Janaye and Patrick loved the look and the feel of their wedding venue from the moment they saw it. Venue 1902 at Preservation Hall truly speaks for itself, so they planned decor elements that would enhance the venue without taking away what was already there. Keeping the integrity of the venue in mind, they went with flowers and decor that was classic and light. Mauve, ivory, and plum with accents of gold perfectly complemented the venue’s white walls and ceiling of the reception space. The soft pink up-lighting, with the glow of the chandeliers, created the perfect ambiance for the evening.
The couple noted that their ceremony was the best part of the day. They incorporated a hand-washing ceremony and wrote their own vows. These two components made their outdoor wedding ceremony feel intimate and really reflected their love in a special way.
Are there any special meaning behind the details in your wedding?
Patrick’s mom let me wear the diamond tennis bracelet Patrick’s father gave her on their wedding day 25 years ago. It was very thoughtful of her and made me feel even more welcomed into the family. I also had the cake and dessert baker, Morgan Hunter Desserts, make custom Buffalo Bills themed sugar cookies as a surprise for Patrick and his family, who are all from Buffalo, New York. Patrick was very surprised and the family loved them.
How did you meet? How did he propose?
We met on Tinder! We talked on the phone for about two hours every night before we finally went on our first date two weeks after matching. Patrick asked me to be his girlfriend shortly thereafter on a trip to Clearwater Beach. One year and five months later, Patrick recreated that trip and asked me to be his wife as we watched the sun set over the water.
Is there anything that you wish you would have done differently for your wedding?
During the process, we wished many times that we would have hired a planner to plan the entire wedding for us, not just a day-of coordinator. But, looking back on it we are very happy with our decision to plan the wedding ourselves. We were able to put our hands on every aspect of the wedding, which was especially important to us in researching and choosing our vendors, and make sure each choice was one we were in love with. Plus, all of your vendors will be more than happy to help you when you get stumped on any of the many choices you’ll have to make while planning. We left every vendor meeting and final call confident in knowing that what we had chosen truly reflected us and how we wanted our day to look.
What advice would you give couples planning their wedding?
Trust your vendors! Ask for vendor referrals, do your research, and only go with the vendors you get a good gut feeling about and have examples of their work that you would be happy seeing on your wedding day. Most of the vendors we hired came highly recommended to us by our venue and day-of coordinator. Because we trusted who we chose, we were confident that they would deliver the professional quality work they were known to provide on a consistent basis while sticking to our vision. You will feel a lot less stressed and less need to micromanage, leaving more energy to get excited about the choices you’re making and enjoy planning.
Is there any advice that you would give couples about married life?
Take joy in adding the “husband” and “wife” titles into introductions and conversations. It may not always feel that different to be married right after the big day, but simply reflecting on the fact that you just committed to living life with your best friend and biggest fan is sometimes the best part.
Venue: Venue 1902
Rentals: A Chair Affair and Orlando Wedding and Party Rentals
Dress: David’s Bridal and Something New Bridal Boutique
Hair and Makeup: Imago Dei by Milan
Cake and Desserts: Morgan Hunter Desserts
Florist: Oviedo Florist
Wedding Planner: Runway Events
Photo Booth: Shutterpro
DJ: Soundwave Entertainment
Photographer: Sydney Marie Photography
Videographer: Wayfarer Film Co.