Amanda + Ryan's Surprise Wedding at Hudson's Chapel & Cellar in Winter Park

I’ve known Amanda for nearly a decade and when she contacted me to tell me that she and Ryan were planning a surprise wedding, well, I was giddy with excitement! Their families all thought the couple was planning to elope and that they were just getting together for an engagement dinner.

Once the shock wore off and reality set in, Amanda and Ryan had a simple, sweet wedding ceremony at Chapel & Cellar in Winter Park’s Hannibal Square. The Chapel wedding was followed by vegan wedding cake in the Cellar and then the newlyweds and their families headed off to enjoy dinner as one big happy family!

Congrats Amanda + Ryan!

Vendors Venue: Chapel & Cellar Hannibal Square | Event Planning: Julbilation - Events by Julie | Floral: Orlando Flower Market | Cake: Valhalla Bakery

Winter Park Scenic Boat Tour

I've lived in Florida – and more specifically, the Winter Park area – for 12 years now. And I’m embarrassed to admit that it took me that long to go on the Winter Park Scenic Boat Tour. And now that I’ve done it, I’m not sure why I waited so long! I mean, where else can you see the house that Mr. Rogers lived in when he went to Rollins College?

It may have been a dreary, un-Florida-like day, but the hour-long tour was still beautiful and our guide Wendell was incredibly informative as we toured three of the five lakes in the Winter Park chain of lakes. Our tour started in Lake Osceola and took us through the Fern Canal to Lake Virginia. After gawking at multi-million dollar homes on Lake Virginia, we took the canal back to Lake Osceola, then the Venetian Canal to Lake Maitland (which is the largest in the chain of lakes). While the homes on the lake are incredible, it’s the canals, which were once used for logging, that I found most interesting. The narrow, shaded canals are home to boathouses of many of the lake’s residents and since they allow two-way traffic, you may find yourself having to back up in a bit of a tight spot!

Parisian Inspired Casa Feliz Wedding Reception | Sasha + Mike

Sasha and Mike had the sweetest pink Paris-themed wedding reception at Casa Feliz in Winter Park! The couple’s attention to detail was impeccable—from the pink drinks to the chalkboard signs—and it truly was a joyous occasion!

Wedding Coordination: Jane Layne Events / Ceremony Location: Annunciation Catholic Church / Reception Location: Casa Feliz / Catering: Arthur’s Catering / Desserts: Cupcake Delights / Additional Photo Locations: Sassafrass Sweet Shoppe + Croissant Gourmet / Calligraphy: Sarah Hanna Calligraphy / Wedding Photography: Lori Barbely Photography