I know it’s going to be a good day when we have a film from Sixpence Productions on the schedule. They nail it every. single. time. And this beachside soiree is no exception. The Bride’s adorable anticipation, the Groom’s excited smile as he watches her make her way down the aisle… it’s a heart-warmer darlings. Press play to see all the sweet love and don’t miss the gallery from Paul Johnson!
From Sixpence Productions…We get the sweetest couples from all over the country. Jennifer and Chad were from Iowa and showed us just how much fun and incredibly kind people from the Hawkeye state are. I knew they were the perfect clients for us when Jen told us about Chad’s proposal. It was at her Dad’s farm at Mother’s Day weekend and all the family was over for a “grill out” in the backyard under the stars. Beyond that all she could remember were the tears and giggles when Chad proposed. Tears and giggles. What more could a girl want?!?
From the beautiful Bride…I guess you could say that we met in an operating room. I am a physician assistant and Chad, at the time, was a rad tech that I was introduced to by one of his friends. I was astonished that I had never noticed that amazing smile before and I was hooked after that first introduction. Our relationship has endured a move from Iowa to Austin and then back, due to a job for me and for Chad’s acceptance into dental school. An engagement, therefore, sort of took a back seat due to all of these life changes. But, when we did get engaged, we decided early on to go away for the wedding. Florida was our state of choice and the second we saw Carillon Beach and The Meeting House we knew it was the place we would say some very special words to each other. We also loved the idea of an outdoor reception, and The Village Green was perfect. Not to mention Avis was sweet as pie, and made us feel right at home. She was there for us through the entire process, and we are forever grateful for that.
The inspiration for our wedding style and colors was fairly simple, we both wanted to keep it fresh, clean, and crisp. My favorite color is green, so we just kind of ran with it from there. We used the olive branch for its symbolism, and incorporated it throughout the day. Those July days in Florida can get a bit muggy, so we wanted to keep things nice and light. We wanted to make sure that all of our guests who made the trip felt welcome and relaxed. I was pretty laid back about the details, and it all came together better than we could have imagined, thanks to Christina from Events by Nouveau Flowers, and no thanks to rain all morning.
We made a pact with each other to experience our day together because we both wanted to see what the other was seeing. We were always by each other’s side and wanted to be in that place for our first day of married life. We are so glad we did! Although, I think we have more pictures of us smooching than not, oh well!!
We were also able to incorporate some old and new into the day. We were given beautiful Irish Waterford toasting flutes, we had a local printer design and print a Quaker-style wedding certificate that we used in place of a traditional guest book, each of the bouquets were wrapped in my Grandmother’s scarves, and my bouquet had the rosary given to me by my Grandparents for my First Communion. I also had my monogram in blue sewn into my dress along with some “Irish luck” from my mom.
We did have a fun time deciding on favors for our guest. We came up with using champagne flutes as our escort cards. Thank goodness for Avis! I had very vague idea and she made it come to life! She came up with a cute little saying to pull it all together. We also decided on koozies, with custom art work of the Meeting House and our wedding date. They turned out perfectly!
We had quite a few friends tell us how much they couldn’t remember about their own wedding day, and many of them said if they could do it all over again they would have it filmed. This became a priority for us and when we started do some research on it, we were blown away by the work of Sixpence Productions. I would sit and watch other couples’ sneak peek films, and I felt like I was actually there. Joanna and Rob were incredible! We have guests to this day who see our film and tell us that they didn’t even realize they were there filming. It means everything to us to have this very special day and the special moments on film for us to forever enjoy!
Every time I watch the sneak peek footage (which I’m not sure if I should admit how many times I’ve replayed it), it’s so special for me to see Chad’s reaction to seeing me as the doors of the Meeting House opened. We decided not to see each other before the ceremony; I am so glad we waited because is this one of my most favorite moments. Had it not been caught on film, I would have never truly understood how he was feeling.
Having beautiful photographs to complement our film was also at the top of our priority list. Paul Johnson Photography truly gave us timeless photographs to cherish for a lifetime. Paul and Mecheal were wonderful! Their work tells a story of the day. I can see what Chad was doing at the exact time I was doing what brides do, and vice versa. What a priceless gift!
Photography: Paul Johnson Photography | Cinematography: Sixpence Productions | Wedding Planner: Avis Glenister Of Carillon Weddings | Floral Design: Nouveau Flowers | Wedding Gown: Amsale | Cake: Confections On The Coast | Invitations: RSVP | Ceremony Venue: Meeting House | Reception Venue: Carillon Village Green | Bridesmaids' Dresses: After Six | Catering: Townsend Catering | Hair: Jasmine Rizzuto | DJ: Paul Kirker For Gulf Talent Services | Make Up Artist: Robin Klag | Marriage Certficate/Guest Book: Elizabeth Munger At The Paper Nest | Robe: Plum Pretty Sugar