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A Charming Southern Spring Wedding with Showstopping Blooms

While every detail was absolute perfection, the stunning florals took centerstage in this sweet Spring wedding. Bright pink and coral flowers along with lush green garlands made for a ceremony to remember as captured by Amalie Orrange Photography. Peek in The Vault to see the picture perfect reception by Sperry Tents that will make you feel like you just stepped into your favorite flower shop.


From The Bride…In the late summer of 2010, Ferrell had just moved to NYC for law school at NYU and Allen had lived in NYC for a couple of years, since undergrad. A mutual friend brought Allen to a friend’s apartment party in the West Village and they hit it off. A month or so later, and after many attempts by their mutual friend of trying to make Ferrell and Allen run into each other in the City, Ferrell got a call out of the blue from Allen, asking her to meet up for a drink.

Allen had the ring burning a hole in his pocket, and despite Ferrell’s best attempts to keep busy socializing and party hopping one fall Saturday in the city, he said enough was enough and declared that they were going to take a last minute trip upstate for a night away. After taking a train up along the Hudson, they checked into a B&B and later that night he proposed.

Q. What inspired your vision for your wedding?
I wanted a traditional ceremony in the church that raised me since birth, wearing my mother’s own wedding dress that we redesigned in NYC.

For the reception, it was located at the Withers Maguire House, which was the home of my great-great grandparents upon first moving to central Florida. On April 2, 1987 (29 years to the date from our wedding!), it was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places and has since served as a museum. I wanted guests to feel like they were welcomed into the garden of our family home, even if not technically ours any more!

The goal was to have a warmth to the party, both in the sense of hospitality and weather. We, and a lot of our guests, were on the tail end of a brutal NY winter! We wanted a black-tie feel with a candle lit dinner, complimented by down-to-earth touches like an oyster shucking station served with saltine crackers and rocking chairs on the porch where people could sip on whatever they fancied, whether that be a whiskey old fashioned or rose to welcome the spring.

Most importantly though, we wanted the reception to be a joyous celebration that exuded the happiness and gratitude that Allen and I felt in marrying each other in front of our friends and family. And a celebration it was! We had an amazing 10-piece band with brass horns come in from Atlanta and they had everyone on their feet all night. Adding in lots of dance floor props (sunglasses at night! light-up Minnie-mouse ears as an ode to the happiest place on earth!) never hurts either.

Q. If you did a first look what was your favorite part and why did you decide to see each other before the ceremony?
A. We decided to do a first look to calm the nerves, and also to ensure that we could focus on all of our guests who had travelled from near and far.

Q. What was your favorite design element of your wedding?
A. The flowers ended up being the show stopping piece, in my opinion! I wanted bright pinks and corals in a loose, lush style to compliment the muted dusty blue hints of color elsewhere. I loved the way our dusty blue and gray linens, and especially our hemstitched dinner napkins, ended up being a neutral backdrop to let the flowers to shine. And speaking of a neutral backdrop, we even had flowers in the old oak tree, placed to look as if there were garden roses, peonies and tulips growing straight out of the branches.

Lastly, I loved all of the calligraphy – a close friend designed everything from our invitation suite, to the menu, place cards and signage. It turned something that was already standalone gorgeous into a meaningful piece of the design.

Q. Did you have any DIY details? And if so what were they?
A. Does folding 250+ dinner napkins count!?

In all honesty, planning it from start to finish was the DIY aspect – we scouted the venue, coordinated all the vendors and customized every detail from cocktail stirrers, match books, coozies and even the guest book, where we used calligraphy from our invitations to tie all of the elements together.

Q. What was the most memorable moment from your wedding day?
A. Running through the sea of sparklers at the conclusion of a day where I have never felt more supported or loved – that is what I’ll remember! That, and dancing up a storm.

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Photography: Amalie Orrange Photography | Floral Design: Velvet And Twine | Cake: Anna Cakes | Ceremony Venue: First United Methodist Orlando | Reception Venue: Ocoee Lakeshore Center | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Catering: Arthur's | Hair + Makeup: Makeover Station | Calligraphy + Invitations: Script Merchant Calligraphy | Lighting: Get Lit | Band: The Winn Jazz All Stars | Bar Rental: AFR Furniture Rental | Cocktail Hour Band: Jazzin’ Spector’s Trio | Event Planning + Coordination: The Dtales | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Oyster Bar: Brian Eaves | Rentals: Wish Vintage Rentals | Stage, Dance Floor + Table Rentals: Orlando Wedding And Party Rentals | Tent Rentals: Sperry Tents | Trees: The Foliage Connection

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Saying “I do” in the Outer Banks of North Carolina is EVERYTHING

Guys, I love ALL weddings… I really, truly do.  But, if I am being honest, it’s those seaside nuptials in paradise that really get my heart pumping. I’m talking miles of sandy beaches, crystal blue waters and, of course, a beautiful locale like the Sanderling Resort making every moment happen perfectly.  I mean, a vaca of a lifetime meets the ultimate wedding? Yes. Please.

Located in the oh-so-stunning Outer Banks of North Carolina, the Sanderling Resort is everything you’ve ever wanted (and more) for your Big Day. Think space for 15-180 guests, luxe accommodations and mesmerizing sunset views to add a little touch of romance to your festivities. From their ah-mazing venue options to their knowledgeable staff to their relaxing spa, the team at Sanderling Resort will turn your dreams into an absolute reality.  We promise you that.

Contact the Sanderling Resort TODAY to speak to one of their full-service event planners and begin planning your destination celebration.  We can’t wait to see you say “I do” in the Outer Banks, lovelies.

How to Pull off a Tuscan Inspired Wedding in the States

For those of you that aren’t jetting off to Tuscany to say ‘I do’, but still long to incorporate the romance that only the Italians can pull off then Amanda and Michael’s wedding is for you. A dreamy day captured by Vicki Grafton Photography that proves you can absolutely plan an Italian inspired celebration in the states. Graced with elegant details and a super sweet couple, we’ve got every darling detail waiting for you in The Vault!

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From Vicki Grafton PhotographyAmanda and Michael had a lovely intimate Tuscan inspired wedding at Bella Collina in Montverde, Florida on April 22, 2016.

I went to college with Amanda and she was even a bridesmaid in my destination wedding back in 2008. I knew Amanda had always dreamed of a destination wedding in Italy which connected her to her family heritage. However, when the time came and she found the man of her dreams, there were a few very important family members that sadly wouldn’t be able to make such a long trip to Italy. So to help her stay true to her original wedding dream, I assisted in finding the most amazing venue and team of vendors to bring her vision to life. I love when my couples ask me for advice to get the wedding and the images they have always dreamed of, and Amanda definitely utilized my experience in the industry to do just that.

My favorite details of their celebration included handmade paper invitation and event calligraphy by Julie Ha Design, including wooden menus with the course names written in Italian. The florals by Fleur & Lumiere had a elegant yet foraged tuscan feel including olive branches and greenery. I also adored how their ceremony was nestled in with Bella Collina as the backdrop to create that intimate villa feel. And although a threatening storm ultimately changed their reception plans from an alfresco dinner around the reflection pool to a cosy dinner inside Bella, Amanda and Micheal were still able to have their first dance at the reflecting pool as their guests looked on from above. About 5 minutes after their first dance the clouds finally let go of the rain which was perfectly timed to usher guests inside for an intimate dinner.

From the Bride… We wanted to have an authentic destination feel of Tuscany close to home. Our venue provided the perfect backdrop for an Italian inspired theme. I wanted to be surrounded by nature while still keeping the formality of an elegant event. We went for a Vintage Italian vibe with the colors of Tuscany including soft neutrals, taupe, cream, touches of pale pink and soft greenery. We included homemade biscotti favors set at each place setting. The biscotti were wrapped with parchment paper, twine and a sprig of rosemary. The music ensemble also included an accordion player to transport guests to a different time and place. And our custom designed invitations had the beautiful ceremony backdrop sketched by hand on handmade paper with a rough edge which set the tone for the a celebration with effortless elegance.

My favorite moment was the first look. It was a peaceful private moment amid the chaos. We both were brought to tears and it was a moment I will never forget. My favorite detail of the day was the venue. Bella Collina is Italian for “beautiful hill” and it definitely lives up to its name. We truly felt transported us to another place and time. The Ceremony was held outdoors on the lawn with the beautiful stone and Tuscan style architecture and stunning cypress trees as the perfect backdrop for our vows. Cocktail hour was initially planned for the courtyard clock tower, but because of the impending storm, it was moved to the atrium with beautiful stone arches and wrought iron chandeliers, overlooking the reflection pool and Lake Siena in the distance. For dinner and dancing we moved into the clubhouse which felt almost like a castle with dinner set in front of a grand fireplace. Off the dining room was an cozy bar/lounge area for dancing and I think having an intimate room for the reception really encouraged our guests to mingle and dance all night!

Our cake was three tiers of delicate ruffled fondant covering Amaretto sponge cake with a bavarian creme filling. The flowers were the perfect tones consisting of white and crème, gently accented with taupe and blush using peonies, english garden roses and other european flowers all accented with olive branch and greenery. The bouquets were all hand tied with luxurious silk ribbons and the boutonnieres were a sweet coupling of greenery, olive and herbs accented with rough cut silk ribbon.

My gown was perfection, but it took some time to find the right one that fit the destination vibe we were were going for. I ended up with a romantic A-Line with a soft sweetheart neckline and off-the shoulder illusion sleeves. It had a delicate floral lace pattern over subtle gold satin and then layers of eternal tule over top. It was light and delicate and looked effortless and etherial when I moved. My bridesmaids dresses were mis-matched long flowy gowns in soft pinks & blush. They each picked their own dress and two of the girls actually switched the morning of!

The one piece of advice I would give to brides-to-be is to wear flats! I was very resistant at first, but it was by far one of the best decisions I made and I am so thankful I listened to that piece of advice. I felt just as glamorous and it saved my feet! No our could tell anyways as my dress was long and the shoes didn’t show. I really enjoyed the night and was able to dance all night long!

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Photography: Vicki Grafton Photography | Coordination: Linda Ha Events | Floral Design: Fleur Lumiere | Wedding Dress: Brides by Demetrios | Hair + Makeup: Brie & Brie | Calligraphy + Invitations: Julie Ha | Venue: Bella Collina | Ribbon: The Poetry of Silk | Veil: Emily Riggs