Okay, so maybe sparkle isn’t technically a color, but good heavens it’s amazing when paired with the shades of white in this glamorous destination wedding from Meg Baisden Photography! From the bride’s stunning ring, to the shimmer of the sea, everything about this exquisite event sparkles and shines. The beyond gorgeous bride, Katie, is here to give us her planning insight:
What (or who) helped you most in your planning process and/or on your wedding day?
For the wedding we had amazing coordinators-the Jennifers at It’s A Shore Thing. They assisted us with every last detail from finding the best vendors to helping me put my shoes on after the beach ceremony. The two of them had so many tips on how to make the day run smoothly, and were there every step of the way. Chase’s mother, Suzette, has a multitude of experience in coordinating events from her charity work and made the day perfect! She has exquisite taste and knew exactly what we were looking for on our special day. She was really the mastermind behind the entire wedding weekend and we are so thankful to her. Also, Christina from Events by Nouveau Flowers made the wedding with all of the flowers and decorations. We gave her a few pictures and ideas of what we were looking for and she went above and beyond our wildest dreams. With the menu for both the rehearsal dinner and reception, Donna at Townsend Catering was phenomenal, she took our menu and made it fabulous.
What was the most important thing to you when deciding who to work with for your wedding?
To us, it was very important to find people that we were able to work with from thousands of miles away–that meant a lot of emails and phone calls! We wanted the best for our special day, and looked at reviews online and spoke with past brides in the area to determine who that was. Before hiring any of the vendors, we also spoke with them and asked questions about what we were looking for to make sure it was a good fit.
What was your inspiration for your wedding details and/or design?
I absolutely love neutrals, so it was the only choice for us. It’s amazing though, that before we ever started planning the wedding, my mother, future mother-in-law, and myself all had the same vision–a glamorous white wedding. We utilized online blog sites, pinterest boards, and lots and lots of magazines. Christina from Nouveau Flowers really made the design cohesive. She had the most amazing decorations and knew exactly where we were going from the pictures we gave her. Christina added so many ideas to rehearsal dinner and reception, from the lush chairs Chase and I sat on to the exquisite flowers.
What was your favorite thing about your wedding?
My favorite thing about the wedding was marrying the love of my life, Chase. I am so lucky to have found such an amazing man and loved having all of our friends and family there to support us. It’s such a wonderful day, and with the destination we made it a wonderful wedding weekend. We were told by close family friends Travis and Summer McPheron to take a moment at the reception and just look around and be mindful of everyone in attendance and how they made the trip to Florida for the two of us to celebrate. It’s a treasured moment from our reception.
What is your best piece of advice for other brides?
Make the wedding day as simple as possible for yourself, and RELAX. It’s going to be a perfect day, no matter what happens because you are marrying the person of your dreams, and that’s all that matters. The fancy dress and decorations only add to the celebration of joining your lives for eternity. And definitely take that moment to appreciate all the work that your vendors and loved ones put into the event, as well as everyone who is celebrating with you. It’s just so perfect to have everyone you love in one place. In this busy life that rarely occurs.
Thank you, Katie, for the wonderful advice! One of the details I loved most from this wedding is the bottle of champagne signed by guests at the reception. How wonderful to open on a special anniversary and celebrate all over again.
Brides – are you planning something different in place of a guest book? I’d love to hear your ideas!