Jenny & Chris {April Wedding at Carillon Beach}

Jenny & Chris are high school sweethearts, and in every picture it’s beyond evident that they both just adore each other. Jenny, a wedding planner from It Takes Two Events in Atlanta, knew exactly what she wanted  from working in this crazy industry! As we sat through long vendor appointments planning their special day, Chris was such a trooper! He was the perfect groom to work with, making Jenny giggle to keep her calm through all these decisions! Jenny loved the simplicity of the Meeting House and had to have her ceremony there. She didn’t need any decor to add to it, but our amazing event designer from Myrtie Blue had a few surprises up his sleeve just for the happy couple!

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Dear Wesleyann captured this couple’s classy style perfectly. After shooting their engagement session in the winter, Jenny and Chris felt right at ease with Wesleyann on their wedding day! I just adore Jenny’s happy smile in this picture!

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The weather couldn’t have been more perfect for these two! After having an iffy winter here in Florida, it was a nice break to have the sun shine brightly for this sweethearts!

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Brian Watson from Mytrie Blue did a fabulous job on her bouquet as well! We love the pops of the light pink anemones with the dark violet centers! Did we mention how stunning she look on the right?! Our favorite walkover #7 is the perfect bright white backdrop for her flowing dress!

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Of course the brilliant Wesleyann came up with this creative setting for their “almost” first look! Jenny and Chris wrote letters to each other and read them in the Carillon Post Office right before the ceremony. This picture describes both of their personalities perfectly, with Chris’ note for Jenny ripped out of a spiral notebook and Jenny’s a petite, clean piece of paper.

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We absolutely adore this picture! The smallest of gestures are always the sweetest.

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I just love the way the sunshine hits Jenny’s veil and sparkly studs in this picture!  Getting to know this couple has been such a joy, and we almost didn’t want their last wrap up meeting to come!  We wish Jenny and Chris only the best for their many years to come!

Journey & Brian March Wedding at Carillon Beach

With this sweet as pie Texas bride, we were able to plan her wedding from afar in just ONE month! We finally met her the week of the wedding and wish we could have met her sooner! She was such a fun and happy person to be around that it showed in every detail in her wedding! Both of their families were extremely important to them, and that’s all they needed to celebrate their big day! With precious handmade details planned out for both the ceremony and reception in the Meeting House, it really showed how much this couple was loved, and Paul Johnson Photography was able to capture every moment of it!

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Journey was all about keeping things simple! Her natural looking makeup done by Jamie Gummere was the perfect touch to her stud earrings. {She chose the gold ones! }

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We absolutely adored every little detail Journey was able to pull together with Events by Nouveau! Her colorful bouquet below complimented her gorgeous smile!

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The weather couldn’t have been more cooperative! Clear blue skies and sunshine are all any couple wishes for their day!

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Journey’s mother made paper flowers for the ceremony complete with intricate lace petals.

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The Promenade directly across from the Meeting House is the best place to capture the couples second kiss!

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Mindy Norris did a phenomenal job on Journey’s hair that lasted through the night!

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After the ceremony, Townsend Catering helped us flip the Meeting House during the cocktail hour. The seated dinner tablescapes were complete with handmade place cards and matching blue mason jars. The burlap wrapped around the napkin was the perfect accent against the crisp white tablecloths.


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Let’s just take a moment to check out their pooch’s adorable wedding attire. Just precious!

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Jessica Sirten from Sweet for Sirten designed this cream and white colored cake, sticking with the clean and simple feel she was going for. And of course it had to be red velvet!

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Yes that is a Kate Spade cake cutter! This girl loved her Kate Spade (and we do, too!)

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Sunset pictures are a must for weddings near the beach! I swear Carillon Beach has the most stunning sunsets on the Gulf of Mexico.

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The toasts to the bride and groom are always unexpected! Tears of joy and laughter really brought these two families together.

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The sparkler send off was an appropriate end to the night with all the Carillon trees glowing in the background.

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Gina & John {September Wedding at Carillon Beach}

This memorable Italian wedding was destined for greatness! After choosing Carillon Beach for their destination wedding, everyone was able to come together from all over the Southeast {from Boca Raton to Tennessee} to plan this beautiful event. It was so much fun bringing the feel of Tuscany to the Emerald Coast!  Gina & John were such a fun couple with fun quirks and details {wait until you see the Yoohoo cake!}.

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There’s nothing better than having your mom by your side as you get ready for your big day, and an added bonus of a perfect view of the Gulf!

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The details were all in place as we anxiously awaited the arrival of their 70 guests.

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With a larger bridal party in the Meeting House, it’s often best to split the groomsmen and the bridesmaids on each side. This makes it less of a tight squeeze in the Meeting House. Of course, good ol’ Rev. Harry Houseman always puts everyone at ease!

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Ahh… the lighting was just perfect on these newlyweds! John & Gina had a little time to kill before entering the cocktail hour, so Rae & Wesley {Rae Leytham Photography} found these perfect spots for a photo op!

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A little wind makes for a cute, silly walkover picture! I love moments like these!

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It’s hard to beat our beautiful beaches at sunset!

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Gina’s head table was completely breath-taking. Nothing says “Tuscany” more than grape leaf vines and romantic, candlelit lanterns. The vintage French pottery added a perfect, European touch!

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Wine bottle chandeliers were impressively hung inside the tent. The dark wooden pergolas were custom-built to house her head table, and all the little surprises in between. Naturally, yummy olive oil and spices were placed at each table for dipping the French baguettes into.  It certainly created the cozy mealtime that Gina was going for!

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After that killer dinner, it was cake cutting time! This beautiful work of art by Rhonda {Confections on the Coast} came with another fun treat for the groom! Although not an alcohol drinker, his friends know him for his love of Yoohoo consumption. It was such a great addition to the wedding smiles!

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I think everyone got a kick of how realistic the Yoohoo cans really looked!

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As the couple snuck away for a few alone-moments by the fountain, the guests continued their heavy dancing and fun with DJ Paul! This is just beautiful!

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It was a sparkling ending to John & Gina’s wedding day! Congrats Mr. & Mrs. Bell! {cue the jingles!}

Venues & Planning: Carillon Beach, Ceremony: Meeting House & Reception: Village Green {Exclusive to Carillon Weddings}
Makeup & Hair: Solace Salon in Rosemary
Photography: Rae & Wesley Leytham {Rae Leytham Photography}; See Gina’s full blog HERE!
Floral/Event Design: Events by Nouveau Flowers
Catering: Townsend Catering
Cake: Confections on the Coast
Reception Music: DJ Paul of {GTS}
Minister: Rev. Harry Houseman

Allie & Mark {June Wedding at Carillon Beach}

Over the years, it has been so much fun watching brides come from all over the world to celebrate their destination weddings with us in Florida.  This year we were honored to coordinate 4 of our own Carillon Beach homeowner’s weddings!  We got to hear stories of them growing up and visiting their Carillon homes for family vacations.  We also got to hear them mention how they would bring friends along, and would sneak through our wedding events, hoping one day they would also get married in Carillon Beach.  One of our gorgeous brides, Allie, was able to do just that…

Allie now lives in Charleston, SC, but was happy to be back in Florida for her wedding. Another plus side to getting ready in her family home, was being calm and collected throughout the entire day!  It was nice to get ready in a familiar home with well known surroundings. When we walked into the house, Allie was getting pampered by Two Fishes Artistry, and should couldn’t have looked more relaxed. Her beautiful bouquet of pink peonies, tulips, garden roses and freesia was to-die for!

You can tell Mark fell in love with that infectious laugh! You could tell her excitement as she finished up some of her last minute details. Allie and Mark chose to have a small bridal party with only a matron of honor and a best man. It was decided that it would be the least stressful and simple choice for their intimate celebration.

When we first met Allie & her mother Nancy to sit and plan her dream wedding, we joked that having retired General as a father, Allie would never marry a military guy… She seemed to prove herself wrong as her handsome ‘Major Oberson’ waited for her at the end of the aisle. You could tell just how proud her father was as he walked down his only daughter.

With Ret. military chaplain, Rev. Harry Houseman as the officiant, the Meeting House was filled with proud members of the US military that evening.

As soon as the ceremony was over, we took the newlyweds into the Promenade for a few quick photos. I just love this shot of Allie and Mark! Plus, who doesn’t love those ‘something blue’ Badgley Mischka’s?!

A timeless organically elegant look was captured throughout their reception.

Nouveau’s pergolas and mahogany chiavari chairs brought such a perfect sense of romance to Allie’s tented reception.

The cake was perfectly paired with the decor of the wedding. It complimented every aspect of her event. The lounge area was illuminated by Nouveau’s bottle chandelier and accented by a bold, damask print.

For the reception, Allie removed her veil and replaced it with a whimsical, white flower. The guests also enjoyed passed champagne with chambord and a fresh raspberry garnish. Now that’s what I call a HAPPY BRIDE! 🙂

Delicious details from Townsend Catering. Mark & Allie chose to go with a station menu to encourage their guests to stroll around and enjoy the great company.

Allie’s proud parents toasted the new couple to kick off the evening. Everyone danced the night away as Meet the Press band wow’d the crowd! Congratulations to Allie & Mark! We can’t wait to see you on your visits to Carillon!


Venues & Coordination:  Carillon Beach Meeting House & The Village Green (exclusive to Carillon Weddings)
Photography: Paul & Mecheal Johnson of Paul Johnson Photography; Allie’s full BLOG
Floral/Event Design:  Christina Springfield of Events by Nouveau Flowers
Officiant: Rev. Harry Houseman
Catering: Townsend Catering
Cake:  Confections on the Coast
Ceremony Music: Bay Arts Trio + Trumpet (WMP)
Reception Music: Meet the Press band (Gulf Talent Services)
Hair & Makeup: Renee Armour of Two Fishes Artistry

Amy & Gary {May Wedding at Carillon Beach}

I must say that I have really been looking forward to posting this wedding.  I’m fairly certain that Amy is one of THE sweetest people I have ever met.  She was literally the opposite of a “bride-zilla”, which was one of the first phrases out of her mouth while planning her wedding.  “I really am not picky, I trust you guys and I do not want to be a bridezilla!”  Now, if this isn’t a wedding planner’s dream bride, I don’t know what is?!  As a trained dancer from FSU, her elegance and grace was apparent throughout her big day.  Amy’s appreciation for classical music, as well as great dance music, really gave her guests something to enjoy!  She knew immediately that she wanted to go from a full quartet for her ceremony and cocktail hour, to a great DJ who really knew how to keep the guests dancing!  I know I learned a few steps as she taught us all how to “Dougie!”  I hope you enjoy Amy & Gary’s wedding as much as we loved being there for it.  Don’t forget to catch the fantastic trailer at the end.  But first, I love starting out with a few of her adorable engagement session shots in Apalachicola, FL!…

Lady Love…

We like boots with a ‘tude on this sweet, Southern gal! You’d better hold on to this one, Gary!

Wedding Time.

Ooh La La! What gal doesn’t love dressing up in Louboutins & Vera Wang on her wedding day?!  This classically beautiful bride made an easy transition from quiet & sweet, to sassy & glamorous!

Perfect little details surrounded Amy’s big day. We just loved how her Tiffany blue and soft pinks complimented each other. Amy chose to have her paper products custom designed by the incredibly talented, Dauphine Press.

What a wonderful find! Amy had a personalized tag made for her amazing bouquet of orchids. We love those kinds of personal touches!

Southern belles love their peonies and Amy was no exception! They are just beautiful at this time of year. Our ballerina showed off her perfectly pointed toes as she waited to walk through the Promenade. I could not stop laughing because she kept pointing out her non-existent “kankles” from getting a bit of a sunburn earlier in the week. *Don’t kill me, Amy!* Needless to say, we had lots of laughs from her silly comments before the ceremony. To compliment her bouquet, we chose to go with simple, orchid blooms for the boutonnieres.

We just love the simplicity of the Meeting House in Carillon Beach. Keep an eye out for those same, cherub arrangements as they are transferred to the reception!

So in love! 🙂 You can almost hear her giggle through the picture.

This is one of my favorite ‘new’ ways for guests to sign a guestbook! One of their precious engagement photos was turned into a custom-designed puzzle where their guests would piece together and sign a special note to the bride and groom. A clear, double-sided frame was also included so Amy and Gary could choose to have either side showing in their home – all their signatures or their photo! I know this is a cute idea that will definitely be seen again!  ((I particularly liked the nod to the Dawgs!  As a surprise to Gary, she even had the string quartet play “Battle Hymn of the Republic” as they recessed after their ceremony.  To those fellow Georgia Fans, we all know this song as “Glory, Glory to Old Georgia”! GO DAWGS!))

Ahh, a classic first dance to Rascal Flatts’ “Bless the Broken Road”.

We all got such a kick out of Amy’s dance with her father. As a nod to their family, and her last name being the oh-so-Italian, Mutarelli… Amy chose to dance to “The Godfather Waltz” straight from the movie!

Amy’s tablescape was beautifully accented with the cherub arrangements from the Meeting House. Her look was very whimsical, but romantic. Her wedding cake was also a piece of artwork in itself.

After the ceremony, we swept them away for their sunset pictures at about 7:30. Although it was a little windy, Amy looked just gorgeous!

In the springtime, we tend to keep a look out for our lucky frog who always seems to make his appearance at our events. I’m glad he made it so close to the dance floor  because these guests were definitely dancers! A handful of the girls were part of the FSU dance team and they surely showed off their moves! After their seated buffet was over, the guests moved outside, under cafe lights to dance the night away. After a quick dress change so Amy could boogie down, everyone ooo’d and ahh’d at her perfect, short BCBG dress! She was a knockout!

It was another flawless night in Carillon Beach…  We’re so happy for this happy couple and wish them both the absolute best!

Venues & Coordination:  Carillon Weddings
Makeup: Robin Klag (site)
Photography: Genya Garrett & Wesleyann Knetzer of VUE Photography; blogged wedding
Cinematography: Diva Productions
Floral/Event Design:  Christina Springfield of Events by Nouveau Flowers
Catering: Townsend Catering
Cake: Confections on the Coast
Ceremony Music: Bay Arts Quartet (WMP)
Reception Music: DJ Paul (GTS)
Invites: Dauphine Press

Claire & Trey {April Wedding at Carillon Beach}

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Claire was such a gorgeous bride! She chose to have 2 beautiful gardenias tucked in her hair. It was the perfect Southern touch to her bridal attire.

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Southern touches from head to toe! The peonies were absolutely to die for throughout April! We just loved Claire’s ruffles completely covering her dress! Flowy and romantic are two words to describe this gorgeous bridal gown.

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The Meeting House was perfectly adorned with a wooden cross and giant urns with cherry blossom branches that were later transferred to the reception. The wooden cross that was hung above the windows had a strand of small white tea roses that was in loving memory of their grandparents and loved ones who had passed.  This was a sweet addition that Claire & Trey wanted to have simply recognized in their programs.

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I LOVED the story of her rings! Trey had taken parts from both of his grandparents’ rings to create Claire’s gorgeous setting. It was so unique and gorgeous. I’m such a fan of sentimental rings like this! She will truly treasure this one day as an heirloom piece! Trey even had the gold melted down, then plated it in Platinum for his beautiful bride!

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I adored her girly, pink cake with hundreds of little flowers everywhere! Yummy!

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Sweet Southern charm. I was happy to have helped her with her escort cards and complimenting menu cards. “The menus brought the whole look together and just added a special touch to the table setting,” her mother {Donna} remarked.

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How fabulous were the hanging arrangements?! Select tables had floating centerpieces that have a light, garden-feel to the blue and white tent. The flowers were Candy Bianca Roses (pale-pink), white and pale pink hydrangeas, pale blush stock, white rose and esperence roses. They were perfect!

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The week before the wedding, Claire’s mother was able to have these made to accent their chairs at their sweetheart table.

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The newlyweds were able to sit back and relax to the music of their Jazz Band and enjoy each other’s company.  From the start, they both claimed that they did not have a group that danced much, so we accommodated this by having a smaller dance floor and wonderful jazzy music to have for background entertainment.  The plus side of having a sweetheart table is having intimate time during your reception with your… sweetheart!

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Perfect ending to a perfect night! After dinner and cake, the Jinright’s were ready to head back and get changed for a longer night of partying!

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They arranged for this vintage convertible to whisk them away for the evening! Congratulations Claire & Trey! From the looks of the pictures they sent us on their honeymoon, they were having a fabulous time celebrating their new marriage!


Venues & Coordination:  Carillon Beach Meeting House & Village Green (exclusive to Carillon Weddings)
Photography: Kay Meyer of Kay Meyer Photography
Makeup: Robin Klag (website)
Floral/Event Design:  Events by Nouveau Flowers
Officiant: Rev. Billy Rich (personal friend)
Catering:  Townsend Catering
Cake:  Rhonda Joodi of Confections on the Coast
Ceremony Music: Harp (Wedding Music Plus)
Reception Music: John Calogne Jazz Band (Gulf Talent Services)

Heather & Kevin {April Wedding at Carillon Beach}

This sweet couple was such a dream to work with from start to finish.  Grant it, we had planned their wedding in less than two months, Heather knew exactly what she wanted and we just adored their Meeting House ceremony and reception.  With Kevin being in the military, they were working with a very limited time schedule, which was just fine by us.  We scheduled their vendor day the same day they toured the property, so everything was planned and ready to go by the end of the day!  Heather even had time to create adorable favors for each guest.  Their small, 28-guest wedding, was perfect to assign place cards for everyone.  The place cards were small, silver “love bird” bottle openers that everyone loved!

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Our beautiful bride was completely laid back and relaxed throughout the entire process. It was certainly no different on her wedding day! She relaxed while she got her hair and makeup done at her Carillon rental home, “Four To Go.”

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This sparkling beauty was created by Heather! She said that not only did it take a long time to find the “just right” brooches, but it also took days to put together! She wanted to start a new tradition in her family, so she left a few loose brooches to give to a few special little girls in her life. Both mothers were also presented with a brooch from her handmade bouquet!

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Heather’s wonderful son, Cody, walked his mom down the aisle. It was a great story when I found out that he was passing up his Senior prom to go on a honeymoon-cruise with Heather & Kevin. His response was that he had “already been to prom for two years!” I loved their great relationship.

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Kevin made sure that all of his favorite beers were at their wedding! During the planning process, Heather knew she wanted a “wishing tree” where all their guests could write a sweet note of encouragement and well-wishes for them! They chose to have a seated dinner that was simply amazing!

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After their ceremony, the Meeting House was transformed with woodgrain tables and simple, white flowers. Heather opted to rent the mahogany chiavari chairs in place of the traditional wooden chairs that are normally in the Meeting House. Everyone was able to see the newlyweds as they danced their first dance.

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Right before their sunset, we snuck Heather and Kevin away for their beach pictures.

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One of the best part about the trees around the Village Green/Meeting House, is the beautiful lights! Once the sun goes down, it’s instant ambiance!

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A perfect night! All our best to Mr. & Mrs. Brill! Good luck on your new stationed location!


Venues & Coordination:  Carillon Beach Meeting House (exclusive to Carillon Weddings)
Photography: Mark Owens of GwyneMark Photography
Floral/Event Design:  Marja Rogers of Events by Nouveau Flowers
Officiant: Rev. Mike Young of Rosemary Beach Chapel
Catering:  Townsend Catering
Cake:  Rhonda Joodi of Confections on the Coast
Ceremony Music: Bay Arts Trio (Wedding Music Plus)

Avis & John {Carillon Beach Meeting House Ceremony & Inlet Beach Reception}

I chose to have my ceremony at the Meeting House at Carillon Beach.  I know what you’re thinking: “Weren’t you sick of having weddings in the Meeting House all the time?!”  I would be lying if I said that these thoughts hadn’t crossed my mind, but at the end of the day it was exactly the feel that John and I wanted on our wedding day.  It was quaint, it felt like a chapel and it comfortably fit my 70-ish closest friends and family.  As for the reception, we chose to have our reception at the Pavilion in Grande Pointe (Inlet Beach).  This offered a lovely indoor-outdoor reception that was close to Carillon and would accomodate our group if the weather was chilly in December.  Thankfully, the weather was perfect for inside dining and outside dancing!  Although it’s weird to see myself in pictures on our blog, enjoy a glimpse inside a wedding planner’s wedding!

First, I thought I’d start with an image from our engagement session with Paul & Mecheal Johnson. John’s prized possession, his boat, was the focus of our day out on the water together!

Wedding time…


A little inside joke between me and John ;). Plus, those were some amazing shoes that the bridesmaids chose! We chose to keep the colors at the ceremony very neutral and timeless.


The lovely Carillon Beach 🙂 Thanks for the fabulous images from Wesley Leytham and the VUE Chicks! The image on the right was even published in “Coastal Weddings Fall 2011” Magazine!


My groom.


My sweet dad and I as we walked through the Promenade. We chose to have a 5pm ceremony, knowing that the entire ceremony would be after sunset. This created a very romantic, candle-lit feel (but it gave my photographers a little challenge)!


We chose to have our mothers light the first candles in the Meeting House, then they took their flames and had everyone in the congregation light their own candles. Of course, Victoria was there to help ‘fluff my dress’ at the entrance. Her husband, Perry, was right there the whole time. He had to do my traditional job of bringing the bride and bridesmaids to the ceremony location on time. Thanks, Perry! By the time my dad and I walked up to the Meeting House, the lights inside were dimmed and everyone’s candles were glowing. It was beautiful.


I love the image of my grandma’s hands, holding her candle. I kept reminding my dad to smile! 🙂 I think he was worried about tripping and trying not to cry.


Wesley Leytham caught this magical image of our first kiss from behind the Meeting House. I just love it!

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Perfect little details. I wanted a very romantic reception with golds, blushes, creams, muaves and deep shades of coral.


Grande Pointe was completely transformed with lavish fabric hung from the rafters that touched the floor. The crystal beading and giant plume feathers added a glamourous touch. Do any of you girls recognize those chandeliers?! Those are our signature office chandeliers. I just loved them!


John is an investigator for the Walton County Sheriff’s office. Two of his groomsmen were fellow deputies who decided to pull a little prank on him. A damage waiver was signed (i.e. for the rollling and shaving cream on his car that we would find later that evening), but then they informed him that the “incident” took place in Bay County… Out of their jourisdiction. Ha! It made for a humorous evening.


This is the story of our boating experiences together. Rhonda’s {Confections on the Coast} groom’s cake portrayed us very well!


I gave free reign to Rhonda in the design of my cake. She knows that I tend to like the girly cakes, and she went from there… I thought her work with the sugar flowers was just amazing! This was also the debut of my custom-requested flavor of cake: chocolate-hazelnut! DELICIOUS! One of my other favorite parts of my wedding was our coffee/hot chocolate and dessert bar! We had every liqueur possible to add to the hot chocolate and coffee… Frangelico, Godiva, Bailey’s, Peppermint Schnapps, Disaronno and Grand Marnier. YUM! It was the perfect cool-weather treat for our guests!


Victoria put paper lanterns with battery-candles all along the path inside Grande Pointe. It was beautiful!


I spared you all of our silly dancing pictures, but thought you might enjoy our ‘send-off’! Some of the deputies in attendance called the on-duty deputy to handcuff and escort us out of the building. Needless to say, it was a fun ending to a perfect night! I will be forever grateful to our top-notch vendors. I can tell you that I would not have chosen anyone else to make our wedding day so memorable! xoxo

Venues & Coordination: Carillon Beach Meeting House (exclusive to Carillon Weddings)
Reception: Grande Pointe Pavilion at Inlet Beach
Photography: Genya & Wesleyann {VUE Photography}; see my wedding blogged here! Wesley Leytham {Rae Leytham Photography & ShootShed}
Engagement Session: Paul & Mecheal Johnson {Paul Johnson Photography}; see this session blogged here!
Cinematography: Joanna & Robert Banks-Morgan {Diva Productions}
Floral/Event Design: Christina Springfield of Events by Nouveau Flowers
Catering:  Townsend Catering
Cake:  Rhonda Joodi of Confections on the Coast
Reception Music: DJ Paul of GTS Entertainment
Dress: The Bridal Loft, Pensacola
Makeup: Renee Armour {Two Fishes Artistry} & Elisa Rowland {Mary Kay Consultant}

Not that you need another reason to order a photo booth… but I would just like to give a shout out to some of my favorite wedding moment “capturers” in the area! You are all so wonderful and I’m glad you could be a part of our wedding! It’s fun to see these professionals out and dressed to play! Thanks for the memories! {Paul, Mecheal, Wesleyann, Genya, Wesley, Joanna & Robert}

Ashley & Mike {November Wedding at Carillon Beach}

We will always remember Ashley and Mike for their whirlwind year!  Not only did they get to end the year with the excitement of marriage, but Mike also celebrated being traded from the Cubs to the WORLD SERIES-winning Giants team!  I remember Rose Marie (Ashley’s mother) emailing us every week with: “Well, we thought they’d be finished with the season by now. We hope he can make the next bridal shower!”  Every week got pushed back from October 22nd, to the final WIN on November 1st!  Victoria and I, who ((guiltily)) don’t pay much attention to baseball, were GLUED to the TV!  We couldn’t have been more excited for them and their big win!  We knew it was a stressful process from being traded and moving cross-country mid-way through the season, but Ashley handled it beautifully!  Once they were in town for the wedding, the handsome groom said, “This is all about Ashley.” (awwwww!)  He was very set on making this a week for them to share together and to push the celebrating from the World Series aside for a new celebration!  We couldn’t have agreed more!

First, I have to post a few of Ashley’s AMAZING bridal portraits in Alys Beach with Paul & Mecheal Johnson.  She was able to come to Florida a week before the wedding to finalize details and to get some breath-taking images to display at the wedding.  This was the first chance she was able to get away!  Enjoy 🙂

Ashley in her beautiful, Vera Wang wedding gown.

LOVE these in Alys Beach 🙂

Gorgeous smile!

Let the wedding pictures begin!

Perfect little details. There were handmade flowers tied to every welcome bag that was delivered to their guests. There was a nice little note to have every lady wear her flower for their welcome dinner on Friday night! Ashley also provided coordinating flip flops at the reception so everyone could kick off their shoes and dance!

The men looked dashing in their classic, black tuxedos.

While we were waiting for the mothers to be seated, Ashley had a little time to be silly with her adorable flower girls. You could just tell how much the little girls adored her!

It melts our hearts when we have adorable flower girls and ring bearers who act like mini-bride and groom!

It was a special touch to have Edwin Caraballo, the chaplain for the Chicago Cubs, perform their wedding ceremony here in Florida.

Mike & Ashley's time away for sunset pictures was perfect! You couldn't have asked for better weather.

Rhonda wow-ed us with another awesome cake. This was a clear compliment to the flowing layers of Ashley's beautiful wedding dress.

The martini bar was their signature drink station. Donna made it look phenomenal and this was THE ONLY mention or "nod" to Mike's career - "Love Potion #14"!

Not only is this a classic, Louisiana-wedding shot, but it's also a cool view of the tent. The lights and table-scapes were awesome!

I remember watching Paul (photographer) get down on the ground while Robert (videographer) was lighting and filming Ashley's feet! Paul was really able to capture Ashley and her boogie shoes. Who doesn't love a good, customized pair of converse?!

After a nice evening of fun, dancing AND SINGING (check out their wedding video trailer!), Mike and Ashley ended with a bang! What a wonderful way to wrap up not only their baseball season, but our wedding season! It was surely a night to remember. Congrats, Mr. & Mrs. Fontenot! We can't wait to watch the Giants in the upcoming season!


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

Photography: Paul & Mecheal Johnson of Paul Johnson Photography;

Ashley’s bridal portrait blog & wedding blog

Cinematography: Joanna & Robert Banks-Morgan of Diva Productions

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

Officiant: Edwin Caraballo

Catering:  Donna & David Townsend of Townsend Catering

Cake:  Rhonda Joodi of Confections on the Coast

Ceremony Music: String Quartet & Trumpet (Wedding Music Plus)

Reception Music: Meet the Press band (GTS)

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!


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)