Garden Wedding at the Courtyard at Lake Lucerne - Denise and David

Denise and David met online when David sent Denise a "wink." On their first date, they talked about everything from traveling to politics. After 8 months of taking trips together, corny jokes, and tons of love, David popped the question in Paris. Denise, of course, said yes and the rest is history! With its luscious greenery, winding brick walkways, and the intoxicating scent of flowers, The Courtyard at Lake Lucerne is one of Downtown Orlando's many hidden gems. On her wedding day, Denise looked dazzling in a beaded gown, sparkly jewelry, and Badgley Mischka shoes that had just the right amount of bling. Her bridesmaids were dressed in soft, neutral blues and purples, and they all carried bouquets of calla lilies. After their ceremony on the I.W. House's cozy porch, David and Denise took a stroll around Lake Lucerne for portraits! Their garden reception was filled to the brim with friends, family, and beautiful fresh florals. A naked cake decorated with berries was just the sweet treat guests needed after a delicious meal. During every heartwarming toast, loved ones described Denise and David as the most caring and genuine people. We love the love this family had for each other! After a thank you speech from the newlyweds, the party was on. Check out what the bride has to say about it all below! 

Participating Vendors: 

Venue: The Courtyard at Lake Lucerne | Wedding Planner: Shannon Philibin | Photographer:  Haleigh Nicole Photography | Florist: Orlando Flower Market | Cake: The Lumpy Bumpy Kupz n Cakes  | Invitations: Minted.com | Jewelry: Goldsmith Jewelers | Caterer: Uncommon Caterer | DJ: Lugo Entertainment | Mens Attire: JoS A. Bank | Bridesmaid Dresses: Bill Levkoff | Dress: Bridal Gown Studio | Hair and Makeup: Velvet Lab Hair Studio | Officiant: Brian Arthur

How did you two meet and/or what was your proposal story? From Bride, Denise: We met online, when he winked at my supposedly yet not verified sketchy photos. Our first date was amazing discussing all topics that aren't typical of a first date. From that point forward we became inseparable, including both of our dogs who had to agree that they could tolerate each other and us. He surprisingly proposed to me on a rainy day in Paris in front of the Eiffel Tower. I was so unprepared for the proposal that all I could do was laugh. I laughed for so long that passers by started to wonder if I was in danger.

Advice from Bride, Denise:

What advice would you give other couples about the wedding planning process? We found it fun and connecting to have both of us involved in all of the details of the planning process, that included all vendors and planing for tributes to friends and family during the wedding. While there were times that we wished we had eloped, at the end of the day, we realized that our wedding was an amazing tribute to everyone that impacted our lives and we would not have changed one thing. Is there any advice that you would give engaged couples about married life? While married life is new to us, we do feel that what is really important to is to be able to laugh together no matter what the circumstances are.