Sunday, March 29, 2009

The end of an era....Natikinz and Dany are FINALLY married!!

and all the girls from our group of "knotties" that met in late 2006, early 2007 are all married :)

Needless to say, I was honored when Nathalie asked me to be her coordinator. Knowing how much time an effort and thought to every detail she put in to this event for Dany and herself...I was thrilled.

Dany's family is originally from Spain and the wedding's theme worked around that.
From the venue, the beautiful Douglas Entrance to the wooden hand fans, every detail has been thought out to the T for the last 2.5 years.

It was a very busy day :) I promised Nat I'd take pictures of the setup process for her, so here are a couple I managed to grab between the running around.

The details began at the ceremony. The initials N & D hung from the lamps outside the church. A beautiful white wrought iron arch adorned with flowers marked the beginning of the aisle, while the words of Corinthians 13 were written in both English and Spanish hung from the church pews, led the way to the altar.
The ceremony was beautiful and emotional.

When guests arrived at the cocktail hour, personalized wooden hand fans decorated the tables.

The ballroom was stunning. The tables were dressed in champagne dupioni silk linens with a battenburg lace overlay. Each place setting had a gold beaded Belmont charger, a linen battenburg napkin and a custom made menu that was printed on vellum and made into a scroll.
The tables had one of 2 beautiful centerpieces made by florist Jorge Nevot, both in trumpet vases with crystals hanging from the flowers.
The bride and groom decided to forgo the traditional "sweetheart" table and instead sat at a "head" table with both their parents.
After the ceremony the wrought iron arch form the church was transported to the reception and used to decorate the space behind the table.

The amazing cake was a design created by Nathalie's mom. It was a combination of her beautiful invitation and gorgeous wedding gown.



Ubi's Music & Lighting Productions, who provided the awesome music which kept the dance floor packed also provided the up lighting. Amber up lights were placed around the ballroom to give it a warm and intimate feel.

The night was perfect, Nathalie kept telling me the evening over exceeded any expectations she ever had for that day and it better than she ever dreamed.
When a bride and/or groom tells me something like that it truly makes my night.

Nat & Dany, thank you so much, from the bottom of my heart from trusting Alexis and I with this most special day in your life. I am so incredibly happy for the both of you. Having been through this planning process with you from the beginning not only as a coordinator, but for the majority of the time as a friend, has been wonderful. Seeing all of the hard work you put in to this day come together in such a beautiful way, with all the people that mean so much to you...truly makes the days hard work worth it.
I wish the two you the kind of happiness written in one could be more deserving of that. May everyday of the rest of your lives together be even more amazing than last night. Love you!

I leave you with this slide show of absolutely amazing pictures by the one and onlyMiguel Irias. Miguel arrived with a secret plan to surprise Nat with a slideshow of pictures of the day at the end of the night. We were all in cahoots, no one else had a clue lol.
Thanks to Miguel! who is truly fabulous I got some pro pictures to share with you the same night.
You rock my socks Miguel! xoxo

Ceremony: St. Peter & Paul Catholic Church
Reception: Douglas Entrance, Coral Gables
Caterer: A Celebration of Life
Flowers: Nevot Flowers
Linens, Chargers, Chairs: AB Cover Designers
Photo: Miguel Irias
Video: Artistry Wedding Films
DJ & Lighting: Ubi's Music & Lighting Productions. DJ Ubi & DJ Gilbert

Sunday, March 15, 2009

After 2+ years of planning...Marisol & Ellier are MARRIED!!!

and expecting a baby to boot!!

Marisol and I met way back in 2006 when I got engaged and joined "The Knot". Marisol was already a "knottie" and was already making plans for her big day.

That year (and some lol) I was on the board, I met some amazing women. Some of whom, I am still friends with today. Marisol was part of our "little group" and one of the last 2 to get married. Needless to say, I was honored when she hired me to help with her special day.

Marisol always knew her wedding would be in March 2009. The ceremony and reception site were already picked out. As soon as her love of 11 years popped the question with her dream ring, the planning was on.

It was honestly a very exciting moment for me to see this special day finally come together in such a perfect way for Marisol and Ellier :)

The ceremony took place at the stunning Church of the LIttle Flower in Coral Gables. The reception, a zen chic affair for 80 guests at the historic and beautiful Deering Estate.

Marisol looked absolutely stunning in her linen and lace gown by Priscilla of Boston.

After a nice cocktail hour by the water, the guests were moved in to the courtyard of the Stone House. The sign table was accent with a tall arrangement of bamboo sticks, hydrangea and orchids. The escort card table was set up with bamboo trays filled with wheat grass holding the mini envelopes.

The square tables were dressed in a white weave textured linen, mahogany chiavari chairs with white satin cushion and a chocolate brown napkin. The centerpieces were multiple vases of different white flowers surrounding one larger arrangement in a bamboo "tray". This was the first time I've had to really put together centerpieces and I'm glad it turned out well.

The menus, which Marisol made herself, had their bamboo adorned monogram on top and a bamboo stick on the stick. It truly enhanced each place setting.

The beautiful and totally edible cake was made by Marisol's long time baker (he made her 15's cake) Heavenly Cakes by Neil. If you think the cake looks gorgeous, you should have tasted it! It was a Grand Marnier Confection with Hazelnut and Hazelnut cream filling. It was to die for!

For favors the bride and groom opted for their favorite cupcake from Lix by Misha.
During dinner, the escort card table was transformed in to a to-go cupcake table. Guest took home a custom designed red velvet cupcakes with a pool blue icing. the cupcake were placed in boxes that were decorated by the bride herself.

Everything was thought out to the last detail. It was truly the glamorous day she had envisioned. Ellier is a lucky, lucky man :)

Marisol, it's been a long road.....I'm so happy that this day finally came for you and that it was everything you hoped it would be. I wish nothing but the best for you and Ellier on your lives together and this new journey you're about to take as parents to the little blessing that is "Baby G".
You are going to be an amazing parents! Thank you so much for trusting me with this special day of yours that you have been looking forward to for so long. It means more than you know. Love ya babe!

and now the pictures! I know, I know, you were wondering when I was going to get to the important part!

Stay tuned for a "Photographer Love" post coming soon with some ultra fab professional pictures from Maloman Photographers!

Coordinator: Justine Rojas assisted by Alexis Rojas
Ceremony: Church of the Little Flower, Coral Gables, Florida
Reception: Deering Estate, Palmetto Bay, Florida
Catering: Macy's Catering
Photography: Maloman Photographers
Videography: Artistry Wedding Films
Music: Ubi's Music Productions
Flowers: DIY by the bride and myself
Cake: Heavenly Cakes by Neil
Cupcakes: Misha's Cupcakes
Linens: Top This
Chairs, Dancefloor and Tables: Hitched Event Rentals

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Suzette & Santi's Sweet Cocktail Reception. 2.28.09

I love working in new venues. Suzette and Santi's wedding was no exception.

After a beautiful ceremony at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Miami Beach, the handsome groom and beautiful bride in her Pronovias gown headed over to their cocktail reception at Quantum on the Bay.

Quantum on the Bay is a very modern residential building on Biscayne Bay. If you, or close relative lives there you can use their "club house" for private events.
The "club house" is a awesome bi level room with floor to ceiling windows filled with all kinds of modern and eclectic furniture.
Suzette & Santi played off the room's muted blue and gray color scheme and had floral genius Gil Sosa design several different beautiful and modern flower arrangements that fit the room perfectly.

Thank you to Martha from UDS for sending me pictures :) Always a pleasure working with you!

Here are some of the amazing pictures courtesy of Martha and her husband Jesus. You guys did an awesome job.

and here are some of my own pictures I took. This slideshow is actually mostly for a couple of girls that I know have been waiting to see pictures of these floral arrangements Lol.

Thank you Suzette & Santi for putting your special day in my hands! May you both spend many wonderful years together. Let's also hope your first child is a boy so that you can get rid of all that extra blue candy!

Coordinators: Justine Rojas assisted by Alexis Rojas
Ceremony: St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, Miami Beach, FL
Reception: Quantum on the Bay, Miami, FL
Catering: Touch Catering
Flowers: Gil Sosa
Photography: UDS Photo
Music: Ubi's Music Productions
Cocktail Musicians: Trova Cubana
Cake, Cookies & Brownies: Joelle's Desserts

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Nichole & Fred's Aqua & Red Fete

Nichole came to me as a referral from a very dear friend and I knew just based on who referred her she would be a wonderful bride to work with :)

She was.

Nichole has such a great personality, a ridiculously infectious smile and she and Fred compliment each other wonderfully.
Being part of their special day was definitely lots of fun!

The ceremony and reception both took place at the Rusty Pelican on Key Biscayne.
It was a beautiful sunny day and the windows all around both ballrooms truly allowed you to take it all in. Their aqua and red colors truly stood out.

Here are some pictures from their beautiful day!
The last picture is just for Nichole lol

Nichole & Fred, thank you for letting us be a part of your big day :) You were a pleasure to work with and your friend definitely made for a fun night lol (see: your guest book)
I wish you both many years of love and happiness!