Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Wedding Wish-List Wednesday: Loews Portofino Bay Hotel

As anyone who knows me can tell you, I am somewhat obsessed with Italy.  Italy is, to me, the epitome of romance, culture, and elegance.  Anything that evokes Italy catches my eye, and the beautiful Loews Portofino Bay Hotel in Orlando is no exception.  This place looks like a little bit of Italy settled right into the heart of Florida.  They bring the culture directly to you!

Loews Portofino Bay Hotel is listed on as one of the most romantic hotels in Orlando.  Not surprising, considering its inspiration.


(photos courtesy of Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Orlando)

Portofino Bay Hotel believes in what is known in Italian as amore.  Their elegant Italian spaces say that, loud and clear.  Elegant, refined, and absolutely romantic.

They offer three luxurious ballroom to choose from for your wedding day, each beautiful and unique and ready to be custom-designed for the individual bride and groom's needs.

There is the Venetian Ballroom: "Soft hues line the ballroom space, which can be dressed to your preferences. Five bay windows overlook lush green foliage, and add natural light to your event."  The glittering Venetian glass chandeliers and Venetian wall sconces add that touch of Italian authenticity and create the perfect space for a large party.  I'd love to photograph a magnificent black-tie affair in this space.

Then there is the Ligurian Ballroom -- named for body of water which feeds the actual Portofino Harbor in Italy.  This ballroom has "a lively natural color palette, and is elegantly appointed with distinct crown molding, chair rails, tray ceilings and private foyer space."  Sounds fabulous to me!

And their third and grandest ballroom is the Tuscan Ballroom.  Spacious and sophisticated, this ballroom can accommodate at least 1,000 guests!  If you want an impressively large wedding, with everyone you know celebrating with you, I think this is definitely the place to do it!  "The décor features beautiful draperies, grapevine-design wall coverings, Tiffany-style chandeliers, and grand windows overlooking a small outdoor patio."  Sounds to me like this ballroom has everything.

The Portofino Bay Hotel does, of course, offer outdoor options as well.  The Villa Piazza is a versatile space on the property's lawn with views of the hotel itself as well as a simple little gazebo that can easily serve as a space for the wedding altar.

Their other outdoor option is the Citrus Piazza.  "This secluded courtyard is capped with a rustic, intricately designed gazebo and a graceful fountain. Located adjacent to the Venetian Ballroom, this space creates an easy flow from ceremony to cocktails and then to your reception."  Sounds like you even get the best of both worlds out of this space!  And I have always been a sucker for a gorgeous gazebo -- not to mention fountains, which are certainly essential in creating that true Italian feel.

I would definitely have to say that Loews Portofino Bay Hotel is a perfect option for those who, like myself, can't get enough of Italy.


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