After months of having his eye on her while they attended the University of Central Florida, Travis’s dreams came true when Alicia agreed to a date. And about four years later, the very-much-in-love pair made their relationship a permanent one by becoming Mr. and Mrs. at St. Augustine wedding venue The White Room. And folks, it was a gorgeous celebration! “Vintage glam” (oh yes!) was the theme of the day, the affair swathed in a palette of purple and gray and sprinkled with rhinestones and pearls. Alicia dolled up like a Hollywood star in her ivory lace gown and bold makeup, a beautiful bouquet of roses and sparkly brooches in her hands. Following the ceremony before family and friends, all journeyed to the reception where lavender linens, elegant centerpieces, and vibrant uplighting brought just the right touch of glamour to the historic venue. With full tummies and happy hearts after a buffet dinner and cupcake dessert, everyone grabbed a pair of sunglasses and hit the dance floor, DJ Ben Daniele of Grant Hemond and Associates keeping the party going all night long! Photos courtesy of Orlando wedding photographer Kristen Weaver Photography.
Please give us an overview of the event.
The wedding was in beautiful Saint Augustine! We chose it because of the gorgeous views and perfectly aesthetic venue! Our colors were a dark eggplant and gray with blush pink and ivory accents. We each had six of our closest friends in our wedding parties and really wanted to make sure the event was laid back and “fun.”
Was there a specific theme or style?
We chose a vintage/glam style which played off the historic venue and brick walls and we added lace and pearls as glam accents.
Tell us about your wedding gown and what your wedding party wore.
My wedding gown was from Demetrios and was a strapless, ivory, lace gown. The girls wore Bill Levkoff eggplant floor length dresses, and I had each bridesmaid pick their own “style” dress — I wanted to make sure they were each comfortable in what they wore.
What was the most memorable moment?
The whole wedding was absolutely incredible, but Travis and I did a first look and I will never forget the feeling of walking up to him with his back turned to me. Each step closer I went from excitement to nervousness, to nervous-excitement. When I tapped his shoulder and he turned around and tears flooded his eyes — I will never forget that moment. It was so intimate and perfect.
Now for the proposal…details!
This past Christmas we were going to NYC and Travis was planning to do it there, but when everyone questioned him, “oh you’re going to NYC on Christmas? Are you getting engaged?!” he felt like it wouldn’t be special. He said he wanted to catch me totally off guard– and he did! Just before going to bed, in my pajamas he asks, “Do you want to play a game?” I gave him a funny look, but he knows I am a sucker for presents (I had been shaking mine ever since they have been put under the tree!) and he said, “You’ll get a present!”, so I of course obliged! He called me into his office and had one present from under the tree and another box upside down, containing a present underneath. He made me sit down in the chair and “pick” which one I wanted. This was tough, I wanted both! After several minutes he inched one forward and said, I think you want this one. I picked up the box and there it was, this gorgeous cushion cut diamond ring with beautiful side stones and diamond setting. We talked about waiting until I graduated so my first response was literally, “Wait…what? REALLY? Are you SURE? OMG!” none of which I let him answer, he just smiled and said, “Let’s get married, Nug.” Nothing crazy romantic, no long speech, but it was PERFECT. I had NO idea and I loved that he was confident (he is an engineer–very introverted, very logical, so doing romantic things, like a proposal in NYC, make him anxious) and that it was special for him, too. We were just being us, in our pajamas, having fun. The best part was, while he was on his business trip in Texas, he drove an hour and a half to Houston to ask my dad for permission!
The day of — don’t worry about the details! No one will know if your seat cushions were the wrong color, except you. And the truth is, you don’t have time to worry about it! And most likely, there isn’t much you can do about it now. Unless your caterer doesn’t show up, don’t panic. Remember what this day is all about. And I promise, it’s not the seat cushions.
Did you DIY any of the details?
Yes! I made most of our centerpieces, my and the flower girls sash’s, table names and extra decor, our seating chart poster, ceremony decor (for chairs and such), my mother-in-law made the flower girls baskets and ring bearer’s pillow, and my boss (and close friend) made my brooch bouquet! I also made our wedding map and RSVP’s (which were mad libs!) and our welcome bags!
What were your playful twists that made the event unique?
We opted to nix table numbers and include famous literary/fictional couples ranging from characters such as Gatsby and Daisy, Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy, all the way to Clark Kent and Lois Lane, with our table of course being ourselves- the idea that we are now one of the many great love stories. Our favors were personalized sunglasses, which everyone loved! Also, after the bouquet and garter toss, we had the girl place the garter on the guy instead! Our guestbook might be one of my favorite pieces, as each guest wrote a note on a white piece of fabric which is being incorporated into a quilt that the groom’s mother is making. We had a kids only table (Kermit and Miss Piggy, of course) and each kid had their own “activity box” with their names on it. Inside was a “fun straw”, crayons, a personalized coloring/activity book I created, a disposable camera and an “I spy” game. The kids LOVED this! Although, I wasn’t prepared for the “we ran out of pictures” explanation (seeing as they have never used anything other than a digital camera!)
Tell us about the food and desserts.
Oh, the food! This was our favorite part (haha!) We chose to start with passed hors d’ouevres, bacon wrapped scallops, mini chicken wellingtons, and baked brie and pear wrapped in phyllo. For dinner we chose a buffet, with chicken florentine and a fresh pasta bar where guests could create their own pastas. paired with garlic mashed potatoes and fresh vegetables (and of course an open bar!) For our dessert, a friend of mine actually made our cakes and cupcakes. We had a small cake (vanilla — as chosen by travis!) and cupcakes — chocolate, vanilla, and pumpkin! They were decorated in a purple frosting and to match our theme, pearl sprinkles.
What kind of energy did your entertainment give the event?
Our DJ was incredible! Our guests could not stay off the dance floor, especially the kids! Travis and I had been to two weddings where he was a DJ (and he was a UCF alumni, like us!) and he was out of this world. People were on the dance floor before dinner even finished and they never left! It was so much fun!
If there was one thing you could change, what would it be?
Honestly, there was nothing I would change EXCEPT, the length. I wish it was longer!
Photography: Kristen Weaver Photography | Venue: The White Room | Catering: O.C. White’s Restaurant | Floral: A Fantasy in Flowers | Linens: Linen Showroom | DJ: Ben Daniele of Grant Hemond and Associates | Stationery: Minted and Vistaprint | Event Coordinator: Shannon Walters of The White Room | Videography: Rebekah Studio | Favors: rushIMPRINT | Cake & Desserts: Cakes by Felicia | Hair: Nicole Beth of Paul Mitchell | Makeup: Paulina Perez | Wedding Dress: Demetrios | Bridesmaids Dresses: Bill Levkoff | Menswear: Men’s Wearhouse