November 21, 2015
In 2012, Andrew Gustafson started an internship at WFSU, a public radio station in Tallahassee. At the same time, Jessica Palombo was a full-time reporter there. They caught one another’s eye, but due to their working relationship had to keep their feelings quiet. “It was kind of scandalous at first,” laughs Jessica. “He moved away to Washington D.C., so we did long distance after that. He eventually moved back and we’ve been together ever since.” It’s a good thing they took the risk, because these two are a match. “We both love reading. We have a book club that’s just the two of us. We’ll get the same book from the library and set a date to talk about it,” she says. “We both love food, we love to cook, we love to dance, we work out together… we pretty much do everything together.” When it came time to plan the wedding, a friend suggested this book-loving duo check out the library as a venue. It was perfect, and the pieces began to fall into place—every detail a peek into Jessica and Andrew’s world. A traditional Jewish ceremony gave way to a not-very-traditional reception with funky rugs on the dance floor, vegan cakes and a host of personal touches that made this night magical.
The bride’s sister Danielle served as maid of honor. When Jessica and the ladies arrived at the venue, the bride decided she liked her sister’s shoes better, and the two swapped. • “The groomsmen all wore funky socks, because Andrew is known as the guy who wears funky socks,” Jessica says. • Each table was named for something special to the couple, including NPR, Board Games, Dance Party and Book Club. • The all-vegan cakes were carrot, chocolate and pumpkin flavors. Jessica and Andrew eat a vegan diet at home, but the wedding menu had something for everyone. The Mediterranean Italian-themed dinner included salmon, chicken piccata and gnocchi.
The small bottles of olive oil that served as favors and seating cards were put together by the bride and groom using rosemary from Jessica’s mother’s garden. • Before the big ceremony in front of family and friends, the couple took part in a Jewish tradition called the Ketubah signing. The Ketubah is a contract version of wedding vows in both Hebrew and English that both the bride and groom sign. • “We’re always the last ones left on the dance floor whenever we go to a wedding,” says Jessica. “We really didn’t care about most of [the wedding stuff] besides the dancing. We wanted to get to the dancing as quickly as possible.”
Credits: Photographer: West House Photography Second Shooter: Heidi Ecklor Ceremony & Reception: Downtown Jacksonville Public Library Coordinator: Dale Child Hair & Makeup: Makeup by Paulina Perez Wedding Dress: Allure Bridals Bridesmaids Dresses: Jim Hjelm Groom’s Suit: Ted Baker Groomsmen Suits: Jack Threads Rings: JRoberts Jewelry Cakes: Sweet Theory Flowers: The Anti Bride Decor: Handmade Rentals Catering: Nonie’s Catering DJ: NickFRESH