Monday, December 21, 2009

Sara & Ben's South Beach wedding.....

Having been a bride that had 46 guests at her wedding I love the idea of more intimate events. So, when Sara emailed me earlier this year and told me she needed someone to plan her 50 guests event, I was excited!
Plus, Sara was already great to chat with over email so I was very much looking forward to working with her!

The requirements were that it be on the beach or on some type of water and that it offer a space that would be perfect for that # of guests. I had my list of venues that I would be contacting and some others. In my search I found that the Hilton Bentley on 1st and Ocean had recently started putting on weddings again. The space they had was absolutely perfect for the # of guests Sara & Ben would be having. The pool area was perfect for the loungy feel they wanted fro the cocktail hour. Plus, the resort was directly on the beach so we added a check to beach ceremony too.

The colors for the event were a deep turquoise/peacock blue, lime green, chocolate brown and hints of white.

The ceremony took place on the beach and the bride and groom were married under a beautiful ivory oraganza canopy with hanging garlands of white dendrobium orchids.

After the ceremony guests walked back to the hotel where the cocktail hour took place alongside their very SoBe pool area which had all been made private for this event.

Once the cocktail hour was over, the guest were escorted in to the ballroom. The tables were dressed in the dupioni linens in that deep turquoise/peacock blue shade, mahogany chiavari chairs, lime green dupioni cushions and napkins. The napkins sat a top rattan chargers and had the menu tucked in. The beautiful centerpiece created by Gil Sosa consisted of 3 cubical vases. The tallest filled with white hydrangea, green and white dendrobium orchids, bells of Ireland, hanging amaranthus and curly willow branches. The middle vase had a bundle of green dendrobium orchids on top of beige river rocks and the smallest vase a bunch of hydrangea with a green cymbidium orchid. Square votives were also placed on the table to accent.

Ubi's Music & Lighting not only kept the dancefloor PACKED all night but he also provided the customized turquoise uplights that were placed around the room and the pin spots that were placed on the florals.

Toward the end of the night a dessert table was put out with yummy raspberry and pineapple puree desserts that we topped with whipped cream and toasted coconut provided by La Marquise Desserts. Sliders were also put out as part of this late night snack. They were both a hit.

Sara & Ben, I can tell by the fact that neither of sat for more than 5 minutes at a time the entire night that you had a blast! I truly hope that the night exceeded any and all expectation that either of you had for your special day! Sara, it was so great chatting with you on a daily basis over the last 7 months. You made an absolutely stunning bride! Be, it was great to finally meet you. I'm sorry you didn't get your "weinie tots" but I hope you enjoyed the rest of the food! lol
We wish you both nothing but the best in everything you do. May every day of your lives together be even better than the last!
Congrats Mr. & Mrs!!

Ceremony & Reception: Hilton Bentley, South Beach
Florals: Gil Sosa Designs
Dj & Uplighting: Ubi's Music & Lighting Productions
Photo: Stephanie Sokol
Video: Focused on Forever
Rentals: AB Cover Designers
Dessert Table: La Marquise Desserts

Priscilla & Ben's Deering Estate affair....

Priscilla & Ben were another out-of-town couple from California. Originally they hired us just for the Day-Of but as the event got closer added our design package so that we could take care of all the aesthetics of the event.

The ceremony & reception both took place at the beautiful Deering Estate in Palmetto Bay. The color they chose were chocolate brown and shade of pink and rose.
Because I, ofcourse, was running around like a chicken without a head I have no pictures to share of the ceremony but to give you an idea...we decided to go all white with some hints of the rose and gold in the petal cones and programs.

After the ceremony & cocktail hour guests were taken in to the court yard for dinner. All the tables were dressed in chocolate dupioni linens, gold chiavari chairs with gold cushions and napkins that that a menu tucked in. The tables were all square and had beautiful arrangements of flowers in different shades of pink with hanging crystals.
The bride and groom and their bridal party sat at a royal table that was placed parallel to the Stone House which provided a beautiful backdrop. The favors were little box with truffle inside, wrapped in a gold damask paper and tied with a rose colored ribbon.

After dinner guests were encouraged back in to the house where lounge furniture and a cocktail hour style area was set up. Hazel R. Photogrpaher played an AMAZING slideshow of the days pictures and then the dancing began.
All in all it was a beautiful evening!

Here are some pictures of the event.

Ceremony & Reception: Deering Estate
Florals: Nevot Flowers
Rentals: Hitched Events
Photo: Hazel R. Photographers
Dj & Lighting: Ubi's Music Productions
Catering: Pepe Luzarraga Catering

Jackie & David's beautiful Biltmore wedding...

Well I can't take credit for very much on this one because I came in to the mix about two weeks before the event. Jackie was a bride who is originally from Miami but is living in NY. She felt like she needed some extra help tying up all the loose ends and that what we did!

The wedding took place at the beautiful Biltmore hotel. Now my friend Mrs. Jackie Ohh is always gushing about this venue and I was very excited to finally get to work there. The Biltmore definitely did not disappoint. The staff there is absolutely wonderful and beyond capable. It made my job that much easier.

The event was stunning. Dalismer provided all the amazing florals for the event and Heatwave kept the dance floor placed all night.

Jackie & David, it was such a pleasure meeting both of you and your families. You were truly wonderful. We wish you both a lifetime of happiness!

Enjoy the pictures!


Ceremony & Reception: The Biltmore Hotel, Coral Gables
Band: Heatwave
Flowers: Dalsimer Florist
Photographer: Magdalena Photography
Video: Michael James
Afterparty DJ & MC: Roy & Jazz Grant