Universal Studios Wedding Orlando | The Portofino Wedding of Jeff and Marty

July 8, 2019 by Just Marry!

Universal Studios Wedding Orlando | The Portofino Wedding of Jeff and Marty


The Universal Studios wedding of Jeff and Marty took place at the spectacular Loews Portofino Bay Hotel last February. Theirs was a quite and touching event, just the two of them and one of their dearest friends. It turned out to be one of our team’s favorite weddings to date!

We enjoyed the simple, romantic ceremony performed by their officiant, Shawn Garvey. This was a wedding that reminded us that love is what it’s all about! Read on to learn more about this amazing couple’s Portofino wedding.


Wedding Planner/On-Site Coordination: Larisa Southerland, Just Marry!
Ceremony Site at the Portofino Bay Hotel: Vista Balcony
Reception Site at the Portofino Bay Hotel: BiCE Ristorante
Officiant: Minister Shawn Garvey, A Beautiful Ceremony
Photographer: Tab McCausland
Florist: Raining Roses



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

    This was actually one of my favorite weddings ever to plan and coordinate! Jeff was really easy to work with from beginning to end. On the day of the wedding, both Jeff and Marty looked so dashing. They were calm and so ready to get married. I enjoyed every moment working with them!

  • Most emotional moment

    Jeff and Marty had a beautiful ceremony. Their vows made everyone cry. Both Tab and Shawn said in all their years of working in weddings, Jeff and Marty’s vows were the best they'd ever heard. It was a perfect day!

  • Another touching detail

    One of the grooms’ long-time friends found out about their wedding the Friday before and flew down from Washington, D.C. on the day of their wedding so that she could see it. She was their only guest.

  • After the ceremony

    After Jeff and Marty went around the Portofino for their post-ceremony portraits, they had their reception dinner at BiCE (I pulled some strings to get them a good table on the back terrace). They were delighted by how everything went, and I was honored to be a part of their big day!


There are so many reasons to host a Portofino wedding at Universal Studios Orlando! 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 venue for even more inspiration:


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Universal Studios Wedding Orlando | The Portofino Wedding of Jeff and Marty

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