We love Casa di Bella!

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Casa di Bella is a beautiful wedding boutique in downtown Celebration, Florida. It was recently purchased by Dina and Krista Engler, who are doing an amazing job and bringing new brides to the area.

Reunion: Krista, tell us how you and your Mother, Dina ended up owners of Casa di Bella.
Krista: My sister bought her wedding dress from the previous owner. When we went to pick up her dress the owner said she was going to have to sell the shop and my Mom immediately had the idea to buy it from her. We went to a few different places to shop for my sister, Ashley’s, dress but Casa di Bella was by far our favorite. The level of service was unparalleled and we had the boutique all to ourselves which no other boutique in Orlando has. So, when we thought about buying the shop we knew we wanted the level of service and the makeup of the shop to stay exactly the same.  I had just graduated with my degree in Fashion Merchandising from Florida State University and my mom, Dina, has a background in hospitality and event planning so we both loved the idea of buying the shop together. It’s the perfect combination with the perfect timing and we knew we just had to take a chance and buy the shop or we would always regret it, so we did!

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What is your favorite thing about working in the wedding industry?
Our favorite thing about working in this industry is to be a part of someone’s journey to becoming a bride! We love to get to know our Casa di Bella brides and hear their love stories as we try to find them the perfect dress for their wedding day. It’s a special time in someone’s life and we’re just happy to be able to be a part of that.

What do you think the biggest dress trends are for 2016?
I think overskirts, plunging necklines, sheer skirts, and tiered skirts are all going to be really big in 2016. Brides are leaning away from traditional and more towards modern, sleek, and fashion forward.

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What advice would you give a bride who is newly engaged and starting her dress search?
To have an open mind! It’s definitely great to look at magazines and Pinterest to get an idea of what you’re looking for but keep in mind the things that you’re flipping through and pinning may be way over your budget or may not be as comfortable as a different type of dress. Girls get so thrown off by the fact that they end up loving (and buying) something that they have never pictured themselves in and I’m here to tell you that’s 100% okay!

Your wedding dress is all about the feeling you have when you put it on and that feeling is what makes you feel like a bride. It’s not a formulaic as a certain silhouette with a certain neckline and a certain fabric. Pick the dress that makes you smile the most and the one you are confident and beautiful in. And don’t let anyone convince you to get something that you don’t like because at the end of the day you’re the one wearing the dress, not them!

What creative ways have you seen brides use their dresses for after the wedding?
Most of the brides preserve their gowns but I’ve seen some that frame it, use the fabric to make a christening gown, trash their dress at the end of the night, or sell it so they have some extra cash for the honeymoon.

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What do you think makes the millennial bride different from what we’ve seen in the past?
I think millennial brides are more tech savvy then brides in the past. They are very active on social media, they use wedding websites to communicate with their guests, they rely on reviews to make decisions on vendors, and they use mediums like Pinterest and The Knot to keep up on what’s trending in the wedding industry. They have so many resources to learn what to do when planning their wedding and they take full advantage of what is given to them, which is great!

Photos courtesy of Casa di Bella Bridal Boutique

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We love Orlando Wedding & Party Rentals!

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Orlando Wedding & Party Rentals is Central Florida’s premier full service rental company providing clients with the latest and trendiest products. As a family-owned company, they focus on genuine relationships with industry professionals and corporate clients who are searching for the best quality service. Their inventory ranges from chairs, tables, tents, lighting, dance floors, pipe & drape, photobooths, stages, decor, and much more! You can trust that their incredible team will deliver as promised and exceed expectations. It is important to them that you have a stress-free experience whether it is a wedding, corporate meeting, birthday party, sporting or networking event, and beyond! They have everything you need to make your event truly unforgettable!

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We asked the Orlando Wedding & Party Rentals team a few questions about tips, trends and advice.

Reunion: What is a wedding trend that you are seeing for this year?
Orlando Wedding & Party Rentals: There is no shortage of new ideas when every bride has their own style. One trend we see sticking around is rustic chic. We speak with a ton of brides who are incorporating mahogany chairs, farm tables, burlap table runners, and mason jars. These are very popular and though they have been done many times before, each bride has her own vision and makes it her own.

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There are a number of resources for planning weddings (magazines, blogs, Pinterest, etc), what advice would you give to a couple to best use these without getting overwhelmed?
The perfect way to handle your wedding planning is one thing at a time. Going on Pinterest is perfect for ideas, but it’s definitely an overwhelming amount of creativity! Try to think of the items you will absolutely need. You probably want to start with a date and a venue. Then go from there. Websites like Wedding Wire are so resourceful, especially when it comes to searching for specific vendors in your area. Also, don’t be afraid to utilize your venue’s recommendations! For one, you know your venue trusts the vendors on the list and second, you likely won’t have to search very hard for the right fit, whether it be your rental company, cake vendor, DJ, or planner.

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What are some creative ways you have seen couples use the venues at Reunion Resort?
What we love most about Reunion is the ability to choose from various sites on property to accommodate any kind of event. Whether it’s under the white tent, inside at Eleven or inside a ballroom, there are ways to compliment your unique event. We’ve seen brides choose to light up the tent with our LED wireless lighting, add ribbons into chiavari chairs, and set up columns for a ceremony backdrop. No matter what it is, you can get as creative as you want there while still keeping an elegant atmosphere.

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What is one piece of advice you would give to a Bride and Groom for their wedding day?
The things you want to take away from your wedding the most are the memories. Make sure you spend more time enjoying it than stressing over each detail! It should be one of the most exciting days of your life. Trust that your vendors and planners will take great care of you and handle all the details. It’s important to cherish every second and having that support system will allow you to do so.

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Thank you to Orlando Wedding & Party Rentals for being a first class vendor to our couples and always will to help us with special events!

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We Love William Arthur Photography!

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William Arthur has been a professional photographer for 5 years. He started his career apprenticing with photographers that had over 19 years of experience which have him the opportunity to know exactly how a wedding should be shot and not learning from mistakes, which can ruin a wedding.

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We asked William a few questions about wedding photography tips, trends and advice. Read below for his thorough and insightful answers.

Reunion: What advice would you give to a Bride and Groom for hiring a photographer?
William Arthur: There are so many thing I have to say about hiring a photographer.

  1.  Ask to see a full wedding that they have shot.  There are many people that second shoot for professional photographers and try to pass those professionally posed shots off as their own.  There are also a lot of photographers that offer workshops where they set up the lighting for them and hire professional models to come in and pose for them (which are good because they learn how to properly shoot).  Unfortunately they use this photos on their website as their own.  Also seeing a full wedding will show you what you will likely receive.  Most photos you see on a website are the best of the best and you want to make sure that all the photos you will get will be up to your standards.
  1. Make sure you pick out your photographer by how much you love the photos and not by who is the cheapest for the most amount of time.  Photography is one of those thing in life you get what you pay for.  Don’t get me wrong bargains are great.  However if you are in the mood for steak and you walk into a fast food restaurant don’t expect to get a filet mignon on the value menu.  This is a once in a lifetime chance to capture all the memories of everything that you put your heart and soul into for the past year or so.
  1. Meet with your photographer if at all possible.  You want to make sure you can get along with your photographer.  You are going to be around your photographer for nearly your whole wedding day and you want to make sure that they don’t get on your nerves or rub you the wrong way.  If you can’t get along with your photographer it will show on your photos and you will remember it forever.

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What is a wedding photography trend that you are seeing this year?
This year I see more and more of my couples taking advantage of doing a first look.  A first look is a very intimate moment when the Bride and Groom get to see each other for the first time on their wedding day in a private location (minus the fact that there is a photographer and videographer there).  More and more couples are breaking the tradition of waiting to see each other on opposite ends of the Isle.  As a photographer I love doing a first look because it allows us to take more time for photos instead of being rushed immediately after the ceremony and we also have the ability to be right there for all the emotions of a bride and groom seeing each other on their wedding day.

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What are 3 tips for the Bride and Groom when taking their engagement and wedding photos?

  1. Pick a location with your photographer that is you.  If you don’t like city life, don’t take your photos downtown.  If you can’t stand nature avoid a field.  You will have more fun at a location that is more you and it will show.
  2. Talk with your photographer about all the ideas you have no matter how weird they sound.  Some of the best shots I have every done are concepts that my couples helped develop.  If your let your photographer know what you had in mind they will most likely be able to over deliver on what you envisioned.
  3. Have fun!  Pretend you photographer isn’t even there.   When you start to over think everything it shows on your photos.  Your face tenses and you feel and look awkward.  Your photographer will let you know if you are doing something that doesn’t look good.  Try not to over think it.  Hug up on each other like now one is watching!

 

What are some favorite locations at Reunion Resort to take pictures?
As far as what are my favorite locations to shoot at reunion…. That is a hard one.  Let’s face it if you have stepped foot onto Reunion you know you could blindfold yourself and throw a stone and find a great place to take a photo.  If I had to narrow it down though I would have to say the front of the resort because of the amazing look of having Reunion in the background and the awesome landscaping of the amazing palm trees.  Also I love the bridge over the lake with Reunion in the background.  It is such an amazing spot to do a first look at!

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What is one piece of advice you would give to a Bride and Groom for their wedding day?
If I could give a Bride and Groom one piece of advice it would be this.  Enjoy it!  You have spent a very long time planning your wedding and the day is finally here.  You are marrying the person of your dreams in front of all your friends and family.  Soak it all in and don’t worry about anything.  Focus everything on your new husband or wife.  Because when it’s all said and done it’s about celebrating your love for each other and your union forever!

 

William Arthur is a great partner and we love the photos that showcase the weddings and our property so well!

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We Love Party Flavors!

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Party Flavors has been serving Central Florida Brides for over 22 years.  They have been Reunion’s preferred wedding cake baker for the past 8 years. Party Flavors specialize in “Buttercream” with no cake to small or too detailed for the bride’s vision. They have earned many distinguished awards including The Knot “Hall of Fame”, Perfect Wedding Guide Vendors’ Choice Award and Wedding Wire Brides Choice. Party Flavors has even been featured on TLC’s Ultimate Cake Off!

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Photo by Kristen Weaver Photography

We asked the Party Flavors Team a few questions about cake flavors, trends and advice. Read below for their delicious answers!

Reunion: What has been the most popular cake flavor for 2014?
Party Flavors: Amaretto Cake with an Amaretto infused Bavarian Cream filling

What is an up and coming wedding cake trend?
Anything goes! We are seeing a big swing to the metallic colors like gold, silver and copper. Fresh floral, monograms and fun toppers are still very much a trend.

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Photos by Rhodes Studios (top left & bottom) and Fuel Video & Photo Production (top right)

What should the couple expect at their cake tasting?
They need to come hungry as they will be tasting 9 flavors and fillings. They will taste our freshly make Buttercream. We will sit with them to discuss their dreams, visions and size of the cake. We have been known to sketch up to 10 cake designs at one appointment. Usually appointments run one hour or longer if needed.

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Photos by Chic Shot Studio (top), MegPhoto.com (bottom left) and William Arthur (bottom right)

What is one piece of advise you would give to a Bride and Groom for their wedding day?
Relax! Have fun! Let the vendors and venue take care of you. Wedding planners are always good as they tend to take the extra stress off. BE HAPPY!

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Photo by Soltren Photography

Thank you to the Party Flavors team for being a great partner and for your wonderfully delicious creations!

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We love Kaleidoscope Event Lighting!

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Kaleidoscope Event Lighting has been in the industry for over 10 years. They continually grown with the ever-changing event industry but always put quality, design and people first. Lead by Ben Lawles, they are passionate about lighting and the vital role it plays in the atmosphere of an event, “Through evoking emotion with color, spotlighting important areas of focus, and adding unique accents, each event design is custom created to fit your vision, venue, and dream.”

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Photos by Michael P Giordano Photography

We asked Ben, for some tips and advice about selecting and working with lighting vendors, and he provided some insightful answers!

 Reunion: What is the biggest mistake brides & grooms make when making decisions about lighting?
Kaleidoscope: Making a choice without understanding the product. We live in a day in time when vendors can easily swipe someone else’s pictures or photoshop their own to create a look that is way beyond what they are actually able to provide for their clients. There are many ways to avoid this such as reading reviews and asking other vendors, but in the end, if your second bid is less than half of the first one, something is drastically different and it will be too late to change it on the day of your wedding.

What color lighting makes people look best? What colors do not flatter people?
The best color by far is a natural tungsten light that produces a soft amber. The next best option is a soft pink. This color brings out your best skin tones. The worst color in my opinion is green. In my 10+ years of doing lighting, I have only used green lighting twice and both of those were against my will (the bride gets what she asks for, but its not always what she wants; trust your vendors!).

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When utilizing the Grande Falls Pavilion “Tent” location here at Reunion, what do you recommend to enhance the look?
I am a big fan of natural tungsten lighting to provide the “general lighting” or ambient lighting as I call it. So for that, I would suggest natural up lighting or market lights. Then I would add hints of color around the tent in the form of up lighting, table spots, or textures artfully placed to make a statement, but not overwhelm. Finally, I really love crystal chandeliers, so I would definitely replace the existing chandeliers with a beautiful 6′ Crystal in the center. This takes the tent from an “outdoor space” to a regal ballroom set in nature!

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Ben Lawles also owns Signature Chandeliers for wedding and event rentals. Check out their beautiful selection.

What are the latest trends in lighting for weddings?
The quick answer is; natural colors, natural lighting and many accents. I am seeing less and less of the overwhelming “LED BLOB” that brides were into for the longest time (thank God!) and now they are getting back to farm tables and perfectly accented florals. This makes me happy as I have always been a detail person. I would rather spot light 10 things and set a mood than flood the entire space so this is really a sweet spot for me.

What should a bride & groom look for when hiring a reputable lighting company?
Experience, Longevity and referrals. Lets face it, a picture can speak a thousand words, but it may not be your picture. So you can’t just go on their portfolio. But assuming they are trustworthy and you got their name from a good source, take a look at their pictures and see if it matches the look you want. Every artist has a natural bend; If you notice that every picture is overwhelmed with solid colors and gaudy textures you can be sure, that is their specialty. However, if you see a good mix of options and find many you like, this could be the perfect match!

Also, look for organization. If they ask for your wedding date 3 times that is definitely a bad sign.

Last note; you get what you pay for. high quality vendors always have some less expensive packages that are available. I would highly recommend going with quality over quantity in the area of lighting. More of a bad thing is simply blinding

 

Thank you to Ben and the Kaleidoscope Team! It is a pleasure to partner with such great vendors.

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We love Rhodes Studios!

We Love Rhodes Studios! | www.ReunionResort.com/WeddingBlog | #ReunionResort #RhodesStudios #OrlandoWeddingRhodes Studios is a family owned photography and video provider based out of Orlando, FL.  Edmund Rhodes along with Joann Rhodes have are both photographers and videographers.  They have a dedicated  team that works exclusively with them since we do not subcontract.  As an award winning and published company they take joy in working with wedding parties at many excellent locations around the state.

Edmund Rhodes and his team have been a great partner for Reunion Resort! Have you seen their Wedding of the Year Video? They where also on hand at the Wedding of the Year Contest Launch Event and Reunion Resort Bridal Showcase to capture all the great decor!

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We asked Edmund Rhodes, for some tips and advice about selecting and working with wedding photographers, and he provided great answers!

Reunion: What advice would you give to a Bride and Groom for hiring a photographer?
Edmund: When considering a photographer making a great connection and having chemistry with each other is a must.  During the day of your wedding everything is going fast and a good photographer that you connect with will be able to dial in on your emotions for the great pics.  Having a photographer that you sync with will be a valuable relationship to have during the flow of your entire wedding day.

What is a wedding photography trend that you are seeing for this year?
We are defiantly noticing 2 trends for 2014 that are happening.
First, couples are choosing to have smaller bridal parties.  3-5 bridesmaids or groomsmen are becoming the norm.
Second, smaller guest counts.  We actually are seeing the numbers drop to a 55-90 count average vs. last year’s 110-175.  Couples are telling us that they want the quality vendors and great venues in lieu or large guest lists which can become a budget burden.

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What tips do you have for the Bride and Groom when taking their engagement and wedding photos?
Talk with your photographer on what your expectations are.  With the age of Pinterest it can be a great place to get ideas BUT be realistic.  With only an hour average for formals and family photos you want your photographer to get the best quality not the most quantity.  Also, we recommend that your go over your family photo sets with  your photographer as well.  Weddings are like family reunions and a great opportunity to make the life long memories.

What are some favorite locations at Reunion Resort to take pictures?
Locations I like are by the gardens in Linear Park across from the resort as well as the Palmer Course Bridge that runs across the water about five minutes away from the main property.  Finally the Grande Lawn at dusk with Reunion Grande in the back drop is a stunning evening shot with my couples.

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What is one piece of advice you would give to a Bride and Groom for their wedding day?
Hire topnotch vendors…  This does not necessarily mean you will need to expand your budget to get great vendors but it will promise you the skill and professional experience that is required to fulfill your special day.  If a problem or issue arises on your day a highly experienced wedding professional with have the knowledge and experience to circumvent and/or resolve the problem without disrupting the flow of your day.  Professional wedding experienced vendors really count on your special wedding day!

A big thank you to Edmund and the Rhodes Studios Team for your stunning photography!

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We love Blush!

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Blush by Brandee Gaar is a full service wedding and event planning company locally owned and operated in Orlando, FL. Their philosophy is simple, “stress free brides make happy brides which in turn produces fabulous events, great for their guests and for many, many memories to come!”

This team of amazing women believe in going the extra mile to ensure Reunion wedding couples have the most unique wedding that is specifically designed just for them. They get to know each couple personally; how they met, how he proposed, what they enjoy doing together and what their ideal wedding day will look and feel like. From there they help each couple create special details that they and their guests will remember about the big day.

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The ladies of Blush are known for their sleek black attire and striking pearls at every wedding…image is of key importance!  Many industry leaders have said “if you close your eyes when talking to one of the ladies of Blush it would be hard to tell who it was.  They all do everything just the same, and we like that!”.  This is a big reason we love working with Blush, consistency and flawless experience for the Wedding Day.

We asked Blush owner, Brandee Gaar, for some tips and advice about the wedding planning experience, and she provided some fun and insightful answers!

Reunion: What advice would you give to a Bride and Groom about how to best use Wedding Coordinator services?
Brandee: Use our vendor recommendations!  We recommend vendors who will be a good fit for their budget, style and vision and that will be a pro at what they do!  As well, many of the vendors we recommend provide Blush clients with discounts so using our vendor recommendations will often save them money as well!

What is a wedding trend that you are seeing for this year?
Sparkle….lots of it!  Gold, silver, sequin, glitter.  We love it!  It’s important to use it carefully though so it does not become overwhelming and tacky.

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There are a number of resources for planning weddings (magazines, blogs, Pinterest, etc), what advice would you give to a couple to best use these without getting overwhelmed?
Create a “secret” Pinterest board.  Invite only your planner and closest planning buddies to it.  Review it often to remove things that are no longer in your vision as it will change throughout the planning.  Once you pick something (dress, vendor, etc….) STOP looking!  You will make yourself crazy with buyers remorse if you’re constantly comparing what you have to what others have/suggest!

Head on over to Reunion and Blush’s Pinterest pages for ideas and inspiration!

What are some creative ways you have seen couples use the venues at Reunion Resort?
Ceremony at Eleven on the pool deck….one of my favorites!

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What is one piece of advice you would give to a Bride and Groom for their wedding day?
Trust your wedding planner and your vendors!  They are professionals and care about the success of your big day and the details!  Be in the moment with your friends and family!  Your attitude will rub off on your guests so smile, relax and have fun!

Thank you to Brandee and the Blush Team for being great partners!

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