Now + Forever
Stuart Lovebirds Wed In Modern Beach Wedding
WHO THEY ARE: Renee, 25, is a marketing assistant at a golf club shipping company, and Justin, 28, is a PGA professional at a golf course.
HOW THEY MET: Justin and Renee went to high school together but weren’t in the same circles. Years later, they happened to return home on the same weekend; Renee visiting from college and Justin visiting his mother. That’s when they both swiped right and matched on the dating app Tinder. While they didn’t meet up immediately, Justin drove two and a half hours to visit Renee the following weekend.
HOW THEY KNEW THEY FOUND THE ONE: Sharing several common passions “made falling in love easy,” Renee says. From the tendency to bet on everything due to their competitive nature to spending time together at their favorite spot, Miller’s Ale House, “our love was unbreakable,” she continues. “We just knew we were meant for one another.”
ON THE PROPOSAL: Before heading to a Shania Twain concert, Renee brought a package inside, which Justin insisted she open right away. As she was ready to walk out the door, Renee gave in. Inside the box was a note asking Renee to marry Justin, who was filming the scene.
ON THE THEME: The modern beach wedding was adorned with driftwood collected by Renee and her dad throughout her childhood. The wood was used in every centerpiece along with aqua glass rocks and sea coral. Beach themes made an appearance from the beginning on the invitations as shells, through to the reception in the decor.
ON THE SPECIAL DETAILS: During their unity ceremony, Justin and Renee combined sand from important places in their lives into a blue glass vase with a wooden bottom. Justin’s sand came from the bunker of a golf course his late father spent a lot of time, while Renee’s came from her favorite beach, the Stuart Rocks, where she went on several trips with friends.
ON ADVICE FOR OTHER BRIDES: “Exchange morning-of notes,” Renee says. “It helped me get some of the tears out and is something I’ll keep forever.”
WEDDING DATE: April 27, 2019
CEREMONY AND RECEPTION: Hutchinson Shores Resort & Spa
PHOTOGRAPHER: Kristen Browning Photography
VIDEOGRAPHER: Eclipse Videography
GOWN DESIGNER: Kitty Chen
HAIR AND MAKEUP: Beauty by VM
CAKE MAKER: Sweet Tiers
FLOWER ARRANGEMENTS: Sarandipity Floral
CUSTOM WEDDING BANDS: Treasure Coast Liquidators
EVENT PLANNER: Alisa Vicat
MUSIC: Voice on Demand DJ & Lighting
SEAMSTRESS: La Petite Fleur Couture Bridal Salon