Where do I start?!
Our wedding day, was honestly everything we could have hoped for. From the location, to the details, to the actual celebration with all our loved ones, it was truly amazing.
A month from now, we will be celebrating our one year anniversary (WHAAAT?!?). It is crazy to think that amount of time has already passed. So in honor and anticipation of our one year anniversary, I wanted to do a post sharing all the details of our special day. (Warning– there are a lot of photos to follow, haha)
Well, first we had to decide which state to have it in, haha. For those who don’t personally know me or my husband, let me give a little background story. I originally lived in NY (born and raised), and Tim (my husband) is a born and raised Florida boy. We met when I was down visiting my cousin one summer, they had gone to high school together, and he came out with us and hung around during my trip down.
We hit it off, and decided to keep talking even once I went back up to New York. After a year of doing the long distance (which luckily with my schedule as a Registered Nurse, we were able to visit more often then you’d think. Although there was one 3 month stretch we had to go which was rough!), we decided to take the next step. I moved down to Florida and we moved in together!
So fast forward, got a pooch together, got engaged and then married! So, when I say we had to decide which state to get married in, it was either going to be in New York or in Florida. We decided to go with Florida, and we ended up booking Labor Day Weekend, partly because a couple of years prior, LDW was Tim’s first visit up to NY!
Not being from down here, it was a little of a challenge for me to know of wedding venues, vendors, etc. Luckily, there is pinterest, etsy, and google! Haha! Thank gosh!
It did not take long for us to stumble across our venue, and as soon as we were there, we KNEW.
Highland Manor is a beautiful old manor house, that has been relocated several times throughout the years, but it is a staple so they don’t tear it down, just move it. It was owned by a doctor years and years back, and over the years, has been a restaurant and now a venue.
Picture this. A beautiful old manor house, on a large piece of land, with an old oak tree as the backdrop for the ceremony, and a lake/pond on the property. Inside is a ballroom where the reception was held. It had a vintage chic/romantic look to it (which was why when I tried on my specific wedding dress, I just KNEW as well, because it fit into that description also.)
** Funny side note to include– the days leading up to our wedding day, lovely Hurricane Hermine was approaching/making her way through Florida. Two days before the wedding, when we went out to eat with some out of state guests who arrived early, there were tornado warning even. We were at a place called Yellow Dog Eats (delicious sandwiches!!), which has inside and outside seating, and ended up having to move inside due to wind gusts and stuff actually banging/falling on the awning. The day before the wedding, we did the rehearsal outside under the tree, with umbrellas over our heads. It was gloomy. Having this forecast for an outside ceremony? Notttt so great haha. However, we woke up wedding day morning, and it was alllll sun! And it held up the entire day! Now if that isn’t a wedding day miracle.
Now back to the gorgeous venue…
For photography, we went with George Street. The unique thing about them, is that they are a National Photo and Video Company, and the way they run is pretty cool. You meet with a consultant in your area, and they speak with you about your likes and dislikes, your venue, etc. When you go home, you take an online quiz regarding your likes of photos and different styles, and based on what you choose, they narrow you down to three photographers in your area with similar styles. Our photographer was Gayla, who had photographed at our venue before, which I think it was key seeing her photos from our exact place. She was absolutely lovely and so pleasant to spend the day with. Her assistant was Woody who had great energy and got along great with our guests.
Our color scheme — navy with hints of mint and gold. My bridesmaids had navy dresses, the MOH wore mint. The groomsmen wore charcoal suits with navy ties, the best man sported a mint tie to match the MOH.. Tim (the groom), wore a navy suit.
Our centerpieces were a mix of homemade and purchased. I got the wooden numbered blocks off of etsy, just loved the script detail to them. The wine bottles were purchased over the course of our engagement stretch (and slowly consumed hahah) and we then spray painted them the mint color. I purchased the mason jars from Michaels, as well as the lace ribbon that I personally then hot glued on. And the gold chargers were a last minute buy not too far out from the wedding, because I felt the centerpiece was just missing something. So I went into World Market seeing if I could find something to pull it all together, and came across these square gold chargers, (which were only $2 a piece! Score!)
I kept it simple with the flowers, using just babies breath for the centerpieces, and then my bouquet along with the bridesmaids were garden roses with pretty greenery. All my flowers came from Blossoms Orlando.
The “guest book” was actually a canvas that I purchased off of Peachwik and designed using our color scheme. The cake toppers I purchased off of etsy and played into the whole “state” thing, instead of a traditional cake topper. I used an old suitcase that had previously been Tim’s great grandmother’s, spray painted it brown (it had been a not so pretty shade of green), and then made a hanging banner to place on it to be a home for the cards! I collected wine corks, (which thanks to my MIL who works in catering and was able to hoard them for me as well), and myself and one of my bridesmaids sat down one Saturday night and slit into them and cut them down to use them as the place-card holders. The favors were vintage keys that are actually bottle openers! And they were hung for display on a metal wiring wooden frame that my husband had built through some Pinterest inspiration I had come across. All these little details were so personal and I feel truly matched our wedding venue.
Our cake was by Party Flavors, made with their Amaretto flavor, and it was DELICIOUS!
For the bridal party gifts, we gave the groomsmen Nixon watches, the Star Wars collection. And for my ladies, we did Michael Kors’ clutches, in gold that way they were able to use it for the wedding (their heels were all a pale gold and there were gold accents throughout the venue as well) with some goodies inside, as well as the silk floral kimonos you’ll see them sporting below. (And also, I know everyone says they had the best bridal party ever… but we really did! ❤️)
Our gifts to each other: I gave Tim a Nixon watch to match the guys, and he gave me a pair of Tieks I had been wanting, that I ended up taking on our honeymoon!
I had actually flown up to NY to be able to go bridal gown shopping with my mother and sister (who still live up there), and I invited my MIL along for the trip! (She has two boys, and therefore she may not otherwise get to experience this, not having a daughter of her own.)
I tried on quite a few dresses, and what they say is true: when you put on THE one, you just know. I got teary eyed and just loved it. It was a gown by Allure Romance, which the name alone tells you it fits the whole look and feel of our wedding. I found it in a boutique in Long Island, NY called New York Bridal Outlet & Boutique (I later found it in a bridal shop 2 hours from where I live in Florida, and the shop would not budge on the price, not nearly as good as the NY boutique had it going for (shocker right?!), so I decided to just go ahead and get the dress with the NY boutique, and I was able to do the sizings and alterations up there when I had gone back up for my bridal shower and another visit as well, and then they shipped it down to me all ready to go!. I just got it steamed down in Florida a couple days before the wedding, and picked it up on the ride to the wedding!
Make up for myself and the ladies were done by MUA Diana, who comes to your home or venue and gets you alllll dolled up! If you’re in the Orlando area and need someone I would definitelyyy recommend her! Such a sweetheart too! (I don’t normally wear much make up, and Tim even prefers me with a more natural look, so I wanted to stick with that for wedding day.) Which this can be a challenge when looking for a MUA, because a lot like to reallllyyy make you up. I was so happy with the finishing look by Diana.
Hair was done at Clove Salon, and I had Courtney do mine. She was simply awesome, so sweet, and I LOVED how my hair turned out. I wanted something simple, yet elegant, and definitely pulled back due to Florida heat and humidity as well as a style that would last after lots of dancing!
For my jewelery, I kept it simple. The hair comb and earrings I purchased off of Etsy. And the matching beautiful pearl/jewel bracelets were from Charming Charlie’s (which is where I also purchased the bridesmaids/MOH bracelets from!) My “something blue” was a Pure Vida bracelet, the first thing Tim ever gave to me. I wore it on my ankle, (so not to clash with my other jewelry, haha.). My “something old” was a head band that I had worn as a child. I used it as my garter! And my something borrowed was a diamond stud from my mom that I used for one of my ear piercings. (Which afterward she gave the other as well and told me to keep!) My shoes were Nina.
AND OUR RINGS!
The ballroom was breathtaking. It was exactly as we had envisioned.
The night was unforgettable. Tons of dancing (our DJ was Steve with Power Entertainment, and he was awesome! He kept a great schedule of events, kept the flow great, and kept the crowd energized!), lots of laughs and smiles with all our loved ones, delicious food (the venue is owned by a catering company, Dubsdread Catering, and the food was to die for!) , and plenty of drinks 😉
You know how some people say they wish they just eloped? That they wish they hadn’t spent the money on their wedding? This was not the case at all to us. This is something we both agree on— we loved our wedding and truly believe it was all worth it, we would not go back and change a thing, and we do not wish we eloped or had something smaller.
Some more photos that capture the beauty of this venue and the amazing memories made.
I just love this photo of my husband looking all happy looking at me, hahah
We had a groomsman and a bridesmaid swap attire for the reception entrance!
Aaaaand a groomsman wearing a bear for the entrance as well 😂😂
My best friend.
If you knew, how happy, you are making me.
We had arranged a coach bus to take our guests from and back to the hotel which we had blocked rooms at (the amazingly beautiful Hilton Orlando, which we got such a steal on the price for our guests!) to the venue, since they were about 35 minutes apart, and we had a really decent amount of out of town guests (from up North). We left at the end of the night on the bus with everyone and then stayed for two nights in a comped bridal suite!. The hotel is stunning, has it’s own lazy river, and we were able to spend the whole next day poolside with all our loved ones. We are actually planning to spend our one year anniversary weekend back at that same hotel, and we CANNNOT wait!! (Stay tuned for a blog post following our stay, on alllll the details of it!!)
Ohh how I wish we could relive this day!! It was simply perfect.
I hope you enjoyed reading this as much as I enjoyed taking the time reminiscing and writing it!
PS– The title of this post is our wedding song — Feels Like Home, by Chantal Kreviazuk (from the movie How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days).