We have a seriously fun dose of sweet, meaningful, adorable details for you today courtesy of one our faves, Captured Photography by Jenny! Nicole and Bob were married at Sundy House in Delray Beach, and they filled every moment of their day with love, happiness, fun, and heartfelt consideration for their family and friends.
What I love most about this wedding is that it truly reflects the fun, vibrant Bob and Nicole, who both work in television news. Says Jenny, "Though rain dampened some of the plans, it sure didn't dampen the spirit of the day. It was such a fun wedding to be a part of. Bob and Nicole are such a quirky, goofy, and warm couple. Their wedding was super colorful... both in the details and personality."
And says Nicole, "We met a little more than four years ago when I interviewed at a Richmond, Virginia television news station. I fell in love that very moment I met him. I think it was his smile. If you asked anyone who knows us, we have a blast together. We find the fun and humor in life. I mean, I wrote my wedding vows on toilet paper for goodness sake (he does all of his serious thinking in the bathroom). We realize life is short; we want to enjoy it!"
Those shoes!! I think they say everything about Nicole's fun-loving personality.
I was so touched by the way Nicole honored and included the family members she has lost: Since 2006, my little sister and my grandmother passed away; and during the course of our engagement, my mother, too. So, I wanted to include them in our special day. I had wedding bands from my mom and grandmother along with a ring from my sister included in my bouquet of flowers. I wore another ring of my sister's that was blue, I wore my mother's pearl earrings and necklace, put the 'little sister friendship card' in my shoe and had a table with photos & a bouquet of white (with hints of pink) flowers set for them. And, despite the chaotic last minute change in ceremony location (we planned to marry outside, in The Sundy House gardens), we even had a corsage for my mom on an empty chair front and center for the ceremony. It was very touching. It made us feel like we had their blessings.
I asked Nicole to tell me what her and Bob loved about each other, and I adore the response! The gentleman who married us was perfect! Rather than a traditional ceremony, he asked us to answer a number of questions about each other so the ceremony was really a story of us. It was romantic and fun and he nailed our story! Part of those pre-ceremony questions, he asked us what we loved about each other; this is what was shared in our ceremony:
"What Nicole loves the most about Bob is that he is such a gentleman. She added, 'I love that Bob makes me laugh and laugh loud and hard. I love that he likes to listen to my grandpa's stories. I love that he's taught me what it means to live. I love that family is important to him. And, I love that he stomachs my cooking.'"
"Nicole's compassion and caring for all things in this world is beautiful. She will literally do anything for anybody at any time, at any expense to herself. She puts others first at all times and it is wonderful. She has taught me patience and empathy where I didn't have any and for that, my love for her, is endless."
There are so many great details, DIY projects and sweet stories woven through this day... and I'll just let Nicole share them all with you!
We wanted our wedding to represent who we are, the fun we like to have and the love we have for family & friends. We wanted everything to have meaning... from the music we selected to the party favors. Even the language of our ceremony was our own... When we were told we could finally kiss each other as husband and wife, the officiate used the word, 'smooch' instead of kiss because that's something we'd say.
Bob and I are big college football fans. He roots for Oregon State University. I am a Buckeye! So, for our wedding favors, we gave out sugar cookies with the team logos on the icing. Our wedding invitations, R.S.V.P. cards and ceremony programs were all DYIs... designed/created by my step-mom. Again, capturing our lively spirit, our invites said it all, 'no church. no tuxedos. just plenty of laughter and two crazy people in a garden, vowing to each other a lifetime of bad singing (everyone who knows me knows that I love to sing, I can't sing, but I love to sing anyway) and random misadventures.' Too bad we were rained out of the garden!
Our R.S.V.P. cards were post cards. We asked for creative responses from our guests. Some glued photos, some wrote poems, and some drew pictures! They were wonderful! So, we bought twine and painted clothes pins with our wedding colors so that we could use those rsvp cards as decoration at the reception. They were perfect. A DIY project that turned out better than we imagined were the signs we used to greet our guests. We had about 85 people at our wedding... About 70 of those people traveled from out of state. So, we hand-painted the names of our guests on pieces of wood and noted the miles they traveled to be with us on our special day. They were put up throughout the property... Some of our guests took the signs home with them. And it was relatively inexpensive. For the signs themselves, we bought a stack of old wooden shingles, we spent about $10 for 60 of them at Home Depot... The wood was jagged, splintered, knotted. They were perfect! We had a large sign that greeted our guest as they walked into the grounds of The Sundy House. It hung from a tree as you walked in to the gardens. One of those pieces of wood washed ashore on a beach in Marathon, Florida. I broke the wood in half, painted it, and glued rope to hang it. It was perfect!
Bob and I are both journalists and liked the idea of incorporating a vintage typewriter in our wedding. Rather than purchasing a guest book, we used the typewriter to create our own letterhead. Our guests typed up well wishes, crinkled up the paper and tossed the paper into a wired trash can... We are creating a guest book using those crumbled up, personal well wishes. We used a typewriter font for everything pertaining to our wedding - the invites, the R.S.V.P. cards, even the 'h' on our wedding cake was that old typewriter font!
My favorite moment was probably our ceremony. While we could hear the laughter and see some tears from our family and friends, we were so dialed into our commitment to each other that everything and everyone else in the room was a blur. We were so excited about our pledge, the ceremony, and hearing the story of us. We aren't hopeless romantics but a couple who finds romance in our laughter. Our vows and our ceremony captured all of that.
And I'd say your pictures do too, Nicole (perfectly)! Our most heartfelt congratulations to you and Bob... here's wishing you a lifetime full of more laughter and love.