Says talented photographer Laura, “Laura and Sam’s wedding took place on a sweltering June morning at the church where they first met and fell in love, and concluded with a portrait session at downtown Orlando’s Lake Eola Park, where they’d gotten engaged. They describe themselves as ‘traditional,’ and they planned a wedding that fit that to a tee: A frothy lace Pronovias gown for Laura, a Burberry watch (a surprise from Laura) for Sam, a ceremony opened by the father of the groom and then conducted by the father of the bride. And everywhere you looked, simple, classic elegance, from the understated pearl earrings Laura wore (a gift from Sam that very morning) to the fairytale reception venue.”
Says beautiful bride, Laura, “My overall vision for the wedding and reception was for it to be classic and simple. I loved the combo of green and ivory because it was so crisp and clean. So once I picked the colors, I thought of doing a garden theme since I love flowers and wanted them to be our main decoration.
After people kept asking what our theme was, I told Sam I would call ours ‘garden chic’ b/c I wanted it to be a really nice garden party. We obviously couldn’t have an outdoor reception in June in Florida so we created a garden party inside Dubsdread. Our florist did an amazing job with the centerpieces and other floral displays. We originally alternated floral centerpieces and lantern centerpieces to save money on flowers, but, in the end, the addition of the lantern seemed to really carry the garden party theme and added another texture to the decorations.
We were married at the church where we attend and was the place where we first met and got to know each other. The chapel was designed for weddings so it was such a pretty place to have the ceremony. My favorite memory [of the day] was during the ceremony right after we said our vows and were technically married. We lit the unity candle and then prayed together for the first time as husband and wife while our friends sang over us.
Having our fathers lead the ceremony was very personal to us and really set the tone for the wedding. We wanted our wedding to show we were uniting not only the two of us, but our families and cultures, too. I knew I wanted to do subtle things to reflect both of our upbringings since we come from such different backgrounds. I carried peonies in my bouquet which is a traditional flower used in Chinese weddings and we displayed the double happiness symbol on our guests’ tablecards. I loved changing into the qi pao, which Sam’s mom had made in Bei Jing. His sister changed for the cake cutting at her wedding so I thought it would be a nice tradition to follow. For me, I put individually wrapped candy Buckeyes in each favor bag which reflected my Ohio roots.
The reception was at Dubsdread Golf Course. A few years ago, I took a few golf lessons there right after they finished a year and a half remodel. I remembered that it looked like a place out of Savannah, Georgia, with the huge oak trees hanging with Spanish Moss. The ballroom was so unique with exposed wood beams and a stone fireplace making it look almost like a barn. Once we met with the staff and saw how competent they were, we both agreed it was the place for us. We also had several friends recommend their food as well.
My advice would be to get price quotes from different vendors you may consider using before setting your wedding budget. This would have given us better insight into actual costs vs solely relying on averages we found online. We found those to be either outdated or not relevant for our area. We definitely had the mindset of setting our budget and sticking to it, but that wasn’t the case in the end. We had the blessing of having a longer engagement so we planned accordingly, but it bugged both of us that we went over our budget in the end. 🙂 “
Thanks so much for sharing, Laura and Laura! 🙂 Such a pretty day and great advice. 🙂
Photography: Laura Yang Photography
Ceremony Venue: First Baptist Church of Orlando
Reception Venue: The Historic Dubsdread Ballroom
Laura’s Bridal Gown: Pronovias
Laura’s Bridal Shoes: Lulu Townsend
Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal
Hairstyling: Salon Dulay
Bride’s Makeup: By the Bride
Groom and Groomsmen’s Suits: Tommy Hilfiger
Flowers: Fairbanks Florist
Cake: Publix in College Park
Catering: The Taproom at Dubsdread