“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
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.
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.
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.
The two met up for a First Look in the resorts Spa Garden, and a little alone time.
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.
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.
Their wedding party and photography would not have been complete without a special appearance by this sweet baby, Bucky!
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.
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.
The ballroom side of the drapery panel was the perfect location to place their four-tiered wedding cake surrounded by a waterfall of greenery.
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.
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.
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