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Hannah & Vito’s Christmas Wedding in Central Florida

Hannah and Vito had a gorgeous Christmas wedding in Central Florida.  The couple celebrated the holiday season with a classic color palette of red, white and pine green.

 Bride and Groom standing watching December sunset

Getting Ready for a Romantic Christmas Wedding

Hannah wore a classic gown with lace details on the bodice and a tulle skirt.  The dress featured a discrete sparkle which looked like snow when the light hit it.  Hannah’s pumps acted as her something blue.  Delicate diamond jewelry and a dramatic veil completed the bride’s look.

Wedding Dress with Christmas Wreath and Iron Gates

white winter wedding dress

blue wedding shoes on bench

Wedding Jewelry on Christmas Poinsettia

Hannah’s bouquet was the perfect Christmas combo.  Red and white roses were complimented by evergreens and pine cones.  The bridesmaids wore crimson red, floor length gowns, the groomsmen, classic black tuxedos.  Vito wore a black tux with a wood-like bow tie, complete with a hidden Mickey, for the couple’s love of Disney.

Bride and Bridesmaid on wedding day in front of Christmas poinsettia tree

Buttoning brides wedding dress

mom and daughter

bride behind veil

Christmas wedding bridal jewelery

Christmas Wedding Floral - Bridal Bouquet

Groom adjusting bowtie

matching groomsmen watches

groom and sister of groom


Wedding Ring barer holding ring box

Wedding Groomsmen Flasks

The Christmas Wedding Ceremony in Central Florida

The ceremony was held at Mission Inn Resort’s Plaza de la Fontana.  Vito shared a moment with his family and groomsmen before heading down the aisle to await his bride.  The ceremony looked beautiful with poinsettias filling the gardens.  The ceremony chairs adorned by silver dusted pinecones hung with ribbon.  Vito stood at the altar eagerly as the flower girl stopped for a moment to splash in the fountain before making her way down the aisle.  When Hannah turned the corner with her dad, she looked stunning.  Tears of happiness rolled down Vito’s face as he took Hannah’s hands from her dad’s.  Lon Tosi of Sensational Ceremonies presided over the ceremony.  The vows were simple and heartfelt.  Hannah and Vito giggled as they kissed for the first time as husband and wife before making their way down the aisle.

Christmas wedding programs 

Christmas wedding ceremony chairs with silver pinecones

Christmas wedding ceremony chairs with silver pinecones

Central Florida Wedding Ceremony at Mission Inn Resort

Bridesmaid holding Christmas Lantern while walking down aisle for wedding ceremony

ring barer walking down the aisle in black and white

flower girl splashing in fountain

Groom waiting for bride with mickey bowtie

bride and father of the bride at central florida wedding

Groom getting emotional during wedding ceremony

Bride and Father of the Bride walking down the aisle at central florida's mission inn resort plaza de la fontana

mother of bride crying during ceremony

Father of Bride kissing Bride

Father of the bride giving away the bride

Grooms family during christmas wedding ceremony

Christmas wedding vow exchange

Bride getting emotional during ceremony

Bride and Groom exchanging wedding vows in central Florida

Wedding Vows with Central Florida wedding officiant

Wedding Ceremony happy couple

Bride and Groom first kiss

Wedding Ceremony

Bride and Groom walking down the aisle after wedding ceremony

Romantic Sunset Wedding Portraits

Following family and group photos, the couple traveled by golf cart through the resort for wedding portraits.  The couple had perfect timing allowing them a gorgeous blue and purple twilight sky backdrop.

Wedding Bridal Party for Central Florida Christmas Wedding



Brides wedding dress

Groom sitting for a moment alone

newlyweds at central florida wedding ceremony kissing

newlyweds at central florida wedding ceremony kissing

newlyweds holding hands on golf course

newlyweds on golf course

newlyweds on golf course with dramatic sunset

newlyweds sitting on stone bridge with dramatic sunset


Central Florida Christmas Wedding Reception

The Christmas wedding theme continued into reception.  Reception tables were draped in snow white linen and red napkins with mahogany chiavari chairs.  Arrangements of evergreens and pine sat at the center of tables, alternating with lanterns.  The couple skipped the traditional guest book and instead had each guest sign a wooden tree ornament.  Hannah and Vito opened the dance floor with formal dances.  The couple shared a father / daughter dance, mother / son dance and a first dance.  After the first dance, Vito’s sister, who is wheelchair bound, surprised the couple by rising from her wheelchair long enough to share in a dance with the couple.  Gasps were heard and tears filled the room.

Central Florida Christmas Wedding Tablescape

Wedding Tablescape with Red and Green 

Christmas wedding escort cards

Christmas Tree Ornament Wedding Guest Book

Christmas Tree with Ornaments

Christmas Cookie Favors

Christmas Wedding Sparklers

Father Daughter Dance Wedding

Father Daughter Dance Wedding

Handicapped Sister of Groom rising to her feet

Dancing with sister of the groom

Bride Crying while she hugs sister of the groom

A Moment Alone

As the party went on, the couple stopped for a moment alone on Plaza de las Palmas.  Vito spun his new bride under a sea of market lights as they danced under the stars.

 bride and groom under market lights with christmas wedding poinsettias

bride and groom dancing under market lights with christmas wedding poinsettia

Wedding Floral at Night

Party Time

Following Hannah & Vito’s alone time, the couple returned to the party.  The couple cut the cake and opened the sweets table filled with Christmas cookies.  Hannah threw her bouquet and Vito, Hannah’s garter.  As the night when on, both the music and the party picked up the tempo.  Hannah and Vito, both lovers of electronic / house music, wanted the party to be fun.  The groomsmen appeared on the dancefloor in inflatable dinosaur costumes and family and friends raged through the night.

Bride and Groom Dancing with Flower Girl

Young wedding guest flossing

Garter Toss with bride and groom

bride throwing bouquet

Bride and Groom congo line

Bride mixing it with Orlando DJ

woman flipping her hair

Happily Ever After

Hannah and Vito ended the night with a romantic sparkler exit.  Family and friends bid them farewell as the escaped into the night.  The couple didn’t go too far though.  They met up with the bridal party in the Billiards Room for one last epic photo to end the night.

Sparkler Exit with Bride and Groom

Bride and Groom kissing under sparklers black and white

bridal party at end of the night in billiards room

From the Mother of the Groom:

It was by far the perfect wedding!!  Working with Bri to book the wedding was great. She made the entire process so easy to understand and helped us decide on exactly what we wanted. The wedding coordinator was incredible to work with. We are a very detail orientated family and she helped us figure out every detail making the wedding just perfect. So many guests told us that this was the best wedding they have ever been to.

The ceremony in the Plaza de la Fontana was just picture perfect. The cocktail hour and reception was also just wonderful.  The setting was just perfect. Having a wedding at The Mission Inn when many of your guests will be coming from out of town was just wonderful. We had almost 70 guests staying there and everyone loved it especially those who play golf!!! If you are looking at having a wedding in Central Florida I would highly recommend the Mission Inn!!!!



The Vendor Team that created this Christmas Wedding in Central Florida:

Wedding Ceremony:  The Mission Inn Resort’s Plaza de la Fontana

Wedding Reception:  The Mission Inn Resort’s La Hacienda

Central Florida Wedding DJ:  Soundwave Entertainment

Central Florida Wedding Officiant:  Lon Tosi with Sensational Ceremonies

Wedding Photography & Videography:  Cricket’s Photo & Cinema

Christmas Wedding Floral:  Katherine’s Florist – Clermont

Bride’s Hair & Makeup:  Maribella Salon – Clermont

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.

Same Sex - Brides - First Touch Wedding

Same Sex - Brides - First Touch love letters

Reading Wedding Love Letter

black and white same sex first touch wedding

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

bridal; party at same sex wedding

diverse bridal party at same sex wedding

Bridal Party Awaiting Brides

Moms Here come the Brides


bride walking down aisle with dad

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

dad giving bride away on wedding day

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.



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

Brides entering wedding reception for ballroom wedding in Orlando

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

Andrea and Richard's first kiss

Andrea & Richard’s Destination Wedding

Ceremony: Plaza de la Fontana

Reception: Patio Del Sol and El Conquistador


Andrea and Richard were looking for classic and simple elegance for their destination wedding.  They found the perfect location at Mission Inn Resort.  Their intimate brunch ceremony took place at Plaza de la Fontana.  Andrea wore a beautiful lace detailed dress which complimented her groom’s gray tuxedo.  The reception was hosted in our El Conquistador restaurant with access to a beautiful tiled terrace.  The couple wanted a look that complimented both their relaxed personalities and the garden setting.  The tables were decorated with white tablecloths and with pops of light and hot pink in the form of fresh orchids.  We hope all the very best for Andrea and Richard and we are so glad to have been a part of their wedding day.

Central Florida Wedding Photographer: Andi Mans Photography

Wedding Cake: Publix Bakery

Central Florida Wedding Officiant: A Lovely Ceremony – Renee Silverman

Acoustic Guitar Wedding Music: Acoustic Guitar by James Duchon




Kind Words from the Couple:

The wedding ceremony was beautiful, peaceful, and perfect; and the reception was awesome, festive, and celebratory. We had so many compliments on the food and how delicious it was. Plus, our service during the cocktail hour and reception was exceptional! Kudos to all involved.

We would also like to thank all of the front desk staff who took care of distributing the “Welcome Bags” and making certain that all of our out-of-town guests were so well taken care of while they were at the resort. Again, we have heard rave reviews from all of those who spent time on the grounds.

Also, many thanks to the maid service that took care of our room, as well as the honeymoon suite, making sure that both areas were spotless and well kept during our stay. We appreciated so many people helping us and taking care of the small necessary details.

Not only would we highly recommend the Mission Inn as a venue for anyone planning a destination wedding, but we would also suggest all of our vendors. They were great to work with, and we could not have been more pleased with the service that was given to us. Everyone and everything was outstanding!!

Stephanie and Joe's first dance

Stephanie & Joe

Ceremony: Plaza de la Fontana
Reception: The Grand Ballroom

Stephanie and Joe said “I Do” on a Friday in May at the outdoor garden wedding ceremony location, Plaza de la Fontana.  The couple chose to accent the natural beauty of the plaza by choosing shades of pinks and purples.  The bride wore a natural waist, sweetheart dress which was classic, elegant, and modern. The groom wore a light grey tuxedo which worked will with the spring colors.  Guests enjoyed cocktails in Plaza de las Palmas while the couple took some stunning outdoor wedding photos through the property.  The wedding reception was held in the Grand Ballroom.  The room was highlighted with pink up-lights and simple elegant centerpieces on the tables.  The couple then danced the night away with their friends and family!

Orlando Wedding DJ: The Orlando DJ

Central Florida Florist: Greenery Productions

Wedding Photographer: KMD Creations

Orlando Wedding Videographer: KMD Creations

Orlando Wedding Cakes: Party Flavors Custom Cakes

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Words from the Couple:  I could not have picked a better venue for my wedding!! It’s been months since my wedding and our friends and family still bring up how beautiful and fun our wedding was. The staff was so great and accommodating, our venue coordinator was literally a godsend!  The food was fantastic, and I have not been to very many weddings where I felt the food was that good. Any little issues that popped up throughout the weekend were taken care of IMMEDIATELY and for that I am truly grateful! The whole weekend was nothing short of dream and I couldn’t thank the staff at Mission Inn enough for the awesome job they did!!