The Vizcaya Museum and Gardens in Miami is one of those magical places that feels like it’s straight out of a fairy tale, so it’s easy to see why Ana and Andre chose it for their wedding.

Says Ana, “I was thrilled to wear my great grandmother’s veil, which she wore in 1927, and was amazed by how seamlessly it matched my dress and shoes, so different from what she had worn.”

Andre was happy to make use of his dad’s 1936 Jaguar SS100 for the wedding.

The outdoor ceremony took place at night, adding to the drama of the unique venue.

Ana on their ceremony: “Drawing from many influences – Judaism, Catholicism, Quakerism – we tried to create a ceremony that resonated with who we are. Our good friend officiated the ceremony, which wove together our backgrounds and included readings chosen by our friends and family. The readings they chose were incredibly moving – the humor, hopes, wishes, advice, fears, and love they shared made us both laugh and cry.”

Here, some details from Ana about the day:

Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  Built almost a century ago, the historic villa and expansive gardens at Vizcaya combine Italian and French Renaissance designs with local materials, such as pink coral rock. The combination of art and history mixed with local detail was important to us.

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  Simple elegance combined with personal touches and small idiosyncratic details inspired us. We wanted a wedding that was timeless and elegant yet full of character.

What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  Dancing with Andre to Bon Musique’s rendition of La Vie En Rose, surrounded by our loving friends and family, I couldn’t have been happier. I will never forget as Andre tried to spin and dip me - we probably could have used some dance lessons – there was nothing I could do but laugh and dance and hope he didn’t let go.

Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  We had a chuppah, broke a glass, and did the hora. My sister wrote a beautiful explanation about these traditions, specifically the chuppah and the breaking of the glass, which were read as part of our ceremony. Also, my grandmother, with the help of my mom and my aunt, made our wedding cake, a traditional English fruitcake, using a recipe that had been passed down from my grandfather’s family.

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Photographer: KT Merry / Venue: Vizcaya Museum & Gardens in Miami, Florida / Bride’s Dress: Rivini / Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Florist: Parrish Designs / Hair, Makeup: Korinne May for Artist Management / Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale / Groom’s Suit: Michael Andrews Bespoke / Neck Ties: Thomas Pink / Invitations: Cheree Berry / Calligraphy: Tucci Cursive / Musicians: Bon Musique / DJ: Event Factor, Inc. / Catering, Lighting: Thierry’s Catering
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    19 September 2012
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    What does the Director of Wedding Design at J.Crew wear for her own wedding? Two gorgeous dresses of her own design, of course! Paired with a fabulous net veil, Valentino shoes, and vintage jewelry, Molly’s wedding look was nothing less than perfectly chic – and in head-to-toe Prada the groom looked smashing as well. The Gramercy Park Hotel was the perfect location for these stylish lovebirds to tie the knot…

    The couple took photos in nearby Gramercy Park. Says Molly, “Seeing each other for the first time was my favorite part of the day.”

    The ceremony and reception took place on the hotel’s rooftop terrace.

    After dinner, Molly changed into a fabulous flapper-style cocktail dress, also designed with the help of her team at J.Crew.

    A big thank you to Belathée for sharing these beautiful photos, and to Molly and Alex for sharing your wedding with us! From the couple, some details about the day:

    Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  The hotel has amazing ambience and we knew it was the right place for us the moment we stepped into the lobby, with its welcoming fireplace crackling and the air filled with Le Labo’s Santal 33. The location was very convenient for our guests, and together with the private park and roof terrace, it provided the perfect backdrop for our wedding celebration. The innovative yet grounded design and architecture of the hotel combined with all the incredible original art hung throughout the hotel really brought it all together.

    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  We wanted a relaxed and personal evening with friends and loved ones that everyone would remember.

    Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  Something old: grandmother’s handkerchief tied around bouquet. Something new: wedding dress. Something borrowed: vintage earrings. Something blue: a temporary tattoo.

    What advice do you have for other brides?  Keep it sweet and simple.

     

    Menu

    Signature Cocktail:  Elderflower Smash  //  Passed Hors d’Oeuvres: Lobster Salad with Chive and Cucumber, Salmon Tartare with Black Sesame and Lentil Cracker, Fava Bean Crostini with Mint and Pecorino, Seared Tuna with Fennel and Preserved Lemon, Mini Cheesesteaks with Gruyere and Onion Marmalade, Ricotta Raviolini and Snap Pea Salad  //  First Course: Grilled Aparagus Salad with Watercress and Hazelnut Vinaigrette  //  Entrees: Halibut with Swiss Chard, Wax Beans and Stewed Tomato OR Roasted Veal Chop with Heirloom Beans and Escarole  //  Dessert: Rhubarb Tart with Country Cream, Pistachio and Vanilla Cupcakes

     

    Vendors

    Photography: Belathée / Venue: Gramercy Park Hotel in New York City / Bride’s dresses: custom J.Crew / Bride’s shoes: Valentino / Veil: Leah C. / Jewelry: vintage / Groom’s attire: Prada / Wedding bands: Solange Azagury-Partridge / Stationery: Greenwich Letterpress / Flowers: Adore Floral / Favors: Mast Brothers Chocolate / Catering: Maialino / Cupcakes: Sugar Sweet Sunshine Bakery / Music: DJ Peter Makebish

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    How about an utterly unique wedding venue for your Tuesday? As the bride, Sarah, says, “Where else can you play rock music at 8:30am in a 2,000 year old world heritage site?!” She and Chris were married last September at The Roman Baths in England, and Dominique Bader captured it all beautifully…

    How much do you love Sarah’s totally chic pant suit?!

    After the ceremony, guests joined the newlyweds next door for a champagne breakfast.

    Guests were invited to enjoy the area before heading to Babington House for an afternoon lunch and cocktail reception. Says Sarah, “We have been members of Babington (Soho House Group) for many years, they are always everything you need them to be – impeccably unstuffy.”

    The couple did all of the simple decorating themselves: oranges in antique French slipware bowls and orchids in mercury glass vases.

    They also tied small jute bags with orange ribbon so guests could take home slices of cheese from the “wedding cake.” (How fabulous is that cake, with all that gorgeous fruit!)

    Sarah answered a couple questions for us…

    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  There were no outside influences particularly – we wanted it to be simple and understated.

    What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  Every second of it. Whenever or wherever we looked, people were smiling.

    Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  We respectfully broke most of the rules!

     

    Vendors

    Photography: Dominique Bader / Ceremony venue: The Roman Baths in Bath, England / Reception venue: Babington House in Somerset, England / Bride’s trouser suit: Richard Anderson / Bride’s shoes: Jimmy Choo / Bride’s jewelry: Georg Jensen / Groom’s suit: Richard Anderson / Groom’s shirt: Alexander McQueen / Groom’s tie: Roland Mouret / Groom’s shoes: Barker / Catering: Babington House / Cheese: Paxton and Whitfield

     

    Congratulations Sarah and Chris! You can see lots more from this beautiful wedding over on Dominique Bader’s blog.

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    Today I get to share Ed Peers‘s work with you for the second time, and I’m just as excited about it as I was the first time around! Not only are his photos some of the loveliest I’ve seen, but his clients are so thoughtful in the way they approach their weddings. Perfect inspiration for those in the midst of planning…

    Alex wore a custom gown (in silver satin!), made by a friend from the theater, costume designer Lynn Hamilton. The bride tells us it was “based on combination of my grandmother’s dress, some dresses I tried on, some seen on blogs, and some vintage patterns Lynn had access to. The monogrammed ‘W’ back buckle was a bargain find on eBay.”

    Though the wedding wasn’t especially traditional, there were a few wedding customs followed. Say Mike and Alex: “We threw confetti after the ceremony, and we accidentally found ourselves in a receiving line (a good idea in the end)!”

    Guests played card games and got silly with a limbo pole, including the best man who demonstrated his gymnastic skills by somersaulting over the it.

    A friend designed the Deco-inspired signage, and Alex silk screened 100 tea towels with a hilarious quote from The Princess Bride

    Instead of a formal wedding cake, the couple asked their guests to bake treats. Says Alex, “One of our favorite moments was when we sneaked off into the great hall before the guests, and the cake table – beautifully lit, covered in a spectacular display of our guests’ cakes – just took our breath away. The cake table looked STUNNING, and it was such a wonderful reminder of how much our friends cared.” Instead of a cake cutting, the couple had a ribbon cutting to kick off the dessert course!

    Alex and Mike kindly took the time to share some details about the day!

    Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  When we first discussed our wedding, we agreed only two material things mattered – the venue and the food. We stumbled across Eltham Palace and fell in love with it. Discovering that our favorite Sunday brunch place was an approved caterer was pure kismet, and the look and feel of the day just followed – vintage (with nods to Art Deco), a bit rustic, but not overly-fussy or feminine. We’re a very relaxed and informal couple, so we wanted our guests to feel the same way.

    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  We have a house filled with items that are antique, vintage, retro and modern, and love the informal feel it creates. Alex spent an afternoon creating a mood-room: a display of all the objects around the house that spoke about the look we were going for. We were in full agreement, and sent photos of that display to our vendors so they could see what we were aiming for. Also, as we met working in theater, we wanted a few subtle nods to that, and wanted the tone to be slightly bawdy and not too serious at all – see our cocktail names for a taste of that!

    Do you have any DIY tips for other brides?  For DIY projects, make a list well before, budget this up, analyze what you can do yourself and what can be farmed out to helpful mates in the months and weeks leading up to the day. Cross off anything that isn’t something within your comfort zone (I wish I’d done more screenprinting at college – it was crazy getting 100 of those tea towels done!), but enlist friends wherever possible. As we saw it, they’re the ones who’ll shape your memories of the day, so having them involved throughout makes it all so much more special.

    What advice do you have for other brides?  Don’t panic when seemingly-important things go wrong – Alex’s bespoke wedding ring, picked up the day before the wedding after a second attempt, was a disaster, and the maid of honor had to talk Alex down from floods of tears! Alex rang her mother and discovered that, when she married Alex’s father, her wedding ring wasn’t finished yet. Her mum ended up getting married with her engagement ring – so Alex did the same.

     

    Menu

    Signature Drinks: “Bitter Union” (Orange Juice, Ginger, Whiskey) and “The Mayday” (Rose, Elderflower, Melon, Sparkling Mint, Gin) // Canapes: Giant Green Olives, Crudités, Selection of Toasted Breads // Seabream Filet with Rosemary and Garlic served with Rouille / Shoulder of Lamb Stuffed with Preserved Lemons, Apricots, Spinach, Pink Peppercorns served with Salsa Verde // Braised English Tomatoes and Aubergines with Herbs, Olive Oil and Garlic / Charlotte Potato Salad with Sour Cream and Samphire / Spanish Chopped Salad with Smoked Paprika and Sherry Vinaigrette / Slaw with Roast Garlic and Lemon Mayonnaise / Asparagus and French Beans, with Lemon-Thyme Vinaigrette / Foccacia and Sourdough // Artisan cheeses / Homemade Cakes

     

    Vendors

    Photography: Ed Peers / Venue: Eltham Palace and Gardens in London / Bride’s custom dress: Lynn Hamilton / Bride’s shoes: Anthropologie / Bridesmaid dresses: H&M and COS / Groom’s suit: A Suit That Fits / Groom’s shirt: Charles Tyrwhitt / Flowers: Violets & Velvet / Catering: Hand Made Food

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    Looking at wedding photos in magazines and blogs, it can be easy to forget that most of the planning should be about creating an experience, not just about creating things that will photograph well, which is why Courtney and Bronson’s wedding is such a breath of fresh air. The couple wanted their wedding to be “their perfect day in New York City.” Getting ready at The Greenwich Hotel, an intimate ceremony in historic Duane Park, dinner at one of their favorite restaurants, followed by a private concert performed by their favorite musician. What an amazing experience to share with 50 of your friends and family!

    And the photographs turned out beautifully, too…

    The invitation suite included a concert poster and a 45, setting the tone for an utterly unique wedding.

    The ceremony took place in historic Duane Park, near the couple’s home in Tribeca.

    50 guests and the couple’s bull dogs, Polly and Otis, were in attendance.

    Polaroid cameras made for a fun alternative to the traditional guest book.

    After dinner, town cars picked up the couple and their guests and took them to Rockwood Music Hall for a private concert with David Ford, one of Courtney and Bronson’s favorite musicians. (I just love the dress that Courtney changed into – working on finding out the designer for you!)

    It’s always fun when I get to share a wedding film with you in addition to the photos!

    Congratulations Courtney and Bronson! See lots more from this thoughtful wedding over on Karen Hill’s blog.

     

    Menu

    Antipasti: Sliced Prosciutto and Salumi Misti / Sheep’s Milk Ricotta with Herbs and Grilled Ciabatta / Insalata d’Andrea with Arugula, Apples, Marcona Almonds and Lemon / Blue Crab Crostino with Jalapeño and Tomato // Pasta: Homemade Trofie with Ligurian Pesto and Parmigiano-Reggiano / My Grandmother’s Ravioli with Braised Short Rib and Pork Belly / Mezze Rigatoni with Lamb Bolognese, Ricotta and Mint / Penne Pugliese with Sausage, Broccoli Rabe and Chickpeas // Contorni: Wood-Fired Seasonal Vegetables with Sea Salt and Sicilian Olive Oil / Organic Broccoli Rabe with Garlic and Lemon // Dolci: Gelato and Sorbetto

     

    Vendors

    Photography: Karen Hill / Videography: Hello Super 8 / Event planning: Loli Events / Ceremony venue: Duane Park in Tribeca, NYC / Reception venue: Laconda Verde / After-party venue: Rockwood Music Hall / Invitation suite: Kelli Anderson / Wedding gown: Badgley Mischka / Bride’s shoes: Christian Louboutin / Hair, makeup: David Tibolla / Music: David Ford

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