Elizabeth & Tyler’s Elegant and Intimate Destination Wedding
Happy Friday everyone! Is the stress of wedding planning getting to you? Maybe you’re feeling tempted to do away with the big party, run off with the closest of friends and family, and get married in a cozy ceremony somewhere far away. That doesn’t sound like a bad idea at all, doesn’t it? Well that’s what Elizabeth and Tyler did and they ended up with a meaningful and totally stress-free celebration of their union. In fact, when I asked Elizabeth for their wedding’s theme, she said “dinner and drinks with a wedding on the side!” Sweet!
They also couldn’t have chosen a more beautiful venue than the Grand Bohemian Hotel in Orlando for their destination wedding. I love the unique artworks hanging on the walls which added effortless eye candy as well as a quirky touch to their day.
Again we have the fab husband & wife photo team Sara & Jason Martin of Concept Photography (see their previous features) to thank for the GORGEOUS photos. Here they are with a few words about the couple & the event:
We adored the intimacy of this wedding. The entire guest list was 14 people – including the bride + groom! Elizabeth had amazing style and the love shared between her and Tyler was palpable. The whole event was unpretentious, honest and just plain lovely.
Let’s get to know the lovely couple a bit better and I think it’s best if I let Elizabeth tell you more about themselves + their cozy wedding:
My husband Tyler and I met while living in Chicago. We use to live in the same apartment building. We both came home early from work one day, ran into each other at the door and he invited me out for a drink and to watch a USA soccer game – we spent the whole night talking and laughing and not watching any of the game! We’re each other’s best friend and the person we want to be around most. We make each other laugh and don’t talk ourselves too seriously. He’s a wonderful guy and I’m lucky to have him!
I found the Grand Bohemian online and fell in love with it. I just knew I wanted to be married there, being surrounded by beautiful, one of a kind works of art.
The theme to our wedding was “Dinner and drinks with a wedding on the side!” Neither of us wanted anything to do with a big wedding. We invited immediate family only. I remember the morning of my wedding I woke up, a lady came over and ironed by wedding dress and then when she was finished (about 1pm) my husband and I walked to a local bar in downtown Orlando, drank mimosas and watched football. At about 3pm we decided we should get back to the hotel and get ready for our wedding. NO STRESS!
We made our wedding ours by doing it exactly how we wanted! We are very lucky to have very laid back families that are not opinionated. All of our in-laws, parents, relatives, etc were very supportive of our wedding ideas. Also, no dancing! We aren’t good dancers, we don’t like dancing so we didn’t have dancing! OH! and we used the stunning art work on display at the Grand Bohemian as our wedding decorations! It was a small detail that we really loved!
Our cakes was a two-tier chocolate ganache with chocolate covered strawberries and chocolate straws decorating the outside.
Parring insights and advice from the pretty bride:
Don’t sweat the small stuff and wear comfortable shoes! And invest in a good photographer! It’s only been four months and there are already things I’m forgetting about my big day but Sara and Jason did such a fantastic job that we now have a way to go back and remember the little details! Finally, if you can find a wedding dress with pockets – get it! Mine had pockets and it was as amazing feature that came in super handy.
Huge thanks to Sara & Jason for sending their dreamy images of this beautiful, intimate wedding my way, and congratulations to Elizabeth and Tyler! Thank you for giving us a peek into your special day.
Photographer: Sara and Jason Martin of Concept Photography
Venue and caterer: The Grand Bohemian Hotel, Orlando FL
Hair and Make-up: Angel Cardona
Floral Designer: Lee James Floral
Cake Designer: Bake Me A Cake
Image submission via Two Bright Lights
Tags: alternative wedding venues, destination weddings, first look, non-traditional weddings