Carrara Nour (belly dancer Orlando) performs at an Egyptian wedding at Crystal Ballroom at Veranda MetroWest. Photography by Anna So

Real Orlando Wedding: Marianne & Patrick at the Crystal Ballroom at Veranda in MetroWest

As an Orlando belly dancer, I believe that the perfect wedding contains three magic ingredients: 1. Great Music, 2. Entertainment, and 3. Lots and lots of dancing. While all of my couples appreciate the value of great entertainment, my September couple Marianne and Patrick went above and beyond to create the Party of a Lifetime at their Crystal Ballroom at Veranda wedding. My belly dance performance was just the beginning of an unforgettable evening. The ridiculously gorgeous Phoebe Vecchioni and Phoebe’s Samba Team dazzled the crowd with their hot Brazilian Carnival act after my show, and DJ Michael Lofaro of Rhythm of the Night Entertainment kept guests dancing all night with his high-energy personality and style. If you wanted to …

Swords, Smoke and Dangerous, Beautiful Things: a Photoshoot with LoveStorey Photography

What do you get when you play with swords and smoke? A fabulous photo shoot!

After working several weddings with Orlando wedding photographer Mandy Austin of LoveStorey Photography, I finally got her all to myself for a photo shoot right before the Holidays! But Mandy only had one request: we had to do something different than anything I’d ever shot before. That meant saving my “usual” bright, whimsical, fluffy stuff for another shoot, and exploring something darker, edgier, and sexier. (We also did a couple of shots with lighting inspired by Pantone’s 2014 Color of the Year, “Radiant Orchid”)

It was fun to slip into a “warrior goddess” persona for this shoot, and very fitting to channel some of …