Wedding Weekend Info (written by Khiara and Desi):
Rehearsal Dinner Location: Billy’s Boathouse, Jacksonville Beach, FL
Ceremony Location / Reception Location: The Beaches Historic Chapel / The Beaches Museum & History Center, Jacksonville Beach, FL (p.s. the Museum is HAUNTED!!…Perfect!!)
Caterer: Fred, Davoli’s Catering
Photographer: Tonya Beaver Photography. I have never been more excited to work with someone before! Shopping around for photographers in the area, and going through photos before deciding on which person to choose, I was always drawn back to Tonya’s work. She has this amazing ability to capture things that no one else would even notice. The attention to detail blows me away in every shot she takes. Photos are meant to tell a story, and capture special memories, and she does that every time!
Florist: Lori, Seahorse Florist, Jacksonville Beach, FL
Officiate: Kimber Newton-Blair
Hair: Lacy McEvoy (Maid of Honor & Childhood friend). I have known Lacy since we were 6 years old; she is my oldest and dearest friend. Luckily, she is also an extremely talented hair dresser! The week before the wedding she did the color – which I LOVE! And still get compliments on daily. The day of the wedding, she was there to style. Unfortunately for her, my hair REF– USED to hold any curl, so her beautiful work only lasted a short time.
Make-up: Kimber Newton-Blair, Elite Look Studios, Jacksonville, FL
Entertainment: Chuck Pedersen, Spare Room Studios, Jacksonville, FL
Wedding Dress: David’s Bridal. Don’t be scared to look at the discontinued or discounted sections! You never know what kind of deal you can find.
Wedding Shoes: Gianni Bini
Bridesmaids Dresses: UWDress.com. I took a chance and ordered the bridesmaid dresses ONLINE…and not to mention from overseas! Thankfully, every one of them turned out near perfect and at a fraction of the cost of a retail or trendy store.
Groom and Groomsmen Wear: Men’s Warehouse
Before the Wedding …
How did you two meet? We were lucky enough to have met back in High School in 2001. At the time we were both with other people, and ended up going in different directions after graduation. Thanks to the wonderful world of social media we were reunited over 10 years later – it didn’t take long for us to reconnect and discover the person who was truly meant for us after all that time. Thank you Facebook!!
How did he propose? My now husband is big into family and so we decided to host our 1st family New Year’s Eve party and we invited all of his closest family members to our home. I was taken aback when everyone was called into the kitchen for what I thought was a toast, only to find out this “toast” was about me. He popped the question shortly before midnight in front of everyone. He attempted a speech, but was so nervous that he just got down on one knee and asked. And I was so nervous, I said YES before he could even finish! From that day forward our real life fairytale began.
How did you decide on your color scheme, flowers, and cake?
Deciding on the color scheme was fairly easy seeing as this would be a wedding on Halloween – so Black and Red were almost requirements! (Not to mention my favorite colors) In order to lighten up the scheme, Charcoal was added for the Groomsmen…(can you tell I’m not really into bright pops of color? HaHa). The flowers in my head should have also represented Halloween to a degree – especially my bouquet and my daughter’s. I remember telling the florist I wanted “Blood Red”, as dark as she could get…and that’s what we got. For the cake, we knew we wanted at least a 3 tier cake; the design itself was copied after a photo my mother found in a magazine.