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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Italian-Inspired Miami Wedding at Vizcaya Museum & Gardens

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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An Equestrian Mauve Wedding at Vizcaya Museum & Gardens

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Timeless Black & White Miami Wedding at Vizcaya Museum & Gardens

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

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



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



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

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

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Minimalist Meets Mid-Century Modern Wedding Inspiration at the Penthouse Riverside Wharf

Everyone’s favorite trend nowadays isn’t just good for your home décor, it’s also perfect for your wedding design! This stunning style shoot from Taralynn Lawton Photography shows you exactly how to bring that chic mid-century modern look to your Big Day. With the help of Roxanne Bellamy and Simple Florals, this gorgeous shoot is filled with inspiration – from contemporary minimalism in the bride’s gown to subtle and organic texture in the floral arrangements. We have a feeling these pics are about to take over Pinterest wedding boards everywhere..

From Taralynn Lawton… When Roxanne of Roxanne Bellamy Events and myself started planning a shoot together, we knew we wanted to create a bridal and wedding inspiration that was effortless and understated, yet bold and fashion forward at the same time. So we thought what better way to express both the bold and the understated than by channeling the Mid-Century Modern style? Combining design elements from the period for the tablescape with contemporary minimalism in the fashion, we created a light and airy wedding inspiration filled with sleek lines, gentle curves, mixed metals, subtle textures, and organic blooms by Simple Florals.

One of the star pieces in Roxanne’s design were the curved lucite chairs sourced from Bubble Miami. Their transparent nature kept the design light and refined while their unique shape added a pop of excitement to the tablescape! With the form of the chairs in mind, we knew we wanted to juxtapose their playful curviness with more angular lines throughout the inspiration while keeping with the airy see-through motif. Crystal of Made Divine brought this to life with her hand crafted stationery suite, featuring a perfectly clear acrylic invitation with modern white lettering.

Crystal also brilliantly tied in the marble design of the place settings in the envelope liners and the velvet texture of the table linens in the gold stamped “His & Hers” vow books. And of course there’s the bridal fashion!! What fun we had here. I knew from the start I wanted something sleek and minimal with an architectural flare, and the girls at Chic Parisian did not disappoint when they pulled this stunning Romona Keveza gown! Continuing our theme of mixing curves and angles, we sourced two different ring inspirations, a minimal oval solitaire in rose gold from Susie Saltzman and platinum princess cut with a more ornate setting and diamond halo from Dadlani Jewels. We styled them with fun geometric jewelry in mixed metals, including statement piece earrings by Jenny Bird. With our focus being on fashion and form, we wanted to keep the setting simple yet chic. The Penthouse at Riverside Wharf in downtown Miami was the perfect space to highlight our styling with it’s floor to ceiling windows, white walls and concrete flooring, providing a contemporary and elegant atmosphere that allowed our design element to really shine.

Photography: Taralynn Lawton | Florals: Simple Florals | Wedding Dress: Romona Keveza | Stationery : Made Divine | Hair & Makeup: Elizabeth C. Williams Hair & Makeup | Venue: Penthouse Riverside Wharf | Bridal Salon: Chic Parisien | Chair Rentals: Bubble | Earrings: Jenny Bird | Linens: Nuage Designs | Oval Engagement Ring: Susie Saltzman | Planning & Design: Roxanne Bellamy Events | Shoes (Booties): Jimmy Choo | Square Engagement Ring, Stacking Gold Rings, Studded Bracelet: Dadlani Jewels | Strappy Slingbacks and Pointed Pumps: Louboutin | Tabletop Rentals: The Coveted Co | Talent Agency: Cassidy Roney

A Modern Gray and Green Miami Wedding at Penthouse Riverside Wharf

Clean, modern and minimalistic – this wedding is all the above and more. The gorgeous bride and groom decided to tie the knot on their 10 year dating anniversary… how romantic is that?! With the help of Roxanne Bellamy and floral design by Anthology Co., the couple’s dream of a modern wedding with subtle Miami flair truly came to life. Don’t miss out on all the stunning details at the full gallery, captured perfectly by Julie Cate!

From the Bride… I was fifteen when I met Kevin. We were both green, full of life, and very ambitious. We officially started dating May 18th, 2008. 10 years later, our love was sweet enough and, to celebrate our anniversary, we got married.

For the wedding, we went back and forth on how we wanted it to look and feel. Because we both grew up in South Florida, we knew instinctively that we wanted to draw inspiration from our surroundings. Lush, tropical greens and an open air vibe topped the list. One of our favorite things to do as a couple is visiting amazing spaces, like the Miami Beach Edition and PAMM and taking in the aesthetics. Both those locations have done an amazing job defining Miami elegance and we wanted to do just that in designing our wedding.

We had an amazing team, hand-picked by Roxanne Bellamy Events, that brought our vision to light. We decided as a couple that we wanted to have our hand in one design element of our wedding so we chose to design our stationery together and absolutely loved the outcome.

From the Planner… Modern + Minimalist is the perfect phrase to describe the aesthetic of Alyssa + Kevin’s wedding. This darling couple have such discerning taste and wanted it to spill over into their event. They chose to incorporate some real Miami flair into their wedding; from a view of the Miami skyline and lush tropical foliage to the nod to the burgeoning art scene to the inherent vibrancy of Miami. I’m always honored to help my couples have the wedding they desire.

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Photography: Julie Cate Photography | Cinematography: Andreo Studio | Event Planner: Roxanne Bellamy Events | Floral Design: Anthology Co. | Floral Design: Anthology Co. | Wedding Dress: Brides Of Florida | Cake: DBakers Miami | Stationery: Bride and Groom | Ceremony Venue: St. Patrick Catholic Church, Miami | Reception Venue: Penthouse Riverside Wharf | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Dessy Collection By Vivian Diamond | Catering: Mena Catering | Lighting: Illumene | Groom's Attire: Ring Jacket | Groomsmen's Attire: The Black Tux | Linens: Nuage Designs | MUAH: Marz Makeup And Hair | Rentals: Lavish Event Rentals

Flagler Museum Wedding With All The Bells and Whistles

From the Bride… As a little girl, I always dreamed of getting married in the Flagler Museum in Palm Beach, Florida. This Gilded Age mansion was once Henry Flagler’s wedding gift to his wife. Once Oliver and I looked at it together, we knew, immediately that it was the place for us. With the help of an amazing team of vendors… AnthologyMasi Events, Katie Lopez Photography, Nuage Designs, Pinwheel Film Company (and SO many more!) we were able to curate a day that was the start of the next incredible chapter of our lives as husband and wife…

We wanted the day to represent who we were as a couple, where we came from, where we have been, and where we are going. With this in mind, we planned our wedding style to be a “New England meets Floridian” theme. New England – since that is where Oliver is from, where both of us still have family (my parents go there four months out of the year) and where I spent every summer in Chatham, Cape Cod growing up. And Florida – since that is where I am from, where both of us met, currently live and where we were getting married. 

Our theme was carried throughout our wedding day in all of our details, from the food (we served lobster roll and crab cake apps!) to the flowers (we used oranges and magnolias). The design was really first executed with our paper details and monogram by PAPEL & CO. In the monogram, we chose to use a hydrangea to represent New England and a banana leaf to represent Palm Beach. We used the monogram as our key visual, shown not only through our day of pieces, but also my wedding gift and our cocktail bars facade. Natalia from PAPEL & CO also did an amazing job illustrating the foliage of both locations in a cohesive way on our invitation pieces. We even had vintage stamps that represented both places, like a Cape Cod lighthouse and Florida Egrets.

In terms of the detail colors, both were a big significance in terms of our family. Blue and White china was incorporated into our design throughout as it represented the tradition of family – my grandmother and my mother, who are Danish, have both collected and used royal Copenhagen fine china throughout my life. The blue and white china detail was shown through our escort card display and day of signage (which were plates my mom and I collected throughout wedding planning), our cocktail linens (by Nuage!), our wedding card Ginger Jar, and our reception vaseware

My favorite crafted detail was the escort card display as it was a labor of love by my mom and our amazing vendors – Jessica from Masi Events and Veronica from Anthology. The display was the statement piece I always dreamed of.

Our cake – by Earth & Sugar was a mix of classy and casual. We used classic buttercream frosting and styled it with florals by Anthology but the flavor was more casual. Using funfetti cake and cream cheese frosting.

Our flowers exceeded all our expectations thanks to Veronica from Anthology. The florals really represented New England meets Florida — using foliage from New England mixed with oranges from Florida. They were subtle, yet elegant and using low mixes of florals in blue and white vases, it assured an intimate dinner party vibe.

Oliver and I met (and work) at Burger King Corporate in Miami. So bringing this fun element of our story was especially important when thinking about our “late night food.” We created a custom logo using “The Hurds” with BK’s logo. This logo was used on the packaging for burgers and fries. We even branded it a “whopper of wedding” and handed out crowns during the Hora Loca.

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More from the Bride… With the “New England meets Floridian” theme in mind, we curated our primary color palette and style to represent the scenery of both locations. Our colors were ivory, dusty blue, dusty green plus blue/white china and rose gold details. 

My gown was by Hayley Paige paired with Jimmy Choo heels. The dress was a modern take on a traditional style. The art deco sequins on the traditional mermaid style was just what I was looking for. I paired it with Jimmy Choo shoes that had an orchid on them which was important to me (as I was born in Hawaii). 

For personal florals, Anthology used silvery green sage, garden roses and peonies and tied the bridesmaids’ bouquets with dusty blue velvet. At the ceremony and reception, Veronica used cascading urn arrangements inspired by the urns at Flagler. The magnolia urn arrangements at the reception added height to the room without ruining guests view of each other.

Incorporating unique and personal elements was one of my favorites part of wedding planning. Jessica and I worked together to see what touch points would most exemplify Oliver and me:

  • Oliver rowed at University of Penn so the men’s drink was served with a wood oar and I attended FSU so the female drink was served with a wood arrow.
  • He is also a notorious instagrammer amongst his friends for constantly posting food with the hashtag #tubbyapproved. Since Oliver was the lead on all things food with the help of Chez Gourmet, it was important we used this hashtag as an Easter egg on our wedding details. We used this on our cocktail napkins and our menu cards.
  • Although neither of us are Hispanic, the Miami and Hispanic culture of “hora loca’s” is important to us since we have attended many weddings with this element. We thought it would be an amazing touch to end the night.
  • We added Jordan almonds as a personal favor on the tablescape. As this a Greek heritage and was also served at my parents’ wedding, it was important that we continued the tradition.
  • For many years Oliver and I have always said our future family drink would be a “HURDicane” to represent our new last name and South Florida hurricanes. Having Chez Gourmet curate this for the first time and serve it at our cocktail hour was so special.

My one piece of advice to brides it to make it a weekend event – I was so glad we had events starting Thursday through Sunday because it gave us an opportunity to really talk and engage with to our guests on other events besides the wedding day. So on the wedding day, we could focus on enjoying time with each other and seeing those people who were only there on the day of. Making it a weekend event doesn’t need to be too expensive either – on Thursday we did a Cheeseburgers in Paradise themed BBQ in my parents backyard with bridal party and family as a welcome party.

Photography: Katie Lopez Photography | Cinematography: Pinwheel Film Company | Wedding Planning and Design: Masi Events | Floral Design: Anthology Co. | Cake: Earth And Sugar | Catering: Chez Gourmet | Lighting: Globadyne Production | Entertainment: Tropics Entertainment | Transportation: Molly's Trolleys | Ceremony and Reception : Flagler Museum | Hair and Make-up: Sissi Ceballos | Invitations and papergoods: Papel & Co. | Linens and Rentals: Nuage Designs | Rentals: Elements & Accents | Rentals: Atlas Party Rentals

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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

An Event Producer Planned Her Wedding With Effortless Style

As an event producer-turned-bride, Carolina had a pretty clear vision for her big day. Alongside Masi Events and a crew of fabulous vendors, she planned an effortlessly chic celebration infused with Latin culture and the result was a nothing short of perfection. Take a peek at Carolina and Lisandro’s “I do” with even more captured by Merari Photography.

Carolina & Lisandro wed at the beautiful St. Jude Church full of meaningful traditions, followed by a reception at Vizcaya Museum & Gardens with 300 of their closest friends and family. Carolina, being an Event producer herself for a luxury brand company, already had a clear vision and plan for her wedding. She was looking for an event planner to partner with to see the details through so she can truly be a bride on her wedding. She envisioned a wedding that was fun, beautiful and natural and that is exactly the vision that came to fruition that day.

There was a certain effortless chic style about the wedding mixed with formality yet laid back fun vibe. From the long royal tables paired with a gorgeous linen and greenery garlands down the table with Tuscan cross back chairs with assigned seating for all guests. The first course was a tropical salad with locally harvested papaya and mango served with dressing in a cucumber cup followed by dinner stations where guests would be able to mingle and help themselves to an arepa station and Latin station. All the food was served in white casseroles giving a very homey and inviting feel.

The clear top tent was lined with market lights and the lower terrace was filled with white cabana furniture that allowed guests to enjoy mini desserts while taking in the magnificent water views. During the first part of the evening La Vida band performed authentic old world Cuban and Latin music, while guests dined. Then DJ LA kicked off the party and guests danced the night away. Carolina and Lisandro had a grand exit with white glow sticks as their guests showered them with praises as they started off their lives together as husband and wife!

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Photography: Merari Photography | Cinematography: Hopemedia, LLC | Floral Design : Julia Rohde Designs | Cake: Edda’s Cake Designs | Ceremony Venue: St. Jude | Reception Venue: Vizcaya Museum & Gardens | Catering: Jason Mitchell Kahn | Hair + Makeup: Makeup and the City | Calligraphy: Julia Rohde Designs | Lighting: Illumene | DJ: Liquid DJs | Cocktail Hour Music: Gigmaster | Coffee Cart: Mokafe | Dance Floor and Stage: Sperry Tents | Dinner Music Band: Elan Artists | Event Planning + Coordination: Masi Events | Rentals: Bubble | Rentals: Nuage Designs

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The Bride’s Enzoani Dress Will Make Your Jaw Drop

Matthew and Denise love escaping to Miami Beach any chance they get, so hosting a destination wedding in this sizzling city was kind of a no-brainer. Denise, an event planner herself, brought on a team of awesome vendors to help them plan from afar, including Erika Delgado to work her magic behind the camera lens. From her jaw-dropping Enzoani dress to the couple’s rooftop vows, this epic celebration is one for the books.

From the Bride… Matt and I have known each other since high-school but it wasn’t until we ran into one another 15 years later that we gave it a shot at dating. And here we are married today! We had a destination wedding since we are from Pittsburgh. Our wedding day was modern, chic and elegant, with our colors being primarily white with shades of blue.

I opted to go with no wedding cake (I may be the only person who doesn’t like cake) but instead, we decided on a Viennese table of assorted mini desserts and champagne. I’m an event planner myself so I wanted to keep everything easy and really have fun while planning my own wedding. Coordinating everything from Pittsburgh was a bit of a challenge, but the Miami Beach EDITION hotel and all of the wedding vendors we chose were amazing to work with and helped keep me at ease throughout the entire process.

My favorite parts of the day were our ceremony on the rooftop terrace overlooking the ocean and our “first look” which was on the amazing rooftop deck of our penthouse suite. Thanks to our photographer, Erika Delgado for coming up with the idea. It could not have been any more perfect, private and beautiful. Since we planned a destination wedding, our favors and escort cards were leather luggage tags for each guest. We also asked our guests to fill out destination tags for places we should travel to anywhere in the world on future trips together. Next up is our honeymoon to South Africa!

From Erika Delgado Photography… Sizzling, vibrant and known for its sunshine, top-notch food, and music, Miami is made for celebrations. The city is also home to historic art deco hotels, and ballrooms with sweeping ocean views which made The Miami Beach Edition Hotel the perfect wedding venue for Denise and Matthew. The couple is from Pittsburgh with friends and family traveling from the Midwest, so the skyline and beaches were a perfect treat.


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Photography: Erika Delgado Photography | Event Planning: The Edition Miami Beach | Floral Design: D'Vine Creations | Wedding Dress: Enzoani | Wedding Invitations: Minted | Reception Catering: The Edition Miami Beach | Hair + Makeup: Face2Face Studios | DJ: Mike Willis | Groom's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Venue: The Edition Miami Beach | Dress Store: Sorelle Bridal Salon | Hotel Accommodations: The Edition Miami Beach | Robe: Piyama Kimono Robe | Wedding Band: Brilliant Nuevo Diamonds

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Bringing Hollywood Regency Style Glamour to South Beach

South Beach is known for its art deco glamour and with the help of Love in Vintage + Primrose Florals, that backdrop was infused with a dash of Hollywood Regency decor making for a day both stunning and insanely stylish. Palm Fronds, king protea and black and white trellis prints commingled with gilded vases and pineapple too. It’s glam at every turn captured by Ozzy Garcia. Dive in to even more of this Miami shindig right here.

From Love in Vintage A beautiful Art Deco hotel, a blush Sareh Nouri wedding gown, palm trees, sun, and film photography by Ozzy Garcia = magic! Monica and Steve wanted their destination wedding to be in Miami’s famous Art Deco playground, South Beach. They wanted everything to be nothing less than an epic experience for their guest, which meant: the perfect backdrop, great food, a saxophone and bongos, and a day filled with love, good mojitos, laughter, and F-U-N. Our design concept was a romantic and fun Hollywood Regency design to compliment the Art Deco architecture of the hotel. Our tablescape design for the intimate dinner was a mix of rich textures, which included: a custom made black and white trellis runner, bold gold vases, fretwork flower boxes, gold sunburst frames, white ceramic pineapples, gilded syroco pheasants, textured glassware, gold flatware, black peacock chairs for the bride and groom, and an array of white blooms and tropical greens. The place card holders were white lacquered cows, bulls, and sheep that were inspired by the iconic animal sculptures that are on display at the beautiful grounds of the Surfcomber. After dinner it was time to kickoff your shoes and dance the night away 305 style. For this part of the evening we wanted a more playful design. We were able to achieve a more playful design by incorporating pops of pink, banana leaves, and pineapples.

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Photography: Ozzy Garcia | Event Design : Love in Vintage | Floral Design: PrimRose Florals | Wedding Gown : Sareh Nouri | Hair & Makeup : Carolyn Jones Makeup | Calligraphy : Kelle Anne Mccarter Calligraphy | Entertainment: Vision DJs | Hotel: Surfcomber Miami, South Beach- a Kimpton Hotel | Bridal Shop: A Little Something White | Cakes & Sweets: The Little Sugars | Invitations and Paper Goods: Lana's Shop | Vintage Rentals : Love in Vintage

Bringing the Mediterranean to Florida

Inspired by a recent vacation to Capri, this couple transformed their Florida venue into a Mediterranean masterpiece where they could have the romantic wedding of their dreams while still celebrating with all of their friends and family. Anthology Co. made Italian staples – lemons and olive foliage – the focal point, accenting them with cheerful yellow blooms, and Bill Hansen Luxury Catering and Event Production continued the Mediterranean theme in the menu. After looking at the gallery by Merari Photography, you’ll really think you’re in magical Capri.

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From the Bride… Brian and I met at the Publix deli counter. After quite some time, he planned to propose in Santa Barbara, California, but the second he picked up the ring (three months prior to his planned proposal) he couldn’t wait and called for a reservation at our favorite restaurant/first date location. I was seriously underdressed for the occasion and had one too many glasses of wine while we were waiting for our table. So, prior to his proposal – cringe moment – when he was telling me he loved me, I responded jokingly by shoving my ring finger in his face shouting “prove it!” Long story short, a couple of minutes later, he proposed, and I was SO SO SO surprised!

Since we couldn’t make the trip to Italy for our wedding (because we wanted all of our friends and family present), we chose a venue and theme reminiscent of Capri, Italy, where we had vacationed a year prior. Our wedding was inspired by the Mediterranean waters and lemon trees! Aside from the gorgeous venue and atmosphere, we hired a band to really keep the party going to ensure everybody had the time of their lives.

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Photography: Merari Photography | Floral Design: Anthology Co. | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Cloud 9 Bakery | Bridesmaids' Dresses: JLM Couture | Catering: Bill Hansen Luxury Catering and Event Production | Makeup: Lulus Studio | Band: 30 Vice | Venue: Villa Woodbine | Paper Goods: The Bride

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A Miami Wedding Planner’s Romantic Nuptials

As an event planner herself, this bride knew exactly what she wanted and who she wanted to work with when it came to planning her own wedding. She assembled a team of incredible vendors – Unearthed VintageSo-Min Justine Kang Photography, Bill Hansen Catering, and many more! – to realize her vision, and they did not disappoint. Dig into the gallery for endless “pinspiration,” from her lacy, long sleeve gown to the long, farmhouse tables.

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From Unearthed VintageWhen Taylor first reached out to us for the rentals and decor for her wedding, I knew that she also worked in the event industry here in South Florida, but this was the first time that I would actually meet her in person. She was planning to be married at Villa Woodbine, one of my favorite venues in Miami, and her vision was timeless – wanting beautiful, white washed pieces with touches of blush and green throughout. As a vendor, there is always something so exciting about a client who knows exactly what they want and who also gives you just enough creative freedom to have fun with it. This wedding was the very first time a bride wanted to use our Hampton Farmhouse Tables at Villa Woodbine, and I am so glad she did. The look was classic and elegant, especially with the gorgeous florals from Julia Rohde Designs throughout. Every single detail of the wedding was stunning, from the glowing bride and her handsome groom, to their beautiful bridal party, to all of the florals and decor throughout. My personal favorite part of this wedding though, is the friendship that developed between Taylor and me, and discovering our mutual love for donuts and cocktails.

From the Bride… I got to marry my best friend after eight years in the most beautiful location in Miami, surrounded by all of our friends and family. As a Miami Event Planner, I set the bar pretty high for my wedding. The pros? I know exactly what I love because I’ve seen it all. The cons? Living up to my own expectations seemed daunting! Fortunately, as soon as Tucker and I visited Villa Woodbine, we knew that was where we would get married. After the venue was picked, the details came easy. The lush garden of Villa Woodbine and the Mediterranean-Renaissance style of the Estate made everyone forget where we were for the evening. We got married under a massive oak tree, which had a four foot crystal chandelier from Unearthed Vintage hanging from the branches. The venue so easily allows for soft, subtle details because it holds such natural beauty. With the help of Julia Rohde Designs and Unearthed Vintage, we created a natural glamour motif of pinks, whites, and green. My bridesmaid’s dresses followed the same color palette in a variety of textures and styles. All the details came together beautifully, and the day flew by! Planning my wedding was one of the most fun things I’ve ever done. With the unbelievably hard work of all of my amazing vendors, I was fortunate enough to have every single detail I could have ever wanted, and I genuinely got my dream wedding.

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Photography: So-Min Kang Photography | Cinematography: Brennan Pierson | Event Planning: Chef David Cuisine and Event Design | Floral Design: Julia Rohde Designs | Catering: Bill Hansen Luxury Catering and Event Production | Makeup: Selena Aguilera | Hair: Gigi DaRocha | DJ: The Event Factor | Favors: The Salty Donut | Groom's Attire: Suit Supply | Venue: Villa Woodbine | Bridal Boutique: Opera D'Arte | Desserts: The Cake Box | Rentals: Atlas Party Rentals | Rentals, Furniture and Lighting: Unearthed Vintage

This Anniversary Shoot Is the Absolute Definition of Romance!

Look up the word “romance” in the dictionary and these pics are what you’ll see. Captured by Simply Sarah Photography, this two year anniversary shoot is dripping with love in all the best ways possible, from the setting (Miami’s Vizcaya Museum & Gardens) to the gorgeous Rime Arodaky gown – and of course these two soulmates. Get in on all these good vibes this Monday – more in our Vault right this way!

From Simply Sarah PhotographyI had the pleasure of photographing Halle and Brendan’s gorgeous backyard wedding in 2015 and was thrilled to capture their two year anniversary in their new home state of Florida just a few weeks ago. Vizcaya provided a beautiful and timeless background and I was able capture these two exploring the museum gardens in all their newlywed glory. Yes, after two years of marriage they still act like newlyweds, it’s adorable how cute they are! I have a special place in my heart for anniversary sessions and I suggest all of my couples to take time to document their love in some way as the years of marriage roll on. When they are 65, how sweet will it be to show their grandchildren years of beautiful photographs of times long past but memories they hold so dear.

From Halle… Truth be told, Brendan and I have very little in common. I love baking show marathons, he loves Grey’s Anatomy. I am a huge dreamer, he’s the most realistic person I know. I love concerts, he won’t go because he doesn’t know what to do with his hands. I love shopping, he hates it with a passion. I love Jesus, he loves Jesus.. and that’s enough. I am glad we figured that out early on..
After almost two years of marriage, it is our mutual love for Jesus that binds us, and our love for His mission in particular. We know that we are truly better together, than apart. And we know God’s mission is bigger than our marriage. Our desire for our marriage is modeled after Philippians 1:17. We want to be of “one mind,” to be “striving side by side for the faith of the gospel.” Being married to Brendan is the most beautiful, reckless, and scandalous shadow of the most incredible love story ever told.

Our words of wisdom for other couples: Brendan and I haven’t had years of experience with marriage but we’ve certainly walked through some seasons together, both good and bad! At the beginning of our marriage I had a break down… here I am a young newlywed, living seven hours away from my family and friends in a new city and knowing no one besides my husband. One night Brendan walked in from work and found me crying my eyes out beside the bed. Super mature and attractive I am sure… he laid down beside me and started praying over me. Hearing my husband invite God into my mess of depression changed the way I viewed prayer and made me fall even more in love with him.

Prayer truly changes everything. Have you ever had the thought that you could be the only person that prays for your spouse? Or even your marriage? Fact is marriage is difficult, we get tired and selfish. Psalm 18:6 tells us He always hears, and he deeply cares for our marriage, your marriage, everyone’s marriage. After all He designed it. Brendan and I believe prayer and communion with God alone has given us a satisfaction and purpose in marriage we truly didn’t even know was possible. I look forward to many more years of marriage with my best friend!

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Photography: Simply Sarah Photography | Floral Design: Inna Olimpiyuk Events | Jewelry: Trumpet & Horn | Hair + Makeup: DG Makeup Pro | Wedding Venue: Vizcaya Museum & Gardens | Couple's Custom Crest: Spurle Gul Studios

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A Ridiculously Stylish Miami Wedding

If real weddings won medals, this one would undoubtedly snag the gold for chicness. With layers upon layers of thoughtfully designed style and Masi EventsThierry Isambert Culinary + Event DesignUnearthed Vintage and Jarrell Entertainment working their magic behind the scenes, there’s no denying this day is one for the books. Kat Braman photographed, and the fun is only just getting started.

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From the Bride… We always knew we wanted our wedding to be outdoors and we wanted the reception to be one big fancy-dress dinner party with delicious food, free-flowing wine, and all night dancing.

The overall vision changed dramatically as we started out planning an October wedding in the Hudson Valley, which meant cool weather and warm fall colors. But we ended up wanting more of a warm weather destination feel and Miami is still hot and gorgeous in October. Carlos spent several years in Miami for his residency and still has great friends there. We went there together on our first weekend getaway, and try to go back at least once or twice a year. So it’s come to be a special place for both of us. And who doesn’t love a weekend in Miami?!

Stylistically I wanted to approach it the same way I would an interiors project – lots of small thoughtful details and layers that in the big picture added up to feel harmonious, striking a fine balance between an elegant black tie wedding and a good old fashioned throw down! Carlos and I love to throw parties and entertain our friends and family, so it was very important to us that the evening encapsulated that same sense of intimacy you would feel in our home.

Because the Deering Estate is such a spectacular setting, both indoors and outdoors, we let it do most of the work and kept the color palette and decorations very neutral and unobtrusive. My bridesmaids were super chic in a variety of black dresses and a jumpsuit, and the flowers were a flawless mix of whites, ivory and greenery. I spent hours and hours putting together inspiration boards for each aspect of the evening and my amazing team of vendors ran with it! They captured all the subtle nuances I was looking for and the night came together beautifully.

Our photographer, Kat Braman, was beyond words. We had already spent a weekend with her in New York taking photos at our home upstate and around Brooklyn. So we were really comfortable with her on the day of and felt confident that she would capture the essence of the celebration on film. And she did a fantastic job! We couldn’t have asked for better photos.

The entire weekend was filled with lots of little moments that meant so much to each of us. We both wanted live music for the ceremony and the cocktail hour. I grew up playing the cello and still think it’s the most beautiful sound in the world so that was a necessary for the ceremony. For the cocktail hour, we wanted something jazzy and loose. In came Chad Bernstein to the rescue. He’s a local musician (who also runs an amazing non-profit called Guitars Over Guns) that was recommended to me by a vendor. He put together a trio for the ceremony including himself on trombone, a cellist and a guitar and created a custom arrangement our music selections.

Carlos makes world-famous empanadas so we wanted to send everyone off at the end of the night with one of our favorite treats for the bus ride back to the beach. We ordered them from a local Argentine restaurant and they were delicious. Not as good as Carlos’ but a close second!

My maid of honor’s father officiated our wedding. We’ve known him for years and it was so special to have both of them standing up with us. I put the transcript for the ceremony and our vows into this lovely musical composition notebook and also used it as the guest book for the reception. In the back of it, I’ve saved lots of little mementos from the weekend so now we have one big scrapbook full of well-wishes and love, and lots of happy little reminders.

My father is a loquacious man, so we knew his welcome toast would be something to remember. But he surprised even me, bringing out a book I’d written in elementary school as a Father’s Day gift, listing all the things I liked about him, complete with illustrations. It was so sweet and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. Then 10 minutes later I literally had to get up and remove the mic from him his hands. I don’t think anyone will forget that moment!
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My biggest piece of advice to other brides is if you don’t hire a videographer, ask someone to record the ceremony! I was having such an out-of-body experience during the ceremony, I didn’t even hear the music as I was walking to meet Carlos. All of our friends kept saying how beautiful the music was and I totally missed it! I would also love to be able to hear us saying our vows to each other again – we wrote our own and would love to relive that moment. That was, after all, what the entire day was about!

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Photography: Kat Braman | Event Coordination: Masi Events | Event Planning : Masi Events | Wedding Dress: J. Mendel | Wedding Cake: Earth And Sugar | Invitations: Paperless Post | Bride's Shoes: Stuart Weitzmen | Rings: Vale Jewelry | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Elie Tahari | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Shakuhachi | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Self Portrait Studio - Azaelea Red Dress | Catering: Thierry Isambert Culinary + Event Design | Hair and Makeup: Carolyn Jones Makeup | Lighting: Illumene | DJ: Jarrell Entertainment | Favors: Catalina's Bake Shop | Groom's Attire: Seize Sur Vingt | Venue: Deering Estate | Bridal Shop: Bergdorf Goodman | Ceremony and Cocktail Hour Musician: Chad Bernstein | Film Processing: State Film Lab | Florals + Design: Julia Rohde Designs | Getting Ready: The Edition Miami Beach | Rentals: Unearthed Vintage | Veil: Tia Mazza

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