KATIE & LARRY | ELEGANT TENTED WEDDING RECEPTION

KATIE & LARRY | ELEGANT TENTED WEDDING RECEPTION

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.

 

Elegant Yet Relaxed St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church Wedding || Stephanie and Peter

Elegant Yet Relaxed St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church Wedding || Stephanie and Peter

Stephanie and Peter’s St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church Wedding

I remember it like it was just yesterday with this wedding on the blog today. Stephanie and Peter tied the knot at their elegant yet relaxed St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church wedding. Throughout time, this wedding has remained very close and special to my heart. Once you see the photos, you’ll see why! It is the sweetest!


Greek Wedding | Lisa Stoner Events

I know you must think I say that about all the weddings I share with you. In fact, it’s pretty accurate! But, that’s what happens when you have the opportunity to work with the most amazing people every year. I’m incredibly thankful for the time I get to spend with each and every one of my amazing couples. I love when I get to have fun planning with the parents, too. But, you know what’s even better? When I still keep in touch with them after their big day like I have with Peter’s parents, Elias and Lisa. (She makes the best baklava EVER, by the way!)

An Elegant Yet Relaxed Style


Greek Wedding | Lisa Stoner Events

With a bride that was a model and local Florida pageant winner, you would probably think that she’d want her wedding to be just as glitz and glamourous. However, that wasn’t the case when Stephanie came to me to help her plan her big wedding day. While she had her fair share of glitz and sparkles in that former part of her life, she craved something different for her wedding day – both personally and aesthetically. While Peter’s priority was to pay homage to his Greek heritage, Stephanie really wanted an elegant yet relaxed wedding day. To create the more graceful, effortless glamour that Stephanie wanted, we created her wedding’s design around creamy tones accented with blush and gold.


Greek Wedding | Lisa Stoner Events


Greek Wedding | Lisa Stoner Events


Greek Wedding | Lisa Stoner Events

Their Traditional Ceremony

Needless to say, their ceremony inside St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church was one filled with so much beauty and tradition. With gorgeous arrangements atop columns at the beginning of the aisle and on the altar along with simple pew markers by Raining Roses, we really let the beauty of the church shine during their ceremony. (Look at those photos. I mean, WOW!)


Greek Wedding | Lisa Stoner Events


Greek Wedding | Lisa Stoner Events


Greek Wedding | Lisa Stoner Events


Greek Wedding | Lisa Stoner Events


Greek Wedding | Lisa Stoner Events


Greek Wedding | Lis Stoner Events

Their Soft, Elegant Reception

Meanwhile, at Stephanie and Peter’s reception, we created a soft and beautifully elegant space designed around those creamy tones she loved so much. The blush and creamy tones along with the clear glass accents in the centerpieces and table settings really brightened up the space and gave off a soft, relaxed vibe. If I must say so myself, it complimented perfectly with the space’s grand windows, gold accents with the chairs and chargers, bountiful floral, and dramatic blush ripple draping to give their event an elegant and luxurious look.


Greek Wedding | Lisa Stoner Events


Greek Wedding | Lisa Stoner Events


Greek Wedding | Lisa Stoner Events

I loved their incorporation of their Greek heritage into the reception details with the Jordan Almond favors in delicately embroidered bags as well as the tagged greenery on each menu card and the homemade desserts made by Peter’s mother. Not to mention, their wedding cake’s breathtaking detail by The Pastry Studio made it a focal point of the reception. It was almost too gorgeous to eat!


Greek Wedding | Lisa Stoner Events


Greek Wedding | Lisa Stoner Events

Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. Drymonis!

One of the things I loved most about Stephanie and Peter’s wedding was how we were able to make their day really embody who they were while paying homage to their heritage. I most appreciated all the ways we were able to incorporate their Greek traditions from the ceremony to the music and homemade desserts at the reception prepared by Peter’s mother herself.


Baklava | Lisa Stoner

Stephanie and Peter, I am so thankful that you chose me to be a part of your elegant and romantic wedding day. You are absolutely the sweetest couple with the sweetest families, and it was such a joy to work with you all. I hope to have more couples like you to cherish in the future. I wish you all the happiness and well wishes in the world as Mr. and Mrs. Drymonis!


Orlando Greek Wedding | Lisa Stoner Events

Thank you to all the vendors who came together to make this day truly unforgettable!