Wanda and Che’s destination wedding taught us to trust the process and the planner!
Orlando, Florida was the perfect place for Wanda and Che’s ideal wedding venue. With 130 of their closest family and friends surrounding them their nuptials took place in front of a waterfront gazebo at the Cypress Grove Estate House. This colonial-style home surrounded by romantic Spanish moss was built in 1925 and offered the perfect backdrop for the couple’s lakeside wedding. Since they both live in Bermuda they trusted their wedding planner Oniki to create a gorgeous, celebration that was stress-free and intimate for the couple. Browse through their wedding journey below.
- Couple: Wanda Trott and Che Michael Murray
- Wedding Date and Time: 2/20/2020 at 2:20pm
- Wedding Location: Orlando, Florida
How did you meet?
We went to the same university in Canada. I went to high school with his sisters but we had never crossed paths on this small island(Bermuda). We happened to rent apartments in the same building and just looked out for one another until it was like, “I think I like him…a lot!” Lol
Tell us about the proposal.
He proposed to me on Christmas Day 2018. We were on a family ski trip in Killington, when we were getting changed up to go to meet the others for dinner. I passed by the box but all I was thinking is that “we said no gifts this year because we came on vacation!” We usually say “no gifts, we don’t need anything!” but always end up buying something! This year I really hadn’t bought him anything!! I felt horrible. He had planned to ask me on the slopes but knew I had said I hated it when people proposed in a crowded public place. He wanted his cousin to record it and all. And when he told me what he had planned I was like why didn’t you do it? It would have been so romantic!! Lol.
I saw peonies on Instagram and had to find out the name of them, unfortunately they were not in season and to import them would have cost way more than I cared to pay. So I mentioned that to the florist and she made suggestions on what would work for that day and which purpose. I googled them and liked the alternatives, so for a person that wasn’t fussed about flowers, I see how they set off the ambiance just right and now I’m hooked! Again, I shared ideas with Oniki and she just did her thing!! I had the final say but I appreciated how it didn’t resemble any of her other weddings. She listened and provided something personal for me!
I think the most anticipated moment was getting made up to be the most beautiful bride for my future husband. Having my best girl friends there all dolled up also and seeing family and friends that have always supported us witness us FINALLY getting married!! Lol. We had 130 guests but it was intimate because they each meant a lot to us and our relationship over the years. And for them to fly to be apart of it meant the world to us. I also had my best friend sing me and my bridesmaids down the aisle. He had been through a lot and we weren’t sure if he would have been able to come to Orlando so having him do that for me meant the world to me and I just couldn’t stop crying! At that moment that might have meant more to me than getting married.
Set a budget and stick to it! You don’t want to spend beyond your means and start your marriage with debt. I was given that advice and I am glad for it. After the reception it was nice to know everything was a success and had been paid for. Brides make sure you EAT!! A friend of mine told me that and I love food so I made sure to eat because as she warned it all goes by so fast and you being the center of attention, you get distracted and don’t get ‘you’ time. Do what you and your fiancé want! Be sure to make it about the two of you! This is the one time you get to be selfish and act like a princess (or prince). It’s something only you will appreciate and remember for the rest of your lives so make it your own! Get yourself a planner like Oniki! I was so stress free on my wedding day it didn’t seem like it was happening. She had already discussed what I wanted or needed done for that day so I just had to show up and get prettied up!! She was the best and was a pleasure working with her and having her there…Head to toe! Start to finish.
- Wedding Planner & Designer: www.ohnikioccasions.com– IG:@ohnikioccasions
- Photography: Poirier Wedding Photography @poirierweddingphotography
- Venue: Cypress Grove Estate House @cypressgroveestatehouse
- WeddingGown: Maison Signore @maisonsignore @kleinfeldbridal
- Bridesmaids: David’s Bridal @davidsbridal
- Hair & MUA: Jazz It Up Artistry @jazzitupartistry
- Decor & Rentals:www.ohnikioccasions.com – IG:@ohnikioccasions
- Chalk Signs: www.chalkshopevents.com– IG @chalkshopevents
- Furniture: IG: @rentalsbyrwevents
- Tent: IG: @rentalandevents
- Linens: @overthetoprentallinens and @bbjlinen
- Flowers: @flowersbylesley
- Cake: Baker’s Cottage Cakes @mybakerscottagecakes
- Candy Bar: Florida Candy Buffets @floridacandybuffets
- Catering: Big City Catering @bigcitycatering
- DJ & Photobooth: DJ El Cumacho @djelcumacho