The United Nation of Weddings

What do you do when an Italian bride finds her Peruvian prince charming?…plan a Moroccan wedding on Cinco de Mayo of course! Enter Sonia, a firecracker of a woman and our hands down favorite bride of 2011! Sonia and Alfredo met while sunbathing on South beach and fell in love. So on her 50th birthday, Sonia planned to marry Alfredo in front of 200+ of their friends and family from around the word.
For the ceremony, the couple wanted to get married in the exact location where they met. We had the towel attendants that introduced Sonia and Alfredo to drive the bride in to the ceremony on their golf cart. We built a canopy on the sand in the bride’s favorite colors, hot pink and orange. A rose petal aisle and colorful dresses added color to the ocean background.
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Sonia’s best friend Chaya could not be excluded from the festivities. She served as the ring bearer for the day.
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We turned Sonia’s godmother’s mansion on Pine tree drive into a Moroccan paradise. The tennis court was covered in maroon astroturf and then covered in a gorgeous tent by Prestige Tents. Each table was accented with a beautiful moroccan lantern surrounded by roses, orchids, and the bride’s favorite, peonies.
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This couple was very insistent about one thing, their guests needed to have fun! After traveling as far as India for this wedding, they wanted to make sure this wedding felt like a great party. We started by turning the backyard into a cool lounge. The furniture was covered in custom fabric prints and colors. We strategically placed the groupings so that the guests could enjoy the waterfront view. Add to that an amazing DJ, lights, and karaoke, and we had everyone dancing all night.
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To ensure the guests continued dancing until the wee hours of the morning, we had Footzy Rolls as favors for the ladies. These great ballet flats come rolled in a small pouch that fits snuggly in a clutch. Custom gold ones made all the ladies feel like moroccan princesses.
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In order to represent both the bride and groom, we had two types of favors. We had “confetti” or Italian sugar covered almonds shipped in from Italy. We also had Peruvian huayruro necklaces that symbolize good luck.
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It was an amazing party for an amazing couple. Our team misses Sonia, Alfredo, and their amazing family very much. You are so very blessed to have eachother. We wish you many years of happiness!!
Thank you to Loly and Chris Acuña from Lolypix and Chris Acuña Photography for the great photos. They really portray how beautiful and colorful the day was!
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Traditional meets Modern

For many years I have had brides come to me debating whether they want a traditional or modern wedding. They love the idea of a fairy tale princess ballgown, the castle, and the many attendants, but they also like the sleek white lounges, the cool lighting, and the lucite furniture. Well my bride Melissa wanted it all, so of course, we gave it to her!!
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We started with a ceremony at the famed Spanish Monastery. Their prayer well is a very popular place for ceremonies which books up months to years in advance. One of the challenges of this venue is that, chances are, your guests have been to another ceremony at this same spot, so you want to make sure you do something different enough to wow them. Another challenge is that….it’s old! Uneven and cracked floors do not a good stage make, but with a little creativity and lots of candles, we turned this old courtyard into the most romantic garden you have ever seen.
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Candles, candles, candles! We filled the floors and the trees with candles. There was so much sparkling candlelight that it looked like the entire area was swarmed by beautiful fireflies. We also added a heavy wreath of hydrangeas to the well so that it looked like a blooming garden.

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After Melissa entered the gardens in her beautiful ballgown and had her traditional ceremony, she got back into her Rolls Royce and headed for her modern reception. She chose STK, the newest, and hottest restaurant on South Beach. We closed the entire second floor and transformed it into the perfect reception for Melissa’s family and friends. Because we didn’t want a disconnect from the ceremony, we softened STK’s modern lines with some feminine touches.
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For the tables we used the same white hydrangeas as in the ceremony and we added some white roses and mini callas. We used mirrors on the table as the runner to complement the mirrored walls. We also added floral candleholders, which we painted aqua, to add a punch of color to the tables.
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My favorite detail were the butterfly place cards. Each one was perfectly perched atop the guest’s champagne flute.
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And finally the cake! The bride wanted it to be whimsical yet elegant. She opted for a gorgeous creation by Elegant Temptations that combined a topsy turvy cake, cupcakes, and a beautiful acrylic box full of hydrangeas. We framed the cake table with a custom mirror decal of the bride and groom’s initials. It was the perfect combination of traditional and modern for the perfect combination of Melissa and Nicolas!
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Thanks to Winston Delawar photography for the great pictures. You rock Amanda!
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Never skip the liquor!

Cocktail party = a party with cocktails. With so many cut backs due to the down economy, we are seeing more and more events with very tight budgets. However, there are certain things that should not be skimped on. Take for example our recent annual event for Grupo Diarios de America.
Every year GDA brings together all the major editors for the most important newspapers in South America. Our welcome cocktail party is the highlight of these editors’ week. So imagine if after a twelve hour flight they arrive to find that there is a limited bar, or even worse, no cocktails!!!
With the down economy, many of our corporate clients are challenging us to coordinate their annual events with a smaller budget. And of course they expect the event to be as good if not better than the previous year’s. GDA came to us with that exact challenge. Their event needed to be worthy of very important attendees. So our first step was finding a venue that was budget friendly yet still classy. Add to that a good DJ, well placed lighting, some great hors d’oeuvres, and a very well stocked bar , and the result was a group of very happy editors.

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