South Seas

Taryn & Daniel

Chicago, Illinois has a lot to offer - it’s a beautiful metropolitan city with lots of sights to see.
What it doesn’t have?
Palm trees. Beaches. South Seas Island Resort

It’s no mystery to us why Taryn & Daniel decided to leave Chicago and celebrate their love on the sandy shores of Captiva Island!

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We loved capturing Taryn’s wedding day beside our friends at iHeart Films - it doesn’t get more talented or easy to work with!

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Ah, Taryn’s other half: Daniel.
Dashingly handsome and so super nice, Daniel is Taryn’s perfect match!

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Taryn and her father are very close, and she wanted to arrange a special First Glance with him - are we glad she did!

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Sunset Cove at South Seas is a gorgeous place for a wedding ceremony - the copper arch provided by Floral Artistry helped to showcase the natural, organic feel of the beautiful view!

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Floral Artistry did such a lovely job with Taryn’s bouquet - it was the perfect size and shape for her gown!

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With certain design elements by Kelly McWilliams Celebrations, Weddings, & Parties and Floral Artistry, their vendor team made Taryn & Daniel’s reception dreams come true!

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Taryn & Daniel offered a make-your-own-trail-mix bar at their wedding reception -
it was the perfect healthy alternative to a candy bar, and guests had so much fun mixing the ingredients in personalized bags!

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With the formalities over, it was time to let None Other rock the reception!
None Other is one of our favorite bands to work with - check them out!

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Congratulations Taryn & Daniel! MSP wishes you the very best!

Happy New Year to all!

Venue: South Seas Island Resort
Wedding Planner: Kelly McWilliams Celebrations, Weddings, & Parties
Florist: Floral Artistry
Video: iHeart Films
Band: None Other

Jennifer & Adam: New Years Eve

In celebration of 2018 and to kick off its second month, let's take a peek back at where MSP spent New Years Eve:
Jennifer + Adam's wedding! 

We all grew up with the same fairy tales and certain mouse-sponsored cartoon movies, right? You know the ones... full of fun songs, can't-be-real-handsome princes, and the types of princesses that are just as gorgeous on the inside as they are on the outside. Have you ever wondered who those characters are based on? Enter: Jennifer + Adam. After you see their wedding (and its ridiculously fun reception, the bride's Hamilton-based RAP to the groom (!!), and the bursting-at-the-seams love these two have), I don't think you'll need further explanation as to why someone might pick them as a basis for the stuff those cartoon dreams are made of.

Wedding Designer & Planner: Kelly McWilliams Celebrations, Weddings, & Parties

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Upon arriving at South Seas Island Resort on Captiva Island, guests were greeted with these adorable monogrammed Welcome Kits. The tote bags were stocked full, including the brilliant addition of lip calm, water bottles, and sunnies! All done by the bride herself!

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Yep, this is the gorgeous Jennifer. Here she is!

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At this point, you're probably all, "well, she's obviously beautiful, but where's the prince?"

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If there's one thing Jennifer & Adam were missing, it was a gorgeous place to get married.
Enter: South Seas Island Resort

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Libby's Flowers KILLED IT with this gorgeous floral.

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THAT moment. The very best of the entire day. Swoon!

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The perfect day ended with the perfect sunset.

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And we haven't touched on the subject yet... but THAT DRESS! I know, I know!
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The reception was on a tented lawn at South Seas, and continued the clean, elegant design from the ceremony.

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Libby's Flowers is SO good at that "lush but clean, tropical but elegant" thing...

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Add a little uplighting, and we were ready to party!

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And while we waited for midnight, the couple danced...

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And the live artist painted...

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And the guests toasted...

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And the face painter did her thing...

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And the cigar roller did his...

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And then we had our first-time-ever surprise BRIDAL RAP (it was EVERYTHING)!

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Which earned the bride a much-deserved standing ovation!

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By then, it was time to get ready for the big moment: the bride changed in to her NYE dress, the couple got their faces painted, and the cake was cut!

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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MSP wishes you the very best 2018 has to offer! Mazel tov!

Wedding Planner: Kelly McWilliams Celebrations, Weddings, & Parties
Venue: South Seas Island Resort
Live Artist: Jacob Neagle
Floral: Libby's Flowers
Hair & Make-up: Diana Nieves HMUP
Tent: Tent Logix
Entertainment: Thank You For the Dance
Rentals: Island Events + Hitched
Cake: Bubble Room + Publix