Real Wedding: Michelle + Shane at Cypress Grove

Today’s real wedding post is near and dear to our hearts. What happens when a planner gets married? The most stylish and sweet, fabulous yet intimate feeling wedding, of course! Tickled Pink planner Michelle was married to her sweetheart Shane last weekend at Cypress Grove Estate House. A year’s worth of planning was flawlessly executed by her handpicked team of vendors, and none of us could have asked for a better day. 

Perfect weather? Check.

Handwritten vows that left us all looking for tissues? Check.

Amazing design? Check.

Delicious dinner and dessert? Check.

Music that kept us on our feet all night? Check!

The Robinsons delivered a sneak peek of wedding photos, and videographer Brandon Kari turned around a trailer in a day. Clearly, we couldn’t wait another minute to share with you!

Venue // Cypress Grove Estate House

Photography // By The Robinsons

Videography // Brandon Kari Productions

Floral // Bluegrass Chic

DJ // Our DJ Rocks

Catering // Big City Catering

Desserts // Two Sweets Bake Shop

Dress // Calvet Couture

Rentals // Orlando Wedding and Party Rentals

Vintage Furniture Rentals // RW Style

Dance, Dream and Inspire with Us in October!

Right now I’m working on decor planning for a special event benefitting Community Based Care of Central Florida. It’s an organization that serves families and children who have been victims of — or at risk for — neglect, abuse or abandonment. With so many programs supporting foster youth in this area, and with the knowledge of the amount of foster youth in Central Florida, it’s been my pleasure to get involved and help in one way I know how…event planning!

Dance, Dream and Inspire is an annual event raising money and awareness for Community Based Care. It’s a dance competition, much like Dancing with the Stars, with local celebrities and professional dancers on stage performing at Hard Rock Live. With the help of friends at Swag Decor and Lowe and Behold, we’re helping to coordinate decor to make this event really pop!

I would love to see you there on October 22, 2016! VIP tickets including a pre-party at Hard Rock’s Lennon Room are on sale now at dancedreaminspire.com. This also includes seating for the live performance. Table sponsors at various levels are also listed on the website. Balcony seats are even on sale for only $20 on Groupon!  This is a night not to miss, and I hope you’ll join us! 

Real Wedding: Alycia & Matt at Bella Collina

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Planning // Tickled Pink Brides

Photography // Best Photography

Venue // Bella Collina

Floral // Velvet & Twine

DJ & Lighting // Our DJ Rocks

Cake // The Sugar Suite

Linens // Over The Top

Rentals // A Chair Affair 

Beauty // LeJeune Artistry

Our Hearts Are With Orlando

As an Orlando native, and a citizen of this world, really, my heart is heavy with the tragedy of the shooting at Pulse Nightclub. There will be much talk, much gossip, many headlines, news about the shooter, disagreement over gun control and political policy. But in the wake of a tragic event, we need to remember to look for the good. It’s so hard to see in the short term, and it may take quite awhile to become clear. But helpers come out of the chaos, a bigger picture eventually starts to form, and we will see this city rise together in love and unity. In the past day we’ve already seen lines around the block at blood donation centers, strangers delivering food to volunteers and hospital staff who have worked around the clock. Courageous stories of regular people who saved lives on the night of the shooting. Millions of dollars in donations pouring in to be distributed to funds for victims’ families. There are so many people who care. So many who are willing and ready to help strangers in need. I am thankful to live in a place such as this. If you are looking for more ways to help, the city of Orlando has an online interest form to sign up for notifications on where you can be of service.

Jesus commanded us to love each other. John 13:34-35 says this: “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

The Bible repeatedly reminds us of this, and regardless of your faith, I’ll bet most of us can agree this is good advice. Whether gay, straight, black, white, Christian, Muslim, Jewish or anything else…let’s find a way to LOVE ONE ANOTHER. Especially in this time of anger, hurt, and fear, but always. Love always wins. 

Real Wedding: Natalie + Adrian in Maui, Hawaii

From the hand-made, two-piece gown (made from her own mother’s wedding dress!) to the picture perfect Hawaiian landscape, consolidating the full gallery of this intimate destination wedding to one blog post was near impossible! Witnessing the love between this bride and groom is such a beautiful setting was such a blessing!

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Photography // Historia Photography