Akira and Alton had the most perfectly executed "tropical glam" wedding this summer. Akira came into the planning process knowing that she wanted a wedding venue overlooking the ocean and silver and purple as her colors with a dose of bling thrown in! I worked up a few mood boards with varying options and cohesive themes which led us to eventually settle on the "tropical glam" theme. One of my favorite aspects of this job is getting to dive into my clients minds and helping to take their ideas and streamline them into a cohesive design plan! I love how this one turned out!
Akira and Alton set a specific budget that we pledged to stick to. To make the most of the budget we had to decide what the priorities were and where we could save a little. For example, they decided to splurge for those gorgeous silver chivari chairs (but skipped the sashes) and saved a few bucks by opting to only rent purple overlays to go over the Oceanaire's linens that were included in their room rental instead of opting to rent full, floor-length purple linens. We also chose a few select speciality linens for important tables (like the cake table and the sweetheart table - check out that navy sequin linen!) rather than putting specialty linens at every single guest table.
We also worked with East Beach Flowers to get the most bang for our buck when it came to our floral budget. The original proposal was over our budget so we scaled back by choosing to re-use the bridesmaids bouquets as half of the centerpieces. Our original plan was for one of our centerpiece options to be a silver pineapple in a bed of tropical flowers but we saved a little money by instead opting for a hollowed out, silver pineapple "vase" which we then placed the bridesmaids bouquets into for the reception.
Akira had fallen in love with a specific cake stand but when we couldn't find one that fit in our budget we saved a ton of money by DIYing our own version!
One last minute addition that Akira chose to "splurge" on were those miniature pineapples that Dawn at East Beach floral worked into the bridal bouquet. Gah. I'm obsessed with those.
One sentimental element of the wedding day was that the bakery that made Akira's wedding cake is the same bakery that made all of Akira's birthday cakes throughout her adolescense. So sweet right?
And finally a few of my other favorite elements of their special day:
- The VIEW at the Oceanaire! I mean, it's an ocean view that can't be beat!
- I also loved the bridesmaids silver sequin dresses! How gorgeous is this bridal party!?
- Their perfectly themed stationary.
- Their tropical wedding arch comprised of bamboo and palm leaves. LOVE!
- Alton's reaction when Akira walked down the aisle. So sweet!
- That oh-so-sweet father/daughter dance.
- Akira's Beyonce dance at the reception. Slay! (You may catch a few clips in their wedding video at the end of this post).
Photography: Daissy Torres
Venue: The Oceanaire
Florist: East Beach Flowers
Videography: Ben Films
Live Music: Ellis Williams Music
DJ: Smooth Moves DJ
Makeup: Eyesis Makeup Artistry
Linen and Chair Rentals: Classy Event Rentals
Arch Rental: Savvy Events (Now Magnolia Rose Co.)
Cake: Jamie's Bakeshop
Stationary: Wedding Paper Divas
Bridesmaids Dresses: Rosalin's Bridal Boutique