Taking microbiology as a freshman may seem like an ambitious decision, but for Molly Meyer it was the right one because seated behind her in the lecture hall at Miami University was Tommy Wingels, a sophomore who would end up becoming her husband. "We started dating after he invited me to a hockey team party," says Molly. After graduation, Tommy began playing professional hockey while Molly got her career started in Chicago. One evening, when Tommy was in town for a game, he picked Molly up for dinner. "He was all dressed up, and I was too concerned with how quickly I needed to change to wonder why!" she remembers. Just before heading out the door, Tommy got down on one knee and proposed. The pair toasted (with champagne he'd hidden in the fridge!) and called their families, then headed out to celebrate.
16 months later, on July 12th, 2014, the couple and 165 guests headed south to Seaside, Florida, a town the bride's family has been visiting for years. They let the venue inspire their wedding, choosing white-on-white tones and coral and shell accents to create a romantic, formal wedding with a relaxed feel. Keep reading for more, and to see the photographs by Meg Baisden.
For the couple's destination wedding, they made sure to give their guests lots of information. Their Save the Dates featured a beach-y theme, and welcome bags included an itinerary for the weekend.
The invitation itself was incredibly simple, but used a more playful font for some personality. Molly's coral garden rose bouquet was one of the only pops of color throughout the whole event, shining against the neutral color scheme.
Molly went classic with her wedding gown, choosing a Vera Wang mermaid gown with a full organza skirt and lace accents. "It felt like me, and I wanted Tommy to think it looked like me. I knew he'd love it," she says.
Her bridesmaids wore white knee-length dresses by Monique Lhuillier. "They were perfect for the hot weather," Molly says. Her two sisters served as her maid and matron of honor, and wore flower sashes to set their looks apart. Molly's bouquet was full of color, but she kept the rest of the flowers simple. Bridesmaids carried white and green bouquets of stock flowers, roses, and green fujis.
Molly's niece and nephew served as the flower girl and ring bearer, decked out adorably preppy attire. "She was more eager to get down the aisle than he was. Their favorite babysitter had to provide some encouragement," says the bride.
The ceremony took place in the Seaside Chapel. "It's one of the most beautiful churches I've ever been in," Molly says. They let the open, airy space shine, adding a few garlands of orchids along the aisle and nothing more.
Tommy and Molly were married by their pastor from home. "It was so special to have someone so close to us be the one to marry us. His sermon was so personal and compelling," says the bride.
In true Seaside fashion, the bride and groom made their post-"I Do" getaway in a golf cart, headed toward the tented reception.
"Ever since the first time I saw Father of the Bride, I wanted my wedding to have a ceiling draped in lights," says Molly. Her wedding planner, Heather Williams of Defining Moments Weddings & Events, delivered, draping the tent with sheer fabric and string lights.
Guests dined at long tables topped with white roses, orchids, hydrangea, and lots of candles. The head table featured a jute runner and a garland of white-and-green hydrangeas, accented with seashells and candles in hurricane vases. The bride and groom's chairs were decorated with strands of white orchids.
After a meal of baked oysters, bacon-wrapped scallops, beef tenderloin, and red snapper, guests were treated to a French vanilla, strawberry, and cream cheese cake decorated with orchids.
When guests weren't getting down on the dance floor to a band mixing Motown and current hits, they could sit in either the Mr. or Mrs. lounges and sip Moscow Mules and vodka with pineapple juice. The Mr. lounge included a box of cigars, while the Mrs. had a basket of flip-flops for women who wanted to ditch their heels. "It was a great spot for guests to relax but still be part of the action," says Molly.
After their wedding, Tommy and Molly hopped on a plane to Bora Bora for their honeymoon. "It was so relaxing after those crazy pre-wedding weeks," she says. Though the craziness was a good thing — the couple scheduled in extra events in the days before the wedding to make sure they had time to see all their guests, including a low-key family dinner and lunch with their wedding party. "We loved getting to spend more than just a few hours with everyone who joined us," says Molly.
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Chapel and Lyceum Lawn in Seaside, Florida || Wedding Planner: Defining Moments Weddings & Events || Bride's Wedding Dress: Vera Wang || Shoes: Jimmy Choo || Jewelry: BHLDN || Hair: Rollands || Makeup: Lanna Bloodworth Makeup || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Monique Lhuillier || Groom & Groomsmen's Attire: Hugo Boss || Engagement Ring & Wedding Bands: Tiffany & Co. || Florist: Florals by the Sea || Invitations: William Arthur || Other Paper Goods: Cheree Berry Paper || Calligraphy: Susan Zenner || Music: Atlanta Pleasure Band || Catering: Townsend Catering || Cake: Confections on the Coast || Videography: Josh Kidd Films || Photography: Meg Baisden Photography