Today’s featured wedding was inspired by the beautiful coastlines of Florida. The colors our couple chose were reminiscent of the hues of the ocean and nature. From the different shades of blue of their bridesmaids, to the green stripe accent of their wedding cake, everything was coordinated nicely. And I love how they truly embraced their location that they ended up with such an amazing wedding. Congratulations Eva & Gregory!
What do you think is the overall story for this album?
The overall story for our album was the union of my husband and I with the special gathering of our friends and family. It was a destination wedding in the place where destiny took over. We met by chance on a flight from Florida. At the time, Greg lived in Florida and I lived in NJ. It was important to us that all of our friends fly to the place where it all started. We brought our closest friends together from New York, New Jersey, Germany, California – all over the world to celebrate our love in the serendipitous place.
What inspired the wedding day outfits?
The wedding was in May in the Sunshine state, so of course the colors had to be light and soft. I wanted something soft, light, and flowing for the bridesmaid. I was inspired by the natural colors of the beautiful coastlines surrounding Florida, so I went for different color blues. Each girl’s dress accented their personalities by having unique style tops and fabrics. My dress was a very traditional all lace ball gown. My family is very traditional considering our Middle Eastern heritage, so I wanted to keep that romantic, classic style with a modern twist. My mother and I shared a special moment with my dress, it was the one that she KNEW I would wear, even when I thought I had doubts.My something blue was my Jimmy Choo turquoise shoes that also matched the girls’ dresses, and groomsmen’s ties! The groomsmen wore grey suits, accented with shades of blue. Greg picked out the matching mint green pocket squares, ombre ties that matched the thematic blues, and vibrant, fun socks!
What was your favorite part of the day?
My favorite part of the day was spending the precious moments with my mom, sister, and the bridesmaids as I prepared to marry the man I love. I felt like the luckiest girl in the world to have my closest friends and family be with me and help me get ready to walk down the aisle. It is all a close second, though, to the moment at the altar where Greg and I were united as one during a very traditional Syrian Orthodox ceremony. The gold crowns and historically rich context of our ceremony was something that I will treasure forever in my heart.
Was there any Do it Yourself (DIY) projects? If so, can you describe them in detail?
To add some dazzle to the tables, which were very minimal with touches of earth tones, I made the place cards and designed the menu cards for each table. It added a bit of flare, and it was super easy to do! I purchased stock paper, purchased the jewels from Michaels, and with very little effort (but serious concentration), they were done!
What were the highlights from the ceremony & reception?
We wanted live music at our ceremony because music is a love that Greg and I both share. So, we hired a violinist and cellist to play as I walked down the aisle. They were outstanding and made all the difference, it was like a dream. The crowing ceremony was the greatest highlight as it reflected my culture and old traditions, and having the emotive sounds from these string instruments made it all the more memorable. During the reception, we had the most energetic drummer I’d ever encountered! Not your typical drummer, either. No, he was Middle Eastern, and carried the drum around and danced with it along to the beats of Arabic music. The guests could NOT get enough! No one could sit down while he was playing. Seeing how everyone interacted with the drummer was a huge highlight, too. Did I mention the cake? IT WAS DELICIOUS!
Was there a theme for the ceremony and reception?
Oceanic. We wanted to stay true to the landscape of the location, geographically speaking, and physically, the reception was at an Oceanside venue. We had beautiful photos taken at dusk on the shore line, just as the sun was setting. Greg and I try not to take life too seriously, so we honored our personalities by keeping the ceremony and reception light, simple, and fun!
What part of the ceremonies do you think was the most memorable for the bride and groom? Guests?
We sort of broke the rules, but my favorite part of the ceremony was when Greg and I would lock eyes and hold each other. We had to look at the bishop, but we couldn’t take our eyes off of each other. It was actually quite funny, the bishop had to pause during the ceremony to ask us to stop staring each other and turn to face him! We couldn’t help it, we were both so happy!