Wedding location: The castle Hotel, Orlando Florida
Wedding planner: Michele Butler Events
Flowers: Carly Ane’s Floral Studio
Video: Pro One Video
The last time I shot at this location was before I left Orlando, 5 years ago – and before the massive renovation they underwent. When Ryan Turnau, the Sales & Catering manager of the Palace, took me on a tour of the beautifully renovated hotel, I was elated. The wedding day shot list was coming to life in my imagination: I’m going to photograph the bride in the bistro by the pool, with all this beautiful natural light coming in through the big windows, and the green plant backdrop, providing a soft, elegant yet natural setting. Once we entered the bar area I knew immediately that is where I will be capturing the groomsmen photo. For the couple’s portraits I had a few locations in mind, depending on the time we had to shoot.
On the wedding day, my photographic plan came to life easily and effortlessly, thanks to one very calm bride & groom – the wonderfully happy Vanessa & Greg, and thanks to my assistant Priscilla who helped my notoriously crazy re-organization of the furniture in the scene without one complaint.
The photos came out just as I imagined them. And as many times happen when I shoot, my favorite photo ends up being an unplanned one. I was waiting with Vanessa on the roof of the Palace to be called to the ceremony area, as a moment naturally unfolded before me: Vanessa was deep in thought these few moments before walking down the aisle. The young man who was to escort her down the aisle was also deep in thought, gazing at the horizon. They forgot I was there. And when I clicked the shutter, I know I just captured that day’s winning shot.
As I was editing the photos back in the studio, I was thinking of all the areas in the Palace I didn’t use yet for shots, as time never permits on a wedding day…oh well – I will shoot something completely different next time I have a wedding at the Palace – can’t wait!