One Love

One Love

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Raw wooden boxes were filled with luxurious antique roses, lavender, and larkspur accented with fresh Brussels sprouts, which added texture and a grounding color.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

“All At Once, Everything Is Different”

“All At Once, Everything Is Different”

Angela and David | Ritz Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes

Angela and David came to Lisa Stoner Events from New York. They met through their work; Angela is a professional A cappella singer and David is an entrepreneur and sound engineer.

Angela seemed almost exasperated at a design meeting and was struggling to identify her wedding style. She exclaimed “I don’t really know how to articulate what I want to see in the design of my wedding, all I know is that my favorite color is red and my favorite movie is ‘Tangled!’ ”

You see, Angela has a legitimate (and relatable) obsession with Disney, and that was all I needed!!! I think we have our design elements, Rapunzel would be jealous.

Angela chose a beautiful white satin gown with a sweetheart neckline and shimmering gold and crystal embellishments.

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The gown was complimented by her full, cascading bridal bouquet of white roses, phalaenopsis and cymbidium orchids and a pop of color with her stunning red pumps.

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Her bridesmaids wore knee length red gowns paired with bright red bouquets to infuse more of the red into the design.

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David and Angela enjoyed a First Look and some time alone in the beautiful Ritz Carlton gardens, before exchanging their vows.

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As the wedding ceremony began David waited for Angela’s arrival with an ear to ear smile on his face.

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The aisle to the Wedding Gazebo was lined with large antique lanterns and touches of red and white flowers. The gazebo was draped in a soft grey, sheer fabric allowing the stunning floral chandelier to be a focal point behind the couple.

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The Florida sunset behind their outdoor ceremony could not have created a more beautiful backdrop.

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Guests enjoyed a relaxing cocktail reception on the resort’s Tuscany Terrace.

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The ballroom was ready for an exciting reveal and was draped in twinkling lights on the ceiling.  In the center was a communal head table that formed a square that seated nearly thirty people.   A tree with cascading orchids and over one hundred pillar candles filled the space in the center of the tables.

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The guest tables were set along the softly draped walls and also had trees in the center filled with flowers and flickering candles. A formal place setting with a gold rimmed charger and custom menu card in red lettering completed the tablescapes.

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Angela and David’s smooth, white butter cream, five-tiered wedding cake was adorned with cream, blush and pink roses that flowed down the cake and was set against a wall of lights.

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The band kept the dancefloor filled the entire evening and they enjoyed some sweet treats and fun snacks while they danced the night away.

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Thank you to all of the vendors who brought this fairytale wedding to life!

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.      Orlando Wedding Planner – Lisa Stoner Events

.      Wedding Officiant – Benjamin Stevens

.      Wedding Venue – Ritz Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes

.      Orlando Wedding Photographer – Jensen Larson Photography

.      Orlando Wedding Videographer – Jeffrey Stoner Video

.      Floral – Botanica

.      Lighting – Fyerfly Productions

.      Draping Swag Décor

.      Linen-  Over The Top Linen

.      Table Top Ritz Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes

.      Ceremony /Reception Music – Heatwave Band

.      Wedding Cake – Ritz Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes

.      Invitations / Wedding Day Stationery – Dogwood Blossom Stationery

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

 

Maureen & Tim | Lush Greenery Infused Wedding

Maureen & Tim | Lush Greenery Infused Wedding

Ritz Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes

Greenery is the symbol of new beginnings and incorporating lush green foliage sets a stunningly modern, fresh backdrop to Maureen and Tim’s Ritz Carlton, Grand Lakes wedding.

Maureen wore a form-fitting modern lace gown with a scalloped sweetheart neckline and illusion back by Canadian wedding gown designer Calla Blanche, known for their luxurious fabrics and incredible silhouettes. 


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She paired her gown with a Badgley Mischka, peep toe evening shoe with a crystal embellished heel.   A soft, round, hand-tied bouquet with creamy cottage roses, white roses with seeded eucalyptus with greenery added the perfect touch to a beautiful gown.


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Tim wore a very handsome navy vested suit with a soft off-white necktie and pocket square. One of my favorite photos is of Maureen’s bridal bouquet against the background of Tim’s dark suit, it really stands out.


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The two met up for a First Look in the resorts Spa Garden, and a little alone time.


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They chose to host their outdoor wedding ceremony under the Ritz Carlton’s Gazebo. White garden chairs accented with white tea roses, seeded eucalyptus and English ivy softened the aisle and complimented the thick garlands of greenery adorning the columns of the gazebo.


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The beautiful greenery of the distant tree line, headwaters of the Everglades and setting sun painted the perfect backdrop for their Central Florida wedding ceremony.


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Their wedding party and photography would not have been complete without a special appearance by this sweet baby, Bucky!


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Guests enjoyed cocktail hour in the Citrus Garden, a lush garden setting surrounded by palms and Florida citrus trees while we whisked Maureen and Tim away for some time alone and some wedding portraits.


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The Plaza Ballroom with its wrought iron chandeliers, silk wall coverings and mirrors provided our Lisa Stoner Events team a neutral pallet to transition the greenery from outside to inside. To design a grand entrance and focal point for guests as they entered the ballroom, we installed off white panels of draping just inside the entrance and added a glass entry table with an oversized urn of cascading greens, flanked by two greenery topiaries.


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The ballroom side of the drapery panel was the perfect location to place their four-tiered wedding cake surrounded by a waterfall of greenery.

 


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Placing the head table just beyond the wedding cake offered a stunning backdrop for our couple. Tables were draped with soft white linen and overflowed with crystal cylinders, floating candles, ropes of lush greenery and tall draping arrangements of elegant ruscus and seeded eucalyptus. 


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Maureen and Tim danced the night away with their guests after opening the dance floor with their First Dance to ‘Stand by Me’ by Florence and the Machine.


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Thanks to all the vendors who came together to make this day truly unforgettable!

·      Orlando Wedding Planner: Lisa Stoner Events

·      Orlando Wedding Venue:  Ritz Carlton Orlando Grande Lakes

·      Orlando Wedding Officiant:  The Honorable Anne Conway

·      Wedding Photographer:  Root Photography

·      Floral Design: Fairbanks Florist

·      Hair and Makeup:  LeJeune Artistry

·      Lighting: Fyerfly Productions

·      Linen: Over The Top Linens

·      Ceremony Music:  Catherine Way Harpist

.      Reception Music: Fyerfly Productions

·      Wedding Cake: Ritz Carlton Orlando Grande Lakes

·      Chairs, Chargers, Glassware, China: Ritz Carlton Orlando Grande Lakes

.      Additional Rentals: Orlando Wedding and Party Rentals

.      Paper / Stationery: Minted

 

 

 

 

Hilary & Rob | Glamorous White Lace Wedding

Hilary & Rob | Glamorous White Lace Wedding

Hilary & Rob | Ritz Carlton Orlando Grande Lakes

Hilary and Rob are HUGE University of Florida fans; so much so that when it came time for their engagement photos they arranged for photos alone in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium!

But when it came time for the wedding there were no Gators colors. Hilary wanted the Lisa Stoner Events team to design an all-white décor for the wedding. The bridal party wore white and the guests were also invited to come in white attire.


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Hilary started the day with wedding portraits in an all-white Ines DiSanto (Eva) figure flattering mermaid style wedding gown of contemporary lace; accented with a simple crystal embellishments from Solutions Bridal in Orlando. She carried a soft, loose, handtied bouquet of lush white peonies, soft full white roses and white stephanotis with trailing white wavy satin ribbon.


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For the beautiful outdoor wedding ceremony at the Ritz Carlton Orlando Grande Lakes, they chose the beautiful outdoor gazebo overlooking the lake, golf course and headwaters of the Florida Everglades. White garden chairs complimented the white gazebo which was adorned with tall glass cylinder vases with single specimen bouquets containing white hydrangea, clusters of white tea roses, lush white peonies, white phalaenopsis orchids as well as huge cymbidium orchids.

The aisle was bordered with beautiful scalloped waves of soft paper flowers in a variety of hues of white, made by Hilary and later repurposed adding dimension to the long guest tables at the reception, making them look oval in shape.


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Prior to the start of the ceremony Hillary added a matching A-Line Ines DiSanto (Theia) overskirt with a full train, adding a sheer cathedral length veil for a completely different look; complimenting Rob’s handsome, classic three button black tuxedo with stephanotis boutonniere. 


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