Miami Wedding at Biscayne Bay Yacht Club :: Julia & Tim

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We never tire of timeless weddings, especially when they’re held in such lovely venues as Julia and Tim’s. From the historic church (where the bride’s grandparents and sister were married) to the bay front dinner reception, from the gents’ navy suits to the vintage Rolls Royce, this wedding is full of simple elegance – a reminder that classic never goes out of style.

Photography by Merari Teruel

 

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The Ceremony

“My grandparents got married at Plymouth Congregational Church many mango seasons ago, and more recently, my sister also got married there. We love the sanctuary’s coral rock walls and just the beauty of the space.”

 

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Your ceremony in three words. Religious, family-oriented, joyful.

Did you include any traditions in your ceremony? We lit a unity candle and the church has the tradition for each couple to ring the church bells after the ceremony.

What were your vows like?  We decided to do the traditional vows and repeated them after the minister.

 

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What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony? Tim: watching Julia walk down the aisle and when it was all over! Julia: ringing the church bells after becoming man and wife.

 

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Gotta love a vintage Rolls Royce for a classic getaway car!

 

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The Reception

“I would describe our reception as a personal, yet global affair. We had only 95 guests, so on the smallish side, but had friends in from all over, including a pair who, quite literally, took the longest flight in the world to get here from Australia.”

 

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Why did you choose this location for your reception? We chose Biscayne Bay Yacht Club, for the wide, bay front lawn with ample space for croquet and cocktails under the twinkling lights. Also, Tim’s hobby is boating (he even came over to the U.S. on one before we first met in Miami).

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? All things English (even the groom!) like the bunting (made by the bride’s mom, I mean “mum”), tea for two personalized favors and Pimm’s Cup signature cocktail.

 

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Any special details from your reception? Paperfinger created beautiful illustrations for our table names that were all locations special to us. We particularly loved the rendering for “Guernsey” which is an illustration of the groom’s childhood home, a 15th century farmhouse in Guernsey (an English channel island).

 

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What type of cake did you have? A tiered cake with buttercream exterior and layers of chocolate hazelnut (Nutella) filling and vanilla buttercream filling.

Any particularly memorable moments? We enjoyed a quick game of croquet on the vintage set before all the guests arrived and enjoyed having a quiet moment together.

 

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Did you have a signature cocktail? Pimm’s Cup, an English signature cocktail in the spirit of the English groom and our many guests from over the Pond.

 

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What was your first dance song? At Last by Etta James.

What was your favorite moment or part of the reception? Our father-daughter dance was to Here, There and Everywhere by The Beatles, which was the recessional song from the my parents’ wedding and chosen because the day after our wedding was the their 40th wedding anniversary. Half way through the dance, Tim and his mother and both of our families joined us on the dance floor and it was a special moment to have everyone together out there.

Colors

Style

Nautical

Season

Summer

Location

Florida

Vendor Credits

Photography: Merari Photography / Ceremony Venue: Plymouth Congregational Church in Miami, Florida / Reception Venue: Biscayne Bay Yacht Club / Floral design: Hirni’s Wayside Garden / Wedding Dress: Reem Acra / Hair, Make Up: Art of Hair by Claudia / Paper Goods: Say it with Paper / Illustrator: Paperfinger / Rentals: Simple Rustic / DJ: Bay Kings Band / Catering: Eggwhites Special Event Catering

 

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