Our John Michael Exquisite Weddings and Catering team was beyond excited to create a fantastic fall networking event for all of our Central Florida wedding industry colleagues.
The wedding industry has been hard hit during COVID-19 and seeing our wedding partners come together brought a smile to our faces.
Celebrating at Celebration Gardens
Celebration Gardens was the ideal location to host this Orlando event. The gardens looked spectacular. They have done lots of upgrades in the last few months, including new grass across the open lawns and moving the iconic red telephone booth inside the gardens.
The wide-open outdoor spaces allowed for physically distant seating. The layout took full advantage of all areas of the gardens that were in full bloom.
A Few Of Our Favorite Things
Hosting our colleagues from across the Orlando wedding market allowed us to create a delicious menu with some of our favorite John Michael foods.
At check-in, guests were offered a choice of color-coded bracelets, letting other guests know their comfort level in physical distancing! What a great idea.
As guests gathered, our team offers a selection of our most popular butler passed hors d’ oeuvres. Offerings included Fiery Mac and Cheese Bites, Feta and Sundried Tomato Crisps, Mini BLTs, Beef and Blues, and Bacon Wrapped Dates.
Mix and Mingle
We loved seeing old friends and making new ones!
While everyone mingled and enjoyed some small bites, our John Michael Exquisite Weddings and Catering team served up some of our signature infused waters. Our favorite flavors included – Cucumber and Mint, Strawberry-Lemon, and Fresh Basil with Lime.
We also offered two signature cocktails. Good Luck Charm was a combination of Jim Beam, Limoncello, Fresh Lemon Sour, and Mint, garnished with a Sugar Rim and Lemon wheel. The second was a seasonal Apple Cider Mojito with Rum, Apple Cider, Lemon Juice, Mint, Apple slices, and a Cinnamon Stick.
Strings the ‘Beverage Burro’ carried beers to thirsty guests, while his partner Jak the Wedding Llama did a little networking. What a fun interactive addition to the outdoor event.
Yes, wedding pros love to eat. We see great food all the time, and networking in our industry always includes wonderful food. Our John Michael culinary team created two stations for this networking event.
Station One offered Chef carved Beef Brisket with Caramelized Onions, Sweet and Spicy BBQ Sauces, and Pomerey Mustard. Presented with Garlic Mashed Potatoes, fresh tossed Caesar Salad and warm Rolls with Butter.
For the second station of our Chefs prepared Flaming Donuts that could be topped with each person’s choice of Chocolate, Raspberry and Caramel Sauces, Powdered Sugar, Cinnamon Sugar, Chocolate Curls, Whipped Cream, crushed Candied Nuts, Crumbled Bacon, crushed Graham Crackers, Coconut, crushed Oreos and Sprinkles! YUM!
Needless to say, our Central Florida Wedding Association partners loved getting together for some great food and networking.
A special thank you to all of the industry partners who made this event such a success.
Central Florida Event Venue: Celebration Gardens
Event Catering: John Michael Exquisite Weddings and Catering
Floral and Décor: Atmospheres Floral and Decor
Event Photography: Classically Cool Event Productions
Gify Booth: Sugar Pop Productions
Animals: Farm To You Revue
Valet Parking: VIP Services Of Orlando