Lisa and Joe met at Penn State and became very good friends…the way every beautiful love story seems to start. After years of going through their formative and fun college days, Lisa and Joe found themselves growing feelings for each other and decided to take their friendship to the next level. All of their college friends were so thrilled that the two ended up together. Eventually, after graduation and moving to Sarasota, Florida, Lisa and Joe got engaged! During the wedding planning process they moved from Florida to DC, so they had a lot going on!
Originally, we started planning their wedding in Long Island, New York where the bride grew up. But after a few logistical hiccups with their venue, they quickly changed gears and started to scope out spots in Florida. After extensive research from Key West to Ft. Lauderdale, the couple ended up in Miami, FL at one of our favorite venues, the Palms Resort on South Beach. We had planned weddings there before and knew they would fall in love with the location, the overall breezy, fresh, modern Florida feeling, as well as the quaintness it offered amongst the massive hotels along Collins Avenue.
Although they were married in November, the couple always knew they wanted a Blush, Gold, and Ivory feel (read: no fall colors), and wanted things to reflect their love for clean lines and elegant touches with a touch of girliness. Their ceremony took place outside on the lawn in front of a charming white gazebo amidst hundreds of palm trees and 2 resident parrots. One of their very talented cousins played guitar a la Jack Johnson and sung during the ceremony. Both mothers wore traditional Korean dresses to the ceremony while the bridesmaids wore Blush Chiffon and the Bride donned a custom gown made by a close fashion designer friend in New York. Our favorite part of the ceremony (other than the gorgeous florals, greenery and candles) was the ceremonious tequila shots they took during the vows. The ceremony was held at dusk so floating candles definitely made their presence! We were fortunate enough to be asked to do all of the decor and floral which we enjoy so much, but definitely no small feat being a destination wedding. But, the fun part for us is that our bride & groom simply said “We trust you!” and let us take it from there. (a dream come true for any creative designer)
After the ceremony, cocktail hour was held on the lawn just off the ocean.The Bride & Groom changed into their traditional Korean outfits for cocktail hour. Guests enjoyed live music, passed hors ‘doeuvres (and more tequila) before heading onto the veranda for dinner. The guests were greeted with a glass of bubbly and an acrylic escort card inside of it with their name on it. Stunning white Phalaenopsis orchids formed an umbrella over many of the guests heads. Other tables featured Rose Gold containers with stunning peonies, garden roses, dahlias, and much more! They sat at beautiful tables with acrylic, white, blush and gold accents, and were treated to fabulous food stations that reflected the couples personality and heritage (Korean BBQ made an appearance) After dinner, and the cake cutting, guests went into the ballroom for dancing and did not leave the dance floor until the end of the night. The bride surprised the groom with a beautiful song that she sang via acoustic guitar. It brought tears to his eyes. (and ours) The photo booth was a hit (as always) and once the party ended with late night Florida style snacks (think cuban sandwiches and plantains) the guests hit the South Beach strip and carried on into the wee hours of the night. Enjoy these images provided by New York based Photographers Jay Lim Studio.
Vendor Dream Team
Venue: The Palms Hotel
Planner/Designer: Table 6 Productions
Floral/Decor: Table 6 Productions
Music: DJ Coro
Photographer: Jay Lim Studio
Videographer: Jay Lim Studio
Hair/Make-Up: Vicki C5
Printed Items: Minted
Wedding Cake: Elegant Temptations