Destination I Do
Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Destination Wedding Florida: A Black & White Confection!

Words by Courtney Kellar
Words by Courtney Cox
Photos courtesy of Vue Photography

Having friends and family all over the country, combined with a current home neither really felt attached to, made a destination wedding the perfect fit for Cristen and Tom. Their destination requirements consisted of somewhere along the coast to which most of their family would be able to drive. In the end, Carillon Beach, Florida had the seaside backdrop the couple was looking for, the convenience for their guests and the couple’s dream wedding planners.

Cristen and Tom began planning early and sent out their “Save the Dates” a year in advance in order to give their guests plenty of time to plan themselves. Luckily, the bride’s sister is a graphic designer and they worked together to create the perfect stationary suite. What resulted was an ocean-inspired black and white confection. There’s no doubt the couple had a strong team of people on their side.

Victoria and Avis with Carillon Weddings were instrumental in helping the couple’s dream wedding come to life. Cristen and Tom visited their destination and, with the help of their planners, selected all of their vendors in a day-and-a-half! “Keep an open mind when planning, our first choice [of venue] online, wasn’t our first choice in person,” recalls the bride.

The couple only had one major hiccup during the planning process – the hotel where many of their guests had booked rooms changed owners and, alas, a lot of their reservations were lost in the shuffle. The couple recommends checking in periodically with all of your vendors etc. to ensure a smooth experience for your guests. Speaking of guest experience, the couple figures they spent the same amount on their destination wedding as if they had held their wedding in their hometown. While they had fewer guests, they were able to splurge on the details which were important to them like great food and live music.

Cristen has some last words of advice for other couples planning a wedding away, “Relax, take time for yourselves and delegate things to your family and wedding party. Enjoy the planning process – find ways to make your wedding personal for you and your groom. Remember, at the end of the day, all that matters is the union of two people.”

Photographer: Vue Photography
Wedding Coordinators: Victoria & Avis with Carillon Weddings
Ceremony & Reception Site: Meeting House/Village Green
Florist: Nouveau Flowers
Stationary: Tea and Punch
Cake: Confections of the Coast
Catering: Townsend Catering
Gown Designer: Romona Keveza
Groom’s Clothing Designer: Black Tie Formal Wear
Bridesmaids' Clothing Designer: Coralie Beatrix, Etsy

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