A 1920s vintage basketball court isn’t usually the first location that comes to mind while planning a wedding. But for Julia and Rich, who celebrated at the Delray Beach Center for the Arts, it was the perfect fit for their beautiful celebration. We love this unique venue flooded with natural light, string lights, and the simple and elegant decor.
What was the best advice you received as a bride? No one else will know how it was “supposed” to turn out except for you.
Did you include any traditions in your wedding? I don’t think there were any traditions that we followed other than something old (shoes), something new (dress), something borrowed (necklace from my mother-in-law), and something blue (bracelet from my mother).
What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding? Just think of it as a party and don’t get lost in the details. We knew we had 3 big ticket things we wanted to spend our money on; everything else we kept simple as possible.
Julia carried a sweet and simple bouquet filled with blush roses and soft textural greenery.
Julia added removable cap sleeves to her strapless dress during the ceremony. We love how the addition leaves a beautiful open back.
“We tried to approach our planning by putting our guests first. We wanted a venue that was easy to get to, we wanted them to be able to get around easily—our venue, hotel, and tons of restaurants were all walking distance from each other. The beach was only 2 miles away! We just wanted them to have a good time. Our ceremony was very lighthearted. As long as we were married at the end of the day and all our of guests had plenty to eat and drink; we were happy. Everything else was just icing on the cake.”
Your ceremony in three words. Fun, relaxed, light
What was your ceremony music?
Bridal Party: “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini” by Rachmaninov
Processional: “Canon in D” by Pachelbel
Recessional: “You are the Best Thing” by Ray LaMontagne
Who officiated your ceremony? How did you choose him/her? Cynthia Cappacio. We chose her because we clicked with her right away. She was very personable and wanted to make our ceremony special and customize it to us.
What were your ceremony readings? Cynthia closed the ceremony by reading an excerpt from All I really need to know I learned in kindergarten.
What were your vows like? Cynthia gave a little background on our relationship and how we met. We exchanged traditional vows.
What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony? Seeing all the people who came to support us as I was walking down the aisle.
“We both fell in love with The Delray Beach Center immediately. The venue was totally different than anything we’d seen and it had a lot of history. My husband especially loved the 1920’s basketball hoops.”
Did you have a signature cocktail? A basil and ginger vodka lemonade was the welcome drink. We had a special drink menu that included lots of classic drinks like Manhattans, Old Fashioned’s, mojitos, French 75 and more.
How would you describe your reception? Easy going.
What was your wedding menu? Our menu was phenomenal in my humble opinion. We tried to do a combination of southern soul food and low country-style food. I’m originally from the south and Rich and I are both very fond of Charleston, South Carolina so we wanted to have food that would reflect those two influences.
Hors d’oeuvres: Seared Diver Scallop and Jumbo Shrimp on a Rosemary Skewer with Cilantro Aioli / She Crab Soup with Oyster Crackers / Truffle Deviled Eggs with Garlic Chives / Miniature Jalapeño Corn Muffin Stuffed with Shredded Barbecue Pork // Buffet: Kale Salad with Roasted Baby Carrots, Corn Bread Croutons, Smoked Maple Bacon Crumble, and Mustard Vinaigrette / Double Breaded Southern Fried Chicken / Cajun Shrimp & Cheddar Cheese Grits / Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Applewood Smoked Bacon and Aged Balsamic / Homestyle Baked Mac n’ Cheese with Bread Crumb Topping
What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? We just wanted it to feel like a party and make sure everyone was comfortable and having a good time.
What type of cake or dessert did you serve? We served three small cakes: hummingbird with cream cheese frosting, vanilla with raspberry filling, and a carrot cake.
What was your first dance song? Other special songs?
First dance: “Tupelo Honey” by Van Morrison
Father/daughter: “My Little Girl” by Tim McGraw
Mother/son: “In My Life” by The Beatles
What was your favorite moment or part of the reception? When everyone got into a circle and started having dance-offs.