|How many little girls dream for the Fairy Tale Wedding ~ Well this bride was NO different ! So much in fact , that they tied the Knot inside Castle Otttis ( ttt ‘s to represent the Three crosses on the hill where Jesus was crucified @ Golgotha.
PS ~ I wish this TBL s interface worked right … the Mellow Mushroom is the Caterer. Everything else needs to be asked by the couple
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: We got a lot of our wedding inspirations from Pinterest. After a year of planning, we were very pleased with how our special day took place. Our photographers at Our Day Wedding Photography were a big part of our wedding being a day we will never forget. I chose them because of their amazing portfolio and because they had experience shooting in the castle. Our wedding ceremony was in the same place I proposed to my wife, in an Irish-inspired castle in St. Augustine, Florida called “Castle Otttis.” The colors we chose blended perfectly with the castle: lilac purple, sage green and castle gray. There is such a blend of cultures and beliefs within our two families, that we decided to have a non-religious ceremony. We just wanted a day that reflected our love for each other and focus on all the blessings we have in our lives. It was the best day of our lives.
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: All of the decor was DIY. Thankfully, my mother, grandmother, and wife’s Maid of Honor are extremely creative artists. When they put their heads together with ours, it was like watching magic happen. My mother had made hand-frosted wine bottles with battery-powered lights inside that glowed on each dining table. My wife’s Maid of Honor made hand-made party favors and brought in an old-fashioned typewriter and library card catalog with a sign that read, “All because two people fell in love at the library.” These were some of the wonderful touches each brought to our wedding reception. We were so pleased by the enchanting and positive environment everyone created.
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 hired a florist in St. Augustine who brilliantly used our three wedding colors: lilac purple, sage green and castle gray. We beautifully decorated our alter at the castle with a floral vine, where the picture of my wife’s father was displayed. The owner of the castle did not want real flower petals inside the building, so we used purple satin flower petals for our beautiful flower girl. We remained consistent with our theme at our reception, which was at a mansion we rented nearby.
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 only personalized touches we included in our wedding, aside from the DIY decorations, was having my brother be our DJ and hiring a good friend, who is a professional make-up artist in the film industry, to be my wife’s make-up artist.
Q: Let’s talk fashion. How did you choose your wedding day look? How did the groom? Describe both looks in detail.
A: The wedding dress was a complete secret from me (the groom). From what I understand, she looked at over 1,000 dresses before she saw “THE ONE.” My only stipulation was that she absolutely loved what she chose.
Q: How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.
A: We met at work in a public library. She made me break my one rule, which is to never date anyone I work with. However, she was very confident, persistent, and had every quality I could ever want in my life partner.
Q: What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?
A: The most anticipated moment of the wedding was seeing my future wife in her wedding dress. She was so beautiful in her dress, I couldn’t stop the tears from coming. She is my world!
Q: Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day?
A: Give yourself plenty of time to plan! Ignore what companies say you “have to” have at your wedding. It’s your day, so make it yours at a budget you can handle. We decided to only invite close family and friends who we knew were going to bring positive energy to our wedding. The day FLIES BY, so take the time to look around, hug some loved ones, and enjoy this amazing experience. This is your one day to be truly happy.