A Lovely Outdoor Wedding at the Ritz Carlton Grande Lakes: Chelsea and Joshua

The weather in Florida is certainly unpredictable at times, but it was just perfect for Chelsea and Joshua’s outdoor wedding at the Ritz Carlton Grande Lakes! Expert coordination by Blush by Brandee Gaar kept things going smoothly. There wasn’t a moment that was less than perfect, and all of it was captured by the skilled lens of Concept Photography.

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The ceremony was breathtaking! Chelsea made a lovely bride as she walked down the aisle, wearing the most brilliant smile and carrying the vibrant bouquet crafted just for her. Joshua, for his part, couldn’t keep the beam off of his face.

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They wed below a floral arch crafted with hot pink garden roses, pink roses, and white hydrangeas, orchids, stock and ranunculus, to match the blooms used for Chelsea’s bouquet and the flower girls’ crowns.

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Soon after our couple said their I Do’s, it was time to celebrate the start of their new life together! The outdoor reception was just as beautiful as the ceremony had been, with strings of lights lighting up the evening and illuminating the heavenly centerpieces on the tables, the hot pink blooms popping against the creamy white flowers.

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It came to an end all too soon, but this couple’s wedding really was one for the books! Congratulations, Chelsea and Joshua! It was a pleasure to design your wedding floral!

 

Vendors:

Venue: The Ritz Carlton Grande Lakes

Other: AFR Rentals

Event Planner: Blush by Brandee Gaar

Invitation Designer: Dogwood Blossom Stationery & Invitation Studio

Lighting: Kaleidoscope Event Lighting

Equipment Rentals: Kirby Rentals

Floral Design: Lee James Floral

Tables and Chairs: A Chair Affair

Makeup Artist: M3 Makeup

Photo Booth Equipment: Photomingle

Linens and Coverings: Rentaland Tents and Events

DJ: Soundwave Entertainment Systems

Photography: Concept Photography

Private Residence: Russell and James

Weddings, whether big or small, are always an amazing experience for all involved. Russell and James’ wedding was no different.

Meticulously put together by Alison Watkins of Blush by Brandee Gaar, the event was equal parts intimate and sophisticated. Sara and Jason of Concept Photography beautifully captured every little smile and detail at the reception.

The day began with a simple yet gorgeous ceremony at the beach, followed by a reception enjoyed by all at a private residence. Keeping with the navy and yellow theme, the couple donned striking boutonnieres of single yellow calla lilies.

While James and Russell opted for all yellow flowers, the arrangements we created for them were anything but boring! Centerpieces featuring yellow calla lilies or yellow tulips evoked warmth and comfort, while the yellow roses adorning the buffet were the picture of elegant simplicity. Even the delicious, three-tier chevron cake expertly created by Party Flavors Custom Cakes looked even more beautiful surrounded by yellow roses.

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All in all, it was a beautiful day, full of warmth, affection, and fun, and we were honored to be a part of it, along with these great vendors! James and Russell, congratulations on your new life together!

Event Coordination: Alison Watkins –Blush by Brandee Gaar
Caterer: Lori Player – Arthur’s Catering and Events
Officiant: Judge Robert LaBlanc
Photographer: Sara and Jason – Concept Photography
Florist: Lee James Floral Designs 
DJ/Photo Booth: Steve Weinstein – Power Entertainment Disc Jockey Service
Cake: Party Flavors Custom Cakes
Furniture: Sarah Florio – AFR Furniture Rental
Draping: Tommy Murphy – Swag Decor

Four Seasons Orlando: Janessa and Steve

Every girl dreams of a wedding worthy of a royal, but only a few are lucky enough to have one, like Janessa and Steve’s wedding at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World. The coordination by Abbey Gray of Blush by Brandee Gaar was flawless as usual, and the breathtaking event was photographed by Concept Photography.

The day began with an intimate ceremony, with beautiful, soft draping by Swag Decor and floral arrangements of white and pink along the aisle. Janessa stunned in a long, white princess gown by Solutions Bridal Designer House, perfectly complemented by the pastel bridal bouquet that we’d created with peonies, roses, ranunculus, and garden roses.

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The couple wed below a chuppah that had been lovingly adorned with white phalaenopsis, hydrangea, roses, and pink garden roses, adding that perfect fairytale touch to the ceremony.

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After the ceremony, Janessa and Steve moved to the reception area, where the pink and silver theme continued. Eye-catching floral centerpieces of varying sizes rested atop the tables, featuring arrangements of phalaenopsis, roses, hydrangea, and pink garden roses.

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The embellished card box, otherworldly lighting by Kaleidoscope Event Lighting, and the couple’s shimmery Sweetheart Chairs from Wizard Connection completed the look. However, the star of the show was the six-tier suspended wedding cake, with floral arrangements decorating the top and bottom tiers, creating a cake that was not only a delight for the taste buds, but also for the eyes!

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We were honored to work with these vendors to create Janessa and Steve’s dream wedding. Congratulations on the start of your new life together!

Event Coordination: Abbey Gray – Blush by Brandee Gaar

Venue/Cake:  Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts

Videographer: Love And Lustre Weddings

Photographer: Concept Photography

Band: C’Nergy Band

Ceremony Music: Beautiful Music Orlando

Lighting: Kaleidoscope Event Lighting

Chairs/Chargers: A Chair Affair, Inc.

Draping: Swag Decor

Sweetheart Chairs/Ice Luge: Wizard Connection

Linens: Over the Top Rental Linens

Cigars: Cigar Creations

Photo Booth: Photomingle

Dance Floor: That’s A Wrap

Stationery: Dogwood Blossom Stationery and Invitation Studio

Wedding Dress: Solutions Bridal Designer House

Tuxedo: Absolutely Fitting 

Floral: Lee James Floral Designs

Casa Feliz: Jenni and Jason

Where do we even begin to describe this truly one of a kind event? It was a privilege partnering with Blush by Brandee Gaar to design a vintage, rustic chic wedding for Jenni and Jason at Casa Feliz Historic Home MuseumConcept Photography outdid themselves capturing the details and style of this truly stunning wedding.

The beautiful bride walked down a brick paved aisle, where she and her groom exchanged their vows under a wooden trellis woven with an abundance of pastel tone roses, stock, hydrangea, and greens. The bride carried a bouquet with coordinating wildflowers and succulents–what a modern twist!

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The reception was something out of a dream. The clear top tent with dangling light pendants from Kaleidoscope Event Lighting really set the tone. Guests reveled in the feeling of rustic chic with the exposed farm tables and french country chairs. The enchanting romance was brought to life with soft and relaxed floral centerpieces. The vintage aesthetic shown through when we mixed and matched textures and finishes of the floral vases. With the variety of blooms and whimsical nature of the arrangement, the design looked stunningly effortless–as if they were picked fresh from the garden that day.

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It was a honor to work with such a distinguished team of vendors this spectacular wedding. Congratulations to Jenni and Jason on their happily ever after.

Planner: Blush by Brandee Gaar

Venue: Casa Feliz Historic Home Museum

Photography: Concept Photography

Floral: Lee James Floral Design

Cake: The Sugar Suite

Lighting: Kaleidoscope Event Lighting

Brial Gown: Solutions Bridal Designer House

Stylist: M3 Makeup Artists

Vintage Car: Cole’s Classic Cars For Hire

Ceremony Music: Eola Strings

Rentals: Orlando Wedding and Party Rentals

Reception Music: DJ Fun Factory

Photo Booth: You+ Photo Booth

Bella Collina: “A Night of Wedding Bliss” Luxe Gala

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We were truly honored to be a part of Bella Collina‘s recent event, “A Night of Wedding Bliss.” The evening was devoted to wedding luxury in all its facets. All of the wedding venues of Bella Collina were decked out by some of the finest wedding professionals in Central Florida. These photos by Concept Photography are just a taste of what we designed and doesn’t even showcase HALF of the beauty of the night that was created by our colleagues. Well done, everyone!

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We worked with Blush by Brandee Gaar to outfit the small dining room with three very different looks on each of the long dining tables. Linens by Kirby Rental and decorative items by A Chair Affair really made our tables come to life.

On the central table, we created a dramatic floral table runner out of green hydrangea. Warm-toned hurricanes, lanterns, and votive holders glowed against the rich, glossy wooden table.

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Another of our tables featured ornate metal lanterns and woven chargers for a garden feel. For our floral garland, we used a variety of pink and white blooms with plenty of greenery so that the look was natural and carefree.

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Our third table was all about shimmer and shine. Glitter table runners set the stage for crystal candelabras, gold flatware, and glimmering chargers. Our floral pieces were tight and composed, with classic wedding favorites: white hydrangea and pink roses. A sweet rose was added as a special touch to each napkin.

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Finally, we added the perfect floral touches to bring the naked cake by Two Sweets Bake Shop to life. Just like the rest of the room, we used pink floral and greenery that balanced between formal and casual.

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Thank you to these fine wedding professionals for letting us play with you:

Photography: Concept Photography (pictured here), Victoria Angela Photography (not pictured)

Venue: Bella Collina

Planning: Blush by Brandee Gaar (pictured here), Vangie’s Events of Distinction (not pictured)

Linens: Kirby Rental

Rentals: A Chair Affair

Cake: Two Sweets Bake Shop (pictured here), Party Flavors Custom Cakes (not pictured)

Floral: Raining Roses Productions, Inc. (not pictured)

Chalk Signs: Chalk Shop

Lighting: Kaleidoscope Event Lighting, Get Lit Productions

Paper goods: Dogwood Blossom Stationery

DJ/Entertainment: Soundwave Entertainment, Our DJ Rocks, Harpist Christine MacPhail

Bridal gowns: Solutions Bridal Designer House

Makeup artist: LeJeune Artistry

Videographer: Luxecine

 

 

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Hot Trend: Unique Floral Pieces

 

At Lee James Floral Designs, we love creating classic, romantic floral arrangements. However, we’ve noticed that there are many couples who dare to be different! We’ve collected some of our favorite unique floral pieces that we’ve made over the last couple of years which may inspire you to branch out and go against the grain.

 

BOUQUETS

Choose floral types that are not bridal standards if you want to make a bold impression! Here are some of our favorites:

We love these purple and green bouquets, photographed by The Hons Photography, which use a unique blend of floral. The bride’s bouquet is a very organic bouquet of green dianthus blooms, safari sunset, deep burgundy dahlia tucked in with pops of purple anemone, ruffled purple parrot tulips, blue thistle floral, hypericum berry and fiddle fern finishing out the look. The bridesmaid’s bouquet is a more simplistic design using many of the same flowers: green dianthus floral, wonderful green button mums, seeded eucalyptus as a base floral with bold deep black burgundy mini calla lily blooms shooting out of the center as a focal point.

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Another idea? Choose one, statement-making flower as the centerpiece of your bouquet.

In this bride’s bouquet, the large King Protea takes center stage. (Fun fact: the protea is the national flower to South Africa and also found in Hawaii and New Zealand.) This bouquet is a single bloom King Protea with safari sunset foliage, wonderful silver brunia, and seeded eucalyptus throughout. Photos by Pietri Photography.

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Succulents are a HUGE trend for bridal floral. Many bridal bouquets that we have created lately use succulents as an accent among roses, peonies, lilies, and more. But what about a bouquet made primarily of succulents?

The bouquet here is an assortment of succulents with yellow yarrow blooms, seeded eucalyptus and wonderful hypericum berry finishing out the look. Paired with a coordinating wreath headpiece, the look is lovely for a wedding. The wreath uses stripped-down ivy runners intertwined with fresh grapevine and coordinating blooms and berries throughout. Photos by Andi Mans Weddings.

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Another non-floral bouquet look, once again captured by Andi Mans Weddings, is this striking bouquet. It is rare to see a bridal bouquet that is so bright green! We used seed pods, curly fiddle fern, and a touch of green calla lilies to make this unique bouquet.

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CENTERPIECES

Turn your centerpieces into conversation pieces by incorporating unusual floral and foliage, or just by trying traditional floral in a new style.

We designed the following centerpieces for a “Duck Dynasty”-themed birthday party. The arrangements emulated the look of the swamps, with cat tails, seed pods, mosses and fungi, and pops of tiny yellow blooms. Photos by Andi Mans Weddings.

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Using one unusual flower makes a big impact! For this African-inspired photo shoot with Concept Photography, we placed single blooms of orange and yellow pincushion protea in simple jar vases at different heights.

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Still not convinced about unusual floral? You can still achieve a unique look with more traditional blooms.

Try an arrangement that creates a striking shape, like these bold burgundy calla lilies which we curved into a sphere.

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For a romantic and rustic wedding, we tucked roses, lilies, and greenery into bud vases. The vases were placed in compartmentalized wooden trays to look as if they were brought in from a market. Photos by Jordan Weiland Photography.

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We hope you have been inspired to try something new in your next floral arrangement! Be bold.

 

Bella Collina: Amy and Brandon

Amy and Brandon, who live in Boston, had the ultimate fairytale wedding at Bella Collina. The couple was only able to come to Florida a couple of times before the wedding, so luckily they had the fantastic team planners at Blush by Brandee Gaar to help create the wedding of their dreams. Amy was inspired by classic love stories like Beauty and the Beast, and you can definitely tell in the floral and decor! The photographers from Concept Photography did a beautiful job taking these wedding moments and making them into artistic memories.

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Amy’s bouquet was romantic: all roses in muted shades of cream, mauve, and pale blush pink. Near the wrapped stems, we used dusty miller and seeded eucalyptus for understated greenery. Her bridesmaids carried similar bouquets that also included bright pink roses, which are seen throughout the ceremony and reception decor.

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The arbor for their ceremony was absolutely breathtaking! Clusters of pink and cream roses with trailing greenery were strewn about the iron arbor, creating an illusion of a private menagerie-like space for the couple to say their vows. We lined the aisles with pale pink roses affixed to chairs, and also created a rose-covered surround for the romantic chandelier that hung from the arbor.

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The reception took place outdoors. The Tuscan elegance of the venue was highlighted by rustic farm tables and French country chairs from A Chair Affair. We enhanced the Old-World, European undertones with antique-looking vessels and candelabras overflowing with pink and white roses.

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Congratulations, again, Amy and Brandon! We were so happy to be a part of your beautiful wedding.

Thank you to these amazing wedding professionals for providing their talents:

Wedding Coordinator: Blush by Brandee Gaar

Venue: Bella Collina

Officiant: Rev. Glynn Ferguson, Sensational Ceremonies

Photographers: Concept Photography

Videographers: Shutter Life Productions

Rentals: A Chair Affair

Dress: Collection in Winter Park

Lighting: Kaleidoscope Event Lighting

Band/DJ: The Buzzcats

Ceremony Music: Beautiful Music

Stationery: Dogwood Blossom Stationery & Invitation Studio, LLC

Cake: Party Flavors

Hair/Makeup: Lejeune Artistry

Florist: Lee James Floral Designs