Orlando Beach Wedding: Jennifer & Kadey
April 11, 2016
Jen and Kadey met while they were both working at Walt Disney World in Orlando. Jen was immediately smitten by Kadey, but Kadey wouldn’t own up to her feelings for Jen for another 328 days (but who’s counting). For that year of friendship prior to dating, they traveled with friends, spent countless nights staying late after work talking and trained for a marathon. They even planned a trip to Ireland.
Between booking the trip and actually leaving, they started dating and got to enjoy the Emerald Isle as a couple. It didn’t take long for them to realize that there was much more to their relationship and almost two years to the day that they started dating, Kadey beat Jen to the proposal.
On March 23, 2015, Kadey out “ninja-ed” Jen and stealthily rallied an army of their friends, new and old. Under the false pretense of game night, Jen arrived to a seemingly empty house. It seemed a bit suspicious. In the few short minutes it took Jen to change, the townhouse was transformed into a candlelit retreat. Jen descended the stairs, and passed the story of their relationship in chalk supported by the army of friends. Jen turned the corner to find the love of her life surrounded by flower petals in a candlelit room waiting to ask her to spend the rest of her life by her side.
On July 24, Jen used the ruse of work to sneak out of the house to give Kadey the ultimate surprise. Kadey abruptly awakened to find a beach bag, a rose and directions to pack for a weekend getaway in only an hour. Jen stole Kadey away to Clearwater, Florida for the weekend. That night, Jen took Kadey on a romantic stroll on Pier 60 with paparazzi following them along the way. After they ventured down to the water, Jen asked a “stranger” to take a picture for the happy couple. Kadey turned around to find a message in a bottle and Jen on one knee.
The brides knew they wanted an outdoor wedding. Kadey is from a beach town and wanted a waterfront ceremony without the hassle of sand, and their venue was perfect. They felt that the natural beauty of the trees, water, and small beach really brought out their personalities and fit in with the travel theme they wanted. As soon as they walked in, they could envision the entire day.
Planning was a team effort. Kadey did a lot of the vendor research and then the two sat down and made final decisions together. They started getting the small craft projects, like the table markers, done months in advance so they would have less to worry about. Their creative and talented friends also leant their services to make the day special.
Instead of table numbers, they labeled each table as a city to which they had traveled together. They made oil lanterns out of wine bottles that they had collected from all of their milestone events. The songs that played while guests were finding seats before the ceremony were all songs that had their names in them, and by some crazy chance, the last song to play was one they were able to find that had both of their names. Their nickname at work is “Asian Cupcake” and their wedding cupcakes included one so-named that was a vanilla cupcake, raspberry filling and a green tea icing with a fondant fortune cookie on top.
There were many wonderful moments during the day. Jen’s favorite memory is the first dance when their friends and family cheered for them. Kadey loved walking down the aisle with her dad, a retired Navy officer, by her side. During his speech, he talked about how proud he was to be wearing his uniform that day, because he spent his career fighting to keep our country safe and one where every person has equal rights.
Jen and Kadey’s advice to other couples is, “Remember yourself. Throughout the planning, don’t let people try to add things in or take things out that really represent you as a couple. This day is for you. Don’t give in to family obligation: Surround yourself with people who support you and your love for each other.”