Wedding Planning

Tiffany and Tyler’s Stunning Florida Beach Wedding by Paul Johnson Photography

Draw inspiration for your beach destination wedding from this Florida Gulf Coast ceremony.

Since that little meanie, Punxsutawney Phil, declared six more weeks of winter today, I felt it was the perfect time to look at a beach wedding. Check out all of this gorgeousness and sunshine in this wedding by Paul Johnson Photography.  Tiffany and Tyler has a great weekend filled with fun times with their closest friends and family on Florida’s Gulf Coast. And they also had the cutest ring bearer ever.  Just six more weeks, right?

I’d love to hear about any specific details, and your vision for the day!

After being together for nearly 7 years we had a solid idea of what we wanted the entire weekend to be like for everyone: a vacation. We cherished the Wed.-Fri. that we got to spend with our immediate families, with beach activities, trying new area restaurants, and girl’s night karaoke, and then our friends and extended families joined us on Fri. and Sat. We wanted everyone to leave Sunday feeling relaxed. For our ceremony we wanted a reverent, rustic, and genuine experience. The benches (versus customary chairs) helped to give the feel of being in a chapel, but just an outdoor one! For our reception we wanted a sophisticated but relaxed environment with of course good music and good food.

Our reception tables were named after family last names and each was decorated in part with a vintage photograph that our parents and grandparents helped us to find of weddings in our families’ past. The oldest was a portrait of my great, great, great-grandmother on my father’s side in the 1890’s. It was a fun surprise because only our parents knew we were doing it, and guests ended up mingling among each table to look at all the pictures. It also gave family members who had never met an opportunity to introduce themselves as older versions of the pictures!
Did your wedding location hold a specific significance to you?

We knew that we wanted to marry outside on the beach, and Carillon was perfectly between the white sandy beaches that my family had visited every summer in Destin for more than twenty years and where Tyler’s parents honeymooned and his family vacationed in PCB.

What was the most meaningful part of your day?

Walking over the white walkway; before I could see the crowd I could hear both the ocean breeze and the soloists singing—clearly. It was as if time paused for just a minute to allow me to take it in. And then seeing the two pages of hand-written vows that Tyler had written to me; it was the first time I had heard his personal vows.

Tell us details of the events surrounding the wedding.

We also had time for the bridesmaids to have a spa day while the groomsmen relaxed on the beach. We used the homes each family (bride and groom) had rented for the week to house the bridesmaid luncheon and rehearsal dinner on Friday night. We spent the wedding night in the inn’s honeymoon suite and then had a farewell breakfast at the bride’s family rental home for our bridal party and immediate family. It was a nice way to say goodbye to the wedding week, with sand in our toes and our parents, and siblings eating left-over wedding cake before we left for our honeymoon. We got to talk about the night with each other and laugh about the fun we had before going our separate ways.

How did you know your partner was ‘the one’?

We are fortunate (we think), in that we always knew we would end up as husband and wife, it was just a matter of when. Even on our first date Tyler told me that he wanted to marry me one day…it just took seven years for us to end up with time to do it!

Any advice you’d give new brides who are just getting started?

Before you get caught up in the colors, centerpieces, or dress styles, sit down with your fiancé and determine what you each want to get out of the whole experience. What’s most important to you and your relationship and how can you allow the wedding to reflect that? How do you want your guests and family to feel leaving the reception? If you can have these questions answered, picking out the accessories from each vendor to embellish your vision will come naturally.

Photographer: Paul Johnson Photography
Venue: Carillon Beach 
Dress: San Patrick
Shoes: Badgley Mischka Wedges
Accessories: Marella Art Deco Swarovski Crystal and Pearl Bridal Comb, Alina tear Crystal and Pearl Earrings from Olga’s Best on Etsy
Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Linen Blend Khaki Suites with aqua/turquoise blend striped ties
Catering: Townsend Catering
Event Coordinators: Victoria Valpone & Avis Glenister
Flowers: Naveau Flowers
Band: Cool Rayz