Photography by Steve O'Donnell » Clermont and Orlando award winning professional wedding, portrait, senior and family photographer serving central FL

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Three weeks ago I had the honor of photographing Juan and Amanda’s wedding at Casa Feliz Historic Home Museum in Winter Park FL.  Their wedding included details such as 3 piece string ensemble who played “Zombie” by The Cranberry’s, Dragon Ball Z boutonnieres, Anime cake toppers, a coffee and ice cream bar complete with any topping you wanted, and a white pair of shoes that had a history behind them.  They shared a private first look ceremony in the upper quarter hallway of the historic home, a beautiful ceremony complete with family and close friends, and skipped the traditional first dances and got straight to dinner with their guests followed by a huge party and dancing with entertainment provided by DJ Asher Grier.

Casa Feliz Wedding Photographer

Venue: Casa Feliz Historic Home Museum

Wedding Planner: Rachel Crawley – Weddings in the City

DJ Entertainment  Asher Grier – A List DJ Entertainment

Videography: Tillman Theatre

Photography: Photography by Steve O’Donnell

Photography Second Shooter: Wesley Finch – Finch Photography Inc.

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  • Lasting Blueprint Productions - Great job capturing Juan and Amanda’s wedding. Casa Feliz is a wonderful wedding venue. Great shot of Amanda stepping out of the room! Keep up the great work!ReplyCancel

    • admin - Thanks LBP. Such a great venue and good time. That shot of Amanda stepping out of her dressing room was shot by my amazing second shooter Wesley Finch.ReplyCancel

Capen House Wedding Bride

Venue: Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Garden, Winter Park FL

Reception Venue: East End Market, Winter Park FL

Wedding Event Planner: Elizabeth Stephenson / Table 6 Productions

Band: Making Faces

Pie: P is for Pie Bake Shop

It’s not often that I wake up on a Saturday morning to an e-mail sent only hours ago…..2:30 am to be exact.  Hours later I was sitting at a table with Carol, Ty, and Elizabeth discussing their wedding day and photography needs.  A few days later I received another e-mail asking me to be their photographer.  Hell yeah…and who would be able to say no?  Carol and Ty are my kind of people.  They are fun, they both have a witty sense of humor, they have an appreciation for art, they love beer and local brewery’s.  In-fact….they opted to have their engagement session at a local brewery.  Originally their plans were to have their ceremony behind the Capen House, a historic home recently relocated to the Polasek Museum property, but as construction schedules often go the home and grounds were not completed on time and the ceremony was moved to the neighboring Polasek Gardens.  Carol and Ty just rolled with it of course and had a beautiful ceremony regardless of the minor location change.  Later they danced the night away with friends and family, ( and beer ) to the grooves of the Making Faces band at the East End Market.  Just to nail home how much fun it was….there was even a fearless Karaoke of Temple of the Dog’s song Hunger Strike.  Yeah!  My kind of people for sure!

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I honestly wasn’t quite sure how to title this wedding post.  Nadia and Andrew’s Pi day wedding (3/14….get it?)was unique in so many ways I just couldn’t sum it up in the title.  It was held in Ocklahwaha FL (I know…where you say?) on a private farm under an enormous oak tree that was located in a horse pasture complete with church pews.  Believe me when I say…there were horses literally running around the ceremony location.  Their wedding reception was located in-between the farm-house where Nadia and her ladies prepared for the day and a horse stable where a 2 month old baby calf took residence.  Baby cow, cutest thing ever!  Andrew’s mother walked her future daughter in law down the isle to her son, one of the sweetest moments I have ever witnessed at a wedding.  Their ceremony time got pushed back 45 minutes due to delays of family members flying in from out-of-state which seriously pushed back our family formal and bridal formal shoot time leaving roughly 15 minutes left to pull off those shots.  Huge thanks to my completely awesome second shooter Wesley Finch of Finch Photography. Not only did he produce many shots seen in this post, but his professionalism enabled us to split the bridal shots between the two of us and knock out the required list in record-breaking time leaving us with roughly 5 minutes to get some killer shots of just Nadia and Andrew pre-reception. A slight rain shower took place as Nadia and Andrew pulled away from the ceremony in a horse-drawn buggy for their celebratory lap around the horse pasture…a sign of good luck no doubt.  Later they joined family and friends for their open air reception as the sun set.  Nadia’s “father/daughter dance” was had with her brother standing in dads place, a very sweet moment to witness.  The remainder of the night was filled with plenty of dancing and shenanigans….all in good fun under the market lights and stars.

P.S.  Nadia has quite an arm.  I have no clue where her bouquet went during the bouquet toss. LOL!


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  • Crystal Mendoza (Matron of Honor) - Steve and Wesley caught such amazing moments and truly worked fast with the allotted time left over. I cry each and every time I view the photos. Thank you for creating forever memorie .ReplyCancel

    • admin - Thanks Crystal. What a fun day it was…..and the wedding party just topped it off. What an insanely fun group of people!ReplyCancel

I was so honored when Chelsea who happened to be a friend and co-worker from my former years working at Disney’s Tarzan Rocks show contacted me to be the photographer for her and Colby’s wedding.  Their small intimate noon wedding was held on the lawn of the Ritz Carlton Amelia Island overlooking the ocean followed by a brunch style reception in the Ritz Carlton Salt restaurant .  Chelsea sister stood as her matron of honor while Colby’s daughter stood by his side as “best young lady”.  I hadn’t seen Chelsea in close to 10 years since our days at Disney and it was such a pleasure to be part of her and Colby’s special day.  I wish them a lifetime of love and happiness.  Congratulations!


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I will always be the first to admit, I am not one for words and far from the best writer in the world.  I’m the type who likes to let the wedding images do all the talking.  It has been a busy year and I can’t believe I’m just sitting down to blog my first wedding of 2015 which happened in February.  I’ve certainly have some blogging to catch up on starting with Lori and Jamie’s beautiful wedding at Mission Inn Resort located in Howey-in-the-Hills.  Their wedding was not just your typical wedding, but this was more about two families coming together as one.  Lori’s two sons walked her down the aisle and immediately took their places at Jamie’s side as his groomsmen while Lori took her place at the altar with her two daughters and Jamie’s daughter standing by her side overlooking the golf course.  After the ceremony they joined their guest at an open air reception in the Plaza de la Fontana while a beautiful sunset graced the champagne toasts and dinner, followed by the cake cutting and plenty of dancing under the stars.  Congratulations Lori and Jamie!

Venue: Mission Inn Resort & Club

Florist:  Bob Tucker, Miss Daisy’s Flowers & Gifts

Event Coordinator:  Events by Miss Daisy’s

DJ Entertainment: Accent Entertainment

Cake: Grubby Cakes


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