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Preferred Vendors

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When hiring professionals to help you have the best wedding ever, a planner is generally your first port of call. A planner will help you organize all the details and put together your schedule. They will also give you recommendations for other respected wedding vendors, like your videographer 😉 I recently caught up with esteemed […]

Orlando Wedding Planner Lisa Stoner Q&A

Preferred Vendors, Wedding Planners and Coordinators

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Most of us consider ourselves animal lovers.  Arriving in an elegant horse pulled carriage, walking down the aisle with a cute llama, and releasing snowy white doves at the ceremony sounds like an animal lover’s dream wedding.  Although using animals in weddings is currently trending, the use of elephants, horses, camels, and other animals has […]

Dove Releases & Animal Exploitation at Weddings

Education, Personal

Animals at Weddings - White Dove

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Being a business owner requires me to stay on top of many tasks like updating my website, tax accounting, marketing, never mind actually shooting and editing weddings! In the current era it’s great to know we have refined tools that automate and systematize tasks so I can work on my business instead of in my […]

How I Use Dubsado to Manage My Wedding Business

Dubsado Homepage

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The Howey Mansion is a venue located Northwest of Orlando in the aptly named town of Howey-in-the-Hills. It’s the standout point of interest in this quaint area. I recently had an in-depth conversation with Tasha Bordenga, Special Events Manager. She described the fascinating history about the prized venue. There’s so much history and prestige that […]

The Howey Mansion | Historical Wedding Venue Q&A

Wedding Venues

Howey Mansion Wedding Ceremony Setup

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I didn’t set out to become a wedding videographer. How I became a wedding videographer is an interesting story. In 2010 YouTube was becoming increasingly popular. I had a background as a musician, comedian, actor, and educator. I had a consumer grade Sony camcorder and editing software, and had experience making family videos and sketches […]

How I Became a Wedding Videographer & Why I Love It


Patrick Janka wearing a suit in the back yard

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Caterers, Preferred Vendors

Central Florida, and Orlando specifically, has an amazing vegan scene. In fact, Wallethub recently ranked Orlando as the #3 best vegan city in the country. However, vegan catering, especially in a wedding context, is a bit lacking. There are indeed some great vegan dessert caterers, but for plated or buffet style meals you have to […]

Vegan Catering – The Vegetable Butcher Q&A


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Gallery J is a hidden gem in a nondescript setting. For intimate celebrations, it should not be overlooked. The interior is full of surprises from the foyer with its tiered water fountain to the old world vibe of “J Street”. J Street is where wedding ceremonies are usually held, but this elopement was held in […]

Gallery J Elopement in Casselberry | Gabby + Nate


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Luxmore Grande Estate is a relatively new venue in Orlando, but has quickly earned an esteemed reputation for unmatched class and elegance. I had the opportunity to speak with the brand manager, Akili Phillips, and learned what makes this luxury venue so coveted by couples. WHAT ATTRACTED YOU TO THE WEDDING INDUSTRY? “After years in […]

Luxmore Grande Estate Wedding Venue Q&A

Wedding Venues

The front gate of the Luxmore Grande Estate

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It’s hard to believe that wedding scams are a thing, but there are indeed people looking to take advantage of vulnerable couples. There are different scams for different services, like online bridal shops selling fake designer dresses, but I will focus primarily on my area of expertise, videography. Your wedding is one of the most […]

Videographer Wedding Scams – How to Avoid Them

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