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.

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

Jeff + Lindsey / wedding at Villa Woodbine

Jeff and Lindsey met and fell in love in Philly but decided to have a destination wedding in Miami. They fell in love with Villa Woodbine and it fit their intimate, chic garden wedding vision perfectly. As their big day arrived, Lindsey spent the morning with her sisters, mom and nieces getting ready. There wasn’t a dry eye in the room when she finally put on her perfect Jenny Packham gown.

Jeff and Lindsey opted to have a first look which gave them the opportunity to spend quality time together before their guests arrived. Their ceremony was held in the central courtyard, where they also had their first dance. After cocktail hour, everyone moved to the backyard for dinner. Long family-style tables were decorated with eucalyptus garlands, candles and gold chiavari chairs. Each guest had their own hand-picked tile, inspired by the venue. As the sun set, everyone toasted to the newlyweds and dined under the stars. It was the perfect intimate dinner party they always had envisioned.

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Venue: Villa Woodbine | Florals: Julia Rohde Designs | Rentals: The Salvage Snob | Cake: Cloud 9 Bakery | Catering: Bill Hansen Catering

Brian + Kristine / wedding at the Addison

Brian and Kristine met through match.com. As cliche as it sounds,  she reiterated that they found the perfect match in each other. She fell in love with Brian as they took long walks together, sharing their passions for life and good food. After a whirlwind romance, they decided to marry in an intimate ceremony at the beautiful Addison, inspired by it’s beautiful architecture and foliage.

Kristine accented the venue with lots of green and white touches as well as rustic elements to bring out the wood flavors of the location. A polaroid guest book welcomed each guest to the ceremony and guests were then invited to put their phones and cameras away for their unplugged ceremony (can’t recommend them enough!). They wanted each one of their loved ones to be fully present for their ceremony instead of witnessing it through their screens.

After a joyful ceremony, Brian and Kristine danced the night away with their guests to a mix of 90s R&B and boy band classics and then ran through their sparkler exit to begin their “happily ever after”.

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Venue: The Addison | Florals: Polished Petals | Cake: Creative Cake Factory | Bridal dress: Bellisima Bride | DJ: Go DJ Live | Invitations: Windmill Paper Boutique | Video: 5801 Productions

Juan and Monica / Central Park engagement session

Sometimes serendipity works in our favor and we find ourselves at the right place, at the right time. For Monica, Juan and I, we all found our South Florida selves in the Big Apple on a perfect September weekend. We met as the sun was rising over a near-empty central park. The slight chill of Autumn was in the air and soon we were bathed in glorious morning light. We strolled through the Bethesda terrace, made our way to the mall and ended up on 5th Ave just as the city began to wake up. It was the perfect central park engagement session.

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