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11.11.11 garden wedding give away

Naples Botanical Garden made one couple’s dream destination wedding a reality on 11.11.11 by giving away a complete wedding for 75, valued at more than $70,000. The Garden, along with a group of leading event vendors and partners provided the many elements necessary to create a beautiful tropical Garden wedding, from the breathtaking location and cake, to the dress and favors.
Congratulations to the Winning Couple - Princess Moody & Gabriel Davis!

about the couple

Princess Moody is a 26 year old student at Simmons College in Boston, MA in her final year pursuing a graduates degree in Social Work. She is currently working as an intern at an outpatient program for women in recovery from substance abuse. Though born in Columbus, Georgia, she moved to Columbus, Ohio when she was 13 and tries to get home to visit her three siblings and the rest of her family, who she's very close with.

WeddingGiveaway_Couple_ThankYou.jpgGabriel Davis is 25 years old and currently attending Harvard Law School in Cambridge, MA. The Ohio native is very involved in his school, serving as the treasurer for the Harvard Black Law Students Association and contributing to school law journals. He has also participated in various legal clinics, including one serving indigent clients in danger of being evicted from their homes.

The jazz lover, who also admits to being a bit of a bookworm, is looking forward to marrying his sweetheart in a classic ceremony with a reception that is filled with laughter, dancing, cake, champagne, of course jazz, and the couple's closes family and friends.

their story

The couple met through an AmeriCorps program one summer doing work at the same Cincinnati nonprofit that provided assistance for those with health challenges. The cause was one that hit close to home for Princess. After losing her father and trying to care for a disabled mother, Princess admitted she hadn't been looking for love, but found it, none-the-less, in Gabriel as they spent more and more time working together.
"Falling in love with Gabriel was a fresh breath of air," explained Princess. "He brought happiness into my life after I had experienced so much loss and sadness."
Less than a year into the relationship, Gabriel proposed one muggy June evening in 2008 alongside the Ohio River as they gazed over the Cincinnati skyline. Their education and passion for public service, however, has remained their priority. With the debt they accumulated between the, they knew they had little chance at any kind of wedding in the company of their beloved friends and family.

thank you for voting

With the help of all of you who voted, Princess' and Gabriel's special day was a spectacular event. The following items were voted on by the Garden community for the wedding:

  • Ceremony Location – Provided by Naples Botanical Garden - WINNING VOTE: The Mosaic Garden
  • Wedding Dress – Provided by Loretta Bridal Boutique - WINNING VOTE: The Daina
  • Stationary – Provided by Arabesque Stationery and Gift Shop - WINNING VOTE: Enchanted Garden
  • Floral Arrangements – Provided by Grace Lakes Florist - WINNING VOTE: The Trendsetter
  • Wedding Cake/Pastries – Provided by Be Happy Cakes - WINNING VOTE: The Water Lily Cake
  • First Dance Song – Provided by CTO Artists - WINNING VOTE: Unforgettable by Natalie Cole


thank you to our giveaway partners

The Garden Thanks All of The 2011 Dream Destination Wedding Giveaway Participating Vendors & Partners:

Arabesque Stationery and Gift Shop - Invitations

Be Happy Cakes - Wedding Cake - Media Sponsorportlet_icon_big_leaf.png

Cater Masters - Catering

CTO Artists - Music

Decanted Wine - Wine

Dolphin Transportation - Bridal Party Transportation

Grace Lakes Florist - Floral Arrangements

Gryphon Jewelry Designs - Bridal Jewelry

LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort - Honeymoon

Loretta Bridal Boutique - Wedding Attire

Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention & Visitors Bureau- Promotions Partner

nine29 Design Studios - Photography

No Worries Weddings & Events - Event Planning

Party Time Rentals - Event Rentalsportlet_icon_curly.png

Springhill Suites by Marriott - Bridal Accommodations