After the evening of the rehearsal dinner (see those beautiful images here) ,we knew Carl + Vanessa’s wedding day would be one to remember but by the end of the day we realized it was an event no one who attended could possibly ever forget. With the first clicks of the camera you could feel the excitement and love for this couple coming straight through the lens.

The wedding and reception were held at the Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach… the perfect setting for a gorgeous, classic celebration!

A gorgeous bride and her mom…. both classic beauties!

Vanessa custom designed her own dress! All the exquisite lace detail was just breathtaking.

I just love her dad’s expression when he saw her for the first time. This is what memories are made of!

It was soon time for the first look!

Carl was just as thrilled to see his bride for the first time!

The pop of fuchsia from the bridesmaids dresses against the warm sun…. LOVE!

The groomsmen were in a classic tux with a twist with their mix of fun bow-ties!

It was time to go get married, but first… a drop by hello by President Trump who was at the club meeting with the Prime minister of Japan. He had been an invited guest so the family was thrilled that he was able to take time from his schedule to be a part of their day!

The ceremony details were on point… bright, fun, and distinguished.

The sun began to set just as the wedding party began lining up for the processional.

Love this series of dad walking his two best women down the aisle….

The sun setting made for a romantic atmosphere….

The reception decor was something out of a movie. The pinks, golds, blushes and blues made for a magical scene…As soon as the bride and groom entered, the party was in full swing!

Congratulations to Carl + Vanessa! Thank you for making us a part of such an incredible day in your lives.

 

Also a big thank you to all the vendors who made this day so spectacular:

Ceremony Site: Mar a Lago, Palm Beach Florida

Reception Site: Mar a Lago,  Palm Beach, Florida

Wedding Day Coordinator: Cheryl Clisby and Co. 

Flowers: Les Fleurs de Almir

Gown: Custom designed by the bride, created by Maria Elena Bishop, Romantic Creations Bridal

Groom and Groomsmen attire, Trevor Furbay Bespoke Tailor

Hair: Trump Spa

Makeup: Trump Spa

Veil/Headpiece: Maria Elena Bishop, Romantic Creations Bridal

Shoes: Badgley Mischka

Bridesmaid Dresses: Lela Rose, via The Bride Room

Groom’s and Groomsmen’s Formalwear: Brioni Custom Tuxes

Flowergirls’ Dresses: Maria Elena Bishop, Romantic Creations Bridal

Invitations: You’re invited

Specialty linens: Over  the top linens

Lounge Furniture:  Nuage Designs

Cake:  Mar a Lago

Entertainment:  Flavor Band from Tropics Entertainment

Catering: Mar a Lago

Lighting: Frost Florida

Videographer: Doyle Video

Transportation: Molly’s Trolleys

Calligraphy: Valerie Ward Cole

Ceremony musicians:  Marischen Music

Soloist: Dawn Marie

Bride’s Engagement Ring & Wedding Bands: David Michaeli, City Diamond Exchange

Groom’s Wedding Band: Reyes Del Mar Jewelers Inc

Bride’s Rehearsal Dinner and Wedding Jewels: Wayne Roland Brown

 

 

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When you hear about any kind of adventure, you always want to know… how did it all begin? What were the moments that lead up to this incredible story with such a perfect happily ever after? In the adventure that is marriage, Carl + Vanessa started out with the makings of something simply incredible. It was a celebration they, along with 300 of their closest family and friends, will never forget.

I  need to confess now that I tried my best to condense their rehearsal dinner and wedding into one post as to not keep you waiting for a part 2, but I was concerned that having to scroll down as much as would be needed would certainly cause carpal tunnel so, here we are, with a gorgeous part 1…. a rehearsal dinner to remember.

Carl + Vanessa’s wedding was held at the Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach. The night before, their family and wedding party gathered for a run through of the ceremony and a kick off of a full weekend of wedded fun!

It was clear to see that our bride had all of her greatest cheerleaders and loving support team ready to stand by her side.

You could tell the adorable ring bearer, Carl’s nephew, was excited for his big moment!

Even on a practice run, there’s nothing like watching a loving father’s excitement on their way down the aisle.

Once practice made perfect, it was time to change and head to the rehearsal dinner. When Vanessa walked out in her red Maria Elena Bishop gown, you couldn’t help but be stopped in your tracks.

I love the excitement on both of their faces as they realized they were officially kicking off a weekend to remember and at the end, they would officially be husband and wife.

The ocean breeze blowing through this stunning scene completed the beachy, relaxed vibe…

As the sun set, the glow of the lights set a warm, magical tone…

So many of their family members and friends spoke words of encouragement and excitement for Vanessa + Carl.

The minute the band began to play, you couldn’t keep this crowd from celebrating like it was 1999! I love these images of Vanessa and her dad on the dance floor together. You can tell this wasn’t their first time twirling together…

When there’s an ice-cream truck with a bike attached and 300 guests having a ball, that is always the makings for a great photo!

As you can imagine, leaving this event the night BEFORE the wedding, we were more than excited to see what they had planned for their wedding day!

The incredible team who made the amazing night possible!

REHEARSAL DINNER TEAM:

Planning, Design and Production Services (including rentals and lighting): Van Wyck & Van Wyck

Venue / Catering – The Breakers Hotel Ocean Lawn

Invitations: M Hopple & Co

Entertainment: Vali Band

Bride’s Gown: Maria Elena Bishop, Romantic Creations Bridal

Bridal Shoes: Badgley Mischka

 

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Just to look at them on the outside you can see their classic look and their timeless style… and when you see them together, you can see their love is just the same. Like something out of an old movie. Sophisticated. Honest. True. As we spent time photographing the day they would become husband and wife, we noticed more and more this same thread weave it’s way through every moment, every detail, and every promise made. From her vintage red lips to the art deco venue, it was reflection of the past to celebrate their next big step into their futures.

Even though she was in the makeup chair, she couldn’t hold back tears of excitement…

The cap sleeves on her gorgeous gown were the perfect touch…

The tropical Monstera leaf was a key design element which created a fantastic backdrop for details as well as a jaw dropping vintage feel for the reception….

Her mom was beaming in the background…

…and Dad couldn’t have been more proud…

Thankfully, I turned around RIGHT before the bride and groom’s first look to capture her mom and dad’s reaction to the moment that was about to happen. I just love this….

They exchanged hand written letters before seeing each other. What an incredible moment and keepsake.

They don’t look real. If I hadn’t been there I wouldn’t have believed these guys weren’t part of a styled shoot!

Such a beautiful bride. Love your style, Kelsey! // Pro-opinion: If you want your dress to be the feature of your wedding day wardrobe (or if you have a beaded neckline or belt), skip the necklace and spend time choosing a fabulous pair of earrings!

The variety of dresses with a serious pop of floral color fit the bridesmaids bubbly personalities to a T!

One of my favorite things to photograph? Grandparents (patiently) waiting for the ceremony to begin…

They were both beaming all the way down the aisle.

And they had the sweetest facial expressions throughout the entire ceremony!

The joining of hands to bless the happy couple.

Married!

Vintage. Classy. Timeless! It makes me feel like Ricky Ricardo and Lucy are getting ready to celebrate here! If you are 30 or younger, or unless you are an old soul, you may not catch that reference but it totally makes sense to me….

A perfect reflection of the art deco theme.

With a new white suit coat and a fresh pair or red lips, it time to celebrate!

These are ALL Kelsey’s sisters and they made an adorable toast quartet!

They laughed the entire way through! What a fantastic way to make sure no one EVER forgets your speech!

Kelsey + Eric had a room FULL of guests who were having a ball in our Live Click Photobooth! I couln’t help but run over and grab a few behind the scenes while our team was busy grabbing all the shots for the filmstrips! It was so FUN to watch the bride and groom with their family and friends.

If anyone tells you reception lighting doesn’t matter, refer them to this photo please… LOVE!

Congratulations to the two classiest love birds around. Thank you for including our photo and photobooth teams along to document every last moment of this day. We are honored.

All Kelsey + Eric’s talented vendors and beautiful details:

Ceremony Site: St. Francis De Sales

Reception Site:  The Hilton Netherland Plaza, Pavilion Room

Planner: I Do Weddings

Flowers: Courtenay Lambert

Cake:  Bonbonerie

Entertainment: Sly Band

Photobooth: LiveClick Photobooth

Lighting: Clear Lighting

Videographer:Little Brown Dog

Gown: Modern Trousseau // European Bridal

Hair: Salon LA

Makeup: Marc Ambrosius

Shoes: Stuart Weitzman

Bridesmaid Dresses: Various designers, Carrie Carribo

Groom’s and Groomsmen’s Formal wear: Groom – custom, Romualdo; Groomsmen – rental, Romualdo

Invitations: Custom, designed by Christa Seta

Rental Equipment:  All Occasions

Favors: Donna’s Gourmet Cookies

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