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Natalie + Chris / Yacht Wedding at Sunset

Natalie and Chris swiped right and it was a love match! After a three years of establishing a strong foundation of friendship and love through a series of creative dates. Chris proposed with the most beautiful engagement ring and swept Natalie right off her feet.

Soon after their engagement we met with Natalie and Chris to discuss their dream wedding...as it turns out, their dream was a fantasy for us! We followed them down to the surf and sandy beaches of Florida's coast where our lead planner Jillian took over planning every single detail ensuring that our couple would have the perfect day for them to tie the knot. And after much searching, not that we minded traveling to Florida's sunny shores, Natalie and Chris chose to be wed onboard the beautiful Solaris yacht for a sunset cruise.

Electing not to see each other prior to the wedding, Chris and Natalie exchanged letters expressing not only their love for one another but also their excitement in this new chapter of their lives together.

It was because of those beautiful love letters that their wedding ceremony had an emotional beginning. While it was nearly impossible for anyone to tear their eyes away from the beautiful bride, she only had eyes for her groom who could barely contain his emotion at seeing his alluring soon-to-be wife. Natalie was an absolute vision in a wedding dress that surely almost every newly engaged woman dreams about. The romantic off the shoulder sweetheart neckline and dreamy ivory satin a-line gown fluttered delicately in the breeze as she made her way dow the aisle, escorted by her mother. Her hair and makeup done to perfection by Makayla Flemming from Ulta Beauty Salon. We were thrilled that Natalie & Chris decided to hire Erika Forney Photography to ensure that every gorgeous detail was captured.

The sunset ceremony was truly a vision to behold. Jillian, lead planner at Weddings & Events by Raina and her expert team, worked tirelessly to ensure that every detail was attended to, and that everything was in the proper place to fully accentuate the glamorous nautical vibe that Chris and Natalie wanted their guests to experience.

For the ceremony, the beautiful bride and groom were framed on either side by their closest friends and family supporting them with all their love and prayers for a happy marriage as Natalie and Chris exchanged personalize vows. Opting to let mother nature handle most of their decor, while she painted the most decadent sunset for our lovely couple, the bridal party excitedly showed off their beautiful blooms designed by the in-house florist at SunQuest Cruises.

These gorgeous, fragrant bouquets that also doubled as some of the arrangements found at the reception. The bridal bouquet itself was a true vision that had every woman yearning to catch the bouquet at the end of the evening, just to be able to take a memento of these beautiful blooms home with them.

Following the sunset off the bow, guests were invited below to partake in creatively themed cocktails and appetizers while they awaited the bride and groom's arrival.With table settings decked out in fine china and crystal all in attendance felt welcomed to sit and enjoy the decadent decor and celebratory feel of this amazing wedding day. Between Weddings & Events by Raina's lead planner Jillian and her team as well as the amazing crew at SunQuest Cruises and their impeccable selection of food, drinks and decor they were truly able to make this event no one will ever forget.

Everyone danced the night away...rocking it out on the dance floor to the musical selections of SunQuest's in-house DJ. His tunes had guests of all ages up and dancing the entire time, truly showcasing the pure joy that everyone felt at being able to celebrate this glorious occasion with the bride and groom,

The real showstoppers, however, were the wedding cake and grooms cake created especially for them by the creative cake artists at Publix Bakery. The happy couple, who are huge fans of sweets, made quick work of this beautiful confection made from sugar and icing....we will let you in on a little secret...this beautiful cake tasted just as amazing as it looked. Guests were even stopping by the dessert table for a second slice!

After a beautiful sparkler send off ended this dreamy evening, the bride and groom headed off to Disney World for their honeymoon where we are quite sure that they rode every single ride that they could!! WE happen to have it on good authority that this is their favorite thing to do together...especially when everyone else is off watching the fireworks. The entire evening was a gorgeous success that truly encompassed everything that Natalie and Chris envisioned for their big day. The entire team at Weddings & Events by Raina certainly felt honored to have been a part of this elegant event.

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