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 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.”