When we met with Jimmy and Sarah over a beer we hit it off immediately! You would have thought we were long lost friends. Every step of the way we got closer and we have really enjoyed our time with them. Their wedding day was relaxed and fun for everyone (especially since it was basically vacation for everyone involved because they are from Pennsylvania). I know their friendship is one we will have for a while!
From Jimmy and Sarah
What do you love most about each other?
Jimmy- I can't pick one thing. I love her smile and eyes. I love her personality. I love that she loves me. I don't love that you are making me pick one "most" thing. ;) We are absolute best friends.
Sarah - It's a long list, but I love how Jimmy can make anyone laugh and the way he squints his eyes when he makes himself laugh! I love how important family is to him. I love that he knows me better than I know myself. Soul mates for sure!
What was the most memorable part of the wedding day for each of you:
Jimmy- The first look. It was the first time I saw Sarah's dress, and it was the most nervous I was all day. It all hit me and became very real at that moment.
Sarah - I would say the first look too because it was an amazing moment, but I don't want to copy Jimmy! I also loved when we exchanged wedding gifts. We both wrote ooey gooey cards and had very sentimental gifts made for each other. I was overcome with my love for him and had alllll the feels!
Do you have any advice for couples currently planning a wedding?
Jimmy- My advice would be to both work on the planning and decision making. Turn it into a fun activity and make a decision each night. Start planning early and know what you want. I would highly suggest making sure you spend money on documenting the day, photo/video. The day absolutely flies by no matter how many people tell you this. You will be glad you have photos and videos to look back on. I also highly recommend the first look. It was a nice moment to share during all the chaos and allowed me to calm some nerves before the ceremony. It also allows for some variety in your photos since you have different times of the day. Try to live in the moment and enjoy it all. It flies by!!!!!
Sarah - Spend money where it matters - not on dessert or excessive flowers, but photos and VIDEO! Consider opening a new checking account to pay bills from and a separate email address for vendor communication. Hire a wedding coordinator to help set up your decorations, guide your bridal party, and make sure everything goes smoothly. Definitely do a first look! This is such a special moment and is the perfect opportunity for extra photos before the ceremony. You should probably practice your first dance sooner than the night before ;) Don't forget to take great care of your wedding vendors. And most importantly, live in the moment and enjoy it!
Wedding Planner or Coordinator: Exquisite Events- Casey Judge/ Lisa Mohyla
Photo + Video: Rad Red Creative
Getting Ready Location: Tradewinds Island Grand Resort
Venue: Tradewinds Island Grand Resort- St Pete Beach, FL South Beach and South Lawn
Florals: Carters Florist- St Petersburg, FL- Terry Hagstrom
Decor/Rentals: Tradewinds Island Grand Resort/ Exquisite Events/ Homemade by Sarah Dever
DJ: Grant Hemond & Associates Inc. -DJ Jason Tally
Acoustic Guitar/ Ceremony Music: IBEX Productions- Bella Musica Ensembles- Eric and Brad
Catering: Tradewinds Island Grand Resort
Cake: Cakes by Carolynn- St Petersburg, FL
Hair/Makeup: Style Hair and Makeup
Wedding Gown Designer and Shop: Galina Signature/ David's Bridal
Tuxedo/Suit Designer and Shop: SUITSUPPLY- Lazio Blue Plain Linen
Paper Goods/Stationary: KMN Creative- Kristen McCabe
Bride’s Jewelry or Accessories: Bazinedezine Etsy Shop
Wedding Shoes: Fergalicious by Fergie
Wedding Rings/Bands: Faden's Jewelers- Drexel Hill, PA | Manly Bands- The Whiz
Officiant: Reverend Tom Greene
Photo Booth: Sunshine Wedding Productions -Reko Rivera