Posted on May 10, 2014
Thanks to the Money Pages’ Ultimate Wedding Giveaway, these proud parents were able to have the wedding of their dreams.
Eric Evans remembers exactly what he thought when he ran into fellow Fletcher High School alum Brittany Besand on the beach in 2012.
“I saw this little blond-haired, blue-eyed girl sitting there and … then I noticed it was Brittany,” Eric, 32, said.
Not one to waste an opportunity, Eric immediately asked Brittany to lunch. She declined. It wasn’t personal, though — she had to go to class. At their first date, it was quickly clear that there wasn’t anything they didn’t like about each other. But Brittany wasn’t looking for love.
“This was the first time living completely by myself,” Brittany, 30, said. “I had an apartment, was in school, my girlfriends and I had plans to travel. I just wasn’t looking.”
Lucky for Eric, her heart cared little for her plans. Soon they were madly in love.
“I literally would honestly say we haven’t spent a day apart since we first went out,” said Eric, a bartender at Ragtime Tavern Seafood & Grill.
They were surprised but definitely not disappointed when she became pregnant a few months later.
“It wasn’t necessarily planned for that early, but we were both over the moon excited about it,” said Brittany, a server at Ruth’s Chris Steak House in Ponte Vedra Beach.
Eric proposed the following August during a sunset beachside stroll on Brittany’s first night out after their daughter, Marlee, was born.
They could only afford a small wedding so Brittany got creative.
“I thought if we could win a wedding, that would be a tremendous help,” she said.
When they were chosen as finalists for the Money Pages contest, they launched an all-out campaign for votes.
“I remember that day [they announced the winner], the clock was just ticking,” Brittany said. “It was probably about 4:30 that my phone rang.”
Eric and Brittany said “I do” on March 22 at Ruth’s Chris.
Their winnings — including a rehearsal dinner at Pusser’s Caribbean Grille, a reception at Ponte Vedra Concert Hall and much, much more — turned what was to be a simple affair into a fabulous celebration.
Eric’s longtime friend Dane Jefferys, who played “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” on the ukulele during the wedding processional, said, “Everybody was smiling, everybody was happy, the band [Cloud 9] was good, the food was good.”
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Courtesy of Claire Reed, Jacksonville.com