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How to Evoke the Elegance of South of France in Your Wedding Design


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[field title=”The Inspiration”]The vision behind this editorial was to bring the old world charm and romance of the South of France to Miami. The beautiful grounds at Cinco Farm paired with their newly added white fountain helped evoke the aesthetic of a charming European garden. [/field]
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A whimsical and feminine combination of florals in shades of rose, blush, ivory, and lilac were given depth with the addition of hints of burgundy.

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[field title=”The Venue”]Cinco Farm in Miami served as the backdrop for the day.[/field]
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[field title=”Wedding Gown”]The bride wore a beautiful Adriana Madrid gown with delicate 3D floral lace. The voluminous detachable tulle sleeves, cathedral veil, and statement headpiece all worked to create an ethereal, feminine, and nostalgic look.[/field]
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[field title=”Florals & Decor”]The florals and overall design by Nandina Grove were chosen to create a sense of French romance and opulence. From the classic French blue linens, gold candelabras, white washed tuscan cross back chairs, and feminine lush florals worked together to achieve this old world French garden aesthetic. [/field]
[field title=”Favorite Design Element”]The custom invitation suite created by Little Carabou Studio features a lattice design on the belly band that was created to mimic the design of the white chargers on the reception table. It’s such a small detail but when it comes to weddings no detail is too small. Having little moments like that are what truly help make a day feel cohesive and the design intentional. [/field]
[field title=”Tips To Pull Off The Look”]Each element was chosen to help achieve the overall vision of old world French elegance with a hint of whimsy. Mixing patterns and textures such as the embroidered French blue linen paired with the lattice chargers and blue/white dinnerware gave the design a modern touch, while the touches of gold, towering candelabras. fluted glass, and white antique bowls for the floral arrangements added to the nostalga and old world feel. [/field]
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Photography: Melissa Piontkowski Photo | Design: Nandina Grove | Floral Design: Nandina Grove | Wedding Dress: ADRIANA MADRID | Wedding Dress: Lovely Bridal Shop | Cake: Alex's Cake Shop | Invitations: Little Carabao Studio | Groom's Attire: The Black Tux | Beauty: Jessica Bonilla Beauty | Rentals: Atlas Event Rentals | Rentals: A Different Look | Rentals: Nuage Designs | Rentals: Tavola Tabletop

A Magical Miami Wedding Filled With Fun And Fantastic Florals


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For the wedding, a mix of pastels, white/ivory, soft peach and blush, organically styled blooms. For the Sangeet, bright bursts of color: mustard, coral, peaches.

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For their #NicoleConqueredTheSumit wedding, they wanted to celebrate their different backgrounds. They chose Vizcaya Museum And Gardens in Miami as their venue, since it was a good meeting point for guests flying in from India, Puerto Rico, Mexico, the U.K., and other places.

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After dating for five years (some of that long distance between San Francisco and New York), he got down on one knee during a summer picnic at the Montauk Lighthouse.

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To find her outfit, Nicole took a trip to India with Sumit’s mother, sisters, and her mom. “After taking a walk in the Delhi Emporio Mall, I quickly realized that Anita Dongre was the right designer for me. She is known for her gota-patti work—a traditional Rajasthani embroidery technique that’s been popular since the Mughal era and uses small pieces of ribbon made from fine gold and silver threads. Her designs are inspired by Rajasthan—the area of India where Sumit’s family is from,” the bride says. For Saturday’s ceremony, Nicole knew she wanted to wear something light-weight and romantic. Mark Ingram Atelier was having a Mira Zwillinger trunk show the day she visited, and a strapless, hand-beaded, A-line tulle gown immediately caught her eye. “It was simple yet had just enough hand-stitched details to make it feel special. I grew up figure skating through college, and this reminded me of that aesthetic,” the bride says. For the after-party, she bought a Johanna Ortiz one-shoulder ruffled dress on sale and paired it with a Magic Midnight traditional Colombian headpiece.

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[field title=”Bridesmaid Dresses”]An Indian designer that Sumit’s family has been going to for years helped me custom-make their colorful lehengas in colors matching the embroidery of my lehenga.
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Welcome Drink – Yuzu Gimlet: Gin, Basil, Simple, Lime and Cucumber

Cocktail Hour – South Terrace Passed HD’s Petit Filet Mignon: Sundried Tomato Briocke, Bearnaise Mini Reina Pepiada Arepa: Chicken Avocado Salad Wahoo Avocado Tartare: Sesame Rice Cracker Lollipop Shrimp: Yucca Crust, Guava BBQ Sauce Phyllo Brie: Cranberry Ginger Tapenade Roasted Portobello: Morbier, Garlic Crostini, Basil Chiffonade Empanada: Spinach and Cheese

Dinner Stations – East Terrace Floribbean Grill Floridian: Greens, Jicama, Mango, Grape Tomato, Passion Fruit Vinaigrette, Mariquitas Churrascaria: Vacio, Picanha, Mango, Spicy + traditional Chimichurri Sides: Yucca Frita with Minted Cilantro Aioli, Ripe Plantains, Shiso Corn Thierry’s Famous Paella Valenciana Shrimp, Clams, Mussels, Calamari, Chicken, Chorizo, Saffron, Green Peas and Sweet Red Pepper Garden Green Peas, Zucchini, Yellow Squash, Red Peppers, Haricots Verts, Saffron, Spanish Onions, Green Peppers Taste of Puerto Rico Chicken Fricasse Traditional Piñón: Ground, Seasoned Beef Layered with Sweet Plantains Arroz Mamposteao: Rice and Red Beans Guineos en Escabeche Avocado, Tomato & Onion

Salad: Passion – Fruit Vinaigrette Traditional Tostones El Taqueria Bar Blue Corn Tortillas + Flower Tortillas Fillings Achiote Chicken Offshore Mahi Sliced Churrasco Grilled Portebello Accompaniments Sour Cream, Jalapeno, Shredded Lettuce, Salsa Verde, Queso Presco, Pickled Onion, Pico de Gallo, Cilantro, Lime, Guaccamole, Hot Sauce Collection Passed Dessert Petit Fours Thierry’s Famous “Golden Lips”: Imported Valhrona Chocolate with Praline Hazelnut Mousse in a Homemade Chocolate Cup Assorted Macaroons: Chocolate, Pistachio, Raspberry, Coconut, Lemon, Mango, Lavender, Rose Sweet Shot Glasses: Deconstructed Key Lime

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[field title=”Wedding Cake”]Earth & Sugar did an amazing job, not just with a beautiful cake, but with an assortment of cream puffs, cookies, and treats to satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth. Almond cake + dulce de leche lemon cake + lemon buttercream
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[field title=”Special Detail #1″]After the couple shared their vows, a mariachi band guided guests into the cocktail reception space, and the newlyweds kicked off the party with a fun salsa first dance to Marc Anthony’s “Tu Amor Me Hace Bien.” [/field]
[field title=”Special Detail #2″]We had a fun Hora Loca![/field]
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Photography: Erika Delgado Photography | Cinematography: Pinwheel Film Company | Event Planning: Masi Events | Floral Design: Julia Rohde Designs | Cake: Earth And Sugar | Invitations: Bella Figura | Ceremony Venue: Vizcaya Museum And Gardens | Reception Venue: Vizcaya Museum And Gardens | Catering: Thierry Isambert Culinary + Event Design | Lighting: Celebrations by Kathy | DJ: Liquid DJs | Rentals: Unearthed Rentals | Rentals: Evoga Events | Rentals: Pialisa | Rentals: Elements & Accents | Rentals: Atlas Event Rentals | Sangeet: Maps Backlot

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A Spring Italian Dinner Party Aesthetic Inspired Wedding In Miami


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The wildflowers were a mix of spring floral colors, yellows, pastels, pinks. It all came together with Veronica Cicero of Anthology Floristry . Each vessel was slightly different from the Sicillian handmade pottery.

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Once engaged, they landed on a “springtime Italian dinner party” aesthetic for their April wedding and chose Vizcaya Museum And Gardens as their venue.

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[field title=”Proposal Story”]David Balk proposed to Maria Canel, at the hot springs surrounding the Arenal Volcano in Costa Rica. [/field]
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Maria fell in love with the first Costarellos gown she tried on and paired it with sandals from The Row and pearl earrings by Satomi Kawakita. There was an effortless timeless feel to Maria’s look.

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[field title=”Bridesmaid Dresses”]Bridesmaids complemented Maria in their dresses. From various designers by Ulla Johnson, Rachel Zoe, and Johanna Ortiz.[/field]
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[field title=”Food & Drink”]Guests were greeted with glasses of agua fresca. For appetizers the couple selected mini polpette, scallops, tuna carpaccio and carciofi. Guests dined on radicchio salad, filet mignon or branzino. They toasted with French 75 and Aperol Spritzes.[/field]
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The bride chose wildflowers including daisies, baby’s breath, and zinnias for her floral and decor. She wanted to incorporate her vision of a Springtime Italian Dinner Party Wedding. They wanted to enhance the beautiful lush landscape of the Vizcaya Museum And Gardens. They added a personal touch of color with our wildflowers along the aisles and scattered petals throughout.

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[field title=”Wedding Cake”]The wedding cake was an astounding 42-inch wedding berry meringue and dulce de leche pavlova. [/field]
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At one point in the night, David’s brother, father, and a few close friends delightfully surprised the two on stage by singing and playing their own rendition of “Stand By Me”.

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[field title=”Special Detail #2″]The single rotating disco ball over the dance floor cast the most beautiful shimmer throughout the perfectly dim-lit tent. [/field]
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Photography: Gesi Schilling | Cinematography: Pinwheel Film Company | Event Planning: Masi Events | Floral Design: Anthology Co. | Wedding Dress: Costarellos | Ceremony Venue: Vizcaya Museum And Gardens | Catering: Aroma Espresso | Catering: Thierry Isambert Culinary + Event Design | Calligraphy: Dina Mendez Studio | Entertainment: Rock With U | Officiant: Reverend Eddie Rodriguez | Transportation: Padrino Limousine | Transportation: Meilan Limos | Beauty: Art Of Hair By Claudia | Rentals: Bubble | Rentals: Evoga Events | Rentals: Event Outfitters | Rentals: Nuage Designs | Rentals: Unearthed Rentals

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A Luxe, European Inspired Wedding at Vizcaya Museum


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[field title=”Design / Vibe / Vision”]The wedding was effortless, romantic, intimate, old world — an overall extension of the beauty that Vizcaya naturally offers. Guests felt as if they’d been whisked away to an Italian seaside garden, on a beautiful spring day. The couple had traveled to Europe with their favorites being Florence, Tuscany & the south of France. So they wanted to bring elements of their travel into the wedding — lush, loose greenery and wild growing florals throughout as if it had always been there, al fresco dining with long tables, low, soft light and an intimate guest list. [/field]
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[field title=”Wedding Gown”]The bride has worked in the bridal industry for years, and knew she wanted a showstopper gown. Her main dress was a custom Monique Lhuillier ballgown with organza layered skirt, lace corset bodice and a tulle halter that tied into a bow in the back with detachable cathedral length tails that took place of a veil. The second dress was a custom Ines Di Santo gown with feathers & sparkles — perfect for the party!
The bride worked closely with the Ines team and picked the silhouette, neckline and embroidery. She knew she wanted feathers within her wedding wardrobe and this felt like the perfect opportunity to incorporate that. [/field]
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[field title=”Groomsman Attire”]The groom wore a custom off white tuxedo with a black bowtie and black pants from The House of Suits Miami. The bride saw the Spring ‘23 Ralph Lauren collection and was inspired by a tuxedo she saw on the runway.[/field]
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[field title=”Food & Drink”]Guests enjoyed custom cocktails from various bars pre and post ceremony at the cocktail hour. The wedding featured a multi-course dinner and delicious wedding cake. [/field]
[field title=”Florals & Decor”]Sage Design & Co curated beautiful, textural florals of white, green, and blush to blend with the old world vibe at Vizcaya. The ceremony featured a lush floral arch, full aisle floral runners, and luxe white garden chairs. The couple chose to place the ceremony among the beautiful moss trees at Vizcaya, curating a romantic atmosphere that was different than the epic views of the water and villa where the cocktail hour and reception took place. The reception took place al fresco, with a mix of long and round tables with hanging chandeliers, taper candles, lush floral centerpieces, and low intimate lighting. [/field]
[field title=”Wedding Cake”]The bride has a major sweet tooth so the cake was major — it was an almond cake made with toasted almonds paired with vanilla buttercream and dulce de leche filling. The couple did their cake cutting during a favorite song of theirs — Real Love Baby by Father John Misty. [/field]
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[field title=”Special Detail #1″]The bride chose to not have bridesmaids as she’d rather have her friends enjoy the wedding as guests with their partners and wear what they loved. Instead, she had five flower girls. They wore mismatched satin dresses with bows galore, floral headpieces and wreaths and flower baskets with greenery. [/field]
[field title=”Special Detail #2″]The couple featured their dog Arlo in the ceremony as a special ring bearer and on their cocktail hour napkins. [/field]
[field title=”Special Detail #3″]The couple is very close to the groom’s grandparents and they were so fortunate they could come to Miami as his grandpa had been dealing with some health issues. To celebrate them and their 50+ year marriage, the couple decided they should show off their dancing skills. They gave them their own dance floor moment with “This Magic Moment” by the Drifters and they seriously stole everyone’s hearts! [/field]
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Photography: Liz Andolina Photography | Event Design: Lourdes Milian Productions | Floral Design: Sage Design & Co | Stationery: Card Cottage | Hair & Makeup: Marz Makeup And Hair | Groom's Attire: The House of Suits Miami | Venue: Vizcaya Museum And Gardens | Bridal Salon: Chic Parisien | Dress #2 Designer: Ines Di Santo | Dress Designer: Monique Lhuillier

Miami’s Iconic Vizcaya Gardens European Flair Editorial With A Twist

A green and pink color palette adds a colorful pop to this Miami wedding with a decidedly European feel.  The swoon-worthy day was dreamed up by Janna Brown Design Co, and each carefully curated detail is better than the next.  You can see every memorable moment artfully captured by Belinda Jean Photography inside the full gallery.



From Belinda Jean Photography… Miami’s Iconic Vizcaya Gardens provided the most epic backdrop for this European inspiration wedding photoshoot in Florida, 100% of the imagery was photographed on film.



The green and pink tropical floral linen were colorful yet refined, elegant and sophisticated. The reception setting was placed among European architecture to provide an unforgettable guest experience.



The stunning Berta gown from Chic Parisien is also reminiscent of European flair, matching the sheer European elegance of the architecture. The lovely Jimmy Choo bridal heels were placed on a column to also tie in the European connection.



Photography: Belinda Jean Photography | Event Design: Janna Brown Design Co. | Makeup: Amber Papastavros | Hair Stylist: Corinna Cooke | Dress Boutique: Chic Parisien | Dress Designer: Berta | Paper Goods: The Vintage Inkwell

An Autumn Enchantment in the Gardens of Vizcaya Museum

The charming gardens of Vizcaya Museum And Gardens set the scene for this enchanting editorial.  You’ll feel as if you’ve been transported to France as you take in every elegant detail artfully planned by Intrigue Design & Events.  The floral design by Poppy Flowers adds to the romance of the whimsical day, and every image captured by Katherine and Tyler Photo and Video is more breathtaking than the last.  You’ll fall head over heels for every moment inside the full gallery.



From Katherine and Tyler Photo and VideoHost of The Styled Society, wedding photographer Katherine and Tyler Photo and Video and planner Chelsye of Intrigue Design & Events dreamed up a whimsical editorial that’ll transport you into the gardens of Versailles, France.



Their vision was to create a design that embellished the natural elements of Vizcaya Museum And Gardens. From the colorful stonework, handcrafted architecture, and french aesthetic, they chose a blend of vintage elements mixed with a modern flare.



Katherine and Chelsye centered their editorial design around garden-style chairs that look to have been placed on the grounds of the Villa. Beautifully brought together with bold, patterned linens and napkins, effortless china, and whimsical florals.



Photography: Katherine and Tyler Photo and Video | Event Planning: Intrigue Design & Events | Floral Design: Your Poppy Flowers | Dress: Susan Samway Bridal | Cake: Edda's Cakes | Stationery: The Luxe & Co. | Ceremony Venue: Vizcaya Museum And Gardens | Reception Venue: Vizcaya Museum And Gardens | Shoes: Bella Belle Shoes | Groom's Attire: Jim's Formal Wear | Beauty: Silhouette On Site | Earrings: Edera Jewelry | Engagement Ring Designer: Charleston Rings | Linens: Stradley Davidson Linen Collective | Rentals: Atlas Event Rentals | Veil: Michael Addison Bridal | Welcome Bags: Charleston Wedding Favors | Workshop Host: The Styled Society

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Luminous Garden-Inspired Wedding at Vizcaya Museum And Gardens

This ethereal day has us feeling like we’re fallen headfirst into a fairytale.  Janna Brown Design Co. planned, designed, and photographed a day filled with luxe details to match the grandeur of Vizcaya Museum And Gardens.From lush cream and mauve garden roses to gold rimmed china at the reception, the entire celebration radiates elegance.    With inspiration at every turn, your sure to love every magical moment inside the full gallery.




From Janna Brown Design Co.Indulging in a garden-inspired design, we dove head first into luxurious details to compliment the exquisite architecture at Vizcaya Museum And Gardens. Our tablescape boasted billowing floral patterned linens, gold rimmed china and our signature oversized centerpieces brimming with mauve and cream toned garden roses.



Our bride was resplendent in her ethereal gown accented with floral and beadwork applique. The warm afternoon sun set Vizcaya Museum And Gardens aglow and beamed down through the Spanish moss that danced overhead in the warm breeze.



Vizcaya Museum And Gardens’ iconic pavilion made for the most stunning backdrop for this Miami garden wedding.



Photography: Janna Brown Design Co. | Design: Janna Brown Design Co. | Floral Design: Janna Brown Design Co. | Gown: Berta | Makeup: Amber Papastavros | Hair: Rachelle Hawkins | Bridal Boutique: Chic Parisien | Location: Vizcaya Museum And Gardens | Paper Goods: The Vintage Inkwell | Planning: Janna Brown Design Co.

Enchanting Gardens And European-Style Architecture Make For The Perfect Destination Wedding

Enchanting gardens meet sophisticated style at this Vizcaya Museum And Gardens destination wedding. The couple looked to Primavera Dream Events to bring their plans for an intimate Miami celebration to life.  From the stone staircase complete with custom floral pillars to a reception table for 6 covered in lush blooms, floral designs by Floristika Studio turned the beautiful day into a full-on fairytale.  Tatiana Blanco Photography captured all the love and joy of the day in imagery that is sure to stand the test of time, see it all in the full gallery.



From Willow Tree FilmsSavannah & Samuel, a beautiful couple seeking the perfect location for an intimate destination wedding, selected the exquisite Vizcaya Museum And Gardens in Miami, Florida. The enchanting gardens and European-style architecture of the Vizcaya were a spectacular backdrop for the couple’s nuptials.



Their uniquely designed ceremony took place in front of elegant stone stairs framed with custom floral pillars with white hydrangeas, roses, and baby’s breath. The couple’s reception featured a charming table of six, accented with soft blushes, floral blooms, and personalized menus. The bride stunned in the Ines Di Santo Amaryllis gown while the groom complemented her look in the Midnight Shawl Tuxedo from The Black Tux.



The exceptional vision of Savannah & Samuel’s team of wedding vendors shines through the stunning photos and the breathtaking video from their special day—from beautiful detail shots of the wedding styling and design to expansive drone captures of the incredible grounds of the Vizcaya.



Photography: Tatiana Blanco Photography | Cinematography: Willow Tree Films | Event Planning: Primavera Dreams Weddings | Floral Design: Floristika Studio | Floral Design: Blake Rose Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Ines Di Santo | Cake: Andrea Reno | Shoes: Bella Belle | Calligraphy: Kaloukian Calligraphy | Favors: Boston Wedding Favors | Men's Attire: The Black Tux | Wedding Venue: Vizcaya Museum And Gardens | Beauty: Glamour Cosmetics | Beauty: Maricruz Polito | Linens: Nuage Designs | Rentals: Elements & Accents | Stylist: Dianna Bedrosian | Weddings Rings: Harry Gigian Jewlers & Co

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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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