This week’s Real Wedding is the beautiful celebration of Johnna and Stephen. The ceremony was held at WaterColor Inn in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida and reception at WaterColor Inn, Fish Out of Water, Santa Rosa Beach, FL.
Early in the wedding planning process, the couple knew they wanted an intimate, relaxed fall wedding that doubled as an escape from their busy Chicago area lives. The destination search started in Savannah, Georgia and Hilton Head, South Carolina but when they discovered WaterColor Inn in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, the search was over. The coastal decor, white sandy beaches, top chefs, and luxury accommodations complemented their wedding vision.
Days before the wedding, their guests from Illinois, Texas, Florida, Ohio and Manchester, England started to arrive at WaterColor Inn. What was once a zero percent chance of rain evolved into a seventy percent chance threatening the ceremony and photos. As they were getting ready for the wedding, the showers began but the WaterColor team was confident the rain would stop and the ceremony would go as planned. Shortly before the wedding, the rain ceased and as the guitarist was playing the bride’s music the sun peaked through the clouds shining on the ceremony. It was a flawless celebration with their family and friends.
Photos courtesy of: Amanda Suanne
For a warm weather vineyard wedding, play up the natural beauty of your surroundings with soft pastel hues and rustic touches.
L to R: Wedding Paper Divas Vinter Label invitation, Shoes, Tablescape, Champagne Glasses, Champagne Cake Pops, Wedding Sign
Today’s rehearsal dinner inspiration board is all about elegant flourishes with a bit of a French flair. We went with a beautiful taupe and fuchsia color combination that makes a subtle impact. Delicate details make all the difference.
L to R: Wedding Paper Divas Flourish Focus rehearsal dinner invitation, Centerpiece, Cork Place Card Holders, Cappuccino, Taupe Damask Linens, Taupe Drink, Hazelnut Macarons, Kate Spade Celeste Slingbacks
We’ve heard a lot of talk on the subject of champagne lately. Take this email from a worried bride-to-be:
I really want to drink my favorite brand of champagne at our wedding, but my fiance thinks it’s rude for us to drink a higher quality champagne than what we’re serving to our guests. Is that true? Shouldn’t we be able to drink whatever we please?
Dear Bubbly Bride,
In general, proper wedding etiquette dictates that if there’s any chance your guests would be offended by your choice of champagne, don’t do it. But although that answer seems resolute, there are a few options available:
- Get a bottle of your favorite bubbly for a private toast with your new spouse after the wedding.
- If the bottle is given to you as a gift, your guests certainly wouldn’t hold it against you… Start dropping hints to your wedding party.
- Order one bottle of the preferred champagne per table for the toast only. That way, everyone can partake.
What would you advise Bubbly Bride to do? Leave a comment and let us know!
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Here is some inspiration for a bachelorette party, or a pre-party before going out on the town to celebrate! The bride-to-be will surely enjoy some classy sweets and treats in pretty shades of pink and sparkling champagne themed details.
L to R: Wedding Paper Divas Town Toast Bachelorette Party Invitations from the Studio Basics collection,Hot pink table setting, Pink Cupcakes, Jelled Champagne Dessert, Champagne Glass Centerpiece, Pour La Victoire Pumps, Pink Drinks
Every engaged couple wants to create a luxurious ceremony full of top end wines, world-class food and divine details. Unfortunately, however, this vision of an impossibly chic wedding often turns out to be just that—impossible!
But if eagerly devouring wedding blogs has taught us anything, it’s that you can cut a few corners and still pull off the posh ceremony of your dreams. If you are looking to trim your reception costs, start by checking out some of these great resources for reviews of the best cheap wines on the market:
- With a chardonnay for $8 and a pinot noir for $7, Cheap Wine Finder might just be your new best friend! Visit the site to read reviews, see how pretty the labels are and more.
- Delish offers a charming slideshow of great wines under $15. You’ll feel like you’re being whisked around the globe, too, with wines from France, Italy, Australia, Spain, Argentina, Chile and beyond.
- For a little bit of sass with your shiraz, check out the series of reviews from SFoodie titled “Cheap Wines That Don’t Suck.”
- New York Magazine also has some fabulous suggestions for special occasion wines that won’t bust your budget.