Old World Charm in Miami

When one mentions European Old-World qualities, it fabricates the visuals of supple fruits of Mediterranean cuisine, ethereal archways and whimsy botanicals. Bringing this theme to life in the heart of Miami, within the walled courtyards of The Ancient Spanish Monastery seemed to be easy to do.  Its architecture alone brought our florals, antique rentals, and Anna Campbell gowns to life. Respecting the history of the venue, our vendors worked hard to bring the ultimate design together with emphasis on, "sophistication and an ethereal essence." Blush, cream, eucalyptus with hints of gold and plum was the color palette that we stemmed off from. This was a very unique shoot, as it incorporated 7 models, 4 photographers, a videographer, and 3 designers. The venue will be hosting the Florida Bridal Expo coming up this month on February 19, 2017 where you can find all of these vendors and meet them personally. 

Until this exciting event, follow this guide on how to create the perfect Old World theme for your personal event. 

Choosing your furniture and decor rentals is the first step to create your design. The tables, chairs, pedestals and specialty lighting behaves as your canvas to paint the detail. We chose vintage farmhouse tables, royal framed chaise lounge chairs, wrought iron candle holders, and candelabras to bring the old-world theme together. We worked with the company True Love Decor vintage rental company based in Jupiter, who are happy to bring their goods as far south as Miami.

The next step is working with your details: flowers, favors, cake and details. Laser cut favors with ivory linen paper with hand-torn edges and gold tone ink; Earth and Sugar's divine cake design incorporating creeping vine crowns for the peak; Eucalyptus and garden rose arrangements; and our gold rimmed plateware and crystal stole the show. 

When we look at the faces behind the veil, you can expect to see heavily adorned, form fitting gowns and sharp suits. Our accessories were none other than Cloe Noel and Traci Lynn Jewlery affects. Our beauticians created a natural sophistication with long curls with crowns. A look fit for a princess.

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Rustic Chic Wedding

The Fort Lauderdale Historical Society is truly an ideal location for a soft, feminine, rustic event. It's old yellow and white trim mansion is flanked by a lush, mature oak tree garden along the intracoastal way. The tall oaks create a perfect support system for unique lighting, including stringing Market Lights and blending it into the backdrop by lacing Spanish Moss in between the bulbs. The rose gold chargers and flatware collection compliment the green cascading centerpiece dotted with plum-colored florals on top of Garson farmers tables beautifully. 

 

Beyond the reception table, the cake needed to be delicately framed with the white gazebos on the premises. The blush-brushed bottom tier of the organic chocolate cake was filled with Earl Grey buttercream as the base for the Birchwood stenciled cake which was filled with pink lemonade and raspberry buttercream. To help frame the scene, a petite chandelier was hung above the white, oval table flanked by 2 blush chaise arm chairs and unique decor. The gazebo was beautifully framed by our florists at the entrance, creating an archway with two large cascading urns on either side of the cake scene. 

 

What is a rustic themed wedding without whisky? A 10 foot long farmers table was placed on the porch of the historical building, and on it stood extra tall antique candelabras at either end. In the center our florists designed a beautiful centerpiece that filled in the space between the water and the whisky. Two large spigots were filled with strawberry mint water and lemon rosemary water. Nearby were two gourmet cheese trays filled with herbed mozzarella, goat cheese, prochiutto, capicola, pickles, and olives. Details on the table included unique calligraphy filled chalkboards, antlers, and eucalyptus trimming. 

 

Finally, the lounge was tucked into a lush nook of palms in front of the house, perfectly framing our Boudoir Sofa, side tables with antiques, and their black labrador lounging nearby with its customized flower collar. 

 

Of course, none of this beautiful theme would have been possible without the talented vendors who put their creative talent to work for this photoshoot. Please check out their work in the links at the bottom!

Venue: Fort Lauderdale Historical Society /  Event Planner: Blue Orchid Events & Design / Primary Photographer:  Andrea Harborne Photography / Secondary Photographer: Jennifer Rosa Portraits  / Event Rental Company: True Love Decor / Tableware Rental:  Events on the Loose  / Florist: Posh Floral Design / Cake Artist: Blue Ivy Cakery /  Wardrobe Stylist: LA Boudoir Miami  / Beautician: Source Salon Flagler  / Stationery & Calligraphy: Simply Sianne  / Gift Box: Love & Bisous

Working with a Photographer

Choosing and meeting with a photographer for head shots, wedding or engagement photos, or capturing those intimate event moments should be an entirely enjoyable experience! Finding a professional to work with can be scary for some, but there are a few pointers to remember that can make the entire experience fun and progress smoothly. 

 

Find someone that could easily be your best friend! Having a laugh is key... what's the point in being too serious when you're shooting 'happy' or attractive moments? Often a photographer will ask you to force a laugh to make the shot look authentic. With the right personality type, you two will be laughing uncontrollably for a truly organic take. 

Being comfortable taking directions from a professional that knows exactly what angles to capture you from, make it even more important to find someone that you trust and are contented around. It doesn't have to be a photographer that's the same age, sex, or personality type as you necessarily, as long as you connect with them and feel relaxed.

 

Be prepared and follow any prompts suggested and I promise that you will be thrilled with the outcome of your photographer! Naomi from Sweet Memories Photography was an amazing photographer to work with! She was bubbly, fun, professional, and very confident with her skills, prompts, and shoot location suggestions. 

 

Getting photography done should be exciting fun and full of laughs- don't let it be any other way!

Classic Nautical Wedding

Southeast Florida's Intracoastal Waterway is home to a handful of the biggest yachts in the world, is appreciated for its millions of worldwide visitors, and is known as the Venice of America. Bahia Mar is the host of the 2nd largest yacht show in the world after Monaco's. As an event planner that was first and foremost a luxury yachts Chief Stewardess for 4 years, I can safely say that there could not have been a more ideal location for a classic nautical wedding. 

When someone mentions a nautical wedding, it can go one of two ways: Key West-styled with anchors and mermaids, or New England class with ropes and hoisted mains. My goal with the design of this wedding shoot was to combine the sophistication and luxury that aligns with South Florida's yachting culture. Drawing in modern design with a champagne lounge on the dock, working with soft woods and wicker benches for the reception, and recognizing the lush down-island environment of the tropics as showcase for our hombre cake was all in the books for this classic nautical theme wedding.

Venue: Bahia Mar @bahiamarftlbeach /  Event Planner: Blue Orchid Events & Design @blueorchideventdesign / Primary Photographer: Sweet Memories Photography @sweetmemoriesphoto / Secondary Photographer: Andrea Harborne Photography @andreaharbornephotography / Event Rental Company:  Events on the Loose @eventsontheloose / Florist: Posh Floral Design @wmflowers / Cake Artist: Sucrette @sucrettemiami  /  Wardrobe Stylist: LA Boudoir Miami @laboudoirmiami / Hair Stylist: Fiorella Castro @fiorellacastrohair / Makeup Artist: Kate Blake Artistry @kateblakeartistry / Stationery & Calligraphy: Simply Sianne @simplysianne