South Beach Babes
Tell us your love story!
We met in early 2010 through a mutual friend, but didn’t start dating until late 2012. It’s honestly not a very exciting story, we really should come up with something super romantic and sweet to tell strangers that ask or if we have children one day!
What about the proposal?
Josh decided he wanted to ask Craig to marry him the summer of 2015. We talked about marriage earlier that year, and once the Supreme Court decision in favor of marriage equality happened in June, we knew it was the right time. We went ring shopping, just to look, and Josh ended up buying Craig his favorite. We had planned a summer trip to Culebra, in Puerto Rico, and Craig thought Josh would ask at that time. Josh knew Craig’s suspicions, so he had another plan.
A couple of weeks before our Culebra trip, a good friend of Craig’s was coming to visit, and we ended up going to the Florida Keys. Josh reached out to his friend and said he wanted to propose in the Keys, at Craig’s favorite beach, Bahia Honda.
The time came and Craig got so nervous he started to run away! After his friend and Josh starting laughing, he came back, put the ring on, said yes, and the rest is history.
When did you know that you were meant to be with each other?
In 2012, we both lived in Dallas, Texas. After a few months of dating, Josh was offered a job in Austin, a good 3-4 hour drive from Dallas. We were a bit unsure of what was going to happen, but we were determined to make it work, and make it a point to see each other at least twice per month. There was nothing that was going to break us apart, and our love for each other grew tremendously during that time. It’s pretty cliché, but absence does make the heart grow fonder. Josh then got a job offer in Miami, and we decided to start a new life in a new city together. We both love the outdoors, particularly the beach and ocean. There was no better place for us to do this.
Going into the wedding planning, what did you definitely know?
We knew we wanted it to be a destination for our guests, so having it in Miami, where we live, made the most sense since it would make planning so much easier. We wanted a small and intimate wedding, less than 50 people. It also had to be outdoors. We knew the colors had to be all of the beautiful shades of color the ocean offers.
What surprised you during planning?
Planning is a true test of patience and compromise. There are so many details that you may get caught up in, but you learn to pick and choose which things are most important to each other. Choosing the menu was the easiest part; we had a buffet of all of our favorite food, even if it didn’t go together! All of our guests loved it. The difficult part was making time to plan and make decisions. Living very busy lives can make it difficult, but ensure you set time aside each week during the planning process to make key decisions.
Is there anything you wish you knew while you were planning your wedding that you know now?
Start with a budget in your head, then multiply it times 3. That will be what you actually spend. It’s one day in your life that’s all about the two of you, so don’t leave something out that would make your day magical. Your vendors will usually help you with creative alternatives to keep the cost down. You only live once, right? Had we known that ahead of time, it would’ve gone a bit easier and decisions wouldn’t have been so difficult to make.
Any advice for couples planning weddings now?
For couples planning their weddings now, be patient, compromise, and make all decisions together so there are no surprises. Most importantly, have fun and enjoy the planning process, it’s something you will only do once!
What was your favorite part of your wedding day?
Of course it goes without saying, being amongst our family and best friends, and standing in front of each other professing our love was so very emotional and the best part of the day. It’s hard to narrow it down to just one thing. We visited with friends and family throughout that day before we got ready, which actually calmed our nerves, I think we will always remember that. The reveal of our reception room completely shocked us. After months of planning the set up, we never dreamed it would look as breathtaking as it did.