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Orange Blossom Wedding Inspiration for Orlando Couples

Bride Winter/Spring 2018

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THE NEWLY RENOVATED MANSION GETS ITS FIRST VISITOR

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p. 12 Captured by Elle

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Tips for Finding YOUR Wedding Venue

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Should You Have an Engagement Session?

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Great Engagement Session Locations

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Best of 2017: Our Readers Favorites

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Bridal Fashions in The City Beautiful

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Weekend Getaway: St. Augustine

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Wedding Timeline and Vendor Contact List

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Wedding Pro Directory

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Howey p. 22

Wedding Inspiration 27

Enchanted Forrest at Bridle Oaks

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Southwestern Boho at the Acre Orlando

Real Weddings

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Bella Collina

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Mission Inn Resort and Club Beach Place Guesthouses Westin Lake Mary

Orange Blossom Wedding Inspiration for Orlando Couples

Bride Winter/Spring 2018

Netta meets

Howey

THE NEWLY RENOVATED MANSION GETS ITS FIRST VISITOR

Tips for

Your

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Real

Local

Weddings

ON THE COVER

Venue: The Howey Mansion|Photo: Leah Langley Photography| Dress: Rose-Gold by Netta Ben Shabu from Solutions Bridal|Florist: Cheryl’s Distinctive Creations|Hair: Brie & Brie|Makeup: Bella con Stile’


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From the

Editor Congrats on your engagement! This is such an

exciting time for you and your fiancé(e). I’m sure you have quickly learned that wedding planning can be overwhelming! Over the period of your engagement, you will have a lot of decisions to make and at some point you will get a little stressed. Our goal at Orange Blossom Bride has always been to lessen that stress and make wedding planning fun by providing local wedding inspiration and tips, as well as wonderful trusted wedding pros that will help make it your wedding vision a reality. In this issue, we have tips on finding your wedding venue, amazing wedding dresses, wedding inspiration, and so much more. One of the best things that you can do to minimize the stress of wedding planning is to get organized. So with this in mind, we have provided a wedding timeline and vendor contact list in the back of this issue to help! You can also visit us at orangeblossombride.com for a ton more inspiration and tips for planning your Orlando wedding.

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Tips For Finding Your Wedding Venue As a venue owner and speaking for many other wedding professionals, we understand that this is new territory for you; most likely you’ve never planned a wedding before or for that matter an event for 50+ people. For these reasons, and many more, we’re here to help! There are quite a few logistics we’re sure you haven’t thought of yet. We hope we can help with some tips below in helping you select the perfect venue!

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FINANCES This topic tends to be ignored and is one of the most important to discuss in the beginning stages of wedding planning. Whether you are paying for the wedding yourselves, or have contributing parties, having a ballpark idea of your overall budget and what you can afford is vital. TIP: Don’t be surprised when vendors ask this question. We’re asking to make sure we can share with you the most appropriate packages to fit within your budget. Most deposits are non-refundable. This is to protect you from a vendor “double or overbooking.” If your venue only books one event per day (By the way, exclusivity is really nice), they have elimin-

ated the opportunity to give anyone else the chance to consider this date as it is already reserved for you!

LOCATION This will set the feel and tone for your wedding. Are you interested in a ballroom, urban space, country club, or southern estate? TIP: The internet is a great resource and if you can pinpoint the right keywords, you’ll pull up some pretty exceptional venues. If you’re considering a rustic or unique venue space, keep in mind how close the venue is to the highway, hotels, and rehearsal dinner locations.


These logistics are important and will play a big part in the week of your wedding.

T hings you should know ... YOUR PLANNING A PARTY

VENUE FEATURES Everyone has a different idea of the amount of time they want to put into planning a wedding. If you’re selecting a venue that is over 2-3 hours away, consider an all-inclusive package. TIP: Most tours and meetings are scheduled during the week, since events (like your future wedding) will take place over the weekend. We don’t want to impede on someone else’s special day OR yours! If you like the idea of more control and selecting your own vendors, look for a location that allows outside vendors. Some venues may have a preferred vendor list for you to select from. Also, the number of guests on your list is a huge contributor to whether or not you can select your dream venue. TIP: Don’t ask what the venue capacity is, but rather ask your venue what will comfortably fit in the space. (including a dance floor, bar, DJ, cake display, buffet, etc.) See our breakdown below for helpful table to guest ratio.

It doesn’t take a wedding to get married. You should first understand that a wedding is an optional celebration, in other words, a luxury experience. Keep this in mind the entire planning process and when making decisions.

BARGAINS AREN’T ALWAYS BEST

Understand the professionals you hire. Even though they are part of an upscale industry, it doesn’t mean they are taking advantage of you. You get what you pay for.

VETT YOUR VENDORS

Choose a venue and wedding vendors to work with that are kind, helpful, and passionate about what they do. We are here to help make the entire process an experience that you’ll want to enjoy.

DONT KNOW, ASK!

There are no stupid questions. A venue is most likely one of the first vendors you will select. We love educating and helping couples in the planning process.

About the Author:

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Jess Watson is the owner of Up the Creek Farms, which is located in Grant-Valkaria, FL. Up the Creek Farms property sits on eight acres of land with a beautiful oak canopy, creek front north perimeter, and lots of Old Florida charm – so many locations for an outdoor ceremony! A classic wood framed barn is available to host receptions and other special events with a charming blank canvas to style any event. See more at orangeblossombride.com/up-the-creek-farms


Should You Have an Engagement Session? Engagement sessions are some of the last things that people think about. It’s somewhat of an addon to wedding coverage, as it should be. I just don’t think that it should be an afterthought. The big question is this: Should you have an engagement session? In short, the answer is ABSOLUTELY!

GETTING COMFORTABLE More often than not, an “engagement session” turns into a “getting to know each other session”. It’s the true beginning of the photographic adventure together. The engagement session is where we see where we can go to get those reactions that we adore from couples. The big thing about it is that our approach is different for every couple. As we work together, Marta and I start to see how you react to what we ask of you. Some couples will react with laughter, while others will react with romance. We’ve seen all sorts of relationships blossom in front of us. It works wonders and gives you the chance to get comfortable in front of the camera before your actual wedding day.

GET TO KNOW YOUR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER If you are engaged and looking for an Orlando Wedding Photographer, then consider having an engagement session before booking them for your wedding. See how they work with you. Marta and I always tell couples to consider how they feel around the photographers during the session. You will most likely be spending your whole wedding day with your wedding photographer, so you want to make sure that your personalities work well together.

About the Author:

Rudy Montilla is half of an Orlando based husband and wife photography duo who loves to travel the world in order to tell the love stories of their clients through beautiful photographs.


Great Engagement Session Locations There are so many amazing locations throughout Orlando and surrounding areas for engagement sessions. From beautiful parks to quaint downtown areas to fun wall murals, these are just a few of our favorites. To see more visit the blog at bit.ly/2Ef5kbo PUBLIC PARKS Nature is the perfect backdrop for an engagement session and there are so many parks and scenic locations around the area. Looking for gorgeous mossy oak trees? You definitely want to visit Lake Runnymede Conservation Area in Saint Cloud, FL. Photo: Flora Bloom Photography

QUAINT DOWNTOWNS No matter where you are located in the Greater Orlando area, chances are that there is an adorable downtown area nearby. Sanford, Mount Dora, Winter Garden, just to name a few, downtown areas all have a unique charm and give you opportunities to be creative with your engagement session. Photo: Jamie Reinhart Photography

FUN WALL MURALS Wall murals have been popping up all over the Greater Orlando area and they are probably one of our favorites for engagement sessions. This fun mural is located in Melbourne, FL on the side of Backwater, a delicious breakfast and lunch restaurant located in the beautiful downtown area. Photo: Harmony Lynn Photography


Orange Blossom Bride's Best of 2017

It has been an amazing year of features on the blog. There are so many extremely talented wedding professionals in the Central Florida area and we are so honored that we get to showcase their work. We asked our readers to select their favorites from the year. Congrats to the winners! You can see more from these winners on the blog at bit.ly/2iSZyU1

Best Cake

BAKERS COTTAGE CAKES This beautiful gravity defying wedding cake by Michelle at Bakers Cottage Cakes was part of an elegant wedding inspiration shoot at the beautiful Luxmore Grande Estate. The beautiful three tier cake was painted with rose and yellow gold and adorned with dusty pinks, mauve and purple flowers. Photo: Brittany Bishop Photography

Best Bouquet FERN AND CURL DESIGNS When a bride who was eloping came to Afton of Fern and Curl Designs for her bridal bouquet, she wanted a vibrant bouquet but let her take care of the rest. This beautiful bouquet is full of bright unique flowers perfect for a Rockledge Garden elopement. Photo: Arlene Jacobs Photography


Best Wedding

CASA FELIZ WEDDING

Inspired by the warmer winter color tones the bride found on Pinterest, this couple trusted their wedding vendor team to bring their vision to life. Add the lovely Spanish style Farmhouse, Casa Feliz, in Winter Park, FL as the backdrop and you have a gorgeous wedding! Participating Vendors: Venue: Casa Feliz|Wedding Planner: Dandy Details Events LLC|Photographer: Jamie Reinhart Photography|Cake: Cut The Cake|Florist: Flower Girl Designs|Rentals: Orlando Wedding and Party Rentals|Hair and Makeup: Marilyn Monroe Spas|Caterer: Arthur’s Catering|Dress: BHLDN

Best Wedding Inspiration Shoot BEAUTY AND THE BEAST As 2017 brought this Tale as Old as Time back to the big screen, this wedding vendor team created an elegant wedding inspiration shoot that will stand the test of time. The shoot was filled with beautiful iconic details from the story, such as a large single rose bouquet. And with an absolutely gorgeous Lazaro wedding gown, you have a modern twist to a classic tale. Participating Vendors: Venue: Orchid Garden|Wedding Planner and Design: Bella Sposa Events|Photographer: Tabitha Photography|Cake: Sprinkles Custom Cakes|Florist: Events by The Flower Studio|Rentals: Chic! Event Furniture|Dish Rentals: Dishie Rentals|Lighting: FyerFly Productions|Hair and Makeup: Bella Con Stile’|Dress: Lazaro from Calvet Couture Bridal|Men’s Attire: Loftis Production Services, Inc.|Invitations: Eleven Note|Linens: Over the Tops Linens|Gaint Handmade Rose: A Girl and Her Glitter|Cake Topper: Cuts of Confetti


Bridal Fashions in

The City Beautiful

From elegant lace to delicate tulle to unique designs, these bridal gowns shine in some of Downtown Orlando’s top wedding venues.

Delicate layers of angelic tulle and lace bring a feminine touch to this edgy Calla Blanche gown. Venue: Grand Bohemian Photo: Ashley Jane Photography


Gorgeous crochet lace over a nude underlay by Made With Love. Venue: Grand Bohemian Photo: Ashley Jane Photography


Chic Nostalgia gown adorned with lovely lace florals and clear sequins. Venue: Grand Bohemian Photo: Bumby Photography


Unique high neck Calla Blanche gown. Venue: Grand Bohemian Photo: Bumby Photography


Metal chain and silver thread bring an edgy twist to this Rara Avis gown (right) Venue: 1010 West Photo: Captured by Elle


Elegant appliquĂŠs and sheer overlay on this Rara Avis gown give this classic style a modern twist. Veil: Untamed Petals Venue: Ceviche Orlando Photo: Captured by Elle


For more from this shoot, visit the blog at:

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Participating Vendors: Venues: Grand Bohemian p.12-15, 1010West p.16, and Ceviche Orlando p.17-18| Dresses and Accessories: Olivia Bowan Bridal|Bouquets: Flower Girl Designs|Hair: Brie & Brie|Makeup: Bella Con Stile’|Photographers: Ashley Jane Photography p. 12-13, Bumby Photography p.14-15, and Captured by Elle Photo + Video p.16-18


Netta

meets

Howey

With the long anticipated restoration of the historic Howey-in-the-Hills mansion complete, it’s ready for its first guest.


Netta Meets Howey After 30 years of neglect, the gorgeous Howey Mansion located about 40 minutes north of Downtown Orlando in Howey-inthe-Hills has been resorted to its former glory. The new owners originally purchased the property with the intentions of turning it into a bed and breakfast. However, after receiving continued inquiries from couples to have their weddings at this cherished estate, they have decided to open the Mansion as a wedding venue. It holds a variety of options for weddings of up to 300 guests. The venue’s beautiful grounds and vintage details highlight the beauty of its first guest, Netta BenShabu. This amazing haute couture

wedding dress designer is based out of Miami and only available locally at Solutions Bridal, which is located near the Millenia Mall. Using the most delicate French laces and luxurious fabrics, along with intricate details, Netta’s gowns are nothing short of breathtaking. Each gown accentuates the waist line, providing a beautiful touch of femininity. The combination of these beautiful gowns and this historical local treasure make for a match made in heaven. Visit the blog to see more from this incredible shoot, including an amazing video by Jeffrey Stoner Video at bit.ly/2qxlJWL


Participating Vendors: Venue: The Howey Mansion|Photographer: Leah Langley Photography|Videog-

rapher: Jeffrey Stoner Video|Dress: Netta Ben Shabu from Solutions Bridal|Florist: Cheryl’s Distinctive Creations|Hair: Brie & Brie| Makeup: Bella Con Stile’|Headpieces: Maria Elena Headpieces|Earrings: Paris by Debra Moreland and Erin Cole.


Enchanted Forrest

Wedding Inspiration BRIDLE OAKS | DELAND, FL


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barn wedding venue doesn’t mean that you have to strap on some cowboy boots under that wedding gown. Instead, a beautiful rustic elegant approach creates a little bit of a different vibe than what may be expected. Adding lovely purple tones to the lush color palette provided by nature, this vendor team created an Enchanted Forest-themed wedding inspiration shoot at Bridle Oaks, located in Deland, FL. A gorgeous reception table setup featured a massive floral arrangement that was dripping with crystals. Not to be left out of the magic, the cake was covered in orchids and its own set of sparkles. The model bride was fit to be a fairy princess with soft makeup and loose curls. While the details are all stunning on their own, together they create a dreamy fairy tale wedding!


Participating Vendors: Venue: Bridle Oaks Barn|Photographer: Captured by Belinda|Videographer: Perfect Sky Wedding Films| Florist: Events by the Flower Studio|Cake: Bakers Cottage Cakes|Hair and Makeup: Faces By Shannon|Signage/ Menus: Tricia Sechrist Designs|Rentals: A Chair Affair, Inc.|Dress: Something New Bridal Boutique|Model: Caroline Dibble See more from this shoot, including a video from Perfect Sky Wedding Films at bit.ly/2D5DY85


Southwestern Boho Wedding Inspiration

THE ACRE ORLANDO | ORLANDO, FL


Is

it possible to bring the beauty of the southwest straight to Florida? This wedding styled shoot proves the answer is a resounding “YES!” With its boho charm and big cacti, there was no better place for inspiration than The Acre in Orlando. The Southwest’s signature geometric patterns and dusty blues and oranges were threaded in with terracotta plates and exotic floral. Even the bride’s unique gown fit right in with lace chevrons in the skirt! A macramé wall hanging created a fun spot to hang table assignments, photos, or place cards. Of course, a southwestern motif needs plenty of cacti, and this shoot definitely delivered, each place setting came with one! The cake’s contribution to the day’s theme was subtle and beautifully executed, with textured shapes cleanly carved into the white icing. See more at bit.ly/2meEUA6


Participating Vendors: Venue: The Acre Orlando| Planning/Design/Calligraphy: Two Peas Designs| Photographer: Ashley McCormick Photography|Videographer: Stephen Whitaker Films| Florist: Events by The Flower Studio| Furniture: A Chair Affair, Inc.| Dishware: Dishie Rentals| Dress: Something New Bridal Boutique| Macrame and Himmeli: Calculated Crafts| Hair and Makeup: Flawless Faces by Alicia| Cake: LuBelle’s Cakes| Cacti: Florida Cactus| Jewelry: Princess Greentree| Tie: Lord and Lady Co.| Pillows: Mercy Grey Design Co.


Real Local Weddings Bella Collina p.34 Mission Inn Resort and Club p.37 Beach Place Guesthouses p.40 Westin Lake Mary p.43

Photo: Old Pine Pictorial


Bella Collina Wedding Maxine and Martr ez MONTE VERDE, FL


There’s no venue quite like the Tuscan-styled Bella Collina in Monte Verde, and this couple’s special day radiated glamour. The bride’s gown was both sexy and classic with a deep V neckline overlaid with lace and beading. The groom looked stylish in a cream-colored tux and black bow tie, and the bridesmaids were dressed from head to toe in gold sequined gowns. There was definitely no shortage of

beautiful blooms! The aisle was loaded with white petals, while thick green garlands were draped across back row seating. Pillars topped with large arrangements of white roses were the finishing touch to a ceremony setting that looked ready for royalty. Such beautiful photos to look back on for a day these two will never forget!


Participating Vendors: Venue: Bella Collina|Wedding Planner, Florist, and DÊcor: Vangie’s Events of Distinction|Photographer: Jamie Reinhart Photography|Videography: Cinemedia| Cake: Party Flavors Custom Cakes|DJ, Lighting, and Photo Booth: DJ Gary White|Dress: Maggie Sottero from The Bridal Boutique|Shoes: Jessica Simpson|Hair and Makeup: Bella Collina Spa|Tuxes: Bethesda Custom Tailors|Bridesmaid Dresses: Bill Levkoff|Engagement Ring: Market Street Diamonds|Wedding Favors: Suds and Creams


Mission Inn Wedding Chr isty and Stephen HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, FL


Stephen and Christy are high school sweethearts whose relationship grew as they did. As two independent people, they pursued different careers at separate colleges 4 1/2 hours away from each other, but their love stayed strong despite the distance. Their wedding at Mission Inn was a long time coming, and every bit of it was stunning! The two of them said their vows under a wooden archway entwined with a rose garland, and long

ribbons hung off of Christy’s bouquet. Gold accents and table runners made of greenery made for a rich, elegant reception space. The cake itself was a work of art! Each tier was a little different, but they all blended as one cohesive piece. The wall of windows overlooking Mission Inn Resort and Club’s lake created a scenic view for guests while providing some natural lighting during the early evening!


Participating Vendors: Venue: Mission Inn Resort and Club| Wedding Planner: Bella Sposa Events| Photography and Videography: Captured by Elle|Florist: Events by The Flower Studio|Cake: Cut the Cake|Pies: P is for Pie|Hair and Makeup: Laura Reynolds Artistry|Officiant: A Beautiful Ceremony|DJ and Lighting: Standing Ovation


Beach Place Guesthouses Wedding Nikki and Mike COCOA BEACH, FL


Beach Place Guesthouses was just the right venue for this beach-loving, creative couple. Brightly colored florals popped against the bridesmaids’ powder blue dresses, and the bride’s gown was romantic and airy - perfect for a beach wedding! Before the ceremony, the soon-to-be husband and wife took time to do a first touch, allowing them to spend a moment with each other without the groom

seeing the bride. After tying the knot under a driftwood archway, the newlyweds joined their guests to celebrate! A surfboard displayed the names of the bridal party in white calligraphy, while table numbers were painted onto glimmering geodes. Lots of unique details sat waiting to be discovered, and the result was an atmosphere that was a fun balance between beach and boho!


Participating Vendors: Venue: Beach Place Guest Houses| Photographer: Old Pine Pictorial| Florist: Buds Etc.|Dress: Martina Liana Bridal from Collection Bridal|Cake: The Best Little Cake House|Rentals: Mimosas and Moonshine and Chairs for Affairs| Jewelry: BHLDN Jewelry| Headband: Sara Gabriel| Caterer: A Chef ’s Touch Catering|Videography: Legendary Films by Damir|DJ: Lindsey Leigh Music|Van: Southsiders VW


Westin Lake Mary Wedding Elaine and John LAKE MARY, FL


Elaine and John met through mutual friends

over seven years before they got married. Throughout their relationship, they’ve traveled together, tried new restaurants together, and Instagrammed all of their discoveries along the way! Their pink and black wedding was modern and vibrant with clean lines and lots of sparkle. Elaine looked stunning in a full-skirted ball gown, and the groomsmen wore pink ties to match the bridesmaids’ hot

pink dresses. The reception was sleek and shimmering with silver linens, candle holders, and chargers atop every table. Floral centerpieces full of hydrangeas, roses, and peonies filled out the rest of the room. Elaine and John wanted a day full of delicious food and plenty of photos, and it looks like they got their wish! After dinner at long, family-style tables, guests enjoyed making memories with the magic mirror photo booth.


Participating Vendors: Venue: Westin Lake Mary|Wedding Planner: Designer Weddings by Carly Rose|Photographer: Jessica Connery Photography|Videography: Clark Videography|Florist: Flower Girl Designs |Cake: Florida Sweets & Co.|DJ and Photobooth: DJ Live Productions|Hair and Makeup: Bella Con Stile|Rentals: Over the Top, Inc. and Orlando Wedding and Party Rentals|Favors: Le Macaron| Stationery: Wedding Paper Diva


Weekend Getaway SAINT AUGUSTINE, FL When the wedding planning process is getting too chaotic and you need a break for a few days, a weekend getaway is a great option. In Florida, we are so fortunate to have a destination that is not only full of history and culture, but is also great for foodies, winos, and nature enthusiasts. At any time of year, St. Augustine provides an amazing experience for travelers in all walks of life.


HISTORY AND CULTURE BUFFS St. Augustine was founded in 1565 by Spanish settlers and many of the buildings and institutions built at that time still stand today. At the Castillo de San Marcos, daily cannon demonstrations offer an interesting glimpse into how the original inhabitants of St. Augustine defended their town against pirates and other invaders.

OTHER GREAT SITES - St. Augustine Lighthouse - Lightner Museum

FOOD AND WINOS Food in St. Augustine ranges from Spanish flavors to traditional Southern fare. There is really something for everyone. Some top-rated restaurants and local favorites include the Reef Restaurant, The Spanish Bakery and CafĂŠ, La Pentola CafĂŠ, La Pentola Restaurant,

A1A Works, and La Cocina. For wine aficionados, San Sebastian Winery is the perfect place to sample Florida wines. This winery offers complimentary tours and wine tastings seven days a week.

WHERE TO STAY St. Augustine is known for her variety of Bed & Breakfast options as well as her elegant and historical hotels such as the Casa Monica. B&Bs offer a cozy and homey feel with many amenities that hotels offer (Peace and Plenty Inn, pictured right) while hotels such as Casa Monica provide Spanish-inspired designs and a more historical feel. Camping at nearby Anastasia State Park at St. Augustine Beach is also an excellent option for nature lovers and adventure seekers.

About the Author:

Theresa of Get Out! Custom Travels is a Central Florida based travel agent who provides Honeymoon Planning for engaged couples, as well as hotel room blocking for couples out of town wedding guests.


Wedding Timeline X

There are so many details that go into planning a wedding and a certain time frame to get those details done. We have created a quick cheat sheet for you to stay organized and make sure you do not forget anything. Happy Planning!

12+ Months

9-11 Months Cont.

4-5 Months Cont.

Make Sure Engagement Ring is Insured

Get Estimates for Decor and Lighting Rentals

Start Planning Your Rehearal Dinner

Decide on Wedding Date

Set Up Hotel Room Blocks for Out of Town Guests

Reserve Your Day of Transportation

Create a Wedding Budget Decide on a Wedding Style Create a Preliminary Guest List Find a Ceremony and Reception Venue Select an Officiant Create a Wedding Website

9-11 Months Narrow Down Guest List to Fit in Budget and Venue Have an Engagement Party Order Your Wedding Dress Book Your Wedding Planner and Photographer Send Out Save the Dates Decide and Ask Wedding Party Members If Your Venue Does Not Have a Caterer, Find and Book One

6-8 Months Pick Groom’s and Groomsmen attire Decide Wedding Invitation Wording

Start Dance Lessons for First Dance

3 Months Have Your Bridal Shower

Start Planning Your Honeymoon Select a Baker for Your Wedding Cake/Dessert

Finalize Playlist Details with Your DJ or Band

Create Your Wedding Registry

Finalize Ceremony Details with Officiant

Schedule Bridal Hair and Makeup Trials Book a Videographer

Decide on Wedding Favors

Book Your Florist

4-5 Months

Send Your Wedding Invitations Finalize Details with Caterer and Rentals Purchase Decor/Details You are Not Renting Purchase Your Wedding Rings

Get Your Marriage License

2 Months Start Brainstorming Your Wedding Vows Finalize Menu Create Wedding Ceremony Programs Send Thank Yous for Your Bridal Shower Gifts Have Your Bachelor/ Bachelorette Party


2 Months Cont.

1 to 2 Weeks Cont.

Mail Your Wedding Invitations

Give Your Day-Of Schedule to Your Vendors and Wedding Party

Purchase Presents for Future Spouse, Wedding Party, and Parents Schedule Your Dress Fitting

1 Month Final Dress Fitting Plan Where You and Future Spouse with Get Ready Day Of Book Wedding Night Accommodations Shop for Honeymoon Clothing

Provide Rehearsal and Rehearsal Dinner Information to Those Attending

2-3 Days Pack Your Wedding Overnight Bag Pick Up Groom’s Attire Leave Honeymoon Details with a Family Member

Have Your Emergency Kit for the Day and Your “Something Old, New, Borrowed, and Bue

Make Sure Details are Clear with Ceremony and Reception Sites

1 to 2 Weeks

Designate Someone to Take Your Wedding Gifts Home

Follow Up with Guest Who Haven’t RSVP’d Give Final Guest Count to Caterer, Baker, and Venue Make Escort Cards and/ or Display Confirm All Final Payments and Details If You are Giving a Toast, Prepare Your Speech Pick Up Your Marriage License

Wedding Day! Make Sure You Eat Breakfast Exchange Gifts with Spouse and Give Gifts to Parents and Wedding Party Enjoy the Day!

Post Wedding Freeze the Top Layer of Your Wedding Cake Send Thank You Notes for Wedding Gifts If You are Planning to, Change Your Name Have Your Dress Cleaned and Preserved

Pamper Yourself with a Manicure and Pedicure

1 Day Before Have Your Rehearsal and Rehearsal Dinner Give Marriage License to Your Officiant Bring Any Ceremony Details with You to Your Rehearsal Get a Good Night’s Rest

Online Timeline Visit our website at

orangeblossombride.com/ wedding-timeline

for more details and articles to help you plan your wedding.


Wedding Vendor Contact List

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You will be hiring multiple wedding professionals to help make your wedding day come together. One of the best things that you can do to ensure that your wedding planning is less stressful is to stay organized, especially if you do not have a full planning wedding planner. Make sure to keep track of all of the details and contracts that you get from each.

Cer emony Venue Contact: Phone: Email: Deposit: $ Payment: $ Payment: $

Date: Date: Date:

Wedding Planner Contact: Phone: Email: Deposit: $ Payment: $ Payment: $

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R eception Venue Contact: Phone: Email: Deposit: $ Payment: $ Payment: $

Photographer Contact: Phone: Email: Deposit: $ Payment: $ Payment: $

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Flor ist

Videographer Contact: Phone: Email: Deposit: $ Payment: $ Payment: $

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Baker Contact: Phone: Email: Deposit: $ Payment: $ Payment: $

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DJ/Musician Contact: Phone: Email: Deposit: $ Payment: $ Payment: $

Officiant

Transportation Contact: Phone: Email: Deposit: $ Payment: $ Payment: $

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Honeymoon

Stationery Contact: Phone: Email: Deposit: $ Payment: $ Payment: $

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Cater er

R entals Contact: Phone: Email: Deposit: $ Payment: $ Payment: $

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Other Desserts Contact: Phone: Email: Deposit: $ Payment: $ Payment: $

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Photo Booth Contact: Phone: Email: Deposit: $ Payment: $ Payment: $

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LOOKING FOR GREAT WEDDING PROS? Turn to p. 59 or visit bit.ly/2Crporc for wonderful wedding pros that will make help make your wedding vision a reality.


Preferred Wedding Venues

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HARMONY GARDENS 5528 Aragon Ave De Leon Springs, FL 32130 (386) 589-1862 harmonygardens.org info@harmonygardens.org Photo: Sophia’s Art Photography

SUNNY ACRES LODGE 7290 Hacienda Trail Polk City, FL 33868 (863) 888-0408 sunnyacreslodge.com info@sunnyacreslodge.com see on p. 9 Photo: Life Long Photography Studio

UP THE CREEK FARMS 3590 Valkaria Rd. Grant-Valkaria, FL 32950 (321) 499-4232 upthecreekfarms.com info@upthecreekfarms.com see on p. 4 Photo: Vitalic Photo


Wedding Pro

Guide

The wedding professionals that you hire will be the key piece in making your wedding vision come to life. Our wedding vendor directory is the perfect place to find your wedding pros.

What makes our directory different?

The wedding professionals listed in our directory are extensively vetted to ensure that they are not only an expert in their field and provide couples with impeccable service, but have a great record of working well with other wedding vendors which is so important to make sure your wedding runs smoothly.

Wedding Planners

Photographers

Photographers Cont.

Bella Sposa Events

Ashley Jane Photography

Jamie Reinhart Photography

(814) 572-0896 bellasposaevents@outlook.com bellasposaevents.com see on p. 9,11,37

Dandy Details Events & Design

(407) 591-9610 info@dandydetailseventsllc.com dandydetailseventsllc.com see on p. 11

I Do Events & Party Rentals

(352) 217-4947 yolanda@idoeventsandpr.com idoeventsandpr.com

Pearl White Events

(407) 519-0646 contact@pearlwhiteevents.com pearlwhiteevents.com see on p. 58

Sincerely Yours Wedding & Events

(321) 794-5044 jacqueline@syweddings.com syweddings.com

(563) 528-1152

ashley@ashleyjane-photography.com

ashleyjane-photography.com see on p. 12,19

Bumby Photography

(407) 864-0003 bumby@bumbyphotography.com bumbyphotography.com see on p. 14,50

Captured by Belinda Photo and Video

(407) 756-2056 belinda@capturedbybelinda.com capturedbybelinda.com see on p. 27,46

Captured by Elle Photo & Video

(407) 749-2896 elle@capturedbyelle.com capturedbyelle.com see on p. 1,15,37

Flora Bloom Photography (407) 476-3513

amanda@florabloomphotography.com

florabloomphotography.com see on p. 8

(724) 986-1074

jamie@jamiereinhartphotography.com

jamiereinhartphotography.com

see on p. 8,11,34

Katelynn Carlson Photography

(407) 234-0091 contact@kcpimages.com

katelynncarlsonphotography.com

see on p. 2

Leah Langley Photography (407) 506-8660 leah@leahlangley.com leahlangley.com see on p. 20, cover

Sophia’s Art Photography (407) 873-4951

info@sophiasartphoto.com

sophiasartphoto.com see on p. 57

Rudy & Marta Photography

(321) 270-9524 info@rudyandmarta.com rudyandmarta.com see on p. 7


Flor ist Bliss Flower and Design Studio

blissflowerdesigns.com hello@blissflowerdesigns.com (386) 562-1367

Events by The Flower Studio (321) 422-0823

andie@theflowerstudioonline.com eventsbytheflowerstudio.com see on p. 11,27,30,37,right

Flower Girl Designs (407) 900-3231

Hair and Makeup Bella Con Stile’ Beauty (407) 285-7486

Tootles Event Sitters and Entertainment

see on p. 11,12,20,43

tyneshia@tootlesteaparties.com tootlesteaparties.com

amanda@bcsmakeup.com bcsmakeup.com

Brie & Brie

(352) 360-8108

brittney@brieandbrie.com brieandbrie.com

see on p.12,20

Gabriella Anthoney’s Design Artistry (407) 233-8616

info@flowergirldesigns.net

info@gadartistry.com gadartistry.com

In Bloom Florist

R entals

flowergirldesigns.net see on p. 3,11,12,43 (407) 649-7771

events@inbloomflorist.com

eventsbyinbloom.com

Desserts

A Chair Affair (386) 479-4308

ann@chairaffairrentals.com chairaffairrentals.com

see on p. 27,30, back of cover

Bakers Cottage Cakes (407) 580-7695

bakerscottagecakes@yahoo.com

bakerscottagecakes.com see on p. 10, 29

Florida Candy Buffets

(407) 529-5880 farida@floridacandybuffets.com floridacandybuffets.com

Party Flavors Custom Cakes (407) 578-2082

sales@partyflavorscustomcakes.com orlandocustomcakes.com

see on p. 36

Photobooth Party Shots Orlando

(407) 542-1292 jenn@partyshotsorlando.com partyshotsorlando.com

Event Sitting

(407) 494-1526

Stationery Carousel Atelier Calligraphy

(703) 505-2252 carouselatelier@gmail.com carouselatelier.com

Boudoir Photography Ashley Jane Photography (563) 528-1152

ashley@ashleyjane-photography.com

ashleyjane-photography.com see on p. 19

BB by Bumby

(407) 739-5740

(407) 864-0003 bumby@bumbyphotography.com bumbyphotography.com see on p. 50

see on p. 11,43

Captured by Belinda Photo and Video

Orlando Wedding and Party Rentals info@orlandoweddingandpartyrentals.com orlandoweddingandpartyrentals.com

Cater ing Two Chicks and a Pot

(407) 756-2056 belinda@capturedbybelinda.com capturedbybelinda.com see on p. 46

(321) 252-5111

info@twochicksandapot.com twochicksandapot.com

see on p. 58

Honeymoon Get Out! Custom Travels (407) 970-0348

theresa@getoutcustomtravels.com

getoutcustomtravels.com see on p. 48

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Wedding Florist

Andie Muller, FSMD, CFD Head Designer Florida State Master Designer Certified Floral Designer

(321) 422-0823 eventsbytheflowerstudio.com

Photos: Caroline Logan Photography


Orange Blossom Bride Winter/Spring 2018  

Providing engaged Orlando couples with inspiration for their wedding.

Orange Blossom Bride Winter/Spring 2018  

Providing engaged Orlando couples with inspiration for their wedding.