As a little girl, Chelsea dreamed about a big, beautiful wedding. Complete with a gorgeous wedding dress. Most importantly, a sparkling cathedral veil. As a result, she ordered a custom veil from Sorelle Vita Couture. In fact, Sorelle Vita Couture says, the wedding veil is one of the most, if not the most, important bridal accessory to wear on your wedding day. It adds the extra special touch that transforms you from a beautiful woman in a beautiful dress to a beautiful bride.
Michael and Chelsea were married on January 31, 2021 in St. Augustine, FL. Moreover it was the last night of St. Augustine’s famous “Nights of Lights“. Therefore the town was beautifully lit up and created a stunning backdrop for this dream wedding exit. Chelsea says it was “the perfect blend of elegance and winter wonder”. Additionally, the ceremony and reception took place inside The Treasury on the Plaza. Further adding to the dreamy elements of this wedding with the classic details of the 100-year-old art-deco era building.
The happy couple said the venue was a bridal dream. That is to say, it offers state of the art event features while simultaneously maintaining the historic charm of one of St. Augustine, FL’s prized landmarks. Chelsea cried when she walked through the doors of the private reception room reveal. Speaking of crying, how touching is the groom crying when he sees his beautiful bride for the first time walking down the aisle.
According to the bride, planning a wedding during a pandemic was challenging and emotionally draining at times. That is to say, feeling uncertain about last minute guest cancellations. Then questioning how months of distance planning would come together. Indeed loosing sleep at night. Further Chelsea says, somehow, the wedding coordinator and the entire Treasury Team found a way to make us feel so special. Our bridal party and guests were made to feel safe and the venue made it possible for everyone to briefly forget the craziness of the pandemic for one perfect, magical evening.
The cathedral wedding veil was very important to this special bride. As aforementioned, it was part of her childhood dream. We cannot end this blog without again showing off this stunning custom veil and sharing Chelsea’s touching words. “11 months of planning and agonizing over little details transformed into something more enchanting than I ever could have imagined. There are no words, I’m still speechless.”
Wedding Experts who helped this beautiful couple create their dream wedding:
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Treasury on the Plaza
Wedding Coordinator: Coastal Coordinating
Officiant: Miss Patricia Febro
Caterer: Moore Fine Foods
DJ: White Tie Events
Ceremony Music (String Trio): String Theory Music
Rentals: Mugwump Productions, St. Johns Illuminations, Connie Duglin Linen
Cake: Sweet Weddings Cakes
Florist: Jade Violet Wedding & Event Floral
Photographer: Bow Tie Photo & Video
Videographer: The Richards Photo & Cinema
Live Wedding Painter: Event Painting by Jamie
Hair & Makeup: The Bardot Bridal
Transportation: Country Carriages
Custom Veil: Sorelle Vita Couture
Dress: Essence of Australia Style D2770
Bridesmaid Dresses: Sorella Vita
Dress Shop: Nicole Maree Bridal
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Custom wedding tuxedos + suits make the wedding planning process special for both members of the happy couple. We believe the suit wearing member of the wedding should be able to have a custom experience when shopping and choosing a wedding tuxedo or suit. This is their special day too and they deserve the same personalized service as the bride. To start, chose the right store. Leonardo 5th Avenue in Winter Park, FL offers a custom experience to the wedding tuxedo + suit buying process. To learn more, we interviewed the owner, Leonardo.
Leonardo 5th Avenue is one of the leading and most recognized companies in the luxury menswear industry. For example, custom wedding tuxedos, suits and attire, special occasion and business apparel. The first store opened in the 1970’s. After that they opened 12 locations, including Winter Park, FL. We asked Leonardo, “How are you unique from other men’s fashion brands and stores?” He replied, “Our unparalleled high-end shopping experience”. To clarify, your experience includes expert advice from fashion stylists. In addition, access to a full bar so you may sip on your favorite spirit or caffeinated beverage while you shop.
On your wedding day, you want to feel comfortable in your suit. In other words, you don’t want to be fidgeting with an ill fitting jacket or pants. Above all, you want your suit to suit you. To clarify, choose a suit that reflects your personality, while still coordinating with your dream wedding colors and theme. To achieve this, visit the custom design studio at Leonardo 5th Avenue. At their locations, you can work with your fashion stylist to choose almost every detail of your suit. First the material. Second the liner, this is where you can have some fun. Third, the stitching and lapel style. Most importantly, the fit. With a custom designed suit, you choose the options. Then they create it. Next you get a custom fitting session. However, Leonardo requests that your fiancé not attend this appointment. Ladies, do you want your fiancé attending your dress fitting…then Leonardo requests that you not attend this custom fitting appointment either.
Color, color, color. For the first part of 2021, Leonardo says their is an earthy industrial influence. Above we mentioned a custom fit. For this season their is a diversity of fits. For instance, relaxed suiting and European fit will both coexist side by side. Meanwhile their is a bit of fun happening with checks, pinstripes and pockets. Finally texture tailoring. This includes fabric designs, velvets, and lines, among others.
You will need at least 45 days for your custom wedding tuxedo or suit. Schedule your appointment with Leonardo 5th Avenue and get ready for a a special suit designed by you, for you, on your special day.
Join us at the March 21, 2021 I Said Yes! Wedding Show and meet the team from Leonardo 5th Avenue in person. They will be showcasing their designs on the runway as the Menswear Sponsor. Click Here to get your tickets to the show.
We are so excited to share with you this behind the scenes look at our recent I Said Yes! FL Wedding Magazine cover shoot. A group of really talented Central Florida wedding experts came together and made some beautiful art to grace our cover.
The location: The Maitland Art Center, Maitland’s own National Historic Landmark. The Art Center is one of the few surviving examples of “Mayan Revival” or fantasy architecture in the Southeast. In turn it is one of the main reasons it was named the first National Historic Landmark in the four-county area of Central Florida.
“The team was looking for an edgy boho concept, which is how the Art & History Museum came into the mix as our venue of choice.” said Amanda
Working with All Brides 2 Be to dress the brides and grooms was important to Amanda. They offer a one stop shop for wedding gowns and men’s attire. As well as size appropriate options that look beautiful on all types of brides.
Add in Laura Reynolds Artistry team of hair and make up experts and you’ve got a group of happy models.
To portray an edgier vibe the talented vendors involved incorporated specific elements that fit the look.
Morgan Hunter Desserts was able to match the design of the cake to the floral with ease. Cake designers are true artists!
Venue – Art and History Museum of Maitland
Photography + Videography – PB & J Studios
Planner – For The Love of Events
Gowns and Tuxedos – All Brides 2 Be
Floral – In Bloom Florist
Rentals – Orlando Wedding & Party Rentals
Hair and Makeup – Laura Reynolds Artistry Hair and Make Up
Linen – Over the Top Linens
Tapestry and Stationary – Tortoise Designs
Cake – Morgan Hunter Desserts
Earrings – Honeymoon Clay Co.
Recently we received an email from our friend Erica Brillant Trunk, owner of Solutions Bridal. She was so excited to tell us all about her brand new Plus Size Wedding Dresses division.
“Size inclusivity is something that is very important to us here at Solutions Bridal. We noticed that there was a need for more representation when it came to plus size brides in Florida. And so we decided to take it a step further” said Trunk.
As a result, Limitless by Solutions Bridal was born. Launching in September 2020!
This division will be represented by a “shop within a shop” located right inside their existing bridal salon.
Solutions has picked up a new line specifically for this division, Studio Levana. This line has no sizing. Dresses are made to measure and fit your unique requirements. Your dress is uniquely you.
Additionally, they have partnered with some of their other designers who have also agreed to offer their gowns made to measure. This includes Estee Couture, Tara Latour and LoAdoro, making their sizing options Limitless.
“We want every bride, no matter her size, to be able to walk into our store and have the amazing bridal shopping experience they deserve” said Trunk
While the shop won’t launch until September 2020, you can follow them on instagram at @limitless__sb for the latest updates on this amazing new division of Plus Size Wedding Dresses.
Additionally you can attend their upcoming trunk show:
October 2nd-October 4th
Studio Levana “Curvy Moon” Trunk Show
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