Jared's Luau

Jared was the smartest, kindest most humble human being. He always thought of others before himself, remembered everyone’s birthdays and basically could figure out any piece or technology in a second. More than any of that - he was my little brother. 

Jared was diagnosed with Hodgekins Lymphoma when he was only 14. It’s hard to believe that next week will be one year since he passed at only 16 years old. It has been a hard year for all of us (I am the oldest of 7) - and it’s still hard to look through photos without tears. 

I wanted to do something that would keep his memory alive and give back. At one of Jared’s many treatments, our family stayed at the Ronald McDonald House in Salt Lake City. Ronald McDonald House is truly an incredible organization that provides a peaceful and comfortable place for families in time of need. I felt that would be a great cause to give back to and Jared would have been proud. 

Then came Jared’s Luau. I wanted to do a luau inspired charity event - that was laid back and fun. I was struggling to find a name and with the help of my Hubby, we found “Jared’s Luau” -- so fitting.

I started reaching out to my vendor partners to help me put on this event and everyone welcomed it with open arms. I can’t even express how grateful I am and everyone went SO above and beyond and far exceeded my vision and expectations.

I am so excited to share these photos with you... to share Jared with you. Many tears fell even writing this post, but I am so excited for next year's event and to continue supporting more incredible organizations in the future. 

P.S. We raised almost $5,000! 



photography: The Lemon's Photography // venue name: Paradise Cove // planning: Rebekkah Rosado from Runway Events // florals: Atmosphere Floral Design and Decor // calligraphy: Do Tell Calligraphy // catering: Arthur's Catering // dj and uplighting: Meister Productions // menus: Paper Goat Post // rentals: Orlando Wedding and Party Rentals // bar: Pat's Liquor // cookie favors Florida Candy Buffet // entertainment: Free Daps // slow motion video booth: Omarvelous Productions // videographer: Brandon Kari Productions // marketing: Downtown Design // chandeliers: Get Lit Productions // mc: Hair by Frankie Rosado // graphic design: Leslie Vega // desserts: Sweet Design Studios

Romantic Sunset Shoot at Paddlefish Restaurant in Disney Springs

It was such a magical evening at Paddlefish Restaurant in the heart of Disney Springs for this styled shoot. The sunset view form the rooftop deck overlooking the lake is unbeatable, making this the perfect location for an intimate + romantic wedding! We had so much fun creating this and every moment had us all swooning. The blush, peach, ivory and dusty gray tones of this shoot were so dreamy, especially the blush Hayley Paige gown the bride wore from Calvet Couture Bridal. Not to mention, our gorgeous real life couple, Erin & Jesse, could not have been any more adorable!

Both the indoor + outdoor spaces at Paddlefish have a clean, modern vibe, which is the exact backdrop we were looking for!  Beautiful floral arrangements by Raining Roses Productions and styling elements from The Runway Collection tied everything together for the magic to happen. Check out the photos by JP Pratt Photography and view the full list of vendors involved below. 


Loving these Marble chargers from orlando wedding and party rentals

Loving these Marble chargers from orlando wedding and party rentals

Ceremony site overlooking the lake and the Boathouse

Ceremony site overlooking the lake and the Boathouse

The iconic Disney Springs hot air balloon, aerophile, in the distance

The iconic Disney Springs hot air balloon, aerophile, in the distance

The seafood Tower (ABOVE) and Sea scallops (Below) by Paddlefish

The seafood Tower (ABOVE) and Sea scallops (Below) by Paddlefish

Vintage Pink chairs from The Runway Collection

Vintage Pink chairs from The Runway Collection

A Cinderella moment

A Cinderella moment


Special thanks to all the amazing vendors!

Venue + Catering: Paddlefish Orlando
Photography: JP Pratt Photography
Floral: Raining Roses Productions
Paper Goods: Paper Goat Post
Sweetheart Chairs: The Runway Collection
Table & Place Settings: Paddlefish Orlando
Marble Chargers: Orlando Wedding and Party Rentals
Cake: Cut The Cake
Hair and Makeup: Michele Renee The Studio
Gown: Calvet Couture Bridal ( Hayley by Hayley Paige )
Planning + Styling: Runway Events


Michael & Elyse | Casa Feliz | Orlando

Mikey and Elyse's love story began long ago...

We grew up in the same town (Orlando) and had common friends throughout high school and college but never knew each other. We finally met in college through friends and dated briefly for 4 months. We were young and dumb and parted ways, but the universe wasn't done with us. 

We still shared all of the same friends and over 6 years ended up hanging out in the same circles. We gravitated toward one another slowly and eventually ended up as best friends. 

Finally after six years of happy friendship, we were both single and wishing we could each find someone as cool as each other. Elyse was the first to realize what we had in each other and made the first move (she's the brave one). That was four years ago and we have never looked back. 

Mikey popped the question this May and we couldn't be happier together. Not everyone gets to marry their best friend. Both of our families and our friends are thrilled to see us FINALLY married. (Apparently they've all been predicting this for years). 

Our favorite part of our wedding was dancing together for the first time as husband and wife with all of our closest family and friends watching and supporting us. Rebekkah and her team were amazing and took care of all of the details and behind the scenes affairs giving us the chance to relish in the moment knowing everything was taken care of. We couldn't be happier with her and her team and are forever grateful to Runway Events for making our special day picture perfect. 


<3 E&M

From Rebekkah...

The moment I met Elyse we bonded immediately. I absolutely LOVED her design with Moroccan inspired industrial theme with copper, teal and rose gold. We brainstormed the design and came up with gorgeous floral with hanging greenery from the tent, gold terrariums and navy taper candles. Plus, Elyse and Michael are the sweetest people alive and I wanted to immediately be best friends. I am so in love with how everything came together!! 


photography: Marcoz and Miranda // venue name: Casa Feliz Winter Park  // planning: Rebekkah Rosado from Runway Events // florals: Runway Events Floral // hair stylist: Stella Luca // makeup artist: MAC // calligraphy: Do Tell Calligraphy // catering: Arthur's Catering // music: Bay Kings Band // officiant: Father Howard // photo booth: Exclusive Selfies // transportation: VIP Wedding Transportation // cake: Sprinkles // The Vegan Hot Dog Cart