Jen and Chad’s beach wedding in Florida was full of laid-back charm. Read on for their big-day details, as told by Jen.
The Story: Our relationship began 10 years ago, when we met at a mutual friend’s college party. By the end of that night, my number was programmed into Chad’s phone as “wifey”! We spent our last two years of college attached at the hip and never had a dull moment when we were together.
After school we went our separate ways but later found each other again in Chicago. We have been enjoying each other and the city ever since!
The Scene: April 13, 2013, Pink Shell Beach Resort in Fort Myers, Florida
We wanted our wedding to be an elegant and fun beach affair. We mixed the casual setting of the beach and hotel with a more formal Chicago reception feel that Chad loves.
For decor, there were so many special details provided by my maid of honor, who is a designer. We had personalized program fans, coasters and bags of saltwater taffy for the guests.
There was a signature drink bar including Bay Breeze and Hurricane cocktails recommended by me and Chad. Peach was our accent color, used in the bouquets, menus and programs, striped straws and our taffy!
We kept the attire casual, with my bridesmaids in short chiffon dresses from Donna Morgan (in Peach Fuzz) and the men in tan suits with no ties. And everyone was barefoot!
My Look: My wedding dress was a Nicole Miller silk crêpe de Chine strapless gown. I wore my hair loosely tied to the side, accented by a skinny crystal headband and simple earrings.
My Wedding Stylist: Amie Kesler, Nordstrom Michigan Avenue
I couldn’t have had a better experience with Amie! Prior to my first dress consultation I had e-mailed her a picture of a Nicole Miller dress that was my top choice. Upon my arrival, Amie informed me that there was a sample of the dress on sale—it was a couple sizes too big, but after trying the dress on with it clipped back, I couldn’t resist it!
Nordstrom’s alterations department turned my dream dress into the perfect fit. Since it was under my original budget, I was able to buy beautiful accessories to complement it!
Our Special Moments: Chad and I were truly touched by how many friends and family flew across the country to see us get married on the beach. My mother, stepfather, brother and his family have all relocated to Fort Myers, so this is our home away from home. Our other friends and family live either in Illinois or elsewhere throughout the country, so it was a special moment for us both to walk out that day and see 90 friends and family members waiting for us to have our dream wedding on a beach.
We ended the night on the dance floor in a room overlooking the ocean and stars! It doesn’t get much better than that!
Photographs by Fort Myers Wedding Photographer Sebrie Images
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