Well, as promised, it’s time to revisit the Ormond Beach Wedding. The professional pictures are in and they are fantastic. Seriously, there were so many beautiful images it was hard to pick out just a few to spotlight. The ceremony was held at Rockefeller Gardens with the reception following at Plantation Bay Country Club, both in Ormond Beach, Florida. Despite reports of thunderstorms we were blessed with clear skies and a nice breeze long enough for ceremony and pictures. All photos were taken by the talented AJ Neste who is such a blast to work with! (I apologize in advance for the oncoming photo overload!) Without further ado…let the ooh’s and ahh’s commence!
Using the forsythia blossom as inspiration Jaclyn and Ryan chose yellow, grey and white as their colors which were continued throughout the day. Guests were entertained with an acoustic guitar and cello during the ceremony by friends of the couple. All of the flowers were provided by Petals and Nature Scapes in Palm Coast and Parrish Designs of Miami. The reception was filled with willow and oncidium orchids, tulips, hydrangeas and calla lilies. Guests were greeted at the reception with a signature cocktail punch and a photo booth set up by the father of the bride. Shopping around for months, the bride found a vintage type writer through a friend so guests could write notes and well wishes to the couple. Guests were sent off with personalized bottles of olive oil put together by the bride and groom.
(From the bride) “They say it goes by quickly, but you can’t imagine. The waiting feels endless — especially when you are engaged for a year in a half — but the last few minutes soared by me before I could catch a breath. There was so much riding on one day, All of those tiny, minuscule details for a five-hour show. But I wouldn’t change a thing.
I was so incredibly nervous about all the details coming together. I had flowers for the reception coming from two places, and the ceremony flowers coming from another. The aisles were lined with bows handmade by a friend and petal cones that I threw together. I had a groomsman flying in the day before the wedding, without his suit, praying that Penny’s would have his size. It was chaos — brought together by one of my best friends, and wedding planner, myself & the groom, and my parents, who had been wonderfully helpful throughout the whole process.
So it came down to the final minute. I walked down the aisle. I said my vows. I took the obligatory photos and some rather hilarious ones. I rode in a limo to the reception. Danced to our song. Cut the cake. Smile and hugged like my life depended on it. And then it was over. It was a massive, yellow blur for the most part. I remember flying to St. Lucia for the honeymoon and thinking that I couldn’t wait to see pictures because I couldn’t remember how everything looked. I was praying that it all came together like I imagined.
It honestly wasn’t until I got to see the photos that I realized how perfect everything was. The flowers matched perfectly and created a beautiful backdrop. The DJ was fun and entertaining and the pictures of everyone on the dance floor show my friends and family having a fabulous time — including my 80-year-old grandfather. By the last photo of the night, Ryan & I have our heads pressed together and I look truly exhausted and truly blessed all at the same time. And that’s what I felt. Everything fell into place and I was surrounded by beautiful things & beautiful people for the whole night.”
All of the little details added up to a spectacular wedding! Congratulations again to Jaclyn and Ryan!