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Coral & Aqua Whimsical Garden Wedding

My favorite kind of couples are the ones who don’t take themselves too seriously. The couples who opt for a wedding of whimsy and color, and make their special day one epic party. It’s exactly the approach Eric and Sarah took for their Florida garden nuptials, and thanks to the fabulous Miranda Hattie Events, it went off without a hitch. SMPers, your Monday pick-me-up a la Daniel Lateulade starts here!


From the Groom… At first, Sarah and I had a picture of a crafty, casual, Kinfolk-style wedding, but as we went through the planning process, the “guest experience” became more and more important. Our biggest concern was that the wedding felt devoid of pretense, not stuffy or overly formal, but rather casual, simple, and easy. We wanted our guests to feel like guests, like they were getting a weekend away with friends. Everything from the decor to the experience design stemmed from this idea of ease. We hope it was successful too, making something feel easy actually takes a lot of work!

Sarah and I spent most of the cocktail hour and dinner trying to spend a few minutes with every single person that made it to our wedding, so naturally both of those stages of the evening vanished in a blink of an eye. Right around 10pm, our guests were invited from the dinner area to the terrace for deserts, coffee, and dancing, and we hadn’t had a chance to sit or eat the entire evening. As the pavilion emptied out, our table of 12 stayed behind and in the middle of the chaos that is a wedding, we had this very intimate, calming 30 minutes to eat, drink and laugh with with some of our most cherished friends.

Photography: Daniel Lateulade Photography | Cinematography: Cabana Pictures | Event Design: Miranda Hattie Events | Event Planning: Miranda Hattie Events | Floral Design: Anthology Co. | Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Reception Venue: PGA National | Makeup: Christie Lopez Makeup & Skincare LLC | Hair: Christie Lopez Makeup & Skincare LLC | Lighting: Uplyte | Venue: PGA National | Chair Rental: Hitched Event Rental | Linens: BBJ | Music: The Sekond Nature Band | Wood Signs: Sweet Carolina Collective

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Hong Kong Beach Wedding

This Hong Kong fete right here? It’s everything a beach wedding should be. A laid back celebration on the sand, King Proteas for a pop of color and palm trees for days. Bliss Creations planned the soiree to perfection and with Derek Ko behind the lens, you can kick back in one lovely gallery!


From Bliss CreationsBride Noortje and Groom Rutger met while at university in the Netherlands, moved to South Africa for a few years when they were dating, and finally ended in Hong Kong as an engaged couple ready to celebrate their union. They wanted a wedding that “perfectly reflected their lives in Hong Kong” while still showing some of their history in other parts of the world.

The day started on a secluded beach on Lantau Island in Hong Kong, just steps away from the couple’s home. After an intimate ceremony and cocktails on the beach, the guests moved to a nearby beach lounge and had a sit down dinner on the lawn. A family style dinner, live guitarist and speeches from the parents of the couple gave a romantic atmosphere. “We lived in South Africa for a few years before moving to HK, and thus wanted to incorporate some of that into the wedding. We had a spitroast of lamb and King Protea flowers in the bridal bouquet and other arrangements. Also, we used South African wines and champagne,” says bride Noortje of incorporating the couple’s time abroad into the wedding.

After dinner the party moved onto two private boats which whisked everyone away to Central Hong Kong where guests partied until late in the night while overlooking the infamous Hong Kong skyline. “For the Hong Kong touch, we had a traditional lion dance when we got to the pier in Central,” she adds.

The couple wanted to ensure that it was a very special event incorporating their time together. “Being on the beach, seeing how beautiful everything and everyone looked was the most special part of the day. Having people from all our walks of life there to celebrate this day with us – we had 36 people flying in from all over the world. All these people, combined with the presence of our HK friends, made it truly special.” Guests commented that it was an amazing, unique day and reflected Noortje and Rutger’s lives perfectly.

The couple knew that they had a complex wedding, even though it looked effortless. “I loved the fact that there we so many components but it all felt very natural, I don’t think the guests realized how much could have gone wrong, so very it was a successful planning and execution from Bliss Creations. Guests commented on how everything was arranged into such details, they all felt pampered,” says Noortje.

The couple honeymooned in Phu Quoc, Vietnam for four days following the celebrations.

Photography: Derek Ko | Videographer: Derek Ko | Wedding Planner: Bliss Creations | Flowers: SAFE Flowers (Cape Town) | Wedding Dress: Hitched! | After Party: Pier 7 | Ceremony / Dinner Venue: Palm Beach | Groom Suit: Jantzen Tailor | Wedding Rings: DeBeers

Traditional Wedding at The Breakers Palm Beach

This, my friends, is what we call a drop-dead gorgeous wedding.  A traditional affair created by the talented Miranda Hattie Events that is completely bathed in golden hues, and completely bathed in pretty. It’s elegant details meets breathtaking scenery (ahem, Breakers Palm Beach) meets a whole lot of happy. See it all captured by Jonathan Connolly in the full gallery.

And a beautiful film from Pabelona Studio?  Yes, please.


From Sugar(ed)… I absolutely love how Jonathan Connolly was able to capture the spirit of Bianca and Vince’s wedding in these photos. This is a couple that knows how to have fun and their goal was to make their wedding an amazing party for their friends and family–and they totally rocked it. The weather was perfect, the decor was elegant, the food was delicious, but above all, it was a celebration that reflected their joie de vivre. A gift for public speaking must be a genetic trait, because the ceremony performed by Bianca’s brother, the speech by her father, and toast by her little brother are in a three-way tie for the most entertaining and heartfelt words that I have ever heard at a wedding. It was wonderful to hear these three men express their love for the beautiful couple that I came to know over the past ten months. Congratulations, Bianca and Vince; here’s one last two-cheek kiss from me!

Photography: Jonathan Connolly Photography | Videography: Pabelona Studios | Hair and Makeup: Makeup By Marz | DJ: EMG | Wedding Venue: The Breakers Palm Beach | Floral Design and Decor: The Breakers Palm Beach | Planning, Event Design And Coordination: Miranda Hattie Events

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