Real Destination Wedding // Claire + Kyle

Over the years we’ve hosted numerous destination events – clients have come from Canada, the UK, Germany, and more to tie the knot at Cypress Grove! And with a destination wedding comes many challenges that local couples don’t face, so we’ve asked some of our international clients to share their planning experiences with us!

Claire + Kyle exchanged vows on a spring afternoon, followed by a lovely indoor meal with dancing, dessert, and a late-night bite.

What were some of the challenges you faced in planning a destination wedding?
There were many challenges, the biggest being the simple fact that I could not visit vendors in person and losing that face to face communication. It was sometimes difficult to express my ideas and desire via email, conscious that it might be perceived in a different way especially with the cultural differences. You lose a certain level of control.

How did you decide which venues you were interested in?
I always knew I wanted an exclusive wedding venue which narrowed my search down to a few venues in the Orlando area. I wanted somewhere with a character and chime and felt that Cypress Grove had just that. We loved the idea of a southern country style wedding with a chilled out atmosphere and Cypress ticked all the boxes.

What was your favorite part of the wedding day?
There were so many favourite parts but I have to say walking down the aisle and seeing my husbands and guests faces. I hate being centre of attention but seeing everyone’s face light up as I made my entrance really did feel amazing.

What advice can you give to couples planning a destination event?
Get a good wedding planner/coordinator – it’s so important and worth every penny. They were worth their weight in gold… even little things like being able to order decorative items online and have them delivered to the them so I didn’t miss out on having personal touches at the wedding just relieved a load of stress!

Photos: Sunglow Photography

All About Intimate Weddings

Boy, do we love hosting intimate weddings at Cypress Grove and Luxmore! While large weddings have their charm, it is hard to compare to the romance and intimacy of a smaller wedding.  Intimate weddings have the ability to foster fellowship amongst a close-knit group of guests, and the focus stays squarely on the two most important people of the day; the happy couple.

Most of these events are for international clients {but local couples are always welcomed!}, and over the last several years we’ve worked with couples from Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, and more! We love learning about their cultures + wedding customs and assisting them in hosting an unforgettable event.

Photo: Ashley Jane Photography | Venue: Cypress Grove Estate House

What’s an intimate wedding, you ask? Generally speaking, an “intimate” is a wedding group consisting of 24 people or less. We offer a-la-carte ceremony packages for intimates at both Cypress Grove and Luxmore so clients can customize a package to best suit their needs – each package includes use of the venue + a ceremony coordinator, and other options like an officiant, flowers, photography, dessert, etc. can be selected as add-ons.

Each of our venues has a different style and offers various things to do nearby – Luxmore is perfect for the couple looking for something grand {hence the name ;-)} and elegant, while Cypress Grove has a more laid-back vibe. Both locations are in the heart of Central Florida and are only a 15-45 minute drive to major tourist attractions like the Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando Resort, and International Drive.

Interested in hosting an intimate wedding? Request a quote from our team at Luxmore and Cypress Grove today!

Xoxo,
Kim + Lacie