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A Fall Foliage – Inspired Alys Beach Wedding

Autumn is quickly approaching, which means it is time for creative, fall-inspired color palettes!

A crisp breeze in the middle of fall adds a touch of cozy to an already intimate event; and, with fall being a family-oriented season to begin with, adding a soiree to the mix makes the cool months that much more exciting.

Fall weather also allows for the bride to get creative with the decor design and the blooms in the bouquets, and that is exactly what this bride did. Myrtie Blue worked with the bride to effortlessly create a stunning, floral-filled event space and bouquets filled with fall-inspired colors. The bouquets mixed with the romantic bridesmaids dresses paired with floral crowns completed the most elegant autumn affair.

See this wedding featured on Style Me Pretty, here!

Over at SPE, we love fall weddings and would love to hear your ideas for the perfect autumn wedding. Let us know in the comments!

Happy fall!

SPE Team



Photography: Brandon Chesbro

Florals and Decor: Myrtie Blue

Makeup: Lanna Bloodworth

Cake: Confections on the Coast

Catering: Cafe 30A

Ceremony Music: Blackbird Pickers

Reception Music: Musical Fantasy

Paper Goods: Katie Decker

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Farron + Eric

Add a black tie wardrobe, a traditional ceremony in the Seaside Chapel, and tulle to a classic-fitted lace dress and you have one of the most opulent affairs on 30-A. The whimsical blooms and classic candelabras completed the prettiest tablescape on the pristine Lyceum lawn in Seaside, FL.

From the bride:


How we met: 
After moving to Houston for work, I ran into Eric while out with friends at a local hot spot. We had previously met briefly through mutual friends during our college days and recognized each other. It was there where we swapped numbers and the rest is history! 
Eric and I had planned our first trip abroad to London during May of 2014. We arrived our first day in London with a full day planned. We first stopped off at one of my favorite markets to pick up a bottle of champagne and a few small bites and then we headed to Regents Park. As we arrived at the park it started to down pour and neither of us had umbrellas. I was quick to suggest we head back to the tube station and try again tomorrow, but Eric was insistent on seeing Queen Mary’s Garden (really?). Although completely drenched, I amused him and we continued on our walk stopping at one point to dry my hair under a hand blow dryer in th bathroom.  It was only a few minutes after we arrived at the gardens that the sun came behind the clouds and we were left the only two people in the park. It was there where he proposed! As if the day couldn’t get any better, we finished our bottle of champagne and headed back to the hotel to find my parents at the hotel who had flown all the way to London to help us celebrate. We spent the rest of the weekend together enjoying what will forever be my favorite city! 
Planning Process:
I absolutely loved the wedding planning process! We knew we wanted to have an outdoor wedding and Seaside had always been one of our favorite beach spots. We booked the Seaside Chapel and Lyceum Lawn almost immediately after we returned from our trip. It was the perfect spot for us to host all of our family and friends for a weekend of celebrating! 
I loved working with Shelby to design our black tie beach wedding. Although traditional in style, Brian at Myrtie Blue was able to add a pop of color into the floral design – coral and pink – which was absolutely stunning and perfect for a May wedding. From the flowers to the cake to the band our reception was amazing in every way. It’s been over two years since our big day and we still have guests who rave about how much fun they had!
Favorite Memory of the Day:
My favorite memory of the day was following the ceremony Eric and I went to the beach for photographs (Lauren Kinsey you are amazing). It was the first quiet moment we had together as Mr. and Mrs. along with the most beautiful view of the sunset!

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Fiesta-Inspired Summer Wedding in Rosemary Beach

Gold tones, pops of color, and tacos made for a perfect Summer wedding in Rosemary Beach, Florida. The fiesta-inspired banners strung above the lawn of the town hall paired perfectly with the jalapeño margaritas and the bubbly personalities of this bride and groom. From the beginning, this couple wanted to make sure their guests were comfortable and truly enjoyed themselves, and from the Photo Booth to the taco station, it looked like it was a huge success. Lauren Kinsey captured the entire fun-filled day perfectly.




From the bride:


“How we met:
JW and I met the old-fashioned way… Online. After a few texts/emails we met for lunch on a Friday and our first date lasted 5 hours and turned into happy hour!


JW started throwing me off the scent the night before. I’d been not-so-subtly hinting that I wanted to look at rings, but we hadn’t yet. He asked on a Friday night if I wanted to go look at rings the next day. I was ecstatic!

The next morning, after a mani pedi and our favorite workout class, we came home and I was sweaty and hungry (and a little cranky). He told me to wait outside our apartment- I literally thought (hoped) he was surprising me with lunch. When he said “okay, you can come in!” I opened the door… Walked down the hallway, wondering where he was, and then saw the kitchen completely filled with roses and champagne, chocolate covered strawberries and pastries, and JW waiting on one knee. His sister had snuck in while we were out, and gotten the whole surprise ready. He’d had the ring for 6 months.


My best friend Monica and her husband Danny are owners of one of the best restaurants (Paradis) in Rosemary Beach, and JW and I already had planned a trip there for spring break. As soon as we saw the Town Hall, the beaches, the square…we knew it was perfect for our wedding. We booked it almost immediately, and that same week, while we thought about what kind of food or theme we wanted, Danny suggested tacos. We knew we wanted our wedding to feel like one huge party… Not too formal, not too traditional and not too stuffy…so tacos were perfect. Paradis catered it, and I honestly think we had the best wedding food ever!

From there, we researched the vendors on the list the venue gave us, and picked who we thought would help reflect our style and personality most. Brian at Myrtie Blue was amazing and immediately ‘got’ our vision, and was great to work with. I loved Lauren Kinsey’s unique and artful style, so choosing her as our photographer was easy, and the rest just kind of fell into place. I made a lot of the details myself and Shelby was really helpful with coordinating getting everything to the venue and set up. It wasn’t easy planning a destination wedding from Chicago, but it was well worth it!

We also knew we wanted to include everyone (all 140 guests) the night before the wedding, so we planned a beach bonfire with Grayton Catering… It was amazing and perfect! One of the best parts of the weekend for sure.

Favorite moment:

I surprised JW with a song (performed by my insanely talented uncle and cousins)… right after I said my vows. It was an inside joke between the two of us, and I’m normally really bad at surprises, so pulling it off was pretty memorable.” 

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Intimate Beachside Wedding in Rosemary Beach

From the waves in the ocean to the waves in the hair, the guests at this intimate beach ceremony felt the love between this adorable couple.

The reception took place at a small, picturesque backyard near Rosemary Beach owned by the bride’s gracious grandparents. Lauren Kinsey Photography captured all of the romantic details from the rustic farm table and modern-flair ghost chairs to the clear love between Maggie and Jess.

The combination of modern elegance in a laid-back environment made us at SPE melt! We are all about the perfectly thought-out details: rosemary sprigs attached the hand-calligraphed place cards, hammered silverware, marble candlestick holders, and florals that complimented the natural scenery of a Florida backyard.

See more below!



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James and Sara’s Classic Rosemary Beach Wedding

This bride’s classic vision paired perfectly with the natural aesthetic of Rosemary Beach, Florida. From the gold detailing to the newly picked florals hung from the old world chandeliers, it was truly a sophisticated affair. Fresh greenery surrounded the couple and their loved ones inside the minimalistic perfection of the Town Hall.

Lauren Kinsey from Lauren Kinsey Photography captured every detail the SPE team and Myrtie Blue created along with the essence of this beautiful couple’s love for one another.

Want to be swept off your feet even more? This wedding is featured on Style Me Pretty today – A Beach Wedding Inspired by Downton Abbey.


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Emily + Field’s Romantic Eden Gardens Wedding

Perfect Fall weather, crisp greenery and great music set the tone for an evening to remember. This wedding under the mossy oak trees at Eden State park was filled romance and laughter; from the love between this adorable couple to the love and admiration of their family and friends.

Etherial lanterns adorned the ceiling of the translucent tent to bring the outdoors into their November wedding. The twinkling lights paired with the warm garden heaters made the space extra cozy while guests toasted the couple and danced the night away.

Photography: W & E Photographie

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Real Wedding Wednesday – Brooke + Kevin

Happy Wedding Wednesday! I love this part of the week – not only does Wednesday break up the week, but it is also a day when fresh images of weddings from all over hit my inbox!

Brooke and Kevin were married inside Rosemary Beach’s Town Hall. Their cocktail hour was held under sparkling bistro lights on the iconic building’s side lawn while their ceremony location was transformed into a picturesque reception.  The couple chose minimalist shades of white and ivory with pops of reds and lot of greenery. This color palette complimented the aesthetic of Rosemary Beach and the clean, sophisticated look inside the gorgeous wooden french doors of one of the oldest buildings in Rosemary.

Brooke and Kevin’s wedding is featured today on Style Me Pretty! Check it out here: The Perfect Spot for an Intimate Seaside Wedding

Photography by: Shannon Griffin

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Wedding Week Countdown – How to Prepare for Your Wedding the Week of

It’s here! The week you have been waiting on for months! Now it is time to really think about the details to make your event as perfect as it can be.


Don’t Consume a lot of Sodium or Alcohol

The week of your wedding is a celebration in itself, and you may want to indulge in a glass of wine to toast your closeness to the finish line, but try not to go overboard. Consuming large volumes of alcohol or sodium will leave you feeling puffy on your wedding day. The last thing you want is to feel uncomfortable in your gorgeous wedding dress you spent hours deciding on. You want to feel as though you are floating down the aisle, not feeling like you are dragging yourself down it.


Don’t Start New Facial Cleansers, Chemical Peels, or New Spray Tan Products

Sure, everyone wants that golden glow the day of their wedding, especially if you are tying the knot outside in the spring or summer months, but you definitely want it to look natural. Test the products on your skin months prior to your event to ensure you have a nice, even coverage and don’t have a reaction to the product’s ingredients. We suggest scheduling an appointment with your spray tan specialist to do a trial run. That way, when you go back the week or week and a half before your wedding, you won’t be nervous about how it will turn out.

Chemical peels and face masks can be ultra luxurious and beneficial to the overall glow to your skin. Just like with the spray tan, test out a few products a few months prior to your wedding to make sure your skin loves the product just as much as you do!


Don’t Start a New Intense Diet or Cleanse

Diet and exercise is great for everyone, but starting a new cleanse or diet can be detrimental leading up to your wedding. Strict diets, especially those that cut a lot from your calorie intake all at once, can have a major affect on your energy and digestion. Instead, just be conscious of your intake of fats and sugars leading up to the wedding and stick to your usual workout routine.


Do have Fun!

Enjoy yourself, girl! The week of your wedding is super exciting and filled with amazing energy. Soak it all up, and relax in knowing that the planning is basically done and you can just enjoy your week! Cheers, beautiful!



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Pantone Color of the Year – Greenery

It’s that time of year again. The time when we start planning events and dreaming up all the ways we can redecorate our homes around the release of Pantone’s color section of the year.

With the Pantone Color of the Year being Greenery, we thought we would share a few examples of how you could incorporate this fresh and natural shade into your wedding day.

The color green represents freshness and new beginnings, perfect for starting off your new life with your love.

Think of greenery as a neutral when selecting your color palette. With spring and summer quickly approaching, mid-season 2017 brides are opting for outdoor events for their wedding, bridal shower, and engagement party. But, this palette isn’t wedding-centric only. This color and texture trend has made it to dinner parties, corporate events, interior design, and even fashion shows.

Looking for inspiration? We have you covered with this romantic, organic wedding we coordinated in November:


Photography: Brandon Chesbro

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How to Make your Guests Feel More Comfortable at your Wedding

Have you ever been to a wedding where you didn’t really know anyone? Maybe you went as a plus-one to your friend or were the date of a member of the wedding party. Oh, the dreaded head table with only the wedding party’s names listed (minus their dates).

We’ve selected a few ways to make sure your guests have the best time at your wedding!

1) Have a Head Table Dedicated to Your Wedding Party and Their Dates

Head tables can be oh-so-pretty and practical. But it can become a little awkward if one of your groomsman brings his new girlfriend as his date and she doesn’t know anyone. This awkward moment can be avoided with a bit of planning. When making your seating charts, double and triple check with your wedding party to confirm who their plus-ones will be. It is an added touch to ensure all of your guests feel welcomed.

Photography: Lauren Kinsey

2) Provide your Guests with Activities

During moments before the ceremony and after the ceremony, there may be a lull in the event flow. This could happen due to early bird guests or during the cocktail hour after the ceremony while you and your new spouse are capturing your wedding portraits. Serving cocktails and hors d’oeuvres after the ceremony, before dinner is served is always a good idea, but for an added touch, welcome your guests to your ceremony with a refreshing beverage. This could be a mixed drink or wine, but it definitely doesn’t have to be. If you are having a summer wedding on a lawn, opt for a cold lemonade with an airy garnish!

Photography: Lauren Kinsey

If you choose to have a guestbook, use it as a way to keep the flow going throughout the wedding. Traditionally, the guestbook is signed as guests are arriving. To switch it up a bit incorporate it into your cocktail hour. This will give your guests a moment to write a special wish while mingling with a cocktail.

Photography: Kate Captures

Also, if you have a larger venue, you could incorporate yard games to add an element of fun! Who doesn’t love a little competitive game of corn hole?!

Photography: Sarah and Paul Photography

3) Gift your Guests with Items That Combat the Weather

There are many adorable welcome items you could gift your guests as they arrive to make them feel extra welcomed! If you are hosting your wedding outside in the heat of summer, you could provide them with a theme-inspired hand fan, or a bottle of water with a signature wedding label.

For fall and winter weddings hosted outdoors or partially outdoors, you could hand out beautifully wrapped Hot Hands to keep your guests extra warm throughout the night!

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