A sports enthusiast groom and his sassy-sweet bride spent their wedding day under the gorgeous glow of light streaming through the trees. Our Fave, Elaine Palladino shared this couple's stunning Southern style portraits and lovely wedding details with us. Grab a glass of sweet tea and enjoy this one y'all.
James and Shannon met in middle school, were friends in high school (thanks to French class) and remained friendly throughout college (thanks to MySpace). During summer break after Shannon's junior year at UF, she made plans with James to meet her at a friends party in Tampa. He was working late but couldn't resist the chance to hang out with her. Caught off guard, they both hit it off immediately and started officially dating later that summer.
Three years later, James surprised Shannon with an overnight trip to Savannah, Georgia. After settling in to their bed and breakfast, they took a walk to Forsyth Park and admired the famous fountain there. According to Shannon, "James was unusally quiet. After staring at the fountain for a solid two minutes I finally said, 'Why don't we ask someone to take our picture in front of the fountain?' and he jumped all over the idea. He asked a random man and as he handed him the phone he repeated, 'just keep clicking' over and over. Just when I began to wonder if this was it, he got down on his knee and proposed. I couldn't have imagined it any sweeter."
Shannon chose beautiful shades of soft peach to accent their wedding day by way of flowy bridesmaid dresses, romantic bouquets and fun paisley ties. It's a gorgeous contrast against the Spanish moss that's hanging from the oak trees on the farm. And how incredible is that late afternoon light?!
From Shannon: Every moment of the day was perfect. I was surrounded by all our favorite people and was marrying my best friend. I was bursting with more joy than I have ever experienced from the moment I saw James at the end of the aisle until the very last dance.
“If I had to choose one specific moment, my favorite was the exchange of vows. I felt so much love for the man I was marrying at that moment, and it is a moment I will never forget.”
The Lange Farm in Dade City boasts 80 acres of sprawling fields and hundreds of moss covered oak trees. It's a dreamy Southern oasis right in the middle of Central Florida. The Garden House provided a classic ballroom for their reception and a big old-fashioned front porch for guests to enjoy the scenery and a cocktail.
The theme we were going for was classic romantic. We tried to achieve this with soft lighting, pale peach colors with gold accents, lots of flowers, and lots of candles. Dinner was eaten by candlelights with dim lighting around the room. It set the exact mood we were hoping to accomplish.
I know it's cliche, but stop and take it all in. It all goes by so fast. Embrace every moment of the planning process and the wedding day. Planning can be stressful and it’s easy to get so caught up in it that you forget to stop. Remember to just love the man you are marrying. Don’t forget that's all that matters.
Cheers to many years of remembering why you fell in love!