Treasure Coast Couple Jacob LaCroix, Cynthia Feola To Tie The Knot, After Winning Stuart Magazine's Wedding Contest
It’s official. Our 2017 Stuart Magazine wedding giveaway is over, and we’ve selected a very special couple to tie the knot with a little help from the area’s fabulous vendors.
Jacob LaCroix and Cynthia Feola first met in high school about eight years ago, and our panel thought their heartwarming love story made them deserving of a dream wedding.
Given LaCroix spent much of his young adult life in foster care or in the homes of friends after his parents divorced, he was surprised to find a connection not only with Feola but also her relatives, a huge but close-knit Italian family full of tradition.
"To me, at the very least, it was culture shock. When I was brought to meet the parents—a terrifying experience for an 18-year-old, by the way—I was astounded at how kind and warm they were. I had never met such a remarkably sweet family," LaCroix said. "Maybe that’s why we clicked so well: because we were the perfect balance."
Through moments of love, fear, confusion and happiness, their love has been built to last, he says.
"Sometimes we argue about who should take the garbage out or do the dishes, but we always agree that we love one another," LaCroix wrote in his essay.
After working to put themselves through college and then putting away savings for a future wedding, the couple instead decided to purchase a home together on the Treasure Coast. So, LaCroix took it upon himself to apply for Stuart Magazine's wedding giveaway and give his fiancee the wedding they've always wanted.
“Deep down I know that the wedding is not the real motivation,” LaCroix said. “The real reason we want to be married to one another is because we are in love.”
The special day will be held at Hutchinson Island Marriott, featuring a beachside ceremony with white garden chairs and an arch; a complete ballroom setup with white linen and silverware; gourmet catering including a cheese display, passed hors d'oeuvres, salads and entrees; a wedding cake from Cakes by Michelle; South Forty floral arrangements; a DJ, emcee and live musical entertainment; professional hair and makeup, photography, videography and more.
For the full breakdown of the what the Stuart Magazine dream wedding includes, see a list of the offerings from our sponsors, below.
VENUE: Hutchinson Island Marriott • Accommodations: Overnight of Bride & Groom | Includes breakfast • Ballroom Rental: Entire set up & breakdown of chairs/tables/white linen/silverware • Ceremony On-Site: White garden chairs & arch | Set up/breakdown | Beach, unless Osprey Room is chosen • Food Package: For the first 20 guests | Silver Menu Package | 3 passed Hors d’oeuvres | Stationary cheese display | Salad (Choose from 2) | Entree (Choose 2) •Additional Charges: For guests 21 through minimum of 75 ~ $54 per person value, plus tax & gratuity • Bar Options: Open/Hosted-Cash not included in package
VENDORS: Cake: Cakes By Michelle • Ceremony Decorations/Sweetheart Table: True Love Decor • Ceremony Music: Bashaun Stewart | Ceremony Piano | Upgrade Cocktail Hour | Piano, drums, bass, saxophone • DJ: Traxx Entertainment, 4 hour service | Includes incredible emcee/talented DJ, awesome sound, lighting & musical entertainment • Flowers: South Forty | Choice of color scheme/mixed seasonal | Bride bouquet | Groom boutonnière | 4 maid bouquets | 4 groomsmen | 2 mother | 2 father | Toss bouquet | 8 centerpieces • Hair/Makeup on Wedding Day for Bride: Sorella Beauty Bar in Palm Beach Gardens | Hair by Nicole Page, Makeup by Meagan Davis • Officiant: Stephanie of South Forty | Perform & notarize • Photobooth: “Take A Shot” | 1 hour cocktails with scrapbook & props | Additional hours discounted • Photography - Boudoir Session: Dawn V. Gilmore, with Hair/Makeup by Jo’ah Artistry | “Flirt Session” •Photography of Wedding: Juno Beach Photography, 4 hour package coverage, includes edited hi-res images on USB | Additional 4 hours 30% off • Planner: Eventful Moments By Cindy Morley | Day Of Service | Upgrade discounted • Tuxedos: Cardita Formalwear | Groom & father of the bride | With rental of 7 full ensembles • Video: Eclipse Videography | Enhancement Wedding Package | Additional services 10% off