Wedding Weekend Info (written by Kacie and Billy)
Hotel accommodations for guests: Hilton St. Augustine Historic Bayfront in St. Augustine and Hampton Inn at Vilano Beach (across the bridge, in case family wanted to be close to the beach)
Rehearsal Dinner Location: Hilton Historic Bayfront. The food was amazing. Management changed from the time we booked the dinner so there were a couple hiccups, but it doesn’t change how good the food was. I am a really picky eater and normally don’t eat banquet types of meals, but I enjoyed the dinner so much.
Ceremony Location: River House. Constance and her staff were amazing. I didn’t have a coordinator so it was really important to me to have everything sorted out before the day of the wedding. Her staff were so accommodating and she was always a great communicator.
Reception Location: River House
Caterer: Designed Events. Mark and John did a great job catering our wedding. They were very friendly and made sure not to serve us our dinner until we were actually seated so it was still hot.
Wedding Coordinator: Didn’t have one.
Photographer: Tonya Beaver Photography. Tonya was great. She was the first vendor I booked because pictures are the only memory left after the day is over. I met with her and I was sold.
Videographer: Eli Meyer Studio. Billy and I have known Eli and Rangga for years from when we lived in Gainesville. I didn’t think I wanted a videographer, but after thinking about it for our whole engagement, I booked them in the last 2 months. I didn’t want to regret not having one. I’m so glad I did because the day went by so fast and I can’t wait to see the things I missed.
Cake: Publix. I don’t think I got a chance to try it, but everyone said it was good.
Florist: Flower Works. David and his team did an amazing job. My vision was simple and romantic and they definitely helped me pull it off. My bouquet was gorgeous and I absolutely would recommend them to anyone who needs a florist.
Officiate: Reverend John Marshall
Hair: Hollyann from Panache in Julington Creek. I did a trial with Holly and she created exactly what I wanted. She traveled to us at the Hilton and fit right in with our group of crazy girls.
Entertainment: DJ Jacob Towe. Jacob did a great job with our music. We wanted a party atmosphere and he definitely delivered. I was given his name from a friend I knew who got married and I booked him immediately. Him and his wife make a great team and they definitely put everything into their job!
Transportation: My 2012 Jeep Compass. My mom and sister decorated it with some classy bows and pearls. Billy’s dad drove us back to the hotel after the reception, after a few pit stop pictures with Tonya.
Wedding Dress: Bridals & More (Allure Bridal)
Wedding Shoes: Dillards. Antonio Melani. I got them on sale for $34 and they were EXACTLY what I was looking for.
Bridesmaids Dresses: Bridals & More (Allure Bridal). All of the bridesmaids had to purchase their own cheetah shoes. They got to choose any style they wanted, as long as they were cheetah.
Groom and Groomsmen Wear: Men’s Warehouse. Some of the guy’s buttons were missing (Billy’s included). They looked nice, but make sure the guys inspect them well before leaving the store.
Before the Wedding …
How did you two meet? We met through mutual friends when we both lived in Gainesville. We never really hung out until he moved to Jacksonville and started living with my friends from high school. I moved to Jacksonville a year after him and we started hanging out immediately. It was such an unexpected surprise since we had known each other for years.
How did he propose? We had been planning a graduation trip for months and finally had enough HiltonHonors points to stay at this amazing resort in Fajardo, Puerto Rico for 5 days. We were having a blast relaxing, drinking, and lounging by the pool and beach every day. There were 2 things I was dying to do in Puerto Rico: 1 was to hike through the rainforest, and 2 was to kayak through the bioluminescent bay. On May 2 we decided to plan our kayak trip. It was so beautiful. We met our group down by the water at about 10pm and got on our way. The kayak had glow sticks on the ends and that was really the only bit of light you could see. We kayaked through the mangroves and it was so cool. About mid-way through our kayak our guide told us to stick our hands in the water, and it the coolest thing I have ever seen. As soon as we put our hands in the water, they glowed. Anything in the water glowed in the dark. It’s one of those experiences you can’t really explain because it was so amazing. We kayaked back and headed back to the resort. We got back to the resort around midnight so I was exhausted. On our walk back up to the room, he asked me to stand at the edge of the balcony with him and look at the ocean. He was telling me all these sweet things and I honestly didn’t see it coming. He got down on one knee and I was speechless.
How did you decide on your color scheme, flowers, and cake? I really liked pale pinks, but Billy didn’t want a pink wedding. I’ve always loved seafoam green and I thought I could incorporate pale pinks in my flowers instead. I wanted really random flowers full of pinks, peaches and ivory’s. I just like the classic look. The cake was probably the least important thing to me. I picked out a design and brought it to publix. Mine was very simple, but you’d be surprised how fancy they can get.
How did you decide on your invitations, and who did you use? I searched through online websites and couldn’t find response card working that I liked. I used mixbook.com and it was cheap and great. You can customize each template to say and look exactly how you want it and it’s so easy to use. I was skeptical, but it worked out great.
After the Wedding…
Where did you go for your honeymoon? The beautiful desert island of Curacao.
If you could give yourself any advice prior to the wedding, what would it be?
- Pinterest can be your best friend or your worst enemy.
- Don’t wait until the last minute to figure out the small details (candles at tables, guestbook, favors, cake topper, etc.)
- Have everyone RSVP online or on your wedding website.