With a classic and timeless theme in mind, Caitlin and Phill used elegant colors like mauve and gold to create a beautiful wedding at the Alfond Inn in Winter Park. The couple had fallen in love with the boutique hotel while dating, as they frequented the location for drinks and live music. They also loved that the venue had a rain back up plan but thankfully they didn’t need it!
Before putting on her Mori Lee wedding ballgown, Caitlin spent the morning getting ready with her mom, grammy, and bridesmaids. Another favorite part of the day for the couple was their first look, which gave them an opportunity for a little quiet time together to calm their nerves before the “I Dos”.
After a beautiful ceremony on the venue’s lawn, the celebration moved into the ballroom. Guest tables were complete with lovely gold Chiavari chairs and geometric centerpieces that were accented with greenery and mauve and white roses, which keep with the couple’s classic, timeless theme.
From Bride, Caitlin:
How did you meet?
As is common these days, we met online! We knew right away that we were a great match and met in person as soon as we could. We have been inseparable ever since!
Tell us your proposal story:
“We went over to Ireland while in the UK visiting Phill’s family. The trip was just beautiful. We stayed in a castle and even had a horse drawn carriage ride through the Killarney National Park. On one of the days, we went to the Cliffs of Moher. Apparently, Phill had planned to propose at the top of a tower on the cliffs, but as we walked up it was totally under construction and had people literally jackhammering the building. We walked up to the top of one of the cliffs and Phill proposed. It was such an awesome moment! I had mentioned to Phill that if I ever got engaged I would love to have a photo or video to remember it with. Phill had an awesome ring box with a built in camera, so we have a really great video! Shortly after he proposed the skies opened up and it rained and hailed on us as we ran down the side of the cliff. We hurried back to the car and called our families, and then the sun came out! We got to go back out to the cliffs and take some photos and enjoy some more time there. We love our proposal because even though it wasn’t what we expected, we both live for a great story!”
From Bride, Caitlin:
Did you have any special traditions?
Something that is going to be a special tradition going forward for us is our wine box. During the ceremony, we each placed a letter that we had written in the box with a bottle of wine. We will open the box on our first anniversary and will read the letters and drink the bottle of wine. Then, you add two more letters and a bottle of wine for the following year. We are so happy to have this tradition that will document our relationship throughout the years – imagine having dozens of letters to share with our children someday!
From Bride, Caitlin:
Is there any advice that you’d give couples planning their wedding?
“YES. If it’s in your budget, get a wedding planner. It will save you a ton of time and stress, and the planner will be able to answer all of your questions and help you think of things that you never would have thought of. (Thanks Brandee!) Let your professionals do what they are there to do. When we were unsure of a decision, we always defaulted to what the pros said was best and it paid off. Also, do your best to be present on your wedding day. It goes by so fast, so make sure to take some small moments to check in and enjoy what’s going on around you.”
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Venue The Alfond Inn
Wedding Planner Blush by Brandee Gaar
Photographer Kristen Weaver Photography
Videographer The Hons
Florist Cheryl’s Distinctive Creations
Cake Sprinkles Custom Cakes
Hair and Makeup Kristy’s Artistry Design Team
DJ and Musician Soundwave Entertainment
Wedding Rental Orlando Wedding and Party Rentals
Linens and Coverings Over the Top Linens
Draping Swag Decor
Band Quinn Shaw
Dress and Veil Designer Morilee
Mens Attire The Black Tux
Bridal Salon Bridal Gallery of Orlando