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Miami Contemporary Art Gallery Wedding

If I had to choose one word to describe this art-admiring duo, chic would be it. Modern with an edge, this seriously stylish Gary Nader Fine Art soiree was beautifully captured by Katie Lopez Photography. With JCG Events behind the scenes it’s sophisticated yet sweet, making this gallery a masterpiece that can be admired right here.

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From Michael Masi of JCG Events LLCJeff and Megan are art lovers. From our very first meeting with them it was evident that this needed to be a focal point of the conceptual design of their wedding. We started by selecting a venue in the heart of Miami’s trendy art centric neighborhood of Wynwood. Wynwood is world renown for it seamlessly endless walls with murals from the world’s best street artist. All the wedding activities were to take place at the Gary Nader Fine Art Gallery. This venue set the perfect foundation for the wedding.

It was important to Jeff and Megan that their guests get a sense of how personalized and unconventional their wedding would be. We accomplished this by designing a completely customized invitation suite that included the couples favorite murals from the Wynwood neighborhood. The invites were so popular with guests that most actually kept the RSVP postcards, and sent back photocopies of their responses. That was a first!

On the day of the wedding, Jeff and Megan’s guests were greeted at the gallery entrance by butler passed welcome drinks and were free to peruse the gallery until all the guest arrive. Guests were then invited to the upstairs gallery where the ceremony was to take place. We went with a very modern simple styled ceremony with an acrylic chuppah and ghost chairs to let the art speak for itself. The location of the ceremony was select to take place in front of the gallery’s largest painting, providing a one of a kind backdrop for the nuptials.

After the ceremony guests proceeded to the cocktail receptions. The modern styling from the ceremony flowed into the cocktail receptions space. To personalize the cocktail reception, Jeff and Megan selected a number of their favorite paintings from the gallery’s collection; we then made replicas to hang on a gallery wall with gallery tags with the paintings information along with guests’ names. These served as the weddings escort cards and informed guests where they would be sitting for the dinner reception. In addition to the gallery wall escort paintings, we also provided an artist to sketch and paint portraits of guests during the cocktail reception, serving as an interactive and fun favor for Megan and Jeff’s guests.

The dinner and dancing reception took place in the main gallery. The space was kept out of the guests sight until the end of cocktail hour, when illuminated and revealed the space and invited guest to find their seats. For this section of the evening we created a more natural, earthy design to contrast with the gallery’s stark modern ambiance. We utilized natural reclaimed wood farmhouse tables, with natural flowing garland and candle centerpieces, combined with a mixed seating of ghost chairs, wood benches, and eclectic vintage chairs. The use of bistro lighting and amber up-lighting around the room provided a warm feeling for the remainder of the evening. The room was centered around a parquet wood dance floor, and anchored by live orchard trees we had brought into the gallery.

One of my personal favorite elements to this wedding was the personalization of Jeff and Megan’s wedding cake, again they choose an element that was reflective of themselves and incorporated another one of the neighborhoods murals onto their cake. The cake was placed on a pedestal in the middle of the gallery making it appear as a work of art, in its own right.

Guest were entertained by one of the couples favorite bands and enjoyed a menu reflective of their tastes. The personality and passion for art that Jeff and Megan wanted to express through their wedding created a truly memorable evening for all their guests. As well as a wedding that they can truly call their own.

Photography: Katie Lopez Photography | Event Design: JCG Events LLC | Event Planning: JCG Events LLC | Floral Design: Ines Naftali Floral & Event Design | Wedding Cake: Sugar Fancies | Catering: Bill Hansen Catering | Band: Ketchy Shuby | Harpist: Valerie Brunnette | Art Gallery: Gary Nader Fine Art | Artist: Erin Una | Rentals: Unearthed Vintage | Rentals: Evoga Events

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Romantic Garden Wedding at Villa Woodbine

I love it when a couple really personalizes their day, and for this garden romance that meant a nod to their South American heritage. A celebration filled with dreamy blooms from Designs By Sean, it’s easy to get lost in the gorgeous imagery by Merari Photography. See even more pretty details right here.

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From Merari PhotographyIf I had to describe Alexis and Abraham’s wedding in three words they would be classic, warm and fun. Alexis and Abraham are both from South America. They wanted to incorporate their cultures into their garden-inspired wedding celebration. Everything from the bridesmaid’s blush gowns to Abraham’s blue suit and bowtie were tied in to make the event as low key but classic as possible. They partied the night away in a garden-inspired reception filled with lush greens and hints of pink and coral. The reception was a South American love fest with lots of flags, traditional hats and shot glasses. At the end, the sweet couple left to party some more on a Colombian Chiva, an artisan rustic Colombian bus.

Photography: Merari Photography | Catering: Bill Hansen Catering | DJ: EMG | Officiant: Ceremonies With Cynthia | Baked Goods: Earth And Sugar | Bridal Dress: Ulla Maija | Colombian Bus: La Chiva Miami | Decor/Florals: Designs By Sean | Make Up And Hair: Kristin Brown | Quartet: Classern String Quartet | Rentals: Panache A Classic Party Rentals Company | Wedding Venue: Villa Woodbine

Romantic Miami Wedding at Red Fish Grill

This is the kind of wedding that really makes my heart sing. Because not only is it filled with gorgeous details that will leave my head spinning all day (hello gorgeous blooms from Ines Naftali, I’m talking to you), but it’s also overflowing with love. The kind of love you can just feel through each of 13:13 Photography‘s beautiful images, and it just takes one look at this gallery to see what I mean. 

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From The Bride… Ben and I share a contagious kind of love that surrounds us and makes everyone around feel confident, happy and at ease, so when it came time to plan our wedding the most important thing was to bring together all of our closest friends and family for an unforgettable celebration inspired by a beautiful mashup of the best of both of us. Since we fell in love during our last two years attending the University of Miami, it was an obvious choice to get married close to where it all began. Matheson Hammock provided the perfect backdrop: a lush grassy park with huge photogenic trees for the ceremony, and an old historic coral structure for the reception nestled in an idyllic beach lagoon that overlooks Biscayne Bay with the downtown Miami skyline glistening on the horizon. It’s a setting so naturally gorgeous it hardly needs any decoration, and a venue my very foodie family certainly approved of as well. Both Ben and I are borderline flower children and true creatives at heart, and we wanted to create an environment for our wedding that felt elegant yet down-to-earth and infused with personal touches to make it feel like us. Our very own intimate park to oceanside bohemian fairytale.

To bring the vision to life, we opted against hiring a planner to help save a few bucks and since my career in marketing/PR made me somewhat well-equipped to pull this off. Plus, bridezilla just isn’t my style. The deep greens and lush, organic hues you’d find a tropical garden served as our primary color palette, paired with my very favorite coral peonies (luckily just barely in season!) to add just the perfect pop of color. The florist was among the most important line items in our budget, and my sweet amazing mom who knows everything about nature deserves all the credit for working closely with the incredibly talented Ines Naftali to help create the most gorgeous unkempt arrangements and bouquets that fit beautifully amid the natural, uneven textures of driftwood, burlap, vintage glassware and twinkling candles that I wanted to incorporate into the tablescape design. I’d fallen in love with Ashley and Philip’s work and unique style after stumbling upon their blog a few years back, and after exchanging a few emails, just knew that they were the only photographers who could capture the genuine emotion and essence of our special day in a way that we will treasure for years to come. Everything else we kept whimsical and simple.

Ben personally wrote our entire inter-faith ceremony, and I put my artistic talents to work by designing and creating all of our paper elements by hand — including the cut-out paper heart fan programs, chevron seating cards, craft paper menus and handwritten notes. Inspired by old Miami photographs, the thank-you cards resembled real vintage postcards that displayed various images of 1920s Matheson Hammock Park, which were taken right beside the place where our reception actually took place. Each table was designated by a vintage Miami postcard image, showing different locations around Miami that holds special meaning in our relationship. From our mismatched bridesmaid dresses to the assortment of mini key lime pies in lieu of a formal wedding cake, traditional and matchy-matchy just isn’t our style. Our wedding reflected exactly who Ben and I are as a couple — fun, free-spirited and marvelously complex — in everything from the paper lanterns our closest friends helped us string up earlier that morning, to the Polaroid selfies our guests took instead of signing a guest book, down to the perfectly crisp fall weather and waves of positive energy flowing through atmosphere all evening. It really was the best day ever.

Photography: 13:13 Photography | Floral Design: Ines Naftali | Wedding Gown: Augusta Jones | Invitations: GreenQuince | Ceremony Venue: Matheson Hammock Park | Reception Venue: Red Fish Grill | Bridesmaids' Earrings: BK & Leo Jewelry | Ceremony + Cocktail Hour Music: Lenny Batista | Dessert: Puerto Madero | Getting Ready Venue: Mayfair Hotel & Spa | Hair + Makeup: Niurka From Hope Artistry | Reception Music: Vision DJs

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