Historic wedding venues can help you create a one-of-a-kind experience for you and your guests. According to Art & History Museums Maitland, there are 45 National Historic Landmarks located in the State of Florida. Yet only 10 allow you to host a wedding, and many significantly limit access during normal operating hours. In this blog, we are showing how one local Florida couple used Art & History Museums of Maitland to be the stunning backdrop to their perfect wedding.

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Recently John Michael Exquisite Weddings and Catering shared with us one of their real weddings. Allowing us to see how Kate and John took full advantage of all the gorgeous spaces with-in this historic wedding venue.

From the Chapel & Mayan Courtyard, the cornerstone of Art & History’s Maitland Art Center, to the Main Garden. Without a doubt, this property makes wedding dreams come true.

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Mayan gardens at historic wedding venue Florida

Pre-Wedding Portrait Session

Kate and Ryan’s first look was more like a beautiful portrait session. As a result they have incredibly memorable photos of their wedding day. Of course the gorgeous architecture of the Art and History Center proved to be a perfect back drop for capturing these priceless moments. Unquestionably these photos are magazine worthy. In fact, this real wedding was recently featured in the pages of I Said Yes! Wedding Magazine

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pre-wedding photos at Maitland Art Center
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Kate and Ryan on I Said Yes! Blog
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Real Wedding on I Said Yes!

Ceremony in a historic wedding venue

Following their first look, the couple exchanged wedding vows in the Mayan Chapel of this historic wedding venue. Kate and Ryan were married by wedding officiant Katherine T. Imundi.

Further, the chapel was accented with beautiful floral pieces by Atmospheres Floral and Décor.  Correspondingly pairing with the colors of the bridal bouquet.

Unquestionably an outdoor chapel wedding is not complete without live wedding entertainment. For this reason, Harpist Christine MacPhail filled the ceremony with elegant harp music. Moreover the music set the stage for Kate, as she was escorted down the aisle by her father.

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live wedding entertainment by Harpist Christine MacPhail

Reception in the Mayan courtyard

Following the wedding ceremony, guests enjoyed a selection of beer and wine along with butler passed hors d ‘oeuvres in the Mayan Courtyard. Including Boursin Stuffed Mushroom Caps, Roasted Tomato Bruschetta with Grated Parmesan Cheese and Balsamic Watermelon Bites.

Next they were escorted to the reception. Where, across the courtyard, tables were set with dusty rose linen, paired with burgundy colored napkins. Indeed a true compliment to the cool dark stone features of the Mayan Courtyard. Similarly the tables were dressed with floral centerpieces, votive candles, and personalized wedding favors. Further complimenting the wedding colors.

After the couple’s first dance and a few toasts, everyone enjoyed a delicious buffet dinner.

The menu, provided by John Michael Exquisite Weddings & Catering, included:

  • Mediterranean Salad
  • Rosemary Garlic, Honey Wheat, and Sea Salt Yeast Rolls with Butter
  • Lemon Chicken
  • Baked Four Cheese Ziti
  • Maple Salmon
  • Rosemary Shallot Roasted Potatoes
  • Seasonal Vegetable Sauté
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Diamond Wedding Package

Kate and Ryan worked with John Michael Exquisite Events and Catering for an all-inclusive catering and vendor Diamond Package. Their diamond packages are the perfect fit for couples looking for a one stop shop for fresh, quality food and talented, reputable vendors. In fact, with this package, the vendors are vetted and verified for skill and quality. Likewise they are distinguished in their industry for continued excellence. These diamond packages provide clients with everything that they will need to ensure a successful wedding ceremony and reception. For more information on John Michael Exquisite Events and Catering all-inclusive packages, Click Here.

Wedding professionals who helped Kate and Ryan create their perfect wedding at this historic wedding venue: 

Catering and Day of Coordinator: John Michael Exquisite Weddings and Catering

Floral Design: Atmospheres Floral and Décor

Wedding Photography: Sterling Photography International

Wedding Officiant: I Marry Couples / Katherine T. Imundi

Wedding Cake: It’s Tasty Too

Ceremony Music: Harpist Christine MacPhail 

DJ / Lighting: Power Entertainment 

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Congratulations Kate & Ryan!

This perfect wedding Orlando is a real wedding love story filled with sentiment, unique elements and overflowing love. Just Marry! wedding planner, Jessica, got engaged to the love of her life, Alex, just after college graduation in 2019. Without a doubt, they knew they wanted to get married on October 10, 2020. Therefore they immediately added their wedding to the Just Marry! calendar.

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Obviously, Jessica, being a wedding planner, enthusiastically jumped into planning her wedding. She understood how important it was to get the venue and vendors she wanted reserved ASAP. Especially for what was becoming a popular date.  That is to say 10/10/2020. For this reason, she had most of her details arranged before the calendar even flipped to 2020.  Then COVID hit. But that didn’t stop this beautiful couple from having both their wedding date and their perfect wedding Orlando.

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groom and his groomsmen before wedding

As the months of 2020 swept by, Jessica and Alex were forced to postpone for the safety and care of their guests. However, they decided to host a small backyard wedding ceremony on their original date. Along with their closest family members and friends, Jessica and Alex were married on 10/10/2020. But that’s not the end of this love story.  Following this, they held their big celebration on July 17, 2021….and it was an event that was worth the wait.

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The wedding planning process

Jessica’s planning partner from the Just Marry! team, Mairead, shared some details about the event. Starting with the wedding planning process. In fact, Mairead says, “Little did I know, back in February 2020 when Jessica asked me to coordinate her wedding, that we would become so close. Certainly it is not often that you get to say you coordinated your co-workers wedding. But your best friend as well. Unquestionably this is an experience I will always treasure. Jessica is the most genuine, charismatic and caring person and it showed throughout the entire planning process.” 

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The Details for this Perfect WEdding Orlando

Breathtaking is an understatement when describing the décor for this wedding. For example, the moment you walked into the reception, you saw the stunning floral provided by Raining Roses. Also, the purple and ivory wedding colors paired nicely with this summer event. Absolutely no detail went untouched. Not overlooking the ceremony accented with more white wedding flowers and the aisle lined with white candles and petals. 

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white wedding bouquet by Raining Roses
reception table centerpiece by Raining Roses
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Florida wedding at Rosen Shingle Creek

Further the purple up lighting provided by Soundwave Entertainment added the finishing touches to the beautifully draped walls of Rosen Shingle Creek.

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elegant place setting at Florida Wedding

Additionally Orlando Wedding and Party Rentals provided a purple sweetheart sofa paired with elegant crystal chargers and stemware. Similarly, the simple but elegant purple place card created by the bride. Each detail came together creating this long awaited dream wedding day.

the first look

First looks give the bride and groom a few moments to get over the wedding day jitters and nervousness. Allowing them to see each other and spend a quiet moment alone, soaking in the sweetness of the ceremony ahead. Another reason this is a perfect wedding Orlando is how Jessica and Alex created their first look. Starting with Jessica approaching Alex from behind. Once she reached him, she turned so they were back to back. Then they held hands for a moment before turning around to see each other.  It was truly a lovely moment and beautifully captured by Sydney Morman Photography. Next they had a surprise pet attendant. That is to say, their Jack Russell Terrier, Maddy, joined them. Correspondingly wearing the cutest floral collar and making the best family photos.

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Let The Celebration Begin

With ceremony complete and the first look photos taken. Now it’s time to celebrate at this perfect wedding Orlando. As a result, the new Mr. and Mrs. danced to “You Are in Love” by Taylor Swift. Then opened the dance floor to their guests by passing out glow wands. Soundwave Entertainment kept the dance floor packed all night long. Moreover the bride changed into a more dance-friendly dress to celebrate the rest of the night. 

Soundwave Entertainment packs the dance floor at perfect Wedding Orlando
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Mr and Mrs in photo booth by Soundwave Entertainment

Finally, as the night came to an end, the couple did a private dance. As a result they will forever cherish the moment created by that special last dance. 

first dance captured by Sydney Morman Photography

wedding vendors contributing to this perfect wedding orlando

Wedding Planner: Just Marry!
Venue: Rosen Shingle Creek Resort
Photographer:  Sydney Morman Photography
Videographer:  Polk Bros Entertainment
Floral/Décor: Raining Roses
Ceremony + Cocktail Hour Music:  Orlando Violin Music
Reception Entertainment/Lighting/Photo Booth: Soundwave Entertainment
Hair/Makeup Artist: Beaute Speciale
Hair, Bride Only: Hair by Jess for hair
Bridal Wardrobe: One and Only Bridal Designed by Essence of Australia
Rentals: Orlando Wedding and Party Rentals
For Maddy: Fairy Tail Pet Care

The bride in this Real Wedding is a wedding planner for Just Marry! and they have The Best Free Wedding Planning Checklist.

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This yacht wedding Tampa was an intimate affair with sentimental touches for the bride, groom and their families.  With the Downtown Tampa as the backdrop for the ceremony, Marta and Carlos tied the knot at their perfect wedding.

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This perfect day started off with a sentimental touch at the ceremony. To clarify, as the wedding guests were getting seated, they saw in the front row framed photos. These photos honor the family members who were not able to be there in person but in spirit. Certainly a beautiful representation of the importance of family on your wedding day.

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Bride and Groom and ceremony on Yacht Starship
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Further, Marta’s son, walked her down the aisle to join her future husband at the altar. To add to the special moments of this wedding, the Captain officiated the wedding.

Yacht Wedding Tampa intimate portraits

The photographer, Carrie Wildes Photography, loves the views from the Yacht Starship. That is to say, the port and  Downtown Tampa to name a few. This real wedding features gorgeous portraits of the bride and groom on their private deck outside the reception room. For sure these photos are going to be a cherished memory of this special day.

view of Tampa Bay from Yacht Wedding Tampa
wedding day portraits by Carrie Wildes Photography

the little details

Marta and Carlos put themselves into every detail of the wedding. First the display of photos of the couple’s life together so far. Second, table number décor with photos of the couple. The word ‘love’ is carried through the entire wedding reception. For example the cake topper, champagne glasses and wedding favors. 

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The simple décor of engraved wood and twine, and candles give this wedding theme a warm, family feeling. Assuredly in line with the love of family that Marta and Carlos celebrate. In the same vein, the florals are soft greens, white and ivory. Continuing the softness of the décor.

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This Yacht wedding Tampa brought together the simplicity of love and family for this beautiful couple.  Congratulations Marta and Carlos. We wish you a lifetime of happiness.

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