Portofino Wedding | The Real Wedding of Marissa and Don

May 10, 2019 by Just Marry!

Portofino Wedding | The Real Wedding of Marissa and Don


The spectacular Portofino wedding of Marissa and Don took place on a beautiful day at the end of November. This fun Florida couple was the picture of romance and elegance throughout their big day. We thought their wedding colors of eggplant purple, lavender, mulberry, white, and gold were simply perfect for the venue and the season!

From the couple’s custom wedding cake to their operatic cocktail hour entertainment, this wedding was truly personal and remarkable. It was clear throughout the day that the happy couple was beyond excited to begin their new life together. We were thrilled to be a part of it!


Wedding Planner/On-Site Coordination: Leanna McDonald, Just Marry!
Ceremony Site at the Portofino Bay Hotel: Villa Piazza Lawn
Reception Site at the Portofino Bay Hotel: Venetian Ballroom
Officiant: Ron Rosenzweig, Wed in Orlando
Photographer: Edmund Rhodes, Rhodes Studios
Videographer: Rhodes Studios
Ceremony Music: Soundwave Entertainment
Cocktail Hour Entertainment: Loews Portofino Bay Hotel Duo Opera Singers
Reception Entertainment: Soundwave Entertainment
Florist: Greenery Productions
Hair & Makeup Artist: Beaute Speciale
Photo Booth: Mirror Photo Booth Rental
Rentals: Orlando Wedding and Party Rentals



The Just Marry! Team greatly enjoyed working with Marissa and Don on their Portofino wedding! Here is what their Just Marry! wedding planner, Leanna, shared about their event:
  • Favorite detail

    The wedding cake! The bride had so many amazing ideas for her cake. The Portofino’s talented pastry chef, Jennifer, worked with her to try to combine the concepts. It turned out exactly as Marissa envisioned!

  • A unique element I loved

    The bride’s shoes. Marissa wore glamorous sneakers for the couple’s first look, her bridal portraits, and during the reception. For her ceremony, though, she wore the most stunning sparkly silver heels that I just adored!

  • Couple's choice of first dance song

    “Like I’m Gonna Lose You” by Meghan Trainor ft. John Legend. Marissa and Don also performed a choreographed dance with it. They practiced it for the first time while Marissa wore her dress during the room reveal. It made for a wonderful and memorable moment!


There are so many reasons to host a Portofino wedding! Some of our favorite reasons include: the Portofino’s Italian-inspired architecture and lovely European elegance, the option to enjoy a glass of wine and sumptuous gourmet food options at Harbor Nights on select nights, and Musica della Notte, a nightly live opera you can hear from your room or while enjoying a meal in the romantic Harbor Piazza. Check out some of our other events at this popular Universal Studios wedding venue for even more inspiration:


Are you considering booking a Portofino wedding or seeking the assistance of a Full Service wedding planner? Whatever your planning needs, simply fill out the form below and a member of our planning team will reach out to you right away. We would love to welcome you to the Just Marry! family!

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Portofino Wedding | The Real Wedding of Marissa and Don

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