Rain Plan | April Showers

A Gorgeous Alternative: The Rain Plan at Luxmore Grande

Rain on your wedding day is apparently good luck. While that’s up for debate, one thing we know for sure is that the rain plan spaces at Luxmore Grande are equally as gorgeous as our outdoor ceremony spaces. Weddings are stressful enough without having to feel the disappointment of having a not-so-photo-worthy ceremony spot as your only option.

Couples at Luxmore have two stunning, indoor ceremony locations to choose from:

The Estate Room

We can host up to 80 guests in the Estate Room. The fireplace serves as the perfect space to add florals and greenery or can easily be covered with draping. Another great alternative would be hosting the ceremony in front of the bay windows! 

Grande Ballroom

When couples have a guest count over 80, the ceremony is hosted in the ballroom. Post ceremony, guests exit for cocktail hour and our team flips the room for the reception. The addition of entry draping ensures guests don’t see the set up and breakdown and also adds a touch of elegance to the space.

Photo: Ashley Jane Photography      |     Florist: Flowers by Lesley 

The Flip

Cocktail hour on rainy days is located on the front patio and in the foyer, library and parlor. Guests stay dry and get to enjoy the unique rooms inside the estate.

We may be biased about the beauty of our spaces, but our clients are on our side: many couples choose to host an indoor ceremony with us regardless of the weather! When you book your wedding at Luxmore the weather is of no concern: you’ll know your wedding will be gorgeous no matter what.

Oh, and the picture below is in the ballroom facing the opposite direction! 

There are so many great options to choose from 😉 

Wedding Venue Tours 101

|| How to Make the most of Your Venue Tour ||

Whether you a pre-planner who already has every detail in place or you have never thought about wedding planning until he popped the question, don’t worry because our venue management team has some easy tips for making the most of your wedding venue tour with us at Cypress Grove Estate House & Luxmore Grande Estate

The venue is {typically} the first stop on your wedding planning journey. Once you secure the site, your location and venue are set in stone and everything else can start falling into place. It’s important to note that popular venues book quickly in prime months and popular dates; make sure not to procrastinate! 

1) Discuss Details & Budget! 
Since the venue is generally the first step in wedding planning, it is a good idea to try to sit down with your fiancé and family to discuss preliminary details and the wedding budget. This will help you decide what style and price-range of venues to inquire with, and also makes it easier to know what questions to ask when touring.  

The two essential details to decide on prior to your venue tour are wedding date and budget! A venue maybe stunning but if it is out of your price range, you need to be able to make a decisive decision on price. Also you need to decide if you are flexible on date, or if the venue is unavailable if that is grounds to keep looking? 

Other important details to note would be your guest count (as some venues have limited capacity). Make sure the maximum capacity allows for an inclement weather backup plan. Afterall, this is Florida 😉 

*Pro Tip – Be open to touring a variety of venue styles! Who knows, you might surprise yourself and fall in love with something different than your original idea or vision. 

2) Make sure to schedule an appointment for your site visit! 
Every venue will have different schedules and ways of handling tours. Making sure you schedule an appointment ensures the venue will be available when you would like to view it, and there will also be someone available from the venue staff to show you around, discuss packages, and details with you. If you opt to walk-in to a venue without an appointment you risk the venue being closed for an event, or not having anyone able to assist you on your tour.  

*Pro Tip – Reach out to the venue staff prior to your visit and probe them for information, or even ask for an estimate prior to touring that way you can discuss your day more in-depth during the tour. The more information you give the venue, the more they can help you during your site visit. 

3) Ask Important Questions & Take Notes! 
This does not mean you have to bring a full on wedding binder (even those these can be extremely helpful in the planning process!). When your tour appointment finally comes it is a great idea to bring a list of questions, or a checklist of important amenities you are looking for in a venue.  

Every venue is very different in their pricing and packaging so bringing a new checklist for each tour will help you to remember to ask consistent questions for all, and make sure you are getting the information that matters to you. Plus once all your tours are complete you can use the checklists and notes to compare each venue on paper before making your final decision.  

*Bring a wedding planner binder and/or notebook with you to the tour. This way you can have questions already listed on paper ready to ask and an easy way to document the answers. Plus many times you will receive pricing information during your tour and this way you can file it away to review later.  Haven’t found the right planning notebook yet? Check out our shop, Miscellaneous Market, for some cute options!

4) Remember to have fun! 
Often times wedding planning can get stressful, but it is important to remember the real reason you are planning this joyous occasion to begin with! Remember to have fun while planning and try not to stress the little things. Booking a reputable venue, and wedding vendors will help ensure your day is beautiful and stress free! 

Good luck venue hunting, let us know if we can help! 

Cypress Grove Estate House

Luxmore Grande Estate

Bridal Portraits | A Tradition

The history of bridal portraits actually began as a Southern tradition for brides and their families. So it’s only fitting to highlight some of our favorite Luxmore brides here at our gorgeous Southern estate! 

Having a private moment between the bride and their photographer is so important in building rapport and capturing that perfect photo. It’s easy to tell in a portrait if a bride feels comfortable, and there are plenty of unique areas throughout the estate for the ideal portrait session.  

Bridal Portraits | The bride posing with her bouquet on the lawn at Luxmore Grande Estate.
KT Crabb Photography

Getting ready is another great time to sneak a few one-on-one pics! The bridal suite at Luxmore Grande is one of the largest in Central Florida; so make sure to set aside some extra time for bridal portraits in this beautiful space.  

Emerald & Gold Wedding | Luxmore Grande Estate

Emerald & Gold Wedding | Ballroom Reception with Mahogany Chiavari Chairs
Bride and Groom Portraits
Photos: The Hendricks

We were so thrilled when Cara + Jon reached out about hosting their emerald & gold wedding at Luxmore! In case you don’t know, Cara was actually part of the RW Events team a few years back. So hosting her wedding was such a special treat for us =)

Bride and Groom after the ceremony

It’s funny, when you work in the wedding industry, you get a good idea of what you want for your own wedding well before it comes to fruition 😉 Cara had always talked about doing emerald & gold wedding colors, and she did just that! She hit the nail on the head with her rock star vendor team and choosing the perfect details for the soiree!

Emerald & Gold Wedding | Ballroom Reception with Mahogany Chiavari Chairs

The Reception

Their neutral reception decor looks so stunning at Luxmore, and compliments the bride’s personal style so well; classic + elegant. To mix things up a little, they incorporated a fun combo of traditional rounds with our Wesley Farm Tables. The white floral and ivory linen really make the farm tables and gold accent decor pop!

Pro tip: to be more cost-effective, repurpose items if you can! The couple’s arbor was used for the ceremony and they also used it as a sweetheart table backdrop.

Votives on the Sweetheart Table
Gold Rimmed Chargers & Neutral Napkin
Sweetheart Table Details

Lighting | Creating an Atmosphere

Lighting | Market lighting drapes the amphitheater at Cypress Grove Estate house

In case you didn’t already know, we’re design junkies 😉 We love working with clients and their vendors to create an atmosphere + aesthetic for their special day!

Creating a cohesive look is one of the most important aspects of any event. Think about it… even if you + your gal pals are heading to brunch or planning the next girl’s night out, you stalk all the hot spots in town on social media. And we bet you’ll choose the one that has the best overall aesthetic! We all want those insta worthy pics, right!? The same goes for your wedding – creating an atmosphere pulls everything together and gets you those gorgeous pics you’ve been dreaming of!

One of the most important details in creating an atmosphere is – you guessed it, lighting! The right lighting can make your guests feel relaxed and even excited + energized. Think romantic market lighting + candles for an evening meal and then get those guests dancing with fun, color uplights!

These enhancements can take a space from drab to fab in seconds, and create the aesthetic you’re looking for. So, if the question comes to mind, whether or not to add that extra string of market lights or perfectly placed up-lights behind your sweetheart table… we say “Go for it!” You’re going to look your best, so give your event space the glow up it deserves!

Bridal Suite at Luxmore Grande Estate

Photo Credit: DW Digital 

Welcome to the Luxmore Bridal Suite

Getting ready for your walk down the aisle is a moment that each bride will cherish. Sharing laughs (and maybe mimosas) with your closet girlfriends as you’re primped and polished. Luxmore Grande Estate offers each bride-to-be a luxury space to get ready and our bridal suite does not disappoint!

Have a large bridal party? No problem! We have the largest bridal suite in Orlando so there is plenty of space for everyone to spread out. You and your bridesmaids will enjoy getting ready in our gorgeous suite! Complete with a segmented closet, each bridesmaid has their own dedicated space to stash her stuff. So, there will be no worries of a stray overnight bag in any portraits! Speaking of portraits, there are tons of features worth noting, as our suite has a gorgeous seated lounge, bay windows and a fireplace all tucked within our suite making for some fabulous photo opportunities!

Can we talk about this patio?!

The balcony is one of our favorite features, and you can enjoy a pre-hair and makeup brunch with your girls while overlooking the Estate Patio and Jessup Garden. You’ll have the unique chance to overlook your wedding day set up from afar! The two private bathrooms and a gorgeous jacuzzi tub complete with opulent swan fixtures, make getting ready for your walk down the aisle feel like a trip to the spa. All in all, Luxmore Grande Estate offers a truly luxe experience from the moment you walk up the Grande staircase to prepare to the moment you walk down the aisle! 

Intimate Wedding | A Micro Event

Micro-weddings are nothing new for us! We’ve been handling them for years, but simply refer to them as an intimate wedding.

Intimates are on the rise, and we’re expecting an even larger increase this year. Couples wanting to say “I do” in front of their closest friends and family members (24 or less) can host an intimate wedding at Luxmore Grande or Cypress Grove. Our Intimate Ceremony Package is designed with ease and cost in mind. Here’s what’s included:

2-hour venue rental, wedding coordination, photographer, officiant, ceremony music, flowers, cake and a champagne toast.

Here’s what you really want to know: the cost is $2,495.

While our venues are known for hosting large weekend weddings, there are perks to hosting an intimate weekday wedding.

Say "I Do" Sooner

Finding an open weekday is easier than finding an open Saturday during your month of choice. Plus, travel logistics are easier to work out for smaller groups! Creating the perfect vendor team also isn’t an issue since they’re part of the cost of our package!

Location, Location, Location

Having a small wedding doesn’t mean you have to give up a beautiful venue and the photos of your dreams. Hosting your intimate wedding ceremony at Luxmore or Cypress Grove guarantees a luxury location for you and your guests! Enjoy endless backdrops for photos and mingling!

Continue the Celebration after Your Intimate Wedding

Once you and your guests say “cheers” with champagne and cake, take the celebration out on the town! Schedule a private dinner at a local restaurant, head to the parks, or start your honeymoon early!

Everyone deserves a stunning wedding, and whether your guest count is 10 or 200, we’re here to help you make it happen!

Real Talk // Kristina + James

This sweet couple met about three and a half years ago; Kristina was looking for a roommate and James turned out to be the perfect match in more ways than one ?

Photos: Vine & Light Photography

How did you meet?

“We met in New York in January of 2016. I was looking for a roommate to rent the second bedroom of my apartment in Chelsea. I posted an ad for a roommate on Craigslist and James answered the ad. He was moving from London to New York and needed a place to stay. We met up and I gave him a tour of the apartment. He loved the place and we got along instantly. Less than a year later, we were together and not too long after that, we were engaged! If you ask him how we met, he would simply say Craigslist, which has definitely gotten us some strange looks along the way!”

Images captured in the Estate Room, the Library, and the Parlor

What made you choose Luxmore as your venue?

“We loved the venue the moment we stepped inside. It sold itself. Our ideal venue was an outdoor wedding and the space outside was perfect. With Florida weather being as unpredictable as it is we needed to feel good about getting married in the backup space the venue had. The room the Luxmore presented to us was just as beautiful as the outdoor space which made us feel it was the perfect place for us.”

Rentals :: Gold Rimmed Chargers | Mahogany Chiavari Chairs
Cake ::

What was your design inspiration?

“We both had the same idea for the wedding decor which made things much easier. White and ivory with touches of silver and gold. Simple, elegant, classic! It turned out to be everything we envisioned. “

What was your favorite part of the event?

“When my new husband sang to me! And also the cake! He would say the open bar lol.”

Image captured in the Library

What factors did you consider when choosing your vendor team?

“Reviews, reviews, reviews! It was important for us to hear what other couples had to say. It really influenced our decisions when we chose our team. I would also say communication. Since we had to plan the wedding remotely, it was extremely important to us that our vendors were able to help us via phone and face time. “

Want to read more from our couples? Click here to check our all of our Real Wedding features!

Real Talk // Morgan + Julius

Morgan + Julius hosted their simple but oh-so elegant fall wedding with us last October – we fell head-over-heels in love with their reception draping, and their doughnut station still has us drooling ?

How did you meet?
Julius and I met in the Respiratory program at school. We were in our second semester and were in the same study group. I secretly looked him up on Facebook before we officially met so I was already kinda interested lol. We figured out we only lived about ten minutes away from eachother so we studied more and more and ended up falling for each other.

What made you choose Luxmore as your venue?
I knew I didn’t want a boring hall at a hotel or something generic and old looking where you would need tons of decor to cover it up. We live in Chicago and since we were getting married in Florida I was doing a lot of online researching. I stumbled across Luxmore and I KNEW it’s where I wanted to get married before I even saw it in person. Actually, Luxmore was the only venue I looked at in person. I’m a simple person who knows what I want and I didn’t want to see tons and tons of venues. I just knew it was perfect for me.

What was your design inspiration?
My design inspiration definitely was a mix of vintage, simple, romantic, elegant, and kind of a whimsical feeling. I was so lucky to have vendors that understood my vision, especially because I was unable to be there in person a lot. I just wanted a design that was stunning but not overdone and gotty looking. I did a lot of research on Pinterest and also wedding blogs. My florist was amazing and put together the floral arrangements exactly how I wanted.

Did you face any challenges during the planning process?
I felt overwhelmed a lot and a little out of control due to not being in the same state. I overcame this by being extremely organized and had a wedding binder with all my vendors, to-do lists, payment dates, etc. I tried to stay on top of everything and also not be so controlling and to just go with the flow.

Photos: KT Crabb Photography

Any planning tips you’d like to share with other couples?
Just have fun with it and don’t let yourself be overwhelmed with everything at once. Try and focus on one thing at a time and know you will get it all done, no matter how tedious it is. Have fun with it and don’t be so controlling over every single detail. If you have a good team of vendors and a good venue I promise everything will turn out beautiful. I would also recommend having a day of coordinator, that takes a lot of pressure off of you and it is definitely worth the money. I’d say spend the most money on that and your flowers. You honestly do get what you pay for.

Xoxo,
Kim

Portraits | Southern Wedding

It’s the final week of our mini-series on a luxurious southern wedding inspired shoot we hosted at Luxmore Grande Estate. Our little hearts are so excited to share the final details with you! So far, we’ve talked about welcoming your guests with a fun station, the aesthetics of the ceremony, how to deck out the reception space, and all about the little details. To finish us off, we’re sharing about the beauty of portraits!

Photos: JP Pratt, Floral: Flowers by Lesley, Fashion: Solutions Bridal, Beauty: Laura Reynolds Artistry

As essential as a well designed ceremony + reception are, it’s just as necessary for the bridal styling to encompass the overall theme; the look featured in our southern styled shoot is an embodiment of Luxmore Grande Estate!

The beautiful gown from Solutions Bridal Designer House was the perfect fit for the clean and elegant atmosphere of the Estate. The dress and bridal style melded perfectly into the rest of the décor & details. The unique floral print of the dress also brought in a chic and sophisticated new age air to the overall look.

The curated spaces, and details as a whole provided so many gorgeous opportunities for bridal portrait shots. It was hard to pick which ones were our favorites!

Xoxo,
Lacie

All in the Details // Southern Wedding

It was a culmination of the smaller details that helped breathe life into out southern inspired styled shoot. The soft hues and stationery brought vintage romance, while the fashionable addition of Antonio Milani pumps gave just the right hint of modern edginess.

Photos: JP Pratt, Floral: Flowers by Lesley, Calligraphy: Andi Mejia

While big décor items and spaces are important, it is often times the smaller details that can really stand out for a wedding. An intricately crafted wedding invitation suite, a handwritten note, or the perfect shot of your designer bridal shoes are the small things that can make your grand vision a reality!

Featured Inventory :: Ocean

The cake, provided by Bakers Cottage Cakes, display was inspired by the idea of an old southern home. The antique furniture echoed the welcome set-up and brought a little old world charm. The floral around the cake overflowed and felt like a lush southern garden brought indoors. The shelf accents also played with mixing old and new vibes, and style.

Xoxo,
Lacie

P.S. Don’t miss the last post of our southern wedding mini-series next week!

Reception Tablescape // Southern Wedding

If you know our team, you’re well aware that we LOVE a well designed and thought out reception tablescape – from the linen, to the floral, and all the way to the china + flatware, the RW ladies are all about the aesthetics.

The reception is the perfect opportunity to bring the wedding vision to life, and to make a bold statement guests will never forget!

The Luxmore Grande Estate ballroom was completely transformed for this elaborate reception set-up. All the details capture the theme, melding modern and classic elements all while keeping the traditional and southern character of the estate.

Rentals pictured :: Gold Flatware, China, Gold Rimmed Chargers, Gold Louis chairs

The gorgeous French blue, ivory, and gold palette was a major theme in designing the reception tablescape. The idea was to create a sleek aesthetic while still providing a soft and romantic ambiance.

The patterned napkins contrast beautifully against the solid ivory table linen, while the tall centerpieces create height and add texture. The layered china also mimics the palette by pulling in multiple tones and styles.

The sweetheart table was another beautifully designed space from our southern wedding styled shoot. The design plays off the reception tablescape but also has its own original flare, helping it stand out from the rest.

Mixing an exposed wooden table with linen is always a great way to break up the layout. It also adds diversity to the overall look.

Missed the first two posts from our southern wedding mini-series? Check them out here!

Xoxo,
Lacie

Southern Wedding Ceremony

Last week we started a mini-series on a luxurious styled shoot we hosted with rentals + designs fit for a southern belle. In case you missed it, we started off with the first area your guests will see – the welcome station {perfect for featuring a fun welcome beverage or treat and gift + sign-in table}! This week is all about the ceremony space and making it your own.

|  CEREMONY AESTHETIC  |

This stunning space married the traditional southern wedding with a new age flare! We love the use of the magnolia leaves and other greenery in this unique arch created by Flowers by Lesley. The elegant Gold Louis chairs, from RW Events, had an old world charm that popped against all the greenery on the Luxmore Estate Patio.

Your wedding ceremony is arguably the most important part of the entire event, and the most intimate. Collaborate with your vendors and don’t be afraid to dream up something bold and unique smile emoticon While creating an area that reflects both the bride and groom is important, this space is also a precursor to your reception. The design here is a great way to give your guests a glimpse of what’s to come!

Xoxo,
Lacie

The Welcome | Southern Wedding

While we have seen Luxmore Grande Estate styled in so many ways, at its core it will always be an elegant southern estate. That is why we are so excited to share to share this stunning modern take on a southern wedding with you!! Over the coming weeks we’ll be breaking down a luxurious styled shoot we hosted and chatting about all the details that make this fit for a southern belle ❤️ We’re starting off with the first thing your guests will see – a welcome station!

Welcoming your guests in style!

We love the soft blues and neutrals used in this color palette for a wedding welcome station. The antique rentals echoed the traditional southern charm, while accents such as the gold geometric vases brought a modern edge. The clean floral also added a sleek finish while still feeling classic.

Featured Inventory :: Winter, Oates, & assorted vases + mirror

Putting together a unique and personalized wedding welcome station for guests is a great way to make them feel at home during your event! Your guests are your closest family and friends and they are excited to celebrate with you. So a thoughtful welcome station is the perfect way to greet them!

Photos: JP Pratt | Floral: Flowers by Lesley | Calligraphy: Andi Mejia

Have fun with creating your welcome area, and use meaningful details to tie it back into the rest of your décor & theme. Floral accents can play of your bouquets and centerpieces, while accessories can accent your color palette. Personalized touches such as a customized welcome sign can bring the entire space together.

Stay tuned for more details from the reception space, our grand entryway, and a sweet cake display!

Xoxo,
Lacie

 

Grand Staircase | Luxmore Grande Estate

Our grand staircase is one of the most stunning and talked about features of Luxmore Grande Estate.

It’s a major reason current owners decided to purchase the property and turn it into the beautiful event space it is today! Our grand staircase makes for an absolutely breathtaking entrance, creating a dramatic statement as guests arrive for your big day!

Photography opportunities on the staircase are endless! We see wedding photographers create truly memorable moments with brides and grooms on the grand staircase. Many tears of joy have been shed on this staircase. Often times, couples choose to do their first look here. With so many angles, lighting, and stunning chandelier to play-off of, you will have no shortage of gorgeous pictures.

It also provides the perfect canvas to play around with décor and styling, making this area customizable for each Luxmore Grande Estate wedding. From floral, to draping, or clean & classic you can’t go wrong with styling our grande staircase for your event! One of our favorite designs is the creating of our owner and Flowers by Lesley. Would you believe it features over 12,000 stems of assorted white flowers!?

Want to see more of our staircase? Check out Luxmore Grande Estate on Instagram!

Xoxo,
Lacie

Luxe Bridal Suite | Luxmore Grande Estate

The Luxe Bridal Suite

The expansive bridal suite at Luxmore Grande Estate might easily be our crowning jewel. We are proud to boast one of the largest bridal suites in all of Central Florida! Complete with a furnished lounge, designated beauty station area, full walk-in closet, luxurious bathroom, and en suite screened-in balcony.

There is plenty of space and comfort for our brides, their bridal party, and relatives to get glamorous and relax on the big day.

The bridal suite also provides the perfect opportunity for intimate bridal portraits with your wedding photographer. Enjoy all the natural lighting from the large bay windows and balcony. Plus, the antique fixtures, vanities, and romantic details provide an elegant atmosphere for photos.

The Luxmore bridal suite provided the perfect space for models to prep for our fabulous Calvet Couture Fashion show. As you can see there was more than enough space for bridal gowns, multiple beauty artists, and more!

So sit back, relax, pop a bottle of bubbly (be a little extra!) and enjoy your luxurious suite for the day at Luxmore Grande Estate!

Xoxo,
Lacie

Real Wedding // A Luxmore Grande Estate Favorite

Their stunning Luxmore Grande Estate Wedding 

Sia and Nick’s estate wedding has become a Luxmore Grande Estate favorite! This amazing couple brought so much love, intimacy, and personality to their big day!

Sia and her bridesmaids brought so much laughter to our beautiful bridal suite. Sia also made a unique choice in choosing the library as the private setting to get ready with her mother.

The estate exterior made the perfect backdrop for Sia and Nick’s adorable first look before the ceremony. The group even posed for a few amazing portraits by our beautiful banana palms before walking down the aisle.

Bride Sia truly had a unique vision for her wedding, and her fabulous team of vendors helped make it a reality. From the dramatically draped outdoor ceremony (which we still cannot get over), her mixed farm table reception (provided by RW Events), and intricate floral detail. A live wedding band and artfully curated décor details brought their reception in the estate’s Grande ballroom to life! The mix of farm tables and round banquet tables at the reception was a great way to break up the layout, and add texture with the mixed linens.

The wedding came to close with a flurry of sparklers, but not before the bride and her guests made sure to dance the night away.

Photos: JP Pratt Photography

Need more of Sia & Nick’s fabulous wedding day!? Make sure to check out their stunning highlight video from KEJ Productions for more.

Xoxo,
Lacie

 

One & Only Bridal Fashion Show

This January Luxmore Grande had the pleasure to host a truly unique and trendy event in collaboration with Downtown Orlando’s One & Only Bridal Boutique. A team of amazing vendors including: Flowers by Lesley, Brides Be Beautiful, Gian Carlo Photography, and RW Events came together to create a night of pure fashion!


Members of the Central Florida Wedding Industry flooded to the estate to experience some of the newest bridal styles from One & Only Bridal, which recently opened its doors in the heart of Downtown near Lake Eola. Their motto, one we can all get behind – “Don’t Be Like the Rest of Them,” was the theme of the evening.

The owner of One & Only Bridal, Katherine, and her team sought to create an interactive experience to go hand-in-hand with the show. With RW Styling and Flowers by Lesley they were able to create various themed experiences in the estate, which each told a story based on the gowns showcased. It created a gallery effect that allowed individuals to view the scenes as a work of art and discuss the looks.

The models from the Modern Muse Modeling Agency were absolute show stoppers and Jasmine Doublette of Brides Be Beautiful went above and beyond to create a couture editorial look that captured the spirit of the event. The beauty, fashion, and of course edge were the perfect subjects for Gian Carlo’s moody and artistic photography style.

Photos: Gian Carlo Photography

Xoxo,
Lacie