A Yellow, Gray and White Wedding at the Courtyard at Lake Lucerne in Orlando, Florida


                                        Kimberlee Nunez (35 and an accounts payable clerk) and Hegel Nunez (41 and a forklift operator) wanted an in

Kimberlee Nunez (35 and an accounts payable clerk) and Hegel Nunez (41 and a forklift operator) wanted an intimate wedding that felt true to them. So they picked a soft palette of yellow, gray and white and decorated the Courtyard at Lake Lucerne in Orlando, Florida, with understated, vintage accents. "We did not want a traditional venue and really wanted to tie in some antique details," Kimberlee says. "We were fortunate to find our venue, Dr. Phillips House at the Courtyard at Lake Lucerne." They got creative and highlighted the space with hanging yellow chrysanthemums along the gazebo, white lantern centerpieces surrounded by flower halos and yellow table numbers in antique-inspired frames. Their bridesmaids added to the vintage style by wearing all pearl jewelry, while Kimberlee sported a vintage-style birdcage veil. But what mattered most to the couple was that their friends and family members felt appreciated. So Kimberlee and Hegel assembled every wedding favor and left a personalized thank-you note at each place setting. See every detail, captured by Claire Pacelli Photography, below.

Kimberlee and Hegel's flower girl stood out from the wedding party in a sweet A-line look. Instead of the yellow bridesmaid dresses, she wore a white dress with a polka-dot illusion neckline and grand skirt that extended from her empire waist. To tie in the wedding colors, she dropped yellow flower petals down the aisle.
Kimberlee and Hegel got creative and brought all their wedding colors into the ceremony decor at the Courtyard at Lake Lucerne in Orlando, Florida. Their 70 guests watched the service from silver or white chiavari chairs. For a burst of color, they also had Jonathan's Flowers set up a hanging arrangement of yellow chrysanthemums along the gazebo.
Jonathan's Flowers brought out all three of their colors in her bouquet. Its gray ribbon wrap gathered stems of yellow craspedia, white freesias and succulents. Kimberlee also made sure her bouquet had a sentimental accent. “I had a framed photo of my grandmother who passed away fastened to my bouquet, so she could walk down the aisle with me,” Kimberlee says. “This was one of my favorite details.”
Kimberlee and Hegel's ceremony could not have been more personalized. One of their best friends presided over the service, and their parents were incorporated with a handfasting ceremony. “Our mothers came up and bound our hands with ribbon in our wedding colors,” Kimberlee says. “Our hands remained tied until after our recessional. It symbolized our commitment to each other.”
Kimberlee knew she wanted a look that was slightly vintage, so she wore a glamorous dress from Minerva's Bridal Salon. The white mermaid-style dress had ruching all along the bodice and strapless sweetheart neckline. A silver beaded and clear sequin accent also accented her waist. But what really stood out was the skirt: Yards of sweeping ruffles cascaded over the floor as she walked up the aisle. For that vintage touch, she finished things with a birdcage veil.
“We wanted our bridal party to be comfortable and feel their best,” Kimberlee says. “I had all my girls wear the same color, but they were able to choose the dress that best fit their body and personality.” Each woman stepped out in a pale yellow, floor-length dress from David’s Bridal with her favorite neckline. Their accessories, however, matched as they all wore classic white pearls and a chic updo. The couple's groomsmen stood out beside them in Kimberlee and Hegel's gray wedding color.
While the groomsmen wore gray suits with notched lapels, they made sure to add a hint of color. Each sported a yellow bow tie, matching pocket square and a bright, bold boutonniere from Jonathan's Flowers. The arrangements had yellow craspedia and green hypericum berries for a natural touch.
Wanting something colorful and a little different, Kimberlee and Hegel switched the traditional wedding guest book for a tree-inspired poster. Friends and family members were encouraged to pick a leaf and leave their name or well wishes. “We now have this poster framed and displayed in our home as a constant reminder of our special day,” Kimberlee says.
The tree motif also carried into their cocktail hour. After guests enjoyed passed bacon-wrapped meatballs, spanakopita and bruschetta, they all stopped by the couple’s whimsical place card display. Every yellow or gray leaf-shaped card hung from crystal-draped branches with the guests’ names and table numbers.
Every tier of their cake was completely different, inside and out. Sweet Designs Kitchen baked each one with chocolate, Key lime or strawberry cake, then covered the confection in white fondant. White Swiss dots or a quilted pattern with the couple’s yellow monogram decorated the top two tiers. “Our bottom layer was ruffled to resemble the bottom of my wedding gown,” says Kimberlee. Adding an extra pop of color, the couple personalized their dessert even more with a topper of yellow chrysanthemums and green hypericum.
After Kimberlee and Hegel said "I do," they transformed the Courtyard at Lake Lucerne in Orlando, Florida, from a ceremony space into a dance floor. The couple loved having the opportunity to sway around the natural setting and pop inside for an intimate dinner with their guests.
Kimberlee and Hegel paired each guest’s seat with a little something sweet. Every place setting had a different DIY boxed wedding favor of Hershey's Kisses with “All You Need Is Love” and a pearl-topped fabric flower along the sides.