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A Stunning Seaside Wedding With Brunch on the Menu

This seaside Miami wedding is taking brunch to a whole new level of beauty. Designed by Beauty in the Making, coral peonies, iron garden chairs and the chic backdrop of The Palms Hotel and Spa all prove that nothing beats brunch with an ocean view. But if you need any more convincing, the images captured by Gianny Campos should do the trick.

From the Groom…The last idea in my mind during my senior year of college as a bachelor is to find love. Originally, I had planned a trip to Puerto Rico in 2013 to visit some family members and enjoy my last moment of freedom in college. However, my life changed the moment I sparked a conversation with Charleen and her friends waiting in line for some coconut water. After the first day we spent time together, we just had to continue hanging out. To top it off, she went to school in Syracuse, which was only 3 hours away! After Puerto Rico, we could not resist talking to each other every day!

After about a month, I invited her to my salsa social in school, where she met my friends and had a tour of my school. Even though we were far apart, I could not feel any closer to her at this point. We started to discuss what our lives would be like after school. I would have never known that Charleen would have lived in a city close to me in my future assignment in North Carolina for our relationship. That sacrifice alone speaks volumes about how much she cares. It was at that point, I realized that I was the luckiest guy in the world that chose the perfect wife.

At this point, I helped her in every way to get into a master’s program. I also began to admire her family and traditionally visit China every year. I never knew how much China had to offer with its immense culture and beautiful historical architecture. Once I found out she got accepted into Carnegie Melon, I was ecstatic that Charleen would stay in the US a little bit longer just for me. I told her that my life in the Army would be temporary and I would move to Hong Kong for her in the future.

It was during her time in Carnegie Melon that I decided to ask for her hand in marriage during Valentine’s Day on 2016 in San Francisco. (Of course after I asked for her dad’s blessings, which I think he spoiled for her) Never did I regret making that decision and now I am proud to say that I am happily married to my wife and exited for our future endeavors and adventures!

Photography: Gianny Campos Photography | Videographer : Cool Coconut Studios | Event Design: Beauty in the Making | Floral Design: Beauty in the Making | Wedding Dress: Marchesa | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Bridal Boutique: Mark Ingram Atelier | MUAH: Carolyn Jones Makeup | Outdoor Ceremony/Reception : The Palms Hotel & Spa | Rentals: Love in Vintage

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Your Sneak Peek At One Of Miami Beach’s Most Stylish Wedding Venues

You know what’s better than ogling over one of our fave South Beach venues? Seeing one seriously stylish duo tie the knot in that very space. We call that that a win-win, and we suggest you cozy on up for one of the prettiest weddings ever at the W South Beach. It’s one glam detail after another that will have you booking this Miami hot spot in a heartbeat.

When it comes to your Big Day, we know that finding that dream locale isn’t always easy – whether you plan on tying the knot with only a few in attendance or want to host a luxe reception in that over-the-top Miami style we all love. The W South Beach makes it so, so easy with an experienced team of wedding professionals that will help you create that statement-making event you’ve always wanted – big or small. From their breathtaking Atlantic views to their fabulous amenities to their FOUR venues (check out the tree-filled Grove, one of our faves), they have you covered. And don’t just take our word on it – take your cue from this stunning duo, who hosted what can only be described as a movie-like celebration, complete with an outdoor ceremony and a ballroom reception with dancing ’til dawn.

W South Beach is all about next level weddings with every glamorous detail that you could possibly imagine. Trust us, your every want will be taken care of, right down to their amazing Whatever/Whenever® service, aka, the best concierge service on the planet. Need even more proof? Take it from beautiful bride, Samantha – The best part of working with the W was not having to worry about our day not being beautiful. The venue itself is so stunning without anything extra, it was comforting to know that, no matter what, it would be beautiful. Working with Marina made everything about the day less stressful. She really helped organize our dream wedding from start to finish!

See more of their beautiful day here, then contact Marina Serret at 305.938.3028 to get planning.

This Miami Beach Wedding is the Definition of #ModernGoals

Miami Beach is always a good locale for a modern wedding, and this beautiful bride + groom did it right. Filled with sparkly metallics and lush blooms crafted by Natinel Flowers Linens & Rentals, the sleek stylings and chic W South Beach locale make it a true lesson in contemporary style. See so much more from Max Photo right here and get ready to be inspired.

From the Bride… Evan and I met during a very busy time in our lives. He was in the process of expanding his business and I was applying to doctoral programs. It would seem that the odds were stacked against us, however, it now serves as a testament to our unique and special bond. After three years of dating, we knew we had found our perfect counterparts.  Evan surprised me with a getaway trip to Clearwater. What I thought was a graduation present, ended up being the gift of a lifetime.

Beyond our theme, it was important for our wedding to be an accurate reflection of who we are as people, and as a couple. Having both family and friends in Florida and New York, we easily narrowed down the region. Knowing that we wanted an outdoor spring ceremony, Miami became the inevitable choice. We selected W South Beach as the ambiance and décor impeccably matched our vision of a chic paradise wedding.

Our theme was modern and metallic. The chrome metallic accents easily allowed for the touches of glam, including the bedazzled shoes gifted to me by my little sister and maid of honor, the sparkles on the dress, and shimmer of the linens.  We were incredibly fortunate to have our monogram by Elevennote, which was incorporated on the stationary, ceremony sign, welcome bags, menu, and acrylic card box. Our silver foil accented place cards were placed over a mirrored table top adorned with glass frames of pictures from the weddings of our bridal party members and our grandparents.

W South Beach was the perfect venue for us as it had a perfect spot for each chapter in our day. Our getting ready suites were spacious, stunning, and provided great ocean views for pictures. The private pool was adorned with a mural that just screams Miami, perfect for the first look. While waiting for the festivities to begin, the guests were able to enjoy the dip their toes in the ocean. We wanted a transition from light to dark from ceremony to reception. The palm trees and lawn provided the perfect palate for elegance and the earthy marble accents of the Great Room allowed for the transition to modern and metallic glam.

We were adamant about being true to ourselves individually and as a couple during our ceremony. We recognize our cultures while being sure to highlight the important tenets of marriage that we cherish. We wanted it to be simple, yet deeply meaningful. We collaborated to create our customized ceremony and wrote our own vows. What can be seen simply as an acrylic wedding arch adorned with fresh, white flowers, crystals, and candles was actually a key requirement for us in our ceremony. This chuppah or mandap, is an important symbol in both cultures. Symbolic of our cross-cultural union. In both cultures it represents, with open walls, the home and life we will build as a married couple. Acknowledging an Indian tradition, we opted to have our parents stand with us to represent the each of the pillars, a sturdy foundation. 

We are fortunate to have many loved ones in our lives, but opted for a smaller intimate wedding. Our bridal party consisted only of family members and childhood friends. Evan had traditional groomsmen, but I wanted to honor three important women in my life so I opted to include not one but three titles of Maid of Honor, Matron of Honor, and Best Lady. Our flower girl and ring bearer were born just in time for our special day. Both were born in the year of our engagement and were able to share the aisle with their moms for our ceremony.

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Wedding Dress: Stephen Yearick | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Makeup: Veronica Gonzalez | Officiant: South Florida Officiant | Bridal Robes: Etsy | Cake & Dessert Bar: Elegant Temptations | Ceremony & Reception Venue: W South Beach | DJ, Floor & Lighting: DJ Xio | Day of Coordinator: Marina Serrett | Florals & Decor: Nellie Matos | Here Comes the Bride Sign: The Ritzy Rose | Monogram, escort cards, welcome sign, & welcome bag stationary: Siuleth of Eleven Note | Photography & Cinematography: Max Photo | Reserved Sign: Etsy | Wedding Programs: Infinity Paper

THIS Is How You Throw the Ultimate South Beach Wedding

Thinking of saying “I do” in South Beach? Then let this gorgeous wedding (and couple) be your guide. Literally everything about their day screams total glamour – from the decor to the dance ’til your drop reception to the luxurious W South Beach locale. Find out so much more about throwing your very own dream wedding below.

Miami is made for marrying. And the W South Beach? They know how to get it done. From your very first moments of planning to your last sip of champagne, their team of wedding professionals will help you create that wedding you’ve always wanted, just like this gorgeous couple’s Big Day. They definitely took advantage of the amazing views from the oceanfront locale, awesome venue choices (indoor AND outdoor) and customizable menus. We love the way they transformed the Great Room into an ultra-luxe Miami party, and are especially smitten with The Grove for an al fresco reception up to 150 and the Cabana at WET for an intimate celebration if you’re looking for something a bit different. And don’t even get us started on the gorgeous rooms, guest amenities and fun activities. We love the WOW factor.

Whether you plan on saying “I do” with just a few close friends and family or want to throw the celebration of the century like this stunning duo, the W South Beach can make it all happen… and beautifully. From their amazing staff to their Whatever/Whenever® service (they’ll truly bend over backwards) to their awesome wedding packages, you honestly can’t go wrong. For site tours and booking, contact Marina Serret at 305.938.3028 to get your Miami party started.

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Photography : Max Photo | Wedding Dress: Stephen Yearick | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Makeup: Veronica Gonzalez | DJ: DJ Xio | Officiant: South Florida Officiant | Monogram, escort cards, welcome sign, & welcome bag stationary: Siuleth of Eleven Note | Bridal Robes: Etsy | Cake and Dessert Bar: Elegant Temptations | Ceremony and Reception Venue: W South Beach | Floral Design and Decor: Nellie Matos | Here Comes the Bride Sign: The Ritzy Rose | Programs: Infinity Paper | Reserved Sign: Etsy

A Miami Wedding With a Glamorous, Art Deco Twist

Staying true to the kitschy, art deco vibes of Miami, this couple threw a winter wedding that fits right in with all that Florida glamour. Awash in stunning alfresco tables under a sea of twinkle lights planned by Masi Events with jewel toned florals by Ines Naftali, and imagery by Gianny Campos, this celebration sparkles from beginning to confetti ending.

From the bride…Our whole approach to planning the wedding was creating a party that we would love going to. We toyed with the idea of several different locations including New York and Italy before settling on Miami, the city where we met, fell in love, and had some of the best nights of our lives. January seemed the ideal time for my family from New York to get in some sunshine, and to feel like the whole wedding weekend was one amazing vacation. I’ve always been inspired by the kitschy and art deco vibes in Miami, and wanted the design elements to reflect that while still feeling modern. We also chose darker, sexier colors and luxurious fabrics, almost as if we had transplanted an NYC winter wedding to Miami. Not to mention the were other fun elements, like a white vintage GT0 ride to the reception, and a black and white checkerboard dance floor. While it was super important to us that the wedding felt felt fun and fresh, we also wanted to pay respect to our heritages and traditions. For the cocktail hour we had a live Cuban band and a cigar roller while mojitos were passed around. For the reception we had a traditional Albanian band and incorporated special traditions, like having Alexis’s godfather unveil me, and Alexis and I leading the valle (traditional Albanian dance).

Photography: Gianny Campos Photography | Cinematography: Pinwheel Film Company | Cake: Cloud 9 Bakery | Invitations: Wynwood Press | Car: Miami Vintage Prop Cars | Flower: Ines Naftali Floral & Event Design | MUAH: Carolyn Jones Makeup | Outdoor Venue: The Raleigh Hotel | Photobooth: ShutterBarn | Planning: Masi Events | Rentals: Nuage Designs

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Want To See What a Wedding on South Beach Looks Like?

True story: this couple’s wedding venue was where my husband and I had planned to ‘babymoon’! But unforeseen circumstances held us from going on our trip. Now, after seeing these stunning soiree planned by Solea Events, I’m craving a Miami vacay like woah. It’s the perfect little spot for a destination wedding if you’re on the hunt my dears. See more from Thompson Photograph Group, in the full gallery!

From the Bride… We wanted a vintage garden feel for our wedding but still have the party vibe that my husband and I love about Miami. Luckily the Raleigh hotel was perfect oasis in the heart of South Beach! The giant tree canopies along with the vintage compote vases filled with an array of spring flowers made the vintage garden feeling come to life! We also wanted to have candle light be the main lighting to make ceremony and reception feel very intimate. The most important thing to us though was everyone letting loose, having fun and dancing until the after party shut down!

Photography: Thompson Photograph Group | Event Planning: Solea Events | Florist: Julia Rohde Designs | Cake: Two Fat Cookies | Hotel: The Raleigh Hotel | DJ & Entertainment: Mike Sipe Entertainment

A Chic Miami Wedding All About Old School Glam

What’s black, white, gold, and all kinds of chic? This Miami wedding set at The Raleigh Hotel. It doesn’t hurt that Karl Lagerfeld once chose their venue to host a Chanel fashion show, and Carly and Devin carried that same sense of old school glamour throughout their day. With amazing vendors like JCG EventsInes Naftali Floral & Event Design and Merari Photography, it’s no wonder we’re thoroughly obsessed with every image in the gallery.

From the Bride…Devin and I met in October 2011 at the University of Florida, introduced by mutual friends at a tailgate for a football game. A few years later, we found ourselves in Santorini, Greece where Devin proposed. We were in our hotel room with flowers and champagne and I was in so much shock that I kept asking him if he was joking!

I hated the idea of having the wedding in a traditional ballroom but our options were limited with such a large head count. I’ve always loved The Raleigh, so it was one of the first venues we looked at. It’s a landmark hotel in South beach – the epitome of “old Miami” (Karl Lagerfeld has even used the iconic pool as the runway for a Chanel fashion show!) We looked at a few more venues but we just couldn’t imagine having the wedding anywhere else.

Our vision for the wedding was for it to be timeless and romantic. We chose a black, white and gold color scheme in a garden style. We chose to have a non-denominational ceremony although we incorporated a couple of Jewish traditions. We married under a wood chuppah lined with soft sheer white draping and flowers. Devin’s late father’s best friend is a well-known contemporary poet so we asked him to officiate the ceremony. It was a beautiful way to honor his father’s memory.

The reception was held in the back of the hotel garden. The focal point of the reception was the icicle light installation overhead. Originally the reception was designed to be al fresco, and the lights were to hang freely in the shape of a tent, but Miami’s unpredictable weather had other plans. We ended up with an actual clear tent behind the lights which actually reflected all the string lights and made it look even more beautiful than originally planned. We chose smaller garden-style centerpieces with mismatched vases, assorted white and gold candles and flowers in white and black accents, dusty miller and eucalyptus to tie into the bridesmaid dresses.

If I could offer one piece of wisdom to future brides and grooms is to make sure you are 100% comfortable with your rain back-up. We chose the driest possible date and it still ended up pouring the night of the wedding. In the end, I loved the look of the clear tent over the reception and the rain made it memorable and romantic. Also, do yourself a favor and choose comfortable shoes! Learned that the hard way.

Photography: Merari Photography | Event Planning: Masi Events | Floral Design: Ines Naftali Floral & Event Design | Wedding Dress: Reem Acra | Cake: Cloud 9 Bakery | Invitations: Sarah Hawkins Designs | Bride's Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Show Me Your Mumu | Hair + Makeup: Art Of Hair By Claudia | DJ: A Prime Event | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss | Venue: The Raleigh Hotel | Bridal Boutique - Bridesmaids' Dresses: Studio Fitzroy | Photo Booth: ShutterBarn

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This Colorful Halloween Elopement Is Serious About Fun

You’re cordially invited to the coolest wedding in the whole wide world: Christina + Morgan’s intimate seaside elopement. Because not only did this beautiful bride rock tinted tresses (uhm, we’re uhb-sessed!), but this sweet couple’s officiant just so happened to be Christina’s boss and all around cool chick Jen Gotch (Founder of ban.dō). So you better bet that this beachside ceremony is all types of sweet, sentimental, and serious about fun. See it all captured by the incomparable Kati Rosado in The Vault!

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From Kati RosadoI was in my car when I was driving to North Carolina. I had a workshop, and then a mentor session in Atlanta immediately following and I knew I was going to be tired after this week. Then my cell phone rang. I read “Los Angeles” and I thought “Who would be calling me from L. A.?” I answered it and it was none other than the lovely Christina Winkelmann. She informed me that she and her love were traveling the country on a long road trip and then planned to elope in Miami that weekend and they wanted me to photograph it. I normally would have said no to not only a last minute elopement, but one that would require me to drive from Atlanta to Miami right after driving from Florida to North Carolina, and then North Carolina to Atlanta! But hearing their story and their heart for travel and each other, I simply could not pass up such a special, quirky, and heart-felt elopement. It was so lovely to meet Christina, Morgan, and their officiant (and Christina’s Boss, founder of Bando) Jen Gotch and her beau.

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Photography: Kati Rosado Photography | Officiant: Jen Gotch, Founder of ban.dō

Parisian Bridal Inspo Meets Miami Beach

If you’re looking to infuse your wedding day with a touch of Parisian style, minus the French location – this inspiration shoot from BlueSpark Photography and The Creative’s Loft is for you. Featuring gorgeous calligraphy moments from Papel & Co., there’s lots of little details to inspire your big day and beyond.

From The Creative’s LoftSet in the heart of Miami Beach, The Miami Beach Woman’s Club is the city’s newest and most unique spot for a perfect wedding. Tucked into the intimately beautiful Collins Park neighborhood, today’s Chic Parisian Bridal Styled Shoot it’s sure to inspire with its soft color palette, natural flowers, a heartbreaking young bride and a dress that seems taken from a fairy tale. Miami Wedding Planner The Creative’s Loft (Adriana Cadet) teamed up with Blue Sparks Photography and Simple Rustic / Simple Florals to style the setting with lush, gorgeous flowers, Parisian decor and design as well as some relic handmade eco-gold jewels designed by the famous Lia Terni. The whole team was inspired by a Parisian Touch & Style; from the bridal gown from Anne Barge (provided by Opera D’Arte Bridal Boutique) to the headpieces, the make up, the flowers, the table decor and…last but not least, the stunning and delicious dessert table, with sweet bites from a local French Bakery; Buena Vista Deli, located in the heart of the Miami Design District.

Adriana Cadet shares that the whole team was most inspired by bringing Paris to this venue located in the middle of a very Tropical Area; adding a French Touch to every single element we incorporated (flowers, main wedding table, bride, headpieces, dress, dessert table). The chimney area; one of my favorite spots at the house, brings you to those French Villas located close to Paris, full of elegant, charm and classy details.

Close to the Chimney area, a curious and unique ceremony aisle full of natural light awaited for the wonderful bride, where she confessed her vows. The team added a unique touch with the Provence Chairs, some votive candles to lighten her way and delicate floral arrangements.

The pretty blooms, by Simple Florals were a great fit for the beautiful setting. Monica’s floral selection was based on a very soft and delicate color palette. From peonies to garden and mini roses, ranunculus, eucalyptus, etc.

The beautiful calligraphy brought by Papel N Co, gave a nice touch to the styled shoot too. A mix between a Parisian and Tropical touch was designed by Natalia. We fell in love with her design and the antique floral illustration.

The Creative’s Loft with Lia Terni pieced together this delicate and Parisian bridal look with a very very pale rose bridal gown by Anne Barge (provided by a very unique Bridal Boutique located in Merrick Way, Opera D’Arte), stunning handmade headpieces and a gorgeous natural make up and different hair styles by Carolyn Jones Make Up Artist.

The black futon area became a point of attraction to Esteban from Blue Spark Wedding…have a look to the intimate moments with the bride. As well as the gorgeous diamond ring from Diamonds on the Key together with some French relic books and dictionaries.

The team designed to different table design set ups; a more classic Parisian version with a gold touch added by a wonderful dinnerware and original “seating initials” as a seating card. A curious element that give a unique touch to the table.

How cute is the Dessert Table? The whole team inspired this little corner adding some French Delicatessen like Croissants, Macarons, Tartines de Fruits, Panacota Shots, Fresh Fruit, Pain au chocolat, palmiers and a delicious Tarte Tatin (Apple Pie). All the sweet bites combine with a gorgeous floral centerpiece in the middle of the table as well as some unique decor elements, made this dessert table something unique!

Stated by the whole team…we traveled to Paris while we where shooting in the middle of the Tropics, in a breathtaking venue; Miami Beach Woman’s Club. Magic happened, our talents matched together in order to bring our brides this unique Chic Parisian Bridal Styled Shoot. Isn’t it gorgeous? Oh la la…we would have been shooting for hours!!

Photography: BlueSpark Photography | Event Planning + Design: The Creative's Loft | Floral Design: Simple Rustic Event Rentals | Wedding Dress: Anne Barge | Ring: Diamonds on the Key | Hair + Makeup: Carolyn Jones Makeup | Calligraphy: Papel & Co. | Venue: Miami Beach Woman's Club | Bridal Boutique: Opera D'Arte | Bride: Lyrik (Lush & Luxe Blog) | Desserts: Buena Vista Deli | Hair Accessories: LIA TERNI | Table Dinnerware + Glassware: Eventiste | Table General Decor: West Elm | Tables + Chairs: Simple Rustic Event Rentals

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Sweet Lady and the Tramp Wedding Inspiration

We all know and love the movie ‘Lady and the Tramp’, so it’s no big surprise that we are completely uhb-sessed with this Bella Notte inspiration from Vanessa Velez. Complete with Anthology Co. Floristry and super sweet details (like those delectable desserts!), we’ve got it all waiting for in The Vault!

From Oh My Occasions“Side by side with your loved one, you’ll find enchantment here”. You’ll find it here in our Lady and the Tramp inspired shoot. Bella Notte highlights an unconventional romance, illustrating that opposites do attract. With a soft watercolor ambiance, with burst of deep reds brought together beautifully by Anthology Co. and inspired by the classic Disney movie takes a dreamy, more tender, spin on puppy love. Vintro Hotel provides a quasi-authentic Italian café atmosphere. Complete with bistro lighting, delicate floral centerpieces, a wine barrel table, and some delectable desserts to share, the mood was set for a night between a scruffy gentleman and his stylish lady. Unlike the meant-to-be fairytales or love stories you read about, the Bella Notte vignette showcases the contemporary affection between two dissimilar beings that had to defy the norms to be together and their impromptu adventures together and an intimate bond that forever unites their hearts. The couple always remembers to enjoy the little things in life: playful dollops of frosting on each others’ nose, hiding behind their parasol to steal a private kiss.

Photography: Vanessa Velez | Styling: Vanessa Velez | Floral Design: Anthology Co. | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Stationery: Blushed Design | Makeup: Makeup and the City | Hair: Visions by Daili | Venue: Vintro Hotel & Kitchen | Cake + Desserts: Sucrette Tailored Confections | Event Planning + Styling: Oh my Occasions | Film Processing: The Find Lab | Hair Accessories: Eva Guadalupe | Laser Cut Names + Picnic Basket: Melissa Candy Bars in Miami | Personalized Forks: Sarge & Monkeys | Rentals: MiVintage

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“Good Vibes Only” Was the Motto of This Miami Wedding

Though this gorgeous Bride originally wanted to elope, her handsome Groom ultimately convinced her that a wedding was worth it, especially if it was a wedding full of “good vibes only.” This meant friends and family all around, amazing vendors (like Lynne Avallone Bridal and Special Occasion Makeup and Capture POD Photo Booths), and love all around. See it all from Concept Photography and Senderey in The Vault!

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From The Bride…It wasn’t long after Alec proposed that I uttered the three little words I never thought I would hear myself say, “Let’s just elope!” After Alec swept me off my feet on a wintery New Year’s Eve in New York City, I wasn’t visualizing a white dress or diamond rings or centerpieces, but all the stuff that comes after. A life together. A home we could share. A Sunday where we didn’t have to say goodbye. You see, Alec and I had spent most of our relationship in separate cities, racking up Amtrak points and frequent flyer miles. So when the day finally came when Alec would be relocating from New York City to Boston, I was quick to pull out the elopement card.

It was Alec who convinced me otherwise. He suggested that we throw tradition to the wind and make our wedding whatever we wanted it to be. On Alec’s wish list? A big party and great music. For me it was simple: the beach. Call me romantic, but the image of sea and sand and wind in my hair while I married the love of my life was everything I had dreamed of and more. So we settled on The Palms Hotel in Spa in Miami Beach Florida, a boutique beachside resort that provided the perfect backdrop for our wedding weekend. The laid back, tropical vibe of the hotel and grounds really set the tone for the entire weekend: a steel drummer welcoming guests to the rehearsal dinner, a beachside yoga class led by makeup artist Lynne Avallone, plenty of time lounging on an endless stretch of white sand with friends and family. No stress and “good vibes only.” A mantra that would come to define the weekend.

We were blessed to work with the very best vendor team. Our party planners, Chiara Clark and Holly Wamser, flawlessly executed our vision and made the planning process a breeze. Our photographers, Sara and Jason Martin of Concept Photography, BLEW US AWAY with their stunning photos. Our videographer, Senderey Video Productions, found a way to capture all of the emotion and beauty of an entire night into a 2-minute highlight reel. But it’s worth highlighting two of my most favorite people: makeup artist, Lynne Avallone and hair stylist, Kristine Collins. I’ve known Lynne and Kristine for many years, and have recommended them to just about every bride in Boston I can get my hands on. Not only is their talent unparalleled, but they are EXACTLY the kind of people you want by your side as you prep for the biggest moment of your life. They have that unique ability to make you feel like the very best version of yourself. The yoga class that Lynne graciously offered to lead was the perfect start to the day. I felt so blessed that they made the trip from Boston to Miami for the weekend.

As I reflect back on the wedding and all of these beautiful memories we now have, I know that Alec was right all along. A wedding is not about pomp and circumstance. It’s a story you get to choose for yourself. I’m so happy we chose ours.

 

Photography: Concept Photography | Cinematography: Senderey | Coordination: Chiara Clark + Holly Wamser | Floral Design: Bayfront Floral | Wedding Dress: L'elite Boston | Cake: Cake Designs by Edda | Makeup: Lynne Avallone Bridal and Special Occasion Makeup | Hair: Kristine Collins | Lighting: Solaris Mood | Band: The Music Machine | Officiant: Cantor Sharon Steinberg | Venue: The Palms Hotel & Spa | Candy Buffet: Sugar City Treats | Invitations + Stationery: Anna-Ruth Watts | Photo Booth: Capture POD Photo Booths

Natural Elements + Industrial Architecture Combine For One Gorgeous Editorial

Photos from Katie Lopez Photography, design and decor by JCG Events, florals by Anthology Co. and furniture rentals from Unearthed Vintage — this Miami inspiration session features the absolute best of the best, and the result is unlike any other wedding inspiration you’ve seen before. See all the pretty moments of this organic-meets-industrial-meets-modern masterpiece in The Vault!


From JCG EventsThe goal of this wedding shoot was to create an organic industrial modern wedding. We wanted to inspire through the details and create an overall story. This is what happens when you bring together a wonderful group of creatives in the wedding industry.

The wedding story began with our couple. They are actually married in real life and their love for each other translated through the lens. The venue 1111 Lincoln Road created the perfect backdrop for this shoot. It has an architectural design with clean lines, hanging greener, with concrete and small wood paneling detail. We created a conceptual design for this wedding to inspire and make you reimagine the elements that make a wedding.

We created a ceremony centered around a unique structure and accented with light bulbs loosely strung together to create a romantic backdrop for their wedding. Guests would then be invited to celebrate in the cocktail hour where we created a lounge area in order to make a more intimate setting for guests to be able to converse with one another, celebrate and take in the breathtaking views the venue offers. The focal point of the cocktail space was the helix dome that was placed over the Hampton bar, along with hanging Edison bulbs.

The reception would then follow. Here we used square wooden tables to create one long royal table paired with industrial metal chairs. Designing one long royal table enhanced the intimate romantic yet industrial feel we were looking to accomplish. The centerpieces consisted mostly of greenery with various textures and long black tapered candles in gold modern candleholders. The plate chargers had silver detail and a modern geometric design. We paired them with black linen napkins tucked into hammered metal napkin rings.

The cake was a clean design with a marble fondant finish. The favors were mini chocolate bars with gold calligraphy words on each of them. This concept could also serve as escort cards or place cards. This design and natural feel of the marble cake fit perfectly with the setting. It all was displayed on top of three various height crank tables.

The three spaces for ceremony, cocktail hour and reception all came together in the design. We achieved visually unique experiences for guests at each space for an overall memorable and inspiring design.

Photography: Katie Lopez Photography | Event Planning: Masi Events | Floral Design: Anthology Co. | Catering: STARR Catering Group | Hair + Makeup: März Makeup And Hair | Groom's Attire: My Grooms Room | Venue: 1111 Lincoln Road | Audio Visual: EMG | Cake + Desserts: Earth And Sugar | Rentals: Unearthed Vintage | Rentals: Atlas Party Rentals

Romantic Garden Wedding with a Touch of Palm Beach Flair

When the wedding day starts with the Bride and her maids getting pampered and pretty in Plum Pretty Sugar robes,the stage is set for a gorgeous day. And this Palm Beach wedding from Wedding Nature Photography is all kinds of beautiful. Think: garden roses in full bloom, a garden ceremony with a view and a surprise visit from one very colorful guest. See this, and so much more, in The Vault!

From Wedding Nature PhotographyWhether you’re a true bohemian Bride, or simply looking to add a touch of organic natural feel to your own affair, decorative details of this wedding are sure to inspire. Jessica and Carlos wanted a very open feel to their natural light wedding. Everything they loved about each other and their relationship was reflected in the planning and at the wedding day. Naturally, being outside for the ceremony and reception was what they were going for. They were literally obsessed with their wedding venue, sophisticated beachfront The Palms Hotel and Spa. With the softest, most ethereal natural light that creates feeling of serenity plus romantic outdoor setting of the hotel this darling wedding is the epitome of Florida’s sweetness. Flowers and greenery were very important to the pair. Little touches of flowers and soft pallet color were everywhere you looked. Pinks, whites and green, stood out all over. Everyone could see how much care and attention Jessica and Carlos put into the details of their day. Jessica’s stunning bridal bouquet highlighted an assortment of ranunculus and lovely garden roses with a pop of pale pink wrapped in white ribbon. Jessica made a truly beautiful bride in her white wedding gown and her bridesmaids wore soft blush dresses, which was perfect with all of the greenery of this natural light wedding. Clean lines, white backdrops, crisp and tender florals plus natural style put everyone in one really fantastic mood. An elegant two tier white cake was decorated with charming blush garden roses and topped with custom Mr. & Mrs. Rivera golden sign in cursive metal that was another cute inspiring idea to personalize your wedding. This natural light wedding was filled with delicious food, a stunning venue, superb lighting and good music, funny speeches, and warm embraces from friends and family. Their wedding day was for sure the one to remember – the day their life started together, as one. Now married, they are enjoying every moment of this next chapter of their lives together!

From the Bride… When we started planning our wedding, we already had a vague idea of what we wanted and what we didn’t. Before we got engaged, we had already lightly discussed the topic, and it helps when you’re marrying your best friend because you already know “he or she definitely won’t like this”. We wanted it to be intimate, filled with our family and closest of friends, in a location that would make for amazing photos and with great food. After weeks of browsing for inspiration and locations, we decided a romantic garden wedding at the Palms Hotel and Spa was the way to go. It’s local, surprisingly quiet for a hotel in Miami Beach, has a timeless vibe and already beautiful on its own. I remember telling my husband “this one is the one” after our first visit, and he agreed. Once the venue was set, the rest of the planning was focused on what would match the theme and location.

Our color scheme and linens changed a few times, along with what I wanted in a dress. When you’re planning your own wedding and binge watching “Say Yes to the Dress”, you can get pretty overwhelmed with the possibilities. Thankfully my husband is more down to earth than me, and we had decided early on a budget. Whatever we spent money on, we made sure it was something neither of us could do and that it looked top notch. Basically anything that was handmade, we made except for our “here comes the bride” sign, which we ordered from Etsy. We made our guestbook on Shutterfly using our engagement photos. I made the program fans, menus, table numbers, designed the place cards and the kid’s coloring books. We bought our picture frames from Ikea, an idea we got from Pinterest which is so useful. I even learned to mimic calligraphy with markers to design the hangers for the dresses and make a welcome sign on cardboard.

Because there were so many elements, the most nerve wrecking part was hoping everything we planned would actually look good together. On the big day, things couldn’t have been better. Everything just fell into place, and because we had a day-of-coordinator it gave us a chance to enjoy our day worry free. We kept a few secrets from each other, like how my dress looks, him in his tux and our vows until the big day which made the day just that much more exciting. When we had our first look, my husband was speechless with tears once he saw me in my gown. It’s a priceless moment, and we are just so thankful our day was filled with moments like those.

Photography: Wedding Nature Photography | Event Design: Beauty in the Making | Floral Design: Divine Design Flowers | Wedding Dress: David's Bridal | Cake: Ana Paz | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids' Dresses: David's Bridal | Catering: The Palms Hotel & Spa | Hair + Makeup: Kiss This Makeup | DJ: Rayo Sound | Officiant: Rev. Ted Church | Venue: The Palms Hotel & Spa | Linens: Contempo Linens and Event Rentals | Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar

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This Disney Inspired Wedding Is the Ultimate Fairytale

Before we get carried away singing Disney lyrics we have to acknowledge that this duo planned one incredible celebration. From the Love in Vintage rentals, to the film inspired vignettes (can you guess which one pairs with which fables?!), to the Samba dancers , this couple officially had the Best Day Ever (all thanks to Beauty in the Making), and rightfully so since that was after-all their wedding slogan. See it all captured by Ozzy Garcia in The Vault!

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From the Bride… Joao and I took a less traditional approach to life and decided to have our children before our wedding. We have always been big Disney fans and shared that love with our children. Joao proposed in front of Cinderella’s castle at Magic Kingdom just after the fireworks show. I knew then that I had to have a Disney Wedding but I still wanted it to be elegant and classy. I knew to pull it off we would need professional help and that’s when I found Eileen from Beauty in the Making.

Eileen helped me find focal words for our wedding so that whenever we decided to add something we had to ask is it organic? Was it thoughtful? Was it elegant? And was it Subtle? It really helped me from getting lost and going overboard. My favorite part of planning was finding all of the elements for the tables. I spent hours on the hunt in antique stores, art stores, and on Etsy. Each piece is really special to me and I’ve kept every one! Joao also made a lot of elements for our wedding. My favorite is an armoire that he painted to look like the one from beauty and the beast. We used it to hold scarves and sandals for our guests. I remember walking through the reception area of the Raleigh to take photographs on the beach prior to the wedding guests arrival. I was stunned. I started crying, like ugly crying. It was seriously like walking into a dream come true. It was everything I had imagined it to be and more.

Our slogan for the wedding was Best Day Ever! and it really was. It’s hard to pick favorite moments but I really enjoyed our wedding singer Lourdes Valentin. I gave her this never ending list of disney music and she and her band learned and played every one! It was so beautiful and really set the tone for the whole evening. For the kids we had bags made with things to help keep them entertained during the ceremony and dinner. It had items like a disposable camera and scavenger hunt and a coloring book and crayons. After dinner we had the kids go to a seperate area in the hotel exclusive to them with babysitters and a face painter to keep the kids entertained so their parents could relax and enjoy the night.We had a slow motion booth and guests couldn’t stop talking about how much fun they had with it! The videos are hilarious! The most fun though was the Hora Loca. Joao’s family is from Brasil so we surprised them with Samba dancers and drummers.

Everybody kept commenting that I was the happiest bride they had ever seen and I’m sure it was true! I think because for Joao and I our wedding wasn’t so much about new beginings but about celebrating the fast paced one we had and the people who had helped us be successful it took a lot of the pressure off. My advice to any newly weds is to not lose focus on what a wedding is really about and thats sharing a moment with the people you love the most. And find an amazing planner that gets as excited about your wedding as you!

Photography: Ozzy Garcia | Cinematography: Cool Coconut Studios | Event Planning: Beauty in the Making | Floral Design: Divine Design Flowers | Hair + Makeup: Carolyn Jones Makeup | Entertainment: Lourdes Valentin Quartet | Wedding Venue: The Raleigh Hotel | Photo Booth: The Foto Boyz | Rentals: Love in Vintage | Rentals: Wood That Works | Samba Dancers: Brazilian Carnival

The Prettiest Pink Brunch Wedding Ever

Give me a beautiful brunch complete with mimosas, and I’m a happy camper. But take all that brunchy goodness and add in these pretty pink blooms by Ever After Floral Design, and I’m officially over the moon. This intimate celebration filled with love, laughs, and steal-worthy design has me convinced an A.M. wedding is the way to go, and there’s more in The Vault by Gianny Campos.

From Ever After Floral Design… When Yenise and William came to me for their wedding and floral design, I was really excited to help this super sweet couple. Little did I know during our preliminary meetings with Yenise that her future hubby was a childhood friend. Making that connection made me realize how great they truly were for each other.

Simple floral ideas with luxurious textures was the main inspiration. The color scheme played off the surroundings of sand and sky at The Palms Hotel. Studded details made a huge impact – from the gold rim on the charger plates to the fabulous gold silverware.

When creating her bouquet, I knew I didn’t want to overwhelm her petite frame. I choose soft fluffy flowers in her soft, pink color scheme. Just an intimate guest list of 40 and a small bridal party made the day much more special. This event clearly defined the statement “Less is more.”

Photography: Gianny Campos Photography | Cinematography: Pabelona Studios | Wedding Dress: Enzoani | Stationery: IBA Paper Goods | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: JLM Couture, Inc | Makeup: Priscilla Rego | Hair: Haus of Luna Mane | Groom's Attire: Macy's | Venue: The Palms Hotel & Spa | Bridal Boutique: Couture Bridal Miami | Floral Design + Event Styling: Ever After Floral Design | Linen Rentals: Gables Linen | Rentals: Elements & Accents | Sash: BHLDN

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It’s Official: This Bridesmaid Crew is What #SquadGoals Are All About

First off, this bridesmaid crew has taken #SquadGoals to the next level. Because the only thing better than their getting ready t-shirts (yes, please!) is the white-on-white gowns they rocked for the Big Day. They set the scene for the ultra modern, impossibly chic celebration of Michael & Sabrina’s love, and we’re forever grateful Allison Kuhn Photography was on hand to capture. Head to The Vault for more inspo and forward this one to your girls, stat!

From The Bride…My vision was tropical, modern, and Miami! The color palette was all white everything. However, I did have to modify because of the reception space. The ballroom was very dark moody, with grays, black, golds and white so we incorporated those tones a little, just for the reception.

I knew from the beginning I wanted my bridesmaids to have their own take on a bridesmaid dress so the only requirement was white and short, they all have amazing style so I know the combo would look amaze balls together, I mean they are all gorgeous!

I was most excited about the venue location! I wanted something easy that did not require a lot of extra decor. The W South Beach is absolutely fantastic and needed minimal wedding extras. I always think the people that fill the space make it beautiful!

My gown was custom made by Erin Grey Couture in Charlotte! I wanted something super sexy, but not too sexy. CJ the owner of Erin Grey helped bring my vision to life!

My shoes were probably one of my favorite memories of the wedding. My husband surprised me a few months before the wedding and flew my best friend and I to New York so I could get my Sophia Websters at Saks on Fifth! It was so special – that was a beautiful wedding gift from Michael! One of the many reasons I love him.

Another favorite moment was walking down the aisle! Wow, it still brings tears to my eyes. Cherish that moment girls! It is breath taking.

I had the dream team working magic on me and my girls! My fab boss, Lindsey Thorne (owner of Be Pretty) did absolutely perfect hair and makeup and my photographer Allison Kuhn is just a phenomenal photographer! They did more than I could have imagined in my most perfect dream.

I wanted a gorgeous wedding of course, but what was most important to me was that our closest friends and family had a magical time! They mean so much to Michael and I and we knew we had to make it a fun party for everyone!

My cake was fabulous! I found two designs and combined them. I love marble, so the entire cake was a gray marble with gold flakes on it! It came out perfect, and even though I didn’t try an actual piece everyone said the fresh strawberry was a great choice!

My best advice for brides is hire the best vendors, it makes life so much easier! They are great at their job and it allows you to relax and enjoy time with the people you love on your big day! Also, pay for GOOD food and booze! Your guests will thank you over and over! Sabrina and Michael decided to get married this past February. The couple lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, but wanted to warm things up a bit and take their wedding to South Beach Miami, FL. Family and friends flew from all over to soak in some sun, warmth and fun for this laid back, modern wedding. The couple wanted to incorporate the artwork and modern vibes of the W South Beach Hotel. Sabrina is a wedding hair & makeup associate artist with Be Pretty Lindsey Regan Thorne, so now it was her chance to switch roles and sit in the chair to be beautified for her big day. Her dress was custom designed by Erin Grey Couture and had was a modern, glamours design that was perfect for Sabrina!

From Allison Kuhn Photography…Sabrina’s shoes were a gift from Michael from when Sabrina and her best friend, Olivia visited New York last year.

Sabrina broke the trend of the bridesmaids robes and went for something more edgy with their black and white t-shirts.

They also chose to hold their ceremony in the garden area underneath palm trees and really pull in the Miami vibe. The cake was decorated just perfectly and included the marbling seen around the hotel.

This couple was engaged in Las Vegas where a helicopter took them through the Grand Canyon! They enjoy traveling and learning about new cultures and always something new. They are an incredibly sweet and fun couple who are laid back and enjoy everything life throws their way!

Photography: Allison Kuhn Photography | Coordination: Events By Phillipa | Wedding Dress: Erin Grey Couture | Cake: W South Beach | Stationery: Alee & Press | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BCBGMAXAZRIA | Hair + Makeup: Lindsey Regan Thorne | DJ: Mark Gallo | Groom's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Venue: W South Beach | Bridal Boutique: J. Major's Bridal Boutique | Getting Ready T-Shirts: Skreened

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Bright + Colorful Miami Resort Wedding

A Miami destination wedding was the perfect solution for this couple currently living in New York, but had family traveling over to celebrate from their native Albania. They opted for a classic, clean design with careful pops of color and plenty of Albanian marriage traditions woven in along the way. THE VAULT is your go-to for every moment captured by Merari Photography.

From Merari Photography… Rodi and Eni chose to have their wedding celebration at the Eden Roc Hotel in Miami Beach all the way from Buffalo, NY. Their family is mostly from Albania so Miami was a fun halfway point for everyone. Eni incorporated some traditional Albanian elements into the celebration. Her mom made a beautiful handkerchief used when the bride and groom lead the guests in a traditional dance around the room and her sister, the maid of honor, carried a little plate with candy and coins for good luck.

Eni kept a simple and soft color palette with a pop or red here and there to add contrast. Their outdoor ceremony was almost rained out thanks to the crazy Florida summer weather but as soon as they saw each other during their first look, the skies cleared up and she was able to walk down the aisle and meet Rodi under the sunshine.

Their reception was set up to feel intimate and fun, like a family dinner. The bride and groom’s favorite tapas, beer and wine were placed on each table for everyone to pass around and share. Once the music started, everyone gathered around the dance floor for the traditional money dance, where guests shower the bride and groom with cash to start their new life together. It was a lovely and fun celebration!

Photography: Merari Photography | Floral Design: Ever After Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Mon Cherie | Cake: Ana Paz | Bride's Shoes: Chinese Laundry | Hair: Art Of Hair By Claudia | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss | Venue: Eden Roc | Video: D.P. Weddings

Stylish Miami Art Deco Anniversary Session

I’m going to go out on a limb and say that this anni-sesh from Cody Hunter Photography has earned a spot at the tippy top of my favorites list. Bold statement, I know. But once you set your sights on this gallery, you’ll be ready to pin your heart out, too. From the striking black number ala Rent The Runway and happy stripes to palm tree heaven at The Raleigh with mojitos in hand, this magnetic duo sure kicked off year four in serious style.

From Cody Hunter PhotographyLauren & Tylor wanted something special for their 4 year anniversary. Not just a typical Florida beach session. Together with Elleson Events they created a completely out of the box anniversary session. Once they’d settled on spending their anniversary in Miami (they are from Sarasota, FL) – a fun art-deco, vintage vibe was created. Complete with a fun day roaming the streets of Miami with mojitos in hand and ending the night at The famous Raleigh Hotel on Miami Beach.

Photography: Hunter Ryan Photo | Design: Elleson Events | Dress: Rent The Runway | Hair And Makeup: Salon Tease | Tux: The Black Tux | Hotel: The Raleigh Hotel | Film Lab: PhotoVision Prints | Swimsuits: American Apparel

Elegant Fisher Island Wedding

If I had to pick one wedding style that sums up the extent of my love for pretty soirees, elegance would hands down be it. Touches of white, lace, candlelight, gilded detailing, classic invites… timeless bits that captivate for years to come. This sunny Florida fete from Kat Braman radiates that style that I love so, with a bit of fun woven in—the photo booth from Capture Pod, a cigar roller and mini Bailey’s milkshakes. See it all here and make sure to click play on Voila Cinematic‘s film below!

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From the Bride… Michael and I met and fell in love in New York City while we were both in school. My family lives in the greater Boston area and his family lives in South Florida. To make choosing a location even more difficult, Michael and I live between them in Louisville, Kentucky. Although our family was spread throughout the US, it was easy to choose Florida… sunny weather, gorgeous waters, warm beaches, fulfilling our dream to have an entirely outdoor wedding under the stars.

We chose Fisher Island Club, a private island accessible only by ferry. The Vanderbilt Mansion has a unique history, along with the most incredible banyan tree, which was exactly the organic, natural vibe I wanted for our ceremony. When I saw that tree, I knew immediately that was where we had to have our ceremony.

Having so many people travel to our destination was an indescribable feeling. We wanted a wedding reception that would feel warm, welcoming and full of love, with something for everyone that night: a Cuban cigar roller, open-air photo booth, lots of dessert tapas, and great dancing music. It was amazing to see family and friends from different times of our lives sharing cigars and mini-Baileys milkshakes. We added personal touches, such as my grandmother’s pin attached to my bouquet stem, groomsmen wearing matching socks, and a vintage love seat that made my heart skip a beat when I first saw it. Guests lit long-lasting sparklers to illuminate the floor for our first dance to Ben Howard’s “Only Love.”

Our florist and planner, Guerdy Abraira, brought my vision to life – the incredible twinkle lights to bring the sky down to create intimacy, the romantic flowers and garlands, and the entire vibe of the day and night. Our photographer, Kat Braman and videographer, Voila Cinematic, captured moments and emotions between us that we didn’t even know existed. Rock with U’s string quartet for ceremony, jazz trio for cocktail hour, and DJ/Band fusion assembled all my favorite music that flowed perfectly with my party friends and our older crowd alike.

Planning a destination wedding can sometimes feel like putting unmatched puzzle pieces together, wondering how it will all flow, but when it all comes together that night, it’s magic. Being surrounded by family and friends dancing under the twinkle lights and stars, marrying my best friend, it was the most beautiful night of our lives.

Photography: Kat Braman | Videography: Voila Cinematic | Event Planning: Divine Design by Guerdy | Floral Design: Divine Design by Guerdy | Makeup & Hair: Fernando Fandino | Makeup & Hair: Tatjana Terzic | Lighting: Illumene | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Fisher Island Club | Linens: Over The Top Linens | Music: Rock With U | Photobooth: Capture POD Photo Booths | Rentals: Mi Vintage | Rentals: Panache Party Rental

Chic Miami Wedding at The Raleigh

What happens when you blend classic romance with modern touches? One word: perfection. Take a look at the gallery from Julie Cate Photography and you’ll see exactly what we mean. Set amidst twinkling cafe lights and swaying palm trees, this darling duo wed in one timeless ceremony fit for the ages. It’s a gallery not to be missed and it’s waiting for you over here!

From The Bride…Andrew and I had been dating for close to 7 years, and before that, we were great friends for 5 years. I probably knew he was “the one” even before we began dating (although I usually don’t admit that). After he proposed in November at the duck pond in front of Gapstow Bridge in Central Park in NYC, where we live, and began planning our wedding, we knew we wanted the day to feel super romantic with a touch of modernity, so we chose blush and navy for our colors. Most importantly, we wanted to treat friends and family to a really awesome and fun party.

We chose a winter wedding in Miami, where I’m from. Once we had nailed down the city, we knew we had to take advantage of the climate and beaches and have an outdoor wedding.

The ceremony was held at Plymouth Congregational Church, an old historic church built in the early 1900s modeled after Spanish missions in Mexico, which really played in to the romantic vibe. It’s also extra special because I got baptized there and my aunt had her wedding ceremony at the church 30-something years prior. An added fun touch: we got to privately ring the tower church bells minutes after saying “I Do.”

For the reception, we chose The Raleigh Hotel, an art deco hotel on South Beach. The space was so “us” – chic yet laidback. To play off of the art deco decor, we added ’20s inspired elements which was carried throughout the invite suite, welcome bags and signage. Since we’re also both a bit silly, we balanced out romantic F. Scott Fitzgerald quotes displayed with personalized napkins and matches with fun sayings like “Light My Fire” and “Burn Baby Burn.” Set amidst twinkling cafe lights and swaying palm trees, guests were greeted with welcome cocktails (a Blushing Bride or an Old Fashioned Groom), classic Cuban cigars hand-rolled on site and bossa nova music played by a guitarist. For our guest book, we had friends and family take a Polaroid of themselves and then glue it into the book with well wishes, which everyone had a lot of fun with. Our main obsession is our dog, Theo, so we wanted to make sure we incorporated him in to the day. While we couldn’t have him be the ring bearer because we got married in a church, we made sure to do portraits with him right after our first look and also treated guests to Theo-replica cookies. Throughout the night, when guests weren’t dining on contemporary, seasonal fare by James Beard Award-Winning Chef Michael Schwartz or noshing on dulce de leche, raspberry or red velvet cake from the amazing Earth & Sugar, they were on the dance floor doing flips and getting crazy to a DJ accompanied by a saxophonist and drummer.

Before heading in to the after party, Andrew and I made our way through a tunnel of sparklers while our guests surprise-serenaded us with a rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner. The weather was perfection – 70s and sunny – and a clear indicator of how perfect the day was. We had the most magical day with family and friends that we love and an amazing team of vendors! We couldn’t be more thankful of how wonderful the day was!

Photography: Julie Cate Photography | Videography: Pabelona Studios | Wedding Planner: Kasey D Weddings | Florist: Julia Rohde Designs | Wedding Dress: Ines Di Santo | Cake: Earth And Sugar | Stationary : Llorente Design | Ceremony Venue: Plymouth Congregational Church | Reception Venue: The Raleigh Hotel | Bridesmaids Dresses: Amanda Uprichard | Makeup Artist: Lily Rasco | Entertainment: L.R. Entertainment | Groom's Attire: The Black Tux | Bridesmaid's Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar | Cigar Rolling: The Art Of Cigar Rolling | Custom Cookie Favors: Eleni’s New York | Limo Rental: Aralimos | Match Boxes : Picture Perfect Papier

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