Julie Mayer & Noah Magnifico
May 8, 2016
Photography by: Bobbi Brinkman Photography
Dress: Mori Lee Voyage Collection
Florist: Bethany Austin Designs
Cake: Jekyll Island Club Hotel
Ceremony: Driftwood Beach, Jekyll Island, GA
Venue: Jekyll Island Club Hotel
Caterer: Jekyll Island Club Hotel
Jewelry: P.R. Sturgill Jewelers
DJ: RSP Entertainment
MOH Dress: Chantilly Lace
Groomsmen's Attire: Express Menswear
Videography: Michael's Video
Alterations: Sew Right, LLC
Hair & Makeup: Salon Bloom – Elaine Baldacci
Julie Mayer and Noah Magnifico met thanks in part to this very magazine. Julie was attending a networking event in January of 2013, speaking with vendors about how to be a part of our first issue, when she met Noah, a wedding photographer. Fast-forward a few years later and Julie and Noah are now newlyweds!
Noah completely surprised her with his proposal on her first visit to Jekyll Island. They took a weekend trip there to celebrate his birthday. On the beach at sunset, Noah said he had something for her and pulled out a vintage wooden box.
When she opened it, she found a hand-carved sign inside that said “LOVE.” Inside the “O” was a gorgeous vintage engagement ring. Discovered at a local jewelers in Radford, the ring is nearly 100 years old and still in its original setting from the 1920s.
“I was so surprised when I saw it, I actually shut the box!” Julie says, laughing.
Because Noah and Julie both love the ocean and beach, they knew they wanted a beach theme for the wedding day, even before choosing their Jekyll Island venue. Colors of coral, peach, ivory and green were woven throughout her bouquet of roses, cala lilies and button mums, while her maid of honor (her sister) had similar colors but with gerbera daisies.
While the whole weekend was spent with family and friends, with a gathering on Friday, a rehearsal dinner Saturday night, and Mother's Day Sunday as the wedding finale, Julie's favorite wedding day memory was seeing Noah on the beach with their closest friends and family, all of them waiting for the bride's arrival.
As she walked out onto the beach with her dad, the sun shone overhead as the song she'd chosen played on a wireless speaker held up by their DJ (reminiscent, she says, of John Cusack's iconic scene in “Say Anything” where he holds the boom box over his head!). It was at this point the tears started flowing as emotions came over her.
Noah and Julie wrote their own vows for the ceremony. A month prior, Noah announced he'd memorized his vows from the day they were engaged. Julie was a little nervous about the pressure, wondering if she'd not only come up with the “right” words but be able to memorize them all on the big day. During the ceremony, she read her vows first.
“I'm so glad we wrote our own vows to one another,” she says. “Our guests were crying, laughing and celebrating with us through every word!”
Noah's brother-in-law Joe acted as officiant, becoming ordained just to marry them. To give Julie an aisle to walk down, her florist placed arrangements down the beach and scattered rose petals to make a runner. Guests were provided flip-flops for their sandy stroll to the ceremony.
The newlyweds chose to get married in the morning so they could celebrate with a brunch reception. A custom omelette station, classic brunch dishes, mimosas and Georgia Peach bellinis were a huge hit with guests.
When choosing her flowers, Julie marked up copies of bridebook with the styles she loved and would work with her beach theme. Her florist had creative freedom and traveled all the way from Roanoke to make sure every flower was just right. When Noah and Julie walked into the reception and saw her creations for the first time, they were blown away by the beauty of it all.
While Julie opted not to wear a veil given the windy beach ceremony, she actually fell in love with the rhinestone headband worn by our 2016 cover bride. After searching online for that particular one, Julie got lucky and found her own headband at a local store. Her long-time hairstylist traveled to Georgia to do her hair and makeup. Julie's up-do was made even more glamorous with a white ostrich feather that tied in with the headband.
Julie found the perfect look for the groomsmen thanks to an outdoor wedding also featured in the 2016 issue, where the men wore light gray vests with matching pants and bright shirts. The result was a great look for a semi-formal beach wedding.
Julie remembers when they first started planning how there is sometimes a pressure to do certain things simply because it's “how they are always done.” With her own ideas and bridebook in her hands, she realized she could make her day exactly what they wanted it to be, just for the two of them.
“Working for a wedding magazine that showcases real wedding stories and the unique elements of each couple's day – not to mention being engaged to someone in the industry – inspired us to make our wedding represent what makes us unique as a couple and not worry so much about traditions,” she says.
Her nautical theme included colorful sea glass on tables, the boutonnieres and her hair accessory, while other elements like driftwood, an antique ship's wheel, fishing nets and wooden boats made up the décor. Their memory table held old family photographs, including their grandparents' wedding days.
Guests signed river rocks and placed them in a wooden crate, to later be displayed in the couple's home. This was also a nod to an early moment in their relationship when Noah gave Julie a skipping stone rock from the New River as a memento.
Julie is gluten-free and had originally planned to have a regular cake for guests with a small, gluten-free cake for herself. At a cake tasting with their pastry chef, however, Noah liked the gluten-free cake so much they decided to make the whole thing that way.
Their gluten-free, dairy-free, two-tier square cake had homemade white fondant icing with classic navy- and white-striped ribbon bordering each tier. Rather than save the top layer for their first anniversary, the newlyweds ate the last piece for breakfast the next morning!
On top of the cake was a painted metal bride and groom sculpture in 1940s clothing, used by her paternal grandparents for their 1945 wedding cake. As her grandparents passed away several years ago, this was very special to Julie to have in her wedding.
To cap off the day, Julie's sister and mother invited their guests to a sunset drum circle by the hotel's waterfront. Attending the Siesta Key sunset drum circle is one of Noah and Julie's favorite things to do when visiting Florida, so gathering everyone for their wedding circle and having the photographer get unique shots was a perfect end to the weekend's festivities.
Rather than have a grand exit, Julie and Noah opted to go swimming and hang out at the pool with all of their guests. Now that's a relaxing end to all the months of hard work!