Orange Blossom Bride Summer/Fall 2017

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Your Wedding Resource for Central Florida

Fresh Cut

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Wedding Venues


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Tips for Planning Your Central Florida Wedding


Top Central Florida Wedding Venues


Let Love Blossom Engagement Give-A-Way



Fresh Cut Bridal Fashions Take Over Celebration

R eal Weddings

Wedding Professional Guide


Tips for Finding Your Wedding Gown


The Courtyard at Lake Lucerne Wedding


Summer Inspiration at Paradise Cove


The Balcony Orlando Wedding


Fly Away with Me Inspiration Shoot


Casa Feliz Wedding

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It has been almost two years since the idea to start Orange Blossom Bride was born. The goal was to create an online resource for engaged Central Florida couples to find local wedding inspiration and local wedding professionals that they could trust to bring their wedding vision to life. It has also given me the opportunity to showcase the gorgeous work of our very talented local wedding industry. I am so excited with how far the blog has come since its inception, but it wouldn’t be possible without all the support from our readers and the local wedding community. As we evalutated what the future holds for Orange Blossom Bride, expanding to print seemed like the perfect next step! This is the introductory issue of Orange Blossom Bride’s Central Florida wedding magazine. Starting in 2018, there will be three issues a year which will provide our readers with inspiration and tips for their Central Florida weddings. These editions will be available at many local wedding venues and wedding vendor locations in the area, as well as online. Again, thank you so much for all your support!

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Top 3 Tips for Plann ing Your Central Flor ida Wedding By: Leah Langley of Leah Langley Photography You’re getting married in Florida! Yay! Whether you live someplace else or in Florida, planning a wedding in this lovely state requires some additional considerations. This will help you have a seamless day without the unique hiccups a Florida wedding can sometimes have.

Outdoor Wedding Cer emon ies If you want to be surrounded with Florida’s tropical environment while you say your vows, make sure to avoid having your ceremony between 10 AM and 5 PM between the months of April and November. Find out when sunset will be, and take that into consideration. Unless there is high shade, like under a canopy of live oaks or other natural shade, make it a quick ceremony with refreshments for your guests. Always have a backup weather plan.

Heat v. Heat Index Florida is hot. That’s no shocking statement, but not everyone knows why Florida sometimes feels hotter than it should. The heat index combines air temperature and humidity to give a “feels like” temperature. When it is 93º F, and the humidity is at 85%, the heat index is well over 120º. This is also based on the shade, so if you’re in the sun, it can feel much worse. Take into consideration the ages of your guests and/ or medical conditions when planning your outdoor wedding.

Room R eservations If you book your wedding at a large resort with expectation that your guests will stay on property, make sure to read the fine print about the hotel holding a block of rooms for your guests. I had a client who booked a large resort for their wedding and 8 months before their wedding, the hotel booked a large convention and there were no rooms left for her guests. Make the booking policy clear for your guests so they know to book their rooms ASAP. 5

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Let Love Blossom Engagement Give-A-Way

Christie & Eddie


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The Let Love Blossom Engagement Give-A-Way was tru-

ly a magical stylized engagement session which took place at one of Central Florida’s newest venues, the Emerald Fox in Tavares, Florida. Many engaged couples entered for their chance to get pampered by some of Central Florida’s best wedding professionals from photography to hair and makeup; however, only one lucky couple prevailed. On April 18th, Christie and Eddie arrived at the Emerald Fox where a team of vendors designed two sets for their engagement session. Both sets were carefully crafted to reflect both Christie and Eddie’s style and tastes. The indoor set was a cozy, pillow lounge complete with a mixture of fur textiles, plush pillows, and a 14-foot garland for the fireplace mantle. The outdoor set had a wooden arbor with illusion greenery hoops that made them look like they were floating mid-air. A classic settee was placed in the center of the arbor creating a whimsical and natural look.

Participating Vendors: Venue: The Emerald Fox|Wedding Planner/Design: Pearl White Events|Photographer: Bumby Photography|Florist: Flower Girl Designs|Hair and Makup: Brie & Brie|Chaise: A Chair Affair|Invitations: Pretty Peacock Paperie| Videographer: Love & Lustre - Visit for more.


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Wedding Florist

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

(321) 422-0823

Fr esh Cut Bridal Fashions

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Photo: Flora Bloom OrangePhotography Blossom Bride

Fr esh Cut Br idal Fashions Take Over Celebration by: Sarah Leung of Flower Girl Designs


am a floral designer, a creative, a person who likes to think outside of the box. In discussions with Dina Engler of Casa di Bella, I simply said, “I want to play with the beauty of the bridal gowns� and an idea was born. I wanted to showcase beautiful dresses and I wanted to use flowers and floral designs that are a little outside of the box for an every day bride. The idea turned into one of the most impressive collaborations I have ever been a part of and I am so grateful to every member of the team who made this happen!

Tr endy: With the Pantone Color of the year being Greenery, this bouquet was designed with color and texture in mind. The loosely gathered bouquet had all the best of spring; parrot tulips, helliborous, spray roses, astilbe, and ferns. It was a green goddess of springtime! Photos: Captured by Elle


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Classic: The most traditional bouquet with a beautiful selection of roses, stock, tulips, dusty miller and silver dollar eucalyptus create the perfect blend of ivory to champagne with the touch of silvery green. To add a little texture to the bouquet, the use of astrantia and hypericum berries were used in the design. The slight use of texture and blended shades of cream and champagne make this bouquet an iconic bridal style. Photos: Flora Bloom Photography

Walking on the Wild Side: A tropical oasis of flowers! The bouquet has a plethora of tropical foliage used to create texture and depth and large vibrant blooms as an explosion of color. This bouquet style will set your wedding day look apart with its unique composition! Photo: Jessica Connery Photography

Tr ending Now: A bouquet isn’t just a bouquet anymore! A hand woven wreath frame creates the foundation for a unique artistic floral bouquet. The willow was hand woven with the tips loosely spraying from the center, ferns and flowers cascaded from this hand made frame, and while the colors are traditional this “bouquet” breaks every rule in the book! For ease of holding, a ribbon was used as a handle. Photos: Jamie Reinhart Photography


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Classic Cascade: Recently, the cascade bouquet has made a return to bridal bouquets. This bouquet has trailing ivy, hanging green amaranthus, cascading sweet peas, and delicate lisanthus and ranunculus. To keep it on the classic side the design was created with pastel shades of lavender, soft blush pink, and ivory. To compliment, the bouquet of floral crown of pink wax flower and spray roses was worn by the bride. Photos: Rudy & Marta Photography

Br ight and Bold: The next big move in wedding fashion: bold pops of color utilized in style and design. This bouquet blends the loose natural garden style with a tropical pop of colors. Large blooms such as pink ginger and pink protea steel the show, with fuschia pink roses and tulips accenting this stunning showpiece. Photo: Sophia’s Art Photography

See more from this collabration, including a video from Unashamed Imagery, at Dresses: Casa di Bella Bridal Boutique

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Hair and Makeup: Bella Con Stille and Brie & Brie

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Top 3 Tips for Finding Your Wedding Dr ess By: Dina Engler of Casa di Bella Bridal Boutique

Selecting the perfect dress for your wedding day can seem frustrating and overwhelming at times, but this part of your wedding planning should be fun and exciting. Here are some tips to help you through the process.

Start Ear ly Most brides don’t realize that it takes 4-5 months for most designers to make the dress and then you also need 2 months for alterations. Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to find your dream dress, so this fun part of planning a wedding doesn’t become stressful. Depending on the designer, delivery, and accessories, the whole process can take up to 10 months.

Do Some R esearch

Pin dresses you like on your Pinterest board, so your bridal consultant will have an idea of what types of dresses you like. Bridal magazines and designer websites are also great places to find dresses that you might be interested in trying on. Also, think about what price range you want to stay in. At Casa di Bella, we

like to know the price range, so we don’t pull dresses that are out of your range. It leaves the brides feeling disappointed and frustrated if they fall in love with a dress that does not fall in their price range. The more guidance you can provide for the consultant, the better.

Keep an Open Mind This is the most important tip! We love for our brides to give us ideas of what they like, but you really need to trust your bridal consultant. She may choose a dress that looks like a paper bag on the hanger, but turns out to be drop-dead gorgeous on you!! If it is your first time trying on dresses, the consultant will usually try on several different types of silhouettes – ball gown, fit and flare, a-line, etc… We just want to help you narrow down which type of fit you like the best.

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Summer Wedding Inspiration

Paradise Cove


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fun colors may not be the traditional wedding color palette, but they can make for a beautiful wedding just the same! From the florals to the cake, this amazing vendor team used a variety of vibrant colors for this Summer Wedding Inspiration Shoot at Paradise Cove in Orlando, FL. The venue’s tropical atmosphere was the perfect backdrop. A Chair Affair’s white washed farmtable and sweetheart table created a blank canvas for the colors to really pop in the gorgeous tablescapes by In Bloom Florist. The bride looked stunning lace Essense of Australia gown provided by Casa di Bella which complimented the groom’s gray suit.


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Participating Vendors: Venue: Paradise Cove|Wedding Planner: Bella Sposa Events|Photographer: Flora Bloom Photography|Florist: In Bloom Florist| Cake: Party Flavors Custom Cakes|Dress: Casa di Bella Bridal Boutique|Hair and Makeup: Brie & Brie| Rentals: A Chair Affair|Stationery: Pretty Peacock Paperie|Models: Kristen Alyss and Danny Kasler 17

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Fly Away with Me

Wedding Inspiration


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The Warbird Museum’s hangar with vintage

time period planes set the stage for this Fly Away with Me shoot. Wedding planner and designer, Jacqueline Leierer of Sincerely Yours Weddings & Events, was inspired by the idea of a whirlwind 1950s love affair with a slight Cuban flare. She wanted to create something with bright tropical colors without having the feeling of a beach wedding. The design dialed back the bright florals with a muted olive in the napkins and the use of greenery in the arrangements, classic ivory for linens and signage, and gold accents to keep everything warm. The two real-life couples both had different vibes with the first portraying a formal affair and the second with more laid-back attire for their quick ceremony and last minute flight to their honeymoon.


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Participating Vendors: Venue: Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum|Wedding Planner: Sincerely Yours Weddings & Events|Photographer: Indica Woodruff Photography| Florist: Buds Etc.|Cake: Cakes So Simple|Hair: Hair by Amanda Divine|Makeup: Beauty by Briana|Rentals: Chairs for Affairs| Invitations: After A While Crocodile|Dresses: Elda’s Bridal Boutique|Grooms’ Attire: Men’s Warehouse

The Courtyar d at Lake Lucer ne Downtown Orlando

Jamie & Andrew


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Tucked away within the lush gardens,

you’d never know The Courtyard at Lake Lucerne was located amongst the hustle and bustle of Downtown Orlando. Andrew and Jamie’s wedding theme of natural romance was found throughout their decor. Their ceremony and reception were filled with neutral and cream textiles, luscious greenery, and pops of white and gold accents. Jamie’s bridal look was sweet and romantic. She wore a beautiful Mori Lee ivory lace gown with an elegant low back and delicate shoulder straps. Her shoes were black heels embellished with cat whiskers, nose and ears! Andrew and his groomsmen looked great in their cobalt blue suits. The newlyweds enjoyed a last dance in the courtyard at the end of reception, then were sent off by the guests with a sparkler exit.


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Participating Vendors: Venue: The Courtyard at Lake Lucerne|Photographer: Ashley Jane Photography| Florist: Lee Forrest Design|Ceremony Musician: Nicole Equerme|Cake: Publix|Stationery: Minted|Dress: Mori Lee from Minerva’s Bridal|Groom’s Attire: Macy’s| Caterer: Uncommon Catering

The Balcony Or lando Downtown Orlando

Alyssa & Khalil


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This North Carolina couple opted for a des-

tination wedding in sunny Florida. Their ceremony, at Downtown Baptist Church came with a large wedding party, including 7 adorable ring bearers. For their reception, they chose The Balcony Orlando, a new rooftop venue with breathtaking views of the city. Specializing in creating truly custom celebrations, The Balcony Orlando offers over 10,000 sqft of a blank canvas rooftop. There, you can celebrate your wedding your way - unique to you. Combining sophisticated decor with natural wood elements, Alyssa and Khalil developed their own rustic chic look in a city setting.


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Participating Vendors: Ceremony: Downtown Baptist Church| Venue: The Balcony Orlando |Wedding Planner: Sparkleigh Productions| Photographer: Bumby Photography|Videographer: CC Video Productions|Florist: Flower Girl Diesngs|Cake: Publix|Rentals: A Chair Affair and iRent Everything|Lighting: Get Lit Productions|Caterer: Zoe Events| Photobooth: Timeless Photos

Casa Feliz Winter Park

Samantha & Jarryd


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Casa Feliz is definitely one of

the gems of Winter Park. Its beautiful Old World Spanish Farmhouse architecture made for a gorgeous backdrop to Samantha and Jarryd’s wedding. The couple said their “I Do’s” in front of the venue’s entrance on a clear Florida spring day. Samantha looked absolutely stunning in an incredible Ines Di Santo gown from Solutions Bridal. After the ceremony, guests enjoyed an avocado bar before moving to the reception space, which was located in the venue’s courtyard. The space was draped with Edison lights and lanterns that put off the perfect glow for the evening. Instead of the traditional wedding cake, the couple opted for delicious flaming donuts provided by Arthur’s Catering and Events.


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Participating Vendors: Venue: Casa Feliz|Coordinator: Brent Humphrey|Photographer: Leah Langley Photography|Officiant: A Lovely Ceremony|Florist: Claudia’s Pearl Florist|Chargers: A Chair Affair|Farm Tables: Orlando Wedding and Party Rentals|Band: Bay Kings Band| Caterer: Arthur’s Catering and Events|Lighting: Get Lit Productions|Dress: Ines Di Santo from Solutions Bridal|Bridal Accessories: Maria Elena Headpieces|Groom’s Attire: Hugo Boss|Bowties: Brackish Bowties| Rings: International Diamond Center

Top Central Flor ida Wedding Venues

The Central Florida area has so many great wedding venues. We asked over 400 Central Florida wedding vendors what their favorite wedding venues were and the same five were mentioned over and over. Whether it’s a Tuscan escape, an old world Spanish farmhouse, luxury at it’s finest, or a beautiful lakeside estate, each of these Central Florida wedding venues were choosen not only for their unique architecture, but also for their incredible service and gorgeous photo opportunities for couples.

Bella Collina Monteverde, FL A Tuscan escape is the best way to describe Bella Collina, which was the top choice of Central Florida wedding vendors. Modeled after a gorgeous villa in Italy, this venue offers so many lovely spaces for indoor and outdoor weddings of all sizes. For more information, visit Leah Langley Photography

Casa Feliz Winter Park, FL The incredible arcticture of this Winter Park Spanish style farmhouse makes it like no other wedding venue around. Gorgeous old world details make for the perfect backdrop to your ceremony and/or reception. For more information, visit Leah Langley Photography


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Luxmor e Winter Springs, FL Nestled in the heart of Winter Springs, this incredible 9,000 square foot mansion offers couples luxury for their ceremony and/or reception. From the incredible grand staircase to the showstopping chandeliers, there are so many beautiful features to this wedding venue. For more information, visit

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Cypr ess Grove Estate House Orlando, FL This beautiful 1925 lakeside estate provides that perfect Old Florida atmosphere. Couples can say their vows in front of the venue’s beautiful gazebo and celebrate with their guest in the outdoor reception space under twinkling market lights. Rudy and Marta Photography

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Sydon ie Mansion Zellwood, FL Recently restored to its 1904 glory, this lovely lakefront mansion boosts 5 acres for your wedding ceremony and/or reception. The venue’s lush gardens and architecture provide for beautiful photo opportunies as well. For more information, visit

Rudy and Marta Photography

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Wedding Pro

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 Cont.

Bella Sposa Events

Ashley Jane Photography (563) 528-1152

Jamie Reinhart Photography

(814) 572-0896

Dandy Details Events & Design

Bumby Photography

Katelynn Carlson Photography

(407) 591-9610

I Do Events & Party Rentals

(352) 217-4947

Pearl White Events

(407) 519-0646

Sincerely Yours Wedding & Events

(321) 794-5044


(407) 864-0003

(724) 986-1074

(407) 234-0091

Captured by Belinda

Leah Langley Photography

Captured by Elle Photo & Video

Sophia’s Art Photography

(407) 756-2056

(407) 749-2896

Flora Bloom Photography (407) 476-3513

(407) 506-8660

(407) 873-4951

Rudy & Marta Photography

(321) 270-9524

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Flor ist



Events by The Flower Studio

Party Flavors Custom Cakes

Party Shots Orlando

Flower Girl Designs

Florida Candy Buffets

(321) 422-0823

(407) 900-3231

(407) 578-2082

(407) 542-1292

Un ique Services

(407) 529-5880

Digital Caricature Events

Attir e and Beauty


Casa di Bella Bridal Boutique

Get Out! Custom Travels

(407) 566-9198

(352) 208-7906

(407) 970-0348

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