Charles + Chensi’s Orlando Science Center Wedding
Feb 24th, 2019
Real Wedding Highlight courtesy of Live Happy Studio
Tell us about the couple.
They met on Coffee Meets Bagel, a dating app. After chatting online for a few weeks, they decided to meet in person. Their first date was at a Ramen restaurant called Sapporo. It was moderately awkward, since they are both introverts but thankfully, according to Chensi, “no nuclear meltdowns occurred.”
They really got to know each other on their second date at Cocoa Beach where they just walked and talked for hours analyzing Star Wars, swapped book/manga recommendations, and talked about their lives before moving to Florida. What was originally planned for a 3-hour date lasted longer and longer as they were just enjoying time with one another. “It felt so natural,” Chensi said.
Did the wedding have a theme or a style?
They wanted a wedding that represented them specifically: quirky and elegant, relaxed and fun. They tried to blend in elements from their Chinese heritage – for example, oranges as the centerpieces to symbolize prosperity and good fortune. Nearly all of their music was classical arrangements from various video games of their childhoods and films by Studio Ghibli. Lots of friends were playing “guess that song” once they realized what they had done with the music. Charles and Chensi also wanted the wedding to be interactive for all of their guests, hence the scavenger hunt and the trivia game.
What was your favorite detail?
My favorite detail of their wedding was the fact that they had a wedding pie instead of cake! How different.
What was the most unique aspect of the wedding?
The most unique aspect was how they weaved their personal style into their day. It was truly about them while still keeping with some family traditions that were important to them, like the tea ceremony.
What was something that you will remember about this wedding?
I asked the couple what they thought was the most memorable part of their wedding and this is what they said:
Charles: When I saw Chensi for the first time during our first look in Leu Gardens. It was a separate space and time just for the two of us.
Chensi: When we finished our first dance. We had only minimal ballroom dance experience when we started lessons but we knew this was something important to the both of us so we put aside time and energy for months to work on this dance. I felt so proud that we were able to accomplish this together.
What was your favorite thing about the venue?
The venue coordinators! The staff at the Orlando Science Center are always on point and if there is a question, they’ve got an answer and always are helpful and fun.
Helpful tip or advice for other engaged couples planning?
Keep the sunset in mind when you’re planning. If you have a planner they will help with your timeline, and if not, your photographer can help too. Consider the time of the ceremony and what time the sun sets that day. Maybe you’ll be doing a first look and want photos beforehand so you can have a ceremony at sunset. Maybe you want all the photos after, in which case we suggest ending the ceremony around an hour before sunset, to give us plenty of light for all of your portraits.
Vendor credits –
Planner: Mikaela Crisp, Orlando Science Center
Florist: Lee Forrest Design
Stationary/Invites: Minted, Elly for ceremony programs, Susan Moyal for reception menus
Favors: Signature Coins
Catering & Linens: Cuisiniers
Make-up Artist: LeJeune Hair & Makeup Artistry
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