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A LOVEly Affair

Finally, it was my turn!!!! After years of planning events and weddings for other people, it was time to turn the attention on me. But, because this is what I do for a living, I decided I wanted a small, no fuss wedding that was more about family and fun. But, it had to be pretty, of course. Our first big problem was that my fiancee wanted a huge bash and I wanted a small wedding. Now I call my fiancee “The mayor of South Beach” because he has been in the industry for so long that he knows everybody! And I did not want a 500 person wedding. So I came up with this great concept that I now suggest to my brides with the same dilemma. Have a small ceremony and dinner for your family, followed by a big party for everyone. It was a little tough working out the logistics at first, but it turned out to be a huge success!

Choosing my colors was easy. My favorite color is blue, and I think hot pink looks best for small weddings, so I combined the two and voila. I chose lamps as centerpieces because I like the height that they give the space and I knew my guests hadn’t seen anything like it. I also found these great LOVE signs. I painted them silver and had them placed on the table next to many sizes of vases with floating candles. To finish things of, my favorite florist Pistils and Petals, used blue sea glass and pink orchids to fill up the table. There is nothing I dislike more than an empty table.

Joan Love Event Firm wedding reception table in pink and blueSilver love paperweight surrounded by pink orchids and blue seaglass on wedding reception table in Miami Beach.

For the ceremony I knew the one thing I had to have was an interesting aisle runner. I love the idea of using a fabric with a fun print on it instead of the boring white runner. This instantly gives the space a focal point and looks so pretty in pictures. I think it looks way better than the outdated vases, flowers, or tulle that are used to mark the aisle.

Blue wedding aisle runner with white leaves printed on it at Miami beach wedding ceremony

I love Martha Stewart weddings. I get so many ideas from there which I then put my own twist on. I like the idea of using a box filled with candy and toys as the place card for kids. It looks very cute on the table and it keeps the child entertained during the dinner.

Kids gift box with cobalt blue grograin ribbon and round silver label.

For the place cards, I used grosgrain ribbon in pink, blue, and silver. Each color represented a different meal choice. That way the servers were able to serve the correct meal to each guest.

White place card with blue edges and cobalt blue grosgrain ribbon and blue seaglass for Miami wedding

I have three pets at home which I love very much. However, there was no way I was bringing them to my wedding. Even though we sometimes do this per our client’s request. I never recommend having a pet as part of the wedding party since they have a mind of their own and they never listen to the wedding planner! So, I came up with this idea. I took pictures of my dogs and my lovebird playing with, sitting on, eating, and tearing up the table numbers. I then placed the pictures on the tables. Everyone loved seeing their crazy personalities in the pictures!

Dog in picture with table number. Hot pink carnations and midnight blue pintuck linens at Miami wedding.

I love painted wedding cakes. It is a great way to give a modern twist to a classic wedding element without going over the top. I had my absolute favorite cake artist, Rosie from Elegant Temptations, paint some branches on a simple, white, three tiered cake. She also added strands of Swarovski crystals to the bottom edges. I love how she finished the strands with these little tassels. Such a cute detail. BTW, the cake was amazingly delicious. Red velvet marble and Godiva chocolate! Yum!

Painted three tier wedding cake with branches and white and pink orchids Branches painted on white, three-tiered wedding cake. White orchids on side.Blue swarovski strand with end tassels on white wedding cake for Miami wedding

And then it was time to party! We chose the beautiful rooftop lounge¬†at the Gansevoort hotel. We personalized the cabanas with throw pillows that were personalized, “LOVE”. Vases were placed on the tables and bar that were then used to hold the bouquets. Finally, one of my favorite DJs on the beach, Aliyo, rocked it out as our friends arrived to dance and drink the night away with us. It was a great time for our guests and an unforgettable night for us.

Party cabana at lounge decorated with personalized throw pillows for Miami wedding receptionJoan Montanez and Chad Love, bride and groom on round couch at Miami wedding reception.

Thank You to Magda Hernandez for these fabulous photos!!

A Balinese Dream

I recently had the pleasure of working with an amazing family of artists. Their eccentric style was incorporated into every aspect of the wedding. The bride’s mother brought back some decor items after a trip to Bali. Capiz lanterns, sea urchin candles, and these gorgeous Balinese umbrellas were the inspiration for this beautiful and unique affair. Pistils and Petals complemented these elements by using landscaping material, pincushions, and orchids to add color and warmth to the tables. It was an incredibly gorgeous wedding full of art, laughter, and love.

Bride and Groom at Miami beach wedding.

In order to accommodate all guests, rectangular tables were placed inside and outside of the venue. By keeping them aligned throughout, and opening all the side doors, it eliminated any feeling of separation. Neutral colors and fibers were used for the table cloths to complement the coral walls of the venue.

Reception table at Miami wedding

Outdoor reception tables and balinese umbrellas.

The couple chose two different styles of music for their event. At the ceremony a sitar player welcomed the crowd and played for the processional and the recessional. At the cocktail hour, an Indian band played a great set of indian sounds mixed with electronica. And finally for the reception, an amazing reggae band got the entire crowd moving until it was time to go.

Sitar player at Miami wedding ceremony

Dancing at the wedding reception

Thank you to Adrienne Langford for these beautiful pictures.

Wedding Day

Turning a Dream into a Seaside Reality…

In December 2008, Joan Love Event Firm was contacted by Mark Burnett Productions to produce a dream wedding for a deserving South Florida couple. We jumped at the opportunity to give back to our community and work with some of our favorite vendors. After only two short weeks, we pulled a dream team of vendors together and created a one million dollar, seaside paradise for Trine and Ryan, a couple that has endured the trials of liver transplantation. It was a pleasure to meet them and their family, and to be able to contribute some happiness to their life. Here are a couple pictures of our transformations and designs. All photos were taken by one of our fave photographers, Mr. Tony Gajate.
Wedding ceremony tent, Miami Beach.

Beach wedding ceremony tent, butterfly gate, turquoise and white couches. Miami Beach

Before and After of Ceremony Tent. We added seagrass and plants for privacy, and a butterfly gate in the Bride’s favorite colors. The tent was then draped to add softness.

Flip flops in basket, Miami beach wedding ceremonyturquoise, green, and white couches on sand. Wedding in Miami Beach. Butterfly gate.Ceremony programs, beach wedding on Miami Beach, Butterflies and shells.

Guest seating. After grabbing their flip flops, the guests were surprised and thrilled when they saw the beautiful seating arrangement. We wanted to create a comfortable, living room feeling on the sand. Different colored couches and chairs from Bubble Miami where alternated among the rows. Some side tables were added to hold the Ceremony programs. Finally, cushions in different patterns helped tie all the elements together.
Framed pictures on lighted pots. Miami Beach Wedding Reception.

Photo Walk. We had beautiful photos of the couple and their family framed. We mounted them on lighted planters to create a photowalk. Guests walked through and enjoyed seeing the pictures on their way into the Reception tent.

Reception tent in Miami Beach. Pringle tent.

Reception tent on Miami Beach. Pringle tent, lights.

Before and After of Reception Tent. It took a lot of elements to fill up this 3,000 square foot tent! We used different tables, a giant sand sculpture, and different activity stations to keep the guests entertained. But, most importantly, the great intelligent lighting system installed by Everlast Productions made the tent an ever changing spectacle.

butterfly sand castle. purple, rings, wedding reception in Miami Beach.
Sand Sculpture. Why have a dripping ice sculpture when there is so much sand to spare? This beautiful, 8 ft. tall sand castle, was the focal point of the Reception.  It was sculpted for us by Mark from Team Sandtastic.


The Bridal Trunk Miami

The Bridal Trunk Miami

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