Wedding Weekend Info (Written by Hilary and Chris)
Rehearsal Dinner Location: First Baptist Church Hobson Auditorium
Ceremony Location / Reception Location/ Caterer: Ceremony- First Baptist Church, Reception- Timuquana Country Club
Photographer: Tonya Beaver! Tonya and Amber were fabulous! My mother and I met with Tonya only once, and we knew she was exactly who we wanted to capture our special event. We never met with another photographer. We had a “good feeling” and we were right! Tonya’s bubbly personality really made it easy to capture genuine smiles and loosen the otherwise tense groom up. For someone who is slightly OCD, I was able to relax and enjoy our day because of the faith and confidence I had in them as a team. I look forward to working with them in the future and would highly recommend them to anyone!
Cake: Classic Cakes. Delicious! Everyone raved over our chocolate and Reese’s Grooms Cake.
Florist: Lynette- Rose of Sharon. She was wonderful to work with. She has such a sweet and calm nature about her that gives you confidence in her work.
Officiate: Reverend Bob Barton- Rev. Barton was Hilary’s young adult director at First Baptist Church for many years before he moved on to Westside Baptist Church.
Hair: Steve Humphrey- Rock Star Salon, Orange Park and Jodi Jackson- Magna’s, Fernandina Beach. Steve has been a part of Hilary’s life for over 15 years and she couldn’t imagine anyone else on her special day.
Make-up: Nicole Kaleel- Paulina Perez Professional Hair and Makeup. Hilary’s cousin and bridesmaid, Jodi Jackson graciously stepped in to help many of the girls with makeup that day.
Entertainment: KTG. They came to us highly recommended from TCC and a co-worker of Hilary’s. Kenny Levine was always on top of the details. We wanted our reception to be a party everyone could enjoy. Our guests thoroughly enjoyed the entire band. They were so much fun!
Reception Coordinator: Flaire Weddings and Events
Wedding Dress: Debra’s Bridal Shop at The Avenues
Wedding Shoes: Jimmy Choo, Emly Benham- Jacksonville Beach
Bridesmaids Dresses: Alfred Angelo
Groom and Groomsmen Wear: Men’s Warehouse Town Center- Valerie was Amazing!
Before the Wedding …
How did you two meet? Our meeting was pretty ironic, actually. What started as a girls’ night out- a Carrie Underwood concert followed by dancing at Mavericks with who would become three of my seven future bridesmaids- I met Christopher. For two months, he would ask me on dates, which I would politely decline. Finally, on June 15th, I asked him to meet up with me, plus a few of my friends. We had our first date the following evening and have been together ever since.
How did he propose? A couple of weeks before the proposal, Christopher went to my family and asked my parents (and little sister) if he could have me as his wife. According to what I’ve heard, they said yes without a moment’s pause. My parents schemed and planned the proposal with him. With the help of his mom, sisters, and a few others, he printed out practically every picture we had taken since we began dating. The original plan was to place the pictures along the sidewalk at Memorial Park in Riverside and have me take a trip down memory lane until I found him. That particular morning on February 8th, it was pouring down rain so that was no longer an option. Many people tried to persuade him to postpone until later in the day or the following day, but that wasn’t an option for Christopher. Instead he decided on moving the location to San Marco Square. I had just eaten breakfast with my parents and we were supposed to be meeting one of my mom’s coworkers (so she said) in San Marco. We parked, walked across the street, and there stood Christopher. He got down on one knee asked me to be his wife. I’m pretty sure I said, “Yes” before he even asked!
How did you decide on your color scheme, flowers, and cake? Christopher and I agreed completely on the “traditional” wedding and reception approach. We contemplated a few different colors, but kept returning to my favorite color- purple. We couldn’t arrive to a final decision until we came across a gorgeous photo from Tonya Beaver of bridesmaid’s bouquets. They were hand-wrapped bouquets with various shades of purple with green foliage. At that moment, we both knew whom we wanted our photographer to be, the colors we would choose, and our flower arrangements. We chose a traditional four tier white wedding cake to set the traditional tones we wanted to capture. My sister (the Maid of Honor) and I decided on the cake flavors after one testing from Classic Cakes.