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Miami Destination Wedding from Shaun Menary + Pieces of Dreams

This beautiful bride right here?  She wore five inch suede heels on her Big Day.  Five inch suede heels in a gorgeous pink hue with a stunning Anne Barge gown from Lovely Bride that will sort of take your breath away.  In other words, she’s awesome… and her wedding to her dapper Mr.?  Just as amazing, with a whole host of pretty styled by Pieces of Dreams and one crazy beautiful moment after another captured by Shaun Menary.  See them all in the full gallery.


From Shaun Menary Photography… Scott and Samantha are so kind and quite possibly the most FUN couple we’ve ever had the pleasure of photographing. I mean, you don’t do a destination wedding in South Beach unless you’re down for some serious celebrating! Scott and Sam are NYC residents who will take any excuse to head to the beach and knock back a couple of mojitos. So after seven years of dating, when the couple decided to make it official, they seized their opportunity for a beach bash wedding weekend, and with the help of designer Susan Jaffe of Pieces of Dreams, they put together one of the most beautiful and vivacious weddings we’ve ever witnessed!

It could have gone either way, given that it practically monsooned the morning of the wedding! We thought the nuptials would be moved indoors, but, almost serendipitously, the rain subsided just as we arrived, and the in-house coordinator and Susan Jaffe mustered up their magic and got the venue ready just in time!

Sam was absolutely s t u n n i n g in a lace Anne Barge gown, and that girl rocked some 5″ pink suede wedges. Scott was incredibly dapper in his custom suit from Custom Men.

Scott and Sam tied the knot in the Raleigh’s “Oasis” space, which is like a miniature Eden, with lush tropical greenery along the flanks, and the beach and ocean just beyond the tree line. Petal Productions erected a custom 10-ft. backdrop with an beautiful ombre floral design. Directly following the ceremony, the couple and their guests mingled during the cocktail hour. The reception took place in the Raleigh’s modernized art-deco ballroom, where the couple and their guests danced, drank and dined.

Once the sun set and the drinks really started flowing, the party animals came out! Pieces of Dreams and the Raleigh arranged an after-party in the hotel’s penthouse, so while the ballroom closed and the couple took a break, the Raleigh staff moved the party upstairs, where there was a bar, dessert table and a DJ. Those who wanted a tamer experience could enjoy their drinks on the rooftop lounge area overlooking the ocean.

So Sam, Scott and all their guests spent the entire day against the striking backdrop of the Raleigh’s art-deco brilliance and the sweeping sights and sounds of the ocean just yards away… not too shabby! We had so much fun being part of the Stringfellow wedding weekend, and we wish the happy couple all the best!

P.S. What’s up with those axes, you ask? They’re only the most awesome groom’s gifts we’ve ever seen. Scott went to Best Made Co. and had axes customized with paint jobs in each groomsman’s heritage. So neat!

Photographer: Shaun Menary | Floral Design: Petal Productions | Wedding Dress: Anne Barge | Shoes: Kurt Geiger | Rings: D. Sachs & Co. | Hair + Makeup: Kiss This Makeup | Groom's Attire: Custom Men, LLC | Wedding Venue: Raleigh Hotel | Cake + Catering: In-House at Raleigh | Ceremony Singer: Ken Stringfellow | Custom Pillows: Susan Jaffe, Pieces of Dreams | DJ/Lighting/Production: Rock With U -- Fusion | Designer + Coordinator: Susan Jaffe, Pieces of Dreams | Dress Retailer: Lovely Bride | Groom's Gifts: Best Made Co.

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Miami Beach Wedding by Kallima Photography

There is something about Miami and pick-your-jaw-off-the-floor-gorgeous modern weddings that enviably go hand in hand. It must be something in the sand, because nothing really compares to the soirees that come out of that sun-filled city. Kallima Photography is giving us another case study in modern weddings done oh-so-right with this beauty, and trust me when I say you are going to marvel over all the modern in the full gallery of images – because they are be-yond gorg.

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From Rebekah of Kallima PhotographyAmanda + Willy are a gorgeous, down to earth, lively couple who got married on January 7th at the W Hotel South Beach. Both living and working in Washington D.C., but having dated and lived in Miami, the W Hotel was truly the perfect backdrop for their wedding. Amanda wore a Vera Wang gown named Fiona. Her bridesmaids gray, strapless gowns were accented by a black ribbon belt that Amanda herself designed and provided. Amanda’s father had passed away before her wedding day, so her sweet brother walked her down the aisle. The ceremony altar and aisles were adorned with bundles and bundles of baby’s breath — so simple and clean.

The modern, edgy, and eclectic design, coupled with the lush garden landscapes gave their wedding an upscale, modern and clean feel and look. Ocean Flowers by Guerdy provided the pops of color the green lawn needed with gorgeous orchids, peonies, garden roses, and hydrangeas. Willy and his family hail from Peru, so the signature cocktail served was a Peruvian Pisco Sour, and the favors were gorgeous, wood-wrapped Nuestra sodas monogrammed with Amanda and Willy’s names. Chevron print made an appearance in some of the picture frame quotes (quotes from everyone from Elvis to Coco Chanel) and was also the background of the board with table names and numbers. Purple was the main color of choice, showing up beautifully in the bouquets and table decor.

Amanda + Willy opted for a laid back reception with no real agenda, allowing for great flow and relaxing fellowship with their guests, who had all traveled from literally around the world to be there with them and celebrate this special day.

Wedding Photography: Rebekah + Ben Hood of Kallima Photography / Wedding Venue: The Grove + Lawn at W South Beach Hotel in Miami Beach, Florida / Floral Design: Ocean Florist / Wedding Planning: Divine Design by Guerdy / Catering: W South Beach / Wedding Cake: Ana Paz Cakes / Ceremony Music: Carlos Abanto / DJ: Liquid DJs / Wedding Dress: Vera Wang / Bride’s Shoes: Christian Dior / Hair + Makeup: Amy Palma of South Beach Makeup Studio / Groom’s Attire: Hugo Boss Black

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Miami Wedding by Alex Rodriguez Photography

I love Indian weddings.  I love how vibrant and colorful they are, I love all the rituals and traditions, I love that the groom gets to ride in on a white horse.  It all just looks so joyous and festive.  This destination wedding in Miami by Alex Rodriguez Photography is the perfect example of a luxurious, meaningful Indian ceremony and reception.  It is breathtaking and vivacious and it makes me want to be a part of the party!  Click here to see the full gallery!

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From Alex Rodriguez PhotographyBejal + Amit were married at the historic Eden Roc hotel on South Beach in Miami. They are originally from Detroit and now live in Manhattan. They planned this destination wedding from Manhattan and enjoyed the day with guests from all over the world.

Wedding Photography: Alex Rodriguez Photography / Floral Design: Dalsimer Atlas / Wedding Ceremony & Reception Location: Eden Roc / Catering: Eden Roc / Saree: Ritika Mirchandani / Officiant: Dwejendra Doobay / Event Planning & Coordination: Tamara Cohen of TC Event Design / Entertainment & Lighting: Liquid DJs