One Love

One Love

As the month of June comes to a close, I thought it might be a great time to share an editorial shoot we did a while back at the Ritz Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes with the talented photographer Kathy Thomas.

Kathy partnered with Bernadette Smith of the Gay Wedding Institute to offer certification as a Same-Sex Wedding Specialist.   This event was attended by wedding professionals across the region as well as a number who traveled to Orlando from across the country.

Beyond the awesome training on working with same-sex couples, we produced editorial shoots in two very different Ritz Carlton locations with same-sex couples.

The first was outside at the beautiful Whisper Creek Farm, an amazing fruit and vegetable garden alongside an 11,000 square foot outdoor ‘Farm to Fork” event space. Delicious vegetables and fresh citrus from the garden are used right there for events at the Ritz Carlton Grand Lakes.

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The space was designed for a luxurious, slightly rustic wedding for two beautiful brides who have been together 17 years. The raw wood gated entrance made a beautiful backdrop for their photos and intimate wedding ceremony. The trellis was swagged with garlands of magnolia leaves and full pink and lavender roses. Wooden boxes flanked the entrance overflowing with wildflowers and roses tying in the design of the archway.

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The dining area was set under a canopy of trees; one of my favorite details was the custom menu board that greeted guests. The combination of the industrial metal frame and the brown butcher paper were offset by the beautiful script calligraphy of the menu.

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The wooden farmhouse table was draped with a custom monogrammed table runner that was another favorite detail from this shoot.  In this unique farm to fork setting, the perfect centerpiece was the blending of flowers and vegetables.

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Raw wooden boxes were filled with luxurious antique roses, lavender, and larkspur accented with fresh Brussels sprouts, which added texture and a grounding color.

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The final touch to this lush outdoor editorial shoot was the hanging Champagne bar; the wooden shelf holding Champagne flutes was suspended by ropes from the overhanging tree.

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On the complete opposite end of the resort was a ballroom wedding reception design for two handsome grooms. Not only was this deign at the other end of the resort but was also a completely different design concept. This design was pure drama, sultry and glamourous.

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This lush design in silver with creamy white roses, candelabras, and many candles were set against a backdrop of black linen to create a stunning, dramatic look.  Long tables were nestled into a large hollow square. In the center was a small square table draped with a black and silver geometric linen and a beautiful arrangement as a focal point.

A shimmering drape behind the stage and lighted LED dancefloor added another unique element and some sparkle.

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I had the best time designing these two editorial shoots including two same-sex couples and some incredible, warm and loving Orlando wedding professionals.

Thanks so much to these great professionals for being part of this event.

.      Editorial Design: Lisa Stoner Events

.      Photography: Kathy Thomas Photography

.      Video: Key Moment Films

.      Stationery: 2u Collection

.      Floral + Chairs: Raining Roses

.      Wedding Gowns: Solutions Bridal

.      Tuxedos: Armani

.      Menu Board: Chalk Shop

.      Hair and Makeup: Kristy’s Artistry

.      Linen: Over the Top Linen

A Perfect Storm

A Perfect Storm

Lisa Stoner Events was recently selected by Be Inspired PR to design a wedding editorial for them in Florida. We love styling editorial shoots because they are the perfect storm.

Editorial wedding shoots are like clicking with that perfect couple while planning their wedding. That chic, stylish couple who connects with you at the beginning of their planning process; they completely trust your design and vendor recommendations. A couple who is open to exciting elements that are playful and truly reflect their personality as a couple.

For this wedding editorial, we traveled to Tampa and selected the Oxford Exchange. This historic space built in 1891 has been lovingly restored, especially the century-old brickwork, a design element that blends the old with the new.


‘Designed in the spirit of human engagement, the Oxford Exchange is a gathering place housing a collection of ideas and experiences under a single roof.’ Everything a love story, a marriage and blending of families showcases.

The blending of old and new continued with the selection of this stunning Romona Keveza textured satin ball gown; perfectly paired with a unique, loose, oversized cascading bridal bouquet of white hydrangea, white mini calla lilies, white roses, dendrobium orchids and scabiosa blooms accented with ferns and lemon leaf.


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Imagine your wedding photos on this beautiful staircase, in The Shop or The Bookstore. 


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The Atrium, Conservatory and Restaurant spaces with their airiness, unique flooring, and exposed brick opened up a wide range of options. Our selection of a long table draped in vintage lace linen, offered the opportunity to add more stylish modern accents. 

By blending three unique chair styles, accenting with gold and silver and mixing bright, colorful floral arrangements with globe artichokes we were able to add texture and visual interest to create this luxurious design.


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We were able to make the head table stand out by layering a glass charger with vintage porcelain, a satin napkin, and a letterpress menu card under a breathtaking suspended floral chandelier.


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Other fashion-forward ideas included showcasing a trio of wedding cakes wrapped in black fondant, accented with gold stenciling, vintage embellishments, and pink sugar paste flowers.


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This elegant yet modern look was enhanced by using custom engraved toasting flutes, a fun champagne tower, out of this world welcome gifts for family and friends, and a vintage letterpress invitation ensemble with modern touches. 

 


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Thank you to all of the amazing professionals who collaborated with our Lisa Stoner Events team to make our fantasy wedding editorial a colossal success.

Photography: Vanessa Velez Photography
Florals: Botanica International Design Studio
Bridal Gown: Isabel O’Neill Bridal Collection  – Romona Keveza Collection
Stationery: Copper Willow
Bridesmaid: Joanna August
Groom: Absolutely Fitting
Cake Designer: Chocolate Pi Vintage Confectionery
Engraving: Happily Ever Etched
Table Settings: A Chair Affair, Inc.
Linens: Over The Top Rental Linens
Makeup & Hair: Makeover Station | Simone
Cinema: Jeffrey Stoner
Veil: Ariel Jennifer Taub