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What To Do If You Want To Exchange Traditional + Personalized Vows

If you want to write your own vows but your religious institution requires exchanging traditional ones during the ceremony – or if you just want both! – take a cue from this sweet Bride and Groom who shared personal, handwritten vows during their first look. Amalie Orrange Photography captured this intimate moment, and the rest of their elegant wedding planned by L.I.F.E. Events is just as heartwarming, so hit play on the video by Jeffrey Stoner below!

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From the Bride… Our wedding was the perfect combination of traditional and whimsical. We officially married during a Catholic ceremony, but we exchanged heartfelt, handwritten vows prior to the ceremony during our first look. The church ceremony was reverent and traditional, and the reception was held at a historic home with small nooks and crannies to explore. From details as big as the white-washed brick and as small as the gold flatware, we wanted our wedding to have an elegant but laid-back feel. While guests could munch on traditional passed fare during cocktail hour, we also had an avocado bar set up. The full moon at the end of the night shed the perfect light on our amazing day – we couldn’t have asked for more.



Photography: Amalie Orrange Photography | Cinematography: Jeffrey Stoner Videography | Event Planning: L.I.F.E Events | Floral Design: Velvet And Twine | Wedding Dress: Liancarlo | Invitations: Maureen H. Hall Stationary And Invitations | Ceremony Venue: Saint Margaret Mary Catholic Church | Reception Venue: Casa Feliz | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bill Levkoff | Catering: Arthur's | Hair + Makeup: Makeover Station | DJ: A-List Entertainment | Groom's Attire: The Black Tux | Getting Ready Venue: The Alfond Inn | Rentals: Orlando Wedding And Party Rentals

Multicultural Enchanted Ballroom Wedding

Amanda and Aaron are busy young professionals who wanted a thoughtfully designed wedding minus all the planning stress. They teamed up with the amazing Lisa Stoner Events, explaining their vision for a multicultural, enchanted ballroom wedding and Lisa (needless to say) hit it out of the park. She brought the outdoors in with 12-foot trees plus greenery galore and Amalie Orange Photography and Seltzer Films captured the moments these two will treasure for a lifetime.

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From Lisa Stoner, wedding planner and designer… Amanda and Aaron’s wedding planning story was not unlike many professional couples today; Aaron as a budding oral surgeon and Amanda as a full-time nurse, pursuing her Master’s Degree in Nursing. Hailing from Texas, Amanda was new to Orlando, and I didn’t want the overwhelming planning to take away the joy in the leading months to their wedding.

Amanda very simply explained to me that her favorite place to decompress and have a glass of wine with Aaron was on their backyard deck. It gave her a sense of tranquility in their very busy lives. That’s all I needed to know! I went forth with the idea to create an elevated and elegant aesthetic by bringing in 12 foot live trees, ferns, garlands of greenery and magical fairy lights intertwined in all of it with the help of my talented design partners. Revealing this enchanting ballroom “backyard” to her and Aaron just before guests were invited inside, was certainly the highlight of the entire process!

From the bride Amanda… I was born in the beautiful state of Texas but my mom is from Belize and my dad is from Trinidad and Tobago. I really wanted to celebrate culture because I wanted to share with other people at least a small part of what makes me who I am.

Jumping the broom: Was used by slaves starting in the 1840s-1850s to symbolize the sealing of a union – since most marriages around the ties of slavery were not recognized. In the 20th century what was seen initially as a custom that was essentially pushed upon the African Americans is now seen as a fun and treasured ceremony.

When I initially told Aaron about this idea he was not all that interested and then the next thing I knew he was taking a stick from a tree in the backyard, peeling the bark off of it and sanding it down so it was completely smooth. He took a huge branch that bears the fruit on the palm tree and trimmed that back to make the actual broom itself. He used twine to put all of it together – and carved our initials and wedding date into it. So it’s really meaningful because it was totally handmade from parts of plants around our home.

I always knew when I got married I wanted to have a pan player somehow incorporated into the wedding as a nod to my dad and his home country. In Trinidad and Tobago before Ash Wednesday there is an annual celebration called Carnival. I went for the first time in 2012 and that was also the first time my dad had ever played mas. Playing mas means you’ve chosen a masquerade band to participate with and you’ll be chippin (a march/shuffle/dance combo step) alongside mas goers with a similar costume.

The Junkanoo band we hired was based out of The Bahamas, but the feeling it gave was very similar to that of a small band in Carnival. I wanted our guests to not just come to a wedding – I wanted them to have an experience. The band, along with everything else, laid such an amazing foundation to really add a taste of culture to our wedding.



Photography : Amalie Orrange Photography | Videography: Seltzer Films | Event Planning + Design: Lisa Stoner Events | Floral Design: Fairbanks Florida | Wedding Dress : The Collection Bridal | Wedding Cake: Sprinkles Custom Cakes | Hair + Makeup: Makeover Station | Lighting : FyerFly Productions | DJ : A-List Entertainment | Officiant: Sensational Ceremonies | Draping: Swag Decor | Linens: Over The Top Rentals | Papergoods: Dogwood Blossom Stationery | Rentals: Orlando Wedding And Party Rentals | Ceremony and reception : The Alfond Inn | Trees: Wizard Connection

Soccer Star Dax McCarty Weds College Sweetheart

With every wedding feature I have the honor of putting together, I usually have a first impression moment. This one? Was most definitely the gorgeous Bride in that Pronovias dress. Mr. Dax McCarty, you are one lucky Groom sir. And then you’ve got these two cuties that are the cherry on top. Get ready to smile in The Vault with Kristen Weaver‘s captures.

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From Kristen WeaverDax and Jen met on the campus of Rollins College nearly a decade ago. Now, the MLS Soccer star (formerly captain of the NY Red Bulls) and his college sweetheart chose the chapel at Rollins to marry! They’re wedding was simple and classic. Jenn wore a stunning Pronovias gown from Kleinfeld Bridal and Dax wore a sophisticated black tuxedo. Their dogs were front and center—Coji and Bali wore floral collars and joined their guests for the ceremony.




Photography: Kristen Weaver Photography | Cinematography: Velare | Floral Design: Pixies & Petals | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Cake: It’s Tasty Too | Invitations: SignatureNicole | Ceremony Venue: Knowles Memorial Chapel | Reception Venue: Interlachen Country Club | Makeup: Brie & Brie | Band: Brian Kirk And The Jirks | Bridal Salon: Kleinfeld Bridal | Getting Ready: Park Plaza Hotel | Musician: Classern String Quartet

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Fall Hard for this Fall Fete

I have always thought that Fall was the most romantic season to tie the knot. The colors, the textures, the cozy factor that seems to find its way into every last detail. But I sort of think that this absolutely adorable couple would have been just as adorable across any season, any setting – sprinkling little tidbits of pure romance throughout their entire day…from beginning to the beautiful end. With photos by Amalie Orrange Photography, a design by Sweet Pea Events and florals by Cloud 9 Wedding Flowers, this wedding is the reason that my job is so stinking easy. Click here for more!

From Amalie Orrange PhotographyKevin and Melissa were married in October at the beautiful Casa Feliz historic home in Winter Park. With fall shades of cranberry and wine and fun pumpkin details they had a gorgeous outdoor ceremony with 50 of their closest friends and family.

Kevin and Melissa met when they were working in neighboring research labs in Pittsburgh, PA. They actually went to the same high school but never met until a few years after high school. Kevin proposed to Melissa on the beach in Ft. Lauderdale, FL the weekend that she graduated from physician assistant school.

Kevin and Melissa said what inspired their vision for their wedding was that they both grew up in the northeast and fall is their favorite season. Fall vibes is really what inspired Melissa’s vision since we don’t get a whole lot of seasonal change in Florida, she really wanted to bring a fall feel to their wedding through our colors and decor. Melissa’s favorite design element of their wedding was the pumpkins! They liked being able to take a traditional symbol of the fall season and put an elegant twist on them by using white pumpkins in their table decor and gold ones for place card holders. Their wedding programs and wooden initials were DIY.

Melissa and Kevin were so happy to have done a first look. And Melissa’s favorite moment was just before Kevin turned around to see her. She said “I was standing behind him and I could tell he was really excited. I just wanted that moment to last forever! We decided to see each other before the ceremony because we wanted a private moment to take it all in together. Also, my most memorable moment of the day was our private last dance. We did a last dance with our guests and then after our guests left we did one last dance alone on the dance floor. The whole evening was such a whirlwind so it was so nice to take two minutes alone just the two of us!”



Photography: Amalie Orrange Photography | Event Design: Sweet Pea Brides | Event Planning: Sweet Pea Brides | Floral Design: Cloud 9 Wedding Flowers | Wedding Dress: Modern Bridal Shop Orlando | Cake: The Sugar Suite | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Catering: Arthur's | Hair + Makeup: Kristys Makeup Artistry Hair Design Team | DJ: Our DJ Rocks | Officiant: Once Upon A Wedding | Ceremony Music: Orlando Violin Music | Venue: Casa Feliz | Floral Paper Wall: A Girl and Her Glitter | Groom’s Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Photo Booth: Just Hour Photo | Rentals: A Chair Affair

Peonies As Big + Beautiful As This Bride’s Smile

With a proposal as properly planned as the wedding itself, this military Groom surprised his lucky lady and set off on a whirlwind adventure that reached it’s high point this summer day when they said “I do”. Created by Lisa Stoner Events, we have a bright and beautiful Floridian fete with never ending smiles and peony bouquets that Pinterest dreams are made of. Amalie Orrange Photography captured it all – head to our Vault for more!


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From Amalie Orrange Photography… During the fall of 2013, Francie and Max traveled to Morocco for a semester abroad. It was a small program, less than thirty people total. For the first two weeks of the program, Francie and Max lived in the same apartment building with different host families and each day, they shared a short taxi cab ride to and from the small Moroccan school in the city of Fes where they were taking classes. When they moved to Rabat where they would live for the rest of the semester, Francie and Max were inseparable. They fell in love walking to school together, passing notes in class, eating lunch with each other, and exploring the winding alleys of Morocco’s old Medina.

One thing Francie and Max quickly discovered they had in common was a love for travel. During their semester abroad, they traveled from the Sahara desert on the Algerian border all the way to the top of the highest mountain peak in North Africa. In addition, they toured Madrid, London, Dublin, Paris, Milan, Rome, and Belfast. It was in Dublin after a bar crawl with a group of friends that Francie finally coaxed a sheepish Max into asking her out.

The week leading up to Max’s graduation from the Naval Academy is called Commissioning Week. It’s a week full of parties, concerts, award ceremonies, a formal dress parade, and even a performance by the Blue Angels! The week culminates with the Friday morning Graduation and Commissioning Ceremony. In order to properly enjoy the week’s activities, Max’s parents Cindy and Greg, rented a beautiful home overlooking Harness Creek only a few miles from downtown Annapolis. In between events and parties, Max and Francie, along with a host of friends and family, enjoyed the waterfront home. Well, at least that’s how it appeared on the surface. In hushed conversations behind closed doors, Max spoke with his Mom, Dad, and brother, Chris, smoothing out the final details for the upcoming proposal. As Friday drew closer, the conversations became more urgent and excited. At last, Friday arrived. The entire entourage awoke early to prepare for the long day. Max dressed in his choker whites and Francie, in a beautiful red dress. It was a bright and brilliant day in Annapolis and the stadium was full with well-wishing family and friends watching their loved ones on the field receive their diploma and commission as officers in the United States Navy and Marine Corps. The ceremony ended with the iconic image of hundreds of covers flying in the air accompanied by a deafening roar heard all the way to Baltimore.

After too many pictures to count, everybody made their way back to the home on Harness Creek for a party to celebrate. With one milestone out of the way, it was time for a second one. When all of the fifty or so guests had arrived, Max’s dad Greg gathered everybody on the back porch. He gave a speech telling stories, thanking guests who had supported Max throughout the years, and thanking God for all His blessings. Then, Max stepped up to speak. Max thanked the many special people who had come to support him on his special day. He became emotional telling a story about one of his roommates, Auggie, with whom he had shared so many good memories. He thanked his family. Nearly overcome by the power of the moment, his brother Chris came forward and gave him a hug.

And as he gave Max a hug, Chris discreetly slipped a small black box into Max’s hand which was folded behind his back. Max’s Uncle Joe, sitting directly behind Max as he spoke, quietly teared up as he realized what was about to happen. Just as Max began to speak about the impact Francie made on his life, Francie’s older sister, Alston, quietly stepped onto the back porch. She had been secretly spirited to Annapolis from Houston to be there with her family and for Francie. Max smiled and asked Francie to come over to him. He spoke to his best friends and family gathered there, saying: “Now, I’ve thanked a lot of people here today but I think there is one more person that needs a thank you.” Francie stood there, arms crossed, suspicion in her already reddening eyes as the realization of the moment dawned on her. What happened next Max can’t really remember because it was so surreal. But according to his family, he dropped down on one knee, told Francie he loved her and asked her to marry him. Instantly, hands shot up to women’s faces and they cried tears of joy. The guys beamed with huge smiles and chuckled. And Francie began to cry out of happiness as she reached for Max to give him a kiss. When she still hadn’t said anything, Max quipped, “You still have to say yes, you know?!” To that, Francie, who couldn’t look more beautiful in Max’s eyes, choked out, “Of course I say yes!”

From the Bride… We really wanted to have an elegant and fresh feeling for the wedding! With pastels and a few hints of gold, we hoped to create a soft and timeless atmosphere. We did almost all the planning online and via Skype calls because of distance and so each piece was tackled separately. I focused on just loving each detail and hoped they would all complement each other the day of!

My favorite design element was the stunning flowers from Velvet and Twine! They somehow managed to totally understand my vision when I still did not and the peonies they had for us were the largest and most beautiful I have ever seen. From the urns at the altar, to the pew flowers, to the bouquets, and the table pieces, I was in love with all that they did. It was more than I could have ever imagined and they captured the effortless and elegant in the best way possible!

The most memorable moment of the day for me was our exchanging of vows. Standing at the altar in front of all our guests, but only seeing Max in front of me will be a moment that I will always hold close to my heart. I don’t like to be the center of attention but I felt like we were the only two in the Church. All the stress that I had been feeling about the day being perfect melted away as we stood there holding each others hands, committing to love and honor each other for the rest of our lives. In this moment it felt as if the world slowed down and our hearts beat as one. It was a mix of intense adrenaline and a feeling of total calm, and I knew that no matter where life takes us, we can make it through anything together.

Photography: Amalie Orrange Photography | Cinematography: Nate And Lori | Event Planning + Design: Lisa Stoner Events | Floral Design: Velvet And Twine | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: The Sugar Suite | Ceremony Venue: Saint Margaret Mary Catholic Church | Reception Venue: Interlachen Country Club | Hair + Makeup: LeJeune Hair & Makeup Artistry | Lighting: FyerFly Productions | Band: The Buzzcatz | Chargers, Stemware + China: Orlando Wedding And Party Rentals | Invitations + Stationery: Dogwood Blossom Stationery | Linen Rentals: Over The Top Linens

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This Bright Fall Wedding is Unlike Any Other You’ve Seen Before

Just because you’re getting married in the fall doesn’t mean you have to choose the typical fall color palette of deep reds, golden yellows and rich oranges. The proof? This beautiful day from Amalie Orrange Photography. With bursts of hot pink, orange, coral and peach and gold accents sprinkled throughout, this fall Florida wedding is the perfect mix of glamour and fun. See it all now in The Vault!


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From Amalie Orrange PhotographySometimes you just have a wedding that is so amazing that you call it our magical unicorn of weddings! Everything was perfect from the couple, the weather, the venue and vendors….the stars aligned for these two beautiful people and we are thrilled and honored that we were trusted with photographing their wedding day.

From L.I.F.E EventsRobin came to me with her color palette and I was inspired from the get go! Oranges, hot pinks, peaches, coral and more with pops of gold – one can’t go wrong! A botanical chic design was then in the works!

The couple wanted most of the color to pop through the flowers and didn’t envision that much on the guest tables. We did however play up cocktail hour and the head table with the perfect coral and peach linens to accentuate all the beautiful flowers designed by Lee Forrest. All tables were accented with a beautiful gold sequins runner the client found on Etsy that added a touch of chic to the design! Gold glass beaded chargers, gold flatware and gold mercury glass topped it all off!

The Sugar Suite helped Robin and Steven with the design of their cake and it was the prefect mix of simplicity meets chic! Placing the cake on a high top full of glitz kept the design consistent and oh so perfect!

My favorite aspect was the favor table! Robin had candles in mind and I fell in love. We created a “let love shine” table that housed all their candles for guests to take at the end of the night. Until then it was a great visual for all guests as they danced the night away!

From The Bride…Steven and I met at the beginning of our first year in law school at the University of Florida. One of my bridesmaids, who I had just met at the time, was having a birthday party and we met at her house. I remember thinking he was so cute! We hit it off that night and the rest of the story followed! Steven and I had been out of law school for a year when we were back in our old stomping grounds for a friend’s wedding. The day after the wedding, it was a beautiful fall day in Gainesville, with the sun shining and a perfect cool breeze. We walked all around campus before Steven took me to a walking trial near a lake on campus, a place we often walked together when we were students. We neared the end of the boardwalk that jutted over the lake, and as I was gazing out, Steven dropped to one knee and asked me to be his wife. It was the happiest moment of life my life, next to my wedding day.

My most memorable moment was definitely our first look. The anticipation I felt leading up to that moment was huge and there was something truly special about sharing that first moment, just the two of us! I am so glad we had that private time to take each other in. It also didn’t hurt that the first word out of Steven’s mouth after he saw me was “wow!”

My vision for my wedding was inspired looking at lots of wedding blogs to get inspiration for my wedding. I wanted to find out how everyday brides, like me, planned and styled their events. I came across one wedding which color palette I fell in love with– I used a lot of their ideas to come up with my color palette. Then, when we found Casa Feliz, our venue, I meshed my color ideas with the space to come up with my exact vision. My wedding planner, Becky, took all my ideas to the next level and that’s how we came up with such a beautiful wedding. If it had not been for her, my day would have been nowhere near as pretty as it turned out to be.

My favorite design element was definitely all the colors!! I wanted a fun, happy, vibrant wedding with a touch of glam, and I think that really came through in all the flowers and details of the event.

Photography: Amalie Orrange Photography | Cinematography: Studio829 | Event Planning + Design: L.I.F.E Events | Floral Design: Lee Forrest Design | Wedding Dress: Calvet Couture Bridal | Cake: The Sugar Suite | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Donna Morgan | Catering: Arthur's | Hair + Makeup: Makeover Station | DJ: Liquid Jay | Groom's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Harpist: Catherine Way, Harpstrings, Inc. | Venue: Casa Feliz | Chair Signs: Emily Grace Design | Chairs + Rentals: Orlando Wedding And Party Rentals

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See How This Couple Glammed Up Their Wedding with Shades of Purple + Gold

Historically speaking , purple and gold are the colors of royalty, and this Florida affair is pretty enough to be a royal wedding. From the anemone-accented bouquets to the soft gold table linens at the reception, every detail of this day exudes luxury. Head to The Vault now to cure all your Monday blues thanks to gorgeous photos from Kt Crabb Photography!

From Kt Crabb PhotographyCayla and Chris were always meant to be. In fact, everyone else knew it long before they even realized it! Their early days together were spent as the best of friends. Not too long after did they realize they were attached at the hip. Their wedding day was nothing short of pure joy. They were filled with so much joy and laughter that was felt by all in attendance. What a joy to see their dream day come to life!

Photography: Kt Crabb Photography | Cinematography: Beyond Videography | Coordination: L.I.F.E Events | Floral Design: Arrangements Floral Studio | Cake: Publix Bakery | Invitations: Minted | Catering: Arthur's | Hair + Makeup: Laura Reynolds Artistry | DJ: Orlando Wedding And Party Rentals | Venue: Casa Feliz | Photography - Assistance: Ashley Poole

Bohemian + Laid-Back Casa Feliz Historic Home Museum Wedding

Detachable skirts and bridal separates were one of the biggest trends coming down the Bridal Week runways last season, and it’s no surprise why. With a detachable full tulle skirt to wear over a body-hugging silhouette, this beautiful Bride got the best of both worlds: bridal for the ceremony and sexy for the party. See the dress and so much more pretty from Justin DeMutiis Photography in The Vault!

From The Bride…I wanted our wedding to have a laid-back, bohemian feel. We had a neutral color scheme and flowers like baby’s breath, etc. and live music played during the ceremony by one of our friends with acoustic guitar. We used songs by Damien Rice, Jeff Buckley, and Ed Sheeran, which felt more us than the traditional wedding march. Our reception was very informal with no sit down dinner, but instead food stations throughout the house with random tables and cocktail tables. We also had cornhole games and life size Jenga for people to play outside. 

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Photography: Justin DeMutiis Photography | Coordination: Confetti Events + Weddings | Floral Design: 2 Birds Events | DJ: Liquid Jay | Venue: Casa Feliz | Bridal Boutique: Solutions Bridal

Bright + Whimsical Winter Park Wedding

There are stunning weddings, and then there is this day captured brilliantly by Amalie Orrange Photography.  A vibrant + colorful affair with some of the most amazing details you will ever see (truly). Think insanely beautiful florals from Shea Hopely Flowers, the whimsical stylings of Flaire Events and a donut bar (!) for all things yummy.  Head to The Vault for the entire (crazy cool) gallery, then check out the film from Seltzer Films below.

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From Amalie Orrange Photography… Shannon and David were married in a gorgeous church, St. Andrews, in Sanford, Florida. With stunning sprawling landscape and a beautiful back drop we had the best time with these two! Our jaws dropped when we walked into their reception space at The Winter Park Racquet Club, there were pops of pink, sherbet and amethyst… so dreamy! I think our favorite details was the wooden chargers and the donut bar, hello donuts!!

From The Bride… It was almost like something out of the movie, Love and other Drugs. We were both pharmaceutical reps selling competing products; so we ran into each other for the first time in a doctors office. Then a few weeks later, David’s past partner started working for my company and asked me to meet up for lunch. Being from out of town, she asked if I minded if another friend met up with us. Of course I said “not a problem!” That friend was David. It was at that lunch that we discovered we were born in the same hospital five hours away, and had lived a few miles away from each other the majority of our lives.

A few of my favorite things include coffee, holidays and water. His proposal couldn’t have been any more perfect in my mind. It was Thanksgiving morning and we woke up early to load up the car to travel to see family. David asked me to go have our morning coffee on the dock in his backyard that overlooked the lake. I walked out the back porch in my pajamas and no make up, with coffee in hand. As we sat on the dock he asked me “What are you thankful for on this Thanksgiving?” I said a few things… then set him up perfectly asking “What are you thankful for?” He looked at me and said “God giving me you”. He went on about all the things he loved about me and didn’t want to spend another day without me being more than a girlfriend to him!  He pulled the ring out his old sweatshirt and that’s when I saw the ring box of an old family friend’s jewelry store. He told me the story about how he had a few cushion cut diamonds hand picked by this jeweler from Antwerp and brought back for him to choose the special one for my ring to be designed around. It was nothing short of the most the most thoughtful gift, presented in the most intimate way on my favorite holiday!

Photography: Amalie Orrange Photography | Cinematography: Seltzer Films | Cake : Hale Koa phineas Estate | Ceremony Venue: St Andrews Chapel | Reception Venue: Winter Park Racquet Club | Catering : Winter Park Racquet Club | DJ: Soundwave Entertainment Systems | Bride's Hair: Barb Hansen | Brides Makeup: Makeover Station | Coordinator/Planner:: Flaire Weddings & Events | Donuts : Donut King | Furniture Rentals : Set Event Rentals | Overall Design And Floral Design: Shea Hopely

A Sunshine State Inspired Wedding

With its bright orange hues and touches of sunny yellow, this Florida-inspired photo shoot is a welcome ray of sunshine—we can almost smell the crisp citrus and freshly-cut grass! And with, Nave Event & Floral Design behind the design, a stunning Watters gown and cheery photography from Rebecca Read, we’re ready to escape to Florida. Come join us in the gallery.

From Rebecca Read PhotographyA collaboration of Central Florida wedding vendors gathered to honor the sunshine we all love. This styled shoot is a tribute to the local orange groves we all grew up with and hopes to inspire Florida brides to celebrate these seasonal specialties.

Nave Event & Floral Design gathered a ton, truly a ton, of oranges and citrus from their local grove, Harvey’s Groves, to design this shoot. By mixing in the local favorite, they designed a styled Farmhouse bar, ceremony decor and fun details. What bride wouldn’t love the sweet smell of citrus on a beautifully manicured Florida farm?

The bride is wearing the Adelaide by Watters from The Sample Room in Melbourne, FL.

Photography: Rebecca Read Photography | Planner: Nave Event & Floral Design | Styling: Nave Event & Floral Design | Floral Design: Nave Event & Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Watters | Stationary: Conforti Creative Group | Makeup Artist: Church Of Evangelical Faith | Venue: Up The Creek Farms | Bridal Boutique: The Sample Room | Hair Styling: Hale Koa phineas Estate | Rentals: Rent Your Events | Rentals: Crystal & Crates | Seasonal Fruit: Harvey's Groves

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Colorfully Elegant Casa Feliz Wedding

We’re always on the hunt for fresh new color combos here at SMP, and today’s Casa Feliz fete from Best Photography might just be one of my fave yet. The burgundy, navy and gold ‘maids mixed with pink, red and violet florals make for a soiree that’s bursting with happy hues—eclectic but complimentary, and oh-so-stunning. Make sure to dive into this vibrant day before you head off into the weekend and don’t miss the film from Black In White Films!

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From Best PhotographyCasa Feliz has to be one of our favorite venues! From it’s gorgeous rustic old style architecture to the beautiful interior decor, it really is one heck of a place to get married. Everything about Chris and Ashton’s wedding was breathtaking! Between all of their hard work along with some incredible vendors, everything turned out perfect! Oh and let’s not forget all of the beautiful Anthropologie accessories Ashton incorporated! Chris and Ashton have a way of making everyone feel needed and loved, and those amazing qualities really shined on their big day.

From the beautiful Bride… Chris and I met while I worked for a non-profit. I was running our annual gala and Chris had volunteered to help through his company, AT&T. At the event, I asked if I could get a discount on my phone bill (which was not granted!). Chris sent an email the following day assuring me he still could not get me a discount but maybe he could take me to lunch instead. After a 2 hour lunch date, we knew something special was going to happen.

We spent endless hours of Pinterest-ing, blogging and magazine reading to come up with the overall concept for our wedding. We knew we wanted a theme that fit the beautiful venue space while also incorporating our favorite things. It was a special moment to share what we loved with who we loved.

The wine box at the ceremony was something we really loved. We both wrote a love letter to each other and sealed them inside a box with a bottle of wine. We were instructed only to open it on our first big fight and then drink the wine and read the letters to remember why we’re in this together.
We love food trucks so to have a cupcake truck at our wedding something fun for us – and our guests!

We loved Josh and Rachel’s photography style from the beginning! Having a team that understood the intricacy of the venue but were still able to capture the beauty of it was really great. There is a lot of stress that day but Josh and Rachel are seamlessly calm and patient – that was a HUGE help for all people involved.

To be surrounded by all the people we love was an unforgettable moment. We had such a great time – from the food to the dancing to the music to the food truck – it was so us.

Our advice to other couples—enjoy the ride. There were many times when we could have gotten stressed out about details but it was important to step back and see the big picture. We also recommend putting a cap on wedding talk – some dates deserve other topics. It’s good for your sanity! Also, ALWAYS ALWAYS hire a day-of coordinator. Worth every penny!

Photography: Best Photography | Videography: Black In White Films | Event Design: L.I.F.E Events | Event Planning: L.I.F.E Events | Floral Design: Lee Forrest Design | Wedding Dress: Solutions Bridal | Bridesmaid Dresses: Rent The Runway | Catering: Arthur's | Makeup Artist: Makeover Station | DJ: Liquid Jay | Wedding Venue: Casa Feliz

Luxury Garden Wedding in Winter Park, Florida at Casa Feliz

This wedding truly has it all. It’s elegant yet inviting and overflowing with details designed by An Affair To Remember that will leave you in awe. So whether it’s the glided touches on the tables, the sparkling chandeliers, or the stunning hand-lettered chalkboards – there is no doubt in my mind that these images from Kristen Weaver will leave you inspired. See even more here


From Kristen Weaver PhotographyAshley and Greg’s wedding was probably one of my favorite Casa Feliz weddings to shoot! I have never seen the back reception patio look so beautiful – and it was completely unique to any other time I’ve photographed there! In what was also the brightest days known to mankind here on the “surface-of-the-sun-Florida”, I also managed to sweat off about 10 lbs… so yay!

Ashley and Greg met at work on Ashley’s first day at her new office. Greg woo-ed her with lots of chit-chat over things like cars and Jersey Shore (editor’s note: yes, seriously). They bonded over a broken elevator and 26-flight of stairs walk, and made it official on their first date at Dexter’s – a local favorite! Greg proposed on a surprise getaway to Amelia Island where he asked Ashley to marry him on an evening walk along the beach. They celebrated with a private fire pit, champagne and strawberries!

Since they’re both super family-oriented, they were the most excited to share their wedding day with everyone that means so much to them! They talked so much about this family member and that one, I felt like I knew them all by the end of the evening! The venue had a beautiful garden theme with long eucalyptus and lemon leaf table runners and wreaths, plus lots of really cute chalkboard signs made by Chalk Shop Events! As a favor, they gave out adorable little kitchen towels with their signature colors. Ashley’s bridal style was vintage lace keyhole back Maggie Sottero gown and vintage metallic accents, and her bouquet had antique brooches and a perfect combination of lavender roses and eucalyptus. The bridesmaids had sage bridesmaid gowns with white rose and eucalyptus.

You will absolutely obsess over the gorgeous tented reception. Even though there wasn’t a drop of rain for miles, Ashley requested a clear tent with market lights and chandelier – made possible by some absolutely incredible vendors! The bride and groom dined in armchairs from AFR Furniture rental and the guests sat at farm tables and gold chiavari chairs with plenty of candles and gold accents!

And I can’t finish this without mentioning their cake and dessert bar. To say that it was “sweet” – from the flavors to the design to the signs – would be a complete understatement!

Photography: Kristen Weaver Photography | Videographer: Imprint Cinema | Event Design: AATR Weddings | Florist: Raining Roses | Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero | Cake: The Sugar Suite | Stationery: The Paper Shop | Catering: Arthur's | Hair And Makeup: LeJeune Hair & Makeup Artistry | Lighting: Kaleidoscope Event Lighting | DJ: A-List Entertainment | Tent: Nelsons Tents | Bridal Salon: Minerva's | Draping: Swag Decor | Linens: Over The Top Linens | Location: Casa Feliz | Musicians: Strings & Things | Rentals: A Chair Affair | Rentals: Afr | Rentals: Chalk Shop Events

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Romantic Alfond Inn Wedding

You know what’s super sweet? Meeting the love of your life who happens to live two doors down. Even sweeter? Marrying them in a fashionable affair filled with blush blooms by Czes Heard Designs. The beauty is in every detail planned by E Events and the gorgeous imagery captured by Amalie Orrange Photography will have you scrolling the gallery for more.

From Amalie Orrange PhotographyCourtney and Noah had such an amazing, emotional and drop dead gorgeous wedding at the beautiful Alfond Inn in Winter Park. 120 of their closest friends and family gathered together to celebrate their big day, and it turned out to be such a great sunny day despite the 80% chance of rain that was anticipated. Not a drop fell, it was clear, perfect and there was much love was all around. Courtney and Noah included there dogs in the wedding and I must stay I had a little doggie crush on Lola, hence all the pictures:) Courtney wore a gorgeous Monique Lhuillier gown and the cutest Kate Spade shoes! Courtney also made, that super cute LOVE sign you will see at the reception, yep she’s crafty and gorgeous. All and all it was one word STUNNING!

From The Bride…Noah and I met when we were neighbors in the same apartment complex. We lived two doors down from each other! Kismet I must say. Noah proposed on a random week night he told me that he had to run an errand for work. He talked me into riding along with him. This errand happened to be on Park Ave in Winter Park and as we were walking he stopped in the rose garden in the park and got down on one knee. The errand was all a lie that he used to get me to the park. I was so surprised!

Noah was funny, laid back and handsome. Noah said that Courtney was loving and was there when you needed her the most. She also amazes him and will get a laugh out of him for the most random of things!

From Lisa with E EventsWhat I particularly loved about working with Courtney is that she trusted my suggestions with the use of mixed metals, {we used silver and gold} and different textures and coordinating colors with the linen , rather than just one linen and napkin color. Also, if you can, drape or conceal service entrance walls! I think you can see how it can make all the difference! The layout on the lawn made for an intimate ceremony, and “layering” the table with sweet details is always key for me. {Linen, table runner, charger plate, napkin fold, menu card, bow accent, etc.}

Photography: Amalie Orrange Photography | Cinematography: Jeffrey Stoner Videography | Floral Design: Amalie Orrange Photography | Wedding Gown: The Collection Bridal | Cake: The Sugar Suite | Brides Shoes: Kate Spade | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Hair And Makeup: Makeover Station | Lighting: Get Lit Productions | DJ: Amalie Orrange Photography | Grooms Attire: Absolutely Fitting | Ceremony And Reception Venue: The Alfond Inn | Draping: Swag Decor | Furniture Rentals: Orlando Wedding And Party Rentals | Linens: Over The Top Linens | Planner And Designer: E Events | Wedding Dress Designer: Monique Lhuillier

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Romantic Winter Park Wedding at Casa Feliz

Let me just start by saying, this gorgeous Bride would fit in the SMP offices so well. I mean, her love for gorgeous blooms, stripes and sparkles? So SMP. Her intimate yet sophisticated wedding beautifully captured by Shannon Lee Miller made us all as giddy as if she as our best friend, and you can see all the reasons why here.

From The Bride…My wedding day was quite a dream and I could’nt wait until the day that I would be able to share it with you. My wedding and reception were held at a historic Winter Park home turned museum in early June. There were about 75 guests made up of family and friends in attendance making the day seem very intimate and full of support from those who are closet to my husband and I. I knew that I wanted my wedding to be extremely sophisticated yet simple, and I achieved this by utilizing the romantic setting of the beautiful Casa Feliz. The classic brick home against the pops of color from the lush landscape created the perfect scene from day to night. We made hand painted signs for all of the food and tables using old picture frames and chalkboard paint, and well as acclectic vintage frames to display pictures aroung the venue. I have always had a love for black and white strips and sparkles( being the girly girl that I am) so I knew that I needed to somehow incorporate both of those into the day. The sequin table runners that I chose were eye catching yet classic, and really popped next to the black and white striped table cloths that were scattered throughout the home. Because I opted for a lot of neutral colors throughout my wedding, I had bright, full bouquets with various shades of pink and coral peonies and garden roses, with pops of bright greens in the bridal bouquet. These colors fit perfectly as center pieces and decoration throughout the house. To accompany the center pieces we used over 100 candles ranging in sizes, each placed within an antique or thrifted candle holder in different shades of gold. On most tables, we were able to find vintage lanterns from different antique stores in both Winter Park and Chattanooga (where the groom is from.) The food was truely amazing and the caterer could not have done a better job. We used Arthurs Catering and chose to do chef stations featuring naything from prime rib and mashed potato bar to grilled shrimp mini tacos with freshly made guacamole. We did small portions of everything so the guests were able to go station to station and try all of the wonderful food options. Overall, It was a magical night that I will never forget, and I hope you, too, can see the charm and love from this special day.

Photography: Shannon Lee Miller | Florist: Lee Forrest Design | Wedding Dress: Watters | Cake: Party Flavors | Ceremony Venue: Casa Feliz | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Catering: Arthur's | Rentals: Orlando Wedding And Party Rentals

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Vintage Inspired Winter Park Wedding

Hands down, this darling duo is one of the coolest couples you will ever virtually meet.  I mean, they have a pet pig. His name is Mr. Hamilton Banks and, well… that’s awesome.  Then they threw one seriously gorgeous wedding, which happened to include a mashed potato bar, crazy cool chalkboard signs from the Chalk Shop and a one smile-filled moment after another captured by Ben Sasso.  See it all here.

And a super sweet film from White In Revery for even more lovely…

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From the Bride… David and I have been together since 2009. He asked me to marry him with a clever geocache he had a friend help him set up in Savannah, GA. I hunted all over for the cache while he photographed. Once I finally found it, inside was a little handwritten note that said “Katie, will you marry me?”  For a moment I was convinced I had found some other lucky girl’s proposal – but then David took a knee and I was instantly in tears.

I had never dreamed of my wedding day when I was a little girl, so when David asked me to marry him in October 2012, I quickly realized what a task it would be to plan. I planned the entire wedding weekend myself – from the rehearsal to the reception.  It was a lot of fun to spend a year hunting for all the little perfect details and made the wedding feel even more personal, as silly as that sounds. We also DIY’d quite a few of the larger projects, it was fun to work with David to create a wedding that would truly be unique.

David and I are both Florida natives and wanted something that matched both of us in that regard. We decided to do a vintage Florida styled wedding and were so excited with all of the fun details we could incorporate. Our dance floor had a small orange tree at each corner, our guestbook was vintage Florida postcards in an old lazy susan postcard holder – and on that table we displayed photos which were hung on twine inside a frame David built with vintage farm wood. We bought old doors which David crafted to stand upright and I cut strips of ribbon to hang between them. Our colors were an array of sherbert orange, coral, and peaches, and the bridesmaids all picked their own dresses which fit their style, yet melded together perfectly.

My stepfather, who has been in my life since I was 13, and my dad both walked me down the aisle. From the ceremony to reception location we were transported in a vintage Model A with a driver who had the kindest heart.

Guests played corn hole during cocktail hour with boards we painted to fit our color theme. We handed out bags of boiled peanuts, regular and cajun style, and oranges as favors; David created the stamp that we used to hold the peanuts. We served Shrimp and Grits, had a mashed potato bar, and apple cobbler to accompany the Cinnamon Swirl Jack Daniels cake. Speaking of cake, I secretly hid a small black pig to surprise David, modeled after our own adorable pet pig, Mr. Hamilton Banks.

The orange trees and gorgeous flowers in our venue set in front of the brick and barn door walls really brought the entire event together. Our wedding was in December, but since it’s Florida, it was a breezy 85 degrees and our wedding brought the Spring comfortably into winter.

I couldn’t have asked for better vendors or a more beautiful day to have our wedding, nor a more perfect way to start a marriage.

Photography: Ben Sasso | Videography: White In Revery | Floral Design: Velvet And Twine | Wedding Dress: David's Bridal | Cake: The Sugar Suite | Invitations: Renee Nicole Design Photography | Ceremony Venue: Albin Polasek Museum And Sculpture Garden | Reception Venue: Winter Park Farmers Market | Catering: Arthur's | DJ: Soundwave Entertainment Systems | Accessories: Erin Cole | Chalk Design: Chalk Shop Events | Day Of Coordination: Sweet Pea Events | First Look: Winter Park Farmers Market | Hair + Makeup Artist: Kristys Makeup Artistry Hair Design Team | Live Music: Hindu Cowboys | Rentals: Wish Vintage Rentals

Glitter and Blush Winter Park Wedding at Casa Feliz

We adore Amalie Orrange around these parts, but when she sends us a wedding this pretty, we want to reach through the screen and give her a big fat kiss. Because it’s not everyday that we see a wedding so completely perfect we want to cry. It’s filled to the brim with all the things that make our hearts sing, and you can see it all here.

From Amalie Orrange PhotographyEric and Elena are the sweetest couple, and had the most gorgeous wedding filled with blush, glitter and little Spanish touches everywhere to accent the beautiful Casa Feliz. We met them a few months back and new straight away we were going to love working with this fun couple! Elena with her cute little laugh and Eric with his sweet charm that makes Elena smile from ear to ear.

Erica and Elena met on a co-ed indoor soccer league through mutual friends. Who would have know that the cute girl that Eric played soccer with would turn out to be his wife.

From The Bride…What attracted me to Eric? Personality for sure! He makes me snort, which is my tell all. If you can’t get a snort out of me, then you’re really not that funny.

Eric propsed at an Orlando Magic vs Miami Heat Game. It was so awesome and completely unexpected, which why it probably got the national attention it did. Watch it here :

I wanted my wedding to feel very romantic and feminine, while also having some fun little touches and so I went from there. Becky my amazeballs planner helped me bring my vision to life!

My touch of turquoise everywhere was my favorite design element. It’s my favorite color and I wanted to incorporate it somehow.

I have tons of DIY details! Our table numbers, chalkboards, and bling wrap for chairs. Also, I’m a graphic designer, so I designed all my wedding stationary and menus for our place settings.

The most memorable moment of my wedding day was seeing everything come together. It blew by, but having a moment to walk around with Eric and appreciate everything that we worked towards was awesome. I can honestly say I remember every detail. I especially loved how we set up cocktail hour with the market lighting going from the fountain in the front to the tent.

Photography: Amalie Orrange Photography | Event Planning: L.I.F.E Events | Floral Design: Lee Forrest Design | Wedding Dress: Solutions Bridal | Cake: The Sugar Suite | Invitations: Elena Grace Photography And Design | Ceremony Venue: Casa Feliz | Reception Venue: Casa Feliz | Catering: Arthur's | Makeup: Anette At In Style Hair Orlando | Hair: Anette At In Style Hair Orlando | Lighting: Get Lit | DJ: Liquid Jay | Band: Classern String Quartet | Linens: Over The Top Linens | Vendor: Moments To Remember | Wedding Dress Designer: Alyne Brida

Travel Inspired Winter Park Wedding from Rachel V Photography

They say that your wedding day marks the beginning of some seriously fun adventures, and for this darling Winter Park duo, that statement couldn’t be more true.  Because this pretty party wasn’t just the beginning of a brand new life together, it was the kick-off to an year-long trip around the world… a going-away extravaganza, if you will.  On hand to make sure the day was a crazy awesome success?  The oh-so-talented Atmosphere Floral & DecorElle Cinder Designs and Rachel V Photography, standing side by side with these gorgeous sweeties and filling our gallery with pretty.  Join me there ASAP.

From Rachel V PhotographyThis day was truly magical, the moment I met with Kristina and Josh I could tell we had an instant connection. I am a world traveler and seeing this young couple about to embark on an adventure of a lifetime made me so happy. Kristina and I talked throughout the process and when her wedding day came, it was all she ever described. Not only did this day have so many details that spoke of their journey to come, it was full of sentimental details. My favorite detail was the handwritten notes the bride and groom wrote to one another. I was one of the only people that got to see both of their reactions as they read the letters. For the man that married them, they had cufflinks with the nautical locations of the place he married his wife. To their flower girl, they gave a handkerchief that read “To use as your ‘something old’ on your special day, Thank you for being our flower girl. Love Kristina & Josh.”  How sweet is that? This couple has set out on an adventure as husband and wife, I wish them an amazing first year!

From Michelle Cinder of Elle Cinder DesignsKristina and Joshua wed on June 15th, 2013 at the historic Casa Feliz in Winter Park, Florida. As many brides and grooms seem to end a journey with their wedding, Kristina and Josh were just beginning! Their wedding was the starting point of their life-changing journey of traveling the world and exploring what life has to offer! This brave and beautiful couple celebrated the start of this amazing trip with a wedding their guests are sure to never forget!

Pretty pinks and preppy blues were highlighted throughout this theme of preppy travel which clearly defined the new Mr. and Mrs. As guests arrived they were greeted with vintage fans adorned with pink script and a touch of lace to keep cool during the summer nuptials. The bridesmaids looked amazing in their girlie pink chiffon cocktail dresses and the guys stayed true to the preppy theme with brown loafers, striped ties and pink pocket squares.

Kristina embodied classic elegance unlike any other. Her style was that of grace and beauty with her hair pulled back and vintage drop earrings. She was stunning in her Nicole Miller gown accented by her Badgley Mischka blush colored heels. For a sweet and sentimental something blue, Kristina’s new monogram was sewn, along with her wedding date, in a blue script on the inside of her dress. A true bridal beauty, Kristina was breathtaking.

Post-cards addressed with love notes to each and every guest showed the appreciation Kristina and Joshua have for their friends and families. Personalized thank you handkerchiefs were given to the bride and groom’s mentor family, who were also a part of the wedding ceremony. A unique world map was used as the guest book and vintage luggage as the card box.

The decor was perfect with touches of pinks and blues throughout this historic venue. The travel theme was present in the reception centerpieces with antique novels from various countries, set with lush low floral arrangements and hints of candlelight. Everywhere you turned there was another spectacular detail that had guests in awe! This wedding was the most amazing send-off this bride and groom could have ever asked for. Their guests were blown away with the attention to detail and care the bride and groom put into making this wedding perfect! The love Joshua and Kristina have for one another and their friends and families was so apparent. There wasn’t a dry eye during the first dance, watching this happy couple so in love is a moment no one could forget.

This travel loving bride and groom set off to explore the world – you can check out their blog to see what they have been up to: The Newlywed Nomads!

Photography: Rachel V Photography | Floral Design: Atmosphere Floral & Decor | Wedding Dress: Nicole Miller | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Catering: Arthur's | Hair + Makeup: LeJeune Hair & Makeup Artistry | DJ: Weddings Only DJ Entertainment | Wedding Venue: Casa Feliz | Bridal Boutique: The Collection Bridal | Event Planner + Coordinator: Elle Cinder Designs

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Central Florida Southern Wedding from Kt Crabb Photography

This sweet fête reads like the most darling of southern fairytales – complete with a dashing prince and a charming southern princess. It’s a little bit country, with a side of style, and filled to the brim with the prettiest blooms you ever did see. It’s all made even better because we get to see it all unfold through the gorgeous images from Kt Crabb Photography, and they are all sitting pretty right here.

From Kt Crabb PhotographyHeather and Alex were married at a local church and continued the celebration at Heather’s grandparent’s lake house. It was a sweet southern affair complete with sweet tea and honey. Loved her dress with sleeves, the ring bearer’s pink bow tie and the delicious cupcakes.  

It’s a story of a small town Florida gal who met a sweet southern gentleman from North Caroline. They started out as friends, but everyone could tell there was something more to their friendship. Their sweet story continued as Alex proposed to Heather during sunset on the west coast of Florida. As they entered into the planning stage, they knew there was no better way to honor their roots than to celebration at Heather’s grandparent’s lake house. It was a true southern affair complete with sweet tea and honey.
From the Bride… The inspiration for our wedding was a country, vintage style. We had BBQ, lawn games, and lots of sweet tea! We also incorporated a lot of burlap and lace. We wanted to have a laid back and fun atmosphere. ‘
I found my wedding dress by looking all over Pinterest. I fell in love with a lace dress and did some research and found out that the dress was from The Perfect Dress in Utah. They shipped me the dress, and a sweet friend of my family helped alter the neckline. My grandma then helped make the dress perfect by adding some final touches. 
One of my favorite details of our wedding day was all the beautiful flower arrangements. We had roses, garden roses, baby’s breath, carnations, and peonies. Each arrangement was displayed in a variety of different vases such as milk glass, large mason jars, tea cups, and antiqued tin cans. All of this was designed by special friends who volunteered their time.
One of our favorite memories of our wedding day was being surrounded by family and friends. We had so many family members and friends come together to help make our wedding day so special. It was overwhelming how much help we had during the months leading up to the wedding and on our wedding day. They helped make our day everything we dreamed of and more!


Wedding Photography: Kt Crabb Photography | Ceremony Venue: First Baptist Church Umatilla | Reception Venue: Grandparents’ Lake House | Flowers: Southern Tradition Florist + Pennock Flowers | Cake + Cupcakes: The Cotillion Southern Cafe | Wedding Dress: Allure via The Perfect Dress | DJ: Jason Lovelace of PunchBuggy Productions | Hair + Makeup: Kristy’s Makeup Artistry and Hair Design

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Vineyard Inspired Photo Shoot from Tod Thompson Photography

Vineyard weddings are the epitome of romance; a magical setting with rolling landscapes oh-so-perfect for marrying.  So when Tod Thompson Photography stumbled upon the breathtaking Lakeridge Winery & Vineyard, setting up a drop-dead gorgeous inspiration shoot with some of Florida’s finest vendors was, well… sort of a no-brainer.  From the lush florals from Bluegrass Chic and Peplum Events & Design to the fab stylings of Save the Date Wedding & Event Design to paper goods that simply scream chic from Dogwood Blossom Stationery, it’s a non-stop day of lovely.  See it all in the full gallery.

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From Tod Thompson Photography… After visiting what I think is one of the more unique places in central Florida, I knew that Lakeridge Winery would be just the place for my inspiration photo shoot. After all, it’s not common place for there to be a vineyard in Florida! It sits on a quiet hillside in the beautiful city of Clermont overlooking its rolling hills of grape vines. They have daily wine tastings and frequent festivals there so if you’re in the area make sure to stop by and have a look! I have been lucky enough to work with some amazing professionals for this shoot that helped to put all of the pieces together to make this shoot as amazing as I had envisioned it to be… a breath of elegant and rustic Tuscany.

After months of planning our rustic elegance inspiration shoot at a real Florida vineyard, it all came to life. The simple details of this vineyard shoot made it so easy to feel like you were transported somewhere else in the world. From the leafless, dormant and rustic looking grape vines since we were shooting in January, to the two separate concept tables one having an elegant feel and the other a rustic feel. The small wine bottles, french bread loaves and grapes draping the elegant plum colored floral centerpieces pulled it together. The bark and moss pots for the rustic table were filled with cabbage, white roses, ferns and artichokes. Decorative books and vintage cigar boxes used by one of our florists father made things feel truly unique and personal.

Old whiskey barrels supplied by the vineyard were used as a cake table and escort card table with wine corks as holders. They also doubled as an altar that went along beautifully with the old church pews.  You can’t have a vineyard wedding without a real vintage barrel right? The gorgeous invitations and stationary pulled together the entire look. We really wanted to show off the hand made and stained tables and show how versatile one piece can really be by giving it two very different looks.

Lastly, as if you can never have enough details, the cakes were inspired from the ever popular trend of Ombre in complimentary shades of purple with added details such as ruffles, ribbon and edible pearls. Their placement under a vintage crystal chandelier made them stand out all on their own. We had the honor of using two gorgeous bridal gowns for the day. The shoes had added clip on flowers and the groom purchased his own attire at Men’s Wearhouse. All of the purples, golds, creams and different shades of green used throughout the tables were perfect for a vineyard affair.


Photography: Tod Thompson Photography | Location: Lakeridge Winery & Vineyard | Styling: Save the Date Wedding & Event Design | Floral Design: Bluegrass Chic + Peplum Events & Design | Cinematographer: Ramon Carela of Dream Vision Pictures | Stationery: Dogwood Blossom Stationery | Tables + Pews: A Chair Affair | Cakes: Sweet Lola Cake Pops | Chandelier: SWAG Decor | Wedding Dresses: Modern Bridal Shop | Makeup + Hair: Rosie Torres | Models: Giddel Lopez + Maylen Moronta

Winter Park Wedding from Kristen Weaver Photography

Soft peach and coral hues, the pretties touches of lace, loads of southern charm – this Florida fête from Kristen Weaver Photography is overflowing with details that have me head over heels in love. Sprinkle in the gorgeous florals from Lee Forrest Design, and it simply doesn’t get lovelier. Except, of course, when you factor in the breathtaking Bride and her dashing Groom…and that’s when we enter stunning territory. See it all here.

From Kristen Weaver Photography…Emily and Joey are the epitome of Southern charm in every sense of the word! Their wedding was a mix of lace, soft peach and pops of coral. Emily chose all prepster-staple JCrew jewelry to compliment her Jim Hjelm gown, and gifted the bridesmaids stunning Kate Spade earrings with a peach center stone. Hand-crafted stationary made the bridesmaids cards and escort cards. But the highlight was her stunning bouquet, made by Lee Forrest, that mixed beautiful roses, garden roses, peonies and dusty miller to create the centerpiece of this Southern event! The ceremony took place outside the historic Casa Feliz home in Winter Park, and their reception was set up in the courtyard under market lights and centerpieces in vintage vases.


Photography: Kristen Weaver Photography | Florist: Lee Forrest Design | Venue: Casa Feliz | Catering: Arthur’s Catering | Hair: Kayce and Brynn from Haute Headz Salon | Makeup: Randi | Cake Artist: Anna Hightower, Anna Cakes | DJ: Soundwave Entertainment | Bridal Salon: The White Magnolia Bridal Collection | Wedding Dress: Jim Hjelm | Bridal Jewelry: J.Crew | Bridesmaids: Bella Bridesmaids | Bridesmaids Gowns: Amsale | Bridesmaids Jewelry: Kate Spade

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