Danny & Lauren said "I do" on a beautiful day back in February. These two have sweet hearts and it shows so evidently in their images, from their emotional first look to some fun surprises throughout the day.
"I wanted something that was simple, and clean cut. The most meaningful part of my suit was my tie bar that was a gift from Lauren. It was in the shape of a pair of drumsticks which represented my father, who was a drummer, who passed away when I was in high school." - Danny
Lauren was going for "vintage romance" with her long sleeved dress and loose curls. They included purples and grays to go along with their vintage feeling of their wedding.
"All of my groomsmen have helped me get through life in one way or another. Kasey, who I spent countless hours working with for 8+ years. Austin who I have enjoyed living with on 3 different occasions. Kevin while growing up probable spent more time at my house than at his own. Brad opened his home, rent free, to me in a time where I was financially struggling and unsure of where I was going to live. Aaron is one of the few people I can say I have risked my life with, and who can disappear for months only to show up at your door the next day just as you were thinking about calling him up to hang out." - Danny
"I chose my cousin (who is really like my sister), Amanda, two step-sisters, Jaime and Deneen, two best friends since middle school, Alyssa and Elizabeth, and my new sister-in-law, Angie, to stand beside me. Their dresses were from David's Bridal. I wanted them to pick out what they wanted, what they felt good in. I didn't want to force anyone into something that would look good on one, but not the others. Not seeing their mix-matched colors until the day of was stressful, but boy did it work! I gifted my maid and matron of honor Kate Spade bracelets and all of them personalized hangars and robes." - Lauren
"We both are quite shy so deciding whether or not to write our own vows was a tough one, but in the end we're really glad we did. It lead to shared tears and a few laughs!"
What were some of your favorite memories from your wedding day?
Danny was completely sneaky and surprised me during our first dance by having my friend Rachel (of the country band Gloriana) sing our song. I started out as her fan, and we turned into friends over the years, so this was beyond special for me. I remember the day he brought the keyboard they used into our tiny house and I threw a fit because there was no room for it. I take that back now. Danny is a musician, so I didn't think twice about it. It was just the greatest surprise and I'll never forget that moment.
Wedding Date: 2/12/2017
Venue: Rusty Pelican, www.therustypelicantampa.com
Why did you choose this venue for your reception? Living in Florida, we didn't necessarily want to get married on the beach, but having the water right off the Rusty Pelican was just enough. It had that vintage vibe (and lots of chandeliers) that we were after.
What were some of the sweetest memories from your wedding day?
When I read the note from Lauren about the tie bar she got for me. - Danny
Dancing with my Dad. I never thought I'd get married and have that moment. - Lauren
What were some of the funniest memories from your wedding day? Our flower girl slept during the entire ceremony.Our ring bearer dancing to Beastie Boys and owning the room, Best Man #1 and Best Man #2's speeches (go Team Suspenders and Team Vests).
What is something that happened on your wedding day that you didn't expect? Lauren didn't cry as much as she thought she would. Or at all during the first look. The happiness just completely takes over.
Is there anything you wish you knew? As everyone says, it really does go by very quickly. Especially the ceremony. You probably won't be able to say hello to every single person who came, even if that's your goal for the evening.
Advice for future brides: Worry about yourself. I spent the better half of our year of planning worrying about everyone else and if they were happy. Make sure YOU'RE happy. Have someone field phone calls and texts day of (thanks sister-in-law Angie!). If your ring bearer and flower girl are under 3, have every expectation that they won't make it down the aisle so when they do just want to take a nap at the last minute, you aren't freaking out.
Advice for future grooms: If you have a unique song for your bride to walk down to make sure you double check with the DJ that they have the right song! Good vendors are invaluable. They will make your day go so smoothly. Everyone says this is the brides big day, but it's your day too. Make sure you enjoy it!
The Bridesmaids. I chose my cousin (who is really like my sister), Amanda, two step-sisters, Jaime and Deneen, two best friends since middle school, Alyssa and Elizabeth, and my new sister-in-law, Angie, to stand beside me. Their dresses were from David's Bridal. I wanted them to pick out what they wanted, what they felt good in. I didn't want to force anyone into something that would look good on one, but not the others. Not seeing their mix-matched colors until the day of was stressful, but boy did it work! I remember seeing them for the first time after our first look and I was just so amazed at how beautiful they all looked. I gifted my maid and matron of honor Kate Spade bracelets and all of them personalized hangars and robes.
The Music. Fun fact: the song I walked out to during the processional was wrong! There's a picture somewhere of Danny telling Kasey it wasn't right. Knowing the story behind that photo makes it all the more funny.
Everyone who knows Danny knows that he's the biggest Star Wars nerd so walking out to anything but something from the movies would have been wrong. We exited to the Throne Room theme song from A New Hope.
Thanks goes out to... Aurora and Victoria from Euphoria for doing such an amazing job on everyone's hair and makeup, Cassie at Wonderland Floral Art for our beautiful flowers and centerpieces, everyone at the Rusty Pelican who helped our night go smoothly, our wedding party for setting up and breaking down our reception, Gerrit at Messersmith Films for capturing our day on video, Sharon at Frostings Etc for working with us on our DELICIOUS cupcakes, Aunt Lynn for baking the cookies we gave as favors, our parents, best friends and family for their love and incredible support, and lastly, Jake & Katie for capturing our most perfect day. Even the bits we missed out on in-person. Getting to relive our wedding day thanks to your pictures has become a new hobby (no shame). You made us completely comfortable in front of the camera. We can't thank you enough!!
Who made this day happen?
Make Up Artist's: Aurora and Victoria with Euphoria Salon and Day Spa, www.euphoriasalonanddayspa.com
Why did you choose this make up artist? Aurora is a part of the family, and her style is exactly what I was after. Bringing along Victoria was an added bonus!
Bridal Salon: David's Bridal, www.davidsbridal.com
Florist: Cassie Osterloth, Wonderland Floral Art, www.wonderlandfloralart.com
Why did you choose this florist? Cassie made the floral planning fun and not stressful AT ALL. She even had flowers to give us a real idea of how our colors would all work together. Being a visual person, this was a big deal.
Bakery: Frostings Etc., www.frostingsetc.com
Videographer: Gerrit Messermith, Messermith Films, www.messersmithfilms.com
DJ/Band's Name: DJ Coro, Quezco Entertainment Inc., www.djcoro.com
Stationary: Minted, www.minted.com
Other vendor details: Alyssa Colina (best friend/bridesmaid) designed our Save the Dates.