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Bigger doesn’t always mean better! Masi Events created intimate wedding inspiration that is proof that an “only us” ceremony can be everything you’ve ever dreamed of and more. Having to cut down your guest list could be a blessing in disguise. Say hello to a bigger budget for special touches! Just take one look at the elegant arrangements by Julia Rhode Designs, they’re enough to get any bride’s flower-loving heart beating fast. Why not throw in some outfit changes while you’re at it? This bride has not one but three looks that steal the show! The special touches and perfect details were all beautifully captured by Merari Teruel Photography. Visit the full gallery for endless amounts of inspiration.

From Masi EventsThere’s something magical about an intimate, “only us” ceremony. No guest list to worry about, only embracing the traditions that you love (and ignoring the ones you don’t!)

An intimate affair allows you to splurge a little more on things you may not have been able to before, like fashion, decor, or a vintage car! Our bride stunned in three separate looks from The Find Bridal.

The reception space was beautifully styled with tableware in shades of blue from Tavola Tabletop and the night ended with an artful floral cake from Cloud 9 Bakery. Everything came together perfectly to to show couples who are having to downsize that a smaller event doesn’t have to be any less beautiful, joyful or special.

Photography: Merari Photography | Event Planning: Masi Events | Floral Design: Julia Rohde Designs | Wedding Dress: The final Bride | Cake: Cloud 9 Bakery | Ceremony Venue: Nomi Restaurant | Makeup: Alicia Lewis | Hair: Seventh Level Salon | Groom's Attire: Sartori Amici | Vintage Car: Miami Vintage Prop Cars | Rentals: Nuage Designs | Tablescape: Tavola Tabletop

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A Major Cottage Makeover

Jenna Sue doesn’t shy away from a tough project! Case in point: The Cottage. The blogger, turned print maker, turned designer, DIYer, and real estate investor (wow!) purchased the fixer upper and did a major overhaul on the California home. We caught up with Jenna Sue Design Co. to chat about the project and busy life!

Tell us a little about yourself and your business?

I started blogging in 2011 to document the renovation of my second home. A few months later I launched an Etsy shop selling custom art prints, which became a full time job later that year. I still have my Etsy shops (and sell prints directly on my website) but my focus is now mostly on design, DIY, investing in real estate and blogging about the process.

What’s a typical work day for you like?

The majority of it consists of either working on DIY projects or documenting/photographing/taking video/editing and blog writing. Both my husband and I work from home and our current renovations are within walking distance, so that has been super convenient. He’s able to DIY with me on evenings and weekends, and during the weekday is when I can focus on the content. Lately it has been non-stop as we’re trying to settle into a new house and prepare for the arrival of our first child next month.

How do you blend your love of interiors with photography?

I’ve slowly eased into photography since buying my first DSLR over a decade ago, and quickly learned how important it was for blogging (and communicating in general). Online, your design work is only as good as your photo, so you have to take the time to learn how to capture it properly. I still have a long way to go, but I enjoy the process and satisfaction of being able to evoke the right feeling through my lens.

Take us through the home, what was your vision when designing the space?

The cottage was very dark and outdated when I purchased it. I envisioned a clean, bright and open space that still retained the original character and highlighted its unique features and location in the woods. White walls, wood trim and black accents made it feel fresh and interesting, while natural textures, a soft palette and cozy layers kept it warm and inviting.

What is your favorite room in the house?

So much love went into all of them, but the upstairs bathroom has a special place in my heart. The brick floors, vintage clawfoot tub, the DIY vanity we built out of a desk and coffee table… to me, it’s pure heaven.

What, if any, were some of the challenges with bringing your vision to life?

I had a lot working against me. A tight budget and timeline, to start (the entire project was finished in around 5 months) but the biggest challenge was distance. I was living 3 ½ hours away in San Francisco at the time, commuting back and forth half the week and DIYing as much as I could in the few days I was there. I ran into issues with contractors, unexpected expenses, snowstorms and power outages that lasted for days. It was worth it in the end, but I vowed to never do a long-distance flip again.

For someone looking to revamp their home one room at a time, where would you start?

That’s a personal question that will be different for everyone, but I like to start somewhere that I spend the most time in, or on somewhere functional that would make life easier. Organization is very important to me, so having our bathroom vanity set up before moving in was crucial, as was having our kitchen cabinet storage systems in place. Apart from the basic needs and rooms that get the most use, it can be anywhere! I’ve always jumped around depending on what happened to be inspiring me lately.

What are a few design staples people should invest in?

This will also depend on individual needs and preferences. When it comes to quality, functional pieces are the most important (ie furniture—specifically couches, tables, chairs and beds) and you can usually take more risks with décor and other items.

What are your favorite places to shop for pieces?

I always look secondhand online first (Facebook Marketplace, OfferUp, LetGo, Craigslist), and have been able to find almost all of my antique pieces at great prices. If I can’t find what I need there, Amazon has actually been my #1 go-to lately, followed by Wayfair, Target, Overstock, Lowe’s, IKEA—the more budget-friendly sources.

What’s on your home ‘wish list’ right now?

We’re still settling into a mostly empty house and there’s a lot to buy! I’m currently trying to hunt down the perfect sofa, chairs, living room rug, coffee table, armoire, dining chairs, canopy bed, master bedroom rug, living room curtains… the list goes on!

Interior Design: Jenna Sue Design

First COVID, Then a Hurricane – How One Couple Pulled off the Wedding of Their Dreams on a 24 Hour Notice

In case you hadn’t heard, Style Me Pretty recently partnered with some very generous wedding vendors to give away a FULLY DESIGNED WEDDING in Sanibel Island, FL to one couple who has been greatly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Well, today we’re beyond excited to share the wedding of our amazing giveaway winners. The bride works as a front-line nurse and the groom has been front-line in the military flying supplies amid the pandemic, two people who truly couldn’t have been more deserving of this special gift!

As if COVID changing their wedding plans wasn’t enough, it was the week of their wedding and their day was threatened once again – this time, by two hurricanes brewing in the Gulf. Thanks to their planner, Carrie Darling Events, and the rest of their extraordinary vendor team, the entire wedding was moved up a day on a 24 hour notice to make the couple’s dream wedding a reality. Together, they truly pulled off a miracle! Keep on scrolling to read more about how it all came together and don’t miss out on the full gallery – captured flawlessly by Hunter Ryan Photo!

From Corinne, The Bride… Mike and I were amongst so many couples who had to change their 2020 wedding plans due to COVID-19. Everything began to unfold around the beginning of March and our wedding was completely booked- photographer, venue, cake, band, catering, florals, planner, hair & makeup and transportation. Design was complete, payments were in and we were just ironing out small details. We came across many financial, logistically and emotional challenges after making the decision to postpone. I’m a nurse and was being called to serve more than ever and Mike was pulling 12+ hour days coordinating COVID relief. When we found out we were finalists, I personally screamed my head off. Mike thought it was too good to be true. We were both jumping for joy as this was the first good thing to happen to us since the pandemic began!

This incredible team of vendors gave us a stunning fully designed wedding that made all of our wedding dreams come true. We were married with our parents, siblings and closest friends attending and it was the sweetest day. Mike and I exchanged personal vows in the sand under a gorgeous garden trellis. The sip and mingle feel to our reception was a special element that created an interactive guest experience and made our day feel monumental and unique. Our guests are still talking about it! Sanibel island was a stunning location and even more meaningful to celebrate our day. I grew up near the sandy beaches of Naples, FL, so Southwest Florida is a special place for our family. My parents and grandparents used to pack chilled wines and cheese boards and take us down to the beach to watch the sunset almost every weekend. It was a family tradition to have fabulous cocktail parties along the beach and sharing this experience with our closest friends was very special. Throughout the day, I was reminded of the past but also looking forward to our new love story! Thank you to the entire Covid-19 Wedding Giveaway team for giving us the wedding of our dreams! You brought us joy during one of the most challenging times and it’s hard to put into words how thankful we are. 

The story on how the giveaway came about:

The planner Carrie Darling, florist Isn’t She Lovely Florals, and photographer Hunter Ryan Photo were all talking in mid March (just as Covid hit hard) and the florist had said how they wanted to give away florals to someone and bless them. That this week had been such a hard and heavy week – and instead of dwelling on that and all of the business that had cancelled – turn it around and focus on something good and positive and helping someone else. Within minutes – a simple idea of giving away florals to a bride blossomed into and entire wedding giveway! In 24 hours – an entire team of wedding vendors was assembled and on board to shine some hope and light to one deserving couple.

Story of the wedding weekend:

Corinne & Mike’s big day had been postponed from Covid, she works as a front-line nurse and he has been front-line in the military flying supplies in the Pandemic. They had lost deposits, and didn’t have time to really think about replanning their big day while work took the front seat. Then – they won the giveaway! It was so amazing too – because Corinne is originally from the Southwest Florida area – and she was elated to have a beautiful intimate wedding on the beach. The whole vendor was so excited for them! Enter – the week of their wedding, and now their beautiful wedding is threatened once again – but not by Covid, this time it’s 2 hurricanes building in the Gulf. Hurricane Laura was what was really posing the biggest threat to their day -planned for Monday August 24th. If we were to miss a direct hit(which we did) – the rain bands would still be at tropical storm levels. Carrie Darling, the planner, who has seen more than her fair share of crazy weather as a Florida wedding planner was keeping a close eye on the weather reports. On a 24 hour notice – she contacted every single vendor, and was able to pull off a miracle. The ENTIRE wedding was moved up by a day to Sunday August 23rd. Once she knew the vendors/venue – everyone could be there Sunday – she checked with the couple (whose guests were all already in town for the weekend on Sanibel) – and everyone – bride, groom, guests – were all a go too! It was truly crazy and miraculous! 24 hours later – Corinne and Mike had their dream day. Which also happened to be almost record high temps and one of the hottest days ever – but… We all were happy to have sun instead of rain. And – the next day – their original day – it POURED!

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Photography: Hunter Ryan Photo | Cinematography: IheART Films | Event Planning: Carrie Darling Events | Floral Design: Isn't She Lovely Florals | Cake: Sweetified Bakery | Invitations: Script Me Pretty | Reception Venue: Casa Ybel Resort | Wedding Shoes: Bella Belle | Champagne Sponsor: Pernod Ricard | Champagne Sponsor: Perrier-Jouët | Hair/Makeup: Duality Artistry | Linen Rentals: Nuage Designs | Rentals: Trinity Special Events | Strings: Jade Strings

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This Is Old World Romance Done Right at Bonnet House Museum & Gardens

If you’re looking for ways to incorporate that timeless feel of old world romance to your wedding day, then this styled shoot is right up your alley. With a venue reminiscent of a Monet painting and enchanting arrangements by Bloom Floral Co, the full gallery is loaded with inspiration in every corner – all captured to perfection by Manda Weaver Photography!

From Manda Weaver PhotographyPreserved amidst the modern context of the warm Florida coast the Bonnet House is filled with old-world Spanish charm, secret hideaways, and ponds reminiscent of a Monet painting. This historic setting surrounded by the hustle and bustle of the new world reminded me of the convergence of two stories as they meld into one. 

Romance will flourish be grounded in history, as a new life together is built, enduring love discovered, a deep friendship built, and a story written that is worth telling. This shoot depicts a celebration of a couple in love who is writing such a story. A couple that will build upon the pages written in their past, both together and separate, and begin the next chapters that will tell of their ever after. 

The design created by Manda Weaver for Styled Shoots Across America featured linens from Nuage Designs, Airy Romantic Florals from The Bloom Floral Co, stunning paper elements and calligraphies name card tiles from Pretty Written Things, and a gorgeous dress from Kelly Faetanini and with echoes of textures and colors found in the architecture, flora, and fauna at the Bonnet house, as well as vintage books that elude to the focus on a storied romance. 

Photography: Manda Weaver.Photography | Floral Design: Bloom Floral Co | Gown: Kelly Faetanini | Cake : The Starfish Cottage | Invitations: Pretty Written Things | Shoes: Bella Belle | Rings: Susie Saltzman | Tux: The Black Tux | Venue: Bonnet House | Beauty: Janine Wehby Artistry | Lab: The Find Lab | Linens/Dining Table & Chairs: Nuage Designs | Linens/Tables/Chairs: Nuage Designs | Planning & Design: Manda Weaver.Photography | Robe: By Catalfo | Veil/Cape/Necklace: Champagne and Grit | Vintage Rentals: MiVintage Rentals

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This Wedding Proves That When It Comes to Wedding Decor – Sometimes Opposites Attract!

Well folks, it looks like opposites attract in love and weddings. The bride is all about simple, understated, classic. The groom? Quite the opposite! So, lucky for them, the planning wizards at Event Bliss Design knew exactly how to combine the two styles to create an effortlessly elegant day, with a subtle dose of extravagance. Dying to see how it all came out? Then get your pinning fingers ready and head on over to the full gallery – all taken by Alee Glieberman Photography.

From Alee Gleiberman Photography Vanessa & Carlos chose The Betsy Hotel on Miami Beach for its beauty and modern design. The Betsy is a classic gem on South Beach that kept all of its Miami Art-Deco charm. They have a gorgeous rooftop where Vanessa & Carlos said their I do’s. Their reception space is a modern courtyard full of endless possibilities for transformation. They chose white florals mixed with a ton of greenery.

Farm style tables mixed with a mixture of wood chairs and modern clear back chairs were waiting for their guests for dinner. Vanessa is a lover of all things details and she spent a lot of love and time on picking out every detail involved in her big day. This was a destination wedding for these two New Yorkers and The Betsy was the best landing spot for all of their out of town guests to have the best Miami wedding experience they could have asked for!

From the Bride… It was so important that our wedding day represented us both – this was no easy task as we are so opposite! Carlos is Mr. Over The Top – he loves everything big and loud, just like his personality! Vanessa is the opposite – quiet, simple, understated, clean and classic. We chose The Betsy because it felt like a good balance of both, the Miami Beach flavor but still elegant and timeless. We LOVE going to the beach, it is one of our favorite things to do together. Our wedding/reception music represents us, too! Carlos is a born and bred Harlem boy (Newyorican) and Vanessa is a Dominican girl raised in Miami, so lots of Spanish flavor, lots of New York, lots of Miami in the room! Carlos will be entering the ceremony to Empire State of Mind (by Alicia Keys/JayZ). 

Our parent dances will represent us as such – Carlos will be dancing Puerto Rican salsa with his mom, and Vanessa will be dancing a traditional Dominican Merengue with her dad. We are doing day-of gifts for each other, which we will send to each others getting ready spaces in the daytime. We have an after-party that is strictly 90’s hip hop from 11pm-1am in the BBar (downstairs lounge of The Betsy) with a pizza bar. This is inspired by Carlo’s Harlem/NY roots and both our love for 90’s hip-hop. Our favors are Guava and Cheese donuts from The Salty Donut, so that’s a little Miami flavor Our cake topper will be a little Superman and Wonder Woman couple to represent our geekiness – we love all things Marvel/DC Comics, Star Wars, Harry Potter- we love to geek out together!

Stationary: Champagne Press | Hair & Makeup: Gia Despo Hair & Make Up | Entertainment : AA Musicians | Venue: The Betsy Hotel | Cigar Roller: Cigar Stud Events | Desert: Ana Paz | Donuts: The Salty Donut | PhotoBooth: Hipstr | Rentals: Pialisa | Wedding Photographer: Alee Gleiberman Photography | Wedding Planner & Florist: Event Bliss Design

Sunset on the Seine by Claude Monet Inspired This Spring Wedding Editorial’s Color Palette

Spring is a period of rebirth and awakening, a time where everything that was once barren turns to buds and brand new life – it was the perfect inspiration behind today’s stunning editorial. For the color palette, Lisa Silva Photography and Champagne Pop Events were particularly influenced by Claude Monet’s Sunset on the Seine – the mix of warm and cool pastel tones played out so beautifully in Moonstruck Florals’ arrangements. After scrolling through and pinning every picture, don’t forget to head on over to the full gallery to see every last detail of this mesmerizing Spring day!

From Lisa Silva PhotographySpring has always been my favorite season. After a dreary and gray stretch of winter, everything begins to come alive again in the spring. Fresh growth appears transforming the barren winter landscape into something lush and new. Caterpillars turn into butterflies, flowers burst into bloom and bring color back into our lives. This magical season of new life was the inspiration behind our shoot. We wanted to create something that captured the essence of spring and inspired brides and grooms to incorporate the gifts of the season into their own weddings. 

When choosing our color palette we were inspired by Impressionism, specifically the iconic Sunset on the Seine by Claude Monet. Impressionism is my personal favorite movement in art history and much like spring, was a period of rebirth and awakening. We created three separate bridal looks with gowns from Claire Pettibone’s new spring line, Evolution. Caroline of Moonstruck Florals designed the lush all-floral bouquets with blooms in the pretty pastel hues and combinations of warm and cool tones used in Monet’s painting. 

Our makeup and hair artists gave our models a fresh and romantic look with soft makeup and loose braids and curls. SoDough Baking Co. Created a beautiful dessert spread adorned with fruit and florals. For our venue, we chose Goodwood Museum and Gardens in Tallahassee for its lush grounds and gardens. Goodwood is an amazing venue with many options for ceremonies and receptions, but to keep our look organic we focused on shooting in the gardens. The main table and dessert table were placed between flowering camellia trees and a sitting area also adorned in florals was placed under a sprawling live oak. The locations were important to the overall design of the enchanted garden look and we loved the whimsical mood of it all. I am in love with the painterly feeling of this shoot and all of the beautiful elements of spring that we incorporated. We hope that it inspires couples to embrace the natural romance of the season when planning for their own weddings. Especially in today’s world, the promise of new life and reawakening should be something that guides us all.

Photography: Lisa Silva Photography | Floral Design: Moonstruck Florals | Wedding Dress: Claire Pettibone | Cake: SoDough Baking Co. | Invitations: KE Design Co. | Shoes : Bella Belle | Makeup Artist: Taylor Garcia | Wedding Venue: Goodwood Museum And Gardens | Film Lab: Goodman Film Lab | Hair Artist: Amanda Blass | Hair Artist: Erin Stoner | Linens: BBJ Linen | Lingerie: GirlandaSeriousDream | Planning: Champagne Pop Events | Rentals: Terri Smith Details | Silk Ribbons: Silk Willow

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French Inspired Details Meet the Tropics at This Stunning Historic Walton House Wedding

Today’s Florida affair perfectly reflected the styles of the bride and groom – a mix of classic and romantic with modern and minimalistic, complete with a delicate dusty rose color palette. They chose the stunning Historic Walton House as their venue because it reminded the bride of a typical home you’d see back on her island of Guadeloupe. The team at Maison Francis truly blew us away with their lush, tropical floral arrangements that brought everything together so beautifully. Head on over to the full gallery to see all the pretty – taken by Masson Liang Photography with design by Soco Alicea!

From Masson Liang PhotographyMelissa and Lindsey met back in September 2016 at a mixed martial arts gym in Miami Shores, FL. Lindsey was already a member of the school before Melissa joined and didn’t actually speak to each other until a month later. They bonded after a tough four hour training session after Lindsey forgot his snacks, giving them the perfect opportunity to share a bite together! Their official first date followed shortly after that day :)

Lindsey proposed to Melissa on May 11, 2019 after Lindsey asked Melissa’s father for her hand one day when her parents were in town. It was especially emotional for Lindsey and memorable because she had to translate everything to her parents! Melissa is from Guadeloupe (a French caribbean island) and Melissa’s parents are not fluent in English. May 11 is also the 2. 5 year anniversary of theirs (Melissa and Lindsey always liked to do something every six months) and Lindsey suggested that they go for dessert in the evening to “celebrate” the day. Melissa didn’t feel too well and they ended up changing the location to Melissa’s favorite beach, Hollywood Beach. Lindsey offered Melissa a rose and they went for a walk on the beach. During the date Lindsey picked up the rose and popped the question! The decision to have their wedding at the Historic Walton House was a no brainer for Melissa and Lindsey. They always knew that they wanted an outdoor/tropical wedding with Melissa being from the Caribbean and Lindsey being a lover of the outdoors. Upon visiting the venue, it was love at first sight for them! Melissa is an island girl and it was imperative for them to find a venue that had a taste of home. As for the decor of the wedding, the most important elements for the bride and groom was to showcase simplicity, elegance, and romanticism. They wanted to make sure to capture this in everything involved with the day: from the stationery, venue, the clothing, the flowers, food and music.

From Maison Francis… Melissa & Lindsey knew they wanted a day that reflected both their styles, blending in Melissa’s more classic romantic style with Lindsey’s slightly more modern and minimalistic style. It was also very important to the both of them that the end result not overpower the beauty of the venue itself. They chose the venue for its unique elements, it’s cozy feeling, and the fact that it reminded Melissa of a typical home back on her island of Guadeloupe. The color palette for their day was dusty rose. Melissa selected this color because she loved the color pink, but also because it really pared well with her bridesmaids’ skin tones. She also felt that the color has a romantic and timeless feel to it, which was right in line with her vision. As for the groom, Lindsey went with the navy blue because it was a bold color with his skin tone and helped bring gravitas to the softness and elegance of the dusty rose.

More about the ceremony decor and reception decor from the florist/designer… Ceremony: At first, we were sure the ceremony would be taking place in a sort of hidden courtyard, with a preexisting arch, which already features climbing vines, and is surrounded by plenty of tropical greenery. With that, we assumed we would keep ceremony pretty minimal so as to not compete with their surroundings, and keep most floral decor for the cocktail and reception areas. But as the guest list grew, it became apparent that their numbers could not fit in that little ceremony nook, and they were moved to what was essentially the driveway of the venue. With an oddly shaped space (with a huge roundabout smack in the middle of their ceremony seating space and tons of gravel), we were faced with the challenge of making this space feel intimate, inviting, and gorgeous, again while keeping in mind the natural vegetation found throughout. When Cristi (their planner) told us they would use the space and essentially get married standing in front of a majestic tree, we decided to go low with the flowers, creating a pathway for the eye that wouldn’t take away the surrounding greenery, but look natural and guide everyone’s look towards the bride and groom standing in front of that tree. Because of the shape of the space, we had to oddly distribute the chairs for the guests which meant the aisle would be both curved and long. In order to maximize the use of these flowers (let’s face it ceremony only being 30 minutes we wanted them to enjoy their flowers for much longer), we designed the ceremony to perfectly complement the reception (which we will address in the next section). With the color palette in mind, the surrounding tropical greenery, and the actual location, we designed a pathway mimicking a floral garden, which led to a semi circle altar, directly pointing to the tree which the couple loved and wanted to accentuate, as well as place the couple in the center of it all, which had a very symbolic meaning. We knew we wanted to showcase different design elements throughout the entire wedding, that would translate the vision of a modern yet classically romantic wedding, which had both feminine and more masculine elements to it. This is how we came up with the use of acrylic and wood within an overall more feminine pink and highly floral theme. Guests were greeted upon their arrival with a bilingual welcome sign handwritten on Acrylic with a wooden easel. This combination of wood and acrylic was found throughout the wedding with all the signage featuring acrylics on wood stands. Wood was also a very important element to Melissa and Lindsey, who love its look and feel, but did not necessarily want to overwhelm the entire wedding with it. The acrylic served to modernize the feel of the day. Their wedding featured double the amount of acrylic signs, as they were translated into both english and french, to accommodate the guests helming from both cultures that were attending this union.

Reception: Reception design started immediately with cocktail hour. This is where we decided to have a little fun and forgo flowers all together! The Historic Walton House is a very interesting space, not only in how it is designed and how lush the surrounding gardens are but they also feature animals, which serve as entertainment for the guests (think baboons, flamingos and all sorts of other exotic animals!). On top of the animals serving as a sort of distraction for guests, there was also an interactive guest book created by the bride, where guests were invited to take polaroids, sign them, and hang them on a manzanita tree that the bride prepped for them, so she could take home and keep those memories alive as part of their new home decor! We were also tasked with introducing navy blue into the mix of decor elements to represent the grooms desire for a slightly more masculine feel within a much more romantic overall design. All of this resulted in a cocktail hour devout of flowers but with the most amazing Shelby Navy blue and white linen from the Ceci New York x Nuage Design collection. It was the most perfect complement. Mixed with a wooden bar covered in fresh smilax for a natural look that fit in with the environment, we added wooden and crystal etched votives to soften the look, but left the tables bare for the bold print to truly shine! Onto reception, guests were greeted with a seating chart display featuring a bold modern design of varied sized acrylic cubes with handwritten names serving as the escort card display. Again, as a way of mixing both Melissa and Lindsey’s styles, we included the use of flowers, and a striking veluto linen by Nuage Design in an eggplant color, which served as an accent color for the flowers. We decided to use it on this table to truly make a statement so the table could stand on its own rather than blend in with the reception linen. We introduced flowers within the acrylic to serve both as a backdrop to make it easier for the guests to read on acrylic, as well as to introduce softer elements that tied in with the entire wedding design. We also kept the design minimal and more modern by using traditional japanese pin frogs as opposed to bowls or vases as the vessels for the flowers. This allowed us to have a more linear design, mixed in with romantic blooms, again blending the two styles as they represented the bride and groom, with wooden votives throughout as that was an important design element for the couple. Guests then walked into a bungalow that served as the dancing area for first dance, the father of the bride’s speech and the father of the groom blessing, which all took place under a grand wooden chandelier dripping in fresh smilax greenery to sort of bring the outdoors in and keep the flow of the design. In the back of the room, directly facing the main entrance for all to see, was the beautiful cake, which was made to mimic a plaster wall of sorts, recreating the details of the wedding invitation, adorned with delicate flowers, namely sweet pea, a favorite of the bride and groom for its striking line yet whimsical feel. We used the same eggplant veluto linen as the place card table for the cake table, to tie everything together and also serve as a statement piece, on a low cocktail table so the cake could be put on full display, surrounded by repurposed aisle flowers to recreate the garden feel of ceremony indoors and shine a spotlight onto the cake! Because the room wasn’t very large and would only serve for dancing and cake/desserts, we loved that we were able to create a true focal point on the cake and the first dances through the use of florals and hanging greenery, creating a wow factor for guests as they walked in. On the dessert table, we used acrylic risers as well as dessert display cards in acrylic, to keep the theme going, and serve as a seamless way to present the dessert. Finally, when it came to the reception, that was the most fun yet the most challenging to design. The bride and groom wanted to fuse both their styles, as mentioned above, and we were tasked with coming up with centerpiece designs that had both a modern yet classic, lush yet minimal, masculine yet feminine design to it. And that’s how we came up with the use of shallow dishes, or very low bowls, with striking and modern japenese pin frogs in black, to attempt our version at romantic ikebana centerpieces. It was important all elements be equally beautiful, including our mechanics since they would be exposed, and it became our mission to find black pin frogs to keep the entire design seamless and beautiful. We then decided on varied sized bowls which would go down the length of the table, with some having more lush designs than others. Some larger pieces had plenty of flowers, while other featured only one stem. It would allow the eye to travel down the entire table following the flow of flowers, but yet not be so overwhelming that it became too romantic and Lindsey wouldn’t be adequately represented. We also made sure, in the choice of the flowers themselves, to go both romantic and more modern, through the use of textures and colors as well as line flowers. We also took into account that it was important for Melissa to keep the tropical aspect alive, as it was an intricate part of the venue itself, but also represented her Guadeloupean roots. That is how we came to choose two-toned light pink anthuriums, as they were tropical, colorful without being overwhelming, and also have a very straight stem which gave it a slightly more modern feel amongst the use of fluffy carnations, garden roses, mums, dahlias and spray roses. We also added the use of mini orchids for the same reason. We allowed them to shine by adding them to the single stem centerpiece portion of the entire design, and since they are tropical, have very interesting colors and shades, as well as a curved stem, which makes for a great shape.

The centerpieces were separated by the use of etched glass votive holders and smaller wooden votive holders, for tons of ambient light in a way that mixed the modern and the classic. We then added an explosion of flowers to the entire space, by repurposing the aisle and altar flowers at the ends of each royal table as well as the front of the Bride & Groom table, to mimic a growing garden and make the most use of the wedding flowers. With blush veluto linen by Nuage Design serving as a backdrop, the flowers popped and created an oasis, and with the slightly more minimal table top design, every piece shone on its own, which was important to the couple. They did not want it to just have a ton of flowers because flowers are inherently beautiful, but for each piece to be unique on it’s own yet be a part of a greater overall design. Together with Soco Alicea of Dragonfly Rentals, the couple chose the André Ceramic Charger, a more modern natural stone plate, her April gold flatware, and her gorgeous Alexa glassware (named after her daughter might I add), onto which we placed each guest’s hand calligraphed name on a small piece of acrylic, set next to the Shelby Navy floral Ceci New York x Nuage Design napkin, in the same print as the cocktail hour linen, which allowed us to bring in the groom’s desire for navy as well as tie in the entire event together. The napkin was tucked into wooden napkin rings, lovingly done by the bride and groom, which once again brought in the wood element, representing so much of the couple’s background and personalities into one final design. Placed next to the chargers to the top was the couple’s wedding favor, a wooden fridge magnet, which the couple placed themselves onto green moss, and tied with hand dyed ribbon in a gorgeous tone of dusty rose, which mimicked the Bridesmaids dress color. Every element was carefully selected to truly create the most cohesive end result.

Some other unique elements of the wedding include:

They had a bilingual ceremony in French and in English. This was very important to the bride since over a third of their guests were French speakers. And French being her mother’s primary language, it was very important for her to enter marriage with my native language as well. Lindsey had a “best woman” and two out of four members of his groom’s party were women. On the bride’s side, she had her younger brother as a groomsmaid. They offered two signature cocktails to represent our place of origin: a passionfruit mojito for Miami and the traditional “ti-punch” from Guadeloupe. The groom actually sang a part of his vows to Melissa during the ceremony and it instantly brought everyone to tears! All in all, they wanted the wedding not only to be the celebration of their union, but also the celebration of their cultures.

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Photography: Masson Liang | Videography: Alex Martinez Films | Videography: Alex Martinez Films | Event Design: Soco Alicea | Event Planning: Cristi G Events | Floral Design: Maison Francis | Cake: Edible Creations | Invitations: Minted | Shoes: Steve Madden | Rings: Jared | Bridesmaids' dresses: Aline Bridal | Catering: Dade County Food Group | Hair & Makeup: bellelite | DJ: DJ Dro Entertainment | Bow Tie: Cuffed Design | Officiant: Aurora Abad from Sunshine Wedding Officiants | Transportation: One Limo Alliance | Venue: Historic Walton House | Acrylic Sheets (menus, signs, etc.): Raminimal Studio | Cristi G Events: Cristi G | Groom' Shoes: Ted Baker | Grooms women tux: Little Black Tux | Hairpiece: Dareth Colburn Bridal | House: Historic Walton House | Jewlery: Swarovski | Linens & Napkins: Nuage Designs | Ribbons: Tono Co | Tabletops: Dragonfly Rentals

An Intimate, Last Minute Ceremony After Their Wedding Was Cancelled Due to COVID-19

As we all continue to do our best day after day amid this terrible pandemic we’re facing, hearing a piece of good news or a happy story truly makes the world of a difference and inspires us to keep the faith. That’s why today, we’re beyond excited to be sharing with you a very special wedding story. After Emily and Taylor’s big day was sadly cancelled due to COVID-19, they decided to have a last minute ceremony with just a few of their nearest and dearest, with a larger reception to celebrate their union in the future. Their story brought tears to our eyes, joy to our hearts and reminded us once again that love isn’t cancelled. Check out the full gallery by I Dream of Weddings, to see all the magic unfold!

From I Dream of Weddings… The lucky series of events that brought Emily & Taylor together for the first time was not a chance encounter measured my mere minutes. It was not a missed green light to the grocery store or a beautiful girl in a sea of unfamiliar faces. The first chapter of Emily & Taylor’s story unfolds over an entire year at a Staples in Tallahassee. It took Taylor, who was in Easy-Tech at the time, a new job opportunity to get the courage to drop his corporate relationship with Emily, who worked in the Copy Center. Once Taylor started his new job, the two tossed the co-worker formalities and spent an entire night catching up on a year’s worth of lost conversation.

When the sun started to rise, Emily left Taylor, who was fast asleep, to wake up questioning whether his dream girl from the Copy Center was from his actual dreams. Knowing that she would no longer see him between the aisles at Staples, Emily left her glass slipper (a cardigan) as she rushed out the door. Emily’s Cinderella exit not only gave Taylor an excuse to see Emily and return her cardigan along with their first kiss, but it brought me to a little Ocala wedding. Right in the middle of a pandemic. 

I was thrilled to hear from Emily to see if I would be interested in photographing a small ceremony in replace of her cancelled wedding. It was a pleasant surprise to see an excited, bride-to-be come up with an alternative to an otherwise, devastating situation. The ceremony was to be held at the Lamson Estate in Ocala. A beautiful home surrounded by wind and Spanish moss owned by Linda, a second grandmother to Emily and where Emily & Taylor resided after leaving Tallahassee. In Florida, the restriction on gatherings limits crowds no larger than ten. The officiant, three bridal party members, three guests and myself, gathered on the front steps of Emily & Taylors first home together to witness their first kiss as husband and wife. A reception is to be held in the near future where guests can celebrate a love story even a pandemic couldn’t stop. But for the time being, a marriage certificate and a few last-minute wedding portraits became the fairytale wedding any girl could hope for. To Emily and Taylor, the two employees who were able to dodge direct eye contact with each other for an entire year, thank you for reminding us what is most important in unfortunate times. Each other. In the coming weeks, when our daily lives and routines start to balance out, a new community will be walking among us, and we will all celebrate, passionately. Until then. Stay positive, be creative, reflect, inspire and most importantly, don’t forget to love. 

Photography: I Dream of Weddings | Floral Design: Trader Joe's | Wedding Dress: Lyra Vega Bridal | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Birdy Grey | Bridesmaids' Dresses: JJ's House | Groom's Attire: Burlington

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Mixing Old World Charm With Modern Femininity at The Ancient Spanish Monastery

Ever wonder how to mix modern touches with old world charm? Allow St. Germain Events to show you how it’s done. From a drop dead gorgeous Monique Lhuillier gown, to the bride’s beautiful natural locks, to the history of the venue – this editorial has inspiration sprinkled throughout every corner. Head on over to the full gallery, captured by Melissa Blythe to see it all!

From Melissa Blythe… History, architecture, fashion, florals, and natural beauty were the staple muses to bring this ideation to life.


St. Bernard de Clairvaux Church, better known by Ancient Spanish Monastery is a luxury historic wedding venue among a tropical setting, located in Miami, FL. The Romanesque architecture is a rare find in the United States and was the main reason we were drawn to the space. After learning more of the Monastery’s history, we gained an even deep appreciation for the beauty and craftsmanship of this remarkable landmark. Originally built in Spain during the 12th century, it was dismantled and shipped by to America where it had been stored away in New York City until it made its way to Miami where it was reassembled and now serves as luxury wedding venue and an Episcopal church.

FASHION: The Truly gown by Monique Lhullier brought a soft, elegant, and feminine feel that we wanted to resonate throughout the final images. The optional lace-sleeved jacket along with the pink Gucci platforms added an unexpected fashion-forward touch. We specially chose non-traditional wedding shoes because we love the idea of brides being able to wear them again over time for date nights and such, keeping her wedding style alive and thriving even after the wedding day!

NATURAL BEAUTY & FLORALS: Racquel of St. Germain Design & Co.
We went for a soft, feminine floral style with lots of textures to compliment the detail of the gown. The flowers in the model’s hair accessorized the blush tones in the beautiful dress . We designed with roses, ranunculus tulips with soft accents of lilac and sweet pea. To add European flair to accent the architecture, we paired a vintage wooden table with French style round-back chairs which gave a nice contrast to the lush green tropical landscape.

Photography: Melissa Blythe | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Invitations: The Vintage Inkwell | Shoes: Gucci | Wedding Venue: Ancient Spanish Monastery | Floral & Production: St. Germain Events | model: Tiona White

A Rustic, Beach Wedding With A Heartfelt Highlight Video!

A rustic wedding by the beach? We love it! With Santa Rosa Beach in the background, this couple said their ‘I Do’s’ at Eden Gardens State Park in style with super cool details like succulent favors (and in their wedding cake) and other green and blush details throughout! Add in Myrtie Blue’s stunning florals and the most gorgeous tree by their ceremony and you’ve got one for the books! Check it all out below, including their heartfelt highlight video by Sixpence Productions!

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From the Bride…Hayden and I met in Florida through mutual friends. There’s a debate to this day as to who “courted” who, but after our first date we were inseparable. Hayden proposed at home (on a weeknight) because on the day he picked up my ring, he decided he couldn’t wait until we made it home to California! Originally, he had planned on proposing at his family’s Christmas party, but he is terrible at keeping secrets. So on that random weeknight in December, he told me he had gotten my last Christmas present, and the next thing I knew, he was proposing! We wanted a classic wedding with a rustic-chic vibe. My mother in law and I had so much fun creating the design for our day! I love earth tones, and adore succulents with their cool green, so we used those for favors and decided to accent that green with blush throughout the whole wedding – including our cake! Additionally, we loved the idea of guests bringing home a succulent because they are very resilient, and we thought it was the perfect way to “let love grow”. My favorite memory from the day was really captured in the wedding film. Our ceremony was so heartfelt but it was us to the core. It was funny, quirky, a little awkward and full of love. We love watching the film back and laughing. In our photos and film, you would have never known that in the midst of it all my sister in law had an allergic reaction and was rushed to the hospital. It’s a hilarious part of the day (wasn’t funny then) that we all still laugh about it. Everything else went perfectly and we said it must be good luck that SOMETHING went a little wrong. We had an amazing team that went above and beyond and it was a beautiful day. Special touch: mother in law made me a garter with fabric from her wedding dress.


Photography: Dear Wesleyann | Cinematography: Sixpence Productions | Event Planning: Savoir Faire Weddings | Floral Design: Myrtie Blue | Wedding Dress: Martina Liana | Wedding Cake: Sweet For Sirten | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Adrianna Papell | Catering: Townsend Catering | Entertainment: Rock The House | Bridal Salon: Margaret Ellen Bridal | Ceremony + Reception: Eden Gardens State Park Santa Rosa Beach Florida | Ceremony Musician: Hunter Dawson | Photobooth: Epic Photo Co | Welcome Party: Seaside, Florida

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Floral Obsessed Brides Need to See This Romantic Garden Wedding Inspiration

A floral adorned harp, a breathtaking blooming arbor, a cascading bouquet – this editorial planned by Fabulously Chic Weddings is every botanist’s dream wedding inspiration. Jump right in to the lavender and blush hues of the full gallery captured beautifully by Set Free Photography for all the enchanted garden vibes. Floral Symphony – we’re simply in awe! Oh, and one more thing… THE. CAKE… let’s just say it’s confection perfection. Keep on reading and get those Pinning fingers ready!

From Fabulously Chic Weddings… La Casa Toscana, formerly a private estate only hosting family affairs, was recently opened to the public and as a wedding designer, I was ecstatic to get my hands on it! We partnered with an amazing team of creatives, specifically Floral Symphony, to create the overall design, and So Staged, Script Me Pretty and Sweetified to bring the concept to life through other decor details. La Casa Toscana is a stunning, and very unexpected, Mediterranean inspired home in Southwest Florida. 

The venue itself is so beautiful and inspiring; we wanted to bring out the garden feel of it and present it in a soft color scheme, without just sticking to the “go to” of just blush. We couldn’t not include our fan favorite shade of blush, but we loved mixing in soft purple tones and mauves to give the color scheme some depth, while keeping the soft, feminine look that we desired. We loved styling the bride and groom with two very different looks. A second dress for brides has been popular for many years, but more recently, grooms are starting to do a second look too! 

The groom’s first jacket was a fun, yet sophisticated mauve jacket. We paired it with a tulle skirt Wtoo gown with a nude underlay. The moody tones worked so beautifully together. The second tux was a more classic black tux look, but with a paisley print. We paired with with a sexy, yet sophisticated gown by Made with Love Bridal, adorned with soft and airy floral appliques galore! For the ceremony, the venue often uses a permanent arch structure for the backdrop, but we really wanted to do something different, and show the versatility of this property (so many options for ceremony spots). So, we used the gorgeous home as a backdrop instead. 

We wanted the space covered in florals and greenery, and Floral Symphony did not disappoint. They cleverly utilized the beautiful structures that were already in place as an entrance to the aisle, and created a natural, free flowing arch structure at the altar. We used So Staged’s natural wood King Louis chairs for guest seating, and they were the perfect addition to the natural and flowy, yet polished, look that we created for the ceremony. For the tablescape, we combined the lush texture of the BBJ gray velvet linen with soft wood tones of the charger plates, napkin rings and King Louis chairs to convey the sophisticated garden look that we desired. Script Me Pretty beautifully accented the details with a gorgeous menu and place cards in blush ink. Sweetified bakery created a gorgeous cake with a gray toned background accented by sugar flowers and appliques in all of the pink and purple shades we used. We staged it on asoft wood accent table from So Staged, adding a flowy soft purple chiffon to further bring out the tones and create some beautiful movement. All of the details really came together perfectly to create a shoot that wowed everyone that was present!

Photography: Set Free Photography | Floral Design: Floral Symphony | Gown: Watters | Gown: Made With Love Bridal | Cake: Sweetified Bakery | Stationery: Script Me Pretty | Ring: Diamond District | Groom's Attire: Tuxxman | Black Paisley Dinner Jacket: Tuxxman | Bridal Boutique : Pure Bridal | Ceremony & Reception : La Casa Toscana | Hair & Make up: Duality Artistry | Harp: Jade Strings | Linen: BBJ Linen | Mauve Tuxedo: Fabian Couture | Planning & Design: Fabulously Chic Weddings | Rentals : So Staged

A Coral and Grapefruit Color Palette Will Have You Jumping to Add A Pop of Color to Your Wedding Day!

Slices of grapefruit and actual pieces of coral aren’t your typical wedding day inspiration, but it’s what inspired Elite Planning Firm and we have to say…we are here for it! Taking place at the ever so romantic Vizcaya Museum & Gardens in Miami, Elite Planning along with photographer, Elizabeth Fogarty wanted to showcase to brides how pops of color are just as dreamy as a neutral color palette! From an overflowing bouquet by Ever After Floral Design to a colorful invitation suite by Fig. 2 Design, they nailed it! Take a peek below and don’t stop until you get to the grapefruit cocktails!!

From Elizabeth Fogarty PhotographyMay from Elite Planning Firm and Liz from Liz Fogarty wanted to put together an editorial celebrating bright colors with lots of energy. They wanted to encourage brides planning their wedding to not be scared of using a colorful color palette. Yes, neutrals photograph beautifully but using a pop of color will set your wedding apart. 

They used the color of the grapefruit and the texture of the coral as their inspirations, which led to beautiful details from the invitations to the cocktails. Claudia from Fig 2 Design made custom acrylic table numbers, which are super fun!

Vizcaya Musuem & Gardens is probably the most gorgeous venue in Miami with lots of history, being a museum with beautiful gardens. It is the perfect backdrop for any sophisticated and romantic wedding and can be turned into quite the fairytale. Of course, they had to wrap this editorial up with grapefruit cocktails!

Photography: Elizabeth Fogarty | Event Planning: Elite Planning Firm | Flowers: Ever After Floral Design | Dress: Chernaya Bridal House | Ring: Susie Saltzman | Tux: The Black Tux | Beauty: Marz Makeup And Hair | Paper: Fig. 2 Design | Portrait: Vizcaya Museum And Gardens

A Perfectly Crafted Office + Playroom Combo

Not many people have space for both a dedicated office and a dedicated playroom and yet achieving the perfect balance of two difference needs can be so hard! Right!? Because how do you achieve #girlboss status when there are toys all over the place!? Well, lucky for us, the fabulous Beth Aschenbach, co-founder of Palm Beach Lately, has it down to a science and has successfully designed one of the chicest, most well organized, entirely beautiful office playroom combos we have ever seen. We dare you not to fall in love with all of the perfect details!

From Lifestyle Blogger, Beth, at Palm Beach Lately... With the baby coming soon, my husband and I decided to switch a few rooms around to best accommodate our growing family. We decided to turn the office into a playroom/office.

Our original design was for his office needs, so I enlisted the help of Korinne from Urban Simplicity to help me best utilize the cabinet space to organize the toys, books, games, etc. The original office had grey shelving and cabinets, so I first had it painted all white and switched the silver to brass hardware.

Korinne started Urban Simplicity in 2010 after working for a decade in politics and splits her time between Palm Beach and New York. She combines a passion for problem solving with a sense of humor, cheerful nature and Southern charm. She organized what was in the old playroom and helped me pare down to only what we wanted to keep. We simplified it to keep what Grace currently plays with and saved some toys for the baby and donated the rest of the old toys and stuffed animals to charity.

I had a lot of keepsakes that I wanted to organize from baby shower and baptism to school and cards we keep. She selected some adorable blush boxes in different sizes to accommodate what we planned to store. I also enlisted the help of my friends from Luxe Report Designs to style the shelves with a mix of blush pink ginger jars, shells and rattan accessories.

My desk is my new favorite place in the house! I love how Luxe Report Designs incorporated the rattan desk accessories and chair from HIVE. They used the new beehive lanterns Lindroth Design as well as our favorite rattan hurricane vases and raffia baskets with shells mixed in blush pink file folders, stationery and more. I have wanted this lamp by Celerie Kemble / Kemble Interiors at The Kemble Shop for a while and this was the perfect spot to put it!

I came across 527 Photo on Etsy and she has so many beautiful tropical prints from Miami, Hawaii and other destinations. This one jumped out at me and I knew I had to include this relaxing palm and umbrella print it in this room. Framebridge did a beautiful job framing the art and the quality and turnaround time was excellent. The girls flanked the art with assorted blush pink ginger jars from Lauren Haskell Designs and white canvas palms from Matilda’s.

The Container Store recently introduced a wide variety of kids’ storage for playrooms, closets and everything in between. Here is a list of the products we used from The Container Store:

Assorted sizes of the Linus clear drawer organizers
Multi-purpose transparent bins
Blush Pink Bigso Stockholm Letter Boxes
Blush Pink Bigso Stockholm Paper Drawers
Blush Pink Bigso Stockholm Photo Storage Box
Natural Seagrass Belly Baskets
Pink Cotton Rope Laundry Hamper
Blush & Ivory Rugby Stripe Storage Cubes
Linus Deep Drawer Bins in Clear
Gold Bin Clip Label Holders

Photography: Shea Christine Photography | Styling : Luxe Report Designs | Calligraphy : Heart Swell Co. | Artwork: 527 Photo | Beehive Lanterns, Rattan Vases and Raffia Baskets: Lindroth Design | Blogger: Palm Beach Lately | Canvas Palms: Matildas | Framing: Framebridge | Organization: Urban Simplicity | Pink Ginger Jars: Lauren Haskell Designs | Pink Rose Rug: Crate & Barrel | Play Table and chairs: Restoration Hardware | Rattan Chair and Desk Accessories: HIVE Palm Beach | Storage and organizing containers: The Container Store | Wicker Parasol Lamp : The Kemble Shop

Not Your Typical Tropical Wedding with a Color Scheme That’s Sure to Surprise!

We love when brides aren’t afraid to be bold and experiment with never been done before styles! This gorgeous wedding at Vizcaya Museum and Garden blends modern eclectic vibes and tropical details with a traditional garden setting, not to mention an unconventional color scheme that will have you re-thinking everything. Masi Events and the talented team of vendors were up for the challenge of creating Gaby and Joe’s dream wedding – and boy did they deliver. Trust us folks, you’re going to want to see the full gallery of images captured by Gianny Campos to grasp just how special this personality-filled day truly was!

From Masi EventsGaby and Joe got engaged in the Fall of 2017 and Gaby immediately knew the perfect place to host their wedding. Gaby being from Miami had always dreamed of having her special day with Joe at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. Gaby and Joe live in Portland Oregon and decided to work with us to help bring their wedding vision to life here in Miami. Gaby and Joe wanted to incorporate aspects of their current life inspired by their eclectic city and modern relationship to the overall feeling of their wedding. Vizcaya provides an impressively beautiful, yet more traditional garden backdrop. It was fun finding ways to infuse the competing styles of modern eclectic against the traditional french garden environment that the venue typically suites itself for. This wedding was going to be different, and we wanted to bring a style and decor not yet seen at the space. 

Gaby’s childhood home in Miami has a lush garden full of tropical flowers and foliage. We decided to use elements from her home garden in the floral elements such as Vibrant Red and Yellow Heliconia Rostratas, surrounded by tropical foliage like monstera leaves and rich undertones of deep muted colors provided by Croton Leaves. The floral decor was balanced out with touches Gloriosa, Proteas and Citrus Orange Accents. 

The ceremony was surrounded by modern lanterns and providing overwhelming candle light, with the main focus being a wooden arch with asymmetrical and lush tropical greens and overflowing hanging tropical floral. Gaby’s Bouquet was absolutely stunning, complementing the floral design, yet having its own personality with an incredibly intricate oversized weave of tropical leaves set off to one-side. All set in-front of the gorgeous back drop of Vizcaya’s Garden Mound. The cocktail reception took place in the indoor courtyard of the Vizcaya Mansion. We utilized modern linen-less wire cocktail furniture combined with low boy tables with modern bohemian Indigo Batik patterned linens. 

The escort display consisted of a green floral wall with hexagonal mirrors with the guests names calligraphed on each tile. For the dinner reception furniture we wanted to create a bohemian backdrop with a modern geometric flair. We combined exposed wood tables with gold wire frame chairs and elevated tropical arrangements with geometric vessels, against round tables with a deep rich indigo blue velvet linen and white modern wire frame chairs. A fun flair was added to each place setting with the use of modern white & gold flatware, a gold rimmed coupe charger and fun tropical Maui print napkins with humming birds. The event space was centered around the dance floor a smoked oak wood floor and modern oversized geometric hanging floral. The menu was reflective of Gaby and Joe’s favorite dishes and restaurants from Portland and the all from their favorite vineyards from Oregon. It was a truly special evening, one full of memories for the two of them, their friends and family. It’s a wedding that will always be a found memory for us, not only because of the relationship developed with Gaby and Joe, but because of the fun we had bringing their eclectic modern vision to a traditional and elegant venue.

Photography: Gianny Campos Photography | Cinematography: Hopemedia, LLC | Florals: Anthology Co. | Catering: Thierry Isambert Culinary + Event Design | Lighting : Evoga Events | Ceremony and Reception Venue: Vizcaya Museum And Gardens | Dance floor rental: Atlas Party Rentals | Getting Ready Venue: The Shore Club | Hair and Make-up: Carolyn Jones Makeup | Linens, napkins, Rentals: Nuage Designs | Music: Rock With U | Planning and Design: Masi Events | Rentals: Unearthed Rentals | Tabletop Rentals: Pialisa

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This Couple Tied the Knot at an Ancient Spanish Monastery! The Definition of Old-World Charm.

For these two, an Ancient Spanish Monastery was where the wedding bells rang, and the day was filled with family, friends and all of the elegance you can imagine! Erika Delgado Photography captured every intimate moment from the ‘I Do’s’ inside a small chapel to the couples first dance surrounded by their guests. Soco Alicea planned today’s fete alongside Ever After Floral Design, who together created the most beautiful and fitting to the venue centerpieces. Take a peek below and get swept away in Erika’s photos and the old-world charm of this romantic wedding day!

From Erika Delgado PhotographyThe Ancient Spanish Monastery and it’s old-world charm set the scene for Carissa and Jorge’s wedding celebration. They were married in the small chapel and then dined and danced in the cloisters of the timeless building, which was incredibly romantic.

It was a fairly intimate event with their nearest and dearest friends and family, including their children who were important bridesmaids and groomsmen in their stunning bridal party. We absolutely loved the fusion of family and friends that played important roles throughout the day, which made for even better photo opportunities. 

About the Photographer…Erika Delgado documents beautiful weddings with her brother Alexander and her husband Joshua. The team is based in South Florida and NYC and together they offer years of experience with meticulous dedication and care in each of their projects. 

Erika’s work is described as “Timeless, Editorial and Authentic”; she is often recognized for being trustworthy, for her attention to detail throughout your experience with her, her joyful spirit and quality of customer service; Erika’s photographic works will evoke emotion and inspire. 

Photographer: Erika Delgado Photography | Coordinator : Soco Alicea | Florist: Ever After Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Martina Liana | Cake: Earth And Sugar | Invitations: Minted | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Catering: Bill Hansen Luxury Catering and Event Production | Makeup: Natasha Gross | Hair : Jonahan Coutinho | Ceremony Music: L.R. Entertainment | Venue: Ancient Spanish Monastery | Earrings: Jenny Packham | Reception Music: Dj Gringo | Rentals: Dragonfly Rentals

How a Floral and Event Designer Proposed to the Love of His Life

Happy Pride Month, everyone! Today we’re celebrating with the sweetest proposal story ever. Chris and Jeremy’s story will have you happy crying from beginning to end. Their love for each other is what Nicholas Sparks dreams are made of. Oh, and did we mention Chris is a super talented floral and event designer himself?! So yeah, it’s no surprise the decor was straight out of a fairytale. With a little help from Soco Alicea and Love In Vintage – Chris was able to pull off the surprise of a lifetime. Check out the full gallery captured by Vanessa Velez and Enuel Viera to see all the can’t miss moments.

From Jeremy… As a man, I always assumed that I’d be the one doing the proposing in life. I was ready to propose to my partner Chris – we had been together over two years, had weathered a few storms together, and were still as madly in love with each other as we were at the beginning of our relationship. It’s hard to be totally sure of anything in life, but I was sure that I wanted to spend it with Chris by my side. But then something completely crazy happened. Before I could propose to him, he proposed to me. The story of Chris’ proposal to me is the story of our love. It’s a beautiful story, told in minutes but unfolding over years, as unique and ephemeral as each of his floral creations and just as beautiful. My Thursday on February 28 was fairly normal until my boss told me to leave work for the day at 3:30 PM. When I got home, there was a trail of single balloons hanging from the ceiling on clear wire. I had to take a moment to smile – Chris had done this once before early in our relationship. We had been dating only a few months and I had gone on a weeklong work trip. On this day each balloon held a message that led me back to memories of us and a new one to be made. There on the bed he had laid out clothes for me – a crisp new white shirt and beautiful green jacket, and on it a watch, a rustic compass we picked up at a bookstore in Montreal, and my old travel journal, open to a new page. And above this was one final balloon. I popped it, and read the note: Curtiss Mansion, the next step in our journey together. I picked up the travel journal. I had kept it as a diary when I travelled through Asia in my twenties, but there were a few blank pages left in it.

In those pages, Chris had written: “Remember the first time we got lost in each other’s eyes? The whole World melted around us and nothing was left but you and me. Since that day every embrace, every kiss, every memory has written a love story named after us. Since I meet you my life has been an adventure, one I never thought was possible. Our love is written in the stars and there are moments we have spent together that some only read about in books and hear in love songs. You have always looked for adventure, and ask are you ready for the next chapter? Do you take me forever? This time I leave you with something to find me, maybe not a glass slipper but a trail of balloons leading to an address. There I will be waiting.”

I arrived to the Mansion. To the side was a beautiful vintage head table with a massive arrangement. I saw white anemones, roses, ranunculus, delphiniums, carnations, spray roses, and greenery. I knew he chose to use anemones because they are one of my favorite flowers. And to Chris, roses reminded him of growing up in his father’s rose garden so they were significant too. And then there was Chris, standing on the scroll, on the first page of the next chapter of our lives. He was dressed in a beautiful pink suit and that same amazing smile, and once I saw him everything else melted away. It was just him and me in the moment. I let out the breath I hadn’t realized I was holding, and I closed the distance between us.

He took my hands, looked into my eyes, went down on one knee, and said those magic words: “Jeremy you are my everything. I want the world to know just how much I love you. I want you to know that I choose you forever. And now I need to know – Jeremy Paul Mason – will you make me the happiest man alive and marry me?”

And then he offered me the ring. Then suddenly in a moment it all came into focus, the one true most important path forward in life’s journey. That journey is with Chris: in the sunshine, in the rain, in the dark and light, to the moon and back. Because our love is from the stars, and it shimmers and grows every day. Chris made the brave step and grand gesture of asking me to take this new journey with him. The only possible answer was yes.

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Photographer: Enuel Viera | Photographer: Vanessa Velez | Coordination: Soco Alicea | Cake: Sweet Guilt by Angelica | Rings: James Allen | Calligrapher: Claudia Strenger | Designer and Vintage Rentals: Love in Vintage | Floral Design & Planner : The Bride Candy | Historical Venue: Curtiss Mansion | Linens & Napkins: Nuage Designs | Tabletops: Dragonfly Rentals | Video: Gamut Cinema | Violin: Dany Violinist

Italian-Inspired Miami Wedding at Vizcaya Museum & Gardens

On the surface, this Italian-Inspired wedding is gorgeous—featuring charming tropical scenes at Vizcaya Museum & Gardens, impeccable style (hello Oscar De La Renta gown!) and a tented reception with quite the view. But peel back the layers of who Amanda and Mike are and you’ll find those meaningful details deep within the heart of their Big Day. They were guided by some of the best in the biz including, Jessica’s EventsBill Hansen Luxury Catering and Event ProductionAnthology Co. and of course, Kat Braman, behind the lens. Join us here in the full gallery when you’re experiencing their wedding story below.

Mike and Amanda met during their sophomore year at Georgetown University when they were both members of the varsity rowing team. They moved in together the summer of 2016 and Mike proposed exactly one year later at the Brooklyn Bridge Park overlooking Manhattan. He planned an incredible engagement weekend surrounded by their closest friends and family. Mike jokes that he barely got the ring halfway on Amanda’s finger (during their engagement) and she was already on the phone to book Vizcaya. Amanda grew up in Fort Lauderdale, FL and fell in love with Vizcaya while visiting the historic museum with her family when she was 13. She says she knew immediately that she wanted to get married there one day.

They chose their November wedding day to mark their 7 year anniversary. In honor of Mike’s father, who passed away in January 2010, they asked his father’s close college friend (who was also a Georgetown alum), to officiate their wedding ceremony. Amanda and Mike both love Italy; and since Vizcaya was conceived as a modern and subtropical interpretation of an eighteenth-century Italian villa, Italy was the perfect inspiration for their wedding design, menu, and vibe. Vizcaya is so beautiful on its own so they strove for a timeless and minimal aesthetic. The color scheme was very neutral with lush flowers and lots of greenery.

From Amanda… One might say I was detail-obsessed – although the overall aesthetic was intended to be minimal, I fixated on every detail to make sure it all felt like a cohesive vision. From our Vizcaya inspired invitation suite and programs with custom drawings and timeless calligraphy to ensuring that our signature drinks were incredibly personal (Mike’s was the “Brown Mumbler”, his father’s favorite drink, and mine was a classic Brazilian Caipirinha named the “Lola”, in memory of my family’s dog that passed away only a few months before the wedding). Another favorite detail was that our party favors were Blommer Chocolate bars provided by Mike’s family’s chocolate business.”

Although the overall aesthetic was Italian, they also layered in many Brazil inspired details in honor of the Bride’s heritage. This included live Brazilian music during cocktail hour, the Brazilian signature cocktail, Brazilian desserts (brigadeiros), and the most exciting detail was the Brazilian Samba dancers/drummers that really got the party going. Amanda and Mike were also one of only five weddings per year to be allowed a fireworks show at Vizcaya. The fireworks made for a spectacular finale after the Brazilian entertainment.

From Amanda and Mike… Our wedding was incredible in so many ways. We are thrilled that we found many ways to honor each other’s families. We are so incredibly thankful to our amazing families that were nothing but supportive and excited throughout the planning process. The flowers, food, and entertainment were all spectacular but the most memorable part of the night was being able to share the day with our families and friends that traveled from all over the world to be with us.

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Photography: Kat Braman | Cinematography: Kindred | Floral Design: Anthology Co. | Cake: Cloud 9 Bakery | Bride's Shoes: Monique Lhuillier | Hair and Makeup: Marz Makeup And Hair | Band: Project Soul | Groom's Suit: Enzo Custom | Bride's Dress: Oscar De La Renta | Catering and Production: Bill Hansen Luxury Catering and Event Production | Ceremony and Reception: Vizcaya Museum Gardens | Coffee: Aroma Espresso | Entertianment: L.R. Entertainment | Fireworks: Light F X Pros | Getting Ready: Four Seasons Hotel Miami | Lighting and Chandelier: Evoga Events | Paper Goods: Bella Figura | Photobooth: Capture POD Photo Booths | Planning and Coordination: Jessica's Events | Rentals: Nuage Designs | Rentals: A Different Look | Rentals: Events on the Loose | Rentals: Elements & Accents | Rentals: Unearthed Rentals | Samba Dancers: Bateria Unidos De Miami

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Elegant St. Petersburg Winter Wedding at Vinoy Renaissance

What does a winter wedding look like in Florida, you ask? Well, it looks like this collection of pretty images from Ledia Tashi. A mostly-winter white palette, with touches of silver, fresh peonies and a side of pink venue thanks to Vinoy Renaissance. One look at the captures below and you’ll be floating on whimsy, magic and elegance. Dive in right here!

What did you envision your wedding being prior to planning?

I wanted a beautiful all white wedding with touches of silver. We decided on December, right before Christmas to do the wedding. Vinoy park right outside the hotel we had our wedding in st Pete was filled with lights. We wanted our out of town guests to really enjoy the atmosphere and have a good time! The weather around this time in Florida is absolutely perfect. Little to no chances of rain and cool weather with no humidity and beautiful sunny weather. I couldn’t have asked for a better day.

What was your color palette and your style vision?

All white wedding, touches of gray. My vision was luxe, flowers everywhere. The main focal point for me was the stage where my husband and I would sit in front of the dance floor. This is where people come up to greet the bride and groom and take pictures. I wanted a halo above the white sofa with florals dangling from above and arrangements around the stage.

What unique elements or DIY details did you include?

One unique element was the “getting ready room.” I wanted a beautiful space for the bridal party to be together, get ready for the day and have a good time. We draped an area in this meeting room, with a white sofa to take pictures on, white floral arrangement and a mannequin to display my wedding gown.

What was your favorite moment? Your favorite crafted detail?

That’s an easy one. Definitely the first look was my favorite moment. I was so excited but so nervous to see his reaction. He used to always ask me and my sister about the dress and what it looked like. I would give him wrong details to try and throw him off. I was so glad when he turned around and I got to see that smile again. He loved it and I could wait to spend the rest of the day with him.

Tell us about your flowers, your gown, your favors, your cake, etc.

Our wedding favors were also from Jordan. They were acrylic Qurans in a clear box with touches of gray. On the top it stated “mashAllah” in Arabic which means “God willing.” My flower bouquet was all white peony, with white satin ribbon. My bridesmaids bouquets were a mixture of white hydrangea, peony and roses. My flower girls had white roses and baby’s breath for flower crows with a white ribbon in the back.

What is one piece of advice that you could give brides-to-be?

To just relax! All the details leading up the wedding can be super stressful. I remember feeling so overwhelmed. But you just need to have faith that your vision will come to life and all the vendors you had hired will make sure that you and your husband have the most unforgettable experience that you’ll cherish for the rest of your lives.

Photographer: Ledia Tashi Photography | Videography: Voila Cinematic | Coordination: John Campbell Weddings | Floral Design: Milly's Florals and Events | Bakery: The Artistic Whisk | Reception Venue: Vinoy Renaissance Resort | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Portia and Scarlett | Catering: Vinoy Renaissance Hotel | Groom's Attire: Suitsupply | Groomsmen's Attire: The Fancy Frock | DJ / Entertainment: Ahmad Kanaan | Farheti: Event Decor | Fashion Designer: Louboutin | Sparkler Fountains, Dry Ice Cloud, Dance Floor Lighting, DJ and : Spark Wedding Events

An Equestrian Mauve Wedding at Vizcaya Museum & Gardens

Today’s beautiful bride and groom tied the knot at the magical Vizcaya Museum & Gardens under an ethereal chuppah by Julia Rhode Designs teeming with blooming branches and greenery galore. Masi Events did an amazing job at incorporating meaningful details into the wedding design in order to reflect the bride and groom’s unique personalities. From the stationery to the decor, you will notice elegant equestrian details representing the bride’s passion for riding. For the groom, an addition of classic New England fare to pay homage to his roots. Check out all the can’t-miss details at the full gallery, captured by the so very talented KT Merry Photography.

From Masi EventsJaime and Matt wed at the stunning historical Vizcaya Museum & Gardens. They entrusted us to plan and design their wedding, from the first impression to the very last, for a special and memorable weekend for their closest friends and family. We wanted to make sure to create an experience that was a reflection of them as a couple and would resonate to their guests that were all traveling to Miami, the city the couple resides. We love creating and designing the invitations as this really gives guests the first glimpse on what is to come. They were all wrapped in a delicate champagne paper with a silk ribbon and bronze wax seal enclosed in an envelope with a botanical liner sent off in a mauve envelope with hand calligraphy and a collection of vintage stamps. Jaime, being an accomplished equestrian, we wanted to be sure to incorporate her passion into the details.

The emblem design incorporated a laurel with a trophy in the middle. This subtle symbol was carried throughout the wedding including in the gold vintage vases on the centerpieces and horseshoe table numbers designed by Julia Rohde. Guests were welcomed at the hotel with a market tote bag filled with local goodies including glazed donuts from a Miami favorite- the Salty Donut. We also included Fatty Sunday pretzels birthday cake flavor as the wedding also took place on the bride’s birthday! The weekend itinerary had a custom watercolor illustration of Miami and highlighted the main points of interest for the wedding. The ceremony was designed to have an ethereal feel from the moment guests walked up the steps lined in candles and greenery. The chuppah was designed with natural white flowering branches and wild florals that complimented the wild white florals that lined the aisle.

Guests were greeted with a refreshing white sangria upon arrival and after the ceremony guava mojitos and Kinsley old fashioned cocktails were served. The menu was really important to Jaime and Matt and making sure, from the presentation and taste, that it would all be memorable. We wanted to incorporate some of Matt’s New England roots and we did this by including mini lobster rolls and crab cakes among some of the hors d’oeuvres.

After cocktail hour guests were invited to dine and dance underneath a greenery garland, chandelier filled tent. The coloration for the wedding was followed through here with mauve colored garden roses mixed with blush colored ranunculus arranged in a romantic and loose style. We also included some subtle details such as a guild gramophone, decanters, and coupe champagne glasses to pay homage to the 1920’s era in which the venue was built in. The menu cards gave guests a glimpse into the culinary experience they were about to delight in.

The celebration continued as guests danced through the night. The wedding cake was set among a lavish display of desserts and rosé champagne birthday cake for the bride. The lower terrace had an inviting lounge grouping with an after-dinner drink bar filled with cordials and a cigar roller. 

At the end of the evening, Jaime and Matt departed in a 1955 White Bentley silver cloud as all their guests wished them well as they started their happily ever after. The wedding was beautifully captured by KT Merry and tells the complete story of the wedding day.

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Photography: KT Merry Photography | Cinematography: Pinwheel Film Company | Catering: Constellation Culinary | Lighting: Celebrations by Kathy | Bridal Valet: Bless The Dress | Ceremony and Reception: Vizcaya Museum Gardens | Cigar Roller: Acope Cigars | Dance Floor and Stage: Sperry Tents Southeast | Floral Design and Calligraphy: Julia Rohde Designs | Getting Ready Venue: Epic Hotel | Hair and Make-up: Carolyn Jones Makeup | Music: Rock With U | Photobooth: ShutterBarn | Planning and Design: Masi Events | Rentals: Atlas Party Rentals | Rentals: Nuage Designs | Rentals: Unearthed Rentals | Wedding Cake and Desserts: Cloud 9 Bakery

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Timeless Black & White Miami Wedding at Vizcaya Museum & Gardens

One part classic, one part tropical and add a splash of love—that’s what you’ll get when you pull up a seat to today’s Miami fete from Masi Events. With a live band, fireworks show and a chuppah dripping in florals by Ever After Floral Design, I’m betting the guests were talking about this one for a good long while after the day was done. And we get to join in the party with this gallery from Alisa Ferris, chock-full of pretty.

From Alisa FerrisMelis + Leandro’s Vizcaya Museum + Gardens wedding was a no-expenses spared stunner. Impeccably planned by Masi Events, the NYC-based couple’s big day featured a 10+ person live band and fireworks show – 1 of only 5 allowed at Vizcaya per year.

After getting ready at the Mandarin Oriental in Brickell, the couple had their first look at Vizcaya. In a first, the father-of-the-bride accompanied his daughter to her groom. The result provided us with some gorgeous candids. If your father will play an important role in your wedding day, you can also consider doing a first look with Dad before meeting your partner. Flower girl (ah hem) dog, Charlotte, was as sweet and innocent as she looks. Incorporating your dog on your wedding day creates a fabulous memory. Be sure to have a friend or assistant on hand to manage the pet once the ceremony is over.

Melis’s father went above and beyond to surprise his daughter on her big day. As the couple shared their first kiss as husband and wife under the chuppah, flower petals canons rained hundreds of rose petals over the couple and guests. Following a traditional Jewish ceremony, the 200+ guests watched the sunset over Biscayne Bay during the cocktail hour, and partied the night away.

Photography: Alisa Ferris | Cinematography: Pinwheel Film Company | Event Planning: Masi Events | Floral Design: Ever After Floral Design | Catering: Le Basque | Band: Elan Artists | Ceremony and Reception: Vizcaya Museum Gardens | Draping and Lighting: Celebrations by Kathy | Photobooth: ShutterBarn | Rentals: Unearthed Rentals | Tabletop Rentals: Atlas Party Rentals | Tabletop Rentals: Events on the Loose

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