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Today, I had a guided tour of the brand new Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World. The resort is absolutely stunning and is a perfect addition to Orlando’s luxury locations to host a wedding.
Four Seasons Resort Orlando Wedding Photographer

The Four Seasons Resort Orlando had their grand opening last week and the grand ballrooms will be opening very soon. I was able to visit some of the spaces that will be used for weddings and they are gorgeous.

One of the things that stood out to me about the resort was that there was diversity, while still being cohesive. The chandeliers that are throughout the resort and in the ballrooms are amazing. The grand staircase in the lobby is the perfect location for bridal portraits.

They made a very smart decision with the 7000 sq. ft. King Meadow Lawn (The ideal space for an outdoor wedding) — Instead of having a permanent structure in place on the lawn for ceremonies, the area is open. This allows couples to have flexibility in planning their wedding — Do we want a gardens backdrop or perhaps the lake? The resort itself may also be an option for the backdrop.

Another smart thing that I appreciate as a photographer — all of the natural light that comes in to the ballrooms through the giant windows. Many of the rooms are also closed off by beautiful curtains that can be raised for the room reveal.

The biggest ballroom is the Grand Ballroom, located on the Lobby Level, which can hold about 700 guests. However, the room can be split in to three. If the room is split, so is the lobby area for the ballroom. This allows multiple functions to occur at the same time, completely separate from each another.

The Palm Ballroom, located on the Palm Level will most likely be the most popular location for weddings. Guests can walk in from the King Meadow or Lady Palm Lawns to this room which is perfect for about 150 guests. There is also a lobby and pre-function area which would be a great choice for cocktail hours. The room has very neutral colors (ivory and light grey) which gives a lot of flexibility.

Orlando is one of the top destinations for intimate weddings and there are plenty of locations throughout the Four Seasons Resort Orlando for an intimate wedding. The intimate wedding spaces were laid out in a way where you and your guests are removed from anything else going on at the resort.

I’m looking forward to all of the function rooms to open and to start photographing weddings here. The resort is a beautiful facility that I’m sure you will fall in love with as well.

For more information on Four Seasons Resort Orlando, please visit www.fourseasons.com.

Kim and Josh were married at Shades of Green in Orlando on a beautiful fall day. I have always said that in Orlando, October is one of the best months to get married and with good reason. The weather made for a perfect setting for an outdoor wedding in the courtyard at Shades of Green.

Kim and her attendants were getting their hair and makeup when we arrived. From the moment we got there, we felt so welcome. The whole bridal party were awesome and they smiled for photos from the minute we got there until after the last dance.

The ceremony was held at the Garden Gazebo in the courtyard of Shades of Green. The Magnolia Ballroom hosted the reception where Diverse DJ of Orlando entertained the guests with fantastic music.

Since Kim and Josh had first met on Halloween, they decided to have their wedding on Halloween. For the rehearsal dinner, everyone came dressed in Halloween costumes.

Candy Bar


Kim came up with a great way to have a candy bar at their wedding. Since the wedding was on Halloween, they went with Halloween candy and themed the candy bar to match the day.

Shades of Green


Shades of Green is a gorgeous resort tucked away at Walt Disney World right next to The Magic Kingdom. Not many people know about the resort, as it is an official Armed Forces Recreation Center – open only to US Military members and their families. The location is still available for weddings and the two PGA courses were a great location to go for photos after the ceremony.

Wedding Vendors


Bridal Gown: Symphony from Minerva’s Bridal (www.minervasbridal.com)
Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal (www.davidsbridal.com)
Hair and Makeup: Magnolia Spa at Shades of Green (www.shadesofgreen.org)
Floral: Jonathan’s Flowers (www.jonathansflowers.com)
Ceremony: Garden Gazebo at Shades of Green Resort (www.shadesofgreen.org)
Officiant: Rev. John D. Williams, Sr.
Reception/Catering: Magnolia Ballroom at Shades of Green Resort (www.shadesofgreen.org)
Entertainment: Diverse DJ Entertainment of Orlando (facebook.com/diversedjsorlando)
Cake Artist: It’s Tasty Too (www.itstastytoo.com)
Photography: DSWfoto (www.dswfoto.com)

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I love living in Orlando, Florida! We are so fortunate to have so many great events that take place in this town. I think it’s the draw of Walt Disney World and Universal that makes Orlando such a great stopping point for tours. New York wedding photographer, Doug Gordon, came to the Lake Buena Vista Hilton today to host his Fashionable Wedding Photography Workshop. He admits how much he loves Orlando, visiting here nine or ten times a year.

I saw Doug as one of the presenters at last year’s WPPI (Wedding and Portrait Photographers International) Road Show that came through Orlando. While there were many great speakers that day, I felt that one hour was not enough time for all of the content that Doug was trying to cover. So, I was so glad to hear that he was coming back to Orlando.

Since then, Doug was honored with the United Nations (Yes, THAT United Nations) International Council of Photographs Leadership Award, an amazing and well deserved honor. Having been a wedding photographer for over 20 years, he has definitely made a name for himself, running a business that photographs over 900 weddings every year.

His energy and humor from WPPI came through today as well. Doug Gordon has a great wit that keeps the students very entertained as he goes through a great deal of information.

The four hour wedding workshop was held at the Hilton Lake Buena Vista across the street from Downtown Disney. After a brief introduction and some awfully coordinated “YMCA” dance steps, Doug launched in to a very powerful motivational speech.

We had two models for our class who filled the role of bride and groom. Doug started the class by briefly going over some lighting concepts, demonstrating them on our bride.

After that, we all headed outside for about two hours of shooting. I have to thank Wendy Gunderson who posted a review of the May 24th workshop in Chicago. That blog post gave me a heads up that we may be doing some photography outside. And, yes, it was in the 90s today.

Doug went through his flow posing with the bride and groom on the lawn of the Hilton Lake Buena Vista. Great posing is extremely important to great photography. It’s amazing how Doug goes from pose to pose. That is where the 20+ years of wedding photography experience shows.

Even though I brought my camera for the wedding photography workshop, I knew that there were going to be over 50 people in the class. So, I mostly used my camera for note taking and grabbing pictures to share with everyone on this blog. I’ve always been apprehensive about using workshop photos as part of a portfolio, and all of my portfolio photos are from actual weddings and portrait sessions.

Just like the WPPI road show, I walked away seeing so much great stuff, but out of the over hundred poses he demonstrated, only 5 – 10 will I remember. So, I opted this time to pick up some of his instructional DVDs.

His next workshop will be in Los Angeles on June 26th and I strongly recommend it to anyone in the Southern California area. Doug is a great educator and an extremely nice (and funny!) guy. Visit his site at: Doug Gordon Workshops for more information.

Doug Gordon explaining to the class posing techniques during the fashionable wedding photography workshop at the Lake Buena Vista Hilton.
Fashionable Wedding Photographer Workshop held at the Hilton Lake Buena Vista
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Doug Gordon hugging the bride and groom.
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Bride and Groom posing at the Orlando Wedding Photography Workshop held at the Hilton Lake Buena Vista
Bride and Groom laying on the grass.  Fashionable Wedding Photography workshop held at the Hilton Lake Buena Vista across the street from Downtown Disney.
Fashion Wedding Photography Workshop held at the Hilton Lake Buena Vista.