A charming destination celebration was held for Amy & Lawrence’s St Augustine wedding. Surrounded by their dearest family & friends, Amy & Lawrence took their vows to become husband & wife. They incorporated well known elements from the infamous city of St. Augustine into beautiful photos of their celebration that they will cherish for a lifetime!
On a spring day in April, at this destination wedding, Amy and Lawrence said their vows in front of their dearest family and friends that traveled from Port Saint Lucie. The ceremony took place in the front lawn nearest to the Spring House. The moment Lawrence kissed his bride, everyone cheered, including the peacocks. While the guests enjoyed cocktails and hor d’oeuvres near the fountain, Amy and Lawrence were whisked away by Nikki Nicole Photography to capture the most breathtaking photos at The Castillo de San Marcos Fort, Magnolia Avenue and the famous J & S Carousel at Davenport. The reception was located down by the bank of the intercostal waterway. The tables were set with The Linen Lofts burlap table linens, votive candles and terrariums filled with white sand, succulents, blush colored roses and fairy lights. Once the Bride and Groom were introduced by DJ Milton Mcgee for the first time as husband and wife, they had their first dance under a gorgeous chandelier, hung, by St. Johns Illuminations. PJ’s Catering served an incredibly delicious meal. The rest of the evening was filled with love and laughter. – Nikki Lawrence Photography
Do you have any advice for couples planning their weddings now?
My advice is to make it as personal to your personalities as possible. Make the day completely about who you two are as people and as a couple!
How did you meet?
My husband and I both grew up in a small town each from large families, both very active in the community. Throughout the years our families would randomly cross paths; example being his mom was my younger sisters daycare teacher, that’s just one of many examples. Finally, our paths crossed briefly my freshman year in high school he was on the JV football and I was a freshman cheerleader ( long story short ). After his sophomore year he moved away and I never heard of him again. It wasn’t until end of my senior year at my very first Friday night party ( my parents were pretty strict). I get there and spot a couple people from my class snd started chatting. One of the guys was pressuring me hard core to drink but I was way too nervous to do anything to push my luck since my dad was giving me this chance. This guy was ( drunkenly) trying hard to get me to drink, I finally caved and said i would just have one and took the beer. A cute guy on the tailgate ( my now hubby) offered to give me his empty can and play it off to the drunk guy that I had chugged my beer so fast just to get him off my back ( my hero :)). After the guy finally left me alone, i thanked him and we got to talking and the rest is history!
What is your proposal story?
One of our many things in common is we both really love Harry Potter, Potter heads if you will! It was our thing to go to universal and islands of adventure just to be able to live on the world of Harry Potter even if for just a couple hours!!! One of our many visits he surprises me with one of the wands that is interactive ( I was so pumped!). As I opened it in front of the Gringotts ride I noticed something shiny and he had slipped my ring there and in front of the dragon he asked me to be his forever!
Please describe any DIY, handmade, or personal details.
My bridesmaids bouquets and center pieces were all DIY and I couldn’t have been more pleased with how they turned out. We had a crazy amount of personal touches too many to list!
Tell us a little a bit about your wedding.
Our main goal for our big day was to make it very personal to the two of us! We are both big foodies and love to have a good time! We brought pieces of our lives into every aspect of the day! We really wanted to bring our two lives and families together in one place and become one whole!
Tell us about your attire choices.
My main goal was it to be true to everyone’s style. We chose matching suits for the guys, grey suits, swanky brown shoes and white shirts. All the guys looked amazing in them and were game for all the same one. As for the girls I knew I wanted each one to have a certain color scheme and then they could just go with whatever best suited their style, body and budget!
What was the most important to the two of you while planning? Was there anything that you chose to splurge on or skip?
Most importantly was for all of our loved ones to have an amazing time!! We wanted to have good food and booze flowing! So the caterer and open bar was a splurge. We did skip out on the garter pull and bouquet toss since we didn’t really have many single people there and it just wasn’t our thing.
What were your favorite parts of the day?
Honestly having almost all of our favorite people on our favorite town was my favorite part. We got married on a Friday just so everyone had Saturday to enjoy the city, some with us and some on their own. One of my favorite memories is that on the day after our wedding we told all of our guests that if they were still in the area we would be having dinner at one of our favorite BBQ restaurants in town, thinking we might get like 5-6 people still around. We had 125 people at our wedding and we had 75 people show up the next night to have dinner with us ????
What did you do for favors?
Our favors were koozies, we wanted something people would actually reuse. Hoping that the day the pulled out koozie out to use they would reminisce on our special day!
Tell us about your wedding cake.
Our cake was made by an amazing baker from Fort pierce, she goes by The Cake Lady! Her flavors were incredible and she even agreed to drive it 3 hours to deliver!! She made 3 different flavor larger size cupcakes as part of our dessert table. We aren’t huge sweets people but these were so good we couldn’t decide on just one for a cake we had to have 3 other flavors for everyone to enjoy!
Photography: Nikki Lawrence Photography | Ceremony Venue: Ponce De Leon Inlet Light House Museum | Reception Venue: Ponce De Leon Inlet Light House Museum | Event Planning: Christina Burghart Events | Floral: Parker & Co. | Catering: PJ’s Catering | Videography: Mike Reinhart | Wedding Cake: The Cake Lady | Rentals: St Johns Illuminations | Linens: The Linen Loft | Photo Booth: Oaks Photo Booth | Entertainment: McGee Entertainment | Wedding Dress: David’s Bridal | Groom’s Attire: David’s Bridal | Bride’s Shoes: Steve Madden | Bridesmaid Dresses: Lulu’s | Veil: David’s Bridal | Submitted via: Matchology