Ft. Myers.

A place of deep seated tradition, beautiful colonial influence, and most importantly: the revitalizing seaside breeze. All the things.

Opening the scene at the Heitman House, Emily Katharine tells the story of the day perfectly.

Our groom, dressed in class. Our bride, swoonworthy with her stunning dress. And ending the day with a walk out to the pier.

Spectacular. Enjoy.

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The Bride, Justine, filled me in on the finer details… “I actually really enjoyed planning my own wedding and when I needed a break from school work, I would work on wedding details as an escape! The most challenging part was planning the music and choosing centerpieces. I’m not the type of person who likes a lot of flowers so center pieces were very difficult for me.”

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“Make sure to give yourself plenty of time to plan! We took 15 months and booked all of our major vendors (venue, DJ, catering) a whole year in advance so we had plenty of time to work with them and not stress out about finding someone closer to the date. Also, if you’re in school don’t choose a wedding date in the middle of the school semester, we chose our date by what week spring break fell on so we wouldn’t have to stress out about school before the wedding and took our honeymoon at the end of semester. Also, having a very strong support system of crafty mothers, bridesmaids, and friends doesn’t hurt either!”

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“We did a first look which completely melted all my stress away of the big event. We also decided to do a time capsule that is now under lock and key which holds our written vows and a bottle of wine. We plan to open the capsule on a day in the future worth celebrating, or possibly a day that we need to remember how much we love each other, there is no set date to open it. Our reception introduction music was also very important to us. On our first date we watch the newer version of “Footloose” but the original is my favorite, so Jason’s first gift to me was an original VHS of the original “Footloose” so we knew we had to have Kenny Loggins’ version of “Footloose” as our introduction music.”

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“Our good friends had a bunch of beach drift wood, some store bought, some personally collected and they loaned us those for our centerpieces along with a bunch of other wedding décor left over from their wedding. That saved me so much stress! Another time saver was my crafty bridesmaids who helped with a lot of DIY projects such as banners for the gift table and sweetheart table. Also, being able to communicate with vendors via e-mail and text messaging made planning on-the-go all the more possible.”

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Photography: Emily Katharine | Wedding Dress: David’s Bridal || Florist: John at Fort Myers Express Floral ||Catering, ceremony and reception venue: Heitman House || Makeup artist: YOUnique by Chrissy Shaw || Hair stylist: Jenna Youngs || DJ: Max with Black Tie Entertainment  || Cake: Mason’s Bakery || Bridesmaids dresses: Alfred Angelo || Groomsmen attire: Black Tie Tuxedo || Wedding favors: Totally Wedding Koozies || Honeymoon: Maui, Hawaii || Film processing: PhotoVision