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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

An Elegant & Perfect Affair!

Words by Courtney Kellar
Photos courtesy of Concept Photography
What initially attracted Alyson to her husband Mike was how fun he was! Not surprising considering the couple met at the University of Iowa’s Alumni Flip Cup Tournament. As the bride says, “[That’s] as romantic as it gets!” After Mike proposed on Alyson’s birthday, the couple decided on a destination wedding in Captiva Island, Florida.







When it came to deciding where and how, the couple was inspired by a wedding their photographers, Concept Photography, shot at SouthSeas Island Resort. The two were able to bring their vision to fuition with the help of Weddings by Socialites. “Any real challenge was intercepted by super-star wedding planner Kelly McWilliams – she was like an easy button,” says Alyson.







What resulted was a pale blue confection with splashes of vibrant purple. The bride’s favorite details were the receptions long tables and market lights used to illuminate the tent and dance floor. Despite the couple’s beautiful ceremony and reception, Alyson still stole the show in her unique, strapless Monique Lhuillier dress. Oh, her stunning engagement ring didn’t hurt either!







There’s no doubt Mike and Alyson’s dream day came to life. The bride shares her favorite memory of the day, “Every moment was memorable to me, but what has been the most memorable is how many of our guests enjoyed it and told us it was ‘the best wedding they’d ever been to.’ Since all of our guests were travelling so far to be there, we did a lot of planning to make sure it was fun for everyone. It was the BEST to hear what a great time everyone had.”

Vendors:
Photographer: Concept Photography
Ceremony/Reception Venue: South Seas Island Resort
Wedding Planner: Weddings by Socialites
Florist: Floral Artistry
Band: Clint Wiley’s None Other
Cake: Kakes by Karen
Invitations: CECI New York
Dress: Monique Lhuillier

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