A Classic, 18th Century-Inspired Wedding at the Historic Thomas Center in Gainesville, Florida

What started as an 18th century-inspired wedding ended in something we would never expect – a masquerade ball! Patricia Miller (31 and an aerospace en

What started as an 18th century-inspired wedding ended in something we would never expect – a masquerade ball! Patricia Miller (31 and an aerospace engineer) and Adam Darling’s (32 and an aerospace engineer) celebration started on Pi Day (March 14) with a sweet outdoor ceremony at the Historic Thomas Center in Gainesville, Florida. She walked down the garden aisle in an elegant ivory ball gown with a black sash and lace appliqu?s. The best part, however, was her accessories! Inspired by Grace Kelly, Patricia personally sewed her structured lace headpiece and chapel-length veil, while her cousin made a pair of vintage pearl epaulets to cover her shoulders. “I do period costuming as a side business and love all things historic,” Patricia says. After the couple said “I do,” all went inside for a masquerade ball! Patricia and Adam donned custom black-and-white masks for a turn around the dance floor as their 95 guests joined them with blue, black and gold masks designed by the the bride and her Matron of Honor. The celebration continued with an outdoor dinner party complete with family-style tables topped with blue linens and simple tablescapes of pink roses and white tulips. DIY Edison lightbulbs made by the bride and the couple's co-workers added a soft glow to the overall aesthetic. After dinner, guests enjoyed a few bites of naked cake, baked by a family friend. Chris Kruger Photography captured every gold and blue detail, below. Patricia shares a tip: “It really can be a calm, long day of fun and happiness. Go into it wanting that and let the small hiccups just slide by.”

The Flower Shop designed a classic bouquet for Patricia with both natural and sentimental charm. White hydrangeas surrounded pink and white roses and greenery, and all were placed in a white lace wrap. To honor her mother, who passed away two years ago, Patricia had a  single red rose near the center the arrangement.
Simple White Ceremony Chairs
Patricia's cousin made a pair of gorgeous vintage-style pearl epaulets to cover her shoulders. Each bead was well-suited against the lace accents on her ball gown and added just the right vintage flair to Patricia's wedding-day look.
Rose and Baby’s Breath Boutonniere
With a love for history, Patricia chose a fun pair of vintage-style shoes for her wedding. She wore scarlet red 18th-century-inspired shoes with jeweled buckles. To match the period, she even slipped on a pair of white, thigh-high stockings.
Each bridesmaid wore a different-style navy or gold floor-length dress from Rent the Runway. Patricia picked out a number of dresses and asked the women to chose her favorite. "I just wanted them to look like movie stars," Patricia says. White baby's breath bouquets and classic updo hairstyles helped to tie their looks together.
Patricia and Adam had their outdoor ceremony and reception on Pi Day, March 14, 2015. "This day was by complete accident. It was the only day they had available at our venue,” Patricia says. "Still, we're both engineers, so we were very excited." The couple used this symbol across their stationery, including a hidden symbol on their save-the-date cards.
Lucite and Gold Table Number
Whimsical Gold Lightbulb Escort Cards
Inspired by Pinterest, Patricia and two of the couple's co-workers made working strings of Edison bulbs for the reception. Each light lined the couple's family-style tables with a unique touch. "These by far were the most incredible decoration we had,” Patricia says.
Designed by the Flower Shop, tablescapes of pink roses, white tulips and greenery lined family-style tables in clear-glass bulb vases for a simple and sweet touch. DIY Edison lightbulbs also accented the arrangements with a bit of vintage flair.
Patricia and her Matron of Honor handmade black, gold and blue foam masks for the couple's 95 guests, as well as a few special ones for themselves. "There were several days and nights of decorating each mask in jewels, sequins, glitter and feathers, in various colors," Patricia says. Each mask also served as the couple's wedding favors.
“I love dressing up, and wish we got to do it more often," Patricia says. At Bacio Bacio Bridal Salon she found a classic ivory ball gown with pleating, pockets, and lace that fit the couple's vintage theme. A fun, black sash accented with lace appliques covered her waist, as she finished the look with a DIY lace headpiece.
Simple, Three-Tier Naked Wedding Cake
"We Do" Two-Seat Bicycle Cake Topper
Pi Day-Inspired Matchbook Wedding Favors