Tropical Styled Shoot - Pleasure House Point

Here in Hampton Roads, weddings often have a beach, nautical, or even coastal theme. And we love those weddings. But when Jill of Sunkissed Events sent me the inspiration board for this tropical styled shoot she'd been planning, I started dreaming of Florida.

Florida is a place very close to my heart. I think I love cardigans and fall too much to move there, and there's something very unusual about celebrating Christmas in short sleeves, but that's what we did just about every year of my childhood. We piled in the car around 4 or 5 am and tried to sleep away as much of the 14 hour drive to my grandparents' house as we could.

One of the things that I loved about that drive to Florida was seeing the green of pine trees along the side of the road change to palm trees and tropical bushes. That's when we knew we were officially in Florida, even though it was usually about an hour or two into our drive through the state. (Sorry, Jess! That means you don't officially live in Florida!)

While Virginia and Florida don't look very much alike, we were able to find a few tropical looking trees at Pleasure House Point. Add in some palm leaves and orchids from Roost Flowers, and you have yourself a Floridian tropical paradise in the middle of our home state!

And if the lime infused favors weren't the perfect touch for a summery tropical wedding day, this adorable little ice cream bar put it over the top! How incredible is this hollowed out pineapple? And wrapping the ice cream cone in a palm leaf? Brilliant!

Photography: Caitlin Gerres Photography // Design, Coordination, and Paper Goods: Sunkissed Events// Location: Pleasure House Point Natural Area // Makeup: Dhalia Edwards // Hair: Salon OH // Rentals and Linen: Distinctive Event Rentals // Napkins: Pier One // Florals: Roost Flowers // Bridal Gown:Modern Trousseau via Ava Clara Bridal // Model: Pari Smith
Published on: Tidewater and Tulle