I remember my first year in planning all of my brides pretty much came from one place. Now that I've been in the game a little longer I've been lucky enough to have bride find me a bunch of other ways.
My next couple came referred to me by word-of-mouth and are by far my farthest of far away couples yet! I really don't think anyone else will beat them.
Meg & Joachim reside in India :) Yup, the country on the other side of the world! Joachim is German and Meg is Haitian and her mother lives in Miami. The couple had a wedding in Germany for Joachim's family last August and then decided to have one in Miami to accommodate friends & family in the States.
This was going to be a small affair for about 30 guests. Meg & Joachim needed me to take care of all the arrangements because I would only get to meet with them once. All other communication took place via email and 2-3 phone conversations. Her trip over was very successful. We managed to nail down a venue, florist, DJ and officiant.
Meg & Joachim wanted an event that was very representative of them. The couple has literally travelled all over the world today. They met in one country, had their first date in another, got engaged in a third....you catch my drift. So at her request we did a wedding of understated elegance with an underlying travel theme.
The ceremony took place out on the lawn of The Palms Hotel and was all red & white.
Passports created to replicated American & German passports served as programs.
After the ceremony guests moved in to cocktail hour. The sign n table was decorated with small suitcases and some of the many old travel poster signs we had scattered about. Each sign was of a place the bride and groom visited together.
We did one long royal table set for 24 (the final count) with ivory fortuny linens and gold chivari chairs. Meg loves red roses so florist Gil Sosa incorporated them in to the florals along with white hydrangea and greenery. the florals that decorated the ceremony served double duty and were used at the Royal table decor. The menus were postcards that had personal travel photos of the bride & groom on one side and the menu on the other. The place cards were printed with passport stamps and the remainder of our travel poster signs were place along the length of the table.
One thing that we definitely were not short on at this wedding was cake! In honor of the different heritages, a German cake (Black Forest) and a Haitian Cake (Rum Cake) we put out for guests to enjoy along with the traditional wedding cake & cupcakes.
Several toasts were made through out the evening or guests telling stories of the bride and groom. It was a very intimate night of dinner, dancing and story telling. Exactly what they wanted.