The layers of white and cream against the tropical Palm Beach backdrop in today's wedding captured by Shea Christine Photography is sure to make your heart race! I adore this glamourous yet sophisticated look!
The Couple: Shannon and Jonathan
The Wedding: 6.30.12 - The Ritz Carlton Palm Beach - Palm Beach, FL
What were the top three priorities for you in planning your wedding? I wanted amazing food, beautiful flowers and decor, and a lot of little details.
What wedding traditions or cultural traditions did you incorporated into your wedding and what did they mean to you? We lit a unity candle which I thought was a lovely way to symbolize our families joining. I also wore my grandmother's engagement and wedding rings. She recently passed away and I wanted to honor her on my wedding day, and the absolutely incredible relationship she and my grandfather had.
Where there any places where you “broke the rules” in your wedding planning? Why and how did you do that? We didn't have a wedding cake. My husband doesn't like sweets and i am allergic to gluten, so we decided it would be more fun to serve everyone three little desserts instead. We had orange infused creme brulee, molten chocolate cake with raspberry coulis, and key lime tarts all on one plate. Everyone loved it!
What was your biggest wedding planning success? All our guests said they had a great time and loved all the little details I incorporated into our wedding. We had custom made canvas welcome bags for all our out of town guests, watermelon lemonade served in glass jars with grey and white striped straws served by when guests arrived at the reception and baskets filled with grey flip flops (dancing shoes) in the lounge area. We had a late night snack of french fries and milkshakes passed to guests on the dance floor and lounge area, and we had the valets put midnight snack bags in each car (which contained two Voss water bottles and Pennsylvania Dutch hard pretzels) with a tag that read “a midnight snack from the groom's home state” so they would have a surprise when they were leaving the wedding.
What was the most important thing that you learned through the wedding planning process and what would you tell other brides-to-be? That something will probably go wrong or not turn out the way that you planned, but don't worry about the small things. At the end of the day all that matters is the commitment you are making to the love of your life, and as long as the two of you are there, everything else is just icing on the cake.
The Wedding Team
Photographer: Shea Christine Photography
Ceremony Venue: First Presbyterian Church of West Palm Beach
Reception Venue: The Ritz Carlton Palm Beach
Florist & Decor: Xquisite Events
Videographer/Film Maker: Jamice Ivie
Invitation Designer: Wedding Paper Divas, Envelope Calligraphy - Carla Hagan Designs
Catering: The Ritz Carlton Palm Beach
Officiant: Dave Simiele
Wedding Dress: Ramona Keveza (custom)
Bridal Accessories: Jewelry - Mother's jewelry, Shoes - Jimmy Choo, Clutch - Diane Von Furstenberg
Bridesmaid’s Apparel and accessories: Dress - Nordstrom Bridal Salon, Shoes - Christian Louboutin
Hairstylist: Eau Spa at the The Ritz Carlton Palm Beach
Live Music: Ceremony - String duet (violin & cello) - Monty Bloom Ensembles, Reception - The Buzzcatz
Transportation: The Couple - Vintage Rolls Royce, Guests - Molleys Trolleys
Wedding Favors: Glass jars filled with cookies with a tag that noted a donation to Cookies for Kids' Cancer and Make a Wish Foundation
Rings: Polo Jewelers
Thank you Shannon and Jonathan! What a celebration!