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

Lia & Lisa | Non-Traditional Black Tie Wedding

Lia & Lisa | Non-Traditional Black Tie Wedding

Grand Bohemian Hotel Orlando – Roof Top Deck | Johann Strauss Ballroom

 

 

Lia and Lisa are the best and I loved working with them; they are a wedding planner’s dream client because they put so much trust in me and really followed my lead.

They wanted a glamorous, non- traditional, black tie wedding and this clean modern design with a plum and grey color palate really set the stage for the chic, urban wedding.

The Grand Bohemian Hotel Orlando in downtown Orlando offered beautiful outdoor locations for stylish cityscape portraits and wedding party photographs.


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The Grand Bohemian’s rooftop pool deck set the stage for an elegant sunset wedding ceremony.  The white wedding tent was layered with white draping and white carpeting accented with beautiful crystal chandeliers and crystal chivari chairs. The only pop of color was the brides’ beautiful hand tied aubergine calla lily bridal bouquets.


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Each of the ladies selected a bridal party of close friends, with the ladies carrying burgundy black calla lily bouquets.


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Photographer Kathy Thomas worked with us to design a Vanity Fair like photo studio where guests were able to get styled, dramatic portraits.


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Lia and Lisa were awestruck at the Lisa Stoner Events team’s transformation of the Grand Bohemian’s Johann Strauss Ballroom.


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Soft room draping, elegant up lights and pin spots highlighting the centerpieces and wedding cake; as well as two long tables anchoring the space, flanked by round guest tables really set the stage for this clean, modern plum and grey wedding design.

Plum linen alternated with grey and white geometric patterned linen were layered with clusters of white floating candles, rectangular mirrored boxes and tall trumpet vases filled with lush tropical greenery tying in some of Lisa’s Puerto Rican heritage. Tiny pops of dark plum calla lilies added a touch of elegance and pulled in the colors of the bridal bouquets.


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The ladies started the evening with their first dance to “Truly”, by Lionel Richie and danced the night away. Guests enjoyed cake pops, sweet treats, and late night wedding munchies in addition to their wedding cake. 


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Congratulations Lia and Lisa! 


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Thank you to the wedding vendors who helped make this evening so magical:

.      Orlando Wedding Planner: Lisa Stoner Events

·      Ceremony Venue: Grand Bohemian Hotel Orlando – Roof Top Deck

·      Reception Venue: Grand Bohemian Hotel Orlando –  Johann Strauss Ballroom

·      Orlando Wedding Officiant: Cynthia Blanzenski

·      Wedding Photographer:  Kathy Thomas Photography

.      Wedding Videographer: Jeffrey Stoner Video

·      Floral Design: Lee James Floral Designs, Inc.

·      Hair: Steven Dorsagno

·      Make Up: Desiree Strong

·      Lighting: Fyerfly Productions

·      Linen: Over The Top Linens

·      Draping / Furniture: Swag Decor

·      Table Top- Chargers, Stemware, China: Orlando Wedding and Party Rental

·      Ceremony Music: DJ Gabriel Urias

·      Reception Music: DJ Gabriel Urias

·      Menu Cards: Dogwood Blossom Stationery 

·      Wedding Cake:  Amanda Owen

 

 

 

 

 

 

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