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Elegant Toile Inspired Miami Garden Wedding

Now this is a Bride with a vision. Planning a modern, yet cozy wedding centered around baby’s breath and toile, their elegant garden affair proved that crisp white blooms and tapered candles are always in style. Filled with Unearthed Vintage gems, bistro lights and chandeliers, every detail Katie Lopez Photography captured is classic, clean, and oh-so-chic.

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From the beautiful Bride… Jeff and I met in the fall of 2008. Mutual friends accidentally brought us together in a relationship that no one saw coming. After almost 6 years together, and 20 months of wedding planning, in the midst of an international move, I can safely say that our wedding ended up being the best day of our lives thus far. Friends and family flew in from all over the world and our focus for the weekend was to celebrate them. While we knew the day would be forever special for us, we wanted the people who had glued us together and supported us over the years to feel loved and thanked. Our goal was to make the night feel like a gorgeous dinner at our dream home. Comfortable, chic, classic, and the most fun ever.

Picking the location came easy. Moving our wedding from Santa Monica, CA to Coral Gables, FL after finding out that Jeff’s job would be moving us to the Bahamas, the only place that came to mind was Villa Woodbine. My aunt had gotten married there over 20 years ago and I had been the flower girl. My mind was locked. My mom toured the venue with her iPad to reassure me that the Villa was still as beautiful as it was in my memory and we signed the dotted line quickly, and well before the wedding. Finding Miranda was my next step and a true blessing. I had scoured the internet and loved every wedding of hers. Jeff and I would have been lost without her during this insane time in our lives. She kept us on track and in the magic. Telling people in the wedding industry you want a modern, yet cozy wedding centered around baby’s breath and toile will get you some odd reactions. But Miranda went with it and helped me design the wedding I had been hoping for.

Throughout the process I wasn’t lying when I said I had the absolute wedding dream team. I never needed to worry about how things would turn out, because I loved everything these ladies touched. From planning, to flowers, to photography… I had the best of the best.

The ceremony was a traditional Catholic mass at St. Kieran’s Catholic Church, the cocktail hour was led by a Spanish Guitarist, the first dance was Ed Sheeran “Thinking Out Loud”, and the Best Man’s speech started the party. We danced the night away in the most beautiful venue, punctuated by taper candles, bistro lights, chandeliers, crisp white flowers, and toile.

I was definitely a bride with a vision. All white flowers. No leaves. Toile accents. Fun music. Baby’s breath. No sweetheart table. Classic. Clean. Chic. Lots of Dancing. Those were the guidelines. I think we nailed it. Everyone in attendance wished it was an annual event. Success!

Photography: Katie Lopez Photography | Videography: Pabelona Studios | Event Design And Planning: Miranda Hattie Events | Floral Design: Anthology Co. | Wedding Dress: Modern Trousseau | Cake: Hale Koa phineas Estate | Invitations: Say It With Paper | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Catering: Bill Hansen Luxury Catering and Event Production | Hair And Makeup: Kristen Brown | DJ: Scratch Weddings | Tuxedo: Men's Wearhouse | Venue: Villa Woodbine | Ceremony And Reception Venue: Villa Woodbine | Hair Clip: Untamed Petals | Lace Wrap: BHLDN | Linens: Over The Top Linens | Music: AA Musicians | Shoe: Louboutin | Wood Tables And Lighting: Unearthed Vintage

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Whimsical Villa Woodbine Wedding

Nothing says romance like a Villa affair, and this whimsical celebration is all the more meaningful with a focus on family. Romantic and relaxed, this duo wed surrounded by sweet Anthology Co. blooms and memorable details planned by Miranda Hattie Events. The beauty that ensued is simply stare-worthy and with one look at the snaps from Shea Christine you’ll see exactly what I mean, right here!


From the beautiful Bride… When creating our wedding we imagined the day as romantic and relaxed. With the hustle and bustle of every day life, we wanted to create an intimate affair filled with our closest family and friends where the day just seemed to stop for a few hours. Mike and I rarely have time to just stop and celebrate our love, and that was most important to us when putting together our big day. We wanted this day to be a celebration of two old souls finally joining as one. With the help of our amazing planner, Miranda Hattie Events, and well over a year of planning we were able come up with a day beyond our wildest dreams. Throughout the celebration we used a palette of neutrals; white, ivory taupe and blush. We felt that these colors lent a timeless feel, while the imperfect floral arrangements and a variety of candles and tabletop accents added softness and warmth. The Mediterranean sensibility of Villa Woodbine was enhanced with soft, flickering light and a subtle variety of textures. We wanted the candlelight to reflect off the mercury and glass accent pieces to help set a romantic mood throughout the event. Rustic vintage touches, such as wooden farmhouse tables, vintage chairs, and antique cake stands helped add to the overall vibe we were going for.

Photography: Shea Christine Photography | Wedding Planner: Miranda Hattie Events | Floral Design: Anthology Co. | Wedding Dress: JLM Couture, Inc | Cake: Earth And Sugar | Bridesmaid Dresses: Monique Lhuillier | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Adrianna Papell | Catering: Bill Hansen Luxury Catering and Event Production | Makeup: Makeup By Marz | Transportation: Coastal Car | Wedding Venue: Villa Woodbine | Getting Ready: The Ritz Carlton | Music: Scratch Weddings | Photobooth: Capture POD Photo Booths | Rentals, Lighting: Unearthed Vintage

Vintage Chic Outdoor Country Club Wedding

This vintage chic affair has stolen my heart. From the gorgeous Ever After Florals surrounding every detail, to the softly elegant Ted Baker Bridesmaids’ gowns, to a late night milk and cookies station, every image captured by Shea Christine is sure to leave a lasting impression.  Jessica’s Events planned every detail of this outdoor ceremony and you can watch it all unfold here!

Country Club

From Jessica Estrada with Jessica’s Events… Some couples just touch our souls and these two did just that. From their loving and funny personalities working alongside with them for a year we became the best of friends through this journey. We created this beautiful detail vintage chic flair. Vanessa always wanted the outdoors for her wedding surrounded by nature and beautiful large trees and we found the perfect venue for her vision and the day was perfect as well, not a cloud in the sky and what we call a perfect Miami fall day. Creating elements for this wedding the concept was always “Think outside the box” Let’s go different and let’s do different. From gorgeous floral surrounding every detail to a late night milk and cookies station. My favorite detail from this entire wedding was the gorgeous bridesmaids dresses they were modern and very unique.

Photography: Shea Christine Photography | Event Planning: Jessica's Events | Planner: Jessica's Events | Florist: Ever After Floral Design | Cake: Elegant Temptations | Invitations: Beacon Lane | Stationary: Wedding Paper Divas | Ceremony Venue: Coral Gables Country Club | Reception Venue: Coral Gables Country Club | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Ted Baker | Make Up And Hair: A Touch Of Beauty | DJ: Scratch Weddings | Groom's Attire: My Grooms Room | Vintage Car: Melian Limousines & Antiques | Accessories: Helena Noelle Couture | Accessories: Julie Polanco Bridal | Bridal Gown: JLM Couture, Inc | Chairs: Hitched Event Rental | Linens: Cover It Linen | Vintage Rentals: Unearthed Vintage | Wood Table Signs: The Paper Walrus

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Miami Contemporary Art Gallery Wedding

If I had to choose one word to describe this art-admiring duo, chic would be it. Modern with an edge, this seriously stylish Gary Nader Fine Art soiree was beautifully captured by Katie Lopez Photography. With JCG Events behind the scenes it’s sophisticated yet sweet, making this gallery a masterpiece that can be admired right here.


From Michael Masi of JCG Events LLCJeff and Megan are art lovers. From our very first meeting with them it was evident that this needed to be a focal point of the conceptual design of their wedding. We started by selecting a venue in the heart of Miami’s trendy art centric neighborhood of Wynwood. Wynwood is world renown for it seamlessly endless walls with murals from the world’s best street artist. All the wedding activities were to take place at the Gary Nader Fine Art Gallery. This venue set the perfect foundation for the wedding.

It was important to Jeff and Megan that their guests get a sense of how personalized and unconventional their wedding would be. We accomplished this by designing a completely customized invitation suite that included the couples favorite murals from the Wynwood neighborhood. The invites were so popular with guests that most actually kept the RSVP postcards, and sent back photocopies of their responses. That was a first!

On the day of the wedding, Jeff and Megan’s guests were greeted at the gallery entrance by butler passed welcome drinks and were free to peruse the gallery until all the guest arrive. Guests were then invited to the upstairs gallery where the ceremony was to take place. We went with a very modern simple styled ceremony with an acrylic chuppah and ghost chairs to let the art speak for itself. The location of the ceremony was select to take place in front of the gallery’s largest painting, providing a one of a kind backdrop for the nuptials.

After the ceremony guests proceeded to the cocktail receptions. The modern styling from the ceremony flowed into the cocktail receptions space. To personalize the cocktail reception, Jeff and Megan selected a number of their favorite paintings from the gallery’s collection; we then made replicas to hang on a gallery wall with gallery tags with the paintings information along with guests’ names. These served as the weddings escort cards and informed guests where they would be sitting for the dinner reception. In addition to the gallery wall escort paintings, we also provided an artist to sketch and paint portraits of guests during the cocktail reception, serving as an interactive and fun favor for Megan and Jeff’s guests.

The dinner and dancing reception took place in the main gallery. The space was kept out of the guests sight until the end of cocktail hour, when illuminated and revealed the space and invited guest to find their seats. For this section of the evening we created a more natural, earthy design to contrast with the gallery’s stark modern ambiance. We utilized natural reclaimed wood farmhouse tables, with natural flowing garland and candle centerpieces, combined with a mixed seating of ghost chairs, wood benches, and eclectic vintage chairs. The use of bistro lighting and amber up-lighting around the room provided a warm feeling for the remainder of the evening. The room was centered around a parquet wood dance floor, and anchored by live orchard trees we had brought into the gallery.

One of my personal favorite elements to this wedding was the personalization of Jeff and Megan’s wedding cake, again they choose an element that was reflective of themselves and incorporated another one of the neighborhoods murals onto their cake. The cake was placed on a pedestal in the middle of the gallery making it appear as a work of art, in its own right.

Guest were entertained by one of the couples favorite bands and enjoyed a menu reflective of their tastes. The personality and passion for art that Jeff and Megan wanted to express through their wedding created a truly memorable evening for all their guests. As well as a wedding that they can truly call their own.

Photography: Katie Lopez Photography | Event Design: Masi Events | Event Planning: Masi Events | Floral Design: Ines Naftali Floral & Event Design | Wedding Cake: Sugar Fancies | Catering: Bill Hansen Luxury Catering and Event Production | Band: Ketchy Shuby | Harpist: Valerie Brunnette | Art Gallery: Gary Nader Fine Art | Artist: Erin Una | Rentals: Unearthed Vintage | Rentals: Evoga Events

Romantic Garden Wedding at Villa Woodbine

I love it when a couple really personalizes their day, and for this garden romance that meant a nod to their South American heritage. A celebration filled with dreamy blooms from Designs By Sean, it’s easy to get lost in the gorgeous imagery by Merari Photography. See even more pretty details right here.

From Merari PhotographyIf I had to describe Alexis and Abraham’s wedding in three words they would be classic, warm and fun. Alexis and Abraham are both from South America. They wanted to incorporate their cultures into their garden-inspired wedding celebration. Everything from the bridesmaid’s blush gowns to Abraham’s blue suit and bowtie were tied in to make the event as low key but classic as possible. They partied the night away in a garden-inspired reception filled with lush greens and hints of pink and coral. The reception was a South American love fest with lots of flags, traditional hats and shot glasses. At the end, the sweet couple left to party some more on a Colombian Chiva, an artisan rustic Colombian bus.

Photography: Merari Photography | Catering: Bill Hansen Luxury Catering and Event Production | Make Up And Hair: Kristin Brown | DJ: EMG | Officiant: Ceremonies With Cynthia | Wedding Venue: Villa Woodbine | Baked Goods: Earth And Sugar | Bridal Dress: Ever After Miami | Colombian Bus: La Chiva Miami | Decor/Florals: Designs By Sean | Quartet: Classern String Quartet | Rentals: Panache Party Rental

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Romantic Miami Wedding at Red Fish Grill

This is the kind of wedding that really makes my heart sing. Because not only is it filled with gorgeous details that will leave my head spinning all day (hello gorgeous blooms from Ines Naftali, I’m talking to you), but it’s also overflowing with love. The kind of love you can just feel through each of 13:13 Photography‘s beautiful images, and it just takes one look at this gallery to see what I mean. 


From The Bride… Ben and I share a contagious kind of love that surrounds us and makes everyone around feel confident, happy and at ease, so when it came time to plan our wedding the most important thing was to bring together all of our closest friends and family for an unforgettable celebration inspired by a beautiful mashup of the best of both of us. Since we fell in love during our last two years attending the University of Miami, it was an obvious choice to get married close to where it all began. Matheson Hammock provided the perfect backdrop: a lush grassy park with huge photogenic trees for the ceremony, and an old historic coral structure for the reception nestled in an idyllic beach lagoon that overlooks Biscayne Bay with the downtown Miami skyline glistening on the horizon. It’s a setting so naturally gorgeous it hardly needs any decoration, and a venue my very foodie family certainly approved of as well. Both Ben and I are borderline flower children and true creatives at heart, and we wanted to create an environment for our wedding that felt elegant yet down-to-earth and infused with personal touches to make it feel like us. Our very own intimate park to oceanside bohemian fairytale.

To bring the vision to life, we opted against hiring a planner to help save a few bucks and since my career in marketing/PR made me somewhat well-equipped to pull this off. Plus, bridezilla just isn’t my style. The deep greens and lush, organic hues you’d find a tropical garden served as our primary color palette, paired with my very favorite coral peonies (luckily just barely in season!) to add just the perfect pop of color. The florist was among the most important line items in our budget, and my sweet amazing mom who knows everything about nature deserves all the credit for working closely with the incredibly talented Ines Naftali to help create the most gorgeous unkempt arrangements and bouquets that fit beautifully amid the natural, uneven textures of driftwood, burlap, vintage glassware and twinkling candles that I wanted to incorporate into the tablescape design. I’d fallen in love with Ashley and Philip’s work and unique style after stumbling upon their blog a few years back, and after exchanging a few emails, just knew that they were the only photographers who could capture the genuine emotion and essence of our special day in a way that we will treasure for years to come. Everything else we kept whimsical and simple.

Ben personally wrote our entire inter-faith ceremony, and I put my artistic talents to work by designing and creating all of our paper elements by hand — including the cut-out paper heart fan programs, chevron seating cards, craft paper menus and handwritten notes. Inspired by old Miami photographs, the thank-you cards resembled real vintage postcards that displayed various images of 1920s Matheson Hammock Park, which were taken right beside the place where our reception actually took place. Each table was designated by a vintage Miami postcard image, showing different locations around Miami that holds special meaning in our relationship. From our mismatched bridesmaid dresses to the assortment of mini key lime pies in lieu of a formal wedding cake, traditional and matchy-matchy just isn’t our style. Our wedding reflected exactly who Ben and I are as a couple — fun, free-spirited and marvelously complex — in everything from the paper lanterns our closest friends helped us string up earlier that morning, to the Polaroid selfies our guests took instead of signing a guest book, down to the perfectly crisp fall weather and waves of positive energy flowing through atmosphere all evening. It really was the best day ever.

Photography: 13 13 Photography | Floral Design: Ines Naftali Floral & Event Design | Wedding Gown: Augusta Jones | Invitations: GreenQuince | Ceremony Venue: Matheson Hammock Park | Reception Venue: Red Fish Grill | Hair + Makeup: Hope Artistry, LLC | Bridesmaids' Earrings: BK & Leo Jewelry | Ceremony + Cocktail Hour Music: Lenny Batista | Dessert: Puerto Madero | Getting Ready Venue: Mayfair Hotel Spa | Reception Music: Vision DJs

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Coconut Grove, Miami Garden Wedding at Villa Woodbine

13:13 Photography always, and I mean always sends us weddings that make us want to stop and stay awhile. Weddings like this beautiful Miami soiree that looks like it came straight out of a dream. Between the gorgeous florals from Nevot Flower Design and the stunning Villa Woodbine setting, everything in this gallery is just pinch yourself pretty, and you can see it all here.

From The Bride…David and I met a few months after I moved to Miami to get my graduate degree and it did not take a long time to realize we were meant for each other. David, a native Miamian introduced me to South Florida and all the most beautiful, romantic spots including enchanting Coconut Grove, surrounded by water and filled with the most luscious trees. When thinking about the perfect venue for our wedding, I knew Coconut Grove was the perfect place.

For the wedding day, I wanted it all. A blazing sun with a cooling breeze in a romantic spot near the water surrounded by trees where we could see the sunset. Timing was everything and thanks to my great wedding coordinator Danielle, from a LoveForDetail, we got it all. I couldn’t be happier with how everything went. It really was a magical day!

I got ready at the Grove Isle Hotel, in a private island retreat by the water, where my bridesmaids and I could look at the ocean while we got our hair and makeup done. David and I decided not to do a first look, but I asked Ashley, our AMAZING photographer from 1313 photography, if they could do a first look for me and my dad. Words cannot describe the moment, but the pictures do a fantastic job!

The ceremony was at St Hugh Catholic Church. It was filled with little details that brought together all of our family and friends, from the entrance of the ring bearer with a pillow hand-made by my mom, the powerful ceremony vocals sung by David’s cousin, a bilingual exchange of vows and a colorful exit with wands made by my grandma to wave at us, newlyweds.

As we entered the reception venue at beautiful Villa Woodbine, it felt like an enchanted garden filled with roses, peonies, hydrangeas in soft peach, pink and white. The wedding decor finally came together to create a very elegant and almost whimsical feel. As we ate we could see the sunset, and by the time it was time to cut the cake, the sun had gone down and the bistro lights covering the patio gave the villa the most romantic feel.

My favorite part of planning our wedding was incorporating little details to make it unique. As an Ecuadorian I could not forget to put little details to remind me of home. My mom brought hand-embroidered handkerchiefs from Ecuador as favors for our guests.  Another one of my favorite  details were my cakes. Todo Dulces (Everything Sweet) made me five small custom made cakes to complement my decor. The music selection was also very important,  the father-daughter dance was a typical Ecuadorian song to make that moment that much more special, and for dinner we listened to Cuban music to highlight David’s heritage. The night ended with a very Latin tradition “The Hora Loca”, where for the last hour of the party the guests are given props and everyone can dance the night away!

In the end, all the planning was worth it! David and I had the best time of our lives. It was a perfect day and we could not have done it without the fabulous work of all our vendors. Everyone came together to create a magical day!

Photography: 13 13 Photography | Cinematography: Pabelona Studios | Floral Design: Nevot Flower Design | Cake: Todo Dulces | Ceremony Venue: Saint Hugh Catholic Church | Reception Venue: Villa Woodbine | Hair And Makeup: Kerstin Jaeger | Getting Ready Venue: Grove Isle Hotel and Spa | Month/Day Of Planning: A Love For Detail

Citrus-Inspired Southern Wedding Shoot

Summer brides of 2015, take note: this shoot crafted by Unearthed Vintage is bound to become your new best friend. It’s a gorgeous combination of color, whimsy and warm-weather romance, and to say we’re obsessed is kind of an understatement. The florals by Julia Rohde Designs play off the citrus-driven details and that soft, film photography by Michelle March? Utter perfection. More goodies here!


From Katie at Unearthed VintageMy inspiration for this shoot came from two areas in my life, my wonderful childhood and teenage years and who I am now as an adult. I grew up in upstate New York working on a local family farm. I spent 7 years waking up early, picking corn, and helping work at the market gaining lots of knowledge of local fruits, veggies, and flowers. During our summers we’d make homemade strawberry jam and strawberry rhubarb pies. After moving to Miami I thought for sure the “farmer” in me would be lost in the hustle and bustle of city life and South Beach. When I discovered Estancia Culinaria I once again felt like I was at home. A hidden gem in South Florida, it is our version of the south, and a truly inspiring location that feels magical the second you step into the gates.

South Florida is full of citrus fruits, bright colors, and sunny days. When pulling together ideas and inspirations I couldn’t help but want to pull in pieces of my past giving them a fresh twist with my South Florida life. What a better way than team up with a group of wonderful vendors to show everyone what the South in South Florida really means. We wanted to be sure to include the bright citrus fruits that can be found all over the state and Julia and Desi did so perfectly in their floral designs and desserts. The citrus also paired perfectly with the craft cocktail bars and also local craft beers that were the perfect parting gift for all of the guests.

From Julia at Julia Rohde DesignsSouth Florida brings a lot of natural beauty in the foliage and fruits that are naturally grown here. We wanted to create bright, lush florals that tied in locally sourced Florida grown products to replicate a realistic southern wedding floral design concept that brides can have for their wedding day. Some of the locally sourced foliage and fruits were blush and white bi-color bougainvillea, fresh mint herb, delicate vines and kumquats, all organically grown by South Florida nurseries and florals such as honeysuckle and orange blossom sourced from local wholesalers. The pops of of coral, pale peach, orange and yellow toned florals were used to tie in with the various citrus fruits such as grapefruit, kumquats and oranges that are so abundantly produced in Florida and such an inspiration to this Florida Groves shoot.

Photography: Michelle March | Styling: Unearthed Vintage | Floral Design: Julia Rohde Designs | Wedding Dress: Tara LaTour | Wedding Dress: Chernaya Bridal House | Cake: Gigi-Mamma Cakes | Invitations: Juliet Grace Design | Ceremony Venue: Estancia Culinaria | Reception Venue: Estancia Culinaria | Bridesmaids Dresses: Anthropologie | Catering: Estancia Culinaria | Hair And Makeup: Cristina Vidal | Rentals: Unearthed Vintage

Elegant Thalatta Estate Wedding

Oh, do I love a Miami affair peppered in pink. Shades of flamingo, blush, softly sweet pinks just fit with the magic city like no other. And with Miranda Hattie Events behind the design helm, the rest of the romantic details fit perfectly into place. From the twinkly-lit clear tent from Unearthed Vintage, to the baby’s breath wrapped ceremony arbor to every touch of glamour, Michelle March tells this story like a fairy tale.

From Miranda Hattie Events… This gorgeous event was held at the Thalatta Estate in southern Miami, a pretty waterfront venue with a picturesque lawn for the ceremony site and a brick courtyard perfect for an outdoor reception. The uncharacteristically cold weather meant that we had to bring in a tent (and heaters!) at the last minute, but we chose a clear structure that let in the night sky and brought everyone together in a delightfully cozy way under the glow of bistro lights.

The wedding palette was primarily shades of white and ivory with bits of blush and a hint of sparkle for glamour. The florist, Anthology Co Floristry, did a beautiful job of achiving a look that was both romantic and sophisticated, incorporating mirrored pieces with mercury glass, while the bride added lots of fun details. She made giant glittery letters to be used for the sweets table and used chalkboards for cute signage pieces (AND hand-wrote each guests name on the seating chart on the morning of her wedding!)

I asked the bride, Laura, what her favorite moment of the day was and she told me: “It may come across as strange but my favorite moment of the day was leaving the wedding. We had just ran through the mayhem that was our sparkler exit and into that warm comfy car. I looked at Wagner and felt so utterly happy that he was my husband. The driver put on some nice tunes while we relaxed and recapped the day.”

Her advice for brides? “Enjoy the process. Although it can be stressful, time consuming, expensive, and monotonous (hello DIY), remember that you only get to do it once. Cherish the times that your friends and family came over to help you with “wedding stuff”. Laugh at all the ridiculousness that gets thrown your way (arriving to the ceremony in a hot air balloon/boat/horse/unicorn, coming out for the first dance like the Miami Hurricanes, etc.) You might miss all of it once it’s over.”

Photography: Michelle March | Cinematography: Michelle March | Event Design: Miranda Hattie Events | Event Planning: Miranda Hattie Events | Floral Design: Anthology Co. | Wedding Gown: Pronovias | Cake: Sugar Fancies | Shoes: J.Crew | Catering: Mena Catering | Hair And Makeup: Makeup By Marz | Lighting: Unearthed Vintage | Transportation: Florians Classics | Venue: Thalatta Estate | Linens: Over The Top Linens | Music: Vision DJs | Photo Booth: Maxbooth

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Outdoor Art Gallery Wedding in Miami

In Miami there lies a pretty art gallery that happens to have one very fabulous green garden. It’s a space transformed by Danielle Cipriani and Unearthed Vintage into a coconut toting, family style reception who’s laid back, simple details only add to the overall beauty of the day. Take one look at the gallery captured by Jessica Lorren Organic Photography and you’ll be smitten too.

From The Bride…Miami was always where we envisioned getting married. I am the editor of and Andy is the CFO of jugofresh. We are in New York City, and Miami was our first trip together as a couple. When we moved here more than four years later, it seemed fated. When you’re our age (early 30s), you’ve been to more than a dozen weddings, and you’ve drawn up a list of likes and don’t likes. We both agreed we wanted the event to feel like a casual backyard dinner–just a bit more sophisticated. The M Building in Miami’s Wynwood, an underused space that doubles as an art gallery, was a perfect match. Since our guests were flying in from all over the country, we wanted to make the night really fun and relaxed for them, too. Our friends at Coconut Cartel made custom coconuts for people to enjoy when they arrived, which really helped set the mood. The entire night was incredible, but the ceremony was really the highlight. We met Levi Felix, our officiant, when we went on a digital detox [] retreat outside San Francisco a few years ago. He was such an amazing and genuinely warm and kind person, and we were thrilled when he agreed to travel all the way to Florida for our wedding.

Photography: Jessica Lorren Photography | Wedding Gown: Oscar De La Renta | Cake: House Of V | Catering: JugoFresh | DJ: DJ Wasabi | Groom's Attire: J.Crew | Officiant: Levi Felix | Venue: The M Building | Coconuts: Coconut Cartel | Custom Menus: Eden's Invites | Drinks: September Wines Spirits Wines | Jewelery: Satomi Kawakita | Planning: A Love For Detail | Rentals: Unearthed Vintage

Italian-Inspired Baby Shower at Villa Woodbine

You simply can’t ask an event planner to keep her hands off her own special occasion, and that’s perfectly all right with us- because the result is a baby shower from JCG Events so beautiful it could rival any wedding! The Masis gathered inspiration from their trip to Tuscany and designed the shower around a luscious Italian brunch. With stunning photos from Katie Lopez, you’ll want to pore over every detail of this drool-worthy baby shower!

From Jessica Masi of JCG Events: I know it’s unconventional to plan your own baby shower but when you are a planner yourself and in the industry you can’t help but have a style and vision for what you want. This was an event close to my heart because I wanted to make sure to celebrate the arrival of our baby girl, and this next phase in our lives, with our closest family and friends.

Lucky for me, my husband is also a planner, we’re co-owners of JCG Events. As I was beginning the planning process he was secretly working on securing my favorite venue in Miami, Villa Woodbine. He wanted to surprise me with everything but soon had to reveal the details because I was busy starting the planning process as well, and it wouldn’t be too long before we would have two showers planned.

Villa Woodbine was the perfect setting for our baby shower. We wanted to create an Italian themed shower to go with the villa setting but at the same time keep the theme subtle and well thought out. It all started with the invitations we designed through Smock, an invitation line we carry. We selected a whimsical font in a taupe letterpress ink and a baby carriage motif and added a pop of color with a neon pink edging. For the calligraphy we chose a matching hot pink ink and collected an array of vintage postage stamps including an Audrey Hebpurn stamp to reference the name we had selected for our baby girl.

The flower table design was a garden inspired design with a vintage collection of vases with bright pink bungavillia, garden roses and peonies with orange touches, over a custom lace table runner. Ines Naftali truly captured our vision and inspiration for the floral design and created a magical setting. The farmhouse tables and collection of white vintage chairs from Unearthed Vintage completed the entire look. On the fireplace mantle behind where “mommy” and “daddy” were sitting, we had two photos of when Michael and I were of similar age about 6 months old. In between the two photos was a small frame in the middle with a pink question mark. In the foyer there were vintage lounge vignettes for everyone to have an area to lounge before and after our brunch.

The brunch menu was inspired by an Italian breakfast we had every morning during while we were in Tuscany for a wedding we were planning last year. The cake was Michael’s favorite flavor- banana cake with salted caramel filling. The bar consisted of a signature drink we named the “Bambina Bellini” which was a take on a traditional venetian cocktail- prosecco, peach nectar and St. Germain. There was also mimosas and Masi white wine available garnished with fresh fruit. After brunch guests mingled in the courtyard where we had a gelato cart with three delicious flavors- pistachio, cappuccino with toffee bites and sweet pear with ginger.

We had a table with a guest book where guests were able to share their wishes and hopes for Audrey, which will be a nice keepsake for her to read later on in life. We also created a station where guests were able to make custom headbands for our baby girl and had stamped tags so they would be able to write their names so Audrey would know who made them. We were able to enjoy our baby shower thoroughly and it was really thanks to this amazing team of vendors that we are lucky to call friends as well.

Photography: Katie Lopez Photography | Event Planning: Masi Events | Floral Design: Ines Naftali Floral & Event Design | Dress: Vince Camuto | Cake: Le Petit Sweet | Invitations: Smock | Shoes: Tieks | Necklace: Kate Spade | Catering: Bill Hansen Luxury Catering and Event Production | Calligrapher: Marge Allmand | Bow Tie: Beau Ties | Venue: Villa Woodbine | Gelato Cart: Dolci Peccati | Guest Book: Two Giggles | Hair & Make-up: South Beach Makeup Studio | Linens: Nuage Designs | Postage Stamps: Pack Post | Rentals: Unearthed Vintage

Modern Garden Wedding at the James Hotel in Miami

This is exactly how we envision a Miami affair… modern, chic, a couple dressed to the nines. And all with a white hot backdrop and a wildly cool venue like the James Hotel. It brings a new face to the beach wedding. We call it seaside chic crafted at the hands of Merari Photography,  Jessica Estrada and Ines Naftali. Find even more of the day right here.

From Merari PhotographyJeff and Alisha had a lovely laid-back wedding at the James Hotel. Everything from the groom’s boat shoes to the colorful and tropical flower arrangements screamed calm, cool and fun. They saw each other right before signing Ketubah and exchanged vows under a beautiful Chuppah. The lace dress, groom’s bowtie and the bridesmaid’s assorted dressed in various shades of white, tan and blush added some romantic elements to the day.

Photography: Merari Photography | Planner: Jessica's Events | Florals: Ines Naftali Floral & Event Design | Dj: Dj Willy | Venue: The James Chicago | Bride's Dress: Daisy Tarsi

Glamorous Miami Wedding

We all know when modern meets traditional in Miami, gorgeousness is bound to follow.  But throw in the styling prowess of Urban Lace Events, some fab paper goods from Chocolate Creative Design and some crazy cool gilded linens from La Tavola Linen and it’s the prettiest day you’ve ever seen.  Think glamourous and then some all captured by Todd Good Photography.  See it all here.

From Urban Lace Events… Dana and Brett live in New York City but decided to have their wedding at the Viceroy Miami, so guests could enjoy a destination wedding without traveling long distances. When I first started working with Dana she told me she envisioned a modern wedding with a little glitz and glam that reflected the vibrancy of Miami and their own personal style. One of the first things Dana revealed was her intense aversion towards linens, in particular tablecloths. So instead, we decided to go with acrylic top tables for the reception that did not require tablecloths. However, to keep the room interesting and avoid it from looking flat, we used a mixture of acrylic top tables with white pop chairs and square tables with sequin linens and ghost chairs. Dana initially did not like the linens, but after she got a peek at the gorgeous white sequin tablecloths and sequin chevron runners from La Tavola her mind had been changed.

Dana and Brett fell in love with a local NYC chocolatier Liddabit Sweets a few weeks before the wedding and wanted their guests to experience their favorite treat, so we had custom labels designed that we adhered to the chocolate boxes and used them as escort cards.

The menus, table numbers and escort stickers were all designed with a pink flamingo, a subtle nod to the Florida destination.

Photography: Todd Good Photography | Event Design: Urban Lace Events | Event Planning: Urban Lace Events | Floral Design: Ever After Floral Design | Cake: Mighty Fine Cakes | Ceremony Venue: Viceroy Miami | Reception Venue: Viceroy Miami | Hair And Makeup: Josie Miller Makeup and Hair | Ceremony Floral Design: Hale Koa phineas Estate | Chocolates: Liddabit Sweets | Linens: BBJ Linen | La Tavola Linen | Menus, Table Numbers And Tags: Chocolate Creative Design | Rentals: Lavish Event Rentals

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DIY Wedding at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Admittedly, I am super un-crafty.  With all of my effort, there’s not a DIY bone in my body.  So when I come across a wedding as gorgeous as this sweet affair, I am all sorts of impressed.  Because this, loves, is DIY at its finest, from that gorgeous gown to the yummy cakes to the paper goods all crafted by seriously awesome family + friends.  See it all captured by Ricky Stern right here.


From Ricky Stern PhotographyThis gorgeous wedding was a true DIY masterpiece by the bride and groom (as well as their family and friends).  Here is the bride, Stephanie, running down each item they crafted by hand:

The tree stumps: we actually went to my uncle’s land in Naples to cut down a tree to make those tree stumps.  We made a family trip out of it.
• The three cakes were made by my best friends (chocolate, vanilla, and red velvet).
• The Podium used during the ceremony and all the rest of the directional signs throughout the event were made and designed by Lester and myself.
• The guestbook I made with the Shutterfly website.
• The card box we bought and designed ourselves, Lester added the Plexiglas for safety precautions.
• All the mason jars and flowers in them were bought by us and my family and I put them all together the night before. My mother actually made the arrangement for the large tool box on the book signing table that came out beautiful.
• My mother-in-law made my wedding dress and veil.
• The seating chart was created by myself and another girlfriend of mine.
• The candy station and the candy station sign was created by my sister and myself.
• The invitation was made between a large group of us (family and friends).

Photography: Ricky Stern Photography | Floral Design: Le Printemps Florist | Catering: Amelia and Carmen | DJ: Entertainment Management Group | Ceremony / Reception: Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden | Photography - Assistance: Randy Borges | Vintage Furniture Rental: The Salvage Snob "unique salvage & vintage rentals"

Sunny Vizcaya Museum + Gardens Engagement Session

If you’re looking for a love session recipe like no other, we’ve got you covered with this loveliness my dears. Mix one part Haring Photography, one part Vizcaya Museum And Gardens, two parts stylish bride & groom-to-be, top with sunshine and voila! A little shake here, a snap there and you’ve got a combo that will quench any love-craving. See it all here!

From Haring PhotographyIt was a beautiful day for Alisha + Rahim’s fine art vintage engagement session at Vizcaya Museum & Gardens in Miami Florida. The classic grounds set by water was a perfect place for their engagement session. Alisha and Rahim choose to wear casual and classic outfits that reflect their natural romantic style.

Photography: Haring Photography | Venue: Vizcaya Museum And Gardens | Cognac Strap Heels: Zara | Coral Top: Akira | Floral Crown: Akira | Ivory Skirt: Akira | White Lace Dress: Akira

Floridian Spring Wedding Inspiration

I thought a New England Spring was pretty darn fabulous but a Floridian Spring? It might just take the cake. This inspiration crafted by Anthology Co. and Gianny Campos Photography is a colorful spread peppered with sparkle and the outdoor beauty of the South East. And whenever a naked cake is involved, like this beaut by Cloud 9 Bakery, we’re all in. Take a peak at the pretty gallery for even more.

With spring knocking on our door, I was eager to do a shoot which would embody a “Floridian Spring.” The shoot took place in February, and as all my fellow Floridians know, our winters are blessed with beautiful weather and flora. Our inspiration was sparked with some lively colorful dishes found at Anthropologie. The location, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens, was as well a source filled with Florida natives as well as an abundance of flowers and other exotic foliage. This location accomplished the more organic local approach we had envisioned.

We picked some leaves and blooms from our backyard such as begonias, bleeding heart, and bahama coffee which were put together with garden roses, blue thistle, orchids and more. Local fruits were also included in the mix like guava, star apple and passion fruit which we sourced from our local farmer Robert Is Here. Anthology Co.’s attention to detail truly made all the arrangements special while the Salvage Snob wowed us with their elegant yet unique multicolored array of seating choices.  How often is it you see three crystal draped chandeliers adorning a massive oak tree?

As we have constantly rising temperatures we decided to have the bride a little cooler and more comfortable. I’m sure all you Floridian brides can relate. The bride wore a short sleeve white oxford shirt coupled with a beautiful gold sequin skirt thus melding elegance and classic comfort. The groom, looking quite dapper, sported a glen plaid suit with a chambray shirt. Putting a fun spin on a still very classy look.

The naked cake made by Cloud 9 Bakery is a great example as to how keeping something simple can actually be more appealing than unnecessary elaborations. Embellishing the cake with some thistle, guava and some other fruits around that gorgeous pedestal base really tied it all in with our original theme. What is that original theme? Well, lets just say its a bit eclectic some rustic with a hint of elegance and a dash of class. All in time for spring.

Floral Design: Anthology Co. | Cake: Cloud 9 Bakery | Invitations: Chirp Paperie | Bride's Shoes: Moho Moxy | Jewelry: Anthropologie | Hair + Makeup: Makeup By Marz | Groom's Attire: J.Crew | Venue: Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden | Bridal Headpiece: Lacielle Roselle | Bride's Attire: Anthropologie | Dinnerware: Anthropologie | Fruits: Robert Is Here | Groom's Shoes: Banana Republic | Photography + Design: GCam Photography | Rentals: The Salvage Snob "unique salvage & vintage rentals"

Eclectic Garden Wedding at Villa Woodbine

Villa Woodbine, which is gorgeous all on its own, was completely transformed into a dreamy garden landscape for this unique take on the wedding day. JCG Events crafted a cocktail garden party vibe with vintage vignettes by Unearthed Vintage, loads of white blooms by Julia Rohde Designs and all blanketed in twinkling candlelight and serenaded by a French Jazz Band. It’s magical and Katie Lopez Photography was there to capture it all. See all of her gorgeous images right here in the full gallery.


From Michael Masi of JCG Events…We loved everything about this wedding and this couple. They wanted to create a wedding that was unconventional, free spirited and with an emphasis on amazing food and good music and this is exactly what we accomplished for them.

Villa Woodbine was the perfect setting because it offered a lush landscape, an intimate environment but enough space to create some movement for their guests throughout the evening. Guests were greeted with a signature drink as they arrived to the villa. The couple wanted to forgo the traditional Miami Mojito welcome drink, and instead went with a trendy Moscow Mule. Guests took a moment to enjoy their drink while they waited for the ceremony to begin.

For the Ceremony, we opted to forgo conventional ceremony seating. The short but very meaningful ceremony began as the bride and her daughter walked down the stairs to an instrumental version of Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol. The bride and her daughter were then greeted by the officiant and the groom under the center arch of the courtyard. Guests watched from their cocktail tables and the second floor balcony of the courtyard. Since there was no conventional aisle they sealed the ceremony with a kiss, a walk around the fountain followed immediately by a champagne toast. The French Horn band then began to play spirited and lively French inspired jazz music for cocktail hour. The cocktail hour had officially begun in the same space as the ceremony and in the living room and dinning room areas adjacent to the courtyard.

After plenty of food stations and delectable passed hor’ dourves, guests were escorted to the garden area of the villa which had been transformed to a magical setting. We created an industrial eclectic vibe by utilizing farmhouse tables and combining a mixed collection of steel elio chairs, clear ghost chairs and mahogany chiavari chairs. The florals were a mix of industrial steel vases and mason jars filled with hand picked style of white florals and lots of candles. Three chandeliers hung from down the center of the clear top tent, hanging mason jars with votive candles and fairy lights lined both the trees and corners of the tent. This style also carried over to the custom bar that was created using salvaged items. Guests enjoyed a four-course dinner, while they appreciated a mesmerizing performance from an electric violinist who played alongside a DJ. Vintage furniture vignettes surrounded the reception area throughout the garden to allow for guests to be able to lounge and mingle as they enjoyed cocktails after dinner. A custom photo booth was created that was inspired by the bride’s British heritage by incorporating a traditional red British style phone booth, combined with hanging picture frames and vintage furniture. Guests were invited to take pictures using their own cameras and then post images to a wedding photo app.

Later in the evening, guests were then escorted back to the courtyard where the cake was cut and then danced the night away under the open starry sky.

Photography: Katie Lopez Photography | Event Planning: Masi Events | Floral Design: Julia Rohde Designs | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Cake: Filled & Frosted | Ceremony Venue: Villa Woodbine | Reception Venue: Villa Woodbine | Catering: Bill Hansen Luxury Catering and Event Production | DJ: Mona Music Group | Officiant: Reverend Eddie Rodriguez | Transportation: Padrinos | Cocktail Music: The French Horn | Hair And Make-up: Hot Pink Style | Rentals: Unearthed Vintage | Rentals: AFR Furniture Rental | Styling, Makeup, And Hair: Hot Pink Style

Picnic-Style Wedding at Casa Reta

Let’s be honest – it’s hard to beat a homespun wedding. There’s a certain magic that happens when a family comes together to create a beautiful, bespoke affair; every detail, every moment comes from a place of total love. And the object of my latest handcrafted wedding affection? This Casa Reta “I do” inspired by the perfect picnic. Merari Photography snapped the goods, and you can have a nice, long look in the gallery right here.


From Merari Photography… Rafael and Alicia wanted to laid-back family picnic style wedding and that’s exactly what they got. Everything was a family affair. The details were crafted or hand-picked by Alicia, Rafael and their family members. Alicia’s bouquet was made by her aunt, the vintage furniture pieces were bought through Craigslist and refurbished by Rafael. The food was potluck style with delicious things from Alicia’s Cuban heritage and Rafael’s Dominican family traditions. Even the flower vases were flown in from Cuba from Alicia’s great-grandmother’s home.

Despite some rain on their wedding day, Rafael and Alicia were the happiest of couples. Their happiness was contagious s as they said personal vows to each other. The wedding and couple were the biggest joy to photograph.

Photography: Merari Photography | Videographer: Reinhardt Productions | Floral Design: Gilda Montes Of Oca Design | Wedding Dress: Melissa Sweet | Wedding Cake: Misha's Cupcakes | Bride's Shoes: ZIGI | Bridesmaids Shoes: Vince Camuto | Bridesmaids Dresses: B. Darlin | Groom's Suit: JCPenney | Groom's Bow Tie: The Tie Bar | Groom's Shirt: Macy's | Groom's Shoes: Cole Haan | Groom's Suspenders: Burlington Coat Factory | Location: Casa Reta

Valentine’s Day 10-Year Anniversary Shoot

I don’t know about you lovelies, but I can’t think of a better way to celebrate your 10-year anniversary than with a drop-dead gorgeous photo shoot on Valentine’s Day.  And not just any photo shoot, a photo shoot from the talented team of Ever After Wed (the happy couple!), Vanessa Velez and Agape Makeup & Hair.  It’s a non-stop day of pretty stylings, yummy treats and l.o.v.e.  See it all in the full gallery.


From Vanessa Velez… When Soco from Ever After Wed realized she was celebrating her 10th year anniversary with her hubby this year she decided to go all out and plan a Valentine’s Weekend Inspirational Shoot and document it all. She called me up as she dazzled away at the kitchen creating some of her husband’s favorite foods and desserts. Being a lover of brunch, she knew that she wanted to have a little bit of everything sweet and yummy. We put together this sweet and romantic shoot to celebrate their ten years of hearts and kisses.

From Ever After Wed… I could live in a world of desserts and flowers, so when I decided to plan this weekend I started styling away in my head and thinking about all of the things we as a couple love and what to us is romance. My husband has always known that the way through my heart is through the kitchen. I prefer to have an amazing cooked meal then almost anything. To me it means so much. So when I thought about Valentine’s I immediately knew I wanted to take the dessert route and make a lot of sweet foods than I just knew he would love. Of course, once I started on it it turned into an amazing shoot that not only let us be together and plan for this special day but also let us be in front of the camera and laugh, cuddle and just be us. After ten years together it’s still amazing, inspiring and incredible to have such a bond with my husband and that is something that I never want to loose. So planning this day for us was just perfect. I want everyone to be inspired to have their own over the top Valentine’s meal and spend some time with the one you love. That is priceless.

Styling & Design: Soco Alicea | Makeup & Hair: Agape Makeup | Desserts & Drinks: Soco Alicea | Miami, Fl: Private Home | Photography & Styling: Vanessa Velez | Props & Rentals: Confetti Event Production

Parisian Glamour Inspiration Shoot

Every now and then you come across a post that needs no introduction. It’s so beyond-words pretty that the photos and the film more than speak for themselves. And when Michelle MarchMichael BurgosJulia Rohde and Sweetest Celebrations, sent over this Parisian shoot, I knew we were in for one those posts. Simply allow me to lead you straight to the goodies right over here.

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From Blush and White Design HouseAh, Paris, the city of love and romance, the city that inspires poets and love stories the world round. One cannot think of Paris without thinking of elegance, glamour, and true romance. This is the city I have visited time and time again, and never tired of its effortless beauty and charisma. The city’s charm always stays with me long after I return home, and it is Paris that inspires me in endless ways.

Just a few miles outside Paris lies the enchanting Palace of Versailles, the epitome of glamour and decadence, with its gilded gates and crystal chandeliers. It is the perfect example of Parisian glamour and luxury at its best. With this in mind, I envisioned a beautiful afternoon wedding in a lovely outdoor setting reminiscent of the French countryside, to juxtapose a design full of typical Parisian glamour. I fell in love with the Ancient Spanish Monastery because of its lovely grounds, as well as its architecture and history.

It was only fitting that this shoot come to life with a group of vendors that shared an affinity and passion for all things Parisian and that drew inspiration from that as well. Michelle March and I had both been to Paris recently, and shared stories of our trips one afternoon as we browsed through the lovely collection of gowns at Sasha’s Bridal Boutique. We both fell in love with a gown that was fitted and lace, and paired it with a lace beaded cape and cathedral veil for a look that was just perfect for my Parisian inspired shoot. The gown became the inspiration for the overall styled shoot, and for many of the elements that followed.

Vintage furniture pieces from Love in Vintage — originally from France — set the mood, and served as the perfect setting for this Parisian vision. Specialty sweets created by Sugar Fancies, included a pink and gold French macaron tower with a sugar ribbon emblazoned with the phrase “je t’aime toujours” (I love you always) handwritten in script. Sugar flowers adorned the macaron tower and the tiered cake, which was perfect atop a gold platter accented with delicate crystals.

Julia Rohde created a dreamy floral design, with a bridal bouquet that speaks volumes in muted pinks and ivories, with a few anemones for just the right touch of modern luxury. The sweetheart table needed little decor, with its gilded finish and carved design, and featured soft florals in vintage candleholders and petite gold vases. The table is set with vintage china and gold flatware, and the ‘place cards’ are fancy sugar cookies with the bride and groom’s names “Isabelle & Jacques” hand written in script.

The bride was glamorous yet demure all at once, with her hair elegantly arranged in a soft updo. In true Parisian style, the day was interrupted by a series of rain showers, so the groom appears only briefly in the romantic video created by the creative talent of Michael Burgos Films. He is elegant in a sharp tuxedo by Vera Wang, and the bride and groom throw all cares to the wind as they toast in gold-rimmed champagne flutes!

Photographer: Michelle March | Cinematography: Michael Burgos Films | Hair and Makeup: Luis Piedrahita for Vicky Mejia | Venue: Ancient Spanish Monastery | Bridal Attire: Sasha's Bridal Boutique | Cakes and Sweets: Sugar Fancies | Event Design And Coordination: Blush And White Design House | Flora Design: Julia Rohde Designs | Groomswear: Men's Wearhouse | Models: Susan Dean & Barakat Emanuel | Vintage Furniture: Love in Vintage

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