LAKE RECEPTIONS: Mount Dora is one of my favorite places in Central Florida. Great places to eat, shop and of course – get married! Lake Receptions is located in the heart of historic Mount Dora and has been recognized as one of the area’s premier banquet and wedding facilities. Its fairytale-like architecture and décor creates the perfect backdrop, while it’s chameleon-like interior transforms to accommodate a wide variety of wedding themes. What I like most about this venue [and their staff] is the eagerness to create an individualized event that will exceed what any bride has envisioned for her wedding day. That kind of customer service is priceless and what every bride deserves.
     Lake Receptions, a beautiful 30,000 square-foot facility, can host up to 500 guests and features a beautifully covered garden for ceremonies, so you can do everything in one place. The venue also offers a full-service package to help brides plan their wedding from start to finish, should you need the assistance. Lake Receptions employs a top-notch culinary staff in an  onsite kitchen and offers a wide variety of upgraded items, menu selections, and options for serving such as: buffets, station presentations, hors d’oeuvres or plated meals.
     Lake Receptions is a top-notch spot for dream weddings or a variety of special events. It will be hosting its 9th Annual Bridal Show on Sunday, August 28 from 1:00-4:00 PM.  Admission is $8 per person and will include entertainment, food tasting, wedding vendors, door prizes, games and more. For more information about Lake Receptions and the Bridal Show, please visit <>


WEDDING PHOTO CHECKLIST: About a week prior to your wedding you’ll want to meet with your photographer and give him or her a list of must-have wedding pictures. It’s important to communicate this information to your photographer so they can capture your memories exactly the way you want. If you’re in need of a photographer, search our Wedding Resource Guide online at

Here are a few must-have shots to include on your list:

– Bride getting ready
– Bride’s gown hanging on a hanger, spread on the bed or draped over a chair

– Bride’s shoes, jewelry, something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue

– Bridal bouquet, attendant florals and decorative flowers

– Candid shots of the bridesmaids getting dressed

– Mother helping the bride, adjusting her veil

– Full-length shot of the bride in her gown

– Bride with her father, parents and siblings

– Bride with her maid/matron of honor and bridesmaids

– Groom getting ready with his father and groomsmen

– Close-up shot of the wedding bands

– Groom with his parents and siblings

– Groom with his best man and groomsmen

– Ushers, flower girls and/or ring  bearers

– Exterior and interior shots of the ceremony & reception sites before guests arrive

– Groom walking down the aisle with his mother

– Bridal party walking down the aisle

– Bride and her escort walking down the aisle

– Groom reacting to bride walking down the aisle

– Bride’s escort giving her away

– Bride and groom at the altar, with officiant

– Wide shot of the altar from the guests’ point of view

– Special moments like candle lighting and the readings

– Close-up of the bride and groom as they recite their vows

– Close-up of the bride and groom’s hands as they exchange rings

– Special rituals or wedding ceremony customs

– The kiss!

– Bride and groom walking back down the aisle and leaving the ceremony site

– Bride and groom with family and wedding party at the ceremony site, exterior and interior

– Shots of place cards, menus, centerpieces, decorations, table settings, favors, and Champagne glasses

– The Wedding cake, grooms cake and specialty tables/stations

– Bride and groom arriving

– Friends and family making toasts

– Bride and groom toasting
– Bride and groom speaking with guests

– Bride and groom’s first dance

– Bride dancing with her father

– Groom dancing with his mother

– Wedding party and guests dancing

– Bride and groom cutting the cake

– Bouquet and garter toss

– Newlyweds’ exit vehicle

– Bride and groom leaving the reception

– Any other fun shots that represent your personalities (like the one pictured here)