For Jessica Rock and Travis McCauley, a close friendship marked the beginning of their romance. Ultimately, it was “his sense of humor and outgoing character” that drew her in, she says, along with a shared friendship; for him, it was her beauty and determination.
The couple got engaged at their favorite place in the world— Siesta Key Beach, Florida—and began to plan their wedding. “We liked the idea of an outdoor ceremony but with a large area to celebrate after,” says Travis. The Zukas Hilltop Barn, with its lush landscape and private outdoor setting, was the perfect choice.
“Couples always comment on our unique setting,” says Alyson Russo, the venue’s event coordinator. “They love our outdoor setting versus a traditional ballroom.”
Taking inspiration from Pinterest and Etsy, the couple decided on a hot-pink-and-green color palette, which popped against the verdant landscape and played to the retro black-and-white dance floor. The couple also loved the idea of having fun, vintage details, so they used tagged skeleton keys as escort cards and crystal doorknobs for table numbers.
But of all the little details that went into creating their dream wedding, their family and friends, Travis and Jess say, made it the most meaningful. “We had Travis’ uncle, who is a superior court judge, marry us,” says Jess. A few of Travis’ fellow police officers ushered guests down the aisle while another co-worker and friend played the bagpipe as a tribute to the Scottish heritage of both the bride and groom.
“We were honored to have friends and family be a part of our special day,” says Jess, looking back. “We wouldn’t change a thing. It was everything we ever wanted and more!”
Photography by Black Thumb Studio
Story by Rachel Arroyo
Featured Vendors: Reception, Wedding Planning, Catering, Tent + Linen Rental: Zukas Hilltop Barn
Additional Vendors: Florist: The Flower Shop // Cake: Gerardo’s Bakery // Bridal Gown + Bridesmaids Dresses: Pronuptia Bridals Inc. // Men’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse // Wedding Bands + Engagement Ring: Pleasant Jewelers // Invitations and Paper Products: Michael’s // Favors: Donations made to Wives Behind the Badge and Vest a Dog K-9 // Bagpiper: Troy Chauvin // Cocktail hour Music: Noah Lis // Reception Music: DJ Greg Bedard // Officiant: The Honorable James Lemire // Videographer: Mavid Productions // Rehearsal Dinner: Point Breeze Restaurant