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Real Jacksonville Wedding: Scarlett and Stephen

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Going through some pictures, I realized I never shared Scarlett and Stephen‘s beautiful wedding!  Their wedding meant so much to me because I have absolutely adored Scarlett as a friend and colleague for many years now. A naturally beautiful and bubbly personality grew into an even more vibrant and sparkling person when she fell in love with Stephen, which made me love Stephen, too!

As wedding photographers, we all knew that photography would be super important, but the two also knew that the inclusion of details are what would make the photography spectacular.   The couple enlisted the creative genius of celebrity photographers Zach and Jody Gray to document their day.

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Jacksonville Wedding Planner and Coordinator :: Photo by Gray Photography

The wedding was steeped in sentiment and faith.  Scarlett and Stephen decided to get married at Scarlett’s mother’s Victorian home, with a religious service and ceremony taking place in the beautiful backyard garden.  Anyone that has followed Scarlett’s blog, knows her infinite love for her poodle pup, Rhett– who served as the honorary ring bearer.  Scarlett’s bouquet was a mix of her favorite shades of pink, with a pop of blue, by way of a blue butterfly.  Scarlett’s father passed away the year before, but told her he would always be near her every time she saw a blue butterfly.  This was a touching way to have him close during the wedding.

Jacksonville Wedding Planner and Coordinator :: Photo by Gray PhotographyJacksonville Wedding Planner and Coordinator :: Photo by Gray PhotographyJacksonville Wedding Planner and Coordinator :: Photo by Gray PhotographyWhile guests dined on miniatures of the couple’s favorite Southern foods, the couple and bridal party took some of the most gorgeous shots!  Their details included a lot of what Scarlett personally loved: hot pink, damask prints, luxurious linens, and bling!  We brought in crystal candelabrum to serve as the centerpieces and a huge 6.5 ft crystal chandelier to glitter over a black and white dance floor.  We also prepped for the reception, which was to be a lit masterpiece of everything Scarlett and Stephen loved: great food, the best company and a fabulous time!
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Damask scroll frame for place cardsdamask menu and linens wedding  Once of my favorite moments of the night came for when it was time for the Father Daughter dance.  We all knew it would be an emotional moment, but it turned into something extremely touching and magical.  After Scarlett and Stephen swayed to their first dance, the lights went completely dark and Scarlett stood alone briefly on the dance floor.  Slowly, the glow from a screen behind her became brighter, showing a video of Scarlett and her father dancing while music played in the background.  Scarlett lovingly summoned her mother on the dance floor to her mother’s favorite song and the “three” of them danced together.  Trust me– not. a. dry. eye. in. the. house.
Jacksonville Wedding Planner and Coordinator :: Photo by Gray PhotographyAfter dinner, everyone got together to get down on the dance floor– dancing to their favorite songs while music videos played on the screen and enjoyed the best cupcakes around!
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Thanks so much to our amazing event team to help us pull of this gorgeous event

Awesome Couple: Scarlett and Stephen (their wedding photography site)
Wedding Planner/Production: Cocktails + Details
Photography: Zach and Jody
Cinematography:4120 Videos
Florals: Rosalee’s Flower Boutique
LinensCocktails + Details
Paper Designs: Just Invite Me
DJ: Y? Entertainment
Fascinator: Fascinating Creations
MakeupPaulina Perez
CateringD-Vine Cuisine
Cupcakes: Brielle Hutchinson 


Overheard at Your Wedding: “When is This Thing Gonna Start?”

It’s pretty well known that the party cannot start at the wedding without the bride and groom.  Your caterer will ask if they can serve your guests if you are not around or if they should extend the cocktail hour.  if you plan on taking photos during your cocktail hour, discuss with your planner and photographer the amount of time needed to complete these expeditiously so that your guests are not kept waiting.  This is especially true if you have a wedding during a very hot or cold season or with little entertainment during the hour.  If you take too long, you run the risk of running out of food, or running up your bar tab (when people are bored or nervous, they eat and drink). 

One of the biggest questions couples face today is whether or not to see each other prior to the ceremony.  I, as a die-hard romantic, felt like there was something magical about the groom’s face as he sees his bride ascend up the aisle for the first time.  That being said, I understood my brides’ concerns and desires to not see their grooms before walking up the aisle. 

Then there was Caryn—gorgeous, smart, and dare I say it, practical.  Caryn decided she would  see her groom prior to the ceremony.  As we built the timeline for them to secretly meet at Jekyll Island’s historic Villa Mariana, I crossed my fingers that the we could keep it private, intimate and magical.  Since Caryn and Jonathan’s wedding was at the Jekyll Island Club’s Crane Cottage, the Spanish Colonial, Villa Mariana was the perfect getaway that was close by.  Caryn described it as one of the most beautiful moments of her life.  She walked up behind Jonathan, put her hand on his shoulder and he emotionally turned around, visually took her in and swept her into a long embrace. 

It doesn’t get much better than that.

And the pictures prove it:

 

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jekyll island wedding

jekyll island wedding

jekyll island wedding

C and J hold hands

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Jekyll Club Wedding

       Jekyll Island Wedding

 

These moments, captured by the illustrious Scarlett Lillian just go to show that the same intimacy and magic you wish to capture at that moment going up the aisle, can still be present at a first meet.  Can’t you sense the anticipation and tingling in your toes when you see Jonathan’s back to Caryn?  You can almost feel his heart racing and see his unrelenting smile as the seconds tick away until that slight touch on his shoulder.  Imagine how he felt at that moment—not having to share Caryn’s beauty, that moment, that love—with anyone else.  It was theirs, and theirs alone.  Time had stopped.  (well, for them. The wedding planner was hard at work 🙂 )  Linens didn’t matter, the bar tab didn’t matter.  What mattered was that the most important person in their lives were together.  And in love.  Not only does it save you a lot of time during your cocktail hour, but it also gives you private moments that you may not have again until the end of the evening.

Still not convinced?  Check out what event engineer Saundra Hadley has to say, as well as photographer Jennifer Stone’s thoughts.  Either way, it is your moment…whether you spend it at a “first moment” or going up the aisle.  I know you’ll make it fabulous.

 

PS—The ceremony for Caryn and Jonathan was just as emotional.  I bawled the whole time. I know….Crybaby Wedding Planner. But I’m still awesome.

Southern Weddings Magazine Launch Party

Southern Weddings Magazine

 

I had the honor of attending the Southern Weddings magazine launch party in Atlanta at the Dogwood Restaurant.  Lara and her talented team with the help of some other great pros put together an awesome party.  The party was a hit!  I am so glad that I made the trip and got to see so many good friends.  If you’ve been a fan of the Southern Weddings blog, this is a definite treat.

Ginger of Ginger Dupre Photography :: The Fabulous Scarlett Lillian  :: Lara Casey of Southern Weddings and The Bliss Event Group :: Me 🙂

Latrice Cushenberry of Bridal Opulence :: Eliana Baucicault of By Your Side Events :: Katasha Butler of K.Sherrie & Co. :: Melanie Carter of Lucky Paperie (I love her, her baby…who isn’t so much a baby now LOL and her phenomenal work!)

Lara Casey being a wonderful hostess!

Lara and Katasha

Our gang with David Batson a wonderful designer, who kept calling me “Beyonce Girl” all night. He is hilarious.  Can’t wait to work with him.

 

Scarlett and Katasha

 

 

Me and David!

 

Ally of Unforgettable Soirées with Katasha

 

Me and Lara

Latrice and I..and, Latrice: you may say I made you look short, but your hair had extraordinary swag…

 

Me and Scarlett! I just love her! (I might have to make this my wallpaper on the iPhone LOL!)

 

 

I loved these shots from Scarlett too:

 

 

We had an awesome time!  The next day, Scarlett introduced me to Mellow Marshmallow where she, Ginger, Melanie (along with the adorable Miss Zoë), Eliana and Katasha.  I cannot wait to meet up with some of these ladies again when I, along with Liene of Blue Orchid Designs and Saundra of Planning…Forever speak at Eventology 2009.

 

Wish you were there?  Here are some other posts about the awesome party!

 

Scarlett Lillian

Eliana @ By Your Side Events The Venue | The Details | The People

Latrice @ Bridal Opulence Recap | The People

Tara @ Lavish Events

Emily Nickole

 Budget Savvy Bride

I Just Love Scarlett

image I had the most awesome time with a very good friend the other evening.  We had been talking for months (literally, I’m not joking) about getting together and spending some much needed girlfriend time together.  So, when I had the opportunity to let the fabutots hold my father hostage, I took the chance to get away with my rockstar girlfriend. 🙂

 

We met up where we met for the first time years ago, at the gorgeous Ritz-Carlton in Amelia Island and dined at Salt.  We had a wonderful time, and as always, we shut the place down!   It’s so nice to be with someone who understands what you go through with life, work and everything in between.

 

Scarlett– I love you and appreciate you1  We must do it again very soon! With more martinis…for me.

{Photo by Scarlett Lillian}