When Josh and Jacklyn met through mutual friends on April 11th you can say cupid had his eye out for this pair! At the time, Josh had lived in New York and Jacklyn resided in Florida but the trails of a long distance relationship didn’t stop this couple and as fate would have it they later tied the knot on the same date they first met back on April 11th and had a wonderful DIY backyard Florida wedding. Backyard weddings are some of my favorite wedding themes because of how personal and intimate they are. What better location to gather friends and family than the comfort of a loved ones home.. I don’t think it can get any better than that y’all and I am so thrilled to share Josh and Jacylns wedding story with you guys today which you can read more about below!
Thanks again to Luna Bella Photography for submitting these amazing images and sending tons of warm wishes to the newlywed couple!
Words from photographer Luna Bella Photography
Josh and his friends were vacationing in Clearwater Beach while Jackie happened to be having a girls weekend at the same resort. She didn’t meet Josh this weekend, but one of her friends met one of his friends, and they kept in contact even when the boys left back to NY. A long time passed, and Josh and his friends were headed back to Florida for vacation. Her friend and his friend had kept in touch that whole time apart, and one night Jackie was invited to hand out with them. She was quite hesitant– she’d only been out of a long term relationship for 6 months, and she had never even met Josh. They all met up on April 11th at a local bar, and the next dy, Josh was headed back to NY. They talked every day since that day, and well, they were married on April 11!
The proposal from the bride:
“Josh and I went to a weekend vacation to Sanibel Island and our hotel had a balcony facing the beach. He and I had planned to watch the sunset on the balcony that evening. As I was showering Josh had planned to watch the sunset on the balcony that evening. As I was showering Josh had set up chairs & champagne for us to watch the sunset. While Josh and I were sitting on the balcony watching the sunset his cellphone which was sitting to the left of me on a table began ringing, he then asked if I could hand him his phone while looking confused questioning who would be calling him. I turned my back to him grabbed his phone and on the screen of te phone he has his best friends contact name changed to “Will You Marry Me” when I saw this I immediately turned around and saw Josh holding my beautiful ring.
His proposal was very creative because he had to coordinate with his best friend to call him at a specific time so that the phone would ring and the phone would say “Will You Marry Me”
Jackie and Josh’s wedding was the perfect combination of simple, outdoorsy, and budget friendly. They were married in their own backyard, with 50 of their closet friends and family members present. They used sunflowers and other yellow and green hints for decorations. Jackie actually made all of the decorations, a great tribute to her crafting skills! She also made their wedding cake, and all the cupcakes — bringing DIY to a whole ‘nother level. They had great details like a life-size Jenga game and home made corn hole. The DIY elements were just icing on the cake.
DIY Backyard Florida Wedding Credits:
Photographer: Luna Bella Photography//Dress Store: CC’s Bridal Boutique//Caterer: Dickey’s Barbeque Pit//Musicians:Evan Koteles//Hair Stylist:Nicole Pisaeno//Tuxedo and Mens Attire:Perry Ellis//Makeup Artist: Sephora//Linens and Coverings:West Coast Rental//Floral Designer:Northside Florist//