessing of the wine, and the breaking of the glass. We created a custom Ketubah or marriage contract that was signed by the Priest, Rabbi and two of our closest childhood friends. It is now displayed in our dining room!
The color theme throughout the wedding was bright tangerine with hints of aquamarine and navy blue. The bridesmaids wore navy strapless knee length Melissa Sweet dresses and carried orange botanicals. The grooms and his guys were tan suits, orange and blue striped ties and leather flip flops (The groom’s one request!). I wore a satin and chiffon Modern Trousseau trumpet sweetheart neckline gown with a cascading ruffle down the front and a Donna King satin lined veil that fell to the hip. We had all our favorite kids (7 nieces and nephews) in the wedding. The flower girls and ring bearers walked bare foot down the aisle in white Strasburg cotton sundresses for the girls and Jcrew khaki shorts with preppy striped bow ties for the boys. The ushers were dressed like junior groomsmen in tan suits.
The reception was on the pool deck by the lake under a twinkling starlit sky. We had a strolling reception with mahi mahi, shrimp and grits and prime rib. The Nashville band, Groove Addiction, played all our favorites and kept the party (and bride and groom) on the dance floor the entire night. Two of my favorite memories is when the whole dance floor swayed and sang together to Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing” and when the guests formed a circle on the dance floor to allow for some impromptu 80’s-style break dancing by our family and friends.
Before we knew it the night had ended as quickly as it had started. It was time to go. Steve and I ran through our line of guests down the dock an jumped onto a little wooden boat that circled us around Western Lake while we waved goodbye. It was the perfect ending to a beautiful beginning!
Wedding Tip: Schedule a “Day After Photo Shoot.” Pictures of the wedding are no doubt priceless but if you are lucky enough to have a groom willing to ‘suit up’ again for more shots a couple days after the wedding; it may just be the best decision you make. My “day after shoot” includes my most favorite and ‘frame-worthy’ photos of my groom and me. Unlike the day of the wedding, we are carefree and completely relaxed ….perhaps a little too relaxed since I ended up throwing my ‘by–the –rules- bridal-logic’ aside and jumped into the Gulf of Mexico in my wedding dress. We started our new life with quite a splash!
Ok, so obviously there is some very cute kid action going on here in this wedding. But I conducted a brief twitter poll on the topic of kids and weddings, and I want to continue on that topic, because let’s just say OPINIONS VARY.
So, what do you think of this wedding, and perhaps just as importantly, on which side do you fall when it comes to children attending weddings? And do you have any thoughts/suggestions as to how to handle it?
Also – do you dig pool shots as much as I do? Because honestly, I’ve never met a pool shot I didn’t like. They just look so dreamy!
xoxo! – Alison
Photographer: pure7studios / Submitted via Two Bright Lights / Floral Designer: Florals By The Sea / Reception Venue: WaterColor Inn & Resort / Invitation Designer: paper affair / Dress Store: Kelly’s Closet / Cake Designer: Cakes by Tanis / Band: Crescent Moon Entertainment / Linens and Coverings: linens by the sea / Makeup Artist: Chez Renee / Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid Jacksonville