With its luxurious landscape and ornate details its hard to believe that this wedding is in Florida at the luxurious Bella Collina and not on a villa in Italy. Featuring a color palette of red and blush not a detail was missed – including the couples dog! Featuring custom yarmulkas and sumptuous florals this is one glamorous wedding you won’t want to miss!How did you meet? My husband, Jake and I lived in the same hometown growing up. We went to the same Elementary, Middle, and High School together. Despite going to the same schools and living less than 3 miles from one another, we had no idea who each other were. After graduating college, I knew I wanted to go into something medical, but I was not yet set on my current career as a nurse. I looked up places to volunteer and came across our town’s rescue squad and joined. My first shift was on Easter Sunday of 2014. I walked into the rescue squad building and Jake happened to be sitting there as my partner for the day. He had been volunteering with the squad for a few years already. Exactly one year later we went on our first date and a few months after we were officially dating!What is your proposal story? Jake is currently a 4th year medical student at University of Central Florida. He has made a bunch of friends in his class over the years and I have made friends with some of the medical school wives, fiances and girlfriends. Jake had one of his friends girlfriends that works in marketing invite me to one of her “work” parties on a boat in Clearwater, Florida. Me loving boats, was like umm yes, but my sister was visiting that weekend and I wasn’t sure how many guests she was allowed. She invited my sister and Jake to join. Jake played it off like he wasn’t sure if he would be able to make it due to all his studying, but eventually he gave in because it was a holiday weekend. We drove from Orlando to Clearwater and got on the boat. I kept questioning where “Alex”, his friend was and also texted her to let me know when she was arriving. We went to the top of the boat and my sister went downstairs to grab some drinks. As she was walking back up, Jake started his proposal by saying Alex wasn’t coming and it wasn’t a work party. I was very surprised. Then his brother and his brothers girlfriend walked up to the top of the boat and I was also super surprised. At that point, we were engaged and I thought it was the end for the surprises, but as we walked inside the boat for dinner our immediate families (from NJ) were all here and grandparents. We had a nice dinner on the boat and headed back to Orlando for a drink at our favorite restaurant across the street. We get there, and our closest friends and extended family were all there ready to celebrate. He did really well.What was the most important to the two of you while planning? If you ask the both of us this question, you will get two different answers. By far the most important thing to Jake was the wedding cake. We went to three tastings and then two with the vendor we decided on. Jake picked all the flavors. The most important thing during the planning was definitely the photos. We wanted to always be able to relive that day for the rest of our lives. Our families are also big on food and music, so we spent a lot of time deciding on that and definitely splurged on extra items.Were there any DIY, handmade, or personal details? We had a jewish wedding, we made baskets for the yarmulkas. A friend made a design on a mason jar for guests to write and place notes in for us during cocktail hour, we had a beautiful seating chart display made by our invitation vendors, along with personalized menus and matching table numbers. Jake and I both love Jack Daniels Whiskey so we decided to make a bar dedicated to just that and have a sign made using the JD logo saying “Jake Daniels”.Do you have any advice for couples planning their weddings now? My advice would be to enjoy every moment. Don’t let the stress of planning take over your life because when the big weekend comes it’s worth everything. Continue to have date nights with your fiance throughout the process. Also, I would highly recommend having a day of wedding planner to organize the day so you do not have to worry about anything.
Photography: The Ganeys | Venue: Bella Collina | Event Planning: Weddings Unique | Floral: Raining Roses Productions | Stationery: Dogwood Blossom Stationery & Invitation Studio LLC | Videography: Love & Lustre | Wedding Cake: Bake Me A Cake | Linens: Over The Top Linen Inc | Hair and Makeup: J. Bauman Salon | Band: The Hit Factory | Officiant: Rabbi David | Film Lab: Richard Photo Lab | Ring Box: Lace Byrd | Wedding Dress: The Bridal Finery | Groom’s Attire: Any Tux 45 | Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Veil: The Bridal Finery | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Submitted via: Matchology