Casa Feliz Wedding | Spanish inspired wedding | Winter Park Florida
We had an amazing time with Carrie & Doug on their wedding day at Casa Feliz. We loved how all their family and friends made their destination wedding into a weekend party. Everywhere you looked at the wedding there was gorgeousness from the eucalyptus swag absolutely everywhere to the beautiful chalk board signs that Kim from the Chalk Shop designed. Did I stay stunning? Well enough of me chatting, take a look for yourself and see.
How did you and Doug meet?
Doug and I met over 10 years ago when we both started working at The Washington Post. We knew each other, but not well since we worked in different departments and in different areas of the building. Several years later, my office was moved up to his floor and we both seemed to be the two people who always wound up working late hours (he ran the Advertising Operations team and I was working on the 2009 Presidential Election and Inauguration events). We started hanging out after work and going to grab dinner together on a regular basis. We were really good friends for a few years after that and didn’t start dating until July of 2011.
How did he propose?
We had flown out to Denver from DC to visit my mother for Easter in 2013. On that Saturday afternoon Doug took me to the Denver Art Museum and then followed it up with afternoon tea at The Brown Palace Hotel. He proposed while we were having tea and had the hotel set-up a special table with flowers and a pianist. Then after he had invited all of my friends and family in the area to a dinner at one of Denver’s hot restaurants.
What inspired the vision for your wedding?
Casa Feliz was pretty much the inspiration for the whole wedding. It took me about 5 months of searching all over the country (and outside of the country) for the right venue. When I found Casa Feliz while I was in Orlando for a business conference, I fell in love. I loved the Old-World Spanish charm and how intimate everything felt. I wanted the wedding to be beautiful but also fun and not too stuffy. I think Casa Feliz provides the perfect balance of luxury and warmth. Its formal enough for a nice wedding but not too over the top where people feel like they cant let loose. I wanted to play up the Spanish thing in small, subtle ways (we arent Spanish so anything over the top felt forced). We tried to use florals and decor elements that worked with the Spanish vibe.
What was the favorite design element from your wedding?
I loved the chalk boards by Chalk Shop. Not only was Kim easy to work with and filled with fantastic ideas, her boards turned out even better than I had imagined. I think having the signage there to communicate small elements really helped with the flow of the event (Being an event planner, I am big on flow). We were thrown a curve ball when the weather dipped so low that week so a lot of our design elements were moved indoors. But I think the architecture of the house really gave some of our outdoor elements a new life – having the Cook Trio framed in the patio archways, having the swag on the tent sides, the seating chart being showcased on the windows. I also love the way the tent turned out, I thought it had a warm, inviting glow to it and the drapery was perfect.
Did you have any DIY details for your wedding?
I made our favors – which were hand-painted olive dishes. We also used the olive dishes on the wooden meat/cheese boards during the first coarse, which I thought was nice. It took me a few months to paint all of the dishes but i think they turned out cute (at least most of them). Also, I surrounded our wedding cake with photos of our friends and family cutting their cakes at their weddings. I thought that was a fun, original touch. People were surprised and excited to see they were brought into the day in a unique way.
What was the most memorable moment on your wedding day?
I think one of the funniest memories was when Doug went to feed me the cake and it accidentally fell down my cleavage. It wasnt planned at all but it was a total “us” move. Aside from that unscripted moment, I think we actually had a lot of fun taking our pre-wedding photos with you guys. The whole day seems like a giant whirlwind to be honest. Which is what everyone tells you. I barely remember seeing Doug the whole night. But I feel like the few hours we spent taking photos with you guys were a lot of fun and also got us some quality time together where things weren’t overwhelming and chaotic. We were able to take in what was about to happen and let it sink in a bit.
How was your experience with us?
Wonderful! I cannot say enough nice things about you guys. Doug HATES having his photo taken. Like seriously hates it. He knew he had to do it for the wedding and was fine with it but I know he was expecting to be miserable the whole time. He’s mentioned several times (unprompted) how he really liked you guys and felt comfortable. You were totally relate-able and easy to work with. And he loved the light saber thing. So amazing! We can’t wait to recommend you.