It is officially our 6 month wedding anniversary, and I am so excited to share with you all every single detail of our wedding. I can’t believe it has already been 6 months. Time has flown by, but I love reminiscing about all of the beautiful moments we had on February 25, 2017! It is a day I will never forget and I am truly so happy with how everything turned out. All of the hard work paid off and I hope you all enjoy reading about it!
My Wedding Dress
First and foremost, I wanted to start with an aspect of our wedding that was very important to me. Finding the perfect wedding dress of my dreams seemed like such a daunting task, and I thought that without a doubt I would visit over 20 shops before I said yes to the one. Well, thank goodness I was wrong! I am happy to say that I found my amazing dress in the first bridal shop we went to!
Me and some of my family and friends made our way over to Ever After Miami on early Saturday morning. I was fully prepared to try on every single gown in the shop, but luckily that wasn’t the case. When we walked in, we found out that they were having a Vera Wang trunk show. Now, in my mind, I had a few designers that I loved and thought I knew what style of dress I wanted. As the consultant started to go through all of the Vera Wang dresses, I spotted one that I instantly fell in love with. It was sleek, elegant, had a form-fitting bodice, looked very haute-couture because of the tulle bottom, and was just incredibly chic!
The consultant told me I should save that dress for last. So I proceeded to try on about 5 other dresses before getting to “the one”. My wedding gown is from Vera Wang’s Spring 2016 collection and it is called “Amalia”. It is described as a “soft white silk crepe high waisted mermaid gown with pleated tulle skirt and grosgrain ribbon back straps.” It is available in both soft white and black.
When you look at photos of how they styled the dress on models, which you can see here, it looks completely different than the way I wore it. I fell in love with the plunging neckline, the crisp white color, the gorgeous ribbon back straps, and basically everything else about this gown! It was perfect and I am so beyond happy with my wedding gown.
Lastly, for my veil, all I knew was that I wanted a cathedral length veil. Since we got married at a church, what better way to make use of the aisle than to have a gorgeously long veil? Hey, it is the only time a girl has an excuse to be over the top, so I went for it. And I am so happy I did!
Shoes and Jewelry
All I have to say is, Carrie Bradshaw made me do it! Like most women, I am a huge Sex And The City fan. From the fashion, to the amazing New York City lifestyle and of course, the sisterhood, what more could a girl want in a show? After seeing the blue satin Manolo Blahnik “Hangisi” heels on Carrie, I was sold. Now mind you, the SATC film came out in 2008, so yes, I knew then that those blue beauties would be my wedding heel. They are the perfect “something blue”, they have a gorgeous bejeweled buckle on the front for some extra bling, and most importantly, I found them to be extremely comfortable! If I could buy these heels in more colors, I definitely would! So any ladies planning their wedding, I would definitely recommend these heels!
As for my jewelry, I wanted to go simple but meaningful. I wanted my dress and veil to speak for itself, so I opted for statement earrings, which I purchased on Etsy. It took me a while to find the perfect ones, but I have to say, I loved the earrings I picked out. I then decided to borrow the rest of my jewelry.
My bracelet was from my paternal grandmother, Mommo. I wanted a simple diamond bracelet, and it ended up being perfect. For my rings, obviously I had my engagement ring, but I also wore my maternal great-grandmother’s ring, Memere. This ring has always been a favorite of mine! My mom always used to wear it when I was younger, especially on holidays, so I was so happy I could wear it on my wedding day! Finally, my hair comb was my best friend Kristina’s. She wore it on her wedding day and I absolutely loved it. I tried looking online for my own, but I couldn’t quite find the right one. So thankfully, Kristina let me borrow her’s, and it was just perfect!
As much of a fashionista as I am, my husband is just as much into fashion and style. He knew of a custom tailoring store that many of his co-workers used, so Tyronne decided to create his tuxedo from scratch. We both knew that we loved the off-white/cream colored tuxedo jacket look, so Tyronne went in with a few photos and created his tuxedo with Harry of Harry’s Haberdashery. He even had two white button downs created in his size that have his initials on the sleeves.
I have to say, they did an amazing job designing this tuxedo. Tyronne wouldn’t let me have much input into the design, I wasn’t allowed to go into the appointments with him, and he didn’t let me see it until the day we got married. The tuxedo turned out beautifully and Tyronne looked so handsome on the day of our wedding!
I had quite a large group for my bridesmaids, let alone our whole wedding party. Each of us had 8 of our closest friends and family in our bridal party, and it couldn’t have been more perfect! For my bridesmaids, I knew I wanted all of them in blush tones with some type of sparkle in their gowns. I did not want to pick one gown for everyone, because each of my girls are different sizes, different skin complexions and have different taste. So I let each of them pick their own gowns with only a few rules; it had to be blush, have some type of bling, be floor length, and I had to give the final approval. Well, let me just say, my girls were breathtaking! Their gowns all look amazing together! I couldn’t have been more happy with the way their dresses looked together.
Here is a list of everyones dresses (I tried to find as many links as I could):
Alexa (Maid of Honor): Adrianna Papell
Kristina (Matron of Honor): Badgely Mischka from Rent The Runway
Kristen: Jill Stuart from Rent The Runway
Megan: Adrianna Papell
I wanted to gift my girls something special to get ready in, so the amazing Love Ophelia team provided me with the most beautiful blush colored robes for my girls and my mom! I love how soft their robes are, and how each of them have this beautiful lace detail on the sleeves. I, of course, wore a white one to get ready in, and still wear it all the time to this day! Another amazing feature about these robes is that you can have them embroidered for your girls for a special added touch.
For me, I decided to purchase a few wooden hangers from Target, and had Kristina (my matron of honor and right hand lady throughout the whole wedding) calligraphy everyones name in white pen on the hangers. It was such a cute touch and a little gift for my girls to have and take home!
Makeup, Hair & Nails
Makeup and hair was quite the task for me. I am extremely picky with my hair and makeup and was totally ready to do my own hair and makeup. I tested many hairstylists, all who told me my hair was too heavy, it was too long, I needed to cut it, etc. I thought I would never figure out my hair! Initially I wanted it up in a low, chic bun, but after many trials, I realized that wasn’t going to happen. So my alternative hair style was the old-Hollywood glam deep side part with waves. I was able to finally find someone who was able to achieve this look for me, after I did, in fact, have to cut some of my hair and add layers. Maiza from Sissi Ceballo’s Makeup & Hair did my wedding look and can be found here.
For my makeup, Mahroza Baig of @beautybyrossa (on Instagram) did my makeup. I wanted natural eye shadow with beautiful lashes and a strong eyebrow. We did a neutral and matte lipstick and a bronze cheek! I initially didn’t want to do eyeliner, but opted for it last minute and did a small cat eyeliner to complete the look.
Since I went for such a white dress, I knew I wanted my nails to have a pop of color. So I went with an all time classic and favorite of mine, “Big Apple Red” by OPI. It was the perfect way to bring my old- Hollywood glam look together!
Our wedding ceremony took place at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church on Miami Beach. It is the most beautiful church with gorgeous high ceilings! We had to attend many classes and meetings with the priest before getting married in this church, like most Catholic churches. During the ceremony, we had an organist and 6 members of the churches choir perform. This church is a bit strict about decor, so we were only allowed to bring in two large floral arrangements for the alter, but it ended up being a blessing in disguise, since I spent so much money on the flowers at the reception. Overall, we loved our ceremony and the church was perfect for us!
The venue was pretty simple to pick. Since I had my best friends wedding a couple of years ago, I had seen many venues in Miami with her. Tyronne and I had one other option, that we nearly booked before seeing this location, and I am beyond happy we choose this one! Our reception took place at The Hotel Colonnade in Coral Gables. We had our party in the Rotunda room, which is spectacular! It features the most gorgeous pillars around the room, is marble-tiled and has an amazing water fountain in the center.
We used Isabel of Crimson & Co., who was a dream wedding planner to work with. She set all my worries at ease, and really helped me along the way make the best decisions for Tyronne and I. Anytime I had a question, I would text Isabel, and she was so quick to respond.
I decided to only use a planner for the day of because I was so involved with all of the planning. I really just wanted someone there on the wedding day making sure everything ran smoothly and that all the guests were always directed into the right area’s throughout the night. My planner, along with her assistant, were wonderful and a pleasure to work with! I highly recommend using at least a day-of planner if you can. It will help you feel at ease the day of your wedding knowing that someone else is handling all of the logistics that you shouldn’t be worried about the day of.
For our guests, there was an hour cocktail hour, where they received their table numbers, ate hors d’oeuvres, listened to old-school R&B and obviously, had open bar! One thing that I didn’t get to see was the set up of our main table at the cocktail hour. I only found out what it looked like when we received our wedding photos, so I wanted to share that with you! Also, I purchased the most gorgeous shadow box from West Elm for all of our wedding gifts, which I use now as a jewelry box. It was the perfect touch for our cocktail hour!
I really wanted all white for my flowers. My florist, W and W Flowers and Events, opted for white garden roses, some white orchids, and white hydrangea’s for all of the tables and all of our bouquets. I absolutely loved my bouquet and was thrilled when I finally saw it all come together. Also, the flowers on every table were absolutely stunning. I had some many people come up and tell us how gorgeous the flowers were. My grandfather is still, to this day, talking about the flowers! I may be biased, but I do have to say, flowers really do make the venue pop. They add something special to a wedding reception, and I am so happy with how all of the arrangements turned out!
Our First Dance | When Tyronne and I started dating, we used to love listening to 90’s/early 2000’s R&B together. One of our favorite songs was by 112 and the song was “Crazy Over You”. I am not sure if it was such a popular song, but it was the one that we both agreed, long ago, that would be our first dance. Although we were kind of torn between this song and John Legends “All Of Me”, I decided that I wanted to go with the more sentimental song choice.
Father-Daughter Dance| This was something extremely special to me. If you know my dad, you know he is the best father, an amazing husband, and just an overall caring soul. He is selfless, giving, and really one of my best friends. My relationship with my dad is carefree and fun so I wanted that to be reflected in our first dance. With a little convincing, we decided to do a choreographed dance that would be a surprise to all of our wedding guests! We practiced for what felt like months! And if you also know my dad, you know that he had two left feet. I honestly didn’t know if he would learn all the of dance moves and remember the choreography. But with the help of my sister, we came up with an amazing Father-Daughter dance.
It started with “She’s Got A Way” by Billy Joel, which truly is an beautiful song. We let that play for about 40 seconds before we hit everyone with our choreographed dance, which began with “Crazy In Love” by Beyonce! You can only imagine what other songs came next, and I have to say (even though I messed up a bit), it was perfect! Everyone LOVED it and most importantly, it was the perfect moment for me and my dad to share together. Aside from marrying Tyronne, that was my second favorite moment of the night! It is a moment I will never, ever forget!
Mother – Son Dance| And finally, for Tyronne’s first dance with his mom, they danced to Boys II Men “A Song For Mama”. It is the perfect balled for a mother-son dance!
I wanted to keep with the white and simple theme of the wedding, so I went with a white-tiered cake that had some textured butter cream throughout. To add a little pop, my florists added some beautiful white flowers across the whole cake, which made it look exactly how I envisioned. Finally, I purchased a gold cake stand for the cake to sit on. The cake was created by Elegant Temptations Cakes, and the flavor was vanilla with a cream cheese filling. Everyone raved about how delicious the cake was, so we were so happy it was a hit with our guests!
Photography & Videography
Both of these aspects of the wedding were extremely important to me! Both our photographer and videographer were amazing and so great to work with. They made everyone feel so comfortable, and we were so thrilled with their work. Our photographer was Julia from Darling Juliet. She was incredible! I loved her work for so long, so I was beyond happy to use her for our wedding. She is the one I have to thank for all of these gorgeous photos. She captured everything exactly how I imagined and I am forever grateful!
Our videographer was Kevin Borge Films. He was the sweetest person, and was so professional! If you haven’t seen our highlight video already, you can find it here! We absolutely love how it turned out and will cherish that video forever.
I am not going to lie, wedding planning was a lot of work. It took a countless hours of planning, selecting, decorating and coordinating, but it was all worth it in the end. We had such a wonderful time celebrating with our family and friends, and were so happy to see everyone together, celebrating our love! If there are any questions you have for me about wedding planning, please be sure to leave your comments below! I would love to hear from you brides-to-be who are planning your dream wedding.
My final piece of advice is enjoy each and every moment of wedding planning and the actual wedding. It flies by so quickly, so try to take it all in! I did feel a bit sad when it was all over because I had no planning left to do. But I am truly grateful for all of those who helped us along the way (yes brides, please take all the help you can get from your family and friends). I would do it all over again in a heart beat!