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December
17
2016
Nora & Pat

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From The Bride:

Patrick and I met in the spring of 2012, when he was a sophomore and I was a freshman at Stetson University. We were taking the same Gender & Society course, and I noticed him the first day of class because he sat behind me and startled me with his deep voice when he spoke up. We were both dating other people, and only talked occasionally.

Fast forward to September: we were again in the same class (this time, Sociological Theories). One day, while our professor was assigning a group project, Pat was absent. The professor asked everyone who would be willing to take Pat in their group and inform him of the assignment. My hand shot up in the air to volunteer. By October, I was desperately trying to hint to him that I wanted to be invited to his fraternity’s Halloween party. My then-boyfriend and I broke things off. By early November, he had asked me to come over and hang out with him and some of his friends. I remember my friend cautioning me, “Nora! That boy LIKES YOU!” I didn’t believe her.

Well, as fate would have it, we had a wonderful time that night with lots of laughter and white wine. I loved his friends, they adored me, and I really liked Pat. There was an instant connection between us, as cliche as that may sound. We started spending just about every waking moment around each other, studying for all of our finals together and going on “secret” dates to downtown DeLand. When Christmas break rolled around and we had to leave campus, neither of us wanted to spend a month apart. But Pat and I were both still determinedly telling ourselves, each other, and anybody who would listen that we “didn’t want a relationship” and “relationships are always a bad idea.”

By the time Valentine’s Day arrived, my “I don’t want a relationship” line had gone right out the window. I bought him a copy of his favorite Tarantino movie and some chocolates, wrapped it up in a bag that said “You’re Welcome.” (which he still keeps on his desk to this day), and snuck in to his dorm room to leave it as a surprise while he was at work. As I would later learn, he hadn’t planned anything for the holiday and panicked when he saw it. I got a text from him a few hours later just as I was about to leave to head into work for the Valentine’s shift at Olive Garden, telling me to go look at my car. When I went downstairs into my dorm parking lot, there was an adorable teddy bear, beautiful red roses, a sweet card, and even a little toy for Oliver, my kitten.

That was it for me. I asked him the next day if he wanted to be in a relationship, but he somehow misunderstood my question and turned me down. I was miffed, and when he realized what he did, he felt terrible. He told me he’d had a plan in mind for months to ask me in a very romantic way around spring break, but I beat him to the punch! And that’s how we started dating: February 17th, 2013.

The morning of May 1st, 2015, Pat and I woke up at 7 AM to get ready, pack up the car, load the dogs in, and head down to Stetson from our apartment in Tallahassee. We got to Stetson just before three o’clock, and took the dogs out of the car for a walk around campus. Pat asked me if he could hold my hand, which also struck me as odd, because usually he just takes my hand if he wants to walk together. I gave it to him, and we set off on our walk–me holding Sadie’s leash, and Pat walking Kali. As we approached the tree-lined path near Hulley Tower, he started talking to me about how many wonderful times Stetson holds for us: it’s where we met, it’s where we fell in love, and it’s where we made many of our favorite memories together. He then said that although the day was about endings (we had just finished our first year of law school, and the day marked 3 years since my beloved dog, Sami, passed away), he also wanted it to become about new beginnings. At that point, he started to tear up, dropped to one knee, and asked me to marry him. I said yes! (Then I started shaking, and began screaming erratically at passersby. “WE JUST GOT ENGAGED! JUST RIGHT NOW! LOOK AT MY HAND!”)

I was fortunate enough to have my mother as my maid of honor, and she and my younger sister, Alyssa, helped me immensely in gathering inspiration and talking through how Pat and I envisioned the day to go. I utilized Pinterest (of course!) for collecting ideas, and relied on The Knot and WeddingWire for vendor reviews. We were lucky to find a wonderful DJ (Nate Long of Amplify Entertainment) who helped refer us to other trusted vendors in town, and through him, we found many of the people who helped make our wedding a success. I took on a few DIY projects (the table numbers, all the rehearsal dinner décor, all signage, the favors, etc.) and Pat really pitched in and helped with those as well. We did hire a day-of-coordinator but my advice to other brides would be to hire a planner much earlier on in the process if you’re a busy couple and your budget can afford it. I would also say don’t be afraid to take others up on their offers to help! My aunts have a talent for decorating and organizing; my Dad built us custom corn hole boards which my sister hand painted; my best friend selected the music for our rehearsal dinner play list. It was hard to relinquish control but so much easier to have that help! While it all came together beautifully, it was a LOT of work, especially in the last few weeks leading up the day. We were incredibly thankful for the labors of love our friends and family undertook on our behalf.

Our wedding day dawned chilly and early—my girls and I were up at 6 AM to be at the salon for hair and make-up at 8. The morning was a lot of fun as we sipped mimosas and primped for the day; Haute Headz did a wonderful job with everyone! We had lunch once we got to the wedding venue (this is key—feed your bridal party, your groom, and yourself! We ordered trays of wraps/sandwiches from Publix) and then got dressed. After that, it was a frenzied whirlwind. I was finally starting to realize it would soon be time to walk down the aisle and I felt like we were running behind, even though we were right on schedule. I credit one of our amazing photographers, Kylene, with keeping me calm and happy! Pat and I didn’t do a first look, but we did exchange gifts and notes, which was really a sweet moment and reminded us both of what the day was all about. Once the wedding began and I walked down the aisle, everything went incredibly quickly—but at the same time, it felt like time had stopped, as we both agreed later. We had such a fun night dancing and celebrating with our most beloved family and friends (we kept our wedding small, at just over 70 people in attendance). Everything went beautifully and we really have our amazing vendor team to thank for that—they all worked together so well and made sure everything went off without a hitch. Pat and I would do it all over again in a heartbeat, and we are so happy to be married!

 

  • Bridesmaids Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids
  • Cake: Cake Me With You
  • Ceremony Venue: The SouthWood House and Cottages
  • Cinematographer: Kemari Lyn Films
  • Dress: Kitty Chen Couture
  • Flowers: At Last Florals
  • Groom: Hugo Boss (designer); purchased the suit and accessories at Nic’s Toggery
  • Hair: Veronica at Haute Headz Salon
  • Makeup: Veronica at Haute Headz Salon
  • Music: Amplify Entertainment
  • Officiant: Alex Schelb
  • Photographer: Kylene & Ryan Studios
  • Planner: Kristi Sanders (of At Last Florals)
  • Reception Venue: The SouthWood House and Cottages
  • Shoes: Walkin’ On Air
  • Veil: Martha Shump Designs
Wedding Team
The SouthWood House and Cottages
Wedding Ceremony Venue
Alex Schelb
Officiant
Amplify Entertainment
Wedding Bands & DJs
Bella Bridesmaid
Bridesmaid's Dress Designer
Cake Me With You
Wedding Cake Designer
Hugo Boss
Groom's Suit Designer
Kemari Lyn Films
Wedding Videographer
Kitty Chen
Wedding Dress Designer
Kristi Sanders
Wedding Planner
Walkin' On Air
Bride's Shoes Designer
Wedding Vibe
December
17
2016
Nora & Pat

NEXT
VIDEO
NEXT VIDEO  

From The Bride:

Patrick and I met in the spring of 2012, when he was a sophomore and I was a freshman at Stetson University. We were taking the same Gender & Society course, and I noticed him the first day of class because he sat behind me and startled me with his deep voice when he spoke up. We were both dating other people, and only talked occasionally.

Fast forward to September: we were again in the same class (this time, Sociological Theories). One day, while our professor was assigning a group project, Pat was absent. The professor asked everyone who would be willing to take Pat in their group and inform him of the assignment. My hand shot up in the air to volunteer. By October, I was desperately trying to hint to him that I wanted to be invited to his fraternity’s Halloween party. My then-boyfriend and I broke things off. By early November, he had asked me to come over and hang out with him and some of his friends. I remember my friend cautioning me, “Nora! That boy LIKES YOU!” I didn’t believe her.

Well, as fate would have it, we had a wonderful time that night with lots of laughter and white wine. I loved his friends, they adored me, and I really liked Pat. There was an instant connection between us, as cliche as that may sound. We started spending just about every waking moment around each other, studying for all of our finals together and going on “secret” dates to downtown DeLand. When Christmas break rolled around and we had to leave campus, neither of us wanted to spend a month apart. But Pat and I were both still determinedly telling ourselves, each other, and anybody who would listen that we “didn’t want a relationship” and “relationships are always a bad idea.”

By the time Valentine’s Day arrived, my “I don’t want a relationship” line had gone right out the window. I bought him a copy of his favorite Tarantino movie and some chocolates, wrapped it up in a bag that said “You’re Welcome.” (which he still keeps on his desk to this day), and snuck in to his dorm room to leave it as a surprise while he was at work. As I would later learn, he hadn’t planned anything for the holiday and panicked when he saw it. I got a text from him a few hours later just as I was about to leave to head into work for the Valentine’s shift at Olive Garden, telling me to go look at my car. When I went downstairs into my dorm parking lot, there was an adorable teddy bear, beautiful red roses, a sweet card, and even a little toy for Oliver, my kitten.

That was it for me. I asked him the next day if he wanted to be in a relationship, but he somehow misunderstood my question and turned me down. I was miffed, and when he realized what he did, he felt terrible. He told me he’d had a plan in mind for months to ask me in a very romantic way around spring break, but I beat him to the punch! And that’s how we started dating: February 17th, 2013.

The morning of May 1st, 2015, Pat and I woke up at 7 AM to get ready, pack up the car, load the dogs in, and head down to Stetson from our apartment in Tallahassee. We got to Stetson just before three o’clock, and took the dogs out of the car for a walk around campus. Pat asked me if he could hold my hand, which also struck me as odd, because usually he just takes my hand if he wants to walk together. I gave it to him, and we set off on our walk–me holding Sadie’s leash, and Pat walking Kali. As we approached the tree-lined path near Hulley Tower, he started talking to me about how many wonderful times Stetson holds for us: it’s where we met, it’s where we fell in love, and it’s where we made many of our favorite memories together. He then said that although the day was about endings (we had just finished our first year of law school, and the day marked 3 years since my beloved dog, Sami, passed away), he also wanted it to become about new beginnings. At that point, he started to tear up, dropped to one knee, and asked me to marry him. I said yes! (Then I started shaking, and began screaming erratically at passersby. “WE JUST GOT ENGAGED! JUST RIGHT NOW! LOOK AT MY HAND!”)

I was fortunate enough to have my mother as my maid of honor, and she and my younger sister, Alyssa, helped me immensely in gathering inspiration and talking through how Pat and I envisioned the day to go. I utilized Pinterest (of course!) for collecting ideas, and relied on The Knot and WeddingWire for vendor reviews. We were lucky to find a wonderful DJ (Nate Long of Amplify Entertainment) who helped refer us to other trusted vendors in town, and through him, we found many of the people who helped make our wedding a success. I took on a few DIY projects (the table numbers, all the rehearsal dinner décor, all signage, the favors, etc.) and Pat really pitched in and helped with those as well. We did hire a day-of-coordinator but my advice to other brides would be to hire a planner much earlier on in the process if you’re a busy couple and your budget can afford it. I would also say don’t be afraid to take others up on their offers to help! My aunts have a talent for decorating and organizing; my Dad built us custom corn hole boards which my sister hand painted; my best friend selected the music for our rehearsal dinner play list. It was hard to relinquish control but so much easier to have that help! While it all came together beautifully, it was a LOT of work, especially in the last few weeks leading up the day. We were incredibly thankful for the labors of love our friends and family undertook on our behalf.

Our wedding day dawned chilly and early—my girls and I were up at 6 AM to be at the salon for hair and make-up at 8. The morning was a lot of fun as we sipped mimosas and primped for the day; Haute Headz did a wonderful job with everyone! We had lunch once we got to the wedding venue (this is key—feed your bridal party, your groom, and yourself! We ordered trays of wraps/sandwiches from Publix) and then got dressed. After that, it was a frenzied whirlwind. I was finally starting to realize it would soon be time to walk down the aisle and I felt like we were running behind, even though we were right on schedule. I credit one of our amazing photographers, Kylene, with keeping me calm and happy! Pat and I didn’t do a first look, but we did exchange gifts and notes, which was really a sweet moment and reminded us both of what the day was all about. Once the wedding began and I walked down the aisle, everything went incredibly quickly—but at the same time, it felt like time had stopped, as we both agreed later. We had such a fun night dancing and celebrating with our most beloved family and friends (we kept our wedding small, at just over 70 people in attendance). Everything went beautifully and we really have our amazing vendor team to thank for that—they all worked together so well and made sure everything went off without a hitch. Pat and I would do it all over again in a heartbeat, and we are so happy to be married!

 

  • Bridesmaids Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids
  • Cake: Cake Me With You
  • Ceremony Venue: The SouthWood House and Cottages
  • Cinematographer: Kemari Lyn Films
  • Dress: Kitty Chen Couture
  • Flowers: At Last Florals
  • Groom: Hugo Boss (designer); purchased the suit and accessories at Nic’s Toggery
  • Hair: Veronica at Haute Headz Salon
  • Makeup: Veronica at Haute Headz Salon
  • Music: Amplify Entertainment
  • Officiant: Alex Schelb
  • Photographer: Kylene & Ryan Studios
  • Planner: Kristi Sanders (of At Last Florals)
  • Reception Venue: The SouthWood House and Cottages
  • Shoes: Walkin’ On Air
  • Veil: Martha Shump Designs
Wedding Team
The SouthWood House and Cottages
Wedding Ceremony Venue
Alex Schelb
Officiant
Amplify Entertainment
Wedding Bands & DJs
Bella Bridesmaid
Bridesmaid's Dress Designer
Cake Me With You
Wedding Cake Designer
Hugo Boss
Groom's Suit Designer
Kemari Lyn Films
Wedding Videographer
Kitty Chen
Wedding Dress Designer
Kristi Sanders
Wedding Planner
Walkin' On Air
Bride's Shoes Designer
Wedding Vibe