Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Real Weddings: Paula & Doug

There are many beautiful beaches in the world, but few compare to the white-sand beaches of the area know as 30-A in in the panhandle of Florida. That is probably why Paula & Doug decided to get married there (well, and the fact that her parents have a gorgeous home on the beach in Santa Rosa!)

The Invitations

Paula had come to me with some ideas of what she wanted. We decided on this soft colorful yet elegant 2-color letterpress design to highlight how much fun the wedding was going to be, but also to let the guests know how glamorous the wedding would be as well. The bright chevron envelope liner was the finishing touch that completed the design concept.

The Ceremony

Paula and Doug met in Los Angeles through mutual friends (Paula's best friend is married to Doug's brother! Instant sister-in-law bestie!) and fell in love almost instantly. Doug has since swept her to New York, where they now reside. Since the families are spread through out the world, they decided on a destination wedding near her parent's beach home. 

It was raining the day of the wedding, which only made the photographs more beautiful.

I love the dramatic, stormy sky in the background. 

The greens really pop against they gray sky. 

Paula was walked down the isle by both of her parents. The ceremony was moved to under the tent due to the rain, but that only made it more intimate and special; They were literally surrounded by all of their friends and family.

The Details

Paula and Doug are both suckers for details and there were touches of uniqueness just about everywhere you looked.

The bride's engagement ring is an antique family heirloom.

The groom and his boys wore khaki suits with a punch of color on the socks and shoelaces. 
Small, unnecessary details are the most potent. 

Hand-painted sign to show how far and wide the guests traveled to be there.

Instead of cards, the seating assignments were hand writhed on mussel shells

Comfortable, upholstered seating areas set up throughout the reception to make you more comfortable.

Family is very important to both the bride and groom. I love how they are both so proud of their heritage. 

Candy station for the kiddos as well as as an elegant cake for the adults. 

Paula and Doug's nicknames for each other are "Penguin" and "Walrus", so it was only appreciate for those animals represent them on their cake topper. 

Fans/Programs decorated the table as well as driftwood from the beach, candles and gorgeous flowers.

And what wedding would be complete without personalized koozies?

Congratulations Paula and Doug! I wish you many years of happiness and I can't wait to visit you in New York! 

All photography by Pure7 Studios in Destin, Florida. 

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