Yonna and Jay | The Alfond Inn
Yonna and Jay met later in life; Jay was a widower, and when they found each other, believe it or not, they actually lived on the same street.
They have worked hard to successfully blend two families of grown children and grandchildren to the point where it is nearly impossible to tell whose is whose. A large extended family vacation before the wedding set the tone for the big day to come.
To that end, one of the things of utmost importance, when Yonna and Jay came to Lisa Stoner Events, was to make sure every family member or guest felt included and loved. They did not want a typical wedding reception; they wanted more of a dinner party where two people happened to get married.
Yonna’s gown was custom made by Holly Smith with Tears of Joy Seamstress. Yonna and her sister Star made a number of trips to Miami to source the fabric for this beautiful embellished lace gown.
Jay looked dapper in his classic black tuxedo with bow tie and monogrammed cufflinks.
Family and friends were welcomed with lovely embellished jute tote bags filled with treats and information on the wedding and farewell brunch.
Their First Look was touching, much like our first meeting where they looked lovingly into each other’s eyes, held hands and called each other their Everlasting Love.
Their outdoor wedding ceremony in The Alfond Inn’s Courtyard was held in the round with Yonna and Jay exchanging their vows on a raised platform in the center. The stage for this beautiful downtown Winter Park wedding ceremony was set with clear chivari chairs and oversized white floral arrangements with touches of greenery.
In typical fashion, the couple got a sneak peek of the ballroom décor; but remained in the room to welcome family and friends, rather than making a grand entrance.
For this elegant dinner party, the Alfond’s Ballroom was wrapped in fabric draping and soft warm up lighting and candlelight. Clear glass trumpet vases topped with explosions of white flowers, smaller crystal vases, glass candlesticks and beaded glass chargers lined long family friendly tables.
Yonna and Jay opened the dancefloor with their First Dance to ‘At Last’ and the band kept the dancefloor full throughout the evening. Guests closed out the night with the cutting of the beautiful four tiered wedding cake.
Thank you to all the vendors who helped make this milestone family event such a huge success.
. Orlando Wedding Planner: Lisa Stoner Events
· Winter Park Wedding Venue: The Alfond Inn
· Hair Stylist & Makeup: Kristy’s Artistry Design
· Floral Design: Country Club Flowers
· Wedding Photography: Liga Photography, LLC
· Officiants: Pastor John Fisher / Ann Rintelmann
· Cake Artist: Sprinkles Custom Cakes
· Ceremony Music: Beautiful Music
· Reception Music: The Buzzcatz
· Draping: Dazian
. Lighting: Fyerfly Productions
. Ceremony Chairs: The Alfond Inn
· Reception Chairs: Orlando Wedding & Party Rentals
· Linens: Over The Top Linens
Classic Elegant White Wedding Details | Waldorf Astoria Orlando
Stacey and Ricky came to Orlando for their elegant Central Florida destination wedding, from Bermuda where they reside. Stacey’s vision was a classic, elegant, all white wedding and the beautiful Waldorf Astoria Orlando offered them an unparalleled backdrop for this destination wedding with an effortless vibe.
Ricky, who reminded me of Pitbull, and I jokingly referred to as “Mr. Worldwide” anxiously waited, in his stunning navy tuxedo with black satin shawl color, bow tie and buttons, for his bride’s arrival.
Stacey’s figure was accented by her beautiful strapless mermaid gown with a sweetheart neckline and full flowing train. Escorted by her mother she carried a handtied white bridal bouquet of creamy, soft, white roses.
Stacey’s something blue, that paired with Ricky’s tuxedo, was a fabulous pair of blue, pointed toe, Manolo Blahnik pumps with a crystal buckle.
The Waldorf Astoria Orlando’s Signature Island set the stage for a private sunset wedding ceremony with sweeping views of the resort’s waterways. Guests were greeted by towering white arrangements of white hydrangea, roses and stock in oversized silver urns. Simple white garden chairs with no other aisle décor focused attention on a massive clear acrylic wedding arbor, crowned with a lush arrangement that carried through the hydrangea, roses and stock with small touches of greenery.
The transformation of the resort’s ballroom wowed Stacey and Ricky. Draped in white, with the one pop of color I was able to persuade them into including, a fabulous watercolor drape; which was set with a lounge for guests to enjoy between dance sets by a DJ they brought from Bermuda, to offer their guests an authentic Bermudian feel.
The unique round white dancefloor was surrounded by tables wrapped in beautiful white linen. The guest tables were also layered with clear glass chargers and lush groupings of clear glass, gold and silver toned candle holders as well as a mix of tall silver vases and low arrangements of white hydrangea, white roses and white tulips.
The couple’s beautiful white, ribbon wrapped five-tiered wedding cake was a focal point, towering about the guests seating on a white riser and topped with a crystal monogram.
Thanks to all the vendors who came together to make this day truly unforgettable!
· Orlando Wedding Planner: Lisa Stoner Events
· Orlando Wedding Venue: Waldorf Astoria Orlando
· Orlando Wedding Officiant: Rev. Glynn Ferguson – Sensational Ceremonies
· Wedding Photographer: Liga Photography
. Wedding Videographer: Jeffrey Stoner Video
· Floral Design: Botanica
· Hair and Make Up: Luma Bridal
· Lighting: Fyerfly Productions
· Linen: Over The Top Linens
. Dance Floor: Letz Dance On It
· Draping / Furniture: Swag Decor
· Ceremony Music: Beautiful Music
· Reception Music: DJ Chubb
· Wedding Cake: Waldorf Astoria Orlando
· Tabletop- Chargers, Glassware, China: A Chair Affair
While Marie Antoinette may have been the one to dub the famous phrase, “Let them eat cake,” by all means allow me to be the one to advocate the celebration of Bastille Day by way of cocktails! *wink
The Kir Royale is the perfect light and refreshing, classic French champagne cocktail, which is bound to draw out even the teensiest francophile in you!
Simply add 1/4 oz of Chambord to a flute or coup of champagne with a garnish of a raspberry or lemon twist, and you will be celebrating like a true French girl! Here, I garnished with blackberries because I loved the darker look with the Chambord, (it’s always okay to take a little creative license with your cocktails!) and I couldn’t forget the baguette and the cheese, of course.
Care to celebrate by way of brunch? This grapefruit infused and *tart* cocktail is elevated with the Eldeflower, and can certainly count as an effective way of getting your daily Vitamin C intake in, right?
Allow me to introduce you to The French Tart!
I love that The French Tart didn’t immediately jump to mind for a Bastille Day celebration, but it’s refreshing for the middle of July and so very French!
I found my inspiration from Emily and Matt Clifton with Nerds with Knives, and love their story behind it too!
- 2 oz vodka (gin would work too)
- 1 oz elderflower liquor (recommended: St. Germain)
- 1-2 oz fresh squeezed pink grapefruit juice, strained
- ¼ oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
- ¼ oz rosemary simple syrup*
- *For the rosemary syrup, add two medium sprigs of fresh rosemary along with 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water to a small saucepan. Bring to simmer and stir until sugar dissolves. Turn off heat and allow it to steep for 30 minutes until it cools. Remove rosemary and store in an airtight jar in refrigerator.
- In a mixing glass three-quarters filled with ice, combine all liquid ingredients. Stir until chilled, about 30 seconds. Strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with a small slice of grapefruit or rosemary sprig.
Lastly, at the risk of being a *total girl,* how could I not include the ever-popular Frosé? It’s about as hot as I can take out there these days darlings, so anything that can reduce my core temp to under 110 degrees in the form of a cocktail will forever have my vote!
I took a *healthier* and simple apprach with this recipe and quite frankly, just winged it! In this case practice made perfect, and I certainly enjoyed the research!
I simply combined one bottle of Rosé wine and used my favorite, Whispering Angel. I combined 3 tbsp of Agave nectar and about a teaspoon of fresh lime juice. (You can certainly use lemon juice as a substitute!) I put this in a long baking pan in the freezer and simply scraped it with an ice cream scoop to serve. It couldn’t be any easier, and the simple mint and lime wheel garnish made this unbelievably effortless and chic.
Over the course of my adult life, I have become an avid fan of French fashion, lifestyle, and sophistication. That all being said, all I can do is humbly emulate and inspire, as I hope you will too! I’ll see you tomorrow, pinkies up and with my stripes on!
À votre santé
With a wink and a smile…
All Images: Abby Liga
Floral: Lana Faulkner Designs
Jewelry : Quest Stones
Linen: Lettermade Linen
There are BBQ’s, parades, concerts, 5K’s and later-evening firework displays, but if you’re looking for an option for something in between, consider this chic alternative to celebrating Independence Day.
I was feeling like celebrating in a more subdued manner this year, and after I caught the morning patriotic concert in Central Park and bicycle parade down Park Ave. in Winter Park, I had some of my favorite dames celebrate with a little bit of rose, white and blue with me. *wink
Smaller gatherings with girlfriends like these are so manageable when you can pool together your resources to make the celebration equally as festive as it is fun.
Malia bought her chic monogrammed linen napkins, Lana some bright and beautiful blooms, Jessica shared some stylish jewelry, (I mean, it was a girlie-party, after all!) I had some fun vases and pillows to add to the décor and Abby always has her trusty camera and expert eye on hand!
After we previewed what we had all brought to contribute to our fun gathering, it was time to set the table!
After foraging in her own backyard, Lana showed up with a bucket of beautiful red blooms, then swiftly got in her element, and started to arrange them in the vases I had brought.
Using chinoiserie vases with clear vases with blue twine was an unexpected but elegant touch as was mixing floral and striped patterns with the pillows. Mixing patterns isn’t always easy for me all the time, but once I started to lay everything out on the table, I was thrilled with the look and filing this under “must try again!”
Since the heat here in Orlando rivals that from the surface of the sun, brunch was particularly delightful indoors, where we al agreed to get a little bit fancy and save our tank tops and short s for the fireworks show later!
To compliment the Rosé, (ha!) we opted with summertime, Southern favorite morsels like fried green tomatoes, shrimp and grits and chicken and waffles, courtesy of Hamilton’s Kitchen.
PS: Diets start TOMORROW!
Who doesn’t love to feel fancy?
Wishing you a fun, safe and Rosé-filled Independence Day, darlings!
*Post in collaboration with Hamilton’s Kitchen*
Images: Abby Liga Photography
Floral: Lana Faulkner
Jewelry: Quest Stones
Monogrammed Linen: Lettermade
Vases/Plates: Home Goods
What is it about red, white and blue that makes us want to get outside, cook and grill, sip some wine and cocktails and most importantly, celebrate our big and beautiful country , the good ole’ USA?!
The way I see it is that if I am going to celebrate like it’s 1776, I am going to be comfortable, stylish and have make sure my surroundings speak to the occasion! *wink
Celebrating the 4th can be as casual as it is dressed up, inside our outside, but since our most patriotic holiday is just a week away, I wanted to share and easy-breezy outdoor affair.
I gathered a star-spangled blanket so that the Mister and I could have a picnic with our beloved senior-rescue beagle Andy (isn’t he so cuuuute?!) along with some other fun red, white and blue décor pieces, including a navy blue pouf for the pooch to designate a spot on the lawn of a nearby boutique hotel where many other locals and travelers will be boasting their blankets and spirits to share in the Independence Day festivities.
I kept it classic and cool with white jeans, a navy silk top ,tried-and-true sunnies and my jewelry is just as much practical (a life-saver, really!) as it is stylish. We are in Orlando, so it is HOT, (Rosé to the rescue!) and we have also had a very soggy month of June which has welcomed a new breed of mosquitos. My bracelets have mixed stones and beads where you can apply essential oils to them for aromatherapy but in this case, and thanks to peppermint oil, they warded off those pesky insects. Brilliant!
Are you feeling inspired to kick it up a notch this 4th of July?
Come on baby, you’re a firework! (couldn’t resist!)
*Post in collaboration with The Alfond Inn*
Images: Abby Liga Photography
Jeans & Blouse: J. Crew
Jewelry: Quest Stones
Purse: Cult Gaia
Shoes: Kate Spade
Blanket & Pouf: Home Goods
Pinwheel: A Girl and Her Glitter