Primavera Regency Wedding Photos: Francesca and Alex
The Primavera Regency played host to Francesca & Alex’s wedding memories. Working with Francesca and Alex was so much fun and I enjoyed getting to know them as a couple! Francesca looked stunning in her Oleg Cassini wedding gown. She did not feel any nerves leading up to her wedding day because she always knew Alex was the one. Her most special moment of the day was seeing Alex’s reaction to her walking towards him at the Alter. For their theme, they tried to join their cultures together and stayed neutral with their black, pink and white/invory color choices.
Read more below to learn about this amazing couple and check out their awesome Primavera Regency wedding photos!
How did you choose your wedding day look?
Francesca’s goal was bright and simple yet elegant. The makeup artist used purple tones to brighten up the green in my eyes, we went with an updo to avoid me being uncomfortable throughout the day. Alex was easy, he didn’t require much. He stuck with his glossy Calvin Klein shoes and a simple black Movado watch to match his black Calvin Klein tuxedo.
Tell us about your proposal?
Alex proposed to me the day before our 8 year anniversary. We went to dinner at Rebecca’s in Edgewater for Cuban food. We were running late, so when I called they kept saying the reservation was for four but it was only us two…after a malfunction in the kitchen we waited over an hour for dinner. Alex was texting consistently throughout the night and after I finally complained, I went to the bathroom. When I come out his best friend(best man) and my old friend were there and I was so confused. Obviously, they were part of the plan and had come with the flowers and ring. It all worked out in the end!
How did you decorate your space, was any part DIY?
Some of the decorations came from the bridal shower party(initials behind sweetheart table). The garland on the sweetheart table was from Target. The backdrop was a DIY project, Alex made the structure and I decorated it with fabric and flowers. The banner of “Mr & Mrs. Khidre” was a customized banner from Walmart.
What were your flowers like in your wedding?
We did white, plush pink and hot pink roses with greeny leaves. The centerpieces were hydrangeas with twigs. They were simple which is what I wanted.
Did you personalize your day in any way and what were some of your favorite parts of your wedding?
Besides the belly dancer, Liz Layla, and surprise birthday cake for Alex, we did not have anything else. My favorite part was definitely the whole thing but the ceremony and memory video were two of my favorite. I loved the memory table of all our family members who have passed.
Do you have wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share?
Relax and go with the flow, it all works out in the end.
It was definitely a great experience capturing Lauren & Juan’s dual themed, Anchor/Superhero wedding day. Whether it was their family and friends, their awesome makeup/hair pros, Danielle & Gina or the staff at Sterling Ballroom, the atmosphere was so relaxed and fun. So much so, that we decided to have a second photo shoot on the beach in their wedding gear when it was much less crowded.
**Lauren & Juan Sterling Ballroom Wedding**
~How did you choose your wedding day look?
My first dress shopping trip to David’s Bridal, we picked out 6-8 dresses. I tried them all on but there was one in particular that just felt like a better fit, so I tried it on again. The DB consultant brought over accessories and that is where I found the jeweled belt that was sewn onto my dress. I chose an Ivory A-line strapless dress that has ruching from top to bottom. The Groom chose a charcoal Calvin Klein suit with an Ivory vest from Macy’s.
~Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette?
To combine the interests of the bride & groom, we had two themes for our wedding. Our invitations and the front of our cake revolved around anchors which symbolize strength, Juan served in the Navy and we both like going out on the boat. The second theme revolved around superheros, where the groomsmen were given superhero cufflinks, the back of our wedding cake was decorated with the Captain America & Wonder Woman symbols and our cake topper was superheros as well. The color palette was Navy and Gray.
~How did you decorate your space for the ceremony & reception?
Bride’s house had a flower centerpiece similar to that of her bouquet. The place card holders at the venue were DIY, cork base where we wrote our names and the date of the wedding. During the cake cutting, the children were given masks to wear as if they were superheros.
~What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding?
Our favorite part of the wedding was EVERYTHING!! Even with being nervous walking down the aisle or saying our vows, those two moments were two of the best parts of our day. Taking pictures at the beach was amazing, especially since we had beautiful weather. Once at Sterling Ballroom, the food was delicious, the wedding cake looked amazing from Chocolate Carousel and our first dance was perfect. The time went extremely fast and we wish we could live that day all over again.
~What was your most anticipated or special moment for your wedding day?
Most anticipated for the bride was seeing the grooms reaction when I walked down the aisle, saying my vows to him and our first dance. For the groom it was seeing the brides dress and hearing her vows.
~Any advice for couples?
Map out your due dates, keep a list of things needed to be completed, don’t sweat the small stuff and keep an eye on the bigger picture. Enjoy every minute of planning and don’t rush the time away because the day of your wedding will go extremely fast and even if there are hiccups along the way, brush them off and have fun because the important part is that you’re marrying the love of your life.