Venue: Highland Manor, Apopka, FL
Photographer: Kati Rosado Photography, Central Florida
Caterer: Dubsdread Catering
Florist: Designs of Times, Melbourne, FL
Cake: Creative Cakes, Melbourne, FL
Wedding Design/Coordination: Stimula Event Design
All photos credit: Kati Rosado Photography
The Highland Manor is a beautiful, restored Queen Anne house with a lot of history. The grounds feature an oak lined driveway, a lake at the front of the property with a huge tree they have ceremonies under. There is also a chapel and oak hammock available for ceremony use. The main level boasts a ballroom with crystal chandeliers, a full service bar, an area for the groomsmen to get ready in, a restaurant type seating area, a glassed in veranda, and a private parlor with fire place. The second story is a large bridal suite.
The bridal look is classic and elegant. Check out that beautiful dress with lace accents and sweetheart neckline. The mixed bouquet is wrapped in trimmings from the bride’s dress. The bridesmaids wore bold cobalt that drove a lot of the design. The men wore traditional navy tuxes with the groom in ivory and the groomsmen in cobalt accents.
The ceremony took place in the oak hammock on the backside of the property. Urns over flowing with roses and delphiniums framed the gauzy arch. The groom designed a special cross for the ceremony. The based was screwed into the foundation by the fathers of the groom and bride, the cross pieces were screwed together by the bride, groom, and pastor. Once the screws were tightened they would never be able to be removed. It was very representative of Jesus’s love and design for marriage and family.
In the lobby, guests could get a closer look at the cross, write notes for the bride and groom on the wisdom tree, and leave their gifts for the couple on the piano. An escort card table helped find their table and let the servers know which meal option to bring the guest based on color.
The main ballroom was draped in white linens and washed with blue uplighting. Each guest was greeted with favor containing buckeyes representing the bride’s home state of Ohio and a spicy Indian representing the groom’s heritage. The centerpieces were custom crystal trees submerged in water with floating rose candles.
At the end of the night, the bride and groom exited with floating through a cloud of bubbles. The photographic result is so whimsical and remarkably lends itself to the color scheme.