Our couple Mandi and Chris pulled out all the stops for their big wedding day at Casa Feliz, a gorgeous, historic wedding venue right in the heart of Winter Park! Photographer Steven and assistant Michael were really looking forward to their wedding, not only for the location, but also because of their amazing list of wedding vendors, which we’ll get to :). We actually started their wedding day capturing Mandi’s bridal preparations with her mom and bridesmaids at LeJeune Artistry‘s salon in College Park! After a few candids there, we proceeded over to Casa Feliz to await everyone’s arrival. We finished capturing some wedding details, including her gorgeous wedding gown, shoes, jewelry, and the rings. Flowers also arrived shortly from In Bloom Florist, and they were gorgeous! We said hello to Chris and his groomsmen in their suite upstairs, helped them with their boutonnieres, and captured a few candids of the boys! Once Mandi was in her wedding dress, we snuck Chris outside behind the venue and got him positioned for their first look!
First looks are always so great for us, because they really help relax the wedding day timeline! Not only that, but they give the bride and groom a rare wedding-day opportunity to have a quiet, private moment together, away from guests and family, which doesn’t really happen in a traditional timeline. Once Chris was ready, Steven escorted Mandi outside and captured her approach behind Chris. She tapped Chris on the shoulder, he turned around…and…🥰🥰. Tears were shed, and not just from the bride and groom. They instantly gave each other a big hug, kiss, and got to see each other for the first time on the wedding day! Once their tears were dry, we took that time to capture just about all of their portraits, including some family, first look with Mandi’s dad, bridal party, bridesmaids, groomsmen, and the personal wedding portraits of the two of them! We have to give them a lot of credit and thanks, because Florida made sure it was a hot, summer day! There were even some instances of rain, which we had to dance around with photos (but hey, it’s good luck right?!) Once it was time, we brought them back inside and prepared for their outdoor wedding ceremony!
Their uncle officiated their ceremony, with Orlando Harpist Christine MacPhail providing gorgeous music on her harp, which created such a romantic environment. Their wedding ceremony included a personal vow exchange (with more happy tears lol), rings, and of course the big kiss! You could absolutely feel the love between these two! After their ceremony, we captured a few more portraits around Casa Feliz, before we all headed inside for their reception! While the bride and groom were freshening up, Steven captured some beautiful images of the reception setup outside in the courtyard, just as Bella Sposa finished lighting the candles! The decorations and furniture were provided by Orlando Wedding and Party Rentals, and check out that beautiful wedding cake created by Sprinkles Custom Cakes! You can tell that Mandi and Chris loved the details through their room reveal with Bella Sposa! They kicked off the reception with introductions from DJ Kristin with Our DJ Rocks, and stepped right into dinner, catered by Arthur’s Catering! After dinner we captured their toasts, first dances, and cake cutting! After these, it was party time!!
It was at this time that we setup for our light painting portraits with our photographer Eric! These are very special to us, and take some setup and testing before capturing them live! Once we were setup and ready, we brought the bride and groom outside, and had them hold very still as we painted our scenes with light! What’s fun is that they can’t see what we’re doing, so it’s a complete surprise to them when we show them back of the camera! We captured a handful of these, and then let them go to party for the rest of the night, with DJ Kristin rocking the dance floor! It wasn’t long before it was time to say goodbye, but of course Mandi and Chris left in style with an amazing bubble sendoff! There were bubbles…everywhere!! We had such an amazing day with these two and their family/friends. Special thanks to Bella Sposa Events for their wonderful wedding planning/coordination throughout the day, and to all of the amazing vendors who helped make it all happen! Congrats Mandi and Chris, we loved being a part of your wedding day and we wish you two all the best!! 💕
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