Nancy ♥ Jeff
When you’re at the beach in such a beautiful setting, you don’t really need a theme. That’s what Nancy and Jeff proved! The crystal clear sand, pristine waters and the cool breeze made for perfectly timeless elements on their wedding day. The sunset and its colors testified to their union and love. With all the refreshing colors around, surely there wasn’t any dry eye in the event. A toast of romance and bliss to Nancy and Jeff!
The Love Story
Jeff and I met in a local Milwaukee, WI coffee shop. We found out that we’re from the same part of the country – upstate NY, and just ended up talking for hours. After we left the coffee shop that night I wasn’t sure if I’d hear from him, but a few days later he called and we went for a walk along the beach. He kept me out until midnight almost every night for the next week, which says something if you know me – I get up really early every morning for my job as a teacher, so staying up past 9 isn’t my thing. I think we fell in love that first week, but didn’t talk about it until I took him for an outpatient procedure a few weeks later and while he was coming out of anesthesia he proceeded to tell me how much he loved me and “wouldn’t it be great to get married on the beach in our flipflops”. We moved in together shortly after that, and Jeff proposed a year and a half later in the same coffee shop where we met.
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Details That Made This Wedding Extra Special
The decors and outfits. The colors of the sunset were the inspiration behind the flowers and decor. Nancy and Jeff’s outfits were inspired by the natural color of the sandy beaches. The couple went for a more elegant rustic look with beach elements – palm trees, starfish, burlap. Everything was very natural but colorful and elegant.
The DIY Projects. The only DIY were welcome bags. Included in the bags were made two different kinds of cookies that Nancy and her niece made, sunscreen, Advil, Tylenol, and pepto from Amazon, some Smartfood and a couple of bottles of water.
The songs. They had a steel drum band for the ceremony and cocktail hour. They played Pachelbel when Jeff and his parents came down the aisle and the Bridal March when my family walked me down the aisle. The recessional song was “One Love” by Bob Marley. That was the only music during the actual ceremony.
The weather. It was misting a light rain during the ceremony and a lone bird flew over, which reminded everyone there about Nancy’s daughter because she loved the rain.
The highlights from the ceremony and reception. For Nancy – having her sisters, daughter, best friend, mom, and nieces with her all day, seeing Jeff fighting back tears at the altar, listening to the original song that her daughter wrote for them, dancing and singing Bohemian Rhapsody at the top of her lungs with the people she loves most in the world and being at the beach were the highlight of her wedding.
The Color Palette. Ivory, Yellow, Marigold, Coral
Tips and Tricks To Future Brides
♥ If you can afford a planner, and you find the right one, it’s worth every penny. Every vendor our planner recommended was phenomenal! She helped me focus in on my vision and helped make the day everything I wanted it to be.
♥ Use the internet to find inspiration, but don’t overthink things. Keep a file of pictures that represent your vision. My meeting with the florist took only about 15 minutes, and the final product was beyond perfection because I brought pictures of exactly what I wanted. I also looked at dresses online and that helped tremendously when I went dress shopping.
♥ I would also say, whatever you plan, think about how you’ll feel looking at pictures 10 or more years from the day – you want things to be more timeless than trendy.
Wedding Budget: $10,000 – $20,000
Venue: The Sunset Beach House
Event Planner: Special Moments Weddings & Events
Photography: Jillian Joseph Photography
Floral Designer: Braun’s Fine Flowers
Caterer: Chives Catering
DJ Services: Frank Lebano & Co.
Band: Caladesi Steel Band
Plant Rentals: A1 Foliage
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