This is definitely one epic intimate wedding! According to Our Day Wedding Photography, the entertainment was a sight to see! From the 100% real wood bouquet to the professional swing dancers, this wedding is full of inspiration for sure! Ya'll have to read all about it below, Kristi has a whole lot of nuggets and advice she would liket to share with you!
Our Day Wedding Photography shares...
We had the honor of capturing the Engagement session , Love Story & The Wedding Day of Mr. & Mrs. Francois ... I will NEVER forget them , MADLY in love in a extremely humble way . Hurley kept a HUGE secret from us about himself that was revealed on the dance floor after the cake cutting ... THE ENTIRE DANCE FLOOR WAS COVERED WITH PROFESSIONAL SWING DANCE COMPETITORS !!! What an EPIC event to watch !!! Felt like we went back in time to a Speak Easy in New Orleans !!! Memories will last forever in our minds ... Once in a lifetime Monday Night ! PS ~ The bouquet was made with 100% real wood ??? STUNNING !!! ( AND VERY LITE )
Q: Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette? Did you incorporate any cultural or religious traditions in any part of your day?
A: The Estate on the Halifax is such a gorgeous venue, and we wanted to let the venue speak for itself. We tried to keep our day as simple as possible and let the natural beauty of the chapel, gardens, ponds, and Halifax river shine through. The venue offers burgundy chairs with the rental, so we went with a color pallet of burgundy, blue, and blush pink.
Q: Let's talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception? Was any part of the decor DIY?
A: Our ceremony space was decorated with a faux flower wreath on either side of the alter. Our reception space signage was cohesive using watercolor clip art we purchased on Etsy. We used Ikea TOLSBY frames (which are two sided) and put a photo of us opposite each sign and table number. Our centerpieces were DIY bubble ball vases filled with water with clear gems on the bottom. Cranberries and floating candles floated on top of each vase. The vases were surrounded by tea candles.
Q: What were the florals like in your wedding? Did you use flowers in any of your design elements like the bridal bouquets, centerpieces or ceremony backdrop? Did they play an important part in the overall style of your wedding?
A: We used faux flower bouquets from Michael's Craft store for the ceremony. We love that we were able to hang the wreath on our front door after the wedding!My bouquet and the guy's boutonnières were sola wood flowers handmade by Hey Bouquet. Sola wood flowers are made out of the tapioca wood plant (aka balsa wood) and are all natural/eco friendly. I couldn't recommend these more! They look like real flowers in person, and in my photos. They are incredibly light, and they won't wilt like real flowers will. Hey Bouquet sent sample flowers so I was able to see what they look like in person before I ordered my bouquet. These look great as a centerpiece on my dining room table, and will last for many years to come!
Q: Did you personalize the day in any way (food trucks, guest entertainment etc.)? What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding?
A: The most important part of the wedding day was the ceremony. Lon Tosi of Sensational Ceremonies did an amazing job. He helped us create a personalized ceremony that was perfect for us! We each wrote our own vows. We also wrote five sentences why we love each other and sent them to Lon before the ceremony. He kept them secret until the ceremony, and read them during the ring exchange. It helped to get through the ceremony with no tears since Lon read them for us! Our guestbook was recipe cards. We asked friends and family to write their favorite recipes, be they recipes for a happy marriage, a wonderful life, or a scrumptious dish. We are going to screen print the recipes onto tea towels, and proudly hang them in our kitchen.Neither of us like cake, so we had pie for our wedding. My late Grandpa Bob loved desert. After a meal, he would say "I don't have to eat again for the rest of the day." If someone were to bring out pie later, they would ask him if he would like a piece. He would say that he just wanted a sliver to settle his stomach. We put this quote on our pie table in memoriam of him!We met swing dancing, and many of our swing dancing friends were guests. We did the Shim Sham, a line dance that was invented in the late 1920s. We also had a jam circle, where we got to dance with many of our guests in a short period of time!
Q: Let's talk fashion. How did you both choose your wedding day look? Describe the looks in detail.
A: Kristi's dress was from The White Magnolia Bridal Collection's sample sale. Kristi loves a good deal, and her dress was 75% off. It was the second dress that she tried on. She was looking for a dress that would look timeless. Her dress was Mikaella #2091. The dress had a gathered mesh tulle bodice with sweetheart neckline. Mesh tulle full skirt. Kristi's shoes were flats from Loly in the Sky. Each shoe had a heart on the heal spelling out "Just Married". Her earrings were Mariell 14K Rose Gold Plated Art Deco Cubic Zirconia Earrings from Amazon. Her belt was from FANGZHIDI on Amazon. (Pro tip: Order accessories from Amazon. You can order several, and send back what you don't like. I ordered at least 4 pairs of earrings and 5 belts. Just make sure that there is free return shipping before you start ordering multiple items!)Hurley's shoes and suit was from JcPenney (Jf J.ferrar). He chose the suit because it was blue, and Kristi told him he had to get a blue suit.
Q: How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.
A: We met at University of Central Florida's Swing Knight's Friday night dances. On November 3, 2010, they had their first date seeing Boys II Men at the Food and Wine Festival at EPCOT. Hurley asked Kristi to marry him on the top deck of the Carnival Vista at the end of a week long vacation with Kristi's family. They spent the morning relaxing, and the afternoon scuba diving in Cozumel. After dinner, Hurley asked Kristi to go on a walk with him, and popped the question. Hurley showed the ring to Kristi's two year old nephew at the beginning of the cruise, and thought his secret was safe. Luckily, Kristi's nephew told everyone EXCEPT Kristi, "Kristi. Ring. Kristi. Ring." all week long!
Q: What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?
A: We were most looking forward to getting married!! We were excited to spend a day with family and friends, and for them to celebrate our love with us.
Q: Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you'd like to share with other couples planning their day?
A: Kristi says: Remember that you are planning a life together that starts after your wedding day. So many of the details that you will obsess over, nobody else will even notice. Don't be afraid to delegate to-dos to your fiancee, friends, family, or anyone else that will help! I work a 9-5 job, and Hurley works in hospitality so often he has weekday mornings free. I gave him a "honey-do" list and asked him to correspond with many of the vendors. If there is something that you don't want in your wedding, ditch it! It was so stress free to have a simplistic wedding day. We focused on keeping what was important to us, and got rid of traditions that didn't resonate with us. Hurley says: Listen to your wife, and complete your honey-do list.
Photographer: Our Day Wedding Photography
Tuxedo & Mens Attire: JCPenney
Shoes: Loly in the Sky
Ring Designer: Kay Jewelers
DJ: Tim Korkuc
Event Planner: LOVE Special Events
Dress Store: The White Magnolia Bridal Collection
Caterer: Aunt Catfish on the River
Makeup Artist: Karmel Design Team
Etsy Designer: Hey Bouquet
Event Venue: The Estate on the Halifax
Officiant: Sensational Ceremonies
Cinema & Video: GotYaPhoto.com
Happy Wedding Planning!