Family and tradition, Amanda Amick said. Old-fashioned. Rustic.
And right away her mother, Terri Amick, went to work on the details.
"I took a little step back in time," Terri Amick said.
The afternoon of Sept. 29, Amanda and her husband, Dallas Evans, exchanged their vows outdoors at the historic St. Petersburg Woman's Club, where a gentle sea breeze kept their guests cool and ruffled Amanda's veil.
The long, embellished heirloom was a gift of sorts from Amanda's beloved grandmother, Toni Amick, who died last year. As Amanda's parents, Breck and Terri, sorted through her things, "I found her veil," Terri Amick said, "and boxes of the most beautiful lace I have ever seen."
The headpiece, which was wrapped in blue tissue paper, first belonged to Toni Amick's grandmother, and it was yellow with age. Terri Amick said she called all over the country trying to find out how to clean the delicate fabric without destroying it. (OxiClean, in specific amounts; let dry in the sun.)
Some of the lace went into Amanda's silk dress; Terri made a pattern for it from brown kraft paper, then stitched the gown.
She made place mats and table runners of burlap, used vintage lace-trimmed napkins along with new ones in seasonal hues, and crafted centerpieces from driftwood, tiny birdhouses and autumn flowers. Shepherd's hooks held Mason jars filled with floral arrangements, and beverages for the reception chilled in galvanized tubs. A Tampa baker created the cake, decorated it with acorn and leaf shapes and topped it with two birds, hand-crafted by the bride.
Inside the clubhouse, a table displayed wedding pictures of the couple's parents, Terri and Breck Amick and Kathy McElmurry and Dallas Evans, surrounded by many other family images. Included was a photograph of Toni Amick, wearing that veil, the day she married the bride's grandfather, Phil.
Amanda and Dallas met in February 2011 at a rugby match in Tampa, through a friend of Amanda's whose husband also was involved in the sport.
Amanda, 28, who has a bachelor's degree in mathematics from the University of Florida, is a facilities consultant at the Florida Fish & Wildlife Research Institute in St. Petersburg.
Dallas, 35, a civil engineer, has a bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Illinois plus a master's in biology and a bachelor's in engineering from Auburn University.
In September 2011, he invited Amanda to Zion, Ill., near Chicago, to meet his parents. And unbeknownst to Amanda, he asked her parents' permission to propose.
Amanda's dad called Toni, who brought out engagement and wedding rings passed down through the family. She had them cleaned and gave them to Dallas.
Just before the couple left on their trip north, Toni Amick was diagnosed with cancer. She died on Oct. 3, 2011.
"While I was in Chicago, I found out I was pregnant," Amanda said. "She was the first one in the family to know about the baby."
They waited awhile to tell the others. Dallas proposed in October 2011, and they married in a civil ceremony at the Pinellas County courthouse in St. Petersburg on Dec. 2. Dylan, their son, was born on May 18, and the more formal wedding in September was a celebration.
"Oh, my goodness, I am the luckiest daughter ever," Amanda said. Her twin sister, Alison, was her maid of honor.
"We were bringing two families together," Terri Amick said. "That's what I wanted to do. We are thrilled to death with her husband.
"Everybody complimented (the wedding) because it wasn't the standard."
The caption on the photograph with this story has been updated to reflect the correct date for the couple's civil ceremony.