I have been dying to share this wedding with you. Victoria and Joe were married in October under a beautiful old oak tree with Spanish moss at the waterfront wedding venue, The Ribault Club Inn . You may recognize them from their nautical engagement shoot. I loved how much time they allowed for getting ready in the morning and all of the sentimental details that were true to them as a couple.
Victoria was gracious enough to share in her own words her thoughts on the wedding to her sweet Joe.
"Joe and I have been together for over five years and we knew we wanted to marry one another after just a month, so I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t thought about our wedding well before he proposed in the mountains of North Carolina last August. I knew I wanted the day to be fresh, classic, and fun with details that represented our families and our story as a couple. My dad and brother are competitive sailors and I was able to introduce Joe to sailing over the course of our relationship and he is now hooked too. In homage to that, we incorporated nautical touches throughout the wedding, like the monkey’s fist knots on each table that my dad painstakingly tied and our first dance song, Sea of Love by Cat Power. Each of our moms contributed homemade treats as well; Joe’s mom made delicious apple pies, which were a crowd favorite, and my mom and I made her famous homemade jam for favors. And Joe and I did a lot of DIY, though we were most proud of the two cornhole sets we made for cocktail hour. When I first visited the Ribault Club, the history and landscape took my breath away and I knew we had found our venue.
I wanted a dress with two looks (because I can never decide) with an illusion neckline and classic lines. My mom and I had fun visiting bridal salons but I couldn’t get excited about any of the dresses I tried on. I ended up having my dress custom made by a woman on Etsy and it turned out better than I could have hoped. My dress was one of my favorite details. It featured a lace sheath with a removable tulle overskirt. One of the bridesmaids ended up hand sewing her dress to get the perfect tulle skirt to the fun of the wedding.
Wedding planning is incredibly fun, and sometimes stressful, but Joe was amazing about keeping our eyes on the prize – starting our married life together. My favorite part of planning and what turned out to be our favorite part of the day was writing our vows. We researched and reflected separately and came together to write out all of the core messages about marriage. It was an amazing experience to see all of our ideas of what this next stage of our life should look like up on a white board and then to have those coalesce into our promises to one another.
One of my maids of honor, Emily Parsons (EPar Studios), is an incredible artist and illustrator who lent her considerable talents to our wedding stationary. She worked with me to create a custom monogram that I put on everything – invitations, programs, coozies. It was an wonderful gift to have custom invitations done by one of my oldest friends.
Another way we tried to incorporate our love of the sea was through watercolors, which were used in the invitation suite, programs, and other details. I even tried my hand at watercolor calligraphy for the jam labels and the antique luggage we used to collect cards!"
Venue: Ribault Club Inn Jacksonville, Florida
Florist: Shea Hopely Flowers
Stationary: EPar Studios
Lounge Furniture Rental: Beachview Rentals
DJ: DJ Pro Show
Catering: Chef's Garden Catering
Bar: On the Rocks Bar Service
Cake: Alley Cakes
Rentals: Southern Charm Rentals
Rentals: All About Events Jax