This past Saturday we headed to one of Central Florida’s most beautiful wedding venues, Bella Collina, for Maxine and Martrez’s Elegant Ivory and Champagne Wedding. The wedding, which was a Destination Wedding for the couple, was absolutely incredible. This was a destination wedding for the couple, so our first time meeting was the day of their rehearsal. We were warmly welcomed with huge smiles and got a chance to meet their family and wedding party-which made for a great time on their wedding day!
We started our day at the Clubhouse Lockers, where the hair and makeup team from The Spa at Bella Collina were busy making the bride and her already gorgeous bridesmaids picture-perfect! Our first shots of the day were of Maxine’s wedding gown, the”Lisette” by Maggie Sottero, which fit our beautiful bride like a glove. The dress had a plunging V-illusion neckline with Swarovski crystals and embroidered lace, along with an illusion back with beaded lace motifs. The top comes around the neck in a halter-style, with jeweled spaghetti straps finishing it off. While the top was all about drama, the look is evened out by a pretty tulle skirt. The mix of drama and sweetness gave it a stylish yet timeless feel. Her look was finished off with champagne heels from Jessica Simpson, a RozyRos Studio headpiece, and earrings by Roz and Goldie Designs. Her bridesmaids wore coordinating cream and gold sequin dresses. Each dress was in the same color family, but the girls were able to pick their own style.
The groom stood out from the men in his Ivory with black trim tuxedo, while the groomsmen wore black tuxes. Martrez made sure he had a couple of statement pieces as well-with an “M” initial cuff links and sparkly black loafers. The guys spent their morning relaxing and playing pool in their locker room while the girls prepped for portraits.
Maxine and Martrez wanted an elegant and understated feeling for their decor-which was perfectly pulled off by Vangie Events-who was also the couple’s wedding planner. They picked the Tuscan inspired Bella Collina, which came highly recommended from a family member, because of how beautiful the venue is, and how it gives a feel of a destination country from the second you arrive. It even topped our top 10 venue list!
The ceremony decor kept with the elegant and timeless theme, with creams, a hint of blush, ivories, champagne, and gold tones throughout the decor and floral arrangements. As for the ceremony decor, Vangie created a stunning display. At the head of the aisle were two columns, one on each side of the aisle, each holding an incredible floral arrangement that served as the ceremony’s statement piece. At the other end was a dreamy tented archway draped in white linen with an arrangement of greenery in the upper right corner, which gave a clean and classic feel to the ceremony. The aisle was lined with cream rose petals, and the backs of the white chiavari chairs were draped with a lush garland of greenery with pops of cream hydrangeas throughout. The pieces were moved indoors for the reception, giving a cohesive look throughout the wedding.
In addition to the repurposed ceremony decor, each table was beautifully set up with a floral centerpiece, floating candles in clear glass votives, gold chargers, white linens, and cream napkins. Each place setting had a personalized menu and a vintage key bottle opener. They had a 4-tier almond amaretto wedding cake with textured buttercream from the always amazing Party Flavors Custom Cakes, which Vangie topped off with impressive clusters of fresh flowers. The cake table was covered with a clean white linen, and the cake was placed on a lush pile of cream rose petals-with floating candles finishing off the look.
DJ Gary White not only kept the party going all night long, but he also provided the room’s romantic ambiance with uplighting as well as the lighted monogram wall and photobooth station. For the party portion of the reception, we were entertained (ok…it was really for the guests, but we enjoyed it too) with a few traditional dances including the Grand March and the Money Dance. Their friends and family spent the night dancing and catching up with each other until it was time for the couple’s sparkler sendoff.
It was a beautiful night all around, and we were happy to be able watch #MaxMarriesTrez. We had a “super duper” great time!
The night was full of beautiful moments, but I do have a list…here are 5 of my favorite moments from the night. (These are in no particular order)
Vangie’s Greenery Garland: We are wrapping up 2017 and will soon be introduced to the 2018 Pantone Color of the Year, but for now, I’m going to soak up all of the greenery goodness from this year’s color! I loved how lush it was, and all of the accents included were perfection. Not only was it beautiful, but it tied the ceremony decor together.
Traditional Dances: Traditions were a big part of their wedding, and they kicked their dance party of with the “Grand March”, which is a Liberian tradition. Afterwards they did a dance on a vibrant (and gorgeous) rug while surrounded by their guests, which turned into the money dance, where the couple danced as their guests threw money. Sooo much fun to take pictures of!
Portraits: It’s not a huge secret that bride and groom portraits are probably my number one favorite part of a wedding day, and this couple opted for a First Look, so we had extra time for portraits. Maxine and Marshall are a gorgeous couple and they were so effortlessly romantic together, and Bella Collina is full of stunning backdrops, so yep. One of my favorite parts of the day. Huge shout out to my partner in crime for the day, the videographers from Cinemedia, working alongside them is always fun!
We’re Drinking Drinks: Maxine has a lot of Aunts…and they were all on the dance floor when the DJ played this song! At their rehearsal dinner the night before, they had a chalkboard sign that said “We’re Drinking Drinks”, and Maxine’s mom explained it to me. Sooooo, when the song came on at the wedding, I was in the know 😉
Speeches: We were lucky enough to hear speeches both the night of the rehearsal and at the wedding. We learned how everyone met, heard a few hilarious stories, and then was topped off when Martrez totally made me choke up during his and Maxine’s Thank You speech. Just thinking back to that moment still gets me, and I keep getting a little teary going through the pictures. Every speech was special and heartfelt-I really enjoyed hearing them. Even though we did not meet in person until the wedding weekend, from they communicated with me and all the info I gathered through the planning process, I could tell that they were a special couple-these speeches let me know I was 100% correct. PS-their wedding party was awesome.
Enjoy the preview from Maxine and Martrez’s wedding!