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Madeline Kincaid & Patrick Aicklen

By March 22, 2011No Comments

As any TRUE southerner knows, there is only one vacation spot—the Florida Panhandle. It is the place where a child first sees the magnificent ocean, sand dunes covered in sea oats, and shells — hundreds and hundreds of sea shells. Florida is where Madeline Kincaid spent her summer vacations in the world’s biggest sandbox and fell in love with the beauty of nature’s glistening white beaches. It would only seem fitting she would someday meet the man of her dreams and exchange their wedding vows on the very same beaches.
And so the story goes Madeline would meet Patrick Aicklen during their freshman year at Auburn University at a Delta Zeta-Sigma Chi pledge swap, and the rest is history. Soon, spring and summer breaks included at least one weekend on the beautiful sandy beaches of Florida’s Emerald Coast. It was no surprise to family or friends that Patrick would propose to Madeline on bended knee as the sun set on the beach.
No ordinary venue would be suitable for this wedding, so when a friend suggested Carillon Beach as a possible location, the couple quickly made plans to investigate. Madeline and Patrick enlisted the professional services of Victoria Volpone of Carillon Weddings. This was a big plus for the couple since they both lived in Austin, Texas, at the time, while attempting to plan a wedding in Florida. Both sets of parents lived out of town (Patrick’s parents were in Dallas) or out of state (Madeline’s parents were in Auburn).
After a year of long-distance planning, the big event finally arrived. Family and friends flocked to the beach in mid-September of 2009 to celebrate the union. On the day before the wedding, Michael, best man and older brother of Patrick, organized a golf tournament for the male guests. While the men were teeing off on the 18th hole, the bride and her bridesmaids, along with the mothers of the bride and groom, enjoyed a leisure luncheon at The Red Bar in Grayton Beach.

As could be expected, the day of the wedding proved a roller coaster of emotions for the entire bridal party as it gathered at the quaint bungalow rented for the occasion by the bride’s parents. Tasty finger sandwiches and refreshments were provided by close friends of the bride’s parents to help settle the nerves and stomachs of the ladies. Knowing that most women are more than a little concerned about their hair on that special day, Madeline’s close friend and personal hair stylist, Charlayne Howard, offered her services to not only the bride-to-be, but also the bridesmaids as well as the mother of the bride. Amidst the giggles and tears, Madeline and her attendants, along with her mother, managed to don their wedding attire without any major meltdowns (well, almost). When the time came for Madeline to leave the house, she absolutely glowed with the anticipation of the events to come.
The sacred ceremony of matrimony was performed by the Rev. Charles Cummings of Auburn United Methodist Church in Auburn, Ala. Approximately 100 of the couple’s closest friends and family traveled from various parts of the country to attend and support the union of this special couple. To greet the guests, a string duet consisting of a violinist and cellist played classical music throughout the ceremony.
To replicate the hues of the setting sun off the coast, Madeline chose a color scheme of fuchsia, hot pink, golden yellow and deep coral. The trio of colors interspersed throughout the bride’s bouquet, as well as the attendants’ bouquets and groomsmen’s boutonnieres. This artistic display of orchids, sweet peas, tulips, calla lilies and other tropical foliage was made possible by the direction of Christine Springfield of Nouveau Flowers. Not to overlook the pure and simple beauty of the beach, Christine designed a pair of wreaths for the doors of The Meeting House adorned in white shells, starfish and green hanging amaranthus.
The bride wore a Watters re-embroidered lace, spaghetti-strap ecru gown with charmeuse lining, a charmeuse sash at the empire and a sweep train. In memory of her brother, Zachary, a gingham blue sailboat from one of his baby bibs was sewn to the inside lining of her gown. To make the look complete, Madeline chose strappy Jimmy Choo heels a shade of pale blush. The bridesmaids wore WTOO tea-length fuschia dresses with
sashes of the same color to duplicate the
style of the bride’s sash. Along with this, they
chose strappy heels pewter in color. The groom wore a traditional black tuxedo with a contrasting white vest and tie while the groomsmen wore black vests and ties.
Following the ceremony, the couple and their guests enjoyed an exquisite reception held on the Village Green of Carillon Beach. The buffet included three stations of appetizers, main entrees, as well as a “simply southern” table. The guests nibbled on cucumber cups in Roquefort mousse with crispy bacon as they made their way to the main table of herb-crusted beef tenderloin with roasted garden vegetables. To satisfy the need for a touch of home-style cooking, guests were offered a choice of either pecan-crusted chicken fingers or fried catfish fingers served in newspaper cones along with generous portions of sweet potato fries.
The bride’s and groom’s cakes were both designed by Rhonda Joodi of Confections on the Coast. A three-tiered cake consisting of French vanilla with mascarpone cheese and white chocolate filling made up the top and bottom layers. The middle layer consisted of strawberry cake with cream cheese filling. The outside of the entire cake was covered with homemade fondant and butter cream icing with a sprinkling of gum paste flowers to resemble the flowers from the bouquets.
Not a fan of chocolate cake or icing, Patrick wanted something unique to represent his fondness for candy. With this in mind, Rhonda created a red velvet “Skittles” cake with cream cheese and toasted pecan filling. In the shape of the colorful candies, she frosted the outside with a combination of red fondant and butter cream icing. To complete the effect, Rhonda duplicated the “Skittles” label and even left one end of the bag/cake open so individual pieces could overflow.
The musical entertainment for the reception was provided by Gulf Talent Services with songs ranging from the Big Band era to modern hip-hop. The bride and groom danced their first dance as husband and wife to the romantic song “At Last” by Etta James. Following this, Madeline danced with her father, Chris, to the song “Unforgettable” by Nat King Cole and his daughter, Natalie Cole. In contrast to the slower pace, Patrick and his mother, Trish, danced to the upbeat sound of “My Wish” by Rascal Flatts. The music for the remainder of the evening consisted of many “oldies but goldies” as well as current music.
Perhaps the most important aspect of this wedding was the ability of the duo of Genya and Wesleyann of Vue Photography to capture the essence of every moment. The incredible talent and bubbling personalities of these two ladies exude in all of their art work.
Following the reception, Madeline and Patrick left for a week-long honeymoon in the paradise of Beliz. After returning from their honeymoon, the couple moved from Austin and currently reside in Peoria, Ariz., where they enjoy life as . . . Mr. and Mrs. Aicklen.

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