We are so excited to FINALLY share Julie & Bob's Siesta Key, Florida elopement! They were truly something special. Who says there has to be an age limit on love?!
A special thank you to these vendors for making this wedding come to life:
Planner: A White Sand Wedding
Photographer: Katelyn Prisco Photography
Florals: Oh Darling Events
Beauty: Brides by Kelly Anne
Officiant: Hitched and Honey
THE HISTORY OF TIES
Do you ever wonder why in the world men wear ties? We dug into the history of men's neckwear and our research found many different opinions on where and when this accessory originated but here's the gist. The term "tie" wasn't adopted until about 300 years ago, but according to some records men began sporting various neck adornments as far back as four thousand years ago in ancient Egypt. Other artifacts and evidence show that even tribes across the globe in the places like the Amazon wore various materials around their necks which were thought to be badges of honor.
The accessory closest to what we have today took shape in Europe many years later but evolved from more of a scarf shape - also known as a cravat. Around the 1600's some researchers believe it was first worn by Croatian soldiers, and some think that the German Army created this look. Either way, from about 1650 on, men could be seen wearing these scarf-like ties regularly and did so more as a symbol of nobility. Over the next 200 years it evolved into more of the formal tie that we know today. In the 1800's as the middle class of Europe increased rapidly, the necktie more and more evoked a sense of hierarchy and said a lot about ones status or class level. The higher class you were, the more subtle your neckwear was. The lower class you were, the brighter and bolder your neck adornment.
It wasn't until a tie maker in New York created a new method of cutting the fabric and stitching it together which allowed the tie to hold its classic shape and tie knots to become diversified. From there tie knots continued to evolve tie patterns reflected trends in art like the art deco movement of the 30's, got shorter in length for some time, and colors became bolder and more playful. Then, in the 50's they got skinnier and started being made out of different materials including knit ties (the television show Mad Men exemplifies these two changes in style), the bolo tie increased in popularity, and then they came back wider and more colorful as ever in the 80s.
Despite these changes over time, neckties have always been a widely adopted form of neckwear across the globe and bow ties have historically been deemed as appropriate for more formal occasions. Which leads me to our next question, are you a necktie or a bow tie kind of guy? And what does that say about you?
NECKTIE VS. BOW TIE
Bow ties have become rather trendy in recent years and here at Knotty Tie Co. we can definitely vouch for that! Although as mentioned, the bow tie has always been deemed the more formal neckwear option, being that tuxedos do require bow ties exclusively, we’ve seen them make a comeback and be widely embraced as a proud symbol of geekdom. Bow ties do generally get more attention, but it’s a fact that not everyone can pull them off. This is partly because they may not look proportionately balanced on every figure and also since they take more sophistication to tie. At Knotty Tie we only make self-tie adult bow ties and although the average bow tie afficianto appreciates this greatly, many guys are totally stumped when it comes to tying a bow tie. With a little practice and help from Youtube that can definitely be overcome. We’ve noticed that our friends in the South are never afraid to make a statement with a colorful or wild patterned bow tie and we find that bow ties are deemed to be more festive than ties when it comes to how men are dressing to celebrate major holidays.
As we now know, the necktie is the OG of all ties. They are the most popular and widespread, being appropriate for almost every occasion. They are typically worn with suits or a simple button-down shirt, so although they can certainly be worn in most formal settings they also tend to be easier to dress down. Unlike bow ties, neckties can be loosened at the knot to give a more laid back, less buttoned-up feel. The type of knot also says a lot. More complex knots like the Trinity can create a more formal and polished look, but the most universal and widely used knot is the Windsor. Give some new knots a try if you’ve stuck it out with the Windsor all these years! Neckties are well-known to be the more figure flattering option and can actually make a man look taller by providing an elongated illusion. Neckties are far more popular than bow ties when it comes to business dress and can really make a statement when you walk in the room depending on the color and design. For example, a red tie establishes dominance and for this reason red ties are a very popular choice amongst politicians.
WHY CUSTOM TIES?
A necktie or bow tie is one of the least expensive parts of a man’s ensemble and because of this, allows for plenty of variety. A simple swap of your tie can change your entire look. Suits, shirts, belts, and shoes at the average department store only come in a handful of colorways. Wearing ties as an accessory is a cheap and easy way to get a pop of color, dress more professional, or make a stronger statement. Show your personality through a fun pattern that features your favorite things in life. At Knotty Tie Co. we make this simple. Do you love tacos? Let us know your favorite toppings and we’ll create a custom design with the colors that either match the other elements in your outfit, or are just simply colors you love but can’t find in a department store. A fun tie pattern can make you more approachable but doesn’t have to be loud. By scaling it down and coloring it in a subtle way you can create a look that people will appreciate once they. Are you known for something in your office or amongst your group of friends? Do you have a tagline or go-to phrase? Or do you simply have a love for manatees? Whatever floats your boat, even actual boats, we can create a design that will make getting dressed in the morning something to look forward to!
HATE WEARING A TIE?
If you’re the kind of guy who considers ties stuffy or impractical we’d bet that you’ve never heard of Knotty Tie Co. Imagine if someone designed a tie that incorporated all of your favorite hobbies and interests. We bring our customers wildest ideas to life every day. In fact, one of our most popular tie designs is a Corgi wearing a top hat and jetpack flying through outer space. Talk about a conversation starter! Wearing a tie that you’ve custom designed adds a personal aspect to your wardrobe that is both meaningful and priceless. Have everyone laughing and create a tie that features an inside joke between you and your buddies. When you design a custom tie that is so unique and so you, you’ll be searching for reasons to wear it again and again - and your friends might be asking too. You aren’t a boring person and your ties shouldn’t be either!
Guest blog post by Knotty Tie Co, a Denver based online custom tie company.
Photo credits: Tanyas & Victor Rodriguez Photo, Sonja K Photography, Mallory McClure Photography, Alison Vagnini Weddings
You never know when disaster or inconvenience may strike. Many experts in the industry will tell you that in order to avoid such situations within major events, an emergency kit is essential. A wedding, especially one of the beach distinction, is no different. Even though we hope that your big day is nothing short of perfect, it never hurts to go the extra degree in terms of coming prepared for any obstacle. Here are some essentials to include in your personal kit, a move towards your big day along the shoreline.
1) First Aid Kit
This one is not necessarily specific to a beach wedding but is crucial nonetheless. You never know when someone in your wedding party or even yourself may need minor medical attention, or some light Advil to relieve a tension headache before the ceremony.
Here is a link to an adorable wedding day emergency kit you can order off of Etsy.com in just a few clicks!
It goes without saying that an obvious inclusion in this list is sunscreen. Since your wedding will be outdoors, both you and your guests will need to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays. Bring an extra bottle of your SPF of choice, and keep your skin safe during your walk down the aisle.
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3) Beauty Supplies
Nature is unpredictable. You never know which outside factor may impact the security of that gorgeous wedding hair or makeup. For hair, anything from bobby pins to extra hairspray will keep it in place against the ocean breeze. For makeup, keep your holy grail items close to spot treat any emerging blemishes, as well as blotting sheets to keep your skin oil free and glowing.
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5 Reasons Why Siesta Key Beach Is The Perfect Wedding Venue
Crossing the bridge onto the island of Siesta Key is like entering a new world. All of the elements that make up the beach environment work in perfect harmony, resulting in a luxurious feel that many only get to experience through expensive international vacations. From the tranquil gulf breeze to the mesmerizing sunsets, Siesta Key has an almost overwhelming amount of charm that would take your wedding day to the next level, and defy even your wildest dreams.
1) The Reputation
It is no secret that Siesta Key Beach has been continuously rated the #1 beach in the United States for the majority of the last decade. Every year, millions of visitors have flocked to the area to immerse themselves in the miles of relaxation and entertainment that Siesta Key has to offer. From the idyllic day spent basking in the warm Florida sun to the vibrant nightlife in the village, it is easy to understand why it would make for the perfect place to host your special day!
2) The White Sand
The fine mineral that covers Siesta Key Beach is not your typical sand. The white blanket that covers your path to the water is made almost entirely of quartz and one that never gets hot, no matter how scorching the Florida sun gets. It is unbelievably soft, making it excellent walkway for your trip down the aisle. While it is not immediately realized, sand is a key presence in every beach wedding. If you are going down that road on your wedding planning journey, it would only right choose the beach that is world famous for its incredible white sand.
3) The Water
While the Gulf Coast is generally known for having beautiful water, the one that lines the Siesta Key coast is particularly breathtaking. It is crystal clear year round, and a superb temperature almost every day, except for the few days that Florida has a winter. The seemingly endless blue ocean would make for a beautiful background for all of your photography needs, as it delightfully contrasts the previously discussed white sand.
4) The Sunsets
There will never be enough words to accurately describe the enchantment of a Siesta Key sunset. On any given day, you can see thousands of locals and tourists trek through the white sand and line themselves along the shoreline, just to get a perfect view of the nightly show that the Floridian sky puts on. Encompassing virtually the entire spectrum of the rainbow, the sunsets would enhance not only the feel of your beach wedding but also the pictures that will remind you of this remarkable day for the rest of your life.
5) The Atmosphere
When a couple chooses a beach wedding, there is usually a special connection that they have to that specific setting. Siesta Key will only serve to take that exceptional feeling to the next level. When you choose to have your wedding on the island, you want more than the standard. You want luxury, comfort, and magic all in rolled into one enticing wedding venue. Your expectations will only be exceeded when choosing Siesta Key, and everything that you once visualized about your wedding, will become a heightened reality.
What's better than a little sneak peak? A sneak peak that has us swooning to see more. This couple was so sweet from start-to-finish during the wedding planning process.
Congratulations Julie and Bob! A White Sand Wedding wishes you a lifetime of happiness and fulfillment.
Stay tuned for more! Xoxo, A White Sand Wedding.
SaltBlock began as a passion project fueled by a love for the water, our obsession with fresh seafood, and sharing both experiences with those closest to us. Realizing a need for more intentionally crafted catering services in Tampa, SaltBlock Catering came to life as a “Scratch-Made” kitchen, and over the years, it has expanded into a full-service hospitality company. Although our team and service offerings have grown, we maintain the same simple mission; to provide our customers with Thoughtfully Crafted Hospitality Experiences. Our team pours everything we have into our food and service, an effort we hope translates into outstanding experiences for you and your guests. We appreciate your business and look forward to many shared meals to come.
Renting items for your event isn’t just for furniture! Did you know you could rent everything from sofas all the way down to the glassware? The Copper Acorn offers so many vintage options for your special event. We have a 3,000 square foot warehouse full of unique furniture, arbors, bars, sofas, chairs, wine barrels, mismatched wooden chairs, farm tables, the list goes on! Not only does renting unique furniture for your event make for great photos, it also sets the tone and gives that ‘wow’ factor your guests will definitely remember. I mean, who doesn’t want their guests to walk away thinking “wow that was gorgeous!?” I believe that renting these items is so important because it really adds that special touch you are looking for and your guests will be talking about your event for weeks to come.
No event is the same, and the décor shouldn’t be either! You can come to the warehouse and pick what you want or it can be designed for you! Most of our pieces are one of a kind and genuinely vintage meaning your event will have it’s own unique style that will not be duplicated. Renting items for your event is a lot more reasonably priced than a lot of people may think. Rather than making something from scratch, you could rent it, save the money on supplies, and save the time and headache of having to do it on your own. The stress relief alone is worth the extra cost! We can also build custom items too so bring your vision board!
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This wedding was certainly something to remember. Cassie and Sebastian's infectious love was not hard to miss. From the beginning of our planning process to the very end of their wedding night, we couldn't help but notice how in love these two were.
I would describe this wedding as being romantic-boho. Cassie and Sebastian's wedding had touches of sandy blue and small pops of white and greens. The cafe lights that stringed above their reception dinner was just the prefect touch. We wish this couple a lifetime of happiness and many, many more memories!
We can’t think of a better way to get married than to have a destination wedding on the sandy white beaches on the gulf coast of Florida. After you exchange vows and say “I Do” it is time to sit down and relax a little as a newlywed couple!
This is a time to celebrate your marriage in intimacy and seclusion, and turning your destination wedding into your honeymoon is the perfect excuse. Take this time to bond with your partner and establish the love that you two hold in your relationship.
Have one night in the honeymoon suite, with champagne on the balcony and a candlelit dinner on the shore. A couples massage and a late night dip in the hot tub will make this your romantic dream come true. Visit www.honeyfund.com to make your dream honeymoon come to life!
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