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Classic Cuban-American wedding

Beautifully classic but with a spirited twist, this gorgeous couple and their team of talented vendors brought their “vintage tropics” vision to life in the prettiest of ways. Elite Planning Firm and Ever After Floral Design made sure every little detail was perfect, and thanks to Merari Photography we can get lost in all the lovely here.

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Winter
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Elegant

From The Bride…Carlos and I dated for four years before Carlos proposed at the place where we first met: The National Museum of American History in Washington, DC.

When we started dating the music video for Taylor Swift’s “You Belong With Me” had just come out, and I went on and on about how I was nervous that some teen girl was going to show up at prom with a paper saying “I love you” and the boy she was into wouldn’t reciprocate. Then the first time that I told Carlos I loved him, he pulled that note out of his pocket! Then he surprised me by saving it, framing it, and gifting it to me on our wedding day.

As the wedding planning began, we knew we wanted to incorporate the Miami tropics and our Cuban heritage into the celebration. Mayrelis from Elite Planning took the “vintage tropics” concept and brought it to life. Helen from Ever After Floral Designs incorporated neutral colored blooms, tropical greenery, succulents, metallic vases, wooden bowls, candles and vintage cigar boxes into the romantic tablescapes. Joy Wallace Catering created a menu of island-inspired dishes, including quinoa-crusted mahi mahi, braised beef vaca frita and yucca with pulled chicken. Event Factor kept the Salsa music playing all night long. The night ended with a lively Hora Loca and mini Cuban fritas!

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Photography: Merari Photography | Event Planning: Elite Planning Firm | Floral Design: Ever After Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Anne Barge | Ceremony: Coral Gables Congregational Church | Reception: Comber Hall | Catering: Joy Wallace | DJ: Event Factor | Baked Goods: Edda's Cakes | Getting Ready: The Biltmore | Hair And Make-up: Caroline Monge | Video: Shaina Koren

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Stylish Miami Art Deco Anniversary Session

I’m going to go out on a limb and say that this anni-sesh from Cody Hunter Photography has earned a spot at the tippy top of my favorites list. Bold statement, I know. But once you set your sights on this gallery, you’ll be ready to pin your heart out, too. From the striking black number ala Rent The Runway and happy stripes to palm tree heaven at The Raleigh with mojitos in hand, this magnetic duo sure kicked off year four in serious style.

From Cody Hunter PhotographyLauren & Tylor wanted something special for their 4 year anniversary. Not just a typical Florida beach session. Together with Elleson Events they created a completely out of the box anniversary session. Once they’d settled on spending their anniversary in Miami (they are from Sarasota, FL) – a fun art-deco, vintage vibe was created. Complete with a fun day roaming the streets of Miami with mojitos in hand and ending the night at The famous Raleigh Hotel on Miami Beach.

Photography: Cody Hunter Photography | Design: Hollie Raulerson / Elleson Events | Dress: Rent The Runway | Hair And Makeup: Salon Tease Naples | Tux: The Black Tux | Hotel: The Raleigh | Film Lab: PhotoVision Prints | Swimsuits: American Apparel

Elegant Pastel Safety Harbor Spa Ballroom Wedding

Brimming with pure sweetness, these Sunshine State “I Do’s” may put a lump in your throat. From the beautiful Bride’s priceless expression while reading a love note from her Groom-to-be, to the Bridesmaids giggles, to the adorable Father Daughter dance, every emotional moment, captured by Jacqui Cole Photography, is filled with lovely and is all in the gallery right here!

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Summer
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Elegant

From Jacqui Cole PhotographyCourtney and Adam choose to host their special day at the Safety Harbor Resort and Spa. Courtney looked absolutely incredible in her blush Allure Bridal gown! The Bridesmaids wore stunning pistachio green dresses accompanied by soft blush florals by 2Birds Events. After a beautiful church ceremony, Courtney and Adam joined their guests and danced the night away. The happiness from this day is just to clear from the photos, it was such a joy to capture!

From the Bride…Adam and I actually met in high school and started dating at the end of our sophomore year. We had been set up on a triple date with some friends, but wanted to get to know each other a little better first, so our first official date was a run around our high school’s campus. We love having this story now, because my parents first date was also a run around their college campus and they have been married for 30 years! We got engaged the week of our eight year anniversary and the Saturday before Easter, which is a big holiday for both of our families so it was so fun celebrating with them the next day and Adam had hidden my ring in a plastic Easter egg.

Since Adam and I met and grew up in the Clearwater area, we knew that is where we wanted to get married. My family had been members of the Safety Harbor Resort and Spa since I was in high school and Adam and I had gone there a bunch to go to dinner and hang out by the pool, so it held a lot of great memories for us. We felt it would be the perfect place to have the reception, because besides being beautiful, it also held the number of people we planned on inviting and we really wanted to have the reception at a place where guests could stay on site. We also knew we wanted to have a Catholic wedding ceremony and the beautiful Espiritu Santo Catholic Church is right down the road from the Spa, making it the perfect fit for us.

After booking the church and the reception site, our priorities for booking vendors was the photographer and DJ, as we knew their availability would probably hold the shortest timeline. We absolutely loved all of our vendors and would absolutely recommend them to anyone getting married in the Tampa Bay area. We found our fabulous photographer, Jacqui Cole, through mutual friends, Adrienne and Chase, who were using her for their wedding a month before ours. I saw Adrienne and Chase’s engagement photos and immediately fell in love with Jacqui’s photography style and knew I had to have her for my wedding. Adam and I first met Jacqui at our engagement shoot. Adam and I were both pretty nervous that we would feel cheesy or awkward during the engagement shoot, but Jacqui made us feel so comfortable and we ended up having a blast! I would highly recommend engagement photos to any bride who is questioning whether to do them or not because it really helps you feel at ease with the photographer on the wedding day. By the time the wedding came around we felt like Jacqui had become a great friend and we had a blast celebrating the day with her, which I think also came across in our wedding photos (which we LOVE!). We also loved our DJ, Ben. Adam and I wanted fun music playing and everyone dancing the entire reception, so having a great DJ that would keep everyone up and moving was really important to us. Ben had the most contagiously fun personality and was the perfect fit for our wedding. Lastly, our videographer, Ian, captured so many wonderful memories from our wedding day, some of which we didn’t even realize until we watched the video. One of the things I loved most about Ian was the fact that he met us at the church prior to rehearsal and interviewed Adam and I separately to capture our feelings right before the big day. It was so nice to have clips of our interviews intermingled throughout our video to really capture all of the excitement and love that we were feeling for each other, our family and our friends. We ended up booking all of our wonderful vendors through recommendations of people we knew and trusted. It was nice hearing first hand what their experiences were like, and I would highly recommend it to all brides!

One of the most special things to me about the wedding was my wedding dress. I wore the most beautiful blush pink Allure Bridals ball gown. Besides being gorgeous, the dress held extra significance to me because I was able to order it from my aunt, who owns The Bridal and Formal Shoppe of Pendleton in South Carolina. It was so fun having someone I am so close with so involved in one of the most special and important things to me about the wedding.

Our wedding style was classic and elegant but with lots of fun mixed in. Our colors were blush pink and pistachio/sage green, with hints of gold and ivory thrown in. Our ceremony was very traditional (maybe minus the blush pink dress :) Our reception was much more laid back. We did a buffet style dinner and had done the maid of honor/best man speeches the night of the rehearsal, so there was no formal sit down dinner. We really just wanted everyone to kick back, relax, and be able to dance and celebrate with us all night long! We also had donuts from Dunkin Donuts delivered for a late snack, because who doesn’t love donuts?

My favorite moment during the wedding day was definitely seeing Adam for the first time as my dad walked me down the aisle. I feel like every girl dreams of that moment on her wedding day, but the love and emotions I felt at that moment was something I could have never dreamed of. I will also never forget the look on Adam’s face. I think we were both just so excited and happy that after being together for so long, we were really getting married!

My advice for future brides would be to remember to keep your eye on the prize (i.e. your wonderful husband to be) and the fact that the main purpose for all of the crazy planning is to marry your soul mate. Planning a wedding is so fun but also undeniably stressful at times, especially in the beginning when you are trying to make big decisions about which vendors to use and what sort of theme/vibe you want to have on your big day. While pinterest and huge wedding websites can be great resources, they can also be overwhelming at times. Therefore, I would also recommend talking to any friends or family members who have recently gotten married, as they will be able to give you first hand scoop on their experiences and vendors! Most of all, enjoy your day and don’t stress about the little things. You are getting married to the love of your life and that is all that matters!

Photography: Jacqui Cole Photography | Videography: Movie Magic Productions | Floral Design: 2 Birds Events | Cake: Chantilly Cakes | Reception Venue: Safety Harbor Resort And Spa | Bride's Shoes: Adrianna Papell | DJ: Grant Hemond And Associates | Men's Attire: Mens Wearhouse | Bridal Gown: Allure Bridal | Bridal Gown Store: The Bridal Shoppe Of Pendleton | Makeup And Hair: Michelle Renee | Photobooth: Snap Shoot Photo Booth

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Romantic Garden Wedding at the Powel Crosley Estate

When Justin DeMutiis Photography and Stonehouse Events team up for a wedding, magic happens. Case in point: this gorgeous garden affair at the romantic Mediterranean-style Powel Crosley Estate. With a dreamy lace Pronovias gown, gorgeous florals by Botanica and a romantic al fresco reception under the stars, this bride and groom got a fairytale start to their marriage. See it all here.

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From Justin DeMutiis PhotographyLindsay and Dennis began their adventure one magical night in Hong Kong. With just one look and a smile, their lives were changed forever. With a shared love of cooking and traveling together, this international couple, Lindsay from Pennsylvania and Dennis from Sweden would share their two loves and create a celebration of memories that will last a lifetime!

Lindsay and Dennis selected the one and only Powel Crosley Estate in Sarasota, Florida as the place they would declare their love openly to each other in front of their nearest and dearest family and friends. The day was full of love and emotion beginning with sweet moments while everyone was getting to Lindsay’s grand entrance into the ceremony. She entered the ceremony to a beautifully played, “Happiness Does Not End” by Olafur Arnalds, a song that was very meaningful to them both. Dennis met Lindsay as she was walking the aisle and the two completed their walk together to become husband and wife. They each declared their own personal written vows to each other and exchanged rings. They were married!

The celebration continued while guests enjoyed the Bride’s Bellini and the Groom’s Gin and Tonic as signature cocktails as well as an assortment of passed hors d’eouvres during the cocktail hour. The space was filled with candles and soft hues to capture the love of Lindsay and Dennis. The dinner experience was extremely important to Lindsay and Dennis. So the groom relied on his brother, a chef and his Best Man to create a customized five course dinner and his sister to pair each course with a specialty cocktail. The Swedes and American’s enjoyed Swedish songs and toasts to the bride and groom along with heartfelt speeches shared by their loved ones throughout the dinner. The tables were exquisite with soft florals and candles galore, it was the perfect back drop to this fun filled evening. As the final dessert and cordials were served it was ready to move to the dance floor; where the guests danced the rest of the night away!

It was a magical beginning for Lindsay and Dennis and would become the start to their new adventure as husband and wife!

Photography: Justin DeMutiis Photography | Videography: Life's Highlights | Floral Design: Botanica | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Catering: Fete Catering | Hair & Makeup: Femme Akoi | Officiant: A Wedding with Grace | Venue: Powel Crosley Estate | Ceremony/Cocktail Hour Musicians: Bella Musica | Chair Rentals: A Chair Affair | Event Coordination: Cindy Stonehouse | Lighting And Draping: Affairs In The Air | Musician/DJ: INPULSE Entertainment | Tent: US Tent Rental

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Classic + Glamorous Miami Wedding at Villa Woodbine

This gorgeous Bride and Groom envisioned a timeless wedding, and their Old Hollywood Glamour affair at Miami’s Villa Woodbine is full of details that will never go out of style. From the Bride’s classic look to the stunning reception décor from Unearthed Vintage and the vintage getaway car, this wedding is crazy beautiful. See all the glamour from Jessica Loren Organic Photography here.

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Winter
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Villa
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Rustic
From The Bride…Our hearts’ desire was to create something intimate…a unique setting that felt like “us” and an unforgettable opportunity to surround ourselves with our closest family and friends, many of whom were traveling from across the country. Some of our very first dates were in Coconut Grove, a historic, Bohemian-esque bay-side neighborhood in Miami — and when we started our search for a destination, the 1930’s Villa Woodbine mansion instantly drew both of us in. Tucked away behind tall foliage, it gave us the feeling that we had stepped back in time….and what we wanted was ‘timeless.’ My mom is an artist—and a baker—and with our vision in mind, we were together able to get hands-on and create so many elaborate details ourselves…from the escort cards and table numbers —which were crafted from the aged pages of old novels—to the gold calligraphy on the invitations…and even the small, ceremonial cake and dessert bar. Everything was meant to have a personal touch and to blend from one accent to the next….and from the ceremony outdoors and dining under the stars to the fellowship, live music and dancing, we felt that our vintage, romantic night in the garden was filled with so much sweetness. We put our hearts into the celebration…and it was ultimately a reflection of our love, our families and our friends…all of which have been so important to us. It was, without question, more than we could have hoped for, and looking back on these breathtaking photos, we’re reminded of how fortunate we were…and continue to be.

Photography: Jessica Lorren Organic Photography | Floral Design: Hirni's Wayside Garden | Wedding Dress: Alon Livne | Invitations: Paper Plenty | Catering: Bill Hansen Catering | Hair & Makeup: Tatjana Terzic | DJ: DJ Blaze | Groomsmen's Attire: Hugo Boss | Venue: Villa Woodbine | Bridal Boutique: Chernaya Bridal House | Rentals: Unearthed Vintage

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