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Spring Garden Vibes Were Abloom at This Deering Estate Wedding!

This waterfront wedding in the heat of Miami’s Deering Estate will sweep you off your feet. Talia & Ricky’s affair was blooming with love and florals – from the bride’s stunning Monique Lhuillier gown to the cream-forward floral arrangements by Xefla. We love a good al fresco reception moment, and the couple’s butterfly-accented place settings are every whimsical bride’s dream. Bonphotage captured all the garden vibes and love that floated throughout the balmy Miami breeze – make sure to see for yourself in the full gallery!

From Bonphotage… Talia and Ricky had the wedding of their dreams on Miami’s waterfront at the beautiful Deering Estate. Garden vibes were the theme of the day from the al fresco reception dinner to the bride’s stunning floral Monique Lhullier couture gown. 

The color palette softly played off tones of Spring and the historical architecture of the estate tones. The French chairs perfectly fit with the delicate butterfly place settings and subtly textured linens, the most natural pieces held the guest tables together while the pops of yellow and hint of Spring color came through in the florals. 

The draping tea lights created a romantic atmosphere for the beautiful couple. The backdrop of the ocean and Palm trees in view was the perfect spot for an outdoor ceremony filled with happy tears and joy surrounding the wedding day.

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Photography: bonphotage | videography: bonphotage | Floral Design: Xquisite Events | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Sweet Guilt by Angelica | Ceremony Venue: Deering Estate | Catering: Chez Gourmet | makeup: bellelite | DJ: david verna | Musicians: Red Elephant Entertainment | Photobooth: Capture POD Photo Booths | Planning: Naomi Zora Events | Rentals: Elements & Accents | coffee bar: Aroma Espresso

A Coastal Wedding in Miami With Cuban Influences and Oceanfront Views

The bride and groom of today’s gorgeous oceanfront Miami wedding pulled off the day of their dreams against all odds. Three postponements laters, and just 90 days before their big day… their venue let them know they wouldn’t be open in time for their wedding date. Fortunately, the talented team at Events By Elle and Ever After Floral Design knew exactly what to do to transform and redesign the vision to perfectly fit their new location – the groom’s godparents’ waterfront home in Coral Gables, FL. Watch it all unfold at the full gallery, captured by Katie Lopez Photography!

From the Bride… Many people ask when we met, but my husband, Frankie and I, have known each other since elementary school in Miami, FL. While we were friends for most of our childhood, we started dating when we were 16 years old in July of 2010. After high school, he went to Dartmouth and I moved to Boston to attend Boston College. After 4 years of long distance, we decided to move together to New York City. In April 2019, after 9 years of being together- Frankie proposed on a rainy Friday night in our apartment and surprised me by flying our parents to NYC for the weekend. He had also planned a surprise rooftop party at Mr. Purple with all our friends & family the next day. After a year of wedding planning, we boarded a flight from New York City back home to Miami, FL five days before our wedding date of March 21, 2020. As we landed, we realized how severe the pandemic had become. We ultimately decided to postpone our wedding and have a civil ceremony performed by my aunt in my parents’ backyard with our immediate families, while my sister (and MOH) broadcasted the ceremony on Instagram live for friends & family. This was even before zoom weddings!

After three postponements throughout 2020, we finally had a new date for our religious ceremony and reception – May 1, 2021. However, three months before the new date our original venue called to let us know they would not open in time for our wedding. With less than 90 days, we moved venues to the groom’s godparents’ waterfront home in Coral Gables, FL. I could not have executed any of these obstacles without Elle Saade-Becerra and her team at Events by Elle. The team was able to completely redesign everything from top to bottom and execute a sophisticated, coastal, classic reception with blue & white décor that played off the native florals of South Florida. We added rattan lanterns and bamboo chairs to accent the oceanfront venue. After a long year of lockdowns, we wanted our guests to feel they were transported to a cozy coastal vacation where they could dance the night away in celebration. We chose a white dinner jacket attire to accent our décor and keep the men comfortable on a warm spring day in Miami. Luckily, the women showed up in beautiful patterns of all colors that really livened up the party! After 11 years of dating, we were married at Epiphany Catholic Church – the Church at the elementary school where we met 20 years ago.

Our out-of-town guests were greeted at the hotel with a welcome box full of classic Cuban goodies- Maria cookies, merenguitos and ingredients for a Cuba Libre cocktail (Bacardi, coke, and lime). Our custom logo was designed by Dogwood Hill and we attached it to our welcome gift bag. It was important for us to incorporate our Cuban heritage throughout the events. Our upbringing in Miami, FL was influenced greatly by our Cuban grandparents, and it was so special to share that piece of us with our guests.

The bride’s group got ready at my mother’s best friend’s home. She surprised me with custom cocktail napkins embroidered with our wedding logo that I still use to host friends and family at our home! Before I even started shopping for wedding dresses, I knew I would find my dream dress at Ever After bridal shop in Miami, FL. As I walked in, the owner, Camille, said she had picked out the perfect dress for me but she didn’t want to show me until I had tried everything on. I loved taking risks with my own style and was determined to find something unique and out of my comfort zone. At the end of the appointment, I finally tried on the long sleeve Zuhair Murad gown she had chosen. It was totally different from what I imagined I would wear, but something felt right about the delicate lace detail and off the shoulder silhouette. I booked a wonderful style team- Nicole Emano and Keshia Garnett- for my make-up and hair. After gathering some inspiration from Hailey Baldwin Bieber’s wedding day look, I decided upon an “effortless French girl” look that was sleek, simple, and chic to complement the dramatic gown. This beauty team got my vision perfectly! My jewelry was especially important- I wore the same earrings my aunt and grandmother had worn for their weddings, and an emerald (my birthstone) ring given to my mother by my grandfather the day I was born. Accompanying these items was a lace ring bearer pillow hand-stitched by my great-great grandmother in Cuba. It was so special to have family heirlooms to commemorate this day. My mother and mother-in-law were both wearing custom Victoria Lopez-Castro designs. I loved the way their one-shoulder red and halter powder blue gowns played off each other.

Styling my bridesmaids dresses was such a fun part of the process. In my spare time, I love helping friends find wedding guest outfits and this time I was able to do it for myself! I envisioned playful nude and pink patterns that felt fresh for Spring. Everyone looked gorgeous and unique in their different styles – especially my sister, Cristi, (and MOH) in her Galvan London rose gown. One of my bridesmaids, Vivian Grimes, founded the Florida-based startup, Henri Noël Fine Jewelry, and she brought diamond earrings and necklaces for each bridesmaid to wear. Funny enough, I began working with her full time after returning from my honeymoon. Although I wasn’t anticipating much for our first look, Frankie’s reaction to seeing me in my dress was incredible. I had never seen him speechless! As it was time to head to the church, my wedding planner alerted me that the car we rented couldn’t start that morning. The company had sent another classic car instead – a 1930 Ford Model A. This little hiccup turned out to be a blessing in disguise. This unique car was one of my favorite surprises of the day! Our wedding party and Frankie headed to the church in a white trolley – dancing together the whole way there. My father and I were the last ones to leave, and we decided to take a tequila shot together before heading to the ceremony. As we arrived at the church that I had gone to throughout my childhood, I began to get nervous! Nothing is as nerve-wrecking as waiting for the church doors to open, but the nerves quickly settled as I saw Frankie at the altar. We celebrated a traditional catholic wedding mass, including a Spanish “mantilla” that has been passed down through our family for generations. The “mantilla” is a lace veil placed over the bride and groom’s shoulder to represent the new union formed in through marriage.

After the ceremony, white trollies transported our guests to our reception. Our cocktail hour took place around the pool and boat dock at 5 o’clock in the afternoon. Guests were welcomed by a jazzy saxophone and our signature drinks- a spicy paloma and old fashioned. During quarantine I picked up a painting as a new hobby, so as our wedding started getting closer, I decided to order rattan fans and hand paint our initials in French blue to be passed out as the guests arrived. For our guest book, we chose a coffee table of Capri, Italy representing our honeymoon destination. Our guest book is now part of our coffee table décor to enjoy whenever we want! Our caterer, Style Catering, planned a menu that incorporated Cuban staples with modern dishes– spicy tuna tartare, vaca frita tostones, and crispy polenta croutons with pulled duck ragu. In a nod to our college years in the Northeast, I had this vision of guests enjoying my favorite appetizer- oysters- by the water. Our caterer was able to bring my vision to life with oysters in special wooden trays served throughout cocktail hour. These were definitely a crowd favorite!

Our guests entered the Sperry tent under a blooming bougainvillea entrance that added a pop of color to the blue, white and green décor. During wedding planning, there was a big debate about what color flooring we should have inside the tent. Should we do green to look like grass? Or a classic neutral? My wedding planner suggested white turf, but would it get dirty? I decided to trust her gut and go with the white turf floor. It was difficult to imagine how it would come together, but once we saw how bright and crisp the inside of the tent looked – I knew it was the perfect choice. Inside, the tent was filled with round and rectangular tables with two different linen prints of greens, blues, and whites. Ever After Florals created beautiful greenery accents that transformed the tent into a coastal gardenscape. My mother-in-law found gorgeous French blue and white ginger jars a month before the wedding, and our wonderful florist was able to incorporate them throughout the reception. We also chose a white-washed wood Sperry dance floor with white couches to create a quintessential coastal focal point for the tent. Our band, The Clique, got the party started and got our guests dancing immediately. After a few speeches and dances, we opened the buffet-style dinner for our guests. It was important for us to keep a party-like atmosphere and have our guests feel free to mingle, hit the bar, and fill their plate at their own pace. Our food stations were inspired by our favorite foods – Spanish tapas with seafood paella, “Little Italy” with Branzino and a red wine braised short rib risotto, and a meat carving station with NY strip and slow roasted pork “lechon”. Our wedding cake was designed by a renown Miami bakery- Edda’s Cake Designs. We chose a classic rum cake- our favorite childhood cake.

Inspired by our shared Cuban heritage, the “hora loca” (Spanish for “the crazy hour, a Hispanic wedding tradition that is meant to kick off the later hours of the party) started with a pop of white confetti that filled the tent like snow. Our wedding planner passed out “tropical space cowboy” themed accessories – 40 gallon cowboy hats, astronaut hats, disco headbands and flower crowns. I wore a custom orchid headpiece and my husband wore a custom captain’s hat with his initials. One of our favorite memories was when the band performed the groom’s family’s favorite song “Friends in Low Places”. Our families got on the stage and sang every word together. After such a long year of postponements, it felt wonderful seeing the whole night come together and finally celebrating with our friends and family. We ended the night on the stage singing Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York” with our guests, a nod our favorite city where we lived together and got engaged two years prior. So much has changed since our April 2019 engagement, and we were thrilled to host such a joyful day with everyone we love.

Photography: Katie Lopez Photography | Cinematography: Ps Photography | Event Planning: Events By Elle | Floral Design: Ever After Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Zuhair Murad | Cake: Edda’s Cake Designs | Invitations: Dogwood Hill | Ceremony Venue: Epiphany Catholic Church | Reception Venue: Private Home | Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Catering: STYLE Catering, Inc. | Lighting: Celebrations by Kathy | DJ: The Clique Band, Tropics Entertainment | Band: The Clique Band, Tropics Entertainment | Groom's Attire: The Black Tux | Groomsmen's Attire: The Black Tux | Transportation: Rumba Tours | White Trolley | Transportation: Florians Classics | Beauty: Junkie Bride | Beauty: Clique Miami | Bridesmaid Accessories: Henri Noel Fine Jewelry | Chair Rentals: Imperial Event Rentals | Confetti: Liquid Sky Laser Shows | Custom Bars: Elements & Accents | Custom Napkins: For Your Party | Dress Vendor: Ever After Miami | Flooring: Elegant Parties | Logo: Dogwood Hill | MOB Purse: Pamela Munson | MOG Purse: Asha - TALLULAH STUD | Maid of Honor Dress: Galvan London | Mother of Bride & Groom Dresses: Victoria Lopez Castro | Photography - Assistance: Lara Rios | Rentals: Nuage Designs | Rentals: Bubble | Rentals: BBJ La Tavola | Table, Chairs, and Lounge Area Rentals: Elements & Accents | Tent & Dancefloor: Sperry Tents Southeast | Weddings Rings: Henri Noel Fine Jewelry

A Downtown Miami Wedding Filled With Personal Touches, Sentimental Moments, and a Steal-Worthy Beer Bar

This Downtown Miami wedding sprinkled with personal touches may just bring a tear to your eye. If this day doesn’t represent the value of a father-daughter bond, we truly don’t know what does. Planners from Oh my Occasions uniquely embraced the couple’s love story and brought it to life, and boy did it get the “oh my” reaction it deserves. Aesthetically pleasing floral arrangements stole the show thanks to the artistically talented team at Event Bliss Design. Between epic views of the city and a customized beer tap wall, this Miami wedding will surely long be remembered and cherished. Head on over to the full gallery steal-worthy inspiration, captured by Kt Crabb Photography.

From Kt Crabb Photography… Katrina’s father stepped onto the dance floor with his wife in hand, Katrina’s mother. The room fell quiet as he looked down and paused for a moment. “I’m so grateful to be alive to see this moment.” As Katrina had expressed earlier, her father is often not a man of many words. “My dad has also battled health problems in the past, so him being present at my wedding and giving a heartfelt speech was everything to me.” Of course, he brought his sense of humor as he grabbed a sheet of paper with his speech and let it unfold into what looked like a novel as the paper was long enough to drag on the floor. The room erupted in laughter as he glanced over to catch a glimpse of the reaction he seemed to value most, his baby girl.

The bride and her father hold such a unique bond. He walked her hand in hand from the car up the staircase to the cathedral. However, he too wanted to witness the moment the doors opened for the first time in the cathedral. He stood partway down the aisle as she walked towards him to join together before reaching Jeremy at the altar. “My father standing halfway symbolized that he is always there for me when I need him the most. He’s there to catch me when I fall, guide me, and offer a helping hand (literally and figuratively because my dad is a handyman!).”

Hearing and witnessing the role Katrina’s father held in her life proved that her life partner would need to be someone just as special. According to Katrina, “My mom always told me when you visit a new church, make a wish. On November 9, 2008, as I stepped inside St. Augustine Church for the first time, I wished, ‘I wish I will meet my future husband.’ After the mass, I met Jeremy outside on the steps of the church. At that time, I had no idea that God just granted me my wish. It wasn’t until we started dating when I first thought, ‘Wow, how funny would it be if this guy ends up as my husband!’.” This serendipitous story was one Katrina kept close to her heart and shared with Jeremy for the first time on their wedding day through her gift to him, a hand-crafted album full of moments and stories of their life together.

Their wedding day was sprinkled with personal touches throughout. From momentos of their travels abroad to the deep love for uniquely crafted beer, and of course, freshly made donuts. Their unique personal touches invited their guests in first hand to experience their love story. They gifted their guests with their own custom beer blend created for their wedding day which was later served in their personalized beer tap. Their wedding day was held at the EPIC Kimpton hotel in Miami, a city near and dear to their hearts. The EPIC hotel offered great views of their favorite city while they prepared for such a life-changing moment together. “While we were sitting at our sweetheart table during dinner, we had another moment to look around the ballroom- this time with all of our guests sitting in their seats, eating, drinking, and having fun. We were so humbled to see all of our close family and friends there to celebrate us. We took in a deep breath, had a big sigh of relief, drank a beer from our custom beer tap wall, and said, “wow, this is so beautiful”. This simple, little moment between all the big moments, was one of our favorites.”

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Edited by Lauren Megerdichian & Carly Zumar

Photography: Kt Crabb Photography | Cinematography: Third Re3l Cinema | Floral Design: Event Bliss Design | Cake: Sweet Guilt by Angelica | Ceremony Venue: St Patrick Catholic Church | Reception Venue: Epic Hotel | DJ: xentric entertainment | Beauty: bellelite | Beer Tap Rental: Grace & Ingrid Events | Car: Florians Classics | Planning: Oh my Occasions

Inspired Miami Wedding At Vizcaya Museum & Gardens

Featuring a lush tropical backdrop at Vizcaya Museum & Gardens, impeccable style, and a tented reception that wows- this Miami wedding planned by Events By Gigi is nothing short of stunning. On closer look, you’ll find incredible heartfelt moments that match the outer beauty of the wedding day. Among these special touches are odes to the couple’s Russian culture and the inclusion of their dog Mishka in the wedding ceremony! Bonphotage perfectly captured the love in every beautiful image, and Taylor Event Designs filled the space with show-stopping blooms. Visit the full gallery for endless amounts of inspiration.



From BonphotageVizcaya Museum and Gardens is arguably one of the most stunning places in the United States to get married – and we were thrilled when Masha and Lucas asked us to fly to Miami to capture their special day there!



Meaningful details deep were the heart of their special day. Amongst those thoughtful details was the inclusion of Masha’s first love, her dog Mishka, who served as ring bearer. After a stunning sunset ceremony, followed by portraits in the gardens, the couple entered their vintage car and drove across the bay where they held a tented reception for their guests.



“WOW! This is our wedding?” said the bride and groom as they entered a beautifully draped tent, complete with five oversized chandeliers, glass tabletops adorned with lush florals and romantic candles, delicate blush details, an ice sculpture complete with imported Caviar from the brides native Russia. Guests dined on petit filet mignon, toasted to ‘Pickle Shots’, and danced the night away.



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Photography: bonphotage | videography: bonphotage | Event Planning: events by gigi | Floral Design: taylor event designs | dress: Badgely Mischka | Ceremony Venue: Vizcaya Museum And Gardens | Reception Venue: sunset cove by Imagine | shoes: Bella Belle Shoes | Catering: A Alexander Events | makeup: Beauty By Renata | Calligraphy: Miami Writes Co. Calligraphy + Designs | tent: Tents & Events | Accomodations: sls brickell miami | Rentals: MiVintage Rentals | rentals: Elements & Accents

Old World Opulence at the Historic Vizcaya Gardens & Museum

From the storybook staircases, to the Spanish moss swaying in the trees, every corner of Vizcaya inspired each of our design details…” says Janna Brown Design of the overall inspiration behind today’s gorgeous styled shoot. We’re completely, head over heels, in love with the lush arrangements in dusty rose hues that perfectly complimented the surrounding gardens. Not to mention the bride’s knockout Monique Lhuillier gown that brought an old world Spanish feel to the aesthetic. To see all the pretty unfold, you have to head on over to the full gallery – taken by the ever so talented Lost Coast Photography!

From Janna Brown Design…. Immersing ourselves in the Spanish influences of Vizcaya, we built our design to embrace all of the unique beauty that this unparalleled venue presented. 

From the storybook staircases, to the Spanish moss swaying in the trees, every corner of Vizcaya inspired each of our design details. Our bride donned layers of lace in a dramatic gown, paired with a lace tipped veil that trailed behind her for an old world Spanish aesthetic. 

We warmed the palette with subtle pink and dusty rose tones that complimented the painted stonework throughout the gardens and the sunkissed skin of our resplendent bride. Our paper goods were inspired by the lush botanical gardens, with intricate floral and foliage sketches carried through the suite. Our reception tables boasted luxurious pooling linens, topped with gold rimmed dinnerware, crystal glassware, custom menus and an abundance of blooms…

Photography: Lost Coast Photography | Cinematography: Aziz Studios | Coordination: Ema Giangreco Weddings | Event Design: Janna Brown Design Co | Event Planning: Janna Brown Design Co. | Floral Design: Janna Brown Design Co | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Invitations: Inquisited | Groom's Attire: SuitShop | Beauty: Brazil Raine | Bridal Shoppe: Chic Parisien | Linens: BBJ La Tavola | Location: Vizcaya Museum And Gardens | Modeling Agency: Wimbley Management | Rentals: Atlas Event Rentals | Rentals: Imperial Event Rentals | Silks: Frou Frou Chic

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Bella Belle’s New Metamorphosis Collection Is Here to Empower Women In Feeling Confident In Their Own Skin

Prepare to fall deeply in love, because this gallery is unlike any other. Every image captured by KT Merry Photography of Bella Belle’s new Metamorphosis collection is a work of art. If we’re being honest, these might be some of our favorite photos of all time – no exaggeration! The collection was created to empower women throughout their own metamorphosis and path to identity, how amazing is that? When we found out the mastermind behind today’s editorial was miss Joy Proctor, the design queen herself, it came to no surprise. From the jaw-dropping gowns to their matching pair of heels – there’s truly a look in here to satisfy every bridal style! See all the swoon-worthy fashion you don’t want to miss at the full gallery.

From Bella Bella Shoes... This editorial took us through our heroine’s captivating metamorphosis path to self-identity. Inspired by nature’s butterflies, the profound story follows her stages of transformation to awakening through colors. With her resilience and hope, she emerged at the end of her journey with a newfound confidence and freedom. 

The collection is filled with subtle notions of a butterfly in the form of silhouettes, fabric techniques, and artwork to emulate its natural ecosystem. The collection is created to empower women by making them feel comfortably confident and beautiful in their own skin, as they go through stages of their own transformation. 

The story is enlivened with our heroine in feminine, voluminous and playful frocks. The evolution of colors reflect on her newly established confidence and self assurance. As she evolves through every stage, she realizes what makes her different is what makes her special. 

Through it all, she found comfort in vulnerability in being comfortable in her own skin. This story is our declaration of femininity and a proclamation of confidence all rolled into one.

Photography: KT Merry Photography | Cinematography: Ale Vidal | Styling + Design: Joy Proctor Design | Gown: Krikor Jabotian | Gown: Edwin Oudshroon | Gown: Dylan Parienty Paris | Gown: Nicole Felicia | Gown: Marchesa Fashion | Gown: Madebride by Antonea | Gown: Sara Mrad | Shoes: Bella Belle | Jewelry: Vivid Diamonds | Hair and Make up: Liliya Mufalazova | Veil: Madebride by Antonea | Veil: White Dress Bridal Boutique

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Intimate Wedding Ideas You’ll Want To Try Immediately

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



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



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



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



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

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

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

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

HISTORY &ARCHITECTURE:

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

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

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

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

A 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