Our interview with our beautiful bride…..
HOW DID YOU MEET?
Mike had lived in Ft. Lauderdale for about a week. He joined a kickball league as a way of meeting new friends in Ft. Lauderdale. Kelli and a friend of hers decided to join a kickball league that summer as well. Kelli researched the kickball teams in the Ocean Leagues and decided that clearly the team with the most Florida State grads would, indeed, have the most fun. Kelli arrived with her friend first and saw Mike walk up. We introduced ourselves and went on to play and win the game. Later that evening, the kickball festivities continued at the bar. There, we fiercely competed side by side to gain our flip cup victory. It was then, Kelli shared her secret tip on how to improve his flipping accuracy. Kelli invited Mike to a group ‘cheers’ and offered him a beverage. We then sat down on the bar stools and talked for what seemed to be hours. It was one of those long talks where you don’t know that anyone is around you. In that noisy, crazy, bar we felt that we were the only ones in the room. We only heard each other’s voices, and only saw each other’s faces. We left the bar, dined at a nearby pizzeria, and then went home. The following morning, we both were at our respective houses watching the same movie marathon (Indiana Jones) when Mike messaged Kelli and started movie quoting. And the rest is history.
HOW DID YOUR HUSBAND POP THE QUESTION?
Kelli was out of town for the weekend. Mike had decided to propose that Sunday when she returned. He proceeded to blow up hundreds of balloons filling the entire house from floor to ceiling with yellow balloons, like tightly compacted molecules. He drew a red heart on a single balloon and had a ribbon tied to the end. At the other end of the ribbon was the ring box. When Kelli drove up and opened the door, she couldn’t see a thing nor could she move in the sea of yellow balloons all around her. In the midst of all of the yellow balloons, she found her way to the balloon with the red writing. Mike then appeared, got down on one knee, and proposed!
WHAT WAS YOUR WEDDING INSPIRATION?
Vintage Glam , Family, and Family Memories
DESCRIBE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE WEDDING DETAILS
I loved that my mother walked me down the isle with my father’s helmet. It felt like both of them were there, walking me down the isle. I loved that my uncle married us. The vows that each of us wrote for the ceremony were personal and unique. We weren’t repeating words from a book; we were making promises to each other straight from the heart. The bistro lighting was gorgeous. It created a soft glow in the reception. Each table had antique décor, and candlelight. The vintage typewriter worked out beautifully and instead of a sign in book, guests were able to type a well wish for us. The bridesmaid bouquets were wrapped with satin made from my grandmother’s wedding dress. The photo prop wall, adorned with both of our families’ wedding photos, was a big hit and made for great fun and memories.
WHAT WAS THE BEST PART OF YOUR WEDDING DAY? The Ceremony.
HOW WAS YOUR EXPERIENCE WITH YOUR PHOTOGRAPHERS?
Dave and Janelle were recommended to us by a close friend. We were very pleased with their professionalism and ease to work with. They were very unobtrusive and we hardly even noticed they were there, although they were working hard to capture our cherished moments . Both were very personable and polite, and made sure all our wishes were met.
WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO MOST AS A MARRIED COUPLE?
We are looking forward to keeping our relationship as playful and loving as it is now. We cannot wait to visit new places and meet new people. We love knowing that we have each other and everyday is a new blessing. We look forward to building a beautiful home and children.
ANY ADVICE FOR FUTURE BRIDES?
Take it all in and enjoy your day, it’s the quickest five hours of your life.
PLEASE LIST YOUR VENDORS:
Love Meets Life Photography-photographer
Epic Media Cinematography- Cinematographer
Rays of Light-Lighting
Lina Zuniga-Make up
Chrysti Artistry- Hair
Men’s Warehouse- Men’s Clothing
Zola Keller-Bridal Gown
Bella Bridesmaids- Bridesmaids Dresses