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When I hear a bride say she wants a dress “big and dramatic enough for Scarlett O’Hara,” my ears instantly perk up! So of course, I was already excited to see this stunning wedding from Blue Ribbon Vendor (and personal friend of mine!), Desiree Dawn Events, and, y’all, it did not disappoint! Mary Grace and Jason incorporated meaningful traditions into their wedding to honor the past, while also celebrating their future. There was plenty of sweet Southern hospitality and lots of special details, including hosting their reception in the same ballroom at The Biltmore that held their law school orientation dinner seven years prior! Jason even had an armadillo-shaped groom’s cake in honor of their favorite movie, Steel Magnolias. So fun!

Big hugs to Flora + Fauna for capturing this beautiful day!

I wanted a dress that was big and dramatic enough for Scarlett O’Hara–something that was Southern chic, with lace, a statement back, and a classic bow. I started my search by browsing images of dresses online, and came across Sheridan by Hayley Paige. When a dress takes your breath away, like when you have your first kiss with your husband-to-be, it must be the one!

Did you decide to do a first look? Why or why not? Yes, even though I’m very superstitious! We wanted to be able to savor that first moment of seeing one another on our wedding day–just the two of us, without all of our guests watching–and having that instant reaction and tender moment documented. A first look is a unique experience for each couple, so the way we saw each other for the first time on the most important day of our lives only added to our love story.

The Biltmore Hotel is the most storied landmark in Florida, and it holds special meaning to both of us. During orientation, our law school held a dinner at the Biltmore’s Country Club Ballroom. That dinner was one of the first times Jason and I crossed paths. Our reception took place in the same ballroom seven years later!

What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? The moment that stands out the most was our ride to and from the ceremony. Since our ride was a vintage car, the mirrors weren’t tinted, so everyone driving by could see us clearly through the glass. They tooted, waved, and hollered at us as they passed by, rolling down their windows to congratulate us. That moment, of seeing perfect strangers being joyful and genuinely excited for us on our day, has stayed fresh in our minds.

What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? Goodness gracious! Where do I begin? I wanted to incorporate meaningful traditions with my family to honor the past while celebrating our future, so I did a first look with my daddy and presented him with his gift–an embroidered handkerchief that can be passed down for generations. We gave miniature bottles of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey and mini jars of delicious Southern honey (for our youngest guests) as favors, which also doubled as escort cards. We served our signature drinks in mason jars with colorful striped straws that guests could take home. We had a family-style layout with long farmhouse tables and mismatched chairs, surrounded by round tables with lace overlays, which gave a sense of warmth and family. Our table names were common Southern sayings, which filled our wedding with nods to the South. To give our guests a taste of good ol’ fashion Southern hospitality, we served classic Southern staples during cocktail hour, including a whole hog that was served with mac and cheese and honey cornbread. And we couldn’t do without everyone’s favorite Southern tradition: the groom’s cake. Our groom’s cake was in the shape of an armadillo because we (and especially Jason) love Steel Magnolias. During cake cutting, we even gave ourselves the tail piece, just like what Ouiser served to Drum! At the end of the night, we were certain our guests felt truly hosted, and not just entertained, because through the details, our wedding was an outpouring of genuine love for our friends and family.

Our flowers were reminiscent of fall in the South, thanks to an overgrown/organic look with lots of greenery, purple and wine tones, burgundy, palest peach and blush, and pops of coral. We also incorporated blackberries into the bouquets, boutonnieres, and centerpieces for that extra touch of Southern charm!

Check out their wedding film by Flora + Fauna here!

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. Jason and I started law school at the University of Miami at the same time. We lived around the corner from each other, but we didn’t meet until October. My roommates and I threw a Halloween party (we dressed up as characters from The Wizard of Oz and I was the Scarecrow). Jason came and noticed me in my costume, which was enough to light a spark!
Tell us all about the proposal! One sunny morning, Jason took me back to the UM campus. We walked by our law school and stopped at a fountain. He proposed there, and told me that was the spot where he had first seen me.
When did y’all get married? We were married on November 9, 2014, seven years from the day we went on our first date. Our Canes were on a bye week that weekend, so it was meant to be!
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 150
Describe your wedding cake. The inspiration for our wedding cake was Southern elegance. The bottom tier was light gold with textured buttercream icing and the other tiers had smoother icing with some texture and were a similar shade of ivory to my dress. Our florist incorporated fresh flowers, red berries, and blackberries around the cake. The top tier of our cake was spice cake with apple cheesecake filling–perfectly appropriate for a fall wedding! The second tier was marble cake with chocolate Godiva filling, and the third was half chocolate and half vanilla cake with cappuccino filling. The bottom tier was Jason’s favorite: vanilla rum. We tried each flavor during our tasting, and they were all slices of heaven!
Did you have something borrowed, blue, old, and new? If so, do tell! Yes, to all of the above! My something old was my pearl necklace, which Jason helped me pick out when we were dating. My something new was my pearl bracelet, a wedding gift from my parents. My something borrowed was my sister’s Tory Burch perfume, which was literally and figuratively near and dear to my heart! My something blue was a sparkling blue crystal on the sole of my shoes. To complete my look, The White Magnolia sent me a sixpence for my shoe.
If you are comfortable responding, what range did your wedding budget fall into? $75,000-$100,000
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? When you’re planning your wedding, YOGMO–you only get married once! If you’re on a budget, but there is something that tugs at your heartstrings, do it and figure out where you can save money in other places. After the cake is cut and the last guest leaves, you’ll look back on your day without any regrets.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you most looking forward to about married life? We were so busy planning our wedding that we didn’t have time to plan our honeymoon! Waiting until after we said “I do” turned out for the best because we both had the post-wedding blues, and planning our honeymoon has filled that void. We’ll be glamping in Montana in a honeymoon tent at The Resort at Paws Up this September.
Is there anything else you’d like to share about your wedding? A little rain became a downpour. We got wet, and so did our guests, but it didn’t put a damper on our day, and actually added a bit of romance to the air. So brides, have no fear of some rain, because there’s something about it that’ll make your day beyond magical!

Photographer and Videographer: Flora + Fauna / Planner: Desiree Dawn Events / Ceremony Venue: St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church / Reception Venue and Caterer: The Biltmore Hotel / Personal Flowers: Julia Rohde Designs / Reception Flowers: Petal Productions / Cake Baker: Elegant Temptations / Rentals: Hitched Event Rentals / Vintage Rentals and Table Runners: Unearthed Vintage / Lighting and Band: AAMusicians / Linens & Overlays: Petal Productions / Chargers: Tastebuds Catering / Cake Stand: BHLDN / Paper Products: Make Merry! / Bride’s Gown: “Sheridan” by Hayley Paige / Veil: Cynthia Kay from The White Magnolia / Jewelry: Tiffany & Co. / Hair and Makeup: Amy Palma of South Beach Makeup Studio / Bride’s Shoes: “Conrad” by Something Bleu / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: “Lacey” by Joanna August / Photo Booth: Sideshow Booth Co. / Late-Night Snacks: Yardbird Southern Table & Bar / Groom’s Cake Baker: Todo Dulces / Menswear: The Black Tux / Groom’s Bow Tie & Pocket Square: Everett K Handcrafted Ties & Bow Ties / Groomsmen’s Ties: The Tie Bar / Flower Girls’ Dresses: “43312” in Oatmeal by Seahorse / Choreographer: Luis Lopez of Arthur Murray Dance Center / Vintage Car: Florian’s Classics

Desiree Dawn Events and Make Merry! are delightful members of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

marissa Written with love by Marissa
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When two creatives marry, there is a good chance their wedding is going to rock everyone’s socks off! Alix and Dodd completely exceeded expectations by making their wedding day a reflection of their heritages, cultures, and their adventurous life together, with each of them feeling equally represented throughout the process. With the help of their planner Desiree Dawn Events, the performer (Alix) and the writer (Dodd) used their talents to welcome their guests to a weekend that included completely romantic vows, perfectly orchestrated music (pun intended!), and a ton of fun. There was even an elaborately choreographed dance number in matching pink suits! With every single room in the hotel taken by guests alone, the only way Alix could describe their wedding weekend was like “a giant slumber party for all our family and friends at the most elegant yacht club in South Florida. HEAVEN!” Doesn’t that sound amazing?

We’re so thankful Kat Braman was there to capture it all!

P.S. Be sure to read the adorable story about Dodd’s “moach”–y’all will absolutely love it!

We would always joke leading up to the wedding that my engagement ring served as something borrowed (the brooch and bracelet where the stones came from), blue (the sapphires), old (all the stones are from Dodd’s family and are over 100 years old), and new (the actual setting and design). But, I also borrowed my wedding veil (it was my sister-in-law’s from when she married my brother) and my aunt’s diamond earrings. I wore my late grandmother’s diamond necklace (old) and had a crepe flower hairpiece designed for me by my friend Joey Brooks (new). The blue still remained the sapphires in my ring.

Tell us about finding your wedding dress. I’m a performer by trade, so every dress I tried on, I felt like I was playing a different character–a different “type” of bride. After trying on 75 dresses from eight bridal shops in three states, I finally said, “Okay. This is the one.” I really liked it, but a text from my sister-in-law (and matron of honor) kept haunting me. She asked, “When you put it on, did you get that feeling like your heart just leaped, and you couldn’t help but cry?” I said, “I think??” On my way back to the store to actually purchase it, I stopped by another store to look at bridesmaid dresses. It was just me and my mom this time, and I thought, “Well, I might as well try a couple more dresses on if we’re here?” When I came out of the fitting room in a simple, elegant, silk organza Romona Keveza gown, I burst into tears–just like my maid of honor had predicted. When I saw myself in the mirror, I realized I shouldn’t be an actress wearing a costume on my day. I needed to just be me in a beautiful dress, and that was it.

We always knew we were going to have a first look because at a traditional Jewish wedding, the bride and groom sign a Ketubah, or marriage contract, as the very first part of the ceremony before the procession. We figured we were going to see each other anyway before we walked down the aisle, and we wanted some intimate moments together before officially embarking on this journey of becoming husband and wife. Our first look and Ketubah signing was one of my favorite moments–it was a quiet, reflective time to really take in the importance of that day.

The wedding was a wonderful hybrid of so many faiths, cultures, and traditions. We tried our best to be true to who we BOTH are, and it worked. We both felt equally represented and our guests learned even more about us throughout the process. Both of us had a mix of men and women in our parties, so the terms “bridesmaids” and “groomsmen” not only felt dated, it also wasn’t really accurate for us. Instead, we drew from my “Nawlinz” roots and called them krewes. These titles appeared in the wedding program and were immediately understood by my New Orleanian family, a clear take on the Mardi Gras Krewes of parades.

Describe your wedding flowers. Traditionally, the chuppah is made from wood from each of the two families, so we took that idea and ran with it. Our chuppah contained a eucalyptus branch from a tree in our front yard in Florida (which I had actually planted as a child), and an old wood ice axe that Dodd’s grandfather used in the 1950’s to break the world record for the highest mountain climb ever (he climbed Nanda Devi, before K-2 and Everest were summitted). We also had magnolias representing New Orleans and gardenias symbolizing my late grandmother (who grew them in her garden).

Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding and why you chose them. Being a singer and musician my whole life, this was my absolute favorite part of designing the ceremony. A year before Dodd had even proposed, I turned on PBS, and there was a quartet playing the most interesting and gorgeous song I’d ever heard. I knew in that moment that I was going to walk down the aisle to that song. The song is called “Franz and the Eagle.” I knew finding the sheet music or transcribing the song was going to be very costly and time-consuming, so I contacted my old friend and pianist from the University of Miami, asking him if he knew of this song. He responded by saying he DID know the song, and he has JUST finished transcribing the entire thing, which had taken him three straight weeks, because he fell in love with it and wanted to play it with his violinist wife for some sort of special occasion one day!! What were the chances?!? It was meant to be. So, Dan and Ashley played all the songs for our entire ceremony. When Dodd broke the glass, the massive yacht behind us blasted its horn, Professor Long Hair’s “Go To The Mardi Gras” boomed through the speakers, and a full New Orleans second line broke out!

We met one lovely, crisp, fall evening–October 5, 2009 to be exact, at the historic Triad Theatre in New York City. We were individually invited by a mutual friend to an industry show. Dodd noticed me there, and after the show, he approached me and asked me to join the group next door. Once in the light, I immediately noticed the small red bicycle pin Dodd was wearing on his sport coat and said, “I like your pin,” to which Dodd responded, “You mean, my MOATCH.” “Your what?” “My moatch. My man brooch!” That made me laugh, and I knew that I had to talk to this guy some more. We left the group and began our first three-hour conversation at the bar, and in those moments, we knew the other was very special. Dodd took me home in a cab, 150 blocks out of his way. At my door step, he kissed me goodnight (it was absolutely the most perfect first kiss), and then took the train home. I walked calmly through my lobby and into the elevator. When when the doors shut, I threw my purse against the wall and yelled, “I’m in love!!” Thankfully, I was the sole passenger in this elevator!

What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? Dodd had this idea for a long time that he wanted us to surprise our guests towards the end of the night with a fully-choreographed flash mob dance with us and our wedding krewe (and any other young friends who wanted to join in). Dodd has become known (or shall I say “infamous”) for wearing a bright magenta suit to many occasions all over the world, so I decided it was high time that I had my own “pink suit.” Right after the cake cutting and the bouquet toss, Dodd and I snuck off into a side room, changed into our matching pink outfits, and once we heard our song (an edited version of Beyonce’s “Partition”), we emerged from the room and strutted our way to the dance floor. Dodd and I then performed our relatively elaborate duet dance number, were tossed our second line umbrellas, and invited all our krewe members to join in with their umbrellas. During that dance, Dodd and I looked at each other and both knew what we were thinking: “WE DID IT! IT WORKED! THIS IS SO MUCH FUN! We will never forget this moment!”

Don’t miss Alix + Dodd’s video from Indie Atlantic Films!

Tell us all about the proposal! Dodd asked me if I wanted to go on a “chocolate tour” and visit different boutique chocolatiers one beautiful Saturday afternoon in NYC. Although it sounded touristy, I would never pass up the chance to eat gourmet chocolate. As the tour finished, I got a text from my best friend Brian (who would become my future man of honor) to meet him in Chelsea, right where we happened to be. We met up on The Highline, which is our all-time favorite park in the city. Since Brian was running late, Dodd and I decided to sit and wait by the huge window overlooking 10th Avenue at 17th Street. Soon, I noticed people down below us on the street with umbrellas hiding their faces, coming from all different directions. As more and more people with umbrellas congregated, Dodd took me closer to the window so we could get a better look, and I realized the group of umbrellas below us were like painted puzzle pieces. The 12 or so umbrellas moved and shifted, twirling and changing direction. Then, all the umbrella puzzle pieces suddenly fit together and formed a huge heart! People were whispering and telling their friends (and also me) that it was a proposal! But for who?! I honestly didn’t realize it was MY proposal until I turned to Dodd, and he was down on one knee holding a ring box…I LOST IT. Of course, I said yes! Dodd then pointed down below, and all the umbrellas in the heart suddenly closed, revealing ALL our closest family and friends from as far as California, DC, Florida, Philly, Maine…it was absolutely INCREDIBLE. I felt like I was dreaming! The 20 of us headed to the nearest restaurant for a champagne toast, and when I walked in, I saw a wall of 30 or so MORE umbrellas and 50 more of our friends lifting them, yelling “CONGRATULATIONS!” My surprise proposal mob was followed by a surprise engagement party! As a hidden camera crew revealed themselves, Dodd revealed that he had been wearing a wire the whole day. The YouTube video has over 21,000 hits now. :)
When did y’all get married? May 31, 2014
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 200
What made you choose your ceremony and reception venues? Did they have any special significance to you? My mom has been working at Admiral’s Cove Yacht and Country Club since 1987, when I was the ripe old age of one, and it is the place where my family has held all our biggest events, including my bat mitzvah, my cousin’s wedding, my brother’s graduation party, and countless family birthday parties. What also made it so incredible is that Admiral’s has a boutique hotel at the club, so our 100 out-of-town guests made a total vacation out of our wedding week, which is exactly what we wanted. With every single room in the hotel taken by our guests alone, we held every event at a different venue on Admiral’s grounds each night. We basically had the entire country club to ourselves for the weekend which is SO rare, and the only way I can describe it is like throwing a giant slumber party for all our family and friends at the most elegant yacht club in South Florida. HEAVEN!
Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? From Alix: Dodd is actually a writer as well as a director and producer, so there was no question that we would write our own vows. (we also wrote our own Ketbuah, which is quite rare). My favorite thing about Dodd’s vows to me was that he started and ended with the concept that we have always been nice to each other and that we will continue to strive to always be nice to each other. From Dodd: One vow in particular that has stuck with me read: “I vow to love you fiercely–and embrace the fire that burns inside you and to never try to extinguish that.” To contextualize this vow, I am a hyper guy. At night, Alix is freezing bundled in all the blankets, and I lay next to her in only boxer shorts with perspiration on my brow. I went to see a doctor specializing in Eastern medicine, and after running a battery of tests on me, he said simply, “Your fire runs too hot.” This has been Alix’s mantra about me ever since. Alix and I are fundamentally different people–I run hot and she runs cold. In that moment, as she read that vow, I felt so completely understood. I was staring into the eyes of someone who KNEW ME completely.
What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? I was committed to making oyster shell escort cards, because they felt so New Orleanian to me. Trying to locate 400 oyster shells in New York City is not easy, but after four visits to the PJ Clarke’s across from Lincoln Center, I loaded 400 nasty, rotten seafood-smelling oyster shells on my back and walked six miles home (I forgot my wallet!). I got home in the middle of the night, smelling like a dead man, and proceeded to scrub each and every shell over the next three days! Everyone took them home as a souvenir.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you most looking forward to about married life? We are back in New York City and are excited to travel the world together, hit milestones together, experience life in general together, and I have to say, I’m most excited simply to fall asleep with and wake up to my best friend every day for the rest of my life.

Photographer: Kat Braman / Videographer: Indie Atlantic Films / Planner: Desiree Oftedal / Ceremony and Reception Venue: The Club at Admiral’s Cove / Florist and Lighting: Robyn Von / Cake Baker and Catering: Chef Tod Feit at Admiral’s Cove / Band: The Headliners / Special Details: Ready Go Wedding Co., LLFarm, MisterandMrs, Confetti Design Shop, lilimandrill / Paper Products: Make Merry Events / Bride’s Gown: “L213” by Romona Keveza / Bridal Salon: Boca Raton Bridal / Bride’s Hair Accessories: Elle & Jae / Hair Stylist: Eve Verduga / Makeup Artist: Taryll Atkins / Bride’s Shoes: Nina / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: “Keira,” “Charlie,” and “Cori” in Luxe Chiffon and “Olivia” in Crinkle Chiffon by Jenny Yoo / Groomsmen Attire: The Dessy Group / Photo Booth: Sideshow Booth Co.

Desiree Dawn is a delightful member of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

marissa Written with love by Marissa
  1. avatar Desiree reply

    Thank you for sharing this sweet and sincere day with your readers! I absolutely adored working with this couple – all of their goals for their wedding day proved challenging and the result: I’m a better planner for it now. I can’t thank them enough for their trust! The team we composed to execute their day was a dream come true. I’m blown away by everyone’s professionalism and awesome personalities! Congrats A&D! xo

  2. avatar Morgan Moore reply

    Dodd and Alix’s wedding sounds like such a wonderful celebration! I love all of their personal touches.

  3. avatar Jalyn Souchek reply

    What a lovely wedding and proposal story! I’m obsessed with the pinstriped suits!

  4. avatar Maureen R. Goldman (@SheisMoments) reply

    I love the bride’s face as she walks down the aisle. Pure joy!!!!

  5. avatar Occasions In Print reply

    Love it all! The colors are so pretty!

  6. avatar Kat Braman reply

    I’m so thrilled to see Alix and Dodd’s love story featured on Southern Weddings! It was such an amazing day to be a part of and I love how this feature came together. xo

  7. avatar Alix Loomis reply

    Thank you for featuring our wedding! It was obviously the best day of OUR lives but it was also incredibly special for all 200 guests and our wonderful creative team made it all happen- this whole experience including this article has been absolutely spectacular, unique, emotional, and transcendent. THANK YOU!

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Happy Monday, y’all! I’m so excited to share today’s Real Wedding! Along with being an absolutely stunning day, the talented planner is not only one of our delightful Blue Ribbon Vendors, but a friend of mine! While our football alliances may not match up, I must say that boy am I smitten with the way Desiree helped Casey + Anthony bring that sweet Charleston charm all the way to South Florida. Together with Desiree Dawn Events, C + A’s vision came together splendidly, and I, too, can see the “all-over warmth and hospitality that the South is all about” throughout their big day. But my favorite part about this couple has to be that Casey chose her and Anthony’s vows as her favorite wedding detail — so sweet!

Big thanks to The Big Day for capturing such lovely photos (especially the adorable flower girl below!).

Love this sweet photo of Casey with her girls all in comfy robes from our friends at Plum Pretty Sugar!

Seriously? Y’all, are you with me that this little doll is cheek-pinching cute?

Tell us about finding your wedding dress. 
My parents were in Charleston just for a day as they passed through on the way back from vacation in North Carolina. We decided to look at a couple of places while they were here and I even talked my Dad into coming too! My Dad ended up being an excellent dress critic (in a good way) and steered me toward a particular style I never thought I would like. With no intention of actually finding a dress during their short visit, we went to Bridals by Jodi in Charleston and after trying on many dresses, the woman helping us picked one out that I loved, but never thought would look good. We all fell in love with it, but I was too indecisive to say yes right away. We discussed (I agonized) over it at lunch then went back to buy my dress! I am so happy that both my parents were there with me.

Yes, we did a first look because we wanted it to be an intimate time with just the two of us. It was so special being able to enjoy those moments together before our wedding began.

The ceremony was held under a huge oak tree at the venue, and there was a huge banyan in the front of the property with Spanish moss that reminded us of Charleston. The property had all the charm we were hoping for to bring in the Southern feel. We also collected driftwood from the intracoastal in Jupiter to make our altar (made by Van Aiden).

We complied our own vows from a number of different readings and other vows that we found online. I loved the vows that we read to each other, especially the last lines, “Because your love means so much to me, I offer you my heart. As your partner in life, I will share your joys and your sorrows, your laughter and your tears. Through all the changes that life will bring, I promise you this: I will always love you.”

What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? 
We had been living in Charleston, South Carolina for two years when we started planning our wedding, and although we knew we wanted it to be in our hometown of Jupiter, Florida we really wanted to bring in the charm of Charleston that we love so much. Our wonderful wedding planner helped bring in Southern touches like mason jar luminaries, hand painted signs with a natural, rustic feel, and just all-over warmness and hospitality that is what the South is all about.

Our wedding cake was made by a dear family friend with so much love. I had very special dietary requests and she made a delicious topper for just me and Anthony to enjoy that met all the requirements. Then she made the rest of the gorgeous cake using her amazing recipes, one layer of carrot and one layer of marble cake. I sent her a couple of pictures of cakes that I liked and she made the most perfect cake combining all of my favorite natural elements.

And be sure not to miss the lovely film from this wedding by Shutter Life Productions!

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. 
Anthony and I met while in college at Florida State University. I have always been good friends with Anthony’s brother Dave and I grew up knowing his family, but Anthony and I were never close friends until college. So, I guess we didn’t really “meet,” but instead started to build an amazing friendship that we still cherish as husband and wife.
Tell us all about the proposal! 
Anthony asked if I wanted to go for a run on the beach after work one day, which wasn’t out of the ordinary since we would frequently go to the beach after work to decompress and enjoy a sunset. I was happy to be getting out of work early that day and responded that I would love to, but I had already worked out and had a ton of grading to do for the class I was TA’ing. I decided to bring my papers with me and I would grade while he ran and we would bring a bottle of wine for after. We settled in at the beach and Anthony went for a “run” while I graded — he really ran back to the car to grab the ring since it would have been very obvious in his board shorts. When we came back, we decided to go for a walk and enjoy the setting sun. It was a spectacular sunset on Folly Beach. As the tide began to come up, I started to worry that all of my papers were going to get washed away so I wanted to turn around and go back, but we walked a little farther and that is when Anthony got down on one knee and asked me to marry him! I was so excited, happy, and flooded with emotion that nothing else in the world mattered at that point! We made it back to our spot on the beach and I put all work aside to celebrate. We watched an awesome light show put on by lightning very far away; it was like nature’s fireworks for our happy occasion. It was an absolutely perfect night.
When did y’all get married? 
October 27, 2012
How many friends, family, and loved ones attended your wedding? 
What readings, if any, did you have at your ceremony? 
My mom read a part of Kahlil Gibran’s “The Prophet, On Marriage.”
Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding and why you chose them. 
We love music and really wanted the music at our wedding to reflect our personalities, not just “wedding music.” We had a wonderfully talented band that wildly surpassed our expectations. We chose non-traditional music for walking down the aisle and our first dance, but we loved them and they meant something special to us. I walked down the aisle to Israel Kamakawiwo’ole’s “Somewhere Over The Rainbow/It’s a Wonderful World.” Our first dance was to the Sean Hayes song, “Baby I Do.” I still can’t listen to that song without a flood of emotions coming over me; it is perfectly “us.”
Describe your wedding flowers. 
My favorite flowers have always been orchids so I knew I wanted a lot of flowy orchids. Then, we took a trip to California and both of us loved the look of all of the wild succulents. Our flowers bloomed from there (ha!). We wanted a simple, natural, romantic look and our florist (she should be called a flower goddess or something) took my vision and turned it into a reality and then some. She is so amazing and talented; we love her!
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: 
I would have to say all of the personal touches. We had so many friends help with different aspects of the wedding and that made it very special. We both really loved our vows, especially since we had put a lot of thought and effort into morphing them into what we wanted them to say, and then they were read by Anthony’s uncle which was so very special to both of us. We could really feel the love when they were read. Then, the band was phenomenal – we talked about how amazing they were for months!
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? 
The biggest challenge was planning a wedding in Jupiter from Charleston. There were so many times that we would see something in Charleston that we loved and wished we could just move it down to Jupiter for the wedding or rehearsal dinner. Our parents, friends, and wedding planner were so helpful with everything though and made it all possible!
What is the one detail or vendor that you were so happy to have as a part of your wedding? 
I don’t know if I could pick just one! As I said before, all of our vendors and friends made it so incredibly special. The flowers, cake, and catering were all done by family friends. You could just feel that everything was made with love – nothing was run of the mill. Our wedding planner is also a great family friend and she made sure that everything went smoothly and helped to make our vision come to life! And, of course, the band!! The lead of the band became a friend just through the wedding process; he was so caring and made sure that all of the personal touches were there, as a friend would have done, on our wedding day. All around, the wonderful people we worked with made our day amazing.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? 
Having everyone we love in one place and being so happy for us is a feeling we will never forget. It was so special. (From the groom) Our first dance also sticks out in my mind; it felt like we were the only two people there and all of the wonderful emotions came flooding in at that moment while we were dancing to our song.
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? 
It’s easier said than done, but don’t stress too much. There are things you just can’t control – weather, for instance! We had a hurricane coming through the weekend of our wedding! It all turns out perfectly though because at the end of the day you are married and ready to take on the world with your significant other!
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? 
We are expecting a beautiful baby girl in the next few months! We are so excited to welcome our first child into the world and show her all the love and happiness that brought her here!

Photographer: The Big Day | Videographer: Shutter Life Productions | Wedding Planner: Desiree Dawn Events | Ceremony and Reception Venue: Houses at the Renewal Coalition | Florist: Van Aiden | Wedding Cake: Kristi Haney | Caterer: Drew Shimkus | Rentals: Better Party Rentals | Lighting: Van Aiden and Desiree Dawn Events | Band: The Brass Evolution (led by Jody Marlow) | Special Details: Van Aiden | Bride’s Gown: Wtoo (Style: Bristol) | Paper Products: Make Merry! | Bride’s Hair Accessories/Veil/Jewelry: Van Aiden | Hair Stylist: Courtney Martin with Jennifer Cruz Beauty Group | Makeup Artist: Danielle Coryn | Bride’s Shoes: Ugg’s (Style: Lucianna) | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Joanna August – Newbury, 8th Avenue, and DC Long from Bella Bridesmaid Charleston, SC | Groom’s Attire: Jos. A. Bank | Groomsmen Attire: Jos. A. Bank

Desiree Dawn Events and Make Merry! are delightful members of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

marissa Written with love by Marissa
  1. avatar Be Inspired pR reply

    gushing over this southern wedding! The little details are amaze and you couldn’t ask for more gorgeous weather!

  2. avatar Katie reply

    Gorgeous and charming! I love the blush tones and especially the mix of wood :)

  3. avatar Lisa reply

    I love the mismatched Plum Pretty Sugar robes and the bride’s adorable shoes, but most of all, how sweet are the bride and groom’s kissing pictures? Their love just shines through those shots–so beautiful!

  4. avatar Krisstin reply

    Love the bridesmaid robes and their gorgeous dresses too!

  5. avatar Kelli Taylor/Daniel Taylor Photography reply

    This wedding is beautiful! Those bridesmaids dresses are so romantic!

  6. avatar Desiree reply

    Oh my stars! Marissa, you are simply the best. Thank you so much for sharing Anthony & Casey’s wedding with all of your readers. I just love being a part of the SW family and am so appreciative. This couple was just magical, their spark and passion is contagious!!

  7. avatar Liz reply

    Would LOVE to know more about her vows! The little snippet she mentioned really touched my heart, and I’m in the process of finalizing our ceremony now! What a gorgeous wedding and sweet proposal – you can see the joy in both of their eyes and hurricane schmurricane – beautiful wedding day. Go Noles!

  8. avatar Peter reply

    Love the menu board!

    • avatar Desiree reply

      Peter: hi Peter! Glad you love the menu board. It was totally one of the funnest projects that Laura (Make Merry!) and I worked on, yet! Let me know if you’re ever interested in commissioning a piece like this – we love custom work! And ps: Casey totally has it hanging over her dining room table now!

    • avatar Desiree reply

      Liz: Check out the video – the vows are repeated on their and are SO lovely!

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  10. avatar Jenn reply

    Absolutely beautiful wedding!! I am getting married at the same location in March…does anyone happen to know how to contact Van Aiden or know what happened to the driftwood alter?

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    I am from Jupiter florida and am planning my wedding. I love this venue. Can you please share the name of the venue?

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