Updated: Dec 15, 2020
I guess I should have known the day was going to be magical, when I was on my way to the wedding and alongside my car was a man racing his black horse around a track while he was sitting in an open sleigh... you read that right. A one-horse open sleigh! As a Florida girl, I didn't even know this was a thing. It is! It definitely is!!
Everyone was picture ready when we met outside of the Inn at St. Johns The flowers had been delivered, the dresses were on, their hair was perfect and the ladies were stunning!
Nick was debonair to say the least. Anxious and excited to see his bride!
Kristen was picture- PERFECT!
The girls in their cranberry dresses holding the gorgeous blooms by The Flower Alley
What winter wedding would be complete without reindeer?! Santa's elves were outside the bar where the wedding party was meeting and we had our own photo op with 2 different reindeer!
We left the bar after a few drinks and toasts and headed to Kellogg Park where we were serenaded by a Corner of Christmas Carolers! Like, legit, harmonizing A cappella carolers! In the park, we were surrounded by Christmas tree decorating contestants which made the perfect backdrop for our bridal party portraits!
After freezing our little tootsies off, we headed to the Italian American Banquet Center in the party bus!
At the IABC we were met with the most incredibly renovated bathrooms!!
But the hall was gorgeously decorated with love and sparkle of Christmas!!! I love winter weddings for this. Nicks mom handmade little gnomes to match the wedding party, the decor was beautiful and before the wedding party was introduced to the guests, they had to get in one last practice of their winter dance to none other than my favorite Christmas song, "All I want for Christmas" by Mariah Carey.
Nick and Kristen entered and went straight to their cake cutting and... woah, this 4 tiered custom cake from Cakes by Stephanie was divine! They sweetly fed each other, kissed, and were toasted by their bridesmaids and groomsmen. They had their first dance under a stunning collection of chandeliers and also danced with their parents; Kristen and her dad and Nick and his mom.
I was able to pull them away for just a few shots, where we were met with falling snowflakes. My heart was bursting because this wedding day was what my dreams were made of. One horse open sleigh, reindeers, amazing venues, twinkling lights, and a night finished with freshly fallen snow... but wait, there's more...
Mariah Carey's "All I want for Christmas" choreographed dance...
and what Christmas dream wedding would be complete without Santa randomly showing up at the end of the night. The happy couple were just on their way out to the most amazing.....
Sparkler Exit of course!!!
Planner: Kaila Adam: firstname.lastname@example.org
Caterer: Italian American Banquet Center
Florist: The Flower Alley (Kaila Adam)
Baker: Cakes by Stephanie http://cakesbystephaniemi.co
Dress(es)/Suit(s): Men’s Warehouse https://www.menswearhouse.com/
DJ/Band: Pro DJ
Makeup/Hair: Janell and Ginger (Hair) Shelia
Videographer: Emory Reeves