Pinterest Inspired DIY Wedding From Jordan Weiland Photography

This next little soiree proves the saying ‘Life is beautiful in its simplicity!’ Just ask Michelle and Josh and their Gainesville, FL wedding captured by Jordan Weiland Photography. From the intimate ceremony held in a glass chapel to the sweet Pinterest inspired details adorning the backyard reception, this DIY darling has all the right components for a beautiful budget affair that delivers a lifetime of cherished memories.

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Photographer:  Jordan Weiland Photography / Dress Store:  David’s Bridal / Cake Designer:  Publix / Equipment Rentals:  Party Time Rentals / Shoes:  Jos. A. Banks / Church:  Trinity United Methodist / Reception: Groom’s Parent’s Estate / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Evening Candlelight Wedding by Kimberly Photography LLC

Everything about this wedding is perfect. The romantic evening ceremony illuminated by candlelight, the elegant reception with decadent purple floral arrangements, and the stunning bride in her gorgeous backless gown – all sheer perfection. But if all that wasn’t fabulous enough, the whole glamorous evening captured by Kimberly Photography built to a crescendo with a ‘Happy New Year!’ on new years eve. 

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From the photographers: This wedding was one of the best weddings I’ve been to in my 10 year career. It was beautiful. The ceremony had candles everywhere, including in the guests hands. Since the ceremony was at night, Megan and Eric opted for a First Look experience and we completed all the formals before the ceremony. Timing was great and everything was kept in order thanks to the brilliant master-mind, Barb with Artistry Design Group. At midnight, Megan and Eric welcomed the New Year with their closest friends and family AND a balloon drop. It was picture perfect. Everyone danced the night away and had an amazing time.


Photographer: Kimberly Photography Llc / Venue: The Vinoy Hotel / Event Planner &  Floral Designer: Artistry Designs Group / Musicians:  Gig Masters / Reception Venue: Rennaissance Vinoy / Cinema and Video: Hearts Video / DJ: JAM Entertainment / Photo Booth Equipment: Foto Box / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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Hawks Cay Resort Wedding by Kimberly Photography

Lauren and her family have been visiting the Hawks Cay Resort in Florida every year since Lauren was little. She always said she wanted to be married here… and her dream came true. With close family and friends, Lauren married her sweetheart Peter of 10 years in a beautiful outdoor ceremony and poolside reception. With a stunning lace gown, soft grey shades and your token splash of bling, it’s as lovely as they come. There’s not much more I can say people, these gorgeous images by Kimberly Photography say it all!

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Photography: Kimberly Photography llc / Floral Designer: Marathon Florist / Musicians: RythmTrail Steel Drum Band / Cake Designer: Publix Bakery /Makeup Artist: Calm Waters Spa / Event Venue: Hawks Cay Resort & Marina / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Engagement Session: The Chalk Wars

If you’re suffering from a little Monday-itis this morning, then I have just the thing to brighten your spirits. A fun-loving engagement session with a colourful chalk war! Photo Announce It snapped this beautiful Florida couple in this awesome shoot, who were not only sharing their love for each other, but also quite a good deal of powdered chalk!  We love this idea for light-hearted engagement shoot (even though it may be a tad messy!) What about you?

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Photography: Photo Announce It / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Gerbera Daisy Themed Wedding in Naples Florida

When this bride submitted the details of her wedding, I could almost feel her enthusiasm bounce straight off my laptop. Ashley-Lyn and Adam celebrated a beautiful beach wedding in Naples Florida. But it certainly wasn’t your typical beach wedding with a palette of soft blues, neutrals or whites. In contrast, this fun couple with their passion for gerbera flowers and a love of bright green and black, decided to have a gerbera daisy themed wedding. As you’ll see, not only was this exuberant affair bursting with bright pinks, greens and vibrant oranges, but also overflowing with plenty of fun, laughter and gorgeous heartfelt details.

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Bride Ashley-Lyn shares:

Wedding Theme

We wanted to make sure there were personal touches at all points throughout our wedding. I am from Florida and wanted a beach ceremony, with an indoor reception (Florida gets hot!). Our colors were Kelly green and black. My favorite flowers are Gerber daisies so I wanted an abundance of them, and figured with the Kelly green color, we could have every color daisy and it would be perfect for a bright spring wedding (we had 900 daisies to be exact!) I have a very creative family so they helped make everything! My aunt owns a local florist so she helped make my love for Gerber daisies come to life! From the bouquets, to the arch, lining the chairs on the aisle, the cake, head table, and all the centerpieces at the reception! 

Wedding Style

One of my bridesmaids designed my wedding gown, which I could not have imagined to be more perfect!!

Ceremony Details:

My mom made the programs to resemble a fan to help cool you off if it got too hot on the beach. Each chair was draped with a cone filled with petals reading “When the newlyweds walk your way, toss the petals and shout hurray!” Also, made by my mom. Our ring bearer played the part of “ring security” perfectly with his safe box and glasses. Our flower girl walked down with a “here comes the bride” sign which got everyone amped for the grand entrance of me, the bride!! My dad is actually a pastor so he walked me down the aisle and then turned around and performed our ceremony!

Reception Details:

All of the place cards were made by my Mom, each with a paper daisy, and individual names. Our wedding favors were individual bottles of wine made specially by my in-laws for each guest! On each table we had 3 tears of flowers with high, medium, and low arrangements. Our table numbers were frames with 2 at each table holding pictures of the bride and groom at that age (ex. Table number 1 had a picture of each of us at 1 year old). My aunt made our beautiful cake and my aunt that did the flowers dressed it up with more Gerber daisies! My mom also made the cake runner displaying our monogram with wedding date.

Unique & Personalized Details

We wanted our reception to be fun for all so we planned many different surprises to keep the guests going! We even set the mood with bright green up lighting! The reception started off with a grand entrance from the bridal party, each being announced with 1 liners (ex. He still lives at home with his parents…the best man.. MATT KING!). We did the newlywed game, each having a bride and groom flip flop which was raised to answer the questions, which all of the guests thought were hilarious because we didn’t seem to get any question the same (ex. Who is the better driver) ! For our cake cutting we planned a “sneak attack” where we actually turned and smashed the cake in our best man and made of honors face! We had a slide show with pictures of us at all ages…and we even did voice overs leaving a special message for my dad and his mom before each of our dances with them. 

We loved adding all of the personal touches and feel it made our wedding day. I wouldn’t have changed a thing!!!

Thank you Ashley-Lyn for sharing your magical day. We loved all the pops of colour and the ways you injected so much fun and personality into your wedding!

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Photographer: Naples Photography & Videography /Ceremony: Pelican Bay Private Beach / Reception: Pelican Bay Community Center / Florist: The Master’s Touch Florist  / DJ: A DJ With Class

Chocolate Brown and Apple Green Wedding

We have a darling of a DIY wedding from Florida for you this lovely Wednesday! With a delicious palette of chocolate brown and apple green, adorable mini apples and a line up of whimsical chalkboard signs dotted throughout, it’s as cute and crafty as can be. Add a stunning bride and some gorgeous green and white florals, and you have one sweet handmade soiree. Oh, and let’s not forget a big thanks to Snappy Shots by Bev captured every charming little detail!

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Bride Liz shares: 

What was your wedding vision?

For our wedding we wanted to make sure that it was a memorable night for us and our guests but we also wanted to make sure everyone had a great time filled with good food, dancing, and great friends.

Color Palette

Our wedding colors were chocolate brown and khaki with pops of apple green.

Ceremony Decor

To decorate the ceremony site we used shepherd hooks with hanging vases full of baby’s breath and tall glass cylinders with apples and hydrangea to line the aisles. A friend of ours made us a cedar wedding arbor as his present to us and it was decorated with a large hydrangea and curly willow arrangement.

Reception Details

To decorate the cocktail hour we used glass vases with brown ribbon and hydrangea on the tables. We also had games on some of the high top tables as decorations. Guests were encouraged to play Guess Who? But instead of of the typical characters you would see we put in pictures of all of our family members. The game Headbanz was also out for guests to play. But instead of guessing different objects on the headbands they had to give each other clues about what Wedding Party Member they were.

For the reception tables we used chocolate brown linens with gold overlays and chocolate pin tuck table runners. We used a combination of high and low centerpieces. Some tables had tall cylinder glass vases filled with apples, curly willow and hydrangea. The other half of the tables had Manzanita trees with hanging glass votives and crystal jewels. The entire room was also illuminated by candlelight, and uplighted with green uplights.

Wedding Attire

I had a Casablanca wedding gown in ivory. We had chocolate brown bridesmaid dresses with apple green Nina shoes, and gold and pearl necklaces with apple green flowers on them. The groom and groomsmen wore khaki suits with chocolate brown vests, and brown with green argyle ties and socks.

DIY Details

We tried to include as many personalized details as possible. We used monograms on almost all the vases for a added touch. Our favors were wine glass that we dipped in chalkboard paint and wrote guests names on them to double as place-cards. When we displayed them on the placecard table we put lampshades on each wine glass and illuminated them with battery operated tea lights.

Wedding Menu

We served all mini-dishes for cocktail hour. From mini carmelized mac n’ cheese, strawberry shortcake bites, mini pork sliders, and a taco bar. Also for cocktail hour we served signature cocktails: “Married Mojito,” “Foster Fizz,” and “I-do Margaritas.” Also, after dinner we had a s’mores stations and an Italian Dessert Bar (made by my Grandmother!) with over 700 cookies and pastries.

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Photography: Snappy Shots by Bev / Floral Designer: A Fantasy in Flowers / Ceremony & Reception: Country Club of Orange Park / Submitted via Two Bright Lights


Fun Florida Trash The Dress Session

It’s impossible not to adore this fun Florida trash the dress session sent to us by Stay Forever Photography. Popping with colour, cool sneakers and sox . . . plus the happiest bride and groom this side of the planet . . . it’s a bundle of love and super cuteness all rolled in one!

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Photography: Stay Forever Photography / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Succulent Inspired Beach Wedding from Carrie Wildes Photography

You know when a beach wedding is in Florida, it’s already miles ahead in the stunning stakes. But when viewed through the lens of Carrie Wildes, it takes beach beautiful to an entirely different level. Inspired by succulents and classic “Tommy Bahama” style this beautiful beach soiree is decorated with green succulents, burlap details and white orchids from the flowers to the tables, from the cake to the favors and everywhere in between. With pure white sandy beaches, pretty blue bridesmaids in flowy dresses and organic decor which beautifully blends with the natural landscape, it can only be summed up with one word – fabulous!

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From the bride Jennifer: I didn’t grow up fantasizing and dreaming about my wedding day, so I had no idea where to start after Jason’s sunset proposal on the lake near our home in Dallas, Georgia. Having lived in Tampa for years, it was Jason, actually, who had always dreamed of getting married at the Don CeSar Beach Resort in St. Pete Beach, Florida. The first time he took me there I knew it was the perfect place. 

I knew I wanted to keep the decor and other essentials somewhat muted. I wanted the decor to flow with the ambiance and beauty around us. Comfortable, casual, classy and elegant. Those were the key elements in my vision. I believe that everything came full circle when I found the bridesmaids dresses – the movement of the crinkle chiffon WToo by Watters dresses in the stunning ‘Mediterranean Blue’ hue. They were a perfect example of how our color scheme and decor could perfectly complement the natural beauty around us. As the planning continued, our various vendors starting referring to our theme as “Tommy Bahama Rustic”.

I’m not a big fan of flowers, thus planning our centerpieces and bouquets was extremely difficult for me. I searched endlessly for ideas and always came up short! I knew I wanted all green and white to keep with the natural, simple elegance theme, but beyond that I was having a tough time describing the look I was going for. Jana Stall, with Events in Bloom, was absolutely amazing at translating my scatter-brained thoughts and ideas into beautiful, cohesive reality. Her exquisite use of stock, succulents, manzanita branches, and other “non-traditional” elements in the bouquets, aisle runners, cake decor and centerpieces completely brought our natural, beach rustic theme to life.

Aside from the floral decor, I knew I wanted to do the remaining details myself. (Who doesn’t love a good DIY project?) I wrote numbers on extra large, real sand dollars for our table numbers. For our table assignments, I found a fabulous antique window at a thrift store for $3. With a little sanding, paint, and chalk pens, we brought new life and purpose to the old window. I sent burlap to our wonderful Pastry Chef, Tara Bishop, at the Don Cesar to use on the cake. For our favors, we adorned burlap sacks filled with local salt water taffy with ribbon and sand dollars.

Although the inclement weather required us to move our outdoor reception indoors, we were lucky enough to have a break in the clouds to still hold our ceremony outside, facing the beach, at sunset, under a covered pavilion. The weather even allowed the sun to appear just in time to snap some amazing photos on the beach. I remember Sylense, our lead photographer, telling us we had maybe 5 minutes before the rain would start up again. We finished up just as it began to spring, and moved inside to eat, drink, and dance the night away among our closest friends and family. It was truly everything we could have ever dreamed of!

Thank you Jennifer and congratulations on a truly stunning beach wedding!

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Photography: Carrie Wildes Photography / Floral Designer:  Events in Bloom / Bridal Gown & Bridesmaid Dresses: Wtoo by Watters / Groomsmen’s Attire: Tommy Bahama / Reception:  Don CeSar Beach Resort / Cinema and Video:  Expert Productions / Makeup Artist:  KyleLynn Weddings / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Great Gatsby Themed Wedding by Stay Forever Photography

Here is a little treat for you today – a vintage inspired wedding which brings together the couple’s love of two great icons – the classic Great Gatsby movie and old ‘blue eyes’ crooner Frank Sinatra. This lovely intimate affair held ocean side in beautiful Florida and shot by Stay Forever Photography, is full of personalized details and stylish touches. My favourites . . . the gorgeous coral floor length bridesmaid gowns, the huge floral ceremony arch bursting with colour, and an array of pretty orchids everywhere you turn.Bright Floral Wedding ArchMelissa from Stay Forever sums up the day perfectly: When we met Sam & Steven and they told us about their “Great Gatsby/Frank Sinatra” theme; we knew we were going to be apart of a unique and fun wedding! Sam & Steven were married in front of friends and family in a small ceremony on the terrace of their oceanfront condo as the sun was setting on a beautiful fall day. Guests blew bubbles as they happily walked down the aisle as husband and wife, you just can’t hide that kind of happiness. The reception was filled with amazing details, great music, and lots of dancing! Sam & Steven it’s easy to see how perfect you both are for each other, thank you for allowing us to be part of your special day, we hope you enjoy your pictures! 

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Photographer: Stay Forever Photography / Event Planner:  Robyn Harper / Reception Venue:  L’Hermitage / Submitted via Two Bright Lights



Rustic Castle Engagement Session by Pure Sugar Studios

Rustic Engagement SessionIt’s not every day you get to capture stunning images in a historic rustic castle, especially if the castle is privately owned. Well, lucky for one Florida couple fate was on their side. It just so happened that the groom knew the owner of this magnificent castle in Saint Augustine Florida who kindly gave them permission for their romantic shoot. The end result . . . stunning rustic images by Pure Sugar Studios fit for a king. I’m always enthralled by anything immersed in history, so this romantic interlude instantly seduced me with its rustic charm. I’m loving the ancient ruins, the naturally stunning bride, and most of all I’m loving those awesome cowboy boots!  Abso-bloomin-gorgeous!Engagement Photography FloridaRustic Cowgirl BootsRustic Castle ShootRustic Castle Engagement ShootRustic Florida Engagement ShootFlorida Engagement SessionRustic Castle Engagement SessionFlorida Castle Engagement ShootCastle Ruins Photography

Photography: Pure Sugar Studios / Submitted via Two Bright Lights