Wedding Weekend Info (written by the couple):
Hotel accommodations for guests: Hampton Inn & Suites Amelia Island
Rehearsal Dinner Location: The Father of the Groom’s House
Ceremony and Reception Location: Oyster Bay Yacht Club
Caterer: Oyster Bay Yacht Club
Wedding Coordinator: Terrie Sanders and Becky DeBarry! They were amazing! You could tell their passion for the venue the second you talk to either one of them. They made us feel at ease when making our odd requests. The day of the wedding, they made sure everything went by smoothly and we had a flawless day that I couldn’t have improved if I could!
Photographer: Of course Tonya Beaver! She really lives up to all the praise that we saw on the online reviews and we were very pleased to see how well everything turned out! The slideshow is very moving and the moments she captured throughout the night will allow us to relive the night every time we see them!
Cake: Bliss Cakery! They did an amazing job with our flavors for our cake, alternating layers of hot chocolate and wedding cake. Everything was great with the look of the cake and we were very excited with how it turned out
Florist: Artistic Florist! They followed our vision of subtle scifi and geeky references without going over the top and making it tacky. We were able to have a classy wedding with touches of us incorporated throughout.
Officiate: Rebecca Gillespie. She is a friend of my husband’s family. She had gotten to really know me and us as a couple when we went to her counseling sessions several months before the wedding. She also knew our personalities and was able to start the ceremony with a line from the movie we saw on our first date, “mawwage is what bwings us together today” from the Princess Bride. Everyone loved that and her personal touches, so we had a really great ceremony
Hair: Images Salon. They also did the makeup for all my bridesmaids and the mothers. They were great in achieving the look I was going for, however I feel like the girls that were sent over could have been more professional in time management and conversations.
Make-up: Images Salon
Entertainment: DJ Jason from Footloose Entertainment! Jason was AWESOME! He worked in all of the music requests our guests had sent in their response cards. He also put new songs into the mix and the ones we as a couple wanted most. Everything was amazing and we had such a great time dancing with everyone
Transportation: Amelia River Cruises transported our guests from the Hampton Inn to the ceremony space via the marsh and Charters Amelia Island Trolleys returned our guests back to the Hampton Inn throughout the night
Wedding Dress: Alfred Angelo! I saw the dress online and when I went in to try it on it was the most comfortable dress I had tried on that day and I felt great wearing it
Wedding Shoes: Payless Shoes
Bridesmaids Dresses: Alfred Angelo
Groom and Groomsmen Wear: Men’s Warehouse
Before the Wedding …
How did you two meet?
We met at Walt Disney World when we were both Monorail pilots. Michael was a trainer and even though he wasn’t my trainer, he was training someone at the same time I was being trained and so I got to see him a lot when my trainer and I were out on the job. When we first met, he was in a long-distance relationship. Even though I thought he was very handsome and funny, I didn’t try to pursue anything because I knew he was taken. He told me on Valentine’s Day that he and his girlfriend broke up and I was naturally concerned if he was okay with that, especially on the day that is happened, so I told him I am willing to listen if he wants to talk. We then started to spend more time together and we realized we are very similar and things took off from there.
How did he propose?
I was at work having a terrible day, unbeknownst to him, and when I got home he had cleaned the house, made dinner, and bought flowers and an “I love you” balloon. Not thinking anything of it, since he told me before he wouldn’t want to get engaged until at least a year of dating and we were not there yet, I was glad I didn’t have to make dinner and didn’t think anything of it. Once he got down on one knee I couldn’t believe it and immediately said yes! It was perfect for us, because he knows I don’t like big productions but prefer the simple things.
How did you decide on your color scheme, flowers, and cake?
We didn’t really have a specific way of picking the colors, we just found two shades that looked great together haha. His favorite color is green so I wanted to be able to work a shade of green in no matter what. Even though my favorite color is purple, I like a lot of colors so I figured that whatever complimented the green was going to be our choice. So we decided on pistachio and marine blue…which we actually really started to like together and now it’s something special when we see something that has those shades together. For the flowers, we let the florist go with our personalities. We knew we are scifi geeks and love star wars, so she designed the centerpieces around futuristic looks and we even got lightsaber boutonnieres for the men
The cake we knew what we wanted the theme to be, but we decided on the style later. Since Michael’s last name is Flynn, he used to go by Flynn. Working at Disney, people would ask him if he was Flynn Rider because of an uncanny resemblance and his love for the movie. So naturally we went with a Rapunzel theme to honor the Flynn name and our Disney past. Once we had a topper that we wanted, we chose a topsy-turvy cake that incorporated our colors and it was perfect. Our bakery, the Bliss Cakery, did an amazing job!
How did you decide on your invitations, and who did you use?
We found butterfly invitations with our color scheme online, and they were perfect because we decided a while beforehand that we would do a butterfly release. We found them on zazzle.com and it was a great investment because it incorporated our colors with the butterflies and the vines that worked with the slight Rapunzel theme.
After the Wedding …
Where did you go for your honeymoon?
We sadly have not been able to go on our honeymoon yet because of work limitations. However, I work for the airline industry and my husband works for the hotel industry, so our possibilities are great. We are hoping to go to Aruba in the near future.