Amidst the wind and waves off the coast of Cocoa Beach, Amy and Christian gathered with their loved ones and shared, what turned out to be, a romantic evening under the stars. It seems only fitting that Vitalic Photo, led by two Florida natives, were there to capture their love-filled day.
I'm just in awe of how powerful and emotional Amy and Christian's portraits are on the beach. Hurricane Sandy was just starting to cause havoc off shore, meanwhile, these two lovebirds were calm and graceful, exchanging vows in the blustering wind and just going with the flow. This seems to be the way they are, which is explained further by Christian's proposal story...
I had wanted to ask Amy to marry me for some time, but I could never figure out when or how to make it the most special. As a movie lover and a romantic, I wanted it to be special as well as a fantastic story we could tell for the rest of our lives. I finally figured it out when Amy decided to visit her friend in Russia. She would be gone for over a week, and decided on her way back, she'd spend a whole day in Paris by herself. When she told me this, I knew what I was going to do. Using a buddy pass from a friend, I arrived at Charles de Gaulle airport a few hours before she landed from Russia. When she came out of the customs area, she saw me. In the span of about five seconds, I saw seventeen different reactions on her face, ranging from confused to surprised to extremely happy. Because I knew she wasn't a big fan of being the center of attention, I decided not to ask her right there. I told her that I couldn't wait to see her and that I thought it would be fun to roam around Paris together. Later in the afternoon, after a few failed attempts of me trying to ask her, we found ourselves sitting on an empty bench on the banks of the Seine River with the Louvre as our background. She said, "What a crazy day!", in which I replied, "Well, it's about to get crazier!". I reached into my pocket and pulled out the engagement ring that my grandfather had given my grandmother and said, "Will you make me the happiest man in the world?". She immediately said "YES!!". We both kissed and cried. We spent the rest of the evening walking the streets of Paris. The next morning we flew home to Atlanta together, ready to begin the next chapter of our lives.
Their location is a brilliant reflection of what Florida is all about and according to Amy, it was one of the best choices in their wedding plans...
The venue we chose, the Beach Place Guesthouse, was absolutely perfect for us. It is a reflection of Florida past, before the high-rise condos and hotels. It was built in the day where you walked out of your room and were only a few steps away from the sand. This is the Florida I grew up in, the Florida I love. About forty of our guests were able to stay on the property with us. Each room is decorated with art work collected by the owners over the years and there is not a place on the property that doesn't have a personal touch or family artifact. There is love sprinkled everywhere. Hernando and Joseph, the owners, made everyone involved with our wedding feel as welcome as family. We were truly lucky to find this place and them.
Christian's face in this next photo just makes me smile! And the sign above them is oh-so-perfect for this moment.
I think, as crazy as it might sound, that one of our favorite memories of our wedding was Hurricane Sandy. We had almost one-hundred of our dearest friends and family travel toward a hurricane to see us get married. If that isn't special then I'm not sure what is. On the wedding day, the wind lessened about two hours before our ceremony and shortly after we were married, we were greeted with a sunset! Everyone was able to dance on the deck right next to the ocean and late in the night there was a ring around the almost full moon. I've said many times that I wanted our guests to have a "true Florida experience"; they had sunny days and sunsets but we also threw a hurricane into the mix.
Because of the wind and rain, setting up for the wedding reception was very last minute. With the help of her friends and family, they managed to get some eclectic and meaningful details out. Included were vintage Pan Am advertisement cards that were used as the table markers. Amy's father was an employee of Pan Am for three decades and it's his career that led her to love world-travel, an obsession that Christian also shares. The escort cards were beautifully hand written and had corresponding tiny paper airplane placecards. And you'll notice that CakeKrush's dessert spread was fit for a royal family and I'm guessing that guests had their fair share of trying each sweet-treat!
Amy sums up their wedding with a simple and beautiful statement, "There was quite a bit that didn't make it but it just shows that as much as you might love the details, what matters is that your favorite people surround you to share such a special day".
Congratulations to Amy and Christian! We appreciate the value you see in friends and family, as well as the Old Florida that we love!
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Beach Place Guesthouse of Cocoa Beach | Photography: Vitalic Photo | Catering: A Chef's Touch Catering | Floral Design: Paradise Beach Florist & DIY by bride's mother | Cakes & Desserts: CakeKrush | Wedding Gown: Tadashi Shoji | Bridesmaid's Dress: B Darlin | Bride's Heels: Fluevog | Groom's Suit: Hugo Boss