We met through online dating and made a nod to this with our cake topper. We’ve been together for five-years prior to the wedding spending much of that time traveling together. The engagement was on the ice at Rockefeller Center in Manhattan December 2017. Clay skated down on one knee and the New Year’s Eve crowd watching applauded when I said, “yes!”
We had a two-year long engagement. I had my friends, bridesmaids, mothers, and mother-in-law at my dress appointment. I tried on six gowns, but when I put on my dress I instantly cried and knew it was the one. We took a risk and chose our venue a year before it opened, and were amazed at how gorgeous it turned out! My mother and maid-of-honor threw a Florida citrus themed bridal shower, and my mother-in-law hosted a high-tea bridal shower. I spent my bachelorette party in Miami while Clay spent his bachelor party in Key West.
We got ready onsite with hair and makeup. The men had a private cabin and the ladies were in the manor. We had an outdoor service by a lake, and an indoor/outdoor reception. It was an unplugged ceremony. We wrote our own vows and our guests felt this was the best part of the wedding. We had an hourglass for our unity sand. I made the bridesmaid/groomsmen flowers using sola wood while Clay and I had real flowers. Many of our decorations were handmade. Our wedding was filled with businesses owned by friends which made it feel so special. We had a large buffet dinner with an open bar. We served donuts for dessert with peppermint patty and Irish coffee drinks.
My favorite part of the wedding was the very end, Clay and I had a private dance in an empty manor. Then, we flew off to Jamaica for a perfect honeymoon filled with adventure! We truly had our dream engagement, wedding, and honeymoon!