Michelle & Jamaal (04.25.09)
I usually ask my brides, “Are you ready?” before we begin the rehearsal. Michelle’s answer was “I’ve been ready for this day for a long time!”
Michelle and Jamaal met in high school, and Michelle has stayed by Jamaal’s side through high school football, college football at Clemson, and two NFL teams (the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Atlanta Falcons). Today, she finally got to hear the words, “I now pronounce you husband and wife.”
Jamaal is so romantic, he even hired a photographer to capture the proposal!
We only had a short time to plan their dream wedding due to Jamaal’s training schedule with the Falcons. So we set our sights on an April date and got to work!
We had several site visits set up before Michelle moved to Atlanta to be with Jamaal, but as soon as she and her mom saw The Lodge and Club at Ponte Vedra Beach, the decision was made. And what an easy decision it was!
Beautiful decor from Anything With Plants and Flowers added to the gorgeous venue and added the vintage-glamour touches that Michelle wanted. Check out the centerpieces, with feathers, crystals and pearls!
Brooke Alford provided romantic violin accompaniment for the oceanfront wedding ceremony, and a saxophonist provide background music during the cocktail hour under the trellis.
As a sentimental touch, Edgewood Bakery created the wedding cake and groom’s cake – the bakery had also created Michelle’s parents’ wedding cake for their wedding! The shop opened in 1947, and serves the best pastries and sandwiches in addition to their beautiful special occasion cakes.
A friend of the bride and groom, Rasheen Waring of Dynamic Musician ENT, kept the dance floor packed all night. Congrats, Michelle and Jamaal, I wish you many more happy years together!
(other than the engagement pics, the photos in the post are my snapshots, pro images coming soon!)