Though this gorgeous Bride originally wanted to elope, her handsome Groom ultimately convinced her that a wedding was worth it, especially if it was a wedding full of “good vibes only.” This meant friends and family all around, amazing vendors (like Lynne Avallone Bridal and Special Occasion Makeup and Capture POD Photo Booths), and love all around. See it all from Concept Photography and Senderey in The Vault!
From The Bride…It wasn’t long after Alec proposed that I uttered the three little words I never thought I would hear myself say, “Let’s just elope!” After Alec swept me off my feet on a wintery New Year’s Eve in New York City, I wasn’t visualizing a white dress or diamond rings or centerpieces, but all the stuff that comes after. A life together. A home we could share. A Sunday where we didn’t have to say goodbye. You see, Alec and I had spent most of our relationship in separate cities, racking up Amtrak points and frequent flyer miles. So when the day finally came when Alec would be relocating from New York City to Boston, I was quick to pull out the elopement card.
It was Alec who convinced me otherwise. He suggested that we throw tradition to the wind and make our wedding whatever we wanted it to be. On Alec’s wish list? A big party and great music. For me it was simple: the beach. Call me romantic, but the image of sea and sand and wind in my hair while I married the love of my life was everything I had dreamed of and more. So we settled on The Palms Hotel in Spa in Miami Beach Florida, a boutique beachside resort that provided the perfect backdrop for our wedding weekend. The laid back, tropical vibe of the hotel and grounds really set the tone for the entire weekend: a steel drummer welcoming guests to the rehearsal dinner, a beachside yoga class led by makeup artist Lynne Avallone, plenty of time lounging on an endless stretch of white sand with friends and family. No stress and “good vibes only.” A mantra that would come to define the weekend.
We were blessed to work with the very best vendor team. Our party planners, Chiara Clark and Holly Wamser, flawlessly executed our vision and made the planning process a breeze. Our photographers, Sara and Jason Martin of Concept Photography, BLEW US AWAY with their stunning photos. Our videographer, Senderey Video Productions, found a way to capture all of the emotion and beauty of an entire night into a 2-minute highlight reel. But it’s worth highlighting two of my most favorite people: makeup artist, Lynne Avallone and hair stylist, Kristine Collins. I’ve known Lynne and Kristine for many years, and have recommended them to just about every bride in Boston I can get my hands on. Not only is their talent unparalleled, but they are EXACTLY the kind of people you want by your side as you prep for the biggest moment of your life. They have that unique ability to make you feel like the very best version of yourself. The yoga class that Lynne graciously offered to lead was the perfect start to the day. I felt so blessed that they made the trip from Boston to Miami for the weekend.
As I reflect back on the wedding and all of these beautiful memories we now have, I know that Alec was right all along. A wedding is not about pomp and circumstance. It’s a story you get to choose for yourself. I’m so happy we chose ours.
Photography: Concept Photography | Cinematography: Senderey | Coordination: Chiara Clark + Holly Wamser | Floral Design: Bayfront Floral | Wedding Dress: L'elite Boston | Cake: Cake Designs by Edda | Makeup: Lynne Avallone Bridal and Special Occasion Makeup | Hair: Kristine Collins | Lighting: Solaris Mood | Band: The Music Machine | Officiant: The Garden Gate | Venue: The Palms Hotel & Spa | Candy Buffet: Sugar City Treats | Invitations + Stationery: Anna-Ruth Watts | Photo Booth: Capture POD Photo Booths