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Elegant Fisher Island Wedding

If I had to pick one wedding style that sums up the extent of my love for pretty soirees, elegance would hands down be it. Touches of white, lace, candlelight, gilded detailing, classic invites… timeless bits that captivate for years to come. This sunny Florida fete from Kat Braman radiates that style that I love so, with a bit of fun woven in—the photo booth from Capture Pod, a cigar roller and mini Bailey’s milkshakes. See it all here and make sure to click play on Voila Cinematic‘s film below!

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From the Bride… Michael and I met and fell in love in New York City while we were both in school. My family lives in the greater Boston area and his family lives in South Florida. To make choosing a location even more difficult, Michael and I live between them in Louisville, Kentucky. Although our family was spread throughout the US, it was easy to choose Florida… sunny weather, gorgeous waters, warm beaches, fulfilling our dream to have an entirely outdoor wedding under the stars.

We chose Fisher Island Club, a private island accessible only by ferry. The Vanderbilt Mansion has a unique history, along with the most incredible banyan tree, which was exactly the organic, natural vibe I wanted for our ceremony. When I saw that tree, I knew immediately that was where we had to have our ceremony.

Having so many people travel to our destination was an indescribable feeling. We wanted a wedding reception that would feel warm, welcoming and full of love, with something for everyone that night: a Cuban cigar roller, open-air photo booth, lots of dessert tapas, and great dancing music. It was amazing to see family and friends from different times of our lives sharing cigars and mini-Baileys milkshakes. We added personal touches, such as my grandmother’s pin attached to my bouquet stem, groomsmen wearing matching socks, and a vintage love seat that made my heart skip a beat when I first saw it. Guests lit long-lasting sparklers to illuminate the floor for our first dance to Ben Howard’s “Only Love.”

Our florist and planner, Guerdy Abraira, brought my vision to life – the incredible twinkle lights to bring the sky down to create intimacy, the romantic flowers and garlands, and the entire vibe of the day and night. Our photographer, Kat Braman and videographer, Voila Cinematic, captured moments and emotions between us that we didn’t even know existed. Rock with U’s string quartet for ceremony, jazz trio for cocktail hour, and DJ/Band fusion assembled all my favorite music that flowed perfectly with my party friends and our older crowd alike.

Planning a destination wedding can sometimes feel like putting unmatched puzzle pieces together, wondering how it will all flow, but when it all comes together that night, it’s magic. Being surrounded by family and friends dancing under the twinkle lights and stars, marrying my best friend, it was the most beautiful night of our lives.

Photography: Kat Braman | Videography: Voila Cinematic | Event Planning: Divine Design By Guerdy | Floral Design: Ocean Flowers | Lighting: Illumene | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Fisher Island Club | Linens: Over The Top Linens | Makeup & Hair: Tatjana Terzic | Makeup & Hair: Fernando Fandino | Music: Rock With U | Photobooth: Capture Pod | Rentals: Panache Party Rental | Rentals: Mi Vintage

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Chic Miami Wedding at The Raleigh

What happens when you blend classic romance with modern touches? One word: perfection. Take a look at the gallery from Julie Cate Photography and you’ll see exactly what we mean. Set amidst twinkling cafe lights and swaying palm trees, this darling duo wed in one timeless ceremony fit for the ages. It’s a gallery not to be missed and it’s waiting for you over here!

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From The Bride…Andrew and I had been dating for close to 7 years, and before that, we were great friends for 5 years. I probably knew he was “the one” even before we began dating (although I usually don’t admit that). After he proposed in November at the duck pond in front of Gapstow Bridge in Central Park in NYC, where we live, and began planning our wedding, we knew we wanted the day to feel super romantic with a touch of modernity, so we chose blush and navy for our colors. Most importantly, we wanted to treat friends and family to a really awesome and fun party.

We chose a winter wedding in Miami, where I’m from. Once we had nailed down the city, we knew we had to take advantage of the climate and beaches and have an outdoor wedding.

The ceremony was held at Plymouth Congregational Church, an old historic church built in the early 1900s modeled after Spanish missions in Mexico, which really played in to the romantic vibe. It’s also extra special because I got baptized there and my aunt had her wedding ceremony at the church 30-something years prior. An added fun touch: we got to privately ring the tower church bells minutes after saying “I Do.”

For the reception, we chose The Raleigh Hotel, an art deco hotel on South Beach. The space was so “us” – chic yet laidback. To play off of the art deco decor, we added ’20s inspired elements which was carried throughout the invite suite, welcome bags and signage. Since we’re also both a bit silly, we balanced out romantic F. Scott Fitzgerald quotes displayed with personalized napkins and matches with fun sayings like “Light My Fire” and “Burn Baby Burn.” Set amidst twinkling cafe lights and swaying palm trees, guests were greeted with welcome cocktails (a Blushing Bride or an Old Fashioned Groom), classic Cuban cigars hand-rolled on site and bossa nova music played by a guitarist. For our guest book, we had friends and family take a Polaroid of themselves and then glue it into the book with well wishes, which everyone had a lot of fun with. Our main obsession is our dog, Theo, so we wanted to make sure we incorporated him in to the day. While we couldn’t have him be the ring bearer because we got married in a church, we made sure to do portraits with him right after our first look and also treated guests to Theo-replica cookies. Throughout the night, when guests weren’t dining on contemporary, seasonal fare by James Beard Award-Winning Chef Michael Schwartz or noshing on dulce de leche, raspberry or red velvet cake from the amazing Earth & Sugar, they were on the dance floor doing flips and getting crazy to a DJ accompanied by a saxophonist and drummer.

Before heading in to the after party, Andrew and I made our way through a tunnel of sparklers while our guests surprise-serenaded us with a rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner. The weather was perfection – 70s and sunny – and a clear indicator of how perfect the day was. We had the most magical day with family and friends that we love and an amazing team of vendors! We couldn’t be more thankful of how wonderful the day was!

Photography: Julie Cate Photography | Videography: Pabelona Studios | Wedding Planner: Kasey D Weddings | Florist: Julia Rhode Designs | Wedding Dress: Ines Di Santo | Cake: Earth And Sugar | Stationary : Llorente Design | Ceremony Venue: Plymouth Congregational Church | Reception Venue: The Raleigh | Bridesmaids Dresses: Amanda Uprichard | Makeup Artist: Lily Rasco | Entertainment: L R Entertainment | Groom's Attire: The Black Tux | Bridesmaid's Robes: Pretty Plum Sugar | Cigar Rolling: The Art Of Cigar Rolling | Custom Cookie Favors: Eleni's Cookies | Limo Rental: Aralimos | Match Boxes : Picture Perfect Papier

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Glamorous Geometric South Beach Wedding

This is one of those stop and stare moments; this dress is that good. But it’s only the beginning of an epically gorgeous South Beach bash, captured in all it’s geometric glory by Becca Borge and Floral + Fauna. Guests were treated to a glamorous celebration by Miranda Hattie Events with photo booth fun thanks to Capture Pod. Put it all together and this is the sort of stylish soiree that we can’t get enough of.

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From Becca BorgeBlacks, golds, metallics, and textures framed Arleyne and Mike’s modern South Beach wedding. The bride wore blush, the groom wore vera wang, the bridesmaids wore mismatched sparkly dresses. Their ceremony backdrop as well as reception accents were geometric shapes paired with soft and romantic textures and florals. Everything tied together through the black & gold motif throughout.

Arleyne is an extremely organized and detail-oriented person, and wanted to incorporate some personal and fun elements as well. She had a license plate evening clutch (Mike owns a tag agency), her shoes had geometric gold studs, had a wine box ceremony to open on their first anniversary, had a photobooth for guests, the guests lit sparklers at their first kiss so they recessed down the beautiful sparkler-lit aisle, and in lieu of a guestbook the couple had a unique piece of art painted for them (and guests signed the border).

They wanted their event to be a fun and contemporary expression of themselves, without lacking the romantic feel a wedding should have. Along with Mirando (Miranda Hattie Events)…this celebration was perfectly fitting for South Beach and this beautiful couple!

From the Bride… My planner, Miranda Estes, helped guide me through the my initial ideas and helped me hone into the final decisions, but my definite inspiration was paint splatter, metallics, copper, concrete, contemporary art in general, and NOT being like every other wedding we see here in Miami. I work in the Wynwood design district and the crazier the art, the more mentally stimulating it is to me. I wanted the sparkle, I wanted the romance (of course), but I wanted surprises and to really give the florist free range to create art and use a variety of textures and mediums. I didn’t want a lot of flowers at all. I wanted the containers to be odd and unexpected.

As far as the bridal party attire, sparkle/sequin was key but I wanted each girl to feel glamorous. I got sooooo much criticism about the wardrobe! On the wedding day, when they were all together, each of them voiced how “wowed” they were with the final result and cohesiveness. Again, I fully trusted Miranda’s judgment and experience, she assured me it would work and I eliminated all doubt.

I wanted the day to be an expression of who we are, regardless of what everyone else thought or what is traditionally preferred in Miami weddings we have seen. The W venue was the perfect backdrop for our taste. We have been huge fans of the W and their adjacent restaurant, Mr. Chow, and we knew that it was just plain “us”.”

My favorite moments were the sparkler send-off as we completed the ceremony, and seeing gentlemen in tuxedos and ladies in long glam gowns getting down and dirty of the dance floor! When we said it was “black tie” everyone thought it would be stuffy, and on the contrary, it was such a FUN party!

Photography: Becca Borge Photography | Cinematography: Flora + Fauna | Event Planning: Miranda Hattie Events | Floral Design: Anthology Co. | Wedding Dress: Allure Couture | Cake: Edda's Cake Designs | Hair And Makeup: Makeup By Mars | DJ: EMG | Hotel: W South Beach | Linens: Over The Top | Photo Booth: Capture Pod | Rentals: Hitched

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Elegant Tropical Miami Beach Wedding

Miami is home to some of the most awe inspiring weddings out there. Fabulous spaces, jaw dropping backdrops, gowns and gowns and gowns for days. And this wedding is no different…it’s Miami with a decidedly destination feel. Full of color, soul and everything beautiful in the world of weddings. With images from Katie Lopez Photography with planning and design by Miranda Hattie, this is a wedding worth devouring.

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From Miranda Hattie EventsThis beautiful wedding takes all the best parts of Miami–the bright colors, the swaying palms, the modern vibe, the glamour and of course, the beach–and wraps it all up in one amazing package.

Mina and Manny were searching for a vacation spot for their guests, many of whom traveled from Turkey, as well as the perfect venue to support their vision of rustic elegance and outdoor dining and dancing under the stars. The Raleigh Hotel in South Beach was the perfect solution, as it features a large garden oasis with cabanas, bistro lights and lots of tropical foliage plus gave guests the opportunity to stay on the beach. With the venue secure, the style became one of romantic, modern elegance with a hint of tropical flair. The color palette was developed to enhance the lush setting, using white, ivory, blush and pale green with deeper greens and bits of silver, rich pink, orchid and plum. The ceremony was held in the garden, where the natural green backdrop was dressed up with a natural wood arch and the aisle was defined with glowing silver lanterns.

Following the ceremony, guests were escorted to a row of black and white striped cabanas, where they were served delicious small bites catered by acclaimed chef Michael Schwartz. Friends and family dined under a canopy of lights at tables dressed with elegant yet eclectic arrangements of tropical blooms. It was the kind of night where you just want to sit under the stars and soak in the dreaminess, true Miami Beach perfection.

Photography: Katie Lopez Photography | Event Design: Miranda Hattie Events | Event Planning: Miranda Hattie Events | Floral Design: Anthology Co. | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Cake: Earth And Sugar | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Adrianna Papell | Hair And Makeup: Makeup By Marz | Hotel: The Raleigh | Linens: Over The Top Linens | Photo Booth: Capture POD

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Glamorous Ballroom Wedding in Miami Beach

Inspired by the beauty of her family’s lake house in Italy, this Bride was determined to bring that same sense of romance to her Miami Beach wedding. Combined with a nod to her fiancé’s own upbringing and the creative vision of Guerdy Abraira and Ocean Flowers, the day that resulted is one for the books. I’m calling it “beachy ballroom gone glam” and Shea Christine so kindly shared every last bit.

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From The Bride…My vision for my wedding was an intimate affair that was reminiscent of my family’s lake house on Lago Maggiore, Italy. We chose the Vanderbilt Mansion on Fisher Island to exude the charm and romance of Italy. With Miami Beach as our backdrop we embraced the city that raised us and where we met. We incorporated lace, candelabras and lots of candles to set the tone. Our focus of the evening was family as we embraced Jared’s family history during the ceremony and my family history with opera singer during the reception. We had personal touches by using hydrangeas that are in the garden at my home in Italy, serving oysters which are Jared’s favorite food during cocktail hour, Affogato for dessert which is a traditional italian treat, and our favors were maple cookies from where we lived in Toronto. The toasts were long, the dance floor was sweaty and the champagne was endless. We would not have had it any other way!

Photography: Shea Christine Photography | Videographer: Artisan Production | Wedding Planner: Guerdy Abraira | Florist: Ocean Flowers | Stationery: Invitations By Leston's | Makeup: Ivan Pol | Band: Pangea Band | Venue: Vanderbilt Mansion At Fisher Island Club & Resorts | Guitarist: Carlos Abanto