The Best in West Coast Florida Weddings

The Best in West Coast Florida Weddings

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Surrounded by Love in Lakeland

Faye and Kei

Even though Faye was my main source of information during our planning process, during our final meeting, Kei was fully involved in all the details. Being in the military, Kei had not been able to be as involved as he would have liked the 7 months prior to the wedding. 

It was great to collaborate with them both about what was expected on their wedding day. I could tell everything they planned revolved around love . . . for each other, their family and friends, and travel!

Selected Photos By Sunglow Photography

The main focus was to be on their 130+ guest reception at the Magnolia Building in Lakeland. Faye  and Kei decided on a formal church wedding nearby. Even though Faye was a nurse, by professional, she turned into a major "DIY pro" for all of the details she included in the reception. 

Her travel theme started in the main entrance with a welcome sign.

Faye loved the idea of soft touches within her gold, ivory, and champagne motif. This included wispy drapery and backdrops from Marilyn's Linens and Weddings.

In carrying out the travel theme, they provided a custom printed mailbox that they would eventually use at their home. Guests were asked to write out postcards with special messages to them and "post" to their mailbox. 


Guests were invited to indulge in a wine and cheese paring adjacent to the open bar where we featured four different wines with cheese, fruit and other accompaniments. Most of the pre-reception celebrating was done on the terrace overlooking Lake Mirror. We set high top tables that joined the couple's vintage games for casual fun.

Our staff hand passed various hors d'oeuvres to guests during social hour as the couple focused on private moments for picture taking around the lakefront.

Meanwhile, Faye and Kei participated in many formal photo shots around Lake Mirror.

Faye chose to utilize our gold carriage lanterns as her centerpieces surrounded by her florists' fresh wreath of greens and buds. Our gold table number stands held cards depicting a destination that was special to Faye and Kei.  

Gold Chiavari chairs were rented from Premiere Party Rental and the table d├ęcor included our gold charger plates with ivory napkins set vertically on the plates with a gold bling napkin ring. The rented half moon sweetheart table was draped in our gold sequins overlay and was garnished with eucalyptus strands that would later cradle Faye's bouquet.  Extra fresh florals were added to the fireplace behind their table. 

Guests found their seats with a clever chart Faye designed with the names of the many destinations she and Kei had visited during their time together

This included Switzerland where Kei had proposed to Faye.

Faye and Kei chose a really unique way to make certain they got pictures with everyone of their guests: when each guest table was called to the buffet, the participants were asked to pose at a backdrop with the bride and groom.


Our Gold Medallion menu featured our popular Paella. Other dinner items included our Mediterranean Marinated Vegetables, Rosemary Roasted Potatoes, Lemon Tarragon Chicken and Carved Roast Beef.


Faye and Kei used the backdrop of their proposal in front of the Eiffel tower for their wedding cake and sweets display. We furnished a treasured white Eiffel tower structure that former client had given us many years before.

Congratulations to Faye and Kei on a wedding filled with love and personal touches!

Planning, Design, Coordination, Catering: Catering By Robert / Event Concepts . FL

Flesh Flowers: Taylormade Weddings Flowers 

 DJ: A Premiere Entertainment

Videography and Photo Booth: Fairytale Productions

Drapery: Marilyns Linens and Weddings

Chair Rentals and Lighting: Premiere Party Rentals


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  2. Kei and I are so grateful to have you guys for our special day!!! Thank you Susan and Catering by Robert! You guys truly rock at what you do and go above and beyond!!! Thank you for your love, support, & sharing your great passion to help out on weddings and lighten the load on the process for wedding planning. You truly comfort and reassured us true quality you offer. Many Thanks and best wishes for you all! With Gratitude, Kei & Faye