NEON + PASTEL DIY COUNTRY BEACH WEDDING | Good luck ever loving your own dog again, after you see the face of the French Bulldog in this Wedding. | Pure 7 Studios

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In other news…

Here is what newlyweds Alyson and Zac said they were going for, with their wedding:

-a laid back feel with minimal décor.

-romantic without feeling stuffy.

-We wanted people to leave with the feeling that they had just been to an awesome concert with the album and poster to remember it by.

Here is what I heard:

Today’s feature, submitted by Pure 7 Studios, got me where the heart is… and not just because they call one another Honey. It’s also not just because they have a Frenchie (even though the frenchie thing is definitely part of it). And it’s not just because they had an adorbs photo booth at their wedding with adorbs friends who dressed up adorbs-ably because that’s how you do at a wedding (take note, friends of engaged couples). Oh and it’s CERTAINLY not because Alyson is a hottie. Because that would be super chauvinist of me, to like her and this wedding for that alone. For her hotness. Which I don’t see. Like with race.

So nope, it’s none of those things! It’s this first quote:

My favorite quote from the groom (Zac) = “After we began dating, we took a trip down to Florida… walking down the beach late one afternoon… it was the perfect quiet day and I was happy.  It was a simple happy and I was whole.  I knew then she was the one.”


My favorite quote from the bride (Alyson) = “We fill our lives with the sound of music so we wanted to incorporate that in our wedding.”

Take it away, you two…

In the Beginning

(Alyson:)  We met through mutual friends in the summer of 05’ but were both in other relationships so we remained friends for the next 5 years.  Then one day it clicked and we decided to try for more and it took!  We talk about it now and wonder why it took so long but we know that it was in Gods plan for us to grow as individuals and create a strong friendship. We are best friends now and I wouldn’t want it any other way.  He’s the best man I know and I love him to pieces!

(Alyson:)  Zac proposed on family vacation to the Caymans.  His mother hired a professional photographer to take family photos on the beach.  After every couple had their photo taken it was our turn.  At the perfect moment he whispered in my ear “this next one will be a wall hanger” and it was!  It was right at sunset and a total surprise.  It was a true “precious moment” and we have it all on film!

(Zac:)  As Alyson said, we knew each other thru mutual friends and we had known each other for several years.  I have always enjoyed being around her.  She can always make me laugh.  She is the kind of person that you just enjoy being with.  How could I not fall in love with her?!
After we began dating, we took a trip down to Florida.  Her and I and our two dogs were walking down the beach late one afternoon.  It was the perfect quiet day and I was happy.  It was a simple happy and I was whole.  I knew then she was the one.

The Big Day

Carillon Beach, Florida

Colors – Oranges, blues, turquoise, purples, pinks
We chose not to have bridesmaids and groomsman because it was a destination wedding.
(Alyson:)  Theme – Both Zac and I really love listening to old vinyl, discovering new bands, and checking out live shows.  We fill our lives with the sound of music so we wanted to incorporate that in our wedding.  We had our guests sign some of our records instead of a book and we hired a blues band to play at the reception.  The band is a ligit blues band from Memphis so they haven’t played many weddings.  Needless to say it was interesting but they are great musicians.  We also gave gift bags and filled them with personalized cd’s that looked like old 45’s and posters with everyone of our guests names on them.  The bags were plain brown bags from Hobby Lobby so I wanted to give them a little flair.  I bought different kinds of fabric and cut them into strips.  I also used glitter ribbon and a rope like material.  I punched holes in the bags and tied the ribbon, rope, & fabric into bows on the bags.  It gave it a personal touch!  We wanted people to leave with the feeling that they had just been to an awesome concert with the album and poster to remember it by.

What we wanted overall was a laid back feel with minimal décor.  I wanted it to be romantic without feeling stuffy.  The ceremony took place in a small white chapel next to the reception green.  We didn’t trust the weather at the beach so we chose the chapel instead but we did have pictures taken on the beach and they are perfect.  We had an open-air reception overlooking the Carillon Lake with tons of lights in the trees. The tables were covered with white linen table clothes & turquoise pales filled with colorful zinnias, dahlias, lisianthus, & hydrangeas. We also had a homemade photo booth with tons of awesome props.  Our florist was amazing and captured exactly what we wanted.   It was country, beach chic.  J

(Alyson:)  I loved my dress!  I wanted it to feel light and match the beach atmosphere.  I really just wanted to be comfortable but still feel like a bride.

We honeymooned in Anguilla but didn’t go until November.  I’m glad we chose to wait because we were well rested and the excitement wasn’t over in just a weekend.  We had our honeymoon to look forward too!  We also got married on a Friday so we spent the next day on the beach with our friends.  It was perfect.

Borrowed, Blue, & New
(borrowed) I wore my mother’s shoes from when she married my dad.  (new) My parents bought me pearl earrings.  (blue) I cut a piece of my diseased grandfathers blue shirt in the shape of a heart and had it sown into my dress over my heart.  We were very close and it was really important for me to include a piece of him.  He would have loved Zac.

Behind the Scenes

We couldn’t have worked with better planners, photographers, caterers, videographers, or florists!  There are a lot of details that go into a wedding and they are truly the best at what they do.

Thanks, Alyson and Zac for sharing your incredible day with us!  Let’s get this party started…

Btw – this wedding does not get an…

… that’s just their beautiful moss-covered married name initial. (Harr dee harr harrrr I know, I know..)


Ok so here’s my question…

xx, Alison

Photographer: Pure 7 Studios / Wedding Planners: Victoria & Avis – Carillon Weddings / Caterer: Townsend Catering / Florist: Nouveau Flowers / Gown: Lowe’s Bridal / Cupcakes: Confections on the Coast / Ceremony: Carillon Beach, Meeting House / Reception: Carillon Beach, Main Green / Entertainment: Daddy Mack Blues Band / Makeup: Jamie Gummere / Invitations: Wedding Wire / Submission via Two Bright Lights

Label(s): Blue, Color, Green, Multi, Orange, Pink, Purple, Red, {Real Weddings}

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  1. Plum Pretty Sugar on April 19, 2013

    Love her pretty


  2. Ken Tan on April 20, 2013

    Such a gorgeous wedding. Beautifully captured! Love the dog!!! I think both frenchies are cute ;)

  3. Lena on April 20, 2013

    Love this wedding, but it’s the puppehs I can’t say no to!

  4. Robe de mariée on April 21, 2013

    Congrats! All the details of the wedding are great. I love the style.

  5. Lulu on April 22, 2013

    I love the creativity in these images… and BTW is it just me or is there really a Jansport bag in one of those pics? Ah, I love those!

  6. Jane on April 22, 2013

    Pics like these make me wanna tie the knot ASAP…

  7. Kate Hamilton on April 23, 2013

    Really loved the simplicity of it all, but how perfect it seemed. I think if you are going for minimal decor, like they were, you really have to find the perfect setting for your wedding- they definitely achieved this. Having a simple wedding in a function hall just doesn’t work the same way. I absolutely love the concert poster favors, they have to be one of the coolest and most creative ideas I have ever seen- what a great idea!

  8. Avis {Carillon Weddings®} on April 23, 2013

    Thanks so much for featuring Alyson & Zac’s wedding! They were as much fun as their pictures portray them to be :)

    {Carillon Weddings®}

  9. Tipper Mary on April 24, 2013

    WOW, the bride is beautiful, at the same time, the groom is handsome! They are so happy to be together for all their lives!

  10. Malaya on April 24, 2013

    This couple looks like they happiest, most fun couple ever; not to mention they look like they are so in love. What a beautiful couple! The bride looks stunning in a dress that looks like it was made just for her! Best wishes to them!

  11. Carla Caruso on April 25, 2013

    Beautiful wedding. The bride looks gorgeous. Love the flowers! And everybody looks like they’re happy and having fun. Nicely done!

  12. clara on April 25, 2013

    so gorgeous…. “diseased” grandfather? hmmmm

  13. What a wonderful and unique wedding, full of character!!! I love all the personalized signs!

  14. Fresno on May 13, 2013

    Loved all the captions, very entertaining

  15. TK on May 13, 2013

    I agree, this is a great couple and I really enjoyed the captions. What a fun collection of pictures.

  16. The Inspired Bride on May 15, 2013

    In love with her bouquet ! and the center pieces are amazing!

  17. Steven on May 17, 2013

    They’re so gorgeous! Really love the ‘first dance’ picture with the bride and het father, beautiful!

  18. Hochzeitsfotograf Frankfurt on May 21, 2013

    A wedding on the beach with puppy, that’s perfect.

  19. Jenn on May 21, 2013

    The colors are amazing and the dog is the coolest

  20. Love all the spring flowers and blue mason jars!

  21. cocoa beach weddings on May 25, 2013

    This couple is beautiful and the details are gorgeous. The photographer’s photo journalistic style shows that they had a lot of fun.

  22. Hawaii Wedding Planner on May 28, 2013

    This wedding looks absolutely stunning! I love the brides gown! She looks so beautiful!

  23. Elegant Wedding Dresses on May 28, 2013

    Cute wedding !

  24. MarylrubyUK on June 21, 2013

    Lovely colorful story and flowers colors combinations ………. superb :)

  25. daisy on June 25, 2013

    Wow!!What a fantastic wedding :)

  26. Brandon on June 25, 2013

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  27. Helen on July 15, 2013

    Oh my this looks like fun, fun and more fun, love all the colours of the flowers, and the bride and groom look so happy….love it.

  28. wedding videographers Durban on July 26, 2013

    The colours of the flowers are magnificent!

  29. Wedding Photographer Cardiff on July 28, 2013

    Love love this wedding the bride and groom look so relaxed. The bull dog won it for me possibly the the best wedding photographs ever well done!!

  30. Bronwyn on July 30, 2013

    The colour pop flowers contrasting against the chic simplicity of the brides dress is my favourite aspect of this wedding, it such an amazing touch and makes her stand out evening more! What a great way to make your mark on your wedding day. The cupcake tower also looked great, this is one of my favourite attributes of any wedding and they did it well with the ‘a’ and ‘z’ initials added on top in frosting!

  31. Denisse on August 5, 2013

    Looks like such a fun wedding from start to finish. Love the decor, the dress and the dog!

  32. StagorHen on August 9, 2013

    Love this post.. Any dog named Rambo automatically wins!

  33. Ernie Savarese on August 13, 2013

    They are fantastic wedding photos… The couple look so perfect… They must be sooo pleased with your photos and it looks like the guest had lots of fun too!!

    Congratulations.. your photos look amazing!!

  34. on August 25, 2013

    Really love the wedding details and the fun they had!Thanks for sharing!

  35. Jacqueline on August 30, 2013

    This wedding was so wonderful. Everything about it look relaxed, fun, and natural.

  36. What a gorgeous wedding! LOVE the bride and groom shoot at the beach!!


  37. Jessica Park on January 7, 2014

    I always love the idea of beach wedding. I love the color combination of the flowers that is used. Congratulations to the newly weds, they both look fabulous and in love!

  38. Clare@Wanderlust Weddings on January 13, 2014

    We LOVE this wedding – especially the dress, bunting and flowers. Oh and of course the beach :)

  39. Dave Packer on February 6, 2014

    What a cool wedding. Lovely colours composition to your photographs too.

  40. Harriet | The Zoots on March 13, 2014

    I love the flowers. i love the colours. I love the BIG LETTER F COVERED IN MOSS. I love the wee dog. I love the photo booth. I love the location. I love every single thing about this wedding. Just gorgeous

  41. wedding dresses on June 23, 2014

    You are just all kinds of amazing!

  42. Navjot Singh on August 11, 2014

    All the pics are beautiful. Great photography. The panning of wedding is amazing .

  43. Tania Kanda on August 11, 2014

    What a colorful wedding. I like it very much. The plans and photography is amazing. Everything is superb.

  44. Classic Wedding Invitations on September 29, 2014

    Amazing colours and decorations!!! This wedding looks like it was so much fun!!!

  45. Danny T on February 23, 2015

    Love the picture cuddling the bulldog, what a great wedding, so many unique styles! :D

  46. esun on July 23, 2015

    great wedding, like all these pictures

  47. Alex on July 24, 2015

    love this set! beautiful bride and beautiful details.

  48. Sandra on September 14, 2015

    Beautiful wedding! Love the colors!!

  49. Maya on February 15, 2016

    So much fun! You captured the day and the couples personality perfectly!

  50. Zookbinders Wedding Albums on April 29, 2016

    Love every details of this wedding!

  51. Trouwfilm Maken on May 4, 2016

    Great pictures! Love the vignetting effect in the lighting in the evening pictures. Is that an added effect or is it because of the way your flash lights it?

    Looks cool!

  52. Wedding Photographer Cebu on June 6, 2016

    Beautiful photos! And the colors in the wedding are so pretty too –

  53. Polina Perri UK on October 8, 2016

    So wonderful wedding! Love the bride))


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