Take note of this fall wedding in Orlando, Florida, because when the bride is a wedding planner herself, we pay attention! Abby is a planner for Ashton Events, so she knew a thing or two about planning a gorgeous wedding and staying on budget (26k total budget at that!). Read on below to read her solid advice on how to have a wedding that’s authentically you:
Our wedding was amazing for a million different reasons, but it was extra fun and unique because I happen to work for a wedding planner, Ashton Events , and have done this countless times for other people. So this time it was my turn to be the bride!
Our number one priority when dreaming up our wedding was to make every inch of it “us” and as personal as possible while also doing everything on a budget. We wanted it to feel like us, look like us, taste like us, and be a total reflection of Zach and me as a couple. We really didn’t even want it to feel super traditional, more so just wanted to hang out with all of our friends and family and celebrate this new adventure together with all the people that helped get us there.
Having a Fall Wedding in Orlando, Florida
Picking a Wedding Venue Orlando Florida
Picking The Acre as our venue was a no brainer for us. We both knew we wanted an outdoor space, and the atmosphere and vibe is just unlike anywhere else. We truly felt like we were in our own little magical Zach + Abby world! You can’t tell from the pictures, but it was supposed to STORM all day. But we didn’t let that shift the focus of our day, and it actually ended up being the most amazing weather of all time. So thank you weather gods! Piece of advice: ALWAYS have a back up plan. We did plan on having a tent, but we ended up getting one the week of the wedding because of the weather risk and it turned out beautifully.
Burgundy Fall Wedding Colors:
Zach’s favorite color is purple, so that was the basis for our entire burgundy/purple color scheme. I wanted him to feel like this was as much his day as it was mine, so choosing his favorite color as the center of our whole design was perfect and added an extra layer of personal touch. Little things like even just holding my bouquet made me feel even more connected to him because I knew it was something he loved and helped me choose. He wore a dark plum suit and all of his groomsmen were in black. We wanted him to stand out and be set apart from his guys in a subtle way. My dress was absolutely perfect for me. When we got engaged I started browsing for ideas online and came across this dress. I knew it was the dress for me, so I went to the first store I could find that sold Made With Love dresses and boom, it was mine! I knew I didn’t want a traditional white dress, so I was obsessed with the fact that it was tan, not bright white. The white lace overlay was the perfect little amount to make me feel bridaly for the day.
Pressed Flower Wedding Details
My favorite design element was definitely the flowers. I didn’t want matchy matchy or traditional wedding flowers at all. I wanted them to be funky and unique, just like us! For the ceremony I wanted more neutral, dried flowers for the altar so that all the plum details and our bouquets would really pop. I actually didn’t even know what the ceremony was going to look like. I told our Lead Designer at Ashton Events the general idea of what I was thinking and just let the team have complete creative freedom to come up with whatever they wanted. So when I saw the ceremony set up on the day of, it blew me away! They knocked it out of the park with all of the florals.
The escort display was also an idea I dreamed up and my amazing team of wedding gurus created something more amazing than I could have ever even imagined. I love pressed flowers and wanted to figure out a way to incorporate that into our day. So we used pressed flowers in acrylic for the welcome sign and seating chart.
For the reception tables, we went with a neutral champagne colored linen to let the bold florals really pop. We had several different centerpiece styles for the tables to give lots of variety and a unique experience for each guest. We chose chic, black flatware and Acacia Wood chargers with plum goblets from Treasury Rentals and topped it off with a purple knotted napkin from Nuage. Our sweetheart table was a dreamy, bohemian oasis for Zach and I to have a little moment to ourselves during the reception. Our friends at Flock Decor brought our dreams to life with the most epic set up for us! The cocoon chairs with fun pillows and blankets in them were our favorite detail. We wanted our place settings to be different than everyone else’s, so we had black flatware and black chargers with the plum goblets, a light orchid napkin, and ruskus tucked in the napkin as the little cherry on top. It was stunning!
We wanted everything (the venue, flowers, decor, music, etc) to feel cohesive and flow. We are both very laid back people, so we wanted that to be mirrored in our day. Lounge areas, lots of drinks, and lots of room to kick back and chill if you want.
Last little noteworthy detail: My dad both walked me down the aisle and performed our ceremony, which was sweeter than words can say. It was definitely one of my favorite memories of the day that I will always be able to look back on and cherish.
This is a dream fall wedding, right?! This Philly wedding at Hotel du Village is a must-see as well if you loved Abby + Zach’s celebration.
Planning, Design, & Florals: Ashton Events
Photography: Renee Nicole Photography
Venue: The Acre Orlando
Tabletop Rentals: Treasury Rentals
Table/Chair Rentals: A Chair Affair
Lounge Area/Sweetheart Table: Flock Décor
Napkins/Linens: Nuage Design
Catering: Catered By Bruno
Donuts: Donut King
Makeup: Aysia Sylvia (@aysia.sylvia)
Hair: Lexie Rose Hair (@lexierosehair)
Wedding Dress: Made With Love
Wedding Dress Boutique: Malindy Elene
Bridesmaid Dresses: Lulus
Groom/Groomsmen Suits: Men’s Wearhouse