Amelia Islanders love the rivalry between their Florida home and their Georgia neighbors, and so do Jenny and Matt Mountjoy, who met and married in Florida and now live in Georgia.
The couple was introduced at Matt’s University of Florida fraternity event the first week of Jenny Bridwell’s freshman year. Four years later—plus a couple more for graduate study—Jenny had a Master’s degree in graphic and web design and Matt in accounting, and the couple relocated to Atlanta.
A short while into their young careers, Matt asked Jenny to help him find a home to purchase for him and some roommates. A few days later, she was shocked when the couple took a scuba-diving adventure to a rock quarry in Alabama and she found an engagement ring 30-feet deep, with a waterproof sign asking, “Will you marry me?” The sign had two check boxes: “Yes” and “Yes”!
When it came to choosing where to exchange vows, the couple quickly decided on Amelia Island. “Amelia isn’t just my home, it’s also a place that is an amazing destination for my out-of-town family, Matt’s entire family and childhood friends, and all of our Greek brothers and sisters,” says Jenny.
The couple knew their wedding would have a Florida/Georgia theme. Jenny designed a wedding logo for the celebration, and the couple showed their gratitude to their guests for all their love and support. Jenny and the girls enjoyed a bridal luncheon at Slider’s Seaside Grill, while the groomsmen dined at Café Karibo. Monogrammed gift bags for the guests included hand-picked shark’s teeth (from the bride’s Daddy), White Chocolate Sand Dollars from Fernandina’s Fantastic Fudge, coral-and-white polka-dot pajamas for the girls, and golf balls, Crown Royal, and monogram-engraved pocket knives for the guys.
The couple’s rehearsal dinner was celebrated at Florida House Inn and served up plenty of Southern charm. “We wanted to show our family and friends all we love about the south,” smiles the bride. And they did exactly that, with personal signage, monogrammed koozies by Jenni, and a Southern menu of chicken and waffles, shrimp and grits, biscuits, strawberry shortcake, peach cobbler, and a Florida-Georgia craft beer selection. But the highlight of the evening may have been when Jenny and her dad danced to Amelia’s own Sean McCarthy performing his song, “Said the Father to His Daughter.”
On the morning of the wedding, the bride and her ladies awoke at her family’s home—in matching coral-and-white polka-dot pajamas—to her mother’s breakfast casserole. The party of 18, mimosas in hand, had their hair and makeup done by CorMier Hair Studio and Andrea Wallace. Meanwhile, the groomsmen spent the morning on the Long Point Golf Course at Amelia Island Plantation.
At four o’clock, Jenny slipped her hand into her father’s and stepped from a 1920 Ford Model-T to walk under a canopy of oaks to her groom, who was waiting in front of the lush marsh backdrop. Following the ceremony, guests celebrated with hand-passed champagne, a signature cocktail, and Florida/Georgia favorites like fried gator tail and fried green tomatoes. The crowd enjoyed a sit-down dinner and entertainment by the BRB Band booked through Resort Talent. “Halfway through the party we opened an ice cream bar—my favorite food—to keep people energetic,” Jenny smiles.
At 10 p.m., the couple left under a shower of sparklers. Today, Jenny and Matt are remodeling the house they picked out, cheering their Florida Gators, and living the joy they experienced at their Amelia Island wedding.