January 20, 2018
Alexa and Mark knew each other in high school, but it wasn’t until a few years later when they ran into each other at a “Friendsgiving” that sparks began to fly. “I don’t know if you would call it love at first sight, but we fell hard and fast,” says Alexa. A couple months after the encounter, the two were dating, and three years after that Mark made plans to take the relationship even further.
On that particular Saturday, Alexa thought it was just any other day. She worked out, went shopping for a new sink, and went to Timuquana Country Club to meet some friends—or at least that’s what she thought she was doing. At the club the pair appeared to be the first to arrive, and Mark suggested they take a walk on the back lawn. Looking up at the dark skies, a cold wind gusting around her, Alexa suggested they go back inside, but soon after Mark asked to take a walk again.
“We walked out on the dock, waves crashing, wind blowing and all. I was getting wet and the dock, which is a floating dock, was rocking back and forth, so I turned around and started walking back to the lawn,” says Alexa. “I soon realized Mark did not follow. When I looked back he was down on one knee. He was super sweet. He obviously had this master plan, and the weather tried to derail it, but he followed through with it regardless.”
“It ended up being the most perfect day. It’s sort of like we came full circle, getting engaged and starting our marriage at the same place.”
“We have a Hungarian Vizsla named Dakota. She was not included in the wedding, and it is my only regret,” says Alexa. “She is so excited every single time she sees me, you would think it was the first time we had met or that we had not seen each other in years. With her level of excitement, I was worried about being in a white dress, particularly the white dress, but I think I could have survived a paw print or two.”
“My ‘something old’ and ‘something blue’ was a pin given to my mom by her maid of honor at her wedding,” says Alexa. “Hopefully it is something that I will be able to pass down as well.”
“It was meaningful to be able to have some of the things my parents used during their wedding, such as their cake knife and champagne glasses,” says Alexa. “It was also really important for Mark to have his dad as his best man.”
“It is hard to pick one favorite moment. The whole night was truly amazing, but dancing with my 87-year-old grandfather is definitely up there. I am his only granddaughter, and I think he was waiting for the moment since I was born,” says Alexa.
“We had sunglasses in multiple colors with our names and the date of the wedding printed on the side. Mark requested the sunglasses, and they turned out great! A lot of the guests wore them during the reception when we were dancing. We have friends who still have them and wear them to this day,” says Alexa.
PHOTOGRAPHER: Christina Karst Photography • CEREMONY LOCATION: Riverside Presbyterian Church • RECEPTION LOCATION: Timuquana Country Club • WEDDING PLANNER: Jen Bechan, J. Bechan Events • HAIR: Gwynne Mims Salon • MAKEUP: Kimtasha Pro Make-up Artist • WEDDING GOWN: Robert Bullock Bride from Love, A Bridal Boutique in Jacksonville Beach • BRIDE’S JEWELRY: Underwood’s • BRIDE’S SHOES: Stuart Weitzman • BRIDESMAID DRESSES: Monique Lhuillier • GROOM & GROOMSMEN ATTIRE: The Black Tux • RINGS: Underwood’s • CAKE: Sweet Confections by Cindy • FLOWERS: Cypress Flower Design • DÉCOR: Cypress Flower Design & Beachview Event Rentals & Design • CATERER: Timuquana Country Club • CALLIGRAPHER & INVITATIONS: Old Kings Lane • MUSIC: The Rivertown Band