Casey and Nigel

Port Orange, Florida

 

 

Photography | Our Day Wedding Photography | @ourdayweddingphotography

Venue | The Estate On the Halifax | @estateonthehalifax

Floral Designer | Dream Designs Florist @dreamdesignsflorist

Cinematography | GotyaPhoto.com

Absolutely STUNNING Couple ! A French Affair ~ ( the French do know Romance … )

 

Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette?

Our wedding day was greatly inspired by our love for the outdoors. That’s why we chose a beautiful outside venue for the ceremony. Our color palette was steel blue, eggplant purple, and blush pink.

 

Let’s talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception?

The ceremony was held under a gazebo that was decorated with white and purple drapery, and mason jars filled with flowers lined the aisle. The reception was held in a beautiful tavern located on the same property as the ceremony and the interior of the tavern is finished with beautiful wooden walls and ceiling that didn’t need much decor. Our tables had center pieces using the same kind of flowers that lined the aisle.

What were the florals like in your wedding? Did you use flowers in any of your design elements like the bridal bouquets, centerpieces or ceremony backdrop? Did they play an important part in the overall style of your wedding?

The types of flowers were less important to us than the color of the bouquets. A large variety of flowers varying shades of deep purple and steel blue were accompanied by beautiful dark greenery.

 

Did you personalize the day in any way (food trucks, guest entertainment etc.)? What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding?

While we were getting our post-ceremony photos done the guests were able to explore the beautiful gardens on the property with refreshments located inside a quaint snow white’s cottage.

 

Let’s talk fashion. How did you both choose your wedding day look? Describe the looks in detail.

My dress was vintage inspired with lots of intricate lace-work, with a beautiful open-back design. While my husband’s suit was also vintage inspired, he wore grey pin-striped pants with black suit top.

 

How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.

It all started our freshman year of high school. We shared the same homeroom teacher and he was the first ‘guy’ I noticed. As the year progressed, we found ourselves seated next to each other in art class. I learned that we have similar music taste as we bonded over The Beatles and The White Stripes. And he had the best sense of humor, I always looked forward to fourth period art class because I knew I would see Nigel. About halfway through sophomore year he asked me to be his girlfriend, and of course I answered with an eager yes! We spent an inseparable two years together during high school. We had our ups and downs, but at the end of the day we both knew how much we loved each other. As the summer of junior year came to a close we decided to go our separate ways. We both needed time for growth and self-discovery. About two years later I randomly messaged him to see how he had been the past couple years. We began talking and hanging out, we soon decided to give our love another shot. And we’ve been together ever since.

 

After a great Thanksgiving with family, we had a nice weekend trip to Savannah, GA planned with my brother and sister-in-law… little did I know, it would turn into the best weekend I could ever imagine. We hit the road early on the morning of Black Friday and had a fun, music-filled 4 hour drive up to the house we rented. The first day was spent wandering around the city and enjoying the beauty and history of the town. We walked down to the riverfront that evening, then explored the local market square. It was a beautiful night and we were loving the crisp, cool weather. As Saturday afternoon rolled around we decided to go on a stroll through beautiful Forsyth Park. Nigel and I were posing for a picture in front of the fountain when he took my hand, got down on one knee, and told me how much he loved me and wanted to spend the rest of his life with me. It was as if the entire world disappeared around us, before he could even finish his monologue I was shaking my head yes! We were brought back to reality by the cheers of my brother and sister-in-law and the various park-goers. We were engaged!

What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?

One of the most special moments of our day was when we were finally able to see each other again as I walked down the aisle. Nigel was positioned with his back towards me until I was right in view, he turned around, we locked eyes and all the nerves and worry just melted away.

 

Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day?

I would recommend finding a venue first and foremost. We found ours within a month of being engaged and we were on the verge of being unable to secure for our day since they get booked so far in advance. I’ve known friends who have waited to get their venue and had to settle for something less than they were hoping for due to venue bookings filling up so quickly. And don’t sweat the small stuff! Minor things are bound to go wrong the day-of and it’s okay, don’t let it ruin your special day, enjoy every bit of it!