There is serious intent for sharing this wedding with y'all today. First, it's been very rainy around Florida and Nick and Nicole prove that a wet day doesn't have to ruin your special day. And the images from Daybreak Studios are so funky-fresh that they just smack a perma-smile on my face! I hope they do for you, too!
From Nicole about the proposal... I have said from the start that Nick brings out the best in me and I am forever thankful for all the new hobbies he has introduced me to, like a strong passion for hiking. We escape to the mountains several times a year just to get our fix. After nearly five years of dating, Nick starting planning a proposal for our next hiking trip but quickly realized planning a trip and hiding the ring was too big of a secret to keep. So, on the living room floor on a Sunday evening, Nick dropped to one knee and proposed with the ring securely hidden in his pajama pants. A few months later and during an abnormally freezing winter, Nick re-proposed after a 12 mile hike to the top of Mount LeConte.
Aside from foul weather warnings that were popping up on everyone's phone apps, Nicole and Nick stayed relatively calm. "Our original ceremony location (outside in the garden of the Ximenez-Fatio House) was cancelled because the skies decided to open and unleash tornado warnings and hail storms, but I honestly could not have asked for the day to be any different (storm and all). Being the non-bride like person I am, it forced everyone to relax and just enjoy the day rather than worry about the technicalities. It was beyond what I could have ever dreamed of."
The most important thing to me were our flowers or, in my case, the lack thereof. Blessed with a childhood friend whose family owns Simply Roses, I quickly learned in our brainstorming session that I tend to like greenery and fillers and not many flowers. Of course, succulents were a whole different story. I can honestly say that the flowers were beyond what I expected and could not have been closer to my vision. The are a really neat choice because you are able to replant them after the wedding. Some of the arrangements are still alive and flourishing almost two months later.
Our biggest goal was to have our wedding be genuine to us. Nick and I had been together for seven and a half years when we tied the knot so we were bound and determined that we would not do anything just because it was a formality or what you were supposed to do. We have always had the attitude that a wedding doesn't make a marriage so for us, if we were going to spend the monetary and emotional expense of planning a wedding, we wanted it to be one big party with all our friends and family.
I knew from the get-go that I wanted the boys to wear Vans and skinny black ties. Although it was hard for some to understand why I would start with the boys attire I think it was par for the course with me. I never chose a color scheme and often described my colors as "deconstructed leopard" which even after the wedding I still find myself trying to define. I wanted it to be simple and organic with a hint of leopard.
Being quick thinking and flexible helps when you're planning an outdoor wedding anywhere in Florida. Don't these two look so happy just to be getting married? That's the whole point, people!
From dancing shoes to lounge pillows to table numbers, Nicole truly embraced the DIY bride mentality. Or as she puts it, her mother did: "I am truly blessed to have such a talented mother who can see almost anything and say 'Oh, I can make that and probably do it better.' My mother spent the better part of the last year putting together many of the details that made our wedding personal and true to us."
Personally, I love parent dances! Especially when they get a little wild! For instance, after "Butterfly Kisses" played the entire bridal party joined Nicole and her dad for the Harlem Shake! It was their way of telling their guests, "It's party time!" Love that. The dancing shoes weren't just worn by the bridal party; as Nicole tells us, "I grew up a dancer so I think it was a given for most people that I loved to dance. What was not so apparent was how much my Nick loves to dance. As one friend put it, 'I have never seen a groom more excited. Nick was acting like he was a rock star!' In fact, any time Nick and I were separated, all I had to do was look on the dance floor to find him. Even in those center-of-attention moments, Nick's relaxed, celebratory mindset got me through it."
Nick and Nicole, you two are so perfect for one another. A big congratulations to you both and may you both look forward to tons of wild, mountain adventures together!
Getting Ready & Ceremony Venue: Ximenez-Fatio House, St. Augustine | Reception Venue: The White Room | Photography: Daybreak Studios | Event Coordination: Gina Bradley | Floral Design: Simply Roses | Makeup & Hair Styling: Jill Stonier Professional Makeup Artist | Entertainment: The Faze Band