You know when someone talks about a person whose smile lights up a room? That’s Adrienne. She and John just got married and it was such a fun party. (see their engagement photo shoot here) The intimate ceremony and reception was at Cafe DaVinci’s in Deland (Courtney and I got married there too, almost 10 years ago!) and was wonderfully planned by Courtney Ford Event Design. Since they were unable to attend, John’s parents watched the ceremony through Skype. I especially loved their First Look, next to a wall that had just been tagged with “LOVE” and heart graffiti all over it. They read their vows only to each other and it was so sweet. We were so happy to be a part of it. xo
Venue: Cafe DaVinci
Catering – The Table
Music – Magda Hiller
Coordinator – Courtney Ford Events
Cupcakes and cake pops – Lindsey Bishop
Wedding Dress – Davids Bridal
Menswear – Joseph A. Bank
Hair/Getting ready – Blake Elliot Salon and Gallery
Describe your wedding day style in one sentence Classic and comfortable.
Describe your wedding planning process We were really fortunate to work with Courtney Ford Hamil of Courtney Ford Events. I knew we didn’t a long engagement, so the first thing I did was meet with Courtney to pick a date that would work with her schedule. She helped us line up the rest of our vendors which was a huge relief.
What advice would you give to future brides for their wedding day? First, that people are more important than details. So we kept everything very simple so we could afford to feed a lot of people. Also, not to sound cynical, but a lot of the wedding industry is about comparison. Don’t even let yourself go there, and don’t buy the magazines! Make choices that are meaningful to you, whether that means your wedding is super elaborate or barefoot on the beach. Don’t stress too much, enjoy yourself, and dont forget to eat!
Anything you would have done differently? Not really, all the things I was worried about ended up not mattering in the end.
Most memorable moment during the planning process When we first started planning I asked John if he had any wishes for the wedding. He’s not that into party planning, so I had the feeling he wouldnt care about many of the details. I was surprised when he said “I want a weenie cart.” He was half joking, but I thought it was a fun and affordable idea! So he got his weenie cart, with a cute red and white striped umbrella. Also, about 3 weeks before the wedding we took an extended weekend in North Carolina, it was amazing. I recommend stepping back from the planning to remember why you’re doing this in the first place.
Which moment are you the most excited to see in photos? Our favorite moment of the day was the first look when we share our vows. Everything during the day was such a blur, but I remember that moment very clearly.
What was your wedding inspiration? From the very beginning I knew I wanted our wedding to feel like a family reunion. John and I are pretty laid back, and informal people. We were inspired by all of the years where we found ourselves hanging out with friends at Cafe da Vinci on a weekend afternoon.
Describe some of your favorite wedding details and how you came up with them Courtney put together simple clear vases with greenery (no flowers). I love the way it looked so simple and modern. Our venue is very colorful with lots of detail, so I think the low key decor honored that vibe. John wore a suit with no tie which was SO handsome. We didnt have official an official bridal party, though we did invite some close friends to get ready with us. That was really special, especially at the moment when I realized I didn’t know how to apply my fake eye lashes. Last, John has two god daughters who are in their early teens, and I have a 1 year old niece. We really wanted to include all 3 of them in the ceremony, so Elle and Wyatt (the goddaughters) walked Avery (my niece) down the aisle. I couldnt see it, but John said it was adorable.
What are you most looking forward to as a married couple? We’re excited to continue working on our house, settle in a bit, and start a family.