How did you two meet?
Paul and Claire met at Florida Gulf Coast University in 2007. They were introduced to each other by mutual friends (Brandon and Jac Pannone). “For the first week or two after initially meeting, there were the customary awkward silences between us.” Paul says. “I specifically remember an especially embarrassing night at Chili’s when we were seated right next to one another, and not a single word was said during the entire dinner. We were so worried about how we perceived each other, and it probably set the eventual relationship back another two weeks!” They slowly got to know each other over the following weeks, and one night at a Everblades hockey game things started clicking. A few days later they were an item. Without a backward glance or a care in the world for how things may eventually end up, their relationship was free to evolve into whatever it may. In retrospect, isn’t this always how the real true love stories always start?
How did he propose? (Pauls point of view)
Claire and I had traveled up to Pennsylvania to see her family, and it was the second day of our trip. We had barely been there 24 hours, and although I had everything planned out for a New York proposal, the truth is, I just couldn’t wait that long.
I had bought the ring 2 weeks prior to our trip, and it had showed up a week before we were set to leave. The jewelry store, a place named Safian & Rudolph in downtown Philadelphia (where Claire’s mother’s engagement ring came from) had come through with an awesome stone in my customized setting, and the night it showed up, me and Claire’s parents stood around the kitchen table agape at the ring while she took a shower, oblivious to our frenzied whispering. I’ll admit that it was all I could do not to just walk into her room with the box held in front of me, like a cat with something it had caught and wanted to present to its owner.
How did you decide on your color scheme, flowers, and cake?
I have always loved the color purple and sunflowers. I knew I would incorporate both in my wedding. Since sunflowers are yellow, the colors became purple and yellow. The main flowers were sunflowers but we had many different flowers that stayed within the colors of purple and yellow.
The cake we just worked out with Judy at Judy’s cakes, I had no clue what I wanted after looking through many different books, we settled on the cake. Considering I had no vision going in, I walked out with “My vision of my cake!”
Your Special Day!
Rehearsal Dinner Location: Orange Park Kennel Club. Great food, everyone is always entertained with dongs running around a track and gambling! http://www.jaxkennel.com/Groups.asp
Ceremony Location: Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Fleming Island
Reception Location: Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Waterfront http://www.jacksonville.hyatt.com/hyatt/hotels/events/weddings/index.jsp
For menus, pricing and additional information, please contact Theresa Harsh, CMP / 904-360-8684 / firstname.lastname@example.org. Theresa was awesome to work with.
Wedding Coordinator: N/A
Photographer: Tonya Beaver
Cake: Judy’s Cakes http://www.judys-cakes.com/welcome.htm
Florist: A Fantasy in Flowers (Amazing to work with. Very patient and open to ANYTHING that the bride wants to do. LOVED working with them!) http://www.fantasyflowersjax.com/
Officiant: Father Donal Sullivan
Hair: Park Avenue Salon
Make-up: Family Friend
Entertainment: Family Friend
Wedding Dress: David’s Bridal Southside
Bridesmaids Dresses: Alfred Angelo Regency, ask for Gita, she was AMAZING!!
Groom and Groomsmen Wear: Men’s Warehouse
After the Wedding …
Where did you go for your honeymoon? Alaskan Cruise (Royal Caribbean International) and 2 days in Seattle. PERFECT honeymoon, I would recommend this to any couple. If you don’t like to being cold, go somewhere else. But if you like breath taking views, whales, seals, and tons of other wildlife, this is the honeymoon to do!
If you could give yourself any advice prior to the wedding, what would it be?
“It is what it is” just roll with the punches, don’t let it overwhelm you. Do everything you can to remember the day, it is such of blur of fun and excitement.