Lindsey and Ryan

September 4, 2010 Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate Photographs By Esther Louise

Lindsey Banniza and Ryan Merck, both 25, were only 15 minutes into a helicopter tour over Orlando’s attractions area when the pilot informed the couple that he would have to turn back due to excessive air traffic. While hovering 500 yards above the helipad, Ryan, a financial analyst at Lockheed Martin, drew Lindsey’s attention to the ground below. There, 15 spray-painted shower curtains were arranged to pop the question: “Will you marry me?” Lindsey, a sixth-grade language arts teacher in Polk County, took a second look, not convinced the proposal was for her. But the ring in Ryan’s hand quickly resolved the confusion and she answered with a resounding “Yes!”


On Their Choice of Venue: “Omni has beautiful grounds, sophisticated ambiance and the ballrooms exude elegance,” says Lindsey.
Theme: Young and Regal, the colors were purple and gold.
Bridesmaids: 5
Groomsmen: 4
Guests: 150
Lindsey’s Most Memorable Moment: “Seeing Ryan’s smiling face as I started my walk down the aisle.”
Bridal Gown: Strapless vintage lace, a custom design by CC’s Boutique, St. Petersburg
Photographer: Esther Louise, St. Petersburg
Caterer: Jennifer Smith for Omni Resort Catering, Orlando
Cake: Party Flavors, Ocoee
Florist: Tommy Murphy of Greenery Productions, Orlando
Stationer: Parchment, Orlando
Music: Jeff VerSchage of White Rose Entertainment, Orlando
Officiant: Ronald Ortagus of Victory Church, Lakeland
Honeymoon: 7 days in the Hawaiian Islands of Maui and Kauai

The couple on the steps of the Omni

they’re married in an outdoor ceremony at the Omni Resort

guests with sparklers give the newlyweds a festive send-off

Ryan and Lindsey’s save the date reminder

wedding rings on rock candy lollipops

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