Emma and Clayton Lynch's connection was so meant to be, that it was obvious to others before they even met - the day Emma's best friend's parents were introduced to Clayton, they knew he was the one for her. She took a little longer to convince, but eventually the two met for coffee and discovered their matchmakers had been right all along. After a romantic kayak proposal, they decided on an intimate wedding with just families and close friends. The location was personal as well as beautiful, since the couple had spent time on the beaches of Florida early in their relationship. When they came across Stork's Nest, its deck overlooking the pristine white sand beaches of Grayton Beach, they knew they'd found the perfect setting and these stunning images by LESLIE HOLLINGSWORTH PHOTOGRAPHY capture it so beautifully.
Emma tells us, “It was a night spent laughing and dancing. I couldn't have dreamed up a more perfect wedding day or a more perfect man to share that day and every day with. I wish I could go back in time so that I could stand in the middle of it all and just stare. It was all so beautiful."
The gorgeous DESSY WRAP DRESS – in powder blue – gave the bridesmaids options for how they wanted to wear the dress
We love the idea of woven baskets with blankets to keep your guests warm if the sea breeze kicks up!
As a photographer herself, Emma has seen a ton of beautiful weddings and Pinterest-worthy ideas, but when it came to planning their own celebration, she wanted something different. "I wanted it to look and feel like us and to be timeless and elegant," she says. "I've always been drawn to a natural, organic style and Clayton loves the outdoors, so I wanted our wedding to reflect that." From the farm-style tables covered in Silk & Willow runners, brass candlesticks and heirloom gold-rimmed china inherited from Emma's grandmother Ada, to the handwritten oyster shell place cards, it did just that.
Photographer & stylist LESLIE HOLLINGSWORTH PHOTOGRAPHY / Cake PUBLIX, WATERCOLOR CROSSINGS / Florist AMBER HAM / Stationery CHARLIE WHISKEY DESIGN / Ceremony venue GRAYTON BEACH, FL / Reception venue STORK'S NEST, GRAYTON BEACH / Bride's gown HAYLEY PAIGE BLUSH from WHITE DRESSES BOUTIQUE / Shoes JIMMY CHOO from NORDSTROM RACK / Jewellery ANTHROPOLOGIE & HEIRLOOM / Hair & make-up LYNSEY RICHARDSON / Menu board KADIE SMITH / Bridesmaids' dresses DESSY WRAP DRESS from BELLA BRIDESMAIDS / Groom's attire JOS A BANK / Planner BRITTANY LOTT for ELLE AFFAIRS / Caterer TOWNSEND CATERING / Music ETHAN GARDINER / Rentals THE BIG DAY EVENT RENTALS / Ribbon FROU FROU CHIC / Table Runners SILK & WILLOW