Florida Back Alley Wedding: Nikki + Carlo

back alley wedding

When it comes to super unique places to day I Do, Nikki + Carlo totally crush it with their amazing back alley wedding! Nikki is a wedding photographer in southwest Florida + photographs a TON of beach weddings every year, so she knew she wanted to do something different that would fit with her + Carlo’s fun sense of style. Missing the industrial edge of her hometown of Erie, Pennsylvania, they decided to go for an intimate 25-guest celebration in Bootlegger’s Alley in Fort Myers. Their incredible venue was found by Kehrin of Jet Set Wed, who also beautifully styled the setting. And the pretty photos by Stacy of Set Free Photography have us itching to attend a wedding in an alley ourselves! Here’s a bit more about the day from Stacy:

Nikki and Carlo have a distinct personal style that lends itself to the non-traditional, and in keeping with this notion, Bootlegger’s Alley in historic downtown Fort Myers was the perfect venue that genuinely fit their personalities. Nikki opted to rent her gown from Rent the Runway , and knowing that a white gown was not quite right for her, she was thrilled to find this stunning gold and black dramatic gown that appears to have been made just for her. It was an incredibly intimate wedding with only family and a few friends in attendance, but the love and emotion of this day is forever imprinted on my heart.

two toned dress

black heels

Rent the Runway dress

LOVE that Nikki chose to wear something fun + unique! And her bouquet by Signature Florals was definitely one of her best accessories!

Rent the Runway dress

first look

first look

dapper little ring bearer

first look

clipboard ceremony program

Processional: Use Somebody – Kings of Leon (Acoustic Instrumental)

Recessional: I Will Wait – Mumford and Sons

First Dance: Crazy Love – Van Morrison

back alley ceremony

back alley ceremony

There were so many incredible moments for the day it is really hard to pick one. Seeing the venue decorated for the first time was amazing and blew us away. Jonah (Carlo’s son) was a big part of our day and we wanted to include him. Nikki said vows to Jonah and he was with us during the whole ceremony. Also, Nikki’s mom, who isn’t exactly the emotional type BAWLED the entire wedding day — tears of joy of course. Carlo’s Uncle Zeo Tony surprised us by serenading everyone with a beautiful Itailan song (which set Nikki’s mom off in tears again) and lastly, Nikki’s dad was busting moves on the dance floor which NEVER happens.

back alley ceremony

Florida back alley wedding

Florida back alley wedding

Florida back alley wedding

gear boutonniere

Florida back alley wedding

back alley bar

Florida back alley wedding

Nikki says, Carlo’s family is also Italian, so we decided to have Italian inspired appetizers for cocktail hour and indulged in our favorite Italian treats for dessert.

chalkboard

Florida back alley reception

black and gold tablescape

black and gold tablescape

water ball escort card

Major love for this gorgeous tablescape, which seems to fuse the tropical vibe of Florida perfectly with the industrial-chic theme that N + C were going for.

fern centerpieces

Florida back alley wedding

first dance

first dance

Trust your vendors and let them do what they do best!!! We picked our vendors based on our love and admiration of their work and we didn’t want to snuff their creativity in any way. We gave them complete creative control. We couldn’t be more thrilled and even with all of the pinterest planning in the world we wouldn’t have been able to envision more perfect results.

photography: Set Free Photography // venue: Bootlegger’s Alley Fort Myers, Florida // event design: Jet Set Wed // event planner: Kehrin Hassan of Jet Set Wed // florals: Signature Florals // wedding dress: Rent the Runway // shoes: Zara and Jessica Simpson // hair + makeup: JA Makeup Artistry // groom suit: Express // videography: Fidelis Films // paper goods: dm Paper Designs // catering: Webster’s // dessert: Italian Pastries from Paesano’s // rentals: Party Time Rentals // officiant: Tonya Malay // music: Steve Farst

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Snowy Winter Anniversary Session: Marisa + Jake

winter anniversary session

You might recall, we shared a super sweet winter anniversary session in the city last week and today we’re sharing one that’s equally beautiful, set in the stunning setting of Big Cottonwood Canyon in Utah! Marisa + Jake have been married for a year and decided to celebrate by getting some fun portraits taken by the talented Jadie Jo Photography. Marisa wore her Nephi Garcia wedding dress again, but decided to have the designer chop it short to make it a bit different and a little edgy! Great idea if it works with your dress, right?! They trekked out into the snow at sunrise, so it was freezing to say the least, but you’d never know it in these ultra adorable captures. Let’s take a peek at their fun, snowy session…

winter anniversary session

winter anniversary session

winter anniversary session

winter anniversary session

berry flower crown

These guys made their own bouquet the morning of the shoot with some flowers they just picked up at a store and a piece of burlap ribbon.

leaf bouquet

winter anniversary session

winter anniversary session

rings

berry flower crown

tulle skirt

We LOVE Marisa’s dress! Now that it’s shorter, we can see her wearing it all the time. And Jake looked pretty dapper himself, decked out in GapTarget, H&M + Mens Warehouse!

winter anniversary session

winter anniversary session

winter anniversary session

winter anniversary session

These cuties share their advice to couples out there getting ready to tie the knot, The biggest piece of advice we can give you is to not take yourselves too seriously. Not only can laughter diffuse tension or tiffs, but it can also be the root cause of some of your favorite memories. Keep laughing and you’ll have decades and decades full of joy together.

Congrats, you two!

photography: Jadie Jo Photography // location: Cottonwood Canyon, Utah // dress: Nephi Garcia // suit pants: Gap // suit shirt: Target // tie: H&M // jacket: Mens Warehouse

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Design Your Dream Ring with Joseph Jewelry

Joseph Jewelry custom engagement rings

Ladies, let’s chat rings for a sec! We know what we like and what we don’t, and if one thing’s for sure, your wedding and engagement ring should definitely reflect your personal style. If you’re considering designing your own ring, you’ll definitely want to check out Joseph Jewelry, where you can work with their designers to create a completely one-of-a-kind unique ring. Their rings are made out of recycled metals and quality Canadian diamonds, and though the finished product is beautifully high-end, Joseph Jewelry can work within any budget. (Music to just about any bride’s ears!)

Joseph Jewelry unique engagement rings

You can work with Joseph Jewelry’s jewelers + designers online or in-store and it’s only finished when you’re completely happy with every detail. Their designers will guide you through every step. And they’ll make sure you are comfortable and confident that you are making informed choices without pressure or risk. Gotta love that, right?!

Joseph Jewelry unique engagement rings

Joseph Jewelry does all of their work on-site, and are very flexible with due dates. When an order is placed, you can expect the initial design in 7-10 days. Once a design is approved, production typically takes 3-4 weeks.

Joseph Jewelry custom engagement rings in rose gold

If you’re ready to start designing your dream ring, stop by Joseph Jewelry’s website to learn even more about the process! And to see some finished product + to get a little bit of wedding ring inspiration, follow Joseph Jewelry on Pinterest, Twitter + Facebook.

Happy ring shopping!

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