The Couple: Kristin and Nick
The Wedding: 2.16.13 - The Oldest House and The White Room, St. Augustine, Florida
What three adjectives best describe your wedding? Charming, welcoming, and get-away
What was your wedding color palette? Gray and mustard yellow
What inspired your personal wedding style, and how did you incorporate your style and personalities into your big day? Pretty soon into the wedding planning process, Nick and I decided that we wanted a destination wedding. Our most favorite weddings to attend were ones that felt like vacations and we loved the idea that guests would be able to treat the event as a weekend getaway. Because of this, the entire focus of the wedding and the weekend was making sure our guests would have a blast. From the wedding eve get-together where our favorite band played a private show, to the fun-filled photo booth, to the upgraded reception bar package, we made sure there was great time had for all. I made welcome bags for all guests complete with snacks, a hangover kit, and a personalized city tour pamphlet to ensure everyone made the most of their time in St Augustine. For the wedding ceremony, we incorporated our guests into the celebration by organizing a ring warming. Later at the reception, we made sure to order late-night munchies, which are always a hit with guests. To cap off the weekend, we held a farewell brunch to say goodbye to our close friends and family.
Looking back, what are the moments, decisions or memories that you love the most about your wedding? I felt like so much of my time planning was spent thinking about the reception, so it’s surprising to me that my most favorite memories are from the wedding ceremony. We splurged on the ceremony location and I couldn’t be happier with that decision. It made for a beautiful setting and I was very moved by the magic of the moment that day. Additionally, since we had my brother officiating (who has no experience officiating), I had to write the entire ceremony myself. Because of this, I really felt connected to every passage and reading and it was priceless to have someone so close to us perform the marriage. To stay with the intimate feel of the ceremony, Nick and I even wrote our own vows. They turned out beautifully and I will always remember that moment - minutes before becoming husband and wife, sharing our love, dreams, and wishes to each other in front of our closest friends and family.
What piece of advice would you give to a bride planning her wedding today? If you’re not a natural party planner and your budget allows it, get a wedding planner! I didn’t, but I think that’s my only regret from the whole process. My stress level was through the roof during much of the wedding process and I think the extra expense would have been completely worth it.
The Wedding Team:
Photographer: Brooke Images
Event Planner: Adair Currie at Dairing Events
Ceremony Venue: The Oldest House
Reception Venue: The White Room
Officiant: Bride’s brother
Florist: A Fantasy in Flowers
Cake: Kakes by Katie
Wedding Dress: Style 8502 by Justin Alexander
Bridal Accessories: Earrings and Bracelet- Nadri, Shrug- Chrochet Butterfly from Etsy.com
Bridesmaids’ Apparel & Accessories: Dresses and Cardigans- The Loft
Hair: Casey Powell of Casey Does Hair
Make-up: Jill Stonier
DJ: Carlton McGee of McGee Entertainment & Events, Inc.
Photobooth: Photo Magic of Florida
Thank you Kristin and Nick! Your celebration was amazing!
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