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Vintage Chic Southern Wedding Inspiration

Inspired by Southern simplicity, Runway Events created a romantic photo shoot for The Hons to capture, filled with lovely lace details and vintage chic touches that can’t help but take you back to those days of yesteryear we hear so fondly of. See every inch of pretty in this gallery and don’t miss the film by Lasting Blueprint for a sneak peek of all the beauty that went down during the shoot itself.

From The HonsThis ‘Reverie in Lace’ 1940′s styled photo shoot showcased a refined Southern simplicity and we couldn’t be more excited to share it. A collaboration of vendors wanted to prove that simplicity can go a long way.

A Chair Affair rentals pushed down barriers to bring us a beautiful warm wood table and benches that we feel bring guests together and create a more intimate space. The rich wood helps break the minimal decorations on the walls and let’s the honest beauty of the venue shine through. Runway Events styled the shoot with beautiful peach roses, ivory cabbage roses, lush greenery and delicate babies breath. As a floral runner, the combination is a airy contrast to the warm wood table and blends beautifully with the antique floral China.

These refined choices offer a natural, austere ambiance without over doing it. Brides are always looking for gowns that can perfectly combine their ‘ever since I was a little girl’ dreams and the desires of the woman they have become. Modern Bridal accomplished all of that in this 1940′s inspired trumpet gown.

This backless Pronovia gown has intricate lace, delicate ruffled chiffon and gentle beading to add a touch of elegance. Paired with a fingertip scalloped veil to match the bead work, it completes this lush, romantic bride. Sometimes a dramatic makeup does just the trick, but the arcadian venue at The Acre called for a charming touch.

Shantell Tavarez, makeup, and Amanda Stone, hair, gave this homespun bride just enough Southern charm! A simple low bun with a side wisp of bangs adds femininity and won’t stress the bride out during the getting ready process. As you can see the warm blush to highlight a dramatic cheekbone and adds just enough drama to set the bride apart from the guests. Company Forty Two provided us with ethereal invitations that portrayed the rustic wood and delicacy of the South, without being too ostentatious.

Surely a wonderful prelude to the intimate nuptial guests are about to witness. To end the day, Soffelle Confections, added handcrafted sweetness in the form a of an nontraditional cake that reflected the bridal gown. Covered in ivory and cream fondant, the lace applications and string of pearls are perfect for this shoot.

We aimed to capture the elegance of the bride and the details. We used the natural light to hold on to the softness and warmth of Southern Charm that only a wedding day could hold.

Photography: The Hons | Event Design: Runway Events | Floral Design: Runway Events | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Wedding Dress: Modern Bridal Shop | Cake: Sofelle Confections | Invitations: Company Forty Two | Make Up: Shantell Tavarez | Hair Stylist: Amanda Stone | Wedding Venue: The Acre | Rentals: A Chair Affair | Video: Lasting Blueprint

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Black and Gold Winter Wedding in Orlando

As the owner of a letterpress business, this bride is a girl after my own stationery-loving heart. She put her creative touch on every bit of this winter wedding, transporting guests away to a gold sequined wonderland, all captured by Stoffer Photography and White In Revery. So let’s grab a cup of coffee, a blanket, and dive into some glam winter inspiration right this way.


From The Bride… The day I got married turned out to be one of the coldest days in Florida. As someone who prefers scarves, boots, hats and coats, the temperature drop turned out to be a sweet surprise. From the beginning, Andrew and I had wanted to get married outside and we’d found the perfect place and now we had great weather, if a little chilly.

Bella Collina is a picturesque, Tuscany inspired club house situated in the hilliest part of Central Florida. The buildings are made of these beautiful golden hued cobblestones which proved to be a lovely backdrop for our ceremony and reception. Since the weather dropped, we ended up getting a large, clear tent which actually enabled us to get a giant chandelier to hang on top of our dance floor. Not to mention kept the heat in.

By the time guests arrived, it was in the mid-forties. At the last minute we added hot apple cider to be served along with an assortment of cheese, breads and crackers. I’m told it was a life saver.

For the wedding, I wanted a classy, gold sequined affair. The groomsmen wore black suits and ties (Andrew wore a gold tie with his black suit) while my maids wore different dresses in varying shades of gold. I encouraged gold sequins. Everywhere. The cake table had a gold sequined table cloth, my bouquet was wrapped in it and several of my maids were donning it.

I’m the owner of a design + letterpress studio based in Winter Park, Florida. I had so much fun designing our wedding invitations and made sure to include lots of gold foil ;)

My husband is from Portland and he is a coffee enthusiast. We dated long distance and every week I received a batch of his favorite coffee from Cannon Beach. I designed coffee bags with our wedding date, monogram (just the letter D) and Andrew letterpress printed them right in our studio.

A word about how Andrew and I met… About a year ago, a sweet girl named Katie moved to Florida from Seattle for a boy. Just a month after she left everything back home and trekked across the United States they realized it wasn’t meant to be. It was at that point she needed to make a decision; should she move back or attempt a life here in Florida? She decided to stay and promptly looked for a roommate.

I was that roommate. We were introduced randomly at a bar and I decided that she’d make a great roommate; sweet, ordinary, and heartbroken. We spent that first month becoming friends, watching lots of Pride and Prejudice and eating dark chocolate. It was then she told me about her cousin Andrew, who lived in Portland. I was a little concerned at the distance, but Katie gave my email address to Andrew and it wasn’t long before he and I wrote novel length emails back and forth…the emails turned into phone calls and the phone calls turned into FaceTime dates. We talked every day for two months before he came to visit me on July 2nd. We met at the Orlando International Airport. We got engaged that September and were married in January. If you knew me better, you’d know I’m a raving sentimentalist and a romantic. I couldn’t have asked or expected a better love story.

Photography: Stoffer Photography | Videography: White In Revery | Event Planner: Blush By Brandee Gaar | Floral Design: Lee Forrest | Wedding Dress: Solutions Bridal | Cake: The Sugar Suite | Invitations: 9th Letter Press | Band: The Headliners | Ceremony + Reception: Bella Collina | Decor: Dishie Rentals | Table Rentals: Chair Affair Rentals

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Romantic French Inspired Wedding Shoot

It’s hard to pass up a day of pretty captured at the hands of Amalie Orrange Photography (read: it can’t be done), but add in a team of Orlando’s finest vendors and a bundle of French-inspired details styled to perfection by RW Events and that’s cause for a party.  Think bright pops of fuchsia florals from Lee Forrest meets some serious sweetness from The Sugar Suite.  See it all here.


From Amalie Orrange Photography… I have always had a love for everything French, and I loved the idea of marrying the French blue and white traditional china with a whimsical pallet of pinks. My mom collected most of this type of china while I was growing up and I always loved the beautiful patterns on the plates. I gathered together some of Orlando’s most talented, creative and amazing wedding professionals to help me bring my vision to life. Katie from RW styling was a key player in this shoot, she listened to my ideas of bringing whimsical and traditional together to create a fun and cheerful welcoming of spring. We called the shoot “Mon Amour” which means “my love” in French, and thought it would be sweet to tie in subtle French accents with the crepe cake that I made, cute bicycle and the French chalkboard signs thoughout.

The Sugar Suite made a bow cake that is cute as can be! I could see brides going wild over this pretty and feminine cake. Lee Forrest knocked it out of the park with the gorgeous florals and that wreath was amazing!! I hope you enjoy and are inspired by this fun shoot, because we had a blast putting all of the details together.

Photography: Amalie Orrange Photography | Cinematography: Seltzer Films | Styling: RW Events | Flowers: Lee Forrest | Wedding Dress: Calvet Couture | Cake: The Sugar Suite | Invitations: 5 Thirteen Designs | Jewelry: Brilliance Diamonds Corp | Hair And Makeup: Makeover Station | Wedding Venue: Cypress Grove Estate House | Flatware, Dishes And Glasses: Dishie Rentals

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Glitter Wedding at The Citrus Club

I’m a firm believer that every Monday deserves a bit of sparkle. And today loves, we’re in for a treat, because this glammed-up fete from Amalie Orrange Photography has enough sparkle to last us all week long. Inspired by one of my personal faves, the sequin chevron linens from La Tavola, every inch of this celebration is covered in glittery goodness. Get your shine on in the gallery!


From Amalie Orrange PhotographyI loved Erica and Chris’ wedding, it was beautiful, glamorous, and most of all fun. Here is a bit about how they met from the bride Erica…We were just two college kids going to a happy hour with our friends at The Knight Library bar near campus (UCF). It all started when I walked into the bar to meet up with some other friends who were accompanied by another boy who I did not recognize. His blonde hair and blue eyes coupled with the fact he was wearing boat shoes, had really drawn my attention. He immediately introduced himself, politely, as a gentlemen would and invited me to play a game of flip-cup (somehow those normally don’t go hand-in-hand). From there on, the rest is history…

From The Bride…I was completely surprised by Chris’ proposal. To set the scene, he is a die hard UCF fan and we had a home football game vs Southern Methodist University on Saturday, November 3rd. It was Chris’ birthday and I decided to throw him a tailgate party and have our friends and family attend his birthday celebration before the game. Normally Chris is shotgunning beers with friends and enjoying himself a little too much, but this day felt a little different. As lunch was consumed and we were about to cut the “supposed” birthday cake, Chris began to thank everyone for coming out and enjoying the day with him. An unusual turn of events happened next. Chris grabbed my hand and had me come cut the cake with him. As my eyes focused in, I could see “Will You Marry Me?” transcribed on top of the chocolate icing. Before I could acknowledge what was happening, Chris went down on one knee, glared into my eyes and told me that all he wanted for his birthday was me. Before I could collect my breath and the couple skips of my heartbeat, I couldn’t help but give him a fat kiss before I said yes!

I have been dreaming of my wedding since a little girl. With the help of my wonderful wedding planner, Kristen Johnson with An Affair To Remember, we were able to put my vision into reality. With my vision set forth, it all came to the forefront when Kristen showed me a sample of gold sequin linen’s. From there we sat down and drew out my equation to building the dream wedding I always wanted; think of trendy, yet classy with a touch of southern charm.

Stemming off my vision, I would refer back to the gold sequin linens as my favorite design element. Not only were they a great talking point for the wedding reception, but they had fit perfectly with our venue (The Citrus Club). Every part of our reception had a detail; from the gold animal place settings defining the guests meal, to the vintage framed mirrors displaying our cocktail list. We even included a ‘pawty favor’ dog treat, which was a special homemade recipe from our pup, Dailey. We tried to create an ambience that included a special touch everywhere you looked.

Gold spray paint was our best friend over the past 18 months. In addition to previously mentioned items, we also made our table numbers, bathroom signs, introduction banner and confetti toss bags, just to name a few.

What was your favorite part of your wedding day? The entire day was memorable; it is hard to chose just one! I still replay our wedding each day in my head. Besides our actual wedding ceremony at St. James Cathedral, seeing our reception venue for the first time was absolutely breathtaking. The culmination of efforts between Kristen, our vendors and us, blew away my expectations. An added element, which I kept secretive for the prior 8 months, was inviting a surprise guest to our reception. With Christopher being a huge UCF fan, our college mascot, Knightro, made his appearance by catching the garter toss, which was a huge surprise once Chris turned around.

Photography: Amalie Orrange Photography | Videographer: Imprint Cinema | Floral Design: Atmosphere Floral & Decor | Cake: The Sugar Suite | Ceremony: St. James Catholic Church | Reception Venue: The Citrus Club | Bridesmaids Dresses: Nordstrom | Hair And Makeup: J. Baum Salon | Lighting: Get Lit | Band: The Leonard Brothers | Transportation: The Jolly Trolly | Assistant Photographer: Jessica | Brides Dress Designer: James Clifford | Brides Gown: The Collection Bridal | Chevron Linens: La Tavola | Dance Floor Wrap: Thats A Wrap | Dishes And Flatware: Dishie Rentals | Flower Girl Dress: 1583 Designs | Furniture Rental: A Chair Affair | Jr. Bridesmaids Dresses: Nordstrom | Linens: Nuage Designs | Photo Booth: Amalie Orrange Photography | Planner And Designer: An Affair To Remember

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