As promised, the elusive recap post has finally arrived. In case you forgot – the wedding I am referring to, was an event I did at the end of July. Read part one here. Anyway, the photos have finally arrived from Sakura Photo, the wonderful photographers who captured the amazing images. The couple had their ceremony at St. John Neuman Catholic Church in Miami with the reception at Signature Gardens (which has since closed or at least will be very soon). As mentioned before they had originally planned an outdoor ceremony so ultimately it came down to bringing the garden elements indoors.
A family friend loaned the white stretch limo to the couple for the entire day as a gift for their wedding. You’ll see the brides bouquet is comprised of purple cymbidium orchids, white roses and stephanotis, the flowers were carried throughout the reception to continue the flowing garden feel. MOH carried a gerbera daisy bouquet.
The centerpieces were tall glass vases holding orchids and manzanitas through the center with orchid, hydrangea, and rose arrangements on top.
You can catch a glimpse of the favors in the bottom right hand side of this image. Each family was given a sapling tree to take home in representation of the tree that Joe propsed to Tatiana under. Each family was also given a mix tape from the couple, which tied in the groom’s personality as he is a DJ.
Also, it is a little difficult to see in this image, but purple ribbons were tied to the base of every cocktail glass for the toast. Since the tables were white on white the ribbons were used to add color to the table top. The purple was also carried into the menu cards, tucked into napkins on each place setting.
In addition to the traditional champagne toast, tequila shots were tray passed through the reception for a special toast to open the dance floor for the evening. Here the couple and BM take a second round.
All in all, the wedding went very well. It is common knowledge that something will go wrong. This is pretty much guaranteed. For my first event however, a lot of things went wrong – and strangely enough, most of those were things that I did not have a hand in prior to the day of. In the end everything worked out fine but some of those snafoo’s included:
1. There were chairs missing when the chivaris were delivered to the reception hall
2. The favor count was off and therefore required a last minute rearrangement on the table
3. Someone had failed to inform anyone in our party that there was a baptism scheduled a mere 30 minutes before the bride was supposed to walk down the aisle. Thankfully no one noticed, but that was a rough one to hurdle.
4. the florist was missing a boutonnieres and corsage in the order
4. There was not enough cash on hand to pay for all of the required vendors the day of and resulted in some ATM runs between ceremony and reception.
oh and the biggest whoopsie of all – the marriage license was left at home. This is a big deal when it comes to catholic ceremonies by the way.
All in all – things turned out well, and the evening was beautiful I did learn a few things however.
1. candy works wonders to bribe children down an aisle (thankfully it was a great bunch of kids too)
2. you can never give someone too many reminders
3. always have a plan B, which includes keeping extra floral pins on hand
4. never do an event alone. Had I not had the help of two lovely ladies whom I completed my certification with, I don’t know what I would have done. They were lifesavors. Michelle and Ana if you are reading this – Thank you for all of your help.
Now, a month ago I had a lot more to say about the event and the recap, but looking back, I shouldn’t have been surprised with the bumps and potholes. It was the first of many events and I had a blast.
Sorry for the lengthy post – but god it is good to finally get that off my chest! (and off my to-do list!)