Blush and Gold Romantic Wedding | Michele + Mark | St. James Cathedral and The Alfond Inn, Winter Park, FL

Blush and Gold Romantic Wedding at St. James Cathedral and The Alfond Inn, Winter Park, FL

I have to admit that I had a hard time even narrowing down which photos to post on this Real Wedding feature! Sunglow Photography did such an amazing job telling the beautiful story of this couple’s love and their incredible wedding day, and if I could have their photos in an album on my own coffee table, I would. Michele and Mark’s vision for a modern twist on a blush and gold romantic wedding day truly came to life with their planner Kristi and the best possible team of vendors to bring it all together. St. James Cathedral and The Alfond Inn are such stunning venues, and we love working at each time and again. 

From the bride: “Honestly – I loved every single moment. I have specific memories of being in the room with my bridesmaids getting ready and just laughing so much. Putting my dress on, which was the time I started to really feel like a bride. Seeing my dad for the first time when I was all dressed up and his reaction. Having him walk me down the aisle and seeing Mark’s reaction. Dancing the night away at the Alfond and all of the beautiful details that were included in the reception area! It was a dream come true for me and I keep looking back at our wedding photos/video to relive it. So many of the details were incredible on their own and bringing them all together was incredible. I absolutely could not have planned something like this on my own and am forever grateful to Kristi for her patience and guidance.”

Cheers to many years of married bliss, Michele and Mark! 

Ceremony Venue | St. James Cathedral

Reception Venue | The Alfond Inn

Photography | Sunglow Photography

Videography | KEJ Productions

Planner | Kristi Kriebel, Tickled Pink Weddings and Events

Hair and Makeup | Makeover Station

Draping | Swag Decor

DJ | Fyerfly Productions

Rental | A Chair Affair

Floral | Velvet and Twine

Wedding Gown | Monique Lhuillier

Calligraphy, Stationery and Acrylic Items | Do Tell Callligraphy

Wedding Venue Map: A New Tool for Wedding Planning

Wedding Venue Map Makes the Venue Search Easier

We are so excited to share with you a new tool that has been much needed in our Central Florida wedding market, and is finally here!  If you’ve ever spent hours and hours Googling Orlando wedding venues, checking venue websites for capacity, whether the ceremony space is indoor or outdoor, price point, etc, then you should also feel the excitement around this powerful new resource that will make all our lives easier! Imagine a site where you can find all the information you need about local wedding and event venues IN ONE PLACE, so you can narrow down your choices before you ever have to call or search online for more details. Enter, the Wedding Venue Map. Our friend Shannon Tarrant of The Shannon Experience has worked tirelessly with her team to develop a website and a beautiful full size map of the Orlando area, which marks every wedding venue around and relevant information about each location to help brides and grooms narrow down their venue search. 

Casa Feliz Historic Home, by Darling Juliet Photography

Start with estimated guest count and style of venue (barn, ballroom, mansion, garden…) and a list of potential options show up. Search filters like on-site accommodations, bar and catering options, noise ordinances, and whether a wedding planner is included or required will help you really focus in on the right venues for you. They’ll also get you thinking about some things you may not have even considered yet! When possible, venues listed even show images and video footage so you can really get a feel for each location before you ever leave this website.

Guys and gals, if you’re engaged and starting your venue search, be sure to check out The Wedding Venue Map (and also call us!). 

 

3 Tips for Styling Your Wedding Day Look with Accessories

Wedding Day Accessorizing Tips from The Bridal Finery

Today’s post is shared by our good friends at The Bridal Finery of Winter Park, FL. Tali and Roberta knew they wanted an intimate, bespoke experience to offer to brides when shopping for a wedding gown. After many years in the industry their vision was finetuned and they opened a destination that combines preowned, sample sale, and made-to-order wedding dresses into one boutique experience. Masters at the bridal styling game, this duo has styled hundreds, if not thousands of brides to look their best when they walk down the aisle. If you’re going to have one day to look like the most enchanted vision of yourself, your wedding day is it! What you choose for your jewelry and hair pieces complete the whole look, and today, Roberta and Tali are sharing their top 3 tips for perfect wedding day accessorizing.

Photo by Kristen Weaver

When it comes to expressing myself in my attire, I do so by picking out jewelry pieces with a little more attitude than my outfit. I am a huge believer that on your wedding day you should do the same.
 
Here are 3 tips on how to pick out the perfect pieces to wear down the aisle:

1) Remember that you will be wearing heavier makeup than usual, and your hair will be fuller and bigger than an everyday style, so your jewelry should be a little bit bolder than your normal every-day pieces.  
2) When picking out your jewelry pieces, do so while wearing your wedding dress. If you are unable to do so, have a GOOD photo of you in your dress while shopping for your accessories. 
3) Have your hairpieces and earrings picked out before your hair and makeup trials. It will be great for you to be able to put them on after your hair and makeup are done to see the completed look.

 

How to WOW Guests with your Wedding Menu

How to WOW Guests with your Wedding Menu

Today I’m proud to bring you some tips and insight into wedding and event catering, provided by one of our favorite caterers in Central Florida, Big City Catering! We have partnered with Big City Catering on countless events and when I tell you they are all around top-notch in both food quality and service, I am not exaggerating! The menu is sometimes overlooked when it comes to wedding and event catering, but having been both the planner and a guest, I can tell you that a good menu really is memorable and can be a big part of the whole experience. Read on to see what our friends at Big City have to say…

Here at Big City Catering, we don’t have any set packages or menus so we really enjoy creating a custom menu for each couple that comes through our doors! We love how every one of our events is completely different from the next one. Here are some tips from us to help you chose catering for your next event:

  • For those of you looking to “wow” your guests with some trendy and out-of-the-box items, Cocktail Hour is a great time to spice up your selections! Consider our Chicken and Waffle Bite or Beer Cheese Fondue Hors D’oeuvres. 

Southern Fried Chicken and Belgium Waffle drizzled with Maple Syrup

A blend of Sharp Cheddar Cheese, Mild Colby Cheese, and Hearty Ales into a Creamy Piquant Fondue. Accompanied by Fresh Vegetables, Pretzels, and Bread Cubes for dunking.

BUT…

 

  • Consider the time of day you are serving the food and beverage. Most couple’s think that just serving Heavy Hors D’eouvres will save them money, but at the end of the day your guests will most likely be leaving hungry for a meal and it is about the same price as a buffet!

 

  • Adding one station to your buffet is also a GREAT way to add in a “wow-factor” without totally breaking the bank. Like our Bacon Bar with Traditional Thick Cut Applewood Smoked Bacon, Chocolate Covered Bacon, Brown Sugar Candied Bacon, Apple Wood Smoked Balsamic Bacon, and Spicy Sriracha Bacon.

  • When considering what style of meal you will serve, take into account your venue space, your guest count and the length you want the meal to be. For example, if you are looking for a plated meal, make sure there is a good sized kitchen for your caterer to use. As well as thinking about serving a plated meal for 50 guests will take about 20-30 minutes of service, while a plated meal of 150 guests will take about 40-50 minutes of service. If you are looking for the most cost effective or easiest option, Buffet is definitely the way to go!


Any way you slice it, putting some consideration into your wedding menu is a must when you’re putting on an incredible event. Think about food choices that fit your wedding style and most importantly, the feeling you want to create that day. Thank you Big City!

Glamorous Florida Wedding | Truchard + Calixte | Cypress Grove Estate, Orlando

Glam Wedding at Cypress Grove Estate in Orlando, FL

Cypress Grove Estate is a second home for us, an Orlando wedding venue where we work so often we joke we should set up a bed. But no two weddings are just alike and Truchard and Calixte’s event really upped the ante on glamour at their own event. MHP Films produced this video capturing this gorgeous wedding day, and boy are we glad the rain subsided so that the show could go on! Their lakeside ceremony led to an outdoor tented reception on the lawn featuring a palette of gold and navy with white flowers galore. We are thrilled to bring you a peek of the wedding that united these two beautiful souls.

Truchard & Calixte from MHP Films on Vimeo.