Brette + Patrick / wedding at Vizcaya Gardens

There are certain people in this world who exude a certain timeless and effortless glamour. Brette is one of those people. She has a classic yet fun sense of style which is the perfect compliment to her easygoing and warm personality. It’s no wonder she caught dapper Patrick’s eye at a friend’s party. He put a dazzling ring on her finger a couple years later that they designed together.

They decided to wed in Miami and chose Vizcaya Gardens to host their destination wedding. Lots of modern, tropical touches were used throughout their design from the invites to the florals. Patrick was a little jittery for their first look but he was all smiles once he saw Brette. They exchanged vows in a candle-filled night time ceremony and headed immediately to their cocktail hour with mini Moet champagne bottles at hand. Patrick’s mom played classic Swedish songs as guests mingled during cocktail hour and soon Brette and Patrick were dancing to Bill Withers’ “Lovely Day”. And indeed it was!

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Venue: Vizcaya Gardens | Florals: Anthology Co. | Cake: Earth and Sugar | Catering: Bill Hansen Catering | Video: 5801 Wedding Cinema | Wedding dress: Pronovias | Rentals: Unearthed Vintage | Band: The Hit Factory

Brian + Olivia / wedding in Villa Woodbine

If you thought the only love you could find at a Publix deli counter would be a sub, you’d be so wrong.

Brian and Olivia ran in the same UCF circles but only met on a serendipitous day at their local Publix deli. They hit it off and a few years later Brian took Olivia to the spot where they had their first date.

They dreamed of having a wedding in Italy but decided it was more important to have all their loved ones present so they went to the next best thing: Villa Woodbine. The envisioned a whimsical, classic wedding inspired by the mediterranean waters and lemon trees of Capri.

Come their wedding day, we were #blessed with amazing weather and thanks to Olivia and Brian’s eye for detail and the styling gifts of Veronica from Anthology, Co, their wedding vision came to life. Their guests were greeted by limoncello bottles and the citrus theme carried on to the tablescapes. Olivia’s dress along with her bouquet full of daisies were perfectly whimsical.

Their wedding day was filled with lots of laughter and dancing and I’m honored they picked me to tell their story.

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Venue: Villa Woodbine | Florals: Anthology Co. | Cake: Cloud 9 Bakery | Catering: Bill Hansen Catering | Video: Chris Snyder | Wedding dress: Monique Lhuillier | Band: 30 Vice

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

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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