It was a gorgeous beach themed wedding of Mark and Jamie. Gold, champagne, and ivory were their colors of choice. They even colored the starfish to a glittery gold that I might say is very elegant and dainty at the same time. There were some interesting table decors like the seahorses and fish. But those weren’t the only unusual elements on their wedding day because they added into the mix Mark’s love for firefighting! It was definitely a cute touch. Congratulations Mark and Jamie. Let the fire of your love left burning!
Mark and I meet through a mutual friend many years prior to our first date. There was an instant attraction; however, we remained just friends for many years. One day Mark instant messaged me asking when he could come see my new townhouse, and I told him anytime. Mark came over the next day and cooked dinner with me in my new kitchen and essentially never left. I knew from our first dinner date that he was “the one” and falling in love with him was the easiest thing I have ever done. Two years into dating Mark proposed to me on Christmas Eve in the presence of both our parents. It was one of the most magical moments in my life, and the rest is history
We Are A Perfect Match:
I am Mark’s everything, and he is mine.
Two years into dating Mark proposed to me on Christmas Eve in the presence of both our parents. It was one of the most magical moments in my life, and the rest is history
A little bit of beach, a little bit of firefighting, and a lil bit of love for our dog.
Wedding Day Outfit Inspiration:
I always wanted a gold and white wedding.
Wedding Décor Inspiration:
I wanted to incorporate tastefully some beachy items (starfish, seahorse, and fish) since our venue was on the beach and also include Mark’s love for firefighting. We had simple touches of firefighting decor such as our wedding topper and the groom’s cake that was in the shape of a fire truck. We also made our grand entrance into our reception wearing firefighting hats dancing to The Ohio Players Fire song. We also included our beloved miniature schnauzer Caesar as the ring bearer.
The Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Projects:
If so, can you describe them in detail? The firefighter hats; bride and groom sign; table numbers; chair decorations, all table decorations, card holder, name wine glass holders.
The Planning Process:
One year that was plenty of time.
Best Advice We Received:
I am very traditional and believe all siblings should be in the wedding party. I learned the hard way to ask someone to be in your wedding not because of tradition but because you would be honored to have their support. I regret not asking my dear friends to be in my wedding.
Tips & Tricks For Future Brides:
Just have fun…and hire a wedding, planner.
- 15,000 is our budget
- Kept things small, simple, and elegant. Both my Brother and I are very crafty, so many of the decorations were handmade including table numbers, card holders, name cards, and table decorations. I also chose baby breath as my flowers that still gave a “wow” effect on a budget. We also had the grooms Father officiate at the ceremony that made our ceremony so touching.
- The venue was the biggest expense. However completely worth it. I felt like a princess getting married at the Don CeSar. It was truly a spectacular venue
The Guest List:
60 guests. We knew from the start that we wanted a very small intimate wedding with just close family and friends.
We made the decision to put our honeymoon on hold and purchase a new home instead
Expanding our family
Planning Advice For Couples:
Just have fun. Everything will fall perfectly into place. And hire a wedding planner. Best investment ever!
Favorite Part Of The Day:
The moments with my father right before I walked down the aisle. And the moment I first saw my now husband waiting for me.
Most Memorable Moment:
Having my father walk me down and aisle and having my now father in law conduct the ceremony was just the most special thing. The entire ceremony was straight from the heart.
Photographer: Limelight Photography
Reception Venue: Loews Don CeSar Hotel
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