Watching the Soaps

When I was younger I watched a few soap operas here and there. I remember being intrigued with the drawn out storylines and how dramatic everyone’s lives apparently were. How five bad things rarely happen to anyone in one day in real life, but always seem to happen to one person in the soaps and how the characters’ deep, dark pasts always get tangled up and seem to cross. “This one” is actually “that one’s” mother and “so and so” is back from the dead after she was kidnapped by her uncle who is really her dad … you catch my drift. Juicy, gossipy, soap opera-y goodness.

So, naturally when I got this submission from Kelly McWilliams of Weddings by Socialites labeled “Soap Short” I found myself wanting to check it out. While the video is more for your viewing pleasure, any bride can take away inspiration from the incredible photo shoot that was held in tandem with the video production. The decor is romantic and full of whimsy and I love the color palette. Whether you want to catch a few minutes of cinematic drama or simply want to check out the team’s creations, sit back and enjoy!

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florida bridal fashion

florida bridal fashion

florida bridal fashion

florida bridal fashion

florida bridal fashion

florida bridal fashion

florida bridal fashion

According to the Team:

We chose Mediterra for its Mediterranean aesthetic. We wanted everything to feel approachable and effortless. The storyline is almost soap opera-esque. You’re first introduced to Olivia, the sweet bride, who is apparently struggling to sign and return a R.S.V.P. Then we meet sweet Christopher and his seductive bride Jacqueline as they sign their marriage certificate in a private hidden garden setting. After signing the certificate, Jacqueline walks by the beginnings of her reception, and admires her cake and table. She then walks inside and inspects her escort card table on the way to her pre-ceremony glamour photo shoot with Christopher. At the end of the hall, she finds Christopher’s diary with a picture of Olivia, the sweet bride. Meanwhile, Christopher and Olivia are thinking of each other, not even realizing that they are divided by a mere wall. At the ceremony site, we see Jacqueline stripped of her fantasy gown and barefoot. She is relieved and ready to move on returning her ring to Christopher. They both smile and hug, feeling calmed. Jacqueline runs off to her new groom whom she was really in love with and Christopher runs to find his true love Olivia.

Location: Mediterra, Naples, FL; Photo Shoot Concept and Design: Weddings by Socialites, Cape Coral, FL; Flowers: Botanicals on the Gulf, Naples, FL; Linen: BBJ Linen; Stationery: à deux: bespoke bridal paper, Boston, MA; Cake: Kakes by Karen, Naples, FL; Tuxedos: Rnells Tuxedos, Cape Coral, FL; Hair: Sir Daniel & Faces by Frohmberg, Naples, FL; Makeup: Hope Henderson Artistry, Miami, FL; Accessories: The Mrs. Shop; Jewelry: Ring Finger Studio, Miami, FL; Wedding Gowns: Tie the Knot Couture, Naples, FL; Photography: Ashley Brockinton Photography, Naples, FL; Videographer/Cinematographer: iheART Films Studio, Fort Myers, FL

A big thank you to Kelly McWilliams of Weddings by Socialites, AnnMarie Epple and Steve M. Gilkeson from iheART Films Studio, and the rest of the production team for sharing this video with our viewers!

PS – if you want to see the behind-the-scenes footage of this shoot check it out here.

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