Thursday, April 29, 2010

Outside the Ballroom: Paradise Cove at Buena Vista Watersports

Paradise Cove at Buena Vista Watersports is the perfect place to have a unique beach themed wedding. Here you will find white sandy beaches, swaying palm trees, and blazing tiki torches in the heart of Orlando.

Depending upon the package you choose ceremonies can be held on the shores of Lake Byran, a brick patio, the grass lawn, or the cedar garden arbor. The Intimate Packages they have listed on their website are for wedding with 20 guests or less. If you want something larger they can work with you to arrange something more of what you are envisioning.

The steel drum band definitely helps gives this ceremony a beachy feel.

I also really like the Chinese lanterns that were incorporated. They create a very fun and laid back kind of feel.

The reception area feels like it's under the stars with the white lights draped from above.

You see more photos from our Paradise Cove wedding with Kelly and Hank here.

What you need to know about this venue:
Location: 13245 Lake Byran Drive, Orlando, FL
Phone: (407) 239-6939
Price Range: $$
Ceremony Site: Yes
Outside Caterers Allowed: Yes
Parking Available: Yes
Valet Parking: No
Outdoor Space: Yes
Capacity (without a dance floor): Up to 400
Styles: Banquet/Reception Hall

Outside the Ballroom: This is a series about discovering other amazing venues that exist for weddings and other events, ranging from castles, to traditional antique ballrooms, to bed and breakfasts, to anything that cannot be classified as a modern ballroom or meeting room. We also want to hear from you about the venues you've discovered, so please submit them in the comments or email them to with Outside the Ballroom in the subject. For more info you can find it at the Introduction.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Off to the fair for a vintage engagement session in Kissimee, Florida with Jessica and Wade 2 of 2

Then it was off to Old Town for the fair. Now being in Orlando you would think that the most popular rides are at the amusement parks, but apparently a permanent carnival is a big deal. We spent a good hour trying to find parking and while we were looking we watched others being towed for being illegally parked.

But we found some cool cars that I don't think anyone was planning to tow.

Next stop was dinner at Johnny Rockets

This blog is proudly sponsored by Coca-Cola. Well not really, but they should endorse these two, because they are awesome! I wonder if Coke could sponsor the wedding? ;)

I doubt you can read what songs are up on the jukebox, but I did not flip it to these selections, they were already there!

And to end on a little preview of what's to come ;)

Monday, April 26, 2010

Car eating alligator at a vintage engagement session in Kissimee, Florida, w/ Jessica and Wade, pt.1of2

In one of the early emails that Jessica sent to me she said "Your blog says it all - "weird but cool" is how most people describe my fiance and I."

Wow, I wanted to book them on the spot! This was even after I had warned her that we have a baby on the way and their wedding is near the target date. They were nervous but they still booked me because they love what I do and that only makes me want to shoot their wedding even more!

We met and totally hit it off, we probably chatted for a couple hours. They told me all about there plans for this amazing Alice in Wonderland wedding they are planning. I can't wait, it's next week!

So you are probably wondering how we went from that to a car-eating-alligator-vintage-e-session. The vintage was their idea, and the alligator was something I drove by last year and knew I had to come back and make a photo of it! With it's old Orlando-style, Kissimee was the perfect fit for a vintage e-session.

The Gator Motel was the perfect place to start.

Did I mention I can't wait for their Alice in Wonderland wedding!

I think I'm starting a trend for my e-sessions. I'm going to call it scary statues to run away from.

Next it was off to Twistee Treats.

Some stylin shoes!

Lovvvvvvveee the hats

Fun in downtown Kissimmee

Then we found a time machine....

The train station was the next stop. These two were so awesome it was hard to keep up with them!

It had been overcast during most of the shoot and then the sun came out and the light was amazing! I didn't even want to change locations, because I was sure that it wasn't going to last.

Come back in the next couple days to see part 2, when we head to the Old Town fair!
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