Ever dream of finding a hidden garden? Like you used to see in old romance movies, where the prince sweeps the princess off to a private part of the garden that no one else knows about.

The Estate on the Halifax is just the perfect hidden gem nestled in Port Orange, Florida.

Kristina + Taylor were blown away with this riverfront historic estate home with breathtaking views and serene surroundings….Who wouldn’t want to have a two-story historic house with an amazing waterfront view to get ready with your bridal party on wedding day?

Their wedding was our first one at The Estate on the Halifax and we simply fell in love with the stunning outdoor space, but it was not the the only attention grabber. The gardens seem to be endless with secret little spots from a small chapel, a gazebo to a winding water mill and several cottages on their 5,000 square ft grounds. The bridesmaids got ready at a neat house called Agatha’s Guesthouse, it had a beautiful architectural design and a ton of interesting furniture. The groomsmen got ready in the Club Car, an old railroad train car that was converted into a lounge.The beautiful archways, koi fish ponds, train tracks and snow white cottage really make this venue one of a kind.

Southern elegance meets romantic getaway, that is the only way to describe Kristina + Taylor’s wedding. The ceremony was held outside in the garden, under the pavilion. The bride wanted to involve her sorority sister in the wedding and still have bridesmaids. Her sorority sister each had a single red rose, as Kristina passed them on the way to the altar she was handed the roses from each of her sisters. The sorority sisters were not the only unexpected additions to the wedding party. Kristina and Taylor have a best friend that lives with them, and each of them wanted him to be in the wedding. He was given the title “Best Man of honor.”

While the ceremony was romantic, the reception was more southern in nature. The reception house was all wood inside, from exposed beams to wood side panels and stunning wrought iron staircases. Truly the perfect little spot for and romantic intimate wedding. Market lights were strung from the beams in on the ceiling. On each guests’ place setting was a small mason jar with jam. Kristina wore two different dresses for the evening, one princess style for the ceremony and one more fitted for the reception.

The evening was stunning; it truly represented both the bride and the groom. Listening to the vows they wrote for each other, you could see how perfect everything was, no aspect was left to chance or done carelessly. It was truly the perfect wedding to start our fabulous 2017 wedding season. Congratulations to the new Mr and Mrs. Dacko. We wish you a lifetime of health, love and happiness.

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Planner: Pavone Events

Venue: The Estate on the Halifax

Catering: Aunt Catfish

Hair and Makeup: Laura Reynolds Artistry

Officiant: A Beautiful Ceremony

Ceremony Music: Christine MacPhail

Photography: Norman Yu

Videography: You & I Pictures

Linens: Connie Duglin Linens

Cake: Cakery Creation

Florist: Rachael Kasie Designs