To Be or Not To Be

Throughout time, wedding trends have come and gone. Traditions begin to fade, and unique locations become the new norm. When choosing your wedding venue, there are many factors that come into play. Factors that are out of your control, the main one being the weather. Knowing how to evaluate the perfect venue can be difficult, that is why we compiled the below list of tips.

Bending Branch Ranch on I Said Yes! FL
Venue - Granville Farms
country themed wedding on I Said Yes! FL
Photo by Dreamscape Photography

Indoor Venues

Pros

As said above, control is the big word when choosing your wedding venue. Indoor weddings eliminate the issue of control, by creating a weather-resistant environment. Most, if not all, indoor wedding venues are climate-controlled and weather-proof. You have the opportunity to splurge on your decor and florals without the fear of wind knocking them over. Your wedding cake can be decorated with buttercream, instead of fondant, because of the climate-control. There are so many opportunities to explore design styles, themes, and layouts.

Cons

There are a lot of positives to having an indoor wedding, but nothing can compare to the beauty and joy of nature. Outdoor weddings can take place under towering trees, on beautiful sandy beaches, on a ranch, and so much more. The choices are endless when looking for your wedding venue.

LGBTQ+ wedding photographer on I Said Yes! FL
Art gallery wedding on I Said Yes! Fl
Photo's by Dreamscape Photography
beach wedding photography on I Said Yes! FL

Outdoor Venues

Pros

Outdoor wedding venues have a lot of positives to consider. You have the opportunity for beautiful wedding photography with an ample amount of locations to shoot in. Outdoor wedding venues offer larger spaces, romantic settings, kid-friendly, natural lighting, and so much more. You have the opportunity to use mother nature to your advantage and save on decorations. Make your wedding day personal by choosing any theme your heart desires. Nature matches everything! The most important decision when choosing an outdoor venue is attire. Outdoor weddings offer a breath of fresh air, literally. You have the opportunity to have less formal attire and enjoy the weather and sounds of nature. A comfortable guest is a happy guests!

Cons

The main event of an outdoor wedding is none other than Mother Nature. And she is not always in a friendly mood! Your outdoor wedding may always be threatened by a chance of rain, strong winds, or heat. If you are determined to have an outdoor wedding during the summer, try offering guests parasols or fans as a wedding favor. Always have a backup plan, regarding the weather, to play it safe. Check out a local wedding tent rental company for your safety plan. A beautiful clear tent with cafe lighting may be your dream wedding come true. If the heat got you down, try renting from a portable air vendor. I Said Yes! has tons of preferred rental vendors for you to explore. Some outdoor wedding venues may have restrictions, so make sure you speak with your vendor at the meeting. 

The Choice Is Yours

No matter what you choose, your wedding should be personal and memorable for you and your fiance. Sit down and have a conversation about your, can’t live without, vendors. It is always wise to take the pros and cons into account. Take the chance to discuss the fine details and what you both have in mind for your wedding day. This moment is about you, so make it one to remember. No wedding venue is perfect, but you get to make the space yours. If you are in need of assistance, email us and we will guide you toward your perfect Florida wedding planner.

Georgia DeFrancisco
Owner
I Said Yes!
407.619.6232
georgia@isaidyesfl.com

Jeremy DeFrancisco
Owner
I Said Yes!
407.907.0000
jeremy@isaidyesfl.com

Sierra L’Estrange
Admin Manager
I Said Yes!
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Real Backyard Wedding

Love was in full bloom for this gorgeous rustice elegance, backyard wedding.

Hailee and Mike celebrated their special day surrounded by the people most important to them. The weather was perfect for a ceremony on Lake Toho in Kissimmee. Then they moved to the reception which was held in the backyard of family-owned land. The property was completely transformed with a gorgeous clear tent, flooring, lighting and florals. 

Tent and Decor Design

Being a wedding industry professional for 7+ years, Hailee has designed and seen hundreds of weddings. The day finally came for her to officially design her own backyard wedding. Hailee had her vision and everything planned when it came down to color combinations, lighting, floral, tenting, tablescapes, and much more. Needless to say, Mike didn’t have much say, but the event turned out beautifully. The happy couple booked their wedding furniture and decor with Rentaland Tent and Event Rentals as well as RW Events. 

Carvalho wedding blue themed stationary
Carvalho Wedding Ceremony
Carvalho Tent Wedding

Getting Ready for the Ceremony

The morning of the wedding was pretty stress-free. Hailee was confident in her vendor team and wedding planner Pavone Events handling it all for her. The ladies got dressed at Hailee’s childhood home and had an emotional first look with her dad and grandmother while Mike and his mother had a first look before the ceremony. Hailee’s hair and makeup were done by Kristy’s Artistry Design Team.

Family is one of the most important aspects in Hailee and Mike’s life and they both wanted to incorporate their family in parts of their wedding day. Hailee was escorted down the aisle by her father and grandmother. The couple’s closest friends and family stood next to them in support of their union.

Details, Details, Details

The details were so important to Hailee and Mike because they wanted to be able to re-live their beautiful day every time they go back to their wedding album. One of the much-needed details was the restroom trailer, which was provided by Luxe Flush. The trailer was stationed in the backyard of the family property with the tented reception space as well. Hailee and Mike danced on a cloud to “Heaven” by Jason Aldean which matched their hashtag perfectly #oncloudcarvalho. The first dances had everyone in tears. Hailee and Mike LOVE cake pops so instead of a traditional cake topper, they went with cute little bride and groom cake pops and fed them to each other when it was time to cut the cake.

Bride, hailee, get's walked down the aisle by father and grandmother
Happy couple during first dance surrounded by a cloud of fog on the dance floor
Hailee, bride, hugging her bridesmaids for a picture

The Party Starts Here

As soon as the dance floor opened after dinner, it was full all night. The entertainment by Kenny Kings El Timbalero and party music selection by Press Play Entertainment was phenomenal and had everyone on the floor wobble-ing, cupid shuffling, and many more moves no one knew about. You can see the energy and fun everyone was having in the photos. Along with a night full of partying was a delicious meal provided by Big City Catering.

I've Had The Time Of My Life

It was time to wrap up the end of a perfect day full of love and family. Hailee and Mike had a sky lantern release with their parents and the wedding party followed by the last dance to “The Time of My Life.” They truly did have the time of their life on their wedding day and exited to their getaway car, Mike’s choice of a blue Ford Mustang.

Wedding guests and party dancing on the reception dance floor
happy married couple kissing at reception exit through glow sticks

CEREMONY VENUE Brownie Wise Park | RECEPTION VENUE  Family Estate | PLANNER Pavone Events | TENT + RENTALS Rentaland Tent and Event Rentals | FLORAL DECOR Stems in Bloom by Rentaland | LOUNGE FURNITURE + FARM TABLES RW Events | DJ PressPlay Entertainment | HORA LOCA Kenny Kings Music | FOOD Big City Catering | CAKE Cake and Bake | PHOTOGRAPHY Tihler Shay Photography | HAIR + MAKEUP Kristy’s Artistry Design Team | RESTROOM TRAILER Luxe Flush

Georgia DeFrancisco
Owner
I Said Yes!
407.619.6232
georgia@isaidyesfl.com

Jeremy DeFrancisco
Owner
I Said Yes!
407.907.0000
jeremy@isaidyesfl.com

Sierra L’Estrange
Admin Manager
I Said Yes!
407.286.8088
info@isaidyesfl.com

Granville Farms Real Wedding

Shannon and Taylor’s wedding was an absolute dream. They were married at the beautiful Granville Farms at Lake Helen, Florida. Nestled among 22 acres of stunning pine trees, this venue set a breathtaking scene for both the ceremony and reception.

Venue

The rustic ceremony area, complete with a grand fireplace, was the perfect backdrop for their I DOs. Following, Shannon and Taylor had their first dance beneath a dazzling chandelier in the 7,000 sq foot barn. Surrounded by a room full of loved ones. Their special day included beautiful floral, that fit their theme perfectly. Thus portraying a romantic and classic yet rustic feel. Along with the rustic interior, the venue offers 22 acres of lush, colorful landscapes and cozy gathering areas. Granville Farms is a dream destination all couples seeking both tranquil beauty and luxurious comfort.

Taylor and Shannon
rustic and chic wedding stationary and floral
granville farms inside ceremony with brown high beams and farm style chairs

Ceremony

Shannon and Taylor chose a traditional chair setting with lanterns surrounded by greenery as aisle décor. The popular brown, farmhouse style chairs matched the interior of Granville Farms perfectly. The dark wood crossbeams provided a warm feeling for the ceremony on their special day. This location provide ample lighting for later ceremony times as well. The happy couple used the grey stone fireplace and mantle as their backdrop. Therefore, the bridal party attire, as well as the couples attire, popped beautifully.

Details

This rustic wedding set a beautiful scene for the happy couple to get married. The bride wore a lace and floral patterned dress with a short trail. Her veil framed the couples attire well. In contrast, to her white, lacey wedding dress, the groom wore a traditional black suit. The suit was paired with a white rose boutonniere to compliment the bride’s bouquet. The groomsmen matched the grooms attire, while the bridesmaids wore different fabrics in a nude color palate. For all of those reasons, the bridal parties attire contrasted beautifully against the outdoor scenery and the indoor, rustic feel.  

Taylor and Shannon wedding photos
groomsmen standing with drinks in hand
bride and her bridesmaids standing in a liner smiling at the camera

Reception

Granville Farms has a large interior area for both ceremony and reception spaces. Shannon and Taylor converted their ceremony space into the reception space during their cocktail hour. They used the same chairs from the ceremony as the seating for the reception. This is a very cost effective idea for all couples on their wedding day. Furthermore the couple used the greenery and lanterns from their ceremony as the centerpieces for their reception. In addition to the rustic, elegant reception was their four-tier cake decorated with simple, white sugar paper flowers. The happy couple chose to include macarons and tarts as their other dessert options. What better way to celebrate a happy union than sweet desserts.

indoor wedding ceremony with white linens, farm style cross-back chairs, and lanterns surrounded by greenery as centerpieces
happy married couple holding hands on cake cutting knife while cutting a slice of the simple, white, four-tiered cake

Photography: 28 North Photography | Planner: Joe Hearn Events | Venue: Granville Farms | Florist: Goldies Flower Truck | Hair and Makeup: Moonstone Artistry | Catering: Cocktail Catering

Georgia DeFrancisco
Owner
I Said Yes!
407.619.6232
georgia@isaidyesfl.com

Jeremy DeFrancisco
Owner
I Said Yes!
407.907.0000
jeremy@isaidyesfl.com

Sierra L’Estrange
Admin Manager
I Said Yes!
407.286.8088
info@isaidyesfl.com

Historic Venue 1902 Real Wedding

Do not be afraid to make your wedding day your own, we know that is hard with all the different opinions side-swiping you from left and right, but just go for it! Because Lauren and Curt are such an amazing and sweet couple, their wedding day reflected their fun personalities. 

Venue

Historic Venue 1902 is a beautiful schoolhouse that gives you a glimpse back in time. Furthermore, back when teachers wrote on chalk boards and we actually used those hardback books, instead of computers. Sitting in the pews of their classroom is not only a great photo op, but brings some nostalgia to your wedding. Coupled with the photo ops, the chalkboards can be decorated by Venue 1902’s Chalk Artist to create some fun Star Wars reference, quotes, and drawings!

Venue 1902 also offers FURNITURE RENTALS to add the perfect lounge area for your guests to relax and take in the joyful occasion!

Ceremony

The wedding garden at Venue 1902 is the perfect area for ceremony and cocktail hour. Furthermore, it transports your guests to an old school yard where you can frolic around. For all of those reasons, you should take advantage of all the amazing picture opportunities that it has to offer. Venue 1902’s arch was decorated with gorgeous flowers from Atmosphere Floral that tied in all the colors, with pops of red that matched the bridesmaid’s dresses. 

Surprise For The Groom

The wedding day is always all about the bride, but what about the groom? Lauren wanted to make her groom feel special and surprise him with one of his favorite movies series come to life… Enter stormtroopers! Indeed, These guys were absolutely incredible, leading the bride and groom into their grand entrance. Following this, they remained stationed around the couple for their first dance. The groom’s expression could not have been more perfect. Along with the Stormtroopers, the bride brought light sabers for some fun shots. Not only was this a surprise for the groom, but the guests got to get in on the fun as well. The energy was beaming on the dance floor all night at Lauren and Curt’s wedding.

Details

Instead of something blue, how about red? We love these beautiful red shoes that our bride picked out. Additionally, it matched beautifully with her floral and was such a fun additional pop of color. The Save the Date and Invitation suite from Shutterfly matched Venue 1902’s aesthetic and the pop of red form their “B” was seal tied everything together perfectly. The groom also wore Star Wars socks and had a quote from Yoda on his tie clip saying “Do or do not, there is no try.”

Photo + Video: Lililu Weddings | Planner/Designer: All the Details by Danielle | Venue: Historic Venue 1902 | Invitation Suite: Shutterfly | Chalk Art: Chalk Art by Ashley | Florist: Atmosphere Floral | Hair and Makeup: Truluckstudio | Bartending Serve: Pat’s Wedding Supply | Catering: Uncommon Catering | Brides Attire: David’s Bridal | Groom’s Attire: Dillards | Dessert:  Nothing Bundt Cakes | Photobooth: Photo Booth Rocks

Georgia DeFrancisco
Owner
I Said Yes!
407.619.6232
georgia@isaidyesfl.com

Jeremy DeFrancisco
Owner
I Said Yes!
407.907.0000
jeremy@isaidyesfl.com

Sierra L’Estrange
Admin Manager
I Said Yes!
407.286.8088
info@isaidyesfl.com

THE BLACK BARN STYLED SHOOT

This styled shoot is full of whimsical details that transport you to the French countryside. A minimalist barn, full of natural light, was the perfect setting for this elegant and dreamy shoot. As you can see, the unique rustic vibe and the venue’s colors were ideal for the photographer to capture a magical feel in the photos. Therefore, this is the perfect inspiration for your wedding Pinterest boards!

The Black Barn Orlando photo shoot on I Said Yes
The Black Barn wedding on I Said Yes Central Florida

Contempo Photos, along with one of the most talented teams of wedding vendors in Central Florida, created this styled shoot with a romantic theme. This styled shoot was inspired by a French country picnic. Furthermore, one of the most breathtaking elements to this shoot is the floral arrangements. Mixing garden flowers and lavender stocks along with a color palette of lilacs, pink blush, and greens. Following this, the floral was complemented with lighted candle tablescapes.

The Black Barn is a modern style farm venue located in the heart of Orlando. Furthermore, The beautiful mix of foliage keeps the black barn tucked away from surrounding neighbors so you can enjoy the beautiful farmland and celebrate your special day right.

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The Black Barn on I Said Yes Florida

An unconventional and fun twist was brought in to replace the traditional wedding cake. As you can see, the macaron tower was not only a statement piece at the reception, but also added a splash of color. Additionally, the A-line wedding dress allowed for beautiful movement to be captured in the photos. Admittedly, the bride’s natural make-up and hair highlighted her beauty, and complimented the dress style. 

More About The Black Barn

Blending nicely with the styled shoot color palette, the groom wore an elegant blue suit. Unquestionably, The Black Barn offers so many great photo opportunities for you and your photographer to capture all of the special moments. This venue offers a relaxed and warm environment for all types of events: weddings, receptions, rehearsal dinners, family parties, reunions, graduation parties , and other private events. 

The Black Barn Orlando on I Said Yes
Stationery photo by Contempo Photos on I Said Yes
The Black Barn on I Said Yes Florida
Orlando's The Black Barn on I Said Yes

Photo + Video: Contempo Photos and Videos | Planner/Designer: Socialite EventsVenue: The Black Barn Orlando | Invitation Suite: Fioribelle | Signage/Place Cards/Menus: Rosebud Calligraphy | Florist: Le Fleur AtelierHair and Makeup: M3 | Models: Premier Model Management | Linens: BBJ La Tavola | Rentals: EventWorksBrides Attire: Attire theory Bridal House | Groom’s Attire: Leonardo 5th Avenue | Cake:  Le Macaron Celebration

Georgia DeFrancisco
Owner
I Said Yes!
407.619.6232
georgia@isaidyesfl.com

Jeremy DeFrancisco
Owner
I Said Yes!
407.907.0000
jeremy@isaidyesfl.com

Sierra L’Estrange
Admin Manager
I Said Yes!
407.286.8088
info@isaidyesfl.com

Bringing your dream wedding to life can be stressful and overwhelming if you don’t know where to start. Few newly engaged couples have a list of vendors already on their radar. Additionally, engaged couples resort to searching on Google or Instagram in order to find their wedding vendors. Finding your vendors online is simple, but there is something to be said about making one-on-one connections with potential vendors. Unquestionably, an expo is the top wedding planning event as any and all vendors you are looking for can be found in one place. Below are the top 5 reasons you need to attend a wedding expo before investing your time in online browsing. 

Save Money, Plan Better

Searching for your wedding vendors online leads to a use of personal funds and time that you may not have. The endless trips to and from vendor locations can cost you an arm and a leg. Therefore, wedding expos are your one stop shop for all things wedding vendor related. Instead of spending 6-12 months searching, take 1 or 2 trips to a wedding expo and find everything you need for a much lower price. Wedding expos can cost $5-15 and there are some that offer free admission.

Big Wins, Big Giveaways

Wedding expos not only bring a fun and relaxed vibe to wedding planning, but also provide free goodies and giveaways. Purchasing tickets to an expo often times leads to the opportunity to be entered into giveaways that the vendors provide. Moreover, these giveaways will often be free photoshoots for you and your fiancé, as well as free honeymoons and so much more. Who wouldn’t want to save all of that money on their wedding!

Find Your Theme

Wedding planning comes with many exciting choices including your theme and color palette. In fact, there are a wide range of theme’s to browse all over the internet including the I Said Yes! social media platforms. However, browsing theme’s online doesn’t allow you to see what it would look like on your special day. This is why attending a wedding expo is a necessity when choosing your wedding vendors. You have the ability to see what these vendors have to offer you on your wedding day. With hundreds of displays to see, attending a wedding expo during you wedding planning process is a non-negotiable.

Book Your Vendor Day Of

One of the biggest perks of attending a wedding planning event is the ability to book your vendors the same day. The vendors at these expos are there to help you build the wedding of your dreams. Moreover, vendors will offer expo day discounts that are well worth the visit to your local expo. If you are ready to find all of yours vendors, check out the I Said Yes! wedding show page, where you can find expos coming soon near you.

Free Stuff Anyone?

One of the best experiences of a wedding expo, other than partying while you wedding plan, is the free samples and goodies. Cake and dessert vendors at an expo provide samples of their most popular flavors, which are beyond delicious. Furthermore, caterers will provide food samples, sometimes alcohol for ages 18+, to convince you that they are the perfect dinner team for your wedding. On the other hand, you can experience astonishing fashion shows with the newest trends in wedding gowns and men’s tux’s. Don’t miss out on your chance to plan the wedding of your dreams and party while your at it.

Georgia DeFrancisco
Owner
I Said Yes!
407.619.6232
georgia@isaidyesfl.com

Jeremy DeFrancisco
Owner
I Said Yes!
407.907.0000
jeremy@isaidyesfl.com

Sierra L’Estrange
Admin Manager
I Said Yes!
407.286.8088
info@isaidyesfl.com

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.

magazine cover photo by PB&J Studios
Photo by PB&J Studios from cover shoot of I Said Yes! Magazine

Intimate Wedding at historic wedding venue in florida

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.

historic wedding venues Florida
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

bride poses at Historic Wedding Venue
pre-wedding photos at Maitland Art Center
first look on I Said Yes! wedding blog
Kate and Ryan on I Said Yes! Blog
Real Wedding on I Said Yes!
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.

wedding ceremony in historic wedding venue in Florida
bride walking down aisle with father
couple gets married in historic wedding venue Florida
large wedding floral decor on I Said Yes!
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
mauve and pink wedding reception
wedding floral by John Michael Exquisite weddings
salad by John Michael Exquisite Wedding and Catering
saute veg by John Michael Catering
lemon chicken wedding catering
3 tier naked wedding cake on I Said Yes!
first dance on I Said Yes!

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 

Get inspired to plan your one-of-a-kind wedding by viewing the I Said Yes! Wedding Blog for more real weddings, styled shoots and expert wedding planning tips.

And, get tickets to an upcoming I Said Yes! Wedding Expo and I DOs and BREWS wedding planning date night to meet wedding vendors face to face and learn more about how they can help you create your dream wedding.

wedding photos by reflecting pond

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.

perfect wedding Orlando presents new Mr and Mrs.

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.

bride and her tribe before the wedding
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.

the bride and her bridesmaids on I Said Yes! Wedding Planning Blog
special bride wedding day jewelery
the groom and his men at perfect wedding Orlando
special cuff links for grooms wedding attire
wedding party at perfect wedding Orlando

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.” 

bride gets ready for perfect wedding Orlando

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. 

white wedding florals by Raining Roases
white wedding bouquet by Raining Roses
reception table centerpiece by Raining Roses
wedding ceremony set up at Rosen Shingle Creek
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.

head table at Perfect Wedding Orlando
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.

first look for perfect Wedding Orlando
first look on I Said Yes for Perfect Wedding Orlando Blog
wedding day first look includes pet

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
bride and her tribe have fun in photo booth
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.

For more Real Wedding Inspiration, visit the I Said Yes! Wedding Planning Blog

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.

bride and groom celebrate just got married

sENTIMENTAL tOUCHES

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
special moment between mother and son at yacht wedding Tampa
son walks mother down aisle to wedding ceremony

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. 

honoring family who couldn't attend wedding
wood theme in the details for intimate wedding Tampa
reception table numbers are photos of copule
wedding rings photo by Carrie Wildes Photography
Carrie Wildes Photography Tampa detail shot
cake table for intimate wedding in Tampa

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.

beautiful florals from Yacht Wedding Tampa
bridal bouquet at Tampa FL wedding

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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