Ritz Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes
Rose gold because of its pinkish color is known as the metal of romance. While white gold represents friendship and yellow gold means fidelity, rose gold represents love.
In addition, much like the beautiful blending of these two amazing families, copper added to gold actually makes it stronger and gives the gold its rose color.
The blending of these two families actually began at the rehearsal dinner.
Rob grew up all over the world and had one prized possession, and this prized possession moved with him and the family as they traversed the world: this fun, well-loved stuffed animal. In a very touching moment at the rehearsal dinner, Rob’s mother shared this gift with Alexa.
On her wedding day Alexa chose a stunning couture wedding gown by Galia Lahav. This gown inspired by Italian tile was a blending of antique rose lace and a shimmering ivory lace and paired perfectly with her rose gold wedding shoes with a crystal-banded heel.
Alexa carried a beautiful hand tied bridal bouquet of a very unique calla lily in a soft coppery color; in perfect contrast to her wedding party who wore soft shadowy grey gowns, carrying white bouquets with soft touches of Dusty Miller.
Rob chose a classic custom tailored, European inspired tuxedo with a satin shawl collar, accented with a simple calla lily from Alexa’s bridal bouquet.
Alexa and Rob exchanged their wedding vows, surrounded by family and friends, under a breathtaking cascade of cream and blush colored flowers and soft billowing fabric.
Their luxurious wedding reception in the Ritz Carlton’s ballroom continued to blend family and friends. Soft accent lighting reflected off flowing cream colored draping produced a shimmering glow throughout the room.
Guests dined under crystal chandeliers and an awe-inspiring floral chandelier was the focal point in the center of the room. Long guest tables, designed for interaction, were adorned with mirrored panels, soft gold toned glass vases overflowing with soft white hydrangea and blush roses, and floating candles.
Layering the tables with textured blush dupioni silk linen, gold-rimmed glass charger plates and round, custom designed menu cards completed this warm, romantic design.
Thank you to all of the amazing wedding vendors who assisted in making this wedding a huge success:
. Wedding Planning and Design: Lisa Stoner Events
. Wedding Venue: Ritz Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes
. Wedding Photography: Amalie Orrange Photography
. Wedding Film: James Rayner Films
. Hair & Makeup: LeJeune Artistry
. Wedding Stationery: Eleven Note
. Floral Design: Lee James Floral Designs
. Floral Chandelier: Fairbanks Florist
. Mirrored Seating Chart: Chalk Shop
. Wedding Band: The Buzzcatz
. Ceremony Music: Paint It Black Quartet & Orchestra
. Chargers and Stemware: A Chair Affair, Inc.
. Linens: Over The Top Rental Linens
. Draping: Swag Decor
. Lighting: GET LIT Productions
. Confetti Canon: Fyerfly Productions
. Wedding Gown: White of Dublin by Galia Lahav House of Couture
. Grooms Attire: Philippe Haas Bespoke Tailoring
Laura and Kevin’s Ritz Carlton Orlando Wedding
If you’re not new to this corner of the Internet, you’d know I’m actually a native New Yorker! Being a New Yorker comes with a love to bring a sense of flair for its various cultures into the event styling process. So naturally, when one of my couples shares my affinity for my home state, it makes our time together that much more enjoyable. Today on the blog I want to share one of those couples. Laura is a native Floridian, and Kevin is a native New Yorker. (Needless to say, he and I DEFINITELY got along!) The two tied the knot this spring with a New York’s Tavern on the Green inspired Ritz Carlton Orlando wedding.
The Story of Kevin and Laura
When Laura came to me for help planning her big day, she actually started the design process with me pretty conservatively. She expressed that her main priority were big, beautiful blooms. That’s when I knew the ladies at Velvet & Twine were the perfect florists for her. That is totally their aesthetic! However, once I got a feel for the story that was ‘Kevin and Laura’, the design process became so crystal clear to me. I combined the citrus hues in the florals with soft grays for a city feel that they both loved.
Laura and Kevin actually got engaged at The Ritz Carlton in Battery Park, and the two of them frequented New York to visit his family and friends quite frequently. Kevin has such an admirable sense of loyalty that many of his childhood friends served as groomsmen or wedding guests. Even the priest from his high school was a guest and had a role in their wedding ceremony!
Their Tavern on the Green Inspired Design
Because of their New York trips and love of fine food and restaurants, it became a no brainer. My vision for Laura and Kevin’s design ended up coming from Tavern on the Green off Central Park West in New York City. For their ceremony at the Ritz Carlton Orlando, it took place outside at the lakeside gazebo complete with the cutest couple, the most gorgeous blooms, and the prettiest light possible.
Meanwhile for their reception, I had trees brought into the ballroom. We draped the walls in ivory with panels of LED drape with a sheer illusion drape over that to create the look of stars outside. Their reception design was complete with their table as a focal point of the room with their gorgeous cake spotlighted behind them to make the gold detailing shine (almost!) as bright as their beaming smiles. We also had a great DJ with drummers and a saxophonist who strolled through the reception at dinner, much like at an outdoor restaurant. We even played a surprise song for Laura’s maid of honor. But, don’t forget the confetti cannons! (Can this be my signature wedding detail?!) Not only was it an amazing aesthetic touch, it took the dance party to the next level! Needless to say, Laura and Kevin’s wedding day was truly magical.
Congratulations, Laura and Kevin!
Like I’ve mentioned with previous blog posts, one of my favorite things about the design process is creating a space that is not only beautiful, but is an embodiment of who the couple is. (I mean, after all, it’s their day- Right!?) I loved getting the chance to bring a little bit of the big apple to Orlando with Laura and Kevin’s New York Tavern on the Green inspired design. Needless to say, the only thing shining brighter than the LED ‘starlight’ was our gorgeous couple.
Laura and Kevin, I am so honored that you chose this fellow New Yorker to be a part of your truly magical wedding day. You two are the sweetest couple. I very much enjoyed every moment of our time spent together. I can only hope to have more couples that radiate as much love as you do in the future. From one New York lover to another, I sincerely wish you both all the happiness and well wishes in the world as Mr. and Mrs.!
Thanks to all the vendors who came together to make this day truly unforgettable!