Happy Friday! I think this bright and beautiful Florida wedding from Pure7Studios that I have for you all today is an excellent way to close out the week, don’t you? Florida isn’t usually thought of as being Southern, but having lived there my whole life, I can assure you it is indeed. Well, this Florida wedding definitely has all the makings of a great southern wedding- awesome bowties for the groomsmen, bright and gorgeous Lilly Pulitizer for the bridesmaids, koozies, and peonies! Sounds pretty awesome to me! ;) And the adorable bride, Carol, is stopping by to share some of her wedding planning story with us!
What (or who) helped you most in your planning process and/or on your wedding day?
My mom was Super-Mom and couldn’t have have been more awesome, supportive, and creative. My dad was relaxed and trusted us girls to make the day perfect, his only requests were good drinks and a good band, we took care of the rest! My husband, Carter, was more supportive and enthusiastic than I ever imagined a guy could be. And it didn’t hurt that he looked dashing and dapper in his bow-tie come the day of :)
Though I am a perfectionist at heart and have trouble delegating tasks, I knew I wanted to be relaxed on my wedding day and needed a wedding planner that I could trust to execute every last detail. I hired Rochelle Youd out of Panama City, FL and would not have changed a thing! I never expected that we would all be so relaxed on the big day… but we were and it made it even more perfect.
What was the most important thing to you when deciding who to work with for your wedding?
Accountability. We hired vendors based on friend’s outstanding recommendations.
Did any of your vendors do anything special for you before, on, or after your wedding day that you would like to share?
Our photographers really put us at ease, which made our pictures much more natural. They also came to the destination a day early to get to know the area and got some shots of the town that were great for our album. Our wedding planner went above and beyond throughout the whole process. Words can’t describe how much of a help she was. She even employed her entire family to make the weekend a success; her daughter baby-sat the fussy infants, and her son served spiked pina-colada sno-cones at the end of the night!
What was your favorite thing about your wedding?
The ceremony was my favorite part of the day. It felt perfectly intimate though we were surrounded by 200 guests. The atmosphere of the historic Southern church and beautiful music brought on so many emotions. I wish it could have lasted forever!
What is your best piece of advice for other brides?
Our planner advised that during the reception Carter and I needed to stick together. We thought this would be hard to do, but we made a point to visit guests together, as a couple, and it made all the difference. And we spent a lot of that together time on the dance floor boogieing down, which I highly recommend :)
Ah yes, excellent advice Carol! Thank you so much for sharing your wedding insight with us! And huge thank you to the amazing team of Pure7Studios for sharing their fabulous images too! :)
How about that adorable tandem bike?! Now THAT is a getaway! :) Did you see the bracelets that the bridesmaids all had? Those were pretty great… and of course I love the bouquets! ;) Did you have a favorite detail from this wedding? How did you like the bright color palette of pink, orange and navy… are any of you using those colors? Am I asking too many questions now? How about now? ;)
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