This lakeside wedding venue was exactly what Martha & TeVaun’s wanted for their outdoor ceremony and reception. Both were held at the Lakeside Enclave in Groveland, Florida. The Lakeside Enclave is a sprawling property that includes a lakefront ceremony area and outdoor covered reception area made of repurposed storage containers. Additionally, there is a quaint and stylish guesthouse on the property. As well as a firepit and lakeside dock area. Without a doubt this property is a nature lover’s dream that celebrates the beauty of Central Florida and its many lakes.

getting married under a tree at Lakeside wedding venue
outside wedding reception at The Enclave
getting ready room is a cottage at The Enclave wedding venue
lakeside wedding venue in Florida The Enclave

Getting Ready

To get ready on site ,the Bride took advantage of the guest house. Her photographer from M.A.D. Images came early to get photos of her during the hair and makeup process. As a result they were also able to get some beautiful photos of Martha and her Mother putting on her veil. Meanwhile, TeVaun was already dressed and ready. He had photos taken with close family and friends outside while they waited for the ceremony to begin.

wedding dress hangs in getting ready room at The Enclave
bride looking in mirror by Mad Images
bride getting ready in bride cottage at The Enclave
mom helps bride get ready with he rveil
groom getting ready for Florida wedding
bride and her bridesmaid at Florida wedding

Lakeside Wedding Ceremony

The couple had an intimate wedding with 29 guests present. As you can see, the ceremony took place at the lakefront area under the large Oak Tree. Further, the long brick aisleway underneath the trellis made for a gorgeous entrance. One other thing, the couple added a fun triangular arch behind them during the ceremony. The trellis has bougainvillea flowers growing around it and the couple hung beautiful white draping to complete the romantic ceremony look.

here comes the bride at The Enclave
wedding ceremony by the lake at Florida wedding
groom sees his bride for first time
groom cries when he sees his bride
They said I DO at The Enclave

cocktail hour

After the ceremony, guests headed over to the cocktail hour area. Allowing the wedding party to take the remainder of their photos. The Lakeside Enclave venue offers ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception spaces all at the same location. Therefore, guests are able to walk to each event space. During this time, Martha & TeVaun’s DJ got the party started while their guests enjoyed some adult beverages and passed appetizers provided by Cocktails Catering.

intimate wedding party at The Enclave Central Florida
under the night lights at Florida wedding venue
cigar lounge area at lakeside wedding, Florida

Dinner & Reception

After Cocktail Hour, guests headed to the covered reception space to get ready for the dinner portion of the evening. The reception space at Lakeside Enclave is like no other. For example, the reception area can seat 150 guests. And has fresh brick paving, as well as, market lights. In fact, the two outsides of the covered area are made up of repurposed storage containers. Admittedly giving a different look than your typical outdoor wedding. Inside the storage containers there are designated spaces for catering staff and buffet, bartender, DJ, and cake. There are cutouts in each storage container so that they operate similar to service windows.

The guests enjoyed the unique setup and the couple had their dance floor in the center of the dinner area. Before dinner, the couple had their first dance as husband and wife. Dinner was served buffet style and provided by Cocktails Catering.

reception area at The Enclave
me and you lakeside wedding
lakeside wedding at The Enclave Central Florida

Following the cutting of the cake, the guests enjoyed dancing and cocktails for the remainder of the evening. Even after dark, the cocktail hour and reception area remain well-lit by the market lighting throughout the venue.

cake cutting at The Enclave
bride enjoys reception at outdoor wedding Florida
groom dances at backyard wedding at The Enclave Groveland FL
grand exit from The Enclave under the lights

At the end of the evening, Martha and TeVaun did a grand exit by running through the lit trellis while their guests wished them well!

Blog content provided by The Enclave. The following wedding vendors helped create the perfect lakeside wedding for Martha & TreVaun:

Photography M.A.D Images  | Catering Cocktails Catering | Venue Trellis 925 Lakeside Enclave | Flowers Kim E’s Florals | Cake B Cupcakes  

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This rustic ranch wedding venue provided a stunning backdrop for this real wedding in Apopka, FL. Certainly Club Lake Plantation and its lush landscape and venue options are wonderful just as it is.  However, Brittney and Michael wanted to add their personality into their wedding. For instance, fun glasses, silly photos and socks to name a few.

rustic ranch wedding ceremony
bride and her bridesmaids enjoying prep time
fun socks for the groomsmen

You and Your I Do Crew

Brittney and Michael spent the morning with their I DO Crews. Without a doubt the bride and her bridesmaids celebrated the day in true style. Starting with monogramed matching outfits. Paired with love shades and of course champagne. Once it was time to get wedding ready, they slipped into their beautiful green gowns.

Similarly, Michael and the gents sported custom suits. In fact, each groomsmen personalized the lining of their suit. Adding to the style of this fun wedding was the groomsmen’s socks. 

Make your rustsic ranch wedding personal
photo on I Said Yes! by Carrie Wildes Photography
rustic ranch wedding photo of bride and bridesmaids
suit lining picked by each groomsmen
fun socks for the groomsmen
the groomsmen get ready at rustic ranch wedding
rustic ranch wedding groomsmen

Rustic Ranch Wedding Venue

Club Lake Plantation is the epitome of rustic ranch wedding venues. The property has two lakes and is surrounded by live oaks and beautiful landscape. Further the outdoor ceremony space provides an unforgettable setting for your perfect wedding day.

Before the ceremony Brittney and Michael did a first look with the lush landscape as the backdrop. Following that, Brittney entered the ceremony through a set of barn doors.

Brittney and Michael added their personal touches to the ceremony in a variety of ways. Starting with the gorgeous white, pink and green florals on the arch. And we absolutely must show off the most amazing flower guy ever!  Who may, or may not, have also passed out beer as he proceeded down the aisle. Coupled with the surprise of the best wedding pet attendants ever, who made quite an entrance of their own. Admittedly one of our favorite wedding ceremonies to date.

first look at rustic ranch wedding Apopka, FL
here comes the bride at rustic ranch wedding
I Do at Club Lake Plantation
floral detail on wedding arch for a rustic ranch wedding
flower man on I Said Yes!
best flower boy ever at this rustic ranch wedding
pet attendant on I Said Yes!
here comes the pup down the aisle

They did it Their Way

We always say, “Do your wedding your way.” Unquestionably, Brittney and Michael have a great group of friends that helped them celebrate in a uniquely personal way.  This dream wedding day was relaxed, fun and guest-focused. All the while being true to the new Mr. and Mrs. personalities. 

For example, the reception was filled with dancing, good times and a celebration of the newly married couple. Ending in a sparkler exit.

cheers we said I Do at Club Lake Plantation
wedding party showed their unique style
Mr and Mrs have moves on dance floor
time for some shots at this weding
sparkler exit at Club Lake Plantation

Wedding professionals who contributed to this rustic ranch wedding:

Venue: Club Lake Plantation Wedding  | Wedding Coordinator: Bella Sposa Events | Photographer: Carrie Wildes Photography |  Catering: Picese Rising Catering | DJ/Band: Michael Hill | Floral: Gather & Grace Designs | Officiant: Anthony Doane | Hair: Robert Potter | Cake: SK Sweets | Donuts: Five O Donut Co | Transportation: Apollos Chariots | Gown: CC’s Bridal Boutique

Get inspired to plan your dream wedding with more wedding blog inspiration on I Said Yes! 

We used a recent I Said Yes! event to create a fall-inspired styled shoot. Certainly bringing together a variety of ideas and inspiration to showcase this wedding theme idea. As usual, pumpkins and fall colors. However, some additional fun elements were added also. 

fall inspired styled shoot to inspire your wedding planning

Pumpkins and Fall colors

Without a doubt each element of this fall-inspired styled shoot was carefully picked and placed. Starting with burnt orange table runners atop wooden farm tables and chairs. Next each table held various pumpkins. For example, blown glass, burlap and painted. Coupled with decorated lanterns and the soft glow of candles. Finishing with ivory linen napkins and wooden napkin rings on white plates with wicker chargers. 

detail shot of fall inspired styled shoot
room view from fall inspired styled sho

Fall-inspired styled shoot turned oktobefest

Assuredly you can kick this fall inspiration up a notch. Or you can tone it down. Of course, we chose to kick it up. Correspondingly turning it into an Oktoberfest. That is to say we themed the food and the beverages as well. First an appetizer of beer cheese and pretzels. Next Apple Cider Mimosas and beer from Castle Church Brewing. Third a meal including chicken schnitzel and pumpkin bread pudding by River City Catering

beer cheese and pretzels at fall inspired styled shoot
cheers to a fall inspired styled shoot
Oktoberfest wedding theme serves Castle Church Brewing
backyard mobile gatherings at D'Space Orlando
fall inspired styled shoot reception tables

Furthermore the beer was served from a mobile bar that this venue allows inside. Along with a beautiful interior and exterior, the Backyard Gatherings Mobile Bar has a built in photo backdrop. Likewise the VW Bus DJ booth by Mix on Wheels kept the energy high and provided a fun photo booth at the back. One other thing, we ended the meal with Sunset Creamery Gelato Cart, hand dipped and served in delicious cones.

sunset creamer at fall inspired styled shoot
serving gelato at your wedding

Unquestionably we want you to have your perfect wedding. Without a doubt, the one you have been dreaming of. So to help you with your wedding planning, we invite you to to get inspired with more real weddings and styled shoots featured on the I Said Yes! Wedding Blog. As well as access to  The Best Free Wedding Planning Checklist

Also meet local wedding vendors face to face at the upcoming I Said Yes! Wedding Shows and I DOs and BREWS wedding planning date nights.

Central Florida Wedding Professionals who contributed to this styled shoot:

Wedding Venue: D’Space Orlando

Planner & Desinger: All the Details by Danielle

Caterer: River City Catering

Gelato Bike Cart: Sunset Creamery

Bar Trailer: Backyard Gatherings Mobile Bar

Rentals: Festejos Party and Event Rentals

DJ: Mix on Wheels

Photographer: Chris Gillyard Photography

Videography: Angelo Productions 

Mirror Photo Booth: S&M Photobooth

Beer: Castle Church Brewing

This sunset beach wedding is what dreams are made of. Without a doubt the photographer, Carrie Wildes Photography, captured this bride and groom at the perfect moment. In fact, at the exact moment when a rainbow appeared in the background.

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perfect photo spots everywhere

Unquestionably the Sandpearl Resort Clearwater Beach was an excellent choice for this couples wedding venue. Because it offers both indoor and outdoor options with stunning views of the beach and the ocean beyond. For this reason, Ruthann and Tony were blessed with a variety of perfect photo spots for their wedding memories.

Starting with the sweet first look. Admittedly this artwork is the photographers favorite indoor spot. Next the ceremony was performed on the lawn, overlooking the gulf. In fact, you don’t even have to touch the sand if you don’t want to.  Third, the happy couples family and friends posed for a fun photo on the balconies. Above all, the sunset photos on the beach of just Ruthann and Tony.

bride ready for her wedding ceremony on Clearwater Beach FL
first look by Carrie Wildes Photography
groom ready for his sunset beach wedding on Clearwater FL
bride and groom get married in Clearwater FL beach front wedding venue
bride and groom at sunset beach wedding FL
wedding ceremony on the beach in Clearwater, FL
fun family photo from beach wedding venue
sunset beach wedding on I Said Yes!

Intimate Sunset Beach wedding Ceremony

Along with their closest friends and family, Ruthann and Tony said I Do at their intimate sunset beach wedding. Before the wedding they enjoyed time with their friends celebrating the joy of the day. In fact, one of their dearest friends officiated the wedding. As a result, right before Tony walked down the aisle, they stopped and said a quick prayer. 

The tropical palm leaves with the bright pinks and oranges looked amazing on the arch. And we can’t forget the sounds and colors of the ocean in the background. Likewise the florals by Artistry Designs Group made a colorful statement against Ruthann’s white wedding dress. 

groomsmen toast groom at beach wedding venue Clearwater Fl
groom ready to say I Do
bride and bridesmaid before wedding at Sandpearl Resort Clearwater FL
wedding ceremony on the beach on I Said Yes! wedding blog
groom and officiant pray before wedding
bride walks down aisle at beach wedding FL
intimate beach wedding Clearwater FL on I Said Yes!

Reception Details

After the gorgeous ceremony, they moved inside for the wedding reception. Of course the pink and orange florals were used to adorn the table. Similarly a single flower was placed on each pink napkin. Then set on top of  gold charges. Coupled with white chairs and table linens, this wedding reception was a beautiful reflection of the couples love. Furthermore, sushi was served as an appetizer. Certainly fitting to the sunset beach wedding theme.

wedding reception tables set with orange and pink floral centerpieces
wedding florals by artistry designs group
detail shot of reception table by Carrie Wildes Photography
sushi served at wedding reception at Seapearl Resort

sunset beach wedding

Ruthann told the photographer they were hoping for a beautiful sunset.  Singularly true to Clearwater beach fashion, it did not disappoint! That is to say, as they went down to the water at sunset, there was a perfect rainbow behind Ruthann and Tony. Congratulations you two, we wish you a lifetime of amazing sunsets!

sunset beach wedding photos on I Said Yes Wedding blog

Wedding Vendors who contributed to this perfect wedding:

Venue: Sandpearl Resort Clearwater Beach

Florals: Artistry Designs Group

Photographer: Carrie Wildes Photography

Find more real wedding inspiration on the I Said Yes! Wedding Blog. 

This Florida backyard wedding was a dream come true for the bride and groom.  High School sweethearts, Sierra and Gabe, celebrated their love surrounded by their family and closest friends.  They prepared their list of non-negotiables and sentimental touches. Picked the perfect backyard wedding venue. Then, along with their wedding planner, created the perfect outdoor wedding.

married under a tree at backyard wedding

Wedding Day Non-Negotiables

From the beginning of the wedding planning process, Sierra had a short list of non-negotiables. That is to say, the things that absolutely must be a part of the wedding. First, get married under a tree. Second, market lights. Third, farm tables. Last, lots of greenery and white flowers. As a result, the wedding was exactly as the couple dreamed it would be. For this reason, her advice to you, as a fellow bride, stick to your non-negotiables. In other words, if it is that important to you, don’t negotiate it out of your wedding. Do your wedding, your way.

Light wood farm tables were complimented by gold Chiavari chairs and chargers. Chargers provided by Orlando Wedding and Party Rentals. Additionally softening the room was the floor to ceiling draping. Lastly, the mood was set with the market lights by Get Lit Productions

Before The wedding

Sierra and Gabe decided not do to a first look. Instead, they wanted their first look to be at the altar. Ultimately where they would join their hearts and their families together as one. Therefore, before the ceremony, they took time for some pre-wedding photos to show off their personal style. 

For example, the groom chose a pale blue suit with a tropical lining. His paprika tie coordinated with the girls’ dresses perfectly. And his suspenders matched his groomsmen.

Sierra’s dress is from David’s Bridal and she always knew she would wear tennis shoes under her wedding dress. Adding to her look is the soft, natural hair and make up by Karmel Design Team. To touch on the grooms Irish heritage, the bride’s ring has Celtic knots.

Family is everything

Celebrating their love with family was paramount for this couple. In fact, they included family members in all aspects of this big day. Starting with including their siblings in the wedding party. Along with their dog Koda.

The grooms Irish heritage is very important to him. So during the wedding, the grooms father performed a traditional Irish hand tying ceremony.  Further the brides grandfather officiated the wedding.

To demonstrate honor to family members who have passed, the couple added some sweet details. For instance, the yellow flowers were for the grooms grandmother. Likewise the bride’s bouquet was wrapped in a special fabric. It came from the bride’s grandmother’s wedding dress. Added to it was lace from the bride’s great grandmother. Finishing with hand painting by the bride’s grandmother. 

Finally, to top it off, this backyard wedding took place on family property.

Sister Squad

Without a doubt, Sierra wanted her sisters to be by her side on this special day. These sisters have been best friends since birth. From silly antics to serious poses, this sister squad is inseparable. Bridesmaids dresses are in paprika from Azazie

Brothers and the grooms best friends

When choosing his groomsmen, Gabe knew exactly who to ask.  Starting with his younger brother Drew. Then including his two best friends. One from childhood and one from college. Surely we can’t forget the best wedding pet attendant, Koda.

Sentimental Touches

Sentimental elements added to the family focus of this Florida backyard wedding. Yellow roses honoring the grooms grandmother. Likewise the bridal bouquet wrap created from family heirlooms. Subsequently, each piece kept loved ones close.

The Ceremony

This wedding was full of sentiment. But also tons of fun and laughter. For instance, the father of the bride snapped a selfie walking to the ceremony with his little girl. 

Every girls dream is to have her man love her this much. Certainly there was not a dry eye in the place when the groom saw his bride for the first time. True love is a beautiful thing.

Celebrating the Irish heritage, the grooms father performed a hand tying ceremony. Further the rope was made by the grooms father. A cord of three strands is not easily broken.

Let The Party Begin

After some puppy love, the new Mr. and Mrs. celebrated their marriage with a fun first dance. Likewise, the bride and father of the bride surprised everyone with a choreographed dance of their own. After some food and socializing.  It was cake time. Sugar Sugar Cake Boutique provided a beautiful 3 tier wedding cake and gold cake stand.

Before the evening was over, the littlest wedding guest stole the dance floor with his moves. And his killer style.

the perfect ending to a backyard wedding

Absolutely no wedding should end without a sparkler exit by FyerFly Productions. Ending the evening with a true celebration of love and life. Congratulations Sierra and Gabe, may your life be filled with happiness and joy. Let the adventure being.

Orlando Wedding Vendors who contributed to this wedding:

Venue: Family property
Planner: Seas Your Day Events
Cake: Sugar Sugar Cake Boutique
DJ and Sparkler Exit: FyerFly Productions
Hair and Make-up: Karmel Design Team
Marketing lighting: Get Lit Productions
Gold chargers / cocktail tables / linens: Orlando Wedding and Party Rentals
Photography: Steven Miller Photography
Videography (see video below): Laiacona Photography and Design
Catering: Two Chicks and a Pot
Restroom Trailer: Luxe Flush A Restroom Trailer Company
Floral: Bride’s Aunt

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This Florida wedding reception has us swooning.  Undoubtedly from the tropical greenery to the modern farmhouse back drop, this styled shoot is everything we love above Florida weddings. 

Tropical Greenery Everywhere

Modern tropics is so perfect for the Florida bride and groom. Admittedly the team of vendors first thought of birds of paradise and flamingos. However, that style would not show off the gorgeous venue. Instead they wanted something more modern and classic. For all those reasons, the photographer, Kristine of Honeywood Photography, said this about the choice of greenery – “I feel like florals play such an important role in creating the vibe of the wedding. Further the greenery adds a classy touch. However, florals go in and out of season. Subsequenly, the styled shoot team chose to use mostly greenery in the design. Because it is year round and can be done in an elegant way.” 

classic Florida wedding reception centerpiece
Florida Wedding Reception
outdoor wedding ceremony at Cypress Creek Farmhouse
classic Florida tropical greenery for Florida wedding reception

Florida Wedding Reception

The venue, Cypress Creek Farmhouse, in Astatula, FL, wanted to set up this styed shoot just as if a wedding was going on. For example, there was a fully set up outdoor ceremony area. Next, a reception room with a DJ. Finally, to add a bit of whimsy and fun, Orlando Photo Bus, a vintage Volkswagen Bus was added. Correspondingly, the models, whom are a real couple, said they should have renewed their vows because it was so perfectly set.

Florida wedding reception table setting
bride and groom dance at Florida wedding reception
2 tier wedding cake by Sugar Sugar Cake Boutique
Bride mixes tunes at DJ booth
Florida Wedding Reception set at Cypress Creek Farmhouse for I Said Yes! Blog
The Van Camp photo bus for Florida wedding reception
Bride and Groom celebrate after the outdoor wedding ceremony
bride and groom have fun in photobooth

wedding bouquet drama

With a color scheme of white, black, gold and greenery the wedding bouquet is sure to wow.  Accordingly, Le Fleur Atelier created this bouquet. No doubt it is what wedding bouquet dreams are made of.  Thus we absolutely had to share it with you.

Wedding Bouquet by Le Fleur Atelier

dress detail

In contrast to the drama of the wedding bouquet. We give you this simply elegant wedding dress from Solutions Bridal. As you can see, the front lays beautifully without being too revealing. Likewise the open back with the long, thin looping bow. Looking for your perfect wedding dress, try a Virtual Styling Experiences with Solutions Bridal.

simple wedding dress detail. Dress by Solutions Bridal.
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Wedding Expert Advice

In conclusion, we asked the photographer what she learned while on location at this styled shoot. Kristen said, “This is a lesson that I have already learned. In fact this day reinforced it. The lesson is to work with an amazing vendor team, it will make such a big difference on wedding day. That is to say, when everyone is nice, friendly extremely talented and always brings their A game. Without a doubt, magic will happen.” 

Cypress Creek Farmhouse sets a beautiful wedding backdrop

Starting With The Wedding VEnue

To create the best dang Florida barn wedding ever, Sarah and Nick started by choosing their wedding venue. BLB Hacienda is a breathtaking barn venue and horse farm where you get up close and personal with stunning retired Disney horses who now live on the property. The venue website says you will be enchanted by the beautiful landscape and features. Next the barn was decorated romantically with garden style décor. Sarah’s sister, Heather, transformed the space into the bride’s vision of her dream wedding.  As a result, they achieved the garden style look she wanted with-in the barn wedding venue. 

wedding dress hanging outside BLB Hacienda barn wedding venue
Reception venue table setting for barn wedding

Creating the Garden Style Decor

The bride wanted garden style décor. To achieve this, the wedding venue was filled with a variety of décor. For example, different height centerpieces with candelabras, floral and candles. Further with lanterns and greenery.  The sweetheart table was framed by two trees. In addition, “The Lupos” sign made a statement backdrop on the hedge walls behind the sweetheart table. Likewise the brides bouquet used the wedding colors of ivory, blush, gold and greenery.

tall wedding floral centerpiece
lantern wedding centerpiece at Florida Barn Wedding
sweetheart table at best Darn Florida Barn Wedding Ever
wedding bouquet white and greenery

The detail shots

The groom, Nick, is a whiskey and cigar guy.  So the photographer, Angelika Krug Photography created this special memento just for the groom. That is to say she shot a detail of his favorite Jack Daniels whiskey, and his wedding day shoes and tie. Similarly the brides beautiful shoes and wedding rings were also captured as a special memory.

Groom's shoes and whiskey bottle
ring photo from Just Marry! real wedding

Father of the bride

Above all, are the sweet moments shared with family. The Father of the Bride gave a speech about the couple. He told everyone a story about how his little girl was always his “Sarah Cinderella”. To clarify, from the time she was a little girl, he would dress her up for church. When he did his first look with Sarah in her wedding gown, he said that today, she truly is, his “Sarah Cinderella”. 

Father and Daughter at Florida wedding
Daddy Daughter wedding first look
Father of the Bride speech

special moments for everyone

Sarah was also able to spend special time with her sisters and mother. For instance, while she was getting ready,  her mother helped her with her veil. Further, several of the bridesmaids were her sisters. 

Mother and Daughter Bride getting ready photo
bridal party at Florida Barn Wedding

The Best Dang Florida Barn Wedding Ever

Starting with the gorgeous barn wedding venue as the backdrop. Then adding all the beautiful garden style décor. Next the simple touches of the Jack Daniels Whiskey for the groom and “The Lupos” sign. Further the special moments with the family. Last the joining of Sarah and Nick as husband and wife. In conclusion, these elements all came together to give Sarah and Nick their dream wedding and we believe the best dang Florida barn wedding ever.

These wedding vendors helped Sarah and Nick create their perfect wedding:

Wedding planner: Just Marry!
Wedding venue: BLB Hacienda
Officiant: Family Friend
Photographer / Videographer: Angelika Krug Photography
Floral/Decor: Sister of the Bride, Heather
Ceremony and Reception Music: M&N DJ Services
Hair/Makeup Artist: Moonstone Artistry
Caterer: Cuisiniers
Rentals: Orlando Wedding and Party Rentals 

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The Importance of the wedding ceremony

Your ceremony can kick off the entire wedding by setting a joyful, celebratory tone.  It is the vehicle for the two of you to express your personal vows and promises to each other.  For many this is a sacred moment filled with symbolism and traditions.  On the other hand, this is a profession of love and commitment before the celebration at the reception. Most importantly, this is when you start the rest of your lives together.

wedding rings - black wedding band antique wedding ring
Photo provided by Steven Miller Photography

What is a wedding officiant

As you start your search, you will realize there is a great variety of officiant services available. They will come from a variety of backgrounds and training. Similarly, there will be a range of pricing. The question is, what exactly is a wedding officiant? Simply stated, a person who performs the role of officiating a legal marriage ceremony. Therefore your officiant could be religious like a minister or rabbi. In addition, a civil officiant like a notary public or a visit to the court house. Lastly, a professionally trained and certified officiant. In short, known as a celebrant. For this blog we will speak more to the Celebrant like – Peggy M. Lewis – Life Cycle Celebrant of Florida Ceremonies, (pictured below performing a wedding ceremony). However, many of the same questions will apply to whichever type of officiant you choose. 

Peggy M Lewis wedding celebrant performing wedding ceremony

questions to ask your wedding officiant

Many officiants will say they can “personalize” your ceremony. However, it is important to know what exactly that means to them and to you.  Here are five questions to help you choose the perfect wedding officiant for your special day. 

First, How much input can we have in the content of the ceremony? If you want to write you own personal wedding vows, this question is very important.

Second, Can we read the entire ceremony text in advance? We recommend doing this a few days to weeks prior to the wedding day so you have time to make changes. That brings us to the third question.

Third, Can we make changes to the ceremony script? If personalization is special to you, be sure to request the changes well in advance of the wedding. Then request a re-read. To sum up, this will ensure your sentiment has been properly represented.

Fourth, How will you include my wedding guests so they feel a part of the ceremony?

Last Create A wedding Keepsake

Lastly, ask this question – Can we have a nice copy of the text afterward as a keepsake? This can then be framed and hung in your house or included in your wedding album. As a result, you will have a reminder of your love and commitment for years to come.

Work together as a couple and alongside your chosen wedding officiant to create a totally unique and personal ceremony.  Peggy M. Lewis says, “I am a Life Cycle Celebrant and my goal is to have your guests tell you afterward, Yours was the best wedding ceremony I have ever been to!” In conclusion, let this be the reason you choose your specific officiant. 

Content contributed by Peggy M. Lewis – Life Cycle Celebrant of Florida Ceremonies
Cover photo by PB&J Studios
Ring photo by Steven Miller Photography 
Collage photos collection from I Said Yes! FL.

same venue, two different looks

A wedding reception venue can be uniquely styled to match your wedding design. The same venue can look completely different depending on the décor and design. In this installment of our Florida Wedding Venue series, we look at Paradise Cove and two different holiday events.

Tucked away in a private corner of Lake Buena Vista, Paradise Cove is an idyllic oasis on the shores of Lake Bryan. Complete with white sandy beaches, swaying palms, and cypress trees. In addition, twinkling lights and tiki torches add to the magical glow of this secluded paradise.  The natural and scenic beauty of Lake Bryan creates a wonderful backdrop for the ultimate wedding in paradise. Continue reading to see how you can create this into your own personally designed paradise.

Chandeliers - crystal or floral?

Atmospheres Floral and Decor created two stunningly different looks with the chandeliers. First is a colorful array of florals and greenery suspended with-in gorgeous wooden chandeliers. Pulling in the bright wedding colors and the wooden elements, an almost boho-chic-modern holiday was fashioned. The chandeliers are complemented by a simple white celing drape. In contrast, the second option is adorned with crystals and lights to soften and light the ceiling. This elegant chandelier is the perfect option to compliment the-over-the-top floral ceiling installation. As a result, both options provide a completely different look and feel to this wedding reception venue.

talk about ceiling drama

We absolutely must stop to admire the floral ceiling installation completed by Atmospheres Floral and Décor in the photo on the right above. If you want a statement piece for your wedding reception venue décor – look up and dream big. You cannot go wrong with a floral installation. To sum up this wedding decoration option – go big and get married!

full floral ceiling installation at wedding reception venue

floral and décor at your Wedding REception VEnue

Work closely with your floral designer to pick the centerpieces and décor that best fit your style and budget. First choose the type of table and seating you want for your wedding reception guests. Do you want family style like the top row of photos below, or more intimate seating like the examples in the bottom row? Can’t decide – do some of both.

Second, choose your place settings and consider the amount of room each will consume on the table.

Lastly, balance the room. If you go big on the ceiling, balance it more simply on the table. If you go more simple on the ceiling – add more drama to your table. 

cake and dessert

Choose the cake or dessert option that appeals to your sweet tooth. For example, you like chocolate and your fiancé likes vanilla. That’s ok, get multiple flavors of cupcakes or different flavored tiers of cake.

Share your wedding style and décor options with your cake designer so your cake is a sweet compliment to your reception space.

In conclusion, when it comes to dessert, you can’t go wrong. The two styles featured here are simple cupcakes and a simple 3 tier cake with some flower drama.

entertain your guests

Your wedding reception is your time to celebrate love and happiness. Surprise your guests with live entertainment. If your wedding reception venue has space, the options are endless.

First start with your DJ to keep the party going all night and to control the energy in the room with the music selection.

Second provide a live entertainment performance that wows your guests. For example, the two events featured here had: Samba dancers by Spirit of Samba; an artist creating personalized wedding favors by Leo’z Arts & Photography Santa, Mrs. Claus and Elf provided by P.S. I Love You Productions; snow princess by Key Artist Group; and a champagne girl.

Santa Claus Makes Makes Appearance at Christmas Wedding Reception
ice princess serves ice cream at wedding reception
Mrs Claus, Elf and DJ entertain guests at wedding
Champagne girl entertains wedding guests at cocktail hour
Samba Dancer entertaining wedding guests
artist creating personalized wedding favors

To sum up, design your reception to match your unique wedding style. Each wedding reception venue can be decorated differently to show off you and your fiancé on your special day.  Whether you go big and dramatic or small and simple, at the end of the day, you have married your best friend. 

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