Brie and Mike
November 21, 2010
Waldorf Astoria, Orlando
STERLING Photography International
You could say Brie Turek’s wedding was a politically connected event. Brie, 30, is well-known in Orlando’s power circles as Mayor Buddy Dyer’s former chief of staff. The mayor and his wife, attorney Karen Dyer, hosted a cocktail reception for wedding guests the night before the ceremony at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek. Brie and Mike Sachse, 40, met in Orlando in 2008 while he was visiting from Washington, D.C., where he works for the U.S. Secret Service. It was his sister, a friend of Brie’s, who introduced them. The two began a long-distance courtship that flourished as they visited each other and traveled the world together. In 2009, while in Hawaii, Michael proposed. “The main focus of our wedding was the ceremony,” says Brie. “We wanted our friends and family to hear about our ‘love story’ and how we met, why we fell in love. It was the best day of our lives.” The couple now lives in D.C.
Theme: Modern-minimalist with a touch of Hollywood glam and favorite things in life
Wedding Planners: Waldorf Astoria Orlando wedding planning team, Leslie Klepk and Lisa New; and ceremony coordinator, Michelle Butler Events
Caterer: Waldorf Astoria Orlando
Symbolic Snacks: In honor of personal and family roots in Philadelphia, Brie and Michael had famous Philly soft pretzels flown in.
Most Memorable Moment: The ceremony, hands down—standing before their friends and family during the ceremony and sharing their vows.
If They Had a Do-Over: They’d have planned for a longer reception. They had to extend the DJ and bar service because everyone was still dancing and having a great time.
Bridal Gown: A Marisa strapless gown with trumpet skirt gown made of duchess satin and silk organza, and an Erin Cole crystal belt from Solutions Bridal Designer House, Orlando
Makeup Artist: Tania Fernandez Halcón
Photographer: Sterling Photography International, Orlando
Videographer: Pro One Video, Orlando
Cake: Waldorf Astoria Orlando
Florist: Lee Forrest Design, Orlando
Stationer: Design by Cuellar & Sachse, Orlando; paper and printing by Sam Flax, Orlando
Entertainment: Ceremony vocals by Rebecca Bradley, trumpeter Greg Little and pianist Chris Rottmayer; and reception DJ by White Rose Entertainment, Orlando
Officiant: Kent Sterchi, First Presbyterian Church of Orlando
Honeymoon: Sandals Resort in St. Lucia