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Cypress Grove Estate House Wedding from Bumby Photography

When two cuties as adorable as this tie the knot in a classic meets preppy soiree, magical things are just bound to happen.  Like an uber-stunning Cypress Grove Estate House affair filled to the brim with heartwarming moments and beyond whimsical touches.  I’m talking lush florals from Blossoms Orlando, a yummy cake from The Sugar Suite and a fab Lula Kate gown from Bella Bridesmaid.  It’s enough to make any wedding lover’s Friday (or entire week, for that matter) and you can see it all captured by Bumby Photography in the full gallery.

From Bumby PhotographyKatie & Burns tied the knot at the romantic Cypress Grove Estate House. Their ceremony took place at the gazebo facing the lake which made for such a beautiful and lovely backdrop. Katie & Burns’ style was incorporated into each little detail of which perfectly displayed who they are as a couple. From croquet in the lawn to embroidered shirts and navy suits for the boys to the perfect little green dresses for the girls. Burns looked handsome and Katie was stunning.

One unique detail, or I should say moment of the day, was when Katie said she wanted to do a first look with her dad. I have done several couples first looks but this was my first, first look between a father and his little girl. I always say you find me every now and then hiding behind my camera to hide a tear. This was one of those moments for me. It was so sweet. Katie and her father have such a sweet close relationship. He was there running around setting up and picking up things and made sure her day was perfect. It was the sweetest thing. He followed us around during all portraits before and after the ceremony, and helped with holding her bouquet and her drink.

Katie & Burns truly have two of the coolest families. I had the honor of having lunch with them and their mothers and Katie’s brothers before the wedding and they are so much fun and such a loving and supportive family. I just love all their sweet, silly and positive personalities.

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Wedding Photography: Bumby Photography, LLC | Wedding Venue: Cypress Grove Estate House | Wedding Planning: No. 1 Wedding Planner | Floral Design: Blossoms Orlando | Catering: Big City Catering | Cake: The Sugar Suite | Wedding Dress: Lula Kate via Bella Bridesmaid | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid | Men’s Attire: Jos A. Bank | Hair: Maestros Hair Studio | Makeup: Justina | Entertainment: Al Dee Productions | Photo Booth: Photobooth Rocks

Cultural Indian Wedding from Shutter Life Productions

This wedding?  It will seriously take your breath away.  No, I am not being hyperbolic… for a brief moment, you will not be able to breathe.  Why you ask?  Well, because this is the kind of wedding that infuses breathtaking cultural traditions with rich, colorful details and sooo many heartwarming moments, you’ll just feel HAPPY.  And in my humble opinion?  Well, that’s the best kind of wedding.  See every ounce of pretty captured by Shutter Life Productions in the full gallery.

And a stunning film from Snap and Play to send you off into the weekend… Enjoy, lovelies.

From Shutter Life Productions… We were so excited to spend a few days with Amrita and Sandeep for their Indian wedding! You could not spend time with a more warm, hospitable family, and the colors and traditions were so much fun! We started out with Amrita’s Mehndi party where she got all of her Henna done for the wedding. My favorite part was seeing the Henna artist put Sandeep’s name in a secret location on Amrita’s hands, for Sandeep to search for later. The next night we attended the reception where both sets of parents put beautiful bangles on Amrita’s wrists. There was wonderful food, dancing, and tons of joy! Amrita looked incredible in her forest green gown.

When their wedding day came around, I was in Indian Princess heaven! Sandeep arrived majestically on a gorgeous white horse! For the ceremony, Amrita was wearing the most beautiful red bridal outfit imaginable, and she designed it herself. She also designed the hot pink detailed saris for the bridesmaids! I loved when the bridesmaids had to steal Sandeep’s shoes from him before the ceremony! They were so proud! The ceremony was a time of joy, with everyone sitting on the floor watching with love and adoration.

After the ceremony, we headed over to Amrita’s family’s house for a few more traditions before the reception. Sandeep had to negotiate a price with the bridesmaids to enter her house and get her! When he finally had the right amount, he was allowed to cut the ribbon and enter. Before the reception began, it was time for Amrita to change into the most incredible, gorgeous white Indian bridal gown. She also had a new set of stunning jewelry that we were all swooning over! The night was gorgeous and filled with a surprise choreographed dance from the couple, amazing speeches, and a ridiculously fun dance party. Amrita is one of the most genuinely loving and beautiful people that we know, a true princess, and Sandeep was nothing short of her Prince! 

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Photography: Nathan + Lori Puhr of Shutter Life Productions | Second Photographer: Kelian Photography | Cinematography: Snap and Play | Ceremony Venue: Sikh Society of Central Florida | Reception Venue: Wyndham Orlando | Floral + Event Design: Suhaag Garden + Mejoo of Dreams to Reality +  Melissa from Wyndham Orlando + Bride | Invitations: Custom designed by the Bride from New Delhi India, Puneet Chaada Printers | Dresses: Frontier Bazaar Karol Bagh + New Dheli India, Designed by the Bride | Bride’s Shoes: BCBG (Ceremony) + Nine West (Reception)

Spanish Inn Inspiration Shoot from Amalie Orrange Photography

Inspired by the Spanish tile around the Mission Inn, this shoot is simply prettiness defined dreamt up by one amazing team of vendors. With it’s vibrant color palette, perfectly placed details by Mobella Events, florals that will make your heart swoon from Lee Forrest Design, escort cookies (how fabulous is that?!) from Cookie Cousins, stylish stationery from 5 Thirteen Designs and a cake from The Sugar Suite you’ll be pinning the second you see it – it goes without saying, this shoot snapped up by the talented Amalie Orrange Photography is one fabulous way to spend your day. Do so here.

And don’t miss the behind the scenes look into the lovely from  Imprint Cinema

From Bonnie from Mobella EventsThe shoot was inspired by a Spanish tile from the venue where we did the photo shoot, Mission Inn. We took the elements of a tile – pattern, bright colors & culture and created a modern look with it. 

Overall the bright colors and overall fresh feel made this shoot. It is so hard to choose one detail that we loved, I would say the tile with wrap around menu and cookie escort cards were my favorite. They were innovative and something that I feel guest’s would remember after an event.

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Wedding Photography: Amalie Orrange Photography | Wedding Venue: Mission Inn in Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida | Event Design + Coordination: Mobella Events | Wedding Cinematography: Imprint Cinema | Floral Design: Lee Forrest Design | Wedding Cake: The Sugar Suite | Cookies: Cookie Cousins | Wedding Stationery + Cookie Design: 5 Thirteen Designs | Linen: Over The Top, Inc. | Place Settings: Dishie Rentals | Rentals:  Hitched Events | Wedding Dress: Malindy Elene | Hair + Makeup: M3 Makeup

Cypress Grove Estate House Wedding Inspiration from Brandy + Beau, Windermere Flowers & The Sugar Suite

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again.  Photo shoots make my heart sing.  There’s just something about a group of talented vendors putting their heads together for a day of pretty that never fails to inspire me – and today’s gorgeous masterpiece?  Pure lovely.  From the mint green and peach hues to the breathtaking florals from Windermere Flowers to the real life couple looking adorable as ever, it’s just one pin-worthy moment after another captured perfectly by Brandy + Beau.  Oh, and that yummy cake from The Sugar Suite?  Amazing.  See it all in the full gallery.

From Brandy + Beau… We were challenged to do a full inspiration shoot for several amazing vendors in the Central Florida area. We wanted to see if we could do all of it, from getting ready to last dance. The couple that we shot are a real couple and are madly in love.  We wanted to capture them in a different way than their original wedding. Inspired by the Old South centered around Cypress Grove Estate House with white pews, bow ties and suspenders. Soft pinks and mint green accented with gold silverware and mismatched china. Milk glass and hand-painted vases holding gorgeous flower arrangements. We loved the dark wood farm table and benches, featuring the bench for two. cypress grove has so many wonderful areas to capture, we hope that we did it justice. We had such a blast shooting a “wedding” that we could do how we envisioned.

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Photography: Brandy + Beau | Floral Design: Windermere Flowers | Venue: Cypress Grove Estate House | Invitations: La Lovely Ink | Cake: The Sugar Suite | Dress: Vera Wang | Hakeup and Hair: M3 Makeup Artists | China, Bamboo Chairs + Pews: A Chair Affair Inc. | White Furniture: CHIC! Furniture Rentals | Vintage Dresser: Weddings by 2 Plus Hue | Linens: Kirby Rentals | Officiant: Sensational Ceremonies | Dance floor: Letz Dance On It

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Floral Bridal Shoot from Andi Mans Photography & Design + Makeover Station

Things I go crazy for?  Floral wreaths, beautiful brides and Andi Mans Photography & Design.  Give me one, two or all three and you’ll see the face of one VERY happy blogger.  And when the three combine for an inspiration shoot in sunny Florida?  Almost too good to be true.  Especially when it means we get to bask in the fabulous beauty expertise of Makeover Station, stunning blooms from Freshly Picked and some crazy gorgeous accessories from Paris by Deborah Moreland.  See so much more in the full gallery.

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From Andi Mans Photography & Design… I am so excited to share this awesome collaboration I have going on with Simone from Makeover Station! I would like to introduce you to “Me Oh My!” We created this bridal experience for brides to relive their moment.  We wanted to capture a beautiful yet natural bride… floral crowns are so trendy right now and they add such a pop of color and style to any bride. We hope this inspires you to try it for your wedding!

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Wedding Photography: Andi Mans Photography & Design | Wedding Cinematography: Imprint Cinema | Floral Design: Freshly Picked | Fashion Stylist: Roberta from Solutions Bridal | Wedding Dress: Marisa Bridal | Bride’s Accessories: Paris by Deborah Moreland | Hair + Makeup: Simone from Makeover Station

Windermere Wedding from Jessica Leigh

Adorable duos.  We love ’em.  And adorable duos who DIY their Big Day with the help of devoted family and friends?  We love ’em even more.  Because there’s just something sooo amazing (+ heartwarming) about a handcrafted wedding, especially one that includes yummy cupcakes from grandma, handcrafted jewelry and pops of bright teal.  See every last crazy fun moment captured by Jessica Leigh right here.

Oh, and we’re not done yet.  Check out this beautiful film from Alex Meissner for even more cuteness.  It’s awesome.

From the Bride… Jacob and I got married outside on the most perfect Sunday October afternoon. We wanted the ceremony to be outside among the pine trees, and the reception to be inside. To keep all of our 270 guests well fed we hired food trucks.

Jacob found an old Southern tradition of burying a bottle of bourbon upside-down a month before the wedding at the site of your wedding to bring good weather the day of the wedding. It worked!!!

I love creating and coming up with new crafty ideas, so my wedding was the perfect showcase for that. I started collecting trinkets from far and wide to spray paint the 2 shades of teal that I had purchased. Our colors were yellow and gray with pops of teal, and the pops came from my bridesmaids shoes and jewelry and the centerpieces at the reception.

Our wedding was such a team effort and we are very fortunate to have the friends and family that we do to help make it what we dreamt it to be. We asked our friends to sing, play guitar and violin for the ceremony and my coworkers and friends did hair and makeup for us. My friend made the necklaces for my bridesmaids, our friend made the cupcakes for our guests, and my grandma made cookies for dessert. Our friend’s band was our main source of entertainment and our friend DJ’d in between the band sets.

We used local food trucks for the cocktail hour (La Empanada) and main meal (Taco Bus) and a food cart (Big Bruno’s Bites) for snacks to grab on the way out of the reception. We were so lucky to have our friends with us every step of the way, including our friend Summer who helped plan and was our day-of coordinator. We couldn’t have done it without her.

We wanted the day to be fun for all with lots entertainment like a photobooth, beautiful setting, live band, a postcard style guestbook, many treats and food to choose from. We wanted everyone to dance, eat good food, take home any and all of the centerpieces. If I could describe my wedding i would say: fun, eclectic, crafty, tasty, and full of love.

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Wedding Photography: Jessica Leigh | Wedding Venue: Pines of Windermere in Windermere, Florida | Wedding Cinematography: Alex Meissner | Floral Design: Colonial Florist | Event Planning + Design: The Bride + Friends | Photobooth: Fotobox | Caterer: La Empanada + Taco Bus + Big Brunos Bites | Wedding Invitations: Brian Manley | Wedding Stationery: Hugo Giraud Jr. | Wedding Dress: Milanoo | Alterations: Hung’s Tailor’s (407.898.9907) | Cape: Karolin Felix Dream | Shoes: Vivienne Westwood + Miss L Fire | Ties + Bowtie: The Belle and the Beau

Orlando Isleworth Wedding from Vitalic Studio, A Flair for Affairs + Botantica

When you think of a Florida wedding, your mind might go straight to sandy shores and sunsets – but one mustn’t forget just how beautiful a ballroom wedding can be in that gorgeous state. Floridians have the ballroom wedding down, marrying the perfectly elegant with a more casual feel. A bit of sparkle on the shoreline, and you can see just such a wedding unfold in the gorgeous images from Vitalic Studio below. With a Bride in Oscar de la Renta, dreamy florals from Botanica and reception done to the nines thanks to A Flair for Affairs, this gallery is the perfect reminder of why ballroom weddings will always make us swoon. See it all here.

From Vitalic Studio… Elizabeth and Frank’s elegant wedding started in downtown Orlando at the St. James Cathedral followed by an elegant reception that was dripping with white creamy orchids and whimsical branches.  The venue had a fabulous chandelier that was enhanced by the bride’s addition of market lights.  It was a nice touch that gave the fancy ballroom a more outdoorsy feel.

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Wedding Photography: Vitalic Studio | Ceremony Location: St. James Cathedral in Orlando, Florida | Reception Location: Isleworth in Windemere, Florida | Wedding Cinematography: Stoner Video | Event Planning: A Flair for Affairs | Floral Design: Botanica | Wedding Dress: Oscar de la Renta

Orlando Wedding from Absolute Love Photography + The Dtales

Planning a wedding under $10,000 dollars isn’t always easy, but with the help of the talented April Dorsey from The Dtales and some fabulous shabby chic stylings, this bride and groom pulled it off with flying colors and then some with a breathtaking ceremony held at the Holy Cross Catholic Church, followed by one seriously gorgeous reception at the Village Walk Clubhouse in Orlando.  On hand to capture all of the pretty, pretty details?  The ever-wonderful Absolute Love Photography, making for one can’t-miss gallery.  Join me there for sooo much more.

From The Dtales… An elegant Shabby Chic wedding based in Orlando, Florida. Nothing was spared for this wedding – from Jimmy Choo shoes to burlap wedding favors.  Every component of the wedding was a detailed description of their love and handmade with love from the entire family.  So many amazing details made this budget wedding look like a million bucks. From the DIY burlap/lace bags, containing their favorite farmer’s market treat of kettle corn to a homemade custom cake, made by mom – yes, even the sugar peonies.  No detail went unnoticed.  Blink and you might miss the special elements, from their engagement photoshoot calendar to their handmade shabby chic “escort card” window pane door.  Planning this wedding with Alex was amazing and we put pinterest to good work.  Sharing a custom board with eath other (along with the gazillion texts about ideas and items we couldnt wait to share, the amazing part was the budget. The entire wedding was under $10K (not including the shoes and dress) and something nobody would ever have known.

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Wedding Photography: Absolute Love Photography | Ceremony Venue: Holy Cross Catholic Church in Orlando, Florida | Reception Venue: Village Walk Clubhouse in Orlando, Florida | Event Planning + Design: April Dorsey from The Dtales | Floral Design: Atmospheres Decor | DJ: Al Dee Productions | Wedding Dress: Kenneth Pool | Shoes: Jimmy Choo

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Orlando Wedding from Shea Christine Photography

On a Friday after a week full of pretty on SMP Florida, we like to leave you with a wedding that will take some time to truly devour. A wedding whose gallery needs some serious QT. And this Orlando beauty from  Shea Christine Photography fits that bill and then some. From each beautiful detail to each sweet kiss, it’s a gallery you simply cannot miss. See so much more right here.

From the Bride… From the start of our planning, Clark and I knew that we wanted our wedding to be intimate, celebratory, and unique to us. I grew up in Asia, and Clark lived in Europe through much of our dating relationship, so travel seemed like a natural theme for our wedding. Discovering my great-grandmother’s travel scrapbook from the 20’s brought all the inspiration we needed! We made a list of cities that have been important to us and, with the help of friends, created table centerpieces with items from each “destination.” Family members graciously contributed vintage heirlooms and luggage. As a mostly DIY wedding, we had so much fun bringing in all the little details like airmail stationery, luggage tag seating cards, paper airplanes for our send off, and a postcard guest book.

What made our wedding most wonderful was the intimate atmosphere! Our fathers officiated the ceremony together, and our dearest friends and family made up our hundred guests. The Dubsdread ballroom is amazingly cozy, and a Thanksgiving-style dinner and hot cocoa were perfect for fending off the Florida November chill. Clark and I had time to talk to every guest without feeling rushed, which was a highlight for me. And despite all our bets on who in the family would cry first, there were no tears! Just lots of laughter, which was exactly what we had hoped for!

Wedding Photography: Shea Christine Photography / Wedding Venue + Catering: Historic Dubsdread Ballroom in Orlando, Florida / Floral Design: Atmospheres Floral & Decor / Wedding Cinematography: Josh Gilligan, friend / Wedding Cake: Cindy Kahre, friend / Reception Music: Isaac Folch + David Cording, friend / Ceremony Music: Graham + Danielle Wigle, friend / Wedding Invitations: DIY by the Bride / Wedding Dress: Street Market in Cina / Bridesmaids’ Attire: Weddington Way / Groom’s + Groomsmen Attire: Marc Anthony via Kohls

Orlando Wedding from Kristina Grimm Photography

There’s nothing like getting married at a private beach house, right on the sand, with an intimate ceremony surrounded by friends and family. And that’s exactly what this head-over-heels in love couple did. Kristina Grimm Photography captured all the personal details like their adorable travel themed reception. Click here for the full gallery!

From Kristina Grimm PhotographyTaylor & Reid met through a mutual friend and soon realized they were two peas in a pod. They enjoy fishing, sports, and most of all each other. Things just flowed making their relationship turn from friendship to romance with ease. They are both extremely caring people who value family and friendships. This made their life blend together as life long friends. They love each other deeply and are best friends. Truly making it the best of both worlds. Taylor spent many summers working after high school on the sweet little island of Nantucket while Reid spent his time in Minnesota. Both so far apart found love in Florida. Their wedding venues made a sweet and intimate spot for them to exchange vows. They married at a private beach house on the white sands of New Smyrna Beach under fishing poles and the waves crashing as their background. The Atlantic Center for the Arts was a perfect secluded location for the cocktail reception to celebrate with all their family and closest friends. 

Wedding Photography: Kristina Grimm Photography / Ceremony Location: Private Beach House in New Smyrna Beach, Florida / Reception Location: Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna, Florida / Event Planning: Leah Palmer / Floral Design: DIY by bridesmaid from Florida Wholesale Florist Supply / Caterer: Big Wheel Provisions / Wedding Invitations: Nu.B. Era Designs / Music: Acoustic Guitar by family friend / Wedding Dress: Sue Wong via Neiman Marcus / Bridesmaids Attire: The Collection Bridal / Groom + Groomsmen’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse / Hair: Nick from Abitare Salon (407.302.1110)
/ Makeup: Amber Sepulvado from Makeupify

Orlando Wedding at Bella Collina from Concept Photography

Bella Collina just may be one of my favorite places in the world to get married.  I mean, who wouldn’t absolutely love to say “I Do” in a Tuscany-inspired paradise in the oh-so-lovely Monteverde?  I know I would.  Especially when that “I Do” includes one moment after another planned to perfection by An Affair To Remember, a seriously stunning purple color palette and some of the most beautiful images you ever did see from Concept Photography.  It’s a day of non-stop pretty and it’s all just waiting to be adored in the full gallery.  Join me there for sooooo much more.

From the Bride… Our theme was vintage, romantic with an Italian flare. We wanted to incorporate the whole Italian theme since we were getting married at a venue that looked like it was straight out of Tuscany. My love for purple also played a big role when making decisions on flowers, dresses and decor. Since Alex popped the question right after I came home from Italy, we thought that Bella Collina would be there perfect place for us. I always dreamed of having an outside wedding on the lawn, and Bella Collina really was everything I could have imagined! I loved the ambiance of the night with all of the candles lit and the market lights strung outside. It was such a magical night!

We actually had quite a few DIY projects. But, my mom and I are both designers so we enjoy being creative and putting things together ourselves. I designed and printed the programs, menus and place cards, as well as put together our favors for the guests, which were little s’mores packages for them to use down by the fire pit.

The most memorable moment for me was the ceremony. I’ve always dreamed of walking down the aisle with my dad in my wedding dress. I will never forget the big grin that Alex had on his face when I first saw him – he was so happy! It was also special to have my Grandfather marry us. For a few months there, we weren’t sure if he was going to be able to do the ceremony, but he did it and did such a wonderful job! My most memorable moment was looking into my future wife’s eyes and reciting our vows to each other.

Wedding Photography: Sara + Jason from Concept Photography / Wedding Venue: Bella Collina in Monteverde, Florida / Wedding Planners: An Affair To Remember / Floral Design: Vintage Vines / Wedding Cake: It’s Tasty Too / Linen Rental: Over the Top / Ceremony Music: Strings N’ Things / Band: Leonard Brothers Band

Italian-Inspired Wedding Shoot from Michelle March Photography

This inspiration photographed by Michelle March is just how I envision a destination wedding in Italy. Old beautiful architecture, fresh rosemary and tomatoes on the vine populating the table and all finished off with a stunning lace dress. End Scene. This shoot may have taken place in the wilds of Florida but with the crafting genius of Peplum Events & Design, the details and ideas that can be taken away are 100% destination Italy – the birth place of al fresco dining. Take a little trip to the gallery for so, so much more.

And before you make a mad dash for all the extra goodies in the gallery, have a peek at the behind the scenes film captured by Michael Burgos Films.

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From Michelle March Photography… I would be so thrilled if you featured an Italian Villa wedding that I shot recently at Loews Portofino Bay, in Orlando, FL. Although it is a styled wedding shoot, I feel as though the rustic details would truly inspire your readers and the models’ (who are a real couple who are very much in love) attire goes so well with the romantic and timeless look. The Portofino Bay was absolutely stunning. It’s definitely a bit piece of Italy right in our backyard. From the architecture to the beautiful landscaping. It was the ideal backdrop for this romance. Peplum Events & Design and Unearthed Vintage were a dream to work with. From the BHLDN napkins and vintage furniture to the lovely cascading florals. The handmade lace dress was a dream. The bride’s pearl veil was precious.

Photography: Michelle March Photography / Venue: Loews Portofino Bay Hotel in Orlando, Florida / Event Design, Planning + Floral Design: Peplum Events & Design / Cinematography: Michael Burgos Films / Invitations: Llorente Design / Napkins: BHLDN /Rentals: Unearthed Vintage / Wedding Dress: KT Jean Designs / Bride’s Shoes: Steve Madden / Bride’s Headpiece + Accessories: LIxCREATION

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Orlando Wedding at Cypress Grove Estate House from Ariel Renae Photography

When you love vibrant colors as much as I do (read: a lot), weddings like this beautiful Orlando affair tend to make you happy.  Happy in a way that only bright pops of pink, sunny yellow and aqua blue can. And when you see it all wrapped up in an al fresco affair that is literally overflowing with darling details (including burlap-covered tables, striped straws and streamers), you consider yourself lucky.  Because it means one glorious image after another captured by Ariel Renae Photography and an entire day of sweet swooning time in the full gallery.  Join me there for so much more.

From Ariel Renae Photography… Ashley and Britton wanted their wedding day to feel playful, fun and romantic! They wanted fun colors to pop, surrounded by the gorgeous cypress trees that the Orlando backdrop has to offer. Although it looked like we were going to have to fight the rain for a bit, the skies cleared, and it turned into an extremely gorgeous sunset and evening.

Wedding Photography: Ariel Renae Photography / Wedding Venue: Cypress Grove Estate House in Orlando, Florida / Floral Design: Apple Blossom Florist & Gifts / Catering: Big City Catering / Wedding Cake: Wendy Woo / Cupcakes: Sweet! By Good Golly Miss Holly / Wedding Invitations: Janet Wall / Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero / Bride’s Shoes: TOMS

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Downtown Orlando Wedding from ArtPhotoSoul Photographers

What do you get when you combine rich purple hues with the magical wonderland that is the Ceviche Tapas Bar & Restaurant?  You get the best New Year’s Eve present possible, all captured by the talented team at ArtPhotoSoul Photographers.  And when I say the best New Year’s Eve present possible, I mean a breathtaking candlelit ceremony, a beyond amazing reception and a seriously stunning bride and groom.  Intrigued?  Click here for so much more.

From ArtPhotoSoul Photographers… Angela and Stephan’s wedding was hosted in historic downtown Orlando at a Spanish tapas restaurant. Their purple color scheme complemented the deep red hues and metallic features of the ceremony and reception space. Their intimate, candlelit ceremony was uber-sweet with ceiling hanging votives and a candlelit fireplace. Plus her Vera Wang dress with the over-sized flower belt will tug your heart strings.

Wedding Photography: ArtPhotoSoul Photographers / Wedding Venue: Ceviche Tapas Bar & Restaurant in Orlando, Florida / Event Planning: Ingenious Events and Weddings / Floral Design: Pennock Floral / Wedding Cake: Bake Me A Cake / Wedding Invitations: Studio Style / DJ: M.A.D.D. Vybez Entertainment / Linens: BBJ Linens / Wedding Dress: White by Vera Wang / Bride’s Shoes: Vera Wang / Hair: Elegance Salon / Makeup: Jennifer Beverly

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Orlando Wedding from Amalie Orrange Photography

We sing the praises of the Sunshine State on a daily basis here at SMP, so it makes perfect sense to us that this adorable duo would choose Orlando for their dreamy destination soiree.  A destination soiree that boasts the sweetest of blooms by Lee Forrest Design and one beautiful image after another by Amalie Orrange Photography.  It’s bright purple hues meets two cuties who were seriously meant to be and you can see it all in the full gallery.


From Amalie Orrange Photography Sometimes the one that you are meant to be with can be right next to you for years without you even knowing it. This was the case with Sarah and Dave. Dave, together with his brother, owned a restaurant, and Sarah, while attending college, worked at this establishment. For the next two and a half years, she worked there for the man that she would eventually marry. The irony of this is that it took Sarah leaving the restaurant to pursue her career for Dave to finally be able to ask her out. Maybe for Dave, the girl of his dreams leaving his restaurant was the best thing that could have happened to him. When Sarah came to pick up her last check, this time not as an employee but as a friend, Dave asked her out. Thankfully she said yes, and so the story goes. But this story doesn’t end with the couple riding off into the warm Florida sunset; this is where it begins.

Sarah told me that she found one of my recent weddings on Style Me Pretty and liked my work. I’m so thankful that she did. Sarah got in touch with me, and with her sweet, warm voice told me that she, Dave and 18 of their close friends and family were going to escape the cold Michigan weather and come to Florida for their destination wedding. These two were amazingly nice, kind and totally in love, some very good qualities if you ask me. Their wedding was at the Grand Bohemian Orlando, on the rooftop, with a ceremony lit by candles. Beauty abounded and as a photographer, I love that. They opted for a first look, and with that, we wandered my beautiful city, and I believe that we captured the emotion and feel that these two so deserve. I’m so thankful I met these two, and I’m so thankful for people like them coming into my life.

Wedding Photography: Amalie Orrange Photography / Wedding Venue: The Grand Bohemian Hotel Orlando in Orlando, Florida / Wedding Planning: Heather Snively of Weddings Unique / Floral Design: Lee Forrest Design / Wedding Cake: Bake Me a Cake / Wedding Dress: Vintage Rose Bridal via Becker’s Bridal / Bride’s Necklace: J.Crew / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: ModCloth / Groom’s Suit:  Jos. A. Bank

Orlando Victorian-Inspired Wedding from Laura Yang Photography

This is the kind of wedding that will never go out of style. The kind that will still be relevant and beautiful in 50+ years and without a doubt, grandkids will be begging to wear that perfectly classic lace dress! Laura Yang Photography captured this Victorian-inspired soiree beautifully and the gallery is filled to the brim with even more! See the rest right here.

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From Laura Yang PhotographyEvery little detail about this wedding reflected the character of the bride and groom, from their early 20th century-built venue and the soft color palette to the menu, which featured shrimp and grits (the bride’s favorite) and miniature grilled cheese sandwiches (the groom’s favorite). The bride wanted to created a vintage-Victorian feel at her wedding — and she absolutely succeeded, with elegant, old-fashioned touches such as her grandparents’ silver champagne goblets, eyelet table linens and an understated, all-white white cake. Her hard work planning this wedding with her mother resulted in one of the most lovely weddings I’ve ever seen, and even the details they couldn’t plan were perfect — a gorgeous fall day and a golden sunset that illuminated the bride and groom during their lakeside portraits. It was a beautiful wedding for a couple who deserved nothing less!

Wedding Photography: Laura Yang Photography / Ceremony: First Presbyterian Church of Orlando in Orlando, Florida / Reception: Rosalind Club in Orlando, Florida (407-422-7573) / Ceremony Coordination: Susan Somerville of First Presbyterian Church of Orlando / Reception Coordination: Michelle Hunan of Rosalind Club / Floral Design: Sherry Krawczyk / Catering: Arthur’s Catering / Wedding Cake: Anna Cakes / Wedding Invitations: Maureen H. Hall Stationery and Invitations / Entertainment: The Z Street Band / Accommodations: Embassy Suites Orlando Downtown / Wedding Dress: Watters via Solutions Bridal Designer House / Bride’s Shoes: Ann Taylor / Hair: Yvette Husty of Primp / Makeup: Debra Lowe / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Amsale / Men’s Tuxedos: Jos. A. Bank

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Orlando Wedding from Kt Crabb Photography

The moment I laid my eyes on this breathtaking Orlando soiree, I was in love.  Like a head over heels, can’t stop thinking about it, making mixed tapes kind of love.  Because this wedding has the serious power to grab ahold of your heart and never let go.  From the stunning Cypress Grove Estate House setting to the gorgeous DIY blooms to a fashionista bride who knows a thing or two about wedding day beauty, it’s a swoon-fest from start to finish.  The ever-fabulous Kt Crabb Photography snapped up every last ounce of lovely and I’m already making plans to spend my entire day in the gallery.  Join me there for more.

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From Kt Crabb PhotographyFrom New England to across the world, these two have been in love for over five years. Hannah is pursuing a fashion degree in NYC so you knew her sense of style would play well into the attire of the evening. David spent many months studying abroad, and although long-distance brought its challenges, their relationship stood the test. And flourished. Upon returning to America, Hannah greeted David in San Francisco. It was there that he asked for her hand in marriage and there that they got their inspiration for their day. With traveling an exciting passion of theirs, they incorporated places they had been and places they hope to go. It was a wedding focused on the adventure ahead.

Wedding Photography: Kt Crabb Photography / Wedding Venue: Cypress Grove Estate House in Orlando, Florida / Flowers: DIY by the Bride’s Mother / Wedding Cake: It’s Tasty Too / Wedding Dress: Rosa Clara via The Bridal Garden / Bride’s Shoes: Vivienne Westwood

Orlando Wedding at Cypress Grove Estate House from Posh Parties & Paper

If you are a lover of pretty pink hues (and, really, who isn’t), then you are about to fall head.over.heels in love with this breathtaking Orlando soiree planned to perfection by Posh Parties & Paper. Guaranteed. Because this is the kind of affair that leaves you dreaming of elegant waterside fêtes filled to the brim with beautiful blooms by Xquisite Events, lace covered tabletops and romance as far as the eye can see. Yep – it’s just that amazing.  Nancy Cohn Photography snapped up every love-filled moment… and the gallery?  All caps PRETTY.  Join me there for more.

From the Bride… Gray and I had a very serendipitous start. I signed up for a free three-day trial with eHarmony after seeing a TV commercial. By the end of those three days, I’d met a charming man I had a lot in common with. We discovered that we share a love for Jesus Christ, estate sales, family vacations, pets and ice cream! All of the important things in life. :) Gray proposed by sending me on a scavenger hunt around town to all of our favorite places. At each spot, I found a sweet letter from him detailing what he loved about me and his dreams for our future. It ended on my doorstep, where we’d had our first kiss, followed dinner where we’d had our first date.

We were so excited to get married at Cypress Grove Estate. My grandparents used to take my sisters and me there to play when we were little. I’d always loved the gardens and the house on the water. Our wedding day was a magical joyful whirlwind. I’ve never seen so many flowers in my life! My favorite detail was our table settings. I wanted our wedding to be like a big cozy dinner party for all of the people we love, and I really think it was! I had my sisters and sisters-in-law as bridesmaids, and all of my best friends were “friends of honor.” They picked their own pink dresses and took their seats in the front row. We also had an ice cream station where a chef would make the flavor of your choice using liquid nitrogen. All in all, it was a perfect weekend. Even more exciting than the weekend is the fact that I get to be with Gray every day! We are so thankful to our families and to Heather, our wedding planner, who tied over 1,000 bows for us by the end of the weekend.

One other special thing to note was in lieu of favors, we made donations to four of our favorite charities. We had a table set up with apothecary cards that had the charity name on them. One jar was filled with gumballs. Each guest had to take a gumball and put it in the jar of the charity they liked the most! It was a fun, interactive and meaningful idea!

Wedding Photography: Nancy Cohn Photography / Assistant Photographer: Lauren Ross Photo / Wedding Venue: Cypress Grove Estate House in Orlando, Florida / Event Planning: Posh Parties & Paper / Floral Design: Xquisite Events / Wedding Cinematography: Films by Francesco / Wedding Invitations: W.C. Shinn Paper Co. / Wedding Dress: Reem Acra

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Orlando Wedding from Pietri Photography

I know what you’re thinking…there’s NO way this wedding cost only $10,000, but it’s so true. We’re talking dress, invites and every other gorgeous detail that you see here. Yup, this wedding is proof that you don’t need to skip the pretty to stay on budget. Pietri Photography captured all the lovely including lots and lots of personal touches from South Africa. See even more right here!

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From the Bride… Gareth and I met by chance through our shared love of rugby. We met about six months after Gareth had first moved to the USA from Johannesburg in the fall of 2007. Gareth had recently started attending a local college, and on the recommendation of a neighbor, ne joined my university’s rugby team — he had previously been at the University of Pretoria rugby academy and wanted to keep playing in the US. Meanwhile, I had just returned from a year abroad in London, where I started watching the game. When I returned to college in California, one of my good friends was dating another rugby player and invited me out to a game and dinner. Gareth and I met at a rugby dinner event, and we began dating a few months afterward. I feel like it was love at first sight, but Gareth was a little shy, so it took months of hanging around the pitch to get his attention. However, once we went on our first date, we have been inseparable and dated for four years until he proposed.

We wanted as many family members from all over the world to join us, so summer seemed like the best time to wed — despite the Florida heat! We had guests come from South Africa, Japan, Europe and Australia. It made us feel so loved that so many family and friends came from so far to share in our day. The ceremony took place in the roofless chapel of the Mailtland Art Center under a canopy of trees. The oak-nestled art center provided a perfect Southern style back drop and was highlighted with floral arrangements flown in from South Africa. We had a traditional Catholic ceremony, but instead of communion our priest gave a homily about a pineapple and passed out pieces of pineapple to eat. He equated the pineapple growth to the growth of a marriage — how it takes years to grow, it needs love and care, and will be full of sweetness on the inside if done right. We did not know he was going to do this — he actually cut up and served the pineapple to us at the altar. It was quite a surprise, but something that we will always remember.

310 Lakeside, our reception venue, is located on Lake Eola, the center of Orlando’s downtown. Although the restaurant is located a the base of a high-rise building, it has a warm, inviting feel (lots of Southern hospitality) mixed with just the right amount of sleek modernity. It was the perfect venue for our intimate wedding and provided the upscale service and feel I wanted our guests to enjoy. I wanted to add a bit of South Africa to everything I could, starting with our flowers. My bouquet was made from a King Protea, the national flower of South Africa, surrounded by eucalyptus and a few gardenias nestled behind the main bloom. Every woman in my family carries gardenias, and I also wanted to honor that tradition. Our table linens were brought in from South Africa by my mother-in-law, as were our favors. Each person was able to take home a hand-beaded tortoise, a traditional Zulu handicraft. Our cake topper, a beaded couple, was also hand-made in South Africa. We also named each table after a city that was dear to our hearts; the table signs were made from simple wooden frames which I painted a pearl-gold. The calligraphy for the table signs was down by my mother in law. Our cake was also a special touch — we chose Sprinkle Custom Cakes, as the owner was able to make us a traditional South African wedding cake (fruit cake, but not the Christmas kind — more like a rum cake). And we served our cake alongside vanilla, lemon and red velvet cupcakes (a Southern favorite).

My mother made a beautiful quilt with African fabric, which doubled as our guest book. Guests were given the opportunity to sign a block and leave us a special message. Together with my mother-in-law, we a made the table signs and calligraphy for each sign. We also tied all the ribbons for the palm fans one each seat at the ceremony. Also, I am not sure if the counts as DIY, but we did have a surprise visit from Elvis at the end of the night! A family friend of ours, who works as an impersonator in Las Vegas, put on a great show. I think our guests from overseas loved it more than the Southerners! The whole event was a bargain at under $10,000, including invites, dress and all!

Wedding Photography: Pietri Photography / Ceremony: Maitland Art Center in Maitland, Florida / Reception: 310 Lakeside Restaurant in Orlando, Florida / Floral Design: Lee James Floral Designs / Wedding Cake: Sprinkles Custom Cakes / Wedding Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas / Entertainment: DJ Scott Thompson of Thompson Entertainment / Chair Rental: Orlando Wedding & Party Rentals / Wedding Dress: David’s Bridal / Bride’s Veil: David’s Bridal / Bride’s Tiara: David’s Bridal / Shoes: NYC transit via SteinMart / Bride’s Necklace: From Her Great-Grandmother / Bride’s Earrings: From Her Mother-in-Law / Bride’s Signet Ring: From Her Grandfather / Bridesmaids’ Attire: Their Choice

Orlando Wedding from Weddings Unique

How’s this for the perfect Friday morning?  A breathtaking all-white affair with hints of lovely lavender, the oh-so-fabulous stylings of Weddings Unique and breathtaking blooms by Botanica International Design Studio filling every last inch of gorgeous space.  Sounds amazing, no?  Well, consider this your lucky day, because the gallery is a literal wonderland of monochromatic elegance all captured in beautiful images by Liga Photography.  Ready for a morning of all caps PRETTY?  Click here for more.



From Weddings UniqueCarly and Wes’ December celebration was reflective of an old-fashioned wedding. Setting the tone for guests was a custom-designed letterpress invitation suite featuring beautiful calligraphy. After the ceremony at the lakeside gazebo, guests were greeted with champagne and a custom-engraved handkerchief favor as they were escort into the lovely citrus garden. Nostalgic white touches were all around: elegant Battenberg lace linens, chiavari chairs, rattan garden furniture, patio string lights and a white dance floor. After dinner, the guests were wowed by an extravagant, all-white dessert presentation and gourmet coffee display. To end the night, the couple was showered with white rose petals for their last dance.

Wedding Photography: Abby Liga of Liga Photography / Wedding Venue: The Ritz-Carlton Orlando in Orlando, Florida / Event Design + Planning: Weddings Unique / Floral Design: Botanica International Design Studio / Officiant: Rabbi Robert Lefkowitz / Decor: Raining Roses / Wedding Day Paper Goods: 5 Thirteen Designs / Harp: Christine MacPhail / DJ: Liquid Entertainment / Lighting: Kaleidoscope Event Lighting / Linens: BBJ Linen / Chiavari Chairs: A Chair Affair / Favors: The Cookie Cousins / Wedding Dress: Reem Acra / Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka + TOMS / Hair + Makeup: Lejeune Hair & Makeup Artistry

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