When Nicholas Norden walked into a speakeasy for his first date with Jamie White, his first thought was “This is the girl I am going to marry.” As avid travelers, Jamie didn’t think a proposal was coming when they planned a vacation to Italy. “The hot air balloon, however, came as a surprise,” smiles Jamie. When they arrived at the launch site, a tour operator started taking photos of the couple, and once they were 10,000 feet in the sky overlooking the Tuscan countryside, Nick asked Jamie to marry him.
Once they returned home, the pair began planning their nuptials. Though they initially considered Aspen, they ultimately decided to exchange vows in a location that would be more easily accessible for their loved ones. They selected Orlando, Florida, where Jamie grew up, so they could be surrounded by all of their friends and family. While touring venues, the betrothed visited a few hotel properties, and it was “love at first sight” when they stepped into the Four Seasons. “With our venue, we were able to keep everything on property, so it truly was a vacation for everyone who came,” adds the bride.
When the sun went down, attendees found their seats for the winter ceremony. It was important to the bride that they have a traditional Jewish wedding, so Jamie’s childhood rabbi married them and explained all of the customs to ensure everyone understood the significance of the ceremony. “The Jewish elements truly captured the essence of what our roles were to become as husband and wife,” confirms Jamie. “After the ceremony, many guests told us it was the most meaningful and enjoyable ceremony they had ever attended.” To make the service even more inclusive, guests were seated in the round.
“After the ceremony, many guests told us it was the most meaningful and enjoyable ceremony they had ever attended.”
After the “I dos,” loved ones made their way into a sophisticated ballroom for the reception, which was designed to have a timeless and elegant feel. The design scheme showcased white florals with gold accents. To add interest to the space, curved tables surrounded the circular dance floor, long feasting tables were placed around the room, and large round and square tables were also incorporated. Centerpieces designed by Fiora Design Studio showcased high and low arrangements of white roses, baby’s breath, tulips, lisianthus blossoms, and phalaenopsis orchids, accented with warm candlelight to create a romantic setting.
Loved ones enjoyed a delicious sit-down dinner service, followed by desserts. “We decided to forgo serving wedding cake and just did desserts for everyone… The cake was a ‘fake cake’ apart from the part where we cut into it,” describes the bride of the five-layer confection featuring gold accents. The couple also reimagined a monogrammed dance floor and instead personalized the center of the space with lyrics from their first dance to “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” by Aerosmith. Thus, “I just want to stay with you in this moment forever, forever, and ever” filled the circular dance floor.
Though they did incorporate some traditional elements throughout their nuptials and the décor was timeless and elegant, Jamie and Nick made sure to honor themselves throughout the celebration. “The entire weekend reflected our personalities,” confirms the bride. “Although we deeply appreciate beauty and sophistication, we are both fun loving and can be super silly. The elegance of The Four Seasons and my dream team made sure this was our focus throughout the night and also the rest of the wedding weekend.”