Quite Pinteresting!!

As most of you ladies out there know, Pinterest, is one of the best ways for brides to gather all of her wedding ideas into one place!  It’s our favorite way to really connect with what our brides love and what inspires them!  One of THE coolest Facebook posts I received, was from a dear friend who was sucked in by Pinterest (which is SO easy to do), stalked this phenomenal dress, then stumbled upon a picture of me from Paul Johnson’s blog!?  I felt a little honored to be linked to this world-wide-web of Pinterest.  I even know exactly which phenomenal dress she was referring to {See Kim & Chris – how could you NOT remember that dress?!}!

With all of this being said, we have had an influx of brides who have seen The Knot’s Pick from Angela & Brian’s wedding favors:


Thank you, Vue Photography, for the original image!

After the traffic and the questions, we decided to post exactly how to make these little beauties.  Thanks, Angela for all of your help and details!

1. Search for 3x3x3 clear, plastic boxes. Angela found hers here!

2. We recommend printing out cute, personalized 3×3 ‘thank you’ notes to place inside each box. Getting coordinating ribbon also adds a great touch to the boxes!

3. Purchase enough graham crackers (2 whole crackers – halved), chocolate (2 Hershey bar halves) and 4 large marshmallows for each box.

4. Call in your girlfriends to help you assemble these over a bottle (or 2) of wine!  Angela’s boxes housed enough goodies for 2 s’mores in each box!

5. Put the boxes together first.

6. Stack 2 Graham cracker halves on the bottom, two Hershey bar halves, 4 marshmallows, then 2 more Graham cracker halves.

7. Place the note inside, or tie them to the ribbons.

8. Embelish the box with your pretty ribbon…

9. and… Voilà!  Yummy DIY creations!

We recommend doing these only a few days before the wedding, because if it’s anything like Florida, the humidity could turn the crackers into mush!  Have these cuties on a dessert table, on your sign-in table or next to your fire pit at your wedding!  If you haven’t seen Angela & Brian’s full wedding, please check out our blog {here}, and VUE Photography’s blog {here}.  The magazines LOVED their wedding!  You can see her beautiful cake {Confections on the Coast} featured ALL OVER The Knot, and featured in Weddings Unveiled!  I hope you liked this little info, and hopefully I will see this blog flying around Pinterest!?

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Southern Weddings Magazine Features Carillon Weddings

We were put on hold for “blogging” this beautiful wedding until the V3 issues of highly-acclaimed, Southern Weddings Magazine hit the stands!  We just had to post the beautiful featured wedding of Kiley & Tim!  Thank you, Paul Johnson Photography for your always-phenomenal images.  It was truly a gorgeous day with some of our favorite accents and lighting.  Stay tuned for their fully-blogged wedding and pick up your copy of Southern Weddings Magazine V3 for some Southern inspirations!  Because SW Mag is an annually printed magazine, you can be assure an entire year’s worth of eye catching and perfectly planned details!  All you, 2011 brides: this is a must-see magazine!

The Knot Florida – Spring/Summer 2011!

The Knotties loved our blue and yellow wedding so much that they’re featuring Angela & Brian’s event in this (2011) Spring/Summer’s The Knot Florida Magazine!  Please check out their full wedding on our blog!

**Please note that the phone numbers listed are incorrect! Our exclusive venues, the Meeting House & Village Green, are only booked through us at www.carillonweddings.com. 850)231.0007

Thank you to VUE Photography for your hard work and beautiful shots!

Style Me Pretty’s Little Black Book!

We are proud to announce our coveted position on Style Me Pretty‘s Little Black Book of Vendors!!

We are so honored and incredibly grateful! I know we are in such great company! Thank you for loving our weddings!

Aimee & Brad {February Wedding at Carillon Beach}

When coordinators talk about a memorable bride & memorable wedding, this wedding is definitely up on the top of the list!  Aimee was such a sweet, Southern bride who couldn’t wait to plan out her dream wedding with us.  I am confident to say that she has kept ties with all of us vendors beyond her wedding day, especially now that they’re expecting baby McBrier!

Aimee and Brad at Carillon Beach

Not much before the wedding, Aimee called the shop to tell me that she found her dream dress that would be a “knock out.” Knowing that she started working in a Bridal Store, I definitely couldn’t wait to see this last-minute switch to designer, Matthew Christopher!

Aimee and Brad at Carillon Beach

Beautiful details surrounded Aimee on her big day… from the embroidered handkerchief to her feathery garter!

Aimee and Brad at Carillon Beach

A sweet touch as Aimee helps her flower girl get ready for the ceremony! … What a precious pearl bracelet!

Aimee and Brad at Carillon Beach

Aimee’s bridesmaids dresses were perfect and very flattering for everyone! The neckline had such a wonderful detail that no necklaces were needed.

Aimee and Brad at Carillon Beach

A little bridesmaid fun before Aimee was swept away to rendezvous with her groom!

Aimee and Brad at Carillon Beach

Looking back on her vendor appointment, the flowers turned out to be exactly what Aimee had hoped for!

Aimee and Brad at Carillon Beach

Their ceremony took place on the Village Green, with brown benches because we decided it would create the best country feel! The ribbons that blew in the wind added such a sweet touch!

Aimee and Brad at Carillon Beach

A gorgeous outdoor wedding!

Aimee and Brad at Carillon Beach

Sweet simplicity.

Aimee and Brad at Carillon Beach

… Something blue… a fabulous peek inside of the tent!

Aimee and Brad at Carillon Beach

The first thing that the guests saw was Rhonda’s fabulous cake with perfectly stylized-flower details. We loved the garden flower varieties throughout the reception.

Aimee and Brad at Carillon Beach

Even the food was simply sweet and southern!

Aimee and Brad at Carillon Beach

Daddy-Daughter dance & a welcome prayer before dinner. Check out the fantastic feathers on her back!

Aimee and Brad at Carillon Beach

The lights were perfectly strung over the dance floor for the perfect amount of lighting!

Aimee and Brad at Carillon Beach

Garter toss!!

Aimee and Brad at Carillon Beach

Bonfires on chilly nights? Yes, please!

Aimee and Brad at Carillon Beach

A flawless night! We truly were blown away by Aimee’s exquisite dress! Congrats, Brad & Aimee on a perfect night and a special announcement! 😉  What a fabulous evening for an adorable couple!


Venues:  Carillon Beach Village Green, exclusive to Carillon Weddings

Coordination & Planning: Victoria Volpone & Avis Johnson of Carillon Weddings

Photography: Genya & Wesleyann of VUE Photography; Aimee’s wedding blog

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

Catering:  Donna & David Townsend of Townsend Catering

Cake:  Rhonda Joodi of Confections on the Coast

Ceremony/Reception DJ: Paul Kirker from GTS

[Read more…]

We’re Proudly in the Spring 2010 Issue of Weddings Unveiled Magazine!

We gush every time we hear of a magazine that has chosen to feature one of our Carillon Weddings!  The Spring 2010 issue of Weddings Unveiled Magazine was no exception!  Katie & Andy’s October 2009 wedding caught the magazine editor’s eye and you can see why!… This Meeting House wedding ceremony & Village Green reception were just beautiful!  I will always remember Rhonda Joodi’s (Confections on the Coast) cakes!!  Andy’s cake was seriously amazing… we all thought the fishing boots were real!  Every detail was edible and it was surely a crowd-pleaser!  Enjoy all the details from Events by Nouveau Flowers, Townsend Catering‘s delicious menu (*featuring their very own version of Bonefish Grill’s ‘Bang Bang Shrimp’!), and the wonderful photography of Genya & Wesleyann (VUE Photography).  Please check out our full blog of their wedding of their wedding on October 24, 2009.

Watch out for this cover! - Spring 2010 of Weddings Unveiled

The article!

... So sweet!! We love these shots! Please check out the other great articles in this Unveiled Magazine issue!

Kimberly & Michael {September Wedding at Carillon Beach}

Okay… so before I post Kim & Michael’s amazingly memorable wedding, I have to post a few of our favorite pictures from their engagement session with Genya & Wesleyann {VUE Photography}.  Not only are we a little partial (because one of their pictures is the shot we chose for our ad in The Knot and Brides!), but we also thought it was the perfect depiction of this fun-loving couple!

We LOVE this picture! Look for it in our ad in The Knot!

Another fantastic engagement session shot!

Adorable! It's like they were school kids again! ((FUN FACT?! THEY MET ON THE SCHOOL BUS!))

Their shoot ended up out on the beach!... In anticipation of their beach wedding!

The engagement session was featured on one of our favorite wedding blogs! - Completely Unveiled by Weddings Unveiled Magazine!

Okay, so now after you’ve been wildly impressed by these engagement pictures, I thought I’d explain Kimberly & Michael’s wedding day!  Let’s just say that this wedding is one that we will not soon forget!  Once the bride was dressed with the help of her bridesmaids, the memories started at the ceremony.  The wedding party chose to surprise their guests as they danced into the Meeting House to  “Forever” by Chris Brown!  I loved seeing all of the cell phones out and capturing the entrance on video.

The beautiful bride just needed a little assistance as she put on her gorgeous dress.

This picture is so special. I love seeing Kimberly help get her father dressed and ready to escort her down the aisle!

Christina's {Events by Nouveau Flowers} work is always flawless... especially in the Meeting House. We loved the strands of blue that draped in front of the window. The lettered wreaths also made a personalized touch on the doors.

Let the fun begin!...

Here comes the groom!

A breath-taking view as Kimberly walks arm-in-arm with her handsome father.

Some of my favorite pictures are those of the groom's first expressions as he sees his bride on their wedding day for the very first time.

So beautiful!

Just a little more comic relief was helpful as everyone was getting a bit choked up. Reverend Harry Houseman always seems to keep his ceremonies light and celebratory.

We loved the simple flowers chosen in the Meeting House by Christina {Events by Nouveau}. I even loved that although Kim chose to have the same bridesmaids dresses, they were all in a varying shade of blue. What a great look!

Officially signed the license! We all adore Harry.

YUM! The newlyweds wanted to start their reception off with Townsend Catering's "lollipop salmon skewers with scallions & dill cream sauce" as well as a refreshing glass of champagne with sorbet! The guys couldn't wait to dig in!

We loved Kimberly and Michael's details throughout their wedding! It brought out their playful personalities! As the fun was just beginning at the reception, our memorable moment #2 was about to occur...

... it POURED!! (maybe for only a few minutes, but enough to get everyone soaked!)

These two were in such good spirits that it really didn't matter! It was definitely something to laugh about!

When they returned to their reception after their "sunset pictures," the party went on! Once the sky cleared up again, they were ready to cut Rhonda's {Confections on the Coast} AMAZING cake!

Kimberly had to bring in Michael's love for fishing! The guys' boutonnieres were even adorned with fish hooks! There's just something about a fishy groom's cake... mmmm

Although the decor got a quick downpour, the rest of the night went smoothly and the night was gorgeous. Check out how fantastic the lighting was!

This was such a wonderful wedding... rain clouds and all! Although every bride prays for no rain on her wedding day, if it was going to rain, this was the perfect couple to make it a funny and an uncontrollable event.

Please check out VUE Photography’s Blog for even more pictures from this perfect couple!

... and of course, Completely Unveiled couldn't wait to blog about Kimberly & Michael's wedding either!

Also, check out this fantastic video-depiction of this wedding by

Kimberly & Michael from Renaissance Studios on Vimeo.

Venues:  Carillon Beach Meeting House & Village Green, exclusive to Carillon Weddings

Coordination & Planning: Victoria Volpone & Avis Johnson of Carillon Weddings

Photography:  Genya Garret & Wesleyann Knetzer of VUE Photography

Hair & Make-Up:  Renee Armour of Two Fishes Artistry

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

Minister:  Reverend Harry Houseman

Reception Music:  DJ from Gulf Talent Services

Catering:  Donna & David Townsend of Townsend Catering

Cake:  Rhonda Joodi of Confections on the Coast

Photo Booth:  Snaps Photo Booth

Videography:  Renaissance Studios

FEATURED! Madeline & Patrick {September Wedding at Carillon Beach}

We adore the wedding blogging world and get so excited when Weddings Unveiled features any of our beautiful weddings in *Completely Unveiled*!  Thanks to Genya & Wesleyann {VUE Chicks} for keeping us informed!

This is a great way for brides from all over the world to catch a glimpse of our gorgeous, Carillon Weddings!  We couldn’t be any prouder!

Featured! – Emerald Coast Brides Vol. 3, Issue 3 ~{Natalie and Kevin}

The Fall and Winter 2009/10 Issue of Emerald Coast Brides has a breath-taking feature of Natalie & Kevin's sweet, Southern wedding.

This June 20, 2009 Wedding was not only featured on Vue Photography's blog, but also on Southern Weddings' blog. Everyone seemed to like the wonderfully personal touches that Natalie added to their big day.

I'll never forget taking the newlyweds to the beach with Genya & Wesleyann (Vue Photography)... I ended up hoping Natalie didn't slip down the hill to get the BEST lake picture ever! *great idea, Genya!*

To all you locals, or those who are looking to have your wedding on the Emerald Coast, check out Emerald Coast Brides Magazine to read more!


Publication – Emerald Coast Brides Magazine

Photography – Vue Photography

Floral & Event Design – Events by Nouveau Flowers

Catering – Townsend Catering

Ceremony Music – Quartet w/ Trumpt from Wedding Music Plus

Cake – Confections on the Coast

FEATURED in The Knot Florida Magazine (Spring/Summer 2010)! ~ Jen & Ken

We are proud to announce that Jennifer & Ken's wedding from May 2009 (remember the amazing father-daughter dancing video?!) has been featured in the Spring/Summer 2010 issue of the Florida Knot!

We all remember this awesome dancing duo and what a wonderful surprise/treat it was to watch Jennifer and Mr. Sowski break it down in every style imaginable!... and to think it all started with Heartland's "I Loved Her First" (the entire song!, so imagine the surprise when we thought they were done?!).


Publication:  The Knot

Video Link:  Get Down!

Photographer:  Vue Photography

Videography:  Sarah Powers Media

Music-Cut Created By:  DJ Paul Kirker from Gulf Talent Services, Entertainment

Coordinator Cameo in the background!:  Victoria Volpone & Avis Johnson 😉