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Jennifer & J.H.: A Beachfront Wedding in Carillon Beach, FL

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When it came to Jennifer's dress, the third time was the charm! She made two other purchases before she finally ordered "the one" -- a silk Nicole Miller gown -- and had it shipped just a few days before her wedding!
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The pastor read, "The Blessing of the Apaches,"—a fitting passage for the outdoor wedding due to its references to natural elements—as the couple stood beneath a white fabric canopy held up by branches adorned with Vanda orchids.
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The father-of-the-bride gave a toast as guests held up champagne glasses garnished with star fruit (to look like starfish). Throughout the night, guests also sipped "orangetinis" made with citrus vodka.
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The same hibiscus design used in the couple's stationary decorated the top tier of their fondant cake.
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The DJ played Lifehouse's "Everything" for the couple's first dance. Afterward, Jennifer danced with her dad to "I Loved Her First," by Heartland—a song they both secretly requested to surprise each other!
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Guests took home corked bottles of rosemary and salt for cooking. Jennifer decorated each bottle with a seashell or starfish tag and had them displayed with the guest book to fill out the table.
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Jennifer & J.H. in Carillon Beach, FL

It started out as just another bartending shift for then-college-student Jennifer, until J.H. walked into the restaurant with his loud group of friends who were determined to cheer him up after his dog passed away. The Bride Jennifer Sheppard, 33, web developer The Groom J.H. Leale, 35, motorcycle company owner The Date August 8 Jennifer was immediately drawn to the group of jokesters and found them funny. Still, J.H. used his friends' rowdiness as an excuse to "apologize" to Jennifer for causing such a stir, even though he knew she didn't mind and just wanted an excuse to talk to her alone. The strategy worked, and Jennifer wrote her phone number on the receipt before handing the check to J.H. Needless to say, he called, and seven years later, the couple got engaged on a sunset walk.
- Caitlin Moscatello
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