The sheer elation experienced by this sweet couple on their wedding day makes me grin every time I look at their portraits captured on film by Emily Katharine Photography. And then I start to notice the details that blend classic romantic touches with the tropical backdrop--pale blue hydrangeas and velvet-soft dusty miller paired with succulents for the bridal bouquet, a detailed lace appliqué gown for her and beach-worthy linen suit for him, neutral ceremony details featuring a pop of sunset-inspired ombré dresses for the bridesmaids. These aren't standard combinations, but work well to reflect the laid-back yet traditional sentiment woven through the celebration. What else did I think was unexpected? The fact that this wedding takes place in Florida and not somewhere in Jamaica, Cuba, or another Caribbean island. With rising numbers of Canadians frequenting the southern state (almost 4 million travelers in 2013 and even more last year), this might be the ideal place to plan your winter 2016 destination wedding, especially if you have family and friends who aren't able or willing to travel outside of Canada and the US. With affordable places to stay via Air BnB, a Florida beach wedding might be just the ticket! For more beachside destination wedding ideas, take a peek at this gorgeous Maui elopement along with this dazzling styled shoot from the beaches of Bali.
Credits // Photographer - Emily Katharine Photography / Day of Coordinator + Florist - Jennifer Mccracken from QuickCare Events / Wedding Gown by Lillian West from The Dressing Room / Hair + Makeup - Lili's Weddings / Bridesmaids' Dresses - Lauren Conrad / Groomsmens' Attire - Men's Warehouse / Invitations from Etsy Shop A la Carte Studio / Cake - Cakes by Carolynn / Catering - Delectables / DJ - Expert Productions / Videographer - Movie Magic Productions / Favors - Totally Promotional / Ceremony + Reception Venue - Sunset Beach House, Treasure Island, Florida / Film Processing + Scans - FIND Lab //