What a dream it was to plan Anabel and Juan’s wedding! Anabel and I connected from the start. She has an effervescent personality and is a true joy to be around. Her warmth is contagious and we had such fun going over the details, big and small, for their wedding day.
The mood was set before the big day with custom stationery, monogram, and wax seal by the ever-talented Siuleth of Eleven Note. My personal favorite touch was the illustration of Anabel and Juan’s beloved dog, Daisy, for the reception cocktail napkins!
Anabel and Juan got ready for their wedding in separate suites at the Four Seasons Orlando, where the reception would be hosted later in the evening. Anabel’s bridal style was feminine and romantic, she wore a beautiful gown by Rita Vinieras from Solutions Bridal Orlando paired with Manolo Blahnik heels. The groom wore an exquisitely tailored tuxedo by Leonardo Fifth Avenue.
The couple were married in a traditional ceremony at the St. James Catholic Cathedral near Lake Eola Park in Orlando, Florida. The Roman Catholic Cathedral features beautiful murals and we filled the ceremony space with white floral arrangements.
The bride was walked down the aisle by her loving father in a dramatic, cathedral-length lace train.
Just married! Anabel’s joyous spirit is on full display in this heart-warming image.
Back at the Four Seasons, the manicured hotel grounds served as the perfect place for couple and family portraits.
Of course, Anabel and Juan’s wedding portraits would not be complete without their beloved dog, Daisy. It was a big day for Daisy too, her paw-rents were married! She shined in a matching lace dress with Mom. Could these two be any cuter?!
After their portraits were taken, I snuck Anabel and Juan away from the cocktail hour for my favorite moment – the reception space reveal. I believe this image will go down in Lisa Lyons Events history as one of the best reaction shots EVER!
The entire ballroom space was transformed into a dazzling, glamorous reception. White florals by Raining Roses wrapped around candelabras dripping in crystals. Metallic accents abounded with gold chargers, silver chairs, and mirrored tables to reflect it all. Fyerfly Productions set the mood with soft colored gels mixed with pin lighting. It was very much giving “Be Our Guest” if I do say so myself.
Anabel and Juan’s first dance was framed by a floral lined dance floor. The couple danced “on clouds” courtesy of a well-placed fog machine. And, of course, we brought the drama for the finale with cool sparks, courtesy of Fyerfly Productions.
After the couple cut the four-tiered cake, the party started! There were lighted stilt dancers, fire dancers, light sticks, and crazy glasses. The guests danced all night long.
The aforementioned fog machine made a second appearance in the hands of Anabel!
The evening culminated in a massive confetti release, a must for any celebration in my opinion!
Wedding Planning and Design: Lisa Lyons Events
Ceremony Venue: St. James Catholic Cathedral
Reception Venue: Four Seasons Resort Orlando
Photography: Kristen Weaver Photography
Hair and Makeup: Le Jeune Artistry
Videographer: KEJ Productions
Floral: Raining Roses Productions
Lighting: FyerFly Productions
Reception Chairs and Tables: Gala Rental
Linens: Over the Top Rental Linens
Stationery: Eleven Note
Entertainment: InPulse Entertainment
Wedding Cake: Four Seasons Resort Orlando
Seating Directory: Treasury Rentals
Wedding Dress and Veil: Rita Vinieris via Solutions Bridal
Groom’s Attire: Leonardo Fifth Avenue
I have officially planned five (!) Solutions Bridal Fashion Shows, each one special and somehow better than the next. Because this year’s show came after a brief (global) pause in 2020, I just knew I wanted to knock some socks off!
For a change, I wanted to step away from anything overly flowery or romantic (stay tuned next year, though!) and create something super energetic and fast-paced. Following a year and a half of us being stashed away in our homes, it felt like it was time to let loose!
We had an absolutely incredible team of vendors this year, each of them bringing their own talents, insights, and ideas to help bring the vision to life. Early on in the planning process, I mentioned to Jim O’Neill with FyerFly Productions that I wanted the show to feel more like a concert, rather than just dresses and tuxedos going down the runway. Jim suggested I watch Justin Timberlake’s concert at the MGM in Las Vegas and that was *it*! I immediately approached Art Faulkner to build the “wall” so that the lighting could go through it. FyerFly created a dazzling light sequence of starbursts, flecks of light, and even a section with the words “Love is Love” repeating across the wall.
A big theme for this year was inclusivity. I was thrilled when Erica, owner of Solutions Bridal, mentioned that she had added the Limitless line at the boutique, offering plus-size gowns, and that she wanted models to walk in them. From there, inclusivity became the paramount sensibility to match the aesthetic of the show.
Solutions Bridal featured an absolutely incredible selection of 75 looks. We had all sizes, genders, and ages, including a “senior” female model. Jazz It Up Artistry mastered all of the skin tones, types, and hair types flawlessly, which further showcased our inclusivity message.
Our partner, Leonardo Fifth Avenue debuted their new collection at the show and are now in New York to show it for Fashion Week! The tailoring was exquisite and there were so many unique styles presented. A personal highlight was wearing my custom Leonardo Fifth Avenue suit to present the show. I felt so confident in it and the fit was flawless.
In one of my favorite moments of the night, my dear friend John strutted the runway in a full skirt and heels. The idea of a man in a skirt was casually mentioned and introduced to me at a planning meeting by Tim Blunk with the Ritz Carlton, and I wasn’t willing to forget it. When the original model who was meant to wear the skirt was unable, I knew just who to call. So, 16 hours before the show I asked John to fill the space and he jumped in, heels first! The plan was for John to be our finale. The morning of, after we heard Jim’s runway playlist, we all collectively knew he needed to OPEN the show. Not willing to abandon the original plan, we had him close it too! It was beyond perfect.
Despite the minutiae of details, logistics, and the unprecedented number of garments and models to walk the runway, this was the easiest show to design, plan, project management and produce. A total testament to the entire vendor team that ran with what they do best.
Lastly, I am so grateful to Erica of Solutions Bridal for trusting me so implicitly year after year. As she has said before, one of the best parts of doing this show is seeing our own unique vision come to life. She deserves every bit of the show’s success.
Cheers to next year’s show, I already cannot wait!
Bridalwear: Solutions Bridal
Menswear: Leonardo Fifth Avenue
Event Planner: Lisa Lyons Events
Venue: Ritz Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes
Lighting/DJ: FyerFly Productions
Wall Construction: Art Faulkner
Stage: Letz Dance On It
Hair & Makeup: Jazz it Up Artistry
Performers: Noire Productions
Florals: Fairbanks Florist
Photography: Cricket’s Photo & Cinema + Art Faulkner Photography
Behind-the-Scenes Photography: Djamel Photography
Videography: Seltzer FilmsStationery: Seed Sprout Bloom
Chairs and Furniture: Gala Rental