SUBMIT WEDDING
A Ridiculously Stylish Miami Wedding

If real weddings won medals, this one would undoubtedly snag the gold for chicness. With layers upon layers of thoughtfully designed style and Masi EventsThierry Isambert Culinary + Event DesignUnearthed Vintage and Jarrell Entertainment working their magic behind the scenes, there’s no denying this day is one for the books. Kat Braman photographed, and the fun is only just getting started.

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Spring
Settings
Estate
Styles
Modern

From the Bride… We always knew we wanted our wedding to be outdoors and we wanted the reception to be one big fancy-dress dinner party with delicious food, free-flowing wine, and all night dancing.

The overall vision changed dramatically as we started out planning an October wedding in the Hudson Valley, which meant cool weather and warm fall colors. But we ended up wanting more of a warm weather destination feel and Miami is still hot and gorgeous in October. Carlos spent several years in Miami for his residency and still has great friends there. We went there together on our first weekend getaway, and try to go back at least once or twice a year. So it’s come to be a special place for both of us. And who doesn’t love a weekend in Miami?!

Stylistically I wanted to approach it the same way I would an interiors project – lots of small thoughtful details and layers that in the big picture added up to feel harmonious, striking a fine balance between an elegant black tie wedding and a good old fashioned throw down! Carlos and I love to throw parties and entertain our friends and family, so it was very important to us that the evening encapsulated that same sense of intimacy you would feel in our home.

Because the Deering Estate is such a spectacular setting, both indoors and outdoors, we let it do most of the work and kept the color palette and decorations very neutral and unobtrusive. My bridesmaids were super chic in a variety of black dresses and a jumpsuit, and the flowers were a flawless mix of whites, ivory and greenery. I spent hours and hours putting together inspiration boards for each aspect of the evening and my amazing team of vendors ran with it! They captured all the subtle nuances I was looking for and the night came together beautifully.

Our photographer, Kat Braman, was beyond words. We had already spent a weekend with her in New York taking photos at our home upstate and around Brooklyn. So we were really comfortable with her on the day of and felt confident that she would capture the essence of the celebration on film. And she did a fantastic job! We couldn’t have asked for better photos.

The entire weekend was filled with lots of little moments that meant so much to each of us. We both wanted live music for the ceremony and the cocktail hour. I grew up playing the cello and still think it’s the most beautiful sound in the world so that was a necessary for the ceremony. For the cocktail hour, we wanted something jazzy and loose. In came Chad Bernstein to the rescue. He’s a local musician (who also runs an amazing non-profit called Guitars Over Guns) that was recommended to me by a vendor. He put together a trio for the ceremony including himself on trombone, a cellist and a guitar and created a custom arrangement our music selections.

Carlos makes world-famous empanadas so we wanted to send everyone off at the end of the night with one of our favorite treats for the bus ride back to the beach. We ordered them from a local Argentine restaurant and they were delicious. Not as good as Carlos’ but a close second!

My maid of honor’s father officiated our wedding. We’ve known him for years and it was so special to have both of them standing up with us. I put the transcript for the ceremony and our vows into this lovely musical composition notebook and also used it as the guest book for the reception. In the back of it, I’ve saved lots of little mementos from the weekend so now we have one big scrapbook full of well-wishes and love, and lots of happy little reminders.

My father is a loquacious man, so we knew his welcome toast would be something to remember. But he surprised even me, bringing out a book I’d written in elementary school as a Father’s Day gift, listing all the things I liked about him, complete with illustrations. It was so sweet and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. Then 10 minutes later I literally had to get up and remove the mic from him his hands. I don’t think anyone will forget that moment!
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My biggest piece of advice to other brides is if you don’t hire a videographer, ask someone to record the ceremony! I was having such an out-of-body experience during the ceremony, I didn’t even hear the music as I was walking to meet Carlos. All of our friends kept saying how beautiful the music was and I totally missed it! I would also love to be able to hear us saying our vows to each other again – we wrote our own and would love to relive that moment. That was, after all, what the entire day was about!

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Photography: Kat Braman | Event Coordination: Masi Events | Event Planning : Masi Events | Wedding Dress: J. Mendel | Wedding Cake: Earth And Sugar | Invitations: Paperless Post | Bride's Shoes: Stuart Weitzmen | Rings: Vale Jewelry | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Shakuhachi | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Self Portrait Studio - Azaelea Red Dress | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Elie Tahari | Catering: Thierry Isambert Culinary + Event Design | Hair and Makeup: Carolyn Jones Makeup | Lighting: Illumene | DJ: Jarrell Entertainment | Favors: Catalina's Bake Shop | Groom's Attire: Seize Sur Vingt | Venue: Deering Estate | Bridal Shop: Bergdorf Goodman | Ceremony and Cocktail Hour Musician: Chad Bernstein | Film Processing: State Film Lab | Florals + Design: Julia Rohde Designs | Getting Ready: The Edition Miami Beach | Rentals: Unearthed Vintage | Veil: Tia Mazza

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Italian Proposal, Miami Engagement Shoot; These Two Know How to Pick Pretty Places

These two have a lot of pressure for their nuptials come February. After saying “YES” in Venice and having their engagement pics captured by Emily Katharine at the visually stunning Villa Vizcaya in Miami, the level of beauty just continues to rise. But if all these pics are any indication, the romance will be on thing we don’t have to worry about – see all their love in our Vault right this way!

From Emily Katharine Photography… Josh and Patricia are such a sweet couple! They met while Patricia was interning in Charlotte. After a few dates, they realized how much they had in common – from their values and life goals to their faith. These two keep each other laughing! They love spending time together – whether it is celebrating the simple moments while cooking dinner or globe trotting to a new country across the globe.

I had always dreamed of photographing at the Villa Vizcaya in Miami. When I heard that Josh had proposed to Patricia while on a gondola in Venice, this seemed like the perfect opportunity to continue their Italian-inspired love story! There is nothing else like the intricate details and stunning architecture at this gorgeous villa. Patricia carried a lush bouquet filled with roses, ranunculus, and hydrangeas.

Thomas and I were thrilled to document this piece of their love story and we can’t wait to celebrate their marriage with them in February!

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Photography: Emily Katharine Photography | Floral Design: Inna Olimpiyuk Events | Blue Dress: Lilly Pulitzer | Blush Dress: Badgley Mischka | Bridal Boutique: Rent The Runway | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Location: Vizcaya Museum And Gardens

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Who Says Bridesmaids Need to Wear Dresses?

This gorgeous Bride and her pretty ‘maids might take the award for best dressed bridal party ever. Not only did Georgia’s girls embrace the mismatched and pattern trends, but some of them also rocked some fabulous rompers. And tropical blooms from KITANIM, a floral design and event company, brought the whole look together perfectly. See it all from EvanR Photography in The Vault!

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Seasons
Winter
Settings
Outdoor
Styles
Al Fresco

From KitanimFebruary 27 was a perfect Miami winter day for bride and groom, Georgia and Tom. Casual and chic tropical was the design direction we were given as the floral design team and we ran with that motif utilizing tropical protea and fuchsia dendrobiums for a pop of wow color. The bride’s mom, Mary, is a special lady, saving and hand packing and color coding approximately 500 vases that were collected from Georgia’s childhood home. If you look closely on the rustic tablescapes, you will see trinket remnants from Georgie’s glittered Halloween costumes over the years. The bride wore a gorgeous delicate yet powerfully hued hair halo. Fairchild Tropical Gardens allowed the retro Food Truck to make its appearance as dinner fare for the guests who dined under romantic bistro lights and headed indoors to the reception area for dancing and more fun. Bridesmaids wore shades of green textured dresses and rompers as they walked down the aisle. With a multitude of vendors, the planner really orchestrated the group especially in her curation of antique furniture for the reception lounge.

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Photography: Evan Rich, EvanR Photography | Event Planning: Desiree Dawn Events | Floral Design: KITANIM, a floral design and event company | Catering: Rent A Bartender | Catering: Curbside Gourmet | Hair + Makeup: Jennifer Cruz | Lighting: Epic Lighting | Venue: Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden | Antique Rentals: Paula Roemer Inc. Antiques and Consignment Shop | Linen Rentals: Chateau Alice Designs | Rentals: Atlas Party Rental | Rentals: Simple Rustic Event Rentals

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