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Nicki + Matt – Married at Bella Collina Country Club – Orlando Wedding Photographer

I always LOVE capturing weddings at Bella Collina, because it is like being swept away and transported to a Tuscan villa in Italy. When Nicki and Matt asked me to capture their wedding day I was thrilled to be able to work with them and Bella Collina again. Nicki had planned a vintage-themed wedding focused around “Love is the Key”. She and her wedding planner, Maria Balestriere from Blush by Brandee Gaar included the most amazing details to go along with her theme. The tables had vintage door knobs with key holes and each guest had their own vintage key attached to their name card. The place card holder was a covered in wood and lace and held each of the guests names. The cake by Priscilla Lucas at Party Flavors Custom Cakes was ivory with lace accents covering the tiers. Lee James Floral Designs  stunned the guests with beauty by covering the entire area where the bride and groom stood to exchange vows with white rose petals, alongside two beautiful towering arrangements.

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The bride had a vintage rose bouquet that was so romantic and lovely. We stole away and captured some amazingly beautiful portraits around the fountain area as well as the old rock wall near the towering oak trees. Bella Collina has such a variety of gorgeous scenery, you can get so many different looks for your wedding portraits.

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The reception area was beautifully lit by Get Lit Productions and Phil from Soundwave Entertainment was the DJ for the event. It was a pleasure working with this amazing team of vendors as well.

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Enjoy the sneak peeks of their beautiful wedding day.


Bella Collina Golf and Country Club

Soundwave Entertainment, DJ Phil

Get-Lit Productions

Party Flavors Custom Cakes

Lee James Floral Designs

Blush by Brandee Gaar – Wedding Planner, Maria

Heather Rice Photography

Make-up by M3 – Makeup

VIP Transportation Group

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Hillary + Bo = Married – Cypress Grove Estate House wedding photographer, Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes Wedding photographer, Orlando wedding photographer

Hillary Staley and Bo Staley chose Cypress Grove Estate House for their intimate vow ceremony and the Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes Orlando for the reception. The day was one I won’t soon forget. We really had an adventure taking portraits at the Ritz…we went off-roading and got stuck in the mud ( I pushed us out), then we headed out exploring the Ritz property. We shot in and around the garden area, rested in hammocks, and even got a little fly fishing in, while exploring the property. What a FABULOUS location for a wedding celebration!

Hillary and Bo, I absolutely ADORE you both! Congratulations and best wishes as you begin your new journey together. Welcome to the Heather Rice Photography family.

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Chase & Sarah’s Casa Feliz Wedding – Casa Feliz Wedding Photographer, Orlando Wedding Photographer, Winter Park Wedding Photographer

Chase and Sarah were married just a few days before Christmas and planned an intimate and beautiful winter wonderland for their nuptuals the the beautiful historic home and venue Casa Feliz in Winter Park, Florida. They included so many intimate and special details into their big day, like a wedding photo from their parents and grandparents on the tables and decor. I absolutely LOVED the idea of having the guests sign the wine corks. Enjoy this winter wonderland wedding and the beautiful memories that were made that day. Congratulations Sarah & Chase!

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VENDORS: Heather Rice Photography

Venue: Casa Feliz Winter Park, Florida

Caterer: Arthur’s Catering

Florist and Event Planner: Suzanne Nichols Design Group

Tent Rental/DJ/Uplighting: Orlando Wedding & Party Rentals

Photo Booth: Photobooth Rocks



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A Sweet Disney Engagement – Disney Wedding Photographer, Orlando Wedding Photographer, Orlando Engagement Photographer

Rachelle and Timothy love all things Disney, so it was fitting that they wanted to incorporate Disney into their engagement session. We chose the Disney Boardwalk area for their super-sweet portraits. I’m looking forward to capturing their wedding this fall at the Lake Mary Events Center. Enjoy some “Sweetness” with these beautiful images today.


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Casa Feliz Wedding Bliss – Winter Park Wedding Photographer, Orlando Wedding Photographer, Historic Casa Feliz

I always love working at unique venues and Historic Casa Feliz in Winter Park, Florida is unique and full of charm. I love to explore the little alcoves and archways and quaint brick facades, and the house set behind the lush green golf course is perfect for portraits. I was so excited when Frank and Amanda asked me to photograph their wedding there in June. Their vintage details and bright, summer colors of yellow sunflowers and blue dresses and ties popped perfectly against the accents of the historic house. I had so much fin capturing their wedding day. I loved seeing the two of them swooning over one another and I can’t help but giggle when I look back and see all the pictures of Amanda, so clearly overcome with excitement she was wrinkling her nose as she smiled from ear to ear. ADORABLE!

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Amanda and Frank had an outdoor ceremony and cocktail hour planned, but the thunder and lightning came about an hour before the ceremony, and was followed by a terrential downpour of crazy rain! I was fearful the bride would be dissappointed her dream outdoor wedding would now be moved inside, but Amanda took it in stride and smiled saying, “I LOVE the rain, and can’t think of a better way to have my wedding than an intimate inside ceremony”. The wedding was moved into a smaller room with a view of the golf course from the wall of windows. Frank and Amanda’s ceremony was amazing. Renee from A Lovely Ceremony was their officiant and the event was full of laughter and happy tears. I love the moment Frank wiped away Amanda’s tears during their vows. I got a little choked up myself.



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21335_10201035422303694_351703300_nI always have a great time working alongside amazing vendors, but it’s extra-special when I get to work with vendors I have had the pleasure of working with at other weddings, because I know the excellent work and professionalism they offer. When your wedding team works together well and have the best interest of the bride and groom at heart, the day is a guaranteed success! We all had a great time working together to help their celebration be the most amazing day of their lives. So many special moments to treasure. I always feel honored to have been chosen to be the one to capture the special memories for my wedding couples. Out of all the photographers out there, they chose me! Lucky, lucky me, to get to spend the best day of their lives with them, making memories!



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VENUE: Historic Casa Feliz, Winter Park, Florida

PHOTOGRAPHER: Heather Rice Photography

OFFICIANT: A Lovely Ceremony

DJ: Meister Productions

RENTALS: Orlando Wedding and Party Rentals

CAKE: Perla’s Cakes


CATERER: Arthur’s Catering

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PHOTOGRAPHER’S CONFESSION #2: Let There Be Light – Central Florida and Orlando Wedding Photographer, Uplighting Your Event

PHOTOGRAPHER’S CONFESSION #2: “Let There Be LIGHT”It’s true, we hate to tell you this, but that ceremony space and reception ballroom area always looks 200% better when accented with dramatic uplighting. You’ve spent tons of time and money on the details, but the lighting really helps your photographer and videographer capture the ambiance in your video and images, and makes your details pop!

Your budget is something to consider when planning your wedding, but we photographers really have to confess that we hope you do factor in a little extra for uplighting into your big day’s budget…I kind of have a “thing” for warm amber uplighting in a room…I think it’s HOT! 

Check out the before and after image in the top two photos taken at the Grand Bohemian Orlando. Both are beautiful and the space is a show-stopper all on it’s own, but when enhanced with the dramatic amber uplighting the mood really is transformed into a romantic space, perfectly accenting the mood and tone for the wedding ceremony.

If you are looking for uplighting vendors, check with your DJ. Most offer uplighting services for a nominal fee (varies based on the number of lights you get and the size of the room/rooms), but most offer packages where you can add on uplighting to your DJ package.

Thank you, Kristin Wilson from Our DJ Rocks and Mark Wilson from Photobooth Rocks for doing an amazing job of uplighting the Grand Bohemian Hotel Orlando wedding of Meme Mader Siqueiros and David Siqueiros on June 23, 2013. It is always a pleasure working with your amazing team of pros!



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VENUE: Grand Bohemian Orlando

DJ:  Our DJ Rocks

PHOTOBOOTH: Photobooth Rocks 



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Lady & Danny’s Vintage Historic Dubsdread Ballroom Wedding – Orlando Wedding Photographer

One thing I know about weddings, you can’t control the weather…as was the case the day Lady and Danny decided to get married at The Historic Dubsdread Ballroom. The stage was set for a gorgeous ceremony out under the grand oak tree, but Mother nature had another plan in store…about 10 minutes before the scheduled ceremony, the rain began to pour, much to the bridal party’s discontent…but never fear, Dubsdread jumped right in and made the best of what could have been a bad situation and fixed the reception area in the ballroom for the wedding to take place there instead. They even hung the bride’s paper decorations that had been hung in the trees outside. Nobody would have ever known that wedding wasn’t intended to be inside, as the room was spectacular, and the bride and groom were thrilled!

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Lady and Danny chose to do a “First Look” and were so pleased we had done their portraits earlier in the day, so they didn’t have to worry about portraits in the bad weather. We got some gorgeous shots out on the Dubsdread golf course. They yellow and melon colors really popped against the greens of the gold course, and the vintage theme was so much fun! Lady looked STUNNING and Danny, so suave.

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The two were very emotional as they exchanged their vows. The fun began when the reception started. The bridal party walked in and then all broke out into the “Wobble” on the dance floor. It was so much fun to see! I loved working with Lady and Danny to capture their Big Day! If you are interested in my wedding photography packages, be sure to contact me through the website.

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Carmen and Aaron’s Old Florida-Themed Wedding Published in Orlando Wedding Magazine – Orlando Wedding Photographer

I LOVE working with fun and laid-back couples and Carmen and Aaron take casual cool to a whole new level. The couple planned their DIY wedding in their lovely back yard, complete with tent, mojito station, wine bar, pastry table and more. Aaron brews his own beer and had two special varieties on tap for the wedding guests, along with a cigar area and Scotch. The decor was a mix of traditional and old Florida, with cigar boxes decorating the tables and Florida oranges mixed into the design. I wasn’t surprised when Orlando Weddings Magazine decided to feature their table decor in their current issue of the magazine. The magazine selected their tables, with cigar boxes and Florida oranges as their cover story images. The clean, yet elegant table decor was a perfect fit for their fun wedding.



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I always love capturing and telling wedding stories, but this one was so much more exciting for me because of all the personal touches Carmen and Aaron included into their wedding day. I asked the couple if they had written out vows and Carmen presented me with a sheet of small paper, with the vows typed out, while Aaron’s were hand written and a little crumpled from carrying them around in his pocket all day. It was a detail I knew I had to capture as the vows the two of them wrote to each other were some of the best I’ve seen over the years. They included details like Aaron agreeing to “Always top off Carmen’s beer”. Good stuff.

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The couple agreed to do a “First Look” together, so their could maximize their portrait time and spend more time with their family at the actual wedding and “after party”. It was so much fun capturing the love the two share. As I snapped away, Aaron would whisper into Carmen’s ear and she would burst into laughter. Their love radiates all through their wedding day images. They are so clearly in love, and have a good time together!

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One of my favorite details from the reception was the small chalkboard I found inside the house. I passed it around to all of the wedding guests and had them write personal messages to the bride and groom, then I took their photo with their message. The couple even got to leave personal messages for each other that they wouldn’t see until they saw their wedding proofs.

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As the day drew to an end, I was left with a good feeling about love and life. Aaron and Carmen are so much fun and I thought to myself, “Work isn’t supposed to be this much fun, right?” I know one thing, those two definitely know how to throw a good party…I just hope I make it on the guest list again. Check out the feature published in Orlando Weddings Magazine.

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Stylized Wedding Shoot – Casa Feliz, Winter Park, Florida

The best things come from collaborations and this is especially true of the vendors who contributed to make our Casa Feliz stylized photo shoot a success. I was so honored to work with amazing vendors like, The Pastry StudioLee James FloralTrue Envy Salon, Melissa Hinds lead Wedding and Event Planner from Once Upon a Wedding, Minerva’s Bridal, Kirby Rentals, Scott Adams, Annarose Krone, and Barefoot Empire Films.

I was amazed with all the vendor contributions to our collaborative effort. I called Lee James, and he agreed to contribute the flowers. Thomas, from Lee James Floral brought over the most beautiful floral table centerpieces and glass decor, and a stunning bridal bouquet, complete with rhinestone accents in each rose. Melissa Hinds, worked tirelessly to bring together the table linens, decor and organized the photo shoot with me. She is an amazing wedding and event planner and I am so thankful for her hard work and effort in bringing the creative vision behind the shoot to life. The Pastry Studio arrived with the most gorgeous 3-tiered elegant cake, which looked amazing amidst the pop of blue accents of the Casa Feliz house.

Trish and Ramar and their team of hair and make-up professionals from True Envy Salon really did a fantastic job on the hair and make-up looks and especially the vintage hair piece and look. Those models looked amazing! And, speaking of models, what can I say about Scott and Anna? They are both amazingly talented and naturally gifted at what they do. I was honored to be able to work with models of that calibre. Stanley and Enrico, from Barefoot Empire spent the morning filming the behind the scenes reel. Check it out Behind the Scenes Casa Feliz.

A BIG “thank you” to everyone who helped out that day. It was a dream team, for sure. Looking forward to future collaborations. I love the images from the day! Take a look and leave some comments!


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