We sat down with another beautiful Wonderland bride to get her love story. Meet Meresa & Eric, who were married December 16th, 2017.
When and how did you meet?
Eric and I met in the ER while working. Eric is a fire fighter paramedic and i am an emergency room nurse. It was a few months before we ran a 5k together (as just friends) and shortly after he asked me out on a date and I said yes. The rest was history.
How long did you date before he popped the question?
We dated for one year before he proposed.
How did he propose?
He took me to one of my favorite vacation spoke in the Keys, Hawks Kay, he proposed beach side. It was very sweet and romantic. We actually planned the trip together and the proposal was a complete surprise. Eric is really good at surprising me. He set up a little golf cart tour of the property so we could get great sunset photos and had it planned that our driver take “the picture” of him popping the question. After, he planned a romantic dinner at one of the hotel restaurants with after dinner drinks by a bon fire. Needless to say, I picked a good one!
Where were you married and how did you pick the place?
We were married at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort. We really wanted a destination wedding that wasn’t to far for all of our guests to attend. My wedding planner and sister both recommended the Omni. I did some research on the hotel, and fell absolutely in love. Eric and I actually never even saw it in person and grew attached to all of the amazing staff we had connected with via email. We booked the wedding through phone and email conversations a month before actually visiting the property. I have nothing but great things to say about every aspect of the plantation. It’s just such a breathtakingly romantic setting and everything we had hoped for. And really came to life through the most stunning pictures and whimsical feel.
What theme and/or colors have you chosen for your wedding and why?
I choose gold, ivory/ white, natural greens and blues. My wedding designer and floral extraordinaire, Shea Hopely, really opened my eyes to this color pallet. I wanted romantic, elegant, vintage, whimsical with a little shabby chic. We wanted our guests to be able to feel the love we have for each other throughout our wedding weekend. And with that said shea and Our team at creative touch party design ( wedding planner) really helped our vision come to life by adding many small details and personal items.
Where did you go for your honeymoon?
The Maldives in South East Asia. We both love the tropics and our dream was to stay in a water hut, relax, and really enjoy each being newly married. After a 24 hour flight and two stops, we arrived to one of the most beautiful serene places I’ve ever laid my eyes on. We took a sea plane to a private resort and spa ( The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi) where we are some of the most amazing food and relaxed in the most tranquil spa I’ve ever been to. It was definitely a dream honeymoon and I was very happy with our choice.
Why did you chose Wonderland Bridal for your dream dress?
My friend Lindsey Swing recommended I go there to try on dresses and said I would not be disappointed. She wasn’t lying.
Shared your experience about your time with Wonderland Bridal.
Every dress I tried on was beautiful in its own way, the staff was beyond helpful. I was so lucky to of found my dream dress, after only trying on 5 dresses. Wonderland was the only bridal shop I went to in search for my wedding gown and I’m really happy with my choice. I was specifically in love with the draping of the pearls and the soft lace, absolutely stunning and photographed very well. Thanks again!!
What was the best part of your wedding day?
The best part of my wedding day was walking up to my ceremony. I felt like I was in a fairy tail, it was the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen. All of my best friends and family waiting for me to marry the man of my dreams, and my beautiful husband to be waiting for me to be beside him. Not to mention every single detail of my ceremony turned out exactly how I had envisioned. The chairs draped with eucalyptus, the violin and cellist playing bitter sweet symphony in the background, the amazingly lush florals all around me, the sunset gleaming through the huge banyan trees draped with Spanish moss. It was the most breathtaking moment of my entire life.
Any advice to future couples currently planning a wedding?
Make sure you have fun!! Though my groom really let me plan most everything, he had a few requests and i made sure he got them. I would highly recommend a wedding planner. Creative Touch Party Design was the best investment we made. I literally didn’t have to worry about anything because I knew her and her team would get it done and it would all be perfect!!
Photos by Brooke Images Photography
Please specify any that apply…
- Flowers: Shea Hopely
- Cake: Omni Hotel
- Catering: Omni Hotel
- Entertainment: String Theory, and White Tie Events
- Invitations: Smock Paper
- Wedding Planner: Jessica Weot with Creative Touch Party Design
- Hair: Studio Bride
- Make Up: Studio Bride
- Photographer: Brooke Images
- Videographer: 5 Star Production
- Decor: Shea Hopely