Amber & Chad: An Outdoor Wedding in Gainesville, FL

Amber encountered Chad while hanging out with friends. Amber soon challenged Chad to a game of pool. I'm not sure if he let me win or if I really did,

Amber encountered Chad while hanging out with friends. Amber soon challenged Chad to a game of pool. I'm not sure if he let me win or if I really did, but all that matters is that we haven’t been apart a day since, she says. The Bride Amber Pass, 23, medical aesthetician The Groom Chad Smith, 26, construction superintendent The Date November 10 Later, Chad enlisted Amber's parents in helping him choose and hide the engagement ring -- but even they didn't know that he was going to pop the question during the University of Florida's Fourth of July fireworks. The couple soon began pulling together a beautiful wedding near their friends and families in Gainesville.

Amber and Chad's dinner tables were set with quilted, burnt copper–colored linens and centerpieces of lanterns surrounded by moss, flowers, and persimmons sat atop the tables.
A black-and-white brocade pattern was another major theme element for Amber and Chad. In addition to being piped onto their elegant wedding cake and incorporated into their invitations, wallpaper in that pattern was used for the aisle runner and as a backdrop for a photo guest book.
Amber and Chad married on the golf course's fairway with a ceremony that the bride says reflected our Southern Baptist upbringing but also brought in their unique personalities. As the newlyweds walked back up the aisle, they had the traditional wedding march interrupted by James Brown's I Feel Good.
Amber and Chad began the celebration with a first dance to Brian McComas' I Could Never Love You Enough.
To create an intimate mood in spite of their large guest list, Amber and Chad decided to incorporate different forms of lighting, creating a warm glow beneath the reception tent. My favorite part was the antique chandelier, says the bride.
Chad wore a beautiful orange orchid on his lapel.
Amber carried a bouquet of orange and green orchids mixed with green and white hydrangeas.
Amber's best friend, who was her only attendant, carried a bouquet of pale orange roses and green and white hydrangeas.
Inside the country club, wrought iron bowls and candelabra held flowers in the wedding colors and persimmons, tying together all of the decor.