Jillian and Michael had a glamorous rustic wedding at the Epping Forest Yatch Club in Florida. There was a smores bar, DIY photo booth, and greenery dripping from the tables. Just fabulous.
Jillian shares with us her wedding inspiration and details.
How did you two meet?
We were living in New York City. Mike was in residency and I was in graduate school. We were both doing the New York dating thing until each of our friends put our profiles on an online dating website. Neither one of us wanted to do online dating but we met early on in the process and the rest is history!
How did the proposal happen?
We had been living together for many years so making it a surprise was not easy! Mike managed to fly in both of our families for the weekend. He told me were going for a hike with our friends at our favorite state park so I was not dressed for the occasion! We were walking along the river “waiting for our friends” when he got down on one knee and proposed.
Afterwards he said we should go inside to call our families (there was an old carriage house/inn that had been turned into a restaurant) and when we got inside our entire family was there to surprise me. It was extremely romantic and a huge shock!
What was your vision for the wedding day?
We had our wedding planned at a venue in Philadelphia originally. Then we moved to Jacksonville. When we saw Epping Forest we looked at each other and instantly knew we needed to get married there. It is so romantic and there’s so much natural beauty so I really wanted to keep that theme going.
Instead of going with the traditional flower decorations I opted for lots of candlelight and greenery with antique furniture and some rustic elements. Earthy, romantic, warm, with a lot of personal touches. I wanted it to really reflect our personalities and I wanted our guests to feel at home.
What was the best part of your wedding day?
We both love to dance so being able to be on the dance floor all night with our families and friends was really important to us. Our band was amazing and we didn’t leave the dance floor all night!
Was there anything you wish you would have done different?
Actually….no! The weather was beautiful, everyone we love was there, andthanks to our wonderful vendors everything ran smoothly. It really was the perfect day. Though i do wish i had eaten more cake!!
Anything particularly crazy or funny happen?
Our sister and brother organized a flash mob at our wedding!!! Out of nowhere everyone started doing a choreographed dance to “uptown funk” by Bruno Mars. It was really amazing. And the band brought us on stage for karaoke!
If you could tell your spouse anything special right now, what would it be?
Jillian: I would marry you every day if I could. I would not want to share this life with anyone else.
Mike: I can’t wait for the rest of our lives together to be as perfect and beautiful as our wedding night.
Anything you want to add about your wedding day?
While the vision for our day was ours, it was brought to life by our amazing vendors! They made the day stress free for us so we could really enjoy each other and our friends and families. So we want to send a huge thank you to everyone who helped this wedding be the dream we envisioned it would be.
Photographer: Christy Whitehead Photography//Makeup Artist:Beautiful Faces By Erin//Cinema and Video:Drawn in Media//Reception Venue: Epping Forest Yacht Club//Floral Designer: Parkers Events//Lighting:Party Solution Entertainment – Lighting//Event Planner: Southern Charm Events//Design and Decor:Southern Charm Vintage Rentals//Band:The RiverTown Band, LLC