Monica and Michael celebrated their elegant white and gold wedding day in the Nation’s oldest city – St. Augustine, Florida! Filled with beautiful views of the water, photographer Bethany says due to M+M’s warm nature as a pair there wasn’t a guest or wedding professional who felt like a stranger to them.
The day began with a traditional Catholic ceremony at the Cathedral Basilica of St Augustine, and then the celebration continued at The River House. Guests (and the bride and groom!) enjoyed majestic views of the water during cocktail hour while playing oversized lawn games. I love how Monica and Michael joined in on a game of bowling too! A speech was made with ukuleles, and guests danced the night away. M+M said they wanted their wedding to feel elegant and glamorous, but they also wanted to provide an experience for their guests that allowed them to leave knowing they had an incredible time. Thanks so much to Bethany Walter Photography for captured each and every moment and detail during M+M’s sweet wedding day!
What (or who) helped you most in your planning process and/or on your wedding day?
Trusting the professionals we hired (i.e. day of planner, photographer, caterers, venue, etc). They’re the professionals, they’ve done this countless times before. We still remained true to ourselves and our personalities.
What was the most important thing to you when deciding who to work with for your wedding?
Reputation. We had a bad experience with the first photographer we hired, regarding their transparency in contract. So after that experience we made sure we knew the companies and individuals we were doing business with.
What was your inspiration for your wedding details and/or design?
Traditional yet personal. We wanted everyone to leave tired (in a good way lol).
What was your favorite thing about your wedding?
We had all the workings of a traditional wedding, Cathedral mass, father/daughter and mother/son dance, drinks flowing and all while dancing the night away with the Nations oldest city as the backdrop. My husband gave me the wedding of my dreams and I am forever grateful.
What is your best piece of advice for other brides?
Let your vendors guide you. They’ve done this a million times. Trust them. They know what looks great and will go off smoothly. Go with vendors that you trust and that you do not get a bad vibe from.
Vendors who made it all happen…
Photographer: Bethany Walter Photography // Ceremony Location: Cathedral Basilica of St Augustine // Caterer: Executive Food Services // Floral Designer: Jade Violet Wedding and Event Floral Boutique // Event Planner: Olivia Gonzalez Events // Makeup Artist: M.A.C Cosmetics – Dina Adams // Transportation: Old Towne Trolley Tours //Dress Designer: Ralph Lauren // Photo Booth Equipment: Smiley Face Photo Booth // Reception Location: The River House // Dress Designer: Vera Wang // Dress Store: David’s Bridal // DJ: Y? Entertainment // Dress Designer: Badgley Mischka // Hair Stylist: Angela Byrd Stylist // Dress Store: BCBG // Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Calvin Klein //
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