By CATHI AYCOCK
Many little girls dream of fairy tales.
For this bride, the dream became true when Amanda Jack married Michael Pretorius in a wedding that evoked romance, magic and Neverland.
Amanda was a dance teacher who had a friend who kept insisting she needed to meet “this guy who was a gymnastics coach”.
“I heard through the grapevine, that he had been diagnosed with cancer, so I reached out and told him I was praying for him. We starting talking on social media and set up a coffee date,” Amanda says.
She says the two “hit it off immediately” and married this year. With Michaels cancer in remission, a fairy tale wedding seemed apropos.
In addition to those childhood dreams of fairy tales, Amanda was inspired to plan a Neverland themed wedding by a charming gift.
“A family member gave me an antique book of Peter Pan, published in the 1930s, and that was my inspiration. I loved planning the wedding and everyone that I worked with was amazing,” Amanda says.
The wedding was held at The Lodge at The Nelson Andrews Leadership Center on the Camp Widgiwagan property, a location the bride describes as “woodsy and warm”.
To carry the theme into every element of the wedding, Amanda met with her florist, Steve McClellan at Garden Delights Fine Florist.
“He created such beautiful flowers that really captured exactly what I wanted. I loved the golden succulent at the center of the arrangement. Everything looked ethereal and lovely,” says Amanda.
Her wedding gown, a confection of a dress, was from Glitz Nashville.
“I was originally going to go with a simple dress. But then I tried on a huge ball gown, just for fun. The minute I put I didn’t want to take it off,” laughs Amanda.
The groomsmen wore white shirts with suspenders and dapper bow ties. The groom’s Peter Pan green jacket? A Goodwill find.
“We were at Goodwill and I saw this jacket. It was ninety-nine cents and it fit him perfectly,” Amanda say.
The boutonnieres for the groomsmen were a mix of greenery and feathers–a nod to the signature jaunty feather in Peter Pan’s hat. Michael gifted each groomsman with a sword, also a nod to an element of the fairy tale, and they all wore them to complete their wedding ensemble.
The bridesmaids wore deep green gowns and carried a mixture of white flowers including hydrangea and roses. The flower girls threw gold tipped feathers preceding the bride in lieu of the traditional rose petals.
With all of the wedding party in fairy tale flounce and flourish, Amanda says some guests were flipping out. Literally.
“Our ushers were dressed as pirates. Some of them were former gymnasts and they were doing the splits and flips at the reception. It was so much fun,” says Amanda.
One of Amanda’s favorite wedding elements was the cake. A Big Ben shaped cake with a shadow of the Peter Pan characters on it. Created by Lenneke Driskill of Cedar City Cakes, it featured three flavors, cinnamon, vanilla and spice.
Michael surprised his bride at the reception with a song he wrote for her. But the reception was also filled with laughter as dancing and entertainment, a magician performed, were part of the magical night
Amanda says she is “so grateful” for the family and friends who came to celebrate.
“It was just a magical day,” says Amanda, whose wedding will make even the most hardened soul believe, for a moment, in fairy tales and happy endings.
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