Jena Tipping and Bradley Crone wed in a vintage-inspired, blush-tone ceremony on her grandfather’s Naples estate.
Growing up, Jena Tipping didn’t spend much time dreaming of her future wedding. She never put on a dress and her mom’s much-too-big heels and walked down a faux aisle glancing demurely at her stuffed-bear wedding guests. In fact, it wasn’t until Bradley Crone proposed to her in Las Vegas after five years of dating that a vision of her wedding day began to take form. And from that point forward, it happened fast. “Our engagement was only 10 months, so I had to get working,” she says. “It came naturally from there.”
Canadian-born Jena met Florida native Bradley while studying at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers. So the first decision to be made was where to hold the wedding: Florida or Canada? “We decided on Florida because Brad was born and raised there, and it’s kind of my second home too,” says Jena, whose grandfather has an estate in Naples. The property, they agreed, was the perfect location for a wedding.
The dress came next. While shopping in Toronto, Jena fell in love with a blush-colored Monique Lhuillier gown. “I’m not usually a pink person, but I wanted something different,” she says of her choice. The dress was the spark: immediately, a palette of blush, palomino and ivory formed in Jena’s mind, as well as an overall theme of vintage with some modern accents.
To help bring her vision to life, Jena hired wedding planner Margaret Short of Margaret Events, who scouted Naples vendors since Jena was up in Canada. In the months leading up to her wedding, Jena traveled to Florida three times to select linens, taste menus and approve decor.
Finally, April 6, 2013 arrived. The early-evening ceremony took place on an island on the property. A bridge served as the aisle, and framed by an archway of honey suckle, grapevine and floral garlands, Jena and Bradley exchanged traditional vows in front of 165 guests.
While the couple slipped away for pictures after the ceremony, guests enjoyed a lively cocktail hour that included custom games, vintage lounges, designer doughnuts and music by the Anna Wilson Trio. The signature drink for the evening was called the 2200 – an ode to the venue’s address.
Venue: Private estate / Photographer: Trenholm Photography / Planner: Margaret Events / Gown: Monique Lhuillier / Hair and Makeup: Hope Artistry / Flowers: Grace Lake Florist / Decor: Margaret Events and Grace Lake Florist / Cake: Kakes by Karen / Catering: Chef Sebastian Mazzotta / Invitations: The Paper Merchant / “Day Of” Paper: Luster Designs / Videographer: Matt Steeves Photography / Entertainment: Anna Wilson Trio and CTO High Voltage / Lace and Linens: Wildflower Linens and Nuage Designs / Rentals: Tentlogix and Party Time Rentals