Anna Karenina Inspired Wedding: A Styled Shoot

Russia on a cold winter day. Naples, Florida in the middle of Spring. What better way to bring these two opposite settings together than with a styled shoot, inspired by a classic Leo Tolstoy novel. A stunning lace dress, paired with our own vintage decor elements and a lovely outdoor backdrop, brought 19th century romance to life. We can hardly tear our eyes away!

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Have A Ball

Get the jerseys and buffalo chicken dip ready, it’s that time of year again! Football season is starting, and it’s every man’s dream to incorporate the pigskin into their special day. From delightfully greasy snacks to a groom’s cake customized to show off a favorite team, the possibilities are endless! Take a small peek at some of our favorite ways to celebrate a love of the game..


Abbey & Mario: A Pop Of Color

There is nothing we love more at Along Came Stephanie than giving a couple a wedding that’s just as fun-loving and playful as they are. Abbey and Mario’s breathtaking wedding, held at The Club at Mediterra, featured eye-catching shades of blue and green, beautiful white bouquets courtesy of Isn’t She Lovely Florals, and a stunning bridal gown, designed by Maggie Sottero.

Sweet treats for every guest and some incomparable dance moves were just icing on the cake at this exciting affair!

Congratulations, Abbey & Mario!













{Images courtesy of Set Free Photography}

Place Cards With Pizzazz

Place cards don’t just direct guests to their tables, they set the theme for the entire wedding! Long gone are the simple days of cardstock and print. Today’s wedding attendees are seeing it all, from antique picture frames to wooden logs engraved with table numbers. Beyond influencing décor, unique place cards put a personal touch on a wedding, and make guests feel truly special. Don’t be afraid to get a little creative once your seating chart is finished! Here is a look at some of our best place card ideas:







Styled Shoot at Heritage Bay Country Club


Styled Shoot at Heritage Bay Country Club

What a privilege it was to be asked to style a shoot for Heritage Bay Country Club. The day was not without it’s obstacles. Including a brush fire nearby that threatened to close roads. In the end it was a fabulous shoot. Thanks to an awesome group of Wedding Professionals that made it all come together!

Photographer – Maria Angela Photography

Venue – Heritage Bay Country Club

Make up – Meggan Bradley – NColor Salon

Hair – Ana Blitch – NColor Salon

Florist – Signature Florals

Wedding Gown – Loretta’s Bridal

Tux – Black Tie



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Brittany & Steve’s Wedding – Set Free Photography Blog

Here is one of my latest weddings blogged by Stacy with Set Free Photography. It was one of the most beautiful weddings ever. I have had the pleasure of knowing Britt and her family for many years and it was so exciting to work with them on bringing to life exactly what Britt wanted. I will never forget the look on her face when we would be “experimenting”  with decorations and whenever I would add that extra touch of bling her eyes would light up! There were no words needed, her mom and I knew that was what she liked when her  beautiful eyes grew big with excitement!

In addition I was able to make wonderful new friends when I met Steve’s parent’s and brother’s. They are such a precious family. Both Britt and Steve have been blessed to have such wonderful families. I’m so excited to watch their new family begin and see what the future holds for them.

I will post more pics later, but these are a few as a teaser…

Always a Step Ahead,


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I’m Stephanie a Certified Wedding and Event Planner. Along Came Stephanie has been a dream in process for many years.  In addition to wedding planning I desire to share my helpful life tips and techniques with others. In this blog you will not only find wedding and event information, but various topics ranging from tips on saving money to everyday life experiences. As we walk through this life together my desire is for the the information shared to benefit not only my current clients but others as well.

Always a Step Ahead,