Classic Florida Wedding
Kristen Weaver Photography
Editorial Category: 
Monday, July 2, 2018

Destination Wedding in Lake Mary

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Everything about Marilyn and CJ’s wedding was so special and relaxed. The wedding was rich with family, friends and lots of love! One of the most special parts of the day was having Marilyn’s sweet little girl was with us for the couple’s formal photos—a beautiful brown pitbull they raised! The couple got ready at the Alfond Inn, a gorgeous, animal friendly hotel. Having her for the wedding photos, done by Kristen Weaver Photography, really helped Marilyn and CJ feel like they had all the important people in their lives with them, even if one is a dog!

The beautiful Florida wedding took place at the Lake Mary Events Center. The couple decided that the most important thing about planning was to include as many of their friends and family as possible within their budget, as sharing the day with all of your favorite people is what makes the day great! Marilyn and CJ chose a slightly less expensive venue that was close to Orlando, where the majority of their family lives, and cut the budget on a few decorations (like charger plates, etc.) to accommodate more people. In the end, the venue was nearly maxed out, but they were able to invite everyone who wanted to attend.

The vision of their wedding was to have a crisp and classic, yet modern look with a pop of color that matched their personalities best. Since the nuptials were taking place in the summer, the couple decided to have a light and airy feel, so instead of black, the groomsmen wore navy and the bridesmaids wore blush. Finally, because Marilyn’s favorite color is magenta, it was incorporated into her bouquet and tied into the groom’s boutonniere (and the pup’s flower collar).

Speaking of flowers, we are obsessed with the couple’s wedding flowers! Marilyn loves growing orchids, so it was important she incorporate them into the wedding. Tall, white orchids were the centerpiece on the tables and they were paired with white hydrangea bushes to keep the clean and crisp summer feeling going throughout the reception. For the bridal bouquet, Marilyn chose pink peonies and magenta roses as a way of incorporating her favorite color into the wedding and to serve as a nice contrast against her ivory lace strapless Maggie Sottero wedding dress.

The wedding cake was clean, classic and modern with a pop of color. Anna Cakes makes delicious cakes and choosing one flavor was impossible, so the couple chose 3 tiers: red velvet and cream cheese frosting, lemon and custard and coconut and guava. Classic and summery was the name of the game for the wedding and wedding cake flavors.

Finally, we spoke to the couple about any advice they may have for couples now planning their weddings. Marilyn and CJ agreed that simplicity is the key to a happy wedding day. After it is all said and done, what you remember most is celebrating the day with the people you love most. So make sure you have good food, drinks and music because those are the things your guests will remember and the rest will take care of itself!



Photography: Kristen Weaver Photography

Ceremony Venue: Lake Mary Events Center 

Reception Venue:  Lake Mary events center

Catering: Puff 'N Stuff Catering

Floral:  Décor Galore 

Stationery: Minted

Photo Booth:  Rhythm Of The Night Entertainment

Wedding Cake: Anna Cakes

Rentals: Orlando Wedding and Party Rentals

Linens: Over The Top Linen Inc 

Hair: LeJeune Artistry  

Makeup:  LeJeune Artistry 

Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero 

Groom's Attire:  Mens Wearhouse

Bride's Shoes:  Badgley Mischka

Veil:  Bel Aire Bridal

Submitted via: matchology  


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