As we bid adieu to yet another gorgeous week on SMP Florida, we couldn't resist sending you off into the weekend with this floral-filled Miami affair by the talented Captured Photography by Jenny. Held at the breathtaking Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden and complimented by the floral design of Kitanim – A Floral Design & Event Company, it's hard to find a wedding more lush than this one! You'll have all weekend to lust over all the pretty details, so don't forget there is even more in the full gallery of images!
From the bride... Ryan and I live in Los Angeles. When Ryan asked me to marry him in Santa Barbara in March. Soon after, we decided we wanted to have our wedding in my hometown of Miami. I always knew I would get married at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. My family has been involved with the Garden for years, my Bat Mitzvah was there, and it's just a fascinatingly beautiful and unique place. I fell in love with Jenny's photography on Style Me Pretty. Her pictures consistently articulated this youthful bliss, this sense of happily-ever-after, that I just adored. When a friend of my mother's told us she had hired Jenny for her own wedding, we knew it was meant to be. Jenny and her assistant, Shelly, were a dream team. They laughed with us, snapped more pictures than I thought possible, and made everyone feel so comfortable.
Ryan's cousins happily agreed to be the musicians for our ceremony. They played such interesting music: scores from Forrest Gump and The Princess Bride for the processional, and a totally funky take on "Sign, Sealed, Delivered" for our recessional. And before the ceremony, as we played cat and mouse with the Florida rain, our talented cousins kept our guests entertained with instrumental versions of old favorites from the Beatles, Bruce Springsteen, and other classic artists. Ryan's sister and father sang "You're All I Need to Get By" during the ceremony, a beautiful wedding tradition in the groom's family. Having our family so involved in all of the music really made our ceremony one-of-a-kind and very personal.
Kitanim did our floral and event design and provided our day-of-coordinators too. Meredith, the owner, is so sweet and so dedicated to her work. Meredith and her team at Kitanim took my ideas and suggestions and turned them into a breathtaking reality. Every detail was better than I could have planned. I wanted centerpieces with height, but I did not want that height to seem unnatural or forced. I wanted plenty of green, but I also wanted pink; I was looking for something natural, old-fashioned, but fresh and sweet and lovely. Each table—complete with its centerpiece, soft burlap linens, and decorative stones, candles, jars and vases —perfectly bonded that mossy, old-garden feel with a sweet, youthful brightness. (My mom, true to self, spent the summer scooping up all the jars and lanterns on sale at Pottery Barn.) As a midnight snack and a thank you to our guests, we provided fresh oatmeal raisin and chocolate chip cookies, along with little cartons of milk. After a send-off full of bubbles and laughter, we hopped into the convertible and drove down Old Cutler Road, one of the most scenic routes in Miami, as husband and wife. It was such a sweet ending to an amazing night.
Photographer: Captured Photography by Jenny / Floral Design, Event Design + Coordination: Kitanim – A Floral Design & Event Company / Venue: Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden / Hair: Rodolfo Hair Gallery (305-444-7443) / Cake + Desserts: Divine Delicacies / Caterer: David Schwadron / DJ: Corey Feldman / Dress Designer: Nicole Miller via Nicole Miller West Hollywood / Groom's Attire: Men's Warehouse / Jewelry: David Yurman + Maria Elena / Shoe Designer: Kate Spade / Stationery: William Arthur via Paper Pigeon / Veil + Hair Accessories: Nordstrom at Village of Merrick Park / Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew