First United Methodist Church | Private Residence

When Katie and Larry first came to Lisa Stoner Events they wanted a central Florida wedding; black tie optional that was tailored, romantic, elegant and classic. But I also realized they have a great sense of humor and wanted to incorporate that too.

You see, Katie and Larry met on tinder and fully embrace their love story; so the wedding hashtags #loveatfirstswipe and #tinderellamarriestinderfella were perfect for their wedding.

We looked at luxury hotels and various classic styled wedding venues, but Katie always dreamed of having her wedding reception in the home where she grew up. With a view like this, we can certainly see why.

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There was only one catch, no one had lived in the home for a few years as her parents had since downsized and put off the task of readying the home to put on the market. Katie’s wedding was the perfect jump start to getting the home ready.

Katie and her bridal party got ready at her parents’ home, she wore a striking white lace mermaid style gown with a sweetheart neckline,  cathedral length sheer veil with lace embellishments. Accenting this beautiful gown she carried a lush round bouquet of white roses and luxurious, fragrant gardenias with a full white satin stem wrap. Her wedding party wore deep purple bridesmaid’s gowns and carried bouquets of roses in white and various shades of pink.

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They were transported to First United Methodist Church for a beautiful classic wedding ceremony officiated by Katie’s childhood pastor. The sanctuary was decorated with hanging flower clusters on each pew that coordinated with the oversized white garden urns on the altar, overflowing with full white hydrangea and brightly colored pink and fuchsia roses.

These two sharply dressed gentlemen created quite a stir as they announced Katie’s arrival.

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After the wedding ceremony guests made their way to the family home where the cocktail hour was hosted on the ground floor of the house. As guests entered the backyard they were greeted by a beautiful black and white custom dance floor covering the family pool. One of the highlights of the evening was arranged by Katie’s father, retired professional golfer, Scott Hoch. He arranged for Darius Rucker of “Hootie and the Blowfish” to record a special wedding wish for the couple to be played just after their first dance.

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The wedding reception was hosted in a show stopping clear tent, which was draped in soft pink fabric and adorned with sparkling crystal chandeliers.  The tables were draped with deep purple linen which made the gold chiavari chairs and gold floral risers pop. Tables alternated with tall and low arrangements of white hydrangea, white roses as well as roses in various hues of pink, with soft tendrils of ivy trailing from the overhead arrangements. Soft lighting outside of the tent bathed the trees and Spanish moss in soft light that could be seen from inside the tent.

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Katie and Larry’s wedding cake was a beautiful four-tier cake which alternated layers of white quilting with pearl accents and shimmering gold, accented with gold ribbon and surrounded by the bridal party’s bouquets.

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Thanks to all the vendors who came together to make this wedding so memorable!

·      Orlando Wedding Planner: Lisa Stoner Events

·      Orlando Wedding Ceremony Venue: First United Methodist Church

.       Wedding Reception Venue: Private Residence

.       Catering: Hyatt Regency

·      Orlando Wedding Officiant: Bill Barnes

·      Wedding Photographer:  Jensen Larson Photography

.       Orlando Wedding Videographer: Jeffrey Stoner Video

·      Floral Design: Raining Roses

·      Hair Styling: Megan Bassett

.      Makeup: LeJeune Artistry

·      Lighting: Get Lit Productions

·      Linen: Over The Top Linens

·      Ceremony Music: Linda van Niekirk

.      Wedding Reception Music: Leonard Brothers Band

·      Tabletop- Chargers, Glassware, China: A Chair Affair

.       Specialty Furniture / Draping: Swag Décor

.       Tent: The Top Event Company

.       Dance Floor: Performance Staging   

.       Wedding Cake: Lana Harm

.       Portable Restrooms: Comfort House Equipment Rental

.       Transportation: Mears Transportation

.       Valet: Valet Today, Inc.



Lisa Lyons is a renowned wedding and event designer, and owner of Lisa Lyons Events & Etiquette based in Winter Park, Florida. As an eagerly sought-after event stylist, Lisa Lyons has created extraordinary celebrations for an astute roster of clients, including copious celebrity sports figures, five star corporations and respected private individuals since 2003.





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