Rob + Rachel / Wedding at Snug Harbor

It was a crisp and overcast autumn day when I pulled up to Rachel’s parent’s home in Staten Island. The party was already swinging as bridesmaids ran around with champagne, the family dog looked for back scratches and Rachel as calm and radiant as ever finishing up her make-up.

Rob and Rachel met freshman year of college back in 2005. It was a quintessential college love filled with dorms, frat parties and school spirit. Ten years later, as they dined in their favorite restaurant, Rob took Rachel by surprise and asked her to marry him. They decided to marry in Snug Harbor, a few minutes away from her parent’s home which held sentimental value to her family since they helped establish the gardens.

After an intimate first look and a long stroll around the Snug Harbor grounds, Rachel and Rob exchanged vows in the Tuscan-inspired garden of Snug Harbor. They were cheered off by friends and family who then made their way to the reception after a leisurely walk through the grounds. The newly-weds danced to “In my life” by the Beatles (which is honestly the best Beatles song ever). They and the bride’s brother surprised everyone with a special toast to Rachel’s late grandfather. As he began his toast, the band began to play the Addams Family theme song which was composed by him many years ago. Soon everyone was singing, snapping along and wiping tears.

Before the night was over, Rob and Rachel decided to do an intimate sparkler “exit” with only their bridal party. It was a lovely way to spend a few minutes alone before going back to the party which I was told later, was one for the books.

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Venue & Catering: Snug Harbor | Wedding Planner: Whimsy Weddings| Florist: Mimosa Floral Design Studio | Invitations & Paper Goods: Confetti Grey | Music: Times Square Orchestra | Cake: Palermo’s bakery | Videographer: Joel Kuhn Creative

Arturo + Scarlet / Rancho Santana

Arturo and Scarlet were unknown neighbors in LA. He lived on the 14th floor and she on the 9th. After a chance meeting at the clubhouse, they became fast friends. Time flew by and Scarlet moved away, but serendipity brought them together again and this time, they started dating.  After a few years, Arturo proposed in the coolest way,  with a helicopter ride to Catalina Island.

Scarlet, like most of us ladies (no shame!) already had a vision for her wedding day. She knew she wanted to get married somewhere exotic and tropical and Nicaragua, her birthplace, was the perfect spot.

Friend and family flew in from Mexico and all over the States to celebrate. On a warm and sunny Sunday afternoon, Scarlet walked down the aisle hand in hand with her mom and dad. She radiated joy. Arturo smiled from ear to ear and vowed, in Spanish, to love and protect her and sneaked a hilarious apology to his mom for not marrying a Mexican girl after all (“but Nicaragua is close enough, right mom?”)

After dinner and cake, guests were led to the coast overlooking the ocean and were showered by the sparkling light of fireworks. It was magical.

Published in Style Me Pretty

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Venue: Rancho Santana | Video: Artisan Production| Invitations: Minted | Wedding dress: Martina Liana | Groom’s tux: Hugo Boss | Band: Grupo Chereke

Devin + Carly / Wedding at the Raleigh Hotel

Sometimes no matter how much we plan and pray, things just don’t go our way. It’s a sucky fact of life and a lesson the weather decided to teach on Devin and Carly’s wedding day. When they first began planning their wedding, they chose February 6th, the historically driest day in Miami, to better their chances of having their dream outdoor wedding go uninterrupted. As luck would have it, the rain had other plans.  Tents went up and we braced ourselves for a big storm while still keeping our hopeful fingers crossed.

Luckily everything went on perfectly. The rain took pause while Devin’s late dad’s best friend helped them exchanged vows under a Chuppah. The clear tent that gave us refuge during the reception rain looked absolutely magical reflecting all the string lights and as luck would have it, the storm held off until everyone was safely underneath it, ready to party.

Published in BRIDES 

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Venue & Catering: The Raleigh Hotel | Wedding Planner: JCG Events || Bride’s Wedding Dress: Reem Acra, purchased at Ever After Miami | Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Hair & Makeup: Art of Hair by Claudia | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Show Me Your MuMu | Groom’s & Groomsmen’s Attire: Hugo Boss | Engagement Ring & Wedding Bands: Olivia Landau at J. Birnbach Jewelry | Florist: Ines Naftali Floral & Event Design | Invitations & Paper Goods: Sarah Hawkins Designs || Music: A Prime Event | Cake: Cloud 9 Bakery & Café | Rentals: Tents ‘n’ Events; NOMAD Stretch Tents | Photo Booth: Shutterbarn | Videographer: Lexoria Wedding Films