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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Written by Janet Butler

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Janet W. Butler is a freelance writer, editor, and editorial consultant by day and a “small soprano” by night. An RWA Golden Heart Winner, she is the author of the inspirational romance From the Ashes (“the best little book no one’s ever heard of”), published by SANDS Publishing in 2001; and a romantic suspense, Voice of Innocence, from Desert Breeze Publishing. She is a Chicago native transplanted to northeast Indiana, where she lives with her husband, daughter, and Cassandra “Trouble” Butler, S.R.C. (Spoiled Rotten Cat).

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