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Vintage Southern Charm: Jo & Sarah

Mark Dickinson Photography

May 11, 2013

Jo and Sarah’s wedding was the perfect combination of Jo’s casual style and Sarah’s love of vintage glamour. Every detail represented something special about the couple.

Sarah loves candy, so favors included Cracker Barrel candy sticks, gumballs, and Sixlets in the wedding colors. Jo loves office supplies (yes, office supplies!), so guests received love-bird notebooks and personalized pencils. The menu was pure southern – fried chicken, pulled pork, and banana pudding.
The wedding details were intensely personal as well. Both brides wore family heirlooms – Jo wore her father’s cross, and Sarah wore both her great-grandmother’s cameo and her Nana’s broach. The couple’s dear friend, Aurora, served as officiant.
Mark Dickinson Photography

Jo and Sarah chose their venue, the Mandarin Community Club when they fell in love at first sight with the beautiful trees and historic buildings. The property features gorgeous grandfather oaks and magnolias, and was once the “Freedom School” built and founded by Harriet Beecher Stowe. The school was intended as a place where children of all races could learn together. As a same sex couple, Jo and Sarah loved the idea that their wedding would stand for freedom to love whomever you choose on a property that was founded on equality long before it was accepted in Northeast Florida.

Mark Dickinson Photography
Mark Dickinson Photography
Mark Dickinson Photography
Mark Dickinson Photography
Mark Dickinson Photography
Mark Dickinson Photography
All of Jo and Sarah’s décor was DIY. They made their own wedding programs, pennant banners, and table decorations.
Mark Dickinson Photography
Mark Dickinson Photography
Mark Dickinson Photography
Mark Dickinson Photography
Mark Dickinson Photography
Sarah’s favorite moment was when Jo sang “To Make You Feel My Love” by Adele for the last dance of the night. It was a complete surprise and very, very romantic. Not to be outdone, Sarah’s dad sang “Goodnight Sweetheart” for karaoke during the course of the evening and the couple’s nephews entertained guests by doing the splits over and over again!
Mark Dickinson Photography
Mark Dickinson Photography
Mark Dickinson Photography
Mark Dickinson Photography
Mark Dickinson Photography
Mark Dickinson Photography
Mark Dickinson Photography
The day was not without challenges. Guests were moved inside twice before they could finally hold the outdoor ceremony due to rain. Everyone persevered, however, and the clouds finally broke allowing the dream ceremony to commence. A guitar duo played “Moon River” for the bridal party processional, and “A Thousand Years” as the brides walked down the aisle.

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Photographer:  Mark Dickinson Photography // Hair Stylist: William Taber Salon // Tuxedo and Mens Attire: BLACK by Vera Wang // Dress Store: David’s Bridal // Floral Designer: Deerwood Florist // Hair Stylist: For Your Eyes Only // Dress Designer: Galina // Linens and Coverings: Kirby Rentals // Location: Mandarin Community Club // Event Venue: Mandarin Community Club // Bakery: Publix Bakery // Musicians:  Wehner Weddings, LLC //

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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