A Swankey Wedding: Lylee & Matt

The vivacious Lylee and handsome Matt were married in a gorgeous wedding just after sunset on the pier at the Reach Resort. This Mississippi couple and their families were just as sweet as can be! Lylee was such a pretty Southern Belle and Matt was positively dashing in his military dress blues. She got gorgeous with Studio Marie-Pierre before her big day.

After the twilight ceremony, the party moved inside to the resort’s Strip House restaurant where gorgeous votives glistened amidst the red lacquered dining room. Milan Events did an amazing job with the flowers, table arrangements, and decor. Once everyone had toasted the new couple, the party moved outside for dancing, and of course the ceremonial tossing of the bouquet and the garter. Everyone cut loose and had a rocking good time!

Congratulations again Matt and Lylee. It was a pleasure to play a hand in your special day!

Studio Julie was behind the lens for all the gorgeous pictures included in this blog. For more photos of Lylee and Matt’s wedding, click here.

Rachel & Donald: A “Trash the Dress” Flip Book-Style Pictorial

Rachel & Donald got married on August 5 at Southernmost on the Beach. The day after their wedding, they headed to Sombrero Reef in Marathon for a special ceremony of their own! The pictures speak for themselves, scroll down…

Congratulations Rachel & Donald! What a perfect way to start your new lives together! We wish you lots of happiness!

A Swankey Rehearsal: Leslie & Patrick

Whew! This summer is flying by and we’ve been in the full throes of wedding season! In June, Megan took the reigns for Leslie and Patrick Cadic’s gorgeous wedding. Their photographer from Atlanta, Blake Burton snapped up some absolutely amazing pictures.

The couple toured the island with family and friends by renting scooters from Pirate Scooter Rentals. They rode through Bahama Village, Duval Street, and past the White Street Pier by the beach. To finish off the day, the party piled aboard Fury Water Adventures for a beautiful sunset sail.

Here’s a few of Blake’s gorgeous pictures of this gorgeous couple the day before their Key West Wedding. To see the entire day, head to Blake’s website.

Leslie & Patrick. Photo Credit: Blake Burton.

And they're off! Photo Credit: Blake Burton.

Sunset sailing. Photo Credit: Blake Burton.

Aboard Fury Water Adventures. Photo Credit: Blake Burton.

The lovely couple. Photo Credit: Blake Burton.

Swankey Hearts BRIDEfinds.com

by Shayne Benowitz

We are loving the website BRIDEfinds.com. Once you’ve snagged that ring, head to their website for a one-stop shop for everything else. The website is packed with au courant trends, tips, and reviews for all things bridal. With categories such as the all important dress, accessories, bridesmaid dresses, shoes, and decor you’ll have your wedding planned in no time–with, of course, the help of your friendly wedding planners!

The royal engagement.

We scoured BRIDEfinds.com today to see what was hot right now. Of course, the royal wedding is making major news and we’re sure it will only pick up momentum as the date approaches. The latest on BRIDEfinds.com shows you how to get the exact blouse Kate Middleton wore when Prince William popped the question. There’s a handful of other articles dishing on Kate’s look and on the British designers she loves.

Kate Middleton's engagement blouse by Whistle.

There’s also a whacky pic of a Kate Middleton doll going shopping at Harrod’s. As someone who hasn’t quite gotten over her Barbie dolls, I have to say this cracked me up!

Nice Issa dress! Let's go get more at Harrod's!

Reese Witherspoon’s wedding and her pretty, pink Monique Lhuillier gown has been making the headlines. I always get excited for unconventional wedding dresses and BRIDEfinds does, too! Check out their Reese-inspired gallery of pink dresses for the big day.

Reese would rock this. Would you?

Other feature articles running now include: Flirty Black Bridesmaid Dresses (and very chic, if I do say so myself!), News on Sales from the Knot and Kate Spade, and a sneak peek at Marchesa’s Spring 2012 collection–droolworthy! There’s links to their favorite bridal blogs and websites, and plenty of eye candy to keep you clicking through the site longer than you planned.

Do you have a go-to resource for wedding planning? I like checking out engagement rings at Cartier, but that’s just me! Share your favorite websites with us in the comments below, on twitter, or on facebook. Tell us about the coolest thing you found on BRIDEfinds.com. Enjoy!

Shayne Benowitz is a freelance writer. For more visit her Wanderlust Blog & Website.

Inka & Vince: Key West Wedding

Swept away!

by Shayne Benowitz

We had a very special wedding sandwiched in between the most festive days of the year, Christmas & New Years Eve. On December 26, Key West locals Inka and Vince tied the knot in Inka’s parent’s backyard underneath a beautiful gazebo that was originally built for her parents’ wedding.

The lovely gazebo.

Two hundred locals were in attendance for the party catered by Great Events. Florida Keys Party Rentals took care of the tents and the lighting for the reception and Publix Bakery provided the delectable cake. The cake toppers were very special since they’ve now been used for three generations of weddings in Inka’s family.

The bride and groom before their beautiful cake and sentimental cake toppers.

Personalized M&Ms, a sweet and swankey touch at the reception!

Gorgeous centerpieces capturing the essence of Key West.

Solaris provided the photography. For a video of this truly festive Key West wedding, check out videographer Marcela Morgan’s post on Vimeo.

Shayne Benowitz is a freelance writer and social media consultant. For more visit her Wanderlust Blog & Website.

The Man Registry

I can just hear all of our grooms rejoicing. A registry for the man – items for the garage, backyard, and that basement bar. Enter THE MAN REGISTRY.

However, The Man Registry is more than that – it’s full of great advice like how you should buy your bride a fake wedding ring before the honeymoon (trust me, you should read this), or how to budget the groom’s side of the wedding. Want a rockin’ bachelor party or to find your groomsmen gifts you are sure they are to love? The Man Registry can help with that too.