The past few days its been cold in Dallas and we wanted to warm things up by bringing you a beautiful beach wedding from Sunny Florida from a very talented gal, Maria Angela Photography. Maria sent us this wedding via Two Bright Lights and we love it. Tiffanie and Daniel’s wedding looked so fun and special. It included hand picked seashells (thanks to Bride’s mom), a sand dusting station at the ceremony, tropical colors accented with a cool blue color. They had their wedding ceremony on the beach under a tiki hut. Fun? YES! We were able to catch up with Tiffanie and ask her about the wedding.
How did you and your husband meet?
Daniel and I met in May of 1999. He and my cousin went to high school together and while Daniel was at my cousin’s house he saw a picture of me on the wall and asked to meet me. He escorted me to his senior prom!
How long have you been together?
We have a very long and interesting history of a lot of ups and downs. Although we met in 1999, we did not “officially” start dating until September of 2006. We always kept in touch.
How did he propose?
Our first Christmas together we went to Orlando, Florida for a vacation. I bought a Christmas ornament and it personalized with our names. It is very special to both of us. He proposed also in Orlando, Florida which was a place the went to frequently while we were dating. He had his family help him out with setting up the hotel room with champagne and candles. He had another Christmas ornament on a holder in the room that said “Will you marry me?” So he brought me into the room, got down on one knee, said “I love you with all my heart.” and I don’t remember anything else after that! (haha)
Your dress is gorgeous, where did you get it and how did you know it was “the one”?
Funny enough, it was the first dress I tried on. I looked at myself and felt wonderful in it, when I walked out of the fitting room my mother gasped (she didn’t do that with any other dress I tried on). As soon as I tried on a veil, that was it for me. I loved the simple lines and embellishments!
We love the shoes….tell us more about those?
Since I was getting married barefoot on the beach, I had to pick shoes with a low enough heel so the length of the hem of my dress would go well with bare feet and shoes. I found the shoes at Jay’s Bridal as well and thought they went well with my dress.
What sold you on your wedding venue?
We both love vacationing on the west coast of Florida. The beaches and sunsets are postcard picturesque! We always wanted a destination wedding, and Marco Island was far enough and yet close enough for our families and friends. We wanted the wedding weekend so it would be a memorable vacation for everyone. The Marco Island Marriott has the great gazebos to hold wedding ceremonies and I heard that the staff there is wonderful at putting together a wedding. I was sold the moment I walked into that lobby with the floor to ceiling windows looking out onto the beach.
We read that you all collected shells from the beach for special touches…tell us more about that.
My parents are retired and live on a sailboat. On their many frequent trips to the different islands in the Caribbean, my mother took up shelling. She had boxes and boxes of shells and sandollars that she was willing to donate for my wedding. I would say 80% of the shells used in the decor was handpicked by my mother.
What song did you dance to for your first dance as husband and wife?
We are both hugh Dave Matthews Band fans, so we had “You and Me.”
How did you choose your wedding color palette?
I loved the beach sunset colors. Sky blue, sunset orange, and sea green.
What was your “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue”?
Something old: Some lace from my prom dress that I went to with Daniel. I carried it with my bouquet
Something new: My new wedding dress
Something borrowed: My mom’s diamond tennis bracelet
Something new: A blue pearl charm that was stamped with our initials and our wedding date. I also carried it with my bouquet.
What was your favorite part of your big day?
During the dinner, Daniel and I took a moment to look around at all our family and friends who were laughing and talking with each other. It made us feel so special knowing they were connected now because of us!
Do you have any advice for brides that are in the planning process?
Make it personal to you and your fiancee. It’s amazing how your guests really enjoy little details that is all about the two of you. Our tables were named after places we traveled together. We played our rival college fight songs during the reception.
Thank you so much Maria for sending us this gorgeous Florida beach wedding. Be sure to stop by and check out her site for more inspirational wedding images. Thank you Tiffanie for taking the time to answer our questions. We wish you and Daniel a lifetime full of love and laughter and may each day be better than the last!
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