A Princess, A Painter, and Patties : A Wonderland Wedding
Once upon a time, there was a bride who wanted a truly unique wonderland wedding. She trusted Oh My Occasions to make it happen…
I’ve waited nearly 9 months to be able to share the details of Mike and Bea’s big day! These longtime sweethearts decided to be married on their 10th year anniversary (hence our hashtag #CheersTo10Years) with their closest friends and family in attendance. Not only are they the cutest couple ever but they were so genuinely kind and excited about their wedding, which makes for a really enjoyable planning process.
The entire bridal party got ready at the nearby Mayfair Hotel. The bridesmaids sported matching charcoal robes and braided updos. The ladies were thrilled to be celebrating the long-awaited wedding of their good friends. They even sent a cute message to the groom before he saw his beautiful bride.
The Mayfair’s open-air lobby was the perfect location to get some fun and formal shots before heading to the church. Beatrice and Mike wanted to be sure to capture their relationships and personalities with each person accurately. We love a couple who just wants to have fun!
A custom designed silk folio served as Mike and Bea’s wedding invitation. The deep blue outer cover was screen printed with the couple’s names and a sleek design, while the inside opened to feature a vinyl mirrored invitation and upper pocket with printed accommodation cards. A soft fur layer beneath the mirror was an oh so wonderland wedding touch.
Mike and Bea’s late January date was the perfect opportunity to embrace a quasi-winter wonderland wedding theme. When I first spoke with Beatrice, she made it clear that there was to be an abundance of white. Lots of clean, modern elements, with some hints of silver shimmer and shine.
The Loft on Bayshore was a great blank slate venue to create something truly magical. With bare walls, and nothing but open space at our fingertips, we were easily able to combine the party spaces, while still having designated areas for the different formalities.
Even the centerpieces held white floral arrangements that looked very winter-y, accenting the wonderland wedding theme. In a modern-day fairytale transportation, the bride arrived to her ceremony in a silver Rolls Royce, courtesy of the ever-accommodating Ara Limo. The bride and groom said their vows at Trinity Cathedral with a mantilla and unity candle ceremony.
The bridesmaids wore white… yes, you read that correctly! White Dresses. And they looked ah-mazing! Bea’s gals were in matching floor length gowns with long trains and a super sexy back design.The snowy colored dresses were perfect for a (Miami) winter wonderland wedding!
But not even they could outshine Beatrice who looked just like a princess in her wedding gown. Or shall we say Queen Bea. Custom-made from Europe, Beatrice fell in love with the dress before ever seeing it in person. The long sparkling sleeves, full princess bottom, and beaded neckline… they should seriously think about naming this style the BeaGown because it was MADE for her. The daring pop of her red lip was the perfect compliment to Beatrice’s red nails.
The guests proceeded to cocktail hour at The Loft which dually took place in the white lounge area and the back patio. Guests found their seats on a gorgeous mirrored seating chart next to a floral wall backdrop, surrounded by an abundance of candlelight. They viewed Mike & Bea’s engagement pictures on canvases tucked into the existing wall niches and took photos in the photo booth nearby.
Mike and Bea entered their reception and danced to Celine Dion’s “The Power of Love”. Chills, right? The love between them in this moment was incredible, I don’t think they took their eyes off each other until the guests applauded! Serious 90s vibes in a timeless romance between these two. Such a perfect song for their love story!
Anyone who knows me, knows I love a good surprise. So when Bea’s aunt, Maria, contacted me to organize a very special gift for her niece, I was more than happy to make it happen. We arranged for a live canvas painter to paint the first dance! Talk about a one-of-a-kind gift! So I worked with Talia from Canvas and Confetti to schedule her arrival time and positioning so that Bea wouldn’t see her. After their first dance, I took Bea aside and introduced her to Talia and informed her of the generous and amazing gift that Maria had organized.
My ultimate favorite part of this wedding was a special meal that Bea and I discussed with great anticipation. I pride Oh My Occasions in embracing the unique qualities, quirks, and details that make your relationship special. On that late January evening, we fully incorporated Mike and Bea by serving GOURMET HAMBURGERS. (Cue the mouth-watering).
With the help and eagerness of Parties by Pat, we were able to give these guests the juiciest burger patties they’ve ever had. We even had custom bibs made for everyone with the phrase “Marriage is Messy” printed on the front. No rubber chicken entrée or salads that are unrecognizable. Now imagine these 155 guests, in floor length dresses and full suits, wearing bibs and eating burgers. Amazing, right?
Everyone LOVED the punny touch. But that’s not all… this Fireball-loving couple decided they didn’t want to have a traditional champagne toast. So instead, each guest was served a “Cinnamon Toast Crunch” shot: fireball + Rum Chata! Can you say YUM Chata?
With heartfelt speeches from their loved ones, Mike and Bea cut their wedding cake and eagerly proceeded to the dance floor.
After a bouquet toss and garter removal, we passed Hora Loca goodies while an LED stilt robot and dancers entertained the crowd.
With details that set this wedding apart from any others, the party wrapped at 3am. Guests left with “Love” bottle openers and fun memories to last a lifetime.
See Mike & Bea’s wedding gallery here
Professional Photos by Roundup Photography, LLC