Real Wedding: Nikole + Rocco
Nikole + Rocco met when Nikole was about to graduate high school. Although time and distance got in the way, they were reunited during Thanksgiving weekend of 2012. Rocco was living in Miami and Nikole was settled in New York. But, anything can happen in three weeks! Rocco soon moved to New York and they were engaged just six months later. He proposed in what would be their new apartment. “Nikole was in such shock that she barely looked at the ring!” says Rocco. The couple spent nine months of their fourteen-month engagement planning a romantic outdoor wedding in Dover, Florida. “I had a very specific vision, I wanted everything to be a little different and at times quirky like me!” says Nikole. The couple found their Cross Creek Ranch and barn venue through a picture on Pinterest! “Soon after, I found out that my fiance Rocco had grown up a mile away from the ranch. We then knew it was meant to be,” says Nikole. Black lanterns, rose petals, a white aisle runner and a romantic exposed wood arch covered in pink and burgundy flowers were used as accents for the couple’s sunset ceremony. A large willow tree was the main decor. Ninety people gathered to help Nikole and Rocco celebrate their special day. Under a fairy tale theme, the reception was decorated in neutral hues accented by blush pink, burgundy and red, with string lighting hung from the ceiling. “I wanted everything to look and feel like a romantic, ethereal, enchanted fairytale,” says Nikole.