The Winter Wedding of Jingshu and Xingyuan

When Jingshu and Xingyuan decided to get married, they wanted to come to Florida from China to plan their special day.  They wanted to have the time-honored traditions from China.

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They started their wedding day having a traditional wedding ceremony.  Jingshu looked beautiful in her wedding dress selected by Xingyuan.

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There was a red carpet brought from China for the bride to walk on as she stepped out of her limousine.  The red color represents a good future in China.  In the Chinese tradition, the groom taking the bride from bride’s house on a red carpet will be good luck for the new couple on their wedding day.  When the bride walked out of the limousine this started the tradition of the red carpet for this day.

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The red carpet was also placed at the ceremony site where the bride and groom were to be married.  The ceremony was translated by the best man in to Chinese. The couple’s ceremony included traditions such as lighting of the unity candle and warming of the rings.

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Now that the ceremony was done, it was time for some romantic pictures in downtown celebration and on the golf course as they watched the sunset.

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The happy couple returned to Celebration Golf to admire their reception decor and preapre for the fun.

After the ceremony, the bride changed in to her traditional red dress so that they can have their tea ceremony.  This is the first time that the bride addresses the groom’s parents as mom and dad and the same for the groom.  The tradition is that the bride serves a special blend of Chinese tea to his mother and father and the groom serves it to her mother and father.  They bow at their feet as a sign of respect because they are the elders that should  be respected and sought after for advice.

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The bride then changed in to her party dress to enjoy the evening reception.  After dinner there were many toasts with traditional wine brought from China. This was followed by the cutting of the cake. They followed the time honored tradition that they will respect each other’s faces and feed each other without smashing the cake.

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The happy couple enjoyed Karaoke all night with dancing. Look at the smiles on this group of folks, enjoying the best day of this couple’s lives.  There was not a language barrier here to help share in this couples wedding day.   A great time was had by all…..

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The night ended with Karaoke by the 3-year-old flower girl singing Let It Go from teh movie Frozen!

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Recap of the wedding day:

Best Wishes to Jigshu and Xingyaun

Thank you to the wedding professionals involved in making this couple’s wedding dreams come true!

Venue/Celebration Golf

Photographer/123 Photography

Video/Treasured Moments Videography

Cake/Party Flavors

Decor/Linen/Chivari Chairs/Chargers/Florals/RJ Glamour and Innovation

Limo/Southern Elegance Limousine

Hair/Make up/Shakyra

Coordination/27 Miracles Rosie Moore and Ashley Bliss

Officiant/Marcus Moore

DJ/MC/Roque Productions

Harpist/Christine MacPhail

Market Lights and Dance Floor/Taylor Rentals

27 Miracles Wedding and Event Planning

 

Valentine’s Day Countdown Day 5….A Scottish Romantic Wedding

When Kevin and Gillian, who are world travelers, decided that they wanted to have their wedding in Orlando, they contacted Rosie Moore, Master Bridal Consultant of 27 Miracles.  They had a vision of creating romance in their wedding with the traditions from Scotland.  They planned their wedding in the summer because they loved the warmth of Florida. She dreamed of having pinks, ivory, lace and peaches with a candy Buffett.  She wondered if it would all be possible planning from Scotland. She also wanted to incorporate Disney accents as she also loved Disney! She wondered if she could walk on a red carpet as she met her Prince at the Gazebo.  Would there be romantic music played as she walked down the aisle?   SO many things that she wondered…Let’s see how her day went…Did her Dreams come true?

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Every table was decorated with beautiful centerpieces and glass beaded chargers for royalty.  Each table had a picture of a place that the couple had been to before, from Thailand, Philipines to New York City, all around the world.  It made for interesting  conversations amongst the guests.

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Gillian’s day started with getting ready for the big day.  She did not want Kevin to see her getting ready, because in Scotland it was tradition that the groom not see the bride.  As she got ready, she awaited her limo to pick her up at her Villa and bring her to the romantic Celebration Golf where she had an intimate ceremony performed by Officiant Marcus Moore. The Groom and the best man were awaiting her arrival….

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But before Gillian’s grand entrance, her bridesmaids adorned the red carpet in traditional pink laced dresses that flowed in the summer breeze.

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It’s almost time for Gillian to take her walk on the red carpet..the flower girls prepare her entrance with petals on the red carpet…

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Kevin catches a glimpse of Gillian as she walks down the aisle and judging from his smile , he is definitely smitten with this Scottish beauty!

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Look at Dad! Happy to walk his daughter down the aisle as Gillian gets a glimpse of her Scottish Prince Charming!

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Dad is about ready to give his daughter away, but first one last kiss ….

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As the vows were exchanged, and a poem from Dr Seuss read…the happy couple was wed!

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Family time pictures!

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A few private moments at Downtown Celebration!

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Gillian wanted to be sure that she got pictures by the antique car that is at home right on Celebration Golf Property!

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Okay to break the news of the tent outside…Gillian  and Kevin, it is extremely hot today, the weather is not cooperating…the guests are hot….but…we have our back up..Ballroom reveal time!!!

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Okay all is good…let’s get this party started!!!

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First Dances…

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Guests joining in!

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Special toast time as is tradition in Scotland…

The toast is traditionally done by four speakers the father of the bride, then the groom replies back to the father of the bride,  then the best man and last the clergy/officiant as we continue in to the celebration!

 

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It’s time to catch the sunset!

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Now knowing that the bride and groom love Disney, the day would not be complete without a picture by the Minnie Mobile( Planner Elayna of 27 Miracles made sure she brought her fun car to work today!)

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It’s time to cut the cake! Time to start the tradition of feeding the cake to each other.  As you know the tradition of cake cutting and feeding signifies the husband providing for his wife financially always and the wife taking care of the husband and the family always, it signifies respect of the relationship that a hand will never touch the face of the woman or the man except to caress it.  Gillian and Kevin observed that time-honored tradition.

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Bouquet toss time!!! Who will catch it?

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It’s time to dance and sing!!!

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DJ Roque, shows the guests some moves…

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The last dance ending the night with  The Circassian Circle( a dance similar to square dancing in the states but to traditional Scottish music)  This group sure knew how to have fun enjoying the traditional dances of Scotland!

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From Gillian and Kevin: ” We had a great day, thanks for everything, it was perfect. The vendors all seemed to enjoy working also which was great and added to the day.”

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Our Wedding Professionals:

27 Miracles/Wedding Planners

123 Photography/Photography

RJ Glamour and Innovation/Linen/Decor/Flowers

Officiant/Marcus Moore

Celebration Golf/Venue

Southern Elegance Limousines/Transportation

Mel’s Beauty Box/Hair and Makeup

Roque Productions/Lighting/DJ/MC

Christine MacPhail/Harpist

Sweet Bliss/Candy Buffett

Party Flavors/Cake

Jerry Alicea Video Productions/Transformation Video

 

Planning A Tented Wedding

Planning a tented wedding takes a lot of planning for sure.  Susan Southerland of Just Marry and Darrin Shiffril of Orlando Party Rentals shared their best practices with the wedding professionals at the Association of Bridal Consultants meeting at the quaint Celebration Golf Club, in beautiful Celebration, FL.

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First of all to plan a tent wedding there are many considerations to think about, per Susan and Darrin, location, location , location! The weather, feeling Hot, Hot, Hot!! Yes, you will be if the correct amount of air conditioning is not reserved in the tent. Clear tents are trending with up lights to enhance the look.

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Planning a tent wedding is costly, but when hiring the correct wedding specialists, they will walk you through every step that you need to be in compliance with permits, noise ordinance and decor to enhance the tent.

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On May 21,  Celebration Golf decided to see just what we could do with a tent, so to plan we went with the help of many wedding professionals………….

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Now for The Association of Bridal Consultants, the evening started with a signature drink of white refreshing sangria to cool everyone off from the hot spring evening in Florida.  They had Passed Hors d’ oeuvres of Cold Smoked Shrimp Mousse on a Garlic Crostini and Minced Blackened Beef Tenderloin drizzled with Cajun Aioli.

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As the wedding professionals milled around they were able to see the beautiful grounds at Celebration Golf.  There are a few sites for doing their ceremonies.

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Some couples want the beauty of the outdoors,  but at the same time want to enjoy the coolness of the indoors, so the best way to satisfy that is a clear tent as provided by Darrin from Orlando Wedding and Party Rentals.  Darrin educated the planners on knowing the best times to use tents, types of tents and when air conditioning is needed vs heat and how to best cool the tent down. Look also at the beautiful chivari chairs provided here by Chair Affair, a perfect match for the outdoor garden theme.

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Today we looked at a clear  tent open to air with beautiful up lighting for an evening of dancing under the stars.

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As the tour ended it was time to go inside the quaint ballroom perfect for a Southern or beach themed wedding.  The wedding professionals came in to the ballroom and were serenaded by music from White Rose Entertainment!  Their amber lights brought a nice warmth to the ballroom and the perimeters of the property.

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The centerpieces and linens provided by RJ Glamour and Innovation,  invited everyone in to a romantic setting where a feeling of coziness allowed the guests to relax and enjoy the night.

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As the guests were seated they were able to read what was being served for dinner on the beautiful menus designed by Anni Muniz of Anni Muniz Events, tempting the taste buds!

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1st Course

 Chilled Tomato Gazpacho topped with a Cucumber Sour Cream and an Herbed Crouton

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 2nd Course

Baby Spinach Salad topped with dried Cranberries, toasted Pine Nuts, and Crumbled Blue Cheese drizzled with a Bacon Herb Vinaigrette

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 3rd Course

 Seared Grouper with Grape Tomato and Roasted Corn Relish

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 4th Course

 Herb and Dijon Mustard crusted Rack of Lamb with Minted Lamb Jus and Spaghetti Squash Stuffed Tomato

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Now one thing we want to point out, did you see the mismatched china from A Chair Affair?  This really set the tone for the evening, letting you know that you were going to be dining in style in all of the southern charm that Celebration Golf could provide.  What better way! And top that with some iced tea, you knew on this day that you were in the South! 0111_SY5_3111

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Susan Southerland of Just Marry and Darrin Shiffrel of Orlando Wedding and Party Rentals educated the wedding professionals on all the ABC’s of planning a wedding or event in a tent.  So many things that have to be well thought of when planning a wedding or event in a tent.  Many people think it is a piece of cake, but as the professionals learned that night, planning a tent event, is strictly an event that to make it a success you need professionals to execute it.  The dynamic entertaining duo brought us stories of success, stories of nightmares they have heard of , how to plan these events, costs, permissions and so much more!

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We had a visit from our state coordinator Carmen Mesa from South Florida.  It is always a treat to get to hear what is happening at ABC on a bigger scale than what we here monthly at our meetings.  Carmen was able to touch on the many benefits of becoming an ABC member, what happens at our state conference and our national conference.  Carmen encouraged everyone to contact anyone of the co-directors for membership information.

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The sunset came shortly after as we were able to view it right through the picturesque windows in the ballroom.  This led straight to dessert time to the tunes of BB Kings, playing those jazz blues as we watched the chef attended bananas fosters a la mode station.

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As a special treat pastry chef Lucy Martin of Soffelle Confections, tempted us with some gourmet cupcakes to take home in our little bags of treats!

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As the wedding professionals bid their good byes,  they each received a little sweet treat from Lorraine owner of the Lake Nona Candy Company.

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For a quick wrap up of the evening, watch our video here by Bruce Reynolds of Treasured Moments

Thank you to our amazing team of vendors that made this night extra special!

Venue: Celebration Golf http://www.celebrationgolf.com/

Photo: Yanman Photography http://www.yanman.com/  

Video: Treasured Moments http://tmvphdfilms.com/

Dessert: Sofelle Confections http://sofelleconfections.wix.com/sofelle  

DJ/Uplighting White Rose Entertainment http://www.orlandodj.com/

Floral/Chivari Ballroom/Décor/Linen/Chargers in Ballroom/RJ Glamour

RJ Glamour and Innovation http://www.glamourinnovation.com/#!/RJ_GLAM  

Chivari Chairs in Tent/China: Chair Affair http://chairaffairrentals.com/

Tent: Orlando Wedding and PartyRentals http://www.orlandoweddingandpartyrentals.com/

Candy Buffet: Lake Nona Candy Company www.lakenonacandycompany.com

Lounge Furniture/Chivari Chairs in Ballroom: Orlando Wedding and Party Rentals http://www.orlandoweddingandpartyrentals.com/

Menus: Annie Muniz http://anniemunizevents0.wix.com/anniemunizwednevents

Coordination: 27 Miracles www.27miraclesbyrosie.com

Speaker:  Susan Southerland Celebrity Wedding Planner http://susansoutherland.com/

Speaker: Darrin Shiffrel /Orlando Wedding and PartyRentals http://www.orlandoweddingandpartyrentals.com

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Until next month…don’t be a birdie on the side wondering what you will miss, because you may not get everything from a single tweet!0098_SY5_3108

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Your Co -Directors

Mark Kingsdorf/Mission Inn

Alan Saltman/Alan Jay Images

Diane Jenson/The Wedding Party

Rosie Moore/27 Miracles