Karissa and Aaron had a charming, fun wedding in the paradise of Dunedin, Florida.
The wedding ceremony was held at Dunedin’s historic Andrews Memorial Chapel, one of the oldest buildings in town (built in 1871), and a delightfully romantic spot. Aaron and Karissa also left their mark at the historic chapel, with a brick commemorating their wedding day in the front walkway.
Aaron gave Karissa a nice bottle of perfume to wear on their wedding day, so each time she wears it she’ll be reminded of these happy memories. The necklace Karissa wore was her favorite detail. A gift from her mother, it was a small piece of Meissen porcelain they picked out on a trip to Germany together.
One of Aaron’s groomsmen got him an antique hot rod to cruise around in for the day:
Peeking out at these love birds, through one of the original 1871 windows of the chapel…
We also took pictures at nearby Hammock Park, a magical spot for their first portraits as husband and wife!
After another cruise in their hot rod we headed over to Aaron and Karissa’s backyard reception at a beautiful home they rented on the water.
Karissa and Aaron actually made their own wedding cake! It came out beautifully:Thank you Karissa and Aaron for having me capture your special day in beautiful Florida! I wish you both a lifetime of happiness together.
Wedding Gown | David’s Bridal
Bridesmaids Dresses | David’s Bridal
Groomsmen and Groom attire | Men’s Wearhouse
Florist | Jan Schwarz (family member)
Ceremony Venue | Historic Andrews Memorial Chapel
Reception Venue | Rental Home through Homeaway.com
Chapel Coordinator | Jessica Nelson
DJ | George Garn
Catering | Joe Henchsen (family member)
Cake | The bride & groom themselves, Karissa and Aaron!
Invitations | Vistaprint
Favors | personalized cups
First Dance | “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
Father/Daughter | “You Are Not Alone” by the Eagles (My dad passed on his love of the Eagles to me, we’ve shared this bond since I was a little kid.)
Mother/Son | “My Wish” Rascal Flats
From the Newlyweds
What was the most memorable moment of your day?
Groom: “The ceremony. Saying our vows to each other”
Bride: “The feeling of relief when I rounded the corner to the isle and saw Aaron waiting for me. We were finally there, and I forgot about all of the stress. I wanted to run down the isle to him!”
What was your favorite detail?
Groom: “Driving off in the hot rod.”
Bride: “Wearing my mom’s necklace.”
Any advice for future brides/grooms?
Groom: “Walk slow and take everything in, because before you know it, it’s over.”
Bride: “Be practical when you’re planning. We tried to keep the mind frame of, ‘in 20 years, will this matter? Wil I remember it? And will I be happy I made this decision?’ It helped significantly.”
Funniest memory from your wedding day?
Bride: “My maid of honor, Tessa, showing me funny cat videos while we were getting ready. She was trying to calm me down, it worked and it was hilarious.”
Where did you go on your honeymoon?
Nassau, Bahamas. It was amazing