Marissa and Jason

July 23, 2011
Westin Lake Mary Courtyard
Westin Lake Mary Ballroom
PHOTOGRAPHS BY Jason & Sara Martin

Marissa Moore and Jason Toepler met at a mutual friend’s party in early 2005, becoming fast friends in the same social circle. It wasn’t until a December 2005 UCF football game that Jason decided to change the course of their relationship. The cold weather gave Jason the confidence boost he needed to grab Marissa’s hand for the first time, which Marissa, a 2007 UCF graduate, dubbed their first unofficial date. They spent the next five years traveling, sharing many adventures and falling in love. They also adopted Rookie, a shih-tzu/poodle mix, who helped Jason propose on June 24, 2010. “Rookie ran over to me, then I saw Jason on one knee detaching a ring box from his collar,” says Marissa. “I was so nervous, I couldn’t stop laughing, so it took me a minute to answer.” After she said yes, Jason took her to a surprise engagement party at Ember, an Orlando nightclub, with family and friends. A year later, Marissa, 26, a meeting and special events manager, and Jason, 28, a sales rep for a building distributor, tied the knot. “The best thing was that all our friends and family were together celebrating with us,” says Marissa, “but Rookie had to wait till we got home.”

Theme: Modern elegance
Wedding Planner: Julie Noda, Something Borrowed Weddings and Events, Orlando
If They Had a Do-Over: They would have extended the reception.
Bridal Gown: Watters, Tyler, Solutions Bridal, Orlando
Stylists: Erika Antonelli and team of Just Fabulous, Lake Mary
Photographer: Concept Photography, Orlando
Videographer: Voila Cinematic, Tampa/Orlando
Caterer: Westin Lake Mary
Cake: Party Flavors Custom Cakes, Ocoee
Florist: Lee James Floral Designs, Orlando
Stationer: Pearl Beach Paperie, Orlando
Favors: Sweet Maralyn’s Chocolates, Lake Mary
Music/Entertainment: Ceremony pianist Michael Wladkowski (groom’s uncle); reception music and entertainment by DJ Carl, Orlando
Lighting/Special Effects: Get Lit, Orlando
Party Rentals: Linens by Over the Top, Orlando; dance floor by Letz Dance On It, Orlando; chairs by A Chair Affair, Orlando
Décor Rentals: Design Elements, Orlando
Transportation: Mears Transportation, Orlando
Officiant: Rev. Charles Parker
Father-Daughter Dance Song: “Take Me Out to the Ballgame”
First-Dance Song: “She’s Everything” by Brad Paisley
Honeymoon: The Ritz-Carlton in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and a cruise on Royal Caribbean’s Serenade of the Sea

Categories: Real Weddings