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Bright + Colorful Miami Resort Wedding

A Miami destination wedding was the perfect solution for this couple currently living in New York, but had family traveling over to celebrate from their native Albania. They opted for a classic, clean design with careful pops of color and plenty of Albanian marriage traditions woven in along the way. THE VAULT is your go-to for every moment captured by Merari Photography.

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From Merari Photography… Rodi and Eni chose to have their wedding celebration at the Eden Roc Hotel in Miami Beach all the way from Buffalo, NY. Their family is mostly from Albania so Miami was a fun halfway point for everyone. Eni incorporated some traditional Albanian elements into the celebration. Her mom made a beautiful handkerchief used when the bride and groom lead the guests in a traditional dance around the room and her sister, the maid of honor, carried a little plate with candy and coins for good luck.

Eni kept a simple and soft color palette with a pop or red here and there to add contrast. Their outdoor ceremony was almost rained out thanks to the crazy Florida summer weather but as soon as they saw each other during their first look, the skies cleared up and she was able to walk down the aisle and meet Rodi under the sunshine.

Their reception was set up to feel intimate and fun, like a family dinner. The bride and groom’s favorite tapas, beer and wine were placed on each table for everyone to pass around and share. Once the music started, everyone gathered around the dance floor for the traditional money dance, where guests shower the bride and groom with cash to start their new life together. It was a lovely and fun celebration!

Photography: Merari Photography | Floral Design: Ever After Floral Design | Wedding Dress: James Clifford | Cake: Ana Paz | Bride's Shoes: Chinese Laundry | Hair: Art Of Hair By Claudia | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss | Venue: Eden Roc | Video: D.P. Weddings

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Stylish Miami Art Deco Anniversary Session

I’m going to go out on a limb and say that this anni-sesh from Cody Hunter Photography has earned a spot at the tippy top of my favorites list. Bold statement, I know. But once you set your sights on this gallery, you’ll be ready to pin your heart out, too. From the striking black number ala Rent The Runway and happy stripes to palm tree heaven at The Raleigh with mojitos in hand, this magnetic duo sure kicked off year four in serious style.

From Cody Hunter PhotographyLauren & Tylor wanted something special for their 4 year anniversary. Not just a typical Florida beach session. Together with Elleson Events they created a completely out of the box anniversary session. Once they’d settled on spending their anniversary in Miami (they are from Sarasota, FL) – a fun art-deco, vintage vibe was created. Complete with a fun day roaming the streets of Miami with mojitos in hand and ending the night at The famous Raleigh Hotel on Miami Beach.

Photography: Cody Hunter Photography | Design: Hollie Raulerson / Elleson Events | Dress: Rent The Runway | Hair And Makeup: Salon Tease Naples | Tux: The Black Tux | Hotel: The Raleigh | Film Lab: PhotoVision Prints | Swimsuits: American Apparel

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 | Makeup & Hair: Tatjana Terzic | Makeup & Hair: Fernando Fandino | Lighting: Illumene | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Fisher Island Club | Linens: Over The Top Linens | Music: Rock With U | Photobooth: Capture Pod | Rentals: Panache Party Rental | Rentals: Mi Vintage

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