My very own Mr. & Mrs. Smith!
Where to begin!
Well, in February Betty contacted me. She and Lyonel had been dealing with a long distance relationship and planning a wedding. They needed help. I met with them in the beginning of March 2008 they already had a venue that Lyonel picked out while she was stationed in the southwest. It was a banquet hall that Betty was not happy with. So 6 months before the wedding we cancelled and changed it! Her only request was not to have a "regular wedding", I promised to make that happen.
In less than 4 weeks we had a new venue and caterer. Everything else followed.
The result: a beautiful red and gold fête that over-exceeded any expectations that Lyonel and Betty had for their special day!
The ceremony and reception took place at the Miami Beach Botanical Gardens.
We set up the ceremony in the Great Lawn. A tent was put up in the event of rain that had been threatening to spoil the day that week. A beautiful white organza chuppah was the absolutely stunning focal point under white the bride and groom would be married. Strands of orchids and crystals accented the opening in the front of the chuppah and rings of cymbidium orchids tied the organza back.
The aisle carpeted with a red runner and shepard hooks with carnation pomanders led the way.
On the white padded chairs were the ceremony fan programs made by me.
The new Mr. & Mrs!
After the cocktail hour the guests were moved in to the Banyan Room for the reception.
The couple was introduced to the Mission Impossible theme then shared their first dance.
The inside space was draped in white organza with red up lights accents the walls. The tables were dressed in gold satin linens, gold chiavari chairs with red satin cushions and red napkins. In each napkin was a custom menu made by me that complimented the custom table numbers I also made.
The tables were accented by one of 3 different centerpieces that were made for the event. The inside tables with tall airy centerpieces of red mokara orchids on trumpet vase. The outside tables were a short centerpiece of multiple vases of roses, and tall centerpiece of mixed flowers.
The sweetheart table was a long table for the bride and groom and his two children. The new happy family. The table was dress in a gold crinkle linen and decorated with the carnation pomanders that were moved over from the ceremony.
On one of the sweetheart table were the memorial table that was set up in honor of Betty's dad who passed away 2 years ago and her best friend Emily who passed shortly after. This table was later covered in votive candles.
On the other side of the sweetheart table was the cake table. The 3 tier vanilla brandy cake was delicious.
After dinner guests were treated to a Junkanoo band performance in honor of their Haitian and Jamaican back rounds. This was a special surprise from the bride and groom for their guests and something that were decided from the very beginning we needed to have!
The guest loved it!!
After that their respective fraternity and sorities sang song special songs for them.
We had prayed all day for no rain and we got lucky.....until about 10pm when it started pouring. Guests did not seem to mind. Some stayed in the tent enjoying the sound of the rain other moved in side. Most did not seem to notice.
All in all was a beautiful day. Guests kept telling my husband and I what a wonderful time they had. The bride and groom were glowing!
Betty & Lyonel, I have had a wonderful time putting this all together with you two! You are an amazing couple who do amazing things for our country and for that you truly deserved and amazing day!!
This experience with the two of you has been wonderful.
Lyonel, Congrats on your graduation this week! Betty, don't forget my badge picture lol
The Myrthil Family :)
Thanks to all the vendors who came together with me to make this day truly special. Special thanks to my husband who came out and helped me on Saturday with everything. You are great man to put up with all of it :)
Event Design and Coordination: Justine Rojas, Venue: Miami Beach Botanical Gardens, Miami Beach,Fl Catering: Pepe Luzarraga Catering, Photographer: Jonathan Scott, Cinematography: Hollywood Films, Cake: Todo Dulce, DJ: DJ Ace, Linens & Chairs: Top This, Florist & Lighting: Petunia Flowers, Junkanoo: Bahamas Showtime Junkanoo