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Cindy & George’s Perfect Wedding Day in St. Augustine

I just love Cindy and George (who doesn’t!)  First of all, let’s discuss “online dating”.  It amazes me to hear that there is still any sort of stigma associated with it.  I have SO many couples that met online and are blissfully happy together.  And guess how these two met too???  Yep!!!

To describe their wedding day would be similar to ripping out pages from a wedding magazine.  They were so spot on with all of the details and planning.  I would check in on them or check their facebook months and weeks prior to the wedding, and they were always doing some sort of craft for the wedding.  Nobody tells you how stressful it really is to plan a wedding and just how much time it takes.  But they made an excellent team and ended up with a flawless wedding day…right down to the candy bar and water bottles with their names on them . =)

I also have to give a big shout out to my former bride and now wedding planner,  Adair Curry with Your wedding weekender for helping them so much as well.  She met them the week before their wedding and they booked her last minute to do all of the setup at the River House.   It’s so worth it to hire someone to set up and tear down for you.  Take it from me! xoxo

Congrats you two.  Thank you so much for letting me share your special day.  It was truly my honor, and I’m so glad to know you and get to witness your sweet love for each other.


Before the Wedding …

How did you two meet?

George and I met on the dating website, Okcupid.com. But after a bad experience with another guy I met on the site, I deleted my account. So George looked up a mutual friend on Myspace and contacted me with a message. After some persistence on his part, we met up for coffee at the Starbucks in San Marco. After that first date, George earned his nickname “first date CD man” by presenting me with a wrapped gift – the soundtrack to the movie Once, which we had discussed in some of our first emails to each other. There was something about him. However, it wasn’t until more than a year later and after we developed a strong friendship that we actually began dating!

How did he propose?

At the beginning of 2010, George and I planned a quick weekend trip to New York City. As we were planning, things were busy as I was training for a full marathon and George was planning for a half. At one point, I said we might want to consider putting off the trip and he got pretty upset. Little did I know that was because he had months earlier selected the date 3.21.10 as the date to propose to me because 21 is his lucky number and had been saving up for a ring!

We scheduled the trip – even though it was going to be quick (an early Saturday morning flight in and leaving Sunday evening), it was my first trip to the city, so I was very excited. It was also after we both ran in the 26.2 with Donna: the National Marathon to Finish Breast Cancer and the weekend after the Gate River Run, the last major running event we were signed up for. I was excited for the chance to get away with my honey but was not expecting a proposal at all. But just to be sure I wasn’t, George threw me off about a week before by saying he was going to be getting a big bonus at work that he’d put towards my ring.

The weekend was great. We explored New York City and ate lots of good food. On Saturday evening, we went to Serendipity for dinner and huge ice cream sundaes. On Sunday morning, we spent the morning at the Met and then went to lunch at Mickey Mantel’s. Then it was time for one of the things I was most looking forward to – a walk through Central Park! But as we approached the park, George grabbed my hand and led us to a horse drawn carriage. I smiled and thought about how lucky I was to have such a wonderful boyfriend. We went for a wonderful 20 minute ride around the park. George asked the driver to take some pictures of us during the ride. He took one of us at the beginning but at the end George asked him to take a few more. As we took a picture with the horse JoJo, the horse slobbered all over my arm. That meant I missed George pulling a ring box out of his pocket and getting down on one knee. When he turned around, I went into shock. As he presented me with the box, I couldn’t figure out what was going on. But after he asked me to marry him and opened the box to reveal a beautifully sparkly, perfect diamond ring, I caught on…and said yes!!

How did you decide on your color scheme, flowers, and cake?

The color scheme came from the invitations we found at Michael’s early on in our engagement – yellow and gray. George let me lead the way on picking out the flowers, so I went with two I love – roses and gerbera daisies. We changed what we wanted on the cake a million times but thankfully the ladies of Defore’s were VERY patient and it turned out exactly like we wanted!

Most importantly, we wanted to pay attention to all the little details of our wedding day and infuse our relationship and personality into them. George is an amazing designer and made our visions for things like personalized crossword puzzles and table numbers with pictures of our dog Bella around the beaches come to life! Planning our wedding was a labor of love 

Your Special Day!

Rehearsal Dinner Location: Zhanras Art & Eats

Ceremony Location: Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine

Reception Location: River House

Caterer: Designed Events

Wedding Coordinator: Adair Currie, Your wedding weekender

Photographer: Tonya Beaver Photography, of course!

Videographer: None

Cake: Defore’s

Florist: Enchanted Florist

Officiant: Father Augustine George

Hair: Hair by Devin, Devin Pifer

Make-up: Paige Weber

Entertainment: ProShow DJ, Bill Jones

Transportation: None

Wedding Dress: Alfred Angelo

Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal

Groom and Groomsmen Wear: Men’s Warehouse

After the Wedding …

Where did you go for your honeymoon?


If you could give yourself any advice prior to the wedding, what would it be?

Make decisions about what you want about overall style/theme first. We made our color decision early on but took awhile to tackle what we wanted to overall style/theme to be. It of course all came together in the end!

Pick vendors you love working with! All our vendors were amazing and were essential in making our vision for our dream wedding come true!


Here’s their sweet little engagement session!

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