Lizzie Carlino and Brendon Boyea celebrated their 10 year anniversary with a “staycation” in New York City. While on a walk through Central Park, Brendon surprised Lizzie with a quartet playing their song and an unforgettable proposal. Their families even watched from afar at the Central Park Loeb Boathouse, where everyone then celebrated the couple's newly-minted engaged status with dinner and drinks.
Two years later, the pair traded in the busy city for Palm Beach and invited 160 guests to join them for a ceremony and reception at The Sailfish Club of Florida on April 23, 2016. The Sailfish Club was an easy choice for this couple, as the bride's grandfather has been a member for fifteen years, and her father for three. “The perfect ‘Palm Beach pool party’ began to take shape over an outdoor lunch next to the pool with gorgeous views of the Intracoastal Highway,” Lizzie says. With planners at Posh Parties in their corner, this couple put together a celebration that felt like a vintage pool party complete with banana leaf prints, flamingo figurines, and tropical-inspired décor. Jessica Bordner Photography was behind the camera, and we certainly think you should check out the shots below.
The bride and groom invited guests to Palm Beach with a welcome box filled with goodies to help them get through the weekend, including a mini cocktail kit, medicine, bandages, and sweets.
Despite her career in the fashion industry, Lizzie admits that she found the dress-shopping experience difficult and exhausting. “There were so many beautiful dresses. It was hard to trust which was the right one,” she says. The final choice was an Inbal Dror blush organza wedding dress with white lace and beaded embroidery.
She also wore white crystal strap Vince Camuto heels, Kate Spade earrings, and added a blush organza train. Lizzie’s bouquet featured soft pink peonies with greenery, playing off the couple's pink, green, and gold color scheme.
Brendon wore a custom navy blue suit with pink stitching and a blush tie, which he paired with a tan belt and shoes. He also wore a gold leather watch, a gift from his bride on the morning of the wedding. For some Palm Beach flair, Brendon even finished his look with flamingo cufflinks and socks.
Lizzie’s mom and two sisters served as her bridesmaids, and she wanted to make sure each woman was entirely comfortable on the big day, so she asked them each to choose something in a neutral color scheme. Brendon's groomsmen chose their own navy suits and paired them with blush ties and the same belt and shoes as the groom. The couple’s adorable puggle, Miley, wore a collar of fresh flowers.
Since the bride and groom had already thrown an island reggae welcome party to kick off their wedding weekend, they chose to keep their ceremony short and to the point. “We wanted our guests to mingle however they pleased and to feel as relaxed and at home in Palm Beach as we always do,” Lizzie says. As the pair exchanged vows at the altar, guests watched on from hightop tables, benches, or on the venue’s patio above.
At the reception, the décor was purposefully selected to be both vibrant and fun. Banana leaf printed table runners, pink silk napkins, gold pineapples, tiki torches, and inflatable pink flamingos floating around the pool embodied Lizzie and Brendon's vision of a vintage pool party. The pair even hired a DJ (who was accompanied by a fusion band!) to get the party started.
Guests enjoyed rum punches and mojitos, the couple’s two signature cocktails, and grabbed some food at a buffet that included a seafood bar, grilling station, pasta, and salad. They also had tons of dessert options, including ice cream sundaes, cookies, and bread pudding, along with the couple’s wedding cake — a simple buttercream frosted confection topped with bride and groom clay flamingos.
The newlyweds couldn’t have asked for a better way to celebrate their nuptials with friends and family. “Having a destination wedding gave us the opportunity to plan multiple events for our guests,” Lizzie says. “Not only did we not have to spend half of our wedding day greeting people, we also didn’t feel the pressure to have one perfect day. We had three!”
Venue, Catering & Cake: Sailfish Club of Florida
Wedding Planner, Invitations & Paper Products: Posh Parties
Bride's Wedding Dress: Inbal Dror
Jewelry: Kate Spade
Shoes: Vince Camuto
Hair: Marissa Marino of Nine Zero One
Makeup: Aracely Coronado
Groom's Attire: MySuit
Engagement Ring & Wedding Band: Salvatore & Co.
Flowers: Xquisite Events
Videographer: Key Moment Films
Photographer: Jessica Bordner Photography