When it comes to planning a gorgeous wedding, Brevard County offers some unique locations in addition to the more traditional options. Between historical sites, cultural buildings and, of course, the beach, the hard part can be choosing just where to tie the knot. Some local couples share their wedding snapshots and details of what made their Space Coast nuptials so special.
Lindsay and Andrew Wasdin
Married June 6, 2009
Lindsay Cherry and Andrew Wasdin of Viera selected two locations with breathtaking views for their ceremony and reception. The marriage ceremony was at the Hilton in Melbourne Beach, followed by a reception at the Eau Gallie Yacht Club, which was decorated in pink and chocolate brown with flowers by Eau Gallie Florist. The couple says their favorite part of the wedding was the reception, where they had the chance to dance and eat with their good friends and family and special touches included a candy bar with pink and brown candy, a cigar bar for the guys outside, and a signature martini made of peach scnapps, white cranberry juice, and rum.
Matthew and Noel Flores
Married May 23, 2009
Noel Boutin and Matthew Flores chose the King Center in Melbourne as a unique location to get married. During the ceremony in the rotunda, friends who were seated in the audience stood up and read favorite scriptures and poetry from their seats. After saying their vows, the couple danced down the aisle during the recessional. The reception in the dramatically candle lit Black Box theater featured plenty of room for the large wedding party of 20. The couple currently lives in Gainesville where Matthew attends the School of Architecture at the University of Florida and Noel works as a behavior analyst.
Tana Sok and Phirak Peang
Married July 3, 2008
Sereyvattana (Tana) Sok wed Phirak Peang, both originally from Cambodia, at the bride’s parent’s home on Merritt Island. The small and intimate wedding featured a mix of Cambodian and American customs. The bride wore both Cambodian traditional dresses and the customary white American gown during the wedding. The ceremony included a blessing by Buddhist Monks and elders. Phirak is in Information Technology Support for the Indian River County Health Department and Tana is a hair stylist in Cocoa Beach.
Kayla and Josh Manning
Married April 24, 2009
Cocoa Beach locals Kayla and Josh married at Lori Wilson Park at a beautifully decorated beach ceremony followed by a reception at the Comfort Inn and Suites. The couple first met as 4th graders on a military base in Japan. In eighth grade, both moved away with their families, Josh to Florida and Kayla to Germany. In 2007 they were both back on the Space Coast and found each other again. As a special wedding gift the groom surprised Kayla with an “Island Bike” bought on a trip they went on together, painted the colors of their wedding, and used as their transportation to the reception site one mile down A1A.
Justin and Amy Parrinello
Married March 28, 2009
Justin and Amy met in high school but never dated until getting back in touch with each other while attending the Fire Academy. They were married at a ceremony at the bride’s parent’s house in Satellite Beach, the same location where the couple became engaged. The reception that followed under a tent featured an elegant coastal theme. The day was filled with details significant to the couple such as flip-flops for the guests to wear, a fire pit to make s’mores, even a visit from the Satellite Beach fire department so the bride and groom could take pictures with a fire truck. Justin is a firefighter and paramedic captain for the Coral Springs Fire Department and Amy is a firefighter, paramedic and Hazmat tech for the Hollywood Fire Department.
Jason and Andrea Solano
Married November 8, 2008
Andrea Tani and Jason Solano married at Milliken’s Reef Seafood Grille in Cape Canaveral. The restaurant was the perfect spot since the groom’s mother, Rhoda Brennan, owns it and the couple both work there. The ceremony was held outside on the deck of the restaurant, timed perfectly to a Carnival Cruise Ship launch, which passed by as the couple said their vows. A reception followed inside the restaurant, where the usually casual atmosphere was transformed for the elegantly themed occasion.