Cara and George

September 18, 2010
St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Leesburg
Dr. and Mrs. Wendell John Courtney Residence, Leesburg
Photographs by KWU Weddings

Just like a modern-day fairytale, the stars were aligned when childhood friends Cara Courtney and George Singeltary crossed paths later in life. The two reconnected while at Florida Coastal School of Law in Jacksonville, and a two-year whirlwind romance ensued. When it came time to talk rings, Cara told George she’d be happy with just a red ribbon on her finger. So one morning George coyly tied a red ribbon on his sleeping princess’ finger. “Later that day, I got down on bended knee with a real engagement ring,” says George, 27, a business analyst. Just over a year later, the couple tied the knot at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Leesburg, their hometown, followed by a reception at the lakeside home of Cara’s parents. Thousands of lights woven in trees created a dramatic fairytale entrance to a tent decorated with chandeliers and elegantly appointed décor that helped capture the charm of garden courtyards in the New Orleans’ French Quarter. Subtle accents to honor the Courtney family roots in the Big Easy included fleur-de-lis name-card holders and a traditional Second Line dance with a brass band. “It was everything I ever dreamed of,” says Cara, 26, an attorney. “Marrying George in my home church and a fairytale reception at home—all my wishes came true.”


Theme: Combination of classic fairytale, enchanted gardens and French Quarter courtyards in New Orleans
Wedding Planner: Susie Weiss, Wonderful Weddings, Orlando
Caterer: Vic’s Embers Supper Club, Leesburg
Most Memorable Moment: For Cara, it was their first dance, a choreographed Viennese Waltz; and for George, it was his first glimpse of Cara walking down the aisle.
Bridesmaids: 4
Groomsmen: 4
Guests: 200
Bridal Gown: Marisa mermaid-style dress from CC’s Boutique, St. Petersburg
Stylist: Hairstylist Blanch Torres of Bella Ella, Winter Park; and makeup artist Kara Sanchez of Fabulous Faces, Orlando
Photographer: Kellie Warren-Underwood of KWU Weddings, Orlando; and interactive photobooth/guestbook by PhotoMingle
Videographer: Schuyler Osborne of Perfect Sky Productions, Winter Park
Cake: Bake Me a Cake, Altamonte Springs
Florist: Flourish Floral Productions, Orlando
Stationer: Write in Style, Altamonte Springs
Music: Patrick Cullen “DJPJ” and Monica of Atomic Entertainment and Wings of Sound, Orlando
Tents/Lights: Party Time Rentals, Ocala
Officiant: Father John Giel, Leesburg
Honeymoon: Four Seasons Maui at Wailea and Halekulani Hotel at Waikiki, Hawaii









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