November 17, 2018
Karlie had gone into Gregory’s Jewelers before and had been helped by Gregory’s son, Frank, but she didn’t think too much of it—although she admits she thought he was cute. Then, one day when she went into the store with her mom, things started to heat up. But not because of Karlie and Frank. Instead, the relationship was sparked by their parents.
“My mother made a funny comment about my dating a jeweler, which was super embarrassing. Gregory laughed out loud and turned to the workshop, pointed and said, “What about Frankie?” I started to sweat when my mom laughed and said ‘Well, don’t you think he is a little old?’ Then Gregory realized he was pointing to his master jeweler, who was not his son. We all laughed and Gregory said ‘No, no, no, my son, Frankie.’ By then Frank looked up and saw us all pointing and staring.”
Before they left the jewelry shop their parents had convinced Karlie and Frank to exchange phone numbers. “During this whole time Frank and I kept catching each other’s eyes and were definitely curious about each other. It was kinda cute and made me feel like I was in middle school again,” recalls Karlie. “Two minutes after we left the jewelry store from this random meeting, Frank sent me a text. It was an invite to attend an event he was going to that night. He didn’t want to waste any time and I couldn’t wait to get to know him better. So only five hours after our first official meeting and phone number exchange, he picked me up for our first date.”
Ten months later the couple moved in together, embracing the next step of their relationship. But this wasn’t enough for Frank. That same week he took Karlie to her favorite restaurant and popped the question.
“We did a first look, which included a small vow exchange of our own. The next morning I heard from some of the groomsmen that Frank stayed up late memorizing and perfecting his. And it definitely showed! He always puts his whole self into everything he does, which is one rea- son I fell I love with him instantly,” says Karlie.
“We decided we would request an unplugged ceremony from our guests. We had beautiful signs that asked for no cell phone use during the nuptials,” says Karlie. “We just really wanted everyone to be truly there and feel the love.”
“With the Old Florida vibe of Club Continental we really wanted it to have that Great Gatsby feel, but with a warm, soft, fall/winter touch,” says Karlie. “Our colors of merlot, navy and gold really brought that feeling in.
“The groom’s cake was a two-tier pumpkin spice cake that was marbled on the outside and had a huge geode gem going down the side. I’ve seen them done before and thought it would be perfect because Frank loves to work with natural gems,” says Karlie.
“Frank and I spent three months learning our dance. When we first started planning the wedding one thing he seemed really worried about was the dance, so I began looking for dance lessons. I found an awesome little spot called The Dance Shack that has the most amazing team. Word on the street is that there wasn’t one dry eye in the reception after we danced that night.”
PHOTOGRAPHER: Zai De Guzman, Zaitography • VIDEOGRAPHER: Wes Davis Creative • CEREMONY & RECEPTION LOCATION: The Club Continental • REHEARSAL DINNER VENUE: Winterbourne Inn • WEDDING PLANNERS: Terri Crews, GG Events & Tanya Hendricks and Andi Stone, Southern Charm Events • HAIR: Sara Jane Maples-Buttner, Blush & Mane • MAKEUP: Brooke Danaher, Frangipani Hair Studios • WEDDING GOWN & HEADBAND: The White Magnolia Bridal Collection • DRESS & WAISTBAND SASH: Mikaella • HEADBAND: Sara Gabriel Eden • BRIDE’S JEWELRY: Gregory’s Jewelers • BRIDE’S SHOES: Schutz • BRIDESMAID DRESSES: Bill Levkof, Bella Bridesmaids • GROOM’S & GROOMSMEN‘S ATTIRE: Jos. A Bank & Express • RINGS: Gregory’s Jewelers • CAKE: Alleycakes Bakery • FLOWERS: Jeanne Batten, TheAntiBride • DÉCOR: Andi Stone, Southern Charm Events • CATERER: The Club Continental • CALLIGRAPHER: Leah Sykes • INVITATIONS: Etsy • MUSIC: Kris Parnell, FootLoose Entertainment • STRING QUARTET: Jesse Polanis, Jax Strings • DANCE INSTRUCTOR: Tanya Ziegler, The Wedding Dance Studio/The Dance Shack • BRIDAL/GROOMSMEN SUITE CATERER: Jessica Day Health Gourmet