I’m kind of obsessed with this engagement shoot from Hunter Ryan Photo in the best possible way. Sailboats and salty air are always a sure fire way to my heart, but add in a gorgeous couple that is totally and completely in love with each other – and I’m a complete goner. These images turned my heart into mush, and you can see why here.
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From Hunter Ryan Photo…Amanda and Nick recently moved from Columbus, Ohio to South Florida. They knew they wanted to take advantage of the beauty and salty air and sea for their engagement shoot. Amanda teamed up with Hollie of Elleson Events to create the engagement of her dreams. She describes her and Nick’s style as relaxed J Crew but they love to get dressed up for a night out too! They commissioned a private sailboat charter for their engagement and Hollie paired their relaxed preppy style with some classic glamour and a little candlelight. It was perfection on the high seas at sunset in Miami. When your sweet clients end the day by saying that their shoot was “the best day ever, ” and that “we’ve never had more fun,” you know it was an amazing day!
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.
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!
There’s something to be said for keeping things simple and romantic. This Coral Gables couple married in the family church and continued the bagpipe tradition all to a backdrop of smooth creams and blushes, which (keep scrolling) look stunning. The well-curated design remains second to the bright smiles and pure joy on everyone’s face. Julie Cate Photography was there to capture the lovely ceremony.
From the bride… Bobby and I met on a blind date set up by one of my best friends, Megan, who just happens to be Bobby’s sister! It was love at first date and though Bobby was currently living an hour and a half away in West Palm Beach, it wasn’t much longer until he moved back to Miami, our hometown. It was nearly two years of dating when Bobby proposed the Monday after Thanksgiving in our new apartment. I think our little story and the proposal is very telling of our wedding style – classic and romantic.We got married in Coral Gables, FL which is a beautiful Suburban neighborhood in Miami with lots of coral rock and Mediterranean influence; it is where I grew up and where we still live. Staying true to tradition, we got married in Plymouth Congregational Church, where my parents and my sister and brother-in-law were married. It is an old, coral rock church with lots of Scottish roots which made it very appropriate to have yet another family tradition of a Scottish bag piper. One of my favorite memories of the day was the fun ceremony. Bobby and I were like children giggling and laughing and as we all know, laughter is contagious! It was really neat to have all our guests smiling and laughing during the ceremony and as they clapped along to the bag piper while we were walked out.The color scheme was very romantic with lots of blush pink, ivory and gold. We decided to keep our bridal party small and simple. We went with classic tuxedos for the groomsmen and very romantic and whimsical blush pink dresses for the bridesmaids. My dress was a of course lace with a sweetheart neckline that I absolutely adored. Our reception was held at The Riviera Country Club which is down the street from my childhood home. It’s very “Old Florida” with lots of gold chandeliers and tropical wallpaper. The golf course has the historic Biltmore Hotel in the background that made for a gorgeous setting at cocktail hour. The décor of the reception was extremely romantic with draped curtains, lots of candle light and huge floral arrangements that reminded me of clouds. Though the setting was very romantic and classic, we made sure to have a rocking band who kept our guests dancing throughout the night – our guests even rallied for an encore! Probably one of the coolest moments during the reception is when Bobby surprised everyone when he got up with the band and played “Proud Mary”. Our wedding day was everything and more we could have dreamed of – classic, romantic and a ton of fun!
A truly handmade wedding, we’re talking dresses, paper flowers, hand stitched table numbers, personifies what a wedding is all about. It’s about showing the love you have for each other and sharing it. Laura Leslie Photography captured one of the most beautiful, handmade days we’ve ever seen, and it’s all sitting right here for you!
From the beautiful bride… Three adjectives that describe your wedding day: Whimsical, Rustic, A Dream
Your wedding colors: Spring Colors (Pink, Lilac, Powder Blue, Mint Green and Peach)
Your favorite detail of the wedding: My handmade wedding dress
What details or traditions did you include in your celebration?
-Married in a Secret Garden at my Catholic Church
-Each Bridesmaid, Flower Girl, MOH and Mother of Bride dress was custom made by the Groom’s mother
-Guests had Wedding Wands to wave when we were announced “Man and Wife”
-Wedding Program Fans (To help with the Miami Heat!)
-Bouquet was made of real and paper flowers.
-Reception was held at CGCC Historical Atrium Room with a Wine Cellar
-Signature “His and Hers” drinks
-Custom Wooden Wedding Cake Toppers
-Each guest was given a wooden heart with their table numbers
-Tables Numbers were handstitched
–Candy Apples with a note about donation made for StandUp2Cancer for Bride’s grandfather
-Custom designed Wedding Invitations by Bride’s friend
My wedding dress was handmade with love by my mother in law. The dress was designed by me and the inspiration came from all the dreams I had about this day and how I imagine my dress to look like. The top of the dress was encrusted with pearls and crystals and the skirt was sprinkled with them too. With the help of my mother and mother in law we found the perfect fabric to create my dream dress. The dress was two pieces (corset and skirt), so I was able to change into a shorter skirt later in the evening in order to dance the night away! My dress was all mine and was more than just a dream…
My flowers were a mix of paper flowers and real flowers to signify our first Valentine’s Day together. Danny had given me a bouquet of flowers with a note stating “I will love you till the last flower wilts.” When I felt the flowers I found one paper flower.
From start to finish, this wedding at the Biltmore Hotel is perfect. So perfect, in fact, that I couldn’t possibly find words to do it justice. But that doesn’t mean I can’t gush a bit over every downright stunning image from Michelle March sitting in this gallery. Because this, my dears, is a dream wedding come true (complete with a dashing groom, gorgeous bride and adorable pup) – and you can see it all here.
From the Bride…I honestly couldn’t wait to marry my best friend. Even though we both live in New York we always knew we wanted to get married in Florida; It’s where we met at school, Florida State, its where he is from,Tampa, and its where we eventually see ourselves starting a family. When I found the Biltmore Hotel I was completely blown away – when you are there you truly feel like you are being transported back to a Mediterranean castle in the 1920’s. Because the venue was so beautiful on its own, I knew I wouldn’t need to incorporate too much into my decor. I wanted to keep it classic; with white, gold and silver colors throughout and just a hint of sparkly. I got the amazing idea through my wedding planner to incorporate mirrored surfaces into the table designs. The mirrors reflected the candle light in the room so beautifully, giving off a very romantic but modern feel. I wanted it to feel clean and glamorous, and we achieved just that.
My wedding day was too perfect for words – I was surrounded by my best friends and my newly expanding family. We also brought our puppy, Winston, down to the wedding because Jeremy and I knew it wouldn’t feel the same to officially become a family without our third family member there. Plus a few puppy kisses always helps to ease the nerves before the big ceremony.
Being that we were married on a Friday, we were able to take Saturday to relax and reflect with our family and friends. We posted up at a large pool cabana at the Biltmore where Jeremy and I continued our wedding high by mentally preparing to leave the next day for our honeymoon in Tahiti.
The wedding and the honeymoon were perfect. I will lock those precious memories away in my heart and mind forever. I can honestly say that this was the most magical time in our lives so far…it gives me goosebumps thinking about it.