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A Casual Wedding in Santa Rosa Beach, FL

  • Charles Baisden/Meg Baisden Photography, Pensacola
    It’s a Shore Thing, Santa Rosa Beach
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Shelley & Sanner in Santa Rosa Beach, FL
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Each tier of the couple’s topsy-turvy wedding cake had a different design. The mixed styles worked because they all incorporated the same blue, brown, and white color scheme.
Cakes by Tanis, Panama City
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Acrylic containers holding candles and coral spruced up the hutch near the guest book. The coral brought out the wedding day’s beach theme.
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Out-of-town guests got a glimpse of the wedding’s sea-inspired color palette from their welcome boxes. The logo on the outside appeared on many of the other wedding elements.
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The satin material of the bridesmaid dresses was formal, while the knee length was fun. A bow at the Empire waist and a cutout at the neckline played up the group’s youth.
Watters & Watters, Monica’s Bridal, Chattanooga, TN
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Shelley and Sanner took a spin to the country song, “Forever I Do,” by Lou Rawls. The Motown band that played it had the checkered dance floor packed after that.
Oliver’s Twist, Milton
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A seersucker-like wrap was a beachy accent to the bride’s bouquet of hydrangeas, peonies, and ranunculus.
Nouveau Flowers, Santa Rosa Beach
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So that Shelley wouldn’t cry, her dad wore a set of fake, rotten teeth before they made their way down the aisle. “Instead of blubbering, I giggled the whole way to the altar,” says Shelley.
Seaside Chapel, Santa Rosa Beach
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Sea-worm wrapping made the phalaenopsis orchid arrangements look crisp and contemporary. Shorter bouquets of peonies and ranunculus added texture.
Nouveau Flowers, Santa Rosa Beach
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Guests mingled around a pool at the laid-back outdoor reception. Instead of a plated dinner, guests picked up their food from four themed stations.
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In honor of the bride’s hometown, guests took home Chattanooga thumbprint cookies, a local favorite.
Laura Granberry, Simple Designs, Santa Rosa Beach
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Before changing into a pair of ballet flats for dancing, the bride wore three-inch heels. A thin row of crystals gave the sandals just enough sparkle.
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The couple made the church their own by hanging carnation pomanders from the wall sconces. The ribbon brought the ocean into the all-white church.
Nouveau Flowers, Santa Rosa Beach

Shelley & Sanner in Santa Rosa Beach, FL

Shelley was sure she had met the man she was going to marry at a concert. One month later, the guy from that show, Sanner, told Shelley he loved her. Over the next several months, the two drove five hours each way to visit each other at their colleges. The Bride Shelley Parker, 22, new business development specialist The Groom Sanner Holmes, 25, document solutions specialist The Date May 17 One weekend, Shelley’s friend’s dad, a jeweler, invited her to borrow an item to wear to her friend’s wedding. Shelley and Sanner headed over to his store. There, Shelley spotted a gorgeous engagement ring and showed it to Sanner, not expecting his next move: He was down on one knee, proposing. (Oh, and he bought her that ring!)
- Meredith Bodgas
Their Ingredients
  • Charles Baisden/Meg Baisden Photography, Pensacola
  • It’s a Shore Thing, Santa Rosa Beach
  • Watersound Beach Club
  • Cakes by Tanis, Panama City
  • Watters & Watters, Monica’s Bridal, Chattanooga, TN
  • Oliver’s Twist, Milton
  • Nouveau Flowers, Santa Rosa Beach
  • Seaside Chapel, Santa Rosa Beach
  • Laura Granberry, Simple Designs, Santa Rosa Beach

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