Grandezza Country Club Wedding

Estero, Florida

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Photographer’s Notes:

I have not done a morning/afternoon wedding in years so this was definitely a nice change from the ordinary during wedding season. Jeremy and Kacie had their “brunch” style wedding at the well known Grandezza Country Club in Estero, Florida. I was also thrilled to see the pastor from First Baptist of Naples officiating the ceremony as that was the church I was baptized in a few years back. ūüôā ¬†I wish you the best in everything you two do together, Kacie and Jeremy, and thank you for choosing me to document such an important start to a new chapter in your lives together!

Warm Wishes,

Maria Angela

Interview with the Bride:

Maria:¬†What is the story behind you two? How did Jeremy “pop the question”?

Kacie: Jeremy and I met four and a half years ago when we both worked together at a golf course in northern Minnesota. He was kind of loud and obnoxious, and I was not interested in him at first. But once I got to know him I realized he was a great guy, who I had so much fun with. Weirdly, we got to know each other by taking walks in the cemetery behind his house. Before I knew it we were dating. At the end of the summer he was so smitten that he followed me back to Florida while I finished college. We spent the next few years traveling, settling into careers, and enjoying every minute we could be together in spite of our hectic schedules. When he finally proposed he took me for a walk on the beach for sunset (one of my favorite things to do). As the sun was approaching the water, I thought that it might be a good idea to turn around. Jeremy urged me forward, which was unusual since he did not usually enjoy long walks. His reasoning soon became evident as he stopped, took my hands, and popped the question… and I said YES!
Maria: Was there any details that were DIY (Do it yourself)? If so any tips or tricks for a future bride?
Kacie: We did all of the centerpieces and decorations ourselves. I knew I wanted to incorporate mason jars into a beach theme, but actually finalizing the concept took some time. Pinterest was helpful at first, but I found that eventually Pinterest just confused me by giving me too many ideas to choose from. None of my wedding party or family was in town for the majority of the engagement, so doing DIY projects was probably not the best idea! We ended up waiting until last minute to get that stuff done. I would tell future brides to make sure you have lots of help if you are going to attempt DIY projects. Do not think that you will have time to complete these projects by yourself- you will have lots of other things come up! Also, once you finalize your theme and decor do not spend much time on Pinterest! It will only make you second guess your decisions! If you are not very creative, like myself, make sure you have someone who is helping you. Thankfully, I had creative volunteers during the last few weeks who saved my DIY projects.
Maria: What was the biggest obstacle while planning your wedding? On your wedding day? And if there was, please explain and describe how you were able to overcome if applicable.
Kacie: Staying calm! I stressed a lot before the wedding! I finally just had to tell myself that even if something was not perfect, I was not going to notice it on my big day! I realized that enjoying time with family and friends was more important than running around like a crazy person making sure everything was done. I refocused on what was truly important. Yes, a couple things slipped through the cracks on the wedding day, but I honestly do not care. I have no regrets.
Maria: What was your best memory from your wedding day? And Why?
Kacie: Walking down the aisle and getting married to Jeremy. I was beyond excited and happy. It was perfect. But honestly I loved practically the entire day. It was just so much fun. 
Maria: Why did you choose Grandezza as your venue?
Kacie: We chose Grandezza because they had so much experience hosting weddings. Ashley, their Food & Beverage & Event manager was amazing. She made us feel so comfortable with every detail. She offered suggestions and ideas before we even had to ask. She was very professional and wonderful to work with. Plus the close proximity to the airport made Grandezza very convenient for our out of town guests. 
Maria: Any tips or advice for other brides/grooms planning their wedding?
Kacie: Enjoy every moment. If you are planning it yourself without a Wedding Planner try and keep it simple. Even a simple wedding like ours was very complicated! 
Maria: Why did you decide on a morning/afternoon wedding versus the traditional evening time frame?
Kacie: We chose a Morning/Afternoon wedding for three reasons: 1) It was much more affordable. Lots of venues do not require spending minimums for daytime events, and they also charge lower rates. 2) Out of respect for our grandparents who would not have enjoyed a reception going late into the night.  3) So that Jeremy and I could actually have time to enjoy our first evening as husband and wife. Neither of us wanted to get to our beautiful hotel room so late at night that we would not be able to take some time to relax just the two of us.

 

Vendor Information

Officiant: Pastor Steve Hayes, First Baptist Church Naples
Cake: Friend
Florist: Petals and Presents, Estero
Hair: Jodie at Bangs Salon, Naples
Makeup: Friend
Dress Store: David’s Bridal
Dress Designer: Oleg Cassini
Shoes: DSW
Men’s Attire: Black Tie Tuxedos, Fort Myers
DJ or Band: DJ Mike Allen
Centerpieces: DIY
Videographer: Friend