Let’s start the week with a gorgeous wedding in Rosemary Beach, Florida – the ceremony venue is one of the loveliest I’ve ever seen! Andrea and Scott chose a neutral palette of mostly white and pale green, with beautiful results. Photography by Magnolia Pair.
Fitting with the minimalist color scheme, bridesmaids wore chiffon dresses in barely-there neutrals.
Says the bride, “During the ceremony, it started drizzling outside. I wasn’t aware of this until after when we were supposed to take pictures on the beach while guests had cocktails in the park adjacent to the Town Hall. The drizzling turned into rain and not only were we unable to take very many pictures on the beach, but the reception area had to be flipped quickly after the ceremony so the cocktail could be moved inside. Thank goodness my wedding planner and parents had a “Plan B” and everything turned out okay. In the end everyone had a great time and Scott and I definitely felt like we were surrounded by true joy and love the whole day.”
Why did you choose this location for your wedding? The beaches of South Walton and along Highway 30A have been a special place for me and my family since I was little. My grandfather started bringing us to the area each summer around my birthday 25 years ago. I dreamed of getting married there because it brought back years of family memories and I felt like it was a tribute to my grandfather, who loved it there so much. My husband and I also really wanted our wedding weekend to be a mini-vacation for our family and friends. Rosemary Beach was a perfect fit – with the beautiful beach, the picturesque town with charming shops and delicious restaurants, and the beautiful, white Town Hall that gave us the “churchy” feel we were looking for.
What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? Scott and I were inspired knowing that our closest friends and family would be gathering together in this special place to celebrate the most important day of our lives. With this in mind, we wanted our guests to feel relaxed and to enjoy the beauty and charm of the area. Once the venue was chosen, I knew exactly how I wanted my wedding to look and feel. The Town Hall and my beautiful wedding dress served as inspiration for the style of the wedding. I used white and neutral colors, with a hint of green, to highlight the natural beauty of the Town Hall and the beach town. I also wanted to choose colors that I could look back on 20 years down the road and still be happy with!
What was your favorite moment or part of the day? Dancing with my dad was a moment I will never forget. My dad is not a dancer – in fact, I had never seen him dance before until we took a dance lesson to get ready for the wedding. Dancing with him was a special, once-in-a-lifetime moment that I will always cherish. Also, after our reception, Scott and I went back to our Carriage House in Rosemary Beach and we just sat there and talked about our wedding day and how happy we were. It was then that I realized that we were married and how excited I was to be Scott’s wife. Then we met all of our friends out at a local dive and kept celebrating – the night just kept getting better!
Did you include any traditions in your wedding? One of my wedding “musts” was to have my dad, who owns a catering company in Baton Rouge, cater the wedding. Another reason Rosemary Beach was a perfect fit was because they would allow his company to do the catering. Having my dad cater the reception allowed us to share some of our favorite foods and drinks with our guests. Needless to say, everything was delicious! It was also important for Scott’s Dad, who is a pastor of a church in Houston, to officiate our ceremony. Having him marry us made the day even more special. He was able to really personalize the ceremony and even told a few funny stories about my husband’s childhood.
What was the best advice you received as a bride? Face the fact that complications will arise – some things are out of your control. Embrace the moments that make your wedding unique, laugh at them later on and remember all that matters at the end of the day is that that you will be married to the love of your life. Another important piece of advice I received was to spend as much time by my husband’s side as possible. Although it’s easy to get pulled in different ways at the reception, it’s important to try and stay together as much as you can and experience it all together.
What advice do you have for other brides? Find a wedding planner or a day-of coordinator – especially if you are having a destination wedding. Weddings are very stressful, but the bride and groom (and their mothers!) shouldn’t have to worry about directing vendors or solving problems on the big day. Having a planner will allow you to relax and enjoy the day.