Stacey & Ricky | This Ballroom Reveal Is What It’s All About !

Stacey & Ricky | This Ballroom Reveal Is What It’s All About !


Lisa Stoner + Waldorf Astoria Orlando Wedding + Central Florida + Wedding Planner +Orlando

What can I say about this gorgeous couple that hailed from Bermuda to offer me the distinct honor to plan and design their traditional, yet chic white wedding with perhaps a *splash* of color thrown in by yours truly?

I think Stacey’s initial reaction at her ballroom reveal here says it all, no? *wink


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But– there was so much more to their wedding than that. It was emotionally, romantically and thoughtfully charged wedding and the design touches were only just a part of that.

Hence, the importance of video!

Pour yourself a glass (or a mug!) and do yourself a favor, and watch these sweet highlights from Stacey and Ricky’s gorgeous wedding day!

·      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 Makeup: 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

Lisa’s Kitchen | Mediterranean Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Chickpeas and Quinoa Salad

Lisa’s Kitchen | Mediterranean Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Chickpeas and Quinoa Salad


Lisa's Kitchen | Mediterranean Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Chickpeas and Quinoa Salad

We all have those go-to ingredients in our pantry or refrigerator that always seems to deliver our tried and true recipes or dishes, but every now and then you want to mix it up a little!

To know me is to know that I have absolutely ZERO desire or need for sweets in my life, and that included sweet potatoes! (I even have an aversion to the smell of sweets, just ask the Mister!) Admittedly, since shifting to a plant-based diet earlier this year, I have a new and profound respect for sweet potatoes, but always looking for ways to make them more palatable for my savory taste buds.

You can make this recipe in about 50 minutes, but I’ll also give you some time-saving tips so you can enjoy this sooner than later!


Vegan Mediterranean Stuffed Sweet Potatoes | Lisa Stoner Events

Combining two recipes, I was inspired by A Saucy Kitchen along with a tried and true quinoa salad which I made with ingrediets in my fridge, but you can purchase pre-made here


Lisa's Kitchen | Mediterranean Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

SWEET POTATOES WITH CHICKPEAS & AVOCADO TAHINI

INGREDIENTS

  • 4  sweet potatoes 

Marinated Chickpeas

  • 1 15 oz can chickpeas drained and rinsed
  • 1/3 cup of vegetable broth in lieu of olive/vegetable oil as oils can be highly processed 
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 3 clove minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon freshly chopped parsley (I happened to have cilantro on hand, and it worked great!)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano
  • 1/2 tsp Camp Mix

Avocado Tahini Sauce

  • 1 medium sized ripe avocado (or 1 cup pre-made, organic guacamole)
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 1/4 cup vegetable broth (to thin the consistency and add flavor)
  • 3 clove minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoons fresh parsley
  • Juice of 1 lemon

Toppings

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F

  2. Bake pierced sweet potatoes for 45-60 minutes.

  3. Mix chickpeas and the remaining ingredients needed for marinating, and set aside.

Avocado Tahini Sauce

  1. To make the sauce, add all of the sauce ingredients to a blender (I used an immersion blender and it worked out perfectly!) and process until smooth. You can manipulate the consistency of the sauce by either not adding as much broth if you like it thicker or more broth for a thinner consistency 

Plating

  1. Easy-peasy! When the sweet potatoes are cool enough to handle, simply cut them open, and spoon the chickpeas and quinoa salad inside. Top with the avocado tahini and sprinkle your topping of choice. If you don’t manage to gobble these up all in one sitting, they will stay fresh in the refrigerator for about 2 days.


Vegan Mediterranean Stuffed Sweet Potatoes | Lisa Stoner Events


Lisa's Kitchen | Mediterranean Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

QUINOA SALAD

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup Uncooked Quinoa
  • ½ Cup Uncooked Lentils**
  • ½ Medium Bell Pepper (Diced)
  • ½ Cup Cherry Tomatoes (Diced)
  • ½ Medium Cucumber (Diced)
  • 1 Cup Kale (Finely Chopped)
  • ½ Bunch of Cilantro (Finely Chopped)
  • Juice of 1 Lemon
  • 3 Tbs. White Wine Vinegar (Or More to Taste)
  • Salt + Pepper (To Taste)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Cook quinoa & lentils according to package instructions; chill for 30 minutes in the refrigerator.
  2. While quinoa and lentils are chilling, I like to chop my vegetables.
  3. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
  4. Serve chilled.

*Preparation is key, but if you have a hankering and need this on your plate sooner, you can microwave your sweet potato for 8-10 minutes while you marinate your chickpeas and get that quinoa salad out of the fridge!

I made this for Abby to enjoy after this shoot who was under the weather that day, and this perked her right up!


Vegan Mediterranean Stuffed Sweet Potato | Lisa Stoner Events

 

Will you let me know how you like it? Would love to hear from you!

With a wink and a smile-

xx, LS

All Images: Abby Liga

A Fourth of July Brunch

A Fourth of July Brunch


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!



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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!

xx, LS

*Post in collaboration with Hamilton’s Kitchen*

Images: Abby Liga Photography

Floral: Lana Faulkner

Jewelry: Quest Stones

Monogrammed Linen: Lettermade

Vases/Plates: Home Goods

Fourth of July Fun & Fashion

Fourth of July Fun & Fashion


Lisa Stoner + Abby Liga +Fourth of July+Alfond Inn

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!)

xx, LS










*Post in collaboration with The Alfond Inn*

Images: Abby Liga Photography

Jeans & Blouse: J. Crew

Jewelry: Quest Stones

Sunnies: Rayban

Purse: Cult Gaia

Shoes: Kate Spade

Blanket & Pouf: Home Goods

Pinwheel: A Girl and Her Glitter