Two back to back posts today. Both at the same location but both very different and each unique in its own way.
Jocelyn planned most of her wedding while out of state. She hired me over the phone because I came highly recommended by one of her friends. I made a point to meet her in person along with Justin during one of their brief visits. I really loved them at that first meeting and still do. Throughout the next few months of communicating with her about the wedding and planning, I quickly picked up on the fact that Jocelyn was an extremely kind and loving person. Her demeanor is obvious to everyone and I can see why she is surrounded by such loving friends and family. This was a really nice wedding and I want to share it with you.
Jocelyn’s grandmother seeing her all dressed and ready to go.
THE BOW TIE INCIDENT
Let the following story serve as a warning to all grooms that you must learn to tie a bow tie BEFORE the wedding day. If you think you are simply going to “wing it”, you are dead wrong. I hope Justin doesn’t hate me for telling this part of the story but I am sure Jocelyn will have my back…
Jocelyn warned me that Justin is always late and takes forever to get ready and that I had to do my best to keep him on time. Well, we get to his room and he gets dressed pretty fast, a bit late, but fast and then comes out the bow tie. We quickly learn that not only does Justin have no idea how to tie it, but neither does anyone of his friends or anyone in the hotel for that matter. Yes, you heard that right. We went down to the lobby of the hotel seeking a kind soul to help Justin fix his tie and literally the entire hotel staff tried their best to no avail. We even had a Youtube video on how to tie a bow tie and all of us were watching it but still no one could figure it out. The whole thing was sort of hilarious and stressful all at the same time. In retrospect it was pretty darn funny!
Finally, Justin’s best friend stepped up to the plate and gave him his clip on bow tie in order that Justin could take some pictures. What a friend!
Jocelyn and Justin decided to do a first look at the hotel prior to the ceremony. We also did all of the portraits and family pictures before the ceremony.
Prior to her wedding, I had the chance to ask Jocelyn a few questions. Just read this Q&A and you will get a good glimpse at their personalities.
Q. How long have you been dating?
A. By the time we marry we will be together for about 6 years
Q. How did you first meet?
A. We both are double Gator Grads. It is still amazing to think that we spent 7 years together in Gainesville, Florida and didn’t meet until 3 months prior to Justin graduating Law School. I was in my third year of medical school and mutual friends introduced us one night at our favorite drinking hole “The Swamp.” Justin liked how I was a Jersey Girl (he is a huge Bruce Springsteen fan and a Mets fan). I liked his NY accent. At the end of the night I said, “ I could listen to your accent all night.” So he gave me his phone number. (Yes Alex, I was that forward in my 20s J ) Two weeks later we had our first official date at a college hotspot-Starbucks. It lasted 10 minutes because Justin had to pick up his friend at the Orlando airport (Matthew left his keys in NY). But it only took 10 minutes for us to realize we wanted to see each other again.
Q. When did you first realize you were in love?
A. We had a long distance relationship for the first year and a half. He moved to Miami to practice law and I was finishing up Med school at UF. There was no “one situation” when I knew I was in love with him it just happened. As a medical student, the beginning of 4th year is big because you start applying for residency. I had big plans to go to NYC or UNC or Duke to pursue my pediatric career but I found myself applying to residencies in Miami. Every time I went on an interview it felt too far from Miami. I knew I was in love when I had changed my career plans to give our relationship a shot. I am not a gambling woman, but it was the best choice I ever made. We did say I love you later that year at “The Swamp.” The first place we met.
Q. What made you choose your venue?
A. I am from NJ but my parents live in Fort Myers, Florida and I have a really small family. I know it is customary to have the wedding where the bride grew up but because of the above I decided to have it in Boca Raton, Florida where Justin’s family is now located. We got engaged 3 weeks prior to me moving to Pittsburgh for my fellowship so I had to act fast. I did some research on the internet. The Addison was the second place I visited. I met Cindy and she was wonderful. My mom and I walked the grounds and fell in love. The courtyard is breathtaking and those banyan trees were amazing. It has a serene feel to it. It was calming. The architecture brought so much character. My mom and I looked at each other and nothing needed to be said…we just knew this was the place.
Q. Why did you hire me as your wedding photographer? What stood out?
A. Since I live in Pittsburgh now I had to do most of my research on the internet. I had looked at a few blogs of photographers to get a feel of how they document weddings. When I looked at your pictures, there was a feeling of honesty in them. They were spontaneous and not posed. I could feel the emotion of the day, of how the people felt. I wanted a photographer who could capture the day but not take away from the guests. I then emailed one of my sorority sisters Vicki Martinez because I saw her on your blog and she gave the highest praise and recommendation. I was sold.
Q. What are you most looking forward to on the wedding day?
A. Honestly, I’m looking forward to that moment where I can sneak away and look upon the wedding from somewhere hidden and just see the enjoyment everyone is having. I already have the love of my life in Justin. That will never change and saying our vows will just solidify something that I feel is already how it is supposed to be. I feel this is the day we can celebrate that love with all our friends and family. We love having a good time and I know this is going to be a crazy fun-filled wedding.
Coordinator: Cindy Pierce / the Addison
Florist: Daniel Events
Make-up Artist: Monique Penna from Dorjon Salon in Boca Raton
Hair: Missie Pottorff from Dorjon Salon in Boca Raton
DJ: Center Stage Entertainment
Dress Designer: San Patrick by Pronovia
Shoe Designer: Vince Camuto
Bridesmaid dress designer: SB Boutique (Saison Blanche)