Heather and Jon tied the knot during their wedding at the Winter Park Wedding Chapel in Winter Park, Florida on August 8th. Among family and friends in the intimate chapel, the two said their vows of a lifetime as they married their best friend. Jon first met heather during a birthday dinner for their mutual friend in Jacksonville, North Carolina. Heather had just moved back to Orlando, but was visiting, while Jon lived in NC as a retired United States Marine. Their chance encounter was noticed by Heather’s best friend Dana Cronkhite.
Upon Heather visiting Dana during another trip back, Dana surprised Heather with a blind date. She actually didn’t tell Jon either, but the two were going to be reunited! Dinner led to additional dates, and dating led to keeping in touch long distance, which eventually led to Jon moving down to Florida to be with Heather.
June 13th of 2014 would be a pivotal point in their relationship unbeknownst to Heather. Jon set up an incredibly romantic date at Eddie V’s in Dr. Phillips. During their dinner, Jon asked their waitress if she could take a picture of the two of them so he could remember the moment. Little did she know she would be snapping the moment Jon proposed to Heather.
One year later, the two wed at the Winter Park Wedding Chapel. The beautifully resorted chapel is located right in the heart of Winter Park near the train station. Owners Suzanne and Steve Graham have beautifully restored the venue and take part in helping brides and grooms plan their special day. What Heather loved about the venue, was how quaint it was in only having four rustic wooden pews and a handful of chairs to accommodate extra guests.
It was the perfect match for Heather and Jon’s vision of their special day. Both wanted the focus to be on their children and family. With the importance on family, the children were incorporated into the wedding by Joe walking his mom down the aisle as her Man of Honor and Dade standing in as Jon’s Best Man. Clair, Jon’s daughter, also participated in the wedding, but requested to be the flower girl so she could drop rose petals before Heather came down the aisle. During the ceremony, the two made a pledge to their children that they were not only marrying one another, but marrying into each others family. I must say it was one of the most tearful and touching moments to see so much love.
After the ceremony, it was time for hugs and kisses, formal shots at venue, and off to the rose garden for newlywed portraits. Formal portraits were very important to Heather and in turn we planned for several different locations to grab some beautiful shots. On of my favorite areas was right outside the chapel among a gorgeous tan brick wall that hugged the perimeter of the chapel. It was perfect for some cute shots of the two before we moved on to the rose garden, another gorgeous area.
After wrapping up with formal portraits we headed inside to 310 Park South off Park Ave. for their reception. Wishing these two the very best as their families become one!
Ceremony Venue: Winter Park Wedding Chapel
Reception Venue: 310 Park South
Hair & Makeup: Atelier Salon
Cake: Sugar Suite
Dress Shop: David’s Bridal
Men’s Attire: Top 10 Tux