Now + Forever
Stuart Couple Have Fairytale Wedding At Cielo Blu Barn
WHO THEY ARE: Christena, 32, is the executive assistant to the CEO for Quantros, Inc., and Austin, 34, works for Terminix.
HOW THEY MET: Christena and Austin met through mutual friends 10 years ago while living in Stuart. They dated on and off in the early years but always remained friends. “Eventually, we got it right,” Christena jokes. “Fourth time’s a charm!”
HOW THEY KNEW THEY FOUND THE ONE: “I think we both knew early on, it just took a ‘few’ years to get it right,” Christena says. “Through love, heartbreak, forgiveness and growing up, we remained friends for it all, and I think that has something to say for itself.” Austin, on the other hand, says there isn’t enough time to explain his feelings for Christena.
ON THE PROPOSAL: Austin proposed the day after Thanksgiving in 2017 while they were decorating the Christmas tree with his family. Christena remembers Chris being nervous. “Like I wasn’t going to say ‘yes’ after 10 years,” she jokes.
ON CHOOSING THE CEREMONY AND RECEPTION SITE: The couple chose to wed at Cielo Blu Barn in Fellsmere. “One visit and we were in love,” Christena says. The couple loved the idea of a barn wedding, plus they liked how the venue offer couples an inclusive package that helps with many details.
ON THE THEME: A rustic wedding was in order for the happy pair—Austin wanted to wear jeans, and Christena wanted to wear boots. The inspiration went from there. They chose to accentuate the natural beauty of the venue and opted for garden roses, succulents, baby’s breath and a pop of eucalyptus. The barn also had a shed of decorations the couple could choose from, which Christena says was “incredible.”
ON THE SPECIAL DETAILS: Christena and Austin chose to do a first look and also took photos before the ceremony so they didn’t have to waste any time after the ceremony.
As for sweets, the couple cut into a two-tiered chocolate raspberry cake with semi-naked buttercream that was decorated with succulents, while guests had a selection of cupcakes to choose from. Christena also surprised Austin with a ‘Star Wars’ groom cake “because compromise,” she says.
Wedding Date: Feb. 23, 2019 || Ceremony and Reception Location: Cielo Blu Barn || Photographer: Danielle Love Photography || Gown Designer: Stella York || Food: Wilke’s 14 Bones BBQ || Cake Maker: Sweet Tiers || Bouquet and Boutonniere: Sarandipity Floral || Flower Arrangements and Hair: Wave Hair Color & Design Studio || Music: Liv 2 Party Entertainment || Makeup: Flutter Boutique || Bride Boots: Old Gringo