Picture your freshman year of college. Do you have a clear image in your mind? Now picture the chaos of moving out of the dorms. This was the day that Wendy met John. She had already packed her car and cleaned her dorm and was waiting to be checked out. If you know Wendy, being ahead of schedule is just so her! As she walked down the hall she saw this guy’s room was a complete MESS. We’re talking dust bunnies, trash, spilled drinks on the hardwood floor, clothes everywhere… 18-year-old dude’s freshman dorm. Wendy felt so much empathy for the guy who resided in that dorm, that she decided to go out to her car and bring her Swiffer back up to this poor guy! Little did she know, 5 years later, that boy she helped Swiffer his dorm, would ask her on their first date and 4 years later they’d be married! (Side note: Their wedding hashtag was #SwifferToSchafer ! How darling and unique is that!)
On their wedding day, the ladies were up early for hair and makeup. They wore matching PJ sets and sipped on mimosas while prepping for the wedding day. These girls were so much fun, but what stood out to me while they were getting ready, was how much peace there was in that room. If you’re married, you know that preparing for a wedding day can be pretty stressful. Even the last minute details can be really overwhelming. However, the atmosphere, while they were getting ready, was one of joy, peace, and quiet excitement. I remember asking John what he loves the most about Wendy and he told me that she is the most steady person he knows. I think that steadiness was very much reflected in the moments leading up to their ceremony.
Wendy had her heart set on her First Look happening at Kraft Azalea. If you’re not familiar with this location, it is a stunning garden in Winter Park. The trees in this park are utterly unreal. However, the weather was not looking promising as we drove to this location. Thankfully, it was not raining when we arrived so were able to allow these two a private (well we were there) few moments with each other. As Wendy made her way towards John, they both wiped back his tears. It was definitely a sweet and emotional moment.
The reception was held outside under strings of bistro lights at the Capen House. It is a quaint, restored two-story home. On sight, there is a beautiful sculpture garden and it is nestled right next to a lake. Rows of tables were set up for the guest with eucalyptus garlands, tall pillar candles, and classic gold touches. I’ve got to say that my FAVORITE part of that reception was the multiple food stations. Bless you Wendy + John! All of the guests watched the sunset over the beautiful lake. It was such a stunning day celebrating Mr. & Mrs. Schafer!
Band | Phase Band
Bridesmaid Dresses | Bella Bridesmaids
Cake | 4 Rivers
Ceremony Venue | All Saints Winter Park
Dress Designer | Leanne Marshall
Dress Shop | The Sentimentalist
Catering | Arthur’s Catering
Floral Designer | Orlando Flower Market
Groom & Groomsmen Attire | The Black Tux
Hair & Makeup Designer | Makeover Station
Planner | Blush
Invitation | Minted
Rentals | Orlando Wedding and Party Rentals
Reception Venue | Capen House- Albin Polasek Museum