One of my favorite things in the whole wide world is getting to see a couple’s wedding planning period unfold on the screens of SMP. Take this couple for instance, it seems like only yesterday we were swooning over their engagement session, and now we get to devour every last gorgeous detail of their big day. It just makes my heart so happy, and I couldn’t be more honored that they wanted to share this important part of their lives with us. See all the gorgeous images from claudia oliver Photography in the completely gorgeous gallery of images.
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From Claudia Oliver… Ana and Chris are a gorgeous couple! She got ready at her parent’s home. Their ceremony was held at the Church of Little Flower, the most beautiful church in Coral Gables and their reception was at the luxurious Downtown Miami Hotel VICEROY. Their first dance was choreographed — such fun! Because they were engaged in Paris, they chose Eiffel tower favors. At the end of the night they had a traditional Latin American HORA LOCA which translates to a “Crazy Hour”– when guests don accessories and props for an hour-filled party!
Photography: Claudia Oliver | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Floral Design: Florana Designs | Wedding Cake: Eda Cakes | Wedding Invitations: Lilian designs | Ceremony: Church of Little Flower | Reception Venue: Viceroy Miami Hotel & Resort | Bride's Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Entertainment: The Event Factor | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Donna Morgan | Groom’s Suit : Vera Wang White collection | Hair Stylist : Carmen Cabrera | Bride’s Veil: J del Olmo Bridal Gallery and Couture | Event Design & Coordinator: Lourdes Milian Productions | Makeup: Bridal Makeovers by Aradia
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Elopements are my everything. No, I didn’t elope, but oh did I dream of it a time or two. It’s the epitome of romance to me, so those who actually do tie the knot in such a fashion always get my nod of approval. If you are planning on saying I do with just you and your beau, yet want to do so in style – we have just the shoot for you today. It’s the perfect inspiration for you elopement-loving readers, and we have Merari Photography to thank for all the pretty. It’s all topped off with some seriously stunning beauty by Sissi Ceballo (helloooo fishtail brain and red lip), making this elopement one for the books. See it all here.
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From Merari… There’s something so romantic about elopements. I’d been wanting to do an inspiration session for one for a while and was blessed to have the opportunity to work with the cutest couple for it. Yesica, the bride, is a vintage-loving, diy blogger who loved the idea and started brainstorming with me. We decided to do a city hall ceremony and walk around the city for some portrait fun.
Miami is normally known for glitz and glam but it’s also a city filled with subtle history, beautiful sunlight and a laid-back attitude. Yesica, Andrew and I wanted to tell a story of a couple madly in love, having an intimate, romantic city hall elopement and exploring little nooks of their beloved city. We wanted to give future South Florida brides and grooms some inspiration for a diy, road-less-traveled kind of wedding.
Everything was done with a budget-conscious bride in mind with simple, yet elegant diy touches. Sissi, the hairstylist did a fantastic job giving Yesica a loose fishtail braid, to keep that Miami humidity frizz under control and a touch of color on the lips. It’s so romantic and sweet! The flowers were bought the morning of at a local Winn Dixie and were put together by Yesica as well as the design for the announcement cards.
Photography: Merari Photography | Yesica’s Blog: SimplyLively | Hair + Makeup: Sissi Ceballo | Ceremony: Coral Gables City Hall | Dinner Venue: Books&Books | Wedding Dress: Love Culture | Bride’s Shoes: B.A.I.T. Footwear | Groom’s Shirt: Cotton On | Groom’s Slacks: Macy’s | Groom’s Shoes Urban Outfitters
There are a million and one reasons that I am completely obsessed with this wedding, but let me just start out by saying this: this bride and groom are amazing. They are amazingly cute, amazingly sweet and have an amazingly adorable love story that will leave you smiling for days. The kind of love story that seems bound for the big screen and all culminates in one seriously breathtaking Vizcaya Museum and Gardens soiree that features the fab stylings of TC Event Design, vibrant florals from Blooming Flowers and devastatingly gorgeous images from Captured Photography by Jenny. See them all in the full gallery.
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From the Bride… Wes and I both went to a small college, Furman University in Greenville, SC. There were only 2,700 students and we were both had the same major, but in four years we never met. Three years after college, fate introduced us at the wedding of my sorority sister and his soccer teammate. Things just clicked.
When it was time to choose a location for our wedding, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens was at the top of our list. We’d visited the Italian-style mansion years before and fell in love with the regal elegance of this sanctuary in our home state of Florida.
Robyn Baltuch from TC Event Designs helped us capture the magical atmosphere of Vizcaya while implementing classy and personal touches that made the day incredibly special. We paid tribute to our parents, grandparents and great-grandparents with a photo table filled with both wedding and couple shots. We even had a congratulatory letter from the Obamas—a nod to our new home in the Washington, DC area. We also continued my favorite southern tradition of a groom’s cake with an Arsenal shield red velvet cake in honor of Wes’ favorite soccer club. Guests sipped on mojitos and dined on cubanitos during the cocktail hour to pay tribute to the Miami atmosphere. My shoes were blue, my opal ring and diamond bracelet were old treasures from my grandmothers and the sorority pins on my bouquet were borrowed from my bridesmaids.
Our band had everyone dancing the night away on the edge of Biscayne Bay and at our send-off guests shook maracas as we drove off in a vintage Rolls Royce. My advice to brides would be to take a moment during the wedding to be alone with your groom—no photographers, no family, just you two. The day goes by fast, but you’ll have that moment forever.
Wedding Photography: Captured Photography by Jenny | Wedding Venue: Vizcaya Museum and Gardens | Officiant: Father Repp | Event Planning + Design: Robyn Baltuch of TC Event Design | Floral Design: Blooming Flowers | Cakes: Cake Designs by Edda | Catering: Aaron’s Catering | Cinematography: TM Entertainment | Ceremony + Cocktail Music: AA Musicians | Band: Remix/Tropics Entertainment | Rentals: Elements & Accents + Event Outfitters + Just Bars | Linens: Over the Top | Lighting: A&M Productions | Draping: Quest Drape | Hair + Makeup: Sobe Makeup Studio | Buses + Limo: Apollo | Rolls Royce: Millenium
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