Nicole and Tyler chose historic Saint Augustine as the setting for their elegant wedding weekend. It was one of their favorite places to visit and where the couple had one of their very first vacations together. When Tyler proposed, he gave Nicole a beautiful emerald engagement ring, which inspired the color palette for their wedding day- but we also love how it created a subtle nod to the merriment of the holiday season.
With the guidance and talents of their planner, Dairing Events, this couple was able to create a beautiful experience for their family and friends who came to celebrate with them. From setting the tone with elegant stationery designed by Heather O’Brien Designs, to the romantic candlelit details throughout their reception, every element was the perfect fit to make their wedding day come together.
We love the beautiful emerald green and warm golds that Nicole and Typer chose for their color palette. Pulling inspiration from Nicole’s stunning emerald engagement ring, we love how they took this one element and carried it through the entirety of their wedding day design. There are so many beautiful details captured by Jenn Hopkins Photography, as well as some extra insight into this couple’s winter wedding that you definitely don’t want to miss!
Tell us a little a bit about your wedding (your vision, color, style, and location choices).
For the wedding, we wanted to have a classic feel, while tying in the elements of St. Augustine with the Spanish inspired architecture-since we got engaged in Spain! We incorporated cream and gold to help pull this look off. Also, I wanted to incorporate emerald green to the decor, as my engagement ring stone is not a diamond but an emerald. The touch of emerald green in smaller details, also played well with the Holiday Season.
What were your favorite parts of the day?
There are too many to count, but if I had to pick one of the top moments, it was walking around St. Augustine with Tyler after the ceremony and taking our pictures, with Jenn Hopkins. It was a time for Tyler and I to enjoy our surroundings while having fun!
What was the most important to the two of you while planning? Was there anything that you chose to splurge on or skip?
The most important aspect of our wedding planning was making sure the guests had fun! We splurged on the DJ and open bar, and it paid off because our families and friends were dancing the whole night!
Please describe any DIY, handmade, or personal details.
Tradition is important to Tyler and I, so we tried to incorporate family traditions on every aspect of the day. We had a cigar roller during cocktail hour, cigars are a big part of Cuban family celebrations. Tyler’s maternal grandmother and aunt made traditional Christmas cookies, called Pizzelles, which served as a favor and an additional treat to our coffee station.
Did you include any family heirlooms or special traditions?
During the wedding ceremony, we included Spanish tradition, called the veil ceremony. The veil (or mantilla, as its traditionally called) is placed over the bride and groom to symbolize their new unity and bond. It was special to both of us as both our Godmothers placed the mantilla over us before communion. For our wedding exit, to give nod to Tyler’s Scottish-Irish roots, we had a bagpiper walk us out for the recessional. Having these small details symbolized the blending of two families and different cultures.
What (or who) helped you most in your planning process and/or on your wedding day?
If it were not for our wedding planner, Adair, our vision would not have been as magical or our wedding as fun! She was with us from the beginning, helping me choose vendors, all the way to keeping our guest list organized. We were living in Houston, Texas when we began the wedding planning process, and I was also not from the North Florida area so having an expert really helped me get the vendors who would help bring our vision to life. Having Adair behind the scenes and knowing that everything was being handled helped us enjoy ourselves – we were truly able to enjoy the ceremony and reception fully!
Do you have any advice for couples planning their weddings now?
There is so much to do and decide on when planning a wedding, the key is to remember what is the reason why you are there in the first place and to try and bring the aspects of what makes your union special to light, while celebrating with the most special people in your lives.
We love that this couple didn’t shy away from incorporating a few details that played towards the holiday season. Ornament favors that commemorated the historic location of the wedding celebration wrapped in a box with a green bow was the perfect gift to greet each guest as they took their seats around their tables.
What are you planning to do for favors as a gift to your wedding guests?
VENDORS WHO MADE IT ALL HAPPEN…
Photography: Jenn hopkins photography // Ceremony Venue: Cathedral Basilica of Saint Augustine // Reception Venue: Casa Monica Resort & Spa // Event Planning: Dairing Events // Stationery: Heather O’Brien Designs // Videography: collabcreations films // Wedding Cake: Sweet Weddings // Rentals: Luxe Party Rentals // Linens: Luxe Party Rentals // Hair: Paulina Perez Team // Makeup: Paulina Perez Team // Wedding Dress: Rosa Clara // Groom’s Attire: Calvin Klein // Bride’s Shoes: Manolo Blahnik // Bridesmaid Dresses: Dessy // Veil: Manolo Blahnik // Headpiece: Etsy // Monogram & Dance Floor Decal: Ten23designs // DJ: DJ Jacob Co