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Old Florida Wedding

A charming home in Jupiter made the perfect setting for an intimate wedding.

Erika Diane Cole & Stephen John Kopinski

WEDDING DATE: April 20, 2013

WHERE: A private residence in Jupiter

WHAT THEY DO: Stephen, 33, works in sales for a surgical company and Erika, 31, is an audiologist.

HOW THEY MET: After a few emails on the two knew they had to meet in person.

WHEN THEY KNEW THEY’D FOUND “THE ONE”: “When Stephen accepted my grumpy Chihuahua, Alfie, I knew he was the one,” Erika says.

THE ENGAGEMENT: On their two-year anniversary, Stephen took Erika to an art museum. The last painting in the museum read, “Will you marry me?” He had made the painting himself and arranged for it to be hung in the museum that day. “It didn’t sink in that the painting was intended for me until I saw Stephen down on one knee,” Erika says. “Now it hangs in our home for always.”

ON SE­LECTING THEIR VENUE: The couple wanted a private space where they could focus on spending time with each of their guests. So, their aunt and uncle offered to host the ceremony and reception at their vacation home in Jupiter.


Instead of renting dinner plates, the couple used mismatched, vintage china. For a year before the wedding, Erika and her mother hunted down uniquely patterned pieces at antique stores. “The cost was just a bit more than renting, but it was well worth it,” Erika says. “We still use them today for special occasions.”

For their seating chart place cards, the couple hung rustic wedding bells. Guests could ring the bells throughout the evening as an indication for the newlyweds to kiss.

The couple’s first dance song was “Revelry” by Kings of Leon. The song, which is about a breakup, was an untraditional choice, but it held significance for the couple because it was the first song they danced to when they started dating.


Sweet Tooth: Erika loves desserts, so she couldn’t narrow it down to just a cake. She selected five desserts made by The Sugar Monkey for a sweets buffet. The couple still orders the Orange Blossom Parisian Macaroons today when they get a craving.

Signature Drink: The couple named their wedding cocktail “The Salty Chihuahua,” in honor of Erika’s dog, Alfie. To recreate the drink at home, mix an ounce of tequila, a half-ounce of orange-flavored liqueur and six ounces of grapefruit juice. Garnish with a grapefruit slice and coarse salt.

A Family Meal: It meant so much to the couple to sit with both sides’ parents and enjoy the first meal as one family. Doreen of Christafaro’s Catering prepared a casual and elegant menu for the al fresco dinner. “[She] was a dream to work with. Before the wedding was complete, it felt like she had served as our event planner, therapist, friend and rock star caterer,” Erika says.

Behind the Veil

Gown: Tara Keely

Day-of coordinator: Jane Hutton

Cake: The Sugar Monkey

Music: MB Entertainment

Flowers: Heaven & Earth Floral

Catering: Christafaro’s Catering

Transportation: Molly’s Trolleys

Rentals: Atlas Party Rental

Photography: Captured Photography by Jenny