With both of us growing up together, there was no question as to where the wedding would be: good old Ocala, Florida, a growing town in central Florida, south of Gainesville and north of Orlando. Ocala is where I was born and raised, where we met, and where we plan on moving to start our family in the future.
The preparation process took place at my parents’ house. “The early bird gets the worm!”-or rather, gets married. That’s what I was saying when I woke up at 6:30 AM on the morning of my wedding to rouse my bridesmaids and family members to start getting ready.
The ceremony was in a Catholic church, and was scheduled to start at 1 PM, which meant having to begin the getting ready process bright and early. Thankfully, all of the girls were so excited that waking up early was not a problem at all.
The girls kept telling me I was so calm, and honestly, yes I was. I think they were all more nervous than I was. I had waited for the day for a very, very long time. There was nothing at all to be nervous or anxious about.
However, yes, I was VERY excited- for everything to come together, and most of all, to have my best friend become my husband.
Up next: The Ceremony!
*Photos by CVB Photography
Before I throw a million pictures of the two of us at you, I thought I would share the story of my husband and I.
The picture on the left is our very first actual date. Dinner before the Homecoming Dance 2001.
The picture on the right is the same sidewalk…note the umbrellas.
Yes, so we’re high school sweethearts, and although we’re young, we’ve been through a lot. We started dating in 2001, and were on-again-off-again a couple times throughout the years. We did date other people, but we kept ending up together, and realized that we were just meant to be together.
And so came the proposal that everyone knew was bound to happen. It was 2 days before Christmas. He got a big patio furniture box, and taped it back together to look like nothing ever happened to it. He taped the ring box to the inside of the box and sat the giant box in the middle of our living room. Well, I was pretty excited because I really wanted nice patio furniture (and still do). But I wasn’t allowed to touch the box until he got home from work. I touched it, despite his warnings, and realized that it was pretty much empty, so I spent hours guessing what it could be.
Finally when he got home, and after a few hours of last minute gift shopping, I was allowed to open this box. Then I found the small box, along with the question of “Will you marry me” coming out of his mouth.
And the rest is history…
Yes, yes, this is my wedding. I thought it would be appropriate to start out showing photos of my wedding 1) because I thought it was amazing, and 2) to share a little bit more about ME!
I’ll begin with the design elements of the wedding, since this IS a design blog…hence the name The DESIGN Grove. :) For me, the design and vision of my wedding began with the dress. The dress is a whole different story, but the elegance of it led me to envision how I wanted my wedding to be.
I believe the design and vision of a wedding consists of many things- the flowers, the table settings, the paper elements, uplighting, cake, the favors…the list goes on and on. Showcased in this post is the work of my floral and event designer, Dan Hathcock
. Also included are my designs, which I printed myself. So, without further ado…
Every year, I have a color that I’m drawn too- it’s been pink, blue, turquoise, and now it’s yellow. Thankfully, they’re all bright colors, because my wardrobe does consist of mostly black, as I’m sure most do. I’ve just fallen in love with this new Yellow and Gray color scheme that’s being seen all over. It’s chic, elegant and modern. It could be used for weddings in all different settings- a formal church, a backyard, the beach, or a chic art venue. The possibilities are endless! And as they say, “Gray is the new brown”, so I’m sure it will be paired with just about every color imaginable!
Top row from left: dress from Priscilla of Boston; bouquet photo from One Wed, by Tanja Lippert Photography; Shoes Gianni Bini, Dillards; Dress by Adrianna Papel, Nordstrom
Bottom row from left: tablescape photograph by Mimi and Karl; Suit by Brooks Brothers, Brides.com; Inivitations by Elum Designs