A Mediterranean-Inspired Wedding in Jacksonville, Florida
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Allison recruited 14 bridesmaids—“I know that’s absurd, but honestly, I wanted more!” and asked each attendant to wear a neutral or blush-colored gown of her choice from Thread. To set apart her sisters, as well as Tyler’s, she had dresses made for them from fabric that incorporated a subtle metallic pattern. Art school friends of Allison’s made her two dresses: a wispy, sleeved overlay that she later shed to reveal a sleek, strapless gown underneath.
The Bridal Bouquet
Created by Cypress, Allison carried a clutch featuring Duchesse de Nemours peonies, David Austin "Juliet" roses, french parrot tulips, white ranunculus, Queen Anne's lace, white lysimachia, and scabiosa pods.
A Bridesmaid's Posy
The bridesmaid's bouquets by Cypress blended soft peach spray roses with Monte Casino asters, Queen Anne's Lace, white lysimachia and scabiosa pods.
The newlyweds entered the reception under an arch of sabers, according to military custom, on the grounds of a water—front former mansion. “The summer we spent on Crete guided our vision,” says Allison of the mediterranean-style fête. “We wanted it to feel like we were at a Greek taverna, under the stars and by the sea—that kind of simple elegance.”
A Personalized Logo
The couple stamped welcome bags with a high-flying logo: their initials flanked by wings, a nod to both Tyler’s profession and the Dave Matthews Band song “Loving Wings,” which a friend serenaded them with at the reception.
Going To the Chapel
The ceremony was held at St. John the Divine Greek Orthodox Church in the pair’s hometown of Jacksonville. Three officiants presided, one of which baptized the bride as a baby.
During the traditional “Dance of Isaiah,” the couple clasped hands and circled the altar three times while wearing crowns linked by a silk ribbon. “Allison’s dad told me it’s not official until the third lap,” Tyler says. “So I focused on that moment. It’s when I really felt married.”
Partygoers found their names on paper airplanes from Regas that unfolded to reveal their table numbers.
There was a full bar on offer, but bartenders circulated with Dark and Stormies (Tyler’s favorite drink), and jalapeño margaritas (Allison’s pick in honor of their wedding date—cinco de mayo!).
Embossed with the wedding date and location and the couple’s monogram and winged logo, these custom mugs were part of the groomsmen’s gift. It’s traditional for each member of a flying squadron to have a stein with his name on it; Tyler created these for his groomsmen and had nicknames printed on the back. For Allison’s dad he chose “patera”—“father” in Greek.
Bride-Designed Table Numbers
The table numbers were designed by Allison and produced by Regas.
Small Bites Before Dinner
Greek salad, wine, cheese, and olives awaited guests at their tables. “That way, people could eat and hang out before dinner was served,” says Allison.
Location, Catering, and Cake: Epping Forest Yacht Club
Day-of Coordination: To-Doers Event Planning
Music: Atlanta Allstars
Linens: Beachview Event Rentals & Design
Bride's Gown: Jeffrey Caldwell Hart with Emily Jahn
Photography: Tory Williams Photography
Videography: Kevin Fornes
Officiants: Rev. Dr. Nicholas Louh and Rev. Dr. Milton Magos
of St. John the Divine Greek Orthodox Church; Rev. Fr. Paul Costopoulos of Holy Trinity–Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Cathedral
Makeup: Maureen Riley
Engagement ring: Underwood’s Jewelers
Bridesmaid dresses: Thread
Menswear: Jos. A Bank
Transportation: Carey Worldwide Chauffeured
Wedding bands: Kadella Diamonds (bride); Underwood’s Jewelers (groom)
Flipbook: The Flipbook People
Party sleeves: Spoonflower fabric, based on groomsmen’s designs
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