Yolanda Vazquez of Puerto Rico and Greg Peel of New Jersey exchanged vows surrounded by family and close friends, at an intimate wedding ceremony held on the incredible Siesta Key shoreline behind Tropical Beach Resorts.
Yolanda and Greg met at a journalists conference in Washington DC. Now living in Maryland, Yolanda is an on air reporter for Public Television. She works on a nationally syndicated automotive show called, "Motorweek", anchors a local political and business show and hosts regional Comcast Newsmakers segments. Greg is a Regional Manager for Covidien, a national company that develops, manufactures and sells a diverse range of industry-leading medical devices.
Though 10 years have passed, their first date is still firmly etched in Yolanda's memory. "Greg took me to a seafood restaurant across the Bay Bridge in Maryland. We had the best first date. Before it was over, he was stripping (only taking off his shirt) and I was putting dollar bills in his pants. Trust me, when I tell you, it's a long story!"
Yolanda related a particularly meaningful moment in her life. "I was facing major surgery a few years ago. I was scared to death . Greg was there to drive me and my mother to the hospital and just moments before going into meet my doctor–I freaked out! Greg, with his-never-flustered demeanor, simply held my hand and reassured me that everything would be okay. That God was in the midst and that I would come out of surgery just fine and he'd be right there waiting for me. I've never shared this with him, but that calmed me down and gave me the strength to endure the operation."
Yolanda realized Greg was "the one" after missing him immediately after spending a nice weekend together. She said, "He's been there through thick n' thin for me and my family. And that means the world to me!"
They decided to get married on Siesta Key after a native Floridian friend of Yolanda's raved about a recent visit. Since they both love the beach and warm weather a little research sealed the deal.
Sand Petals Weddings of Sarasota, Florida (sandpetalweddings.com)
provided everything in Yolanda and Greg's beach wedding package.