When Jessica and Matt met getting into a serious relationship wasn't on either of their agendas, which helped them form a natural friendship.
“I had just graduated cosmetology school, and Matt, after recording a full-length album, was focusing on his artistry as a musician,” Jessica explained. “We hit it off very well, and our relationship had gained this solidity I hadn't experienced in a friendship ever in my life. We could go out and have fun, yet could sit on my couch and talk about more deep things in our lives as well. What we wanted, what we had been through, what we wanted to see in our lives, our relationship was electric.”
Their strong connection resulted in a relationship, which led to an elaborate proposal two and half years later.
“Matt told me to wear a nice blouse, pants, and boots. I was lost with that attire, so I just went with it. He picked me up and we drove…and drove…and drove. Then all of a sudden, the land turned to beautiful, soft rolling hills. We pulled down a road with a sign that said Anselmo Vineyards, and all of a sudden everything felt magical. As we pulled in I began to weep. I saw horses and knew we were riding. As a little girl, I've had a long time love of horses and never had many chances to ride or be around them. My husband knew this, and it was all part of his plan,” Jessica reminisced.
“We ended our ride at a stunningly gorgeous chapel in the vineyard. Matt took my hand and walked me up the steps where there was a trail of rose petals sprinkled from the steps to the doors. I knew this was the moment. The doors opened and inside this gorgeous chapel played Can't Take It In by Imogene Heep (Narnia Soundtrack). In the rows of seats were my brother, sister-in-law, and some dear friends. Matt led me to the front of the chapel at the altar, got down on one knee, poured his heart out to me, and asked me to be his wife. It was an experience I will forever hold in my heart.”
Although Jessica and Matt were living in California during their engagement, they decided to return to the Tampa Bay area for their wedding day.
“Our colors were a bright, yet deep purple, accented with charcoal, grey and some silver. We chose them because we really loved how the colors melted together, as well as how they enhanced the atmosphere and vibe we were wanting to create: something with a magical, enchanted feel, yet classy and elegant,” the bride explained.
To assist Jessica with planning her Florida destination wedding, she hired Sarasota wedding planner Burkle Events.
“I was getting pretty overwhelmed, but I wanted to really enjoy the process and knew hiring a planner would keep me on track and enable my dreams to come true for the big day,” Jessica said. “Burkle Events' genuinity was huge to me. I knew after the first time I talked with them I would be in good hands. They really listened to my vision and asked me great questions. They were all about delivering my hopes and desires.”
When it came for their Sarasota wedding ceremony, Jessica and Matt put a lot of thought and emotion into sharing their love and commitment to one another.
“My husband and I truly value the covenant of marriage. We always have, and it was our desire for our ceremony to reflect it,” Jessica shared. “One of my favorite parts was where we washed each others feet. It symbolized the humility in serving one another as loving helpmates.”
During the wedding reception, Matt surprised his new bride with a love ballad.
“My husband is an amazing musician, so I kind of suspected he may surprise me with something, but I hadn't imagined it as good as it was,” the bride gushed. The song Everything I Do by Bryan Adams was one I had always thought I would have my first dance to, but once we were engaged we had a different song that was ‘ours.' However, Matt knew how special that song was to me, and that was the song he surprised me with. I just melted! At the end of the song, while the band was still playing, he jumped off the stage and took me out of my chair and danced with me in the middle of the dance floor. I felt so loved by him; he knew the things that meant something to me and that meant something to him.”
I knew after the first time I talked with Burkle Events, I would be in good hands. They really listened to my vision and asked me great questions. I knew they were all about delivering my hopes and desires. – The Bride
I love seeing a strong man who isn't afraid to show his heart and that is my husband Matt. It made everything in my life up to that point feel like it just stopped, as I looked into the eyes of a man I was confident, truly loved, honored and respected me. I was in awe of him. – The Bride
Burkle Events, Jason Mize, Eri Vincent, and Yelena's Designs made my dreams come true and truly delivered. I was impressed and elated we were able work with them! – The Bride
My husband is an amazing musician, so I kind of suspected he may surprise me with something, but I hadn't imagined it as good as it was. At the end of the song, while the band was still playing, he jumped off the stage and took me out of my chair and danced with me in the middle of the dance floor. I felt so loved by him; he knew the things that meant something to me and that meant something to him. – The Bride
What advice would you give to other Tampa Bay brides?
Take deep breaths and enjoy the process! Laugh often, as nothing is perfect. You can't truly be successful at making this a joyous, memorable time without the ability to laugh. Maybe this advice is a little unconventional, but remember, at the end of the day, the MOST important thing is that you are marrying a man who loves you and that you love, and the details are secondary to you two.
Do exactly what means most to you when it comes to your big day. It truly is the day that reflects you and your spouse, and it should be everything you two want it to be.
Also, don't stress & hire Burkle Events!
Sarasota Wedding Venue: Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club
Sarasota Wedding Photographer: Jason Mize Photography
Sarasota Wedding Planner: Burkle Events
Sarasota Wedding Florist & Lighting: Elegant Designs Floral Art Studio
Sarasota Wedding Hair & Makeup: Eri Vincent
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