When it comes to incredibly cool engagement sessions, Jordan and Matt take the cake. Because honestly, what’s cooler than taking your lost-in-love picture in front of some crazy cool murals? Uhm, nothing that’s what. See it all captured by Allen Tsai Photography in The Vault!
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From Allen Tsai Photography…We really wanted to capture a mix of modern, whimsical, and romantic engagement photos for Jordan and Matt. Miami was the perfect city to photograph them offering a diverse range of environments. The Wynwood walls served as a perfect modern backdrop with it’s vibrant colors and modern art, and was the perfect complement to their wedding venue the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas which is known for its amazing art exhibits. We then headed to South Beach to not only capture their fun and whimsical side, but also to create relaxing images with an intimate feel. We were able to end this wonderful trip with some romantic seaside sunrise images, and can’t wait for their fall wedding with the talented Keestone Events!
From the Bride… Daniel proposed to me while we were in Brazil visiting his family on the rooftop of the world famous Hotel Fasano, at sunset. Besides the beautiful scenery of Rio de Janeiro, what made the moment even more special is that we were surrounded by family and friends. I remember all of the girls gathered together to take a photo (pre-planned but unknown to me) Daniel came up and grabbed my hand, got down on one knee and I thought “what in the world is he doing”. I was so surprised that I have no idea what he said after that… but I do remember saying yes!
The wedding was Mediterranean cocktail inspired. I wanted the entire vibe to feel warm, inviting and super laid back. As if we were having a small outdoor gathering at our own home. Everything from the seating layout, to the music and the way we planned the food was designed to encourage guests to explore, mingle with each other and feel the love. It was a very intimate, small wedding so we were really able to focus on laughing with friends and family, enjoying the live music and beautiful Miami night, not an evening fixed around a traditional wedding agenda.
I loved our “wedding aisle” that we walked down, it was a combination of vines that fell from the sky. I also loved the “Wishing Booth”, it was sort of an interactive guestbook. Instead of wedding cake we did Brigadeiros which are a traditional Brazilian dessert (since the groom is from Brazil).
Daniel’s favorite moment was seeing the bride for the first time. And Kelli’s special moment was that kiss at the end when they say “you may now kiss your bride”
An advice for future Brides & Grooms: Don’t stress too much. The best advice I got was from Daniel when I was having a freak out moment leading up to the wedding. I was worried that things weren’t going to be “perfect”. He said to me – “Babe, no matter what happens that day, if it rains, if it snows, if the flowers don’t show up, if spill wine on your dress (almost happened), in the end we will still be marrying each other and that’s all that really matters”. I pretty much melted in his arms when he said that.
This beautiful bride right here? She wore five inch suede heels on her Big Day. Five inch suede heels in a gorgeous pink hue with a stunning Anne Barge gown from Lovely Bride that will sort of take your breath away. In other words, she’s awesome… and her wedding to her dapper Mr.? Just as amazing, with a whole host of pretty styled by Pieces of Dreams and one crazy beautiful moment after another captured by Shaun Menary. See them all in the full gallery.
From Shaun Menary Photography… Scott and Samantha are so kind and quite possibly the most FUN couple we’ve ever had the pleasure of photographing. I mean, you don’t do a destination wedding in South Beach unless you’re down for some serious celebrating! Scott and Sam are NYC residents who will take any excuse to head to the beach and knock back a couple of mojitos. So after seven years of dating, when the couple decided to make it official, they seized their opportunity for a beach bash wedding weekend, and with the help of designer Susan Jaffe of Pieces of Dreams, they put together one of the most beautiful and vivacious weddings we’ve ever witnessed!
It could have gone either way, given that it practically monsooned the morning of the wedding! We thought the nuptials would be moved indoors, but, almost serendipitously, the rain subsided just as we arrived, and the in-house coordinator and Susan Jaffe mustered up their magic and got the venue ready just in time!
Sam was absolutely s t u n n i n g in a lace Anne Barge gown, and that girl rocked some 5″ pink suede wedges. Scott was incredibly dapper in his custom suit from Custom Men.
Scott and Sam tied the knot in the Raleigh’s “Oasis” space, which is like a miniature Eden, with lush tropical greenery along the flanks, and the beach and ocean just beyond the tree line. Petal Productions erected a custom 10-ft. backdrop with an beautiful ombre floral design. Directly following the ceremony, the couple and their guests mingled during the cocktail hour. The reception took place in the Raleigh’s modernized art-deco ballroom, where the couple and their guests danced, drank and dined.
Once the sun set and the drinks really started flowing, the party animals came out! Pieces of Dreams and the Raleigh arranged an after-party in the hotel’s penthouse, so while the ballroom closed and the couple took a break, the Raleigh staff moved the party upstairs, where there was a bar, dessert table and a DJ. Those who wanted a tamer experience could enjoy their drinks on the rooftop lounge area overlooking the ocean.
So Sam, Scott and all their guests spent the entire day against the striking backdrop of the Raleigh’s art-deco brilliance and the sweeping sights and sounds of the ocean just yards away… not too shabby! We had so much fun being part of the Stringfellow wedding weekend, and we wish the happy couple all the best!
P.S. What’s up with those axes, you ask? They’re only the most awesome groom’s gifts we’ve ever seen. Scott went to Best Made Co. and had axes customized with paint jobs in each groomsman’s heritage. So neat!
There is something about Miami and pick-your-jaw-off-the-floor-gorgeous modern weddings that enviably go hand in hand. It must be something in the sand, because nothing really compares to the soirees that come out of that sun-filled city. Kallima Photography is giving us another case study in modern weddings done oh-so-right with this beauty, and trust me when I say you are going to marvel over all the modern in the full gallery of images – because they are be-yond gorg.
From Rebekah of Kallima Photography… Amanda + Willy are a gorgeous, down to earth, lively couple who got married on January 7th at the W Hotel South Beach. Both living and working in Washington D.C., but having dated and lived in Miami, the W Hotel was truly the perfect backdrop for their wedding. Amanda wore a Vera Wang gown named Fiona. Her bridesmaids gray, strapless gowns were accented by a black ribbon belt that Amanda herself designed and provided. Amanda’s father had passed away before her wedding day, so her sweet brother walked her down the aisle. The ceremony altar and aisles were adorned with bundles and bundles of baby’s breath — so simple and clean.
The modern, edgy, and eclectic design, coupled with the lush garden landscapes gave their wedding an upscale, modern and clean feel and look. Ocean Flowers by Guerdy provided the pops of color the green lawn needed with gorgeous orchids, peonies, garden roses, and hydrangeas. Willy and his family hail from Peru, so the signature cocktail served was a Peruvian Pisco Sour, and the favors were gorgeous, wood-wrapped Nuestra sodas monogrammed with Amanda and Willy’s names. Chevron print made an appearance in some of the picture frame quotes (quotes from everyone from Elvis to Coco Chanel) and was also the background of the board with table names and numbers. Purple was the main color of choice, showing up beautifully in the bouquets and table decor.
Amanda + Willy opted for a laid back reception with no real agenda, allowing for great flow and relaxing fellowship with their guests, who had all traveled from literally around the world to be there with them and celebrate this special day.
I love Indian weddings. I love how vibrant and colorful they are, I love all the rituals and traditions, I love that the groom gets to ride in on a white horse. It all just looks so joyous and festive. This destination wedding in Miami by Alex Rodriguez Photography is the perfect example of a luxurious, meaningful Indian ceremony and reception. It is breathtaking and vivacious and it makes me want to be a part of the party! Click here to see the full gallery!
From Alex Rodriguez Photography… Bejal + Amit were married at the historic Eden Roc hotel on South Beach in Miami. They are originally from Detroit and now live in Manhattan. They planned this destination wedding from Manhattan and enjoyed the day with guests from all over the world.
Hello glamor! Have you ever seen such a chic wedding party? And the rest of this Miami black-tie affair photographed by the always captivating Captured Photography by Jenny is just as sophisticated and luxurious. Once you can take your eyes off the stunning Valentino gown…I’ll give you a few minutes…feast upon the elegant ballroom reception with lovely little details and a whole lot of elegance tucked into every little corner. Click here to see even more!
From the Bride… Miami is a special city to us. We met in Miami, fell in love, got engaged and knew it was the only placed we wanted to get married. Our venue, the W Hotel in South Beach, was perfect from the moment we walked in – the eclectic collection of art, the beautiful marble, and chic furniture. It is modern and romantic. Once we chose the venue, we knew we couldn’t have just one theme or color scheme! Each room was so different; from the lush green lawn our ceremony took place to the gorgeous gold and dark wood ballroom. Our florist, Stan from Jim Threlkel Florist, was so creative that he took our ideas and made them even better than we could have imagined. We loved all of the candles and flowers that decorated our tables.
Josh’s mother is no longer with us and we wanted to honor her on this day. She loved birds and the color purple. At our ceremony, fifteen white doves were released and small hummingbirds were delicately hidden in our centerpieces.
I have a major obsession with sweets – not just a sweet tooth, but I went to pastry school as well. It was difficult to try to choose just one dessert! I wanted something untraditional – we chose a French macaroon cake decorated with golden bees and butterflies. There were even two at the top with a veil and top hat! It didn’t end there though..we had a dessert buffet with homemade brownies, chocolate tarts, and ice cream sundaes (to name a few!).
We wanted our guests to have a weekend they would remember as much as we would. We hung out by the pool during the day and celebrated each night. At our reception, we had a photo booth to document all the fun our guests were having. We also encouraged everyone to take off their high heels and changed into flip flops to continue dancing.
At our after party, we handed out light up glasses and necklaces and served freshly fried donuts, fries and corn dogs! We danced until 3 am as DJ Gunars spun. Our wedding was perfect and it only made Miami that more special.
Welcome to the Style Me Pretty Florida blog! This is the place where we’ll bring you loads of inspiration from all over the sunshine state. There is some serious style pouring out of this beautiful and diverse place! One of my favorite photographers to come out of the south is Laura Leslie Photography. I have fallen fast and hard for her work. I want to frame some of these Miami beach shots and hang them in my apartment. It doesn’t hurt when there is a swoon-worthy, chic-to-the-max wedding involved too. The coral and yellow hues compliment the ocean views so perfectly and I am bonkers for the mod meets romance meets hot Miami nightlife vibe! Click here to see even more!
The couple held their wedding in Miami Beach, a few hours from the bride’s hometown of Palm City, Florida. The Raleigh Hotel provided a beachfront venue with a vintage feel. The “old Florida” vibe was a real draw and the bride was excited to incorporate the beach into the celebration, having grown up on South Florida beaches. The hotel had special significance to the couple because it was where they stayed during their first trip together.
The bride’s childhood Reverend presided over the ceremony, held steps from the beach in an alcove on the hotel grounds. The cocktail hour and reception were held around the Raleigh’s historic art deco pool and decorated with white and yellow orchids with blush accents. The groom’s father’s family from Thailand transported small hand painted ceramic covered boxes as wedding favors for the guests. The four tiered petal shaped wedding cake was topped with bride and groom love-birdies and included South Florida themed flavors, such as key lime, the groom and bride’s father’s favorite flavor. The bride surprised the groom with a red velvet flavored groom’s cake shaped like a shamrock in honor of Notre Dame, the groom’s alma mater. Liquid DJs made the reception high energy by lighting the reception tables with a warm glow, uplighting the surrounding palm trees, and spinning a lively playlist that kept people dancing until the early morning.
We have so many really amazing wedding films to share with you from our Little Black Book cinematographers and we’ve gotten SO far behind!
At one time, we had thought about having some movie weekends so that you and your sweetie could plan on cuddling up with a huge bowl of popcorn while you watch a variety of film styles and wedding stories. I mean, how else are you going to find the perfect film-maker for your own wedding??? What do you think? Would you do it? If we planned ahead, could you put your lists aside, slow down, relax and enjoy? Let us know what you think of the idea of Movie Weekends on the Little Black Book Blog! We have a bunch of great highlights and trailers we’d love to share with you.
In the meantime, we wanted you to see this super-cool film from Hello Super Studios (don’t forget that if you click on the arrow & then pause the film for just a bit ~ allow it to load ~ you’ll have a smoother online playback) …
A little about the wedding ~ The lovely couple, Hannah and Alan from England, decided to have their intimate destination wedding on South Beach at the fabulous Tides Hotel. They stayed there with their families for the week and rented out the top floor penthouse for the celebration. Hannah was very meticulous with the details. Being a graphic designer, she designed their own logo, the programs and the menus. They went with a vintage hollywood style, from the men’s suits to her lovely fitted dress. The ceremony was held in the penthouse, followed by cocktails on the roof and ending with dinner back in the suite. The weather was perfect and everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves!
And from the beautiful bride, Hannah …
After being together for 7 years, Alan surprised me by proposing on the very first night of our 2 week vacation in the Maldives. One evening as we sat on our deck outside the beach bungalow, under the starry sky we began sharing our thoughts and dreams of what our wedding day would be like. We both had agreed very early on that we wanted an intimate family wedding somewhere warm. A couple of years prior, and with this in mind, we had set off on a cruise around the Caribbean on the quest for a setting for our future wedding. As we were flying in from London we had to stay overnight in Miami, before boarding our cruise the next morning. This was to be the start of our love affair with Miami and South Beach in particular!
Whilst we thoroughly enjoyed the cruise, nowhere else even came close. We met so many amazing and talented people along the way. Each member of our ‘dream team’ grasped our vision and interpreted it into something wonderful. Not only did they bring our dream to life but they captured it on film and video so we can re-live it day after day and share it with our friends and family back home. We were so grateful for our family members that were able to join us, they made our day complete, in fact everything turned out just as we had planned….only so much better!!”
A little bit from Tatiana and Megan at Hello Super Studiosabout their “style” of wedding cinematography …
We capture fun and stylish weddings with the nostalgic charm and beauty of super 8 film. In the face of a digital world, we are film purists and want to make what’s old new again. Nothing compares to the look and feel of real film… it’s not only aesthetically pleasing, it’s also archival. We attract couples who are looking for something different to reflect their own unique style and taste. And as two former DJ’s, we absolutely love editing gorgeous footage to music (using either our client’s favorite songs or ours).