Jake & Katie, I could not possibly love you both more than I already do. Your wedding was perfectly beautiful in every way and I will forever be grateful that I was able to be a part of it. Couples like you are the reason I cherish what I do. Thank you. xo
From the couple:
Wedding Date? October 8, 2011
Venue? Relevant Church in Ybor City, Tampa, FL
Guest count? 200
What inspired you in planning the wedding?
Katie – a rug I found at Urban Outfitters started it all
Why did you pick your venue?
Katie- My parents are good friends with the pastor at Relevant and it was the first place we looked at. It was perfect, because I wanted a place that we could have the ceremony and the reception. And I love the city of Ybor. The old feeling of the building was exactly want I wanted in a venue.
Jake – We loved Relevant from the start. The exposed beams and rustic atmosphere were exactly what we wanted for our wedding.
What were your favorite moments, traditions, surprises during the day?
Jake – Seriously, where am I supposed to start? There were too many moments that stuck out to me, but I’ll list a few: the few moments I had by myself before the ceremony, seeing my 12-year-old sister, Caroline, walk down the aisle as one of Katie’s bridesmaids, the little notes that each bridesmaid handed me before they walked on stage, watching Chip walk Katie down the aisle towards me, meeting Katie’s eye for the first time that day, singing “Time of My Life” with the whole wedding party in the parking garage, yelling “Roll Tide!” with all of Katie’s family, dancing into the reception hall with my WIFE, dancing with my mom, the flash mob, and driving away in the Ford Model A while all of our friends and family saw us off in the pouring rain.
Katie- A lot of those memories are my favorite too! Walking down the isle looking to my left and my right seeing all my friends and family that I love, and then seeing Jake at the end. That is a snapshot in my mind I will never forget. THE FLASH MOB! Dancing with my dad, and papa. Just seeing everything that my mom and I had worked on for 5 months finished and put together.
Dress designer, shoes, accessories, bridesmaids’ dresses, groom’s attire, etc?
Dress – Sue Wong
Shoes – Dance/Character shoes J I wanted to be comfy.
Accessories – Veil: The Red Magnolia etsy store, Earrings: International Diamond Center loan (Thanks to Danielle Leclerc)
Bridesmaids dresses – JCrew
Groom/Groomsmen suits - Marc Ecko
Any DIY elements?
What wasn’t DIY? Seriously. We designed our invitations, place cards, signs, program, note cards, etc. We made all of the flowers, backdrops, and centerpieces for cocktail hour, picture chandeliers; honestly most everything had an element of do-it-yourself.
Music you walked down the aisle to, first dance, special songs
Processional -Parents and Grandparents: Your Hand in Mine by Explosions in the Sky
Groomsmen, Bridesmaids, and Katie: Evolve by Bosc
Recessional: Nola’s Bounce from Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Wedding Party Intro: Hello Seattle (Remix) by Owl City
First Dance: Until You by Dave Barnes covered by Zack Cox and Susan Renstrom
Dad/Daughter dance: Unforgettable by Nat King Cole and Natalie Cole
Mother/son: Make your own kind of music by Mama Cass covered by Carson Wagner and Leigh Anna Renstrom
Wedding Planner: Katie Ford & Sharon DeArmon
Wedding Director: Krista Heaivilin
Stationer: Jake Ford
Floral Designer: Katie Ford & Sharon DeArmon & Heather Swett
Music: Daniel Renstrom, Zack Cox, Susan Renstrom, Leigh Anna Renstrom, Carson Wagner, and Steven Quintana
Videographer: Bryce Morris
Photographer: Shipra Panosian
Favorite Blogs or Magazines used in planning the wedding - Ruffled and Snippet & Ink
What mood/ambiance did you want to convey to your guests at the wedding? We really wanted to create a vintage/creative elegant atmosphere. Katie and her mom were incredible in how creative and hardworking they were to make this wedding so beautiful.
Advice that you’d give to other Brides? Don’t be afraid to do something out of the box. Try to do as many things that represent you and your fiancés personality and personal styles.
Advice for grooms? Be involved! Katie and I had a blast planning the wedding together. (Though she definitely did much more than I did.) This is your wedding day too; if you have an idea, share it.
Thanks goes out to?
Here we go:
Katie – MY MOM!!!!! I could not have done this without her. She is the best. My entire family. I am incredibly blessed with the best family in the world, thank you to you all for loving Jake and I, and giving so much! Leigh Anna for being the best maid of honor. All my bridesmaids, love those girls. Danielle, for doing all our make-up and for the jewelry, all the small group ladies for helping out with the food, everyone who made a cake, Ann Stick for making the wedding cake, Indian Rocks/Teresa Nardozzi for the candelabras, Paul and Krista from Relevant and to everyone who traveled down to come to the wedding! We loved having everyone there.
Jake – Dad, Mom, Colin, James, and Caroline! You guys are the freaking best. I love you all so much and am so thankful for how much you have supported Katie and I. I also want to thank Chip and Sharon for being such amazing in-laws. I want to thank Colin, James, Kyle, Jamie, Dan, Zack, Ryan, and Austin for standing beside me as my groomsmen. Uncle Frank for hauling the Model A down to Florida. To all of my extended family that was able to make it down for the wedding. I loved having you there and celebrating with you! To all of our friends from Liberty and YouthQuest, and my friends from back home in MD, you’re all so amazing! I want to thank Craig and Deb Worley as well as Mike and Sarah Kocher for all their hard work at the rehearsal dinner. To Shipra, Khushbi, Bryce, Steven, and all of our friends that came together and made our wedding perfect!