Sunset at Cypress Grove Estate

The couple saying their vows under the ceremony gazebo at Cypress Grove Estate. The gazebo is draped in floral garland and is set against a sunset on the lake.

There is something so magical about sunsets. They instantly create the perfect backdrop for a lakefront ceremony and amp up the romance for an already romantic occasion. Cypress Grove Estate, a gorgeous historic venue built in 1925, offers some of the prettiest sunsets we’ve seen in Central Florida. With Cypress tree lined streets and Spanish Moss, this venue provides the perfect setting for your sunset wedding in the heart of Orlando.

The couple saying their vows under the ceremony gazebo at Cypress Grove Estate. The gazebo is draped in floral garland and is set against a sunset on the lake.
The bride posing for a portrait with coral colored bridal bouquet.

Sunset weddings offer your photographer the opportunity to take advantage of “golden hour”.  Golden Hour is when the sun is low in the sky and produces a soft golden glow which makes for FABULOUS photos. The red-yellow hue of the sun’s position makes the skin look warmer rather than neutral or cold; HELLO instant tan! When does the magic happen? 45 minutes before and the 15 minutes after sunset! Fun fact: it’s the opposite for sunrise so brunch weddings can still take advantage of this time 😉. If you want to know how to take advantage of golden hour for your special day, Cypress Grove Estate makes it easy. We always try to time your ceremony so you’ll get the perfect lighting for photos as the sun dips down over Lake Jessamine. Saying your vows as the sun sets is a no-brainer!

The bride and groom posing for a photo in front of a vintage car.
The bride and groom's table in the Cypress Grove Estate amphitheater at sunset.

Color Inspiration | Bold + Bright

Weddings are often filled with shades of blush, ivory and golds. And while this tried and true color palette screams “wedding,” we’ve been there and done that. We’re ready to mix it up! Playing with bold + bright colors on your wedding day (if done right) can add a “wow” factor that every bride craves!

The Details Matter

There are plenty of opportunities to incorporate bold + bright color elements to your day. Add a twist to your seating chart with purple planks hung on a white macramé wall.  Once your guests enter your reception, there are a ton of opportunities to make your color statement. Try opting for bold floral choices or colorful stationery to bring in some playful colors.

Pairing bold + bright colors with neutrals is always the way to go! For instance, this table features a soft blue tablecloth complementing the purple napkin and making the gold accents really pop! 

Tying it all together

Bring your bold color concept into a seated lounge! Everyone loves a good lounge set; it gives your guests the chance to take a break in between dancing. But a lounge should be more than just some seats, it should add something special to your overall décor. This tropical lounge set uses bright teals and yellows with some tropical greenery to break up the bold color combo, making your guests feel as if they’ve been transported to a tropical paradise!

Whether you’re adding color to something like your linens or tabletop details or you’re incorporating color in a big way, with a seated lounge. Have fun and think outside of the box! Color shouldn’t scare you, but rather empower you to see a world of possibilities.

Featured Inventory:: The Raspberry Wall, Hans Chair,+  Paola  

Vendor Appreciation | Florida Candy Buffets

What’s not to love about Florida Candy Buffets!? Tasty treats {because you know we have a sweet tooth!}, stunning displays, and a fabulous owner makes them one of our favorite vendor pals and the “sweetest ever!”

Owner, Farida, is just like us – she likes everything in its place and picture-perfect! We’ll admit it – we’re both meticulous when it comes to placement ?

One of our favorite displays from Farida is this colorful {and delicious} summer display at Cypress Grove! Come on – donuts, gumballs, and cake pops? Yes, please!

Seating Charts | Take a Seat, Please!

Making a Statement

Once upon a time, seating charts were often an afterthought. They were often quickly put together the day before the wedding. Today, our couples are displaying seating assignments in ways that are beautiful, unique, and extend to their wedding day style! By working with calligraphers, stationery designers and, of course, RW Style, couples can create statement making seating displays that wow their guests and make finding your table more fun!

Unique Elements for Seating Charts

Our Gwen bookshelves are a popular pick for seating chart displays. And whether you’re going the traditional route with classic place cards, or going the bubbly route with glasses of champagne, these shelves work perfectly!

Photo by The Lemons

The Materials

Hand lettered seating charts are great keepsakes, and a beautiful way to have something made uniquely for you. Try incorporating acrylic, wood, and glass as a base material for your seating chart for a unique look! Many of our couples who invest in hand lettered pieces also order welcome signage and bar menus to complete the look.

Special Touches

Seating charts on easels are pretty standard. Why not add to a traditional display by incorporating wooden signage, flowers, and wax seals inspired by your wedding stationery?

How could anyone not be impressed by this gorgeous option?! Copper stand, ombre calligraphy and gorgeous greenery… yes, please!

Your turn!

Your seating chart can be as simple or as extravagant as you’d like! Our hope is that by seeing these displays from past clients, you’ll be inspired to dream up something that speaks to you. We want your seating chart to fit in with the rest of your wedding décor, and is easy and enjoyable for your guests to navigate!

Vendor Appreciation | Anna Christine Events

Christy + Laura, of Anna Christine Events, are the sweetest sisters we know, dubbing them our favorite dynamic duo! They are the brightest rays of sunshine, always arriving on wedding day with a smile on their faces and ready to help the couple have the best day ever!

These lovely ladies have been planning wedding for quite some time, and we love seeing their designs come to life at Luxmore and Cypress Grove!

They're pretty good at designing with us too!