For our next blog post, we wanted to revisit one of our favorite backyard weddings from June of 2016, the wedding of Elissa and Lucas. This wedding was full of family, unique set-ups, and endless smiles, due in part to the fact that it took place at the bride’s house in Winter Park, Florida. We had an amazing time making this day happen with Elissa and Lucas, and we’re so happy to share their photos with you, courtesy of Lora Rodgers Photography.
The day began at Elissa’s parents’ house in Winter Park, where Elissa and her bridesmaids got ready together. Elissa wore a beautiful v-neck backless gown with a lovely lace train, and held a gorgeous brightly-colored bouquet. We loved how Elissa involved their dog, Gunner, throughout the day. Once they were both ready, Elissa and Lucas met in her parents’ backyard for the First Look shoot. We loved how much joy you could see on Lucas’ face in these pictures – they were certainly not a couple that hid their happiness!
Elissa and Lucas got a few more shots with their bridesmaids and groomsmen, then made their way to the Knowles Chapel at Rollins College for the ceremony. The interior was gorgeous as ever, with veiled floral arrangements on the end of certain pews. Elissa made her walk down the aisle to her waiting groom, and in no time the two were declared husband and wife. After the ceremony Elissa and Lucas got a quick photo shoot in with Gunner, who wore a floral wreath in celebration.
After the ceremony, the guests returned to Elissa’s family home to enjoy a cocktail hour catered by Arthur’s Catering. We are absolutely in love with Arthur’s – if you get the chance, try their avocado bar! It’s amazing! While the guests enjoyed their avocados and beverages, the reception space was set up underneath a gorgeous tent. Tables surrounded a pool, with a dance floor set up on top of it, which led to some incredible reflections later in the night. We loved the combination of rustic and chic decor in the tent, from the painted wooden boxes holding floral centerpieces to the chandelier hanging from above. We also loved the bright colors found everywhere!
The reception was as beautiful as its venue. Elissa and Lucas made their grand entrance surrounded by sparklers, held by their guests. They brought in Gunner as well, to let him share in their big moment. The two newlyweds then shared their first dance on the dance floor, still encircled by flying sparks. Following father-daughter and mother-son dances, there were toasts, fabulous food, and bouquet & garter tosses. Elissa and Lucas cut their beautiful cake from Tiffany’s Baked Boutique, and as the sun disappeared and the tent lights were the only things glowing, they danced the night away with their guests.
Congratulations to Elissa and Lucas, and thank you for including us in your beautiful backyard wedding! Much thanks to all the vendors that made this day one for the books:
Ceremony Venue: The Knowles Chapel • Planner: Anna Christine Events • Photographer: Lora Rodgers Photography • Caterer: Arthur’s Catering • Cake Designer: Tiffany’s Baked Boutique • DJ: Blast Productions • Lighting: Get Lit Productions • Equipment Rentals: Orlando Wedding and Party Rentals