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The Bride’s Enzoani Dress Will Make Your Jaw Drop

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

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

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

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

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



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

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Bringing Hollywood Regency Style Glamour to South Beach

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

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



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

Bringing the Mediterranean to Florida

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


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

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



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

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A Miami Wedding Planner’s Romantic Nuptials

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

Al Fresco

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

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



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

This Anniversary Shoot Is the Absolute Definition of Romance!

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

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

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

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

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



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

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A Ridiculously Stylish Miami Wedding

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My father is a loquacious man, so we knew his welcome toast would be something to remember. But he surprised even me, bringing out a book I’d written in elementary school as a Father’s Day gift, listing all the things I liked about him, complete with illustrations. It was so sweet and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. Then 10 minutes later I literally had to get up and remove the mic from him his hands. I don’t think anyone will forget that moment!

My biggest piece of advice to other brides is if you don’t hire a videographer, ask someone to record the ceremony! I was having such an out-of-body experience during the ceremony, I didn’t even hear the music as I was walking to meet Carlos. All of our friends kept saying how beautiful the music was and I totally missed it! I would also love to be able to hear us saying our vows to each other again – we wrote our own and would love to relive that moment. That was, after all, what the entire day was about!



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

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Italian Proposal, Miami Engagement Shoot; These Two Know How to Pick Pretty Places

These two have a lot of pressure for their nuptials come February. After saying “YES” in Venice and having their engagement pics captured by The Ganeys at the visually stunning Villa Vizcaya in Miami, the level of beauty just continues to rise. But if all these pics are any indication, the romance will be on thing we don’t have to worry about – see all their love in our Vault right this way!

From The Ganeys… Josh and Patricia are such a sweet couple! They met while Patricia was interning in Charlotte. After a few dates, they realized how much they had in common – from their values and life goals to their faith. These two keep each other laughing! They love spending time together – whether it is celebrating the simple moments while cooking dinner or globe trotting to a new country across the globe.

I had always dreamed of photographing at the Villa Vizcaya in Miami. When I heard that Josh had proposed to Patricia while on a gondola in Venice, this seemed like the perfect opportunity to continue their Italian-inspired love story! There is nothing else like the intricate details and stunning architecture at this gorgeous villa. Patricia carried a lush bouquet filled with roses, ranunculus, and hydrangeas.

Thomas and I were thrilled to document this piece of their love story and we can’t wait to celebrate their marriage with them in February!

Photography: The Ganeys | Floral Design: Inna Olimpiyuk Events | Blue Dress: Lilly Pulitzer | Blush Dress: Badgley Mischka | Bridal Boutique: Rent The Runway | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Location: Vizcaya Museum And Gardens

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Who Says Bridesmaids Need to Wear Dresses?

This gorgeous Bride and her pretty ‘maids might take the award for best dressed bridal party ever. Not only did Georgia’s girls embrace the mismatched and pattern trends, but some of them also rocked some fabulous rompers. And tropical blooms from KITANIM, a floral design and event company, brought the whole look together perfectly. See it all from EvanR Photography in The Vault!

Al Fresco

From KitanimFebruary 27 was a perfect Miami winter day for bride and groom, Georgia and Tom. Casual and chic tropical was the design direction we were given as the floral design team and we ran with that motif utilizing tropical protea and fuchsia dendrobiums for a pop of wow color. The bride’s mom, Mary, is a special lady, saving and hand packing and color coding approximately 500 vases that were collected from Georgia’s childhood home. If you look closely on the rustic tablescapes, you will see trinket remnants from Georgie’s glittered Halloween costumes over the years. The bride wore a gorgeous delicate yet powerfully hued hair halo. Fairchild Tropical Gardens allowed the retro Food Truck to make its appearance as dinner fare for the guests who dined under romantic bistro lights and headed indoors to the reception area for dancing and more fun. Bridesmaids wore shades of green textured dresses and rompers as they walked down the aisle. With a multitude of vendors, the planner really orchestrated the group especially in her curation of antique furniture for the reception lounge.

Photography: Evan Rich, EvanR Photography | Event Planning: Desiree Dawn Events | Floral Design: KITANIM, a floral design and event company | Catering: Curbside Gourmet | Catering: Rent A Bartender | Hair + Makeup: Jennifer Cruz | Lighting: Epic Lighting | Venue: Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden | Antique Rentals: Paula Roemer Inc. Antiques and Consignment Shop | Linen Rentals: Chateau Alice Designs | Rentals: Simple Rustic Event Rentals | Rentals: Atlas Party Rental

This Enchanted Wedding Has Everything Coming Up Roses

You know how some people are just natural trendsetters? This gorgeous Bride is one of them. Even before Pantone named rose quartz and serenity the 2016 Colors of the Year, this Bride worked with the lovely JCG Events LLC to create a dreamy rose quartz, serenity and gold wedding with cherry blossoms, a classic coke Bottle escort card display and sweet vintage rentals from Unearthed Vintage. See it all from Shea Christine Photography and Pin Wheel Film Company in The Vault!


From JCG Events LLCCourtney and Byron wed at the Vizcaya Museum & Gardens on March 13th. We loved working closely with this couple and especially with the mother of the bride, Cecile. All the details were carefully thought through and chosen. Everything came together perfectly to create a magical evening.

The color palette for the wedding was Rose quartz and Serenity with soft touches of gold, and was selected even before it was named Pantone color of the year for 2016. This was the basis for the design starting from the soft serene hues of the bridesmaids dresses to the pale rose cherry blossoms that marked the altar. The clear top tent for the reception was lined with bistro lights that created a warm and inviting glow throughout the evening. The escort card table was lined with classic coke bottles with hand written tags, paying homage to the Father of the Brides time working at the company. The royal table had custom “share-a-coke” bottles that were used as the place cards.

One of the couple’s top priorities was the food. They wanted to make sure to have a custom menu that was reflective of them and their taste, that they can enjoy with their closest families and friends with nearly 200 guests that had traveled from all over to attend their wedding. Prior to the ceremony guests were greeted with an array of fruit infused water. After the ceremony guests were greeted with Miami mules served in copper mugs and traditional mojitos. Cocktail hour’s hors d’oeuvres consisted of some Southern favorite’s like truffle mac n’cheese and fried green tomatoes with basil aioli. Guests were then invited to the reception where it was a plated menu which included a trio appetizer of lobster bisque shooter, shrimp and grits and bacon cup with shaved lettuce, Florida avocados and a quail egg. For the main entrée guests had the option between short rib or chicken and waffles.

Guests danced the night away! They enjoyed some late night snacks and the delicious array of desserts and wedding cake. At the end of the evening Courtney and Byron were sent off with their guests waving glow sticks as they got into their vintage Bentley to began their happily ever after.

Photography: Shea Christine Photography | Cinematography: Pinwheel Film Company | Event Planning: Masi Events | Floral Design: Julia Rohde Designs | Catering: Suzanne Michael Haute Cuisine | Hair + Makeup: Tatjana Terzic | DJ: DJ PAZ | Officiant: Father Joaquin Perez | Ceremony Music: Mike Sipe Entertainment | Transportation: Padrinos | Venue: Vizcaya Museum Gardens | Cake + Desserts: Cloud 9 Bakery | Getting Ready Venue: Royal Sonesta New Orleans | Invitations + Stationery: Alexandra Scillieri Design | Rentals, Lighting + Sound Equipment: Evoga Events | Tent Rentals: Sperry Tents | Vintage Rentals + Lighting: Unearthed Vintage

Fake Pro Baker Status with this Gorgeous (and easy) Cake

Want a great tip for impressing your friends beyond all measure and having something scrumptious to nibble on all at the same time? This cake! It’s summer party ready and all gussied up with pretty florals to give it that extra splash of charm. Honestly, you can’t go wrong with this number crafted by Earth + Sugar along with pretty florals by Anthology Co. and images by Alisa Ferris. Psst… find more here.

With summer just around the corner, we are gearing up for Sunday brunch, BBQs and fun in the sun. So with the lyrics of Alice Cooper’s ”School’s Out For Summer” resonating in our brains, Earth + Sugar, Anthology Floristry Co and Alisa Ferris teamed up to bring SMP readers a bright and beautiful baking and floral tutorial. Follow these easy steps, and your friends and family will be calling you “Martha Stewart” in no time.

Janderyn’s love of baking dates back to her childhood as well – although, back then she probably needed a step stool to reach the countertop! Since then, her ethereal and earthy cakes have won the hearts of many, and most importantly, that of her daughter, Sabrina, with whom she teaches the tricks of the trade.

Summer Cake Recipe


*makes 3 six inch layers or 2 eight inch layers

5 egg whites
3/4 cup whole milk
2 1/4 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups cake flour
1 3/4 cups sugar
1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
12 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature and cut into cubes
4 lemons, zest


Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease, line with parchment, and flour three six inch pans or two eight inch pans.

In a medium bowl, combine and stir the egg whites, 1/4 cup of milk, lemon juice and the vanilla. Set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, combine the dry ingredients together on low speed for 30 seconds, then add the butter and remaining 1/2 cup of milk, and mix on low speed until just moistened. Increase to medium speed and mix for 90 seconds.

Scrape the sides of the bowl and begin to add the egg mixture in 3 separate batches; beat on medium speed for 20 seconds after each addition. Once it is well combines add the lemon zest and mix on low for a minute or so.

Divide the batter, spreading it evenly with a small offset palette knife.

Bake 25-35 minutes or until a cake tester comes clean when inserted into the center. Be very careful not to overbake. Check cake at 20 minutes, but not before, and once you feel it’s almost ready, set the timer for 2 minute intervals. Let cool on racks for 10 minutes before loosening the sides with a small knife, and invert onto greased wire racks. Gently turn cakes back up, so the tops are up and cool completely.

Wrap tightly and store at room temperature for up to 2 days, refrigerator for up to 5 days, or frozen for up to 2 months.



This recipe can be made smaller by dividing ingredients in half if desired

1 lb salted butter, room temperature
12 cups of powdered sugar, sifted
1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste
4 lemons, extract juice from cake recipe above
2 clementines, juice and zest

In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment cream the butter on medium speed. On low speed gradually add the sifted powdered sugar until well combined.

Once combined bring the mixer back to medium speed for 2-3 minutes until frosting is light and creamy. Slowly add the vanilla paste, citrus juices and zest on low speed.

Scrape the bowl and mix again for about 3 minutes, if you would like to add a pretty color use food gels or dye of your choice at this time and continue to mix.


Cardboard cake circle, 6″ or 8”
Small offset spatula
Large offset spatula
Bread knife or cake carving knife

Remove your cool layers from the refrigerator, if you have frozen them, do allow them to defrost in the refrigerator beforehand. Trim the top layers to remove the top crust and place your first layer on a cardboard circle. To secure the cake to the board add a dab of frosting before placing the cake down on it.

With your offset spatula spread the buttercream on the first layer and repeat this step until all layers are completed.

With the long side of the large spatula smooth a light amount of buttercream on all sides to lightly coat the cake.

Decorate with fresh flowers!


Baking Tips

Never frost a fresh baked cake, it will crumble to pieces!

Mise en place: measure and set all your ingredients and tools on the counter before starting to bake or layer, this will ensure a joyful and more accurate baking day.

Always have ingredients at room temperature before combining.

If you have a scale handy weigh your batter in each pan evenly so all layers bake the same size.


While you’re at it, learn how to perfectly frost that pretty dessert

Photographer: Alisa Ferris | Florals: Anthology Co. | Cake: Earth And Sugar | Makeup Artist: März Makeup And Hair

The Wedding Photographer Didn’t Show Up + Here’s What Happened Next!

If ever there was a write up I beg you to read, this is it. It’s straight out of a movie, a thrilling, romantic adventure where jetsetting backpackers meet halfway around the world, fall in love and when they’re about to say “I do”… their wedding photographer doesn’t show. But don’t worry dear readers, because Alisa Ferris was there within an hour to capture this magical elopement before vows were exchanged and the results are downright stunning. Believe in the power of fate in our Vault right this way

From Alisa Ferris…. Sarah and Matt met and fell in love while traveling in Southeast Asia, and then eloped at Vizcaya Museum & Gardens in Miami. In an interesting turn of events on the big day, when their wedding photographer failed to show up, they had a mere hour to source a new photographer! Here’s the scoop!

From the Bride… In January 2013, production had just wrapped on my first big film job. I found myself romanticizing the idea of being in Southeast Asia, so impulsively, I booked my ticket and had two weeks to condense my life into a backpack. Unknowingly, across the Atlantic in London, my future husband was also packing his bag to indefinitely escape winter. A journey that would change both of our lives.

We crossed paths at a beach bar in Railay, Thailand (a rock climbing haven). I was about to watch an infamous Thai fire show, when I overheard a striking and soft spoken British accent.

Matt and I had an immediate connection (and a love for Simon & Garfunkel), we shared life stories, future travel plans, and danced the night away.

After Railay, we met up as our routes crossed throughout the southern Thai islands. Our first “official” date was a snorkeling trip off the shores of Maya Bay (the location made famous by “The Beach” starring Leo DiCaprio).

Despite only knowing each other for a mere seven weeks, Matt and I shared so many beautiful memories – we were unsure if we’d ever see each other again. For the following six months, Matt and I Skyped every Sunday night.

Fast forward to the fall, Matt and I met up in Bangkok, and then flew to Sydney where we spent the next 11 months together followed by extensive travel throughout India, Nepal, Christmas in London, NYE in New York, and the Northern Lights in Iceland. A truly vintage year!

After a long nine-months apart, this past December Matt’s U.S. Visa was finally approved. Due to his initial Visa stipulations – 90-days to get married and no travel outside of the U.S. – it made it near-impossible for us to plan a traditional wedding. Our decision to elope, wasn’t really a decision at all. Our relationship has always been about just being able to simply be together, and we wanted this sentiment to represent our marriage.

I woke up to perfect Miami weather – clear blue skies with an ocean view. The day was going exactly as planned.

Matt arrived at Vizcaya an hour early to meet the photographer and setup for the first look. My finishing touches were near-complete when my mother received a panicked call from Matt – our photographer was nowhere in sight! I was in disbelief, with time ticking away and no Miami contacts, I felt helpless. Meanwhile at Vizcaya, Matt scrambled to search for potential photographers. My mother frantically did the same, before eventually calling my makeup artist. Carolyn said she knew the perfect fit and immediately put us in touch with Miami-based wedding photographer, Alisa Ferris. She received the call at 2:15PM and was at the venue by 3:00PM! I truly believe that our meeting was kismet.

What could’ve been a disastrous turn of events, instead, made for absolute serendipity. As with so many things that Matt and I have shared, this day was spontaneous, reflected our easy-going spirits, and in the end, was truly enchanting. Alisa’s photographs are imbued with both the beauty of our moment and the timeless charm of Vizcaya.

“An invisible thread connects those who are destined to meet, regardless of time, place, and circumstance. The thread may stretch or tangle. But it will never break.” – Old Chinese Proverb (and one of my favorite quotes)

I’d like to go to Moorea in French Polynesia for our honeymoon, but we’re also considering Cuba or Tulum. In addition, next February we’re planning to go to Vietnam and revisit Thailand.

From Alisa Ferris… When I received the call from Carolyn, the makeup artist, I immediately felt crushed for the bride. To be stuck in such an unfortunate situation on your wedding day is just horrible! My biggest concern was making sure Sarah was well taken care of and felt confident in our newfound, eleventh hour relationship.

My first step was to reach out to her to waylay her well-justified insecurities, and let her know that it would be smooth sailing from here on out. Then, I literally dropped my half eaten sandwich, threw on a black dress and flats and breezed out the door (with my photo bag, of course!).

Upon arriving at the venue, my thoughts remained with my clients’ well-being. I listened to their stressful morning, cracked a few not-so-great jokes to ease the pain, and learned as much about them as I could in 10 minutes. As Sarah wrote, it was kismet. On our 7th date, my husband and I traveled throughout Southeast Asia for 30 days. Fellow adventurers and romantics unite! We immediately found common ground, and believe our paths were meant to cross. I’m grateful to have encountered such lovely humans.

So, many of you are probably thinking, “What would I do in such a situation?” Before your wedding day, it’s important to discuss Plan B with your photographer. Any reputable photographer will have a backup already in mind. To further relieve stress, ensure that there is ample communication with your photographer in the lead up to the big day: discussions regarding agenda and shot lists are key. Finally, call or text your photographer the day before the wedding to confirm everything is on track.

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Photography: Alisa Ferris | Floral Design: The Flower Bazaar | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Hair + Makeup: Carolyn Jones Makeup | Venue: Vizcaya Museum And Gardens

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Old World Wedding Inspiration at Miami’s Ancient Spanish Monastery

I’m headed to Miami next month and I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that as soon as I saw these pics from Simply Sarah’s workshop, I added the Ancient Spanish Monastery to my list of must-see sights right away. It’s the backdrop for this real life couple and all the beauty that Elleson Events created, with the help of Love in Vintage, Bubble Miami, Sweet Southern Charm and more. Seductive and sweet, romantic and fun, this shoot has it all and all the proof is in these pics in our Vault right here!

From Simply SarahInspired by the rich history held within the walls of The Old Spanish Monastery in Miami, Florida, Hollie with Elleson Events took our vision along with our sweet couple Gabrielle and Brian and turned it into something exquisite. Gabrielle and Brian grew up in Miami and they have visited the monastery in the past celebrating three years of dating. We chose a neutral color palette and heirloom details that paired perfectly with the detailed architecture of the Monastery and allowed the sweet love shared between these two to really shine!


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Photography: Elizabeth Lanier Photography | Event Design: Elleson Events | Floral Design: Elleson Events | Wedding Dress: Chaviano Couture | Invitations: Fig & Flourish | Shoes: Bella Belle | Ring: Trumpet & Horn | Hair + Makeup: A Touch Of Beauty | Tux: The Tuxxman | Venue: Ancient Spanish Monastery | Hair Comb: Twigs & Honey | Hair Comb Source: Ivory and Beau | Model: Gabrielle Montes de Oca | Photography Workshop Host: Elizabeth Lanier Photography | Rentals: Sweet Southern Charm | Rentals: Bubble | Rentals: Love in Vintage | Veil: Adele Amelia

Elegant + Preppy Miami Wedding

Take two fun-loving cuties from Brazil, toss in some elegance and a dash of pretty prep, plop it all into modern Miami, and well, the results are pretty stellar. Sambajoy captured every bit of the beauty created by Ines Naftali Floral & Event Design for this fabulous fete – see it all in our Vault right this way!

From the Bride… We met on New Year’s Eve of 2006 in Bahia, Brazil, and we’ve been together since then! Every year during the holidays we like to take a break and travel to relaxing places. It was in 2012 when we decided to visit Miami, and during that trip where Daniel proposed to me in a very romantic dinner.

It was in 2011 when a very close cousin moved to Miami. And of course we decided to visit her later that year. During this trip Daniel bought, without telling anyone, my engagement ring. During the last day he had planned a surprise, inviting me to a romantic dinner. Since nobody was aware about the proposal, my cousin and I invited some Brazilian friends to join us for the night. So neither the romantic dinner nor the proposal happened there!!

Back in Brazil (and already engaged during a different trip) he told me how he had planned every detail, made a reservation at a very nice restaurant, and how at a very specific time he would take me to the beach and make the proposal under the moonlight…What a shame, I spoiled my own proposal!

Since then we went to visit my cousin every year. We got to know the city, exciting and cool places, and a lot of nice people. We loved the lifestyle of those who live in Miami. And we also love the beach. So we loved it all! It was our perfect location!

After the proposal, in Brazil, Daniel read some newspaper report about “Destination Weddings.” We thought it could be interesting for us. But at that time the idea didn’t move forward. In 2014, when we finally set the date, the whole story of the proposal came to my mind! And also the idea of having a different kind of celebration where we could have our friends and family all together for more than one day in a beautiful place, with nice weather, at the beach, and that was also part of our story in some way. That’s when we chose Miami!

We love the Miami art deco style, we love all things preppy and we wanted the wedding venue to have some historical relationship with the city. So after visiting many different hotels and venues, we chose The Raleigh Hotel for the wedding.

And my research began. I wanted my party to be as local as possible, so we ended up doing almost everything from Miami, except for the DJ, dress and groom attire and invitations. Why did we bring our DJ from Brazil? We needed a DJ who could really understand our culture, the music style that we like and that could keep the party up until very late at night! Brazilians if they know something… is how to party!

We had the most amazing and special night we could think of, and the experience of having our celebration in another country is something we will never forget!

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Photography: Sambajoy | Wedding Dress: Isabella Narchi | Cake: Todo Dulces | Rings: Tiffany & Co. | Hair + Makeup: Studio-D | DJ: Henrique Secchi (Brazil) | Groom's Attire: Ricardo Almeida | Venue: The Raleigh Hotel | Bride's Earrings + Hair Accessories: Rosana Chinche Brazil | Chairs: Elements & Accents | Cinemetography: Sambajoy | Floral Design + Event Decor: Ines Naftali Floral & Event Design | Linen Rentals: Over The Top Linens | Sound + Lighting: Sunset Event Productions | Sweet Table: Les Petites Sucres | Tent Rentals: Tents & Events | Wood Tables: Ines Naftali Floral & Event Design

Moody Secret Garden Wedding Inspiration

Call it the peak foliage, or the crisp cool smells of autumn, but I’m fully embracing this cozy, moody season. Rich hues and edgy color combos are calling my name. The pretty at hand? It fits all that criteria and more. Snug vintage rentals from The Salvage Snob, check. Black taper candles and green and gold accents, check. Delightful treats from Cloud 9 Bakery, check. Loads of greenery and florals from Julia Rohde Designs, check. Gianny Campos made my fall dream a reality with this gallery in THE VAULT.

From Cloud 9 Bakery“I love you as the plant that never blooms, but carries in itself the light of hidden flowers…” -Pablo Neruda

This quote, along with the rest of this poem, has been a long favorite of mine and my husband’s since we met in sophomore english when we were 15. Poetry and art about love mimicking nature and its beauty has always been so romantic and beautiful to me. It’s this constant inspiration that has propelled me in the design style I’ve always been fond of; landing me somewhere in the romantic, natural and ethereal style with a little dash of gold.

When we got married (back in January of 2007), we absolutely knew for sure that we didn’t want a ballroom wedding. It wasn’t us at all, but that’s all there was! We wanted the lushness of South Florida’s botanicals and nature to be the romantic back drop. This was long before pinterest, and all the weddings I saw in magazines just seemed to be blinged out, stiff and tight, and just not who we were as a couple. Despite that, we did what we could to bring our vision to life, and while everyone has always told us that our wedding was one of the most beautiful they had been to, there were still aspects of it that years later, I still wish had been different. I wish I had used my favorite color of green for the bridesmaids instead of listening to my crazy aunt telling me “it would look too much like christmas” with the deep red and cream florals we were using. I wish I chose the lace dress I really wanted but was forced into buying the dupioni silk one that I liked but didn’t LOVE because of eager sales women making me think I had run out of time (in July). So I always knew I would keep the botanical outdoors, and incorporate the greens, the natural white florals of varying varieties, natural materials and accents of gold. So you could say that the initial concept of this shoot was our wedding do-over, if you will.

I had also been inspired by a location I do a lot of work at that’s a highly sought-after wedding venue down here in Miami, Villa Woodbine, Bill Hansen Catering’s headquarters and exclusive venue. After doing my fair share of weddings there this year, it became obvious to me that this would be the perfect setting for what I was envisioning. Between the coral rock walls and steps that looked as though they were carved out by nature, the lawn filled with various shades of abundant greenery, the wrought-iron gates, the pergola patio surrounded by tropical plants, and peaceful wall fountain that seemed to almost be forgotten about other than the vines that were growing over it, it truly was the perfect setting.

Since I’m the baker, I started building a cake design in my head. I love the look of frilly florals, and I’m a real big fan of flower walls so I knew I wanted to do something that emulated that style, but wasn’t as excessive. I’ve never been into flashy things, and I strongly believe a design should evoke a feeling more than being so literal, which isn’t always easy to accomplish. I finally came up with a bottom tier that was filled with white sugar flowers, and kept the top tiers lightly textured buttercream to complement the other natural elements that would be present. I also did a two tier “barely naked” cake which I think looks so organic and natural, along with a dessert spread of mini key lime pies and bundt cakes, meringues, and rum balls.

Who did I choose for this shoot and why? Well, lucky for me, I work with some pretty amazing people here in South Florida. Gianny Campos Photography is still one of the few photographers that still uses film, and her work is just gorgeous. Her and I very much see things from the same page, and the ideas we bring to each other always enhances the other’s. I knew she’d not only be on board but bring ideas to the table that otherwise would not have been thought of. You would never know there was a giant tent set up for summer rain showers at the site where this shoot took place. Her ability to play with different angles to get the shot and dodge background pollution is unmatched.

Julia Rohde Designs’ florals are like poetry to me. Her “garden-picked” style I knew was perfect for this concept, and she had come up with an amazing idea for a hanging piece of vines, peonies and garden roses that I was so excited to see come to fruition. Needless to say, I was blown away the day of the shoot when I arrived on site and saw all the blooms (peonies that were literally the size of our heads!) and arrangements she had put together. Julia also wanted to debut her new line of calligraphy products, which were absolutely gorgeous. We decided on a black paper with gold lettering to give this shoot, while wild and natural, an accessible classic and elegant style as well. Her invitations and ribbon place cards could not have turned out more lovely.

Yvette of The Salvage Snob has quite an array of vintage pieces that I knew would be perfect for this shoot. After perusing through her showroom, our brains starting churning and that’s when Julia pointed out Yvette’s green couch. We all knew immediately it would be the perfect statement piece and green became a more leading star in the color scheme. Yvette was also incredible with her styling for the day of the shoot. Sometimes something in theory just doesn’t quite work out how you imagined it to, but Yvette had a bag full of tricks (and extra pieces!) to achieve a scene that was even more becoming than our initial intention.

Make Up by Hiara was our first thought for make up. She does absolutely incredible work, making the faces she touches look as if they’re simply just glowing. We wanted an au naturale make up look for our model, and she did her hair in almost a wild style, wanting to bring a little edge to balance out the other soft details. Her work was flawless on our model, Marisol, who was our saving grace at the last minute when our other models bailed out 2 days before the shoot! Our beautiful dress was lent to us by BHLDN. A gorgeous ivory lace and tulle dress with a nude underlay, and a floral motif bodice. We could not have been more thrilled with how it looked set against our garden scenes at the Villa.

Photography: Gianny Campos Photography | Floral Design: Julia Rohde Designs | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Cake: Cloud 9 Bakery | Catering: Bill Hansen Luxury Catering and Event Production | Makeup: Makeup By Hiara | Calligraphy: Julia Rohde Designs | Venue: Villa Woodbine | Rentals: The Salvage Snob "unique salvage & vintage rentals"

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Classic + Glamorous Miami Wedding at Villa Woodbine

This gorgeous Bride and Groom envisioned a timeless wedding, and their Old Hollywood Glamour affair at Miami’s Villa Woodbine is full of details that will never go out of style. From the Bride’s classic look to the stunning reception décor from Unearthed Vintage and the vintage getaway car, this wedding is crazy beautiful. See all the glamour from Jessica Loren Organic Photography here.

From The Bride…Our hearts’ desire was to create something intimate…a unique setting that felt like “us” and an unforgettable opportunity to surround ourselves with our closest family and friends, many of whom were traveling from across the country. Some of our very first dates were in Coconut Grove, a historic, Bohemian-esque bay-side neighborhood in Miami — and when we started our search for a destination, the 1930’s Villa Woodbine mansion instantly drew both of us in. Tucked away behind tall foliage, it gave us the feeling that we had stepped back in time….and what we wanted was ‘timeless.’ My mom is an artist—and a baker—and with our vision in mind, we were together able to get hands-on and create so many elaborate details ourselves…from the escort cards and table numbers —which were crafted from the aged pages of old novels—to the gold calligraphy on the invitations…and even the small, ceremonial cake and dessert bar. Everything was meant to have a personal touch and to blend from one accent to the next….and from the ceremony outdoors and dining under the stars to the fellowship, live music and dancing, we felt that our vintage, romantic night in the garden was filled with so much sweetness. We put our hearts into the celebration…and it was ultimately a reflection of our love, our families and our friends…all of which have been so important to us. It was, without question, more than we could have hoped for, and looking back on these breathtaking photos, we’re reminded of how fortunate we were…and continue to be.

Photography: Jessica Lorren Photography | Floral Design: Hirnis Florist | Wedding Dress: Alon Livne | Invitations: Paper Plenty | Catering: Bill Hansen Luxury Catering and Event Production | Hair & Makeup: Tatjana Terzic | DJ: DJ Blaze | Groomsmen's Attire: Hugo Boss | Venue: Villa Woodbine | Bridal Boutique: Chernaya Bridal House | Rentals: Unearthed Vintage

Romantic Destination Garden Wedding at The Villa Woodbine

When this Chicago-based duo set out to plan the warm-weather destination wedding they’d always dreamed of, they knew they’d need to assemble an expert team on the ground, in order to make their dreams come true. And where did they find their Miami vendors? Through SMP! Photographer Amy Jo Royall captured every romantic moment, and we can’t get enough of all the love in the gallery here!

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From The Bride…If there is one word I would use to describe both my relationship with Lance and our entire wedding weekend, it would be MAGICAL.

Funny enough, we went elementary school together in a suburb of Chicago, but did not know each other that well. Both having left our hometown to pursue businesses and dreams in New York City, we ran into each other at a gym close to where we now live. To my surprise, he had recognized me and came over to chat. After a series of FB messages, a few misses at the gym and then a few more synchronistic run in’s out of the gym, we finally got together for a casual glass of wine. From that very first date, I knew he was my guy. We both had a Midwestern background with a similar drive that brought us to NYC.

After 10 months of dating, we got engaged and gave ourselves a few months before we dove into planning.

We chose Miami because we wanted to do an easy destination where all our friends and family from Chicago, New York, California and beyond could spend the weekend relaxing in the warmth.

On a weekend trip, we visited a few venues and fell in love with the Villa Woodbine immediately. We loved the Spanish style 1920’s vibe and the fact that it felt like it could be our home.

After I picked my dress, the whole vision for the day came together. I wanted it to be romantic yet relaxed, as if our friends and family were in our very own backyard filled with twinkling lights and beautiful flowers.

I hadn’t intended on wearing blush, but the minute I put it on the two-piece Watters set, I didn’t want to take it off. I couldn’t even look at a white dress after that! Picking bridesmaids dresses was a little trickier, but I knew I wanted all the girls to feel and look like individuals, so they picked their own dresses in shades of crème and gold accents. We didn’t see all the dresses come together until the day of, but I was thrilled with the look.

I couldn’t have asked for a better dream team of people to work with. Each vendor was not only amazing at what they do, but we managed to attract some of the kindest people possible. On your Big Day, you want to be surrounded by people you love. Not just your guests, but also the people helping to make the day special.

This was the case in every sense. Since we were planning from afar, I relied a lot in Style Me Pretty to direct me to vendors that fit my style. I came across our amazing, brilliant photographer, Amy Jo Royall’s work, here on the site. Her and her second shooter Megan Daas were a dream to have by our sides all day. We loved the husband and wife videographer team of Kevin and Becca Borge, as well Vanessa Oppo, our coordinator and the team from South Beach Makeup who were a joy to work with. Each of these people spend the most time with you and we would not have wanted anyone else. We also found our florist Julia Rhode here (her work is incredible!) along with the sweet delectables from Earth and Sugar.

Being an artist myself, I sprinkled my own creativity into the process. I designed our hotel canvas giveaway bags, our programs, our seating cards, and our seating card frame with ribbon. I also hand made all the signs seen throughout the venue and collected things like picture frames, an old suitcase of my grandfather’s and vases to make the venue feel like our home. My mom made the boxes for our dessert giveaways and my 8 year old nephew made our adorable Lego cake topper.

One of our favorite parts of the day was that we had husband and wife musicians, Barnaby Bright, play during our ceremony. We had gone to a small intimate concert of theirs on our second date and flew them down to perform our favorite songs as we walked down the aisle and during cocktail hour.

Our guest couldn’t stop talking about how beautiful and perfect everything was. The day whizzed by so fast, but without a doubt it felt like a magical dream come true!

Photography: Amy Jo Royall | Event Coordinator: Karma Goddess | Event Planning: Karma Goddess | Floral Design: Julia Rohde Designs | Wedding Dress: Watters | Cake: Earth And Sugar | Catering: Bill Hansen Luxury Catering and Event Production | Hair + Make Up: South Beach Makeup Studio | DJ: Boom Entertainment | Ceremony Music: Barnaby Bright | Venue: Villa Woodbine | Video: Kevin Borge Films

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Romantic Bal Harbour Beach Wedding at The Ritz Carlton

This wedding is seriously gorgeous. So much so, that you’re going to want to pin every last detail planned by JCG Events—from the Bride’s stunning appliqué wedding dress to the lush all-white bouquet. But it’s not just the gorgeous couple’s stunning wedding, their story is going to melt your heart, especially why they got married by the beach. Swoon over it all with photos from Laura Leslie Photography and the video from Lula Wedding Films.

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From The Bride…You never know where love will find you. And for us, that statement could not have rang more true. Love found us hard at work. We had known each other for about a year, Shane just starting as an attorney and I as an undergraduate intern at a law firm in Orlando. But it took us a while to actually meet. Over a couple months, my comments to my friend (and future bridesmaid) of the “cute and funny attorney” turned into my reports back of our first dates. Our relationship grew fast from becoming friends into being inseparable. I’m forever grateful for that internship. It taught me much; but more than anything, it brought me to love.

After the proposal, we quickly knew we wanted a timeless and romantic event, and we wanted all our people from all over the world to have an unforgettable weekend in Miami. We gravitated toward neutral colors, lots of candles, and pieces we knew we could look back at 40 years from now and still think were beautiful. Above all, we wanted to get married as close as possible to the ocean. My momma, who is in heaven, loved the ocean. We wanted to be surrounded by her presence and close to a day that celebrates her, too.

Our wonderful planners, JCG Events, helped us in so many ways, but really won with finding our dream venue: The Ritz Carlton Bal Harbour. We loved the neutral colors of the reception room, the book spaces that made it feel like a home, and airy drapes and wood floors. The details were most important to us, and we spent countless hours finding our vendors. Each one of them “got us” and transformed our vision into the most beautiful celebration.

But most importantly, our wedding was absolutely a labor of love. My dad and step-mom ground and packaged coffee from our family’s farm in Colombia as favors for our guests. My maid of honor was the Craft Queen, and brought many of my ideas to life. My Aunt completely grounded and calmed me behind the scenes during the entire wedding process, and Shane and I hand-picked each cocktail hour song and some of the reception music (Backstreet Boys throwbacks being high on the list). As are most events, it’s the moments leading up to it that make it. I’ll never forget the Saturday we all spent as a family packaging welcome baskets of our guests.

On the day of our wedding, not everything went as planned. That hand-picked playlist was forgotten and the Miami weather didn’t cooperate. Our plan B (aka A) was getting married in a room that felt like we were in the clouds and sharing our first dance as Mr. and Mrs. in a candle-filled room under hundreds of twinkling lights. There’s no way I can pick a moment. My groom took my breath away all night, the smile on my dad’s face, all our people in one room singing to the Backstreet Boys at the top of their lungs, it all was truly magical.

Photography: Laura Leslie Photography | Cinematography: Lula Films | Event Planning: Masi Events | Floral Design: Julia Rohde Designs | Wedding Dress: Reem Acra | Cake: Cloud 9 Bakery | Invitations: Masi Events | Bride's Shoes : BHLDN | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Dessy Collection By Vivian Diamond | Catering: Ritz Carlton | Makeup: Carolyn Jones Makeup | Hair + Makeup: Agape Makeup | DJ: DJ Serge Ramirez | Grooms Attire: The Black Tux | Groomsmen's Attire: The Black Tux | Venue: The Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour Miami | Paper Products : The Romance Between

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Chic Spring Miami Engagement

Leave it to Sawyer Baird to elevate our Saturday to a whole new level of chic. With a sunny spring day in Miami and quite possibly the cutest couple EVER, she worked her magic behind the lens and the result is everything an engagement session should be – fun, fresh and chock-full of love. Peek at the full gallery over here.


From Sawyer Baird… Delaine & Michael are some of the sweetest humans I have ever met! When we were discussing locations for an engagement session many places came up… some being Savannah, Jacksonville, etc. Finally we decided that we would love to go somewhere that neither of us have been before – Miami. Delaine & Michael live in Tampa so the short drive was nothing for them & the quick plane ride for me was easy too.

When scouting out Miami I had known about Vizcaya for some time. It was on the back of my mind from the very beginning. I knew that it would just be something special. After talking to Delaine and showing her the images of Vizcaya we knew that it was the perfect fit for them. We were also excited to know that it would be something different than what is common for most engagements. They trusted me 110% on this one – and I am so so happy that they did.

Later we continued the engagement session to a nearby beach with some of the city in the background. We grabbed coconuts (well my other half 6’6′ man did!) and had a little picnic on the ocean complete with a beautiful sunset!

It really was the perfect day…

Photography: Sawyer Baird | Venue: Vizcaya Museum And Gardens

Elegant Miami Wedding at Villa Woodbine

Elegant and classic but with a bit of Miami flair, this beauty of a wedding comes to us thanks to the gorgeous images from Captured Photography By Jenny. With florals from Julia Rohde Designs and a stunning film from Bridges Cinema this post defines pretty. See it all here

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From Bridges CinemaThis is the wedding day story of Monica and John. What a beautiful love story!! Monica and John met at medical school at Penn State University in Hershey, PA. They dated throughout medical school. It was during the Christmas break that John proposed at one the spots Monica often frequented as a little girl.

They planned their wedding at the gorgeous Villa Woodbine and St. Hugh’s Catholic Church. One of the highlights of the evening was the performance of one of Monica’s favorite local band, Palo. This Afro-Cuban Funk band is a 2015 Grammy Nominee and 2014 Latin Grammy Nominee. You will have a chance to listen to a snippet of one of their songs in the highlight.

Photography: Captured Photography by Jenny | Cinematography: Bridges Cinema | Floral Design: Julia Rohde Designs | Wedding Dress: Allure Bridal | Reception Venue: Villa Woodbine | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Dessy Collection By Vivian Diamond | Band: Palo!

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Design, Styling, Parties
Garden Inspired Ballroom Wedding

Pulling off a classic, elegant, garden party indoors is no easy feat, but one look at this glamorous affair? Well, it just goes to show that with Miranda Hattie Events, wedding dreams become reality. And with Katie Lopez Photography snapping up a gallery filled with love and lush blooms, you’re sure to want to see it all, right here!

From the beautiful Bride… Brian and I met 11 years ago on a summer trip to Israel. Over the years that followed, we remained friends and eventually started dating in the summer of 2008. 5 years later we got engaged and on November 2nd, 2014 tied the knot on what was THE best day, ever.

We live in New York, Brian is from Houston and I’m originally from Puerto Rico, however the majority of my (very) large family is in Miami, so we decided on a Florida wedding because, hello, who wouldn’t want to spend a weekend in the Sunshine State?! Finding a venue wasn’t easy — the large number of wedding guests eliminated many of the outdoor venues I had my eye on and I wasn’t crazy about the idea of an ornate, stuffy ballroom. What drew us to the JW Marriott Marquis was the modern, open, neutral space that basically gave us the freedom to do whatever we wanted with! And do with it we would — with the expert and oh-so-wonderful taste of Miranda Estes, my vision of a classic, elegant garden party was brought to life.

It’s impossible for me to pick a favorite moment of the night, but highlights include the intense Hora that kicked the party off, an impromptu serenade of a “Wicked” classic by my dear friend Emily, and the insanely delicious artisanal Latin ice cream stand we hired from Miami’s Little Havana district. The absolute best part though, was marrying my best friend and celebrating the start of our new life surrounded by our closest friends and family.

Photography: Katie Lopez Photography | Event Design: Miranda Hattie Events | Event Planning: Miranda Hattie Events | Floral Design: Petal Productions | Cake: Edda’s Cake Designs | Hair And Makeup: Makeup By Marz | Ceremony Music: Shajar Music | Hotel: The Aspen Institute At Wye River | Bridal Gown: Anne Barge | Espresso Station: Aroma Espresso | Ice Cream: Azucar | Linens: Over The Top Linens | Reception Band: The Headliners Band | Rentals: Hitched Event Rental

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