As the month of June comes to a close, I thought it might be a great time to share an editorial shoot we did a while back at the Ritz Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes with the talented photographer Kathy Thomas.
Kathy partnered with Bernadette Smith of the Gay Wedding Institute to offer certification as a Same-Sex Wedding Specialist. This event was attended by wedding professionals across the region as well as a number who traveled to Orlando from across the country.
Beyond the awesome training on working with same-sex couples, we produced editorial shoots in two very different Ritz Carlton locations with same-sex couples.
The first was outside at the beautiful Whisper Creek Farm, an amazing fruit and vegetable garden alongside an 11,000 square foot outdoor ‘Farm to Fork” event space. Delicious vegetables and fresh citrus from the garden are used right there for events at the Ritz Carlton Grand Lakes.
The space was designed for a luxurious, slightly rustic wedding for two beautiful brides who have been together 17 years. The raw wood gated entrance made a beautiful backdrop for their photos and intimate wedding ceremony. The trellis was swagged with garlands of magnolia leaves and full pink and lavender roses. Wooden boxes flanked the entrance overflowing with wildflowers and roses tying in the design of the archway.
The dining area was set under a canopy of trees; one of my favorite details was the custom menu board that greeted guests. The combination of the industrial metal frame and the brown butcher paper were offset by the beautiful script calligraphy of the menu.
The wooden farmhouse table was draped with a custom monogrammed table runner that was another favorite detail from this shoot. In this unique farm to fork setting, the perfect centerpiece was the blending of flowers and vegetables.
Raw wooden boxes were filled with luxurious antique roses, lavender, and larkspur accented with fresh Brussels sprouts, which added texture and a grounding color.
The final touch to this lush outdoor editorial shoot was the hanging Champagne bar; the wooden shelf holding Champagne flutes was suspended by ropes from the overhanging tree.
On the complete opposite end of the resort was a ballroom wedding reception design for two handsome grooms. Not only was this deign at the other end of the resort but was also a completely different design concept. This design was pure drama, sultry and glamourous.
This lush design in silver with creamy white roses, candelabras, and many candles were set against a backdrop of black linen to create a stunning, dramatic look. Long tables were nestled into a large hollow square. In the center was a small square table draped with a black and silver geometric linen and a beautiful arrangement as a focal point.
A shimmering drape behind the stage and lighted LED dancefloor added another unique element and some sparkle.
I had the best time designing these two editorial shoots including two same-sex couples and some incredible, warm and loving Orlando wedding professionals.
Thanks so much to these great professionals for being part of this event.
. Editorial Design: Lisa Stoner Events
. Photography: Kathy Thomas Photography
. Video: Key Moment Films
. Stationery: 2u Collection
. Floral + Chairs: Raining Roses
. Wedding Gowns: Solutions Bridal
. Tuxedos: Armani
. Menu Board: Chalk Shop
. Hair and Makeup: Kristy’s Artistry
. Linen: Over the Top Linen
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
Ritz Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes
Katie is a bit of a girly-girl, who wanted a black tie, glamorous, romantic, girly wedding – check, check, check and check!
When someone comes to Lisa Stoner Events and wants a girly and sparkly wedding design, infused with amazing guest experiences, my heart does a little Cha-Cha and we had an instant connection.
The Ritz Carlton Orlando at Grande Lakes set the perfect stage for this Orlando black-tie wedding. The resort’s grand, white column gazebo set against the lake was swagged in soft white fabric that swayed in the evening breeze. Accented with a dazzling crystal chandelier, we marked the entrance with huge urns atop stone columns, overflowing with clusters of white hydrangea, soft full roses, a hint of blush, and accented with seeded eucalyptus.
A small round table under the gazebo held crystal picture frames of family members no longer with us. Crystal candlesticks with white memorial candles and a family heirloom bible for the ceremony scripture readings added a personal touch.
Welcoming guests to an outdoor ceremony with an iced beverage as they arrive is such a beautiful inviting touch.
Dressed in his classic black tuxedo, accented with a simple white rose boutonniere and white pocket square, Rich waited patiently for his bride’s arrival.
He did not have to wait long for his beautiful bride, who made her entrance in a stunning form fitted, drop waist gown with a white a beaded sweetheart neckline and accented with hundreds of shimmering crystals falling into a full, flowing ball gown. A soft, loose, cascading bouquet of white cottage roses was the perfect accent.
The setting Florida sun shimmered across the sparkling chandelier as Katie and Rich exchanged their vows and departed under a shower of fluttering white confetti.
This Ritz Carlton Ballroom with its beautiful stone arch entrances, crystal chandeliers and soft rose-colored silk wall coverings was the perfect setting for a glamorous, feminine wedding reception.
Katie and Rich were in awe as they viewed the ballroom for the first time. Billowing white fabric divided the room into two distinct spaces: dancing and dining.
The first space offered an oversized white dancefloor adjacent to a chic, modern, lounge area with a semi-circular sofa, cocktail tables with luxurious linen, sparkly accents and soft rose-colored lighting.
The dining space was designed with a round table in the center of the space, adorned with a stunning crystal vase topped with a lush full arrangement of white hydrangea and soft blush roses. Radiating from the round table were four long guest tables.
Guests were welcomed to the wedding reception with a flute of champagne and a unique handmade paper scroll with their name and seating assignment.
The tables were set with floor length luxurious white linen and rose gold table runners. Flowing arrangements of blush and white flowers, studded with chunky white candles. The table was accented with gold-rimmed charger plates with custom designed pink and white menu cards with a sparkly crystal embellishment.
Several touching toasts to the bride and groom, a delicious dinner and a scrumptious chocolate sponge cake with chocolate ganache and extra dark chocolate mousse lead to an evening of dancing, ending in a shower of shimmering gold streamers.
Thank you to all of the vendors who made the wedding of Katie’s dreams come to life.
· Orlando Wedding Planner: Lisa Stoner Events
· Orlando Wedding Venue: Ritz Carlton Orlando Grande Lakes
· Orlando Wedding Officiant: Sensational Ceremonies
· Wedding Photographer: Pure Sugar Studios
· Floral Design: Botanica International Design and Decor
· Hair and Makeup: Kristy’s Artistry
· Lighting: Get Lit Productions
· Linen: Over The Top Linens
· Ceremony / Reception Music: Inpulse Entertainment
· Wedding Cake: Ritz Carlton Orlando Grande Lakes
· Chairs, Chargers, Glassware, China: Ritz Carlton Orlando Grande Lakes
. Dance Floor: Let’s Dance On It
. Draping: Swag Decor
The Hammock Beach Resort, Palm Coast, Florida
When Amanda first started discussing the overall design of her wedding with our Lisa Stoner Event Planning team, she conveyed that she wanted a wedding that was elegant but still approachable, stylish and fresh.
Amanda and Pete share a love for the beach, so The Hammock Beach Resort was the perfect location for a luxurious Palm Coast wedding weekend; with the vastness of the Atlantic ocean as the backdrop for their wedding ceremony, and ocean breezes and a breathtaking view for their wedding reception.
They both quickly embraced the idea of dark green, leathery tropical monstera leaves as a design thread that carried throughout the wedding with shades of white and gold as accent colors.
In keeping with the elegant, stylish and approachable feel, Amanda selected her wedding gown from Hayley Paige’s Blush collection. Her ivory beaded ball gown had a scalloped sweetheart neckline and spaghetti strap detail with a full, cascading tulle skirt. Beautiful drop earrings, matching bracelet, hair comb and stunning Badgley Mischka satin heel evening shoes with hand designed crystal embellishments were the perfect accents to this amazing gown.