|Bride’s Name: Michelle
Groom’s Name: Dan
Venue: Enzo’s on the Lake in Longwood, Florida
Wedding Date: 2.13.2011
Bridal Gown: Lazaro with hand-beaded Swarovski belt
Florist: Kelly Shannon
Photographer: Misty Miotto Catering: Enzo’s on the Lake
Wedding Coordinator: Susan Nunez
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Vintage/DIY
Invitations: Brad Barbee (friendor)
Hair: Samantha Calvert of Bella con Stile Hair & Makeup
Makeup: Amanda Wolf of Bella con Stile Hair & Makeup
Five months after their engagement, Michelle was involved in a head-on collision that resulted in losing her right (dominant) arm. While recovering from the accident, Michelle focused on planning the wedding and keeping positive.
The couple made all the details, and their wedding style was a cross between vintage Alice in Wonderland/English tea party with a woodland/fairy tale twist.
Michelle and Dan’s wedding took place on February 13, 2011,and as we drove, 10 months after the accident and it was everything they hoped it would be and more. But above all, they were just happy and grateful that they were able to promise the rest of their lives to one another.
In the bride’s own words:
In the early hours of May 21, 2010, I was riding as a passenger in a friend’s car on my way home from my new job as the lounge supervisor of the Ritz-Carlton, Orlando, when we were struck head-on by a drunk driver. My arm was severed below the elbow and mangled all the way up to the shoulder in the crash. It took the team of firemen and paramedics over 20 minutes to cut me out of the car and get me in the ambulance to the hospital. I was extremely lucky I did not bleed to death, as none of my rescuers expected me to live. Needless to say, I made a full recovery with Dan by my side the entire way. He has truly been amazing in his support and enjoys finding new ways to help me cope with the loss of my dominant arm by building me all kinds of crazy contraptions!
My personal style is retro-vintage with a little bit of modern and punk thrown in. I also love Victorian pieces, so I guess you could say I’m a little all over the place. Maybe punk-meets-Victorian-bohemian? Basically, I’m drawn to anything theatrical. My peacock-colored heels were Badgley Mischka (something blue), and the brooch on my bouquet matched the blue jewel starburst clip-on earrings I affixed to my shoes (something old—family heirlooms). My bridesmaids’ looks were vintage-inspired and pieced together out of old and new items keeping with a jewel-tone palate. We literally pulled their looks together from everywhere, but a few special pieces include the netted hats that belonged to one of my bridesmaid’s grandmothers, as well as some of her costume jewelry.
Hair and makeup were done by Samantha Calvert and Amanda Wolf, respectively, who co-own Bella con Stile Hair & Makeup. Amanda was absolutely amazing. She never left my side all night. She dabbed, wiped, sprayed, blotted, and powdered me every step of the way for like 12 straight hours. It really pays to have so many talented friends in the business!
Enzo’s on the Lake is quaint and a little kitschy—the food is absolutely amazing, and they have a beautiful garden and deck overlooking the lake, and I have always wanted to be married outside. Susan Nunez is the planner there and she is wonderful. We got married on a Sunday when the restaurant is normally closed, so we had the whole place to ourselves.
From multiple banners out of scrap-booking paper, lace, and ribbon (Madly Ever After, Be Our Guest, Let Them Eat Cake) to the bird and wooden-heart centerpieces on the cakes (20 of them from our local grocery store, Publix—all different flavors) to the name cards and table numbers—none of us escaped without hot glue gun burns and glitter in our hair.
My teapot, vase, and animal statuette centerpieces were collected from thrift and antique stores over the period of about a year, and my florist, Kelly Shannon (who works closely with Enzo’s on the Lake), was given carte blanche to use flowers in saturated colors that would keep the “wild and whimsical” look I was going for.
Our invitations graphics were taken from Victorian mash-ups found on Etsy, which a personal friend, Brad Barbee, then arranged into two different designs. Kinkos did the printing and surprisingly did a?great job for not a lot of money. Paper was purchased at Expedex.
All images courtesy of?Misty Miotto Photography
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