Living on the coast is pretty much awesome. I grew up in landlocked, Fort Worth, Texas – water wasn’t something I saw a lot. Once of my favorite parts about moving to Florida was the gradual way that the water snuck up on my consciousness. The first was the obvious – the beach! Sugar white sands, aqua water, and blue skies for days. Then there was the bay; bay water is darker, choppier, full of boats and separating Pensacola Beach from our historic downtown. Finally, I started to notice the bayous, places where the salty bay waters began to make inroads into the land, cutting narrowing and winding channels lined by private homes with docks. Bayou water has its own charm, as it makes private docks multiply, smaller fishing and sailboats numerous – really, as you head up Bayou Chico, you stop seeing beach balls and start seeing the masts of sailboats and yachts, adorned with marine flags fluttering in the coastal breeze. This is the water that brings us to the Pensacola Yacht Club. Frances Marie and Nick planned a big wedding, and I love that they brought their family and friends to one of the prettiest pieces of property in Pensacola to celebrate. They set up a huge, clear-top tent on the back lawn, so their guests could dine on fresh seafood and savory treats while watching the sun set over Bayou Chico. The couple danced underneath sparkling market lights, and every one of their 450 guests sang along and cheered as one of the bride’s uncles sang “Mustang Sally” with the incredible band. The bride’s white wedding cake was lovely, but everyone was extra-impressed by the chocolate groom’s Star Wars cake with a sugar replica of the Death Star on top – incredible. At the end of the evening, Frances Marie and Nick left under a shower of lavender, a sweet (and sweet-smelling) sendoff for a lovely couple.
But my very favorite part of this gorgeous event was the love that was so obviously apparent, both between the bride and groom themselves, and in the way they treated their family members. Yes, a wedding is about the bridal couple, but it’s also about the people who raised them and help make them into the awesome people they are today. Both Frances Marie and Nick so clearly respected and appreciated their parents, and it reflects on what wonderful individuals (and now, a couple), they are.
PROFESSIONALS WHO MADE IT HAPPEN:
CEREMONY: St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church // RECEPTION: Pensacola Yacht Club // FLOWERS: Mary Anderson // CEREMONY MUSIC: Sewell Griffin and Sammy Tucker // BAND: Four Barrel Funk // TROLLEY: Five FlagsTrolley // CAKES: Betty Weber // DRAPING, LIGHTING, RENTALS: Wedding Walls // OFFICIANT: Susan Sowers and Rick Branch // HAIR: Pear Tree Salon // MAKEUP: Sheryl Schwartz // WEDDING GOWN DESIGNER: Pronovias // WEDDING GOWN BRIDAL SHOP: Bridal Loft // ALTERATIONS: Ruthy’s Creations // BRIDESMAIDS DRESS DESIGNER: Jenny Yoo // BRIDESMAIDS DRESS SHOP: Bella Bridesmaids // GROOM + GROOMSMEN’S SUIT SHOP: Men’s Wearhouse // VIDEOGRAPHY: Caleb Pierce// CATERING: PensacolaYacht Club // INVITATIONS: Crane through Artesana