Posted on August 26, 2012
It’s hard to believe that 5 whole months have passed since Jaimie & Dennis tied the knot in front of their closest family and friends at the picturesque Caribbean Resort in Islamorada, Florida. After months of detailed planning, the beach-chic, destination wedding with a touch of 1960′s classic coolness, went off without a hitch!
Jaimie and Dennis added lots of personalized touches throughout their destination wedding, including a customized monogram made by Darcy Sang with Pearl Beach Paperie, that was incorporated into their wedding stationary (save the dates, invitations, programs and favor stickers), as well as personalized corn-hole boards; signature drinks, custom-made signage, drink koozies, welcome bags and a send-off brunch that was classic JaimDen, a nickname given to the couple by their closest friends, style . They even added a festive nod to the holiday (St. Patrick’s Day) by having an Irish Blessing in their ceremony programs, Irish Carbomb Cupcakes, complete with mini shamrocks made by Happy Eatings, and props for their custom photo booth. Adding to the personal feel of the wedding, was the many vendors (us included) that were high school and college friends of the couple, which made the wedding weekend that much more special!
I had the pleasure of working with this couple from the very beginning and we are so happy that we were involved in every step of the process. Jaimie and Dennis are not only now one of our former clients, but they are also close friends of ours. When we first met at Caribbean Resort last summer to discuss the upcoming wedding and how I could help with the planning process, I know that it was the start of a great relationship. Here’s a little background: I first met Dennis in middle school, but became friends in high school through our involvement in Student Government. After high school, we both attended UCF, as did the bride and the most of the Wedding Party, and we kept in touch through the years. Even though I had never met Jaimie before, I knew that after exchanging a few emails and Facebook messages (gotta love the power of Facebook) and realizing that we had some mutual friends in common, that we would become fast friends and that we did! The planning started from that moment on and the rest, as you can see, was history!
Jaimie and Dennis decided on a classic color palette of black and white, but wanted to add a pop a color that would tie everything in. After deciding on their venue and seeing the calming, turquoise waters of the Atlantic Ocean, it was easy to decide to incorporate the beautiful teal color of the ocean into their wedding. Wanting to add a bit of whimsy to the classic feel, Jaimie decided to accent with peacock feathers in everything from the centerpieces, bouquets and boutonnieres (all designed and created by Just Save The Date) to the ring bearer’s pillows and the flower’s girl headband. Because the teal that is found in peacock feathers was just the right shade of teal, it was easy to coordinate with the other elements of the wedding.
Jaimie’s mom, Helen, put her creative talents to the test by creating most of the design elements (photo booth, custom signage, drink stirrers, ribbon wands), as well as the practice bouquet that Jaimie used during the Rehearsal the day before. The bouquet was made of hair ribbons Jaimie wore as a child, ribbon from her parents’ wedding album, bows from her sister’s wedding, her brother’s wedding and her bridal shower.
Jaimie and her bridesmaids started the day with mimosas and brunch, made with love by Jaimie’s aunts. After breakfast, the girls began the process of getting ready with help from The Glam Squad , and one of Jaimie’s closest friends, Kristen. While the girls were getting ready, Dennis, his guys and many of the wedding guests enjoyed a morning of relaxation, pool time and some competitive games of corn-hole.
The guys began their process of getting ready at one of the houses at the Caribbean Resort shared by a few of the Groomsmen and their wives. The guys wore classic tuxedos with a white dinner jacket and black bow tie from Jos. A. Bank, complete with black Kino sandals from the Kino Sandal Factory in Key West. The girls outfits consisted of black, tea-length J.Crew dresses complete with with custom-made vintage ribbon belt, handmade by the bride. Jaimie’s dress was a Rivini “Almata” that she purchased at Solutions Bridal in Orlando. She accented her wedding day attire with teal flip flops, perfect for the Florida Keys location.
After the entire Wedding Party was dressed and ready, Jen & Eric from Jensen Larson Photography, took photos of the guys and girls separately around the grounds of the Caribbean Resort, before Jaimie & Dennis’ First Look. Prior to their First Look, Jaimie & Dennis exchanged gifts and hand-written notes that were delivered by yours truly. Jaimie gave Dennis custom-made cufflinks from with a map of Islamorada and he gave her diamond earrings (yes…he went to Jared). The First Look was an emotional and semi-private moment between the bride and groom, with most of their Wedding Party watching from the balcony.
As guests began to arrive, they were greeted by the tranquil sounds of the steel drums, played by Sir Cedrick, along with tropical, flavored water. After the guests were seated, the Wedding Party began making their way down the aisle, which was accented with fresh, white rose petals and white rose pomander balls, or kissing balls, accented with back and white ribbon. The Ceremony was officiated by a close, family friend, which added another personal touch to the wedding. In addition to exchanging rings, Jaimie & Dennis also participated in a sand ceremony, which signified the joining of their two lives together…perfect for a Florida wedding!
After the ceremony, guests joined cocktail hour, where they enjoyed passed hor d’ourves and signature drinks created by the Bride & Groom. After cocktail hour ended, guests asked to find their seats, which were listed on a large seating chart, and were ushered into the Reception area, which was designed with the couple’s color palette of black, white and teal. The Wedding Party made their grand entrance, followed by the Newlyweds, who immediately went into their First Dance. Following the First Dance, both the Maid of Honor and Best Man made toasts and dinner was served. Dinner consisted of many interactive station, including both a Pasta Station and Carving Station, as well as a local fish selection. Hugh’s Catering, located in South Florida, handled all of the food.
After dinner, the bride and groom joined their parents on the dance floor for a special dance. Immediately following the parent dances, guests were invited to kick-off the party by joining the newlyweds on the dance floor, where the majority of people stayed all night, thanks to the festive atmosphere complete with a custom lighting package and black & white checkered dance floor provided by Florida Keys Party Rental, and non-stop dance music from MB Entertainment. Guests were also invited to visit the cigar roller, who was hand-rolling cigars throughout the evening, as well as visit the festive dessert station, complete with recipes from the Bride’s Grandmother including Red Velvet mini cupcakes and Key Lime pie tartlets from Bob’s Bunz.
The bride and groom also had a custom-made made cake on their color scheme from Publix. Since the couple, as well as many of the guests, attended the University of Central Florida (UCF), Jaimie surprised Dennis with a UCF-themed Groom’s Cake made by Happy Eatings. The couple was able to gather all of the UCF Alumni for a photo that was submitted to the UCF Alumni magazine.
Following the dancing and desserts, guests sent the couple off in style with sparkler send-off.
We couldn’t be happier to have been a part of this amazing wedding and we are so glad that Jaimie, Dennis, their families and friends are part of the Just Save The Date family!
Special thanks to Jensen Larson for all of the photos used in this post.
Here is the movie trailer from Seaglass Productions.
Wedding Photography: Jensen Larson Photography / Wedding Venue: The Caribbean Resort in Islamorada, Florida / Wedding Planning: Kelly Fowler of Just Save The Date / Floral Design + Decor: Just Save The Date / Wedding Cinematography: Sea Glass Productions / Catering + Cigar Rolling: Hugh’s Catering / Wedding Cake: Publix / Groom’s Cake: Happy Eatings / Wedding Invitations + Programs: Darcy Sang of Pearl Beach Paperie / Ceremony Music: Sir Cedrick / Reception Music: MB Entertainment/ Lighting + Rentals: Florida Keys Party Rentals / Photo Booth Props: Party Goodies / Wedding Dress:Rivini “Almata” via Solutions Bridal / Makeup: Beauty Boutique and The Glam Squad / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J.Crew / Bridesmaids’ Belt: DIY by the Bride / Groom’s Cufflinks: Tomato Made / Men’s Shoes:Kino Sandal Factory
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