Kristen and Josh II

July 23, 2009

Our bride Kristen and her Maid of Honor, Tara, were gracious enough to share some pictures and their personal accounts of the wedding. More of their pictures from Chris Paxman Photography can be found on our previous post.


From Kristen:

“Our wedding was at eight in the evening so I had a full day of anticipation. The Orange Tree was a great place to spend the day relaxing and getting ready for the big event. It was great to be able to have a relaxing lunch with my mom and bridesmaids at the Fairway Terrace before we started getting ready. The rooms were great plenty of room for all of us to get ready together. My favorite part of the wedding was right before I walked down the aisle, having that moment to see all my guests, bridal party , and my future husband waiting for me on the steps of the beautiful gazebo. Having my dad by my side made the moment perfect. It was breathtaking walking down that isle with the view of the illuminated fountains and the full moon.

 It was a beautiful ceremony performed by a Pastor that I have known for over 20 years. It was so nice getting married to the man I love by someone I grew up with, it was a very transitional moment.

 It meant so much to Josh and I that so many traveled from all over the US to be with us on our special day.

 Walking into the reception hall was beautiful! The cake looked amazing in the corner with the pink gerber daisy topping. It not only looked good, but it was delicious!”


 “All the staff was so friendly and it was a very enjoyable experience. Kerry was so organized it made my day as stress free as possible for me.”

From Maid of Honor, Tara:

“We had guests travel near and far from Upstate New York, North Carolina, Seattle, California, and a range in between. It was great to have the Orange Tree suites for family gatherings before and after dinner it was a great place to reconnect and unwind. All the groomsmen wore white roses except for the father of the Bride who wore a red rose in honor of his father who loved red roses.”


“The reception was fun and relaxed the D.J. had the newlyweds play a newlywed game that got the crowd laughing and on their feet! The guests had a blast dancing in the playful glasses that were passed out during Elton John’s Crocodile Rock!”

Ladies, thank you both so much for sharing your stories with us!


Thank You

July 12, 2008

Pam Lucas was the Mother of the Bride for Nicole and Steven’s wedding. Here’s what she had to say:

“From our first meeting with Joyce Harwood, we knew that we were in great hands for having a memorable wedding for Steven and Nicole.  Our expectations for our only-daughter’s wedding were exceeded throughout the planning stages and culminated with a spectacular day when the wedding date finally arrived.  The entire staff at The Orange Tree Golf Resort made themselves available to handle any last minute details, and they did it with grace, style, smiles and kindness!”


“Nicole and Steven were married outside, under the elegant lighted gazebo, just as the sun was setting.  The lighted fountains in the background added to the beauty of the evening.  Joyce was there to make sure each step of the ceremony was attended to. “


“No detail was over looked for the reception that took place immediately after the ceremony.  Our guests could not say enough of the spectacular set-ups of the display tables filled with various cheeses, fruits, and hot/cold appetizers.  The chef and his staff were so creative in the heart-carving of cheeses — it was fabulous!”


“Upon entering the ballroom, we were greeted with table settings fit for royalty.  Centerpieces varied in height and design, with the finest of flower arrangements, fruit, and votive candles — our guests were in awe.  Details included the coffee bar with ice sculpture, the lemon/ lime wine bar, a wedding cake that not only looked sensational, but tasted divine .  Those are just a few of the many touches that made our daughter,  her new husband, and our guests comment that, “this was a wedding like no other”.  


“As a parent, we wanted to make sure our daughter had a wedding that she loved.  Nicole also wanted to make sure that her day was memorable to all guests that came to share this day with her and Steven.  It was important that everyone have a wonderful time.  This was all accomplished.  My special thanks to everyone at The Orange Tree Golf Resort for making the day so extraordinary.”


Pam Lucas

Pam, it was a pleasure meeting you, and thank you again for your kind words!


July 1, 2008

“Words cannot express how happy we are with everything you and Orange Tree provided for our Jan 19th wedding. The service was wonderful, you were amazing and we are so happy we chose Orange Tree for our wedding and reception site. We want to go back and re-live each moment again. Thanks :)”

~Mr & Mrs Goldstein


“Dear Joyce: A special thank you for the many ways you went out of your way for both Nicole and Steven in helping to plan and execute their wedding. The wedding was absolutely wonderful. It was, of course, a very special event for me personally, but it was also one of the most beautiful events I have ever attended. Again, thank you for all you did to make everything so perfect.”

~Mr. Ginsburg


“Dear Joyce and Staff, We can’t thank you and your staff enough for the beautiful job you did on Katie’s wedding last night. I couldn’t imagine how she was going to do all the planning herself and continue in school. Well…I now know she had a staff of “Secret Weapons” in charge. What a wonderful evening we had, everything went so smoothly thanks to you and your staff. Everyone was so helpful and gracious. Thank you, thank you, thank you. you all made our day and evening effortless and worry free, just lots and lots of fun and beautiful memories.”

~Jean, Grandmother of Bride


“Thank you and the entire Orange Tree Resort for making our wedding so easy, flawless and fun. You were so reassuring and helpful. We had a wonderful day with our families that we will never forget.”

~Mike & Erin


“Dear Joyce and Kerry, thank you so much for your friendliness and accommodations during the wedding and throughout the process of planning. We certainly enjoyed or wedding evening and we were impressed with the outstanding service you and your staff provided – especially “the shadow”. David and I both agree that our wedding was the best we’ve ever attended :). Thank you for everything!”

~Mr & Mrs Kaplan


“Dear Joyce, we just wanted to thank you so very much for everything you did you make our wedding so wonderful and so special! It truly was the best day of our lives! Everything was so beautiful and so perfect! All your help is greatly appreciated! So thank you!”

~Mr & Mrs Hendren