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Cara & Matthew: A Traditional Wedding at the Eau Gallie Yacht Club
Photos By Horn Photography and Design
By L. K. on Mar 21, 2013 at 8:31 am in Classic
Cara and Matthew grew up a few blocks away from each other in Indialantic, a sleepy beach town on the eastern coast of Florida, but their paths never crossed until college, where they became instant best friends. They seemed destined to be together.
“All of Cara and Matt’s friends got to watch their beautiful romance bloom, and they anticipated the day when the two would tie the knot,” said the couple’s wedding photographers, Michelle and Brandon Horn of Horn Photography and Design.
That day arrived last July, when the pair finally said “I do” at a local Catholic church, as Cara had always wanted, in the presence of their closest friends and family members. Fittingly, the bride and groom spent the hours leading up to the wedding relaxing and getting ready at their respective childhood homes, the familiar sound of breaking ocean waves in the distance.
Following the ceremony, the newlyweds and their guests celebrated nearby at the expansive Eau Gallie Yacht Club, whose clubhouse had been transformed into a warmly inviting reception space using a palette of soft gold and ivory. After a magical night of dining and dancing, the couple exited to the waving of sparklers and—in true yacht-club style—made their getaway by boat.
Q & A with Cara
What’s your love story?
Matt and I met in college (Franciscan University), and we immediately became best friends. We always liked each other, but when Matt left to study abroad in Gaming, Austria, we decided that we would hold off until he got back. We started dating when he returned, and two-and-a-half years later, we got married. Matt is the most amazing husband, and I feel so lucky to be with him.
Can you tell us a little bit about the details of your wedding?
When I began planning our wedding, my ideas always seemed to be changing. They would flow from complete opposite ends of the spectrum. The few things I had always wanted were to get married in a Catholic church, have the reception somewhere on the water, and leave on a boat. I went to a few other weddings just to stop in and look at the reception set-up, and I was taken by the amazing décor of one in particular. The very next day, I ran into the mother of the bride, and she mentioned that they were trying to sell all the décor. I immediately purchased everything from her. I had a few ins with people in the wedding planning business, and this enabled me to cut some costs. My cousin’s wife, Kristine Cassar, owns a beautiful formal gown/bridal gown boutique, Elda’s Bridal. We had one woman make our wedding cake from her own home, and we had another woman hand-make all the paper goods. Our florist, Roses Are Red, was absolutely amazing! The flowers were one of my favorite aspects of the wedding. Everything came together perfectly, and every detail fell into place.
What kind of advice would you offer to future brides?
My advice to future brides would be this: If you choose to go the same route that I did and not hire a wedding coordinator, make sure that you have a “schedule of events” book for the day before the wedding and the day of the wedding. In this book, I outlined every single thing, from what the band was going to say when it announced all the groomsmen and bridesmaids to every vendor’s cellphone number and the times that they were supposed to arrive at the reception site to start setting up. I made several copies of the book and handed it to a few key people so that they could keep an eye on things. This book was amazing, and everything happened exactly on cue. I was so happy that there weren’t any glitches!
Sharing is Happiness
Photography > horn photography and design
Ceremony Venue > holy name of jesus
Reception Venue > eau gallie yacht club
Flowers > roses are red
Cake > jennifer manaseri
Music > the delgado band
Bride’s Dress > elda’s bridal boutique
Bridesmaids’ Dresses > elda’s bridal boutique
Groom’s and Groomsmen’s Attire > men’s wearhouse
Hair > imperial salon & spa
Makeup > dillard’s
Paper Goods > tracia adams
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What's Being Said
Sara, Jun 4, 2013 at 2:29 pm
OMG her hair is TOO perfect! So lovely.
Amy ✈ Fly Away Bride, Jun 4, 2013 at 2:29 pm
I love the bride's hair too! And she is super organized- that schedule of events book is a fantastic idea.
Ashleigh from Marry Me Metro, Jun 4, 2013 at 2:29 pm
What a lovely, traditional wedding! And Yacht clubs are so classy, yet relaxed venues!
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