Real Wedding: Valerie & Casey 11/7/2009

The great thing about planning a wedding is it gives you an opportunity to spend time with your loved ones and it gives you an opportunity to look at the traditions that make your family who they are. Such is the case with Valerie and Casey. Casey's Greek heritage was a focal point in the planning of their wedding day. Valerie and Casey's mother, Aris, incorporated so many wonderful details that it only ensured that the day was going to be spectacular.

On Saturday morning, we picked up the special Greek cookies that the mother of the groom baked with her friends in the days before the wedding and we were off to a memorable day! Our groom, who is a semi-pro golfer kicked his day off with a round of golf at his home club as our bride and her attendants began their day of preparations at their new home.

Below are a few of the photos from the day. Christopher Smith from SNAP Photography truly captured the essence of the day.

The church is just breathtaking. The ceiling of the sanctuary had the most breathtaking reliefs depicting various religious scenes.

The bride and groom share a moment with the family during the ceremony.

The bridal party after the ceremony.


One of my favorite shots and a great peek at the beautiful bride's bouquet.

The Orange Tree Golf Club. Tommy with Greenery suggested beautiful fall colors for the centerpieces. As favors, each guest had a box of jordan almonds placed on their dinner napkin, another Greek wedding tradition. The almonds were prepackaged in great boxes that coordinated with the colors of the wedding.

With it being the fall and very close to winter, the sun set as the ceremony ended, that did not deter our couple from getting that 18th Hole shot.

Of course this wedding would not have been what it was without the fabulous wedding vendors that were an integral part of the day. Our vendor team:

Coordinator: Joie de Vie Weddings & Events, Inc. 407-296-4008. A special thank you to my staff, Arlene & Naomi. Ladies, as usual you were fantastic and the family raved about both of you all night.

Ceremony: Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church of Greater Orlando 407-331-4687. Fr. Constantine and his staff at the church were ready and willing to help the day go smoothly. The church in itself is breathtaking and the artwork is incomparable.

Reception Venue: Orange Tree Golf Club 407-351-4041. Ken Rowland and staff were truly exceptional. This location is a hidden gem in central Florida. They were able to create a custom menu that could accomodate vegetarians, like our bride, along with traditional greek dishes that were crowd pleasers. The club was truly transformed to make the night an unforgettable one for our couple.

Floral/D├ęcor: Greenery Productions 407-363-9151 X308. An Eye for detail is truly what takes and ordinary event to an extraordianry one. Tommy Murphy of Greenery has that EYE! The mother of the groom raved all night about how the wedding florals and decor were just perfect and truly distinctive.

Entertainment: D Street Entertainment (DJ Manoli) 727-443-0296. DJ Manoli had the crowd on the floor the entire evening. From the standards, to the traditional Greek dances and the crowd pleasers all in attendance had something played for them.

Photo: Snap Photography 407-496-4333. Christopher's photos say it all. A great photographer that braved the darkness of the golf course to get that 18th hole shot for our couple, need I say more? Seriously, this was our first time working with Christopher and we loved the fact that he was truly accommodating to the bride and groom's requests.

Video: A Moment To Remember 407-489-3037. One of our favorite videographers! Jim was great to work with and was a great source for providing us back up lighting on the 18th hole for what I truly believe is the signature shot for the wedding. We can't wait to see the final video.

Transportation: Mears Transportation (407) 839-1570. Mears sets the standard in Central Florida for transportation, so we knew that the service would be exceptional. Ironically our driver for the day, Steven K., is also one of Valerie's patients at the dental office she works at...small world indeed!

Cake: Party Flavors 407-578-2082. Only one way to describe the cake: De-Li-Cious! Priscilla's team created a simple yet beautiful cake that fit Valerie's style and it was a show stopper at the reception.

Make-Up: Lena G Creative Design 407-218-0505. When it comes to make-up, Lena and her team are the best that central Florida has to offer. From high fashion to bridal, Lena has worked with the best in the industry. Lena was able to accommodate the bride's make up needs because Valerie is highly allergic. Because Lena's a leading industry expert, she was able to recommend products that would not effect Valerie's allergies and would keep her looking flawless the entire day and evening.

Hair: Tega Rice 407-697-5386. Tega was awesome in incorporating a style that fit each of the ladies personality and facial structure. At the end of the night, their hairstyles were as beautiful as they ahd been in the beginning of the day.

Imagine how we felt when at the end of the night their parents remarked that the day was perfect! Happy Planning!

Until next time,



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