Kendall and Andrew both grew up in and met in Jacksonville, Fla., so it was only fitting the couple would marry in town, as well. They tied the knot in December at Riverside Presbyterian Church and had a beautiful Christmas reception at the The Florida Yacht Club. Megan Martin Creative and Cypress by Ann Evans worked to create a classically festive appeal that felt magical. / Images by Alex Michele Photography.
Says Kendall, “The Florida Yacht Club is beautifully located on the St. Johns River with the perfect view of downtown from the balconies. The interior is elegant with wood floors and exposed wooden beams. My mother and I are interior designers so we were very involved in the planning and designing of my wedding. There were lots of little touches and details that made our day perfect. My veil was my favorite though. I took all of the lace off my moms wedding dress and had it sewn onto my veil, it was beautiful.
I had a pretty good idea I had found the right dress when I tried it on, but it was only the third dress so I wasn’t ready to pull the trigger. I had my mom, dad, and one of my maids of honor with me. It was the one my dad loved which really meant a lot to me. Once I put the veil on with the dress I just knew it was the one, I had never felt that good in anything I had tried on before! I left the store empty handed and headed to our next bridal boutique appointment to see what they had. I pulled a couple but when I tried on the last dress there I took my mom’s phone that had the picture of the other dress and pulled it up to show them that was the one! The next day, my mom and I went back and bought the dress!”
Kendall & Andrew’s Love Story | Drew and I actually met and fell in love when we were 17 in high school. He asked me to our Junior Prom and we started dating shortly after. It didn’t take long to know that we had something special and rare. We were each other’s first and only loves and that is something not many people are lucky enough to have. We even made it through 4 years of long distance in college and never split up. After I graduated college I moved back to Jacksonville where Drew was still in school and playing baseball. As soon as he graduated and got a job, it didn’t take long for him to propose! We knew for a very long time we were going to get married, it was just a matter of timing.
Favorite moment? It’s hard to pick just one, but I think it would be right before the reception started. Drew and I headed up to see the reception room before any of the guests came in from cocktail hour. It was beautiful, beyond anything we could have imagined! It was such a nice moment to just soak it all in, just the two of us. This was also the moment Drew pulled out one last ring box and gave me my wedding gift which was one more beautiful diamond band (which he knew I really wanted) to go with my engagement ring and wedding band.
Kendall’s advice? Don’t hold back. Make sure your day is all about you and your spouse to be. Listen to others opinions and advise but do what makes you happy and if there is something you feel strongly about having or not having do what it takes to make it happen.
The couple honeymooned in Maui, Hawaii.
Credits: Photographer: Alex Michele Photography | Ceremony Venue: Riverside Presbyterian Church | Reception Venue: The Florida Yacht Club | Wedding Planner: Megan Martin Creative | Florist: Cypress by Ann Evans | Wedding Gown: Love A Bridal Boutique | Groom’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Bride’s Jewelry: Nadri Earrings | Bride’s Veil: Custom Made by Lana at Elegance Alterations | Bride’s Shoes: Gianni Bini | Bridesmaids’ Attire: Dessy from Bella Bridesmaids | Invitations & Paper Goods: William Arthur from Pineapple Post Gifts | Wedding Cake: Classic Cakes Jacksonville | Caterer: The Florida Yacht Club | Transportation: Dana’s Limousine | Hairstylist: Amber Brown with Studio Bride | Make-up: Makeup by Maureen Riley