An Elegant Wedding at the Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida

Kristen Grice, a nurse practitioner, 27, and John Waugh, a loan officer, 28, met during their last two months of college at Florida State University.

Kristen Grice, a nurse practitioner, 27, and John Waugh, a loan officer, 28, met during their last two months of college at Florida State University. After years of dating and eight months of planning, the couple had a peacock themed wedding. “I love the vibrant greens, purples, and blues,” says Kristen. Hues of these colors were used throughout the wedding. The bridesmaids wore long royal blue dresses. Each held an ivory bouquets with peacock accents. The groomsmen and John wore classic black tuxedos with ivory rose boutonnieres. After a traditional church ceremony in Jacksonville Beach, Florida, the couple and their guests moved to the Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, for the reception. “We decided not to do assigned seating. Our hope was that everyone would be on the dance floor,” says Kristen. The couple had a buffet style dinner, photo booth and a few surprises during their celebration. KTG band played throughout the night as well as helped Kristen sing “At Last” by Etta James to John. “I wasn’t even nervous, it felt so natural and it was seriously one of the best moments of my life singing to him,” says Kristen. John was not the only one surprised that night. “Our videographer, unbeknownst to us, actually set up a couch confessional where our guests could step outside the reception and leave us funny and loving messages that we got to watch later,” says Kristen.

Round Diamond Halo Engagement and Wedding Rings
The couple held their ceremony at the Beach United Methodist Church in Jacksonville Beach, Florida. They decorated the space with two alter arrangements of white hydrangeas.
John and his groomsmen wore classic black tuxedos from Men’s Wearhouse. John distinguished himself with an ivory vest and tie.
As the couple chose a peacock theme for their wedding, Kristen placed a peacock barrette in her hair after the ceremony.
Kristen wore an ivory fit-and-flare Martina Liana dress from Love Bridal Boutique in Jacksonville Beach, Florida. She personalized the dress with a sweetheart neckline and beaded sash.
Kristen’s bouquet from Designs by Arlene was composed of  white roses, purple delphinium, purple lisianthus, and Italian ruscus greenery. Peacock feathers were added to match the couple’s theme.
The bridesmaids wore royal blue strapless dresses with a sweetheart neckline. Each carriedrna bouquet of ivory hydrangeas roses and lisianthus with peacock feather accents.
Sawgrass Marriott First Dance and Reception Entrance
The couple decorated their reception with simple white linens and navy napkins. A tall arrangement of white hydrangea and purple cymbidium orchids were placed in a trumpet vase on some of the reception tables.
Some of the couple’s reception tables were set with floating candles, small tea lights and low arrangements of floating purple cymbidium orchids in cylinder vases.
Kristen and John chose a four-tier confection with chocolate truffle, chocolate, white chocolate and red velvet cake. Each layer was filled with either cannoli, raspberry or cream filling.