10 Favorite Moments from Our Wedding

I can’t believe this weekend marks our one year wedding anniversary! There are so many great memories from that weekend, it was very challenging to put together only 10 favorites! As we get ready to head out to the Boca Raton Resort for the night, we can’t help but look back at our favorite moments from our big day, here are my 10:

Sianne&Mike  0037.jpg10. Waking up to this view with my mom the morning of the wedding, laughing, being giddy and enjoying the quiet time together before all the festivities began!

Sianne&Mike  0033.jpg9.  Having an early morning dance session with the only girl who can upstage the bride on her wedding day, the flower girl 🙂 

Sianne&Mike  00538. Receiving a beautiful note from my soon-to-be husband before meeting him at the end of the aisle.

Sianne&Mike  0298.jpg7. Walking down the aisle with my dad, desperately trying to keep it together! 

Sianne&Mike  0759.jpg6. Seeing all of the details come to life, trust me, the stress and attention to all the little details before the big day is worth it! 

Sianne&Mike  0818.jpg5. Celebrating with 120 of our closest family and friends 

Sianne&Mike  0524.jpg4. Having our guys and gals stand by our side 

Sianne&Mike  0598.jpg3. Getting cheered on by complete strangers (and a police officer!) as we drank champagne out of the bottle, sitting in the backseat of the Rolls. #nojudgingallowed

Sianne&Mike  0374.jpg2. Saying I do and kissing my husband for the first time

Sianne&Mike  0619.jpg1. I have found the one whom my soul loves – Song of Soloman 3:4 

Now, I’m off to pop some bubbly and celebrate our first year of marriage!

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Nautical Bachelorette Party

When weekends consist of floppy hats, sunnies, bathing suits and a trip to the Bahamas you know you’re in for a treat!

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Last month we celebrated our bride-to-be with a weekend cruise to the Bahamas. We sailed away on the Norweigan Sky and got a few behind-the-scenes tours during our last sail before the veil!

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DSC_0286.JPGThe bride with her bridesmates and the Captain! 

DSC_0187.JPGAll the essentials to survive the last sail before the vail courtesy of our blushing bride

Last Sail 6The cutest nautical bachelorette party temporary tattoo from this Etsy Shop 

DSC_0351Last Sail 1The morning before the cruise, popping bottles and getting our matching attire 😉 

Last Sail 2Last Sail 3Mini bottles of champagne for the bride and her girls! 

Tags, straws and string from Target, hand lettering by Simply Sianne

Last Sail 4The most adorable and delicious cookies ever! Courtesy of The Clark Family… sooo good! 

Last Sail 5The beautiful bride sitting in the Captains chair during our behind-the-scenes tour of the bridge! 

We had the most amazing girls weekend celebrating our bride-to-be! Are you a bride or a bridesmaid planning a bachelorette party? What’s on the agenda?!

PS – I’m ready to do this again, anyone with me?!

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Friday Font Favorites: Isabella Font

Happy Friday Friends! I’m excited to announce I’m bringing back Friday Font Favorites! As a self-proclaimed font snob, I’m sharing my weekly font favorites. This week I’m highlighting a font I used almost every day last year as we planned the details of our big day: Anna Clara

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This was our main font to highlight our names on the website, invitations and printed materials like the invites, menus, wedding programs, engagement book and sassy signage throughout the venue!

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Anna Clara is a great font to use because it is an open-type font with so many options!  It has alternates for each capitol letter as well as swatches and banners to truly customize your work! This was the perfect modern casual calligraphy typography to create a sense of whimsy on our wedding details.

If you’re thinking about creating your own wedding invite, read this post for helpful tips on where to go and what to get.

What do you think of this whimsical font? 

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3 Questions to ask Your Wedding Florist

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If you’re a bride-to-be and have an endless list of to-dos, feel overwhelmed and don’t know where to begin… I’ve been there. I’ve also been the bride, excited to plan every. last. detail of our big day! Planning events is a passion of mine, I love all that goes into it, but I wasn’t expecting the pain and frustration I would have planning the floras. I hated this part of the wedding planning process. I was completely on top of everything else, I knew what I wanted, I had a vision and I was able to move forward on that vision. Everything but the flowers, that is. When it came to working with my floral vendor, I had multiple breakdowns. I mean shut it down, can no longer make decisions, sat there blankly, break downs. Why was this so hard?

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We were having a spring wedding, the weekend after Easter. It was a formal wedding, with soft, romantic elements infused with spring touches. I didn’t want the flowers to be too formal and glam or too organic and free flowing – I was really looking for something in between. But how do you describe that? Is there a term for this look and style?

I’m sure there is, but I didn’t know…

Even a year later, I am not sure I can precisely describe the style and design of our wedding. So how was I supposed to, in the middle of all of these other to-dos, describe it to my florist? Sianne&Mike 0566

Here’s a few things I learned along the way, that can hopefully prevent you from having a major meltdown during your planning process (or a least eliminate one of them!)

Top 3 Questions to Ask Your Florist

Do You Have Examples of Arrangements Similar to my Style?

First you’ll need to identify your style. Bring in images and examples of what your are looking for. And see if the florist has created similar arrangements based on your style. I highly recommend working with a floral vendor that has already designed arrangements to your taste. This will eliminate the question of whether or not they can create the type of design desired.

Can You Walk Through These Designs with Me?

Although I was prepared and brought pictures to my meetings with the florist, we were not speaking the same language. I am by no means educated in floral vocab, so when I used the words “organic” and “natural” to describe the type of free flowing design I was looking for, the florist and I were not on the same page, even after looking at photos together. After many visits and lots of back and forth, she finally elaborated on the designs I was showing her, letting me know I liked the “grouping” of like flowers and preferred the flowers to “poke” through the arrangement rather than have a uniform ball. Once we got to this point, we were able to really hone in on what I liked and didn’t like about the design.

Do You Create a Trial Arrangement?

This was key in achieving the desired final result! You may think it’s crazy, but we were not on the same page about the floral design until after the trial arrangement (which took place about a week before the wedding!!). When I arrived, the table bouquet was nothing like I envisioned, the poor lady could visibly see I was not happy with the design. She was beyond amazing to work with and worked very hard to make sure she came back with a trial arrangement that matched my vision.

This step was so crucial in achieving our happy medium! We were able to make modifications and changes to the design, prior to the big day. We even decided to add in the baby’s breath in the vases rather than gems or stones, to give it a softer look.

Sianne&Mike 0754 Sianne&Mike 0759 Sianne&Mike 0761The process may have been challenging, but the end result was absolutely beautiful! It took longer than I had hoped, but the last question really allowed us to achieve what we were looking for. If I would have asked the first two questions earlier on and chose a vendor based on similar styles it would have saved a lot of back and forth.

Have you experienced a similar issue? What advice would you give to a bride-to-be planning her big day? Tell us in the comments below! 

Photography by: Life and Love Studio | Floral Design by: Agape Flowers & Events | Venue: The Addison

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Groomsmen Gift Ideas

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Last week I shared the gifts I purchased for my girls, you can read about it here, and now I’m sharing what we got for the guys – it was all about beards and beers! We were all over the place when it came to figuring out the gifts for the groomsmen, we couldn’t really hone in on the best gift. We didn’t want to do bottles of Jack and Coke (although, I’m sure they would have loved it just the same), instead we wanted something that would be good beyond the big day.

Enter, The Art of Shaving!

We loved these already-made gift sets, perfect for all the guys who all happened to be rocking a beard! We paired this gift set with a bottle opener man card, which was a huge hit among the fellas.

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Beards + Beer Groomsmen Gifts

  • The Art of Shaving Gift Set: here
  • Man Card Bottle Opener: here

And of course, they received a schedule for the wedding day as well – we couldn’t have any of the guys running late 😉

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