A Romantic Wedding at the Cross Creek Ranch in Dover, Florida

Nikole Flores (28, an account supervisor at Harrison & Shriftman New York) and Rocco Savage (31, a business coaching strategist at Anthony Robbins Com

Nikole Flores (28, an account supervisor at Harrison & Shriftman New York) and Rocco Savage (31, a business coaching strategist at Anthony Robbins Companies) met when Nikole was about to graduate high school. Although time and distance got in the way, they were reunited during Thanksgiving weekend of 2012. Rocco was living in Miami and Nikole was settled in New York. But, anything can happen in three weeks! Rocco soon moved to New York and they were engaged just six months later. He proposed in what would be their new apartment. “Nikole was in such shock that she barely looked at the ring!” says Rocco. The couple spent nine months of their fourteen month engagement planning a romantic outdoor wedding in Dover, Florida. “I had a very specific vision, I wanted everything to be a little different and at times quirky like me!” says Nikole. The couple found their Cross Creek Ranch and barn venue through a picture on Pinterest! “Soon after, I found out that my fiance Rocco had grown up a mile away from the ranch. We then knew it was meant to be,” says Nikole. Black lanterns, rose petals, a white aisle runner and a romantic exposed wood arch covered in pink and burgundy flowers were used as accents for the couple’s sunset ceremony. A large willow tree was the main decor. Ninety people gathered to help Nikole and Rocco celebrate their special day. Under a fairy tale theme, the reception was decorated in neutral hues accented by blush pink, burgundy and red, with string lighting hung from the ceiling. “I wanted everything to look and feel like a romantic, ethereal, enchanted fairytale,” says Nikole.

Simple Wedding Signs With White Script
Nikole’s aunt played a very specific role in the ceremony. She was their officiant. They were married in front of a romantic floral wedding arch decorated with shades of burgundy, blush, white and pink.
Romantic Pink and Burgundy Wedding Arch Accents
Alta Fleura arranged blush and cream roses, Queen Anne’s lace, seeded eucalyptus as well as blush and red dahlias into a bouquet wrapped with champagne ribbon for Nikole. The romantic arrangement was chosen to complement her enchanted garden fairy tale vision for the wedding.
Each bridesmaid wore a mauve floor-length dress from TwoBirds in New York, New York, that was chosen by Nikole’s Maid of Honor. Her bridal party complemented the dress with a romantic flower crown, simple jewelry and either gold or nude shoes. “I wanted them to look like fairies!” says Nikole.
Black Custom Groomsmen Tuxedos with Barn Backdrop
Blush Rose and Burgundy Dahlia Boutonniere
Rocco and his groomsmen wore custom fitted black tuxedos by Tom James with notched lapels. The tuxedos also served as the men’s wedding gift. “I wore a peak lapel tuxedo for contrast. The goal was to look timeless,” says Rocco.
Nikole chose an ivory A-line sleeveless Sarah Seven wedding dress with a lace overlay and sweetheart neckline. She found it at Lovely Bride in New York, New York. “I was looking for a fairytale vintage look for my wedding dress,” says Nikole. ‘It was one of the first dresses I tried on.” Nikole accented the gown with gold BHLDN wedding shoes and simple gold Givenchy jewelry from Macy’s. “I also wore a gold beaded belt around the dress which was custom/handmade by my NYC tailor. She got the materials from Chinatown!” says Nikole.
Cross Creek Ranch Barn Reception Venue
Each table was set with a low arrangement of blush roses as well as blush and burgundy dahlias in a gold vintage style vase.
Nikole and Rocco’s vintage styled table numbers were all named after famous couples. Some included historic literary figures such as Romeo and Juliet while others had a more modern twist, such as Jay Z and Beyonce. All were custom made by an Etsy designer and placed atop little brass stands, says Nikole.
Nikole and Rocco had their sweetheart table decorated with greenery,  votive candles in gold holders and ivory linen. Each place setting, like their guests’, had a hint of greenery upon the napkin. A low silver vase arrangement of blush roses and red dahlias was positioned at the front.
The couple chose a three-tier white wedding cake accented by champagne ribbon. Made by Alessi Bakery, the confection had oreo, hazelnut and lemon cake with berry preserves covered by textured buttercream frosting. Each tier was met with a fresh blush rose, blush dahlia and burgundy dahlia.
The guests were given whimsical cotton candy lollipops as their wedding favors. A label with “Thanks for making our day so much sweeter,” was placed on each blue raspberry, pina colada or pink vanilla flavored confection. “I wanted a fun foodie gift that showed our playful side. They were displayed at the front of the barn,” says Nikole. For their guests preferred a different treat, the couple also had a gourmet coffee and hot chocolate bar in the barn’s stable rooms.
Nikole and Rocco took their first dance to “I Can’t Help Falling in Love with You” by Ingrid Michaelson. It was “the most romantic song ever, a great cover of a timeless classic,” says Nikole.