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Romantic Beach Wedding at The Raleigh Hotel

In my opinion, there’s no locale more quintessential of sunshine than Miami. And what more could you ask for in a destination wedding? This adorable Bride & Groom knew they wanted exactly that; a radiant, glowing day. And with the amazing help of Kitanim, planning a soiree from afar was a piece of cake. Have a look right here for every lovely detail from Heather Funk Photography and keep reading for Kitanim’s fabulous tips for planning a destination wedding in this sunny locale!

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From Kitanim… Meryl & Brad are a fabulous couple who looked to Miami Beach as their destination wedding location. They love the Miami sun and the South Beach experience. Meryl & Brad were very lucky to have a perfect weather wedding weekend at The Raleigh Hotel. Their long rectangular wedding reception tables were graced with a multitude of white and green florals and lots of candles to add a romantic ambience. The bride and groom exchanged their vows under the traditional Jewish wedding chuppah in front of their friends and family who travelled from Philadelphia. Kitanim created a chuppah that would accent the beautiful Miami Beach scenery, mixing ivory and champagne textured fabrics for the couple.

The long distance planning component of Meryl & Brad’s destination wedding is becoming more and more common. Kitanim , who covered both the floral design as well as the event planning, relied heavily on technology to converse with the bride. Due to the bride and groom’s work schedules, they were unable to fly back to Miami for a floral sample meeting. No problem! Kitanim conducted a sample meeting via Facetime whereby Meryl and her parents got to approve all of the floral designs for the wedding. We also took a lot of pictures and emailed and texted in order to communicate clearly and efficiently.

Tips for planning a Miami destination wedding:

  • Choose vendors who you trust and who are able to communicate clearly so the “distance” doesn’t affect your planning process.
  • Splurge for a local day of coordinator to help you and your family enjoy your special day. Meryl & Brad opted for a Kitanim day of coordinator to make their experience calmer and simpler.
  • Have a clearly delineated rain plan, but hope for sunshine. It’s Miami!
  • Utilize the hotel for all of its amenities—if the hotel can accommodate your guests’ stay needs, your rehearsal dinner and your after party, book all three!
  • Allow for travel time. Plan to arrive a few days before your wedding and to stay a few days after so as to not feel rushed.
  • Ask the locals: use your local vendors as a resource for a list of the best Miami restaurants to visit and Miami must-do’s.

Photography: Heather Funk Photography | Event Planning: Kitanim | Floral Design: Kitanim | Wedding Dress: Lovely Bride | Wedding Cake: Sugar Fancies | DJ: L & R Entertainment | Hotel: The Raleigh Hotel | Linen: Contempo Linens

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Modern Miami Waterfront Wedding

When I’m in need of a good dose of vibrant florals, I can always count on Kitanim. Take this stunning Bride’s coral + pink bouquet for instance… paired perfectly with the Miami palm trees and the ceremony petal pathway, how could you not feel instantly happy holding a colorful beauty like this? For even more, head to the gorgeous gallery from 13:13 Photography.

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From KitanimNicole and Marvin are a special couple with a lot of love, faith, and a commitment to one another. Nicole discovered the photo and flower vendors on Style Me Pretty and a great collaboration began. The bride chose bright hues of mandarin orange and salmon pinks to line her aisle walkway as well as her bouquets. Marvin’s son was a key player in the family photos—he was adorable and stole the show. The bride and groom lucked out at matheson hammock park on the water as they avoided a major rainstorm and enjoyed the beauty and serenity of a simple wedding on the water. The bride will tell you that the wind messed up her hair, but the pictures will tell you otherwise—she was radiant. Each guest enjoyed a hand made paper cone of petals as well as homemade cupcakes. Dinner took place at red fish grille.

Photography: 13:13 Photography | Floral Design: Kitanim | Wedding Dress: Alegria's Brides | Bride's Robe: Plum Pretty Sugar | Florida State Park: Matheson Hammock Park | Restaurant: Red Fish Grille | Weding Cake And Cupcakes: Sweeter Days Bakeshop

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Miami Wedding Film at The Palms Hotel, Miami Beach

Bridges Cinema just made my day with this sweet as the come film, and trust me when I say you’ll want to reserve some time today to soak up every precious moment. It will give you the warm and fuzzes in no time, so it goes without saying that hitting play on this puppy is one mighty fine idea…


From Bridges CinemaWe were so honored to have been able to capture this wedding in video but such a wonderful couple. The groom, a young looking Tom Cruise looked so dashing in his full uniform. We knew the ceremony would be so special because it would include the sword salute. South Florida was a destination wedding for this couple and they were joined by family and friends at the gorgeous beach locations, The Palms Hotel.

Cinematography: Bridges Cinema | Venue: The Palms Hotel, Miami Beach

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Mediterranean Wedding Inspiration

To be totally honest, I’ve drooled over this Mediterranean inspiration shoot way longer than I even care to admit. But can you blame me? We’re talking the most steal worthy swoonage from top-tier wedding pros like Beauty in the Making + Ozzy Garcia and you can join me in the gallery for soooooo much more.

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From Beauty in the Making… The Bath Club ideally hosts our Mediterranean dream. Elegantly cooling the hot kiss of the Floridian autumn’s air, and the echo of corridors fills our senses with intrigue and laughter of the festivities. To complement the scene, the Moorish arches and terra cotta tiles reveals the medieval Andalucia. The sunset beauty light reflects a timeless moment and spanish tunes usher the celebration.

The bride’s style is exquisite yet simple and regal. Floral fragrances discretely intoxicate us, and leads to an appetite for the feast that is awaiting. Silver platters with lush colorful joyful figs, grapes, and pomegranates, decorate the affair while lit by tall candelabras and soft daylight. A sense of fulfillment guides the sunset toward a wooden warm table filled with aromatic delicacies and opens the chapter of best wishes. The aged red wine tosses in celebration as the hearts dances the song of oneness. Sounds of unison clapping is the rhythm section that accompanies the exquisite moment of love.

Photography: Ozzy Garcia | Cake: E & M Sweets | Band: Lourdes Valentin Quartet | Venue: The Bath Club | Bride's Dress: Chic Parisien | Coordination, Flowers + Design: Beauty in the Making | Hair + Makeup: Carolyn Jones Makeup | Invitations + Paper Goods: Leveret Paperie | Models: Mega Models | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals - Pompano | Tuxedo: Men's Wearhouse - Coral Gables

Miami Wedding at The Palms from Ozzy Garcia Photography

If there is one thing you should know about me, it’s that I am obsessed with candy.  Sugary, fruity, chocolatey candy… the term “sweet tooth” and me go hand in hand.  So this candy-inspired masterpiece of a wedding captured by Ozzy Garcia Photography ?  Well, it has me smitten with its candy bouquet (YES), pink-filled blooms from Ocean Flowers and a never-ending sweets display.  Click here for all of the yummy details.  It’s beyond pretty.

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From the Bride… Yoav and I started by choosing a venue that could host our wedding outdoors, in the warm Miami air, a welcome reprieve from the blustery winters of Chicago and Amsterdam and a minimal climate change for our 30 family members that made the trek all the way from Israel. Our vision for the evening was casual comfort with a side of sugar and a couple of unexpected surprises along the way. Jessica Masi of JCG Events ensured that this vision came to life and Ozzy Garcia, of Ozzy Garcia Photography, artistically captured this vision and memorialized it.

We had Yoavs brother officiate a portion of the ceremony because we felt that when it came to incorporating personal details, who could tell our story better than someone who has been there from the beginning? We wanted this to set the precedent and tone for the wedding everyone in attendance, witnessing the first day of our lives as a couple, were all loving, integral characters in our story.

Love is sweet, my love for candy is even sweeter, and I knew all along that I wanted my bouquet to be made out of candy. Some people dry their bouquets, some people save them, I intended to eat mine. Thanks to the Donut Divas, I had a great late night snack on my wedding night! Some of my favorite sugar confections, marshmallows and m&ms, were artfully placed into a giant waffle cone. The benefit of having a wedding around the Easter holiday is that even the grass in the bouquet was edible.

In addition to my sugar addiction, I truly believe that there are few food items in this world that can make me as happy as a Publix Grocery store birthday cake. In order to share my love for this confection with others, Sweet Display made us different colored wooden cake stands, to which Ocean Flowers added some sparkle, and we had different flavors of 8-inch Publix cakes placed on the reception dinner tables. The plan was to remove the cakes after dinner and have them cut up for dessert, but our guests seated at these tables became so possessive over the cakes on their table that they would not let anyone touch them. Our guests dug into them with their forks, without even removing them from the cake stand!

Besides all of the fleeting sugar elements that went into our special day – the escort cards, the bouquet, the candy ring pops, the flower girl lollipops, the candy bar, the Publix cakes – I think one of our favorite keepsakes from the day came from Erin Una Chainani. I read about Erin online about 2 years ago after googling Miami portrait artist. I called Erin and asked her if she would be so inclined to attend our wedding and paint a scene. Not only was she willing, but she painted two scenes to boot! She captured one of the ceremony and one of our first dance as a couple.

When my new husband and I were comparing notes after the wedding, we both remarked that many people offered us this advice, cherish every second of this day because it goes so fast. And while the day did go quickly, we never felt that we missed any opportunities to take it all in. And thanks to Erin and Ozzy, we have mementos that will remind us of our wedding day forever.

Photography: Ozzy Garcia Photography | Floral Design: Ocean Flowers | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Wedding Cake: Elegant Temptations | Shoes: Mojo Moxy | Makeup: Rachel Blair Shapiro | Hair: Tanya Maquez | Groom's Attire: Suit Supply | Wedding Venue: The Palms Hotel & Spa | Cake Stands: Sweet Display | Cake Topper: That's My Topper | Cakes (small): Publix Bakery | Candy Bouquet: Donut Divas | Cigar Roller: Acope Cigars | Dress Sash: Blue Bird Studio | Earrings: Weddings 826 | Event Planning + Design: JCG Events LLC | Flower Girl Dresses: Pretty Flower Girl | Flower Girl Shoes: Toms | Portrait Artist: Erin Una Chainani

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Miami Beach Elopement from Jonathan Connolly Photography

I know I talk a lot about my love for elopements, but it’s honestly something I just can’t say enough about. I mean, rushing off to a private beach with your one and only to say “I do” with nothing but the crashing waves, clear blue skies and each other?  There’s nothing more magical.  And just in case you were doubting me AT ALL, this sweet affair from Jonathan Connolly is here to prove my theory… and then some.  It’s a gorgeous duo, some sleek + sophisticated stylings and a whole lot of love wrapped up in one crazy gorgeous gallery.  Join me there for all of the pretty.

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From the Bride… Drew and I got engaged last October. Of course, we were bombarded with well wishes and the never ending questions of “When’s the wedding?” I have always dreamt of a small, intimate wedding. An elopement to be exact. We had thought, why not just throw a big party of a few close family members and friends. That turned into a big stress headache once we started compiling a guest list. So we decided to stick to our guns and have our wedding the way we wanted. We booked/planned our wedding in about a week. We decided on Miami Beach. We chose the Tides Hotel to stay and it was fabulous. Our officiant from Small Miami Weddings was fantastic as she laid out a few options for us on the beach to hold our ceremony. She also did my bouquet which I didn’t see till the day of the ceremony. Our photographer, Jonathan Connolly, was absolutely amazing. He kept re-assuring us about the Miami weather as it was raining the whole time up until the night before the big day. Luckily, that morning of the wedding, it was absolutely beautiful! The whole time we were there, it was just Drew and me. It was so intimate and romantic. No stress. We also decided to have a wedding wine box ceremony which we thought added a nice touch of intimacy and uniqueness to our ceremony. Our ceremony took place in South Pointe Park which was a nice quiet area of the Miami Beach and it had little benches surrounded by palm trees that we thought would be a great spot to pop some champagne for pictures. All in all, we don’t regret eloping. Our advice to others getting married, is to remember that the day is about you two and to stick to your guns in how you envision your day!

Photographer: Jonathan Connolly | Dress: Nicole Miller | Bridal Wrap: BHLDN | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Hair & Makeup: Niurka from Hope Artistry | Groom’s Suit & Shoes: Hugo Boss | Bouquet: Small Miami Weddings | Wine Box: Arrow Sarah | Venue: The Tides Hotel

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