The Best in West Coast Florida Weddings

The Best in West Coast Florida Weddings

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Unexpected Job Relocation Poses a Challenge for Couple's Wedding

Annmarie and Joe
Selected pictures by Mike McCoy Photography*


Sometimes life's opportunities become challenges - especially if your wedding has to be moved "up" due to an important job relocation out of the country. Annmarie and Joe had set their wedding date for early January at the Davis Islands Garden Club. Plans had been in the works for many months. Then in early summer, Annmarie let me know that she and Joe might be moving to Germany in October! 

With a stroke of luck, a Saturday date was open in MID- September. Then came the process of rescheduling vendors and speeding up the design process. Annmarie originally had her heart set on winter styling. She worked with my daughter, Christy, to refashion decor into a whimsical combination of lilac, eggplant, and platinum. 

Annmarie keep many of her original ideas including the incorporation of wine corks and bottles into tabletop decor. This ranged from guests signing corks instead of a book and the couple's collection of wine bottles which they sprayed lavender and silver for the guest table centerpieces.

We took care of decorating the garden club's waterfront gazebo installing a small chandelier over the unity candle table inside.

Although we contended with an afternoon shower, the resulting sunshine and rainbow created an unexpected photo opportunity for photographer Mike McCoy.


Annmarie's mom escorted her down the aisle. Eladio of DeLite Entertainment, provided ceremony music and sound, along with regular dj services and uplighting indoors.


During picture taking, guests enjoyed an open bar and hand-passed hors d'oeuvres
 on the covered patio. 



Annmarie and Joe chose our "Taste Around" Menu with three distinctively different cuisines: A Tour of Italy; Latin Quarter; and Cracker Country. Our appetizers matched each of the stations.

The main event room was awash in lavender uplighting.  Carmen's Flowers provided fresh cut roses in varying shades along with baby's breath for the wine bottles. Two lavender runners lined the guest tables and eggplant chair ties provided contrast throughout the room.

Sweet Tweet Cakery provided the wedding cake.



Although there were three different food themes for the station buffet, Annmarie wanted to keep a consistent color scheme. Some of the items we featured were a "top your own" flatbread station, Marinated Mediterranean Vegetables, Whipped Potato Station, Chop Smoked Pork Station with three different bbq sauces, slaw and crunchy onions, and of course our popular Paella.



In being a DIY bride, Annmarie made a tulle skirt for the sweetheart table. 

Annmarie paid a special tribute to her brother who had unexpectedly passed. He was a popular bartender that even members of my staff recognized.


We are happy to be able to stay in touch with Annmarie and Joe via Facebook as they continue their adventures in Europe. 

Here is the review Annmarie posted to The Knot:

Planning, Decor, Coordinating, Catering: Catering By Robert / Event Concepts. FL

Mike McCoy Photography