To avoid blowing their budget, Sterry and Jacob opted to trade their dream location for a more natural alternative. “We didn’t have the budget to have it in a castle, so we decided to use the beauty of the Florida Emerald Coast,” she says. Therefore, they chose the Airforce Soundside club at Hurlburt Airforce Base, Fla., due in part to price and the size of the ballrooms. “It also offered an outside location overlooking the water so we didn’t have to deal with the sandy beach,” Sterry says.
Sterry had to think outside the box, so to speak, when it came to finding a wedding dress as well. “I struck out with local bridal shops in the panhandle of Florida, so I decided to Google bridal stores in the Atlanta area and stumbled across bridals by lori,” she says. With some assistance from Flo and Lori, Sterry left with a Lazaro dress that featured “a vintage style while still capturing a modern look.” “The veil really sealed the deal to give the dress a long veil ‘train’ look that I desired,” she says.
That “look” led to both Sterry and Jacob’s favorite wedding memory. For him, it was seeing Sterry when she first came out of the building and walked down the aisle to meet him. For her, it was the look on Jacob’s face when he first saw her in the wedding dress.
Having the wedding outside also contributed to some of the wedding’s other interesting moments. For instance, Sterry’s funniest wedding memory was when all of the groomsmen bent over and helped all of the bridesmaids by picking off the sandspurs at the bottom of their gowns, which resulted in a great photograph. The wedding couple also received quite a surprise at their reception when one of the groomsmen decided to strip off his tux and dove into the Soundside water in his undies for a quick swim. Talk about unexpected!
Through it all, Sterry and Jacob had a marvelous time, especially given that both sides of their family and all of their friends were together for the first time. It truly was a once-in-a-lifetime occasion!
- WEDDING DRESS Lazaro
- SHOES Diane Lynn
- JEWELRY Andriana Orsini
- BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES Bill Levkoff
- TUXEDOS Calvin Klein
- PHOTOGRAPHY Birdsong Photography