Ashley from Miss Morse Photography shares with us a whimsical wedding treat full of all things dreamy! So many inspirational nuggets you don't want to miss!
Samantha and Evan’s love story began in such a stroke of fate. Samantha moved to Georgia to be with her sister, as her brother in law deployed. Evan was stationed at the same base in Georgia. They met and hit it off right away.
Their wedding day was a sunny, gorgeous Florida day. Their venue was St. Andrew’s Bay Yacht Club. The most gorgeous waterfront ceremony and reception venue.
They welcomed guests from all over. Guests flew in from Pennsylvania, Minnesota, and Georgia. The bride’s mother in law made all the floral arrangements.
One of the biggest surprises of the day was Samantha’s dress. She hid it from EVERYONE.
She had a “first look” with her bridesmaids and her dad.
The Bridal party got ready in the most gorgeous beach house in Carillon Beach.
The little ring bearers were Samantha’s nephews. Those boys were just the cutest little things in their bowties and suspenders.
Evan’s first time seeing his bride was exactly what I had thought it would be. Tears of joy.
They never took their eyes off each other for the rest of the evening. The reception was decorated with a romantic whimsy vibe.
To be honest, I heard the best speech ever that night. The face time speech given from Evan’s dear friend because he was overseas. There wasn’t a dry eye in the room.
The Allen wedding was everything you could ever wish for on your wedding day.
Gorgeous weather, happy tears and being surrounded by your dearest family + friends.
Q: Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette? Did you incorporate any cultural or religious traditions in any part of your day?
A: Our wedding was next to the ocean at sunset. We had a whimsical, traditional, and romantic inspiration when it came to our big day. We used a blush and pale tone color palette with pops of dark blue and gold. During our big day we did try to incorporate traditional wedding traditions, as well as religion in the ceremony service itself.
Q: Let's talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception? Was any part of the decor DIY?
A: For our wedding we wanted to incorporate a few different themes; Whimsical, traditional, romantic. A huge aspect of our wedding was to coordinate with the design of the venue itself. I believe finding a venue that matches your wedding décor is a must! We had our ceremony on the lawn overlooking the ocean and sailboats. We kept this area simple and we made sure to use the beauty that was already there. For this we used brown wooden chairs, a blush color palette, a handmade arch with soft drapery, a chandelier and plenty of flowers- the sunset radiated through to pull everything together.Our reception was in the ballroom of the yacht club, this room opened up to an outside deck and pool. After seeing the outside space we fell in love and knew we had to string lights and warm features to romanticize the night. Outside we used gold table covers, small bouquets of flowers, and the same drapery color as the ceremony. This area is also where people were able to enjoy cocktails, hors d'oeuvers, and jazz while pictures were taken. Inside of the ballroom we used pale champagne table covers, and lots of glass cylinders filled with candles and giant floral centerpieces. DIY:Doing a few things yourself for your wedding feels great. It is adding a bit of your own love and care into one of the biggest moments of your life. I enjoyed the entire process of designing our wedding with Eve Allen Designs and all of the other family and friends. I could not have done it without them. I was truly a lucky bride to have them. A major design element of our wedding were the flowers- we had them up and down the stairways, on tables, bar tops, arches, everywhere. This was a major DIY project for us. We also designed all of our ceremony programs, food menus, posters, and handmade the arch. We even helped with the script of the ceremony itself- we wanted it to speak to our relationship. We really hand our hands in everything!
Q: What were the florals like in your wedding? Did you use flowers in any of your design elements like the bridal bouquets, centerpieces or ceremony backdrop? Did they play an important part in the overall style of your wedding?
A: Our florals were beautiful! We had a wide variety of flowers, all shapes and sizes, all in our color palette (of course!) Flowers were a huge design element of our wedding so, with the help of family, we handmade all of our floral arrangements. Flowers are very important when styling your wedding- we wanted them to make a statement, but also to look "soft". DIY TIP:Use fake flowers for high traffic areas, like stairway banisters, and outside areas like chairs and arches. Real flowers are way too delicate for some areas.
Q: Did you personalize the day in any way (food trucks, guest entertainment etc.)? What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding?
A: We personalized almost all of our wedding- as many people do! We made sure to have margaritas on the lawn before the ceremony even started. We wanted to set the mood for the fun night ahead and for everyone to enjoy my favorite cocktail. It was the drink of the night! We also had fresh cigars for enjoyment and a handpicked playlist for the night (of course people could request songs too).Here are a few of my most memorable moments of my wedding night:- On the limo ride over, with all of my bridesmaids, ring bearers, and my father, we jammed out to Beyoncé and popped champagne.-Walking down the isle and the sunlight catching my veil blinding me until I saw my husband. -The actual getting married part- I was so nervous and excited that its almost a blur! -Greeting all of the family and friend who came to celebrate this wonderful time with us! We had a destination wedding, so we were lucky to have them with us.-THE SPEECHES! They were amazing. Laughs and tears. -The dancing was amazing and so was everyone belting their voices singing karaoke together.
Q: Let's talk fashion. How did you both choose your wedding day look? Describe the looks in detail.
A: For my wedding day look it was easy, when I put my dress on I knew it was the one. It was like something I had never seen before, it had so many little details on it that I just fell in love with. I picked a dress knowing that it was the last time that I will ever wear something like it again. It was my day and I was going to shine!
Q: How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.
A: We met in Georgia, he was stationed in the military and I was living there temporarily- until we met. Our relationship felt so natural from the very first date, it was like we knew each other for years. Being together was just so easy and perfect! Evan purposed during a Valentines Day dance at the local resort. There was a band playing in the ballroom and Evan had requested for them to play a Frank Sinatra song, Fly Me to the Moon. During this song he grabbed a mic, confessed his love, and purposed! And I said, YES!
Q: What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?
A: All of it. Every single moment was special. Revealing my dress to my father, seeing him cry, being proud and happy for his little girl, and him telling me how happy he was that he knew I was going to spend my life with such an amazing man. Such a special moment between my father and I. Evan and I getting married was just a special day all together, every moment is one we will always cherish. Till death do us part.
Q: Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you'd like to share with other couples planning their day?
A: My advice for other couples planning their big day is to have fun with it. Don't stress out, it is supposed to be a special time, remind yourselves of the end goal- to get married and be happy!
Photographer: Miss Morse Photography
Reception Venue/Caterer/Bakery: St. Andrew's Bay Yacht Club
Jewelry: Zales Jewelry
Happy Wedding Planning!