Wedding Reception Fun with a Cherry On Top

After a traditional Catholic wedding ceremony, Michael and Sarah hosted their downtown Orlando wedding reception fun at the famous Dr. Phillips House. The Dr. Phillips house is a historic landmark in Central Florida and borders Lake Lucerne. Built in 1893, this estate house allows couples to host their weddings within downtown Orlando, right off I-4. Additionally, it’s charming and feels as if you’re in your own world. Above all, it’s the perfect setting for intimate and mid to large weddings. Each feature makes this historic wedding venue convenient and romantic.

wedding reception fun at dr phillips house downtown orlando
photo by Kathy Thomas Photography

The Dr. Phillip’s house creates a beautiful stage for any wedding reception. For example, this location offers:

a backyard garden,

a newly renovated outdoor reception area with enchanting trees,

twinkle lights,

brick walkways,

water gardens,

gazebo and

an enormous covered porch.

While Michael and Sarah took photos after their ceremony, their guests enjoyed live music from a pianist, The Copper Piano. The Copper Piano’s baby grand was set up on the covered back porch and wedding guests were encouraged to enjoy a cocktail, give their requests, and sing along with The Copper Piano.

Let’s make some memories…

In a moment everyone will remember the groomsmen coordinated their introduction to, “It’s Raining Men“. The wedding party lined up on the wedding gazebo steps, in front of White Rose Entertainment’s DJ set up for the best view of the 1st dance. Sarah and Michael danced for the first time as husband and wife to, “Simply The Best” by Noah Reid. Happy tears were shed as the newlyweds danced in the middle of their family and friends, who naturally formed a circle around them.

bride and grooms first dance
image by Kathy Thomas Photography

Millenia Catering served dinner under the sprawling oak trees with twinkling lights glowing overhead. All the while White Rose Entertainment played music in the background to set the mood. The newlyweds sat back and took in multiple heartfelt toasts from their family, best man, and maid of honor. Meanwhile, the weather was absolutely perfect, cool, with a slight breeze. That is to say, it was Florida’s southern charm at its finest.

After dinner, Michael’s family set the tone for the energetic dance floor with Irish, punk, and Rocky Horror Picture song requests. Following the parent dances and cake cuttings, a sweet surprise was waiting for the wedding guests. Kelly’s Homemade Ice Cream truck was parked in front of the Dr. Phillip’s House, and all attendees were invited to enjoy a scoop!

kellys homemade ice cream

Sarah, Michael, and their guests danced until the last moment of the wedding reception fun. The momentum of all the dancing was captured perfectly by Cona Videography and Kathy Thomas Photography when the videographer and photographer, along with White Rose Entertainment assisted in coordinating one ginormous conga line. Which turned into a wedding guest dance circle! In the middle, Sarah and Michael danced, laughed, and kissed as their family and friends danced and celebrated around them for the most amazing crescendo to any celebration!

Seeing all of our friends and family in one place dancing and enjoying the company of each other.
groom at wedding reception fun

Michael’s favorite part of the reception:

The last slow dance – getting to fully be present in the moment and getting to look back at such a great day.
bride and groom last wedding kiss

Venue: Dr. Phillip’s House

Planner: Anna Christine Events

Photography: Kathy Thomas Photography

DJ/MC: White Rose Entertainment

Cocktail Hour Live Music: The Copper Piano

Catering: Millenia Catering

Florals: Plant Street Flower Cart

Videographer: Cona Weddings (formerly Laiacona Photography)

Late Night Snack: Kelly’s Homemade Ice Cream (Food Truck)

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