This Wedding at Hideaway Beach Club on Marco Island in Florida Was Packed With Blue Tile Accents
When it came time for them to tie the knot, Christine and Matthew settled on Hideaway Beach Club on Marco Island in Florida as their venue because of the special place that Marco Island holds in their hearts. "Marco Island holds a special part in our hearts as I've has been going to Marco every winter for over 15 years," notes Christine. "Once Matthew was brought into the picture, this became our favorite winter getaway from both New York City and now Chicago. The exact spot where we had our ceremony was where Matthew asked my mother, father, and sister for their blessing to marry me the Thanksgiving prior." To make the most of their time on Marco Island, the couple planned a multi-day, multi-event wedding weekend, instead of just celebrating with a one-day ceremony and reception.
The festivities kicked off on Thurday with "an intimate church ceremony at the Marco Island Catholic Church," says Christine. "After the ceremony, we had a special dinner with our immediate family at my favorite fish restaurant on Marco Island. This was the first time that every single member of our immediate family was together for a dinner which made it that much more special." The following day the couple had a rehearsal dinner followed by a big welcome party. "This night was the second night of our wedding weekend and was the night we welcomed all of our guests to Marco Island, our home away from home," recalls Christine. "Matthew and I wanted this night to be filled with laughs, recapping memories and introducing all the people we loved for the very first time. We started off the night by doing portraits by the beach and it was at that moment that it really hit me that our wedding was tomorrow. I will never forget that very moment and am so thankful to have this album to continuously remember that memory."
Then, for the main event, Christine and Matthew's Saturday wedding embodied a "modern romantic garden party" theme with tropical elements woven through and an Italian tile motif "to honor my family's Sicilian heritage along with Polish traditions such as the lavender toss to honor Matthew's Polish heritage," recalls Christine. Honoring their heritage was an especially important element of the wedding for Christine and Matthew. Christine explains that the Italian tile motif was especially meaningful because "my father's Italian parents both passed when I was very young so we wanted to find a way to honor them throughout our wedding weekend." Another meaningful way that the couple incorporated family into the day was through their choice of flower girls—Christine's Grammie and her niece Nella shared the task. "This was one of my all-time favorite moments as my niece Nella is my Grammie's first great-granddaughter and because of COVID-19, they hadn't gotten much time together so we weren't sure if Nella would be on board with walking down the aisle with her Great Grammie (GG). When my sister passed Nella off to Grammie, Nella grabbed Grammie's hand and smiled all the way down the aisle. This was a moment my Grammie will NEVER forget." As yet another nod to family, Christine had an "heirloom rose brooch from Matthew's Polish family attached to the bouquet to honor his great aunt who was unable to attend the wedding due to health issues."
After the couple's beautiful beach wedding ceremony, the couple celebrated with a festive wedding reception complete. As a welcome to the reception, guests received tile escort card favors since the couple "wanted our take-home gift to be something that guests would use daily and always remember the special weekend they had in Marco Island celebrating with friends and family after 1.5 years of being apart." Once guests got their escort tiles and entered the reception space, the evening kicked off with a nine-piece band "playing 'What Lovers Do,' by Maroon 5, as our second 'first dance,'" recalls Christine. To keep everyone's energy up while dancing along to the live band, the couple chose to have a pizza station at their reception. "If you know my husband, you know he LIVES for pizza so this was a special touch to our day," explains Christine.
Looking back on their beautiful wedding on Marco Island in Florida, the couple has this advice to share with current to-be-weds: "Before you start planning, write down the 3 top reasons that you are getting married to your partner. Resort back to those 3 reasons every single time you encounter a tough decision. If you stay true to why you are getting married in the first place, minute decisions won't be hard at all."