Love Is All You Need….

When you think about planning the big wedding day, the first thing that may come to mind is where to have the reception, where to shop for the wedding dress and so much more.  Many who follow my wedding stories are used to the big elaborate weddings and what decor was used and lighting etc.  Today I am going to leave all that out of my story because I want to take you through a story of love.  The pictures that you will be see will focus on capturing emotions, that is what I want to leave you with.  When you look at the pictures, focus on the looks, the tears, the laughs, the hugs, the moments that you share with those you love.  I know that is different from what you are used to seeing for a wedding blog, but Valentine’s day is coming soon and I do believe Love is in the air with all the new engagements.  So today, focus on love and nothing more…..

Today’s wedding is the wedding of Chelsea and Austin celebrating there one year anniversary on Jan 3!  They were married at Delaney Street First Baptist Church  with those that they love, their closest friends and family.  Watch as the story unfolds…

Chelsea and Austin dated for 4.5 years. They were perfect for each other! They met in college when he was a Political Science major and she was a Pre-Med English major. Their engagement was a total surprise, in the words of Chelsea,” Austin proposed on Monday, March 10th  2014 at the Baughman Center Botanical Gardens in Gainesville, FL and completely surprised me. The Baughman Center is located across the street from the dormitory where we met, became good friends, and fell in love. Three and a half years later and I am still so in love.”

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Their wedding day started out like everyone else’s getting ready….thinking of the big day and how it will all turn out…It is always fun when hidden under the beautiful dress is the surprise colored shoes! 10920263_10152639341003946_7630948766801584471_oThere is always something special about getting dressed and seeing someone who has been there through the many things that happened in your life.  For Chelsea,  this is little brother Chadwick( or not so little anymore).  The emotion of a brother that looks up to his big sister on her special day, bonds family like no other.

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Being pronounced husband and wife and soul mates,  always evokes emotion when you see the happy couple walking out of the ceremony.

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There is something to be said about getting married in a historical church that has been around for 88 years since 1928, the church that your family grew up in. A place where traditions started and new ones will be made.

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Those moments when a photographer sees beauty and decides that his creativity will come out through the lens of his camera unto a screen….breathless..

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When the bride and groom have their first dance, have you ever stopped  and really watched?  When two people are truly in love, their love fills the room to the point that you get goosebumps as they dance and transfer that love to you the guest.  It is not only about them, but it is about the guests.  This is the moment that they want to share the most important day of their lives with you and they hope that you feel that love as well.

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10922389_10152639464068946_3065398564515505837_oThe love of a father to his little girl, is so special.  All the years of driving them to school, birthday parties, the mall, and countless hours of homework and teen age activities, all come together for this one big moment.  Not only the day that he gives her away, but the day that he takes his daughter and dances with her that very special number selected with love by his daughter for her father.

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What a special moment, dancing with her grandfather. Not everyone is blessed to have grandparents able to attend weddings in good health , but on this day, Chelsea had that opportunity

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Sharing with the one you love is something that you will do every day.  Cutting the cake together and feeding it to each other  is a long-standing tradition. Many old  traditions say that the reason you feed it to each other is to symbolize that the husband will always take care of his wife and she will always take care of the home  and the family.  The key thing is that neither should touch each other during the feeding and each person is to feed the other without any help or guidance. This is the start of trust.  So the smooshing of cake takes that trust away and respect.

Chelsea and Austin observed this tradition.  They had a naked wedding cake that was sleek, pure and classical, like their love…pure…

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After a long day, it was time for the happy couple to leave and go on to their honeymoon in one of the oldest cities in Florida, St Augustine…

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Love Bears Have a New Home With The Little Miracles in The NICU

Imagine being pregnant and thinking in 9 months you will bring your baby boy or girl home.  But suddenly something has gone wrong with either the mother or the baby and the baby is born weeks earlier than he/she supposed to.  What a devastating feeling.  Now imagine after being in the NICU ( neonatal intensive care unit) several weeks and the holidays are fast approaching.  Your baby has hit the 4lb mark and seems to be better and you are excited about going home for Christmas.  Then comes the bad news, ” I am sorry, your little one is not well enough to be on his own away from 24/7 care and cannot go home during Christmas.” What a disappointment, especially if you have other children at home.  Your world stops as you want to be home but you can’t.

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The Gift of Life Founder, Rosie Moore, knows all too well what that is like when she received the news that her little baby could not come home for Christmas.  They had other children at home and had to make the most of spending Christmas at home and then the entire family made the trip to the NICU to give little Kaleb, his very first Christmas gifts.  He wasn’t even supposed to be born until after Christmas in January some time but he came 13 weeks early.  Kaleb was born at 27 weeks , 1lb 10oz.

Someone at Florida Hospital cared and on Christmas day gave Rosie a book, Marcus her husband received an umbrella and the baby a little rattle as well as Christmas outfits from the nurses working at the NICU.  The gifts that Rosie and her husband received made her think, not so much of the gift, but the fact that someone on Christmas day remembered them.  A total stranger thought of them.

When Rosie was discharged home with her little one they continued their tradition of taking cookies and bringing Kaleb t visit the nurses.  It was in 2012 that Rosie met Mrs. Bainer at Good Samaritan Village and she introduced her to the Love Bears.  Teh yboth agreed and collaborated together that these tiny little knit bears were perfect to bring to the moms and dads of the preemie babies , not as a substitute for the baby, but as an act of love that someone during Christmas was praying and thinking of them and their baby.

So this year on December 18 2014, The Gift of Life volunteers stuffed the bags with bears over 80+ bears and delivered them to the Florida Hospital for Children.  This year due to the high presence of the FLU, we could not go up to the actual unit, however we did get to speak with the Life Coach Team for the hospital and spend some time with them talking about the bears.

Watch as The Gift of Life delivers the bears with its team of volunteers, Rosie, Marcus, Kaleb( the little preemie) Jackie and Ashytyn(also a former preemie, now 17 years old ).

SO if you or anyone you know would be interested in knitting Christmas hats and bears please contact The Gift of Life for the patterns and preemie hat sizes.

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On Our way to deliver the bears!

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Testimony from one preemie received:

“I just received a crochet love bear for my son who is in the NICU at Florida hospital south. He was at born 24 weeks weighing only 1 lbs 12 oz. I just wanted to say that we loved the bear. He is 9lbs now and headed home tomorrow after 4.5 months!:) I love homemade items especially ones made with love. Your work is appreciated. Thanks again for our bear. We will treasure it. ”

(AL ) mom at Fl Hospital NICU

Contact The Gift of Life today to make an Online Donation www.thegiftoflife27.org

“Because Life is a Gift, we treasure each moment.”

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Through All of Time and Space Wedding of Jessica and Michael

Jessica and Michael planned their special wedding day to the theme of Time and Space. There were little details everywhere of their love and companionship forever through their themed wedding.

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Our prayers were answered for a clear day and low wind for Jessica and Michael’s wedding day. The night of the rehearsal the wind was so strong that the bride, her bridesmaids and Ramon who was wearing a kilt, were having a Marilyn Monroe moment, as the wind blew their skirts all over the place. But on the wedding day, perfect!

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Their wedding day arrived, beautiful as ever.  The white ceremony  chairs were set up with draped beads and long gladiolus on each chair along the inner side of the aisle. A set of tall drapery were set at the entrance marking the spectacular marching of the parents, grandparents, bridal party and bride and groom. They all walked with such ease, enjoying the moment and stood in their places just as we had rehearsed the night before (of course left hand over right and no bubble gum or cell phones).  Even the little ones were graceful and patient.

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Michael, the groom was moved and a bit misty but no comparison to the bride’s father who was really moved. A very emotional moment for the gentlemen. During their special vows, even the officiant was moved.  Thee are the kind of moments that one wishes for every couple, tears of joy and laughter!246 247 249 252

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Jessica and Michael were married in front of a beautiful iridescent drapery and had their sand ceremony with silver and blue sand intertwined as a signal of two lives coming together. After a tender ceremony, the kiss and some guests with tears of joy, the couple dashed out, as the bride wanted to do, without any accidents!

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Jessica and Michael got a quick peak at the ballroom to see it decorated before the guests came in! They loved their cake…..Through All of Time and Space

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They enjoyed dancing with their parents, friends and family and a great night was had by all….

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All in a day’s work and one more bride and groom satisfied …..By Elizabeth Fontaine/27 Miracles Wedding Planner and Ashley Bliss/27 Miracles Planner

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ABC Orlando Goes to Italy for An Afternoon of Wine Tasting

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The Association of Bridal Consultants Central Florida East, held their September meeting in the beautiful Portofino Hotel.  We call it Italy because once you are on property, that is how you feel as if you are in Italy.

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This month the wedding and event professionals learned all about wine pairing with meals.ABC-Networking-WM-9.24.15-12

As the guests arrived at the Portofino Hotel, they were greeted by Catering Director Bonnie Garfield.  Bonnie and the ABC co directors made everyone feel welcome.

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Event Concepts set up their elegant white photo booth and invited the guests to have fun and enjoy taking those silly pictures that we in the wedding and event industry are so much fun.

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When it was time to enter the Venetian ballroom, the doors slowly opened and it was like walking in to a dream.  There were Oohs and Ahhs at the decor.  The linens from ABC member Tracey Smith with Enchanting Events were a delicate ivory color.  The chivari chairs from Orlando Wedding and Party Rentals matched perfectly.

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As we entered the room Steve Dunlop our MC thought he would serenade us with authentic Italian music. How perfect! As we looked around the room there were uplights in hues of purple to match the theme we were going for .

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Our luncheon started with our speaker Nancy Lehman explaining the different wines and as we had each entree’ we were able to try a different type of wine.  Nancy educated us on the proper way to hold a wine glass, which foods to pare the wine with and different ideas for planners to offer their clients as they enter a new life together. The ideas were amazing.

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First course for lunch was a deluxe antipasto

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Our entrée was a chicken rollatini stuffed with mozzarella, sundried tomato spinach with home made gnocchi and fresh brocolini

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You can’t have Italian food and not benefit from authentic Italian dessert! Tiramisu anyone?

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As the wines were being poured, more and more questions continued.  Truly a great meting learning about how to entertain guests and pair the perfect wine with it.

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Our Co-Directors, Allan, Diane and Rosie introduced the ABC student chapter to everyone.

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The local ABC networking group, is all about education, building relationships with the wedding community of wedding professionals and learning the latest trends! We welcome you to come and check us out at one of our monthly meetings.  Stay, have a meal, share ideas, experiences and more, you will find no other organization that brings you all of this plus education in one meeting!

The afternoon ended with a traditional song, Time To Say Good Bye….

Visit us on our facebook page to keep up with future meetings!

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CoDirectors: Diane Jensen, Rosie Moore, Allan Saltman, Mark Kingsdorf

Thank you to all our wedding professionals that helped make this meeting a huge success!

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