When Michelle Duprey met Gage Ploegert in high school, she was a freshman and he was a junior. They met at a Fernandina Beach High School football game, both rooting for the Pirates, and they were instantly smitten with each other. But, as often happens with young love, the two of them ended up going their separate ways, until 2010, when they reunited.
“Gage and I are polar opposites,” laughs Michelle. “That’s what makes us so perfect for each other!” Not to mention their love for football, fishing, boating, and Savannah. “Gage proposed during a trip to Savannah, at breakfast on the river. We always knew that we would get married some day, but it was still a surprise, and very romantic.”
Michelle and Gage are very connected to Fernandina Beach, having grown up on Amelia Island. Michelle’s mother, Kathy, has been working as a dental hygienist for Amelia Dental Group for over 20 years, and her dad Rob owns May & Duprey Repair and Remodel Company.
Gage’s father is a Jacksonville firefighter, and his mother is a teacher at Bryceville Elementary School. Michelle worked at Fantastic Fudge for many years, and Gage worked at Amelia Island Yacht Basin. “We both have a huge attachment to Amelia Island and its community,” says Michelle.
Michelle and Gage decided to get married at The Golf Club of Amelia Island, holding their ceremony at the back end of the golf course, officiated by Leonard Love, affectionately known as “Dr. Love.” “We really wanted an outdoor wedding, and Dr. Love did a beautiful job personalizing our ceremony,” shares Michelle. “We then held a cocktail hour and reception inside the club, with dancing outdoors, hosted by DJ Charles of White Tie Events.”
Michelle wanted to use as many local vendors as possible, and she was able to pull it all together with the help of event planner Sune Holt from Omni Amelia Island Plantation. “My parents were also very involved with the planning process,” says Michelle. Michelle and Gage began their weekend festivities with an Amelia River Cruises sunset tour on Friday night, and then their rehearsal dinner at Pepper’s Mexican Grill and Cantina in downtown Fernandina Beach.
On Saturday morning, The Beauty Bar provided Michelle and her bridesmaids with a relaxing hair and makeup experience, with mimosas and an exquisite breakfast catered by The Picnic Basket. “It was the perfect way to start our wedding day!” remembers Michelle.
Michelle and Gage’s reception included dinner with a pasta station, a grits station, and brisket, salads, and other Southern specialties. The reception also featured a wedding cake and cupcake tier provided by Bliss Cakery, plus a photo booth, and lots of dance tunes. “We really wanted fun music,” says Michelle. “It set the mood for our guests, and everyone had a great time dancing.”
After the wedding, the newlyweds spent their honeymoon touring Europe for two weeks, with stops in Paris, Florence, Venice, Naples, and Rome. “Our honeymoon was amazing,” says Michelle. “It was the trip of a lifetime.”
Today, Michelle and Gage live in Yulee, where she works in human resources and he works as an operations manager. “We’ve both formed lasting friendships and relationships here,” says Michelle. “It’s the perfect place to start our new life together.”