Equestrian Romance | A Bath Club Wedding

This Bath Club wedding begins with a love almost 10 years in the making. Chelsea and Santos met through horses. They are trainers who own a stable together, while also competing in jumping competitions themselves. Spending half the year in Wellington, the other in New Jersey, and any free time in Europe looking at horses, Chelsea made it clear that they needed my help planning their wedding. Soon after our first meeting, Chelsea quickly fell in love with the Bath Club, a historic and private venue on Miami Beach.

Chelsea and Santos outside the beautiful Bath Club in Miami Beach on their wedding night

I spent a lot of time learning about all the unique details in their relationship and as individuals. For instance, Chelsea LOVES minions, and Santos enjoys Wood Allen movies and Haribo gummy bears. From there, I began to customize their team of vendors, chosen specifically based on their tastes and personalities. After a few trips to Miami for samplings, tastings, and walk throughs, we were ready for their big day.

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Sunday, December 3


 Chelsea got ready at the Eden Roc, in a beautiful ocean front suite. She spent the morning on the beach, and was super relaxed by the time hair and makeup began. Her mom, aunt, and sister joined in getting ready her while her 2 little dogs made guest appearances as well. The Makeup Artistry by Jessie team dolled up the ladies, then I surprised Chelsea with a fun gift to accent her getting ready attire… minions slippers. The bride admiring her lace filled Eve of Milady wedding dress while she sports Minions slippersYou know, in case of cold feet! Chelsea slipped into her stunning Eve of Milady gown. Seriously, this dress was made for her!

The bride looks our her ocean front suite at Eden Roc hotel in Miami Beach in her Eve of Milady wedding dress with beaded sleeves and long lace train

The bride's family assists her at the ocean front suite at Eden Roc hotel in Miami Beach in her Eve of Milady wedding dress with beaded sleeves and long lace trainThe bride's family assists her at the ocean front suite at Eden Roc hotel in Miami Beach in her Eve of Milady wedding dress with beaded sleeves and long lace trainThe bride wanted her dogs to be included in her wedding day, so they posed for photos while she wore her Eve of Milady wedding dress in her Eden Roc bridal suite.

The bride strikes a pose in her Eve of Milady wedding dress in the Eden Roc hotel in Miami Beach

The bride takes a photo with her dog on her wedding day, wearing a gorgeous Eve of Milady wedding gown    I had the absolute honor of meeting Chelsea’s late grandmother, Marie, during our early planning phases. Chelsea honored her Mama by sewing her pearls on the front of the gown. The bride wanted something special to honor her late grandmother, so she sewed pearls onto her Eve of Milady wedding gownChelsea completed her look with draped shoulder pieces and Badgley Mischka heels. Looking like an absolute goddess, Chelsea took her portraits with Unique Design Studios.The bride wearing an Eve of Milady wedding gown that fit her like a glove Santos got ready down the road at Hilton Cabana with his brother. Adorably anxious, like most grooms are, I softened the nerves with a gift to him… a giant 3 pound bag of gummy bears!

Can you say GQ model? Wow. The groom looked like a true GQ model as he got ready to marry the love of his life   At the entrance of the Bath Club was an escort card display. The escort card table greeted guests as they walked into the Bath Club, complete with a custom acrylic and vinyl envelope boxescort card tableGuests were greeted with a welcome drink, “Something Blue” designed by the fabulous team at Bill Hansen Catering. The Bath Club courtyard was lit with bistro lights and colored uplights to give an evening Miami Beach glowAfter mingling in the courtyard under a starry sky, the guests were invited to sit for ceremony in the Lounge. For our Bath Club wedding ceremony, we used mahogany chiavari chairs to play off the dark wood beams and accents throughout the venue. The Bath Club ceremony featured hanging greenery on a ghostwood structure with orchidsForegoing a first look, Chelsea walked down the aisle to a string trio. Through the most loving eyes, Santos took her hand and the two stood under a custom built orchid and ghostwood wedding structure with cascading greens from Petal Productions. Reverend Eddie Rodriguez gave a ceremony that left the entire room teary-eyed.reverend eddie rodriguezChelsea and Santos shared laughs and exchanged vows during a heartfelt message from Reverend Eddie. wedding vows bath club weddingThe Bath Club ceremony featured hanging greenery on a ghostwood structure with orchidsGuests were then invited back into the courtyard for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. The loggia opened to feature a custom ice sculpture and raw bar. Of course, the ice design was a beautiful horse head. The horse head ice sculpture was the perfect compliment to a bride and groom who are horse enthusiastsThe cocktail menu was specifically designed to feature items like skirt steak kabobs with chimmichurri sauce to honor Santos’ Argentinian heritage. While the guests enjoyed the cool weather, Chelsea and Santos got a private reveal of their ballroom. After a lot of “wow”s and “this is beautiful”s, Chelsea laughingly remarked how it looked so much better than the computer floor plan renderings. Santos even commented, “Amazing! Amber, you killed it!” During the ballroom reveal, the bride raved about Oh My Occasions as the best South Florida wedding planner! We used a mix of champagne-based linens from Nuage Designs that picked up on the silver and gold hues of the mercury vases. We repurposed the mahogany chairs from ceremony, to again bring out some of the darker tones of the floor and ceiling. low centerpieces blushThe simple and low centerpieces from Petal Productions featured mercury votives, floating candles, and lots of blush and white floralsThe gold rim chargers from Nuage Designs looked amazing on top of the Mardi Gras Parchment linenDue to our large guest count, we kept dinner in one room and dancing in the other, so all formalities were done after the meals were cleared. Live instrumentalists played between the tables for added entertainment throughout the meal. The wedding cake was a simple butter cream design from Edda’s with dulce de leche filling. Yum! The Father of the Bride gave a short toast, then the cake was cut. The bride and groom cut a dulce de leche buttercream wedding cake from Edda's at the Bath Club ballroomThe bride and groom cut a dulce de leche buttercream wedding cake from Edda's at the Bath Club ballroomThe best wedding toast left our bride and groom smiling and laughingThe best wedding toast left our bride and groom smiling and laughingWhile I prepared to begin the first dances, suddenly I heard Chelsea get on the microphone. I had a minor freak out, since she didn’t mention wanting to give a toast before, but quickly had the video and photo teams turn to grab coverage. On the mic, Chelsea and Santos were gushing about how beautiful the night had turned out, and that it was beyond what they could have ever imagined. The next thing I knew, they looked my way and thanked me in front of all their guests, while handing me a giant bouquet of yellow roses. The bride and groom thanked Oh My Occasions for being the best south florida wedding planner and helping them to plan their Bath Club wedding The bride and groom thanked Oh My Occasions for being the best south florida wedding planner and helping them to plan their Bath Club wedding   It’s moments like that, that make my job so worthwhile. With a permanent smile implanted on my face, we moved to first dances. “Forever Young” for the parent dances, “At Last” appropriately for Chelsea and Santos, and then “In My Life”, a Beatles song sweetly dedicated to Chelsea’s “Poppy”, where guests were invited to grab someone they loved onto the dance floor. first dance The bride danced with her grandfather during a sweet momentAfter that, the real party began, with a touch screen DJ from EMG, and live percussionist, violist, and sax player! This hybrid/fusion music effect created an interactive entertainment experience that could only be surpassed by the continuous confetti canon! This Bath Club wedding featured a 3 piece hybrid fusion band that played alongside the DJ This Bath Club wedding featured a 3 piece hybrid fusion band that played alongside the DJWe transformed the Bath Club ceremony space into a dancing lounge with white leather furniture and a touch screen DJ boothThis Bath Club wedding “after party” featured pounds and pounds of confetti floating around the room while guests danced beneath. Above them was a giant disco ball, which was a special addition for the mother of the bride, Maria, who loved the idea of adding something over the top. The bride and groom danced under confetti all night longThe guests danced under confetti all night longWe offered 3 specialty cocktails: Something Blue, Paloma, and Pineapple Mojito. Around midnight, we passed late night bites: baskets of French fries, hot dogs, and chicken fingers. At midnight, Bill Hansen catering served late night bites that included chicken fingers, french fries, and hot dogsAt 3am, the DJ played “Last Dance” and the remaining guests formed one big dance circle to surround the bride and groom. As my weddings come to an end, I get a sadness in the pit of my stomach, because it’s like I’m saying goodbye to someone/“someones” who’ve been such a huge part of my life for so long. After long hugs and promising to keep in touch, I handed Mr. and Mrs. Lamarca their room key, as they waved goodbye to their dream Bath Club wedding.The bride and groom pose with the best wedding planner in South Florida under their gorgeous chuppah filled with greenery and orchids at The Bath Club

 

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