the ceremony

the lightner museum is housed in the former alcazar hotel which was built in 1888 by henry flagler. the hotel had a steam room, massage parlor, sulfur baths, gymnasium, a three-story ballroom and the world's largest indoor swimming pool. 

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yes, we got married in a pool, deep end and all. 

our ceremony was exactly what i'd hoped it'd be. it began with my very best friend and matron of honor, lindsay, and my dear friend ryan, singing my favorite rendition of be my baby by bluebird. they were accompanied by lindsay's husband and our close friend, karl. I could hear them singing while I waited to walk down the aisle. it was perfect.

our families, mark, and his groomsmen walked down the aisle to the lovesong - my grandparents, our parents, mark accompanied by his two sisters and his closest friends. once the song ended, my bridesmaids began to walk down the stairs and the aisle to ingrid michaelson's version of can't help falling in love. they were stunners. if you don't believe me, take a look for yourself below. my daddy patiently waited at the bottom of the stairs for me. one of my favorite pictures the talented meredith bacon captured was the moment we embraced at the bottom of the stairs. my dad, mom and step father then gave me away.

mark's godfather, doug, officiated the ceremony. we were so thankful he was up to the task because he gave the most thoughtful message tailored to us. i am also forever thankful mark and i chose to write our own vows because it intimately captured the love we have for one another. it really was the perfect ceremony surrounded by our closest loved ones. 

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if my words and pictures above didn't help you picture the first part of our ceremony, take a look for yourself below. i'm sure my wonderful videographer would want you to know, we asked for an unedited video of our entire ceremony. what he provided exceeded our expectations. we likely won't share the whole thing, but this entrance was too beautiful to not share! 

VENUE // THE LIGHTNER MUSEUM
PHOTOGRAPHER // MEREDITH BACON
FLOWERS // LINDSAY RAE DESIGN
DAY-OF COORDINATION + PLANNING // COASTAL CELEBRATIONS
WEDDING DESIGN + PLANNING // FLEURISH DESIGN
VIDEOGRAPHER // HH FILMS
BRIDE'S DRESS // JENNY PACKHAM
BRIDE'S EARRINGS // HUSHED COMMOTION
BRIDE'S SHOES // BADGLEY MISCHKA
GROOM + GROOMSMEN'S TUX // THE BLACK TUX
INVITATIONS // FLEURISH DESIGN
HAIR + MAKEUP // AMANDA HOPCRAFT
WEDDING BAND // NIKI DAWSON
BAR SERVICE // THE PERFECT POUR
CATERING// MICHAEL'S TASTING ROOM
HAND LETTERING + DAY OF DETAILS // FLEURISH DESIGN
RENTALS // ST. JOHN'S ILLUMINATIONS BEACHVIEW
HOST HOTEL // CASA MONICA