This is exactly how we envision a Miami affair… modern, chic, a couple dressed to the nines. And all with a white hot backdrop and a wildly cool venue like the James Hotel. It brings a new face to the beach wedding. We call it seaside chic crafted at the hands of Merari Photography, Jessica Estrada and Ines Naftali. Find even more of the day right here.
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From Merari Photography…Jeff and Alisha had a lovely laid-back wedding at the James Hotel. Everything from the groom’s boat shoes to the colorful and tropical flower arrangements screamed calm, cool and fun. They saw each other right before signing Ketubah and exchanged vows under a beautiful Chuppah. The lace dress, groom’s bowtie and the bridesmaid’s assorted dressed in various shades of white, tan and blush added some romantic elements to the day.
Photography: Merari Photography | Planner: Jessica Estrada | Florals: Ines Naftali | Dj: Dj Willy | Venue: James Hotel | Bride's Dress: Daisy Tarsi
We all know when modern meets traditional in Miami, gorgeousness is bound to follow. But throw in the styling prowess of Urban Lace Events, some fab paper goods from Chocolate Creative Design and some crazy cool gilded linens from La Tavola Linen and it’s the prettiest day you’ve ever seen. Think glamourous and then some all captured by Todd Good Photography. See it all here.
From Urban Lace Events… Dana and Brett live in New York City but decided to have their wedding at the Viceroy Miami, so guests could enjoy a destination wedding without traveling long distances. When I first started working with Dana she told me she envisioned a modern wedding with a little glitz and glam that reflected the vibrancy of Miami and their own personal style. One of the first things Dana revealed was her intense aversion towards linens, in particular tablecloths. So instead, we decided to go with acrylic top tables for the reception that did not require tablecloths. However, to keep the room interesting and avoid it from looking flat, we used a mixture of acrylic top tables with white pop chairs and square tables with sequin linens and ghost chairs. Dana initially did not like the linens, but after she got a peek at the gorgeous white sequin tablecloths and sequin chevron runners from La Tavola her mind had been changed.
Dana and Brett fell in love with a local NYC chocolatier Liddabit Sweets a few weeks before the wedding and wanted their guests to experience their favorite treat, so we had custom labels designed that we adhered to the chocolate boxes and used them as escort cards.
The menus, table numbers and escort stickers were all designed with a pink flamingo, a subtle nod to the Florida destination.
Photography: Todd Good Photography | Event Design: Urban Lace Events | Event Planning: Urban Lace Events | Floral Design: Ever After Floral Design | Cake: Mighty Fine Cakes | Ceremony Venue: Viceroy Miami | Reception Venue: Viceroy Miami | Hair And Makeup: Josie Miller | Ceremony Floral Design: Ala Flowers | Chocolates: Liddabit Sweets | Linens: La Tavola Linen | Menus, Table Numbers And Tags: Chocolate Creative Design | Rentals: Lavish Event Rentals
Admittedly, I am super un-crafty. With all of my effort, there’s not a DIY bone in my body. So when I come across a wedding as gorgeous as this sweet affair, I am all sorts of impressed. Because this, loves, is DIY at its finest, from that gorgeous gown to the yummy cakes to the paper goods all crafted by seriously awesome family + friends. See it all captured by Ricky Stern right here.
From Ricky Stern Photography…This gorgeous wedding was a true DIY masterpiece by the bride and groom (as well as their family and friends). Here is the bride, Stephanie, running down each item they crafted by hand:
• The tree stumps: we actually went to my uncle’s land in Naples to cut down a tree to make those tree stumps. We made a family trip out of it.
• The three cakes were made by my best friends (chocolate, vanilla, and red velvet).
• The Podium used during the ceremony and all the rest of the directional signs throughout the event were made and designed by Lester and myself.
• The guestbook I made with the Shutterfly website.
• The card box we bought and designed ourselves, Lester added the Plexiglas for safety precautions.
• All the mason jars and flowers in them were bought by us and my family and I put them all together the night before. My mother actually made the arrangement for the large tool box on the book signing table that came out beautiful.
• My mother-in-law made my wedding dress and veil.
• The seating chart was created by myself and another girlfriend of mine.
• The candy station and the candy station sign was created by my sister and myself.
• The invitation was made between a large group of us (family and friends).
Photography: Ricky Stern Photography | Floral Design: Le Printemps Florist | Catering: Amelia And Carmen | DJ: Entertainment Management Group | Ceremony / Reception: Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden | Photography - Assistance: Randy Borges | Vintage Furniture Rental: The Salvage Snob
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!
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From Haring Photography… It 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
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.
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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
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