October 10, 2021 / Luxury Wedding Photographer Wedding Photography Tips Wedding Planning Tips Weddings
The Olana Wedding - Toni & Craig
Toni Owens & Craig Brown, a glamorous couple, tied the knot at one of the most elegant venues, the Olana. It is the ideal luxury wedding and event venue to assemble climactic memories that endure ...
The Olana Wedding – Toni & Craig
October 10, 2021 , Luxury Wedding Photographer
Toni Owens & Craig Brown, a glamorous couple, tied the knot at one of the most elegant venues, the Olana. It is the ideal luxury wedding and event venue to assemble climactic memories that endure a lifetime. This well-known mansion is constructed on an expansive 40-acre estate saluted by its lake. Provoked by French baroque architecture, the mansion was built to tribute to Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte in Paris.
The estate spotlights lush landscaping, a tea room designed after New York’s Tavern on the Green, an indoor and outdoor pool, a tennis court, a sports court, vast private suites, and more. The mansion is rich with great details, from the marble floors to the gold-plated elevator to the hand-carved spiral staircase. You can have your outdoor ceremony on their Front or Back Terrace or inside the Solarium or Third-Floor Ballroom. Robbie Stewart from ‘Theexperienceevents,’ planned the wedding and they did an extraordinary job.
The theme of the wedding was black and white. Everything looked majestic at the Olana. The florist Robbie Stewart recently did a marvellous job in decorating the place with white flowers and feathers. The black chairs and glasses reconciled nicely to white flowers on every table with their black vases. I loved the peacock wall with white feathers as peacock tail.
The white flowers-black frames, the Mr and Mrs neon lights on feathers, and the huge staircase with a picture of the bride and groom on one side and the find your seat mirror on the other side, every location to take photos was stunning, and I couldn’t get enough of it. The 6- tier beautiful white cake with golden and silver details delivered by ‘cake daddy’ was beautiful and added more elegance to the overall vicinity.
The bride looked beautiful in a traditional white wedding dress with silver embroidery designed by Ese Azenabor. The groom looked elegant in a white tuxedo with a black bow matching the bridesmaid’s black dresses. Indocino and men’s warehouse and Mac Douggal designed the groom’s suit and shoes and the bridesmaids’ dresses, respectively. Hair – DivaStyles Salon did Hair and Make up by Catch A Face.
The ceremony was inaugurated outside the Olana in the evening when the guests had arrived. We took beautiful pictures of the bride and groom. Ultimately, the bride walked down the aisle as the groom wiped his tears, watching her. That was a heartfelt moment, and I’m pleased I was there to witness it. The couple then exchanged rings and their vows.
I liked the way they wrote vows on wooden slates, and the couple actually “tied the knot” with a jute string attached to a wooden slate which said, “a cord of three strands is not easily broken.” I found this unique. After the kiss, the bride and groom had a special handshake, and we made sure to capture photos of that personal moment. We made portraits of the bride and groom on different backdrops and took photos of the whole family. I appreciated that they reserved seats and put pictures in honor of the people who were not there to attend their special day.
The wedding day was full of leisure, awe, happiness, and enjoyment for all the guests at the Olana. There was delicious well-presented food, a fancy champagne bar, and a DJ Ryan Matthews entertained the guests throughout the event. During the reception, there were two serenades: one from the bride’s sorority sisters and one from the groom’s fraternity brothers. And last but not least, a getaway car and cold sparklers upon exit.
Altogether, Craig and Toni’s wedding seemed like a fairytale. It was simply fabulous. Yearning their life together is as amazing as their day was—we wishing them nothing but a lifetime of prosperity and the best in life.