In their first planning convo, Nic made just one request: because they love to dress up, he wanted a black tie wedding. Stephanie ran with it, imagining a day filled with ethereal baby's breath and tons of sparkle. To bring their vision to life, she turned to JCG Events and our crazy-talented floral design Fave Ines Naftali; the lovely details and heartfelt moments were captured by 13:13 Photography.
Stephanie and Nic met during their freshman year at Auburn, bonding over "our love for 24, going on adventures and cooking." The next semester found Stephanie studying across the pond in London, but they kept in touch via skype and care packages; as the old adage goes, absence did its work: "... I found myself thinking about Nic all the time. Upon arriving back in the US several months later, I couldn't wait to get to Auburn to see him. The minute we were together we knew that it was God's perfect timing for us to be together."
Since graduation, the two have spent time making it work long distance, and have moved around to three cities. Stephanie is from Miami, though, and always wanted to get married there - the added bonus being that it would be a destination for most of their guests. The two felt that the Westin Colonnade would display everything Miami had to offer, and was "a notch above the rest. We loved it, our guests loved it and on top of how beautiful it was, the location was convenient for both locals and out of town guests."
The bride loved the Colonnade's ceremony space, which she described as "cathedral-like with a entrance staircase that would make anyone feel like a princess."
The couple incorporated a time of prayer into the ceremony, with their family and wedding party encircling them and praying for their marriage and future together. It was one of their favorite moments, as Stephanie tells us: "It was so encouraging and really made us feel loved, protected and excited to start our lives."
Can we talk about Stephanie's oh-my-amazing bouquet!? Ines surprised the bride by including mini "Blushing Bride" proteas, a bloom native to South Africa and only available for a short period of time each year.
Jessica and Ines embraced Stephanie's wishes for ethereal romance, and Nic's desire for black tie elegance, displaying large, lush arrangements of baby's breath throughout (even in the fountain!) and managing the rotunda's high ceilings with tall, dramatic centerpieces. Mercury glass, sequin linens and tons of candlelight brought all the sparkle, glam and atmosphere that the bride had hoped for.
“ Their attention to detail and creative genius turned the venue into a glamorous, warm and romantic atmosphere. ”
We also loved the party. We love dancing and celebrating for anything so we were totally in our element. It was fun to see not only all the planning to culminate into a beautiful night, but to also start our marriage with our favorite people in such an incredible atmosphere. When planning, although the decor was important, we wanted to have a great time and most importantly, honor God, our families and our relationship. We enjoyed the every step of the planning process and with Jessica's unique ideas and organization, everything went without a hitch.
The two have since settled in Atlanta, and while Stephanie pursues her career in marketing and Nic in accounting, the two continue to find time to go to the park, explore new areas, cook together and enjoy newlywed life. Congratulations, guys!