Southern rustic charm was an absolute must for Shandy and Trey’s big day. Imagine their excitement when they found St. Augustine wedding venue The White Room in downtown historic St. Augustine with views of the intercostals just outside. The venue’s exposed brick walls, hardwood floors and chandeliers provided just the right mood as Shandy made her grand appearance, dressed in a one-of-a-kind lace gown. Burlap and natural décor lent an elegant outdoor vibe to the scene, from ceremony to reception. The bride’s little personal touches could be found everywhere, in the bowties her groom and his groomsmen wore, to the globe Shandy and Trey had their guests sign in chalk for the perfect twist on an old-fashioned guest book. Everyone enjoyed a true Southern meal of shrimp and grits, prime rib, red potatoes and green beans, followed by a variety of wedding cupcakes that took sweet satisfaction to a whole new level. Music by DJ Jenn Azana got the party rolling as the bride and groom hit the dance floor with their guests, some of whom had traveled from as far as Finland! It was a night Shandy and Trey could have only imagined when he dropped to one knee asked her to be his wife. This classy celebration is brought to you by Jacksonville wedding photographers J’Adore Studios!
Tell us how you met. Was it love at first sight, blind date, friends forever?
Trey and I met on a camping trip to Ginnie Springs in 2006. We met through mutual acquaintances. It began as a casual friendship that drifted apart as time passed. Then, on the fourth of July 2008, I ran into a pizza shop out at Jacksonville Beach to grab a slice, and there he was behind the counter working. We did a quick 5 minute catch up. About two months later, I took a second job at the same pizza shop. We became the best of friends; saw each other at our worst and at our best. For Trey’s 21st birthday, we went out to celebrate and listen to reggae music. The night was so much fun and ended with us dancing together. The connection was magical. I have never felt something so strong; it was as if we were floating above the dance floor. That night, I knew we were destined to be together. I did not know when, but I knew it would happen. Apparently Trey’s mother, Michelle Thompson, saw the same thing I felt that night. She bugged us for months about getting together. At least once a week she would ask me, “When are you going to marry my son?” I would just laugh and roll my eyes. A few months after that first dance, I hosted a small dinner party at my place. Trey cornered me, got down on one knee, took my hand, and asked the the question, “Shandy Williams, will you be my girlfriend?” It was so perfect and genuine, and that began the next chapter of our life.
Now for the proposal…details!
Unfortunately this is not super exciting; Trey did the proposal at Universal Studios in Harry Potter world. I thought he was joking and was rather ticked about the whole situation, as he did not have a ring due to fear of losing it in the park. I called him some names and told him we were missing the rides. Well after a first failed attempt he got redemption on our trip to Cancun about 5 months later. He got down on one knee, with a ring, and I said yes.
Tell us about your wedding gown and what your wedding party wore.
My gown was love at first sight! It was everything I could have dreamed of, all lace, off white, high neck, and with a open back. Only downfall it was a size 10, and I am barely a size 2. Dress was one of a kind sample, the designer never made another. I had to have it, thank goodness Lynne Vincent is a magician with wedding gowns! She took this garbage bag of a dress and completely reconfigured it to fit my needs. We were married in the summer, so our party’s attire had to be breathable as well as light. Groom and groomsmen wore a light vest and slacks, whole outfit was from H&M. My bridesmaid dresses were unique in themselves. I wanted each one to feel special yet represent their own personality. My bridesmaid dresses were lace as well, varied styles from strapless to two shoulder. They were elegant yet sexy.
Did you DIY any of the details?
As a full time mom, student, and employee on both ends our DIY were rather limited. With what little time we had, we were able to accomplish all of the party favors which were 175 mason jars of smores. I made all the groomsmen and groom bow ties, as to my surprise bow ties are extremely expensive. We made our own guest book, with help from Pinterest. We did a globe with chalk paint for our guest to sign. I embroidered the burlap wrap for my flowers with my new initials as well.
Please give us an overview of the event.
We were married on Sunday July 28th 2013, in St. Augustine, Florida. Our venue was superb, over looking the intercostals and in historic downtown St. Augustine. The inside of our venue went along with our rustic/vintage wedding, with brick walls, hard wood floors, and chandeliers hanging from the ceiling. The day seemed to fly, filled with so much love and positive emotions. It was beautiful.
Was there a specific theme or style?
Southern rustic would describe our theme best. What inspired it was my wedding dress, from a young child I always wanted a lace wedding dress with lots of flowers. Lace is very elegant and reminds me of a southern bell. My husband and I are outdoors people which inspired the burlap and vine decor to make it appear as we were dancing under the stars.
Tell us about the food and desserts.
Our food was fabulous and very southern. We had a shrimp-n-grits martini bar, prime rib, roasted red potatoes and balsamic green beans. Our desserts were our 3 flavored cupcakes. We had raspberry white chocolate, a key lime pie, and a pineapple with coconut.
What was the most memorable moment?
I would have to say the best man’s speech. It was beautiful, still when we watch our wedding video I cry every time I hear his speech.
If there was one thing you could change, what would it be?
TRIPLE checking my packing the night before the wedding! The day of the wedding, we realized we forgot my shoes and veil! Luckily we do not live far from our venue, or that could have been a nightmare.
Bridal Gown: Lynne Vincent to Wear | Floral: Shea Hopely Flowers | Cake & Cupcakes: Kakes by Katie | Makeup: Frenchy’s Live Love Spa | Photography: J’Adore Studios | Videography: Visual Power Cinema | Venue: The White Room | Hair: Casey Does Hair | Entertainment: DJ Jenn Azana