A Preppy Waterfront Wedding at Epping Forest Yacht Club in Jacksonville, Florida
Several years after Laura Neal (38 and vice president of communications) William (Billy) Schroder IV (43 and vice president of player relations) met at wore, the PGA Tour, and bonded over their church, they became engaged. The couple was visiting Billy’s family lake house in Georgia when Billy gave Laura a hand written note, dropped to one knee and popped the question with a diamond cross. They worked to plan a preppy wedding accented in navy, white and yellow over the next year. “Billy has been sailing since he was a kid and I’m learning – thanks to his passion for being on the water and our sailboat, the Southern Cross. So we almost immediately went with a nautical feel for everything,” says Laura. The couple chose Epping Forest Yacht Club as their venue. More than 130 white folding chairs surrounded the outdoor ceremony space as pomanders of white hydrangea and yellow spray roses lined the aisle. After they were wed, the couple and their 135 guests were treated to an outdoor reception filled with a variety of appetizers and treats. “We love food. There's no other way to say it! So the menu was very important to us,” says Laura. The couple served a variety of appetizers, including lamb lollipops and mini-grilled cheeses with tomato soup shooters, and made-to order seafood or chicken paella for dinner. A s'mores bar, popcorn bar, three-tier white and navy wedding cake made by the bride and a chocolate University of Georgia-themed groom’s cake were also available. Laura and Billy's guests also had a surprise for the couple. They switched to Laura’s favorite shoes, Converse by the end of the reception. “My sister even stole a few pairs from my closet earlier in the week to loan to people!” says Laura. The couple spent the rest of their night dancing to a live band, Bread & Butter, watching college football inside the venue and playing a game of giant Jenga. For Laura and Billy, the night ended with a sparkler exit and boat ride around the bay. Guests who took the couple’s late-night shuttle were later treated to tacos, chips and salsa from a local TacoLu food truck.