Missy & Rae’s Ballroom Wedding in Orlando

Two Brides at Mission Inn Resort for Orlando Same Sex Wedding

Missy & Rae’s Ballroom Wedding in Orlando

Melissa (Missy) and Cassandra (Rae) had a gorgeous ballroom wedding just outside Orlando at the Mission Inn Resort.

Same Sex Couple in Wedding Dresses on Golf Course

Their Story:

Rae is an Orlando radio DJ for XL 106.7 and is considered a local celebrity and a huge advocate for the LGBTQ community.  Missy is a local area police officer and detective.  The couple was introduce by mutual friends.  Missy popped the question with a fun Magic Kingdom proposal.

The couple fell in love with Mission Inn when they toured.  Missy and Rae chose to honor their Italian heritage, creating a Tuscan inspired wedding day.  Mission Inn was the perfect backdrop for their vision and a fun wedding weekend with their families.

 

Getting Ready:

Missy and Rae wore matching bride converses.  They both sported Orlando pride socks as a tribute to the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting.

Wedding Shoes Converses - Bride

Pulse Pride Socks

Same Sex Couple in Wedding Dresses on Golf Course

Bride with Wedding Dress

Bride with Wedding Dress

Bride Holding Wedding Ring

Happy Bride

Bride Getting Her Dress on

Wedding Hair and Makeup

Bride in Hotel Bed

First Touch:

The couple decided to do a first touch instead of a first look.  A changing screen was placed between the two of them allowing them to hold hands as they read love notes to each other.

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Same Sex - Brides - First Touch love letters

Reading Wedding Love Letter

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Wedding Day Love Letter Reading

 

The Ceremony:

Missy and Rae were married at Mission Inn’s Plaza de la Fontana.  It was a gorgeous day in Orlando for an outdoor, garden ceremony.  During the ceremony, Violectric performed electric violin music.  The brides were escorted down the aisle by their fathers.  Prior to the brides’ grand entrance, both moms joined hands.  They walked down the aisle carrying a sign reading “here comes the brides”.

Orlando Wedding Garden Ceremony

Violectric Wedding Ceremony Live Musician

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diverse bridal party at same sex wedding

Bridal Party Awaiting Brides

Moms Here come the Brides

 

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Bride and Dad Walking Down the Aisle

Awaiting her bride

Bride waiting for her Bride

bride walking down aisle with dad

 

Bride and Dad Walking Down the Aisle

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Same Sex Wedding Vows

You may kiss the brides

Two Orlando Brides Outdoor Garden Portraits

Brides Coming Back Down the Aisle

 

Blue Star, Rae’s colleague on Pride Radio Orlando officiated the wedding.

 

Portraits:

During cocktail hour, Missy and Rae took advantage of the gorgeous grounds at Mission Inn Resort for a fun portrait session.

Outdoor Garden Wedding Portraits Same Sex Brides

 

Outdoor Garden Wedding Portraits Same Sex Brides Waterfront

Outdoor Garden Wedding Portraits Same Sex Brides Bridge

Outdoor Garden Wedding Portraits Same Sex Brides Lake Front

Waterfall Wedding Portrait Same Sex

Same Sex Wedding Veil Portrait

Gorgeous Bride on Golf Course

Gorgeous Bride in front of Lake

Brides Hugging

Sunset Wedding on a Bridge Same Sex

 

The Ballroom Reception:

The reception was held in Mission Inn’s Grand Ballroom.  The ballroom was strung with market lighting for the wedding, transporting the guests from Orlando to Tuscany.  Tabletops alternated between white lanterns and gorgeous white floral centerpieces.  Silver linens were complimented by silver chivari chairs and navy blue napkins.  Purple uplighting certainly brought the whole look together to create a romantic, Tuscan feel.

Orlando Ballroom Wedding Market Lighting

Ballroom Wedding in Orlando Centerpiece

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Bride tossing her wedding bouquet in the ballroom

Same Sex Ballroom Wedding First Dance in Orlando

Two Brides Dancing at Same Sex Ballroom Wedding in Orlando

Two Brides Dancing at Same Sex Ballroom Wedding in Orlando

Two Brides Hugging

Two Brides on Wedding Day at Same Sex Wedding

All of the Wedding Guests at Same Sex Ballroom Wedding in Orlando

From the Couple:

Thank you to Mission Inn staff! Every one was polite and made sure that we were escorted when we arrived. The staff bent over backward to make sure our weekend amazing! I am thankful for everything the wedding team at Mission Inn did to make our wedding a fairytale.

Same Sex Wedding Garden Bridge Portrait

Where are they now?

Missy and Rae will be celebrating 3 years this October.  Rae is still on Air with XL 106.7’s Johnny’s House.  Meanwhile, the couple gave birth to beautiful twins last year.  They both continue to be a huge inspiration to the Orlando LQBTQ community.

Brides with babies

Brides with babies

 

Wedding Vendors that Made this Possible:

Orlando Wedding Ceremony:  Plaza de la Fontana at Mission Inn Resort

Orlando Wedding Ballroom Reception:  The Grand Ballroom at Mission Inn Resort

Wedding Photography OrlandoHeather Rice Photography

Wedding Florist Orlando:  Atmosphere’s Floral

Orlando Wedding DJ:  White Rose Entertainment

Wedding Violinist:  Violectric 

Wedding Planner and Designer:  Weddings in the City

Orlando Wedding Bakery:  Cupcake Hearts

Orlando Photo Booth:  Event Concepts

Baby Photos:  Love is Me Photography

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