Destination I Do
Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Destination Wedding Florida: A Beachside Affair

Words by Alicia Clark
Photos courtesy of Art Heffron Photography
One of the most common misconceptions about having a destination wedding is that the cost would be at least ten times that of a regular wedding. Most couples rule out a destination wedding before they even take a moment to think about how much simpler and family/friend-oriented it could be. The marriage of Bethanne and Brad in Pensacola, Florida is a perfect example of how a destination wedding can be a cost-effective and fresh way to bond with friends and family.

Choosing Pensacola as their location was a rather easy choice for Bethanne and Brad. They both love the beach, and Brad used to live in Pensacola, so he had a connection to the city. When it came time to pick a venue for their ceremony and reception, the couple turned to the aid of

Whether they are standing by your side when you are saying your ‘I do’s’ or lending a helping hand with flower arrangements, family and friends are key when it comes to pulling together a wedding. Friends and family helped to assemble nearly all of the décor used for this couple's wedding. They also contributed by making some delicious looking margarita cupcakes!

By using recycled wine bottles from restaurants as vases, mason jars for glasses, and various other disposable items for décor, Bethanne and Brad were able to cut down on the cost of their wedding and have fun activities to do with their guests.

Bethanne and Brad encourage future brides and grooms to take a more relaxed approach to their wedding plans. “Don’t be afraid to do it on your own,” said the couple, “if you can envision what you want your wedding to look like, then you don’t need a wedding planner- just some creativity and help from family and friends.”

Photography: Art Heffron Photography
Gown designer: Nicole Miller 
Florist: Bartlett Meadow Farms
Jewelry: Silver Leaf Gems
Catering: Chef Brandon Melton at Seville Quarter 
Hair: London W1 Salon
Makeup: Naomi Vida
Rental chairs/tables: Kent’s Special Events

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