I think my most favorite thing about today’s wedding is the bride’s reception dress. A dazzle gold sparkly number that I must find out where she purchased for sure. Today’s couple celebrating their wedded bliss is Jacqueline and John Post. The two wed on June 23, 2012 in Birmingham, Alabama with their friends and family in attendance. In her interview, Jacqueline raves about her wedding team that pulled off the classic southern fair. Enjoy the photos below by Alisha Crossley Photographer, a wedding photographer located in Birmingham, Alabama, and take note at all the color details.
Can you give us an overview of the event?
Well, I’m from Brazil, John is an american… It gets really tricky to plan something that you can have both sides together! So I decided that the big traditional Brazilian wedding would happen in March 2013 in my hometown, Salvador, Brazil. Since much of John’s family would not be able to attend, a surprise ceremony was planned to be celebrated with them. The close family and friends were invited to a black tie evening of dinner and dancing to celebrate their “upcoming marriage”, and meet my family who had traveled all the way from Brazil. The place was Shoal Creek Country Club and the time was 6pm. I dressed a gold sequined gown that I had absolutely loved it! Along with John and our parents, we greeted the arriving guests at the door. Two styles of music were provided as hor’dourves were served. As soon as most of the guest had arrived, Mr.Robert Post, (John’s dad) thanked everyone for coming and made an announcement that Jac and John were indeed having a ceremony in Brazil but wanted to share their vows with them! A shocked collective gasp was heard as the surprised guests were asked to exit the club to ceremony location. The straticically placed string ensemble from the band Act of Congress played as the shocked guests gathered in front of the flowered altar. With the help of my wedding planner, I quickly slipped into a white wedding gown to surprise my groom. I had my parents and my in laws walking on the aisles as couples before us, and in fact, I took the time for them to leave John alone… waiting for me! (Yes, I decided to walk with him down the aisle for the ceremony!! ) So, after John was amazed by the big surprise about my white dress, we both walked together to the altar, while I had to calm him down, because he was just so emotional!!
Tell us how you met. Was it love at first sight, blind date, friends forever? We want to know the particular!
John and I were at Rhema Bible Training Center, a Bible School in Tulsa, Ok. We were in the same class, and all the students had assigned seats that would change for every class!! By the fourth quarter of the 1st year of school, I had this weird and quiet guy by my side.. every single day for 2 months!lol
Don’t worry, He also thought I was weird also… But nothing happen then, we would just say “hi” and “bye”. During the summer, we both went home and almost didn’t talk at all! Back on Tulsa for 2nd year, I realized John had an “extra attention” with me… And slowly he was closer and closer to my group of Brazilian friends.. and they totally helped him out!!lol I was not interested in a relationship, and avoiding as much as I could..I even thought I didn’t want to live in the USA forever, so why have someone that was from here? Or… He is so formal, and I’m all open minded city girl… I just had so many excuses to it! lol
But after 5 months of a “special friendship”, I realized that I had this great, loving and so determined guy that was being so patient and consistent on being there for me… and What was I scared of? So I decided I was going to try to open up and see if we would work it out!! And, between Brazil, Usa and Europe.. we made this long distance crazy relationship work!
Now for the proposal…
My family came from Brazil to Tulsa for our graduation at Rhema… and for the first time, our families would meet each other! the Post’s family invited us all to come to Birmingham and get to know them better for few days. So on the very second day we were here, I was outside playing with their bulldog (I love dogs) and as the sun was coming down, John asked me if I wanted to go inside the house… And I just kept saying “No, I’m good here.. I wanna play with the dog, I can’t take the dog inside..” So he said, “We can go to the upstairs balcony and you can have the dog there!”.. I just said ok to it and never thought much about it! He grabbed the dog and just took of to the porch, as I followed him behind, as soon as I entered the balcony, I saw candles and flowers everywhere and just liked that i was in shock! He asked me to seat down and I saw a big box, wich made me get calm, cause I though; ” Im leaving back to Brazil.. those are chocolates, he is just being romantic…” John has this box on his had, grabs my had and tells me how special I am and from there on, I just don’t remember anything!!!lol I really don’t! I felt like the world had stopped and I just couldn’t believe what was going on!!! Out of my crazy and weird silence and shock, I heard him saying my full name in portuguese and also in portuguese, he asked me if I wated to marry him( he had asked by roommate to teach him how to pronounce it right…How sweet is that?) and just like that I said YES!!!!! to my “Alabama boy.” He opened up the box and there it was, 2 ring boxes: one with my diamond ring and one with traditional brazilian wedding gold bands! He just thought about everything!!!
We want to know about all the wedding details. Was it small and intimate or big and traditional?
It was medium sized but very intimate. Only the closest friends and family were invited. A very family feel with Black tie excitement.The surprise created a wonderful uniqueness and constant expectancy from the guests. They were thrilled! The ceremony was traditional and religious. The surprise took the place of some of the traditional elements of a a wedding. The absence of my father escorting in the bride, no veil, no flower girl, no attendants or seating of the guests or family was hardly noticed. ( I wanted to save all these for the Brazilian ceremony!!)
What inspired the theme or style?
The inspiration was natural because of the venue. Shoal Creek Country Club in Birmingham is an exclusive, old South elegant Williamsburg style club. This was chosen to give my Brazilian family a taste of Southern culture and celebrate with John’s traditional family as well.
What were your playful twists that made the event unique?
The guests were invited to a celebration of the “up coming” wedding and surprised by a real wedding. I furthered the surprise by secretly buying a more traditional wedding gown to surprise my lovely fiancé and all the guests.
What was the most memorable moment?
When I changed my gold dress into the white one before the ceremony, and as soon as John saw me from distance for the first time, he started crying!! It was just so sweet, so I felt like all the stress of planing the big night, had just paid off!! It was totally worth it!
Tell us about the food and desserts.
The arriving guests were met with a signature non alcoholic drink in a fluted glass with a strawberry garnish. The multiple hor’dourves were passed. Shoal Creek is renowned for their crab cakes. These were made fresh at a station at the reception/dinner.Steak and chicken cordon blue were also served. Parma and melon, a variety of cheeses and fruits was beautifully displayed. The caesar salad with parmesan crusted crouton was served in martini glasses. Cheese covered Potatoes, along with bacon wrapped asparagus and french green bean bundles completed the delicious dinner. The Wedding cake was served as desert. Each layer was a combination of red velvet and traditional white wedding cake. The Brazilian table consisted of Brigadeiros, a traditional Brazilian party desert. They were served as truffles and in desert cups. The flavors included, chocolate, cherry, orange, peanut butter, coconut and passion fruit and chocolate combinations. Favors of Cookies were parting gifts. They were in the shape of luggage and jet planes with monograms with a message to pray for the couple as they begin their world travels together.
What kind of energy did your entertainment give the event?
The lovely pianist played traditional soothing music inside the club, so that created a great atmosphere for family to visit and converse. And in fact, as I was totally surprised by her with Brazilian Bossa nova selections!! It even made me cry!! I went to thank her fro playing my favorite song, without having me requested it… I even seat down on the piano sit with her, while she played it for me again! On the Italian light strung terrace the Band “Act of Congress” energized the dance floor with multiple music styles in their own creative way.
Tell us about your wedding gown and what your wedding party wore.
The sophisticated party dress was a cream long gown with gold bangles. It was worn to greet the guests and I had it changed back into for the reception also! The surprise for the groom and parents was when I changed into a white strapless flowing gown that I wore for the religious ceremony and pictures. It was romantic and sweet with a bow on the bodice. The family all wore black tie and the women wore their own selections of evening attire.
If there was one thing you could change, what would it be?
Make the event a longer time frame… It just goes by so fas!! And yes, I would had my hair style changed! Unfortunately I was not happy with it…
Ah, I also didn’t not eat during the whole day!! I got really anxious and I just couldn’t eat anything.. By the time of the party, I was starving and about to pass out! So girls, please eat on your wedding day!!
Their Wedding Professionals
Wedding Coordinator Melizabeth Events | Photographer Alisha Crossley Photographer | Florist: Flower Buds | Band: Act of Congress | Bette Haney – Pianist (205) 980-1721 | Cake: Cakes by Jan O Donnel | CC brazilian s Sweets | Venue: Shoal Creek Country Club | Videographer Holloway Productions