Bill and Allison’s wedding day was so seamless. We started out at one of Downtown Jacksonville’s most Beautiful churches- Immaculate Conception. The ceremony was just gorgeous. The light filtering in from all of the stained glass windows was the perfect touch to complete the nuptials. After the ceremony and a few Wedding Party/Family formals we headed off to Epping Yacht Club. Finally making it past security (…no wedding crashers allowed!) we walk in to the sweetest reception. From the love bird cake topper to the candy bar,this was a great day!
Thank you Allison and BIll for having us be a part of your wedding. It was such an honor, and we will remember it forever =)
Tonya (and Jessie)
Rehearsal Dinner Location: Biscotti’s—they have a nice area that is sectioned off within the
restaurant, and the prices are reasonable. The service was awesome, and the food was
Ceremony Location: Immaculate Conception Church
Reception Location: Epping Forest Yacht Club—This was awesome. Epping did an amazing job
with every detail.
Caterer: Epping Forest Yacht Club—yummy food—I was told by a guest that this was the best
wedding food he had ever had!
Wedding Coordinator: Mary Daoud (Reception/Epping Coordinator)—she was awesome!
Photographer: Tonya Beaver : Tonya created beautiful engagement pictures and wedding pictures for Bill and me–I would have not picked another photographer for the quality and kindness received–would definitely recommend to any bride getting married in the Jacksonville area.
Videographer: Inmotion Video Productions—I am sure the video is going to be awesome and
can’t wait to see it!
Cake: Epping Forest Yacht Club (both wedding and groom’s cakes)—looked and tasted
Florist: Rose of Sharon
Officiant: Father Edward Murphy
Hair: Wesley Blair and Lee Jensen from Shampoo (879 Stockton Street, Jacksonville, FL
32205). They were awesome. We had 7 bridesmaids, a Maid of Honor, myself, two moms and
two grandmas—they came at 6 a.m. so that we could do a lot of the formal pictures before the
ceremony, and they were right on schedule. They had time at the end to do touch ups and stayed
as long as we asked them to without time constraint. And hair looked great! I would definitely
Make-up: Laura Potts (per recommendation from Shampoo salon)
Entertainment: Paul Deland—he was an amazing MC and DJ—he did “jazzy introductions” for the
wedding party, wrote and talked about mine and Bill’s “Love Story”, had fun games to entertain.
He was extremely professional and reliable for entertainment, as well as fun for all the guests.
Would definitely recommend! (www.dlandentertainment.com)
Wedding Dress: Park Avenue Bridal (no longer open); Designer:Justin Alexander
Bridesmaids Dresses: Dessy Group (D437 Bridesmaids; D538 Maid of Honor). For those that
have out of town bridesmaids, the website: perfectbridal.com can place group orders and will wait
until the entire wedding party has purchased to process the order so that all dresses are created
from the same dye lot. They provide all the measurements for each size to order appropriately,
and they will provide updates as the wedding party places the order. It was very helpful as none
of my bridesmaids live in Jax.
Groom and Groomsmen Wear: Black Tie Formals (Jim’s Formal Wear)
How did you two meet?
Bill and I met via eHarmony.com in 2009, while Allison was in graduate school at UF and Bill was
working in Jacksonville.
How did he propose?
Bill proposed on our trip to Europe in July 2011. A portion of our trip was hiking in the Swiss Alps.
The third day of our hiking (July 18, 2011), we climbed the Bietenhorn, which is one of the few
mountains that one can only arrive at the top by foot. Bill and I climbed the whole way, to find a
white cross and book to sign at the top. Bill proposed on the top of the mountain—we were the
only ones there—and we signed the book “William Samuel Bade proposed to Allison Haley Dunn
(and she said yes) on July 18, 2011 (on top of the world)”
How did you decide on your color scheme, flowers, and cake?
We chose the Caspian blue (or peacock blue) for the bridesmaids and groomsmen because I like
blue, but I also wanted something a little different. I also really like cool colors, which tied in the
greens and lavenders in the flowers nicely, as well as the bird theme.
For the flowers, Bill and I just went to the florist and liked the hydrangea/rose scheme so went with
that. This was something we were not too particular about.
For the cake, I really wanted a 4-tiered cake, because I like cake a whole lot and wanted leftovers
(besides the top). We had a cake tasting where Bill and I unanimously chose the sour cream
pound cake with raspberry mouse filling and fresh raspberries with a French buttercream icing. I
wanted something relatively simple on the design, but it actually became complicated because
I wanted to match the Caspian blue on the ribbon exactly. My mom ended up ordering a fabric
swatch from the bridesmaid dress manufacturer and making the ribbon for the two tiers on the
cake. The bird topper was in line with our “bird” theme.
For the groom’s cake, Bill absolutely had to have a Ndamukong Suh (Nebraska Cornhusker) cake.
It was a red velvet cake with cream cheese filling. Yum!
Where did you go for your honeymoon?
We went to California for 2 weeks—San Francisco, Napa Valley, Lake Tahoe, Yosemite National
Park, and driving Highway 1. We had a wonderful time!!!
If you could give yourself any advice prior to the wedding, what would it be?
Try not to get too stressed about the planning and enjoy the days leading up to the wedding!!!