Geez, where to even begin for Brandi and Jordan’s wedding. As I say, there is normally one big thing that stands out for each wedding, and that’s what I can always remember about it…not the flowers or the food but this one thing. On their day, that one thing was tenderness and tears. It melts my heart when a man is so tender towards his lady love. Jordan couldn’t hold back the tears from the start of the day.
We started out getting ready at the hyatt. Brandi couldn’t have looked more beautiful!! We moved on to Immaculate Conception church for the prewedding formals, first touch, and then the ceremony. After a few postwedding pictures (and drama from some sketchy people downtown!) we moved over the the hyatt to get a few sunset photos over the river. From there we get the FUN reception started! You’ll never guess what gift Jordan gave to Brandi during the reception. You’ll have to look through the pics to see. I do believe it is every girl’s dream =)
Brandi and Jordan, you two are so special. I love watching you interact and enjoy each other. Thank you for letting me be a part of your wedding day.
Much love xoxo,
Rehearsal Dinner Location: Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront
Ceremony Location: Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
Reception Location: River Terrace Suite at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront
Caterer: Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront
Wedding Coordinator: I didn’t have a wedding coordinator, but the catering manager, Theresa Harsh, took care of everything at the Hyatt. She really went above and beyond when it came to making my day of go smoothly. If I had any questions, she was also there either by email or phone. She was worth booking the Hyatt alone!
Photographer: The one the only.. Tonya Beaver!!
Cake: Metro Custom Cakes.. The best cake ever, from the initial meeting, to presentation to taste I couldn’t of asked for anything else.
Florist: Rose of Sharon
Officiant: Father Edward Murphy
Hair: Paula from Anthony’s Salon & Day Spa
Make-up: Tracey Upson
Entertainment: Footloose Ent. Kris was amazing, he was so much more than a DJ, he really made sure that everything flowed the whole night and the dance floor was never empty.
Wedding Dress: Love, a bridal boutique
Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s bridal
Groom and Groomsmen Wear: Men’s warehouse
How did you two meet? Jordan was invited to my 21st birthday by a mutual friend, we talked casually, but then I ran into him a work on his first day. I texted my friend to ask if she knew he worked with me and talked about how nice he looked. A few weeks later we ran into each other over drinks and the next morning he emailed me and he has emailed me every day since
How did he propose? We had gone on our normal Friday night date to our favorite sushi restaurant in riverside, Sushi Cafe. It was April 1st (April Fool’s Day) so I would of never expected that he would of proposed. We had a normal meal, normal conversation and when we went to pay the waiter mentioned they were out of oranges. Jordan said he had to use the restroom so I had sat up front just waiting on him, not knowing that he had actually snuck out the side door ran to his truck, but then he walked in the front door of the restaurant which I thought was odd but didn’t think much of it. Then he mentioned there was a movie playing in the park over at memorial park and we should walk over there, again I thought this was odd since the movies are normally at Treaty Oak but I went with it, as we are walking over to the park he handed me a fortune cookie and said, “the guy gave me these fortune cookies since they were out of oranges” I looked at him and said, “why would a Japanese restaurant give out fortune cookies” (Poor Jordan, I always ask to many questions.. I am getting better with just going with it now) So as I open it up I read my fortune and it says “ Will you marry me” I look up at him and immediately ask if this was some kind of joke as it was April Fool’s day and he promised it wasn’t and that is how it all started.
How did you decide on your color scheme, flowers, and cake? I wanted something classic, elegant and bold, but I want it to have my touch so I decided on Purple, Black and Silver/Bling. Flowers were probably the most difficult for me to pick out, I am not a huge flower person, but I wanted something that would be different but I was not wanting to spend a huge amount of our budget on flowers, Lynette from Rose of Sharon was wonderful when it came to telling me what I could substitute to give me the look I wanted without spending more money than I needed to. Our cake was much simpler, we are big on reading reviews so we went through and found Metro Custom Cakes and thought we would give them a shot with all the positive reviews, as soon as you walk into their shop the smell of deliciousness is intoxicating, Trish and Steve then presented us with multiple flavors and filling options and the best part was that we were able to have butter cream and wasn’t forced into fondant. We went to a few other bakeries’ toting the picture of the cake we wanted and no one could come close to the price or even guarantee they wouldn’t have to use fondant.
Where did you go for your honeymoon? We worked with Shawnee at All about Honeymoons (Highly Recommend!!) to book a trip to Hawaii for 7 days. We went to Waikiki for 3 days and Maui for 4 and it was much needed time for just the two of us.
If you could give yourself any advice prior to the wedding, what would it be? Don’t fight about the wedding, realize that things will go wrong and only the two of you will most likely know. Make time for each other during the process and try to keep your relationship as normal as possible. There were times when it felt like our conversation consisted of to-do lists for the wedding or getting things done that really didn’t matter. In the end your wedding is only one day, but your marriage should be forever.