A Love that Lasts Forever….Gabby and Frank

What does it mean when you say a love that lasts forever?  Is it a love that lasts until the first fight? A love that lasts until one gets bored with the person they are with? Or is it a love that withstands the test of all times?  Let me share a love story that surpasses the fairytale romance of the wedding day.  For those that don’t know the story of Gabby and Frank, read their engagement blog here to see their story https://27miracles.com/2016/03/31/high-school-sweethearts-fall-in-love-gabby-and-frank/

Today, a man and a woman stand before God and their families to declare their love.  Neither of them have any idea what the future holds, but does anyone?  However that did not matter to either of them. They were best friends and they were in love.

If you recall in our engagement story, the Orlando wedding community joined together to give this deserving couple the wedding of their dreams.  With the many challenges that they faced financially for all the medical care that Gabby had to have, their would not be anything left to plan a wedding.

April 2, 2016 the day had arrived.  Thunderstorms were not going to keep this wedding from happening.  The day started out hot, muggy and stormy, but no one seemed to notice, all that mattered on this day was that hundreds of people were coming together to make a couple’s wedding dreams come true!

Gabby started her day getting her hair and make up done by Stylist Professor Maria Ivette Hernandez and her team of hair and make up artists as Gabby contemplated this day and her wedding dress 123-39 123-42

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123-57Gabby’s mom helped her in to her dress while her mother in law to be looked on..

123-52As Frank awaited the moment that he would see his bride….123-6 123-11It’s time for the wedding….Rings and bouquets are ready, the church is ready and the team of 27 Miracles planners and assistants were ready.

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First the mothers came in and lit the candles, it was a touching moment as they entered. to the song Because You Loved Me by Celine Dion.123-59 123-63 123-65 123-67Now it is time for the groom to enter accompanied by the best man and the officiant. The song that they selected was A Thousand Years- Christina Perri

123-71 123-77The bridal party started their entrance and as the flower girl enters and lines the aisle with petals, the groom looks on as he knows that the bride will soon be by his side…123-91Everyone rise, announces the officiant…here comes the bride escorted by her father.  Gabby selected Marry your daughter-Brian Jr and Niko McKnight as the special song that she wanted to enter to as she approached her best friend, waiting for her at the altar.

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123-100As the father of the bride gives her away….you can see the emotion he is going through knowing that he is giving away his little girl to a man who will now be taking care of her for the rest of her life.

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The ceremony has begun and as Officiant Marcus Moore,  takes the couple through the wedding ceremony…123-112 123-129 123-133The bride and groom share their own special vows…there was not a dry eye in the church, it was so moving..

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As they entered in to prayer and the ring ceremony they lit the unity candle, uniting their marriage to one another.

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Congratulations to Gabby and Frank as they take their special family pictures…

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The bridal party celebrated with Gabby and Frank as they know the struggles this couple went through…

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123-318 123-320 123-325 123-337 123-349 123-354 123-356It is time for the  Ballroom Reveal, when Gabby and Frank get to see their ideas come to life!

The reception was held at First Baptist Orlando Faith Hall, the catering was provided by Oley’s Catering, the decor by RJ glamour and Innovation.  The up lighting was provided by Roque Productions and Orlando DJ and Lighting.

Juan Carlos and Rigo Lugo of RJ Glamour and Innovation captured the Bride’s vision to the last detail.

123-360 123-362 123-368 123-371The cake a 4 tier Amaretto flavored cake was made  by Cut the Cake.  The bride had always dreamed of having a 4 tier cake that would be taller than she was when she was cutting it……..123-548Gabby and Frank, could not believe their eyes when they entered in to their dream wedding…123-377

As Gabby and Frank walked around the ballroom, they wanted to take it all in and not miss anything.  They started by the photo booth with Eddie from Just for You Photo Booths.

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Frank had a special person in his life that could not be there for him on his wedding day and that was his Godfather.  A special place setting was created for Frank’s Godfather in his memory as well as a picture collage placed on the gift table.

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It was time to let the guests inside the ballroom and get the festivities started.

123-406They had their first dance and you could feel their love was so strong as they danced together to How Will I Know by Sam Smith.

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123-432Frank wanted to dance a special song with his mom and he selected Momma, for all the things she did for him to support him in this journey called marriage.

123-438Gabby found her mother to be such a huge support for here she did not want to pass a moment to dance with her mother.

The happy couple had many well wishers as they toasted to their new life together.

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Before the night slipped away, Gabby wanted to thank all her guests and wedding professionals for making her dreams come true.

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The bride had always dreamed of a 4 tier simple white cake with flowers around it.  Sharon Haller of Cut the Cake captured the vision as the happy couple cut the cake.

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123-501 123-502 123-503 123-506 123-509 123-512 123-517Now no wedding reception would be complete without everyone dancing and having a good time, even our fun-loving DJ’s Andres Roque of Roque Productions and Adam Rubman of Orlando DJ and Lighting joined in!

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No one wanted the night to end, but it came to that time and yet another surprise, a chauffeured driven car from Southern Elegance Limousine to take them to a downtown Disney hotel for their honeymoon for a few days.

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123-622Today we keep Gabby in our prayers for health and Frank for strength as they embark on this journey together. Do not marry the person that you can live with, marry the person that you cannot live without.  Enjoy your love with the person you are with for tomorrow is never promised.  Take the example of Gabby and Frank, best friends in love,  riding the waves of life together.  Some days the waves are crashing high and they hold on to the boat of life a little tighter as they ride the wave, other days they can sit back and relax in the boat as they rock gently back and forth.

Thank you to all our wedding professionals that donated time and service to make Gabby and Frank’s wedding day special.

On the Wedding Day…
1. First Baptist Orlando/Venue for Ceremony and their staff
2. Faith Hall/Venue for Reception Robin and her staff
3. Wedding Officiant/Marcus Moore
4.RJ Glamour and Innovation/Decor/Linens/Floral/Chivari Chairs
5.Pianist at Ceremony/Teresa.
6.123 Photography
7. Treasured Moments Videography
8. Oley’s Kitchen/Catering
9.Orlando DJ and Lighting/Adam Rubman/Uplights,DJ and MC
10.Roque Productions/Andres Roque/Uplights/DJ and MC
11. Our Volunteer Catering Servers, Alyssa, Anderson, Krystin Lapage, Enrique, and Jose
12. UCF Wedding Planning Students Shaye Glover, Tony-Ann Walker, Harriett Whitcombe, Moriah Tate, Kelli Hanrahan
13. Wedding Coordinator:  Rosie Moore/27 Miracles                                                                       14.  Day of Wedding Planners: Diane Jenson( The Wedding Party), Alla Vinnikova, (ABC Member) Elizabeth Fontaine ( First Baptist Orlando and 27 Miracles)
15.Hair and Make up for Bride and Wedding Party: Professor Maria Ivette Hernandez, Eric Clark and her senior students at Florida Technical College
16. Dessert Station/Pastry Chef Students at Florida Technical College
17.Wedding Cake/ Cut The Cake/Sharon Haller
18.Southern Elegance Limousine/Miguel Hernandez
19. Photo Booth/Just for You/Eddie Lebron
20. Entertainment/Cirque Kalandra/Vitaly Vinnikova
Without this team none of this could have been accomplished! I don’t say this to boast of what we did, but of what a community of wedding professionals is capable of doing when they put their heart and mind to help someone in need. On Behalf of 27 Miracles We want to say thank you for being who you are! God Bless your businesses always.

 

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Valentine’s Day Countdown Day 2….Marrying Your Best Friend

What a wonderful gift to marry your best friend!  That is Abbey and Jeremy, high school sweethearts.  They were best friends so of course when Jeremy thought of asking his best friend to marry him, he thought what a great day to plan it on, Abbey’s Birthday! So on September 22, Jeremy proposed to his best friend…..

Nothing says love like the love of two people who grew up together as high school sweethearts! Congratulations to Abbey and Jeremy!


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Having a fun engagement session in Historic Winter Garden with 123 Photography……

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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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Christmas Countdown Day 12 Tie One On

Tie an apron!When you start baking all those delicious cookies and cakes, and you add a little festivity to it with a Christmas apron, it puts you in the spirit of Christmas;  especially when shared with your special someone!  It is not so much about the baking, but more about the moment that you share with your sweetheart or the kids!

So this Christmas season, bake away and make memories!

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Christmas Countdown Day 4 Write a love Note

In this busy holiday season we get wrapped up in shopping, baking, parties and other exciting things during the holidays.  Take a moment to tell your kids and your sweetheart that you love them.  Don’t text it, write it down on a piece of paper and place it somewhere where they will see it.  We live in a world of instant technology and social media, reserve those displays of affection for private and hand write those notes!

Kessinger (45)Kessinger (66)There is a reason why brides and grooms write special letters to each other on the day of their wedding and have them delivered when they have not seen each other in almost 24 hours.

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Kaleb my son, may not have been able to read at this time, but he knows that there is always a card to look for in a gift!

Valentine’s Day Countdown Day 12….Graduation Surprise

When the love of your life, your BFF is graduating from College, you stop and ask yourself, what is the  best gift I can give ? Well that is what Blake was thinking about and he did not have to think too hard to find the perfect gift….

Here is their story….

On June 27, 2014 Karla was  graduating from Keiser University. Karla’s dad was in town for the first time in 5 years as he would not miss this important day, family was present at the graduation. Karla’s dad dropped her and Blake off to prepare for graduation.  As the students practiced their entrance and exit, the Dean of the school made an announcement and stated  that before he starts letting people in for the graduation, there was a special speaker with a few words to say.

At this time Karla focused her eyes on the aisle and saw Blake  walking down the aisle towards the stage.  Karla was looking around wondering why is he walking on the stage. Once he reached the stage he spoke in the microphone and said, “Hello everyone my name is Blake and I want to say a few things about my girlfriend Karla.”   Everyone turned around wondering who is Karla  and soon they figured it out as Blake addressed Karla.  Karla remembers that Blake spoke the most amazing and sweetest things about her.  One of the teachers asked Karla to stand up and walk on to the stage.  Karla shared, with planner Rosie Moore, that at  this point she was at a loss for words,  she was in shock that Blake would speak freely about his love for her in front of so many people because Blake is very reserved.

When Karla walked on the stage, Blake got down on one knee and asked Karla to marry him. Karla shared that she was still in shock and had forgotten to answer him  and everyone in the room was screaming “SAY YES” and then of course she  said yes and they walked off the stage. Karla shares that this proposal was a total surprise and the most memorable proposal she’s ever seen.

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Love makes us do things that are sometimes out of our comfort zone when it comes to surprising the one we love all in the name of Romance. We have had grooms sing for their brides, grooms bring in Disney characters, roses, and so many other things that create the element of surprise…..

When you are in love, don’t ever think that an idea is silly.  If you truly love that special someone, do not worry that you are singing off-key, do not fear that you are not good at public speaking, just love that person enough to say I love you and I will travel the ends of the world for you and if that means getting on a stage front of people I don’t know to say that I Love you I will…..

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