You know when a beach wedding is in Florida, it’s already miles ahead in the stunning stakes. But when viewed through the lens of Carrie Wildes, it takes beach beautiful to an entirely different level. Inspired by succulents and classic “Tommy Bahama” style this beautiful beach soiree is decorated with green succulents, burlap details and white orchids from the flowers to the tables, from the cake to the favors and everywhere in between. With pure white sandy beaches, pretty blue bridesmaids in flowy dresses and organic decor which beautifully blends with the natural landscape, it can only be summed up with one word – fabulous!
From the bride Jennifer: I didn’t grow up fantasizing and dreaming about my wedding day, so I had no idea where to start after Jason’s sunset proposal on the lake near our home in Dallas, Georgia. Having lived in Tampa for years, it was Jason, actually, who had always dreamed of getting married at the Don CeSar Beach Resort in St. Pete Beach, Florida. The first time he took me there I knew it was the perfect place.
I knew I wanted to keep the decor and other essentials somewhat muted. I wanted the decor to flow with the ambiance and beauty around us. Comfortable, casual, classy and elegant. Those were the key elements in my vision. I believe that everything came full circle when I found the bridesmaids dresses – the movement of the crinkle chiffon WToo by Watters dresses in the stunning ‘Mediterranean Blue’ hue. They were a perfect example of how our color scheme and decor could perfectly complement the natural beauty around us. As the planning continued, our various vendors starting referring to our theme as “Tommy Bahama Rustic”.
I’m not a big fan of flowers, thus planning our centerpieces and bouquets was extremely difficult for me. I searched endlessly for ideas and always came up short! I knew I wanted all green and white to keep with the natural, simple elegance theme, but beyond that I was having a tough time describing the look I was going for. Jana Stall, with Events in Bloom, was absolutely amazing at translating my scatter-brained thoughts and ideas into beautiful, cohesive reality. Her exquisite use of stock, succulents, manzanita branches, and other “non-traditional” elements in the bouquets, aisle runners, cake decor and centerpieces completely brought our natural, beach rustic theme to life.
Aside from the floral decor, I knew I wanted to do the remaining details myself. (Who doesn’t love a good DIY project?) I wrote numbers on extra large, real sand dollars for our table numbers. For our table assignments, I found a fabulous antique window at a thrift store for $3. With a little sanding, paint, and chalk pens, we brought new life and purpose to the old window. I sent burlap to our wonderful Pastry Chef, Tara Bishop, at the Don Cesar to use on the cake. For our favors, we adorned burlap sacks filled with local salt water taffy with ribbon and sand dollars.
Although the inclement weather required us to move our outdoor reception indoors, we were lucky enough to have a break in the clouds to still hold our ceremony outside, facing the beach, at sunset, under a covered pavilion. The weather even allowed the sun to appear just in time to snap some amazing photos on the beach. I remember Sylense, our lead photographer, telling us we had maybe 5 minutes before the rain would start up again. We finished up just as it began to spring, and moved inside to eat, drink, and dance the night away among our closest friends and family. It was truly everything we could have ever dreamed of!
Thank you Jennifer and congratulations on a truly stunning beach wedding!
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Photography: Carrie Wildes Photography / Floral Designer: Events in Bloom / Bridal Gown & Bridesmaid Dresses: Wtoo by Watters / Groomsmen’s Attire: Tommy Bahama / Reception: Don CeSar Beach Resort / Cinema and Video: Expert Productions / Makeup Artist: KyleLynn Weddings / Submitted via Two Bright Lights