My strongest memory of Cecil is in Gainesville, Florida at some sort of crazy bike race that David participated in whilst wearing his UPS uniform. That’s the first time I knew that I really liked him and that he was “our kind of people”. Cecil is just one of those very genuine people that makes a lasting impression. Not only that, Cecil is incredibly positive and strives to create an atmosphere of togetherness wherever he is. His friends and family are incredibly important to him and there was no day it was more apparent than on his wedding day.
Cecil took Jessica on a trip to Paris to propose to her. He loves photography so much that he hired a professional to take gorgeous shots of them all around Paris and even took Jessica to get her hair and makeup done beforehand. Those photos were the first time I “met” Jessica. Wow. Jessica looks like she just stepped out of a vintage issue of Vogue. She’s gorgeous with dark hair, sparkling eyes, and ridiculously amazing dimples. And to top it off, she has a classy style that perfectly balances the classic with the bold. Meeting Jessica in person was the confirmation that she is perfect for Cecil. Jessica is creative, calm, strong, smart, and knows resolutely what is most important to her. And there was no better illustration of all these things than on her wedding day.
Jess & Cecil, thank you for inviting us to be part of your wedding day. It was truly a beautiful experience for us and for your guests. From the charming historic location, handmade ribbon arch, carefully selected vintage dresses, grandma’s pearls, and classic rings to the thoughtful wedding gifts (see gorgeous vintage lace dress below), personal vows, a sister duet with ukelele, homemade southern comfort food, and a surprise father daughter dance, our hearts couldn’t help but invest and come away richer than we arrived. <3
And just for fun, a old-timey effect for your vintage wedding exit, Guys!
Jess’s take on her wedding day, “Cecil and I are a low-maintenance couple. Dating was simple and meaningful; and being together just made sense. We knew this was the way only way we wanted our wedding. We made sure that in whatever we planned, it would incorporate as many things and people that were important to us as possible. This included having a small ceremony with 50 friends and family and a family-style dinner to follow at the reception. From my new mother-in-law’s comfort food cooking to the sparkler send off; it was the warmest start to our happily ever after.”
And Cecil agrees, “We have never felt like we were trying in our relationship; everything seemed to fall into place and work perfectly. Even planning the wedding seemed to happen naturally because we trusted our friends and family with all the details. People would often say to us, ‘It’s her [Jess’] day’, but we didn’t see it that way. For us, it was everyone’s day. Everyone’s time to come together and see us join our lives forever. We will always recall our joyful wedding with the memory of our closest friends and family near to our heart.”
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Southwood House
Musician: Don David
Officiant: Darwin Box
Caterer: Richard Mildenberger and Cecil’s Mom, Donna Guy (We served Family Style)
Gown Designer & boutique: Etsy Vintage
Bridesmaids Gown Designer & boutique: Etsy Vintage
Bride’s shoe designer & store: Badgley Mischka
Groom’s suit designer: Jos A. Bank, Burberry
Cufflinks: Etsy – coordinates of the place Jessica & Cecil first met
Felt Ball Bouquets, Flower Jars, Program Fans, Letterpress Invitations, Name Cards: handmade by the Bride – Jessica Guy
Ribbon Arch: handmade by the Groom & his father- Cecil & Donald Guy
Rings: Tiffany & Co.
Jewelry: His and Her’s; grandma’s pearls