Sunday, March 13, 2011

Jeff and Dana's Napa-Inspired Nuptials

I had the pleasure of coordinating a wedding this weekend for a very special couple. The bride, Dana, and her twin sister, Marcie, were sorority sisters of mine at the University of Florida. I was so honored when Dana hired me almost a year ago to be her day-of-coordinator. I also knew many of the bridesmaids which made it really fun for me. The wedding was held at the amazing Reunion Resort - this is one of my new favorite venues now. It is located about an hour east of Tampa in the city of Reunion, right before the Disney area. It's a gorgeous resort with beautiful scenic parks and of course their well known golf course. The ceremony was held in the Grande tent next to a beautiful waterfall, and it incorporated all the Jewish traditions and rituals including a ketubah signing prior to the actual wedding ceremony. Rabbi Arthur Baseman officiated under a breathtaking chuppah covered in curly willow, hydranga, and roses created by Botanica.

Because the couple chose to do a first look and all of their formal portraits before the ceremony, everyone got to relax during the cocktail hour and I got to give the bride and groom a sneak peak of the reception room before the guests came in. That was for sure one of my favorite parts of the night! Dana also got to show Jeff the surprise groom's cake which was adorable.

The reception was held in the Grande Ballroom with entertainment provided by Blue Stone Circle band. This crowd partied well into the night starting off with almost 200 people doing the traditional Hora dance and continuing with the dance floor packed til 1:30am! The Reunion staff put on an amazing event with great food and awesome personal details like monogrammed desserts and mini ice sculptures for the intermezzo (yes, every single guest received their own "Z" ice sorbet bowl). Their service really was top-notch and I can't thank them enough for their hard work and all of the care they put into this event. The 5 tier wedding cake and the "grill master" groom's cake were both made by Party Flavors bakery in Orlando and they came out great.

Many of the details had an underlying wine theme -- grapes in the centerpieces by Botanica, purple hues throughout, murano glass wine stopper favors -- because Jeff proposed to Dana during a trip to Napa.

Dana and Jeff, it was a pleasure coordinating this wedding for you both and I wish you a lifetime of happiness together. Thanks for letting me be a part of your big day. Here are some of my personal photos of the day and pro photos hopefully coming soon as well as a video highlight from DunnRight Video!!

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