By Kara Franker

A wedding at The Ritz-Carlton sets a new standard in romantic elegance. Gloria and Craig Mackinnon said "I do" at the beautiful open-air gazebo on the property in Orlando. Facing the west, situated between The Ritz-Carlton Spa’s private pool and Golf Club, the gazebo offers stunning sunset views and the sparkling blue lake as a backdrop.

Don't take my word for it. Watch the video below to see for yourself:


(Special thanks to SPARK and Brewer Photography for the stunning shots).

"After the ceremony, our guests were escorted to the Citrus Garden for the cocktail hour," Gloria said. Located on the east side of the property, the Citrus Garden offers a secluded feel and is completely shaded in the late afternoon and evening.

"Our reception was held in the Plaza Ballroom and we enjoyed a delicious plated meal. We danced the night away afterward," she said. "It was truly amazing!"

Amazing it is. The ballroom, with silk wall coverings, light sconces, gold embellished mirrors and nine chandeliers, is both luxurious and intimate.

I asked Gloria what made her decide to pick the Ritz in Orlando for her big day.

"We fell in love with the property and felt it would be a wonderful location for our guests," she said. "We have traveled a lot and have seen some amazing places, but Florida is where we found each other."

The Ritz-Carlton offers two wedding packages depending on the size of your invitation list.

Signature Weddings

Celebrate your momentous day in the grand style only The Ritz-Carlton can provide. This package is perfect for parties of 35 guests or less.

Luxury Weddings

Relax and relish in your special day by designing your own luxury ceremony and reception. Available to weddings of all guest sizes, these weddings are specially created to reflect your personal preferences, interests and dreams.

The Ritz-Carlton Luxury Wedding includes:

  • A private tour of the property to select the perfect location for your ceremony and reception,
  • A customized package designed by a Ritz-Carlton personal wedding specialist
  • Wedding concierge to coordinate your most special day.

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