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Radiant.  Yep, I think that pretty well sums up Quiana’s look on her wedding day.  It was the stunning (seriously: stunning) black and white portrait midway down that first caught my eye on Gandy Photographers’ teaser post, and though Quiana + Jon’s Florida destination wedding has some lovely details, it was really the love this couple has for each other that told me we had to share this wedding.  Of course, Quiana’s custom dress from the Tailored Edge (tailorededge@yahoo.com) and Bird Cage Veils head piece, the florals by Convington’s Catering, and the cakes, by Yes It’s Cake, don’t hurt.  We also like that the couple picked a ceremony and reception location — the Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center in Lake City — with personal history behind it.

How did the two of you meet?  Tell us your story. We met on the island of St. Croix at a going away party for a mutual friend, and the sparks flew.  Sparks aside, we didn’t start dating for almost two years after that initial meeting.
Describe the proposal. The proposal was a two-part affair. We took a trip to St. Lucia for Jon’s 30th birthday. It had been a while since we had been on a couple’s vacation, so were very excited! On Jon’s birthday, he called my mother to ask her for her blessing while I was out of the room. That evening, Jon popped the question while we were watching the sunset from the deck of our bungalow. Very sweet, very romantic, very simple, very us!  In his haste to get to the airport at the start of our trip, however, he had forgotten the ring! But before we had even had a chance to bring our suitcases in from the car at the end of our trip, Jon got the ring from the bedside table and proposed to me again in our living room. I told him I wouldn’t mine him proposing every day!
Three adjectives that describe the day are: Fun, easy and natural.
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: Everything! I was amazed that we (our families included) could pull our wedding together in only eight weeks. We were engaged in September and married the day after Thanksgiving.
Tell us about finding your wedding dress: Because Jon and I live in the US Virgin Islands – not to mention the handicap of planning a wedding in 8 weeks – I searched for a dress on the internet. I have a friend and former client who is a fabulously talented seamstress. Once I found the design I loved, I went to one of the two fabric stores on the island and browsed through their bridal laces, which were very limited. I really left it up to fate to decide because I was not leaving the store until I had my bridal lace! As fate would have it, I found a lace that was perfect and it was the last three yards! I took my own measurements sent the fabric to my seamstress who lived 42 miles away on another island. She had a dress made in three days. I had my first fitting later that week. The following week, I had my final fitting and my dress was ready to go!
Describe your wedding flowers: My wedding flowers were a mix of pinky/orange roses and deep plum tulips.
Describe your wedding cake:  We served a sour cream cake with apricot and amaretto cheesecake filling. It had white chocolate fondant with pearl embellishments around the seam of each layer.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? When Jon and I saw each other for the first time, and every time we danced together.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future?  We are looking forward to starting a family and building on our land here in the Virgin Islands.

Congratulations, Quiana + Jon!  Hugs and kisses from your friends at Southern Weddings!

emily Written with love by Emily
22 Comments
  1. avatar Leslie Brewster reply

    What a beautiful bride!!!!!!

  2. avatar Album Boutique Team reply

    Wow, she has an AMAZING dress!!! I love all the little details of the wedding, including the groom’s cake. And they look adorably radiant together. Thanks for sharing!

  3. avatar Christie O. reply

    I love that Quiana is a short hair bride who chose a natural look for her locks. The bird cage veil pulls the look together with such elegance. As a women who took the natural short haired look for her own wedding, I always appreciate short haired inspiration. Thanks for sharing this beautiful wedding!

  4. avatar Karen Wise reply

    I love the life in these pictures. What a beautiful and happy looking couple!

  5. avatar Kim King Smith Events reply

    I love the luggage groom’s cake. It is just adorable.Km King Smith Events

  6. avatar Chinonye O. reply

    Gorgeous, the Bride is beautiful and her dress is amazing. Seriously leaning to short hair.

  7. avatar Destin Beach Weddings reply

    Love all the great Wedding pictures. You had a great photographer.

  8. avatar Amelia McIntyre reply

    Q & J are both beautiful people outside and inside! So glad to get to be a part of their joy!

  9. avatar dognbird reply

    Loving everything about this!

  10. avatar Sarabeth reply

    I love the picture of them walking down the aisle – the smile on her face and the way he’s looking at her…such happiness!! Congratulations to you both!

  11. avatar Vermont Bride reply

    Priceless moments. You did a good job for hiring a professional photographer. Love is really in the air of these pictures and yes, I love the bride her happiness can’t be denied.Congrats!

  12. avatar Cait reply

    Love the Cakes! They are absolutely amazing, as well as the dress!

  13. avatar www.yesitscake.com reply

    When i was first contacted by Quiana about the cakes, she invited me to go to their wedding website in order to get to know them. When I read what Jon had to say I couldn’t help but know that Quiana’s future with Jon would never be boring, his personality came through with laughter in my home as I read to my husband Jon’s experience growing up. As we began the drive to deliver the cakes we never dreamed our destination would be so beautiful, Gandy photographers truly captured the personality of this wedding!

  14. avatar hc reply

    The cakes looked awesome. I bet they were also delicious.

  15. avatar Sherri reply

    The wedding was beautiul. I especially like to suitcase cake, what a great idea.

  16. avatar Cindy reply

    What an amazing story. I LOVE the cakes!!! The grooms cake was so realistic! "Yesitscake" is certainly talented!

  17. avatar wholesale roses reply

    The dress is amazing and it doesn’t hurt that the bride looks like a model! Great choice of roses and tulips for the centerpieces.

  18. avatar Debbie Mathis reply

    Beautiful wedding and grooms’ cake .

  19. avatar Lisa Hancock reply

    I love the cakes, they had to be done by a famous cake designer!!!!!

  20. avatar Cathy Helms reply

    Amazing cakes — especially love the suitcase groom’s cake!

  21. avatar dg reply

    Love the cakes!! The wedding cake is so beautiful it doesn’t even look real. Great idea for the groom’s cake.!

  22. avatar Courtney reply

    Cakes look amazing! Hopefully I can have ‘yesitscake’ make me one someday.

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