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!
Photography: Julie Cate Photography | Videographer: Senderey | Florist: Trias Flowers | Wedding Dress: Chic Parisien | Cake: Edda's Cake Designs | Church: Plymouth Congregational Church | Reception Venue: Riviera Country Club | Bridesmaids Dresses: Nordstrom | Band: The Headliners Band | Favors: Le Macaron | Film Lab: Richard Photo Lab | Makeup And Hair: Looking Like A Star | Rolls Royce: Florian's Classics | Tuxedos: I & A Formal Wear
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!
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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.
Photographer: Laura Leslie Photography | Cinematography: Andres and Diego Meza-Valdes | Event Planner: Event by Mariel | Florist: Ever After Floral Design | Cake: Ice Box Cafe | Ceremony: St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church -Meditation Garden | Reception: Coral Gables Country Club | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Handmade with Love by Groom's Mother | Caterer: Coral Gables Country Club | Bride Prep: Biltmore Miami | Bride's Dress: Handmade with Love by Groom's Mother | Bride's Hair Accessories/Veil: Handmade with Love by Groom's Mother | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Hugo Boss | Groom and Groomsmen's Accessories: Hugo Boss | Hair Makeup: SK Gorgeous | Invitations & Paper Products: Nicole Peraita | Music: Event Factor
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.
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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.
Photography: Michelle March | Event Planning: Yadi Rose Events | Floral Design: Petal Productions | Wedding Dress: Lazaro | Cake: Elegant Temptations | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Jewelry: Ben-Amun | Bridesmaids Dresses: Donna Morgan | Hair and makeup: South Beach Makeup Studio | DJ: Sarz Entertainment | Tux: Vera Wang | Venue: Biltmore Hotel | Location: Biltmore Hotel | Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar