A true Southern wedding from start to finish, Scarlett and Trey wanted to honor their roots with each and every detail. From boiled peanuts served during the cocktail hour to rocking chairs for the guests to rest their dancing feet, Scarlett made sure no creature comforts were left unattended. The bride wore a traditional white ball gown with a sweetheart neckline and buttons that rode the length of her train. The groom and his groomsmen wore sunglasses in homage to Trey’s quite famous love of sunglasses. It was clear to see that from the moment they said “I do” the couple took in every precious memory as man and wife. Not the least of which being the moment when the best man literally gave them a piece of toast during his toast. The event created immeasurable memories of laughter and fun had by all. After enjoying a host of tasty fare, including the traditional white wedding cake, guests of all ages hit the dance floor, enjoying every last second. And needless to say, the traditional Southern fare was a hit with guests, leaving people talking months after the big day. Just the way Scarlett and Trey always dreamed. Photos by Jacksonville wedding photographers Couture Studios!
Tell us how you met. Was it love at first sight, blind date, friends forever?
Trey and I meant during our orientation at Stetson University. Our orientation group was going to lunch at a local pizza place and Trey and I ended up sitting next to each other. We talked the whole time we ate and really hit it off. We stayed in contact and a month or so later we started dating. We both knew pretty much instantly that we had found the one.
Now for the proposal…details!
Trey proposed on my 21st birthday. We were both in DeLand for the summer and so after a very nice dinner he took me to Stetson’s campus. He walked me around telling me his favorite memories of us at each of the buildings. We finally made it to the center of campus, which is home to the Holler Fountain. It is important to note that at Stetson, it is a tradition to be thrown into this fountain on your birthday…which is what I thought Trey was going to do. But instead he got down on one knee and purposed. The fountain was the first place he saw me, the first place we said hello.
Tell us about your wedding gown and what your wedding party wore.
I purchased my wedding gown at Jay’s Bridal in – Gainesville Fl where my mother purchased her dress 30 years before. It was the most inexpensive dress I had tried on. It was as simple taffeta, modified ball gown with a sweetheart neck line, a little rousing on the bodice and a rhinestone and flower sash. My favorite part of the dress are the little pearl buttons that go all the way down the back. The bridesmaids wore navy blue cocktail dresses with a ruffle/lace detail on the front. The groomsmen were causal with deck shoes, khaki slacks, button downs and their sunglasses…my groom ALWAYS wears his sunglasses so I thought it would be cute to incorporate that aspect of his personality into the groomsmen attire.
Was there a specific theme or style?
Our wedding was inspired by our lives and our families. Both of us were blessed to be born and raised in the south and have loved every second of it.
What was the most memorable moment?
There are three things I will never forget:
1. The look in my groom’s eyes when we were pronounced man and wife
2. One of our groomsmen literally giving us a piece of toast for his toast at the reception
3. How happy and joyous the entire day was.
What was the best wedding advice you received?
To love the Lord first, and loving each other will be so much better!
The rentals. I found that it was a lot cheaper to buy tablecloths, napkins, plates as opposed to renting them. The shipping fee is a lot smaller than the fees the rental companies charge for cleaning. Also, the flowers. The majority of our flowers were fake and by purchasing single steams as opposed to really bouquets, we save almost half price.
Tell us about the food and desserts.
The food was AMAZING! After almost 4 months people are still going on and on about how incredible the food was. We served sliced pork and grilled chicken, potato salad, green beans, twice baked potatoes and baked beans. Our wedding cake was a traditional white cake with white icing.
If there was one thing you could change, what would it be?
I wouldn’t change a thing. Our wedding had a couple hiccups, but those hiccups made the day special and have given us lots of fun stories to share.