Sunday, June 29, 2008

Real Wedding: A Scottish-English-Nashville Affair on Captiva Island

Meet Melissa, Cool-Calm-Cheerful bride. Truly, Melissa had to be the most giddy bride ever. She made it her goal to enjoy her wedding day from beginning to end, and I think she pulled it off. I don't think I ever saw her without a smile or moving without a little bit of a dance!Hilary Hopkins joined us at South Seas once again to photograph this amazing affair. Here's one of my favorite beach shots:
The Ceremony program:
A Scottish tradition, during the the ceremony, each member of the wedding party walked over to the Gulf and tossed in a pebble, making a wish as it was mid-air:
Some shots of the ceremony site (LOVE the colors!):
Melissa's brother carries down the littlest wedding party member, Charlie:
Just Married! Right after the ceremony, all the wedding party members hopped on baord the same boat that Melissa arrived to the ceremony on and went on a short cruise to nowhere:
In addition to a 4 piece steel pan band, we had a string trio, 2 bag pipers, a soloist, and a top 40 duo-DJ!:
Unity candles don't really work outside, so we do sand ceremonies instead:
Melissa & her dad on board the trolley to the dinner tent for just over 200 guests:

It was a warm day, so before the ceremony, guests helped themselves to an ice cold beverage at the lemaonade station: Towards the end of the ceremony, Melissa's father had a very special toast. Each guest was butlered champagne at their seats just before Iain made the sentimental toast:

This was a BIG wedding party. Big enough to have 2 dress colors! All the men in the wedding party wore traditional Tartan kilts:

Cool Calm cheerful bride Melissa had one of the funnest, most sentimental, colorful weddings ever. It exuded hapiness. How could it not with her never ending smiles, cute little dances, and the happy colors of blue & coral? Throw in some amazing toasts, dozens Scottish men in kilts, English ladies in hats, and an awesome array of music and wine; and you've got a bonified wedding of the year. Oh, almost forgot about Nashville...home to Melissa & Chad.

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