Today’s Jacksonville real wedding is the perfect send off to summer. The hot pink peonies, perfectly sunny bridesmaids dresses, refreshing dessert station and garden like ballroom celebrate the wild, beautiful and carefree spirit of the season. Jacksonville wedding photographers at Brooke Images captured every last detail (and there are so many personal touches, don’t miss this gallery) as the couple danced the night away at museum wedding venue The Cummer Museum of Arts & Garden in Jacksonville, FL. Summer lovin’, had me a blast…
Can you give us an overview of the event? We were married at The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens on June 16th, 2012. The ceremony took place in the lower tier of the gardens on the banks of the St. Johns River. Guests enjoyed cocktail hour in the upper tier of the gardens under the two-hundred year old oak tree while listening to an acoustic guitarist sing some of out favorite love songs. For the reception we moved indoors to the Terry Gallery and Loggia, both with beautiful views of the gardens. Overall, it was a night full of happiness and lots of love.
What inspired the theme or style? I chose a venue and then chose my theme, so I would say my venue inspired the theme. My original venue was a somewhat rustic private home, described as a french country estate. The back yard had a beautiful pond and huge oak tree. The entire event was going to take place out back with the ceremony being held under the tree and the reception on the back patio. Unfortunately, or not so unfortunately, the original venue was closed by the county only six weeks before our wedding and we were forced to find a new venue. I say it was not so unfortunate because the gardens at The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens are absolutely beautiful. My vendors were all wonderful and worked with me to make my wedding dreams come true.
How did you meet? We met by chance at a local tapas bar. During our initial conversation he was obviously a little nervous which I find quite charming when combined with a cute southern accent and a mischievous smile. We had our first official date about a week later and have been inseparable since.
What were your playful twists that made your event unique? For the last dance and right before leaving the museum, I changed into my Mom’s dress. The same dress she wore when she left the church after marrying my dad thirty-three years ago, beginning their happily-ever-after. We also had a cigar roller, photo booth and a huge candy buffet complete with cotton candy.
Now for the proposal…details! We went to Panama City Beach for a weekend getaway in July of last year. This didn’t seem unusual, we take little vacations every so often to just relax and enjoy life. We had horrible weather all day and then Saturday night there was a break in the weather. He ask me to go for a walk with him on the beach. I love the beach, especially at night under the stars. He didn’t seem nervous, I didn’t except anything. While walking down the beach he stopped and started telling me how much I meant to him, before I knew it he was down on one knee and BAM, big diamond ring! I, of course, said yes and we immediately called our families to share our happy news.
What were the honeymoon plans? We left at six a.m. the morning after the wedding and headed to St. Lucia to stay at a Sandals resort. It was the perfect honeymoon on a beautiful island. We had plenty of relaxation, beach time and adventure.
Floral Design: Liz Stewart Floral design | Photography: Brooke Images | Lighting: Mark Grandin | Catering: RSVP Catering | Cigar Roller: JC The Cuban Roller | Photobooth: National Entertainment Group | Entertainment: McGee Entertainment | Venue: The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens | Cake: Classic Cakes | Gown: The White Magnolia |Bridesmaid Dresses:
Bella Bridesmaid | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Hair: Casey Does Hair | Makeup: Simply Makeup Artists | Day of Coordinator: GG Events