Lauren & Drew {November Wedding at Carillon Beach}

Living and working in Panama City, Lauren didn’t know much about Carillon Beach.  Once she came to visit, she fell in love!  I will always remember the first time we met Lauren.  She was so incredibly excited to be marrying Drew; you could just see it in her eyes!  She literally couldn’t stop smiling and giggling!  It’s so refreshing to see such a happy, in-love bride who is thrilled to be planning her wedding to the man of her dreams.  Throughout all of her planning, and all the way to the wedding day, that spark never left her eyes.  At one point, her father even warned her that she won’t always be this animated about the wedding…  not true!  She was thrilled the entire time. A self-proclaimed work-a-holic, Lauren, was able to take a break and enjoy getting married!

lauren and drew at carillon beach

We love watching the guys getting themselves ready for the BIG DAY! We know they want to look just as great as the ladies do.

lauren and drew at carillon beach

A gorgeous, Wintery bouquet. Lauren opted to have a softly colored palette with a lot of awesome textures.

lauren and drew at carillon beach

A perfect moment. Because sunsets so early in the Winter, we wanted to make her ceremony a bit earlier (3:30pm) in order to get this phenomenal natural light! Making that final walk through the Promenade is such a special time for fathers.

lauren and drew at carillon beach

A very clean, simple ceremony is just what Lauren wanted. The arrangements that lined the aisle seats helped bring some of the red into the Meeting House.  Lauren had her own officiant from her Panama City church.  Originally, we thought Lauren might have her ceremony in the big, Presbyterian church in town, then travel to Carillon for her reception.  We are glad she chose to have everything held in Carillon so that her guests did not have to travel.  Everything was perfect – down to the weather!

lauren and drew at carillon beach

The newlyweds were just glowing 🙂

lauren and drew at carillon beach

Drew’s last name is Applegate, so subtle touches of red and green apples were used throughout the reception decor. Each table was named a different type of apple. The drapery, chandeliers, and the mahogany chiavari chairs brought elegance to the outdoor tent.

lauren and drew at carillon beach

Another gorgeous cake by Confections on the Coast! Lauren & Drew even incorporated apples into their favor. There were mini-jars of both apple and peach butter for that sweet, Southern touch.

lauren and drew at carillon beach

At her vendor appointment at Townsend Catering, Lauren made sure we knew that she liked cucumber water, not lemon water 🙂  “Crab Apple” was just one of the cute, apple-names that Lauren named each table.

lauren and drew at carillon beach

We love a great dress change! Once the dancing with Meet the Press got underway, Lauren changed into a beautiful short, BCBG dress. Aren’t they just adorable??!

lauren and drew at carillon beach

Lauren and her aunt were just so adorable together. We loved working with them both! As you can see, they both have infectious laughs that light up the room! Congrats, Lauren & Drew!

{CREDITS}

Venues:  Carillon Beach Meeting House & Village Green Reception (exclusive to Carillon Weddings)

Photography: Paul & Mecheal Johnson of Paul Johnson Photography; Lauren’s wedding blog

Floral/Event Design:  Christina Springfield of Events by Nouveau Flowers

Minister: own – Rev. John Richardson

Catering:  Donna & David Townsend of Townsend Catering

Cake:  Rhonda Joodi of Confections on the Coast

Ceremony Music: String Quartet (Wedding Music Plus)

Reception Music: Meet the Press band (GTS)

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