A Modern Orange Wedding in Florida
Sara and Charles
It began over pancakes. Sara Hicks and Charles Malone were introduced by friends in 1996 while they were undergraduates at Wake Forest University in North Carolina. They spent their first date getting to know each other over pancakes, and began a courtship that soon became long-distance. In 2002, Charles flew to New York City to visit Sara for what she thought was a Valentine's Day celebration. "It was the most romantic day I've ever had," says Sara, and it ended with Charles proposing after dinner at an elegant restaurant.
The couple's silhouettes decorate the invitations. The motif appeared throughout the wedding, adorning place cards, favors, programs and matchbooks. Sara created the images by taking snapshots of herself and Charles and scanning them into the computer before having them printed.
Sara is all smiles with her mother, Ann Hicks Murrah, and her stepfather, Kenneth Murrah, before the ceremony.
Each of Sara's bridesmaids wears a tangerine silk shantung dress by Vanessa Fox; their colorful bouquets combine orange ranunculus with green hydrangeas.
The groomsmen sport identical orange ties to match the citrus theme.
The wedding programs are slipped inside glassine envelopes.
Surrounded by bright colors, lush greenery and loved ones, Sara Hicks and Charles Malone have their first kiss as husband and wife.
The bridal bouquet featured orange ranunculus, which were flown in from New Zealand, the only place the couple's florist could find the right hue.
Silhouettes decorate the seating cards.
Sara's mom baked a mini key lime bundt cake for each guest; scoops of vanilla ice cream in orange accompany them.
A Polaroid camera and note cards are on hand so guests can snap pictures at the reception and write personal messages to the newlyweds.
A disposable camera is placed at each table.
The couple's silhouettes light up matchbooks.
Guest room gift bags hold bottled water, chocolate-covered popcorn, a Florida lottery ticket, and an itinerary of wedding events.
Clear boxes of citrus-colored candy are wrapped with ribbons and sealed with stickers for a take-home treat.
A bridesmaid passes out candles in a re-creation of a tradition from Wake Forest University, the couple's alma mater. Friends and family will line the walkway with their tapers ablaze as the new spouses depart.