Destination Wedding Florida – Charles & Stephana

When Stephana first contacted us about photographing her destination wedding in Florida, we were super honored. Not only did she attend Brooks Institute while Tim was there, but she’s a wedding photographer herself, so for her to choose us to capture her special day was a huge compliment.

Her and Charles met through Match.com, got married in downtown Orlando Florida at the History Center Court Room and hosted their reception at the Winter Park Farmers’ Market.

Stephana got ready for her wedding at a nearby hotel along with her closest friends and family, opting for a loose updo of curls with a simple cream fabric flower.

bride getting ready for her destination florida wedding

Tim is always looking for creative reflections to capture hair and make-up. I think this one is off of the conference table that was in Stephana’s suite.

bride's makeup being put on at her destination florida wedding

bride's mascara being put on at her destination florida wedding

I absolutely loved her wedding bouquet. I for one, love cooking with fresh rosemary, but I’m also obsessed with it’s scent. Lee Forrest Design used it beautifully to meet Stephana’s requirements for her wedding bouquet to be full of texture without roses.

bridal bouquet for a destination wedding in florida

Stephana wore a statement necklace as a finishing touch to her “vintage Florida” wedding theme.

bride's vintage necklace at her destination wedding in florida

Her only instruction to her bridesmaid’s look on her wedding day, was to pick their own cocktail dress in 1 of 3 colors.

bride walking with bridesmaids to her destination wedding in florida

bride with bridesmaids at her destination wedding in florida

destination bride looking back at bridesmaids before her florida wedding

destination groom with groomsmen before his wedding in florida

groom standing with groomsmen before his destination florida wedding

Stephana is also a very talented graphic designer, she designed her own wedding programs, printed them, rolled them up, tied each with a ribbon and stuffed them in vintage baskets for guests to take.

close up of destination wedding program in florida

Charles wore a tea leaf lei during the wedding ceremony, a custom from his Guamanian heritage.

groom watching bride walk down isle at their florida wedding

bride smiling at groom at their destination florida wedding

bride and groom laughing at altar for their destination wedding

The History Center Court Room made for a grand setting for their destination wedding in Orlando Florida.

bride and groom holding hands at altar of their destination wedding

bride smiling at her destination wedding in florida

bride and groom exchanging rings at their destination wedding

bride and groom kiss at their destination wedding

The traditional wedding rice was thrown as they exited the History Center, these are such fun expressions on Charles’ and Stephana’s faces.

bride and groom exit their destination wedding in florida

bride and groom with wedding party at their destination wedding

Tim drove around downtown Florida with Charles & Stephana for romantic pictures of the two of them, hands down our favorite time of the wedding day, while I headed to the Winter Park Farmers’ Market to capture details Stephana spent many hours creating herself (more on those in our next post).

bride and groom kiss in field at their destination wedding

destination wedding bride and groom portraits in florida

destination wedding bride and groom sitting on bench in florida

destination wedding bride and groom walking holding hands in florida

bride and groom laying on grass kissing after their destination wedding

bride pulling groom while walking at their destination wedding in florida

Charles is a big time Orlando Magic fan, so Stephana surprised him by having Paul Porter (the arena voice for the Magic) announce their grand entrance at the wedding reception. This was originally Charles’ idea, Stephana said she’d look into it but then told him that Paul was already booked on their date. Charles was bummed, but he got over it and meanwhile Stephana secretly booked Paul.  On the wedding day Charles was amped to hear the voice he new so well from watching his favorite basketball team!

groom hugging paul porter at his destination wedding reception

bride and groom first dance at their destination wedding reception

first dance of bride and groom at their destination wedding in florida

groom dipping bride at their destination wedding reception

Tim and I love destination weddings and had a blast in Florida. Charles’ and Stephana’s wedding was so much fun to be a part of, definitely be sure to check out her work at Sona Photography as well!