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