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Carole Doak And Justin Angel’s Wedding Was A Celebration Of Both Love And Triumph

WHAT THEY DO: Justin, 28, is a paramedic for Martin County Fire Rescue and has served in the United States Coast Guard for the last nine years. Carole, 28, is an account manager for STS Aviation Group. 

HOW THEY MET: Carole was having lunch with her mom at Martin Health Systems South ER when she saw Justin from afar. Since her mom and Justin had an established friendship from working together, she gave her mom permission to slip him her number.

HOW THEY KNEW THEY HAD FOUND THE “ONE”: Carole remembers Justin being different from any other guy she had dated. “Justin and I clicked immediately as our goals and dreams for our futures aligned, making dating easy and effortless,” she says.

ON THE PROPOSAL: Justin came up with a plan to invite Carole’s family and friends to meet during the annual Stuart Christmas parade, for which Justin would be walking alongside the fire trucks, passing out candy. When Justin passed Carole, the firetruck opened its bays to a sign that read, “Will You Mary Me?” They rode in the fire truck for the remainder of the parade, and a sign on the back of the truck read, “She said yes.”  

ON SELECTING THE SITE FOR THE CEREMONY AND THE RECEPTION: The couple chose the Southwood House in Tallahassee because of its outdoor appeal. They especially loved how the 5-acre plantation estate was covered in Spanish moss and oak trees, providing a scenic backdrop. 

ON THE SPECIAL DETAILS: Justin was diagnosed with cancer in December 2014, and in November 2015, he faced a second battle with cancer. After undergoing chemotherapy four months prior to their wedding, he finished his last chemo treatment just two weeks before the big day. “Although we were there to celebrate the unity of marriage, the true celebration was to be surrounded by family and friends knowing Justin’s battle with cancer had come to an end,” Carole says of Justin’s journey to the altar.

WEDDING DATE: Feb. 29, 2016


GOWN BOUTIQUE: Molle Bridals

MUSIC: Amplify Entertainment


FLOWERS AND DESIGNER: Kelly Trotman Floral Design