Ali and Preston | Classically Elegant Vineyard Wedding | Kissimmee, FL
Ali and Preston traveled all the way from Colorado and brought 30 of their closest friends and family with them for a destination wedding weekend culminating in their ceremony and reception at Island Grove Winery at Formosa Gardens. These Disney lovers worked over the months of planning to infuse plenty of family time into their wedding weekend, and the love and joy in the room were tangible as they braved the crazy Florida weather on their wedding day. After discussing backup plans for inclement weather, which in Florida we do with our planning clients all the time, we all agreed that in case of rain, their outdoor ceremony overlooking the vineyard would best be moved indoors to a room adjacent to their reception ballroom. Well, even our weather radars didn’t prepare us for the monsoon that fell just before we started the ceremony. The scene was set outside and we were ready to line bridal party up, encouraging the bride and groom to start a bit early to beat the rain. But the weather had different plans. Just before we lined up our group the skies opened to the biggest downpour ever! We took off running to save the chairs and start moving everything to our backup location. At this point, all anyone could do was laugh, and our bride and groom were so sweet and confident that this is what was meant to be, starting their cocktail hour before the ceremony so we had time to reset inside.
After drying everything and moving their huge floral cross from Flowers by Lesley upstairs, we began again with their intimate, heartfelt Christian ceremony and plenty of portraits with Ailyn La Torre Photography on the huge balcony that Formosa Gardens offers. Ali handmade her brooch bouquet and so beautifully wore her mother’s wedding dress for a look that was exquisitely timeless.
Ali and Preston served their guests the Island Grove Winery’s own varietals, and encouraged everyone to pass the mic around the room to share advice, memories and lots of laughs. What a heartfelt, joyous intimate wedding and I know both bride and groom were thrilled to share this special time in Florida with the people they love the most.
Congrats, lovebirds, and we wish you all the joy and happiness now and always!