A Neutral Colored Wedding at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa in Bonita Springs, Florida

While Lindsay Elias (30, a buyer for Tom Ford) and Derek Bell (30, Plato’s Closet owner in Danbury, Connecticut) met in college at the University of C

While Lindsay Elias (30, a buyer for Tom Ford) and Derek Bell (30, Plato’s Closet owner in Danbury, Connecticut) met in college at the University of Connecticut in before 2004, the couple did not begin to date until 2010 when Derek came to New York City for his sister’s birthday. Lindsay and Derek started a long distance relationship and were engaged within three years. “Derek got our families together and surprised me by proposing at a restaurant in Union Square,” says Lindsay. The next eight months were spent planning their wedding. A destination wedding in Florida was always the plan for this New York couple. “We did not know?exactly where in Florida, but we both grew up visiting the Gulf Coast with our families and Derek's parents currently live in Bonita Springs.” They ultimately selected the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa for their neutral toned outdoor ceremony and reception. Lindsay and Derek decorated their wedding in white hues with small colorful accents. The ceremony and reception candy station was accented with a tall arrangement of ivory and white hydrangea as well as peach roses and white lilies of the valley. Similar accents were used in the couple’s centerpieces, boutonnieres and bouquets. “The Hyatt Regency at Coconut Point was such a pretty setting in itself, I thought a neutral palette would be best to not take away from its natural beauty,” says Lindsay.

The couple decorated their ceremony with four arrangements of white hydrangeas and lilies of the valley as well as white hydrangea pomanders hung along the aisle.
The couple took special care when deciding what to wear for their wedding. Lindsay chose a white strapless Ulla Maija ball gown with a tulle skirt and satin bodice. “My first stop in dress shopping, I went to another designer's trunk show and walked into a bride trying on my dress. She did not get it, but I knew that was my dress right when I saw it on her!” says Lindsay. Derek complemented her with a navy sharkskin three piece suit by Tom Ford.
The couple left their ceremony under a shower of pink, white and orange flower petals thrown by their guests.
The bridesmaids each wore gray knee-length dresses from J. Crew in various styles. “I picked the color and material and let them decide which silhouette would be best for them,” says Lindsay. The groomsmen complemented them with navy Tommy Hilfiger suits.
The couple decorated their reception with white linens, dark chiavari chairs, white cushions, and clear glass stemware. Each table was given a three-piece centerpiece of white hydrangea, peach roses and ivory hydrangea.
Each table at Lindsay and Derek’s reception had an arrangement of white hydrangea and peach roses as the centerpiece.
Lindsay and Derek’s First Dance
Lindsay and Derek’s guests were invited to enjoy multiple stations and a photo booth during the reception. “We had "his and her" stations set up - hers being a candy bar and his being a cigar bar,” says Lindsay.rn
The couple had a framed wedding car guest book for family and friends to sign.
Derek provided some personal entertainment for his and Lindsay’s guests by singing “Man in the Mirror” by Michael Jackson, says Lindsay.