Brittany and Nabil

May 29, 2010 The Ritz-Carlton, Grande Lakes, Orlando Photographs By Mike Briggs Photography

Rain forced Brittany Lynn Brand, 25, and Nabil Henri Salman, 27, to move their outdoor ceremony into the Siena Ballroom at The Ritz-Carlton but it didn’t dampen their spirits. “It was everything we envisioned,” says Brittany. The Augusta, Ga., residents decided to hold their nuptials in Orlando after agreeing that The Ritz “was the perfect place for our wedding,” says Brittany. The couple (she’s a student, he is an electrical engineer) met at Mercer University in Macon, Ga., during a fraternity function in 2002 and have been together ever since. In 2008, Nabil popped the question as the two stood atop the campus tower at sunset.

DETAILS

Theme: None, but the bride used peacock feathers as inspiration and accents
Brittany’s Most Memorable Moment: “Walking into the ballroom reception filled with the cheers of friends and family as we are introduced as Mr. & Mrs.”
Bridesmaids: 4 (and 4 honorary)
Groomsmen: 5, plus a nephew and dog as ring bearers
Guests: 65
If They Had a Do-Over: “I would extend our reception, because the celebration went by so quickly,” says Brittany
Gown: Silk satin strapless ball gown with drop-waist sash and crystal appliqué by Priscilla of Boston
Photographer: Mike Briggs Photography, Orlando
Cake: Chef Stepahne Cheramy,
The Ritz-Carlton
Florist: Lee James Floral, Orlando
Music: Harpist, Christine MacPhail and D.J. Carl of Orlando
Belly Dancer: Melanie LaJoie of A Magi Dance Company, Orlando
Officiant: The Rev. Tim Herring, Orlando
Honeymoon: Mediterranean cruise to Spain, Italy, Monaco and the Balearic Islands

the wedding cake

The couple outside at The Ritz-Carlton

 with groomsmen and friends

 the couple’s Yorkie

Brittany and Nabil on a winding staircase at The Ritz

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