Christina and Chris at Estate at Florentine Gardens
Chris and I met at a local Starbucks. On that same night, it seemed that everyone started to show up at the same location. Who knew all those people would be our bridesmaids and groomsmen for our wedding!
Chris proposed to me in Disney World on October 13, 2018. He tried his hardest to propose to me near Gaston‘s Tavern, because our favorite movie is Beauty and The Beast, but we ended up in front of the castle and he popped the question there.
Our theme was subtle Disney. Our colors were burgundy, silver and navy. Unlike a typical Beauty and The Beast wedding, we steered away from red roses and stuck with a theme that falls in line with the enchanted forest of the movie.
We drove past our venue one night while delivering Uber eats and decided that we would visit the following week. We walked in to tour the building and we were greeted by the owner, Tom. He made sure he showed us every inch of the venue and he invited us to their vendor showcase the following day.
Our wedding menu was out of this world. The cocktail hour seemed to never end for our guests. We also had a Viennese hour at the end of our wedding and our wedding cake, cannoli cake, from Palermo‘s.
My gown is from BelFiore Bridal Boutique in Maywood. Angela was an absolute dream helping me pick out my wedding dress and knew who the right tailor would be in order to make my custom sleeves.
My favorite moment from the wedding was when they played a Ludacris song to round up my guests for catching the bouquet. My best friend, Alexis, caught it and will be getting married next year!
Chris’s sister gave me his mothers earrings since she could not be with us on our day. My florist included those earrings in my bouquet and Chris’s boutonnière so that she was with us in spirit.
A lot of things went wrong. The ceremony felt like a nightmare when they had my girls walk out to the wrong song. Then my videography didn’t pan out the way that I thought it would.
“A Million Dreams,” from The Greatest Showman.
Don’t let your vendors drag you around on your day. Make sure you spend it with the people who count.