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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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Fall
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Estate
Styles
Romantic

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 | 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 | Venue: The Bath Club

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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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Spring
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Outdoor

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 | Hair: Tanya Maquez | Groom's Attire: Suit Supply | 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 | Makeup: Rachel Blair Shapiro | Portrait Artist: Erin Una Chainani | Wedding Venue: The Palms Hotel & Spa

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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Summer
Settings
Beach
Styles
Casual

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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