Real Orlando Wedding: Julissa + Chayanne

There’s nothing I love more than a fairytale wedding. You know, the kind where two too-good-to-be-true human beings who have been through everything in life together, finally get their Ever After. The kind of wedding that makes even a seasoned vendor like myself want to tear up a little.

Julissa and Chayanne’s Arabian-themed wedding at Radisson in Celebration was nothing short of magical! From the plum-and-gold Moroccan-style drape and decor to the serendipitous way it all came together, this Orlando wedding was filled with fairy dust and had everybody feeling the love.

The most wonderful moment happened just before my show, when the DJ handed the mic to Julissa’s daughter and her little voice announced, “I’m gonna be a big …

New Video! Full-Length Show Coverage from Ashley and Ryan’s St. Cloud Wedding

What do you get when you combine a too-cute-to-be-true couple, an awesome crowd, and a fabulous fusion belly dance show with dramatic Isis wings, shimmering candles and sassy raqs assaya (aka the “party stick”)? You get a picture-perfect wedding. Literally picture perfect, when you’re working with your good friends at SugarPop Films and their 3-camera crew!

Brian Bazala was nice enough to send me this BEAUTIFUL footage that he and his team captured on Ashley and Ryan’s special day at the Riverside Pavilion in St. Cloud. It is not only a short teaser clip, but virtually my entire show, edited only to show a few different angles and some fun, silly and adorable reactions from the crowd.

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Real Wedding: Catherine and Mustafa at Ballroom at Church Street of Orlando

Salaam alaikum! Long time, no blog.

2014 has been off to a crazy start! And yes, the good kind of crazy, with tons of beautiful weddings from Orlando to Sarasota; from a reception emcee’d entirely in Vietnamese, to a Valentine’s-themed wedding, to a real-life Big Fat Greek Wedding with a belly dancing bride.

Catherine and Mustafa’s Egyptian/Afghan fusion wedding at the exquisite Ballroom at Church Street was exceptionally stunning. When it came to the couple’s wedding entertainment, Mustafa picked a traditional Afghan-style wedding entrance. Of course, Catherine wanted something from her Egyptian heritage, and chose a belly dance performance!

With the help of Catherine’s DJ (Brian with Standing Ovation Entertainment) and planner (Jackie Hauer with Down the Aisle Events

Real Wedding: Grace and Ronald at Timacuan Golf Club in Lake Mary

A gorgeous, newly renovated Orlando wedding venue. A Fall palette of chocolate brown, champagne, and pops of orange, with lots of shimmer in the decor. A photobooth, a rockin’ DJ, and a first dance with a Michael Jackson “Thriller” finale. What could possibly complete an already perfect and romantic Florida fall wedding?

A belly dance show, of course!

Grace and Ronald got married at the beautiful Timacuan Country Club in Lake Mary this past October, and I was thrilled when they came to me to provide that little extra “wow factor” for their elegant reception! Grace and I instantly hit it off, because she and I were very like-minded. Like myself, Grace loves music, dance and exploring other cultures, and …

Is a Multi-Dancer Show Right for You?

Carrara performs belly dance with Vanja at an Indian wedding in Tampa Belly dance is traditionally a solo improvisational dance form – but for some audiences, one set of hips just isn’t enough! While most of my Orlando and Tampa belly dance clients request a solo show, I get a small handful of requests each year for duet and trio shows, usually for weddings and corporate events.

Aside from being fun for selfish reasons (let’s face it: I could use a little company backstage and on a long drive home!), multi-dancer shows provide an extra dose of visual “oomph!” that’s fitting of an opulent, Maharani-style wedding. Picture the impact of three dancers in color coordinating costumes, entering a room with lit shamadans (candelabra headdresses), or whirling in unison with colorful silk veils! …