Many of our customers had destination weddings this year and most of those destination brides opted for our casual, beach-inspired designs like Cory. It was therefore a bit surprising when Heather and Tyler chose a more formal design like Love Logo #13 for their beach wedding in Destin, Florida. However, after seeing their wedding photos, the choice made total sense. Although it was on the beach, Heather and Tyler decided to have a classic, elegant wedding and it turned out beautifully…
WEDDING DATE: October 17, 2009
LOCATION: Destin, Florida
CEREMONY AND RECEPTION: Palazzo Del Sol
PHOTOGRAPHER: Lauren Kinsey Photography
FLOWERS BY: Fiore of Pensacola
WEDDING PLANNER/CONSULTANT: Shelby Peaden Events
GOWN BY: Watters
BRIDESMAID DRESSES BY: J. Crew
GROOM’S ATTIRE BY: Simply Elegant
STATIONERY: Love Logo #13 wedding logo, matching wedding invitation and response set.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS INVITATION?: (from Heather) We wanted our own “logo” for the wedding weekend.
FAVORITE DETAIL: (from Heather) I loved all of our wedding details! Especially our Ice sculpture that they etched our betsywhite wedding logo into! It was beautiful.
Heather also made her own wedding programs with her wedding logo on the cover…
MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT: (from Heather) During the ceremony on the Beach behind the house, there were tons of dolphins swimming and playing in the water right behind us! It was so sweet, and everyone said it made the ceremony even more perfect.
Congrats to Heather and Tyler on their beautiful beach wedding!
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All wedding photos © Lauren Kinsey Photography
Invitation photos by betsywhite stationery
Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all enjoyed the holiday weekend!
It has been quite a while since we shared real wedding photos from one of our betsywhite brides so I figured it was about time I fixed that. This wedding is one of my favorites from the summer… a tattooed groom, a barefoot bride, the ocean in the background and lots of love in the air!
WEDDING DATE: July 18, 2009
LOCATION: Isabela, Puerto Rico
CEREMONY AND RECEPTION: Villa Montana Beach Resort
PHOTOGRAPHER: Cheryl Zibisky
FLOWERS BY: Villa Montana Beach Resort
WEDDING PLANNER/CONSULTANT: Diana Perez
GOWN BY: Nicole Miller
BRIDESMAID DRESSES BY: BCBG
GROOM’S ATTIRE BY: weddingtropics.com
MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT (from the Ashley): Looking into my husbands eyes as I walked down the aisle. He was so emotional, which is a rarity for him. It was like we were the only two people in the world. You hear about that moment, but you can’t even phathom the happiness you feel just then. It seems like all the joy in the world is giving your heart a hug. It was the best day of my life . . . and I’ve had a lot of good ones!
STATIONERY: Love Logo #5, matching wedding invitation and response set
I loved that Ashley and Andrew showed a bit of their fun-loving personality in their wedding stationery by adding the line “dinner and hijinks to follow” on their wedding invitations. I’m sure good times were had by all.
FAVORITE WEDDING DETAIL (from Ashley): I loved having a logo to tie everything together. We made a banner (vistaprint.com) for the reception and everything in the welcome bags (the bags, bottled water, lip balm, frisbees and tags) all had the logo on it too! Even the placecards all had them!
Ashley did a great job using her wedding logo. I think the fabric banners at the reception were such a good idea!
Congrats again to Ashley and Andrew on a beautiful wedding!
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All wedding photos © Cheryl Zibisky
Invitation photos by betsywhite stationery
In our last look at Ceshia and Anthony’s modern Afro-centric wedding, we’ll showcase some of their beautiful portraits. Jamaica was the perfect setting for these images and Nadia D did an amazing job of capturing the beauty of the location and the couple…
Photography by Nadia D.
Ceshia and Anthony wanted their wedding to have a contemporary Afro-Centric and Caribbean feel. The theme for the wedding was sparked by a sheet of colorful gift wrap which planner Susan Graham included in an inspiration board she created for the couple. Taking cues from the inspiration paper, they incorporated bright colors into the wedding palette and the couple did a great job of honoring their African-American heritage by incorporating traditions with African meaning.
The bridesmaids wore hand crafted necklaces, bracelets, and earrings (designed and made by the bride) made from antique African beads in the colors from the inspiration paper (beads from www.oldbeads.com).
MORE DETAILS FROM THE BRIDE: My gown was made by Amsale who is a designer orginaly from Ethiopia. The men wore custom designs by Avark, an Afro-centric men’s clothing designer located in Barbados.
Rather than using a flower, planner Susan Graham made the groom’s boutonnière using hand-fired beads from Africa.
FROM THE BRIDE: My earrings and reception headpiece were inspired by traditional African wedding ceremonies where cowrie shells were used. Cowrie shells are believed to encourage fertility in love, life, health and wealth and are used for purification and as a symbol of beauty and power. Some African tribes also adorn their brides with the shells because the groom should hear his future wife coming for him…meaning the clanking of the shells create a loud sound.
FROM THE BRIDE: The African ceremonies we participated in included a Tasting Ceremony and the Jumping Of The Broom. The Yoruba Tasting Ceremony involves tasting four elements which illustrates the experiences that a couple is expected to go through during their marriage. The elements include bitter, sweet, sour and hot. In this ritual water is used to cleanse the palate and represent a way of moving forward. Jumping The Broom is a African tradition that symbolizes the beginning of making a home together and it was very important that we do this as well.
Raffia was used to embellish the wedding stationery and it was also incorporated into the reception as an embellishment on the cake and with the use of oversize raffia fans on the tables.
FAVORITE WEDDING DETAIL: I loved how we used the colors and designs from a gift wrap paper to influence the entire feel of the wedding and reception.
As you can see we tried to incorporate traditional african elements to make a modern African-American wedding. I think we succeeded!
(Photography by Nadia D)
Next, we’ll take a look at some of their stunning portraits….