Now + Forever
Get To Know These Newly Wed High School Sweethearts From Stuart
WHO THEY ARE: Michael, 26, is a firefighter and paramedic for Indian River County Fire Rescue, and Courtney, 24, is a quality control inspector for Allcomm Networks Inc.
HOW THEY MET: The two met at South Fork High School through mutual friends. As they began seeing more of one another, they realized their personalities were a great match and they shared a lot of the same interests. So, Michael asked Courtney to go on their first official date in May 2011.
HOW THEY KNEW THEY FOUND THE ONE: Courtney says she had a number of reasons to fall in love with Michael. “The way he treated his family with so much love and respect; the way he treated my family; how he always put others first and would do anything for the people he loves,” she says.
ON THE PROPOSAL: Courtney went on vacation with Michael and his family at The Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort—one of their favorite places. In the evening, the whole family was supposed to go on a nighttime pontoon ride to watch the Magic Kingdom fireworks show, but they slowly began dropping off due to fake sickness and other planned excuses. The couple decided they’d still go. It was during the fireworks finale that Michael got down on one knee to ask Courtney for her hand in marriage.
ON CHOOSING THE CEREMONY AND RECEPTION LOCATIONS: Courtney and Michael knew they wanted to wed inside a church and chose Covenant Fellowship Baptist in Stuart. Their pastor, Matt Price, is a family friend, whom Courtney always wanted to have at the ceremony. They found Lost Lake Golf Club in Hobe Sound as an appropriate reception venue. The indoor ballroom and bar area had recently been renovated, and an outdoor patio overlooking the golf course provided the perfect spot to watch the sunset.
ON THE DECOR: Michael and Courtney’s wedding colors were navy blue, blush and white with added touches of silver and gold for some flare. Their florist created lantern centerpieces draped with blush and white flowers and greenery. Courtney’s mom decorated their chocolate and vanilla bean cake with buttercream filling, which also featured a frosted outer layer topped with a shimmery Mr. and Mrs. cake topper. Blush roses were draped across the three-tiered cake.
ON THE SPECIAL DETAILS: While taking photos, Courtney had a close-up taken of her “something old, something borrowed and something blue,” which included two broaches. The first was from her great grandmother on her mother’s side. “My sister had worn my great grandmother’s blue and white nautical-style broach on her wedding day,” she says. “I love that we both were able to share that.” The other was of a volunteer firefighter badge, which was passed down from her grandmother on her father’s side.
WEDDING DATE: May 12, 2018
CEREMONY LOCATION: Covenant Fellowship Baptist
RECEPTION LOCATION: Lost Lake Golf Club
GOWN DESIGNER: Oleg Cassini
CAKE MAKER: Carrol Ann Kilinski
MUSIC and PHOTO BOOTH: DJ Billman Productions
PHOTOGRAPHER: Kylie Braydyn Photography
INVITATIONS: Wedding Paper Divas
FLOWERS: Serendipity Floral Designs
ENGAGEMENT RING: Golden Anvil Jewelers
HAIR & MAKEUP: Bridal Beauty South Florida