Now + Forever
Elizabeth Urban, Nathan Gedamke Marry At The House Of Refuge, Their Go-To Beachside Meet-Up Spot
What they do: Elizabeth, 25, is a laboratory assistant with Harbor Branch Institute in Fort Pierce, and Nathan, 25, is a database developer for Market Data Services in Orlando.
How they met: Elizabeth and Nathan crossed paths as freshmen attending the IB Program at South Fork High School. “Nathan doesn't remember meeting me then (it was 5 a.m. and we were both groggy), but it's true,” Elizabeth says.
How they knew they'd found the “one”: After meeting, Elizabeth and Nathan didn't have an official date until 4.5 years later. “He picked me up in his rust bucket of a car with a plastic dragon sticky-tacked to the dashboard and I thought, ‘What have I gotten myself into?'” Elizabeth says. However, as the night unfolded, she says being with Nathan felt natural and she knew “he would be someone to treasure me the rest of my life, and I would happily let him.”
On the proposal: Nathan proposed in front of Elizabeth's family on Christmas two years after the couple started dating. “He handed me an enormous box with a note on it,” she says. “Inside was another box with a tag and another until I got all the way down to a tiny, empty box, and he knelt next to the Christmas tree, ring in hand, and asked me to marry him.”
Selecting the venue: The House of Refuge was a no brainer—throughout their relationship, when Nathan or Elizabeth was having a rough time, the couple would meet at the beach by the facility. “We would walk a long way until [we] had talked [ourselves] out,” Elizabeth says. “On the way back, with everything out, we could just relax and enjoy the beach and the moon on the water.”
What made it special: Elizabeth and Nathan are both partially Scottish, so as a surprise to their guests during the recessional, they hired a bagpiper to play “Scotland the Brave.” Nathan also practices martial arts, so the couple used one of his swords to cut the cake.
Wedding Date: Oct. 23, 2015
Reception Location: The House of Refuge
Ceremony location: St. Christopher Catholic Church
Gown designer: Gowns by Demetrios
Event planner: Lynda Hartley-Urban
Cake maker: Tara Powers
Music or DJ: Steel Pan by James Graham; DJ Tony Solomon of Fullhouse Entertainment; Ceremony bagpiper James Laerson of Palm Beach Pipes and Drums
Photographer: Michael & Josephine Studios
Invitations: Quill and Press Inc.
Flowers and designer: Harbour Bay Florist
Transportation: Leighton Transportation Systems