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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