A Colorful, Romantic Wedding at Bella Collina in Montverde, Florida
Using deeply hued flowers and touches of oxblood, sage, blush, gold and navy, insurance agency owners and agents Carissa Shamehdi (30) and Ric Cave (34) created a romantic haven to celebrate their “I dos.” The couple loved how their venue brought the natural beauty of Tuscany to Florida. “I never imagined I would have an outdoor ceremony or reception, but the property was so stunning,” Carissa says. “It felt like a destination wedding.” Overlooking a reflecting pool flanked by soaring Tuscan cypress trees, Carissa and Ric exchanged vows in an intimate ceremony. Two pedestals covered with deeply hued dahlias, anemones and orchids framed the couple. “I wanted my girls to feel beautiful and comfortable in dresses they picked,” Carissa says of the mismatched gowns. Their 3-year-old flower girl donned a halo of greenery with anemones and hypericum berries. As for her dress, “I felt like it accentuated my curves in a beautiful way,” she says. “I felt stunning.” Carissa shined in a sexy, chic gown with a sheer corset top and oversize bow at the small of her back. Guests enjoyed an alfresco dinner beneath a canopy of stars and string lights. To end the night, Carissa’s mother surprised the newlyweds with a fireworks display. “It brought me to tears,” Carissa says of watching the show.