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Miami Valentine’s Shoot from Beauty in the Making + Jillian Tree Photography

You know how we just KNEW today was going to be a fabulous Valentine’s Day?  That it would be a morning, noon and night of L.O.V.E. and seriously deliver the pretty?  Well, SMPers, it has a little something to do with this drop-dead gorgeous photo shoot from Beauty in the Making, which is not only one of the loveliest bundles of inspiration you will ever lay your eyes upon, but is boasting layer upon layer of stunning florals, vibrant hues and beyond breathtaking photography from Jillian Tree Photography.  Happy Valentine’s Day, indeed.  Click here for all of the pretty.

From Beauty in the MakingLet him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth, for your love is more delightful than wine. – King Solomon

Green branches whisper promises breathed in times long past. Rugged stone steps lead us to this enchanted garden where through the ages lovers have carved the name of their sweetheart in ancient free-growing trees. In the mystique of Greynolds Park, red velvet amaryllises embraced by pink peonies and purple ranunculus beckon young love to tread this timeless path. First associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the Middle Ages, Valentines’ Day still bears the fragrance of knightly gallantry and the blushing hope of true love.

This romantic theme is expressed in pewter place settings on a stone table, lit solely by generous candles and fading sunlight filtered through the canopy of protective branches. Fun and flirtatious, characteristic of young love in any age, the crowns additionally carry the deeper message that she is his princess and he her mischievous prince. The allusions to Lady Guinevere and her hero in the woods lend an air of Camelot to this sunset in a park in the city.

Bearing the traditional Be Mine appeal, their valentines cards are ornately enriched with the gravitas of those timeless and passionate words from King Solomon. In this hushed, misty oasis, our couple discovers valentines delights in hues of roses and wine, blending royal motifs with divine timeless inspiration.

Photography: Jillian Tree Photography / Photo Shoot Location: Graynolds Park in North Miami Beach, Florida / Event Coordination + Design + Paper Goods + Florals: Eileen Morales from Beauty in the Making / Wedding Dress: Sassy Bridal & Formal Wear / Hair + Makeup: Carolyn Jones

Miami Beach Wedding at National Hotel from Elaine Palladino Photography

I’m totally on board with any wedding that involves the words salsa music and poolside and this pretty gem sent into us from Elaine Palladino Photography just so happens to involve both. You just know that this was one fabulous celebration and judging from what’s in the full gallery, you’re guaranteed to be inspired. Click here for the full gallery.

From the Bride…Marcus and I wanted a classic and elegant feel to our wedding where our guests would feel at home.  We didn’t want an over-the-top event, just a beautiful night to celebrate our love.  Since both of our families are Hispanic, we decided that the best way to have everyone enjoy the night was to incorporate Cuban staples including dominoes, cigars, salsa music, and espressos all while being poolside.

There are two moments that I will never forget: 1. standing outside of the church on Lincoln Road ready to walk down the aisle where a group of strangers gathered and celebrated when the doors opened; and 2. saying my vows.  I’ve never said words more sincerely.

I would advise future brides/grooms to be present on their big day from the moment they open their eyes to the minute they go to bed that night, and laugh hard.  You’ll forget the small details that may not have been perfect, but you’ll never forget the feeling of getting married and celebrating life with your spouse for the first time.  Soak it up!

Wedding Photography: Elaine Palladino Photography / Ceremony Location:  Miami Beach Community Church in Miami Beach, Florida / Reception Venue:  National Hotel in Miami Beach, Florida / Floral Design:  Alberto Fleitas of Flowers Unlimited Miami / Wedding Cake:  Elegant Temptations / DJ:  High Intensity Sounds- DJ Frank / Band: Havana Soul / Linens:  Gables Linens / Wedding Invitations:  DIY by the Bride, supplies purchased at Michaels / Wedding Dress:  Monique Lhuillier via Chic Parisien / Shoes:  Jimmy Choo / Bride’s Accessories:  Chic Parisien / Bridesmaids’ Dresses:  Monique Lhuillier / Bridesmaids’ Shoes:  Their Choice / Groom’s Attire:  Men’s Wearhouse / Groomsmen’s Attire:  Men’s Wearhouse


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Miami Parisian-Inspired Wedding from KT Merry Photography

I knew this was a KT Merry photographed wedding the moment I laid eyes on it. It’s the soft, pretty colors. The dreamy, absurdly beautiful imagery. The general sense of gorgeousness that seems to permeate each and every photograph. It has KT written all over it and I couldn’t be happier that we get to share all of the lovely with you here today. Plus, when you layer on the style genius of Beauty in the Making – with peonies, ranunculus and dusty millers  oh my – and you basically have the recipe for a wedding that is sure to find a place on our favorite weddings ever list. And there is seriously so much more in the gallery right here so be sure to take a look!

From Eileen Morales of Beauty in the Making… “I close my eyes, then I drift away, into the magic night I softly say. A silent prayer, like dreamers do, then I fall asleep to dream my dreams of you.” -Roy Orbison

I knew we were a good match when Monica first sent the images for her wedding inspiration. She chose a pale Paris morning theme for her wedding hosted in Miami Beach. Her dress…antique lace in blush softness embraced the bride, and Miami’s usual bright intensity yielded to a classic feel from times gone by. Watching her as she strolled down the beach I suddenly felt transported to the cool, misty freshness of a Parisian morning. A garden wedding, guests were greeted with chilled herbal infusions while enjoying the ambiance of the hotel’s peaceful courtyard. Green and white roses topped with sea grass decorated the aisle, and a one-of-a-kind Chuppah housed the couple as they shared vows.

The cocktail hour was hosted on the veranda overlooking the ocean and inlet. Guests were treated to one of a kind jazz tunes by the exquisitely talented Lourdes Valentin. A breathtaking adornment herself, she was further exemplified by the beauty of the fountain pedestal she sang from. Guests danced and enjoyed passed hors d’oeuvres until sunset and then were treated to a lovely dinner overlooking the beach. At the reception, centerpieces of pale pink peonies, ranunculus and dusty millers on mercury glass bowls harmonized with candelabras, votives and modern chandeliers in an elegant ambience. We chose to feature Monica’s love for books and literature with bookmark escort cards/favors and antique books from the 1800’s scattered throughout the venue. The table numbers were different chapters with quotes from the bride’s favorite authors. The bride and groom danced under a crystal chandelier, guests rejoiced and the evening was magical.

Wedding Photography: KT Merry Photography / Wedding Venue + Cake: ONE Bal Harbour in Miami Beach, Florida / Wedding Design, Planning, Floral Design + Paper Goods: Beauty in the Making / Wedding Stationery: Minted (invitations) / Officiant: Marcus Aguirre / Music: Lourdes Valentin (band) + Ryan Smith (DJ) / Linen Rentals: Panache / Chair Rentals: Hitched Event Rentals / Cigar Roller: My Island Cigar / Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: BHLDN / Hair: Ruan Suhr / Makeup: Carolyn Jones

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Miami Beach Hindu Wedding from KT Merry Photography

I’m quite certain that I’m not doing this next wedding justice. That I’m not really cracking the code for how to present them in a way that truly sings. But. The saving grace is that I’m not really sure anyone could. Because the photographs by our talented friend KT Merry are so beautiful, they deserve to be hung on the wall of a perfect home, devoured by everyone that passes. So I beg of you, take some time to pore over the gallery and really bask in the all out gorgeousness tucked inside of each and every photograph. You might need to carve out a few hours though because each image is a little work of art. A little piece of wedding perfection.

From the Bride… Our story begins in Miami on New Year’s Eve 2006. I lived in Boston and Danny lived in Miami. I decided to ring in the New Year with some friends on South Beach. That evening, we both ended up at a mutual friend’s place to celebrate. The instant we met, there was a definite spark. We spent the entire evening getting to know each other on the balcony, and when everyone left to go home, he stayed and we talked on the balcony until the sun came up the next morning. I conveniently missed my flight the next day so I could stay in Miami and spend some more time with him, and we ended up spending the next two days with each other. The next six years were a whirlwind of phone calls and travelling as we pursued a long distance relationship. He was in Atlanta and Florida finishing up his medical training to be a Nephrologist. I was in New York finishing my medical training to become a Neonatolgist. We travelled to over 25 cities and flew more than 300,000 miles to see each other. So, when we got engaged, we definitely wanted to have a destination wedding, and we knew Miami would be the perfect setting as it was the place we first met and fell in love.

Thanks to the help of our fabulous wedding planner Amen Pawar-LaRosa, we found the Bath Club. After a few minutes into our visit, we looked at each other and knew that this would be the place we would be married. It was the perfect blend of traditional and modern and our decorator Al from Blooming Design and Events transformed the venue into the most elegant and ethereal space. It turned out to be the most magical night of our lives, and it was all captured so perfectly thanks to our talented photographer KT Merry.

From Amen of Pawar, Inc… Planning Tanvi and Danny’s wedding was a magical experience. They are an outstanding couple with a deep and special bond. Tanvi and Danny’s vision for the wedding was a relaxed chic resort experience. We created this feeling by having a Mexican themed welcome party poolside to kick-off the weekend. It was a perfect balmy Florida night at Eden Roc, Miami Beach. Guests sipped on refreshing margaritas (Tanvi’s mother’s favorite), nibbled on scrumptious Mexican flare cuisine and danced the night way under tinkling market lights strung across the pool. The guests’ comfort was of utmost importance for Tanvi and Danny so they opted for a later Hindu ceremony, which gave their guests time to enjoy the day at the beach. The wedding events were held at The Bath Club, Miami. As guests entered the foyer to the ceremony they were greeted by enchanting sounds of sitar player and crisp artisan waters infused with mint and lemon. The bride and groom’s passion for traveling resonated throughout the wedding with modern and romantic décor. Tanvi and Danny added personal touches by using a Texas University and Miami University Jenga guest book, naming each table was with the couple’s favorite destinations and a fun photo booth with travel themed props.

Wedding Photography: KT Merry Photography / Wedding Venue: The Bath Club in Miami Beach, Florida / Wedding Planning: Amen Pawar-Larosa of Pawar, Inc. / Floral Design: Blooming Events International / Wedding Catering: Aaron’s Catering / Music: Dheer Lashkari / Bride’s Reception Dress: Tarun Tahiliani / Hair + Makeup: Pretty Suite, Inc. / Groom’s Tuxedo: Hugo Boss 


Miami Beach Vintage Photo Shoot from Pabelona Studio

It’s almost as if Pabelona Studio was reading our wedding obsessed minds when they created this vintage inspired photo shoot. With a jaw-dropping and authentic vintage wedding dress at the center of the inspiration, they crafted a gorgeous day complete with subtle ombre details, lush florals, and gorgeous layers of lace. We can’t help ourselves, we’ve been in the full gallery all morning long, but really, can you blame us?

Make sure you take a minute or two to watch this photo shoot come to life in this film by Pabelona Studio:

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From Celia of Pabelona StudioMy love for all things vintage is endless. Every time I lay eyes on some gem that has endured the passing of time, my heart beats faster and I am flushed with excitement. That is precisely what happened when I first saw the beautiful vintage wedding dress that we used for this shoot; it is simple but breathtaking with its sequined back and sleeves. I was so moved at that moment that I knew I wanted to coordinate a photo shoot, and all the details started to quickly come into focus. Having been obsessed with the ombré look for several months, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to combine the two and give a modern twist to this vintage shoot. Our goal was to keep it classic and romantic. We used soft but lively colors such as lavender, silver and hints of mint throughout all the pieces. We incorporated ombré details with lush flowers arrangements, crisp stationery and dash of DIY with the lace table runner, crochet backdrop and the groom’s socks. One of my favorite aspects of the shoot was the dinner table. I loved the contrast between the lavender lace runner against the farmhouse wooden table, the beautiful flowers in the vintage silver tea set, the ombré menu design. the vintage silverware and china and gorgeous silver chargers. The romanticism that we wanted to portray became all the more convincing with the help of our lovely models. They are a real-life couple, engaged and very much in love. It was the icing on the cake.

Photography: Robert Rios Photography / Photo Shoot Venue: A Private Home in Miami Beach, Florida / Event Design + Planning: Pabelona Studio / Floral Design: Julia Rohde Designs / Cinematography: Pabelona Studio / Cake + Sweets: Stephanie Chang / Stationery: ME & You plus One / Vintage Rentals: Unearthed Vintage / Wedding Dress: Vintage Mavens / Bride’s Shoes: DIY by Pabelona Studio / Hair: Vanessa Placeres / Models: Jaife Calil + Stefano Rainelli

Miami Beach Engagement Session from Sugar(ed) Event Design and Planning

A fab group of Florida’s finest vendors, an oh-so-fun Pinterest contest and an uber-chic Miami Beach location – a stellar combination that makes for one seriously amazing e-shoot, don’t you agree?  And when the world’s most stunning duo happens to be the lucky (+ creative) winners, Lara Rios Fine Art Photography snaps up every glorious moment and Sugar(ed) Event Design and Planning + Runway Bride by Sandra are the style masters behind the whole shebang, well.  It’s an all caps kind of AMAZING.  See SOO much more right here.

From Sugar(ed) Event Design and PlanningI teamed up with a group of talented South Florida vendors to create a Pinterest engagement session contest. Brides created Pinterest boards that described their dream engagement shoot, and we chose a winner based on style and creativity. Stephanie and Alex were the winners and opted for old Miami glam, inspired by Stephanie’s father’s vintage Corvette and the new television show “Magic City,” which is filled with glamorous early ’60s style and Miami heat.

The National Hotel was the perfect location for the concept; a Miami icon with lots of retro charm and graphic punch. We imagined the day in three stages: taking the Corvette out for a spin on the way to the hotel, followed by an afternoon in a pool-side cabana and then a glamorous evening out in South Beach. Sandra Ferrin did a beautiful job of putting together three looks that had a soft, vintage vibe without looking costume-y. Stephanie was even able to wear black satin dress of her mother’s — a gift from her father in the ’70s!  Maritza and Claudia styled Stephanie to glamorous perfection, tailoring her hair and makeup to each look.

After speaking with the couple, I learned that Alex is a copywriter and used to help Stephanie with her graduate school papers, so we incorporated a few fun typographic elements to help personalize the shoot. Lara Rios captured every detail of the romantic afternoon, and the results are totally Pin-worthy!  

Photography: Lara Rios Fine Art Photography / Venue: National Hotel in Miami Beach, Florida / Event Styling + Coordination: Miranda Estes of Sugar(ed) Event Design and Planning / Fashion Styling: Sandra Ferrin of Runway Bride by Sandra / Black Dress: Vintage from the Bride’s Mother / Other Clothing: Nordstrom / Jewelry: Maria Elena Headpieces / Hair: Claudia Cuevas of Art of Hair by Claudia / Makeup: Maritza Valle of Marz Makeup and Hair

Miami Wedding at Thalatta Estate by Michelle March Photography

From the very first moment I laid my eyes on this glorious Miami affair, I was done for.  Yep, hook, line and sinker FINISHED.  Because, this wedding, this traditional stunner held at the Thalatta Estate?  It’s flawless.  From the glamorous Old Hollywood vibe to the breathtaking DIY details to the stop-you-in-your-tracks images captured by Michelle March Photography, it will 100%, without a doubt, leave you speechless.  Ready for a day of non-stop lovely?  Join me in the gallery for sooo much more.

Oh, and we’re not done yet.  We have a breathtaking film from Michael Burgos Films to send you off into the weekend.  Enjoy!

From Michelle March PhotographyYeni and Peter Pinto’s wedding was truly spectacular. It was reminiscent of old Hollywood glamour meets South Beach. From the vintage-inspired lace gown to the classic getaway car, you felt as though you had been transported to another era. The men looked amazing in their suspenders and bow-ties, and the ladies were so elegant in their blue, tea-length dresses. The couple danced to Frank Sinatra under the countless glass bubble lights (which they put up themselves). So much of what made part of this special day was made by the couple and their loving families. You would have never guessed it! The entire event was so romantic…

Wedding Photography: Michelle March Photography / Ceremony: St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Miami Beach, Florida / Reception, Catering, Music + Wedding Day Coordination: Thalatta Estate in Miami, Florida / Wedding Planning + Decor: DIY by the Bride, Groom + Their Families / Wedding Cinematography: Michael Burgos Films / Wedding Dress: Jim Hjelm / Hair + Makeup: Christina Vidal

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Miami Beach Wedding at Cecconi’s by Nataschia Wielink Photo + Cinema

I adore this couple.  I adore how they smile with pure delight in each and every photo, their sweet description of how they met and fell head over heels in love, their day filled with so much joy, it’s infectious and, of course, their breathtaking Miami Beach soiree captured by Nataschia Wielink Photo + Cinema.  It’s an elegant garden party meets amazing florals by Parrish Designs meets the perfect dose of whimsy and glamour… and it’s a serious privilege to be part of it all.  Click here for SO much more.

From the Bride… David and I first met in Philadelphia in the alley way by the Stage Door of The Merriam Theatre. I had just finished a performance of Hairspray, and David was in town visiting his friend in the show. This mutual friend of ours had been telling me for months that she had the perfect guy for me, but I brushed it off because I was dating someone else. David and I met for five minutes that night after the show, and I remember all five minutes. Unfortunately, I didn’t see him for another nine months until I was back living in New York City. By then, a bunch of our mutual friends were on a mission to set us up. We kept “bumping into each other” in bars after shows. 

His annual Halloween party was coming up — he’d notoriously pack a hundred people into his two bedroom apartment in the West Village — and I later found out he wouldn’t send out the evite without getting my email address first. So he got it from a friend, and I RSVP’d yes. I stopped by very late after I got out of work, dressed up as hippie since I had enough in my closet to throw together a costume. David, on other hand, was far more committed and was dressed as an ’80s gym buff in head to toe lycra. Brave man!  He called me up a few days later to ask me out on a real date on Halloween night. I agreed but then tried to cancel last minute because I had a big audition coming up. Poor guy, he was not impressed, but didn’t tell me at the time. He charmingly convinced me to loosen up and go out for the evening, and thankfully, I did. We had our first date amidst the drunken crazies and gorgeous drag queens littering the streets of Greenwich Village at the famous New York City Halloween Parade in 2006.  Five years later, again on Halloween weekend, we got married in Miami.

Wedding Photography: Nataschia Wielink Photo + Cinema / Wedding Venue: Cecconi’s at the Soho Beach House in Miami Beach, Florida / Wedding Planning: Sari of Jackie Ohh Events / Floral Design: Kathryn Parrish of Parrish Designs / Wedding Cinematography: Nataschia Wielink Photo + Cinema / Wedding Cake: Cecconi’s / Band: Libido / Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier / Bride’s Makeup: Tania Terzcik / Hair + Makeup: Allure Hair and Makeup / Groom’s Suit: Ted Baker

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Miami Beach Garden Wedding Style Shoot by Beauty in the Making + Jillian Tree Photography

A Miami Beach photo shoot boasting minty green hues, a natural, yet oh-so-chic vibe and style for miles and miles… I think I’ve died and gone to inspiration heaven.  And when I say heaven, I mean the fab stylings of Beauty in the Making, a breathtaking city view and a bundles upon bundles of take-your-breath-away florals by Flowers By Dorit.  Yep… that kind of awesome.  Jillian Tree Photography captured every last glorious detail – and your Monday?  It’s looking prettier by the minute.  See it all here.

From Beauty in the MakingA stylized wedding for a native Miami bride who loves nature, water and the beautiful downtown Miami skyline. The inspiration came from the surroundings: green, garden, organic and romantic with a touch of whimsical. The bride wore a simple, mid-length, soft and flowing mint dress. The reception took place right on the Miami Beach bay, overlooking Star Island and downtown Miami. Guests were welcomed with easy-to-make, delicious cucumber appetizers. Before sitting at the handmade, whitewashed, driftwood table, guests picked up an organic pear that served as both an escort card and wedding favor. Place settings were elegant but organic with the menus decorated by sea grapes from the garden. And the flowers — green and white hydrangeas, stars of Bethlehem, lisianthus and handpicked crape myrtle flowers gave the rustic and organic table a touch of glamor that spoke for itself. As a wedding cake, our Miamian bride opted for a delicious key lime pie topped with meringue, accompanied by delicious green tea sorbet. The best part is that the design is budget friendly!

Photography: Jillian Tree Photography / Photo Shoot Location: The Bay in Miami Beach, Florida / Event Coordination, Design + Planning: Eileen Morales of Beauty in the Making / Floral Design: Flowers By Dorit / Invitations: J Paper / Wedding Dress: Jordan Fashion via Sassy Bridal & Formal Wear

Miami Beach Wedding at the Bass Museum of Art by Ambrosio Photography

It never fails.  The sweet combo of purple and teal blue gets me every.single.time.  Yep, it’s true.  I fall madly in love from the very SECOND I see those pretty hues bursting from my computer screen – and this Miami Beach Wedding?  Well, it’s almost too fabulous for words with my new favorite colors, an uber-adorable Mr. and Mrs. and a sophisticated Bass Museum of Art setting.  Add to that some downright amazing images captured by Ambrosio Photography and, well.  Simply breathtaking.  See it all here.

From Ambrosio PhotographyA unique venue, located in the heart Miami Beach’s Art Deco district, is what drew this NYC couple to the Bass Museum of Art. Their ceremony was held on the museum’s front steps, with strong ocean breezes kicking up off the nearby water. Cocktails were held inside the gallery, where guests were able to some of the museum’s permanent collection and then dance all night in the Lydia & Burton Harrison Cafe. 

Wedding Photography: Stacey Ambrosio of Ambrosio Photography / Wedding Venue: Bass Museum of Art in Miami Beach, Florida / Wedding Planning: Marylen Exposito of Marylen Exposito Weddings / Floral Design: Flowers by Gerardo / Catering: Mena Catering / Wedding Cake: Filled & Frosted / Ceremony Musicians: Felicia Besan Strings / DJ + Uplighting: Ubi’s Music & Lighting ( / Wedding Dress: La Sposa / Bride’s Shoes: Lulu Townsend / Cinematography: Bonnelly Films

Miami Wedding at The Palms Hotel & Spa by Becca Borge Photography

I have a soft spot in my heart reserved solely for turquoise blue hues, so when I first laid my eyes on all of the vibrant goodness making an appearance in this stellar Miami soiree, I literally grinned from ear to ear.  And it’s not just the pretty, pretty colors making me smile.  Nope – with a breathtaking Palms Hotel & Spa setting, glorious images by Becca Borge Photography and a bride and groom, this wedding is a happy-fest from start to finish.  See every last joyful moment right here.

From the Bride… Our wedding was such a dream to plan once we found our incredible venue, The Palms Hotel & Spa. We found everything we wanted in one location: a garden ceremony setting, proximity to the ocean for photos, unique reception and cocktail spaces, and a highly experienced catering department that made it easy for me as a long-distance bride living in Massachusetts. We picked March 23 for our wedding date hoping for great weather, and we had a beautiful intimate ceremony on the gazebo lawn, followed by a cocktail hour on the Essensia restaurant terrace and our reception on the hotel’s main veranda.  Ocean Flowers did a beautiful job on all of our event’s spaces, from the gazebo entrance to the arrangements decorating our dinner buffet displays. We were also thrilled with our amazing photos taken by Becca Borge — she did an incredible job!

As the bride, I really enjoyed the personal touches we were able to incorporate into our big day. Our wedding bands were custom designed in South Dakota with Black Hills gold in honor of Jess’s many family members who live in that region. We also displayed photos from our parents’ and siblings’ weddings on our place card table. Guests signed a reprint of a vintage Miami Beach tourism poster to create a unique piece of art we love having in our home. We had an absolutely fabulous wedding, and we are so grateful to everyone who helped us put it together, as well as to all our family and friends who attended.

Wedding Photography: Becca Borge Photography / Wedding Venue: The Palms Hotel & Spa / Floral Design: Ocean Flowers / Officiant: Donna Merritt of The Simple Ceremony / Wedding Cake: Ana Paz Cakes / Wedding Cake Card Box: Oriental Trading + Embellishments via Michaels / Butterfly Place Cards: Timeless Paper / DJ: Eddie B & Company / Wedding Dress: Galina for David’s Bridal / Bride’s Jewelry: Fortunoff Fine Jewelry / Hair: The Perfect Touch Salon (305-253-6852) / Makeup: Tatjana Terzic / Bridal Party Attire: David’s Bridal / Wedding Bands: Riddle’s Jewelry

Miami Wedding at The Bath Club by Captured Photography by Jenny

One look at this breathtaking Miami affair and I know you’ll have a hard time believing that it was all planned in just over three short months, but, trust me – it’s totally true.  From the stunning oceanside ceremony to the glorious ballroom reception, every last ounce of knock-your-socks off lovely was dreamt up by this gorgeous duo in a little over 90 days and, YES, they are most certainly my new heroes.  Thankfully, Captured Photography by Jenny snapped up all of the pretty, including those lush blooms by Parrish Designs and the smiley (+ happy) faces of the bride and groom.  See it all here.

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From the Bride… Our wedding day was a dream come true! We have been together 11 years and finally decided to get married. He proposed on December 8th, 2011 (with my great grandmother’s ring), and we got married March 31st, 2012. His proposal was so sweet and personal. He created a heart out of little cereal boxes and put the ring in the middle —  the first time we hung out 11 years ago, we sat on a playground eating little boxes of cereal and wishing on the stars. I always thought it was bad luck to plan before your engaged, so I truly did everything in a very short amount of time. The Bath Club was our perfect location. It had everything we wanted, the beach for the ceremony, a ballroom that didn’t have horrible carpet, lots of 1920’s charm, a beautiful courtyard out front, and the whole venue was ours without the worry of any other event getting in the way. My dress was nothing like I thought I would wear, yet the moment I put it on, I knew it was my dress. It was big, elegant, and fun all at the same time. I felt like a ballerina — I even wore Jimmy Choo ballerina flats. My husband wore a gray suit, gray Prada sneakers and Mickey Mouse cufflinks.

I hired a “day of” wedding planner so I could enjoy the day, and it was the best money ever spent. We used Kharma Goddess, and these ladies were so fantastic that I would recommend them to everyone. Our ceremony was so special. We hired an officiant who would provide us with a non-religious ceremony but still very personal and real. We used a place called I Do 4ever. Everyone is still telling us how great the ceremony was and how much they enjoyed listening to the entire thing. We decided to go with a string trio for our ceremony and cocktail hour music and a DJ for the reception. Our florist, Parrish Designs, made the most exquisite floral arrangements ever.  Between the centerpieces and the Huppa she really took my breath away. The Huppa was intended to go on the beach for the ceremony but the weather had a different plan. It was pouring rain and we had to make a decision so we set it up for “Plan B.”  The rain ended up stopping just in time for the ceremony, but we couldn’t move the flowers — it actually worked out because we were able to enjoy them all night. They made a great backdrop for the dance floor and our cake. Our cake was done by a woman named Maryann Roman. Her cakes are not only beautiful but actually taste good. For extra entertainment, we hired a caricature artist.

Now let me tell you about my husband’s favorite thing: the food. When we started this process he was adamant about two things: the officiant and having good food. Well, he got what he wanted. We used Aaron’s Catering, and I know I sound biased, but it really was the best wedding food ever! Every detail was so thought out so the quality, presentation, and service were more than outstanding. The two most important parts of the wedding for me were the photographer and cinematographer. I take pictures and work with film crews for a living so as you can see, this was extra special.  Our cinematographer, BNR Films, is a company I met through work. They are two guys who know how to make magic. We chose Jenny from Captured Photography for our photographer because her style of work is exactly what we wanted and her personality makes you so comfortable.  Every moment is captured without being fake or posed.  I am able to look back and see this special day and remember what I was feeling, and thinking in those exact moments. Thanks to them, we are able to remember it all and feel it again! again!

Wedding Photography: Captured Photography By Jenny / Wedding Venue: The Bath Club in Miami Beach, Florida / Event Planning: Karma Goddess / Floral Design: Parrish Designs / Wedding Cinematography: BNR Films / Officiant: I Do 4ever / Catering: Aaron’s Catering / Wedding Cake: Maryann Roman / Music: AA Musicians / Caricature Artist: Digital Caricatures Live / Wedding Dress: Tara Keely / Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Hair + Makeup: South Beach Makeup Studio / Flower Girl Tutus: Brenda’s Boutique / Groom’s Sneakers: Prada

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Miami Wedding at the Fire Tower by Kristen Wynn Photography, does this gorgeous bride have one seriously talented family.  (Seriously. Talented.) Not only did her mother create all of the beautiful blooms that you are about to spend hours soaking in, but her sweet as can be grandmother MADE HER DRESS.  Yep, that gorgeous tea-length bundle of wedding dress perfection was all handcrafted with love by her Nana and, my oh my, is it amazing.  Add to that a fabulous Miami soiree and some glorious images by Kristen Wynn Photography and well. We’re in DIY heaven.  See it all here.

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From Kristen of Kristen Wynn PhotographyDeidra and Andres chose to celebrate their early spring nuptials with a hint of vintage Miami with the theme “Grand Fete.” Deidra’s gown was handmade by her grandma and was tea-length, allowing her to show off her green shoes. After the ceremony was over, she switched her veil for a handmade reception fascinator crafted from feathers. Bright green and sunny yellow were the colors of choice, and the guest transportation (school buses) fit right in with their look. The bridesmaids chose their own gowns, while the groomsmen donned their own suits. The groom accessorized with a watch gifted to him by his father, but before he got dressed in a brand new suit himself, he and the groomsmen had some fun modeling Panamanian masks that represent Andres’ family heritage. At the reception, the guests found small colorful flags handmade by Deidra and used them to welcome the couple as they entered the room and danced their first dance to an old-fashioned swing number.

Wedding Photography: Kristen Wynn Photography / Ceremony: St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Miami Beach, Florida / Reception: Fire Tower in Miami, Florida / Flowers: DIY by the Bride’s Mother / Wedding Cinematography: Jacob Katel / Catering: Whitcup-Bakst Catering / Entertainment: DJ Chris Halo / Transportation: A Plus School Bus / Photo Booth: Fotos-R-Fun, LLC / Accommodations: Nassau Suite Hotel / Wedding Dress: Handmade by the Bride’s Grandmother / Bride’s Shoes: Poetic Licence “Charm School”

Miami Beach Wedding by Kallima Photography

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

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

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

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

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

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Miami Beach Wedding by Divine Design by Guerdy

We have Divine Design by Guerdy to thank for all of the fabulous that is this amazing Miami Beach soiree and, oh my goodness, am I ever giddy over this tropical garden paradise meets elegant backyard affair.  And, yes, you read that right.  All of this gorgeousness takes place at the bride’s jaw-droppingly beautiful childhood home and I am fairly certain that it doesn’t get much more heart-warming (or awesome) than this.  And with an entire backyard literally filled with stunning blooms by Ocean Flowers & Decor, an amazing green and black color palette and a too-cute-for-words bride and groom, this wedding has completely stolen my heart.  Lucky for us, Morris Wolf Photography was there to capture every breathtaking moment, so join me in the gallery for even more!

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From the Bride… Our wedding was a dream. After spending months looking for the perfect venue we decided that there was simply no place like home.  In the intimate setting of my childhood backyard, transformed into an enchanted, elegant, and truly unique space, our evening was saturated with the almost overwhelming happiness of sharing our love for one another with the people who have made us who we are.  There was a kind of magic in the air as we threw the biggest party of our lives. We could hardly keep ourselves and our friends off the dance floor…which was translucent and showed off the lights in the swimming pool below us. We felt happier than we’ve ever been. Our wedding was the absolute manifestation of our love for one another and for our friends and family.

Wedding Planning: Divine Design by Guerdy / Wedding Photography: Morris Wolf Photography / Floral Design: Ocean Flowers & Decor / Catering: Touch Catering / Officiant: Rabbi Paul Plotkin / Ceremony Music: Serenade Ensemble / DJ: Center Stage / Hair + Make-up: Tatjana Terzic / Pool Cover: Tents & Events

National Hotel Wedding by Emily Harris Photography + Ocean Flowers and Decor

Now what is the point of having poolside nuptials if you’re not going to jump in at midnight rocking out to Madonna’s “Like a Prayer”?  I L-O-V-E a couple who can throw all caution to the wind and have an impromptu dip in their wedding garb!  Definitely a pair that I want to party with!  Their colorful Miami Beach celebration, photographed by Emily Harris Photography, is full of light-hearted, pretty-as-can-be, modern details.  Of coure, Hello Tenfold would kick off the darling design motif with their killer paper goods! Jump into the full gallery to see the rest!

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From the Bride… From the moment we got engaged at home in Brooklyn, we knew that we wanted to have our wedding in Miami Beach—not only an amazing location for a semi-destination wedding/weekend getaway, but also Michael’s hometown! With the help of an uncle in the hospitality business, we quickly settled on the National Hotel on Collins Avenue, just the second venue we visited. With its art deco feel, beachfront location, and amazing 205 foot long pool lined with striped cabanas, palm trees, and hot pink bougainvillea, we were instantly smitten. Planning from so far away was a challenge at times, but all of our incredible vendors made things easier, and frequent trips to Florida definitely helped us through one of the snowiest winters in New York City history—in January we flew down to run the Miami Half Marathon and then the next day had a meeting with our day-of-coordinator, our flower trial, and our menu tasting, all just hours before hopping on a plane!

Although we both adore the beach, we decided we didn’t want a “seashells-and-palm trees” theme wedding, so we worked with Ellie from Hello Tenfold on custom invitations and day of stationery that reflected the orchids growing everywhere around Miami and the stripes of the National’s poolside cabanas. My Melissa Sweet gown also incorporated both clean, architectural lines and romantic flowers, highlighting the motifs of the day. My pink Kate Spade shoes matched the bridesmaids’ hot pink calla lily bouquets, while my mother’s sapphire ring–a gift from my father on their 25th wedding anniversary–served as my something old, blue, and borrowed. Our simple ceremony decor included a draped chuppah with garlands of dendrobium orchids and petals along the aisle; for our centerpieces, we went with lots of candles and glass vase arrangements full of hydrangeas, pink cymbidiums, and hypericum berries. We met during our sophomore year of college, so we dressed up our sweetheart table with a Middlebury College banner and served beers from the Magic Hat Brewery in Burlington, Vermont. To bring our guests into our lives today, we served cookies as favors that were shipped from a bakery down the street from us in Brooklyn where we buy treats and delicious iced coffee every Saturday morning. We brought in whimsical details like calligraphy escort card envelopes, “Mr.” and “Mrs.” signs for the backs of our chairs, and wooden cake toppers fashioned to look like us in our spiffy wedding day attire. Poolside luminaries and strings of globe lights illuminated the dance floor all night!

After a year of planning, our wedding day was absolutely positively everything we’d hoped for and more: a tearful but joyful ceremony by the pool as the sun set behind the hotel’s tower, an impromptu serenade of “L-O-V-E” from the best man, and a rocking dance floor, all topped off with a midnight dip in the pool as Madonna’s “Like a Prayer” blasted through the night! My dress may have been a *little* worse for wear the next day (what’s dry cleaning for, after all?), but in those moments–being carried around the pool by my new husband, laughing with all of our friends and family and talking about the day–I have never felt more completely and totally grateful, lucky, and content in my entire life. We couldn’t think of a more fun way to end our night, and a better way to begin our new future together!

Location + Catering: National Hotel / Wedding Photography: Emily Harris Photography / Day-of-Coordinator: The Absolute Event / Hair + Make-up: Makeup by Mirian Behar / Officiant: Rabbi Jonathan Kaplan / Wedding Gown: Melissa Sweet via Wedding Atelier / Bridesmaid Dresses, Groom and Groomsmen Attire: J.Crew / Floral Design, Lighting + Decor: Ocean Flowers and Decor / Wedding Videography: Blueshore Productions / DJ: DJ Luis Bode / Wedding Cake: Ana Paz / Cake Topper: Star House / Stationery: Hello Tenfold / Ketubah: Fresh Ketubah Design / Favors: One Girl Cookies

The Marlin Hotel Wedding by Robert Rios Photography

It’s been one glorious wedding after another this week on Style Me Pretty Florida and this South Beach stunner is no exception. Trust me, one look at these beautiful images by Robert Rios Photography and you’ll be in awe, just like me.  With all of the gorgeous orchids and the reception aglow in purple light, elegant doesn’t even begin to describe these nuptials.  It’s the perfect traditional soiree and I. Am. In. Love.  See all of the gorgeousness in the gallery!

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From Robert Rios PhotographyStephanie and Marcus had an awesome wedding suited for the awesome couple they are.  The day started out with all the girls hanging out and getting pampered at the Rocco Donna salon in South Beach.  Stephanie had her own space where she was given the best treatment that a bride to be should get.  The artists there were incredible and everyone was at ease having a great time while preparing for the event that was a head of them.  Once prepared the final touches were done at the Mandarin Oriental which provided for the perfect backdrop.  The bride looked stunning, a sentiment the groom very much expressed as well upon seeing her for the first time.

The Barnacle was a perfect setting for this intimate ceremony, secluded and serene.  Even then threat of rain did not dampen the spirits of those in attendance as everyone gathered, laughed and rejoiced to see this union.  Eggwhites Catering served a five course meal which delighted everyone in attendance. The Marlin Hotel lobby was filled with everyone and not one soul was left sitting during the party as everyone was in such joy in sharing the happiness from the wedding of Stephanie and Marcus.

Wedding Photography: Robert Rios Photography / Makeup & Hair: Rocco Donna Salon / Hotel: The Mandarin Oriental / Wedding Ceremony Location: The Barnacle / Wedding Reception Location: The Marlin Hotel / Catering: Eggwhites Catering / Wedding Cinematography: Fandango Wedding Films

The AQUA Miami Beach Wedding from Readyluck

Oh Miami. What a fantastic place for a haute beach wedding. When Shane Carpenter from Readyluck sent these colorful images our way, we couldn’t help but to do a little dance while singing Will Smith’s “Welcome to Miami.” It’s just one of those affairs you can tell was a over-the-top fun party just by perusing the photos. The colors were vibrant, the fashion was fantastic, and the dog was just another well dressed guest. We love it. The high style continues in the gallery, too!

On the three year anniversary of our first date Charles and I had planned to have a quiet dinner in the neighborhood, or so I thought. We arrived at the Fontainebleau on Miami Beach to try out their new sushi restaurant. We had a drink at the lobby bar and reminisced about our first date. When it was time for dinner, having never been to the newly renovated Fontainebleau myself, Charles led the way. We got on an elevator and Charles pressed 34, I thought this was odd, however Miami now has several restaurants located on the top floors of hotels so I disregarded it. We go off on the 34th floor and I noticed it looked exactly like a regular hotel floor, no signs indicating a restaurant, no bar and no people.

As we are walking down the hall I suddenly stopped and ask “Where are we?” and with that light up a room smile he has, Charles looked at me and said “I got us a room for the night.” With that he opened the door to a room which is covered in rose petals with champagne and sushi waiting for us. Charles walked over to the bathroom door and out ran ChiChi, our Chihuahua. As I bent down to pick her up Charles knelt in front of me took my hand and asked me to marry him. He held up ChiChi and there was an engagement ring hanging from her collar. It was truly perfect.

Miami, as you can imagine, has several well know wedding venues. We looked at all of them but not one of them compared to the view from the AQUA Island on Indian Creek in Miami Beach where we live. The wedding ceremony site is just below our balcony so it is a place that we look down at every day. It is a very special location to us. AQUA is unique and marvelous and the perfect place for Charles and me to get married.

The cocktail hour and wedding reception were at AQUA as well. Both the ceremony and reception area’s were designed by Fé Domenech of the Event Firm in Miami. Fé is extremely creative and worked with us to create an event that was unique to our personal style and our site. We had chosen Black and bone as our main colors with Tiffany blue accents.

The reception tables were a mix of high top cocktail tables, standard rounds and low lounge tables. We wanted to keep the area fun and allow guest to mingle and get to know each other. The center pieces were also high and low with flowers and candles in individual acrylic vases.

When deciding the menu we wanted to keep the location in mind. Our friend Micah Edelstein, a Season 3 Top Chef Contestant and chef/owner of The Wandering Chef Caterers, was the perfect choice to help us create our menu. Stations were set-up around the pool and featured several salads along with stone crab and key lime mustard sauce, seafood paella, and whole roast pork with guava glazed plantains. Guests raved about the food. The wedding cake was made by Pam’s Gluten Free Kitchen and was a 3 tier rum cake with canolli cream filling.

Photography: Shane Carpenter of Readyluck / Event Design: Fe Domenech of the Event Firm / Day of Coordinator: Noel Brown of Medallion Occasion Boutique, Inc. / Ceremony Location: The AQUA Miami Beach / Reception Location: The AQUA Miami Beach / Catering: Micah Edelstein of The Wandering Chef / Cake: Pam’s Gluten Free Kitchen / DJ: DJ Michael Berrios / Tuxedo: Armani / Make up: Judy Irizarry of The Make Up Mob / Gown: Custom

Miami Beach Resort & Spa Wedding by Corinna Hoffman Photography

This Miami Beach couple celebrated their elegant wedding ballroom-style in a contemporary wedding wonderland underneath twinkling lights and surrounded by a sea of lovely yellow and white blossoms.  We have seen a lot of yellow popping up in weddings lately but this bride and groom have a serious love affair with the happy hue.  It is not only their favorite color but the name of their first dance tune as well!  Corinna Hoffman Photography captured all the classic and charming details including the chic custom-made bridesmaids’ dresses!  Waltz on over to the full gallery to see the rest of this beautiful affair!

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From the Bride… Our wedding colors were mostly gold, off-white, yellow, and a hint of green. I chose those colors because it is the summer, I love gold, and I wanted to keep everything simple but nice.

Our wedding cake was a vanilla rum cake…It’s off-white & kind of lop-sided squares with a gold trim on the bottom of each layer & then natural orchids hanging down each layer.

I love the flowers! There were two different kinds of arrangements for the reception, and both were tall. One was a round arrangement with yellow roses & white hydrangeas in a clear vase with water & orchids. The other arrangement was orchids in a clear vase with water. The flowers were all yellow, white, and a touch of green. Also I included brown willows!

Our first dance song was Coldplay’s “Yellow,” because yellow is my favorite color and the wedding color as well. It is also our favorite song!

We enjoy wine and also went to Paris for our honeymoon, so we incorporated wine corks for our name and place cards, as well as Eiffel Tower wine corks for our wedding favors.

Wedding Photography: Corinna Hoffman Photography / Wedding Ceremony Location: St. Francis Catholic Church / Wedding Reception Location: Miami Beach Resort & Spa / Wedding Cake: Divine Delicacies / Floral Design: Nevot Flower Design / Transportation: Rolls Royce via Meilan Limousines & Antiques / Wedding Dress: Lazaro via Chic Parisien / Bridesmaid Dresses: Custom / Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Zayas Men’s Shop

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