Important factors to consider for your Florida wedding
Getting a tent for your wedding might seem like a clear decision or it may have never crossed your mind. Either way, at OWPR, we have some strong opinions about the importance of tents. We have 10 years of expertise in dealing with outdoor weddings. These experiences have led us to see the good, the bad and the ugly. With that being said, we are altogether pro-tent.
And so, here are four compelling reasons why you should consider a tent for your wedding day:
We live in Florida.
- Outdoor weddings are stunning and provide a distinct atmosphere compared to an indoor wedding. With that being said, Florida is known for its warm… well let’s be honest, hot weather. A tent can provide barrier from the direct sunlight. This elegant shelter keeps it cool, without tragically changing everything you’ve imagined for your wedding day. Consider adding on cooling units and fans to provide relief for those dog days of summer.
YEAH, it’s Florida.
- We all know the weather is unpredictable here in the Sunshine state. We’ve seen it a million times: a perfect day turns quickly into monsoon season without warning. If you’re superstitious, rain on your wedding day is great! But, if not everyone feels like singing in the rain.. Keeping a tent on the rental back-burner may just save you and your guests from a fortuitous downpour.
They create a happy medium.
- If you’ve been on Pinterest recently, you’ve seen the hot trends: dangling greenery/florals, hanging lights/chandeliers, and swooped drapery. They’re usually limited to use in an indoor space. With a tent, these mostly indoor decor items become possible outdoors! Tents create the perfect happy medium between an indoor and an outdoor space.
They’re a perfect backdrop!
- We may be biased, but we think tents are a stunning addition to a wedding. If you’re excited for all the wedding photos then you should know that tents are extremely photogenic. Take a look in our product photo gallery to see how people, furniture and decor all come alive under the big-top.
Yes, there are a million pinterest-y (yup, that’s an adjective around here) decor items to turn your tent into a dream. Here are some handy-dandy items we believe make a tent a TEN outta ten.
- Chandeliers and market lights add some necessary luminosity to the night.
- Portable cooling units and Outdoor space heaters keep your tent at a comfortable temperature.
- Restroom trailers that are equipped with all of the comforts of home. Private residences and some outdoor venues don’t always have the necessary facilities to conduct a lot of business.
- Tent flooring can give your Jimmy Choo’s some stability that even Miranda Priestly would approve of.
Featured Vendors: Rebecca Read Photography, Bramble Tree Estate, Rudy & Marta Photography, Photo Guy Oh My, Cocktails Catering, Blue Ribbon Weddings, Anna Christine Events, Flower No. 5, Get Lit Productions, Arthur’s Catering, Blast Productions, Party Flavor Custom Cakes, Tara Libby Photography, At Last Weddings, Dazzling Deco, Photobooth Rocks, Casa Feliz, Peddles Florist, Classern String Quartet, Sprinkles Custom Cakes, M.U.A.H. Makeup and Hair, Treasury Rentals
For this week’s Trendy Vendy, we have the pleasure of featuring Sheena of Dishie Rentals! An NYC native who found her “heart & home in the south,” Sheena joined Dishie in 2012 but truth be told Dishie Rentals is more than a business, it’s a passion! A passion for authentic celebrations, community, and creativity. Her mission is to “encourage celebrations of life through gathering at tables beautifully curated with pieces reflective of the unique heart and character of each party host.”
Since 2012, Dishie has worked with several local vendors and has been published in numerous publications! It’s not hard to see why! Her personal story is reflected in the pieces she offers to clients, so you know you’re getting a little piece of “heart & home” in your tablescape. Read more about Sheena & Dishie Rentals, below!
Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got your start!
Hoarding beautiful tableware is in my blood! I always remember staring at (and wanting to play with) my mom’s pretty china. I built my own collection of vintage thrifted china as an adult, but our newlywed home was too small to fit all of our gifted wedding tableware, so I donated my collection to appease my new hubby. When a friend from college shared she was looking for a new owner for her company, Dishie Rentals, a dream bloomed in my heart. We met and it was the perfect fit! And I got my collection back ten-fold!
My husband and I are passionate about building an intimate community through consistently sharing meals with others, and I believe every good celebration starts at the table! Dishie is my outward expression of my deep gratitude for every day we are given. It’s my joy to create beautiful tablescapes to help others authentically celebrate all of life’s special moments.
What services do you offer?
Dishie Rentals has a large collection of curated boho, southern, and vintage tableware available to rent for any wedding or special event. Our collection includes large quantities of vintage glassware in every color, mismatched vintage china, tea cups & settings, chargers, and modern and vintage flatware collections.
We provide delivery and washing, and also offer complimentary tablescape design and set-up services for all of our rentals. This fall we are launching Dishie Shoppe, a curated collection of Dishie faves that you can purchase and have in your very own home! My clients always ask if my inventory can go home with them so creating the Shoppe seemed like a good fit. We’re excited!
What can we find at Dishie Rentals?
Tableware Heaven! We have a capacity to serve up to 500 people with our collection of mismatched vintage china & glassware – whether you are a boho bride or Southern belle we have something for your heart’s desire!
What inspired the pieces you selected for Dishie Rentals?
Heritage & Heart. My husband once made me a special dinner and set the table using my favorite tableware, decorated it with my favorite flowers, lit my favorite candle, and served me my favorite food. Everything was perfect, the table was so pretty, and I just felt so special – I want every one of our dinner guests to feel like that. I want them to feel like out of the hundreds of people these vintage plates have served, they are the most special one.
How do you keep up with the latest wedding trends?
Dishie is all about mixing and matching, and I love adding modern, trendy pieces like flatware or chargers to our vintage collection. Our luxe rose gold flatware has beautiful modern lines and looks gorgeous next to our china.
What sets you apart from others?
My team at Dishie believes that every celebration is really just a display of gratitude towards your attendees for the special place they hold in your life. We love engaging with brides and party hosts of all budgets to uniquely help them create tables reflective of their heart and character.
What advice would you give couples during the wedding design/planning process?
I love the quote, “The heart of hospitality is when people leave your home feeling better about themselves, not better about you.”
Remember that your wedding is really the first dinner party that you and your husband get to host together! Look at your budget and decide what the most important pieces will be to help you celebrate with your guests and thank them for sharing with you in such a special moment of your lives, and then spend your money and time on that.
What’s your favorite Dishie product?
Oh my stars, don’t ask me to choose! I LOVE our vintage champagne coupe collection. I just feel like a girl at one of Jay Gatsby’s parties when I drink out of one! I am also obsessed with our luxe flatware collection. It’s so sleek and the flatware is such a nice, heavy weight.
When you’re not helping clients, what can we find you doing?
Honestly, most likely tracking Hot Wheels tire marks into my sofa alongside my toddler, or dragging said toddler and my hubby throughout Disney! #boymom #disneyfanatic
Fun Facts About You:
I have a degree in Classical Humanities (Ancient Art, Culture & Philosophy) and Nonprofit Management. On the DL, I’m working to create a give back component to my business at Dishie and couldn’t be more excited about it.
I live in Winter Garden and am pretty obsessed. I just love my little town and I think everyone else should too!
I am also obsessed with our springer-cocker spaniel mix name Lady (yes, like the movie). She mostly chases bubbles and butterflies, sleeps in the sun, and snuggles with our family – she is my spirit animal.
I saw a quote on social media recently that said “Every pizza can be a personal pizza if you just believe in yourself” and I think I’m going to make it my new mantra for life.
Connect with Dishie Rentals!
Featured photographers & products: Josh & Rachel Best Photography, KMD Creations, Kristen Weaver Photography, Andi Mans, Jessica Bellinger Photography, InStyle Imagery // farm table, gold rimmed glass charger plates, gold glitter charger plates, silver beaded charger plates, french country chairs, gold flatware
Times are a-changin’ and we couldn’t be happier! We’re falling in love with unexpected as more and more couples are getting creative and including non-traditional elements into their wedding days. Here are few unique elements we’ve seen floating around the inter-webs that we’re obsessed with!
Say Yes to the Statement Dress!
Accessories: Bouquets, Jewelry, & More!
Photographer credits: (L to R) Andi Mans/ The Branch Orlando, Christina Janel Photography, Josh & Rachel Best Photography, Andi Mans/ The Branch Orlando| featured: ivory pipe and drape, gold chiavari chairs
Fun Foods & Crafty Cocktails
Details, Details, Details!
A Slice of Paradise…
Pavone Events styled this bright and beautiful styled-shoot at the Grove Resort and Spa, and it was a perfect start to the Summer! Love bloomed against exotic florals and white sandy beaches. See for yourself!
Coordinator/ Designer(s): Pavone Events, Carousel Atelier, Soiree Co.
Photographer: Nima Photography
Venue: Grove Resort & Spa
Floral & Greenery: Lowe and Behold, Greenery Productions
Yummy treats: Couture Cakes by Lia, Florida Candy Buffets
Linen: Connie Duglin
Paper Goods: Themes Come True/ Impressions
Rentals: Hey, that’s us! ♥ and A Chair Affair
An evening of wedding bliss!
We had so much fun at the Luxe Wedding Experience, hosted at Bella Collina! With stunning views, and amazing vendors it’s not hard to understand why. Couples enjoyed an evening of “wedding bliss” as they talked with local vendors about inspiration for their upcoming nuptials. See for yourself with photos by Concept Photography, and an incredible video by Castaldo Studio!
Bella Collina | Concept Photography | Castaldo Studios | Solutions Bridal |Lee James Floral | Our DJ Rocks | Weddings Unique | Chic Event Furniture | Greenery Productions | Kaleidoscope Event Lighting | Get LIT Productions | FyerFly Productions | Harpist Christine MacPhail | DBS Invitations | Dogwood Blossom Stationery | 9th Letter Press | Raining Roses Productions | Atmospheres Floral | LeJeune Artistry | Southern Traditions | Soundwave Entertainment | Vangie’s Event Design | Victoria Angela Photography
Blush- The New Neutral!
From florals to bridesmaid’s dresses, blush is in bloom this Spring! Pantone recently released their Spring 2017 colors to watch and we fell in love with Greenery & Pale Dogwood, a light-pink shade.
We’re dedicating this blog post to “the new neutral,” and how you can incorporate it into your next event. Add it to your décor, place-setting, or lighting options- you could even experiment with blush-colored cocktails. The options are endless!
Check out some inspirational photos!
An outdoor celebration of Winter romance!
Stephanie & Andrew’s wedding left us stunned, amazed, and teary-eyed! It was everything a winter wedding should be- warm, cozy, and full of love. They chose hues of red, & green to create their dream wedding at the gorgeous Bramble Tree Estate in Sorrento, FL. This venue comes proudly equipped with a wide-open outdoor space, perfect for a tent! Stephanie & Andrew were drawn to our Sailcloth tent to host their reception, and equipped it with our market lighting while Florida served up a beautiful sunset! The photos from their wedding speak for themselves as they’re the work of Rudy & Marta Photography! They perfectly captured everything, down to the smallest detail. The mastermind behind the beautiful styling & event design was our good friend, Blue Ribbon Wedding & Event Design!
Here are a few photos from their big day!
Venue: Bramble Tree Estate
Photography: Rudy & Marta
Planning & Styling: Blue Ribbon Wedding & Event Design
Florals: Lisa Simonitis Florals
Catering: Cocktails Catering
Cake: Party Flavors Custom Cakes
Makeup & Hair: Moriah Brandon’s Salon
DJ & Entertainment: Roeshink Entertainment
Tent & Rentals: Orlando Wedding and Party Rentals
A preview event to the Winter Park Wedding Stroll!
Our warehouse got a special makeover for the Winter Park Wedding Stroll- Preview Event! Styled by Michele Butler Events, our warehouse transformed into a cool hang-out spot, perfect for showcasing our buzz-worthy products. With help from some of our friendors we boogied & ate some delicious food. We certainly know how to throw a party, it was a blast! Be sure to RSVP for the Winter Park Wedding Stroll happening on February 19th!
Here are some of Damon Tucci’s photos from the event!
Styling: Michele Butler Events
Photography: Damon Tucci
Florals: Lee Forrest Design
Catering: Arthur’s Catering
Sweets & Treats: Sprinkles Custom Cakes
Jewel tones, Vintage touches, & Beautiful scenery- Oh my!
Let’s hear it for the happy couple! Krystina and Joseph tied the knot at Bella Collina on a perfect December day with a wedding fit to match. Runway Events & Flowers by Lesley styled Bella Collina with jewel-toned décor and vintage pieces from the Runway Collection. Concept Photography hit it out of the park with the STUNNING photos from the big day. We had the honor of providing the rentals for not only their ceremony, but their reception as well! As the sun went down, things heated up as our market lighting shed light on everyone’s silly, but awesome, dance moves. The couple managed to steal some time for themselves to share a private dance. The couple’s send-off was magical as every guest lit a sparkler in cheer. We are so grateful to have been a part of Krystina and Joseph’s happily ever after!
Here’s a look at their big day!
Venue: Bella Collina
Photography: Concept Photography
Styling & Vintage pieces: Runway Events
Flowers: Flowers by Lesley
Signage: Chalk Shop Events
Linens: Over the Top
DJ: A-List DJ Entertainment
Hair & Makeup: Kristy’s Artistry Design Team
Urban meeting spaces for your next event!
Photo: Talke Photography
Here in Orlando, we’re pretty lucky to have so many amazing venues and meeting spaces at our finger tips. Orlando’s venue scene heats up with those that are located in the heart of “The City Beautiful”, downtown Orlando. Downtown O-town is the historic core & business ‘hub’ of Orlando, putting you in the center of it all. When the lights go down, the party gets kicked up a notch! The skyline shines bright via its tall buildings and vibrant atmosphere, perfect for socializing. We’ve compiled a list of venues located downtown that will spark inspiration for your next corporate event & beyond!
Photo: Victoria Angela Photography
Photo: Victoria Angela Photography
Photo: Sophia’s Art Photography
Photo: Tina Craig
Photo: Historic Florida Inns
Photo: Steven Miller Photography
Photo: Kathy Thomas Photography
Photo: Broadway Orlando
Photo: Kristen Weaver Photography
Photo: LH Photography
Photo: Crowne Plaza