Tropical Wedding in Winter Park, FL

While in college, mutual friends set up Mike with Kim. Mike worked nights the first year they dated, so the couple stayed connected by leaving each ot

While in college, mutual friends set up Mike with Kim. Mike worked nights the first year they dated, so the couple stayed connected by leaving each other notes and surprise gifts. The Bride Kim Hallisey, 28, arts administrator The Groom Mike Walz, 28, beverage service coordinator The Date October 4 After two years together, Kim let Mike in on her love for vintage jewelry, and he told her about a diamond ring that had been in his family for over five generations. She got to see it, but then Mike stashed the ring in a drawer. From then on, Kim would check if the ring was still in the drawer, and it always was -- even on the day Mike proposed! The two were walking on the beach when Mike started digging in the sand. He pretended to find a shiny object and a minute later, they were engaged -- Mike had put a decoy ring in the drawer to throw Kim off! Orange and green details gave their wedding a tropical feel.

Each card was designed to look as if it had been sent from a far-off destination. The cards coordinated with the other postcard-themed stationery.
The neutral champagne color of the bridesmaid dresses was chosen to make the orange bouquets stand out. Each maid was decked out in a unique dress, featuring varying lengths and design elements, while the guys’ looks were consistent.
Contemporary arrangements of dahlias, pincushion proteas, and orchids provided plenty of decor in the bride’s favorite color. Different types of leaves and grasses were mixed in to play up the tropical theme.
Grasses and orange blooms made the buttercream-frosted dessert look like a tropical treat. Also on the menu: a red-velvet birthday cake for the groom’s father.
Vows were exchanged on a lawn by a lake. Lush Florida foliage provided the backdrop for the intimate spot.
Tables located inside had more formal settings than those outdoors. Chocolate-brown linens were set with sage-green napkins for contrast, and each table got its own unique centerpiece.