First Dance: “Make You Feel My Love” by Adele
Wedding Photography: Jason Mize Photography
Wedding Planning + Design: Sarah Tucker Events
Floral Design: Victoria Blooms & The Naked Florist
Invitations: A&P Designs | Cake: Pastries by Design
Music: Musical Rendez Vous (wedding) and
Private Stock (reception)
How they met:
Both being at a point in their lives in which they were ready to meet “Mr. or Mrs. Right,” Dan and Courtney are happy to admit they met through eHarmony. At the time, Dan was living in Apollo Beach, so the two emailed back and forth for quite some time before they met in person. The couple’s first date was Feb. 13, 2010, at Mediterraneo.
Dan had the ring three months before he proposed to Courtney. He tried to get her to go out of town one weekend, but Courtney’s focus was on her 4-day-old nephew. Because he couldn’t get Courtney out of town, Dan decided the morning of Feb. 13, 2012, that he had waited long enough and was ready to propose.
The couple was married at sunset March 1, at Ringling’s Cà d’Zan Mansion. Courtney’s 12-month-old nephew was even part of the processional. The Rev. Andrea Taylor, of St. Boniface Episcopal Church, performed the ceremony.
The reception also took place at the beautiful Cà d’Zan. Sarah Tucker, of Sarah Tucker Events, was instrumental in assisting with the look and many details of the wedding. The goal was to incorporate nautical elements that represented Dan’s passion for fishing and softer elements to represent Courtney. The colors were a mix of navy, cream and gold. The couple wanted to play off the beautiful neutral colors of the Ca’ d’Zan.
Wanting to go somewhere neither one of them had been, the couple decided to honeymoon on the islands of French Polynesia. They became scuba certified so they could dive on the trip.
To keep with the nautical theme, the bridesmaids wore matching lockets with tiny anchors inside and the groomsmen changed into boat shoes once the dancing began.
The evening featured a photo booth by Bash Booths so guests could take their photo home as a favor, including a photo holder designed by Inkling-Print.
The bride’s sister, Erika Wise Borland, designed and created many of the paper items for the big day, including the ceremony program, table numbers and menu cards.
The couple desired a smaller cake, because they wanted to have a dessert bar by Michael’s On East at which guests could choose their own sweet treat.
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