I fell in love with this Key West beauty from Endearing Studios right off the bat. I don't know if it's the adorable groom and his guys (suspenders, rolled up linen pants, caps and flip flops?!), the gorgeous bride, or the fun and intimate feel of the entire day that just makes me want to be there... but I think you'll love every little bit of it!
Nicole and Walt are high school sweethearts who knew from the start that they wanted a small, intimate destination wedding. They chose Key West, and invited only their wedding party to join them.
Don't you just adore the guys' attire? Says Nicole, "I loved the guys outfits. They were a big hit with the people around town. One couple even tried to take a picture of Walt, but a man on the street said, 'No, no. He is real.' We all got a big kick out of that."
Walt's favorite part of the day was seeing Nicole in her wedding dress. As Nicole told us, "That was right after I fell walking up the stairs. Ha! I am glad we decided to do the 'first look' pictures. It think it kept us from being nervous at the actual ceremony."
Nicole shared their sweet engagement story with us: We were on our way back from vacation with our best friends. Alex, the best man at our wedding, gave Walt some gas money and Walt told me to put it in his wallet. When I did, I found a receipt, and I asked Walt what it was from. Before I could open it, he snatched it out of my hands and told me not to worry about it. Yea right! I continued to bug him about if for days, because I am a curious person and I knew our anniversary was coming up. When I wouldn't drop the subject, Walt told me he had to go pick up a gift for me. He came home with a huge bag, and that really got me wondering what it could be. Walt told me I could have it if he blind fold me and take me somewhere. I really wanted the gift, so I agreed. On the whole way to our destination, I was thinking that he was going to propose, and if he wasn't I was probably going to be upset, because who blind folds someone for an everyday gift?
When we arrived at our destination, he made me climb on top of his SUV, still blind folded. I was standing on the top of his SUV, nervous as ever, when I removed the blind fold, Walt was on one knee and asked, "Nicole, will you marry me." Of course I said, "YES!". The spot Walt drove me to was a place called the Blue Hole in Elizabethton, TN. He had me climb on top of the car because he parked at the top of the mountain and the view from on top of the car was beautiful. The lighting and everything was perfect that day.
We asked Nicole what makes them a great match: We love "mostly" everything about each other. It's hard to put into words how I feel about Walt. We get compliments as a couple often, and people are surprised by how much we get along. We try not to make a big deal about the small stuff. We don't think we are much different from any other couple, but we take the compliments when we can. Walt loves how "brutally" honest I am, and I think he is hilarious. Our friend Lindsay asked, "Nicole, how do you not laugh all day?"
Nicole also shared a bit about their planning process: I would definitely recommend hiring a wedding coordinator. It made our wedding day stress free. Our wedding planner was very helpful; she even drove me around on the day of our wedding. I told her that I like shades of pink and green, and she took it from there. Our wedding planner had many vendors for us to choose from, and we were pleased with all of them. We had to do a last minute change to the ceremony location, but it wasn't a problem. Kate handled it well, and we decided that night that we were actually more pleased with the backup plan than the original.
I was particularly picky about the photographer we hired. I was beginning to think I would never find the perfect person to capture our special day, but as soon as Kate sent me the link to Endearing Studios, I knew Michelle was the one. She and Chester are fabulous and fun people to be around. Michelle is very talented.
Finally, Nicole told us about the most meaningful moments and details of the day: Walt's wedding ring belonged to his granddaddy. The inside of the ring has his grandparent's initials and wedding date engraved, and we did the same. The inside of the ring now reads, "LR to JW 9-9-51, NS to WT 6-19-12".
It was raining on the day of our wedding. We were going to have an outside wedding, and I was so nervous that wasn't going to happen. I had my hair appointment at 2:30. As soon as it was time to leave the rental house and start our wedding photos, the rain stopped. It didn't rain again until later that night. We walked outside of Michaels Restaurant, where our reception was held, and it literally started pouring down rain. There wasn't even a warning sprinkle, it was just like in the movies. We were soaked, but we laughed and had a great time. I've heard it's good luck to have rain on your wedding day; I'm just glad it held off until the end.
Congrats to Nicole and Walt! And big thanks to Michelle at Endearing Studios for sharing this sweet day with us.
Ceremony Venue: Southernmost House | Reception Venue: Michaels Restaurant | Photography: Endearing Studios | Coordination: Kate Bentley Events | Floral Design: Lauren Thompson of Kate Bentley Events | Hair Styling: Southernmost Glam | Officiant: Steve Torrence | Ceremony Music: Robin Kaplan | Cake: Key West Cakes | Dress: Reese by Maggie Sottero, from Annie's Room Bridal | Bridesmaid's Dresses: LuLu's | Men's Attire: Shirt & Suspenders from Men's Warehouse, Linen Pants from Jos A Banks, Hats from Lids