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Orlando Wedding Venues: The Hidden Gems


I did my fair share of research on wedding venues in Central Florida back when I was planning our wedding and have attended over a dozen weddings in the Orlando area. Some of these venues are fairly new and some have been around for a long time.

Weekending: Disney, Birthday & Wedding Fun

Hope everyone had a great weekend!

My weekend started on Thursday after work. K took me out for dinner and bought me a cute little cake to celebrate my 31st birthday.

Sorry for being MIA on Friday as I took the day off to go to Disney with the hubby and have a little staycation at a resort nearby. 

We spent most of the day at Magic Kingdom and went on a few of the main rides and rollercoasters. I'm going to post more about our Disney trip later this week since it was a fun-filled adventure and I got tons of photos.

We ended that day at Epcot to explore all the different countries and try different drinks and food from around the world. 
 

 We had dinner at Morroco's Marrakesh restaurant which was amazing!

After dinner, we headed back to the hotel and enjoyed our nighttime balcony view of the resort before crashing.

On Saturday (my actual birthday) we explored the huge resort and had some poolside lunch before heading up to the hotel room to get dressed for our friend's wedding.

 
The wedding ceremony was outdoors in the garden and the weather was perfect to tie the knot.

We had some fun in the photobooth taking funny photos with friends but also got a nice shot of our group looking "normal".

On Sunday, we checked out of the hotel and went for lunch at Seadog Brewing Company. We've been wanting to check out this place for a while now and were pleasantly surprised to find out they have $2.50 mimosas and bloody mary's on the weekend.
 
I had an amazing birthday weekend filled with so many fun festivities. Thirty one is treating me really well so far!

How was your weekend?

Joining the lovely Biana for her Weekending linkup. 

Wedding Wednesday - Recapping The Details

I found out that my wedding was featured on the FLWeddingBlog.com yesterday!! They published some of my favorite images taken from our photographer.

Our photographer also did a nice blog post about our wedding several months ago, which you can read here.

I thought I would recap all the details of our wedding which took me over a year to plan out, so here's our wedding in a nutshell:

Theme: Tropical & Elegant

Ceremony Venue: Lakeside wedding

Colors: Champagne & Eggplant

Ceremony Music: Caribbean Steel Pan

Reception Music: Variety - Band & DJ

Food: Buffet Caribbean/Hawaiian

My favorite detail was how we decorated our sweetheart table (thanks Pinterest!)

Joining in today for the Wedding Wednesday Linkup.


Happy Hump Day!

Our Wedding Recap

Yesterday evening we went to our friends wedding that took place at the same venue we had our wedding at this past June. Paradise Cove is a hidden gem of a location in Orlando and I was so excited to be a guest and not the bride this time! I thought this would be a good time to do a wedding recap and talk about all the awesome memories that were created for K and I on June 16th, 2012.


Our wedding took place on a sunny Saturday evening this past summer at Paradise Cove which is an outdoor venue that sits on a lake and is just beautiful. The premises has a bridal suite, beautiful garden area facing the lake for the ceremony, tiki bar & cocktail area along the water, and open pavilion for the reception. We had friends and family travel to Orlando from Trinidad, Canada, England, and all over the US. Our wedding had a tropical Caribbean theme with Hawaiian food and a Caribbean band to entertain our guests.

My 10 bridesmaids and I got dressed in the bridal suite. The girls all wore matching purple tank tops that I gave them and we got to spent some quality time together getting our hair and makeup done.


K and I did formal pictures before the ceremony with our wedding party and immediate family.


Our ceremony started at 6pm and we had steel pan music during the ceremony. The guys arrived by boat which came as a cool surprise to all of our guests seated facing the lake.


We had K's uncle as our minister for the ceremony which lasted about 30 minutes. We were very lucky to have perfect weather in June because is usually the rainiest month of the year in Florida. God really blessed us that day!


After the ceremony our guests went off to cocktail hour while we did formal pictures together as husband and wife and also with the whole wedding party together and both of our families.


The reception then started and we had a Hawaiian buffet spread for dinner from a local caternig company who also did our bar service. We had out first dance, a champagne toast with speeches, caking cutting and all the traditional and fun wedding activities.


I did a lot of DIY projects for our wedding including designing and printing the menus, programs and seating cards as well as "bride" and "groom" chair signs.  I also got a lot of cute ideas from Pinterest and loved our sweetheart table which was decorated with my bridesmaid bouquets.


Our Caribbean band really got the party started and everyone had a lot of fun dancing. Many of our guests also enjoyed the open bar and unlimited cocktails!


Overall our wedding was a huge success and it is one of the most special days of my life having everyone their to support us. Great memories!!

Photos by S&S Photography