aim to give you a monthly dose of inspiration from one of our beautiful real weddings and this month we are doing a little something extra-special, we are giving a glimpse of owner, Beth Chapman's beach-side vow renewal that took place in April in beautiful Watercolor, Florida.
We all know that Beth stops at nothing to make our brides' experience the best it can be, so we were thrilled when she announced she'd be taking the time to renew her vows with Mark, her husband of 16 years, in a private ceremony with their two children.
Scroll below to view the images expertly captured by Amanda Suanne Photography
, which present the scenic setting, darling details and heartwarming smiles shared by the Chapman family perfectly- not to mention Beth's incredible custom blush and lace shortie by Modern Trousseau
We admire this family for their unity, strength and love for one another, and after taking a peek at these images, we're sure you will love them too!
Here's Beth's recount of her vow renewal experience:
"When Mark and I were on our honeymoon in Hawaii in September of 1997, we decided that we wanted to renew our vows in 15 years in front of our (future) children. We had always wanted our vow renewal to take place in Hawaii. But, with our crazy schedules it seemed impossible to make it happen. As we were planning our spring vacation to our family home in the Watercolor Resort in Seaside, Florida, I suggested to Mark that we do it there. It has one of the most beautiful beaches we have ever been to and it is one of our favorite places on earth! So, the whole thing was planned in less than a month's time!
It was difficult to tell friends and family that we were planning a vow renewal and none of them were invited! As hard as it was, it was very important to me that this ceremony be about my husband, myself and my children. At our first wedding, we had 180 guests in attendance. It was an absolutely perfect day, and I wouldn't change a thing. But, this time around, I wanted it to be extremely intimate and I wanted to renew our love for one another in front of our children.
The ceremony took place on the beach in front of the Watercolor Resort. Mark and I recited the vows that we originally wrote and read at our first wedding. My 12 year old daughter, Lindsay read an excerpt from 1st Corinthians and then recited a poem that she wrote about how Mark and I embody the words of the scripture. My 9 year old son Mark read a poem that my sister Katie had written for us at our first wedding.
Trying to pick a dress was not easy! The only thing I knew for sure was that my friends at Modern Trousseau would design and make the dress. I went back and forth about the style that I should wear. I worked with designer, Callie Tein and selected a gorgeous fabric from one of the gowns in her 2014 collection. It is a very pale blush satin covered in alencon lace with appliques of guipure lace. As the ceremony was so intimate and taking place on the beach, I opted for a very simple sheath silhouette with a sweetheart neckline.
As per usual, I found it much easier to dress everyone else! I had a vision for my husband's attire but searched high and low for tan and cream seersucker pants, to no avail. I eventually enlisted my friend Enzo of Valentino Tailors to make a custom pair of trousers in exactly the perfect fabric. My daughter is a budding bridal designer and she sketched her dress and my head seamstress Penny created it for her. Lucky for her that her Mom owns a bridal boutique! My son, thank goodness, agreed to wear a bow tie and I had a custom tie made out of Liberty of London fabric by a company that I found on Etsy.
I adored every vendor that I worked with in putting this impromptu event together. You absolutely can't beat southern charm and the vendors in the Florida panhandle know how to put together a beautiful wedding!"
Beth's vows were also featured on Style Me Pretty
and Amanda Suanne's blog
, take a peek!
Congratulations to the entire Chapman family, we hold your love so dear.
Wedding Photography:Â Amanda Suanne
Venue:Â The Watercolor Inn
Officiant: Kevin Tillman
Florals: Florals by the Sea
Cake:Â Bake My Day
Custom Pendant Banner:Â Green Jazz Face
Bride's Dress- CustomÂ Modern Trousseau
via The White Dress by the shore
Rose Gold Earrings: Haute Bride
Rose Gold Bracelet: Cartier
(vow renewal gift)
Daughter's Dress: Custom via The White Dress By The Shore
Daughter's Shoes: Lands EndÂ
Groom's Seersucker Pants:Â Valentino Tailors
Men's Shirts-Ralph Lauren
Son's Liberty of London Bowtie: Tux and Tulle