Updated: Jan 28
Villains get married too, right? I’m gonna go with yes! So when I saw the trailer for the new Cruella movie featuring Emma Stone that comes out this week, I was DEAD for all of the fashion and general bad-assery…pardon my French. So, I designed a styled shoot in the most magical place on earth. Welcome to Cruella’s micro wedding at STK in Disney Springs.
To put us in the dalmatian mood, the custom designed invitation suite featured a subtle hint at spots and cigarette smoke sealed by a marble paw print wax seal.
Just down the road from the ceremony & reception location at Disney Springs is the B Resort and Spa, where our couple enjoyed the perks of a glam session in the bridal suite on the top floor. Complete with a living room, kitchen, dining room, bedroom, and bathroom, the bridal suite’s sweet spot was a killer view of Disney Springs. Awaiting our couple in the porte cochere was none other than a vintage, bright, shiny, red 1929 Packard in mint condition. The bride and groom got to take some devilish photos with the vehicle, but I definitely wouldn’t trust Cruella driving this classic. (*cue chaotic car-driving music*)
Of course, the Cruella theme was designed around this bad girl’s love and rebellion around fashion. An unexpected bridal suit in ivory was a clear statement for the daring bride. Complimented by a dramatic headpiece, 1920’s curls and a bold red lip, the bride was modern, edgy and fabulous. The groom’s all black attire with his platinum hair made the pair perfectly antagonistic. The bridal bouquet and boutonniere featured mostly white flowers, a few pops of dark red, and black spray-painted blooms for the roughness of a villain.
If you pay close attention to the trailer (or just watch it a million times like I did), you’ll notice Cruella standing with her favorite spotted pooches in front of a brick building — STK, obvs — aka, our ceremony and reception spot. This venue was absolutely perfect for a micro wedding because of the outdoor Terrace that could be made either private or semi-private for a little gathering. The opening into the cylindrical tower made for the simplest ceremony site — just add a hint of florals that say “it’s a wedding, dahhhling” and you’re good to go (British accent is obligatory). The floral garland adhered to the brick wall gave us the combined textures, romance and edginess that we were going for. We made use of the existing outdoor chairs for an intimate group of 8 made for a cost effective micro wedding inspired by the queen of evil herself, with a hint of a magically Disney (Springs) view.
If Cruella LIVES for furs as she made very clear in the animated original movie, I think she would DIE for the fabulous dinner menu offered by STK. Known for their perfectly seasoned steaks, exquisite seafood and ever so sophisticated bar, a wedding reception for a true villain has never looked (or tasted) as good as this. But, it’s not a wedding without cake if you ask me. We leaned into the rebellious side and did an asymmetrical square cake with a clever nod to Cruella’s favorite animal print and a dramatic cascade of bold flowers. The customized fashion-forward cookies complimented the dramatic statement and were almost too beautiful to eat.
Our tablescape for the bride and groom and their hand chosen guest list of 6 made everything come together. A marble charger that looked like the smoke from Cruella’s cigarette, black plates and flatware and a martini glass fit for the rebel in all of us. A black and white blocked menu (like her black and white hair) was neatly laid at each place setting with a dog tag placecard adorned with a fashionable tassel. The runner of baby’s breath in the center of the table was like inverted dalmatian spots — white, fluffy and soft to compliment the roughness of the plates.
The entertainment was a live jazz band that performed some of today’s popular hits with an edgy, jazzy twist. Of course Cruella’s theme song made an appearance as the bride and groom danced the night away.
Hey, Emma Stone, what do you think?
Thank you to the Vendor Team that made this magic with us:
Planning & Design: rêverie events by Jessica Reneé
Photographer: Olive and Co. Photo
Videographer: Ben Jimenez Video
Venue & Catering: STK Orlando
Florist: Alyssa Maldonado Design
Tabletop Rentals: Orlando Wedding and Party Rentals
Stationery: The Moxie Workshop
Cake: LuBelle's Cakes
Cookies: Doodlebug Cookie Co.
Music: Noire Productions
Ready Room & Porte Cochere: B Resort and Spa
Vintage Car: Cole's Classic Cars
H&MUA: The Bella Agency
Suits: Leonardo 5th Avenue
Bride model: Nicole
Groom model: Nic