A Romantic Pink-and-Brown Outdoor Hotel Wedding in Florida
Stephanie and Richard
Driving home from dinner at their favorite restaurant, Richard, a real estate agent, stopped the car at the beach and proposed to Stephanie, a graphic designer, right there on the waterfront. On November 11, 2011, the couple, who call Naples, Florida, home, tied the knot, not too far from that memorable spot. Their romantic, intimate wedding -- began with a small church ceremony and was followed by a reception reminiscent of a gathering at a private Tuscan villa.
The Welcome Bag
Quaint paper bags filled with snacks and information about the area were waiting for guests upon their arrival.
The Welcome Bag
A hand-drawn map by Lisa Hanson was also included in the welcome bag to help familiarize friends and family with their surroundings.
The Bridesmaids' Gifts
Stephanie gave her maid of honor and bridesmaid matching flower-shaped earrings and lockets made by her friend Jennifer McCurry of Jojo Designs.
Stephanie entered the Saint Ann Catholic Church on the arm of her father, Steven Nesbitt.
The Cocktail Hour
The 107 guests moved to Hotel Escalante for the cocktail hour on its cobblestone driveway. Chicken croquettes with aioli and chile-sauteed shrimp were just some of the appetizers served.
Before the ceremony, the bride and groom met photographer KT Merry to take pictures at a nearby private home, and again after the service, at their reception venue.
Round tables populated the venue’s poolside courtyard and were topped with glass vessels of lavender.
Long tables, covered with linen runners, were adorned with small centerpieces of roses and peonies, and mercury glass votive candleholders.
The Seating Chart
Guests easily found their tables with help from a mirrored display made by using a vinyl transfer of a design by Stephanie.
The First Dance
Ray Lamontagne's "You Are the Best Thing" played while the couple twirled on the dance floor.
Chocolate cupcakes with hazelnut mousse and vanilla cupcakes with raspberry mousse accompanied a two-tiered confetti-style cake with buttercream icing made by Ella's Cakes. The non-traditional cake, Richard’s favorite, was a surprise even to the groom when the couple cut into the confection.
Small custom-printed bags filled with the couple's late grandmothers' favorites (chocolate stars and Hershey kisses) were given to guests at the end of the night.
Photography: KT Merry Photography
Event Planning: Anna Lucia Richardson of Lucia Paul Design
Catering: Marandas Catering
Flowers: 50-Fifty Creative Services (239-649-3200)
Calligraphy: Neither Snow
Cake: Ella's Cakes
Linens: La Tavola
Hair: Dre Alikaj (239-537-7210); Ashley Prebish (269-209-2794)
Makeup: Sharon DeLaura of Sharon M
Vinyl Transfer: Steven Pate (239-290-0415)