I have been looking forward to Katharine and Kyle’s Orlando Science Center wedding for some time now. It truly could not come soon enough! From the moment I met my sweethearts their vision of a dinosaur engagement and reception for their wedding really stood out as a fun and unique theme.
Katie and Kyle first met one another at work, but both were dating another person at the time. Over time the two parted ways with the ones they were dating and found themselves drawn to one another. From hanging out around town to going on adventures, their friendship progressed into a relationship.
For Katie, Kyle has become the “calm amidst [her] hurricane of existence,” to explain it simply, he is her “center.” He is the one she can lean on when things get tough, the one that makes her laugh, and the one that is always willing to be silly and goofy no matter the situation. For Kyle, he loves how Katie is always willing to be on the “go.” Her passion for adventure, while exhausting at times as Kyle explains, is also very “fulfilling.” She keeps him on his toes and brings him out of his comfort zone.
It wasn’t long after dating before Kyle realized that their connection was like no other. Planning out a sweet surprise proposal, Kyle wanted to ask Katie for her hand in marriage at Disney, which happened to be where one of their very first dates was. Their day started off adventuring around Epcot before making their way to dinner at California Grill. Katie noticed Kyle was acting a little strange, but didn’t think much of it. After dinner Kyle asked Katie to join him on the balcony to watch the fireworks, followed by a drink at the Polynesian, which ended with a fun night of rides at Magic Kingdom. While each location could have been a perfect proposal spot, it wasn’t the perfect moment.
The next morning after a fun day at the parks, Kyle told Katie that, he “had one more anniversary gift.” Kneeling down on one knee, Kyle asked for Katie’s hand in marriage. He explained that he had wanted to ask her the night before, but just wanted it to be the two of them to enjoy the moment together without the attention of a crowd. As Katie reminisces, “it ended up being super sweet that it was at the house though, and my dog was there to witness it.”
Their day was just as special as their engagement, filled with all the things they love from their family and friends to dinosaurs! Our day started off with meeting Katie in the bridal suite for getting ready portraits and capturing her pretty little details. Of all the details she wore on her wedding day, my favorite and most sentimental item was her veil, which was trimmed down from when her mother originally wore it for her wedding day. Seeing mom put on the veil and passing it from one generation to the next was a touching moment.
While we finished up with Katie putting on her dress, my second shooter Anna headed over to capture Kyle and his guys suiting up. Kyle was calm, collected, and excited to see his Katie walk down the aisle. Overlooking the downtown Orlando skyline, the two shared their vows and sealed the deal with a first kiss.
Back outside on the veranda, after hugging and well wishes from family, we captured formal portraits of family and their wedding party. I loved our bridesmaids’ cocktail length, teal, lace dresses, which were perfect for a sunny Florida wedding. After newlywed portraits with the sun setting behind them, we headed around the Orlando Science Center in search of meaningful spots to the couple. My favorite location was the walkway leading into the museum featuring handmade paper origami hearts. It was the perfect ode to love and the perfect backdrop for my bride and groom.
Heading back inside for their reception, their room was filled with dinosaurs towering over the dance floor and handmade native Florida plant arrays on each table. Wishing these two an adventurous life together and an amazing honeymoon in Japan!
Venue: Orlando Science Center
Florist: Bluegrass Chic