The Princess and the Frog

Jul 27, 2020

Disney princess-inspired styled shoot with whimsical florals and a soft, romantic color palette at Paddlefish in Lake Buena Vista, Florida 


Our dreams of a fairytale wedding came to life through this “Princess and the Frog” inspired styled shoot, captured at a waterfront restaurant in the heart of Disney Springs. To pull off this magical micro-wedding, a team of creatives collaborated on a foundation of soft, romantic tones and an abundance of whimsical blooms. 

To kick things off, the design studio created the most detailed invitation suite incorporating summery blue and olive-green tones, complete with a drawing of the waterfront venue itself. 

“The main focal point of the shoot was our beautiful bride,” said the event designer, “and her gorgeous Tiana-inspired gown.” 

For the model’s bridal look, she wore an opulent gown inspired by none other than Princess Tiana. The elegant, slender silhouette was made for the bride and boasted a strapless sweetheart neckline. Delicate tiers of soft tulle and lace cascaded down the length of this dress, adding a modern yet vintage flair. 

Her jewelry and accessories were kept minimal and simplistic so that the gown could really shine, and she wore a simple loose low updo and natural makeup with subtle hints of greens and sparkle around the eyes.

“...or as we like to call it, pixie dust!” said the event designer. 

The groom’s ocean blue, peak lapel slim-fit suit evoked summery, coastal hues. He paired the trendy suit with a light mossy green bowtie, a pair of gold-rimmed eyeglasses and a classic boutonniere.

In the bridal bouquet, blush roses popped with hints of violet blooms and silver brunia balls sprinkled throughout. A few tropical phiesmeralda leaves were added to resemble lily pads, while sprays of wildflowers and silver dollar eucalyptus gave the arrangement a playful essence. 

“Flowers reminded us of the beauty that could be found in the bayou down in New Orleans,” said the event designer. “The look was lovingly referred to as ‘elegant swamp.’” 

The ceremony site was set atop a reimagined, modern and luxurious steamboat, where the iconic Disney restaurant venue boasts a rooftop level with waterfront views and enchanting market lighting.

“We kept the ceremony decor pretty simple with just a floral garland mounted to the railing of the private deck,” said the event designer, “capturing the essence and view of the resort.”

Floral design as the focal point was continued throughout the dinner party decor, with a few beautiful green glass vases filled with greenery, blush florals, bunches of wildflowers and hydrangeas. The two long guest tables also had pink, wispy cheesecloth runners, paired with slim green garland.

The venue’s existing tables and chairs were the perfect elements for a social distancing-approved indoor dinner party. In addition to the floral centerpieces and mismatched candles, the romantic tablescape showcased modern place settings with copper geo chargers, matching stiletto flatware and mismatched green goblets.

“The custom menus and place cards (which are totally symbolic of a frog’s tongue) made our table fit for a princess,” said the event designer. 

In front of the “Happily Ever After” boxwood wall popping with ivory roses, the petite, single-tiered wedding cake was displayed with gold foil accents and floral garnishes and was complemented by a platter of pink iced cookies. 

“As for the dessert display,” said the event designer, “we featured a flower wall that just leapt off the theme from our dining tables...beignets included, of course.”

To top it all off, a New Orleans-style brass band provided vibrant live wedding entertainment, bringing the team’s fairytale vision full circle as they watched the bride and groom dance the evening away. 

Talk about making magic! 

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Creative Team

Leonardo Fifth Avenue
Lily's Bridal

Emma Anne Photography

The Unorthodox Baker

Bella by Yanice

Best in Brass

Le Fleur Atelier
Orlando Wholesale Florist

Paper Goods + Calligraphy
The Moxy Workshop

Reverie Events by Jessica Renee

Rentals & Decor
Treasury Rentals
Orlando Flower Walls


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