PGA National Resort

{ jeannette + t.j. | pga national resort + spa | palm beach gardens wedding photography }

Jeannette + T.J.’s waterfront wedding, was held lakeside at PGA National Resort + Spa.

The event was coordinated to perfection by Bettina Benizri of Busy Bee’s Events… twice actually… as this relocated “hurricane weekend” event was re-invented and moved inland in record time, after Palm Beach Island was evacuated and the closed.

Special thank you to Nickole D’Angelo, Anna Erickson , the PGA staff and all of the vendors for bringing this together so quickly amidst the chaos of nature.

By Saturday, beneath sunny blue skies, the bride ( dressed in a Morilee lace couture gown by Madeline Gardner) was escorted down the aisle by her dapper blue eyed daddy, right into the arms of her smiling groom.

The reception space featured room decor, by Celebrations by Kathy and Dalsimer Atlas Florals + Events with white draping, blush uplighting, candles, and florals atop mercury glass vases.

Loved their romantic 4-tier ivory “paisley + pearl” fondant cake by Johnson’s Custom Cakes and the cute JENGA sign in idea. Each guest left little custom messages written on a personalized wodden Jenga set. So creative!

venue: pga national resort + spa, palm beach gardens
catering manager: nickole d’angelo
event coordinator: bettina benizri for busy bees events
florals + décor: dalsimer atlas florals + events
draping: celebrations by kathy
bridal gown: morilee by madeline gardner
bridal salon: bridal couture of the palm beaches
hair + makeup artistry:
cake: johnson’s custom cakes, wellington
custom jenga:

{ edith + patrick | vintage travel theme wedding | pga national resort + spa | palm beach gardens wedding photography }

Edith + Patrick’s spectacular vintage travel inspired wedding, held at PGA National Resort pulled out all the stops. The decor, a collaboration between Creations Event Design and A Partique Event Boutique, integrated antique cameras and vintage furniture + props throughout.

The travel theme was beautifully interwoven into the event from the aisle runner emblazoned with gold map coordinates of the couples home locales, to the place card table, which beckoned ‘where in the world are you sitting, sign in globes, and vintage ‘leave a note’ postcards from paris to london? Even the passport styled programs wrapped in white leather passport holder keepsakes. Not to mention the fabulous compass invites, and a chocolate + gold wedding cake replicating stacks of vintage luggage, by pastry chef extraordinaire, Jennifer Johnson, of Johnson’s Custom Cakes.

How do you get a wedding this creative? It helps if the bride is a professional event planner herself!!!

venue: pga national resort + spa, palm beach gardens
catering manager: nickole d’angelo
florals + décor: creations event design and a partique event boutique
bridal gown: oleg cassini vintage collection
bride’s jewlery: fontana jeweler
hair + makeup artistry: team beauti
cake: johnson’s custom cakes, wellington

{ liza + alan | pga national resort + spa | palm beach gardens }

Liza + Alan’s “Party of Five” wedding celebration at PGA National Resort + Spa was extra special, as their three children got to participate in all aspects of their nuptial day!!!

The ceremony was held on the cobblestone patio overlooking the majestic lake, beneath a beautifully decorated natural wooded chuppah by Dalsimer Atlas Events. The bride wore a stunning ivory lace gown by Theia Couture. Reception followed in the Palm Terrace. Uplit in hues of purple, the space was both romantic and modern at the same time.

venue: pga national resort + spa, palm beach gardens
florals + décor: dalsimer atlas event decorators
gown: theia couture
shoes: jimmy choo
makeup + hair artistry: team beauti

{ lindsay + matt | pga national resort + spa | palm beach gardens wedding photography }

Lindsay + Matt’s waterfront wedding at PGA National Resort + Spa took place one a perfect Saturday, overlooking the lake. The bride was a vision in her couture Justin Alexander Gown and fabulous Boutique de Voile headpiece. The slate grey and buttercup yellow palette was just right.

venue: pga international resort + spa, palm beach gardens
catering mgr: anna erickson
florals + decor:

bridal gown: signature by jusin alexander
headpiece: boutique de voile
bridal salon: bacio bacio bridal, wellington

bridesmaids’ gowns:
designer sox collection:

make-up artistry:
hair styling:

{ jennifer + scott | royal poinciana | pga national resort & spa | palm beach wedding }

Jen + Scott married on a perfect spring day in Palm Beach at the Royal Poinciana Chapel.

The bride readied at the victorian styled historic Seagull Cottage.

Here Jen reflects a moment…

As does her maid of honor, a bit more literally.

Together, her sisters help her into her gown.

Assisted by her bridesmaids.

Then on with the shoes…

How great are these rhinestone strapped wedding shoes by Grazia? They even have a light blue sole, so bride’s can easily check off their “something blue.”

Her gorgeous bouquet was created by Simply Flowers. Jennifer added this pearl brooch to the stems herself to give it just the right touch of extra romance.

She was truly a vision, in this couture Maggie Sottero gown. The corseted bodice fit her so impeccably. In this shot, beneath the crystal chandelier, why she looked like she stepped right out of a fairytale.

Mom helped her daughter on with her veil.

And the picture was complete.

Dad’s blue eyes twinkled as he looked on at his little princess.

Meanwhile, over at PGA National Resort & Spa, the groom and his groomsmen were getting into their tuxes. (note: the orange tiger paw “clemson” cufflinks!)

Here the boys joke with Scott…

Strike a pose…

Or two…

Then are limo bound, for the ride over to the chapel.

Back at the cottage…. Jen heads down the fabulous mahogany staircase.

Then out for a quick hello from her handsome young ring bearer, before meeting up with her bridesmaids for some last minute garden portraits.

I really liked the dusty mauve chiffon gowns the bridesmaids wore. The mauve and ivory rose bouquets, by Simply flowers, complimented it perfectly.

“Okay Ladies…Enough with the pictures, it’s time to get married,” the chapel coordinator reminded us. And off Jen and the girls ran to get ready for the ceremony.

The Royal Poinciana Chapel always reminds me more of being in Nantucket, than Palm Beach, with it’s arched colonial windows and wonderful New England inspired architecture.

One final kiss for dad…

And father and daughter were on their way.

The sight of his-soon-to-be-bride walking down the aisle towards him, brought tears to Scott’s eyes.

After the nuptials… they grabbed a moment in private.

Well, sort of private… if can somehow overlook the photographer hovering overhead. : )

Then they headed out the front of the chapel…

Where their bubble blowing guests were patiently waiting to send them off.

Since we had some time to kill before their cocktail party began…
we ran towards the back fountains with the wedding party.

Played near the Flagler gates…

And in the Gardens…

And on the waterfront, overlooking the inter coastal…

Then off to PGA for to join their guests…

Okay, well not till we quickly explored a few fun places to take pictures at PGA first.

The candle lit reception space was decorated in hues of white, taupe and dusty pink.

Once introduced, the newlyweds shared their first dance.

Once again, may I say how amazing the bride’s dress fit her. Bet you thought only Barbie dolls had waists that looked like this???

Speeches and toasts followed, and a good time was had by all.

As the night came to an end.. the cake was cut.

And departing guests received a set of these adorable little bride and groom inspired cake pops!

The new Mr. & Mrs. shared a few more moments of romance…

And ended the night with a poolside dip… the dry kind. : )


venue: pga national resort & spa, palm beach gardens
coordinator: anna erikson
chapel: royal poinciana chapel, palm beach
floral + decor: simply flowers, palm beach gardens
bridal gown: maggie sottero
shoes: grazia

{ kimmie + ricky | palm beach gardens wedding | pga }

Kimmie + Ricky’s wedding at the PGA National Resort & Spa was awash in hues of plum and lavender and fuchsia beautifully created by Camden Gardens Floral.

Never underestimate the power of petals… lots and lots of petals!!!

I just love this bridal bouquet, with plum Calla Lilies as the focal point.

As her bridesmaids got her dressed, she was fussed over by her hair and make-up staff.

Mom helps crochet her many buttons closed…

Then shared a tender mother-daughter moment.

Once the garter was secure…

It was time for the oh so cool, plum shoes.

Check out the bottoms… even the soles were emblazoned with matching “I Do” rhinestones.

Kimmie was a vision in her stunning Maggie Sottero Gown.

A quick kiss for dad…

Then her flowers arrived via her adorable flower girl.

Kimmie and her girls, all in matching plum knee length dresses by Priscilla of Boston, posed for the cameras before heading out.

I just adored the super cute custom decorated cookies… which were a gift from one of Kimmie’s bridesmaids.

I couldn’t stop taking pictures of them. Okay, enough with the cookies… last one. : )

Off went the girls down the pretty staircase.

Cut to: Another suite, on another floor… Ricky and the boy readied, with some help from his mom and son.

Then, out they went… heading off to the spa for the groom’s first look as his bride2b.

Here Kimmie takes a breath before the big reveal.

Clearly, she took his away. Ricky was speechless.

After their portraits, they met up with the wedding party…

And Ricky got some extra pre-wedding wishes and kisses from the little ones…

The ceremony, was held right before sunset, at the Pavilion.

After their “i do’s,” they exited…

To a Mariachi band…

Cocktails were served outdoors…

Since Kimmie + Ricky are both f+b professionals at the Four Seasons Palm Beach, naturally their Palm Beach Gardens wedding was a “Foodie’s Dream.” Check out these yummy appetizers.

The reception space was uplit in purple. Silver Chiavari chairs, surrounded square and round silver and white overlayed tables.

The centerpieces, were an assortment of candles, floral floated vases, and floral arrangements. Exquisitely crafted by Cary at Camden Gardens Floral.

The silver trimmed glass chargers, allowed the table to show through. The plum napkins sat beneath the custom menus.

The cake, masterfully crafted by piece of cake by elena, had plum ribbons, and custom flowers on top made of sugar.

After the newlyweds first dance…

There were toasts…

More dancing..

Cake cutting…

And smashing…

And sweets…. lots of yummy sweets.

The fabulous color-coordinated Candy Buffet, dripping in crystals, was designed by “Somethin’ Delicious.” This delectable spread was one of the most gorgeous displays I have ever seen.

After the bouquet and garters were tossed…

The party raged on into the night, as the oh so talented, Rock With You, headed by MC Ross Bielejeski, set the dance floor on fire.

But as their perfect evening ended…

The new Mr. & Mrs…

Started their honeymoon off in style in PGA’s fabulous presidential suite.

venue: pga national resort + spa, palm beach gardens
event catering manager: anna erickson

floral + decor: cary mckain for camden gardens floral
candy buffet: somethin’ delicious

bridal gown: maggie sottero
earrings + bracelet: moriolka’s bridal, boynton beach
shoes: davids bridal
bridesmaids dresses: priscilla of boston

invites + menus: wedding paper divas
linens + chargers: atlas party rental
cake: piece of cake by elena
entertainment: rock with u

{ ruth + dan | married at pga national, fl }

Ruth and Dan’s reception on March 27, 2010, transformed the PGA National Resort & Spa into a spectacular “Tropical/Moroccan Themed” paradise.

Created by the ingenious Michael Ereshena and his team at The Special Event Resource & Design Group, the overall results were rich, exotic, and breathtaking, at once.


The walls and tables were draped in a rich gold fabric, and uplit to perfection. The Yellow and Orange centerpieces, surrounded wrought iron, trees, dripping in bejewled tea lights.

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The Espresso Chiavari Chairs, coordinated perfectly with the woven square chargers, the oil rubbed bronze accessories, the dark wooden & gold frames, and the decadent chocolate fondant wedding cake.

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Meanwhile, as this design masterpiece was being created, earlier in the day…

Ruth got ready in her Bridal Suite at PGA National…


rings n things



Not long after, Dan drove up on his tricked out Ride.


Now… How cool is that?

Once Ruth heard he had arrived, we quickly finished up our poolside portrait session…



and she hurried to meet him for a First Look.


The site of his stunning Bride-2-be brought Dan to tears.


They kissed beneath the lanterned, red-ceilinged car port at the front of the hotel.

Then headed off to the Pavilion, as the sunset ceremony was about to begin.


At the rear of the pavilion a refreshment table was set with this great lemon water service, and little bowls of mints. What a good idea.

The bride was escorted down the glass fluted aisle…

The harpist played… The minister spoke…

And they exchanged vows, as the sun went down.


Dan could not contain his emotions.


Minutes later, they were man and wife. Hand in hand, the newlyweds headed off to their cocktail hour.

In keeping with the event’s tropical/moroccan theme, the courtyard area had tables of varying heights, clothed in deep yellow, with oil rubbed bronze tiki torches and candle holders.


The directors of catering at PGA outdid themselves. Anna Erickson, Greg Majka and their marvelous staff, saw to every last detail.


An unbelievable seafood spread, complete with jumbo stone crab claws the size of your fist, awaited their guests.

Champagne and “Angel Food Cake Martinis” (yum!) were served by white gloved waiters.

At the conclusion of the Cocktail Hour, after greeting and mingling with their guests, the bride and groom exited…

Soon after, the guests were ushered into the perfectly lit ballroom…


Serenaded by the über-talented VoxBlu, {an unbelievable 10 piece orchestra}, from Blues to Jazz to the Black Eyed Peas… all were performed to auditory perfection.

I love how the gold conga drums matched the room.

The bride and groom, danced their first dance, and the rest of the night was just one big party.

Decor: Special Event Resource & Design Group
Venue: PGA National Resort & Spa
Coordinators: Anna Erickson, Greg Majka, Whitney Buchanan
Orchestra: VoxBlu
Videography: Artistry Wedding Films