“We heard from friends that Oceanside was the best for alterations, and we got very lucky that they fit us in on a tight timeline.“
When was your wedding?
We were married on May 14, 2022.
What was the name of your venue and why did you choose it?
Our venue was the Fountain of Youth in St. Augustine. We wanted to have a venue with an inside and outside component, and FOY had just renovated their Magnolia Room! It is such a stunning property, plus it is extremely flexible so we could bring in all the vendors we wanted for everything from catering to bartending to decor.
How long did it take to plan your big day? Any vendors you’d like to recognize?
We got engaged in January of 2021 and booked at our venue in February! All of our vendors were phenomenal and I would love to shout them out:
Who is the designer of your gown and where was it purchased?
My gown was the Northern Star by Rish, which I purchased at Kelly’s Closet, a bridal boutique in Atlanta.
When did you know that your gown was “the one?”
I knew it was the one as soon as I tried it on! I didn’t have a specific vision going in, except that I knew I wanted something clean and light. Everything about the dress was so different and fun, it fit the vibe of our wedding perfectly!
Why did you want to get your gown altered at Oceanside?
I got my dress in Atlanta, I live in New York, and our wedding was in St. Augustine…It was already a complicated situation, but it was further complicated by the fact that my dress came in much later than we expected! We heard from friends that Oceanside was the best for alterations, and we got very lucky that they fit us in on a tight timeline.
How did you and your husband meet?
We met during our senior year at the University of Florida!
What is your favorite memory from your wedding day?
It’s hard to pick just one, but probably signing our ketubah, or a Jewish marriage contract. My mom is an artist and she decorated our ketubah, and we had the signing with close family and friends before our ceremony. It was a beautiful moment to stop and take it all in before the whirlwind of the ceremony and reception!
What made your wedding ceremony feel extra special?
After two years of being apart from our friends and family during the pandemic, and after several years of long distance for me and Matt in the beginning of our relationship, our ceremony was a celebration of togetherness. Our rabbi worked closely with us to incorporate lots of personal elements in our ceremony too. My husband designed and my dad built our chuppah frame, we used my grandfather’s tallit in the ceremony, and of course we read our own vows. It was all so meaningful!