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!!

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.

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.


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.

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.


My favorite detail were the butterfly place cards. Each one was perfectly perched atop the guest’s champagne flute.

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!

Thanks to Winston Delawar photography for the great pictures. You rock Amanda!

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