Please note that we are still accepting contributions and sponsorships for the 2011 Grand Wedding! This is an open opportunity for everyone who is interested. If you have any questions at all about how to participate, please email or call us at 239-673-9620.

The Engagement Session with Maria Glassford

I flipped when I got these images from Maria. She captured exactly what I always see from Christy & Keith- that super fun kind of love. Awesome, just awesome!


 Maria Glassford was introduced to me through her participation with The Grand Wedding, and I couldn't be more thrilled that she's a part of the team.  Maria took a few moments to answer some questions for me so that I could get to know her and her business a bit better.  Here is what she had to say:
"I grew up in Fort Myers, I'm married to my wonderful husband, Kirt and we have 5 kids- 4 boys and one girl. As far as photography, I started mainly with family and baby shoots. However, 2 years ago, I was a bridesmaid in my best friends wedding and from that very day, I knew I had to combine my passion of photography with my love of weddings. I booked my first wedding a month later and I haven't slowed down since. I absolutely love what I do and feel like I haven't worked a day in my life.  I have so many favorites about working with couples but I love most of all that we typically start as strangers and end as friends. The relationship with my clients is vital over the course of their engagement and I love getting to know them and their love story. Close second is seeing them together on the happiest day of their lives."

Then she told me all about the engagement session with Christy & Keith.  Downtown Ft Myers is such a great backdrop for an engagement session (and a wedding!).  As I expected, it sounded like they all had a great time!
"Keith and Christy, the whole time we were together we were doing one of two things. Either smiling or laughing. Seriously, this couple was so spontaneous and just so much fun to be around.  Not too long into the shoot, Keith started calling the shots to Christy...kiss, serious face, smile, kiss, look away from the camera. laugh...and man was he good. He says all of the credit goes to America's Next Top Model for teaching him how to work the camera. I was dying and just trying my best to prevent camera shake! Towards the end of our session, Christy randomly grabbed a bike from the side of a building because she thought it was pretty much a necessity for our shoot. Of course, this was after walking into the neighboring restaurant to ask all of guests in the room if the bike happened to be theirs. Keith is so cool, relaxed and laid back and Christy is truly so sweet and so excited to marry the man of her dreams. We had so much fun walking around the streets of downtown Fort Myers and I was honored to capture a little piece of their love story before they say "I do" next month.  I have no doubt their lifetime together will be filled with great happiness, plenty of laughter and a whole lot of fun!"
A huge thank you to Maria for contributing this engagement session to The Grand Wedding!  We do still have availability for your business to participate in The Grand Wedding 2011; reach out!: (239) 673-9620.

The Floral Design meeting with Signature Florals

We are rolling through this wedding planning!  Yesterday Christy and I met with Sue at Signature Florals to work on the floral designs for The Grand Wedding.  The consultation went great as we we figured out how to use the flowers in with the retro design concept and our color palette of Raspberry, Black and White.  Sue's ideas were phenomenal as always.  Her knowledge of the era was so extensive!  Now I think we're all just busting at the seams to actually put this all in place.  January 30th can't get here fast enough.

The Dress! The Dress!

This past Saturday, Christy went to Tie The Knot Bridal down in Naples for her 1st dress fitting and wedding day styling.  All I can say is stunning!  The dress is the perfect fit for her retro inspired wedding (just over a month away!).  Christy and her mom arrived to the boutique for their private styling appointment with Tie the Knot co-owner Hilary and Pop Jewels owner Maria.
Here is a sneek peek of Christys styling session:

Here's the difference between Tie the Knot bridal and most of the "big stores".  When you arrive at Tie the Knot, you are there for a personal and private appointment.  Their ultimate goal is to help you find you ultimate wedding style and make sure that your entire look works.  That means picking everything from the dress, to the shoes, to the accessories AND the dresses you'll wear to all your other parties.  Engagement, shower, welcome reception, rehearsal dinner.  You only get married once, and you'll want to look your best always.  This is how you do that!

Announcing the Pros!

From Top Left and clockwise: Kelly McWilliams' Weddings by Socialites, I Heart Films, Signature Florals, Impressions Photography, Audrey Snow Photography, Hotel Indigo, Lauren E Wiley, Frey Valet

We are absolutely thrilled with the wedding professionals who have joined the 2011 Grand Wedding Team!
  • Ashley Brockinton Photography: Bridal Portrait ::Click::
  • Audrey Snow Photography: Wedding Day Photography ::Click::
  • Casa Ybel Resort: Rehearsal Dinner ::Click::
  • Customized Wedding Creations: Aisle Runner ::Click::
  • Daily Chocolates: Favors ::Click::
  • Frank Jean LMT: Massage Therapy 
  • Frey Valet: Valet services ::Click::
  • New Moon Cruises: Private Charter ::Click::
  • Get Groovy: Invitation Design ::Click::
  • Derek Trenholm Band: Wedding Band ::Click::
  • Hotel Indigo: Honeymoon Suite ::Click::
  • I Heart Films: Videography ::Click::
  • Impressions Photography: Detail Photos (Wedding Day) ::Click::
  • Jennifer King: Hair & Makeup Styling
  • Kakes by Karen: Wedding & Grooms Cakes ::Click::
  • Lauren E Wiley: Ceremony Vocalist ::Click::
  • Luminaire Foto: Fotovideo ::Click::
  • Maria Glassford Photography: Engagement Session ::Click::
  • Nick Adams Photography: Rock the Frock Session ::Click::
  • Pop Jewels: Wedding Day Accessories ::Click::
  • Pro DJs: Wedding DJ ::Click::
  • Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center ::Click::
  • Signature Florals: Wedding Florals ::Click::
  • Tie The Knot Bridal Salon: Wedding Dress and Bridesmaids dresses ::Click::
 Interested in particiapting?  We have sponsorships and participation openings:
Tuxedos, Catering, Flowers, Jewelry, Entertainment... Just call 239.673.9620.