If I had to pick one wedding style that sums up the extent of my love for pretty soirees, elegance would hands down be it. Touches of white, lace, candlelight, gilded detailing, classic invites… timeless bits that captivate for years to come. This sunny Florida fete from Kat Braman radiates that style that I love so, with a bit of fun woven in—the photo booth from Capture Pod, a cigar roller and mini Bailey’s milkshakes. See it all here and make sure to click play on Voila Cinematic‘s film below!
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From the Bride… Michael and I met and fell in love in New York City while we were both in school. My family lives in the greater Boston area and his family lives in South Florida. To make choosing a location even more difficult, Michael and I live between them in Louisville, Kentucky. Although our family was spread throughout the US, it was easy to choose Florida… sunny weather, gorgeous waters, warm beaches, fulfilling our dream to have an entirely outdoor wedding under the stars.
We chose Fisher Island Club, a private island accessible only by ferry. The Vanderbilt Mansion has a unique history, along with the most incredible banyan tree, which was exactly the organic, natural vibe I wanted for our ceremony. When I saw that tree, I knew immediately that was where we had to have our ceremony.
Having so many people travel to our destination was an indescribable feeling. We wanted a wedding reception that would feel warm, welcoming and full of love, with something for everyone that night: a Cuban cigar roller, open-air photo booth, lots of dessert tapas, and great dancing music. It was amazing to see family and friends from different times of our lives sharing cigars and mini-Baileys milkshakes. We added personal touches, such as my grandmother’s pin attached to my bouquet stem, groomsmen wearing matching socks, and a vintage love seat that made my heart skip a beat when I first saw it. Guests lit long-lasting sparklers to illuminate the floor for our first dance to Ben Howard’s “Only Love.”
Our florist and planner, Guerdy Abraira, brought my vision to life – the incredible twinkle lights to bring the sky down to create intimacy, the romantic flowers and garlands, and the entire vibe of the day and night. Our photographer, Kat Braman and videographer, Voila Cinematic, captured moments and emotions between us that we didn’t even know existed. Rock with U’s string quartet for ceremony, jazz trio for cocktail hour, and DJ/Band fusion assembled all my favorite music that flowed perfectly with my party friends and our older crowd alike.
Planning a destination wedding can sometimes feel like putting unmatched puzzle pieces together, wondering how it will all flow, but when it all comes together that night, it’s magic. Being surrounded by family and friends dancing under the twinkle lights and stars, marrying my best friend, it was the most beautiful night of our lives.
Photography: Kat Braman | Videography: Voila Cinematic | Event Planning: Divine Design By Guerdy | Floral Design: Ocean Flowers | Lighting: Illumene | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Fisher Island Club | Linens: Over The Top Linens | Makeup & Hair: Tatjana Terzic | Makeup & Hair: Fernando Fandino | Music: Rock With U | Photobooth: Capture Pod | Rentals: Panache Party Rental | Rentals: Mi Vintage