Featured In: The Lovely Find – November, 2013

We were so pleased to see that David and Sarah’s gorgeous Goodwood Museum & Gardens wedding was featured in The Lovely Find today.

See their original wedding blog post here: http://elizabethdavisphotoblog.com/david-sarahs-wedding-may13/

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See the feature here: http://www.thelovelyfind.com/rustic-elegant-florida-wedding/

From The Lovely Find: We’ve decided to start the week off lovely with an elegant Florida wedding by Elizabeth Davis Photography. We think Sarah is a gorgeous bride in her couture wedding gown.  Next to her superhero groom (must-see photos of the groomsmen in their superhero shirt of choice included), they look just dashing.

A One-of-a-Kind Dress
A friend of David’s family designed a dress especially for me.  Hayley offered to do it for an amazing price because David’s “Nonnie” who passed away a few years ago had been so involved in her wedding.  She’s an amazing designer and created such a unique dress for me—one of a kind!  It was so nice to have Hayley there the day of the wedding as well to help with last minute touches and make sure everything fit.  She even steamed all my bridesmaid dresses!  I would highly recommend her!

How did you fall in love… become engaged?  Share your story with us.
During college, I often described myself as a practical and independent woman who hated love stories, Hollywood and anything sappy.  Even as I write this I’m amazed to say that the moment I saw David, it was love at first sight.  Of course, I didn’t know it then, but that’s exactly what it was.  He was the most fabulous man I had ever seen. His blue eyes and gentleman’s demeanor made me feel more like a woman than I had ever felt.  First, we flirted.  Then we argued about religion, money and politics—it was wonderful!  Later, he told me he was shocked that I simply said “well okay, goodnight, I’m going to bed,” and I couldn’t believe he didn’t ask for my number.  The next week I ran into him at a coffee shop where we ended up having an impromptu date that spilled into a walk around the local lake.

And so it began…

He proposed almost one year later from that day on a chilly Tallahassee night.  Yes, it does get in the thirties in Florida.  As we walked around that same lake, he said “last year as we walked around this lake, I knew you were someone special.  Now, one year later, I know I want to spend the rest of my life with you!”  It was such a beautiful and intimate moment.

What inspired your wedding?
You could probably describe my taste as a cross between elegance and whimsical.  I desired both beauty and comfort.  I hoped everyone would feel at home but still be entertained by classic elegance.  Goodwood Plantation was our choice for whimsical elegance.  The smell of wood, the soft glow of lights, and the cozy atmosphere was exactly what I was looking for.  This was a good thing since we ended up having to do the ceremony there instead of on the grounds since it was pouring like a monsoon.

Another inspiration for David and I was that, as strong Christians, we wanted our wedding to be a testimony to what God has done in our lives and in our love story.  We never would have ended up together otherwise, and we wanted to capture the importance of that in our wedding story.  I believe both the desired style and the message of our wedding were successful.

What colors, themes, and handmade elements did you include on your wedding day?
Trees, green, and natural elements became a bit of a theme for me in college.  Perhaps it’s the beauty of them or the fact that they signify life, vibrancy and a fresh start.  My bridesmaids, with the exception of two, were all college roommates with me.  We had all been bridesmaids a few times, and I didn’t want them to break the bank on a dress.  I RISKED having them all pick a green dress and hoped they would all blend well together.  It did!  Also, I wanted to incorporate something to signify both David’s and my hobbies.  Since David loved books and we both loved coffee, we had old books gracing the tables and scoop-able coffee beans for our favors.  My bridesmaids and wedding planners really helped me to accomplish some of the DIY pieces we used.  We had everything from name cards with ribbons on them to picture frame signs and chalkboards.  We also had beautiful iron trees with candles in them for some of the centerpieces and decorations.

What do you love most about weddings in the South?
I’m from the beach and have northern parents so this was a unique experience for me.  I was pleasantly overwhelmed with how excited everyone got about weddings and how hospitable everyone was, even those who didn’t know me very well.

What was your favorite part of your wedding day?
My husband and his groomsmen had decided to all buy and wear a superhero themed shirt under their tuxedos.  I was unaware of this until after the ceremony when we were alone with our photographer taking pictures and he unbuttoned his shirt.  I threw my head back and laughed at his Captain America chest!  It was so like him to do something like that, and I think it was just a little picture of how I would spend the rest of my life—smiling and laughing with my best friend.

What advice do you have to share with future brides?
GET A WEDDING PLANNER!  I am fortunate because two of the best wedding planners I know were some of my mom’s closest friends.  Not only did I have great wedding planners, but I had great wedding planners that cared about me and my family and I cared about them.  At the time, I was commuting 1.5 hours a day for a full time internship, teaching a freshman class at Florida State University, and finishing up my master’s degree with my comp exams.  Having Beth and Miriam made my wedding more manageable, more enjoyable and probably saved us a lot of money in the long run.  Shop around and see if you can possibly afford a planner.  If not, consider at least a “day of” coordinator so that when someone has to yell at Aunt Kathy for sitting in the wrong section, it won’t be anyone she knows.  Also, invest in a great photographer.  I will never forget the afternoon before my wedding when Liz, our photographer, showed up.  She walked in, put her stuff down and told me “Sarah, don’t worry about the rain, you are going to have fabulous pictures!”  I felt at ease for the rest of the day even though the monsoon raged outside.”

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