Wedding Weekend Info: (from the couple)
Hotel accommodations for guests: Casa Marina and Hampton Inn Oceanfront
Rehearsal Dinner Location: Zeta Brewing Company
Ceremony Location: St. Paul’s Catholic Church
Reception Location: Casa Marina Hotel
Caterer: Casa Marina
Wedding Coordinator: Rebekah Blakely Lowry at Casa Marina. She was amazing helping us make decisions and get everything organized ahead of time. And both she and her staff were flawless the day of, I could not have asked for anything better!
Photographer: The wonderful Tonya Beaver. She was completely amazing. We did an engagement shoot with her leading up to the wedding which I completely recommend. It was so nice getting to work with her before the big day. Neither of us like getting our picture taken, but Tonya made it fun, and she has an eye for details and making sure everything comes out perfectly. Truly so much fun to work with and the most beautiful pictures! We can not thank her enough!
Videographer: Visual Power Cinema. John was our primary videographer that day and both he and his assistant were amazing! Again, just some of the nicest people to be around while you are getting ready. We originally were not sure that we wanted to have a videographer, but after talking to a lot of friends and family that said they had wished they had one on their wedding day we decided to go for it. We are so incredibly happy we did. The day goes by so fast, and there is so much going on you do not realize all the parts you miss, or wish you could have paid more attention to. They did such an amazing job of capturing the day not only the events but the feeling of the day as well. They are amazing!!!
Cake: Publix at Sawgrass for our traditional cake. They were great and cake was delicious. Then we also had ice cream cake by Bruster’s. Tom and Celeste were great to work with, and let us sample tons of ice cream flavors which was one of the best parts of planning.
Florist: Floriaid. Tiffany was amazing to work with; you can tell how passionate she is about flowers, and you can truly see the results in her work. I wasn’t exactly sure what I wanted for my flowers, I had a few general ideas, and she was able to take that and turn it into something even better than I had imagined!
Officiate: Father William Kelly
Hair: Emily Mastronicola from Paper White Salon. She was amazing. She was able to recreate the hair style I had fell in love with perfectly. Not to mention she was also incredibly sweet and fun to work with!
Make-up: Jill Stonier. She does amazing work. I usually do not like having my make up done because I’ve always felt I end up looking like someone else. However, Jill is able to make you look like a flawless version of yourself. The make up is very light and comfortable to wear and it truly does last all day!
Entertainment: DJ Milton with McGee Entertainment. They came highly recommended by a number of people and it is easy to see why. He did a great job, we met a few times before the wedding to go over requests and talk about what we wanted. He made some great suggestions and picked music that all of our guests liked and kept people on the dance floor!
Transportation: East Coast Transportation. They were very easy to work with, and the driver we had was so nice and helpful!
Wedding Dress: The White Magnolia. Can not say enough positive things about my experience there. The staff is so sweet and so knowledgeable.
Wedding Shoes: DSW
Bridesmaids Dresses: Alfred Angelo
Groom and Groomsmen Wear: Jos. A Banks
Before the Wedding …
How did you two meet?
We met in Hawaii through mutual friends. He was stationed there, and I had moved out to get a change in weather and scenery from Syracuse, NY. We started spending time together just as friends, but then it really grew from there.
How did he propose?
He suggested we stop at the beach one evening when we were biking to dinner to meet friends. We were walking down by the water and he pointed out some kite surfers, when I turned to look back at him he was down on one knee. Completely took me by surprise!
How did you decide on your color scheme, flowers, and cake?
We both really like the colors blue and green… but after many hours on Pintrest and talking to our vendors it made the decisions easier.
How did you decide on your invitations, and who did you use?
I looked at a lot of sites on-line to get an idea of what I liked, but I ended up using Pineapple Post. The ladies are wonderful that work there. It helped to get to see the invites in person, and then be able to talk to someone who has done this a million times and ask questions about wording.
What was the most fun part of wedding planning?
I’d have to go with all the tastings! Publix gave us three mini cakes we got to bring home with us and I am pretty sure I have now sampled every flavor of Bruster’s ice cream… they do not have a bad flavor!
Which part did you not like as much?
I’d have to say compiling the guest list was a bit difficult, but I really had so much help from my family and friends it helped keep things calm and under control!
After the Wedding …
What was the high point of your wedding day that you hope to remember forever?
There are just too many to choose just one. It went by so quickly but there were so many moments I want to hold onto. I am so grateful to Tonya and John and Angel at Visual Power Cinema for capturing everything so beautifully!
If you could give yourself any advice prior to the wedding, what would it be?
I would definitely say not to sweat the details. Find vendors that you trust and you feel understand the vision for the day and let them do what they do best!
Where did you go for your honeymoon?
We are planning a trip to Italy this fall for a couple weeks. Neither of us have ever been! I can not wait!!!