Brittany & Barret | Urban Garden Wedding

Brittany & Barret | Urban Garden Wedding

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I know I talk a lot about details here, but if you are here and participating in this medium, I am pretty sure you’ll understand where I am coming from…

Weddings are more than “colors” and “themes.” Weddings are a communion, a reverent celebration, a story, (your love story!) and an experience for not only you, but for your family and friends to savor and remember for a lifetime.

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The fact that this was Brittany’s sensibility when she met with me for the first time told me everything I needed to know and offered me the perfect charge! She and Barret had been on what I call the “wedding circuit.” So many of their friends and peers are getting married and it seemed as if they were going to a wedding every other month! Through these weddings she and Barret attended, she had seen, heard and tasted what seemed to be everything, and she wanted hers and Barret’s wedding to be signature, just like them! *wink.

First things first; starting the day relaxed and confident is the perfect approach to experiencing all of the beautiful moments that are ahead of you as the day unfolds.

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This space here is to give you ample warning (and time to grab some tissues!) as to quite possibly the most emotional Daddy reveal I have ever seen. Now tell me these are not images that will turn into forever mementos!

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Recovered yet? Shall I give you a moment?  Here’s a sweet Bridesmaids reveal as you gain your composure!

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How about a stunning look at Brittany’s processional, a sharp wedding party and some portraits of Brittany and Barret to look at while you take care of that pesky thing in your eye… *wink!

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Brittany’s white, lush and romantic bouquet consisted of white garden roses peonies and, my favorite, ranunculus (seriously, I try to sneak them in every wedding that I am able!) against light touches of greenery. The trailing ribbons were soft, feminine and I loved how the bouquet moved with her in that striking Ines DiSanto gown.

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I love that these portraits here are the perfect transition from the garden aesthetic from just outside Knowles Chapel to what we created inside the ballroom at The Alfond Inn!

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So what sets this wedding apart from the others? Cue the details!

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Designing a wedding reception in a ballroom needs particular attention to details that offer those 4 walls life. We opted for these tall centerpieces with cascading greenery and candles on top to offer a romantic and dreamy glow as guests dined.

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I loved how the seating directory turned out thanks to Andi Mejia Calligraphy!

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This wedding cake was very well deserving of it’s very own backdrop!

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I had four custom trellis panels constructed where vines and greenery were interwoven throughout with touches of white florals creating a 10-12 foot canopy over our bars and cake. It was magical!

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These chic, marble chargers with gold flatware and the vellum menu card with gold foil, were perfect, minimal, yet chic details-

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First Dance, Daddy-Daughter Dance, Mother-Son Dance; give me alllll the dances!!

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Brittany and Barret, this is one I shall never soon forget! Your confidence and trust made my “job” so worthwhile, and I loved watching this beautiful day unfold for you!

May you forever wear these same smiles!  xx, LS

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THE CAST:

Modern Multi-Cultural Wedding

Modern Multi-Cultural Wedding

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


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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.


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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!


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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.


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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. 


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Modern Lucite boxes topped with geometric cubes and cascading white hydrangea and hanging amaranthus flanked the couple as they exchanged vows.


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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.


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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.


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Tehsina and Ghadeer made a grand entrance with a Zaffa, a wedding march of crossed swords, dancing and drums; an ancient Arab tradition.


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After an evening of dinner and dancing the newlyweds made their dramatic departure through a shower of sparklers.


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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

 

Stylish Wedding With The Orlando Skyline

Stylish Wedding With The Orlando Skyline

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. 


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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 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

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

Wedding Noir

Wedding Noir

“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