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Coconut Grove, Miami Garden Wedding at Villa Woodbine

13:13 Photography always, and I mean always sends us weddings that make us want to stop and stay awhile. Weddings like this beautiful Miami soiree that looks like it came straight out of a dream. Between the gorgeous florals from Nevot Flower Design and the stunning Villa Woodbine setting, everything in this gallery is just pinch yourself pretty, and you can see it all here.

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From The Bride…David and I met a few months after I moved to Miami to get my graduate degree and it did not take a long time to realize we were meant for each other. David, a native Miamian introduced me to South Florida and all the most beautiful, romantic spots including enchanting Coconut Grove, surrounded by water and filled with the most luscious trees. When thinking about the perfect venue for our wedding, I knew Coconut Grove was the perfect place.

For the wedding day, I wanted it all. A blazing sun with a cooling breeze in a romantic spot near the water surrounded by trees where we could see the sunset. Timing was everything and thanks to my great wedding coordinator Danielle, from a LoveForDetail, we got it all. I couldn’t be happier with how everything went. It really was a magical day!

I got ready at the Grove Isle Hotel, in a private island retreat by the water, where my bridesmaids and I could look at the ocean while we got our hair and makeup done. David and I decided not to do a first look, but I asked Ashley, our AMAZING photographer from 1313 photography, if they could do a first look for me and my dad. Words cannot describe the moment, but the pictures do a fantastic job!

The ceremony was at St Hugh Catholic Church. It was filled with little details that brought together all of our family and friends, from the entrance of the ring bearer with a pillow hand-made by my mom, the powerful ceremony vocals sung by David’s cousin, a bilingual exchange of vows and a colorful exit with wands made by my grandma to wave at us, newlyweds.

As we entered the reception venue at beautiful Villa Woodbine, it felt like an enchanted garden filled with roses, peonies, hydrangeas in soft peach, pink and white. The wedding decor finally came together to create a very elegant and almost whimsical feel. As we ate we could see the sunset, and by the time it was time to cut the cake, the sun had gone down and the bistro lights covering the patio gave the villa the most romantic feel.

My favorite part of planning our wedding was incorporating little details to make it unique. As an Ecuadorian I could not forget to put little details to remind me of home. My mom brought hand-embroidered handkerchiefs from Ecuador as favors for our guests.  Another one of my favorite  details were my cakes. Todo Dulces (Everything Sweet) made me five small custom made cakes to complement my decor. The music selection was also very important,  the father-daughter dance was a typical Ecuadorian song to make that moment that much more special, and for dinner we listened to Cuban music to highlight David’s heritage. The night ended with a very Latin tradition “The Hora Loca”, where for the last hour of the party the guests are given props and everyone can dance the night away!

In the end, all the planning was worth it! David and I had the best time of our lives. It was a perfect day and we could not have done it without the fabulous work of all our vendors. Everyone came together to create a magical day!

Photography: 13:13 Photography | Cinematography: Pabelona Studios | Floral Design: Nevot Flower Design | Cake: Todo Dulces | Ceremony Venue: Saint Hugh Catholic Church | Reception Venue: Villa Woodbine | Hair And Makeup: Kerstin Jaeger | Getting Ready Venue: Grove Isle Hotel And Spa | Month/Day Of Planning: A Love For Detail

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Citrus-Inspired Southern Wedding Shoot

Summer brides of 2015, take note: this shoot crafted by Unearthed Vintage is bound to become your new best friend. It’s a gorgeous combination of color, whimsy and warm-weather romance, and to say we’re obsessed is kind of an understatement. The florals by Julia Rohde Designs play off the citrus-driven details and that soft, film photography by Michelle March? Utter perfection. More goodies here!

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From Katie at Unearthed VintageMy inspiration for this shoot came from two areas in my life, my wonderful childhood and teenage years and who I am now as an adult. I grew up in upstate New York working on a local family farm. I spent 7 years waking up early, picking corn, and helping work at the market gaining lots of knowledge of local fruits, veggies, and flowers. During our summers we’d make homemade strawberry jam and strawberry rhubarb pies. After moving to Miami I thought for sure the “farmer” in me would be lost in the hustle and bustle of city life and South Beach. When I discovered Estancia Culinaria I once again felt like I was at home. A hidden gem in South Florida, it is our version of the south, and a truly inspiring location that feels magical the second you step into the gates.

South Florida is full of citrus fruits, bright colors, and sunny days. When pulling together ideas and inspirations I couldn’t help but want to pull in pieces of my past giving them a fresh twist with my South Florida life. What a better way than team up with a group of wonderful vendors to show everyone what the South in South Florida really means. We wanted to be sure to include the bright citrus fruits that can be found all over the state and Julia and Desi did so perfectly in their floral designs and desserts. The citrus also paired perfectly with the craft cocktail bars and also local craft beers that were the perfect parting gift for all of the guests.

From Julia at Julia Rohde DesignsSouth Florida brings a lot of natural beauty in the foliage and fruits that are naturally grown here. We wanted to create bright, lush florals that tied in locally sourced Florida grown products to replicate a realistic southern wedding floral design concept that brides can have for their wedding day. Some of the locally sourced foliage and fruits were blush and white bi-color bougainvillea, fresh mint herb, delicate vines and kumquats, all organically grown by South Florida nurseries and florals such as honeysuckle and orange blossom sourced from local wholesalers. The pops of of coral, pale peach, orange and yellow toned florals were used to tie in with the various citrus fruits such as grapefruit, kumquats and oranges that are so abundantly produced in Florida and such an inspiration to this Florida Groves shoot.

Photography: Michelle March | Styling: Unearthed Vintage | Floral Design: Julia Rohde Designs | Wedding Dress: Tara LaTour | Wedding Dress: Chernaya Bridal House | Cake: Gigi-Mamma Cakes | Invitations: Juliet Grace Design | Ceremony Venue: Estancia Culinaria | Reception Venue: Estancia Culinaria | Bridesmaids Dresses: Anthropologie | Catering: Estancia Culinaria | Hair And Makeup: Christina Vidal | Rentals: Unearthed Vintage

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Elegant Thalatta Estate Wedding

Oh, do I love a Miami affair peppered in pink. Shades of flamingo, blush, softly sweet pinks just fit with the magic city like no other. And with Miranda Hattie Events behind the design helm, the rest of the romantic details fit perfectly into place. From the twinkly-lit clear tent from Unearthed Vintage, to the baby’s breath wrapped ceremony arbor to every touch of glamour, Michelle March tells this story like a fairy tale.

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From Miranda Hattie Events… This gorgeous event was held at the Thalatta Estate in southern Miami, a pretty waterfront venue with a picturesque lawn for the ceremony site and a brick courtyard perfect for an outdoor reception. The uncharacteristically cold weather meant that we had to bring in a tent (and heaters!) at the last minute, but we chose a clear structure that let in the night sky and brought everyone together in a delightfully cozy way under the glow of bistro lights.

The wedding palette was primarily shades of white and ivory with bits of blush and a hint of sparkle for glamour. The florist, Anthology Co Floristry, did a beautiful job of achiving a look that was both romantic and sophisticated, incorporating mirrored pieces with mercury glass, while the bride added lots of fun details. She made giant glittery letters to be used for the sweets table and used chalkboards for cute signage pieces (AND hand-wrote each guests name on the seating chart on the morning of her wedding!)

I asked the bride, Laura, what her favorite moment of the day was and she told me: “It may come across as strange but my favorite moment of the day was leaving the wedding. We had just ran through the mayhem that was our sparkler exit and into that warm comfy car. I looked at Wagner and felt so utterly happy that he was my husband. The driver put on some nice tunes while we relaxed and recapped the day.”

Her advice for brides? “Enjoy the process. Although it can be stressful, time consuming, expensive, and monotonous (hello DIY), remember that you only get to do it once. Cherish the times that your friends and family came over to help you with “wedding stuff”. Laugh at all the ridiculousness that gets thrown your way (arriving to the ceremony in a hot air balloon/boat/horse/unicorn, coming out for the first dance like the Miami Hurricanes, etc.) You might miss all of it once it’s over.”

Photography: Michelle March | Cinematography: Michelle March | Event Design: Miranda Hattie Events | Event Planning: Miranda Hattie Events | Floral Design: Anthology Co. Floristry | Wedding Gown: Pronovias | Cake: Sugar Fancies | Shoes: J.Crew | Catering: Mena Catering | Hair And Makeup: Marz Makeup And Hair | Lighting: Unearthed Vintage | Linens: Over The Top Linens | Music: Vision DJs | Photo Booth: MaxBooth | Transportation: Florian's Classics | Venue: Thalatta Estate

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Outdoor Art Gallery Wedding in Miami

In Miami there lies a pretty art gallery that happens to have one very fabulous green garden. It’s a space transformed by Danielle Cipriani and Unearthed Vintage into a coconut toting, family style reception who’s laid back, simple details only add to the overall beauty of the day. Take one look at the gallery captured by Jessica Lorren Organic Photography and you’ll be smitten too.

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From The Bride…Miami was always where we envisioned getting married. I am the editor of racked.com and Andy is the CFO of jugofresh. We are in New York City, and Miami was our first trip together as a couple. When we moved here more than four years later, it seemed fated. When you’re our age (early 30s), you’ve been to more than a dozen weddings, and you’ve drawn up a list of likes and don’t likes. We both agreed we wanted the event to feel like a casual backyard dinner–just a bit more sophisticated. The M Building in Miami’s Wynwood, an underused space that doubles as an art gallery, was a perfect match. Since our guests were flying in from all over the country, we wanted to make the night really fun and relaxed for them, too. Our friends at Coconut Cartel made custom coconuts for people to enjoy when they arrived, which really helped set the mood. The entire night was incredible, but the ceremony was really the highlight. We met Levi Felix, our officiant, when we went on a digital detox [thedigitaldetox.org] retreat outside San Francisco a few years ago. He was such an amazing and genuinely warm and kind person, and we were thrilled when he agreed to travel all the way to Florida for our wedding.

Photography: Jessica Lorren Organic Photography | Wedding Gown: Oscar De La Renta | Cake: House Of V | Catering: JugoFresh | DJ: DJ Wasabi | Groom's Attire: J.Crew | Officiant: Levi Felix | Coconuts: Coconut Cartel | Custom Menus: Eden's Invites | Drinks: September Wines & Spirits Wines | Jewelery: Satomi Kawakita | Planning: Danielle Cipriani | Rentals: Unearthed Vintage | Venue: The M Building

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Italian-Inspired Baby Shower at Villa Woodbine

You simply can’t ask an event planner to keep her hands off her own special occasion, and that’s perfectly all right with us- because the result is a baby shower from JCG Events so beautiful it could rival any wedding! The Masis gathered inspiration from their trip to Tuscany and designed the shower around a luscious Italian brunch. With stunning photos from Katie Lopez, you’ll want to pore over every detail of this drool-worthy baby shower!


From Jessica Masi of JCG Events: I know it’s unconventional to plan your own baby shower but when you are a planner yourself and in the industry you can’t help but have a style and vision for what you want. This was an event close to my heart because I wanted to make sure to celebrate the arrival of our baby girl, and this next phase in our lives, with our closest family and friends.

Lucky for me, my husband is also a planner, we’re co-owners of JCG Events. As I was beginning the planning process he was secretly working on securing my favorite venue in Miami, Villa Woodbine. He wanted to surprise me with everything but soon had to reveal the details because I was busy starting the planning process as well, and it wouldn’t be too long before we would have two showers planned.

Villa Woodbine was the perfect setting for our baby shower. We wanted to create an Italian themed shower to go with the villa setting but at the same time keep the theme subtle and well thought out. It all started with the invitations we designed through Smock, an invitation line we carry. We selected a whimsical font in a taupe letterpress ink and a baby carriage motif and added a pop of color with a neon pink edging. For the calligraphy we chose a matching hot pink ink and collected an array of vintage postage stamps including an Audrey Hebpurn stamp to reference the name we had selected for our baby girl.

The flower table design was a garden inspired design with a vintage collection of vases with bright pink bungavillia, garden roses and peonies with orange touches, over a custom lace table runner. Ines Naftali truly captured our vision and inspiration for the floral design and created a magical setting. The farmhouse tables and collection of white vintage chairs from Unearthed Vintage completed the entire look. On the fireplace mantle behind where “mommy” and “daddy” were sitting, we had two photos of when Michael and I were of similar age about 6 months old. In between the two photos was a small frame in the middle with a pink question mark. In the foyer there were vintage lounge vignettes for everyone to have an area to lounge before and after our brunch.

The brunch menu was inspired by an Italian breakfast we had every morning during while we were in Tuscany for a wedding we were planning last year. The cake was Michael’s favorite flavor- banana cake with salted caramel filling. The bar consisted of a signature drink we named the “Bambina Bellini” which was a take on a traditional venetian cocktail- prosecco, peach nectar and St. Germain. There was also mimosas and Masi white wine available garnished with fresh fruit. After brunch guests mingled in the courtyard where we had a gelato cart with three delicious flavors- pistachio, cappuccino with toffee bites and sweet pear with ginger.

We had a table with a guest book where guests were able to share their wishes and hopes for Audrey, which will be a nice keepsake for her to read later on in life. We also created a station where guests were able to make custom headbands for our baby girl and had stamped tags so they would be able to write their names so Audrey would know who made them. We were able to enjoy our baby shower thoroughly and it was really thanks to this amazing team of vendors that we are lucky to call friends as well.

Photography: Katie Lopez Photography | Event Planning: JCG Events | Floral Design: Ines Naftali | Dress: Vince Camuto | Cake: Le Petit Sweet | Invitations: Smock Letterpress | Shoes: Tieks | Necklace: Kate Spade | Catering: Bill Hansen Catering | Calligrapher: Marge Allmand | Bow Tie: Beau Ties | Gelato Cart: Dolci Peccati | Guest Book: Two Giggles | Hair & Make-up: South Beach Hair & Make-up | Linens: Nuage Designs | Postage Stamps: Pack & Post | Rentals: Unearthed Vintage | Venue: Villa Woodbine

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Modern Garden Wedding at the James Hotel in Miami

This is exactly how we envision a Miami affair… modern, chic, a couple dressed to the nines. And all with a white hot backdrop and a wildly cool venue like the James Hotel. It brings a new face to the beach wedding. We call it seaside chic crafted at the hands of Merari Photography,  Jessica Estrada and Ines Naftali. Find even more of the day right here.

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From Merari PhotographyJeff and Alisha had a lovely laid-back wedding at the James Hotel. Everything from the groom’s boat shoes to the colorful and tropical flower arrangements screamed calm, cool and fun. They saw each other right before signing Ketubah and exchanged vows under a beautiful Chuppah. The lace dress, groom’s bowtie and the bridesmaid’s assorted dressed in various shades of white, tan and blush added some romantic elements to the day.

Photography: Merari Photography | Planner: Jessica Estrada | Dj: Dj Willy | Bride's Dress: Daisy Tarsi | Florals: Ines Naftali | Venue: James Hotel

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