A Glamorous Wedding at the Waldorf Astoria in Orlando, Florida
Some couples were meant to be, just as some weddings were destined for certain venues. "The Waldorf Astoria is a hotel I have been in love with since it opened in Orlando," says Sarah Florio (29 and a partnership development manager at AFR Event Furnishings). She and Jarrett Desmond (28 and a franchise owner at uBreakiFix) fell in love with the spot long before they got engaged. "The tradition and history of the hotel made you know you were somewhere special," Sarah says. "Jarrett and I would always stay here for special occasions, like birthdays, anniversaries or just because. As soon as we got engaged, we knew we had to see if there was available space at 'our' hotel, and we were lucky enough that there was."
The couple opted to let the beauty of the Waldorf Astoria shine through. "There was no particular theme in place at our wedding. We just wanted a look of sophisticated and traditional with the perfect amount of sparkle. Nudes, beige, cream, blush, gold and silver were the hues throughout each element of our design with the exception of our getaway car—a red Ferrari," Sarah says. "I had always imagined my wedding as something that would look timeless and effortless, and this palette helped us accomplish that." While the decor led to an overall sophisticated event, whimsical touches gave the day a true taste of the couple's personalities. Combining Jarrett's love of cars and racing with Sarah's love of sheer elegance, the couple created what she calls, "the perfect representation of Jarrett and me as a couple." —Ginger Harris