Wedding Weekend Info (written by the couple:
Ceremony Location / Reception Location/ Caterer: The Club Continental, Orange Park, FL
Carla at Club C was very easy to work with. She gave us insight/suggestions when we asked and was very accommodating when I wanted a certain pinot noir for the reception. The staff was pleasant and efficient too. One of the servers made sure we got a bit of each flavor of cake.
Afterglow Dinner Location: The Clubhouse at St Johns Golf and Country Club, St Augustine, FL
Photographer: Tonya Beaver, Tonya Beaver Photography, Jacksonville Beach, FL
Tonya and her assistant did a great job the day of the wedding. It was a tight schedule with a daytime event but she and Amber got all the requests I had for family shots and I can’t wait to see the artsy poses she had us do as well. And like a true professional, she had candy bribery on hand for the flower girl and ring bearer who were quite finished with all the picture taking.
Cake: Divine Indulgences, Jacksonville, FL
I could go on and on about the cake, but I already have! Trust me, you will be thrilled if you call them. I will be contacting them about birthday cake.
Florist: Tammy Woodcock with Parkers Events, St Johns, FL
Tammy made absolutely lovely flower arrangments. My bouquet was stunning and she is a true professional. She was so wonderful to work with. She fussed over every detail. I had to tell her not to worry!
Officiate: Pastor David Tarkington, Orange Park, FL
Hair: Tina Beeson, Jacksonville, FL
A longtime friend, she insisted on doing my hair and everyone else’s despite her busy schedule. She was the first one on the scene at 6:15 am. Nothing else needs to be said for that reason alone. But she is truly gifted and did everyone’s hair to fit their personality and hair type. She chose my bridal hair style for me when she saw something that caught her eye and showed it to me.
Make-up: Christina Burns, Jacksonville, FL
Christina was a trooper showing up at 6:45 am to start everyone’s make up. She works for a high end cosmetic company whose make up I use and she freelances too. Everyone looked gorgeous but still natural. She knew just the right balance.
Entertainment: The String Group, Jacksonville, FL
Jody Champagne took care of everything. We had the string quartet for the ceremony and cocktail hour and she also arranged for a superb jazz quartet to play the reception. She helped us choose the ceremony music and made sure that the music played reflected us and what we liked.
Wedding Dress: Symphony at Minerva’s Bridal, Jacksonville, FL
I found a lovely off the rack dress that I adored. It only needed hemming. I found an absolute gem named Lynne Vincent in Green Cove Springs to do the alterations and she made me the prettiest, most feminine lace bolero with some beaded, lace fabric I bought. She does amazing work!
Wedding Shoes: Design Your Pedestal
One of my neat internet finds! You literally design your wedding shoe to the last detail. I even had my wedding date and new married name put on the soles.
Bridesmaids Dresses: Nordstroms and Bella Bridesmaid, Jacksonville, FL
My wedding party was my best friend and my daughter. After my friend picked her dress, we headed to Bella to find my daughter a dress. Everyone there was the model of professionalism and they were so helpful. I told the owner that I wished I had more dresses to buy because they were that wonderful. We only bought my daughter’s dress but they treated her like a diva and gave us individual attention.
Groom and Groomsmen Wear: Jos. A Bank, Jacksonville, FL
Before the Wedding …
How did you two meet?
We are still waiting for Eharmony to contact us about starring in their next commercial…just kidding. But yep, we are another success story for the internet dating service. When I saw his profile I was attracted to our similar values and when he said he was from the Midwest (like me) and missed the change of seasons, I got brave and made the first internet move. On our first date he made me belly laugh telling me a story from his teenage year antics (a story his parents have no knowledge of til this day) and I was hooked. Thereafter, we were pretty much inseparable. We still haven’t had an argument!
How did he propose?
One gorgeous, sunny Sunday afternoon he took me to the Cummer Museum in town. It was a picture perfect type of day. We wandered around in the gardens and sat on a bench beneath a huge oak tree facing the river. We were in the Olmsted garden and the spot he proposed to me is in a photo on their website. We had discussed getting married and even had chosen a ring together. I told him that even though I was a “sure thing” he still needed to ask me. And bless him, he did!
How did you decide on your color scheme, flowers, and cake?
I have always loved the color red. And the great thing about getting married when you are older and paying for the whole kit and kaboodle is you get to pick exactly what you want! I thought I wanted a rasbperry red type of color, so I told my best friend to go pick a dress for her matron of honor role. She purchased two of the same lace dress, one in a pretty red and the other bright fuschia. I asked Mark which one he liked best and he chose the red. A color theme was born. We had red, pink, ivory and gold used in the flower arrangements, bouquets and boutinerres and the guys wore charcoal grey suits. My daughter walked me down the aisle wearing a beautiful lace dress in dove grey with a red belt that matched my matron of honor’s dress. The centerpieces were in antique gold mercury glass compotes on each table. I rented mismatched china in shades of red and gold as well as gold flatware. With ivory linens and gold chiavari chairs, it was just as I pictured in my mind.
For the cake, I found a picture of a 50th anniversary cake on a website and loved it for our event. It had ivory buttercream frosting with real raspberries on it and gold leaves and vines that trailed from the berries. We had three tiers and each one was a different flavor because we could not pick just one. The cake tasted that good at our sampling. Our guests gushed about the cake and a long time friend told me she wanted to lick the plate.