Sarah & Travis’ Classic and Chic Jacksonville Wedding


Sarah and Travis had a beautiful celebration of their union in August of last year in Jacksonville, Florida. They incorporated personal touches into their wedding including handmade elements for their reception decor, a fish-themed guest area, and a special up-tempo father-daughter dance that involved members of the bride’s close-knit family.

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Now isn’t that a precious shot of the couple? Luckily we are able to witness this chic and classic wedding today through the talents of Jacksonville wedding photographer Christy Whitehead (who also shot the Beauty and the Beast wedding I featured last month). Here’s what she had to say about the day:

I have found that while most weddings aren’t over the top crazy, no two weddings are exactly the same either and each is special in their own way. When I showed up at the wedding rehearsal, they were having a country themed dinner with bandannas as accents. I mentioned to them that I had a parasol with “Just Hitched” on it, and they loved it! So after the wedding we drove to their reception site, which overlooks the downtown area and the river and shot a couple of shots of them with the parasol.

They got married at the University Club which overlooks the St. Johns River and downtown Jacksonville. They had a very subtle fish theme, which we used for their ring photos. I believe guests were supposed to write well wishes onto the paper fishes for them.

For the father and daughter dance they started out with a nice traditional slow song, and then the DJ acted like something was wrong and broke into Outkast’s “Hey Ya” and the dad, daughter and a couple of the other siblings got up and started dancing.

fish themed wedding

fish themed wedding

fish themed wedding

fish themed wedding

fish themed wedding

Let’s get to know the beautiful couple. Here’s Sarah to tell us more about how she and Travis got together:

Travis and I met at a wedding between my cousin and his best friend.  He lived in West Virginia and I was living in Florida.  We started talking, then dating, and before we knew it we were flying back and forth to visit one another.  I knew early on that he was the one and it wasn’t too long before we were engaged.

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fish themed wedding

fish themed wedding

fish themed wedding

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Don’t you just love these sweet parasol shots? Here’s the pretty bride to tell us more about their special day:

We had 6 months to plan the wedding.  Each weekend I went home to visit my parents and we would tackle one aspect of the wedding; the venue, dress, photographer, etc.  I wanted the wedding to be simple and beautiful.  There were a few personalized touches that I tried to include.  I had my bridesmaids carry gerbera daisies because they are my favorite flowers.  We had our guests write wedding wishes on paper fish and created a greeting area that was fish themed because Travis loves to fish.  Our wedding was exactly one year from our first date and therefore each table represented a month in the year.  We included a center piece that explained what was important about that month.  I enjoy scrapbooking and like crafting, so I made all the center pieces and place cards.

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fish themed wedding

fish themed wedding

fish themed wedding

Sarah fills us in on what made their wedding uniquely theirs:

I moved around a lot when I was growing up and my siblings were my best friends.  It was very important that they each played a big part in my wedding.  My brother and one of my sisters played music (guitar/piano and clarinet, respectfully) before and during our ceremony.  During the father/daughter dance, I had the DJ play part of “Hey Ya” and my sisters joined my dad and I for a little dancing.

One of the little things I will never forget was at the end of our reception their were fireworks from the baseball game that had just ended.  The DJ played “Firework” by Katie Perry and we watched the fireworks. It was like they were there just for us. 🙂

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Thank you Christy for sending this delightful celebration my way, and congratulations Sarah and Travis! Thank you for sharing your special day with us. 🙂

Photographer:  Christy Whitehead Photography – Christy Whitehead & Beverly Pye
Church: Avondale United Methodist
Venue: University Club, Downtown Jacksonville, Florida
DJ: Matt Nasby with Bouquet Sound
Cake: Kakes by Katie
Flowers: Tammy Woodcock with Parkers Events

Image submission via Two Bright Lights

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