(This wedding/post by Jill Areheart)

Andrea and Jamel were a fabulous couple to work with. Andrea told me in our first meeting that she is a control freak. She had a vision for every detail of her day and wanted to make absolutely sure everything would be as she wanted. I was so happy that she trusted us…I know it wasn’t easy for her! But I wanted most of all for she and her mom to be able to let go and just enjoy the day. As you can see from the pictures of Andrea hula-hooping on the dance floor, she was able to relax and have a great time!  

  The wedding was in the Garden at Canal & Senate with the reception in the Hall. We draped the existing outside structure for the ceremony with fabric to soften it and make it really special. Southern Stems did the flowers. And Andrea and her mom made beautiful program fans.  

 For the reception, Andrea wanted bright chartreuse accents to offset the beautiful wine colored bridesmaid’s dresses and linens.  The green lanterns we hung and the flowers by Southern Stems really brought out the accent color to pull the whole room together. Plants with uplighting from Bunch Gardens added just the right touch.  

  Dupre Catering did a fabulous job with the food, incorporating many of Andrea’s favorite recipes. The cake was from Publix in the Vista, and each tier had a different yummy filling.   And since I included the picture on Andrea on the dance floor, I couldn’t resist one of the guys doing Michael Jackson! Atlantic Entertainment provided the DJ services and kept people dancing all night.

Here are a few candid photos: