Hello from Rome! Sam and I are thoroughly enjoying our Roman honeymoon at the Westin Hotel Excelsior on Via Veneto. We arrived last week after our whirlwind wedding weekend, ready for a week of rest, seeing ancient Rome, and food (mostly ready for the food).
Our wedding was such a success, I could not be happier about it. We chose to have the wedding at the Ritz Carlton Grande Lakes, Orlando, because of their picturesque Da Vinci lawn with a great view of the sunset. We took a risk having it in early February, because Florida weather is tricky during this time of year. Luckily, the weather was perfect, the sunset was AMAZING and guests were happy outdoors, especially once the dancing started!
I cannot say enough good things about the Central Florida bridal vendors I worked with on planning the event. Lisa Konecny of E-Events, along with her right-hand-woman, Terri Greene, made the wedding day painless. I literally did not have to think about any set up, vendor payments, or small details on my wedding day because they handled all of it.
Simone Rosas of Makeover Station was a gem, getting my bridesmaids and me ready to look our best for the evening. Simone was efficient and imaginative, transforming each of us with looks that suited our styles and personalities.
We hired videographer Mark LeGrand of Pro One Video to catch the whole day and night on film. I am really looking forward to seeing the finished product and the expressions of my family and friends. There is way too much going on during a wedding for the bride and groom to see it all, so videography and a great photographer are necessary to recap in the future.
We had three excellent musicians during the wedding: my brother, Tristan, played the cello during the ceremony; guitarist Mike Hinckle played the cocktail hour, our first dance and the after-party; The Landsharks Band got every guest on their feet during the reception. We could not have chosen a better trio of talented musicians to make the day special.
We return home tomorrow and I cannot wait to spend some time uploading both photos from Rome, as well as some from our wedding by our fabulous photographers, Joy and Garrett Nudd. For now, check out a sneak peak of our wedding photos at Garrett's blog.