Yonna and Jay | The Alfond Inn
Yonna and Jay met later in life; Jay was a widower, and when they found each other, believe it or not, they actually lived on the same street.
They have worked hard to successfully blend two families of grown children and grandchildren to the point where it is nearly impossible to tell whose is whose. A large extended family vacation before the wedding set the tone for the big day to come.
To that end, one of the things of utmost importance, when Yonna and Jay came to Lisa Stoner Events, was to make sure every family member or guest felt included and loved. They did not want a typical wedding reception; they wanted more of a dinner party where two people happened to get married.
Yonna’s gown was custom made by Holly Smith with Tears of Joy Seamstress. Yonna and her sister Star made a number of trips to Miami to source the fabric for this beautiful embellished lace gown.
Jay looked dapper in his classic black tuxedo with bow tie and monogrammed cufflinks.
Family and friends were welcomed with lovely embellished jute tote bags filled with treats and information on the wedding and farewell brunch.
Their First Look was touching, much like our first meeting where they looked lovingly into each other’s eyes, held hands and called each other their Everlasting Love.
Their outdoor wedding ceremony in The Alfond Inn’s Courtyard was held in the round with Yonna and Jay exchanging their vows on a raised platform in the center. The stage for this beautiful downtown Winter Park wedding ceremony was set with clear chivari chairs and oversized white floral arrangements with touches of greenery.
In typical fashion, the couple got a sneak peek of the ballroom décor; but remained in the room to welcome family and friends, rather than making a grand entrance.
For this elegant dinner party, the Alfond’s Ballroom was wrapped in fabric draping and soft warm up lighting and candlelight. Clear glass trumpet vases topped with explosions of white flowers, smaller crystal vases, glass candlesticks and beaded glass chargers lined long family friendly tables.
Yonna and Jay opened the dancefloor with their First Dance to ‘At Last’ and the band kept the dancefloor full throughout the evening. Guests closed out the night with the cutting of the beautiful four tiered wedding cake.
Thank you to all the vendors who helped make this milestone family event such a huge success.
. Orlando Wedding Planner: Lisa Stoner Events
· Winter Park Wedding Venue: The Alfond Inn
· Hair Stylist & Makeup: Kristy’s Artistry Design
· Floral Design: Country Club Flowers
· Wedding Photography: Liga Photography, LLC
· Officiants: Pastor John Fisher / Ann Rintelmann
· Cake Artist: Sprinkles Custom Cakes
· Ceremony Music: Beautiful Music
· Reception Music: The Buzzcatz
· Draping: Dazian
. Lighting: Fyerfly Productions
. Ceremony Chairs: The Alfond Inn
· Reception Chairs: Orlando Wedding & Party Rentals
· Linens: Over The Top Linens
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 Rory’s Alfond Inn Wedding
Laura and Rory tied the knot this past fall with a classic, luxurious ballroom Alfond Inn wedding. Although the two love birds currently call North Carolina their home, Laura grew up in the Melbourne area of Florida not too far from the elegant Winter Park boutique hotel venue. However, it was at Wake Forest University in Winston Salem, North Carolina, that she met Rory. The two went on to practice law, and the rest was history!
Despite the Muted Tones, This Wedding Was Anything But That:
Naturally, the two North Carolina lawyers approached planning their wedding in an analytical way. But, they soon found that they couldn’t help but fall in love with the charm this Florida venue had to offer. They decided to get married in Florida, and I was more than excited to help give them their dream wedding day. With Laura’s love for muted tones and thistle in the floral design, together we were able to create a breathtaking event that was anything but subdued in nature.
Needless to say, their beautiful outdoor courtyard ceremony was as grand in style as it was intimate in feeling. I loved putting a modern twist on their classic design with the layout of the ceremony seating to create a more intimate feeling. The couple opted for guest seating in a circle around them as they tied the knot so that everyone had a close seat to take in the moment with them. Beautifully abundant arrangements from Fairbanks Florist‘s Lana Faulkner lined the backs of chairs. All together, the Alfond Inn’s lush, green courtyard complete with the white and greenery filled arrangements gave their ceremony a classic look that is truly timeless.
Meanwhile, their indoor ballroom reception adorned with silver and grey accents was like a fairytale ending to the big day with charm that truly romanced their guests. The lavish centerpieces, abundance of candles, and twinkling wall installations transformed this space into a luxurious ballroom fit for royalty. Not to mention, the clear chiavari chairs paired with glass accents were as perfect as the fit of cinderella’s glass slipper. The glowing princess in her Calvet Couture gown had her breathtakingly beautiful ballroom to twirl the night away in with her sweet prince. And, that’s just what they did!
Congratulations, Laura and Rory!
My heart completely melted when I saw these images from Vitalic Photography. There is not a single photo where Laura and Rory weren’t completely glowing and grinning from ear to ear. One of my favorite moments of the day was when I had the chance to give Laura her a private ballroom reveal. As you’d expect a lawyer’s personality to be, Laura was quite analytical throughout the entire planning process. However, by her own admission, she was found herself pleasantly disarmed by how emotional she became during the big reveal. She was finally able to see how the all details and plans over our time with one another finally came together, and how simply lovely it all was.
Laura and Rory, I am so honored that you chose me to be a part of your truly charming wedding day. You are absolutely the sweetest couple and were such a joy to work with. I hope to have more couples who radiate as much pure love as you in the future. I wish you all the happiness and well wishes in the world as Mr. and Mrs!
So this is love; so this is what makes life divine.” – Cinderella
Thank you to all the vendors who came together to make this day truly unforgettable!