Historic Florida Wedding - Weddings & Private Events at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates

Historic Florida Wedding

Weddings & Private Events at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates

With only their closest friends and family present, Ashley and Justin had the small intimate wedding they dreamed of.  They were married in the fall in the Royal Palm Allee at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers, Florida.  The green and white florals were all designed by the bride’s family. 

“The wedding was very small and simple, but i still just love looking at the pictures,” says Ashley. 

So do we – take a look (click on photos to enlarge):

Ceremony Location: Edison & Ford Winter Estates / 239.334.7419 / http://www.edisonfordwinterestates.org/events/weddings-receptions/ / weddings@edisonfordwinterestates.org

Ceremony Chairs: Creative Events & Rentals / 239.786.6393 / www.creativeevents1.com / info@creativeevents1.com

Photography: Photo Plus / 239.243.8655 / www.myframedphoto.com

Hair & Make Up: The Hair Gallery Salon and Day Spa / 239.549.3120 / www.hairgallerysalonanddayspa.com / hairgallerysalon@embarqmail.com

Florida Wedding Venue | Two of a Kind: Ranee and Rene's Wedding

Posted by edisonfordwinterestates On March 11th

When you meet your soulmate, you expect to have a lot in common.  Having a common first name is not on that list of expectations.  Though they spell it differently, I couldn’t help but call these two “The Ranees” (or “The Renes” – depending on who you ask). 

The wedding took place on a beautiful November afternoon in the Royal Palm Allee on the historic Ford Property at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers, FL.  The tropical turquoise and coral decor really popped against the natural greens and browns of the Estates grounds.  The photos below were taken by Meagan Mason Photography.

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Ceremony Location: Edison & Ford Winter Estates / 239.334.7419 / http://www.edisonfordwinterestates.org/events/weddings-receptions// weddings@edisonfordwinterestates.org

Ceremony Chairs: Creative Events & Rentals / 239.768.6393 / www.creativeevents1.com / info@creativeevents1.com

Florist: Balloons & Flowers To Go / 239.278.0770 / www.balloonsandflowerstogo.com / balloonsandflowerstogo@yahoo.com

Photography: Meagan Mason Photography / www.myspace.com/megmasonphoto / MasonM620@gmail.com

Winter Wedding: Adelie and Ben

Posted by edisonfordwinterestates On February 27th

Beneath the twinkling holiday lights and the crisp December air, Adelie and Ben declared their vows.  With Ben’s family flying in from England for the occasion, the two decided on a sunset wedding two days before Christmas to be held at the festively decorated Edison & Ford Winter Estates.  The palm trees were decked in strings of colored lights, but they did not compare to the radient Adelie as she made her way down the Royal Palm Allee on the Ford Property.  Take a peek at these outstanding photos taken by Maria Angela Photography.

Ceremony Location: Edison & Ford Winter Estates / 239.334.7419 / www.efwefla.org/wedding.asp / info@efwefla.org

Ceremony Chairs and Arch: Creative Events & Rentals / 239.768.6393 / www.creativeevents1.com / info@creativeevents1.com

Photography: Maria Angela Photography / 239.348.5065 / www.maria-angela.com / maria@maria-angela.com

Flowers: JH Designs / 239.277.0544 / www.jhdesigns.invitations.com / jhdesigns@embarmail.com

2nd Annual Bridal Fair at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates

Posted by edisonfordwinterestates On January 11th

Join the Edison & Ford Winter Estates at the Tropical Florida Bridal Fair on Sunday, January 24th, 2010 from 1pm-5pm.  Over 40 vendors will be on site at Southwest Florida’s premiere wedding venue to answer your questions and display their work.  Enjoy two bridal fashion shows featuring wedding gowns, bridesmaid dresses, menswear and more, hosted by Lace & Roses Bridal.  Sample menu favorites from local caterers, listen to music from area musicians, and learn a move or two from the dance performers of Rhythm In Motion Dance Studio.  Come down to the Riverside Lawn to see the Wedding Reception Showcase from Creative Events & Rentals and Studio Six Eleven Events.  There will be giveaways throughout the afternoon, so be sure to come early and stick around.  Brides get in FREE and all others are just $5 at the door.  Call the Estates Event Department at 239.334.7419 for more information.

Timeless Wedding at Historic Home: Haley & David

Posted by edisonfordwinterestates On December 22nd

Haley and David made it official this December.  Their wedding ceremony took place in the Royal Palm Allee on the historic riverside property of Henry Ford at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers, Florida.  There were so many perfect little details that made this dream wedding a magical one.

Ceremony Location: Edison & Ford Winter Estates / 239.334.7419 / www.efwefla.org/wedding.asp / info@efwefla.org

Photography: Images Wedding Photography / 239.283.9811 / www.imagesweddingphotography.com / jdean0001@hotmail.com

Chairs & Columns: Creative Events & Rentals / 239.786.6393 / www.creativeevents1.com / info@creativeevents1.com

Flowers: Cape Coral Floral Design / 239.772.3377 / www.capeflorist.com / info@capeflorist.com

Transportation: Model T Chauffeur Services / 239.694.3969 / www.modeltchauffeur.com / info@modeltchauffeur.com

Music: Hugh the Bagpiper / 239.440.7257 / www.hughthebagpiper.com / info@hughthebagpiper.com

Rachel and Steve's Save-the-Dates

Posted by edisonfordwinterestates On August 10th

by Tori Lawless, Estates Event Coordinator

Last week I received a Save-the-Date postcard from Rachel and Steve who are getting married at the Estates on November 14th, 2009.  The card was so beautiful that I had to share it! 

Rachel and Steve are from Fort Myers, but currently live in Orlando, FL.  They worked to design the postcard with graphic designer Austin Petito of Winter Park’s Mama’s Sauce Print Shoppe.  Their friend Nick Sambrato, also of Fort Myers, owns and operates Mama’s Sauce and is working with Austin on Rachel and Steve’s letterpress invitation, promising to “push the limits” with this piece. 

Their save-the-date is a continuation of a design they are using for their invitations and throughout the wedding’s “two birds” theme.  “The picture of us was taken July 1st of 2008 on Lake Huron in Northern Michigan, minutes after Steve proposed on a family trip to their cabin.  It was a complete surprise that EVERYONE knew about but me!” says Rachel.

I can’t wait to see how beautiful this November wedding will be!  Happy planning, Rachel & Steve!

Designer: Austin Petito /Mama’s Sauce Print Shoppe / 321.251.5445 / www.mamas-sauce.com

Printer: Nick Sambrato / Mama’s Sauce Print Shoppe / 321.251.5445 / www.mamas-sauce.com / nick@mamas-sauce.com

Morning Wedding Under the Fig Tree: Ashley & Chris

Posted by edisonfordwinterestates On August 5th

Ashley and Chris got married at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates on the morning of June 19th, 2009.  I have just received the gorgeous photos from Replica Photography.

Photography: Replica Photography / 239.229.4421 / www.replicaphoto.com

Flowers: J.H. Designs / 239.277.0544 / www.jhdesigns.invitations.com

Lace & Roses Photo Shoot

Posted by edisonfordwinterestates On July 29th

Recently, photographer Michael Shapiro visited the Estates for a bridal photo shoot.  The resulting photos came out beautifully. 

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Photography: Michael Shapiro Photography / 239.770.6860 / www.shapiro-photography.com

Gowns: Lace & Roses Bridal / 239.489.2845 / www.laceandroses.net

Romance in the Moonlight Garden: Joanna & Roger

Posted by edisonfordwinterestates On July 16th

Joanna & Roger, from Punta Gorda, said “I do” this June in Mina’s Moonlight Garden at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates

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The ceremony was very intimate with only immediate family and very close friends in attendance.  Bamboo chairs were rented from Creative Events & Rentals.

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The Mother of the Groom designed the bouquets and the boutonnieres from flowers in her personal garden.  The tropical flowers truly matched the aesthetics of the Estates.

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Joanna and Roger wrote their own heartfelt vows and had everyone on the verge of tears.

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The ring bearer carried a silver dish, a family heirloom, with the wedding bands.

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After their short ceremony, the couple invited their guests inside Edison’s Caretaker’s House for a slice of red velvet cake from Publix.  The cake was decorated with frangipani flowers from Roger’s mother’s garden.

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While their guests enjoyed cake and socializing, Joanna and Roger hopped on our golf cart to take photos in the gardens.  Below are just some of the beautiful images captured by Jamie Lee Photography.

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Congratulations to Joanna and Roger on their marriage and their new home!

Photographer: Jamie Lee Photography / 239.872.0419 / www.jamieleephotography.com

Florida Summer Weddings: Heat, Rain, & Mosquitoes – OH MY!

Posted by edisonfordwinterestates On July 15th

by Tori Lawless, Estates Event Coordinator

An outdoor Florida wedding in the summer months is not a common choice.  The heat and humidity are brutal, the bugs are thriving on the moisture, it rains almost everyday, and there’s always the threat of a hurricane! 

Whether it’s a sentimental date or off-peak vendor rates, many couples still opt to get married outside in the summertime despite these potential day spoilers.  Here are some tips for making your outdoor wedding a success.

SHADE – If your ceremony site is not under a covered pavilion of some sort, consider renting large garden umbrellas to protect your guests from direct sunlight.  Make visits to your venue a few weeks before the wedding around the time of day you plan to get married.  This will give you an idea of where the sun is in the sky and where there is the most shade.  If you visit the site much earlier, your sun times will not be accurate due to Daylight Savings.

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HYDRATION – Find out if your site can provide bottled water for your guests.  They can be distributed along with your programs by your ushers.  You can even order custom made water bottles for your wedding.  Check out iWantMyH20 – I like that they even discuss their water source on their website.

FANS – Hand fans are a growing trend in weddings.  Handmade raffia fans are available at the Estates for only $1.00 each when purchased in bulk.  Tie ribbons in your wedding colors to the handles or hot glue your program to the front.  Hand fans are inexpensive favors and your guests will thank you.  Electric fans are also a good idea if electricity is available at your site.  The circulating air will help keep some of the bugs away.  Remember to be careful with your power cords – nothing ruins a wedding day like a sprained ankle.

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RAIN – Hand held umbrellas or parasols are nice to have for shade.  Unfortunately, Florida’s summer rains almost always bring lightning.  The best plan is to consult with the venue’s site coordinator to see if, in the event of rain, you are able to postpone the ceremony until it clears.  You should also make backup plans to hold the ceremony at your reception site in case the weather does not clear.  Find out what the policy is regarding cancellation due to bad weather or hurricanes at both your ceremony and reception site.  Start watching the weather one week out.  I like to use www.weather.com

WELCOME GOODIES – Be sure to put items such as sunscreen and insect repellent in your welcome bags for your out of town guests.  Remember that they do not live here year-round and may not think about these items.  Off! has a new product that clips-on to things like pockets or chairs rather than covering your body with stinky spray.  The Estates even sells individually packaged insect repellent wipes that are perfect for stuffing into welcome bags.

INFORMED GUESTS – Tell your guests on the invitation that it is an outdoor wedding.  This will give them the cue to wear light-weight clothes and sunglasses.

STAY FRESH – Be sure to let your makeup artist and hair stylist know that you’re getting married outside.  Between the ceremony and pictures, you’ll want to remain shine-free and frizz-free.  Don’t forget to pack your emergency kit with deodorant and blotting towels.

RESPECT YOUR ELDERS – Keep in mind that Grandma and Grandpa may not be as mobile as you are.  Make arrangements to have your senior guests dropped off and picked up close to the ceremony location.  They should be seated in a very shady and cool location.  Our elders are often more sensitive to heat, so keep their health and comfort in mind while planning.

Photography: Jamie Lee Photography / 239.872.0419 / www.jamieleephotography.com