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My Sister’s Wedding

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My sister and I have always been very close, but always had very different style.  Our biggest similarity however is that we love shiny, nice things.  When she got engaged, she initially planned to get married near where she live in Boston or on Cape Cod, but ultimately she settled on Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida to give her (mostly) Northern guests a taste of a gorgeous Northeast Florida fall.

While my favorite color is blue, my sister, Courtney is all about PINK. So, of course there was going to be pink. While my sister did not have a theme, her inspiration started with an agate slice. She opted for rose gold to pull in the blush and then added mauves, lavender and deep purple. She tied all of the elements together with her printed products. It started with her save the date from Minted.com, and we recreate the look buy purchasing fonts from Fontspring and creating graphics with my iPad. UPS did all of the printing and they did an amazing job.

Five big similarities in our weddings were our dresses and our florist. KTG played for both of our weddings. She also used TakeOneJax for her video, and you can watch the teaser here and the longer video is here!  Shea Hopely did Court’s flowers, and they were stunning! The head table was amazing.  Courtney picked a Hayley Paige dress which is owned by JLM Couture, who also owns Lazarro who designed my dress. AND she had a custom sash created by Helena Noelle just as I did.  Then our long-time stylist, Jenn Jolley Hillyard did her hair. It was very special.

The shoes were Jimmy Choo. *swoon* She changed into these Jack Rogers after the first dance.

Her lighting and rentals were executed perfectly by Luxe Party Rentals in Jacksonville. Karen Erwin at St. Augustine Wedding and Events was worth her weight in gold as her team did an AMAZING job despite a very, very big issue with a vendor who set the timeline back two hours. She was a total pro.

Not to mention London at Ponte Vedra and the entire Ponte Vedra Inn & Club team. They took our rapid fire meetings very well and provided the most amazing venue and team to make the day go off without a hitch. We a totally unaware of any issues for the entire weekend. Because she lives in Boston, she allowed me to help from time to time with local needs. Otherwise, she and my mom, who splits her time between Jacksonville and Boston did a great job finding a team to handle the details and make sure that the precious time when Courtney was here was spent tackling the big decisions.  I can be intense, so I appreciate all the vendors humoring me while I was doing the most to help my sis.

And it was a DAY! Courtney and her husband, Apostolos (“Toli” or Paul) had a big Greek wedding. Her wedding was my first time as a matron of honor, and I was a wee bit overwhelmed with my husband standing up for my brother-in-law and my 2-year-old in the wedding. We ended up calling in reinforcements and having my mother-in-law come to the wedding with the blessing of Courtney and Paul, and she ended up walking down to aisle to her horror. It was the only moment of the wedding that made me nervous, but otherwise the day was perfect. Father Nick at Greek Orthodox church was one of the best officiants that I have ever heard at a wedding. We were all in joyous tears!  Alex Michele Dorval with Alex Michele photography captured the day so, so beautifully (see the photos below).

Other vendors include Amazon.com for all of the random things you realize you need last minute and supplies for the gift bags, Bella Bridesmaid for the bridesmaid dresses. (I got mine at Nordstrom.)  She also got some linens and the sign from Etsy stores.  Pineapple Post in Ponte Vedra did her registry and stationary.

Enjoy!

XOXO, Mrs. Make It Rainka

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