It was in the springtime that Allison and David met at the University of South Florida, and little did they know that the friendship formed working on class projects together would blossom into something even greater! Almost four years after meeting, the two became Mr. and Mrs. in charming Dunedin, Florida. The focus of the occasion? Family and friends. Special outings were scheduled all weekend long, such as games of golf and meals by the water. To let everyone know that their presence was prized by the couple, each of the sixty-five guests was given a handmade purple corsage to wear the day of the wedding. Smiles shined and tears glistened as the witnesses gave their “Pledge of Support” to Allison and David during the ceremony. A reception followed at Tampa wedding venue Dunedin Golf Club, where all dined and danced in a room swathed in purple and white decor! Grab your handkerchief for this sweet celebration captured by Georgia wedding photographer Horn Photography and Design!
Can you give us an overview of the event?
We put together a small, budget friendly, vintage Florida style wedding weekend in delightful Dunedin, FL. Lots of tiny wildflower flower details and Florida charm! Nothing says Florida like our favorite little town. Oranges as far as the eye can see! The ceremony was held in Andrews Historical Chapel, built in 1888, and the reception was held at Dunedin Golf Club, opened in 1927 and has some pretty cool PGA history behind it. And of course, I had to fit wildflower details everywhere I could (wildflower lace dress, wildflower favors, flowers in my hair, flowery lace tablecloths… you get the idea).
Tell us how you met. Was it love at first sight, blind date, friends forever?
David and I met in graduate school at USF, Tampa. He’s a good Midwestern guy, and I’m a native Florida girl. He had just moved from Missouri and was beginning his PhD program as I was finishing my Master’s degree. We took a class together in the Spring of 2009, and as we worked on projects together we became friends. At the time, neither one of us was looking for a relationship — but we bonded over shared views and experiences… and nearly 5 years later, here we are!
Did you DIY any of the details?
In addition to the amazing newspaper-style program designed by the groom, all wedding party corsages and boutonnieres were hand sewn and beaded by the bride… including over 100 individual ribbon-flower “Guest Corsages” for everyone involved! My garter (something old) was handmade by David’s Aunt Sandy. She used Chantilly lace from David’s Grandmother’s wedding gown (which was also handmade by GREATgrandmother). The Steinweg Family presented it to me at Christmas with a champagne toast, and it was one of the most heartfelt, meaningful gifts I have ever received.
Now for the proposal…details!
David and I went to Key West for some lobster diving the week after he successfully defended his dissertation. Key West has a very special place in our hearts. It’s a second home to me because my sweet Aunt Laura, who helped raise me, has lived there for 18+ years. We visit whenever we can. Well, David and Aunt Laura plotted… and plotted… and David watched… and he waited… and waited… for the perfect opportunity. In fact, he planned and plotted, and watched and waited so long that he finally gave up all the fancy plans: On one of our last days there, we had just climbed back into the boat on which we were staying, covered in salt, sweat, and lobster guts, still laughing and glowing from the saltwater and sunshine. (I know, lobster guts don’t sound particularly glamorous. That’s just how we roll.) I turned around, and there he stood, with a question on his lips and a ring in his hand!
I absolutely adore orchids, and found a seller at the local farmer’s market. He provided us with absolutely gorgeous potted orchids for centerpieces at less than half of what we would have paid for small cut flower arrangements. We placed a small cluster of potted orchids on each table, and they doubled as favors for our guests.
Tell us about the cake.
Ordering our cake went down something like this: “Hello, Publix Bakery? I need to order a wedding cake to feed 75. Can you give me the 3 layer chocolate one with chocolate icing, more chocolate, and a bunch of fruit on top? Don’t forget to add an orange!” ….and it was one of the best decisions we ever made. YUM! In fact, it was so good that we even ate the top layer with our families during our late night “after party”. A friend asked, “What about the 1 year anniversary tradition?! Aren’t you going to freeze it?” …Darlin’, we can always call Publix!
What was the best wedding advice you received?
On the day of the wedding, my sweet Uncle Michael reminded us to “stick together!” and don’t split up just so you can run around to every single solitary guest in that room. You’ll just exhaust yourself, and you’ll miss out on all those details you put so much work into. Your family and friends already love you. They know you love them. Enjoy your day TOGETHER!
DJ: Frank Lebano & Co. Mobile DJ Service | Ceremony Venue: Andrews Historical Chapel | Reception Venue: Dunedin Golf Club | Floral: Open Air Florist and Dunedin Green Market | Photography: Horn Photography and Design| Cake: Publix | Invitations: Wide Eyes Designs