Orchid Garden Wedding  |  Mary + Landon

The sophistication of the Orchid Garden Wedding venue in downtown Orlando, Florida has the perfect feel for the “speakeasy” era wedding of Mary and Landon.  Orchid Garden, known for its sweeping staircase and grand balconies, is one of our favorite venues downtown.

Mary and Landon had their ceremony on one of the balconies with their wedding party standing by on the staircases and their guests looking on from below. Their portraits were taken in the outdoor courtyard and on Church Street.

Mary wore an ivory, A-line gown from Solutions Bridal.   Her bouquet, designed by Lowe and Behold, was a stunning combination of peonies, anemones, grape hyacinths and ranunculus accented with pheasant feathers .  They added a personal touch to her bouquet, lockets of their dear grandparents photographs who had passed away.   The bridesmaids likewise had beautiful bouquets that were accented by their flowy gowns of light rose, soft lavender and pale pink.

To delight their guests Landon and Mary chose to have a cake bar instead of a main cake.  Mary explains, “I like the idea of multiple, unique flavors for people to choose from.”   Guests also enjoyed Favor Flavors for sharing in this celebration of love.

Mary and Landon made a grand sparkler exit with a limo standing by to take them away.

Vendor : Orchid Garden

Bridal Gown Shop : Solutions Bridal

Groom’s Clothing : J. Crew

Hair & Makeup Artist : Kristy’s Artistry Design Team

Floral Designer : Lowe and Behold

The Cake : Fig & Flower

Caterer : Collins Catering

Custom Printing : Minted

DJ : Fyerfly Productions

 

 

 

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Highland Manor Wedding | Ashley + Thad

The historic, elegant Highland Manor was the perfect location for the wedding of Ashley and Thad.  This beautiful, grand home with its southern charm was just what Ashley envisioned for her Florida wedding.

Since they both have a love of the outdoors, the oak-shaded lawn of this Highland Manor wedding was the natural backdrop for their ceremony.  With family and friends watching,  Ashley and Thad said their wedding vows with Ashley’s uncle officiating.   Their ceremony included closing their wine box with love letters written to each other which will be opened on their first anniversary.  After the ceremony, we took marriage portraits  on the picturesque grounds throughout Highland Manor.

Ashley was stunning in her ivory, lace from Solutions Bridal Designer House.  Her bridesmaids wore light pink dresses.  They each carried bouquets of light pink and white roses made by Dream Designs Florist + Wedding Boutique.

Their reception, held in the Crystal Ballroom at Highland Manor, was decorated with a soft, romantic feel.  Her colors of pink, ivory, shimmery gold, and charcoal grey are seen in the floral arrangements, candles, the cake and party favors. For a personal touch, Thad and Ashley had photographs of themselves on each table indicating the table number.  After a night filled with dancing, they made their exit with family and friends sending them away in a cloud of bubbles.  Apollo’s Chariots Inc was waiting with a limo to take them away.

His Proposal –

“Family is extremely important to me”,  Ashley said.  Thad knew he had to “incorporate them into this whole ordeal”.  Thad’s proposal reflected this love of family…while hosting Thanksgiving dinner for both sides of their family, everyone gathered outside to see Ashley’s new horse.  “I was feeding my horse some carrots and didn’t realize that everyone had formed a half circle around me.  Thad told me me he needed to ask me something and when I turned to look at him, he was on one knee.  It was so sweet and perfect.”  Just like their wedding.

 

Venue: Highland Manor

Dress Shop: Solutions Bridal Designer House

Cake: Party Flavors Custom Cakes

Florist: Dream Designs Florist + Wedding Boutique

Hair + Makeup: Kristy’s Artistry Design Team

DJ: FyerFly Productions

Transportation: Apollo’s Chariots Inc.

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Talking about boudoir sessions can be tricky. I hear it all the time, “But I would just look silly, I don’t know how to be sexy.”  Whether the session is just for you or as a gift to your significant other, a boudoir shoot has everything to do with celebrating who you are. The only way you will look “silly” is if you don’t allow yourself to have fun! I want to share with you three of the most telling questions I have gotten about boudoir sessions:

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How do you create a comfortable environment for your client?

I’ve found a few ways to help put my clients at ease.  First, I try to help out as much as possible before the session by helping to pick out the outfits, taking the time to get to know them, along with sharing tips to help make the best session possible.  Every session includes a professional hair and makeup styling, this gives the client an extra boost of confidence right from the start. Before we get started I make sure to fill the studio with their favorite music and hand them a glass of champagne, both really help with the butterflies!

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How do you assure a client that each shot portrays confidence during the session?

I typically start with the outfit that I think they will feel the most comfortable in, this allows the client a chance to ease into the session. While in the first outfit I start to get a feel of what seems to feel the most natural for the client and note what poses and angles work well. I’m reassuring the client and talking them through poses throughout the whole session. Sometimes I will even share a photo or two off the back of camera so they see they are doing a great job.

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How do you help them to unlock their sexiness?

I encourage them to be themselves… If they want to smile I suggest they smile, or laugh, or be sexy but most of all be confident with who they are right now!  Like I said, whether the session is for the client or for their significant other the point is to celebrate the client as they are and I want them to know that.

These questions are similar in root, how can an almost stranger become comfortable in front of the camera? The answer is relatively simple, embrace what feels good to you and the moments captured look natural. When you feel good you will look confident, guaranteed! For more boudoir session style inspirations our friends over at Adore Me have shared this handy little guide with us.  Check them out if you’re looking for the perfect lingerie to make you feel confident and sexy!

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Hair + Makeup Artist: Karmel Designteam

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These central Florida natives, Ashley and Thad, are a sweet couple who meet in high school. As their wedding day approached we got together to capture their engagement photos. With their love for the outdoors it was an obvious choice to capture their photos at Wekiwa Springs State Park under the shade of Florida pines. I love the romantic warmth of their golden hour photos.

How he proposed:

Family is extremely important to us, so he knew he had to incorporate them into the whole ordeal. My parents are divorced, so he asked each of them separately for permission. Even though my dad made jokes about saying no, they both gave him their blessing. We hosted thanksgiving for both sides of our family at our home this year. I had recently brought home my newest horse, Luna, and everyone was gathered around by her pasture while I fed her some carrots. I had had a couple of glasses of wine so I didn’t realize everyone was forming a half circle around me. Thad told me he needed to ask me something and when I turned to look at him, he was on one knee. It was so sweet and perfect and I couldn’t have asked for more. Central Florida Central Florida | Engagement Portraits Central Florida | Engagement Portraits Central Florida | Engagement Portraits Central Florida | Engagement Portraits Central Florida | Engagement Portraits Central Florida | Engagement Portraits Central Florida | Engagement Portraits Central Florida | Engagement Portraits Central Florida | Engagement Portraits Central Florida | Engagement Portraits Central Florida | Engagement Portraits Central Florida | Engagement Portraits Central Florida | Engagement Portraits Central Florida | Engagement Portraits Central Florida | Engagement Portraits Central Florida | Engagement Portraits Central Florida | Engagement Portraits Central Florida | Engagement Portraits Central Florida | Engagement Portraits Central Florida | Engagement Portraits Central Florida | Engagement Portraits Central Florida | Engagement Portraits Central Florida | Engagement Portraits Central Florida | Engagement Portraits Central Florida | Engagement Portraits Central Florida | Engagement Portraits

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The proposal happened at Sean’s sister’s house in Charlotte, NC. Sean and Taylor had been planning for a few months to go down and meet their newborn niece. Before dinner Sean’s sister sent them on a fake errand to buy some diapers. When they got back, Sean stopped Taylor at the door and told her that loved her. As they walked though his sister’s front door Sean dropped to one knee and asked Taylor to marry him in front of both of their families.

“How I didn’t know it was gonna happen is beyond me! All the clues were there and I was blissfully naive!”

Taylor said that it was hard to communicate about wedding plans with her and Sean in Washington DC, her mom is in California and the wedding being in Florida. But even so their big day was stunning.

At the beautiful 44-acre Bellemoor Plantation, Sean and Taylor enjoyed the wonders of an outdoor wedding and were surrounded by the natural Florida scenery on their wedding day.

Taylor was gorgeous in her 20’s inspired bohemian styled ivory lace Yolan Cris dress. The halter neck and flare of fringe radiated a fun and romantic Gatsby energy.

Their ceremony was under a clear frame tent under the sprawling oak trees of Bellemoor Plantation. During their portraits we captured their excitement for the day and love for each other at a variety of charmingly lush locations.

The reception took place under a white pole style tent. The tables were draped with champagne silk linens and topped with berry toned floral arrangements. Taylor incorporated lots of brass, mercury glass, and candle sticks as additional décor on the tables and in the lounge area. The candle sticks added pops of gold and black. The reception décor was envisioned and created by Taylor and her best friend.

Taylor was excited to share her love of collecting matchboxes with her guests by placing a personalized box at each place setting. After dinner the band played and the party went on into the night.

Taylor and Sean made their sparkler grand exit with their guests waving goodbye as they road off in an antique car.

Venue: Bellemoor Plantation

Band: Bay Kings Band

Floral: Brick City Flowers

Bridal Gown Shop: Something New Bridal

Caterer: Mojos Grille & Catering

Cake: Donna’s Dream Cakes

Custom Printing: Minted

China/Linens: Party Time Rentals

Lounge Area/Brass Decor/Arch Rental: The Lost Society Designs

Makeup Artist: Paige Weber

Hair Artist: Penny Lane and Katie Gilligan

Videographer: Unveiling Media

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