Photo by Szarmack Photography
Photo by Szarmack Photography

I’ve been married once before – a lovely large production of a wedding that I barely got to enjoy, being pulled every which way for greeting all guests, dances, cake cutting, etc. I don’t remember enjoying the experience – I just remember the need to wear a big smile for all of the pictures and the pressure to make the day seem perfect. The marriage ended, and I swore I would never get married again. My trust was shaken, almost destroyed, and I questioned the purpose of marriage entirely.

Yet here I was seven years later, standing alone in front of the window overlooking the ceremony arbor, in a gorgeous wedding dress, about to officially devote my life to a man and his amazing two children that I suddenly couldn’t imagine my life without. How did this happen? How did I get here? Not only allowing myself to fall in love again, but to permanently, legally devote myself to him, AND committing to step motherhood? Hold the phone, who is this person?! I was contented…fulfilled, and somehow the photographer caught a moment just before some unexpected (happy) tears began to well.

Photo by Szarmack Photography
Photo by Szarmack Photography

Since we both had the big production weddings before, this time we both wanted a very small, intimate, meaningful ceremony. It was important to both of us to only have our parents and a very select group of people to make the experience exactly what we wanted. It was…perfect. And I never expect perfect. But it was. Everyone was supportive, positive and they made the experience that much more enjoyable.

Photo by Szarmack Photography
Photo by Szarmack Photography

We already had a vacation planned and when Chris proposed, we decided to have the wedding on our trip at this amazing vacation beach house. Thankfully, our friends and family were all excited and willing to join us on the trip for the event. Seriously, the people in my life are amazing. Having the ceremony at our beach house allowed us to get ready, have a cocktail hour and hold a (near) sunset ceremony all in the same place. From start to finish, the experience was fun, laid back, and simply beautiful.

Arbor: Luxe Party Rentals (with separate custom draping)

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Photo by Szarmack Photography

Dress: Custom

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Photo by Szarmack Photography

Makeup Artist/Hair Stylist: Sarina Durden with Erica Wilson

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Photo by Szarmack Photography

Jewelry: Thomas Knoell Designs

Barefoot sandals: Custom

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Photo by Szarmack Photography

Florist: Lori Parker Floral Studios

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Photo by Szarmack Photography
Photo by Szarmack Photography
Photo by Szarmack Photography

 

Musicians: Micah and Lauren Gilliam (Listen to Between the Devil and the Deep Blue See – love it!)

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Photo by Szarmack Photography

 

Officiant: Ann Eastwick

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Photo by Szarmack Photography
Photo by Szarmack Photography
Photo by Szarmack Photography

 

Cake: Divine Indulgences Designer Cakes

Photo by J. Lumpkin
Photo by J. Lumpkin

 

Reception Dinner: Chart House

Courtesy of chart-house.com
Courtesy of chart-house.com

 

Day of Coordinator: Everlasting Events by Rachael

Photographer: Adam Szarmack

Photo by Szarmack Photography
Photo by Szarmack Photography
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