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Moroccan Style South Beach Shore Club Wedding

We can always count on Miami weddings to splash gorgeous color across our pretty pages and this Moroccan-styled soiree is no exception. Packed with palms, turquoise blue waters, coral charm peonies and gilded Kate Spade heels, it’s an explosion of vibrant love. But the brightest of all? The stunning Bride, done up pretty by South Beach Makeup Studio. Have a look at Beca C Photography‘s imagery right here.

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Beach Club
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Romantic

From the beautiful Bride… Our day was magical and turned out exactly as we had envisioned. It was amazing because we discussed later that as the day played out we both kept thinking to ourselves that it was exactly how we had pictured. While we wanted a laid back outdoor vibe our theme was beachy Moroccan style and Shore Club had the perfect backdrop for this. We added in tons of lanterns, candles, string lights on the trees, and the most gorgeous colorful bouquets with garden roses, succulents, ranunculus, etc. The wedding colors of coral, peach, white, and gold played perfectly against the navy blue groomsmen suits and the yellows, greens and blues of the Shore Club pots. Our DIY projects included the table themes of cities we had been to which included a photo of us in that city at each table; homemade gift bags for each hotel guest with Advil, sunglasses, Utz Chips, Hershey Kisses (both Pennsylvania snacks for Kate’s home state), customized match books, and Perrier water as well as a note with the schedule for the week; and the special pre-wedding mix CD that Ron created and sent out a week prior to the wedding so people could get excited while traveling to and hanging out before the wedding. The theme of the event was #READY and all guests were asked to Instagram photos to a special hashtag with our initials, the wedding date and the word “ready” in it. Also our save the date was a short video set to a song “Are You Ready?” created by Ron of me getting ready in our room while he is on his way home to get me and at the end of the video he asks if I am ready and I say I’m ready. Other things that made our day so special were the food (a whole pig at the Cuban themed dinner was a huge hit); the personalized ceremony (they did a traditional Filipino rope ceremony; four friends each picked a reading which they presented; and Ron surprised Kate by singing a song he wrote for her!); and lanterns which were released on the beach at the end. As gifts bridesmaids each received a beautiful flowered robe in either mint, turquoise or coral and the bride wore one in white. The groomsmen each received a cigar box with a tie, tie bar, pocket square, cigar and Wu Tang Clan tshirt (9 groomsmen and 9 wu tang members).

From Beca C PhotographySix years ago when we met, Kate was living in Philadelphia and Ron in New York. Kate was visiting NY one weekend to see a close friend from college who was dating Ron’s best friend. Kate and Ron instantly hit it off but Ron had to leave early that night because he got sick. He ended up asking Kate’s friend for her email address and since then they kept in touch and gradually Ron started making the visit to Philadelphia every now and then to take Kate to dinner. These trips got more frequent and eventually they were exclusive. After a year of long distance dating Kate made the move to NY and by the time they got engaged they had lived together almost three years. Ron’s friend is no longer with Kate’s friend but we thank them for being our unofficial matchmakers! When Ron proposed on 2/23/13 they were visiting Philadelphia for Kate’s best friend’s birthday. After brunch the two of them decided to walk by Kate’s old apartment. As Kate was posing for a photo in front of it that Ron was taking, Kate’s friend came running over to her from the coffee shop next store. As Kate was distracted by this, Ron was getting down on one knee with the ring. Kate’s friend was all ready to snap photos as he asked Kate to marry him. After Kate said yes Ron suggested they go grab a drink at the same bar they had gone on their first official date, Buffalo Billiards, and when they walked in, both of their families were there to surprise Kate and celebrate with them for the first of the day by playing darts, pool, and ski ball and drinking beer. Ron had coordinated this entire day for months and got their entire families to travel here without Kate having a clue. It was extra special since their families had never met so they finally had the chance to spend some quality time together.

Photography: Beca C Photography | Videography: Faisal Sukkar | Coordinator: Creme De La Creme Events | Florist: Anthology Floristry | Cake: Earth & Sugar | Bridesmaids Dresses: Little Borrowed Dress | Make Up: South Beach Makeup Studio By Amy Palma | DJ: Mark Gallo | Officiant: Ana Rosa Ramirez | Bridal Gown: Wtoo (Watters) | Bridal Shoes: Kate Spade | Groomesmens : H&M | Grooms Tux : YSL | Venue: Shore Club South Beach

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Elegant Indian Wedding

This, my friends, is a wedding that will take your breath away.  A cultural beauty that is rich in gorgeous details (think strands of flowers hanging from the trees and one of the most striking color palettes you will ever see) and a happiness that seems to burst straight from your computer screen.  It’s the epitome of elegance, as captured by the talented team at Bridges Cinema.  Press play for all of the beauty.

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Winter

From Bridges Cinema… This was such a magnificent wedding event to capture. We love it when we get to work with an amazing team for a beautiful and sweet couple. Enjoy this film!!

From The Bride… We definitely have an international love story, meeting in Pittsburgh on the last day of college. I was graduating from undergrad, and Raj was finishing his masters; we were both starting work at the same firm and met at a new hire event. We trained together in London, becoming friends and started dating six months later in New York City. Fast forward six years and we got engaged on a surprise ski trip to Lake Placid Raj organized (calling it a super date after “How I Met Your Mother”, which we both love). We immediately knew we wanted a warm and sunny destination wedding, but also wanted a place that would be convenient for our families (Raj’s family in Canada, my family in England and New Jersey, and our friends/extended family in NYC and Chicago). Miami just fit the bill!

We linked up with our amazing wedding planner Amen, who knew all about Indian weddings, and also understood our vision for an elegant, slightly glamorous weekend! We didn’t want a typical hotel wedding and knew we wanted to get married outdoors, and we also wanted a venue that truly transported our guests to a different time and place. The moment we saw Fisher Island, we knew it was perfect, a hidden Island oasis off of South Beach, with a historic charm, beautiful details and a breathtaking view. The majestic tree in the courtyard was perfect for our Indian wedding, with an abstract mandap created by hanging flowers and chandeliers from the tree. We’re also really into animals and planned a safari for our honeymoon, and wanted to incorporate some of this whimsy, from the animal magnet placecard holders (a Christmas present from my sister!) to the penguin cake toppers to the actual peacocks roaming around the Island! Peacock feathers were painted gold and incorporated into the centerpieces for a subtle theme which tied in with the sophisticated but fun Indian wedding! We really wanted our family and friends to have a joyous time!

Photography: Katie Lopez Photography | Cinematography: Bridges Cinema | Event Planning: Pawar Inc. | Florist: J Morgan Flowers | Catering: Madras Catering | Hair And Make Up: MakeUp By Marz | DJ: Pavan Events | Venue: Fisher Island

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Elegant Naples Wedding at La Playa Beach & Golf Resort

I’m pretty sure I let out a big fat squeal when I first laid eyes on this amazing Naples affair captured by Hunter Ryan Photo. Ok, let me be honest. I definitely squealed to high heavens. And you might find yourself doing the same. Because when you pair a perfectly pink palette with beautiful design and florals from Isn’t She Lovely Florals, you are sure to get a winner. And trust me, this one is a winner.

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Winter
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From Hunter Ryan PhotoNicole & Sean had their destination wedding at La Playa Beach & Golf Resort in Naples, FL. Nicole said: “I envisioned our wedding to be elegant, classic, and beautiful. I definitely leaned towards a somewhat formal wedding, but nothing stiff or stuffy. The venue was very elegant, but it also had a bit of a laid-back seaside vibe. We only had 60 or so guests, so it was an intimate event.

Our colors were pale pink, cream, and touches of gold. I love soft, muted colors for weddings. I would say my style is fairly traditional, and I wanted the event to have an elegant, Southern, classic vibe, like something you would see in the lowcountry in Charleston or Savannah. Sean and I are both Catholic, but we had a non-denominational Christian ceremony. The ceremony was very important to me, and it was a very tough decision to choose an outdoor ceremony instead of a traditional church ceremony. Ultimately, we chose our ceremony venue because it is stunningly beautiful and we loved the idea of having all of the wedding events in one place. The lawn at La Playa is beautiful, and I think it really reflected our style.”

Special touches from Nicole’s day were: the inclusion of Sean’s 2 adorable sons as groomsmen with their big seersucker bowties! :) To complement to elegant theme she wanted – the event designer – Krissy, hung a beautiful chandelier in their wedding arch. Nicole really loved the soft palette for her wedding and wanted to add her own personal stamp on it – so she DIY’d all her paper goods like her menu & table numbers with her die-cut machine! She also had custom monogrammed robes for all of her maids, as well as Sean’s mother and her mother. :) During cocktail hour they had some passed hors d oeuvres, but added a super fun gorumet macaroni & cheese station with all types of delicious toppings – like Truffle Mac n Cheese! They ended the night on a sweet note – having guests fill their own goodie bags full of treats from Nicole’s custom candy bar.

Nicole & Seans honeymooned on the slopes of Vail, Colorado!

Photography: Hunter Ryan Photo | Event Design: Isn't She Lovely Florals | Floral Design: Isn't She Lovely Florals | Wedding Gown: Pronovias | Reception Venue: La Playa Beach & Golf Resort | Hair & Makeup: Salon Tease | Ceremony Strings: Seaside Strings | Cocktail Hour Guitar/DJ: Stereophonic DJs