After spending two years overseas in Australia and New Zealand, Kayla Fitzgerald returned residence to Stuart to start a brand new chapter of her life. Little did she know that chapter would lead her to Sam Jacob. The 2 met in 2016 at Previous Florida Bar & Grill in Jupiter and instantly bonded over their easy, playful banter. “He’s only a very outgoing, enjoyable man, so our personalities clicked straight away,” says Kayla. The friendship shortly developed right into a romantic relationship, and two years later, they discovered themselves vacationing in Waikiki Seaside, Hawaii. As fireworks illuminated the shoreline, Sam seized the chance for a picturesque proposal. “We had been strolling down the seashore, and he was telling me how a lot he liked me and cared for me,” recollects Kayla. “He was talking actually, actually quick—after which, abruptly, he was down on one knee.”
Like many brides, Kayla’s wedding ceremony planning started with Pinterest. She fell in love with a photograph of oystershell garlands, deciding proper then on a romantic coastal wedding ceremony theme. The bride-to-be got down to DIY her personal garlands to make use of as centerpieces, enlisting the assistance of South Fork Kitchen, who generously allowed her to select up buckets of oystershells from the restaurant over the course of a yr. Kayla would take them residence and start sorting, cleansing, and bleaching the shells, and Sam would drill holes so that they may very well be strung collectively. Kayla estimates they went by about 2,000 oystershells to good eight garlands. “Towards the tip, it was like, we by no means need to see one other oyster for so long as we dwell!” jokes Kayla.
To finish the centerpieces, Kayla and her mom, Valerie—who’s a marriage/particular occasions planner and proprietor of Blue Bridals—sourced different native supplies. They discovered blue coral at Nautical and Good and genuine fishing internet at Crow’s Nest, they usually collected driftwood from the seashore. To spotlight the oceanic centerpieces, Kayla hand-dyed cheesecloth and used it for desk runners. She additionally collected Champagne glasses all year long from Goodwill and storage gross sales so every desk setting had a novel classic glass.
The remainder of the decor mimicked hues of the oystershells and coast—dusty blues and delicate grays. A watercolor seating show mirrored the couple’s invitation suite. Nautical seafoam lanterns framed the ceremony space, and mercury glass candleholders marked the lover desk. Kayla’s bridesmaids wore various shades of blue, and her tropical bridal bouquet was topped with lovely white king proteas.
On October 26, 2019, the couple arrived at The Lake Home in Fort Pierce. Kayla says the choice to wed on the venue was a easy one, owing to its lush greenery and waterfront views. “I believe I knew it was going to be the venue earlier than I truly noticed it in particular person,” she says. “I really like each facet of it.” However the climate wasn’t cooperating that day, they usually had been compelled to make a rain name: They may marry within the rain underneath The Lake Home’s heritage oak tree, which Kayla had all the time envisioned, or transfer your complete ceremony underneath the venue’s veranda. They had been set to endure slightly rain so Kayla may fulfill her dream—then, moments earlier than she was to stroll down the aisle, miraculously, the rain subsided. The outside ceremony area was embellished with glass fishing floats, and the couple met on the altar, which was highlighted by a driftwood arch. A detailed buddy carried out a touching and customized ceremony, on the finish of which friends raised a glass to the newlyweds. “It was actually particular,” says Kayla.
After the ceremony, friends moved to the lakeside veranda, the place lengthy farm tables had been arrange underneath heat, twinkling lights. They dined on gentle tropical fare from S&L Occasions, which included pulled pork with mango chutney, rooster teriyaki, and grilled shrimp with fruit salsa (all taste-tested and permitted by Sam beforehand). After dinner and speeches, the couple’s wedding ceremony timeline type of went out the window. Everybody was having a lot enjoyable on the dance ground, they determined to skip the deliberate guardian dances and bouquet toss to maintain the get together going.
“That was my favourite half generally, the dancing,” recollects Kayla. “It was simply so good to see all these individuals you haven’t seen shortly having the time of our lives collectively.”
Venue: The Lake Home, Fort Pierce (thelakehousefp.com)
Planner: Blue Bridals, Stuart (bluebridals.com)
Catering: S&L Occasions, Jensen Seaside (snlevents.com)
Flowers: Alma Elizabeth Occasion Decor, Fort Pierce (facebook.com/almaelizabetheventdecor)
Cake: Sandra’s Muffins, Port St. Lucie (sandrascakes.blogspot.com)
Ceremony arch: Southern Classic Décor, Stuart (southernvintagedecorrentals.com)
Glass fishing floats: Crow’s Nest, Stuart (facebook.com/crowsnestnautical)
Consuming goblets: ECP Occasion Group, Port St. Lucie (ecpevents.com)
Bridal robe: East Coast Bridals, Jupiter (eastcoastbridals.com)
Bridesmaid clothes: David’s Bridal, West Palm Seaside (davidsbridal.com)
Groom and groomsmen fits: Tux Store, Palm Seaside Gardens (tuxshoppalmbeach.com)
DJ: Paragon Leisure, Jensen Seaside (paragonentertainment.com)
Photographer: Tara Koenke, Jupiter (tarakoenke.com)
Videographer: Roman Movies, South Florida (romanfilms.com)