Lovely Kelly and Vance married in February 2016 at the gorgeous Cross Creek Ranch in Florida, and my oh my what a venue! For a couple that want the peace of mind that their vision can really be captured and executed to perfection, then this is certainly somewhere to check out. Kelly explains how with their all-inclusive approach, Cross Creek took her Pinterest inspiration board and turned it into the day of her dreams – a brilliant combination of sparkling and glamorous attire with rustic country details.
The outfits really stand out in this shimmering wedding – the girls all look gorgeous and glittering with the bridesmaid’s sequinned gowns and Kelly’s vintage shoes, whilst the boys look ever-so smart with their dapper navy suits and bow ties. The twinkling strings of fairy lights and warm glow from the chandeliers adds a softness and magic to these beautiful images from Stacy Paul Photography. What a magical day, that really showcases how to pull off glamorous styling in a country setting.
P.s. I know I may have mentioned once or twice that I’m a sucker for a dessert table, but how scrummy do these tiny treats look?!
THE PROPOSAL | Vance took me to one of my favorite small towns on the water and surprised me with a bed-and-breakfast weekend getaway. Within a couple of minutes of checking into our room he was acting a little strange, fumbling around for something in his bag and the next thing I know he is down on one knee with the ring. He was so nervous he couldn’t wait any longer, it was very sweet.
THE VISION | Purely Pinterest. I had been pinning things for my future wedding for years, so I had several ideas for how I wanted things to generally look.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | Vance and I got married at an “all-inclusive” venue called Cross Creek Ranch. This place literally does EVERYTHING for you. I went to Cross Creek to meet with a planning team, they literally take your Pinterest wedding board and turn it into your wedding. These women are geniuses and they could not have made my life any easier. They keep everything organized, they coordinate all the vendors, they have all the decorations in-house, there were very few things I actually had to do. I see lots of brides that are super stressed out, but Cross Creek made this process so much fun.
THE VENUE | Cross Creek Ranch in Dover, FL.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | Dress: Stella York. Belt: Bellasima Bridal. Shoes: Antonio Melani.
FINDING THE DRESS | I got my dress at Bellasima Bridal in Deerfield Beach, FL. I actually didn’t care for the dress on the hanger, but as soon as I tried it on I knew it was right. It just happened to be under my budget which was a plus!
GROOM’S ATTIRE | Men’s Warehouse.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | Our priest gave us some options to choose from for the readings, I picked two that I felt were pertinent to a wedding ceremony. We had some processional music (Yo-Yo Ma) but that was about it during the ceremony.
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | My sister was my matron of honor and my bridesmaids were three of my very best friends Kristen, Amy and Maggie and Vance’s sister Darcy.
THE FLOWERS |Provided by Alta Fleura. I had a lot of baby’s breath, some white roses and some hydrangeas.
THE CAKE | We opted for a dessert bar instead of a traditional cake. We had a small cake for “cutting” but we had an assortment of cookies, mini-pies, mini-cheesecakes and cupcakes. Everything was provided by Alessi Bakery in Tampa.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | The beautiful and talented Stacy Paul. I absolutely loved having her as our photographer and I have had so many compliments on our pictures.
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | Cross Creek Ranch.
THE HONEYMOON | We rented a cabin at a winery in the Smoky Mountains for a week after the wedding. We hiked waterfalls, fished streams and of course-drank wine. It was perfect.
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | I was so nervous about walking down the aisle and having so much attention on me, but as soon as the chapel doors opened I didn’t feel one ounce of nerves. I remember just being so excited and happy to be marrying Vance and celebrating with all the people that we love.
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | My advice would be if you can find a place like Cross Creek Ranch that does all the work for you, do it! I did not have to think about one single thing that needed to be done on the day of the wedding, they literally have a team of folks that keep the day moving along and on schedule. It was so relaxing and enjoyable instead of stressful, I highly recommend it.
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photography | Stacy Paul Photography
Venue | Cross Creek Ranch
Hair and Makeup | Collective Creations
Flowers | Alta Fleura
DJ | Grant Hemond
Cake | Alessi Bakery
Caterer | Catered by Vesh
Just gorgeous! Thanks so much to Kelly and Vance for sharing their beautiful day with us. Petra x