One of the best parts of a wedding is helping create the perfect environment that represents the couples love for one another. Today’s entry features a couple who’s hearts went into every last detail of their wedding.

Angie and Brad Meehan were married in Carillon Beach, Florida in May 2011. When I think back on their wedding, I recall feeling surrounded by love the moment I stepped foot on the sand.

Photos by Paul Johnson Photography

Cara: What was your #1 priority when you planned your wedding?

Angie: We wanted to find an outdoor location where family and friends could have a great big party!

Cara: With so many destination options, how did you choose Carillon Beach?

Angie: Brad proposed on Pensacola Beach on one of our family vacations and we knew right then and there that we wanted to have a beach wedding. We found Carillon Beach through many google searches. One of the main selling points was the convenience of everything. There were hotels within walking distance from the venue so the only transportation people had to worry about was getting to/from the airport.

Cara: What was your greatest challenge?

Angie: Planning the wedding remotely from New York was a bit of a challenge but exciting to see all the pieces come together. My Mom was a HUGE help and we were fortunate to have two wonderful wedding coordinators from Carillon Weddings. I don’t know what I would have done without them. Wedding coordinators were key to the success of the day!

Cara: What DIY pieces did you take on and where did you get your inspiration?

Angie: I wish Pintrest was around when I planned my Wedding! My Mom and Etsy were the greatest resources.

Our welcome bags consisted of snacks, itinerary of weekend activities, and a few goodies to represent our hometowns with Ohio State Buckeyes for Brad and Elvis shaped chocolate from Memphis.

To incorporate my Southern roots, we created reception programs like fans and made parasols for our guests. We had so much fun playing with my blue & pink color scheme and created a candy bar in our wedding colors.

I’ve been to enough weddings to know that by the time of the reception, ladies are ready to throw out their shoes so we purchased a bunch of flipflops in multiple sizes so our guests weren’t barefoot.

Instead of a guest book, we had our guests sign a picture frame that we could add our wedding picture to. Every time we look at the frame reminded of our beautiful wedding weekend!

Cara: Everything looked just perfect. Did everything go according to plan?

Angie: Funny you should ask! This wasn’t at the wedding but I had a mini freak out at the rehearsal. My rehearsal dinner dress I chose had to be altered. I was so stressed with last minute details I forgot to try it on before the rehearsal. The tailor had taken in an inch and a half too much! My amazing bridesmaids came to the rescue and had to safety pin me into the dress. Looking back it was funny, but I can assure you laughter was the furthest thing from my mind in the moment.

Cara: That’s hysterical! What was your favorite memory from your wedding?

Angie: Aside from the dress blunder, everything was just perfect and full of nostalgia and surprises! I walked down the aisle to a dear friend playing Somewhere Over the Rainbow on the ukelele. My Mom had my baby bonnet made into a monogrammed hankie and arranged to have my lifelong hairdresser Bob fly in from Memphis to do my hair. Bob has been a part of every lifecycle event so it was just perfect to have him do my hair for my wedding day.

My non-dancer husband and I had been secretly taking ballroom dance classes months leading up to our wedding and we surprised our guests with a fully choreographed first dance. For my drummer husband, I arranged to have the grooms cake designed as a drum set, and instead of a speech, I surprised Brad with my own rendition of Etta James’s At Last!

Everytime I think of our wedding weekend, it makes me smile. It was truly such a special weekend celebrating our love with our closest family and friends. Hard to believe we’ve been married almost 6 years now and just celebrated our daughters 1st birthday!

Lesson to be learned: Brides, grooms, attending guest — be sure to try on your attire a couple of days before your big event!

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