Frenchman’s Reserve

{ diana + tony | st. ann church | frenchman’s reserve | palm beach gardens wedding photography }

Diana + Tony were married at St. Ann Church in a traditional Catholic ceremony. The bride was dressed in a silk ruched Provonias couture gown, with a fabulous lace cathedral veil, just right with her white peony bouquet. Candle-lit reception followed at Frenchman’s Reserve Country Club in Palm Beach Gardens.

venue: frenchman’s reserve country club, palm beach gardens
church: st. ann catholic church, west palm beach
florals + décor:
gown: provonias
shoes: betsey johnson
makeup + hair artistry: team beauti
favors: homemade limoncello liqueur, made by the groom from family recipe

{ alexandra + ted | frenchman’s reserve | palm beach gardens wedding photography }

Alex + Ted’s wedding was held at Frenchman’s Reserve Country Club in Palm Beach Gardens.

The navy blue and magenta and ivory palette was such a great combination and ran throughout both clothing selections and details. Check out the groom’s super cute, striped bow-tie.

The couple married at St. Clare Catholic Church in North Palm Beach. The most adorable (and cooperative) ring bearer and flower girl, marched down the ivy candelabra + petal lined aisle heralding the coming of the bride, with a “Uncle Teddy, here comes your bride” sign. The groom grinned from ear to ear, the moment he was his bride-to-be step onto the beautiful customized runner and head into his arms. After a poignant afternoon ceremony, the newlywed’s reception followed that evening at Frenchman’s Reserve.

venue: frenchman’s reserve country club, palm beach gardens, fl
ceremony: st. clare catholic church, north palm beach, fl
florals + décor:

hair accessory:
shoes: ivanka trump


bridesmaid’s gowns:
bridesmaids’ monogrammed robes:
flower girl dress:

groom’s bowtie:
groomsmen ties:

makeup + hair artistry:

{ megan + brian | frenchman’s reserve | palm beach gardens wedding photography }

Megan + Brian’s country club wedding took place at Frenchman’s Reserve in Palm Beach Gardens. The bride wore a couture Amsale ballgown, matched with a pair of royal “something blue” Badgley Mischka satin shoes.

Following the catholic ceremony at St. Clare Church, guests were treated to a lavish cocktail hour, followed by a reception in the beautifully decorated ballroom. Xquisite Events designed the space… silver chiari chairs, surrounded rectangular rhinestone candlelit tables draped in silk organza with a sea of white roses and hydrangeas in mirrored vases.

reception venue: frenchman’s reserve country club, palm beach gardens
catering director: pat saylor for frenchman’s reserve
florals + decor: xquisite events
gown: amsale, blue label
shoes: badgley mischka

makeup artistry:
hair styling:
bridesmaids’ gowns:
flower girl dresses:

{ heather + daniel | frenchman’s reserve | palm beach gardens wedding photography }

Heather + Daniel’s country club wedding was held at Frenchman’s Reserve in Palm Beach Gardens. The bridesmaids and groomsmen coordinated the dusty blue palette into both their dresses and ties, which worked perfectly with the room décor awash in amber and blue hues.

venue: frenchman’s reserver country club
florals + décor:
rings: bridesmaids dresses:
hair styling:
makeup artistry:

{ adele + john | wooded “perfect pear” theme | frenchman’s reserve wedding }

On November 26, 2011, after an 18 year engagement, my in-laws officially tied the knot, in an intimate ceremony at Frenchman’s Reserve Country Club, in Palm Beach Gardens.

I styled and threw together, this post-Thanksgiving affair, in only a few weeks time.

Incorporating rustic/woodsy textures {burlap, twine, moss and bark} centered around a palette of {brown, sage, green + champagne}, I was inspired by {branches + pears}.

A very happy “First Anniversary” to them both. Here is a trip down memory lane.

Our graphics team designed the linen invite ensemble, which arrived boxed + wrapped in burlap and twine.

This moss + twine ring bearer heart was created by Desiree Dawn Events, along with the petal-toss cones.

The fan programs, were displayed in a wire + branch caddy of triple mason jars.

The all green bridal bouquet, was simply elegant, and beautifully designed by Cary for Camden Gardens Floral Designs + Decor.

The “pear fruit butter” spread table favors, the first of many in the “perfect pear theme,” were top-wrapped in burlap, and tied in twine.

Atop the jar, sat a small golden pear, and a custom monogrammed linen leaf encouraging, “spread the love.”

I really like how the green shades graduate, and that the stems, wrapped in brown burlap and fastened with pearl pins, were kept long.

The bride’s decadent jewelry, was on loan from Bacio Bacio Bridal’s Luxe Jewel collection.

The golden placecard pears, later doubled as holiday tree ornaments.

The triple- tiered “white macadamia nut” fondant cake incorporated chocolate branches to keep with the woodsy theme, and was wrapped in sage ribbon, with one eye-popping gold sugar-flower. Notice, the center tier, was double thick, and the top layer was tufted.

Burlap wrapped “thank you” favors of Pear + Almond room spray were gifted to guests.

And yes, there were actual people at this event, not just details. The flower girl and ring bearer were cute as buttons, and oddly cooperative.

The blue-eyed ring bearer, Nicholas, was dressed in suspenders, bow tie, knickers, and a newsboy hat.. the look was oh, so vintage.

The flower girl, my daughter Kierra, wore a handmade earthtone tutu gown, with a woodland fairy vibe.

As much as these two munchkins acted like they were the ones being wed…

Here is the real-groom, waiting to present his bride-to-be with her bouquet.

Together they were all smiles, as the little one’s looked on.

In no time, my daughter discovered the spa fountain…

So, of course, she went to get her partner in crime, and the twosome engaged in some water play, “Here, let me show you…” as she guided his hand into the fountain.

These are my favorite shots of the soon to be newlyweds, right before they headed for the alter.

While I was off taking pictures, Desiree + Cary, of Desiree Dawn Events + Camden Gardens respectively, brought the ceremony site on the veranda to life. The “At Last” aisle banner, created by Desiree, was a great touch.

The burlap aisle runner was lined with cylinders with floating candles, and at the end, two branched arrangements in rustic containers, w. bursts of rust colored calah lilies.

The flower girl grabbed her basket, made of branches, and the ring bearer, his moss pillow and they readied for the big moment.

As darkness fell, the candles were lit, the music queued, and the procession began.

The over-ambitious flower girl, was told to “throw the petals” as she walked. And as you can see…that she did!!!

The bride was escorted by her son down the candlelit aisle.

My mother read the classic “Love is patient, Love is kind” passage from Corinthians.

Rings were exchanged.

Followed by a sand ceremony.

Then the couple emerged all smiles, as husband and wife.

Cocktails were served and guests wrote their wishes and hung them on an orchid tree. How cool are these pencils made from real raw tree branches?

The couples signature drink, the “Perfect Pear-tini,” was made from Absolute Pears, with a sugared rim, and garnished with a slice of fresh pear.

On the back of John + Adele’s Chairs hung mossy covered letters with their initials.

Each place setting had a gold charger, brown napkin, with a beige burlap and sage ribbon wrap, and a golden pear place card in the center.

Later, the burlap and ribbon were used to transform the table arrangements into wrapped take-home bouquets for all the female guests.

The cake was set on a glass pedestal on a credenza flanked w. greens, stacks of brown paper and twine wrapped books and votive candles.

The menu, designed to match the invitation set, listed all the pear inspired cuisine to come.

The gourmet salad, was amazing… the chef created a pear and almond brie in a phyla pastry, over mixed greens, with goat cheese, candied walnuts and baked pears, drizzled w. a pear champagne vinagrette dressing.

Upon entering, the couple waltzed to “You’re The Inspiration,” by Chicago.

But in no time, they were joined by their granddaughter, who refused to miss out on the dancing fun.

After a delicious surf + turf dinner, the beautiful cake was cut.

And yet another Pear-creation was served. Flourless chocolate torte, with raspberry infused pears, garnished with white & dark chocolate mousse.

As the night came to a close, the two stole away for a quiet moment.

They truly are the “perfect pear.”


venue: frenchman’s reserve country club, palm beach gardens
catering director: pat saylor for frenchman’s reserve
florals + decor: camden gardens floral design + decor
event styling: joriann maye
event planning: desiree dawn, for desiree dawn events
jewelry: bacio bacio bridal, wellington, fl
cake: frenchman’s reserve pastry chef
invitations, menu, place card pears: time to fly designs, palm beach
moss chair letters, “at last” banner, moss/burlap ring pillow: desiree dawn events

{ lauren + eddie | frenchman’s reserve | palm beach gardens wedding photography }

Lauren + Eddie’s country club wedding took place at the picturesque Frenchman’s Reserve in Palm Beach Gardens.

Earlier in the day, Lauren readied at Frenchmen’s Reserves magnificent bridal suite.

Her Jim Hjelm couture gown was stunning, with it’s beaded taupe sash.

Pink and White peonies and Ivory Roses were featured in her bridal bouquet created by Le Jardin Florals.

Deb from Team Beauti, did an amazing job… just look at those eyes and flawless skin!!!

Here the girls, in their matching Victoria Secret aqua short sets, have a bit of fun before helping Lauren into her gown.

Okay, is he the cutest thing ever!!!! He totally has his mommy’s eyes.

Lauren’s mom helps her with the finishing touches.

Dad stops in for a quick kiss from his little girl.

The ring bearer lends a hand.

Then delivers his mom her pretty flowers.

I love this shot.

The bridesmaid’s dresses by BCBG, were sexy, yet sophisticated.  They are, by far, my favorite short dresses from any wedding I have shot to date.

They were a perfect match to the brides taupe/pewter belt.

Little Eddie Jr. got caught up in Mom’s veil, then stole a quick kiss before posing for the camera with his little ring box.

Soon it was time to head to the trolley.

Church bound… Dad shares some last minute advice with the bride to be.

Meanwhile, Eddie and the boys were busy getting ready in Jupiter.

A father and son portrait.

And a mother and son moment.

The groom and his guys took some quick portraits, then headed to St. Judes.

The bride shares a moment with her flower girl.

The moms light the candles.

And Lauren and her dad head down the aisle.

The ceremony was lovely, and the light and reflective marble shot beautifully.

After a full mass, the couple emerged as husband and wife.

The stain glass windows made for a great backdrop.

Afterwards, they ventured out, braving the raindrops…

And made a quick stop at the Marina to visit the Groom’s other love…

His Boat!!!!  (see it in the background)

Then back on the trolley enroute to Frenchman’s Reserve for some photo ops with the bridal party.

Hmmmm… What are these boyz doing in this fountain???

Clearly, the girls can’t contain their laughter at their crazy antics.

What a beautiful bridal party. : )

Guests arrived to enjoy cocktails in the library.

Followed by the reception in the ballroom.

The newlyweds shared a first dance as the crowd applauded.

Dad gave a heartfelt speech.

Glasses were raised.

Honor dances were had.

Cake was cut.

And served. : )

Homemade cookies were enjoyed.

Bouquet’s and garters were tossed.

Then everybody danced, danced, danced.

As the night came to an end, the couple stole away to share a quiet moment together.

The groom HAPPILY serenaded his bride. Awww. How sweet is he???

Then, they shared one last romantic dance.

The end.


venue: frenchman’s reserve country club, palm beach gardens
church: st. jude, tequesta, fl
florals: le jardin florist

bride’s gown: jim hjelm
bridal salon: j andrew’s bridal
veil: marisol aparicio

earrings: bloomingdales fine jewelry
ring: sareen jewelry
necklace: burton jewelers
haircomb: custom made by susan ratay
dress hanger: custom made by bride’s friend, susan ratay

makeup: deb for team beauti
hair: rebecca mousseau at phairis

bridesmaid dresses: bcbg max azria
bridesmaid terry outfits: victorias secret
bridesmaid necklaces: dogeared jewelry
bridesmaid earrings: charming charlies

groom’s tux: vera wang
groom’s watch: tag heuer

transportation: molly’s trolleys

letterpress invitations: papyrus, by william arthur
favors: harry london chocolates and handmade cookies by the bride’s mother, bride’s aunts, and groom’s aunt

{ brittney + daniel | frenchman’s reserve | palm beach gardens wedding photography }

Brittney + Daniel {aka: the MR. + the MRS.} were wed at Frenchman’s Reserve Country Club in Palm Beach Gardens, in “Vintage Style.” How totally cute are these signs???

Their theme was “vintage glam”… black & white Baroque, w/ lace + pearls and hues of green.

Even the shoes were lace.

The bride’s all white bouquet featured white peonies, poppies and calla lilies.

The stems were wrapped in black lace, and from a ribbon hung a rectangular locket containing a picture of her late grandfather on his wedding day.

The bridesmaid’s bouquets of green hydrangea’s and lilies, were a nice compliment.

Before Brittney dressed, a note arrived from here hubby-2-be.

The makeup-artist put some finishing touches on her perfect complexion, and it was time for a toast with her girls.

These custom painted goblets are FABULOUS!!! Each glass had a caricature style portrait of each bridesmaids, and their names at the base of the stem. When empty… the inside read… Fill Me!

With the drinking done… it was time to dress.

Mom was on hand to help get her daughter aisle ready. Here she helps with her veil.

And adjusts her bracelet as her bridesmaid’s look on.

On with the lacy shoes…

I love how the line of the shoes sit so well with her floral tattoo with the bow and rhinestone beneath it.

Dad dropped by for a quick peek at his little girl.

Then on with the black + white lace garter.

After a few portraits of the bride and her attendants…

The flower girls stopped by and gave the bride her bouquet.

Meanwhile, the groom was busy getting ready himself. Notice the “i do” cufflinks… the other has their date and initials. Love all the little details.

Following a handshake from dad…

And an arm wrestle with the boys. Aww come on… it’s his wedding day… you are going to let him win, right???

Mom stopped in to help her son with his boutonniere.

Finally, Daniel headed out for some portraits…

As did Brittney…

She was joined by her girls…

And her flouncy tulle bottomed flower girls.

Over at the front of the club… the boys… shown here, still clowning around…

eventually, began walking towards the spa area for the first look.

Daniel waited by the small zen fountain in the round for the big reveal.

He looks HAPPY!!!


The two explored Frenchman’s Reserve’s picturesque grounds for a while, taking lots of portraits.

One last laugh… and it was time to get married!

Do you have everything… Rings… who has the rings??? My, what a lovely engraving on the groom’s ring.

The weather was perfect, and the ceremony was set in the round overlooking the waterfalls.

Lilies were tied to the aisle chairs, and a crystal chandelier hung beneath the wedding canopy.

Strings began to play…

As Daniel and his groomsmen made their way down the aisle…

The flower girls each grabbed their cute little flower ball, complete with hanging pearls.

And they also grabbed the ring bearer. OMG… how adorable is he, with his “here comes the bride” chalk board sign???

Brittney’s father escorted her down the aisle.

The sun shined down brightly upon their union.

They promised vows…

Exchanged rings…

And were finally pronounced { the MR. + the MRS. }.

They headed up the aisle as man and wife…

With their most encouraging bridal party not far behind.

Guest enjoyed cocktails, with great little custom stirrers.

Were urged to leave their well wishes…

And directed to their beautifully calligraphed table cards.

First thing guests saw as they entered the ballroom, was this amazingly unique 4-tier butter creme cake, emblazoned with one giant petalled sugar flower.

Each place setting had a chocolate “heart-felt” thank you card to all in attendance.

The couple got the night started, with a super fun first dance, and the party continued into the night.

Before their wonderful evening came to a end…

They cut their oh, so pretty cake… together.

Then Daniel got to cut his oh, so crazy COOL Triple-Themed Groom’s Cake.

Lemmme guess… ummm, a medical guy, who loves golf, fishing and football… Miami style. Am a right??? Am a right???

The bride tossed the bouquet… and the single ladies really fought it out for the flying florals.

In the end… the soon to be honeymooners, escaped for some quiet time. But first, Brittney enjoys a sweet piano top serenade from Daniel.

Followed by one last, long kiss goodnight.

The end.


venue: frenchman’s reserve country club, palm beach gardens
florals + décor: j.morgan

gown: mon cheri
hair accessory: mon cheri
veil: mariolkas bridal

garter: – the chica boutique

earrings + bracelet : mariolkas bridal
ring + bands: helzberg

tux: tux shop palm beach gardens
cufflinks: – white truffle

bridesmaid’s gowns: david’s bridal
flower girl tutus: girly girl boutique by catherine cruz

signs: -romantic planet
goblets: creations by Conrad
place cards: – little spark creations
table cards: – ink and love
invitations: the bride, tina and chris weaver and jennifer swiger
custom stirrers: the bride, margaret james and kitty knapp

chocolate heart pops: two fat guys bakery
cake: frenchman’s reserve pastry chef