One of my favorite stories to tell about Dana is that she actually emailed me on October 6, 2016, over 22 months before her planned wedding date. Typically, I don’t start working with Brides until we are within the 12 month period, but Dana was persistent! She had already booked Omni and Walkers Landing and KNEW she had to work with me as well. So, we stuck up a deal. We would move forward with a contract, but not officially start making moves until we made it to that year mark. It was seriously a joy planning alongside my sweet little Dana. She and Nicholas (when we talk about our husbands we often say “my Nick” as to not confuse since we both fell in love with a Nick!) are such an amazing team and really worked together throughout the planning process. Seeing that characteristic in my couples really fires me up and makes me want to make their wedding day 10x more special. Am I gushing yet?
Well, over the year of planning, we came up with a modern, classic combination with a touch of Joanna Gaines. It was almost like any wild idea I had, Dana was totally on board. Just take a look at the seating chart! I am pretty sure all I told her was, we are going to use this geometric structure, attach greenery and acrylic sheets to it. I am so glad she trusted me because that wasn’t the best description, but in my head I knew it was going to be a WOW moment!
Lucky for me, Dana herself helped me write this blog from her own point of view, so I will let her take over and share with you all her love story!
Brooke Images Photography | Luxe Party Rentals | Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort
Shea Hopely Flowers Inc. | Studio Bride | Wehner Weddings, LLC | LMS Creative Studio
Olivia Grace Paperie | The Treasury Rentals
I actually found our wedding venue, Walkers Landing, on Pinterest! I scrolled through Pinterest (before I was engaged) and found Adair! I looked at all of her boards and then stalked Instagram and realized that I had to have her and all my favorite weddings were at Walker’s Landing. We still looked at other venues to do our due diligence but our hearts knew immediate when we saw WL in person that it was perfect!
We met on tinder 5 years ago before tinder was what it is today. We started talking because we were both Portuguese and loved to travel…but we didn’t actually meet until 2 years later! When we finally met in person, we hit it off immediately! (Fun fact: we got married 5 years to the day of when we met on tinder)
Our favorite moment of the day was our ceremony! Finally seeing the site we talked about for so long, being surrounded by our friends and family in such an intimate setting while Nicholas and I promised to love each other forever was surreal. All of the elements coming together made it a dream come true!
My grandmother passed away 5 years ago – she was my best friend and it was tough knowing that she wasn’t there. So, I found little ways to incorporate her like having her broach on my bouquet and having a piece of her dress sewn into mine. It made me feel like she was part of the day in her own way!
From a Dairing details perspective – I would say my favorite detail was our head table. It was hard to envision having 24 people at a table and it looking perfect and not crowded. It turned out AMAZING and my favorite part of the reception! It made the venue seem like a piece of home and tied every element together perfectly.
the rest of their special day…