Love is an Art. Admittedly we think is a top contender for the best wedding theme ever. However, it was also the theme of a recent I Said Yes! event. So great was the theme, that we also turned it into styled shoot. Furthering our ability to share it with you. Indeed to inspire your wedding planning process.

No doubt the wedding planner who designed this event is full of creativity. Unquestionably every single detail reflected the theme. Meet Rebecca, of Live Love Laugh Events. Seriously, even her shirt coordinates. 

wedding planner creates Love is an Art styled shoot

The Wedding Venue Set The Stage

Obviously we have to start with the wedding venue. That is to say, the Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Arts at MOAS. Singularly the perfect location for this Love is an Art theme. For instance, the one-of-a-kind Florida art hanging in the gallery. Coupled with the grand staircase (prime location for your wedding ceremony grand entrance). Then filled with love in the form of dance. 

Love is an Art dance performance
first dance example at styled shoot

As aforementioned, a choreographed dance was created especially for this event.  Without a doubt, all were entranced by this pair as they showcased the love of a marriage. Further, two hearts coming together as one. Certainly adding a choreographed dance to your wedding day will bring joy to all those in attendance. Also, it is a wonderful way to build trust and communication as newly weds. According to Oceans Dance Studio.

the Reception Tables

Starting with deep teal linens. Coupled with gold chargers and burnt orange napkins. Adding the soft glow of candles. And finishing with fall colored florals. These reception tables are simple, and elegant. One other thing, the menu cards carried the Love is an Art theme as well.

Love is an Art styled shoot
Love is an art table setting for styled shoot
Love is an Art at MOAS Daytona Beach FL wedding veneu
florals from Love is an Art styled shoot

Love is an art, even the food

Chef Heather, of Whatever’s Clever Cuisine, creates food for your soul. She prides herself on using the finest of local, fresh ingredients. Furthermore, chemical free. As a result she recreates old world recipes from all cultures.

Above all, Chef says, “Food is my absolute passion and I love when people are able to experience the most authentic, slowest cooked meal without lifting a finger!”

appetizers by Whatever's Clever Cuisine
teal and gold wedding reception table
entree by Whatever's Clever Cuisine
dessert shooters by Whatever's Clever Cuisine

The meu Chef prepared included:

Passed hors d’oeuvres: Pumpkin Pesto Crostini’s – French baguettes sliced & toasted with house made pesto, baby spinach & baked pumpkin, basil garlic & shaved parmesan

Plated salad: Gorgonzola Apple Salad -Walnuts, cranberries & apples with house local honey, mustard vinaigrette on organic arugula greens

Plated main entrée: Arroz Caldo –  House braised chicken, ginger, lime, hard boiled egg & leeks over jasmine rice

Dessert: S’mores dessert shooters – ganache chocolate with cream cheese marshmallow layered with buttery graham cracker crumbs topped with toasted marshmallow

I Said Yes! Shares With You

I Said Yes! works with some of the top wedding professionals in Greater Central Florida. Because they create events for us, we can share their talents with you. First through our Wedding Inspiration Blog. Second through their online listing on Third in our wedding magazine. Finally face to face at our I Said Yes! Wedding Shows and I DOs and BREWS events. From our team to you, thank you for trusting I Said Yes! to help you find your wedding vendors and plan your perfect wedding.

Creators of this event

Central Florida wedding vendors who created this Love is an Art styled shoot:

Venue – Museum of Arts & Sciences, Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum

Catering – Whatever’s Clever Cuisine

Planner – Live Love Laugh Events

Bar – Fun Coast Bartending

Entertainment – DJ Jukebox Bully

Photography and Videography- Dreamscape Photography

Linens – Over The Top Linens

Dancers – Oceans Dance Studio

Orlando wedding planners are here to help you have the best day ever. Further, many of them also help you complete your wedding theme and bring it to life. That is to say they use their creativity to help your wedding theme be reflected in every little detail. Here are 4 examples of themed events created by wedding planners for other wedding pros.

Speakeasy for this 1920's prohibition event

whiskey bottles for floral vases at wedding reception
The University Club of Orlando has a 1920's themed wedding
dessert table by sugar sugar cake boutique in Orlando

When Orlando wedding planner, Pavone Events, walked into the The University Club of Orlando, she knew right away this theme would be 1920’s speakeasy. As you can see, the dark wood, exposed concrete walls and rich colored furniture easily laid the backdrop of this wedding theme. To start, Christine Kirby Studios created placemat, table signage and drink signage in an old newspaper style. Next Florida Candy Buffets brought in candy cigarettes, 100 dollar bill chocolate bars and other delicious themed desserts. Add to that whiskey bottles and cigar boxes for flower vases and you have the makings of one great wedding theme. Additionally the planner worked with the chef to create a meal that was just as perfect for the theme.  For example, mocktails called Rat Pack, The G Man and Shirley Temple. Along with the dessert company, Sugar Sugar Cake Boutique, the cupcake became Public Enemy #1. 

1920's dessert bar signage created by Orlando Wedding Planners
candy cigarettes match 1920's prohibition wedding theme
Candy Cigarettes for 1920's prohibition themed wedding at University Club of Orlando
1920's wedding theme by Orlando Wedding Planners

Undoubtedly live wedding entertainment will put the finishing touches on this prohibition wedding theme. Dawn Gilmore Productions provided the Charlie Chaplin impersonator to welcome guests upon arrival and entertain during cocktail hour. Further Noire Productions brought a lounge singer and string players to set the mood for the reception service. Unquestionably there had to be a secret password as well.  In order for guests to enter the elevator, they had to know the password….it was peacock.

Charlie Chaplin live wedding entertainment by Dawn Gilmore Productions
live entertainment by Noire Productions

All photos of this 1920’s prohibition event taken by That First Moment.  Other contributing wedding professionals: Venue-The University Club of Orlando / Orlando Wedding Planner-Pavone Events / Dessert-Sugar, Sugar Cake Boutique / Candy Buffet-Florida Candy Buffet / Entertainment-Noire Productions / Linens-Over the Top Rental Linens / Stationery-Christine Kirby Studios / Video-Elmwood Forest Productions / Character Actors-Dawn Gilmore Productions / Florida-The Flower Studio

1970's are far out

Do me a solid and check-out this 1970’s themed wedding idea. Start with peace signs. Then add bright colors. Finish with TV dinner food trays and you have created the perfect wedding to the max. 

Peace Cake for 1970's themed wedding
Designs by Laconic create wedding backdropos

Assuredly you would not normally consider a TV dinner for your wedding reception meal. However, Orlando Wedding Planners, Weddings by Kasey, wanted to go all out for this theme. So she worked with Two Chicks and a Pot to create a modern day TV dinner.  Zoom in on the photo on the right below. Clearly the TV dinner idea was a hit, the plates are empty. Along with the TV trays, the meal consisted of turkey and gravy, garlic mashed potatoes and tender green beans with bacon wrap. Obviously a nod to its heritage in the 1970’s microwave.

Orlando Wedding Planners create 1970's wedding theme
Orlando Wedding Planner creates TV dinners for wedding theme
Orlando Wedding Planners design themed wedding cakes

Furthermore the theme was pulled together with bright colorful flowers by Posey Blooms and a groovy font on the signs created by Christine Kirby Studios. All photos for the 1970’s themed event taken by Mary Fosky Photography

Contributing wedding vendors to the 1970’s themed wedding idea: Venue-Hourglass Brewing / Catering-Two Chicks and a Pot / Planner-Weddings by Kasey / DJ-iRock Your Party / Decor-Designs by Laconic / Floral-Posey Blooms / Cake-Karina’s Confectionaries / Signage-Christine Kirby Studios.

Orlando Wedding Planners say treat yo' self

Admittedly wedding vendors enjoy getting together and creating memorable events.  That is to say, we even like treating ourselves. Monthly the I Said Yes! team puts together a team of wedding professionals to create one-of-a-kind networking events.  Each vendor takes this opportunity to really show-off their products and services.  Therefore, this event was themed ‘Treat Yo’ Self’. As a rule, this wasn’t a specific theme, like the 1920’s and 1970’s above, but it was carried out in creative, yet subtle ways.

Orlando Wedding Planners creates special signage for event
lavender and eucalyptus by Lowe + Behold
Live Entertainment for your wedding by Aloha Erica

Starting with the custom signage on the doors to the balcony created by Littera. They read, ‘Treat Yo’ Self’ and ‘Let’s Lunch’. Next the soft colors of the florals designed by Lowe + Behold. Moreover the relaxing smells of eucalyptus and lavender set the tone for the space. 

soft greys and greens for this relaxing spa themed wedding
Orlando Wedding Planner works with caterer to match theme
Orlando Wedding Planners throw Treat Yo' Self event
Live Entertainment for your wedding by Aloha Erica
wedding favors for a treat yo' self wedding theme

Further welcoming the idea of Treat Yo’ Self to a spa day were the soft grey’s and green’s of the furniture provided by Event Effects. Likewise the special touch of the heart shaped watermelon slice by Foodie Catering reminded us to love ourselves. Live entertainment by Aloha Erica set the mood. Finally the hand care kit for a takeaway gift provided by Mary Kay by Elena Brock. Undoubtedly each little touch of soft colors, smells, sounds and food helped to create the relaxing environment of this wedding theme idea.

Contributing wedding vendors to the Treat Yo’ Self themed event: Venue-The Balcony Orlando /  Catering-Foodie Catering / Floral-Lowe + Behold / Linens-Connie Duglin Linens / Music-Aloha Erica Wedding Music / Décor-Event Effects / Glass and Chargers-Orlando Wedding and Party Rentals / Beauty Gift-Mary Kay by Elena Brock / Cookie Gift-Jessie B’s Custom Cookies / Calligraphy and Custom Décor-Littera / Photography-Sunsoar Photography / Dessert-Bakers Cottage Cakes

colors of the year

Every year Pantone introduces its Colors of the Year.  In 2021, those colors are Illuminating and Ultimate Gray. Orlando Wedding Planners, At Last Wedding + Event Design, created this stunning representation of how to use colors of the year for your wedding theme. 

2021 Colors of the Year used in a styled shoot by Orlando Wedding Planners
Illuminating and Ultimate Grey wedding theme created by Orlando Wedding Planners

For example, soft grey rugs, sofa, chairs and pillows. Similarly the bright yellows and golds of the throw pillows, chargers and florals. Together they created a visually appealing design, perfect for any trendy wedding. 

Orlando Wedding Planners use pops of colors to match theme
wedding reception tables for 2021 colors of the year
simple touches created by this Orlando Wedding Planner

When creating your wedding theme, think about statement pieces like the yellow chair for the reception table. Coupled with the simplicity of the bud vase for the cocktail tables. Carry your theme throughout your entire wedding planning. From invitations, to table décor to takeaway gifts. Above all create your perfect wedding to represent you as a couple.  Keep it subtle and traditional, or go all out. No matter what your wedding theme is, do you. 

Contributing wedding vendors to the Colors of the Year wedding theme idea: Venue-Bella Collina / Orlando Wedding Planners-At Last Wedding + Event Design / Florals-In Bloom Florist / Rental Designer-Ocean Hawks Rentals / Videographer-Cinemology / DJ-Fyerfly Productions / Saxophone-RLE3 Music / Photography-Alexis Kline Photography / Linens-Over The Top Rental Linens.

Real Advice from a real couple

Planning your wedding can be overwhelming and even tricky at times.  So many decisions to make and so many options available. But don’t worry. We have advice for you.  This couple who has been there and done that. Introducing, Sarah-Ann and Alfie. They share their wedding and their wedding planning advice.

bride and groom standing in st augustine church

Starting with the date

How do you pick the date? Do you choose the day you went on your first date? How about a lucky number combination like 2-22-22 or your favorite holiday. Sarah-Ann and Alfie chose the day they first met and their favorite holiday – October 31st. Sarah-Ann says, “We wanted our Hallowedding to feel like a fun and spooky Halloween party and our coordinator, of Costal Coordinating, and her team definitely helped to make that idea come to life!” 

choosing colors

To play to the theme, floral arrangements were created in Halloween colors. In the same vein, orange linens added a bright pop of color. Similarly, the bridesmaids wore juniper green dresses. Green also happens to be the groom’s favorite color. Meanwhile the groom and groomsmen wore navy suits. As a result, the suits became the running gag.  Due to the fact that several of the groom’s closest friends were married in the suits they wore to the wedding. Sarah-Ann wore a traditional white wedding dress.

purple orange and white wedding bouquets
bride with bridesmaids wearing green dresses
black table linen to set bright wedding colors
orange linen to match halloween theme wedding
groom and groomsmen wearing navy suits
skull place card holders for halloween wedding

The Venue

Planning your wedding should actually start with the wedding venue. Even though Central Florida alone has over 400 venues, many of the most popular locations sell out of weekend dates.  Therefore, be sure you have a signed contract with your venue securing your date before you send out your save the dates.

Alfie and Sarah-Ann chose The Treasury on The Plaza in St. Augustine, FL. This happy couple chose their venue mainly based off of how beautiful the vault and cathedral ballroom are. To make a special moment for the couple, the coordinator brought them into the reception area prior to guest arrival. Sarah-Ann said, “It was amazing to see our ideas come to life and it looked better than we imagined.” Likewise, they created a special moment for their guests by coming out of the hidden vault instead of through the main entrance.

Add your Special Touches

Add your personal details to your wedding. Make it special and memorable for you and your guests.  For instance, this couple asked their couples to attend in costume in celebration of the theme. They wanted to have a fun and spooky wedding rather than the traditional style. In addition, the bridesmaids are the sisters of the bride and the maid of honor is the bride’s best friend since high school. In the same vein, the groomsmen are all old college roommates.

wedding guests wear halloween costumes

wedding planning advice from the couple

This couple has 6 pieces of wedding planning advice:

  1. Check to see if your venue has a preferred vendor list. This is often a list of highly recommended vendors who also know the venue and it’s team really well. In short, they will help create a more seamless wedding day.
  2. Wedding planning can be intense. They suggest you slow down. In addition, plan thoroughly, so on your wedding day, you can just enjoy yourselves.
  3. Buy a book that allows you to write down and compare different vendors. The one Sarah-Ann and Alfie purchased also had suggested questions to ask. Many were questions they had not thought of.
  4. Research vendors, inspiration, ideas and tips on wedding planning resource websites like I Said Yes! FL.
  5. Let your wedding planner take the reigns. You hired them to coordinate your wedding, let go and let them do what they are trained to do.
  6. Trust your vendors to perform the job you hired them to do. They will make your day amazing.

participating wedding vendors

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