Married in Little Italy

Laura and James got married on July 17, 2020 with an Intimate Wedding in Little Italy.  That is to say, Maggiano’s Little Italy in Pointe Orlando.  This Florida wedding venue’s goal is to “make people feel special.” What better way to make people feel special, than on their wedding day. The ceremony, reception and photos all took place in and around this unique local wedding venue. 

A Florida Wedding Venue with a little of Italy
Maggiano's Little Italy Wedding

Small in size, big on memories

The couple kept the guest list small and intimate.  However, the memories are huge.  The big day began in the Maggiano’s hiding rooms. This is where the bride and groom got dressed and prepared for their special day.  Once dressed, James went outside on International Drive and the photographers of Steven Miller Photography prepared him for the first look. 

Once James was ready, Laura walked out.  Then she tapped James on the shoulder.  After that, he turned around and saw his beautiful bride for the first time on their wedding day. They then shared a sweet moment.  A memory captured by the photographers.  After wiping away a few tears, the bridal party joined the fun.  The small and intimate bridal party, was big on fun and even bigger on memories.  Pointe Orlando and International Drive provided the backdrop for capturing bridal party and personal portraits.

time for ceremony and reception

After the outdoor bridal party photos, it was time to go back inside for the indoor wedding ceremony. The ceremony took place inside Maggiano’s Little Italy. It was officiated by their close, personal friend.  After the ceremony, the photographers captured family portraits. Then on to the reception with food, dessert and dancing.

Maggiano’s provided a delicious meal for the wedding guests. Meanwhile, the newlyweds shared a dessert cutting.  The photographer said this couple was so fun to photograph.  Everyone in their party was extremely genuine and sweet.  They wish Laura and James the very best.

Photographers with a purpose

Steven Miller Photography is a photography company with a purpose.  They give each of their couples a sapling, small tree, to plant in celebration of their special day. Their team motto is Look Good, Feel Good, Do Good.  They cannot wait to see “James’s bonsai skills pay off with his Bald Cypress Tree soon.”

Wedding Day Contributors:
Photography - Steven Miller Photography
Venue - Maggiano's Little Italy Orlando
Floral - Southern Blooms Co
Suit - Apt 9
Hair and Makeup - B U 4 Me Services
Flower Girl Dress - Abao Wedding

A Central Florida Winery & Venue

Love is like wine, it gets better with age. And this winery themed styled shoot proves that to be true.

Typically, wedding planners organize wedding styled shoots. However, as a Central Florida wedding photographer, Kristine with Honeywood Photography was inspired to produce a styled shoot after visiting Island Grove Wine Company at Formosa Gardens

Wineries and vineyards are not common in the Central Florida area. Therefore, Kristine wanted to spotlight this winery’s uniqueness as a Central Florida wedding venue. Her goal was to incorporate deep wine colors and hues within the cake, florals and styling in general.

Love Is Like Wine
love is like wine

“With any styled shoot, you have to gather together the right vendors to create the specific look and feel you’re going for. I wanted to put together a group of wedding experts that would incorporate that rich feeling of the winery,” said Kristine.

For hair and makeup, Kristine secured Tatiana Rivera of Gabriella Anthoney’s Design Artistry. Having worked with GAD Artistry many times in the past Kristine knew that Tatiana could put together the look for the bride she wanted.

Lubelle’s Cakes was chosen for her amazing drip cake skills and stunning butter cream. A traditional 2-tiered cake that was slightly “naked” on top allowed for rich decorative copper drip detailing. Finally it was topped with blackberries and The Flower Studios’ roses and flowers. It beautifully mimicked the wine vibe of this shoot.

The Flower Studio created a gorgeous lush bouquet with wine inspired hued ribbons. Additionally they provided a floral piece for the wooden honeycomb ceremony arch. It had the perfect balance of pink and wine roses with plenty of greenery.

Luxe Wedding Wear dressed the bride in a spaghetti strap, lace and tulle wedding gown. So light and airy, it was ideal for this Florida winery wedding venue. 

love is like wine
love is like wine
love is like wine

"There Were Actual Grapes On the Vines!"

Kristine told us that her favorite part of the Island Grove styled shoot was photographing the models within the actual vineyards themselves.

“I know it sounds silly, but there were actual grapes on the vines! I’m not sure what I was expecting,” said Kristine.

The rows of vines lent themselves perfectly to wedding portraits. And what a treat it was to just have the option of being in a true vineyard in Central Florida. All of the details, from the arch, to the jewelry and flowers were chosen to play off of the winery feel. However, set in Florida, it feels very different from wineries up north and out west.

If you are currently looking for your wedding venue, spend the day at the Island Grove Winery. Make a reservation to eat their delicious food and set up a wine tasting. Their wines are delicious! Kristine admitted that she may have bought several bottles of their house wines on her way out.

We completely agree with Kristine, love is like wine. Cheers!

love is like wine
love is like wine

Fun & Flirty, Oh So Marie Antoinette

Styled shoots are a big part of the Florida wedding industry. As a result, creative vendors team up and put their expertise to work. That’s why we’re so excited to share this Modern Day Marie Antoinette Styled Shoot.

The shoot was set at the Howey Mansion in Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida. This 20-room European-style mansion was the perfect location. Likewise, it mirrored the days when Marie Antoinette and her ladies in waiting spent their time lounging about, just being beautiful.

beautiful marie antoinette look
feather beaded hair clip and necklace
let them eat cake mirror

Jolie Colon of i do events and party rentals was inspired by the series “Versailles.” She fell in love with the fashion and lifestyle. As a result, Colon wanted to showcase this era, updating the look for modern day couples.

First came hair and makeup by the team at Laura Reynolds Artistry. They recreated the beautiful up-dos of the era. Also, the team added pale face makeup and beauty marks. After that, jewelry, headpieces and jeweled masks were provided by Panther’s Gallery, a Orlando-based artist and jewelry designer.

floral with feather centerpiece accent
pink frosted cakes with pearls
light and bright pink tall floral paired with cakes

Royal Luxury and an Abundance of Sweet Treats

“Creating the ballroom scene was fun. It brought out the creativity of our wedding vendors,” said Colon.

Le Fleur Atelier hung a vintage frame with greenery over the fireplace. Then they spread flowers throughout the space. In addition, Bakers Cottage Cakes covered the table setup with decadent sweets.

Meanwhile, the beautiful models were fitted with gorgeous ball gowns by Isabella Talya. After that, they lounged on a vintage loveseat by Xclusive Rentals.

Finally, the day ended with a masquerade ball. Each lady wore custom designed jeweled masks. It was a perfect ending to this modern day Marie Antoinette styled shoot.

custom designed jeweled mask
large vintage wedding jewerly
bride with vintage ring grabbing dessert

Professionals for the Marie Antoinette Styled Shoot

Photography: Captured by Elle
Videography: Elmwood Forest Production
Venue: The Howey Mansion
Planning/Table Top Rentals: i do events and party rentals
Floral: Le Fleur Atelier
Cakes and Goodies: Bakers Cottage Cakes
Dresses: Something New Bridal Boutique
Hair and Makeup: Laura Reynolds Artistry
Furniture Rental: Xclusive Rentals
Stationary/Calligraphy: Two Peas Design
Jewelry: Panther’s Gallery
Designer Paper Cones – @doloresylolitaus

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