carmen & jordan ~college park presbyterian ~ dubsdread inn ~ winter park, florida wedding

Carmen and Jordan promised the rest of their days to each other at a lovely and intimate wedding ceremony in Winter Park. The way they would gaze at each other with pure exhilaration and love made me break out in goosebumps! It was an amazing day and to top it off…they chose to do a first look with plenty of time for portraits which made for one very happy photographer


Thanks to Stefani Chung for coming down South to shoot with me and knocking it out of the park.

From the Bride…

Wedding Date?
We were married September 16, 2011 at College Park Presbyterian in Winter Park. I knew I wanted an even number date (I know that’s weird) and its the day before my grandma’s 99th birthday. So it has great meaning to us.
Reception Venue?
The Tap Room at Dubsdread in College Park. It is a historic golf course and ballroom, having been built in the 1920′s. Its quaint and feels so warm and inviting inside. We had wanted to have the feeling to be intimate and comfortable. I loved the exposed wooden beams. They also have this great little alcove to highlight photos of the couple. We used it to put some of our engagement photos and the canvas print gifted to us by the best man, Dallas, of the moment we were engaged. To make Dubsdread even better, their staff and coordinators are amazing! We had wanted a place that would make our guests feel catered to and well taken care of and they went above and beyond. They were so prompt in their responses and helpful in coming up with planning and set up. Their waitstaff was so professional and everytime we went for meeting or to drop anything off they were also so intentional about making sure we were being taken care of.
Guest count?
We knew we wanted a small wedding, both to keep the day intimate and because of our budget. That was easier said than done! Having grown up in Orlando and having the wedding be local I had to make some tough decisions on our guest list. Jordan’s family is mostly in Indiana and at first he thought many of them wouldn’t make it. We were pleasantly surprised to have so many of them come to sunny Florida. Who wouldn’t love an end of summer mini-vacation? In the end we ended up with about 90 guests. It felt perfect in that size room and I am so pleased with size of the wedding!

What inspired you in planning the wedding?
I love fall and all it represents. The wedding had a simple, fall, rustic kind of feel. The first time I went to visit Jordan’s family in Indiana it was fall and I loved seeing all the open fields, changing leaves and old barns. So different for this Florida girl! I used that as a source of my inspiration and fortunately, its pretty popular right now,so there were plenty of blogs out there to find further details on. Most of the wedding was DIY. From the centerpieces to the unity candle. And we were so lucky to have people to help! Jordan’s mother made all of our pew cones, pew bows and table runners. She is an amazingly crafty lady and even surprised us with an embroidered burlap tablecloth for the sweetheart table complete with our names and wedding date. Jordan’s sister is building a house in Indiana and their dad used trees cut down from clearing their land to make our tree slice centerpieces and cake stand. I loved them! They were such a big part of our wedding “look”. A friend made all of our table numbers as a gift and we painted and numbered them. I made all of our flower centerpieces, with large cans covered in brown damask material and silk flowers. I spent so much time at Hobby Lobby trying to find just the right flowers!
What were your favorite moments, traditions, surprises during the day?
There are so many! I loved having my grandma be there. She is 99 and since our engagement, I prayed everyday that she would get to be at our wedding. The reality of the shortness of life was brought home when a month after our engagement, Jordan’s grandma died and then the month before the wedding my Aunt Nora lost her battle to cancer. To have all of our family be at the wedding for a celebration of something new after dealing with the loss of those we loved was so special to us.
One of the funniest moments of our wedding was when Jordan dropped my wedding band during our vows. At the rehearsal the day before, our officiant warned us he drops a ring at almost every wedding he does, so we should just expect it. Well he held on tight,but as soon as it was in Jordan’s hand it was gone and rolled right under my dress! What makes it even better is that Jordan and both of his sisters now have a ring issue at all of their weddings. It might be a family curse.
Dress designer, shoes, accessories, bridesmaids’ dresses, groom’s attire, etc?
My wedding dress is actually an Impressions brand bridesmaids dress that I ordered in ivory and added a sash to. The flower for the sash was purchased on Etsy, along with my hairpiece. The earrings were from David’s Bridal and the bracelet was my something borrowed that my cousin, Holly, wore in her own wedding. My shoes I found on Piperlime after weeks of buying and returning shoes that just didn’t work. The bridesmaids dresses were from J Crew and they wore their own shoes. Their jewelry was part of their gift that I ordered from Etsy seller, Delicate Creations By M.  I was so happy with how they looked with the dresses. Jordan and his groomsmen wore suits from Perry Ellis and ties and pocket squares from The Tie Bar. Both of Jordan’s sisters were married in Indiana, in the same church his parents were married in. I knew it was hard for him to not have that so I bought him cufflinks with a vintage map of his hometown from Etsy seller, Tomato Made.
Music you walked down the aisle to, first dance, special songs
It was really important for this wedding to be a reflection of us and our relationship and the kind of people we are. And we wanted it to be fun! Our prelude music in the church included acoustic and instrumental versions of Hey Yeah, Sweet Child O’ Mine and Don’t Stop Believing. We had the mothers walk down to more classic hymns and lit the unity candle to Brandon Heath’s “Love Never Fails” because we also wanted to reflect our faith and Who we believe is the center of our marriage. I walked down the aisle to Storybook Love from Princess Bride. It was always one of my favorite movies as a little girl and probably the earliest source of most of my fairytale Prince Charmings. Jordan is the Prince Charming I always prayed for so I could think of no better song! Our first dance was a lot harder for us to choose. We wanted it to be meaningful to us and also be somewhat easy to “eighth grade dance” to. We had decided way too late that dance lessons would have been a great idea, but instead we just swayed along like in middle school dances. The song we ended up picking was “God Gave Me You” by Dave Barnes. He has always been one of my favorite artists and this song reminds me of our love and how great it is to have someone for the ups and downs.
Wedding Planner, Stationer, Floral Designer, Cake, Music, Videographer,  etc.
I was the wedding planner and Jordan was the Stationer. Not sure what we would have done without his graphic design skills. Our florist was Lee Forrest Design and I so loved his bouquets! Plus he didn’t mind when I asked to change things to help it better fit into our budget. Our DJ was Jay Edwards with Liquid Entertainment . We actually saw him at a wedding the year before and were so impressed that he ended up being the very first vendor I booked. Our videographer was our great friend, Justin Johnson, who put together an amazing video montage that I have watched well near a hundred times. He is actually the owner of J House Labs,  a creative agency, here in Orlando so we were very fortunate to have his services! Our caterer was the staff at Dubsdread and the food was great! We had some of our favorite heavy hor’devors, including empanadas (for a little latin homage to my family), chicken fingers, fried ravioli, pasta and swedish meatballs. Our cake was created by Ann Hightower of Anna Cakes.
Favorite Blogs or Magazines used in planning the wedding:
Style Me Pretty and Etsy were sites I visited daily!
Advice that you’d give to other Brides? Advice for grooms?
Make sure you are happy with your hair and make-up trials. That might be the only thing I would do over. But most importantly take a big breath! I was so nervous that I think you can see it in some of my pictures. I had to remind myself that this was just one day, our lives were more important and at the end of the day if the cake fell over, or my hair feel out (which it did!) the most important thing was that I was going to be Mrs. Jordan Wade and nothing could change that we were starting a lifetime together. Enjoy the day, because in a blink its over! Thankfully we had Shipra to capture it though!!

Facebook comments:

November 5, 2011 - 9:08 pm

Mimi - Beautiful photography…so detailed (and I love the car)!

December 20, 2011 - 11:22 am

StefaniChung - So beautiful! Thank you for letting me come down and shoot with you! It was such an honor!! Hehe! XOXO

April 21, 2012 - 12:18 pm

Max - These pics are really great! The last pic in BW just blew me off my chair!

April 21, 2012 - 1:08 pm

Veronica Varos - I love these! And hot-damn, that’s one hell of a beautiful bouquet!

April 21, 2012 - 6:34 pm

Anton Chia - Wonderful work Shipra, love the BWs!

April 21, 2012 - 10:34 pm

Natalie Gibbs - These are gorgeous. I especially love your black and whites. The first dance shot is particularly nice. Are some of the portraits film?

April 22, 2012 - 8:46 am

Darin Collison - These are lovely. Beautifully seen and exquisitely captured moments.

April 22, 2012 - 9:42 am

Paul Nguyen - Great photos! Great use of tones and colours!

April 22, 2012 - 12:11 pm

Kelsie Taylor - Awesome job! You captured so many great moments!

April 23, 2012 - 11:11 am

Ryan Brenizer - Great as always Shipra, the light on those opening images is perfect.

April 23, 2012 - 1:56 pm

nadine - Shipra, lovely work as usual!

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