Camille and Steve had a vintage-inspired wedding that featured lace details on their invitations, cake, and wedding attire. They made sure that their wedding truly reflected their personalities by incorporating the things they love in the various elements.
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Camille and Steve met through their mutual interest in cooking. After Camille graduated from culinary school, she flew out to Sandestin Resort in Destin, Florida for an internship. There, she was introduced to Steve, who was already a working chef.
The two became good friends and by the end of Camille’s internship, they realized that they had developed deeper feelings for each other. Camille admits, “We started going out which was a little bit awkward for us since we started out as friends.” Still, their romance survived the initial awkward phase.
On New Year’s Eve of 2010, Steve and Camille planned to hit the beach after work to watch the fireworks. Camille arrived home from work right before midnight and the two got to the beach on time. Once there, Steve pulled out a piece of paper and began to read how happy he was with Camille, after which he stood up and reached for something in his pocket.
Camille was overwhelmed because she knew it was a ring and that he was about to propose. As though to celebrate this joyous moment with them, fireworks lit the sky up like clockwork.
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Aside from having a vintage romantic feel to their wedding day, Camille and Steve chose to have an intimate celebration. To make their vision a reality, they chose to incorporate soft lights and luminaries, wooden details, and lots of flowers into their decor. They also chose a color palette mainly consisting of cream, and accents in light blue and burgundy.
Camille and Steve did their best to stick to their tight budget. Though they were both busy with work, they both committed to take on some do-it-yourself projects. They used wine corks to hold their guests’ name cards in place, and included ice candies in their guests' escort cards. To further highlight their love for culinary arts, they gave away heart-shaped measuring spoons and recipe booklets to their guests.
About their reception, Camille shares, "There was nothing crazy about the reception but it was so memorable that at one point during the night everyone ended up crying or laughing or both. Aside from the wedding dances and speeches, we wanted the event to involve the people who meant a lot to us and supported us as a couple so we made sure they all had fun, too."
Camille and Steve truly had their dream vintage wedding. They also learned many valuable things along the way. Camille advises would-be brides to consider hiring a wedding coordinator, especially for destination weddings. She shares, "Your wedding coordinator will make sure of all the W's—who to pay, when and how much, and where and when you, your guests, and suppliers should be at the day of the event. She will be your new best friend." Moreover, she strongly suggests going local. She says, "Scout the area or nearby cities first for suppliers. This will not only help keep you under budget, but you will be able to support a lot of very deserving unsung talent out there."
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