I had the pleasure of capturing an intimate elopement ceremony for Wilka & Jerry at Celebration Gardens in Winter Park, Florida last Saturday on a glorious, Florida summer day. The venue is a hidden gem in downtown Winter Park, featuring a beautiful gazebo, trellised gardens, and cobblestone pathways. Tropical flowers line the walkways or cascade down over the white pergola providing a stunning backdrop for the celebration.
Wilka and Jerry met years ago while employed at Target. The story goes in the first on-boarding meeting for new employees, Jerry was drawn to Wilka and sparks flew. Even the presenter noticed the attraction and made a comment as to how relationships blossomed at their company. While working at the same location they talked but never dated.
Eventually Wilka moved on to another position but Jerry did not forget her. He found her on-line and asked her out. Within a few days, they both knew they had found the person they were waiting for.
The couple chose an intimate elopement at the beautiful Celebration Gardens in Winter Park, Florida with deeply meaningful vows. Wilka has a seven year old son whom they included in ceremony. He escorted his Mom up the aisle, was the keeper of the rings, and participated in the vows with a promise of his own. The heartfelt ceremony was officiated by Reverend Donnakay Johnson with words of hope, love and beginnings. She included Wilka’s son in the commitment which made him beam with pride.
After the “I do’s” they shared the traditional kiss, then all three joined hands to walk down the aisle as a unit symbolizing their new commitment and dedication to one another. The three of them make the perfect family!
Wilka wore a beautiful A-Line organza gown with layered skirt and carried a cascading bouquet of deep red roses and greens. Jerry looked striking in his dark suit with burgundy accents.
The weather cooperated and the standard Floridian summer rains held off. Despite being overcast, we were graced with a beautiful afternoon glow.
I loved spending time with this adorable family and have a new love for intimate elopements! It truly was a magical experience.
Congratulations to the new Mr. & Mrs. Baez!
Venue: Celebration Gardens Winter Park, Florida
Officiant: Affordable Orlando Weddings Rev. Donnakay Johnson
Flowers: Atmospheres Floral
I hope you enjoyed a glimpse into Wilka & Jerry’s moving elopement ceremony at Celebration Gardens.
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