I thought I had officiated ceremonies in pretty much every possible Brevard County venue, so I was a little skeptical when Alison and John told me where they were getting married. I was immediately impressed when I arrived at the Beach Place Guesthouses. What a lovely gem by the sea along A1A in Cocoa Beach!
The owner was so very helpful and pleasant when I arrived for both the rehearsal and the ceremony the following day. He obviously takes pride in maintaining a relaxing and aesthetically pleasing property.
John and Alison's May 31st wedding was a bit on the breezy side, to say the least. Fortunately any truly inclement or blisteringly hot weather stayed away for the festivities. The ceremony was held on one of the ocean view decks, which I consider the perfect spot for a beach wedding. You can hear the sound of the waves (and the wind!), smell the salt air, and enjoy the beautiful view...but are spared sandy feet for the rest of the evening.
Their secular ceremony was one of the most beautiful I've possibly ever witnessed. They read their vows to one another, and I don't think there was a dry eye there...including mine!
Alison and John included the Fisherman's Knot ceremony. They must have put in some serious practice time, because they tied the knot flawlessly. In more ways than one! I don't recall a single hiccup with any part of their ceremony.
Alison's two bridesmaids, one her daughter, were hilarious and kept me in stitches whether they intended to or not. And one of John's men reminded me of the stand up comedians that run rampant in my own family. This was one of those weddings where I felt right at home!
It was also a pleasure to work with accomplished wedding professionals. Christine of Jeff Carr Photography captured their day beautifully despite hair, veil, drapery, and more blowing wildly in the high winds.
The bride made many of the amazing touches I saw on the tables set for the reception, and was attended by two fantastic ladies from Mobella Events hired for day of coordination. They deserve accolades for being not just so helpful and organized, but they took their wind combat duties very seriously.
Congratulations John and Alison!
Photo Attribute: My gratitude to Jeff Carr Photography for the lovely photos!
Natasha and Tyler invited my husband to accompany me and urged us to stay for the reception as well. I am very touched by their graciousness and generosity. We had a fabulous time and almost fell out of our chairs laughing at the entrance of the wedding party. I loved the choice of "Ain't Misbehavin'"for their first dance. Perfect touch! And you know you're going to have a good time when DJ Shane is the entertainment....and eat well when Chef Anthony of Renaissance Catering is in charge of the food. Their fajita bar may seem something of an odd choice for their wedding theme, but all bets are off when it comes to eating at a garden party. And it was yummy!!
Christine at Jeff Carr Photography was the professional photographer for Natasha and Tyler, but these are not her work. My husband's handiwork allowed me to blog about their wedding faster than usual. I will absolutely point people to Christine's work when the pictures are ready though. I know about a little surprise for the bride that I am hoping to share with others since it will probably result in some pretty funny pictures. I walked into a hilarious scene with the groomsmen when I arrived on site. No spoilers for now, but if you're at all curious you'll have to check out the sneak peek album on their Facebook page in a few weeks. Maybe Christine will include one of those shots...we shall see.
Best wishes to you Tyler and Natasha!!!
May they always be the best of friends and their love for one another deepen over the years.
I have to thank my husband, Jamie, for graciously agreeing to be my gopher and photographer. He took over 700 photos in the course of an hour, poured champagne, packed and unpacked boxes, and so many other things I probably wasn't even aware of at the time. All of the photos in this post were taken by him, except the portrait on the beach which I took while Jamie was preparing for the reception.
Photo Attributes: All of these images were taken by a friend using a Point & Shoot.
Nicole and Matthew have known one another since they were kids, so they've already been there for each other in both good times and in bad. This was one of those weddings where I'm tempted to start out with, "We are gathered here this day, to celebrate and affirm the public declaration of what has already been united in their hearts....finally!"
Nicole asked me about officiating her wedding because her dad had been the best man at a private wedding I officiated several years ago. While I would like to think I made an impression as an officiant, it could also just as easily be because of my address. He realized when signing the marriage license that I lived across the street from his old house...and confessed to once setting a portion of my roof on fire with fireworks. That's okay since my husband picked up where he left off and is now the neighborhood pyrotechnic go-to guy every Fourth of July.
Matthew and Nicole were married at the Front Street Civic Center on Sunday, October 20. They loved the idea of using Oathing Stones and were also planning to include a Sand Ceremony. Nicole had a flash of genius and asked if we could distribute stones to the guests to hold during part of the ceremony and then collect them in the sand ceremony vase as the foundation for their unity ritual. Excellent idea!
Their daughter distributed the stones during the Words of Welcome and collected them right before the Vow Exchange. Nicole and Matthew wrote beautiful vows they read to one another with their hands clasped over the jar of stones. I think the DJ got tears in his eyes. I know I did.
The couple also used an antique bell belonging to Nicole's grandmother for the Bell of Truce ritual. Very appropriate reminder that love has a past, a present, and a future. It may sound like they had an awful lot going on in their ceremony, but because they chose rituals meaningful to them, everything flowed together splendidly.
They were attended by a Best Man, Maid of Honor, two bridesmaids, two groomsmen, a ring bearer, and stone bearer. The red, white, and black theme set off the reception area of the Civic Center spectacularly.
Best wishes for many many years of wedded bliss!
Photo Attribute: Images courtesy of Shannon Perez of Simply In Love Photography who also made the bulk of the wedding day arrangements, provided the decorations for the ceremony, and essentially made it all come together beautifully for Tai and Katie.
* This is sweet and romantic, but keep in mind for the ceremony to result in a legal marriage the couple does need to have a valid marriage license. Florida does not have a waiting period for out-of-state residents so the license is valid the moment you get it. Therefore, an eight hour engagement might be possible. I would not recommend surprising your significant other with a same day wedding unless you can squeeze in a trip to the courthouse and do not have a waiting period, or are both perfectly happy with a symbolic wedding followed by a trip to the courthouse another day to make the marriage legal.
Coordination, Decorations, Music, and Photography were by Simply In Love Weddings and of course I officiated.
Rev. Ann Fuller
The commentary on this blog is my own opinion developed over years of officiating a wide range of wedding sizes and styles. I am always happy to answer any questions you may have.