Your Engaged Now What?

It finally happened! You’re engaged to the love of your life and on cloud nine. With this surreal moment playing over and over again in your head, you start to wonder what comes next. Take this time to live in the moment and spend time with your new fiance. Go on a date, watch a movie, and cherish your time together. Then you can move on to planning the wedding you have always dreamed of. 

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Step 1: Spread The Word

Now that you are engaged, it’s time to spread the word. Call your parents, siblings, BFFs, and more. Let the world know you are marrying the love of your life. When all is said and done, take that ring selfie and post it on your social media.

Step 2: Pick A Date

If you have a date already in mind that is perfect! If not, don’t stress because you have some time. Picking a wedding date should be a mutually agreed time for both you and your fiance. Don’t allow outside opinions, such as family or friends, to sway your choice. This is your day, not theirs. 

Your wedding vendors are the professionals that fabricate your perfect wedding day. These vendors have the capability to create exactly what you envision. Before knuckling down and choosing your vendors, you must create your budget.  Check out the below steps to creating your wedding budget.

1. Layout all of your assumed wedding expenses:

Venue, Catering, Wedding Day Attire, Hair & Makeup, DJ/Entertainment, Photography/Videography, Wedding Planner, Floral, Rentals, Cake/Dessert, and so much more…

Jenna Michele captures couple smiling in front of graffiti wings
Photo by Jenna Michelle Photography

You decide which expenses are most important to you. Once you have your list of priorities, write down what you are willing to spend on each service. You can do the research and learn what your city/state prices look like. The most important part of your wedding day is that it reflects exactly what you and your fiance envisioned. 

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2. Determine your non-negotiables. 

This can include a design, destination, or type of food/drink. Decide the items/services you absolutely can’t live without. Once you have your non-negotiables and your priorities listed you can now begin to contact vendors that catch your eye. 

3. Create your timeline.

There are many websites that have prefabricated timelines so you can plan your wedding easily. A key tip from wedding professionals is to plan ahead. Choose your wedding date and use that as your determining factor when planning. Not all vendors you are interested in will be available for your wedding date. Make sure you ask the vendor if they are available for your wedding date as soon as you contact them.

4. Stick to your timeline.

Make sure you stick to your timeline so your wedding planning experience is stressless. This should be one of the most exciting times of your life. Make sure to enjoy every minute of it and spend quality time with your future spouse.

The best way to save time and money is to attend wedding planning events such as I Said Yes I DOs and BREWS. I DOs and BREWS are fun for both you and your fiance, with samples of beer, wine, food, and desserts. It provides you with a relaxing date night after work to wedding plan and spend time together. 

Final Step!!!

Once you have your wedding vendors in place, you can begin to choose your bridal party. Don’t pick just anyone, take the time to choose your best friends/family who mean the most to you. Your bridal party should be the people you can’t see yourself getting married without. Picture those people at the alter with you. If you can’t see it working, then make them a wedding guest instead. Last but not least, it is now time to relax and countdown the days. This is the most exciting moment of your life, so take the time to cherish it. 


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Wedding planning made easy is what is in store for you when you attend I DOs and BREWS. Undoubtedly this wedding planning date night will help you work toward completing your wedding planning checklist. Whether you are just getting started, or almost done, let this one of a kind wedding expo add a bit of fun to the process.

couple enjoying I DOs and BREWS
celebrate wedding planning made easy at I DOs and BREWS
the Copper Piano Dueling pianos at i DOs and BREWS
couples find their wedding planner at I DOs and BREWS

Why Is It a date night

Although promoted as a date night, certainly you can bring whomever you wish. From your fiancé to your besties to your future in-laws.  In fact, we want you to share this experience with your entire tribe. Above all, this night is for you, so do it however you want. With whomever you want. But, we call it a date night because…

First, when you are busy planning your dream wedding, it’s easy to get caught up in the craziness of the whole process. For this reason, we bring you a date night. That is to say, a night for you and your fiancé to come out, have a few drinks and work on these important decisions together. However, we believe even date nights are fun shared with friends. So as aforementioned, bring them along and enjoy the evening with your most important peeps.

Next, we provide the food, the brews, the fun and the vendors to meet.

Last, you can win prizes and that is a sweet ending to a great night.

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prize winners celebrate I DOs and BREWS
I Said Yes! hosts wedding planning made easy
this couple enjoys wedding planning made easy at I DOs and BREWS

What to expect

Unquestionably this event is about meeting wedding vendors.  Specifically we say wedding planning made easy, because you can meet many kinds of vendors in one night. Further, you have the opportunity to achieve these things:

  1. Educate yourself on what products and services are available for your wedding
  2. Ask questions and find out which vendors provide the products/services you need
  3. Get to know the wedding vendors to see if you are a good fit or each other.  Remember, you are going to be with some of these people on the most amazing and intimate day of your life. Absolutely you want to feel comfortable with them.
  4. Gather information to make informed decisions
  5. Some vendors will offer show only specials, find your favorites and take advantage of their special offers
Second, enjoy food and desserts samples from local wedding catering services. As well as cakes and dessert
Third, partake in the complimentary samples of beer and wine too. Remember to drink responsibly.
Fourth, live entertainment is performed in multiple areas throughout the event. For instance, DJ’s, and The Copper Piano Dueling Pianos, to name a few.
Fifth, interactive entertainment. For example, Air Affair wedding bounce house, axe throwing, and Orlando Photo Bus. These were specifically available at the Hourglass Brewing Longwood I DOs and BREWS.
Last, prize drawing at the end of the night. You could win anything from free dance lessons, to even a honeymoon, and everything in between.
Orlando Photo Bus at I DOs and BREWS wedding planning made easy
Exotic Limo at I Dos and BREWS
I Said Yes! hosts I DOs and BREWS
Mike Briggs Photography at I DOs and BREWS
wedding planning made easy by meeting vendors in person
axe throwing at I DOs and BREWS

Wedding Planning Made Easy

Because you are able to meet many different types of wedding vendors in one evening, it makes the process of finding your wedding vendors easier. Also, you get to enjoy the evening with your fiancé and/or friends and family. And you enjoy food and spirits, all the while partaking in some fun activities. Unquestionably our goal is for you to have fun planning your wedding and to get one step closer to your dream wedding. 

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Exotic Limo at I Dos and BREWS
find your wedding vendors at I DOs and BREWS
find your wedding vendor at I Said Yes! I DOs and BREWS
win prizes to make your wedding planning easier

All photos by Dreamscape Photography.

Hourglass Brewing Longwood I DOs and BREWS sponsors:

Venue: Hourglass Brewing Longwood / Sourglass

DJ’s: iRock Your Party / Soundwave Entertainment / Complete Weddings + Events

Photography: Dreamscape Photography

A family heirloom can add a sentimental touch to your wedding day. Certainly there are many ways to include them in your festivities and we believe this real wedding did a wonderful job of honoring their family heritage.

father of the bride creates arch for wedding

family heirloom ring

The bride says, “A sentimental touch we had in our wedding is the family heirloom ring from my late paternal grandfather. The ring dates back to the early 70s. It was restored with the original band and diamond, and didn’t even need to be resized. I guess I have my grandmother’s fingers! Similarly, I wore my great grandmother’s pearl earrings, adding to the beautiful heirloom details of our day. Additionally, we included a photo memorial table for family members who were only able to attend in spirit.

family heirloom wedding ring

Involving Family and Heritage

This Florida wedding was filled with love, family involvement and sentiment. For example, the bride’s father is a skilled carpenter. For that reason, he built the wedding arch for the ceremony. (Which can now be rented at their venue, Sugar Mill Country Club). 

Also, the groom’s mother was as the officiant of the ceremony. 

Further, this couple paid homage to their heritage by including catholic verses in the vows to reflect their families religious ties.

real wedding at Sugar Mill Country Club
real wedding featured on I Said Yes! Wedding Blog

While not actually a family heirloom, the involvement of family members created life long memories for this couple. For instance, the I DO Crew is a combination of many loved ones. Specifically the best man being the groom’s best friend. Further the bride’s mother helped plan every detail.  Also the groom’s mother assisting with organization. Lastly, the groom’s grandparents and aunt traveled from New York just for the wedding. The bride said, “This was very special for us.”

Choosing Your wedding Theme

We asked the couple how they chose their wedding theme. They answered, “We spent months deciding on our wedding theme and colors.  Admittedly, we wanted something unique. Therefore we chose navy and cinnamon for our colors. Because it was festive for the season of our wedding. Personally I struggled with what kind of greenery to go with those colors. After searching Pinterest for days, I found a Bohemian themed wedding with neutral dried floral. Instantly I knew that was it. Chiefly because I planned to make all of the arrangements myself. And the dried floral allowed me to make the arrangements in advance.”

Another reason for the Bohemian style is it reflects their laidback lifestyle and personal taste. This DIY Bride also  made and designed all of the signs, menus, party favors, and name cards to tie in the Boho theme.

family heirloom at real wedding on I Said Yes! Wedding Blog
father of the bride creates arch for wedding
gold white candle wedding centerpiece for wedding at Sugar Mill Country Club
gold table setting for wedding at Sugar Mill Country Club

Although the wedding theme and florals were Bohemian. The reception tables were a bit more classic. Including white linens, mirror centerpieces and floating candles. Add to that gold accents for a more classy vibe.

wedding planning Advice

Wedding planning is amazing, fun and stressful all at the same time. So we asked this bride to give some wedding planning advice.

“I wish I would have known to simplify my décor search to be more realistic. It turned out beautiful, but I only used about half of the décor I thrifted. This was partially due to freak weather, since there was wind gusts of over 40mph, but I had purchased much more than I needed in retrospect.”

“In particular, I would have put aside more time to get myself ready. I spent so much time running around trying to make sure every detail was perfect, I didn’t give myself more than an hour to get ready. I didn’t get to unwind with my girls in the locker rooms like I had planned. Especially because I was so worried about everything being exactly as I had imagined. I should have let the staff take care of everything without stressing about little things so I could let myself relax.”

“Lastly, my advice is to create a budget and try to stick to it as much as possible. Of course, set time aside for yourself on your special day. And if you’re planning on getting fit for your wedding day, set goals for yourself. I wish I would have spent more time in the gym leading up to our day.”

We thank these newlyweds for sharing their wedding day and wedding planning advice. Adding to the bride’s advice, we suggest hiring a wedding planner.  At minimum for day of, if not more.  

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Thank you to Sugar Mill Country Club for providing the photos and content for this blog post.  

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

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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.


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


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.


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


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
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Jeremy DeFrancisco
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Sierra L’Estrange
Admin Manager
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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. 


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!


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.


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
I Said Yes!

Jeremy DeFrancisco
I Said Yes!

Sierra L’Estrange
Admin Manager
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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!

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.

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. 

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
I Said Yes!

Jeremy DeFrancisco
I Said Yes!

Sierra L’Estrange
Admin Manager
I Said Yes!

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
I Said Yes!

Jeremy DeFrancisco
I Said Yes!

Sierra L’Estrange
Admin Manager
I Said Yes!

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.

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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!
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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!

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