“I wanted everything to be perfect, but the second I walked out in front of 100-plus people, there was nothing more perfect to me than the man standing at the end of the aisle waiting to make me his wife. The moment our eyes met as I walked toward him was the day’s most magical moment.
Kimberly Manger and David Tranes wed in the courtyard of the Wellington National Golf Club, moving inside to the ballroom for the reception. J Millon Photography and Chris Brown Videography captured the day.
“We met a few times, had some mutual friends and, over time, got to talking and became friends,” Kimberly recalled. “Our love grew stronger as we grew together. In 2018, we had plans to watch fireworks on the Fourth of July at the Marriott in Delray Beach — something we had always wanted to do. Then, just as the fireworks began, David got down on one knee and proposed!”
Their big day came on July 21, 2019. “I spent months working on each detail of our day,” she said. “I can’t tell you how long it took me to make the place cards and address the invitations!”
Kimberly gives an extra shout-out of thanks to OMG Flower Boutique of Boynton Beach, Christy’s Bakery in Wellington and DJ Lady Shay. Her dress was designed by Essense of Australia and purchased through Mariolka’s Bridal Boutique. She got to show it off during the couple’s first dance at “Better Today” by Coffey Anderson.
There was another important dance as well.
“My father passed away some years ago,” Kimberly explained. “It always made my heart wrench knowing I’d never have the traditional ‘father-daughter’ dance. I was going to skip it entirely, but I decided to surprise my mom with a ‘mother-daughter’ dance. After all, she raised me to be the woman I am today.”
The women danced to “Count On Me” by Bruno Mars and, during the song, Kimberly’s two sisters joined in, too. “We didn’t have a maid of honor, but joining us in our marriage was my daughter Alexis,” Kimberly said. “She played many important roles in our wedding. We also didn’t have a best man, but we did have a really charming ringbearer in David’s nephew, William. He kept our rings safe and, later, stole many hearts on the dance floor!”
Kimberly doesn’t regret the amount of time she spent planning and orchestrating her wedding. “I promise, I was not a bridezilla,” she stressed. “I just wanted everything to be perfect. And all of our vendors played such an important role in our special day. But the second I walked out in front of 100-plus people, there was nothing more perfect to me than the man standing at the end of the aisle waiting to make me his wife. As I walked toward him, the most magical moment was the moment our eyes met. At the end of the day, you can take all the glamour of our wedding away, and I still would have been the happiest woman alive to be marrying my husband, the love of my life.”
The couple hasn’t yet had a chance to take a real honeymoon, but they did escape to Sanibel island for a few days — at least, until the trip was cut short by the threat of Hurricane Dorian. “But so nice to get away,” Kimberly said of the opportunity to spend some time together as a couple.