Naples Wedding & Event Stylist | Anniversary Session

It isn't often that I step in front of the camera. I wouldn't say I'm camera shy, but I would say that I prefer to stay behind the scenes. 

However, my husband and I recently celebrated our five year wedding anniversary.  So much can change in the time that you're married and the wedding can seem like a distant memory from the past.  Being in the wedding industry, I feel fortunate that I have a knack for remembering details.  But, that also means that I look back on our wedding day and wish we had done a few things differently. Mainly, booked a different photographer and a planner (yes, I admit, I didn't have one). As they say, hindsight is 20/20 and this is one of the reasons I talk about the importance of hiring an amazing team that includes a planner, experienced photographer, and videographer!  

All that said, this occasion was a great opportunity to recreate portions of the day with a more intimate feel. And something that reflects our current tastes. 

The property we were on belongs to my parents. We were actually married at his parent property which is very similar. And those three cows you see behind us? They were wedding gifts from a dear friend 5 years ago! lol!  There are actually three more of them that aren't pictured. If you want to talk about a wedding gift that keeps on giving, cows are it! Ha! They keep having babies, which we actually are able to sell. Sounds crazy, but it's a quirky thing that makes us laugh. 

Alicia from On Three recreated our original invitations for us so it would be a more current aesthetic. She did such an amazing job.   

My hair and makeup was done by my good friend who did it for our wedding too.

The banner you see us holding is filled with words from our first dance (which Eric originally picked as a surprise).   Speaking of surprises, the Hubs upgraded my ring this year! 

Now, this is where I get mushy. I still love this man as much as I did on the wedding day. In fact, more. So despite not having the wedding of our dreams then,  we feel grateful for today. And the perks of knowing some of the best wedding professionals around! 

Photo: @hunterryanphoto Styling & Bouquet: @ellesonevents Dress: @asos Tux: @blacktietuxedos Cake: @kakesbykaren (we messed the cake up a little so, she may not want to be tagged :-/ Paper: @onthreedesigns Hair: thairapybyaimee Makeup: mes.amies.spa Ring: @diamonddistrictusa "

"Elleson Events comes alongside the classic bride, working with her to weave timeless, understated gatherings, offering full-service wedding planning and styling along the coast of southwest Florida. From vision casting and planning to execution and floral design, Elleson Events curates all the details of your wedding under one roof".

Wedding Planning Tips | Why you need a videographer

Capturing your wedding day on video is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself on this once in a lifetime occasion.  One such a joyous, memory filled day, you will forget something. You'll miss a moment. In the grand scheme of life, the wedding day memories become fleeting as the years pass. And although we believe your photos can and will help you relive the momentous occasion, there is something to be said about the magical way a video puts the day into motion all over again.

Having a wedding day film will remind you of father of the bride or groomsmen the speech you forgot the words to. The way the first kiss after those emotional vows felt. How the icing from your wedding cake was smudged your cheek after the cake cutting.  The way your grandmother's laughter lit up the room. How your flower girl and ringbearer it the dancefloor before anyone else had a chance. The loving embrace from your best friend, who was so overjoyed that this moment had finally arrived for you.  Or how spouse looked at you as you glided down the aisle in THE DRESS on the first day of your forever. THESE moments, when seen on the screen, have such power.

 I encourage all of my couples to prioritize what is most important to them. And one thing I know for sure is that having a memorable day to start your life as husband and wife, is usually the first on a list that could include gorgeous flowers, great food or amazing entertainment.  Of every single line item in your budget, I will always encourage you to make room for videography. Because I've never had a couple regret it.  It is 100% worth the investment.  

I recently asked one of my favorite cinematographers, Abraham Stewart,  the Owner, DS Media & Films to weigh in on some of the common questions I hear. Below are his answers (and one of his gorgeous films of a recent Elleson couple). 

What is the biggest misconception about wedding film? One of the biggest misconceptions I've witnessed is many brides and grooms that are not familiar with modern video have this idea that videographers still use those huge shoulder-mount cameras with the bright lights while chasing after your guests for interviews! They cannot be more wrong! Of course, there are still a few old school videographers that take this approach, but most video crews nowadays have reduced the size of their equipment and have dramatically increased the quality of the modern wedding video. Most couples do not realize that many video teams use the same camera bodies as photographers do. This alone eliminates the distractions the couple may fear, as their guests will just assume we are photographers as well! And no, we will never chase down your guest's for video interviews (at least not us)! 

 What is the difference between videography and cinematography?

Cinematography is an art form of story-telling. This term is used whenever a studio specializes in narrative video and is able to capture the emotional rollercoaster of the day. Typically these "cinematic wedding films" go through a very intricate editing process; just as any narrative film may go through (sound design/mixing, color correction/grading, musical integration, and most importantly the structure of a storyline). However, these days it seems as though many video studios are using the term "cinematography" quite loosely. I personally feel this has become the new way to market and attract clientele, but it is extremely easy to tell the difference between a REAL professional and just another person with a camera.

Videography is simply a straightforward documentation of the day. There is little to no creativity involved. Just a simple documentary-style video. I have received this question a few times during consultations and I always tell couples that the terminology doesn't really matter as long as they like the style that a particular studio offers.

What qualities should a couple look for when hiring their video/cinematographer? Apart from the obvious reviews, try seeking references from your photographer! A reputable videographer/cinematographer that has a solid work relationship with multiple photographers is always a guaranteed winner. Also, if your video is a huge deal to you, I would suggest avoiding video studios that contract freelance videographers to shoot your event. Do not be fooled by the awesome videos they have posted online because the chances that you may be assigned anyone that good are rather slim! I worked as a freelance shooter for several companies prior to going solo and the inconsistency in quality that I witnessed being delivered to clients was absolutely ridiculous! Always ask who will be shooting your wedding and to view their personal portfolio prior to booking. 

How much time, on average, do you invest in a single wedding? It all depends on the wedding itself and how much was covered on the day of. Some events are obviously larger and more detailed than others and may require more or less coverage. Others may have booked a more creative package which requires a more intricate editing session. But regardless of the workload, I like to stay within a 30-day turn-around or a 40-hour session. 

In your opinion, wedding videography should be? (example: a part of every wedding budget, an heirloom, the documentation of an epic love story, etc.). I sincerely love the idea of capturing memories in the moment, so I strongly feel like videography should be a staple in every couple's budget. Even if you can only afford a student filmmaker, just the idea of always having those memories in motion is a special thing :) 

And just for fun... what is your favorite part of the day to capture? Definitely the bride and groom preparations and the toasts! You never know what may happen during prep, and being able to capture the most informal part the day can be the key for some great moments! I love love love toasts! But as much as I love toasts/speeches, I also dislike them a little. Dialogue plays a big part in our films and the toasts can make it, or sometimes break it a little...

I hope this helped you make the decision to hire a video or cinematographer easier! I'm here for you during this process - so if you still have questions, please ask! 

"Elleson Events comes alongside the classic bride, working with her to weave timeless, understated gatherings, offering full-service wedding planning and styling along the coast of southwest Florida. From vision casting and planning to execution and floral design, Elleson Events curates all the details of your wedding under one roof".

Naples Wedding Planner | Timeless Private Residence Wedding for Stacy & Ryan

It's no secret that private residence weddings are on the tippy top of my favorites list. There is something incredibly romantic about beginning your love story in a home environment. Whether your own or someone else's, the history of a private residence tends to enhance the ambiance of the day.

We handled the design, florals and planning for Stacy & Ryan. And this venue set the tone for every single detail & design element. From the paper goods to the waterfront ceremony, the Olde Florida feel was front and center.

This residence was truly breathtaking! A cool detail- the house was built in 1929, and the only way they were able to complete it (during the great depression) was because the original owner had set all the money aside in escrow.

Design Details

I created the bridal bouquet with mainly white roses and a variety of eucalyptus textures. The bridesmaid's bouquets were either crafted exclusively with greenery or greenery and a subtle white floral accent tied with cascading, smooth gray + white textured ribbon. 

Centerpieces were created in rectangular rustic wood boxes with a variety of hearty blooms- including, brunia berries, caspia, white + blush roses, marsala hued ranunculus, white daisies & carnations. Although Daisies and carnations aren't usually in my designs, these worked wonderfully for adding dimension, texture and extra "fluff" in the arrangements, and added a homey feel that enhanced the down-home family feel of the day. 

I loved that the reception decor was anchored with crisp, bright white. The family style seating with classic chiavari chairs under a canopy of massive oaks was stunning.

This is just a sneak peak of the wedding day- check back soon for more of the gorgeousness!

Photo: Kaity Brawley Photography | Paper: DM Paper Designs| Catering: Artichoke & Company | Planning / Design / Floral: Elleson Events | Video: All in White Films | Venue: Private Residence Transportation: Naples Transportation | Hair & Makeup: Hair & Beauty by Jen |Dress: Pronovias from Laura Jacobs Bridal

Naples Wedding Planner | Styled Engagement Shoot, Jackie & Ehren

We couldn't have asked for a more beautiful day for Jackie & Ehren's engagement shoot. The couple decided on the Wekiwa Springs State Park in Apopka, FL for this stunning photo session. And after seeing it come to life in these gorgeous photos, it's no surprise why! 

The location was secluded and romantic. The spring added a touch of tropical feel and the pathways were perfectly paved for posting. 

Design Details: 

Jackie's bouquet was created with roses, peonies with a touch greenery. The almost back accent flower is black berry scabiosa! The bouquet was tied with blush pink silk ribbon in two textures, pleated and flat. 

The greenery shrug/shawl garland was created with eucalyptus leaves. It was really fun to create such a unique piece for the styled engagement session. It was not only different but truly beautiful! It blended well with the surroundings of the Wekiwa Springs State Park and really popped with Jackie's pretty pink pastel skirt and lace top. 

Styled engagement photo of bride and groom at Wekiwa Springs State Park
styled engagement session at Wekiwa Springs State Park. Bride wearing pleated blush skirt and lace high-neck top, holding garden style bridal bouquet.
Future bride and groom holding hands during engagement session/ photos at Wekiwa Springs State Park
Eucalyptus garland used as greenery/floral shrug for styled engagement shoot at Wekiwa Springs State Park
Bride holding eucalyptus garland instead of a bouquet. Floral styled shawl. Greenery garland used as floral shrug.
Bride and groom holding hands for styled engagement session photos at Wekiwa Springs State Park. Bride wearing Morning Lavender blush pink pleated maxi skirt and beaded, lace top.
Barefoot engagement session at Wekiwa Springs State Park in Apopka, FL.
Free form, loose, garden style bridal bouquet created with peonies and roses in blush and white, with loose, free flowing silk ribbon around the clutch. Created by wedding planner, designer and florist, Elleson Events in Naples, FL
Calligraphy wedding invitations, save the dates with watercolor flower accents

Photo: Hunter Ryan Photo | Styling & Florals: Elleson Events | Paper goods: On Three Designs | Brides outfit: Morning Lavender

Naples Wedding Stylist | Sexy, Home Based, Lifestyle Engagement Session

There is a buzz building around lifestyle engagement shoots and we have to say, we love it! There is something so intimate, cozy and candid about having your engagement photos done in your home & on your property.  As a couple, you likely spend much of your time together at your house. So what better location pick than that to showcase your day-to-day, love-filled activities! It's an exciting time to look back on and a beautiful memory of the 'early days' in your relationship.  Marlene & John's engagement session is the perfect display of a sexy lifestyle session that took place at their home (which is SO gorgeous and charming)! 

Lifestyle engagement session at couple's home in Naples
Engagement photo of future bride and groom on their porch swing at home
boat dock on the intracoastal waterway
engagement photos of future bride and groom on the intracoastal waterway, Naples, FL
Lemons on a cutting board
Lifestyle engagement session in Naples home
"Elleson Events comes alongside the classic bride, working with her to weave timeless, understated gatherings, offering full-service wedding planning and styling along the coast of southwest Florida. From vision casting and planning to execution and floral design, Elleson Events curates all the details of your wedding under one roof".

Naples Wedding Planner | Romantic, Garden Inspired, Waterfront Wedding at Gasparilla Inn & Club

This romantic, garden-inspired, waterfront wedding at Gasparilla Inn & Club was one of our favorites of the year (okay, we admit that we're only a few weeks in, but that doesn't make the statement any less true)! Jen and Laurence are a wonderful couple. They have one of those seemingly effortless qualities about them. They just fit. Their wedding was an authentic representation of their elegance and ease as individuals & a couple.  

I loved that they wanted to take care of all the details in one place. Which means I had the opportunity to plan, design and style the wedding day.  Although I offer these services separately, it's a perfect scenario for me to be able to do it all! Nothing makes for a cohesive, consistent wedding more than combining the planning and design into one! 

Design Details: 

This wedding was all about the greenery! Which meant it had a fresh, spring-inspired feel despite being a Winter wedding (which, let's be honest, in Florida doesn't really mean the same thing as most other places). 

The ceremony arch was created with smilax- which is my favorite next to eucalyptus- and subtly accents with white florals. 

With accents of white (and the softest of blush) florals in the form of ranunculus, roses and hydrangea.  

The French farm chairs are both luxurious and casual- they were the perfect pairing for the waterfront wedding. We used smilax garland to enhance the outdoor ceremony's decor and then pulled it into the reception via their centerpieces. 

Speaking of centerpieces, the vessels were a gorgeous, modern open rectangular shape in wedding white, mixed with a low sight-line freeform arrangement in a short white compote style vase. The combination was stunning! The greenery incuded more smilax, as well as lemon leaf, spirea, eucalyptus, and queen ann’s lace.

Outdoor, waterfront ceremony
garden style bouquet with white florals & greenery
christian Louboutin silver stiletto wedding shoes
White, beige and grey wedding invitation suite
First kiss for newlyweds during ceremony
beachfront wedding photo of bride and groom
newlyweds photo of bride and groom
bride holding a white, garden style bouquet wearing a fitted silk wedding dress
Bride and groom posing for photo at Gasparilla Club
Family photos on the wedding day at Gasparilla Club
Flowergirl holding gorgeous white and blush garden style bouquet with roses and eucalyptus
Tented wedding reception with French country wood chairs, garden style florals with greenery.
Tall, modern, garden style centerpieces
Wedding reception all white and silver place setting
Greenery centerpiece at wedding reception
bride and groom holding cocktails in monogramed hemstich napkin at wedding reception

Photos: Hunter Ryan Photo | Venue - Gasparilla Inn & Club , Boca Grande | Paper goods - DM Paper Designs | Planning & Floral - Elleson Events | Linens - LaTavola Fine Linens | Hair - Number 9 Salon, St Pete, FL | Makeup - Lasting Luxe | Entertainment - DJ Dayve / Vanderbilt Strings | Video - DSW Films

Naples Wedding Florist | Modern, Upscale Glamour Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Wedding

Ryann & Alan are a fun loving couple with amazing style.  Pink and gold have been a popular color scheme in the recent years, but this couple wanted a modern twist on the new classic. with the Hyatt at Coconut Point and Colony at Pelican Landing as the backdrops for the wedding day, I knew that every detail would look stunning on their beautiful, sundrenched patio. 

Design Details:

I created Ryann's bouquet with various pink toned flowers, including peonies, ranunculus and traditional roses with greenery and berry accents. I completed the look with a soft pink ribbon around the stems. It added an extra feminine quality and looked lovely against her fabulous wedding gown!

The acrylic seating chart was one of my favorite elements. It was glamorous and elegant, and incredibly chic. 

The couple decided on a mix of ghost and gold chivari chairs for the reception. The clear acrylic ghost chairs at the head table is a stylish choice, and the gold chivaris for the guests is a classic seating staple for any upscale affair. 

The soft pink sequin linen was the perfect selection for the guest, head and sweetheart table.  Paired with gold flatware and crisp white linen napkins, it was a perfect mix of traditional and elegant. 

The long head table was decorated with garland, while the round guest tables were adorned with either low, lush floral centerpieces or copious floating candlelight. 

Be sure to check out the published feature on Every Last Detail too!

Blush garden style bridal bouquet with garden roses, peonies, and ranunculus
Sparkly Badgley Mishka Bridal Heels
Calla Blanche Style 16127 Wedding Dress
Flower Girls with tutu's and flower crowns
Blush and gold Catholic Wedding Ceremony
Blush and gold Catholic Wedding Ceremony
Bride and Groom First Kiss
Bride and Groom portraits at Hyatt Regency at Coconut Point Florida
Bride and Groom portraits at Hyatt Regency at Coconut Point Florida
Bride and flower girls at Hyatt Regency at Coconut Point Florida
Gold, blush, and acrylic seating chart with vines
Gold, blush, and acrylic seating chart with vines
Gold, blush, and acrylic seating chart with vines
Blush and Gold outdoor wedding reception at the Hyatt Regency at Coconut Point
Blush and Gold wedding reception with garland centerpiece
Blush and Gold wedding reception with garland centerpiece and ghost chairs
Blush and Gold wedding reception with garland centerpiece
Blush and Gold wedding reception with gold chiavari chairs
Blush and Gold sweetheart table with vines and candles
Blush and Gold sweetheart table with vines and candles
Bride and Groom first dance
Bride and Groom first dance
Bride and groom cake cutting
Photo booth with rosette backdrop

Photo: Trenholm Photo  | Paper Goods: Luster Designs | Coordination: PartyRox | Venue: Hyatt Regency Coconut Point | Design & Florals: Elleson Events | Dress: Calla Blanche  | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridal Hair & Makeup: Bluewater Salon

"Elleson Events comes alongside the classic bride, working with her to weave timeless, understated gatherings, offering full-service wedding planning and styling along the coast of southwest Florida. From vision casting and planning to execution and floral design, Elleson Events curates all the details of your wedding under one roof".