When & where did you get married?
We got married August 7, 2014 at the Louise DuPont Crowninshield House on Boca Grande in Lee County, Florida
Is there any significance to your date/venue?
We chose the 7th, which was a Thursday because the number 7 is my favorite number... we chose the location for the beautiful exposed beam, wood floors, and chandeliers in the Louise DuPont House. We had originally planned to have the ceremony outside under the beautiful Banyan trees on Banyan street, but Florida's unpredictable summer weather brought us indoors.
Tell us about your gown:
My gown was actually a floor sample from Jeannine's a Fort Myers Bridal Boutique. We got married with only 5 months of planning, so it makes your options for a gown limited. Thankfully, I only had to try on 3 dresses to find mine. I wanted a simple and elegant feel and I wanted champagne or ivory as opposed to white. I found it all!
Describe your man:
My man... is it cliche to say he's perfect for me? He truly is my "help-meet." He is kind, fun loving, and outgoing. He helps me to be a better person. He forces me to stop and breathe, to enjoy moments instead of stressing over them. He is my good natured better half. I am thankful, everyday that I get to do life with him. He's good looking too, which doesn't hurt!
What traditions did you incorporate into your wedding day?
I don't know if we incorporated any traditions into our wedding, but we each had children from a previous relationship and we made them a part of our wedding. They had their own "vows" that involved a commitment to us as a family. I did have all the elements of the "something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue" however with all the stress of the day, I may have forgotten to put on the old and borrowed portions.
Favorite moment of your day?
My favorite wedding moment. Honestly, the whole day was amazing. When people say it goes too fast, it really is true. I think I had two favorite moments though; the first being, I was overall so excited about marrying the man of my dreams, that I did not even look in a mirror before I was about to walk down the isle. I realized I had no idea what I looked like and my bridesmaids had to search the place for a full length mirror. Knowing that I cared more about the commitment I was about to make than my appearance was actually a pretty comforting experience. For me though, THE moment of the day, was listening to my husband recite the vows that he had written for me. That feeling, was indescribable.
Describe your flowers for us:
My flowers were a show stopper! Marie of Port Charlotte Florist is so talented. I explained my vision of simplicity and romantic elegance and she made it happen! We had tons of pale pink and cream roses, lilies, hydrangeas and beautiful greenery. She created a breathtaking spray for the mantle that we stood in front of as we said our vows. My girls and I carried hand tied bouquets. The tables were arranged with mercury glass, candles, and bud vase style stems. I could not have asked for anything better.
Describe your day in one sentence?
In one sentence, my day was perfectly intimate, filled with family and love where I was able to make a life long commitment to my best friend.
Best advice for a bride to be?
At the end of the day, you will be married; joined with God to the person that is to be yours forever. If you focus on that, everything else falls into perspective.