March finds itself squarely between two seasons – the tail end of winter leading into the pop of spring – and Sarah Winward is back with a lush bouquet and overflowing centerpiece of flowers you might find in this transitional month. Photos by D’arcy Benincosa.

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From Sarah: Spring is full of lots of blooms with bright colors, but it is also a great time to get blooms that a bit more earthy and muddy in tone. I love this buttery color palette of muddy pinks, rusts, and golds mixed with delicate blooming branches for early spring. It isn’t shockingly bright if it is still winter outside – it feels appropriately subdued, but still happy for those months where the weather is in-between.

 

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We took cues from the rich environment at McCune Mansion for this seasonal flowers post to bring you something that’s perfect for the month of March and its personality, pulled between two seasons. 

 

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Flowers used in these designs: ranunculus, Canella rose, Cappuccino rose, Icelandic poppy, sweet pea, fritillaria imperialis, eucalyptus, Spiraea thunbergii.

 

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Wondering about flowers for summer or fall? See more seasonal flower posts right here.

Photography: D’arcy Benincosa / Floral Design: Sarah Winward / Hair and Makeup: Bella Cosa Beauty / Location: McCune Mansion in Salt Lake City / Dress: Lily Bride Design
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When you work in the wedding industry, your big day is bound to be beautiful – after all, you’ve been collecting inspiration and working with vendors that can bring your vision to life. So when Mollie married Patrick, their black tie wedding was full of spectacular floral arrangements in a setting as stunning as the bride’s pearl-studded wedding gown.

SEE THE GALLERY FOR MORE PHOTOS FROM THIS GLAMOROUS SAN FRANCISCO WEDDING BY KATE WEBBER.

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Floral designer and Snippet & Ink Select Vendor Kathleen Deery said about Mollie and Patrick’s wedding, “We love pouring our hearts into the design details of a wedding, especially for our dear friends. When those friends are professionals in the event industry who have seen it all, we have to raise the bar even higher. For Mollie and Patrick, we pulled out all the stops.”

 

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Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  The bride borrowed a silver charm from the groom’s family which had belonged to the groom’s late sister, and held her paternal grandmother’s lace handkerchief.

What was the best advice you received as a bride?  Hire a videographer to capture the day, as it goes by so quickly and you may forget the details.

What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  Let the experts that you have hired be exactly that. Trust that they will make the event perfect!

 

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The Ceremony

“While taking a break from our wedding party pictures, I wandered into our ceremony to find the choir rehearsing. Being alone in the room, I was able to take in everything I had dreamed and hoped for as it came to life. I thought, ‘This is it! Everything is exactly how I wanted to start my life with Pat.'”

 

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Your ceremony in three words.  Graceful, Majestic, Personal

Why did you choose this location for your ceremony?  I have participated in the planning of over 500 weddings as a professional, and I have always felt that the old world charm, history and formality of the Bently Reserve gives one the feeling of stepping back in time.

Who officiated your ceremony? How did you choose him?  It was important for us to have a personal relationship with our officiant, which is why we asked a good friend to do the honors.

What was your ceremony music?  Ja Ronn and Flow, a local gospel choir, were truly one of the highlights of the evening and provided the musical energy for the ceremony.

 

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What were your ceremony readings?  We wanted our readings to be simple and profound. We chose “Oh the Places You Will Go,” by Dr. Seuss and “It’s You I Like,” by Mr. Rogers.

What were your vows like?  We wanted our vows to provide a blueprint for the rest of our lives. We chose to write our vows and deliver them as a promise to each other.

What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  As guests arrived, they were greeted with glasses of Champagne and serenaded to their seats by the gospel choir.

 

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The Reception

“From the wedding invitations to Mollie walking down the aisle and throughout the reception, we wanted guests to feel like they were looking out from a champagne glass through the bubbles – effervescent, and sophisticated. This theme was prevalent throughout the night, from the lighting design on the ceiling to the design of the cake.”

 

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How would you describe your reception?  Our reception was a sophisticated black tie event that never lacked in fun! Guests were provided with the rare opportunity to dress up and enjoy an event that became special for all.

What was one of your favorite details from your reception?  Kathleen Deery and her team went above and beyond in the design of our wedding. Everything was beautiful, dramatic, and graceful, and no detail was left undone. Even the women’s restroom was made stunning by Kathleen! She added lounge furniture, wallpapered the existing towel dispensers, and added flowers and candles. Guests told us they visited frequently just for the experience!

 

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What was your first dance song?  The lyrics to “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da” include the bride’s maiden name, so the Beatles song was a perfect choice. The bride danced with her father to “Brown Eyed Girl” by Van Morrison, and the groom with his mother to “Loves Me Like a Rock” by Paul Simon.

 

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What type of cake or dessert did you serve?  Sweet on Cake designed our delicious wedding cake, feature caramel toffee, red velvet, and cherry almond tiers. We also served late night sweets including Chimay floats with Straus ice cream, cappuccino push-up popsicles, and strawberry-ricotta zeppoles.

Did you serve a signature cocktail?  The Blushing Bride: sparkling wine, pavan liquor, hibiscus liquor and lemon bitters, served in a coupe glass and rimmed with gold sugar.

What was your favorite moment or part of the reception?  I was delighted to be able to showcase my professional experience for our friends and family. Guests were treated to a five star dining experience from Paula LeDuc Fine Catering, which everyone agreed was the best wedding food they had ever had. The reception band, The 415’s (San Francisco’s area code) was an intergenerational delight for guests from 18 to 88! The dance floor was never empty from beginning to end. Seeing our family and friends enjoy themselves was an incredible feeling.

 

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Photography: Kate Webber / Venue: Bently Reserve in San Francisco, California / Event Planning & Design:  LMM Events / Dress, Veil:  Jin Wang / Shoes:  Jimmy ChooBridesmaid Dresses: AmsaleSuit, Groomsmen Attire: Vera WangStationery Calligraphy: Little Miss Press /  Floral Design: Kathleen Deery Design / Hair: Ashley Melamed for the Woodbridge / Makeup: Miranda Gulyash, Faux Lash  / Rentals: Hartmann StudiosCeremony Music: Ja Ronn and FLOW Choir, Entire Productions / Reception Music: 415’s, Entire ProductionsCatering: Paula LeDuc Fine Catering / Cake, Dessert: Sweet on Cake / Videography: Weddings on Film / Escort Boards: Yonder Design / Lounge Furniture & Bar Rental: Urban Parlour 

 Paula LeDuc Fine Catering and Kathleen Deery Design are Snippet & Ink Select Vendors.

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Your venue naturally has a big impact on your wedding day, and Jessica and Nima’s pick – a modern private estate in Dallas – was perfect when this long-time pair tied the knot. From the bride’s embroidered Valentino shift to the spectacular modern sites for the ceremony, dinner and poolside dancing, this celebration speaks to every bride who’s ever eyed a Eames chair.

SEE THE GALLERY FOR MORE PHOTOS FROM THIS MODERN PRIVATE ESTATE WEDDING BY JESSICA GARMON.

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“At a fundraising event at a client’s estate, Jessica and I met an elderly couple, and shared with them that, although we had been dating for 10 years and known each other for nearly 15, we were not convinced that marriage was a necessary next step. The couple cautioned that there would be limitations if we were unmarried – in critical moments, being officially recognized as spouses can make all the difference as partners. This conversation occurred at the wonderful home of one of my clients, and it planted the seed that convinced me that my life partner and best friend should also be my wife.

Months later, after asking Jessica to marry me, I asked my client and dear friend if we could host our ceremony and reception at their beautiful estate, sharing the story of the significance. She graciously obliged, and the setting could not have been more meaningful.”

 

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The Ceremony

“It was most important to us that the ceremony felt ‘true to us’ and didn’t abide by traditions just for tradition’s sake. We were fortunate that our families were open-minded and supportive of whatever way we wanted to express our love and celebrate our marriage. With their support and the help of close family friends, we crafted a secular ceremony, knowing from the start that our ceremony would feel unconventional. Jessica’s father passed away several years ago, and since he could not walk her down the aisle, we decided to walk into the ceremony hand in hand. Symbolically, we felt we were coming into the ceremony together and strengthening our union.”

 

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Your ceremony in three words.  Modest, Intimate, Sincere.

Who officiated your ceremony?  A family friend, David, officiated our ceremony. He and his wife, Clair, are second parents to Nima, and their son who passed away was truly a younger brother to the groom. Their bond is so strong that Clair offered the ring she had planned to offer her son to Nima and Jessica. It is Jessica’s wedding ring, and we chose not to exchange wedding bands in order to leave this significant symbol unadulterated. We feel it not only unites Jessica and Nima, but honors and strengthens these strong familial ties.

What were your ceremony readings?  A friend of the bride read a passage from Earnest Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms, and a friend of the groom read a passage from Toni Morrison’s Beloved.

 

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What were your vows like? We wrote our own vows, albeit very late in the game, but they really came together. We decided we would have one part that was personal to each of us, and also create communal vows that we both repeated. The day before our wedding, we woke up early, went into separate rooms to write our personal pieces. After sharing these meaningful words of admiration and commitment, we realized how complementary our vows were. Then we then sat together and wrote our communal vows, and rather enjoyed doing it!

READ JESSICA AND NIMA’S PERSONAL AND SHARED VOWS RIGHT HERE.

 

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What was your ceremony music?  We we honored that Jessica’s cousin provided the music for our ceremony.  We walked out to the ceremony together to a song she had set to the E.E. Cummings poem “I carry your heart with me.” After our readings, Erica played her rendition of Sade’s “By Your Side.”  The song embodies our commitment and intimacy, and it evokes memories of the earliest days of our relationship.

What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  Although it was very short, time seemed to stand still in certain moments. The day was such a beautiful blur, and yet we can remember certain parts so clearly.  At one point during the ceremony, we stood together arm-in-arm with David, our officiant, while Erica sang one of our favorite songs. Everyone was listening together with the sun warm our backs, and it was as though nothing else existed in the world but that moment. I remember wishing we could stay like that for hours on the hill, in the grass and the sun, surrounded by our most cherished, listening together to my cousin play songs on her guitar.

 

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Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  Don’t skimp on a photographer. It’s a big expense, but it’s all you have left to remember that day by. Going through the pictures together has been such a joy, and we plan to do again and again. That said, do skimp on numbers and sizes of flower arrangements; if you have a great florist, less can be more. Because we were flexible about the musical selections, we hired a band that didn’t advertise themselves as a “wedding band” – or charge us “wedding band” rates. They were absolutely fantastic!

Did you give your guests wedding favors? We chose a series of our favorite things to give to our guests from some places that were special to us. Each guest received a letterpress postcard from Lilco with a handwritten note, Perfect Granola from Urban Acres, a few sticks of Palo Santo wood, chocolates from Dude Sweet Chocolate, and Marfa Brand’s Ranch Road Soap. Since we were using small vendors, many of them were able to work with us on sizing and pricing!

 

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The Reception

“We were inspired by the feeling we wanted to evoke at our reception. We collected photographs that evoked the ambiance we wanted, rather than a particular style or color, and focused on textures and sentiments that spoke to us. We found Kinfolk Magazine to be a wonderful source of inspiration. Overall, we ended up with something that was one part modern minimalist, one part rustic, and three parts our personal aesthetic.”

 

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How would you describe your reception?  There were more guests at our reception than our actual ceremony, but it was still very intimate. Our reception was laid back and communal, while still being very moving and so much fun!

How did you go about planning your reception? The manager of the estate, Jeff Bogert, has restaurant, catering, and event planning experience.  He volunteered his time to consult with us on settings for the ceremony, pre-dinner reception, dinner, and dancing. He suggested caterers and vendors he respected and were familiar with the home from previous fundraisers.  Together, we spent many hours thinking through the day’s transitions and the experiences we wanted our guests to have during each stage of the event.

 

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Why did you choose this location for your reception?  Dinner was served in a grove of crepe myrtles.  We wanted a relaxed, family-style meal and the rows of trees strung with lights seemed like the perfect spot for a fall feast!  After dinner, everyone strolled across the  lawn to the pool house, which was set up for dancing and merriment! Plus, it allowed for sort of a group procession across the property late at night. We all had flashlights and went in groups on this walk together.

 

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What was your wedding menu?  We wanted to make dinner a large part of the event, a communal meal like Thanksgiving, so that our guests could really bond over dinner.  We had three rounds of shared plates, all served family style:

First Course:  Whitefish Ceviche, Fried Castelvetrano Olives, Grilled Radicchio with Aged Balsamic & Parmigiano Reggiano, and Chick Pea Fritters with Whipped Goat Cheese // Second Course: Fried Lamb Meatballs with Spiced Yogurt Sauce, Fontina Stuffed Dates Wrapped in Speck, Roasted Fennel with Gaeta Olive Tapenade, and Zucchini Rolls with Ricotta and Oregano // Third Course: Applewood Bacon Wrapped Quail Halves with Homemade Chow Chow, Grilled Salmon with Salsa Verde, Roasted Acorn Squash Wedges with Calabrian Chiles, and Roasted Cauliflower with Smoked Paprika

What type of dessert did you serve? We aren’t big wedding cake fans, so we dug into ½ pints of our favorite Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams in Salty Caramel, Dark Chocolate, The Buckeye State, Ndali Estate Vanilla Bean, Pistachio & Honey, and Intelligentsia Black Cat Espresso.

Did you have a signature cocktail?  We had three! An Infused Cucumber Margarita, a Gin-Gin Mule, and a Maple Bourbon Old Fashioned.

 

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What was your favorite moment or part of the reception?  David and Clair mentioned to us a few days before our wedding that we should probably make room for people to toast or give speeches. We didn’t anticipate so many people standing up to speak. At dinner, we were taken aback by the number of people who felt moved to share their feelings. It was one of the most humbling experiences of our lives.

 

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Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day?  At first we really wanted to elope or have a tiny destination wedding, but our moms both encouraged us to have this celebration and supported us throughout the planning process. The weekend of our wedding, their presence meant so much to us. Nima’s mom hosted a Persian feast Thursday night before our wedding, and Jessica’s mom helped her remain calm and collected throughout the weekend. They both gave such beautiful toasts at our reception, and Jessica’s mom was a riot on the dance floor. We certainly owe the best night of our lives to their encouragement and wisdom.

 

 

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What was your first dance song?  We didn’t hire a typical wedding band – Shoot Low Sherriff played their own songs and music, and we gave them no other orders than “jazz it up a little.”  They were just the right balance of soul and class.  Our first dance together was impromptu. Jessica was inside the pool house grabbing some popcorn when Nima’s mom ran inside, snatched it out of her hands, and ushered her onto the dance floor! We shook our booties and had the time of our lives.

What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  Think most about the energy and emotions you want people to experience, and less about the details. Everyone said it would be the best day of our lives, but the planning process was hard and on multiple occasions we felt ready to give up. We might not voluntarily repeat all the work we did, but if we could live one day 100 times over, it would be our wedding day. It was worth it, but only because our guests embraced it. We focused on what we wanted our friends and family to feel, and in turn, they made our night unforgettable.

 

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Photography: Jessica Garmon / Venue: Private Residence in Dallas, Texas / Event Planning & Design: Jessica Chiles, Jeff Bogert / Dress: Valentino / Wedge Sandals: Givenchy / Jewelry: TenOverSix / Suit: Gucci / Tie: Valentino / Boots: Alessandro Dell’acqua / Shirt: Ermenegildo Zegna / Pocket Square: Luca Roda / Stationery: Lilco / Tintype Photographs for Invitations: Frank Lopez / Floral Design: Posh Floral / Hair: London Michael, Blow Salon / Makeup: Love Dose Beauty / Rentals: Ducky Bob’s / Ceremony Music: Erica Curnutte / Reception Music: Shoot Low Sheriff / Catering: Food Co / Cake, Dessert: Jeni’s Ice Cream
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Two of our lovely Select vendors, Lidia from La Fleuriste and Christina McNeill, teamed up to bring us these super simple instructions on how to pin a boutonniere. Who hasn’t been to a wedding where the gents are running around trying to figure this out? Well, we’ve got you covered with a step-by-step video as well as step-by-step photos.

 

How to Pin a Boutonniere: Step-by-Step Video

 

How to Pin a Boutonniere: Step-by-Step Photos

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Step 1. Decide on the placement of the boutonniere. Hold it against the suit, centered on the left lapel.

 

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Step 2. Using your finger to keep the boutonniere in place, fold the lapel so you can see the back side of it. Be sure not to smash the flowers.

Step 3. Push the pin through boutonniere at a perpendicular angle, making sure to catch the stems with the pin. A second pin may be used if needed.

 

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Step 4. Secure placement and adjust as needed. Return the lapel to its proper place and confirm the boutonniere feels secure. Make sure the pin is not visible from the front side.

 

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When Gretchen and Al tied the knot in Boca Grande, Florida, they were inspired by classic wedding elements, including blue and white strips, lush ivory floral arrangements, and a ceremony by the sea. If you love a classic, preppy wedding, get ready to settle in for a gem!

SEE THE GALLERY FOR MORE PHOTOS FROM THIS FLORIDA WEDDING BY LAUREN KINSEY.

 

“We made our wedding a weekend celebration. On Friday, we held a golf and tennis tournament for guests, and my grandfather gave boat tours around the island. That evening, Al’s parents hosted a cocktail party at the Boca Grande Library to welcome guests. Almost three-quarters of our guests took part in Saturday morning’s Island Run Race, and my grandparents graciously hosted a Sunday brunch. We definitely took over the island!”

 

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Did you incorporate something old, new, borrowed and blue into your wedding day attire?  My grandmother’s handkerchief served as my something old, while beautiful drop earrings from Al’s parents was my something new. My mother and my sister both wore my mother’s best friend’s ring, which was a sentimental something borrowed and blue.

 

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The Ceremony

“My family has been venturing to Boca Grande every year for Christmas since before I was born. This special little island feels like home. When Al and I began dating, it became very dear to him, too. When we thought about where to get married, it wasn’t even a choice – we knew Boca Grande was the place!”

 

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Your ceremony in three words.  Non-traditional, playful, windy!

Who officiated your ceremony?  Our fathers officiated the ceremony. Both have played such large roles in our lives, and having them officiate was unspeakably special.

 

 

What was your ceremony music?  Al and I absolutely love Frank Sinatra, so every song in the ceremony was a Sinatra tune.

What were your ceremony readings?  My father revised a Leo Tolstoy story, one of my favorites growing up, to mimic our relationship. It started the ceremony on a very special note. Al’s father also included a reading about baseball, which has always been a big part of Al’s life, and love.

 

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What were your vows like?  Two of our close friends got married in early June and we loved their vows, often called “Eskimo Love Song.” When we heard them, we knew they were special. It made it extra sweet that they were chosen by such good friends, who were honored that we used the same vows:

“You are my husband / you are my wife,
My feet shall run because of you,
My feet dance because of you,
My heart shall beat because of you,
My eyes see because of you,
My mind thinks because of you,
And I shall love, because of you.”

What was your favorite moment of your wedding ceremony?  It was very windy the day of our wedding, and halfway through the ceremony, Al took off his coat and gave it to me. I don’t think anyone will forget that!

 

 

Gretchen carried a bouquet of white and ivory garden roses, peonies, and soft dusty miller.

 

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The Reception

“We wanted our guests to have an amazing time, and that inspired most of our decisions.”

 

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How would you describe your reception?  Fun! I don’t recall ever leaving the dance floor once the band started playing!

 

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The escort table featured a lush bed of hydrangeas where calligraphy cards were displayed, and Gretchen and Al incorporated nautical touches throughout the reception, including rope knots to hold table numbers and blue bottles of water at each place setting.

 

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What was your wedding menu?  We served a salad with hearts of palm, spiced pecans, gorgonzola and a mustard vinaigrette, followed by bronzed grouper and pan-seared beef medallions with sweet corn relish, wild mushrooms and basil-whipped potatoes.

 

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What was the best advice you received as a bride?  Enjoy every minute, because the day goes by in a flash.

If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently?  No – we loved every second, even the wind at the ceremony. It made our wedding day special and memorable.

 

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What songs did you dance to at your reception?  My father and I danced to “Do You Love Me” by the Condors, and  we invited everyone come to the dance floor to boogie down to “Sweet Caroline” with Al and his mom. Since Al and his family are big Red Sox fans, this was only fitting, and our guests loved it!

Did you serve any special treats at the end of the night?  We surprised everyone with pizza and Boca Bay Pass Club Hummers, an after-dinner drink staple.

What type of cake or dessert did you serve?  Vanilla with Buttercream frosting. We also served a groom’s cake – a red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting – and a candy bar. My best friend’s family has a chocolate company in Milwaukee, and they helped us create the most delicious chocolate bar full of toffees and caramels.

 

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What was your favorite part of the reception?  The looks on our family and friends faces when we surprised them with our wedding dance! We began with “The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra and midway through surprised everyone by transitioning into a swing dance, then a meringue! No one saw it coming, and it was great fun.

 

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Photography: Lauren Kinsey / Event Planning & Design: Sarah Tucker Events / Venue: Boca Bay Pass Club in Boca Grande, Florida / Floral Design: Victoria Blooms / Hair, Makeup: Ali Severson / Transportation, Trolley: Green Hibiscus / Photobooth: Peekaboo Photobooth / Cake: Publix / Tent: Sperry Tents / Stationery: Holly Hollon / Wood Tables: Tuck Tables and Event Decor
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