Jo and Sarah merged Jo’s laid back, casual style with Sarah’s love for vintage glamour and created a quirky, romantic day that they will cherish forever. Their theme was southern comfort and vintage charm and their colors were meadow green and gray. Sarah wore Galina by David’s Bridal while Jo was dressed in Black by Vera Wang. Both bride’s opted to wear family heirlooms for their special day. Jo wore her father’s cross while Sarah wore her great-grandmother’s cameo and her nana’s broach. The brides highlighted Sarah’s love of candy with candy sticks, gumballs, and sixlets in their wedding colors while Jo’s love of office supplies was celebrated with love bird notebooks and personalized pencils. The night was filled with wonderful moments and ended on a romantic note with Jo surprising Sarah by singing Bob Dylan’s “To Make You Feel My Love”.
Here is what the brides said about choosing their location:
“We chose our location because we fell in love with the beautiful trees and the historic buildings. The property has gorgeous grandfather oaks and magnolias. More importantly we fell in love with our venue’s history. The club used to be the “Freedom School” built and founded by Harriet Beecher Stowe. The school was built as a place that children of all races could attend and learn together. As a same sex couple, getting married in a state in which marriage equality is constitutionally banned, we loved the idea that our wedding would stand for freedom to love whomever you choose on a property that was founded on equality long before it was accepted in Northeast Florida, generations ago.”
Photographer: Mark Dickinson Photography | Hair Stylist: William Taber Salon | Tuxedo and Mens Attire: BLACK by Vera Wang | Dress Store: David’s Bridal | Floral Designer: Deerwood Florist | Hair Stylist: For Your Eyes Only | Dress Designer: Galina | Linens and Coverings: Kirby Rentals | Event Venue: Mandarin Community Club | Bakery: Publix Bakery | Musicians: Wehner Weddings, LLC |