Cara and Jared

January 23, 2010 Mission Inn Resort, Howey-In-The-Hills

Cara Dalia’s wedding day was no joke, but how she became engaged was. When she and Jared Mellick flew to Raleigh, N.C., to visit her father, Cara arrived wearing a veil, a fake ring, and a fabricated story of a wild, spur-of-the-moment wedding in Vegas. But Jared, 36, co-owner of a roofing and construction company, and Cara’s father conspired to turn the joke on her. As Cara, 30, owner of an interior design business, went into her spiel, her father opened his shirt to reveal a t-shirt with the words “I give my consent” on it. Jared then dropped to a knee and said, “Let’s do this for real.” 

“The day was magical! We loved every minute, sharing it with all our friends and family made it even more perfect.”
 – Cara

Wedding Planner: Elisa Delgardio, A Flair for Affairs, Orlando  
On Their Choice of Venue: “We wanted something that had a rustic and romantic feeling to it,” says Cara.
Theme: Classic winter wonderland
Bridesmaids: 6
Groomsmen: 5
Guests: 110
Cara’s Most Memorable Moment: “Walking down the aisle to the love of my life, my husband to be.”  
If They Had a Do-Over: “We would have had the reception go longer. We didn’t want the night to end,” Cara says.
Gown: Piccoine
Photographer: Brian Adams PhotoGraphics, Orlando  
Videographer: Matthew Garcia, Orlando
Caterer: Mission Inn Resort
Cake: Cakes by Design (Sylvette Ortiz-Whittmer), Longwood  
Florist: Distinctive Creations (Cheryl Andrews), Orlando  
Stationer: Made their own invitations
Entertainment: Event Concepts (DJ/MC Steve Dunlap), Orlando
Officiant: Pastor Peter Brunton, Northwest Community Church, Orlando
Honeymoon: 11 days in Jamaica


Bride and groom leave the reception through a corridor of sparklers.

The newlyweds pose on a stone bridge on the resort’s golf course.

Table setting at the reception.

Cara breaks out in laughter during the wedding ceremony.

Ring bearer Kenon Mellick and flower girl Ava Smith make their entrance at the wedding ceremony.

Cara’s bridal gown and heels.

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