We saw a Florida barn with a modern twist… But then said, “make it Napa Valley!” Jesse and Jim’s wedding was an absolute dream to plan from start to finish.
From the start, Jesse had a clear vision for what she wanted– rustic with black and white accents, warm wood tones, simple white florals, and a breezy, comfortable feeling to put all her guests at ease. Oh, and did I mention she wanted a barn? If you know me, you know the words “Lisa Lyons” and “barn” are not often uttered in the same sentence. But, I *knew* Jesse and I shared a similar vision and aesthetic so we got to work!
Achieving a Napa valley vibe in a Florida barn felt like staging a coup at times but the final result says it all– my design partners “went there” with me and the juxtaposition of every element created something truly special!
The wedding was held at The Mulberry in New Smyrna Beach, about an hour north of Orlando. The grounds were picturesque and both Jesse and Jim knew they wanted an outdoor ceremony.
We opted for simple, rustic bench seating and a ceremony beneath a huge maple tree. Lana and Art Faulkner of Fairbanks Florist custom made the ceremony backdrop and wove white wisteria, roses, and anemones into it. The result was so very “Jesse and Jim,” it the perfect setting for them to make their commitment to one another.
For Jesse and Jim, more important than the setting or any other detail was Jim’s daughter Finley. They wanted to ensure she was included in every aspect of their ceremony.
Finley walked with Jesse down the aisle– where there was not a dry eye in sight! Then all three stood together as Jesse and Jim made vows not only to each other, but to Finley too.
And just like that, Jesse and Jim were wed and Finley officially had a bonus Mom!
A cocktail hour followed the ceremony in which guests sipped on a choice of two signature cocktails: a French 75 and an Old Fashioned.
Traditional canapés were traded for an enormous, eight-foot grazing table– otherwise known as the cheese and charcuterie board of dreams! It was the largest spread the caterers had ever done! From the start, Jesse and Jim knew they wanted a grazing table (an 8’ table at that!) and it was a major hit with their guests.
As guests imbibed, the newly married couple snuck away for portraits. I do not even have WORDS for these images!
After cocktails and photos, the reception space was ready for my big reveal moment with Jesse and Jim.
We went for simple, classic, warm, and decidedly chic. Guests sat at long wooden tables, lined with white florals and a mix of classic white tower and black taper candles in glass hurricanes. Black rimmed glass chargers were set with soft linen napkins draped over the table’s edge. Custom stationery by Do Tell Stationery featured in each menu and place card, each with their own wax seal.
Once guests made their way to their seats, it was time for Jesse and Jim’s first dance. We had a custom dancefloor created and as the song reached a crescendo, cool sparks erupted.
Dinner and speeches followed with lots of laughter.
Then there was a cake cutting before…
… The dance floor kicked up. And what a dance floor it was! Few people party like the Pittman’s and their guests!
We had a confetti release…
And light sticks…
And a send off with cool sparks…
Although our couple and many of their guests stayed to dance until the wee hours!
Wedding Planning and Design: Lisa Lyons Events
Ceremony and Reception Venue: The Mulberry at New Smyrna Beach
Photography and Videography: Josh and Rachel
Florals: Fairbanks Florist
Hair and Makeup: Kristy’s Artistry Design Team
Lighting, Entertainment, Cool Sparks, Confetti: Fyerfly Productions
Linens: Over the Top Rental Linens
Wedding Cake: Sprinkles Custom Cakes
Furniture: Event Effects
Chargers, Stemware, Flatware: Treasury Rentals
Stationery and Table Numbers: Do Tell Stationery and Designs
Bride’s Wedding Dress and Veil: Alyssa Kristin Bridal via Everthine Bridal Boutique
Bride’s Shoes: Stuart Weitzman
Grooms Attire: Hugo Boss
Rings: Blue Water Jewelers
An entire day dedicated to the celebration of love? Why, my beating heart! *wink
I thought I would dabble in some (bubbly) fun in celebrating Valentine’s Day all day long with breakfast, lunch and a touch of a cocktail hour ideas and inspiration that I hope you’ll find lovely, stylish, and most importantly, attainable! As always, there is no one better to capture my aesthetic than the enchanting, Abby Liga-DiDomenico!
I had all of the below to play with, hand-lettered Valentine’s inspired paper from Ashton Manis with Ashton Ink, a sweet peony arrangement given to me by my dear friends and creative partners Raining Roses, some darling pink roses picked up at Trader Joe’s, and of course, some treasures I’ve picked up along the way from Home Goods, Target, and Wayfair.
This was also my first editorial shoot in my newly renovated townhome and I was tickled pink to debut my new space and fresh start!
First, a breakfast that will make you blush …
Weather permitting, my preference is to always do breakfast on my balcony which serves as my sanctuary in the quiet moments of the morning.
While I eat a plant-based diet, I certainly don’t mind preparing food for loved ones that don’t, and so I thought this soft-boiled egg was a delightful touch for a special morning, especially served in my silver egg cup! Here’s a tip on the perfect soft boiled egg every time!
For me, these vegan blueberry muffins from Two Raspberries always make breakfast feel like a special occasion!
Also, can we have a moment here for my funny Valentine?? I love my sweet beagle Fred Rogers!
Next, a lunch to love…
How sweet is this? The “love” paper from Ashton ink not only served as the perfect backdrop for my Valentine’s picnic-inspired lunch, but also as the perfect touch as the sandwich wrap.
My current lunch addiction is this Vegan Veggie Sandwich from Spoonful of Kindness, and proves that there is refinement in simplicity. What makes this sandwich stand out is the homemade pesto, in my opinion, and I just keep loading on whatever veggies I happen to have on hand. It’s just perfect!
Using cutting boards in lieu of plates added an additional touch of whimsy to tis tablescape!
Setting the stage for a bubbly good time …
From a cheeky little cocktail hour …
Quality control from the handsome Fred Rogers! *swooooon*
Transitioning to a sophisticated cocktail hour…!
Hugs and kisses to all those you love, and I’ll give an extra special smooch to Fred Rogers from all of you! *wink!
And always, always remember, LOVE FIRST!
All Photography: Abby Liga
Kathleen and Marc | Holy Family Catholic Church | Ritz Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes
Our team adored working with Kathleen, Marc and Kathleen’s mother and sister. Our relationship started with Kathleen’s sister, Grace, who followed Lisa Stoner Events on Instagram for quite some time, and the rest is history.
With family in North Carolina and the family and couple relocating after the wedding, life was very busy. However, working with hand in hand with three lovely, poised Southern women was a delight; and all were working for a seamless wedding weekend.
We learned that Kathleen likes a little sparkle and woodland fairies, and this wedding design was a beautiful blending of both.
The late morning wedding ceremony was held at Holy Family Catholic Church allowing for a leisurely afternoon of family and wedding party photographs before dinner and dancing at the Ritz Carlton Orlando.
Kathleen chose a beautiful cap sleeve gown with an illusion overlay in a branch and flower pattern, an amazing delicate detail; bringing in a little sparkle with adorable shimmering Jimmy Choo’s. Kathleen carried an elegant round , hand tied bouquet of white peonies, ranunculus and dusty miller.
Marc looked handsome in his classic two button tuxedo with an understated white boutonniere and pocket square.
The picturesque grounds of the Ritz Carlton were the perfect setting for photos with the wedding party and for Kathleen and Marc as the spent some time alone.
Guest enjoyed cocktail hour on the resorts Tuscany Terrace before making their way into the Tuscany Ballroom for a night of dinner and dancing.
The ballroom décor was breathtaking with a five tiered, silver banded wedding cake centered on an oversized dancefloor, under a stunning floral and crystal lighter chandelier.
A mix of round and long guest tables surrounded the dancefloor with shimmering mirrored centerpieces, candles floating and in mercury glass votive cups, raised white floral pieces with hanging glass bubbles with candles, shimmering linen, and clear chivari ballroom chairs.
It was a beautiful, blending of modern shimmering glass, sparkling candles and soft weight floral pieces with just a touch of greenery.
The couple began the evening with their First Dance to Elton John’s “Your Song” and The Maxx kept the dancefloor filled the rest of the evening.
Thank you to all of the vendors who helped create a magical evening for Kathleen and Marc.
. Orlando Wedding Planner– Lisa Stoner Events
. Orlando Wedding Ceremony– Holy Family Catholic Church
. Wedding Officiant– Father John Giel
. Ceremony Music– Beautiful Music
. Hair and Makeup – Kristy’s Artistry and Design
. Wedding Photography– Virgil Bunao
. Floral– Lee James Floral
. Orlando Wedding Reception– Ritz Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes
. Lighting– Get Lit Productions
. Draping– Swag Décor
. Linen– Over The Top Linen
. Clear Chivari Chairs– A Chair Affair
. Additional Table Rentals– Orlando Wedding and Party Rental
. Escort Cards– Dogwood Blossom Stationery
. Floral Chandelier– Fairbanks Florist
. Wedding Cake– Ritz Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes
. Reception Music – The Maxx
. Transportation– Destination MCO
. Videography: Market Street Studios
Ritz Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes
Rose gold because of its pinkish color is known as the metal of romance. While white gold represents friendship and yellow gold means fidelity, rose gold represents love.
In addition, much like the beautiful blending of these two amazing families, copper added to gold actually makes it stronger and gives the gold its rose color.
The blending of these two families actually began at the rehearsal dinner.
Rob grew up all over the world and had one prized possession, and this prized possession moved with him and the family as they traversed the world: this fun, well-loved stuffed animal. In a very touching moment at the rehearsal dinner, Rob’s mother shared this gift with Alexa.
On her wedding day Alexa chose a stunning couture wedding gown by Galia Lahav. This gown inspired by Italian tile was a blending of antique rose lace and a shimmering ivory lace and paired perfectly with her rose gold wedding shoes with a crystal-banded heel.
Alexa carried a beautiful hand tied bridal bouquet of a very unique calla lily in a soft coppery color; in perfect contrast to her wedding party who wore soft shadowy grey gowns, carrying white bouquets with soft touches of Dusty Miller.
Rob chose a classic custom tailored, European inspired tuxedo with a satin shawl collar, accented with a simple calla lily from Alexa’s bridal bouquet.
Alexa and Rob exchanged their wedding vows, surrounded by family and friends, under a breathtaking cascade of cream and blush colored flowers and soft billowing fabric.
Their luxurious wedding reception in the Ritz Carlton’s ballroom continued to blend family and friends. Soft accent lighting reflected off flowing cream colored draping produced a shimmering glow throughout the room.
Guests dined under crystal chandeliers and an awe-inspiring floral chandelier was the focal point in the center of the room. Long guest tables, designed for interaction, were adorned with mirrored panels, soft gold toned glass vases overflowing with soft white hydrangea and blush roses, and floating candles.
Layering the tables with textured blush dupioni silk linen, gold-rimmed glass charger plates and round, custom designed menu cards completed this warm, romantic design.
Thank you to all of the amazing wedding vendors who assisted in making this wedding a huge success:
. Wedding Planning and Design: Lisa Stoner Events
. Wedding Venue: Ritz Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes
. Wedding Photography: Amalie Orrange Photography
. Wedding Film: James Rayner Films
. Hair & Makeup: LeJeune Artistry
. Wedding Stationery: Eleven Note
. Floral Design: Lee James Floral Designs
. Floral Chandelier: Fairbanks Florist
. Mirrored Seating Chart: Chalk Shop
. Wedding Band: The Buzzcatz
. Ceremony Music: Paint It Black Quartet & Orchestra
. Chargers and Stemware: A Chair Affair, Inc.
. Linens: Over The Top Rental Linens
. Draping: Swag Decor
. Lighting: GET LIT Productions
. Confetti Canon: Fyerfly Productions
. Wedding Gown: White of Dublin by Galia Lahav House of Couture
. Grooms Attire: Philippe Haas Bespoke Tailoring
Normally our blog posts are about luxurious Central Florida weddings, Orlando outdoor weddings with sunset ceremonies, happy couples, and family and friends dancing the night away.
This time around our Lisa Stoner Events team stepped away from our central Florida home and our wedding planning to spend some time at the luxurious Ritz Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee. The chance to leave the pressures of daily life behind can be found just seventy-five miles outside of Atlanta. Set along 30 acres of shoreline and cradled by Georgia pines, this lakeside resort is a place of tranquility, exploration, and connection.
The “K Family” gathered family and friends for a 10+1 Bash, anniversary weekend; however, we were asked for privacy reasons not to share any personal family images.
This beautiful anniversary weekend was packed with multiple events and hundreds of pictures told the complete story of this family and their extended family; their most coveted and protected treasures.
The tone for the weekend was set by sending guests a beautifully engraved dark wood stained Save The Date by Dogwood Blossom Stationery.
Our weekend started with a luxurious outdoor welcome party where guests were invited to wear denim and diamonds. Whiskey barrels, wooden farmhouse tables, and organic florals were incorporated to create a rustic yet elegant space. Add in some comfort food under a canopy of lights and the stage was set for an awesome celebration.
Guests enjoyed a solo guitar performance by Brent McDonald during dinner and a group acapella performance by The Vocal Company, along with delicious desserts and s’mores.
Everyone had some leisure time the next day to relax, enjoy the resorts spa or championship golf courses and lunch from a taco truck, with plenty of time to prepare for the evening event.
The Saturday night BASH brought the outdoors in by filling the room with lush, colorful hanging arrangements and wooden farmhouse tables with elegant table runners. Candles were nestled in beds of magnolia leaves and breathtaking overhead arrangements were added that contained hydrangea, brilliant bursts of colorful roses, rustic foliage and hanging amaranthus.
Guests danced the night away to an amazing eighteen-piece band from Atlanta, Big Swing and the Ballroom Blasters. This elegant anniversary weekend ended with a brunch the next morning.
Thank you to everyone who made this 10+1 Anniversary Bash weekend such a success.
. Event Planner / Designer: Lisa Stoner Events
. Décor and Floral: Alchemy Event Studio
. Lighting: Active Productions
. Linens: Party Tables Linen and Drapery
. Rentals: Goodwin Events
Grand Bohemian Hotel Orlando – Roof Top Deck | Johann Strauss Ballroom
Lia and Lisa are the best and I loved working with them; they are a wedding planner’s dream client because they put so much trust in me and really followed my lead.
They wanted a glamorous, non- traditional, black tie wedding and this clean modern design with a plum and grey color palate really set the stage for the chic, urban wedding.
The Grand Bohemian Hotel Orlando in downtown Orlando offered beautiful outdoor locations for stylish cityscape portraits and wedding party photographs.
The Grand Bohemian’s rooftop pool deck set the stage for an elegant sunset wedding ceremony. The white wedding tent was layered with white draping and white carpeting accented with beautiful crystal chandeliers and crystal chivari chairs. The only pop of color was the brides’ beautiful hand tied aubergine calla lily bridal bouquets.
Each of the ladies selected a bridal party of close friends, with the ladies carrying burgundy black calla lily bouquets.
Photographer Kathy Thomas worked with us to design a Vanity Fair like photo studio where guests were able to get styled, dramatic portraits.
Lia and Lisa were awestruck at the Lisa Stoner Events team’s transformation of the Grand Bohemian’s Johann Strauss Ballroom.
Soft room draping, elegant up lights and pin spots highlighting the centerpieces and wedding cake; as well as two long tables anchoring the space, flanked by round guest tables really set the stage for this clean, modern plum and grey wedding design.
Plum linen alternated with grey and white geometric patterned linen were layered with clusters of white floating candles, rectangular mirrored boxes and tall trumpet vases filled with lush tropical greenery tying in some of Lisa’s Puerto Rican heritage. Tiny pops of dark plum calla lilies added a touch of elegance and pulled in the colors of the bridal bouquets.
The ladies started the evening with their first dance to “Truly”, by Lionel Richie and danced the night away. Guests enjoyed cake pops, sweet treats, and late night wedding munchies in addition to their wedding cake.
Congratulations Lia and Lisa!
Thank you to the wedding vendors who helped make this evening so magical:
. Orlando Wedding Planner: Lisa Stoner Events
· Ceremony Venue: Grand Bohemian Hotel Orlando – Roof Top Deck
· Reception Venue: Grand Bohemian Hotel Orlando – Johann Strauss Ballroom
· Orlando Wedding Officiant: Cynthia Blanzenski
· Wedding Photographer: Kathy Thomas Photography
. Wedding Videographer: Jeffrey Stoner Video
· Floral Design: Lee James Floral Designs, Inc.
· Hair: Steven Dorsagno
· Make Up: Desiree Strong
· Lighting: Fyerfly Productions
· Linen: Over The Top Linens
· Draping / Furniture: Swag Decor
· Table Top- Chargers, Stemware, China: Orlando Wedding and Party Rental
· Ceremony Music: DJ Gabriel Urias
· Reception Music: DJ Gabriel Urias
· Menu Cards: Dogwood Blossom Stationery
· Wedding Cake: Amanda Owen