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Classic Miami Wedding with a Modern Twist

In terms of modern seaside weddings, Miami sets the precedent. And with the crazy good art deco backdrop of the The James Hotel, this couple set out to craft a destination wedding that’s all at once classic but with a cool South Beach vibe. Who better to capture all the al fresco festivities than Jasmine Star? See all her gorgeous handiwork and a night spent dancing under the stars right here.

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From the Bride, Jenney… Miami holds a special place in our hearts. When we first began dating, we took a long weekend trip to Miami and during that trip, it became crystal clear to us both how very RIGHT it felt to be together. Soon after our engagement, we began casually talking about wedding plans and the idea of having a destination wedding in Miami just seemed to fit. We decided the same week of our engagement that Miami would be a perfect place to celebrate with all of our family and friends – and didn’t look back! We chose to have both the ceremony and reception on-site at The James so that we could spend as much time with our family and friends as possible. I loved the way we were able to drape the lanai of The James to transform the space for our cozy and intimate ceremony. The end result was gorgeous! We decided early on that we wanted someone who knew us to perform our ceremony and we were honored to have my brother, Chris, marry us. He invested a lot in making the wedding so touching by incorporating our story, values, a few laughs and our personal vows into the ceremony. Having my brother officiate the ceremony just made everything feel that much more intimate for our family and friends! Our personal vows were the highlight for both Chuck and I – my brother kept these totally secret from us until the big day and we were both so moved to hear them for the first time. We loved the idea of our guests dining and dancing under the stars in Miami – and that’s exactly what they did! We played up the natural elements of the outdoor space by creating two distinct dining spaces at the reception which framed the center of it all – the bistro lit, open air dance floor. Loved that this unique element brought everyone together – and kept everyone together – all night long! We also created several lounge spaces for guests to enjoy cocktails and cigars throughout the space – playing up the Miami vibe. I will be the first to say I did not think I would be a crazy bride – especially while shopping for a dress. But, after searching high and low for the perfect gown and not really loving anything, I decided to have my dress made by Diana Tran, a local dress-maker in Washington DC. Chuck and I both favored classic and simple silhouettes and I knew that Diana could help me achieve something spectacular yet classic – and something I could love and call my own! Diana and I decided on a classic shape modified from a column and mermaid shape combined, with a little flounce for the train. Using lightweight silk for the fabric kept things light and airy in the heat of Miami. I wanted the dress to speak for itself – without too much accessorizing – so we opted to focus attention on beautiful seaming details on the bodice and skirt (a nod to the mid century and art-deco details of South Beach and The James), adding a touch of softness with the details on the neckline, back and train. It was the perfect mix of classic and modern and the entire creation process was so fun!

Photography: Jasmine Star | Florist: Flowers By Carol | Wedding Dress: Diana Tran Of The Gown Doctor | Invitations: Minted | Shoes: MaxMara | Bridesmaids Dresses: J Crew | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BHLDN | Hair: BDry Miami | DJ: DJ Phlipz | Makeup: BDry Miami | Wedding Venue: James Hotel

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Moroccan Style South Beach Shore Club Wedding

We can always count on Miami weddings to splash gorgeous color across our pretty pages and this Moroccan-styled soiree is no exception. Packed with palms, turquoise blue waters, coral charm peonies and gilded Kate Spade heels, it’s an explosion of vibrant love. But the brightest of all? The stunning Bride, done up pretty by South Beach Makeup Studio. Have a look at Beca C Photography‘s imagery right here.

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From the beautiful Bride… Our day was magical and turned out exactly as we had envisioned. It was amazing because we discussed later that as the day played out we both kept thinking to ourselves that it was exactly how we had pictured. While we wanted a laid back outdoor vibe our theme was beachy Moroccan style and Shore Club had the perfect backdrop for this. We added in tons of lanterns, candles, string lights on the trees, and the most gorgeous colorful bouquets with garden roses, succulents, ranunculus, etc. The wedding colors of coral, peach, white, and gold played perfectly against the navy blue groomsmen suits and the yellows, greens and blues of the Shore Club pots. Our DIY projects included the table themes of cities we had been to which included a photo of us in that city at each table; homemade gift bags for each hotel guest with Advil, sunglasses, Utz Chips, Hershey Kisses (both Pennsylvania snacks for Kate’s home state), customized match books, and Perrier water as well as a note with the schedule for the week; and the special pre-wedding mix CD that Ron created and sent out a week prior to the wedding so people could get excited while traveling to and hanging out before the wedding. The theme of the event was #READY and all guests were asked to Instagram photos to a special hashtag with our initials, the wedding date and the word “ready” in it. Also our save the date was a short video set to a song “Are You Ready?” created by Ron of me getting ready in our room while he is on his way home to get me and at the end of the video he asks if I am ready and I say I’m ready. Other things that made our day so special were the food (a whole pig at the Cuban themed dinner was a huge hit); the personalized ceremony (they did a traditional Filipino rope ceremony; four friends each picked a reading which they presented; and Ron surprised Kate by singing a song he wrote for her!); and lanterns which were released on the beach at the end. As gifts bridesmaids each received a beautiful flowered robe in either mint, turquoise or coral and the bride wore one in white. The groomsmen each received a cigar box with a tie, tie bar, pocket square, cigar and Wu Tang Clan tshirt (9 groomsmen and 9 wu tang members).

From Beca C PhotographySix years ago when we met, Kate was living in Philadelphia and Ron in New York. Kate was visiting NY one weekend to see a close friend from college who was dating Ron’s best friend. Kate and Ron instantly hit it off but Ron had to leave early that night because he got sick. He ended up asking Kate’s friend for her email address and since then they kept in touch and gradually Ron started making the visit to Philadelphia every now and then to take Kate to dinner. These trips got more frequent and eventually they were exclusive. After a year of long distance dating Kate made the move to NY and by the time they got engaged they had lived together almost three years. Ron’s friend is no longer with Kate’s friend but we thank them for being our unofficial matchmakers! When Ron proposed on 2/23/13 they were visiting Philadelphia for Kate’s best friend’s birthday. After brunch the two of them decided to walk by Kate’s old apartment. As Kate was posing for a photo in front of it that Ron was taking, Kate’s friend came running over to her from the coffee shop next store. As Kate was distracted by this, Ron was getting down on one knee with the ring. Kate’s friend was all ready to snap photos as he asked Kate to marry him. After Kate said yes Ron suggested they go grab a drink at the same bar they had gone on their first official date, Buffalo Billiards, and when they walked in, both of their families were there to surprise Kate and celebrate with them for the first of the day by playing darts, pool, and ski ball and drinking beer. Ron had coordinated this entire day for months and got their entire families to travel here without Kate having a clue. It was extra special since their families had never met so they finally had the chance to spend some quality time together.

Photography: Beca C Photography | Videography: Faisal Sukkar | Coordinator: Creme De La Creme Events | Florist: Anthology Floristry | Cake: Earth & Sugar | Bridesmaids Dresses: Little Borrowed Dress | Make Up: South Beach Makeup Studio By Amy Palma | DJ: Mark Gallo | Officiant: Ana Rosa Ramirez | Bridal Gown: Wtoo (Watters) | Bridal Shoes: Kate Spade | Groomesmens : H&M | Grooms Tux : YSL | Venue: Shore Club South Beach

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Romantic Beach Wedding at The Raleigh Hotel

In my opinion, there’s no locale more quintessential of sunshine than Miami. And what more could you ask for in a destination wedding? This adorable Bride & Groom knew they wanted exactly that; a radiant, glowing day. And with the amazing help of Kitanim, planning a soiree from afar was a piece of cake. Have a look right here for every lovely detail from Heather Funk Photography and keep reading for Kitanim’s fabulous tips for planning a destination wedding in this sunny locale!

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From Kitanim… Meryl & Brad are a fabulous couple who looked to Miami Beach as their destination wedding location. They love the Miami sun and the South Beach experience. Meryl & Brad were very lucky to have a perfect weather wedding weekend at The Raleigh Hotel. Their long rectangular wedding reception tables were graced with a multitude of white and green florals and lots of candles to add a romantic ambience. The bride and groom exchanged their vows under the traditional Jewish wedding chuppah in front of their friends and family who travelled from Philadelphia. Kitanim created a chuppah that would accent the beautiful Miami Beach scenery, mixing ivory and champagne textured fabrics for the couple.

The long distance planning component of Meryl & Brad’s destination wedding is becoming more and more common. Kitanim , who covered both the floral design as well as the event planning, relied heavily on technology to converse with the bride. Due to the bride and groom’s work schedules, they were unable to fly back to Miami for a floral sample meeting. No problem! Kitanim conducted a sample meeting via Facetime whereby Meryl and her parents got to approve all of the floral designs for the wedding. We also took a lot of pictures and emailed and texted in order to communicate clearly and efficiently.

Tips for planning a Miami destination wedding:

  • Choose vendors who you trust and who are able to communicate clearly so the “distance” doesn’t affect your planning process.
  • Splurge for a local day of coordinator to help you and your family enjoy your special day. Meryl & Brad opted for a Kitanim day of coordinator to make their experience calmer and simpler.
  • Have a clearly delineated rain plan, but hope for sunshine. It’s Miami!
  • Utilize the hotel for all of its amenities—if the hotel can accommodate your guests’ stay needs, your rehearsal dinner and your after party, book all three!
  • Allow for travel time. Plan to arrive a few days before your wedding and to stay a few days after so as to not feel rushed.
  • Ask the locals: use your local vendors as a resource for a list of the best Miami restaurants to visit and Miami must-do’s.

Photography: Heather Funk Photography | Event Planning: Kitanim | Floral Design: Kitanim | Wedding Dress: Lovely Bride | Wedding Cake: Sugar Fancies | DJ: L & R Entertainment | Hotel: The Raleigh Hotel | Linen: Contempo Linens

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