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A Chic Miami Wedding All About Old School Glam

What’s black, white, gold, and all kinds of chic? This Miami wedding set at The Raleigh Hotel. It doesn’t hurt that Karl Lagerfeld once chose their venue to host a Chanel fashion show, and Carly and Devin carried that same sense of old school glamour throughout their day. With amazing vendors like JCG EventsInes Naftali Floral & Event Design and Merari Photography, it’s no wonder we’re thoroughly obsessed with every image in the gallery.

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Winter
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Classic

From the Bride…Devin and I met in October 2011 at the University of Florida, introduced by mutual friends at a tailgate for a football game. A few years later, we found ourselves in Santorini, Greece where Devin proposed. We were in our hotel room with flowers and champagne and I was in so much shock that I kept asking him if he was joking!

I hated the idea of having the wedding in a traditional ballroom but our options were limited with such a large head count. I’ve always loved The Raleigh, so it was one of the first venues we looked at. It’s a landmark hotel in South beach – the epitome of “old Miami” (Karl Lagerfeld has even used the iconic pool as the runway for a Chanel fashion show!) We looked at a few more venues but we just couldn’t imagine having the wedding anywhere else.

Our vision for the wedding was for it to be timeless and romantic. We chose a black, white and gold color scheme in a garden style. We chose to have a non-denominational ceremony although we incorporated a couple of Jewish traditions. We married under a wood chuppah lined with soft sheer white draping and flowers. Devin’s late father’s best friend is a well-known contemporary poet so we asked him to officiate the ceremony. It was a beautiful way to honor his father’s memory.

The reception was held in the back of the hotel garden. The focal point of the reception was the icicle light installation overhead. Originally the reception was designed to be al fresco, and the lights were to hang freely in the shape of a tent, but Miami’s unpredictable weather had other plans. We ended up with an actual clear tent behind the lights which actually reflected all the string lights and made it look even more beautiful than originally planned. We chose smaller garden-style centerpieces with mismatched vases, assorted white and gold candles and flowers in white and black accents, dusty miller and eucalyptus to tie into the bridesmaid dresses.

If I could offer one piece of wisdom to future brides and grooms is to make sure you are 100% comfortable with your rain back-up. We chose the driest possible date and it still ended up pouring the night of the wedding. In the end, I loved the look of the clear tent over the reception and the rain made it memorable and romantic. Also, do yourself a favor and choose comfortable shoes! Learned that the hard way.

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Photography: Merari Photography | Event Planning: JCG Events | Floral Design: Ines Naftali Floral & Event Design | Wedding Dress: Reem Acra | Cake: Cloud 9 Bakery | Invitations: Sarah Hawkins Designs | Bride's Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Show Me Your Mumu | Hair + Makeup: Art Of Hair By Claudia | DJ: A Prime Event | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss | Venue: The Raleigh Hotel | Bridal Boutique - Bridesmaids' Dresses: Show Me Your Mumu (via the Bride's store Fitzroy Boutique) | Photo Booth: ShutterBarn

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This Colorful Halloween Elopement Is Serious About Fun

You’re cordially invited to the coolest wedding in the whole wide world: Christina + Morgan’s intimate seaside elopement. Because not only did this beautiful bride rock tinted tresses (uhm, we’re uhb-sessed!), but this sweet couple’s officiant just so happened to be Christina’s boss and all around cool chick Jen Gotch (Founder of ban.dō). So you better bet that this beachside ceremony is all types of sweet, sentimental, and serious about fun. See it all captured by the incomparable Kati Rosado in The Vault!

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Fall
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Al Fresco

From Kati RosadoI was in my car when I was driving to North Carolina. I had a workshop, and then a mentor session in Atlanta immediately following and I knew I was going to be tired after this week. Then my cell phone rang. I read “Los Angeles” and I thought “Who would be calling me from L. A.?” I answered it and it was none other than the lovely Christina Winkelmann. She informed me that she and her love were traveling the country on a long road trip and then planned to elope in Miami that weekend and they wanted me to photograph it. I normally would have said no to not only a last minute elopement, but one that would require me to drive from Atlanta to Miami right after driving from Florida to North Carolina, and then North Carolina to Atlanta! But hearing their story and their heart for travel and each other, I simply could not pass up such a special, quirky, and heart-felt elopement. It was so lovely to meet Christina, Morgan, and their officiant (and Christina’s Boss, founder of Bando) Jen Gotch and her beau.

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Photography: Kati Rosado Photography | Officiant: Jen Gotch, Founder of ban.dō

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A Venue You Need to See to Believe (Hint: There’s a helicopter!)

Choosing a venue for your Big Day is one of the most exciting parts of planning your wedding… and also one of the hardest. We totally get that. Which is why we’re hosting a little meet and greet with The Westin Cape Coral at Marina Village, a little slice of wedding heaven that has everything you’ve ever wanted – from the talented staff to the crazy cool amenities. Your dream day? It’s right here and waiting.

With over 15,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space, three pools, a never-ending list of fun-filled marina activities and a breathtaking Presidential Suite just waiting to host you and your main squeeze (or your entire bridal party!), The Westin Cape Coral at Marina Village is taking “I do’s” to an entirely new level of amazing. Think picture perfect affairs from 20 to 200, all with those stunning views and crystal clear ocean waves. Oh, and if you really want to soak in the pretty, then check out their fabulous Heavenly Helicopter Nuptials package, a crazy cool way to amp up any wedding with the option to arrive or depart by helicopter, a ceremony for 100 guests, a one-hour cocktail reception and a dinner + champagne toast. And that’s just the beginning of the awesomeness, lovelies.

Whether you dream of making an amazing entrance on a helicopter (sooo, sooo cool) or walking down the aisle to a beautiful outdoor gazebo, The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village has something for everyone. Contact a Wedding Specialist today to start planning your fab day, and don’t forget to ask about rehearsal dinners, personalized menus, chartered boat cruises… and more. The wedding of the century? It’s yours.

Photography: Miranda Lawson