Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The Estate House at Cypress Grove, Orlando, Florida with 27 Miracles Wedding Consulting

27 Miracles Wedding Consulting is a wedding planning company who has been there for me from the beginning. The moment that I brought my photography to the wedding market Rosie was one of the few to actually respond to me when I reached out to meet wedding planners. Rosie and Marcus are also two of the most caring people out there, and are always looking out for others.

This shoot materialized when they felt it was time to redo their website and mix their image up a little bit. The Estate House at Cypress Grove materialized as a place they felt reflected their company. It is a little bit different and a little bit classic.

27 Miracles Wedding Consulting logo has been the white dove, so we thought it would be great to use real doves to symbolize that. Donald Brumfield of Orlando White Dove Release was great to work with. I haven't had the opportunity to work with doves before, so this was a great experience. Don was extremely knowledgeable, so it really helped.

One important lesson I learned is to always ask for more than you need, because once they fly away you are not going to have another chance. This means that even though I made some great shots, one shot I imagined just did not happen. That is why there is always a next time.

Rosie and Marcus.

Trying to get some ambience of the garden at the Estate House

The girls show their stuff!

Another interesting tidbit about their company is that they distribute shoes for Angela Nuran. They are cute for your wedding day and comfortable. You can find them in a few of the shots above too. If you are interested in them, just give Rosie and Marcus a call.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Tradewinds Island Grand Resort at St. Pete Beach, Florida wedding of Paul and Stacy

I owe the amazing Mike Buoy, who took the lead on this wedding,
and Amy Pezzicara, who 2nd shot, a huge debt of gratitude for helping me out with this wedding. I haven't said much about it because it is a story in itself that I plan on telling. Our son born a week before this wedding, ended up in the hospital for over a month. He is healthy now, but Mike and Amy stepped in to shoot this for me so that I could be there for my family.

That being said, my clients are almost like family and I couldn't not show up on their wedding day for at least a little bit. This took a lot of soul searching though and it wasn't an easy or loan decision. If my son wasn't in moderately stable condition and both sides of the family were visiting, I probably would have stayed in Orlando.

The entire wedding I was looking at my phone pretty often to make sure I didn't miss a call that things had gotten worse. I don't think I would have lasted the entire day, so I have to say I am indebted to have friends like Mike and Amy.

And before you get started I have to plug this little video that Paul did. They went back to Wisconsin for a second reception and he put this little thing together with a bunch of our photos from their wedding day and some from their e-session. It's definitely worth a watch http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1Fu0pG0X7M

I am glad I showed up though, because Paul and Stacy are an amazing couple! I had a ton of fun with them at their e-session and it only magnified into their wedding. I just wish I could have stayed longer, but I'm glad that Mike and Amy did such a great job capturing it for me to experience it.

These two had scouted out this great location right near their hotel called the Postcard Inn. A few of their guests were staying there and I'm sure their wedding would have been there had it been able to accommodate everyone. It's like a photographer's playground with the retro vintage and bold colors.

We found these great doors to swing open for them to do their first look.

Paul was going monkeys over this place

No evil on the wedding day

One of Paul and Stacy's friends sang for their first dance.

Another of their friends worked on singing in a higher note.

Behind the scenes!
Primary Photographer - Pilster Photography
Primary Photographer - Mike Buoy of Buoy Photography
Secondary Photography - Amy Pezzicara of Pezz Photography
Venue/Catering - Tradewinds Island Resort, St. Pete Beach, FL
First Look Venue - Postcard Inn, St. Pete Beach, FL
Getting Ready Venue - Beach House
Makeup - Lili's Weddings
Flowers - For Better for Less
Cake - Cakes by Carolynn
Suit - Men's Warehouse
Grooms shoes - Converse
Dress - Jon's Bridal
Brides Ceremony Shoes - Badgley Mischka
Brides Reception Shoes - Converse
Officiant -
Father Ron
DJ -
Grant Hemond & Associates
Linens -
Linens By the Sea

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Outside the Ballroom: The Estate House at Cypress Grove; Orlando, Florida

This is one of those places that I dream about for my wedding. It's definitely fit for a southern belle, and although I may not be one, this venue sure fits the bill for a southern style wedding.

The Estate Houes at Cypress Grove is the true southern estate I've been dreaming of. From the orange groves and magnolia flanked gates to the oak tree lined boulevard this venue just screams southern elegance. Found on the shores of Lake Jessamine this is the perfect location to have a fairly large and fabulous wedding. They've got their own wedding team there to help you with anything you might need.

You can find an extensive list of preferred vendors along with menus from Arthur's Catering, Creative Cuisine, and Puff 'n Stuff on their website. There's everything from hors d'oeuvres to buffets to plated dinners!

(27 Miracles Wedding Consulting team)

The outdoor ceremony site overlooks the gorgeous Lake Jessamine.

They have lots of pricing info on their website along with rental info. They also have all you need to know about capacity for the different rooms at the venue. You can make an appointment with them to tour the facility. Something that I found to be pretty awesome is that they will provide standard tables and chairs to seat up to 100 guests. They'll also provide a 12' by 16' dance floor!

What you need to know about this venue:
Location: 290 Holden Avenue, Orlando, FL 32839
Price range: $$$
Ceremony site: Yes
Reception site: Yes
Outside caterer's allowed: No
Parking available: Yes
Valet: No
Outdoor space: Yes
Capacity (without a dance floor): 300
Styles: Historic Site, Museum

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 info@pilsterphotography.net with Outside the Ballroom in the subject. For more info you can find it at the Introduction.
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