Alexandra Calvet & Dustin Brown
October 3, 2015 in Orlando, Florida
Alexandra Calvet and Dustin Brown first met as students at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. Although they were both part of Greek life on campus, attended the same activities and had many mutual friends, neither of the two ever imagined they would be married someday. It wasn’t until one Halloween night, after graduation, that Dustin asked Alexandra on their first date.
Before proposing during a ski trip to Colorado, Dustin made it a point to ask for approval from Alexandra’s father. He also secretly asked over thirty of their closest college friends to meet them during Super Bowl Weekend to be present during that special moment. After popping the question, the newly-engaged couple and their friends celebrated with champagne sent over from Alexandra’s parents.
The wedding planning process was headed up by the bride-to-be and her mother, as they both love event planning and attention to detail. Alexandra also enlisted the help of a group of vendors, all who were friends of hers, as she wanted a team she knew could handle the job.
On the day of the wedding, the bridal party arrived at Alexandra’s parent’s home early to get ready with a team of makeup artists, a hairstylist, and a massage therapist. The ceremony was held at the family’s church, St. James Catholic Cathedral in downtown Orlando. The family was no stranger to the parish priests, and the Bishop of the Diocese of Orlando was an officiant of the marriage. Touchingly, the bride’s sister had their grandmother’s ring redesigned into two separate rings, and presented her with the original band accompanied with a new diamond the groom had selected. That way, both sisters would have a special keepsake to represent their grandmother.
After the nuptials, a live harpist welcomed guests to the reception where they were served two types of signature cocktails–Manhattans and mojitos, with the mojitos being a nod to the bride’s family originally being from Cuba. The ambiance was nothing short of pure elegance, as a pianist set the mood. For the décor, the couple had envisioned “bringing the outside indoors,” which involved covering the walls with greenery and hanging beautiful white flowers from the chandeliers.
The rest of the reception was filled with liveliness and excitement on the dance floor, as confetti cannons got the party started. One highlight, in addition to the traditional father-daughter dance and the bride and groom’s first dance, was when Dustin’s fraternity brothers serenaded the bride with their traditional Sigma Alpha Epsilon song. Throughout the evening, the bride made three gown changes–each new dress being even more stunning than the one before. On their way out, the ladies in attendance were given thank you cards and white roses from the newlyweds.
At the end of the night, Alexandra and Dustin went out with a bang when fireworks were set off as they drove away in their Rolls Royce. The wedding, although it was a black-tie affair, was also warm, welcoming, and personal–exactly as the couple wanted.
> Written By: Lauren Malamala