I will try to put this wedding into words….but it probably won’t happen.  Dan and Jessica have become such good friends over the past couple of years, and Ryan and I were honored to capture their unique nuptials.  We met Dan through our weekly leads group (called BNI, look it up, it changed our lives and business for the better), and I like to think we quickly became friends.  Really we were just lucky that Dan was willing to give us a chance, because he’s way cooler than us.  ;)  Their wedding day was a culmination of a lot of work and love from family and friends, and it all came together in a fun and unconventional way.  Dan’s mom and family provided the dinner (which was an amazing prequel to Thanksgiving this week….absolutely amazing) and Jessica’s dad hand-crafted the arbor that they got married under.  Quite a few friends from our BNI group lended a hand as well, so check out the vendor list below for all the details!

Thanks for letting us be a part of your special day you guys.  We are happy to call you friends.

*most vendors are hyperlinked, but the blue link doesn’t always show up.  Hover over the business name for the link.

Wedding Venue:  Lake Iamonia Lodge

Cake Artist:  Maria Streety with Artistic Confections

Bridal Bouquet: England’s Florist

Catering and Pies: groom’s mom Dorothy and crew

Event Rentals: Party Party Party

Makeup Artist: my dear friend Susan Maguire of Mary Kay Cosmetics

Bridal Hair: groom’s sister-in-law, Gina

Dress Shop:  Belles N Beaus, Thomasville, GA

Dress Designer: Allure Bridals style 9107

Dress Alterations: Debbie Cortese

Bride’s rings: custom made by Sergio of Sergio’s Jewelry Design

Invitations: printed by dear BNI friend Miguel Jimenez of Harvest Printing & Copy Center

Etsy shops:  Cake topper-Plasticsmith

Boutonierres-The Easter Days

Garter-Kelly Hartz Designs

Bolo Tie-Moon Raven Designs

Guestbook-Wood Art Gallery

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Only Dan can pull off a skull bolo tie and jeans for wedding attire…it was perfect:Blog006 Mostyn Jessica & Dan | 11.1.14  Lake Iamonia Lodge Wedding

 

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Dan’s older brother married them, which is always a nice touch:

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They handmade the little tree trunk pieces to go on the mason jars as favors, and the drink boat was just the best:Blog020 Mostyn Jessica & Dan | 11.1.14  Lake Iamonia Lodge Wedding

 

The cake…and the pies…and the candied bacon….it just went on and on!Blog021 Mostyn Jessica & Dan | 11.1.14  Lake Iamonia Lodge Wedding

 

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Yes, I was feeling the love… <3Blog026 Mostyn Jessica & Dan | 11.1.14  Lake Iamonia Lodge Wedding

 

 

Big group photo of everyone at the wedding from Capital Action BNI!Blog027 Mostyn Jessica & Dan | 11.1.14  Lake Iamonia Lodge Wedding

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It’s always quite humbling when a fellow photographer asks for you to take their family portrait!  Charlotte and I have become fast friends since meeting earlier this year, and Ryan and I were excited to head to her favorite secret river spot for some updated family pictures.  She said she had been putting them off for years, but after I posted one on Facebook she agreed she was glad we had arranged to do them.  So let that be a lesson to everyone!  Don’t keep putting it off…”I want to lose 5 pounds first”, “I don’t like my hair style right now.”  When your kids grow up they won’t care about all of those things.  They’ll just be glad to have pictures with their family.

Enjoy the rest of these you guys!  We had a great time!

 

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Words can’t express how amazing this day was!  Cari and Matt became fast friends (probably didn’t hurt that we ran into them at 4th Quarter bar shortly after they booked us and shared a few drinks), and we were so excited for their wedding day to arrive.  The weather was gorgeous, and every detail had been planned to a T.  It was quite the dream-team of vendors I will say that!

There were so many memorable moments – from Matt saying “Hell Yeah” in response to “Do you Matt take this woman to be your wife….etc.”, to them pulling up a buried bottle of whiskey and drinking a shot before recessing back up the aisle, or Officiant Sara Michaels bursting into song with a verse from Matt’s favorite movie, “Blazing Saddles” (I promise she tied it into the ceremony).  The ceremony itself was so emotional, I scolded them all for making me teary eyed behind my camera.  ;)

Thank you for welcoming us into your lives and allowing us to document this most special day.  We are glad to call you both “friends”.

*most vendors have a hyperlink to their website, it just doesn’t always show up in blue.  Please hover over each business name.

 

Wedding Venue:  Clubhouse inside St. George Island Plantation

Wedding Coordinator: John Gandy Events (they had quite the team of 5 and handled every detail to perfection!)

Floral Design: Missy Gunnels Flowers

Cake Artist: Katie’s Cakes and Catering

Caterer: Andrew’s

Disc Jockey: Amplify Entertainment

Officiant: Sara Michaels of Saramonies

Misc. Rental Items: Party Party Party

Hair and Makeup Artists:  Cabellos Salon

Bridal Gown: Vocelle’s | The Bridal Shoppe

Gown Alterations:  Hayley Lauren Couture

Men’s suits: Jos. A Bank

Rings: Tallahassee Diamond Exchange

Dog magnet favors: Etsy store Original Animal Magnet

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Cari took a swatch from one of her dad’s dress shirts and sewed it into her dress along with “Love you Daddy”.  I thought it was such a sweet tribute:

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Missy never disappoints! Blog006 Thro Cari & Matt | 10.25.14  St. George Island, FL Wedding

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Cari…you’re quite the stunner:

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Cari’s dad was with them in spirit on her wedding day.  She gifted Matt one of his watches and engraved it, “Someone to watch over me”:

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The happy couple with fur baby Gator:

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I had to post these of Sara.  I think they showcase her jovial personality perfectly:

 

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Cari walked the boardwalk by herself, and met her two brothers at the foot of the stairs to escort her the rest of the way: Blog019 Thro Cari & Matt | 10.25.14  St. George Island, FL Wedding

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I always turn to get the groom’s expression when he first sees the bride.  I snapped a few, then turned to get Cari’s angle, when I heard a little girl whispering, “Matt’s crying, Matt’s crying!”.  So I whipped back around and got this…my favorite:

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Here they are pulling up the bottle of whiskey they buried a month prior.  Rumor has it that you’ll be blessed with good weather on your wedding day if you do: Blog025 Thro Cari & Matt | 10.25.14  St. George Island, FL Wedding

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These florals…they just kept going and going….so beautiful:

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Matt’s Whiskey and Cigar Bar was quite the attraction!

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Trying something new with the sparklers.  C + M

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Thanks for an awesome night you two!  Ryan wasn’t having any fun at all…

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The lovely team from John Gandy Events:Blog047 Thro Cari & Matt | 10.25.14  St. George Island, FL Wedding

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