Emily and Drew tied the knot in the Intimate Park Wedding at Trimble Park in Mount Dora, Florida. Overlooking the Lake Beauclair, the two said their ‘I do’s’ among their closest friends and family. The colors selected were Grey and Yellow, yes on of my favorite color combinations – see this post. Their general theme was rustic/DIY, a simple, love-filled, intimate wedding.
Emily’s friend, Debbie made their unique cake topper, made from polymer clay, she crafted a T-Rex bride and Cookie Monster groom. Emily opted for a non-traditional wedding dress, she picked a cute ivory dress from Modcloth along with custom accessories through Etsy and a beautiful grey sash with pretty flowers to finish off her look along with small flowers that were placed in her hair.
The couple showed their personality in the shoes they picked, both of them have always loved the idea of being married wearing converses so Drew wore a grey pair and Emily changed into a yellow pair of converse during the reception. More things that made the day special for the two was the inclusion of their friends and family not just as guests but playing key roles in the day. Emily had her friend Jennifer officiate the wedding, another friend read some sweet words prior to the wedding vows, and another friend said a prayer blessing their marriage. Various co-workers and friends made wedding favors, rolled their silverware and Drew’s sister and her partner made the popcorn favor bags.
Emily and Drew got married with the lake in the background with the reception in a covered pavilion at the park with touches of grey and yellow everywhere – from the cupcakes to the decorations down to Drew’s socks.
About the Couple
“We have been dating since November 6, 2009. We had talked about getting married since very early in our relationship. I knew Drew was the one and lucky for me, I was his special someone too.
The day we got engaged was a total shock. We had a few days off together and we decided to go away for a few nights. Drew isn’t the biggest fan of the beach but was a good sport when that was where we decided to spend our weekend away. As usual fashion in our lives, our day ran behind schedule. Taking our time, stopping to eat lunch and enjoying each other’s company.
We finally arrived at the beach mid-afternoon. We checked into the hotel and finally made it down to the beautiful and calm waters. We sat in our beach chairs as the beach slowly cleared out of fellow beach goers. We walked down along the shore for a few minutes. Having no clue in the world what was about to take place. We made it back to our beach chairs to dry off and to catch the remaining moments of sunlight before sunset began. I was taking pictures with my phone, trying to get that oh so perfect shot, when I noticed Drew moving around in his chair. Still oblivious to what was about to take place, still taking pictures.
When all of a sudden I look up and Drew is on one knee, holding my dream ring. He said, “Emily Charlotte Ashline, will you marry me?” I couldn’t even answer, I began to cry so hard. I was in so much shock and disbelief. I was in such awe that someone wanted to spend the rest of their life with me. I was so honored, happy and ecstatic. Finally, he said “is that a YES?” Through all my tears, I didn’t realize I had never said yes. Of course I DO!!! YES!
We probably sat there for 30 minutes just crying, laughing and taking in the moment. What an amazing day. Drew always said he would propose when I wasn’t expecting it. He hid the engagement ring in this board short pocket the whole time. What I love most about the proposal, he did make it a point to ask my mom for her permission. Even though it was after the proposal, it still meant a lot to me that he went to her and spoke with her. Of course she approved and loved the ring.” – Emily
Wedding Planning Advice
“The advice I would tell future couples or brides is do what fits your personalities. Don’t do it for anyone but for you and your fiancé. Know that everyone will have their own opinions on how it should be done, who you should invite and what theme to use.
Try not to stress because this one day, as important as it is, is just one day out of the brilliant married life you have to look forward too.” – Emily