Leu Gardens || Orlando, Florida

Bride & Groom: Emily & Hoyt
Ceremony/Reception: Harry P. Leu Gardens
Cake Artist: Sweet! by Holly
Caterer: Arthur’s
DJ: Scott Buono
Florist:  Colonial Florist
Dress: Carolyn Allen, Stella York
Lighting & Rentals: Orlando Wedding and Party Rentals
Menswear: Men’s Wearhouse
Bridesmaids: Modern Bridal Shop 

It was a Greek life party at the University of Florida that brought together charming couple Hoyt and Emily. Although Hoyt passionately detests taking photos, the love they share radiated throughout the entire day and kept their shoot exuberant and fun. Their sense of humor also preserved the smiles on their faces that lasted from getting ready to their luminous glowstick-laden goodbye.

Their big day was kicked off with a busy morning with Emily and her bridesmaids getting ready in downtown Orlando, donning matching PJ sets. The women shared loving, quiet moments together while lips were being lined and hair was being pinned. Emily chose her sorority sisters and two family sisters to be her bridesmaids. Each one wore a dusty pink floor-length dress that perfectly complemented the lush plants and background of the rose garden where Hoyt and Emily tied the knot. Before they slipped into their gowns, they had a celebratory toast of mimosas in colorful cups. Emily’s dress gracefully cascaded down from a ruched top and jeweled waistline, and its open back was detailed with crystal beading.

An exhilarating first look followed soon after. The two met under a canopy of green trees where shots of their reactions were captured. These few minutes of peace were an intimate prelude to their ceremony that both heightened their excitement and melted their nerves. Emily and Hoyt read their vows down a sun-bleached brick path surrounded by white chairs in the Leu Gardens. Blossoms encircled the bridal party and guests, and Emily’s triplet niece and nephews followed the groomsmen and bridesmaids down the aisle as the ring bearers and flower girl. After slipping on their rings, they shared their first kiss as husband and wife, one that seemed to be cut out of a movie scene due to the mix of the garden and glowing couple.

Shortly after the ceremony, guests headed to the ballroom in Leu Gardens where glowing lights and silver, sparkling table numbers with delicate sprays of baby’s breath waited for them. Frosted cupcakes with delectable flavors and intricate sprinkles lined white platters, and scrumptious appetizers were delicately placed on the tables. A guestbook in the shape of a tree stood framed where guests could write their names on leaves. The couple had cellophane wrapped party favors with La Croix waters and mini bottles of Deep Eddy Vodka, and prior to the ceremony handed out decorated paper gift bags with Orlando visitor guides and treats. Music spilling from the DJ’s booth throughout the night made skirts twirl and shiny dress shoes tap on the dance floor. Hoyt and Emily shared their first dances with her father and his mother. Smiles and kisses occupied the ballroom until late into the night, and neon glowsticks were handed out for guests to wave as Emily and Hoyt exited the venue. Although the reception ended, it was evident that everyone would be feeling wrapped in love long after that evening. 

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