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Weddings & Private Events at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates

Tropical Wedding in the Coconut Grove: Mary Lee & Larry

Posted by edisonfordwinterestates On October 28th

Mary Lee & Larry, a cheerful Chicago couple, said, “ I do” this October at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates.  The ceremony took place in Edison’s tropical Coconut Grove on the Caloosahatchee River.  Click on the images to enlarge:

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

Reception Location: Royal Palm Yacht Club / 239.334.2176 / www.royal-palm-yacht-club.com / rpycbqt@embarqmail.com

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

All Flowers, Arbor, & Centerpieces: JH Designs / 239.277.0544 / www.jhdesigns.invitations.com / jhdesigns@embarmail.com

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

Table Linens: Connie Duglin Specialty Linen / 239.784.9733 / www.connieduglinlinen.com / naplesdiv3@connieduglinlinen.com

Cake: Mason’s Bakery / 239.334.4525 / www.masonsbakery.com / chrisk@masonsbakery.com

Wedding Videos: Don't say 'Cut'

Posted by edisonfordwinterestates On October 23rd

One of the most common mistakes I have seen brides make when budgeting their wedding is cutting out the wedding video.  Photographs alone do not capture the butterflies in your stomach, the emotions in your vows, or Uncle Charlie’s killer dance moves.  You have worked hard to make your wedding day perfect. The wedding video is your time machine to the best day of your life.   In years to come, you will be able to relive that first dance, your maid of honor’s toast, and listen to the well-wishes of family members who have since passed away. 

I recently interviewed Don Moon of Captiva Video to get the scoop on wedding videos. Don filmed Holly and Dean’s wedding at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates this spring and edited it especially for our blog.  Take a look:


What inspired you to get into videography?

I got into videography when my daughter was born in 1987.  Video cameras were just coming onto the scene and we bought one of the first ones out.  Because I had a camcorder before anyone else, friends and family asked me to videotape their weddings and parties.  I soon joined the Wedding and Event Videography Association (WEVA) and attended their convention every year to improve my skills.  This is my 15th year videotaping weddings, and I have seen videography improve year after year.  The wedding videos of today are more like a movie.

What are some new trends you are seeing in wedding videos?

I have seen trends change from a no-effects documentary of the wedding to a special effects epic film.  The trend now is to use special effects only if they help tell the story. Some of the special effects that are popular right now include slow motion, black and white, shadow box (black border along the top and bottom of the frame), and soft focus (where the clip has a soft dreamy like effect).  Video clips that fly off the screen are out right now.  As far as music, sound tracks from hit movies are definitely in.  Whenever a new movie comes out with a great sound track, all the videographers incorporate that music into their production.

Tell me about the most interesting wedding you’ve filmed.

The most high end wedding I have videotaped so far was the wedding of Vidal Sassoon’s son, David.  It was held in Connecticut a few years back.  It was a very extravagant affair.

What advice do you have for brides when hiring a videographer?

My advice is to make sure he/she is a professional.  So many videographers work another job and videotape weddings on the side.  Make sure that the videographer is a member of at least one trade organization.  I belong to Wedding and Event Videography Association (WEVA), National Association of Wedding Professionals (NAWP), and Wedding and Party Professionals of Naples (WPPN).  The main quality a bride should be looking for is the ability to unobtrusively capture the day without infringing on it.  The videographer must have the equipment to bring the images to life in vivid color.  A good wireless microphone system is very important as good audio is the key to a well produced video.

What can one expect to pay for videography services?

My prices range from $595 to $3595.  We have packages to meet any budget.

What other services do you offer? 

I offer photo montages or slideshows that the couple can play at their reception.  They are always the hit of the party and can arouse quite a bit of emotion.  The person organizing the photo montage must number the photos in the order they would like them to appear in the slideshow. They also choose the music; typically 1 song per 25 photos.

Don Moon / Captiva Video / 239.466.8010 / www.captivavideo.com / don@captivavideo.com

Rachel and Steve’s Invitations for Their Estates Wedding

Posted by edisonfordwinterestates On October 17th

By Tori Lawless, Estates Event Coordinator

Some of you will remember seeing Rachel and Steve’s gorgeous save-the-dates from an earlier post.  I recently received the corresponding invitation in the mail.  Take a look:

These invitations were designed by Austin Petito from Mama’s Sauce Print Shoppe in Winter Park, Florida.  Rachel and Steve were inspired to do a two birds theme after seeing a Chinese wedding invitation on the web with two quirky, but colorful birds.  They found further inspiration in a colorful silk Batik scarf that they picked up while visiting Rachel’s family in Malaysia last August.  “We weren’t sure what we wanted the invitations to look like, but we knew we wanted lots of rich colors including red.  When used in weddings, red is a symbol of good luck and happiness in the Chinese culture.  Austin came up with this amazing design that Steve and I absolutely love!” says Rachel.

This colorful theme will be carried throughout the wedding on the programs and table numbers.  In preparation for Edison & Ford Holiday Nights, the Estates will also have colorful lights strung from the trees in the Royal Palm Alleé where Rachel and Steve will be saying their vows this November.

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

Local Jewelry Maker at the Estates

Posted by edisonfordwinterestates On August 13th

by Tori Lawless, Estates Event Coordinator

While scanning the jewelry cases at the Estates this week, my eye was caught several times by the beautiful one-of-a-kind pieces made by local artist, Anita Singh.  The following is just a small sample of Anita’s work, perfect for weddings.

Anita Singh is from the Caribbean and started making jewelry about 10 years ago as a way to express herself.  She finds inspiration from within as well as from nature.  Anita uses many different materials in her designs, but particularly loves working with crystals and natural gemstones. 

Her jewelry is available through the Edison & Ford Winter Estates Museum Store as well as at Designer’s Hair Salon.  Anita Singh’s jewelry will soon be available at Potomic Bead Company in Downtown Fort Myers.  

Anita does take custom orders and can be contacted at ak.fashionjewelry@yahoo.com or by coming by the Estates.

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

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.

 Ceremony in Moonlight Gardenvows

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

Ring Bearer

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

cake cutting

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.

 golf cart ride

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