Details That Reflect Life Moments

Details That Reflect Life Moments

Sarah and Andy |  First United Methodist ChurchDr. Phillips Center

Breathtaking weddings are made of details; not just the beautiful details, but when you are truly lucky, the details that are meaningful as well.

Recently, our Lisa Stoner Events team had the pleasure of working with Sarah and Andy to plan their spectacular downtown Orlando wedding.

Their wedding ceremony was held at the historic First Methodist Church of Orlando with its shimmering marble and colorful stain glass altarpieces.

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Sarah wore a beautiful Romona Kevesa strapless tulle ball gown with a beaded lace bodice and sweetheart neckline. 

For her bouquet, Sarah wanted orchids.  As a schoolteacher, the orchids held a strong meaning;  her students frequently gave her orchids as gifts. Her beautiful cascading white phalaenopsis bouquet, the perfect accent to her tall slender frame, and was a detail that carried through the entire wedding.

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Sarah’s bridal party wore soft pink bridesmaid’s dresses and carried handtied bouquets of off white and antique pink roses, white dendrobium orchids, and a white phalaenopsis from her bouquet.

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Andy and his groomsmen chose a classic look, but had a little fun with some uniquely personalized socks. 

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Another beautiful detail, that went unnoticed by many, was found in both Andy’s boutonniere as well as his mother’s corsage.  Included in each of their personal flowers was a small piece of one of his father’s shirts. A silent, personal remembrance as his father had passed away unexpectedly shortly before the wedding.

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As guests arrived for the wedding reception at the amazing Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, they enjoyed a little fun during the cocktail reception with personalized cocktail napkins printed with Fun Facts about Sarah and Andy.

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To say that Sarah and Andy were speechless after seeing the transformation of their reception venue might be an understatement.

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This sleek, modern, almost industrial space with floor to ceiling windows and unparalleled views of downtown Orlando was softened with draping, warm lighting and a color palette of light grey and pink.

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A breathtaking chandelier of flowers and soft lights was installed as a focal point over the dancefloor, centering the space. The dancefloor was flanked by a long head table on one side with a soft geometrically patterned linen, clear glass cylinders of candles, silver mercury glass and soft pink and white floral bouquets. 

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Round guest tables balanced the other side of the dancefloor, draped in light grey linen accented with arrangements of white hydrangea, soft white and pink roses, orchids and dusty miller. Clear glass chargers with silver rims, custom designed menu cards, crystal chivari chairs, and a romantic five-tiered wedding cake of quilting and lace completed the design.

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Thank you to all of the amazing wedding vendors who brought this beautiful wedding to life:

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·     Orlando Wedding Planner: Lisa Stoner Events

·     Orlando Wedding Ceremony Venue: First United Methodist Church of Orlando

·     Orlando Wedding Reception Venue: Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

·     Hair Stylist & Makeup: Makeover Station

·     Floral Design: Fairbanks Florist

·     Wedding Photography: Kristen Weaver Photography

·     Wedding Videography: Jeffrey Stoner Video

·     Photo Booth: Flash by KWP  

·     Catering: Hyatt Catering

·     Cake Artist: Sprinkles Custom Cakes

·     DJ: Jacob Towe

·     Bridal Salon: Calvet Couture Bridal

·     Wedding Gown: Romona Keveza

·     Veil: Sara Gabriel

·     Rentals: Orlando Wedding & Party Rentals

·     Linens: Over the Top Linens



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.