Sunday, December 10, 2017
Features and More

Couple celebrates at traditional wedding with old-fashioned, rustic style

ST. PETERSBURG

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.

Comments
Sting rocks the house with old and new hits in Florida Orchestra gala

Sting rocks the house with old and new hits in Florida Orchestra gala

ST. PETERSBURG — In some ways, the Florida Orchestra’s gala with Sting looked like other concerts of a mega-star. Most of the fans who packed the Mahaffey Theater bought their tickets the day they went on sale. They cheered and sang along at the open...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Top things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of Dec. 11-17

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of Dec. 11-17

Katy Perry: The Teenage Dream songstress roars into Tampa’s Amalie Arena on Friday ($45.75-$195.75). amaliearena.com. Hanukkah: The Festival of Lights begins Tuesday, bringing fun celebrations including Hanukkah in the City at the Sundial St. Petersb...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Top holiday events, parades, parties this weekend

Top holiday events, parades, parties this weekend

ParadesApollo Beach Lighted Boat ParadeThe Tampa Sailing Squadron hosts this event and the party afterward with a chili cook off. Good viewing available from the clubhouse and docks. Free. Tampa Sailing Squadron, 1250 Apollo Beach Blvd., Ruskin. (813...
Published: 12/08/17
Fun and profound Hanukkah celebrations around the Tampa Bay area

Fun and profound Hanukkah celebrations around the Tampa Bay area

It’s time to observe the Festival of Lights, starting at sunset Tuesday and ending Dec. 20. Many congregations seem to be having a great time, because Hanukkah celebrations this year are hilarious. There’s a menorah made of fidget spinne...
Published: 12/08/17
From Hogwarts Castle to your home, digital projectors give a real light show

From Hogwarts Castle to your home, digital projectors give a real light show

At night, Hogwarts Castle is suddenly dusted with snow in steamy Florida. It’s not really snow, but light causing this trick of the eye. Projectors and sophisticated software then send ghosts across the castle towers. A turret spins and turns i...
Published: 12/08/17
Time to shine: Embrace this holiday season’s beauty trends

Time to shine: Embrace this holiday season’s beauty trends

The holiday season has officially arrived, bringing all the glitz and shine of twinkling lights and tinsel. It’s also bringing festive get-togethers, and whether they’re office parties or fancy soirees, the instinct is to look as shiny and bright as ...
Published: 12/08/17
Starbucks’ Christmas Tree Frappuccino tastes like broken promises and Thin Mints

Starbucks’ Christmas Tree Frappuccino tastes like broken promises and Thin Mints

You thought Starbucks was waging a war on Christmas when, in 2011, the company’s holiday cups featured nutcrackers that bore a coincidental resemblance to the Guy Fawkes mask, at the time a symbol of Occupy Wall Street. You thought Starbucks was taki...
Published: 12/08/17
Lightened Shepherd’s Pie comforting, quick

Lightened Shepherd’s Pie comforting, quick

When the weather gets cooler, we want to tuck into comfort food in our home. Doing a recipe makeover on a tasty-but-less-than-healthy dish is one of my favorite challenges. Today, I’m taking on a wintertime classic with my Lightened Shepherd’s Pie. T...
Published: 12/08/17
Green Salad With Pumpkin Vinaigrette celebrates holiday season

Green Salad With Pumpkin Vinaigrette celebrates holiday season

By MELISSA D’ARABIANSummer may officially be the season of green salads, but wintertime versions have advantages that make them worth exploring. The cooler weather seasonable greens are hearty and darker green, which makes them nutrient-rich. And, th...
Published: 12/08/17
Review: Amazon wants a key to your house. I did it. I regretted it.

Review: Amazon wants a key to your house. I did it. I regretted it.

I gave Amazon.com a key to go into my house and drop off packages when I’m not around. After two weeks, it turns out letting strangers in has been the least-troubling part of the experience.Once Amazon owned my door, I was the one locked into an all-...
Published: 12/08/17