A Seaside Romance in Every Shade of Blue

Ali and Jay's wedding took place on a warm July afternoon in the picturesque setting of South Seas Island Resort on Captiva Island. Being a young couple full of life, their wedding perfectly reflected the playfulness and joy they together. The color palette of blues, green, and cream, grounded with accents of warm woods made the design feel right at home for their beachside nuptials.

We created a light and airy ceremony on the secluded beach at the tip of the natural island. Guests had the pleasure of arrived via traditional Florida trolley to the sand swept views of the Gulf of Mexico. The team set a beautiful scene of ghost chairs and umbrellas with a ceremony sign designed for the couple and made with reclaimed wood salvaged from an old boat. Everything accented the floral altar created with a mix of white flowers, pompano grass, sea fans and driftwood positioned in a crescent shape and framed with petite pier pilings. The bridesmaids complemented the scene beautifully in their light blue gowns and the men in their dusty blue tuxes and clean white shirts. As Ali walked down the aisle in her classic white chiffon gown with delicate lace details, she took everyone's breath away. Having lost her father she felt it important to honor him by walking alone down the aisle until she reached the first row of chairs where it was only fitting that her groom meet her to take her the rest of the way. .

The feeling their beachside ceremony captured was brought inside and enhanced with warm woods, soft linens, and a floral installation positioned perfectly over the dance floor. Reception tables were layered with textures that reflected the fluidity of the ocean, light blue linens layered with gauze slate blue runners and complemented with wood chargers and a collection of blue glass stemware were accentuated with floral arrangements running the length of the tables. Cross back chairs blended seamlessly with the sea fans and driftwood mingled throughout the centerpieces.

Guests enjoyed a relaxed cocktail hour before visiting the escort card table made of aged tin and used to highlight the hand-calligraphed escort cards tied with blue raw edge silk ribbon and a silver key to represent the couples last name, Key. Sea hearts were also hand calligraphed with the guest's names and used on their place setting, they sat atop a gauze napkin and dip-dyed deckled edge cotton menu. Once sat for dinner the escort card table transformed into the cake display. The four-tiered beauty, enrobed in white and light grey fondant painted to resemble sea fans and finished with the Ali and Jay's monogram and a sea fan perched on the top tier.

The mix of natural and fluid elements complemented the seaside setting and Ali and Jay's relaxed auras with an effortlessness that made for a romantic ceremony and inviting reception. The evening was finished off with the couple saying adieu and leaving under dreamy sparklers held by their guests. It was a joyful end to our couples dream wedding.

images by Kaity Brawley

Jet Set Wed :: A Seaside Romance in Every Shade of Blue
Jet Set Wed :: A Seaside Romance in Every Shade of Blue
Jet Set Wed :: A Seaside Romance in Every Shade of Blue
Jet Set Wed :: A Seaside Romance in Every Shade of Blue
Jet Set Wed :: A Seaside Romance in Every Shade of Blue
Jet Set Wed :: A Seaside Romance in Every Shade of Blue
Jet Set Wed :: A Seaside Romance in Every Shade of Blue
Jet Set Wed :: A Seaside Romance in Every Shade of Blue
Jet Set Wed :: A Seaside Romance in Every Shade of Blue
Jet Set Wed :: A Seaside Romance in Every Shade of Blue
Jet Set Wed :: A Seaside Romance in Every Shade of Blue
Jet Set Wed :: A Seaside Romance in Every Shade of Blue
Jet Set Wed :: A Seaside Romance in Every Shade of Blue
Jet Set Wed :: A Seaside Romance in Every Shade of Blue
Jet Set Wed :: A Seaside Romance in Every Shade of Blue
Jet Set Wed :: A Seaside Romance in Every Shade of Blue
Jet Set Wed :: A Seaside Romance in Every Shade of Blue
Jet Set Wed :: A Seaside Romance in Every Shade of Blue
Jet Set Wed :: A Seaside Romance in Every Shade of Blue
Jet Set Wed :: A Seaside Romance in Every Shade of Blue
Jet Set Wed :: A Seaside Romance in Every Shade of Blue
Jet Set Wed :: A Seaside Romance in Every Shade of Blue
Jet Set Wed :: A Seaside Romance in Every Shade of Blue
Jet Set Wed :: A Seaside Romance in Every Shade of Blue
Jet Set Wed :: A Seaside Romance in Every Shade of Blue
Jet Set Wed :: A Seaside Romance in Every Shade of Blue
Jet Set Wed :: A Seaside Romance in Every Shade of Blue
Jet Set Wed :: A Seaside Romance in Every Shade of Blue
Jet Set Wed :: A Seaside Romance in Every Shade of Blue
Jet Set Wed :: A Seaside Romance in Every Shade of Blue
Jet Set Wed :: A Seaside Romance in Every Shade of Blue
Jet Set Wed :: A Seaside Romance in Every Shade of Blue
Jet Set Wed :: A Seaside Romance in Every Shade of Blue
Jet Set Wed :: A Seaside Romance in Every Shade of Blue
Jet Set Wed :: A Seaside Romance in Every Shade of Blue
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Jet Set Wed :: A Seaside Romance in Every Shade of Blue
Jet Set Wed :: A Seaside Romance in Every Shade of Blue

When Rustic meets glamour on the beaches of Laplaya Beach Club

A Glamorous Southern Seaside Wedding at Laplaya Beach and Golf Resort in Naples, Florida

Charnele and Joe were the sweetest couple with vibrant personalities only matched by a calm casual demeanor. There wedding was just that. Full of joy and life but comfortable and welcoming. The wedding was designed in a warm palette of blush, rose, cream and burgundy, grounded with deep wood accents.

The guests arrived at ceremony to a sea of ghost chairs anchored by a custom deep mahogany aisle runner so Charnele could walk in her perfectly playful gold sparkly heels down the soft lush lawn as her string trio played. The circular ceremony altar dripped in greenery and blooms while the back row of chairs and aisle matched the floral with even more wild blooms to frame the light hearted nuptials. In line with the circular theme, the bridesmaids carried floral wreaths that were used as embellishments to the drape backing the head table after the ceremony. Charnele was such a beautiful site in her perfectly laced, studded gown and trailing silk ribbon from her bouquet while Joe, the groom in his white dinner jacket with black lapel, was the perfect gentlemen to match her elegance. The cake was the centerpiece of the room. A floral explosion of sweet blush and burgundy. Guest found their seats on a large lucite chart which was hand calligraphed on lucite dressed with blooms and candle light.

In order to bring in the fluidity of the ocean we paired the wood planked tables at reception with ghost chairs, glass plates and velum menus. The key was to balance the rustic wood elements with a little southern sweetness. We did this by finishing each place setting with stacked macaron favors in custom colors wrapped in raw edge organic ribbon. A wave of candlelight welcomed the guests and delicate touches of greenery and soft creamy blooms brought the outside in for a cozy, yet glamours seaside celebration.

Images by Kaity Brawley

Jet Set Wed :: When Rustic meets glamour on the beaches of Laplaya Beach Club :: Charnele and Joseph
Jet Set Wed :: When Rustic meets glamour on the beaches of Laplaya Beach Club :: Charnele and Joseph
Jet Set Wed :: When Rustic meets glamour on the beaches of Laplaya Beach Club :: Charnele and Joseph
Jet Set Wed :: When Rustic meets glamour on the beaches of Laplaya Beach Club :: Charnele and Joseph
Jet Set Wed :: When Rustic meets glamour on the beaches of Laplaya Beach Club :: Charnele and Joseph
Jet Set Wed :: When Rustic meets glamour on the beaches of Laplaya Beach Club :: Charnele and Joseph
Jet Set Wed :: When Rustic meets glamour on the beaches of Laplaya Beach Club :: Charnele and Joseph
Jet Set Wed :: When Rustic meets glamour on the beaches of Laplaya Beach Club :: Charnele and Joseph
Jet Set Wed :: When Rustic meets glamour on the beaches of Laplaya Beach Club :: Charnele and Joseph
Jet Set Wed :: When Rustic meets glamour on the beaches of Laplaya Beach Club :: Charnele and Joseph
Jet Set Wed :: When Rustic meets glamour on the beaches of Laplaya Beach Club :: Charnele and Joseph
Jet Set Wed :: When Rustic meets glamour on the beaches of Laplaya Beach Club :: Charnele and Joseph
Jet Set Wed :: When Rustic meets glamour on the beaches of Laplaya Beach Club :: Charnele and Joseph
Jet Set Wed :: When Rustic meets glamour on the beaches of Laplaya Beach Club :: Charnele and Joseph
Jet Set Wed :: When Rustic meets glamour on the beaches of Laplaya Beach Club :: Charnele and Joseph
Jet Set Wed :: When Rustic meets glamour on the beaches of Laplaya Beach Club :: Charnele and Joseph
Jet Set Wed :: When Rustic meets glamour on the beaches of Laplaya Beach Club :: Charnele and Joseph
Jet Set Wed :: When Rustic meets glamour on the beaches of Laplaya Beach Club :: Charnele and Joseph
Jet Set Wed :: When Rustic meets glamour on the beaches of Laplaya Beach Club :: Charnele and Joseph
Jet Set Wed :: When Rustic meets glamour on the beaches of Laplaya Beach Club :: Charnele and Joseph
Jet Set Wed :: When Rustic meets glamour on the beaches of Laplaya Beach Club :: Charnele and Joseph
Jet Set Wed :: When Rustic meets glamour on the beaches of Laplaya Beach Club :: Charnele and Joseph
Jet Set Wed :: When Rustic meets glamour on the beaches of Laplaya Beach Club :: Charnele and Joseph
Jet Set Wed :: When Rustic meets glamour on the beaches of Laplaya Beach Club :: Charnele and Joseph
Jet Set Wed :: When Rustic meets glamour on the beaches of Laplaya Beach Club :: Charnele and Joseph
Jet Set Wed :: When Rustic meets glamour on the beaches of Laplaya Beach Club :: Charnele and Joseph
Jet Set Wed :: When Rustic meets glamour on the beaches of Laplaya Beach Club :: Charnele and Joseph
Jet Set Wed :: When Rustic meets glamour on the beaches of Laplaya Beach Club :: Charnele and Joseph
Jet Set Wed :: When Rustic meets glamour on the beaches of Laplaya Beach Club :: Charnele and Joseph
Jet Set Wed :: When Rustic meets glamour on the beaches of Laplaya Beach Club :: Charnele and Joseph
Jet Set Wed :: When Rustic meets glamour on the beaches of Laplaya Beach Club :: Charnele and Joseph
Jet Set Wed :: When Rustic meets glamour on the beaches of Laplaya Beach Club :: Charnele and Joseph
Jet Set Wed :: When Rustic meets glamour on the beaches of Laplaya Beach Club :: Charnele and Joseph
Jet Set Wed :: When Rustic meets glamour on the beaches of Laplaya Beach Club :: Charnele and Joseph
Jet Set Wed :: When Rustic meets glamour on the beaches of Laplaya Beach Club :: Charnele and Joseph
Jet Set Wed :: When Rustic meets glamour on the beaches of Laplaya Beach Club :: Charnele and Joseph
Jet Set Wed :: When Rustic meets glamour on the beaches of Laplaya Beach Club :: Charnele and Joseph
Jet Set Wed :: When Rustic meets glamour on the beaches of Laplaya Beach Club :: Charnele and Joseph
Jet Set Wed :: When Rustic meets glamour on the beaches of Laplaya Beach Club :: Charnele and Joseph
Jet Set Wed :: When Rustic meets glamour on the beaches of Laplaya Beach Club :: Charnele and Joseph
Jet Set Wed :: When Rustic meets glamour on the beaches of Laplaya Beach Club :: Charnele and Joseph
Jet Set Wed :: When Rustic meets glamour on the beaches of Laplaya Beach Club :: Charnele and Joseph
Jet Set Wed :: When Rustic meets glamour on the beaches of Laplaya Beach Club :: Charnele and Joseph

A Lakeside Elopement in Banff, Canada

This elopement was nothing short of a poetic love story.  I met the bride Kelsey as a venue coordinator herself at one of Floridas most sought after destination beach wedding locations so it was only fair that she have the same epic scene to promise her love.  For this couple, the search for that scene brought them to the crystal blue lakes of Banff, Canada.  

Having planned and designed weddings all over the globe I was honored and thrilled when they asked me to create this adventure for them in a place I too had never been.  

The goal for our elopements is always to build up to the nuptials from the very start.  To collect little memories along the way while we curate the moment when Kelsey and Chris promise their love to each other.  We want to make that moment so moving and so incredible that that feel like the only two people in the world.  

 The itinerary most often begins with a trip to the neighborhood market to gather trinkets or nibbles for after ceremony dining.  In this case we bought local honeys, cheeses and mead fr a picninc.  Then we scout locations for the following days ceremony to be held followed by a spot for an intimate picnic and a final location for a shoot at sunrise to celebrate their new title as husband and wife. 

For Kelsey and Chris we had planned a picnic for the two of them after their ceremony so after picking up the bouquet and boutonniere, thats what we were on the lookout for at the market as we made our way to Banff.  Once we arrived, we searched for remote locations and encountered the local wildlife at one point coming across a heard of elk making their way up the mountains. 

The river bank and dense forest made for a perfect little pre ceremony location to get the butterflies out and get everyone comfortable with each other.  Unfortunately the area had had a terrible run in with wildfires making it almost impossible to see the mountain peeks the first two days we were there.  We could only hope that it would clear out in time for the ceremony.  

The morning of the ceremony the sun was out and the room filled with light so the team, Cody of Hunterryan Photo and Nicki and Christian of Fidelis Films and I began working on shooting and styling details.  Since this was an elopement, the only real guest to the ceremony was the bride herself so I helped the groom create a beautiful invitation with Lorena with Script Me Pretty to invite his bride to join him in the mountains of Banff.  I also try to create the design so that it reflects the environment the ceremony is to be in.  For Banff, we went with a beautiful blue to resemble the color of the lake meeting the sky and accented it with a mustard yellow to bring out the joy that Kelsey has when she speaks about her love for Chris.  We  mixed in elements like leather and stone in the tags on their gifts to each other and their  placards used for their sweet little lakeside picnic.  Vow books were accented with the leather as well and raw deckled edged completed the rustic tone. 

Just as we were on the last bit of details it began to pour outside and the entire house went dark.  We were confident that this has to be a good sign and it certainly was.  As soon as the rain subsided we opened the doors to a beautiful clear view of the mountain peeks.  The rain had forced down the smoke and the sights were stunning.  Kelsey and Chris helped each other get ready in the peacefulness that only the moments after a storm can provide and we headed out to Lake Moraine.  

The ceremony was conducted by the groom himself and even included communion from his grandfathers set he brought with him from home.  There wasn’t a dry eye while we captured the moment that Chris promised to buy their future daughter pearls on her wedding day just as he had bought his bride that morning. 

The temperate was a very brisk 37 degrees but you wouldn’t be able to tell by the photos.  They were in their own little world.  A world were they were at the top of a mountain with the most glorious backdrop and they were husband and wife. 

The evening ended with a sweet little lakeside picnic that I set for them as they enjoyed local treats found from the market and reflected on the last few hours spent together.  

The next morning we retrieved the veil to catch the foggy intimate sunrise that Banff delivered that morning.  Their first morning as husband and wife was captured in all its glory and the entire team was reeling from the experience. 

Images by Hunterryan Photo

Jet Set Wed :: A Lakeside Elopement in Banff, Canada
Jet Set Wed :: A Lakeside Elopement in Banff, Canada
Jet Set Wed :: A Lakeside Elopement in Banff, Canada
Jet Set Wed :: A Lakeside Elopement in Banff, Canada
Jet Set Wed :: A Lakeside Elopement in Banff, Canada
Jet Set Wed :: A Lakeside Elopement in Banff, Canada
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Jet Set Wed :: A Lakeside Elopement in Banff, Canada
Jet Set Wed :: A Lakeside Elopement in Banff, Canada
Jet Set Wed :: A Lakeside Elopement in Banff, Canada
Jet Set Wed :: A Lakeside Elopement in Banff, Canada
Jet Set Wed :: A Lakeside Elopement in Banff, Canada
Jet Set Wed :: A Lakeside Elopement in Banff, Canada
Jet Set Wed :: A Lakeside Elopement in Banff, Canada
Jet Set Wed :: A Lakeside Elopement in Banff, Canada
Jet Set Wed :: A Lakeside Elopement in Banff, Canada
Jet Set Wed :: A Lakeside Elopement in Banff, Canada
Jet Set Wed :: A Lakeside Elopement in Banff, Canada
Jet Set Wed :: A Lakeside Elopement in Banff, Canada
Jet Set Wed :: A Lakeside Elopement in Banff, Canada
Jet Set Wed :: A Lakeside Elopement in Banff, Canada
Jet Set Wed :: A Lakeside Elopement in Banff, Canada
Jet Set Wed :: A Lakeside Elopement in Banff, Canada
Jet Set Wed :: A Lakeside Elopement in Banff, Canada
Jet Set Wed :: A Lakeside Elopement in Banff, Canada
Jet Set Wed :: A Lakeside Elopement in Banff, Canada
Jet Set Wed :: A Lakeside Elopement in Banff, Canada
Jet Set Wed :: A Lakeside Elopement in Banff, Canada
Jet Set Wed :: A Lakeside Elopement in Banff, Canada
Jet Set Wed :: A Lakeside Elopement in Banff, Canada
Jet Set Wed :: A Lakeside Elopement in Banff, Canada
Jet Set Wed :: A Lakeside Elopement in Banff, Canada
Jet Set Wed :: A Lakeside Elopement in Banff, Canada
Jet Set Wed :: A Lakeside Elopement in Banff, Canada
Jet Set Wed :: A Lakeside Elopement in Banff, Canada
Jet Set Wed :: A Lakeside Elopement in Banff, Canada
Jet Set Wed :: A Lakeside Elopement in Banff, Canada
Jet Set Wed :: A Lakeside Elopement in Banff, Canada
Jet Set Wed :: A Lakeside Elopement in Banff, Canada
Jet Set Wed :: A Lakeside Elopement in Banff, Canada
Jet Set Wed :: A Lakeside Elopement in Banff, Canada
Jet Set Wed :: A Lakeside Elopement in Banff, Canada
Jet Set Wed :: A Lakeside Elopement in Banff, Canada
Jet Set Wed :: A Lakeside Elopement in Banff, Canada
Jet Set Wed :: A Lakeside Elopement in Banff, Canada
Jet Set Wed :: A Lakeside Elopement in Banff, Canada
Jet Set Wed :: A Lakeside Elopement in Banff, Canada
Jet Set Wed :: A Lakeside Elopement in Banff, Canada
Jet Set Wed :: A Lakeside Elopement in Banff, Canada
Jet Set Wed :: A Lakeside Elopement in Banff, Canada
Jet Set Wed :: A Lakeside Elopement in Banff, Canada
Jet Set Wed :: A Lakeside Elopement in Banff, Canada
Jet Set Wed :: A Lakeside Elopement in Banff, Canada
Jet Set Wed :: A Lakeside Elopement in Banff, Canada
Jet Set Wed :: A Lakeside Elopement in Banff, Canada
Jet Set Wed :: A Lakeside Elopement in Banff, Canada
Jet Set Wed :: A Lakeside Elopement in Banff, Canada
Jet Set Wed :: A Lakeside Elopement in Banff, Canada
Jet Set Wed :: A Lakeside Elopement in Banff, Canada
Jet Set Wed :: A Lakeside Elopement in Banff, Canada
Jet Set Wed :: A Lakeside Elopement in Banff, Canada
Jet Set Wed :: A Lakeside Elopement in Banff, Canada
Jet Set Wed :: A Lakeside Elopement in Banff, Canada
Jet Set Wed :: A Lakeside Elopement in Banff, Canada
Jet Set Wed :: A Lakeside Elopement in Banff, Canada