A sparkling silver and blush color palette makes this beach wedding in Naples, Florida glamorous, chic, and absolutely gorgeous! A destination wedding for the happy couple Trish and Chad, Stephanie A Smith Photography was there to capture the beautiful day they shared with their closest friends and family (and the cutest pup too). Trish is here with us today sharing about her lovely wedding and her planning experience:
What (or who) helped you most in your planning process and/or on your wedding day?
The most influential person in my wedding planning process and especially on my wedding day was by far my mother. Luckily we have similar taste in décor, and she understood my vision of what I wanted my special day to look and feel like. I couldn’t have made it through this without her, nor would I have wanted to go through it all with anyone else.
What was the most important thing to you when deciding who to work with for your wedding?
When deciding who I wanted to work with for my wedding, it basically came down to comfort level and wanting them to have a great understanding of my “vision”. People in this business have done hundreds if not thousands of weddings before me but I wanted to make sure that they made it feel like it wasn’t just any other wedding. I am an extremely detailed person so for my own peace of mind, I,needed to know that they had my best interest at heart, be able to showcase my own thoughts and ideas and most importantly, be able to make my vision come to life!
What was your inspiration for your wedding details and/or design?
The inspiration for my wedding was beach glam. I always knew I wanted to get married on a beach but being from a city it wasn’t possible to have that without doing a destination wedding. I also knew that I didn’t want it to be just any beach wedding. I wanted all of the glitz and the glam with a more formal atmosphere. The Ritz Carlton in Naples Florida was just the place to create the ambiance that I was looking for.
Florida has always been my home away from home. It was also the first trip my husband and I took together, where he saw and felt his first ever palm tree and first time he told me he loved me. It was a special place for us both.
What was your favorite thing about your wedding?
My favorite thing about my wedding was right before the reception was about to take place. My wedding planner took me and my now husband Chad upstairs in the beach house to see what the reception was going to look like before everyone came upstairs. When the double doors opened and I saw all of the lights dimmed, the tables decorated with candles, blush and white peonies (my absolute favorite flower) and draped with floor length sequin table cloths that puddled on the floor, I had tears in my eyes. All of the time and effort put toward making my vision come to life was worth it. It took my breath away.
What is your best piece of advice for other brides?
Put you and your fiancé first. I’m not saying be a bridezilla, but you need to keep you and your future husband the focus of the wedding. There will be a ton of outside distractions that can take you away from what really matters, and what really matters is you and your fiances pledge to spend the rest of your lives together. At the end of the day, a wedding is just one magical day. Marriage is forever.
Isn’t all of that sparkle just gorgeous?! I love that Trish and Chad had their wedding at a location that holds a special place in their heart- such a great idea if you’re thinking about a destination wedding!
So tell me- are any of you having your weddings at a meaningful place? And my next question… how amazing are those sparkly linens?!
Vendors who made it all happen…
Photographer: Stephanie A Smith Photography // Dress Designer: Badgley Mischka // Band: Brett Foreman // Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Hugo Boss // Shoes: Jimmy Choo // Bridesmaid Dresses: Saks Fifth Avenue // Jewelry:Swarovski // Reception Venue: The Ritz Carlton Naples // Caterer: The Ritz Carlton Naples // Dress Designer: Vera Wang // Cinema and Video: Voila Cinematic//