We are usually blessed with pretty mild weather towards the end of November, but alas a fair bit of wind and rain made its way into our area on Sunday, November 24. The Vista Pavilion at Pelican Beach Park was a little too exposed to the elements to hold the ceremony in the original location. Fortunately, a more sheltered pavilion was available which enabled us to have the ceremony and reception at the same park, so all turned out quite well.
It was also touch and go whether the bride's son would be available with the SpaceX launch imminent. He was able to attend the wedding which I know was far more important to Kimberly than which pavilion we stood under.
Kimberly and Jeffrey's wedding was one of my package weddings, and in fact is my last one as I will be referring future requests to Shannon Perez at Florida Beachside Weddings. I enjoy being able to provide a full range of services for couples who want more than a courthouse elopement, but my schedule is just getting too wild to feel like I can exceed people's expectations when I'm responsible for more than the officiating portion of a wedding.
I have developed an amazing degree of respect for wedding planners, florists, bakers, DJs, photographers, etc. over the years. They have such an impact on not just the experience, but the mementos that preserve the memories. It is a tremendous responsibility! Although I have gotten great feedback on the packages I have done, I have to focus on my strengths as an officiant. Don't underestimate what your wedding professionals bring to the occasion and choose them carefully!
Kim and Jeffrey were attended by their children and Jeffrey's niece as a flower girl. The two littlest girls were absolutely adorable and took their responsibilities very seriously by rehearsing in earnest before Kimberly arrived.
The purple and silver color scheme worked out really well with the alternative location in front of the sea grapes which sheltered us from the worst of the wind. I'm not sure the colors would have been as vibrant and striking against the background of a steel gray sky and whitecaps.
Their wedding included a Family Sand Ceremony and a signing of the marriage license while "Marry Me" by Train was played. I actually had two versions of their ceremony on my Kindle since we really did not know whether Kim's son, Joshua, was going to make it until absolutely the last minute.
Their reception included all of the standard traditions: toasts, cake cutting, first dance, and bouquet toss!
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.
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.