- March 6, 2013
How the couple met
Christopher Marsh and Diane Moore met in middle school while attending the Out-of-Door Academy. Remaining friends in high school, Chris stayed at ODA, while Diane attended the IB program at Riverview High School. During college, Chris and Diane reunited at a Western-themed debutante party over Thanksgiving break in Sarasota. A few weeks later they played golf with friends and sparks flew. They continued to date long distance in college and following graduation.
The couple got engaged Oct. 19, 2013. Chris proposed to Diane in a helicopter over the Statue of Liberty, in New York. Diane took a train from Washington, D.C., to visit Chris for the weekend. The couple played squash at the Yale Club in the morning, a sport that Diane introduced Chris to when they started dating. For a long time they had discussed taking a helicopter tour of New York and decided to try it after squash. Little did Diane know, Chris had the engagement ring in his gym bag. The engaged couple met friends for dinner afterward in the East Village.
The wedding ceremony was held March 14, at First Presbyterian Church. The church is significant to the bride because she was baptized and confirmed in the church. The bride’s mother, Ann Moore, has served as a deacon at the church, and her father, Rogers Moore, has served as a deacon and an elder in the church. The wedding was officiated by Rev. Glen Bell.
After exiting the church through a cloud of bubbles, the couple was surprised to find a white basket on the stairs of the church with two white peace doves that they released in the air.
The wedding had a nautical theme with navy, white and coral as the featured colors. Guests were transported via the Sarasota Trolley to the reception at Sarasota Yacht Club, where guests were greeted with a cocktail hour featuring a pianist and violinist. A spirited bridal party dressed in fun accessories such as captain’s hats and boas and sunglasses for the ladies entered the room when the wedding party was announced. Guests then enjoyed a surf and turf dinner followed by a night of dancing.
The couple honeymooned in Hawaii on the island of Kauai. Chris and Diane sailed up the Na Pali coast and snorkeled off the side of the boat and played golf at Makai Golf Club in Princeville. And Diane learned to surf and stand-up paddleboard on the trip, which was important to the groom, a passionate surfer.
First dance: “For Once In My Life” by Stevie Wonder
Photography: Jacquelyn Marie Photography
Wedding planning: NK Productions Wedding Planning
Floral design: Becca McFadden, Quality Foliage Design Inc.
Cake: Cake Zone
Dress: Watters Brides