The Grand Ballroom

bride and groom kissing on stone bridge

Claire & Will’s Gorgeous Ballroom Wedding

Claire and Will had a gorgeous ballroom wedding reception at Mission Inn Resort just outside Orlando following their church ceremony.


Rehearsal Dinner at Mission Inn’s Marina del Rey

bride and groom at rehearsal dinner in front of lake

cocktail tables in front of the lake with white and pink linen

fun pink candy bar and dessert display in glass jars

bride and groom holding hands at rehearsal dinner in front of lake


Getting Ready for the Wedding:

bridesmaids and bride in ready room

Bridesmaids and bride clinking together mimosas

bride getting her lip makeup done

watching the bride get her makeup done through a mirror

brides hair closeup

bridesmaids in pink getting bride dressed

bridesmaids in pink getting bride dressed

bridesmaids in pink gowns with mother of bride fixing brides dress

details of back of wedding dress

mother of bride hugging mom

pink dresses on bridesmaids with bride holding flowers in the air

bridal party standing together in pink gowns with bride

father of groom adjusting grooms sleeves

father of groom getting groom ready while brides father looks on

Adjusting the grooms bowtie

groom holding hands together showing off new watch

Groomsmen sitting around poker table playing poker


First Looks for the Father of the Bride and the Groom:

back of bride as she walks up to her dad

back of bride as she walks up to her dad

bride greeting her dad with open arms

dad hugging bride

dad in awe over his daughter on wedding day

father of bride getting teary eyed at the site of his daughter

groom waiting around corner for bride

bride and groom holding hands touching but not looking

bride and groom holding hands touching but not looking

bride and groom holding hands touching but not looking

groom waiting between columns in front of bench for his bride

bride walking up behind groom

bride getting closer saying shhh

bride tapping groom on shoulder

groom turning to see bride for first time

groom hugging his bride

bride and groom holding hands and smiling

bride and groom next to each other outside orlando


Church Ceremony:

mother of groom escorted by groom

mother of bride being escorted for ceremony

groom walking with priest

flower girls and ring bearer in white and pink

groom and groomsmen waiting at the alter

father of bride escorting bride up the aisle

father of bride escorting bride down the aisle

groom waiting for the bride at the alter with alter boy in the background

father of bride escorting bride down the aisle

back of dress walking up the aisle

bride and groom praying at alter

bride and groom praying at alter

bride and groom exchanging rings

bride and groom exchanging first kiss

bride and groom holding hands

bride and groom celebrating

mother and father of bride watching bride and groom exit

bride and groom recessing down the aisle

bride and groom holding hands in church

A Moment Alone at the Resort After the Ceremony:

bride and groom holding hands and walking

bride and groom in front of waterfall

bride and groom kissing on stone bridge

groom dipping bride on stone bridge

bride and groom on staircase with hibiscus

bride on staircase with hibiscus

bride and groom walking on garden path next to lake


First Look at the Grand Ballroom Wedding Reception and a Private First Cocktail:

orlando ballroom wedding with gold and white linen

gold and white ballroom wedding floral arrangement

sweetheart table with gold linen and pink wedding flowers in orlando ballroom

bride and groom holding hands entering gold and white wedding in orlando ballroom

bride and groom holding hands in ballroom

bride and groom hugging

bride and groom enjoying private cocktail

bride and groom cheering to cocktail

Ballroom Reception at Mission Inn Resort near Orlando, FL:

About the Couple & the Wedding:

Claire and Will met while working in law offices in Washington D.C. Both the bride and groom came from law families and studied at rival schools. The couple chose to have the wedding in Claire’s home state of Florida. When looking for the perfect venue for their wedding day, Claire and Will wanted a venue that could accommodate all of their out of town guests.

The couple hosted a welcome reception and rehearsal dinner at Mission Inn’s Marina del Rey to kick off the weekend’s festivities. On wedding day the wedding party all got ready at the Resort and traveled to the Annunciation Church in Altamonte for the wedding. Following the ceremony guests returned to the resort for cocktail hour at Mission Inn’s Plaza de las Palmas, while the newlyweds took photos around the resort.  Before opening the reception up to their guests, Will and Claire snuck into the Grand Ballroom for a sneak peek at the ballroom and for a moment alone. Will surprised Claire with a private first cocktail together, a Sazerac, Claire’s favorite.

Claire and Will exited the ballroom and guests were sat. Wedding party entered the room full of excitement, dancing across the dance floor as they came in. Will and Claire surprised guests with a choreographed first dance, then Claire surprised guests again as she turned on her awesome light-up dancing shoes for her father-daughter dance.

Kind Words from the Mother of the Bride:

Our daughter and her now-husband had their rehearsal dinner at the marina, the cocktail reception at the Plaza de las Palmas, the wedding reception in the main ballroom and a Sunday breakfast in a reserved room. All venues were terrific and the hotel staff was accommodating to our many out-of-town guests. We all enjoyed the long weekend!

Vendor Team that Brought to Life this Awesome Ballroom Wedding:

Rehearsal Dinner: Mission Inn Resort’s Marina del Rey

Wedding Ceremony: Annunciation Catholic Church – Altamonte Springs, FL

Cocktail Hour: Mission Inn Resort’s Plaza de las Palmas 

Wedding Reception: Mission Inn Resort’s Grand Ballroom

Orlando Wedding Planner: Taylor Rae Events

Wedding Photographer: Captured by Elle

Bride’s Floral: The Flower Studio Orlando

Hair & Makeup: Laura Reynolds Artistry

Wedding DJ: DJ Live Productions 

Wedding Cake: Sprinkles Custom Cakes

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

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!!

Audrey and Brad's first dance under dramatic ceiling draping

Audrey & Brad

Ceremony: Epiphany Celebration
Reception: The Grand Ballroom

Audrey and Brad were married at Epiphany Celebration Anglican Church in early August.  It was a beautiful but intimate church ceremony. After the ceremony, the couple made the short trip to Mission Inn Resort.  The guests were welcomed into cocktail hour while Audrey and Brad took time to be together and do photos around the grounds of the property.  The couple held their reception in the Grand Ballroom. The shades of pink, green and silver created a sleek garden feel inside the room. Ashley McCormick captured every intimate moment during the big day from the bridesmaids helping Audrey get ready all the way until their first dance together as a married couple. Brad and Audrey skipped the traditional cake toppers and opted instead to do cutouts of each of their home states for a true reflection of their union. Brad and Audrey couldn’t keep their eyes off of each other during this flawless day.

Wedding Photography: Ashley McCormick

Band: Buzz Catz

Florist: Carly Ane’s

Wedding Planner: Busy Bride Wedding Design