Selected Photos by Christine Kozkik of Dove Photography
Private estate weddings here in Florida have their "ups" and "downs." We were very fortunate to have a two-year stretch hosting celebrations at Villa Adriana before it discontinued doing events due to zoning issues.
This picture-perfect location featured a sprawling 7-bedroom mansion adjacent to a private lake and 40 x 100 event terrace. Clients rented the entire location for a minimum of four days for total privacy for wedding party members and family.
But this story is really about a beautiful exchange of vows between Alexa and Chris who dedicated their dreams toward a wedding weekend surrounded by close family and friends. Many ventured from far away; others were came a short distance from Brooksville, their hometown.
We are especially proud of our role in helping Alexa achieve her "dream wedding" through options for in-house linens and décor. This would be coupled with amazing fresh florals created by Trisha Beckleheimer of Westovers Flowers.
When Alexa first booked her February wedding with us, she let me know that her full-time mother duties would delay her "full wedding planning mode" several months. Once our discussions got real, things fell into place, including her color scheme of blush pink, ivory, and champagne.
Alexa and I communicated often and everything came together after we shared sample decor for her alternating round and long guest tables at our studio. She and her mom, Sonia, were eager to see how everything could be put together.
Alexa and Chris created a special place in the wedding for their daughter, Zoey. She was a part of everything including a touching "getting ready" session captured by their photographer.
Guests entered through the front of the mansion and made their way to the back terrace over-looking the lakefront ceremony area.
Alexa and her mom shared some special moments prior to the ceremony. Alexa and Chris came up with the idea of a "family tree" filled with pictures near the wedding.
Instead of traditional aisle décor, the couple chose Bible passage signs. The backdrop was a spacious view of the lake framed by two large flower urns transferred to the entrance of the tent for the main reception.
Vicki of Beachangel Weddings performed the ceremony.
The social hour was held on the pool deck and back terrace.
For introductions, Alexa and Chris chose to have everyone gather around the pool and they did their first dance in the pavilion.
Guests made their way to the event terrace for the main reception. Guest tables alternated between rounds and rectangulars filled with blush and champagne décor features.
Here are more pictures of Alex and Chris' wedding reception below:
Congratulations to Alexa and Chris!
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Planning, Design, Coordination, and Catering: Catering By Robert/Event Concepts. FL
Christine Kozlik of Dove Photography
Tent, Lighting and Rentals: West Coast Event Rentals
Fresh Florals: Westover Flowers and Gifts
Officiant: Vicki Goonen of Beachangel Weddings
DJ/Photo Booth: ML Productions
Wedding Cake: Cakes Plus