When KT Merry‘s name pops up in our inboxes, we always do a little happy dance. OK…a big happy dance. Because we know when we take a peek at her images, prettiness will ensue. Timeless prettiness. Prettiness like this gorgeous Miami wedding. The type of wedding that makes you feel like you need to catch your breath after gawking at all the gorgeous images, and that ultimately leads to one literally breathtaking gallery of images!
From the Bride… We wanted to get married in South Florida, where we met and currently live. After visiting many venues, we immediately fell in love with Vizcaya, a historical estate on Biscayne Bay with gorgeous gardens and a lot of character. Throughout the planning process, we wanted to make sure we created a wedding that included as many personal touches as possible. In fact, even our wedding date was chosen for sentimental reasons — not only was it the weekend we met four years prior, but it was also my grandparents’ wedding anniversary. Our goal was for our family and friends to leave with the sense that they’d experienced a unique wedding that truly told the story of us. For instance, since both of us grew up spending family vacations along the water (Jeff at Siesta Key Beach and Lori at Lake Michigan), we held a sand ceremony, during which we blended sand from both beaches into one vase. We also tried to include personal details throughout the cocktail party, such as the vintage typewriter from the 1920’s, displayed next to the wedding weekend newspaper that written by the groom and handed to guests upon hotel check-in, symbolizing Jeff’s writing career. And we made sure our band, which we actually found at a bar, played the type of up-tempo anthems that our generation has come to love. In every way, from start to finish, our wedding was always about the personal touches. nd ultimately, that’s what made our day feel so special when it was all over. We don’t look back and think about the storm clouds that popped up just before our ceremony was about to start, but about the experience that represented us so well and the celebration of the beginning of our married life together.
Wedding Photography: KT Merry / Wedding Venue: Vizcaya Museum & Gardens in Miami, Florida / Floral Design, Lighting, Stage + Dance Floor: Parrish Designs / Catering: Bill Hansen Catering / Wedding Invitations: Smock via Arabesque of Naples / Place Cards: William Arthur via Sincerely Yours, Diane / Personalized Cocktail Napkins: Designed by the Bride & Groom via Sincerely Yours, Diane / Ceremony String Quartet: Monty Bloom Ensembles / Reception Band: Sekond Nature / Cigar Roller: Miami Tobacco Traders (305-445-0100) / Wedding Dress: Vera Wang via Ever After Miami / Bride’s Shoes: Angela Nuran via Boca Raton Bridal / Bride’s Ring: The Bride’s Maternal Grandmother / Bride’s Necklace + Earrings: Family Heirlooms Borrowed from the Bride’s Paternal Grandmother / Bride’s Bracelet: Ever After Miami / Hair: Andrea Alikaj (239-537-7210) / Makeup: Rachelle (954-260-5919) / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Amsale via Bella Bridesmaid / Bridesmaids’ Earrings: Kendra Scott / Groom’s Tuxedo, Bow Tie, Cummerbund + Pocket Square: Hugo Boss / Groom’s Tuxedo Stud Set: David Donahue