Reverent and Relaxed: A Florida Beach Wedding by Stephen DeVries

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If you’re a Florida bride — or you’d like to be! — you’ll enjoy this collection of images from a spring wedding in Naples, Florida, from Stephen DeVries. The bride’s clearly having a good time from the get-go; look at the “bunny” picture and that’ll be plain! It’s hard to decide which is more inviting: the silver slippers before the fountain, or the open ocean, but this party’s going to enjoy all of it to the hilt. And no wonder: the bride and groom are clearly taking a relaxed approach to their nuptials; their “reveal” is both exuberant and just plain cute. Not everyone can have wedding transport by way of a small plane, but these two can (although the bride may need some lessons in being a co-pilot). No groomsmen or bridesmaids are in evidence here, nor does the bride wear a veil…only a splendid flower in her hair.

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Yes, this is a traditional and religious ceremony — on the beach. The gorgeous surroundings encourage guests to relax, too — note the sign saying “shoes optional” indicating the “floor” is sandy. After being blessed beneath the chuppah, the happy couple leads the way to a reception that includes spiffy silver tablecloths — and cupcakes with Oreo and Key Lime flavors, as well as a cutting ceremony for the challah. Reception fun includes dancing, both contemporary and ethnic; the groom pauses for a good cigar, and the bride mugs for the photographer with her friends. Finally, after lots of hugs and good wishes, the happy couple begins a new life together, with warm memories that will last forever.

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