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Sunny Vizcaya Museum + Gardens Engagement Session

If you’re looking for a love session recipe like no other, we’ve got you covered with this loveliness my dears. Mix one part Haring Photography, one part Vizcaya Museum And Gardens, two parts stylish bride & groom-to-be, top with sunshine and voila! A little shake here, a snap there and you’ve got a combo that will quench any love-craving. See it all here!

From Haring PhotographyIt was a beautiful day for Alisha + Rahim’s fine art vintage engagement session at Vizcaya Museum & Gardens in Miami Florida. The classic grounds set by water was a perfect place for their engagement session. Alisha and Rahim choose to wear casual and classic outfits that reflect their natural romantic style.

Photography: Haring Photography | Venue: Vizcaya Museum And Gardens | Cognac Strap Heels: Zara | Coral Top: Akira | Floral Crown: Akira | Ivory Skirt: Champagne & Strawberry Via Akira | White Lace Dress: Akira

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Floridian Spring Wedding Inspiration

I thought a New England Spring was pretty darn fabulous but a Floridian Spring? It might just take the cake. This inspiration crafted by Anthology Co. and Gianny Campos Photography is a colorful spread peppered with sparkle and the outdoor beauty of the South East. And whenever a naked cake is involved, like this beaut by Cloud 9 Bakery, we’re all in. Take a peak at the pretty gallery for even more.

With spring knocking on our door, I was eager to do a shoot which would embody a “Floridian Spring.” The shoot took place in February, and as all my fellow Floridians know, our winters are blessed with beautiful weather and flora. Our inspiration was sparked with some lively colorful dishes found at Anthropologie. The location, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens, was as well a source filled with Florida natives as well as an abundance of flowers and other exotic foliage. This location accomplished the more organic local approach we had envisioned.

We picked some leaves and blooms from our backyard such as begonias, bleeding heart, and bahama coffee which were put together with garden roses, blue thistle, orchids and more. Local fruits were also included in the mix like guava, star apple and passion fruit which we sourced from our local farmer Robert Is Here. Anthology Co.’s attention to detail truly made all the arrangements special while the Salvage Snob wowed us with their elegant yet unique multicolored array of seating choices.  How often is it you see three crystal draped chandeliers adorning a massive oak tree?

As we have constantly rising temperatures we decided to have the bride a little cooler and more comfortable. I’m sure all you Floridian brides can relate. The bride wore a short sleeve white oxford shirt coupled with a beautiful gold sequin skirt thus melding elegance and classic comfort. The groom, looking quite dapper, sported a glen plaid suit with a chambray shirt. Putting a fun spin on a still very classy look.

The naked cake made by Cloud 9 Bakery is a great example as to how keeping something simple can actually be more appealing than unnecessary elaborations. Embellishing the cake with some thistle, guava and some other fruits around that gorgeous pedestal base really tied it all in with our original theme. What is that original theme? Well, lets just say its a bit eclectic some rustic with a hint of elegance and a dash of class. All in time for spring.

Floral Design: Anthology Co. | Cake: Cloud 9 Bakery | Invitations: Chirp Paperie | Bride's Shoes: Moho Moxy | Jewelry: Anthropologie | Groom's Attire: Jcrew | Groom's Shoes: Banana Republic | Venue: Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens | Bridal Headpiece: Lacielle Roselle | Bride's Attire: Anthropologie | Dinnerware: Anthropologie | Fruits: Robert Is Here | Hair + Makeup: Makeup By Marz | Photography + Design: Gianny Campos Photography | Rentals: The Salvage Snob

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Eclectic Garden Wedding at Villa Woodbine

Villa Woodbine, which is gorgeous all on its own, was completely transformed into a dreamy garden landscape for this unique take on the wedding day. JCG Events crafted a cocktail garden party vibe with vintage vignettes by Unearthed Vintage, loads of white blooms by Julia Rohde Designs and all blanketed in twinkling candlelight and serenaded by a French Jazz Band. It’s magical and Katie Lopez Photography was there to capture it all. See all of her gorgeous images right here in the full gallery.

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From Michael Masi of JCG Events…We loved everything about this wedding and this couple. They wanted to create a wedding that was unconventional, free spirited and with an emphasis on amazing food and good music and this is exactly what we accomplished for them.

Villa Woodbine was the perfect setting because it offered a lush landscape, an intimate environment but enough space to create some movement for their guests throughout the evening. Guests were greeted with a signature drink as they arrived to the villa. The couple wanted to forgo the traditional Miami Mojito welcome drink, and instead went with a trendy Moscow Mule. Guests took a moment to enjoy their drink while they waited for the ceremony to begin.

For the Ceremony, we opted to forgo conventional ceremony seating. The short but very meaningful ceremony began as the bride and her daughter walked down the stairs to an instrumental version of Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol. The bride and her daughter were then greeted by the officiant and the groom under the center arch of the courtyard. Guests watched from their cocktail tables and the second floor balcony of the courtyard. Since there was no conventional aisle they sealed the ceremony with a kiss, a walk around the fountain followed immediately by a champagne toast. The French Horn band then began to play spirited and lively French inspired jazz music for cocktail hour. The cocktail hour had officially begun in the same space as the ceremony and in the living room and dinning room areas adjacent to the courtyard.

After plenty of food stations and delectable passed hor’ dourves, guests were escorted to the garden area of the villa which had been transformed to a magical setting. We created an industrial eclectic vibe by utilizing farmhouse tables and combining a mixed collection of steel elio chairs, clear ghost chairs and mahogany chiavari chairs. The florals were a mix of industrial steel vases and mason jars filled with hand picked style of white florals and lots of candles. Three chandeliers hung from down the center of the clear top tent, hanging mason jars with votive candles and fairy lights lined both the trees and corners of the tent. This style also carried over to the custom bar that was created using salvaged items. Guests enjoyed a four-course dinner, while they appreciated a mesmerizing performance from an electric violinist who played alongside a DJ. Vintage furniture vignettes surrounded the reception area throughout the garden to allow for guests to be able to lounge and mingle as they enjoyed cocktails after dinner. A custom photo booth was created that was inspired by the bride’s British heritage by incorporating a traditional red British style phone booth, combined with hanging picture frames and vintage furniture. Guests were invited to take pictures using their own cameras and then post images to a wedding photo app.

Later in the evening, guests were then escorted back to the courtyard where the cake was cut and then danced the night away under the open starry sky.

Photography: Katie Lopez Photography | Event Planning: Michael Masi Of JCG Events | Floral Design: Julia Rohde Designs | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Cake: Filled And Frosted | Ceremony Venue: Villa Woodbine | Reception Venue: Villa Woodbine | Catering: Bill Hansen Catering | DJ: Mona Music Group | Officiant: Rev. Eddie Rodriguez | Transportation: Padrino's | Cocktail Music: The French Horn | Hair And Make-up: Hot Pink Styling | Rentals: Unearthed Vintage | Rentals: AFR Furniture Rental | Styling, Makeup, And Hair: Jenna Debrino And Amanda Miller For Hot Pink Style

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Picnic-Style Wedding at Casa Reta

Let’s be honest – it’s hard to beat a homespun wedding. There’s a certain magic that happens when a family comes together to create a beautiful, bespoke affair; every detail, every moment comes from a place of total love. And the object of my latest handcrafted wedding affection? This Casa Reta “I do” inspired by the perfect picnic. Merari Photography snapped the goods, and you can have a nice, long look in the gallery right here.

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From Merari Photography… Rafael and Alicia wanted to laid-back family picnic style wedding and that’s exactly what they got. Everything was a family affair. The details were crafted or hand-picked by Alicia, Rafael and their family members. Alicia’s bouquet was made by her aunt, the vintage furniture pieces were bought through Craigslist and refurbished by Rafael. The food was potluck style with delicious things from Alicia’s Cuban heritage and Rafael’s Dominican family traditions. Even the flower vases were flown in from Cuba from Alicia’s great-grandmother’s home.

Despite some rain on their wedding day, Rafael and Alicia were the happiest of couples. Their happiness was contagious s as they said personal vows to each other. The wedding and couple were the biggest joy to photograph.

Photography: Merari Photography | Videographer: Reinhardt Productions | Floral Design: Gilda Montes Of Oca Design | Wedding Dress: Melissa Sweet - Lace And Satin Sweetheart Trumpet Gown | Wedding Cake: Mishas Cupcakes | Bride's Shoes: Zigisoho | Bridesmaids Shoes: Vince Camuto | Bridesmaids Dresses: B. Darlin | Groom's Shoes: Cole Haan | Groom's Suit: JC Penny | Groom's Bow Tie: The Tie Bar | Groom's Shirt: Donald Trump From Macys | Groom's Suspenders: Burlington Coat Factory | Location: Casa Reta

Valentine’s Day 10-Year Anniversary Shoot

I don’t know about you lovelies, but I can’t think of a better way to celebrate your 10-year anniversary than with a drop-dead gorgeous photo shoot on Valentine’s Day.  And not just any photo shoot, a photo shoot from the talented team of Ever After Wed (the happy couple!), Vanessa Velez and Agape Makeup & Hair.  It’s a non-stop day of pretty stylings, yummy treats and l.o.v.e.  See it all in the full gallery.

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From Vanessa Velez… When Soco from Ever After Wed realized she was celebrating her 10th year anniversary with her hubby this year she decided to go all out and plan a Valentine’s Weekend Inspirational Shoot and document it all. She called me up as she dazzled away at the kitchen creating some of her husband’s favorite foods and desserts. Being a lover of brunch, she knew that she wanted to have a little bit of everything sweet and yummy. We put together this sweet and romantic shoot to celebrate their ten years of hearts and kisses.

From Ever After Wed… I could live in a world of desserts and flowers, so when I decided to plan this weekend I started styling away in my head and thinking about all of the things we as a couple love and what to us is romance. My husband has always known that the way through my heart is through the kitchen. I prefer to have an amazing cooked meal then almost anything. To me it means so much. So when I thought about Valentine’s I immediately knew I wanted to take the dessert route and make a lot of sweet foods than I just knew he would love. Of course, once I started on it it turned into an amazing shoot that not only let us be together and plan for this special day but also let us be in front of the camera and laugh, cuddle and just be us. After ten years together it’s still amazing, inspiring and incredible to have such a bond with my husband and that is something that I never want to loose. So planning this day for us was just perfect. I want everyone to be inspired to have their own over the top Valentine’s meal and spend some time with the one you love. That is priceless.

Desserts & Drinks: Ever After Wed | Makeup & Hair: Agape Makeup & Hair | Miami, Fl: Private Home | Photography & Styling: Vanessa Velez | Props & Rentals: Confetti Event Production | Styling & Design: Ever After Wed

Parisian Glamour Inspiration Shoot

Every now and then you come across a post that needs no introduction. It’s so beyond-words pretty that the photos and the film more than speak for themselves. And when Michelle MarchMichael BurgosJulia Rohde and Sweetest Celebrations, sent over this Parisian shoot, I knew we were in for one those posts. Simply allow me to lead you straight to the goodies right over here.

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From Sweetest CelebrationsAh, Paris, the city of love and romance, the city that inspires poets and love stories the world round. One cannot think of Paris without thinking of elegance, glamour, and true romance. This is the city I have visited time and time again, and never tired of its effortless beauty and charisma. The city’s charm always stays with me long after I return home, and it is Paris that inspires me in endless ways.

Just a few miles outside Paris lies the enchanting Palace of Versailles, the epitome of glamour and decadence, with its gilded gates and crystal chandeliers. It is the perfect example of Parisian glamour and luxury at its best. With this in mind, I envisioned a beautiful afternoon wedding in a lovely outdoor setting reminiscent of the French countryside, to juxtapose a design full of typical Parisian glamour. I fell in love with the Ancient Spanish Monastery because of its lovely grounds, as well as its architecture and history.

It was only fitting that this shoot come to life with a group of vendors that shared an affinity and passion for all things Parisian and that drew inspiration from that as well. Michelle March and I had both been to Paris recently, and shared stories of our trips one afternoon as we browsed through the lovely collection of gowns at Sasha’s Bridal Boutique. We both fell in love with a gown that was fitted and lace, and paired it with a lace beaded cape and cathedral veil for a look that was just perfect for my Parisian inspired shoot. The gown became the inspiration for the overall styled shoot, and for many of the elements that followed.

Vintage furniture pieces from Love in Vintage — originally from France — set the mood, and served as the perfect setting for this Parisian vision. Specialty sweets created by Sugar Fancies, included a pink and gold French macaron tower with a sugar ribbon emblazoned with the phrase “je t’aime toujours” (I love you always) handwritten in script. Sugar flowers adorned the macaron tower and the tiered cake, which was perfect atop a gold platter accented with delicate crystals.

Julia Rohde created a dreamy floral design, with a bridal bouquet that speaks volumes in muted pinks and ivories, with a few anemones for just the right touch of modern luxury. The sweetheart table needed little decor, with its gilded finish and carved design, and featured soft florals in vintage candleholders and petite gold vases. The table is set with vintage china and gold flatware, and the ‘place cards’ are fancy sugar cookies with the bride and groom’s names “Isabelle & Jacques” hand written in script.

The bride was glamorous yet demure all at once, with her hair elegantly arranged in a soft updo. In true Parisian style, the day was interrupted by a series of rain showers, so the groom appears only briefly in the romantic video created by the creative talent of Michael Burgos Films. He is elegant in a sharp tuxedo by Vera Wang, and the bride and groom throw all cares to the wind as they toast in gold-rimmed champagne flutes!

Photographer: Michelle March Photography | Cinematography: Michael Burgos Films | Hair and Makeup: Luis Piedrahita for Vicky Mejia | Venue: Ancient Spanish Monastery | Bridal Attire: Sasha's Bridal Boutique | Cakes and Sweets: Sugar Fancies | Event Design And Coordination: Sweetest Celebrations | Flora Design: Julia Rohde Designs | Groomswear: Black by Vera Wang | Models: Susan Dean & Barakat Emanuel | Vintage Furniture: Love in Vintage

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