Allison and Byron

JANUARY 15, 2011
EASTLAND BAPTIST CHURCH, ORLANDO
LAKE MARY EVENTS CENTER,
LAKE MARY
PHOTOGRAPHS BY VALENTINE BECKER

Ironically, Allison Yates was downtown celebrating the single life with friends one night in April 2009 when she met her future husband, Byron Gauthier. Allison recalls their meeting being an “a-ha moment of true love,” with the two going on to date for nearly two years. Byron took her by surprise again when, on New Year’s Eve 2009, he blindsided her with a marriage proposal in front of friends and 700 guests dining at Loews Royal Pacific Resort. Planning the wedding was a cinch for Allison, 28, because that is what she does professionally as the wedding & special events manager at The Villas of Grand Cypress, site of the rehearsal dinner. As the owner of Get Lit Productions, a special-events lighting company, Byron, 41, is connected to the wedding industry, too. For her wedding day, Allison had Eventfully Yours take charge of day-of coordination and execution of all the details. “I would have never tried to do that myself,” says Allison. “I know my worth as a wedding planner.” What she didn’t expect were the overwhelming emotions, pressure and attention that come from being on the other side of the fence. “I spent years planning weddings, but I have a much deeper understanding and a more compassionate point of view now, having been the bride.”

DETAILS

Theme: Classic black and white with a splash of yellow and fleur-de-lis accents
Day-Of Wedding Coordination: Eventfully Yours, Orlando
On Their Choice of Reception: Allison demanded a unique location at which she had never planned a wedding; she didn’t want to feel as if she had been there a hundred times.
Caterer: Big City Catering, Orlando
Most Memorable Moment: Mother and father dances
If They Had a Do-Over: Make the time to take more formal pictures upon arrival at the reception location.
Bridesmaids: 10
Groomsmen: 9
Guests: 175
Bridal Gown: Ivory lace, mermaid-style gown by Allure from Minerva’s Bridal, Orlando
Photographer: Wedding Photography by Valentine Becker, Orlando
Videographer: Perfect Sky Productions, Winter Park
Cake: Frosting on the Cake, Oviedo
Florist: Greenery Productions, Orlando
Stationer: Invitations by Design
Entertainment: Ceremony string trio by Orlando Violinist, cocktail hour harp by Christine MacPhail of Orlando Harpist, and reception entertainment by Skyline 407 (band) and Ricky Vazquez Productions (DJ/MC)
Lighting: The groom’s company, Get Lit Productions, Orlando
Officiant: Rev. Ron Newby of Eastland Baptist Church
Honeymoon: Western Caribbean cruise on Carnival Cruise Lines

 

 

 

 

 

 

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