Tehsina and Ghadeer | Ritz Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes
“A smile is always in fashion” is the most perfect quote to describe this fashion forward Orlando multi-cultural wedding celebration.
Seeing Tehsina and Ghandeer smile at each other at their First Look is to know just how much in love they are. They quite literally smile, giggle and look lovingly at each other all the time
An Orlando destination wedding was perfect for this cosmopolitan couple. Tehsina is the biggest Disney fanatic and has been since she and her family traveled here from Canada when she was a little girl. Her family traveled from Canada and England with Ghadeer’s family traveling from New York and the couple traveling from Boston for the wedding planning.
The elements of this chic stylish wedding design reflect Tehsina’s Muslim heritage as well as Ghandeer’s Arabic family background.
Her stunning Oscar de la Renta taffeta gown with fleur sequin and floral lace overlay, an illusion neckline, and three-quarter length sleeve were all beautiful touches for this modest gown.
Tehsina carried a long cascading bouquet of Italian ruscus, white ranunculus and several dozen fragrant stephanotis; the perfect accent to her simple, elegant wedding gown. The best part? It was an exact replica of her mother’s bridal bouquet that Jesus with Raining Roses expertly created. The look on Tehsina’s mother’s face when she (surprise!) first saw the bridal bouquet is what a wedding planner’s dreams are made of!
Even after a First Look and some private time together, Ghadeer, looking smashing in his Tom Ford tuxedo, smiled lovingly as his bride made her entrance escorted by her parents.
Beautiful contemporary arrangements of giant white calla lilies and monstera leaves in tall glass vases filled the aisle to the Ritz Carlton’s gazebo, draped in soft, flowing white fabric.
Modern Lucite boxes topped with geometric cubes and cascading white hydrangea and hanging amaranthus flanked the couple as they exchanged vows.
Following the ceremony, guests enjoyed cocktail hour on the Tuscany Terrace while the newlyweds took a sneak peek at the luxurious, modern reception décor.
Simple black linen allowed the modern metal and glass risers filled with cylinders of floating candles and breathtaking white calla lilies to take center stage. Tall contemporary arrangements connected long guest tables surrounding the custom black and white dancefloor.
The look was completed with gold chairs, gold embellished glass chargers topped with monstera leaves and custom designed menu cards, and a sleek, marble veined wedding cake.
Tehsina and Ghadeer made a grand entrance with a Zaffa, a wedding march of crossed swords, dancing and drums; an ancient Arab tradition.
After an evening of dinner and dancing the newlyweds made their dramatic departure through a shower of sparklers.
Thank you to all of the vendors who made this wedding weekend such a huge success:
. Orlando Wedding Planner: Lisa Stoner Events
. Orlando Wedding Venue: Ritz Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes
. Officiant: Rassam Jaffer, bride’s uncle
. Hair and Makeup: Daniela Delaney
. Wedding Photographer: Joshua Behan Photography
. Orlando Videographer: Jeffrey Stoner
. Floral: Raining Roses Productions
. Ceremony Chairs and Tables: Orlando Wedding and Party Rentals
. Reception Chairs: RW Events
. Lighting: Get Lit Productions
. Draping: Swag Décor
. Dance Floor: Letz Dance On It
. Linen: Over The Top Linen
. Paper and Directory Boards: Dogwood Blossom Stationery
. Ceremony Music: Classern Quartet
. Reception Music: Arabic DJ in Florida
. Wedding Cake: Ritz Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes
. Photobooth: Flash by KWP
. Chargers: A Chair Affair
. Hedgewalls: Orlando Wedding and Party Rentals
Irene and David | Citrus Club
Irene is a very hip, style-savvy, metropolitan woman, so including a city skyline was an important design element for her, and The Citrus Club in downtown Orlando checked all the boxes.
Working with our Lisa Stoner Events team, Irene and David designed a beautiful, Jewish wedding ceremony and an elegant, stylish wedding reception with breathtaking views of the city.
The stunning clear acrylic chuppah was the backdrop to a beautiful Jewish wedding ceremony. It was anchored with flowing clusters of hydrangea, blush roses and white phalaenopsis orchids.
This chuppah was my favorite design element of this beautiful wedding; Fairbanks Florist did an amazing job of bringing the white dendrobium orchid curtain I conceptualized to life.
Irene wore a beautiful strapless lace wedding gown with a sweetheart neckline, the perfect complement to her handtied white rose, peony and bright pink ranunculus bridal bouquet.
David looked very handsome in his classic tuxedo with a white jacket, black bow tie, and bright pink boutonniere.
While guests enjoyed themselves during cocktail hour, our team was able to transform the ballroom from ceremony to the stage for dinner and dancing.
While the transformation was happening, Irene and David spent some time together outside for some amazing photographs in downtown Orlando.
The focal point of the ballroom was the stunning chuppah, repurposed to display Irene and David’s luxurious four-tiered wedding cake. The white quilting with crystal accents, sparkling gold, and soft pink and white floral accents stood out against the shimmering night skyline.
Long guest tables were draped to the floor with sparkling mauve glitz linen, mirrored panels, votive and floating candles in clear glass. Tall glass cylinders with pink and white floral arrangements completed the tablescapes.
The reception began with Irene and David’s first dance to Dean Martin’s “Ain’t That A Kick In The Head”, followed by a vibrant hora and a wonderful evening of dinner and dancing.
Thank you to all of the amazing wedding vendors who brought this beautiful wedding to life:
· Orlando Wedding Planner: Lisa Stoner Events
· Orlando Wedding Venue: Citrus Club
· Hair Stylist & Makeup: Evelisse Hahn
· Floral Design: Fairbanks Florist
· Wedding Photography: Kathy Thomas Photography
· Officiant: Rabbi Robert Lefkowitz
· Cake Artist: Sprinkles Custom Cakes
· Ceremony Music: Harp Strings
· Reception Music / Lighting: Soundwave Entertainment
· Draping / Furniture: Swag Decor
· Rentals: Orlando Wedding & Party Rentals
· Linens: Connie Duglin
“Love is a mystery for it has nothing else to explain it.” Rabindranath Tagore
It is one thing to appreciate a wedding, celebration and moments through beautiful imagery, but it is quite another to see these moments moving, breathing and experiencing…
Real couple Melissa and Luke were not only stunning in the imagery from my editorial shoot from my previous blog post, “A Perfect Storm,” but they are utterly captivating here in this short film by Jeffrey Stoner from the day as it unfolded.
I don’t know about you, but this video left me feeling starry-eyed and hopeful.
Love does that to you!
Photography: Vanessa Velez Photography
Florals: Botanica International Design Studio
Bridal Gown: Isabel O’Neill Bridal Collection – Romona Keveza Collection
Stationery: Copper Willow
Bridesmaid: Joanna August
Groom: Absolutely Fitting
Cake Designer: Chocolate Pi Vintage Confectionery
Engraving: Happily Ever Etched
Table Settings: A Chair Affair, Inc.
Linens: Over The Top Rental Linens
Makeup & Hair: Makeover Station | Simone
Cinema: Jeffrey Stoner
Veil: Ariel Jennifer Taub
Four Seasons Resort at Walt Disney World Resort
I have been struggling all week to come up with words to describe what this wedding looked and felt like for me, this couple, and their families…“Practically Perfect” is what keeps coming to mind!
Hailey and Connor have attended many weddings and came to Lisa Stoner Events wanting some signature elements that would create a memorable Central Florida wedding. These elements would have their family and friends talking about their wedding for years to come.
Connor was a standout wearing this show-stopping Ocean Blue custom suite designed by Balani of Winter Park.
Hailey wore an absolutely incredible Pronovias gown that pairs a crepe skirt, a fabric with beautiful flow and drape, that hugged her body and created a sleek silhouette; and a tulle bodice, embroidered with Chantilly lace appliques and beading created the illusion of an almost nude neckline that accentuated her femininity.
The perfect accents to this gowns sleek silhouette were a fantastic pair of Jimmy Choo’s and an oversized, loose, flowing bridal bouquet; consisting of pink peonies, full creamy roses, blush and white ranunculus, anemone, sweet pea and eucalyptus with thick, cascading satin ribbons.
Hailey and Connor had their First Look on the Four Seasons Orlando’s Grand Staircase. Then they took some time for some breathtaking wedding portraits and some time alone before their wedding ceremony.
Their wedding ceremony took place just before sunset and wowed guests as they approached the resorts sprawling lawn. Set with white chivari chairs, the aisle was roped off with a thick broad garland of greener strung between two lush, loose arrangements of blush and white in beautiful garden urns.
Both sides of the aisle were lined with full, thick clusters of greenery and white hydrangea setting the perfect stage for the entrance of the wedding party, and Hailey’s entrance brought tears to Connor’s eyes.
The couple exchanged their vows in front of a massive arch of soft natural greenery accented with randomly places clusters of white flowers.
Even Hailey and Connor were surprised as they departed their outdoor wedding ceremony in an explosion of confetti.
Guests made their way to the breathtaking Four Season’s ballroom, draped with shimmering white opaque fabric. Guests dined at round tables with cascading slate blue linen, clear Infinity Chairs and beautiful towering centerpieces that drew inspiration from Hailey’s bridal bouquet.
Hailey and Conner know their guests very well, so the key to everyone having an awesome time was the huge twenty-four-foot round, white dance floor placed in the adjacent space, drawing guests in with a fantastic band, photo booth, and chic lounge furniture.
Their Four Seasons Orlando wedding was filled with the perfect balance of beautiful details, unique elements and touching personal moments.
Guests ended their evening with late night drinks and snacks under a shower of shimmering gold confetti.
However, Hailey and Connor had one more surprise in store: A Grand Exit in an incredible 1958 Lincoln Continental MK III Convertible in a shower of fireworks.
Thank you to all of the vendors who collaborated with our Lisa Stoner Events team to create this amazingly memorable wedding!
. Wedding Planner: Lisa Stoner Events
. Wedding Venue: Four Seasons Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort
. Wedding Officiant: Robert Tolley
. Hair and Makeup: Makeover Station
. Photographer: KV Photography
. Videography: Jeffrey Stoner
. Floral Design: Velvet and Twine
. Ceremony/Reception Chairs: Orlando Wedding and Party Rentals
. Custom Draping: Swag Décor
. Dance Floor: Letz Dance On It
. Lighting: Fyerfly Productions
. Linen: Over The Top Linen
. Paper/Stationery Dogwood Blossom Stationery
. Ceremony Music: Beautiful Music
. Reception Music: Headliners
. Transportation: VIP Wedding Transportation
. Wedding Cake: Four Seasons Orlando
. Photobooth: Photobooth Rocks
. Lounge Furniture: Style House
. Flatware / Chargers: A Chair Affair
. Grand Exit Pyrotechnics: Orlando Special Effects
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.