“ Address: 290 W. Holden Ave. / Orlando / Florida 32839 „
After deciding that Florida was the right place for us to get married, we had no idea where to start looking for locations. After a lot of searching online, we found getmarriedinflorida.com which is a wedding service run by a British woman. The website was fantastic and showed us all of the options and prices in Orlando as well as talking us through how to get our marriage licence by post. Lorraine, the woman running the website assured us that all we had to do is make our choices and they would sort everything else out for us. We didn't want a stressful wedding as it was just me and my husband so it was lovely to sit back and not have to do anything. Anyway, after a lot of debating, we chose Cypress Grove Estate House due to the prices and the stunning pictures we were shown.
Cypress Grove is actually a 1925 Southern style colonial estate house located in Central Florida. The house overlooks Lake Holden which gives a wonderful view from the main house. Cypress Grove is surrounded by 80 acres of park land as well as beautiful rose gardens. Next to the lake is a little white gazebo which is a popular choice for wedding ceremonies, exactly why we picked this place over others.
Although Florida is known for its nice warm weather, there are also quite a lot of storms in late September/ early October and we wanted to be sure that we wouldn't get soaked in the middle of getting married. The gazebo and the view we got while getting married was perfect and it was very romantic at the same time; exactly what a wedding venue should be. However, should there be extremely heavy rain and the bride and groom are unable to walk to the gazebo, you are also able to get married in one of the estate house's rooms.
Once inside the estate house, you can feel just how grand the interior is and again, we were very impressed with the location we chose. As soon as you enter the house, there is a wonderful stairway straight ahead of you and decorated rooms both to the right and the left. Upstairs we were only shown into one room but that had a chaise lounge and a mirror in it. It was very minimalistic but perfect for wedding photos. Also, the view from the upstairs window was amazing. We had wedding photos taken both in the house and throughout the grounds so that we had quite a bit of variety. Honestly, I preferred walking around the grounds with my hand in my husband's. The rose gardens were stunning and there were also plenty of palm trees and other trees with really pretty bits hanging down.
After the ceremony was over and we'd had photos taken around the grounds, we headed back inside to a room which was done out for us to celebrate our marriage. The staff at getmarriedinflorida.com had arranged for us to have a cake as part of our package and champagne. This room was slightly more plain than the others in the house but it was still really nice. We had a small table set up with our cake on it and a bottle of champagne and glasses. This was obviously set up in such a way that would make great photo opportunities. Not only did we get to eat cake after getting married but we were left alone for a little while to celebrate together and enjoy being married before having more photos taken.
Although the staff at Cypress Grove were hired through our wedding planner, they were so helpful and nice. The coordinator working for us on the day carried the end of my dress around for me while we walked around the grounds and up the stairs. She took photos of us with our phones so we could instantly show our families back home. This lady, the photographer and the notary were amazing and I couldn't have asked for better staff to be with us on our wedding day.
Overall, Cypress Grove Estate house is a perfect location for a Florida wedding and I am so glad we chose this over everywhere else available to us. The grounds and the house were stunning and exactly what we wanted.
After a fantastic holiday in Orlando a couple of years ago, my fiancé and I returned home to continue umming and ahhing over where our wedding destination would be. We toyed with Cyprus for a while but decided against it due to language and money restrictions, and the fact that many tour operators didn't know the ins and outs of wedding planning that we had hoped for to help us plan a wedding in a foreign country. All we knew was we wanted a wedding abroad, for our closest family and friends to attend. Getting married in the UK is a far more expensive affair - unnecessarily so - and even if we didn't have a budget we would have still chosen to fly out of the country out of principle.
After a little while, unpacking the holiday clothes and developing photos, it dawned on us that we could probably get married back in Florida for a good price, in a place we knew we loved (and that family had visited and loved too) where there would be great weather to get wed outdoors.
We started our research online and looked for companies that would help plan bespoke day, from start to finish, for a decent price and have locations based around Orlando. Out of four or five companies we settled on Crownline Weddings.
Crownline's website boasts they are the "longest established company for destination weddings" and support over 500 weddings each year, and have a long scrolling page of testimonials to back up our good feeling about them. The company showed a professional approach with a friendly, warm and wholesome feel to it. After a couple of emails to them enquiring further into what they could do for us, and a brochure sent promptly in the post, we decided to hire Crownline to make our special day the best day of our lives.
We were not disappointed.
We were looked after by Naomi, a British lady who had years of experience as a wedding planning in the USA. She was very helpful in answering any queries we had (despite the eight hour time difference) and was always excited to be planning the wedding with us (a contagious feeling to all involved!).
We opted for Cypress Grove (having first thought of getting married in Cyprus, we thought this was fate!) - a white colonial-style estate house that stands proudly in 80 acres of park, which is situated next to a gorgeous lake with a white gazebo next to it - our chosen location.
The Crownline/Cypress Grove partnership have their own vendors to choose from, that way you and they can rest assured that the day will run smoothly with florists, musicians, limousine drivers etc that are well known and trusted associates. We asked for specific flowers and table decorations for our reception table (we had a long banquet table that would seat all of our 13 guests) and specific flowers and fabric to decorate our white gazebo by the lake. All requests were not only adhered to, but happily so. Nothing seemed too much trouble, and each of our wishes were granted like nothing was too much trouble or too difficult to accomplish.
We decided upon August as our month to wed - my (now) husband and I both work in schools so we had to choose a school holiday to marry - and this seemed a good distance away to save for the wedding (Crownline only wanted a percentage upfront). Little did we know at the time that the weather in August can be very unpredictable. One minute there can be sunshine beating down on you in 80 degree heat, the next minute it could be pouring with rain lasting anything from 5 minutes to three hours. We asked to change our wedding slot from 3pm (when it is most likely to rain and include thunder storms) to 1pm. Naomi checked her diary and changed our time straight away! And she also had a back-up plan if the weather on the day was so bad that we couldn't perform the ceremony lakeside, which was getting married in one of the estate house rooms overlooking the grounds. Even though I had my heart set on marrying outside, the second option was a delightful one as the rooms in the house are beautiful, bright and clean. Luckily the weather was perfect on the day.
Crownline offers a one-stop shop for all your wedding day needs, from covering the flowers to the notary (we had a very friendly and wonderful lady), food to music, and with an amazingly helpful team to aid in your every need, and Cypress Grove was the most idyllic setting. I couldn't have asked for more, and it was probably a weight off my husband's chest not having to deal with a Bridezilla!
Would highly recommend for a beautiful wedding day - it was the best day of our lives!