Just in time for the announcement of our new Florida edition (read all about that here), we have an absolutely gorgeous sunshine state affair to send you off into the weekend with. Kelly and David held a beautiful old Hollywood meets modern flair ceremony and reception in one of our favorite color combinations: navy and blue. Playful paper props, some seriously jaw dropping bridal accessories and a dapper getaway car are only part of the equation. Read on for more! Photography by Lakeland, FL wedding photographer Jordan Weiland Photography.
Can you give us an overview of the event? Our wedding ceremony took place in the Reformational Chapel at First Presbyterian Church of Orlando. After the ceremony, we had a cocktail style reception that was held on the 29th floor of the One Eleven Building hotel wedding venue in downtown Orlando. Hor devours, a meat carving station, a martini mashed potato bar, cocktails and cake were served. We opted out of assigned seating and decided to incorporate high top tables and lounge seating instead in order to give our guest the option to mingle with anyone that attended. We also included a photobooth as a favor option so that guest had something to remember the event by.
What inspired the theme or style? I’ve always enjoyed old Hollywood films and I really wanted to ensure that I wouldn’t regret any of the decisions that we made with our choices when I look back on photos in 10 years. So, we chose classic, traditional and elegant touches and tried to capture a bit of a Hollywood glamour vibe. The downtown skyline was also inspiring! It was the backdrop for our entire reception
What were the playful twists that made your event unique? The fact that it was not a sit down dinner made the event unique. The guests seemed to really enjoy moving around the room and mingling with anyone and everyone that attended. The photobooth was another playful twist. I included props that went with the theme and the guests seemed to really enjoy hopping in and out of the photobooth all night long. We also had the movie Casablanca playing behind the bar to incorporate the theme. David and I opted for minimal speeches and not to do the bouquet or garter toss. We wanted to spend as much time with our guests as possible and didn’t want to take up time doing those few things.
What was the most memorable moment? Being introduced as Mr. & Mrs. Wooten at the reception and walking into a room filled with all of the people that we love and care about… All in the same place at the same time, there to celebrate our marriage. It was a wonderful feeling!
Tell us how you met! It all began at Seaside National Bank & Trust in 2008. Kelly was hired on as the new Financial Concierge in the Winter Park office. As luck would have it, David sat directly in front of her. After many months of “hellos” and occasional small talk between the two, the pair ended up at the same event. That night changed both of their lives forever…
We ended up spending the evening chatting and getting to know a little bit about one another. We discovered rather quickly that we had a lot more in common than we ever imagined. After that night, our connection only grew stronger. What started out as a working relationship, turned into a friendship, and that friendship turned into what we have now… pure, amazing, true love! We’ve made so many wonderful memories, side by side! We’ve shared time traveling to incredible destinations, going to concerts, Gator football games, get-togethers with friends, trips to visit family, numerous celebrations, and our silly alone time doing, well… nothing! No matter what we are doing, all is well because we have each other.
Tell us about your wedding gown, and what your wedding party wore: My wedding gown was purchased at David’s Bridal. The bridesmaids wore dresses by Two Birds Bridesmaids. The flower girls dresses and sashes were from David’s Bridal. All of the bridesmaids and flower girls wore brooches that were purchased as “thank you” gifts by the bride and groom on the day of the wedding. The groom wore his own tux and the groomsmen wore tuxes from Men’s Warehouse.
What was the best wedding advice you received? Be present in each moment.
Tell us about the food and desserts! Our caterer (John Michael Events) did a phenomenal job! Throughout the reception, there were butler passed Hors d’ouvres (sundried tomato mac & cheese bits, beef and blue cheese wraps, chicken satay, Italian meatballs with a trio of sauces, roasted tomato bruschetta). We also had a meat carving station (with tarragon cream dipping sauce) and a martini mashed potato bar that featured mashed sweet potatoes and garlic mashed potatoes and about every topping that you can imagine. Our cake was made my Pink Pig Bakery and had numerous flavors, such as strawberry with strawberry filling, lemon with lemon filling, red velvet with cream cheese frosting, and vanilla with buttercream filling
What were the honeymoon plans? We spent a week in Kauai and a couple of days in L.A. on our way back home. We love the island and have spent time there in the past. We knew that we would be able to relax, spend quality time, do things that we love, and enjoy ourselves.