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March 26, 2019

A Romantic Burgundy and Blush Wedding in Florida

2019 Navy Burgundy Wedding

Bride’s Names, Age, Job and where she lives:

Alexis Parker – 25 – Senior Sales Manager at the Embassy Suites Tampa Downtown – Tampa, FL 

Groom’s Name, Age, Job and where he lives:

Alex Parker – 26 – Firefighter/Paramedic for City of Largo – Tampa, FL

How you two met:

Alex and I both attended UCF and he lived in the dorm undermine. The first week of our freshman year he ran right up the stairs after me and introduced himself. He scared me to death, but definitely left an impression. 

What was your first impression of each other?:

He thought I was the “cute college girl” that loved above his dorm and I thought he was so cute and funny (and a little crazy for chasing after me).

When did each of you know you were in love?:

The second time we dated, it was only a few weeks before we were head over heels for each other. We both said I love you so soon into dating and it was kind of funny because we both thought that the other was going to think we were crazy for saying “I love you” so soon. Little did we know we felt the same way!

Here was the little story we shared with our families at the wedding-

“I guess we can say Alex & Alexis will always be thankful to UCF for a little more than just their college degrees. Alex’s dorm happened to be directly under Alexis’ and late one night during their first semester, Alex boldly introduced himself. They began hanging out, studying, and even dating a little bit. The timing wasn’t quite right so they decided it was better to just stay friends.

A couple of years passed by and Alex suddenly began pursuing Alexis again and he wasn’t giving up on his chance to take her on their “second” first date. After a few weeks of persistent asking (and a lot of busy excuses), he gave her no option but to accept. The following months were jam packed with all of the breakfast, dinner, and happy hour dates they could possibly squeeze in. It didn’t take them long to realize they were falling fast and found their forever.

The three and a half years after that “second” first date were filled with finishing their studies, supporting each other as they chased dream careers, balancing that with fun & adventure, and just plain old learning how to “adult.” They’ve chosen this next season of their lives to transition from being best friends into Husband & Wife… Boy, are they looking forward to it.”

burgundy and green romantic wedding invitations

How did the proposal happen?:

 On Friday, February 2nd, I came home from work (after a long week) to a sparkling clean and quite home. As I walked into the kitchen I noticed a dress hanging from the chandelier, a big bouquet of flowers, and a letter. The letter said something to the effect of “I know we have been really busy with work and chasing our careers lately and we haven’t had much time for adventure so he wanted to plan an adventure I was sure not to forget.”

He told me to hurry up and get dressed and someone would arrive to pick me up shortly. Then followed my first clue which was a description of one of my favorite dates we had together, I knew right where to head. He shared with me that if I successfully found all of the clues I would end up at my final destination and there I would find him”. My sister showed up and told me to get dressed and she would be my chauffeur for the evening and she couldn’t say anything else. I had 4 stops and at each stop I found a family member with another sweet letter, clue, and the cocktail we had enjoyed together at that destination. The final spot was on the River walk in Downtown Tampa and there I found him on one knee.

Style/ Theme of the wedding:

I am a sucker for any kind of romance! We wanted our wedding to feel romantic, soft, and elegant.  

Colors:

Deep reds, navy blue, soft greens, and gold

Anything unique happen or with decor?:

This really has nothing to do with décor, but so special to me! As we were driving to the wedding venue a few days before the wedding, we had realized that we never got Alex a wedding ring. HOW DID WE MISS THIS DETAIL?! Well we ended up ordering a bunch of rings off of Amazon and they either didn’t make it in time or didn’t fit. My Papou (greek for Grandpa) passed away shortly before the wedding and I was given his wedding band as a gift from my Grandma after his funeral. Alex’s mom knew this and stopped at our house to pick it up on her way to the venue and it was a PERFECT fit. My Papou was a very special man so it means a lot to my family and I that this is the ring he now wears. It was meant to be!

If you had to pick a favorite moment of the day what would it be?:  

I have so many!! Any time we had the opportunity to sneak away and just have a moment together was the best. We didn’t seem to have many words to share it was just simple quiet time filled with hugs and giggles, felt like pure joy. Really priceless!

What was the most fun part of the wedding to plan?:

One of my favorite memories of wedding planning was picking the music the band would play. The band sent us a list of about 200 songs to pick from so we broke out a bottle (or two) of wine and went through the whole list. We spent most of the time dancing and laughing at old music videos and fun memories that the songs brought back.

Ceremony Site: The Alfond Inn

Reception Site: The Alfond Inn

Stationery: UNICA FORMA 🙂

Photographer: Life in Motion Photo and Film

Videographer: None

Consultant: None

Flowers: Flowers by Lesley

Gown: Pronovias

Hair: MakeOver Station

Make-Up: MakeOver Station

Veil: I am not sure, gift

Shoes: Badgley Mischka

Engagement & Wedding Rings: Not Sure/Family

Jewelry: Not Sure/Family

Bridesmaids Dresses: Kleinfeld’s Online Bridesmaid Store

Menswear: GenTux

Rentals: A Chair Affair/Outside the Box Rentals

Cake: Sprinkles Bakery

Music/DJ: The Faze Band

Guests: 135

Anything else you want to share?

 Being married is the best!! 🙂

 

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