It's safe to say that we've been completely smitten with the Panhandle (and all the gorgeous weddings held there) since our event in Seagrove Beach last month... and I bet today's bit of loveliness, designed/styled/ planned by the bride and captured by Candice K Photography, will have you feeling just the same way!
Matt and Angela live in DC, but decided that with families spread out between New Orleans and southern Alabama, a destination wedding would be the best bet. Luckily, the bride was able to lean on her organizational skills and creative talents as a graphic designer to bring it all together. Says Angela, "Rosemary Beach was the perfect meeting place for many reasons - most importantly how gorgeous it is! It has a European feeling and we both fell in love with the relaxed setting and sense of community. Planning a destination wedding wasn't going to stop me from being a DIY bride! I did all the planning myself, and I enjoyed it so much that I started my own business (Pretty Please) for event planning, styling, and organization."
The couple met in New Orleans through Angela's brother, Jeremy. Angela told us what brought them together: "The thing that makes us a great match (and is also what we love about each other) is that opposites indeed do attract. In many ways we are polar opposites, and it turns out that we balance each other out quite well in a number of ways. Matt has a master’s degree in engineering physics and therefore is very smart and analytical. I on the other hand am very creative and have a relaxed approach to situations."
Matt and Angela went with a theme of "casual elegance with touches of glamour" and used a palette of beach-like colors - navy blue, light teal, khaki, white and hints of gold. They also incorporated many meaningful details throughout the day, particularly to honor their family and friends that couldn't be there to celebrate: Photos of their grandparents (all departed, except Matt's grandmother) were displayed at the entry table; Angela carried a locket with a photo of her mother's parents on her bouquet, and incorporated her grandmother's brooches into the decor; and donations were made to a scholarship (of which Angela is a founder) in honor of one of her best friends from high school who was killed by a drunk driver.
Angela shared a few details behind the design she created: As an event planner and graphic designer I live for projects that are not only friendly on the wallet but are also unique. I knew this wedding was my time to shine. The invitations were designed by myself and printed at a local print shop. All the supplies were from Paper Source and we spent countless nights putting all the pieces together. The entire decor was done by me (Pretty Please). They included the initial moss wreaths, centerpieces, cake stand, drink stirrers, signage, chalkboards for the bar, "S" parasol, burlap tablecloth for the cake table. Matt and I decided that a wedding website would help all of our guests plan their trip for the wedding and follow us as through this busy time. The graphic designer side of me came out to make sure that the site had the same look and feel as the wedding and everything else.
I'm loving the ribbon detail on the cake that's so similar to the back of Angela's beautiful dress!
Angela designed a 'solar system' parasol for Matt, who is a NASA employee, for their traditional 'second line' dance... how adorable is that?
And finally, Matt shared his favorite memory of the day: My favorite memory was seeing Angela walk down the aisle, looking so beautiful with a huge smile on her face. Another great memory for both of us was our getaway vehicle from the reception. We had a bicycle for two awaiting us fully equipped with cans to draw attention to us as we rode through the silent streets of Rosemary Beach. Not only could Angela not pedal because of her dress, but the dress itself got caught in the gears of the bike and got slightly ripped and full of grease. We didn't care at that point, we just laughed - the day had gone perfectly and she was never going to wear it again anyways!
Congrats, Matt and Angela! Thanks so much for sharing your "big day" with us, and big thanks as well to Candice for the gorgeous photos.
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Rosemary Beach Town Hall | Photography: Candice K Photography | Catering & Rentals: Emerald Coast Catering | Floral Design: Designs By Carmen | Invitations, Paper Goods, Decor & Styling: Pretty Please | Makeup: Marry Me at the Beach | Bride's Dress: Modern Trousseau purchased at Wedding Belles, New Orleans | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids Dresses: Dessy Group | Cake: Fatty Patty's Cakes & Cafe | Submission: Two Bright Lights