With tradition tossed to the side, Renee’ and Jason mixed together a little bit country and a little bit rock ‘n roll for their dream wedding in September 2012. Held at the spectacular Ringling Museum, 75 guests of family and friends attended their small and personalized wedding. Renee’ “wanted to make sure the wedding represented who we are.” Rejoice with this harmonious couple, courtesy of Damon Tucci Photography.
Tell us how you met…
We first meant on Myspace six years ago, over our common interest of rodeo. After three years of talking on-line we finally meant in person. The connection we have in person was even stronger then the connection we had via on-line.
We want to know about all the wedding details, was it small and intimate or big and traditional?
The wedding was on the smaller side and definitetly not traditional. To incorporate the country feel, our florist put hay down the sides of the isle and accented with hay bales. We used mason jars and mercury glass in the floral center pieces. During the ceremony, we told a little about or story and also incorporated some jokes to lighten the mood. Seeing it only fitting since we meant on-line, after we said our “I Dos” we got handed our phones and updated our Facebook statuses to married and we were announced hash-tag husband and wife.
Tell us about your wedding gown and what your bridal party wore.
I had a vision of my wedding dress in my head. After trying numerous dresses in person, I eventually found my dress online. My dress was a strapless organza mermaid gown by Theia. I had my seamstress shorten the lining so that there was just sheer organza on the bottom to show off my wonderful statement Alexander McQueen shoes. I completed it with Judith Ripka borrowed from my mother and a rhinestone headband from Etsy. My shoes inspired my bridesmaid’s blue dresses and gold shoes. The groom and groom’s men attire was inspired by the wedding scene in the movie “8 Seconds”. The movie is one of my husband’s favorite.
Can you give us an overview of the event?
The ceremony and reception were held at the Ringling Museum Courtyard in Sarasota, Florida. Our non-traditional ceremony was performed by a family friend with a brief overview of our story, Native American blessings and music. At the reception we had a wonderful dinner from Michael’s on East and danced in the courtyard to great music! Everything went smoothly and as planned!
What inspired the theme or style?
The three main things that inspired the event were: the venue, my shoes and my husband and me. The Ringling Museum is a beautiful place and inspired colors of the liens, flowers and such. My shoes are from Alexander McQueen and were my statement piece. The shoes inspired by bridal party attire and accents. My husband and me and our likes and dislikes were of course inspiration. I wanted to make sure the wedding represented who we are. There were small personalized touches everywhere from the cake topper, photo props, guest book and more. You can’t mention wedding inspiration without Pinterest.
What were your playful twists that made the event unique?
The most unique thing that we did was the music down the isle. My husband and his groomsman entered to the song “Bad Boys”, as my husband and his groomsman are all in law enforcement. My bridal party dance down the isle to “I’m Sexy and I Know it”. We all go dancing and are of course sexy. Instead of a traditional bridal procession, I walked down the isle to Queens “Fat Bottomed Girls”. This was one of my favorite parts of the wedding. Thanks to a great DJ to be able to put this music together. No one was told ahead of time what our plans were so that all the guests could be surprised.
Did you DIY any of the details?
I ordered a lot of items from Etsy. I made smaller accent items including the seating cards, seating card frame, signs, and the vintage suitcases were from my personal collection.
What was the most memorable moment?
The experience as a whole was memorable. Our friends and family came into town on the days leading up to the wedding. It was like the wedding lasted for four days. We had four days of fun, parties and celebration. From the wedding specifically, the entry of the bridal party and myself to our unique music was the must memorable.
Tell us about the food and desserts.
We had a four course dinner from Michael’s on East Catering which included: specialty salad, mushroom ravioli, surf and turf of steak and blackened Mahi Mahi with vegetables and finished with a plate of cheese, fruit and nuts drizzled with honey.
What kind of energy did your entertainment give the guests?
Our DJ brought a great fun energy to the event. He really listened not only to want we wanted him to play, but also to those songs we did not wish to hear. He did a wonderful job and everyone enjoyed the music.
If there was one thing you could change, what would it be?
I would have gotten fans on the dance floor. It was a gorgeous Florida night and everyone was heating up on the dance floor so much that they needed to be cooled down. Also, I would have had a handkerchief with me during the ceremony. Other then that I would not have changed anything. I had always wanted to get married at Ringling Museum and I did everything I was envisioning. It came together perfectly!
What was the best wedding advice you received?
The best wedding advice that I received was hiring a wedding planner and a videographer. I love having our wedding on video! It is great to have to go back and watch all the fun times and memories. It is also a great way to share the say with family and friends who were not able to attend. There was no way I could have done everything without my wonderful wedding planner. She had great advise to help us through out the whole process. Couldn’t have done it without her!
Venue: Ringling Museum | Photographer: Damon Tucci Photography | Wedding Planner: NK Productions | Catering: Michael’s Events and Catering | Dessert: Pastries by Design | Entertainment: DJ Wayne Delair | Videographer: Creative Motions, Inc. | Invitations: Jen Simpson Design