Elopement or Microwedding?
I consider any wedding of less that 15 total attendees (including the couple) an elopement, but microwedding is a good term for a smaller wedding with family as well. 2020 is the year of changes, and venues cancelling on couples for safety and couples learning how to create a whole new wedding last minute. With the original date being in May, the venue having to close in March was rough for everyone. Gabby and Dylan met way back in school on their original wedding date, so even though their original venue asked them to reschedule... Neither of them wanted to lose the sentimental value and memory of this date. It had to happen! So without a venue we continued to plan the wedding for the original date but had to find a new location. It was tough! We were in a rush finding last minute things like a new venue, new invitations (Gabby ended up making these herself), a whole new plan up until I arrived a day before the wedding. Luckily the resort I was staying at is literally amazing, and wanted to help because they became the new wedding venue. The Fountains doesn't usually do weddings, so we actually had to look around the property for a place to even have the ceremony. Gabby and Dylan both loved the serenity and peace you can find on Lake Eve, so we ultimately decided to use the deck patio the property had on the lake. Within 24 hours we had changed venues for a final time, set up locations, and the staff at the fountains even helped these two with cake, decorations and these chocolate covered strawberries that I occasionally still dream about. (seriously, I need more...)
Even with all the last minute changes this Florida wedding had, my flight cancelling on me last minute requiring me to drive from Indiana to Florida, and a whole bunch of other things happening... This wedding ended up being exactly what a wedding should be: The story of two people falling in love and getting married no matter what life throws at them. Gabby and Dylan had the people they loved the most with them, they committed to each other, and they had fun celebrating the two of them becoming family. It was, despite everything, perfect.
It wasn't the original planned venue, but it was the right venue for this florida microwedding.
While The Fountains is not typically a wedding venue, it made for a perfect elopement venue. Set within 54 acres surrounding the serene natural setting of Lake Eve, and located along popular International Drive, The Fountains offers everything you would expect from a world-class resort as well as the convenience of a central location. There are two bridges on the campus and two fire circles for evening bonfires and relaxation. The decor is elegant and tasteful with many buildings focused on water, lake or pool views. The staff is beyond phenomenal, and were not only able but excited to help vening opening a closed (for cleaning) side of the hotel for privacy. The property itself made for many onsite photo opportunities that really brought this microwedding into its own for Gabby and Dylan.
12400 South International Drive Registration: 12450 S International Drive, Orlando, FL 32821-6936