It’s Spotlight Day! Where we introduce you to incredible Orlando wedding venues and vendors, and the stories behind their companies who help Wedding Venue Map couples have their best wedding day.
How long would you say you’ve been doing what you do today?
I’ve been doing events since 2003, and started Anna Christine Events in 2008!
How did your work evolve to get you to where you are today?
In 2013 Laura joined me and I could feel a shift. I knew I had the support I needed to really move forward. I had had amazing help from friends and colleagues prior, but no one can compare to the love and support of my sister. So we buckled down, made a plan, and at the end of that year, we rebranded to the Anna Christine Events many know today.
What motivates you to do this every day?
Love! The love we put into every event. The love we see in our brides’ and grooms’ eyes when they see their reception space for the first time. The love we feel in the room when friends and family are celebrating. The love we feel when our clients hug us at the end of the night and say “thank you!”
Tell us about your ideal client.
Laura has a saying: We help nice people have nice weddings! We love working with clients’ looking to celebrate with their friends and families, and make it a special experience. And we love incorporating their personalities into their event so that it’s their own!
Why do you think your business is successful?
We work really hard to make sure both our clients AND our vendor partners have a smooth, stress-free day! We aim to be the calm in the middle of the storm, and I think that’s a quality people want to work with.
What is your best piece of advice for someone that just got engaged?
Knock out these two things first: putting together your guest list and deciding your budget. Once you have that information you’ll know how much money you have and how far it has to go. And it will help you know.
What do you think are the biggest misconceptions about your vendor category?
Lots of people think if you hire a wedding planner you don’t get to design or have a say-so in planning your own wedding, and that’s definitely not true! We can help you with as much or as little as you need. We have clients that have a small idea and we build on that, and we have clients that know exactly what they want and we simply execute it. And we honestly love both!
Tell us 3 venues you enjoying working at and why.
Bella Collina– This venue is gorgeous and there is nothing else like it! The staff is always professional and helpful, doing everything they can to make sure their clients (and other vendors) have a great wedding day!
Luxmore Grande Estate- We love working with this venue! Both the venue team and the catering team with Big City go above and beyond for their couples and their fellow vendors! We love having both outdoor and indoor wedding ceremonies here, and their indoor reception space is like no other!
Cypress Grove Estate House- If you’re looking for a stunning outdoor wedding venue, this is it! We love the classic look of the events we do here, and we love how smoothly things go with the venue team and the Big City Catering team!
Here is what some previous couples had to say…
“Christy is a true gem & handles herself with such grace. She kept me calm during our late night texts & answered every question with ease. Wedding planning is not an easy task. You need a true expert taking charge, keeping you in line, and most of all making sure your special day runs smoothly. Without a doubt, I would hire Christy and her team again. I was at total peace knowing she was in control! Thank you for helping to make our wedding day a dream come true.” – Stacey, Bella Collina
“Hands down one of the best investments for our wedding!!! I was on the fence about a wedding planner but my mom insisted, which is how we met Christy! She went above and beyond our expectations! I was very nervous and she made sure everything ran perfectly!
She answered all our questions in a timely manner, and spent a good amount of time talking with us to understand our vision! The highlight: a guest cut his finger and got blood all over my dress…Christy pulled out all the stops to get my dress clean, and sure enough, there was not a spot left!!!! My one piece of advice to all friends getting married: hire a wedding planner!!!!” – Katelyn, Mission Inn
“Christy and Laura by far The Best Wedding Planners you will find. They listen to details, prompt in answering questions, giving opinions or ideas. They are like Superwomen on your Wedding Day! They make it happen!
They are very responsive in answering emails, text, or phone. They will always greet you with Hugs! They do anything to make sure your Special Day goes Perfect as can be. We will never forget Laura and Christy for making Our Special Day The Most Unforgettable Day of our Lives! We appreciate you being part of our Vendor Team”! – Shaneca, Luxmore Grande Estate